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The following quotations were randomly selected from the collections selected below .
- Nothing is as certain as that the vices of leisure are gotten rid of by being busy.
- Seneca (5 BC - 65 AD), Moral Letters to Lucilius, 64 A.D.
- I don't want any yes-men around me. I want everybody to tell me the truth even if it costs them their jobs.
- Samuel Goldwyn (1882 - 1974)
- A man can sleep around, no questions asked, but if a woman makes nineteen or twenty mistakes she's a tramp.
- Joan Rivers (1935 - )
- Habit is necessary; it is the habit of having habits, of turning a trail into a rut, that must be incessantly fought against if one is to remain alive.
- Edith Wharton (1862 - 1937)
- Fall seven times, stand up eight.
- Japanese Proverb
- I can believe anything, provided that it is quite incredible.
- Oscar Wilde (1854 - 1900), The Picture of Dorian Gray, 1891
- Education is what survives when what has been learned has been forgotten.
- B. F. Skinner (1904 - 1990), New Scientist, May 21, 1964
- Nobody can be exactly like me. Sometimes even I have trouble doing it.
- Tallulah Bankhead (1903 - 1968)
- Some people will never learn anything because they understand everything too soon.
- Alexander Pope (1688 - 1744)
- Imagination is more important than knowledge...
- Albert Einstein (1879 - 1955)
- Historically, the claim of consensus has been the first refuge of scoundrels; it is a way to avoid debate by claiming that the matter is already settled.
- Michael Crichton (1942 - 2008), Caltech Michelin Lecture, January 17, 2003
- The secret of being a bore is to tell everything.
- Voltaire (1694 - 1778), Discours en vers sur l'homme, 1737
- The radical of one century is the conservative of the next. The radical invents the views. When he has worn them out the conservative adopts them.
- Mark Twain (1835 - 1910), Notebook, 1935
- If you want to make peace, you don't talk to your friends. You talk to your enemies.
- Moshe Dayan (1915 - 1981)
- Antonym, n.: The opposite of the word you're trying to think of.
- I am interested in the homeless, but they're a symptom. You're treating a symptom and the disease rages on and consumes the human race. I'm talking about an overhaul of the system: putting power in different hands.
- Joss Whedon, Zack Whedon, Maurissa Tancharoen, and Jed Whedon, Dr. Horrible's Sing Along Blog, 2008
- When your work speaks for itself, don't interrupt.
- Henry J. Kaiser (1882 - 1967)
- I know that you believe that you understood what you think I said, but I am not sure you realize that what you heard is not what I meant.
- Robert McCloskey, State Department spokesman (attributed)
- Maybe our mistakes are what make our fate. Without them, what would shape our lives? Perhaps, if we never veered off course, we wouldn't fall in love or have babies or be who we are.
- Michael Patrick King, Sex and the City, I Heart NY, 2002
- My definition of a free society is a society where it is safe to be unpopular.
- Adlai E. Stevenson Jr. (1900 - 1965), Speech in Detroit, 7 Oct. 1952