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The following quotations were randomly selected from the collections selected below .
- Far from idleness being the root of all evil, it is rather the only true good.
- Soren Kierkegaard (1813 - 1855)
- In this life we get only those things for which we hunt, for which we strive, and for which we are willing to sacrifice.
- George Matthew Adams
- As a matter of principle, I never attend the first annual anything.
- George Carlin (1937 - 2008)
- So much is a man worth as he esteems himself.
- Francois Rabelais (1494 - 1553), 1532
- Never forget what a man says to you when he is angry.
- Henry Ward Beecher (1813 - 1887)
- A cynic is not merely one who reads bitter lessons from the past, he is one who is prematurely disappointed in the future.
- Sidney J. Harris
- You can't deny laughter; when it comes, it plops down in your favorite chair and stays as long as it wants.
- Stephen King (1947 - ), "Hearts in Atlantis"
- Perfection is achieved, not when there is nothing more to add, but when there is nothing left to take away.
- Antoine de Saint-Exupery (1900 - 1944)
- It pays to be obvious, especially if you have a reputation for subtlety.
- Isaac Asimov (1920 - 1992)
- A poem is never finished, only abandoned.
- Paul Valery (1871 - 1945)
- Once a government is committed to the principle of silencing the voice of opposition, it has only one way to go, and that is down the path of increasingly repressive measures, until it becomes a source of terror to all its citizens and creates a country where everyone lives in fear.
- Harry S Truman (1884 - 1972), August 8, 1950
- I have seen flowers come in stony places
And kind things done by men with ugly faces
And the gold cup won by the worst horse at the races,
So I trust too.
- John Masefield (1878 - 1967)
- As soon as you trust yourself, you will know how to live.
- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749 - 1832), Faust
- Naming one thing after another cannot, logically, increase the chances of the new thing turning out like the old thing.
- Ned Beauman, The Teleportation Accident, 2013
- Thankfully, beauty is easier to remove than apply, and a swipe of demaquillage in the right direction and you are you once again.
- Margaret Cho, weblog, 01-27-04
- Every English poet should master the rules of grammar before he attempts to bend or break them.
- Robert Graves (1895 - 1985)
- Men are equal; it is not birth but virtue that makes the difference.
- Voltaire (1694 - 1778)
- Neither should you fret too much about 'writer%uFFFDs block'. If you%uFFFDre looking at a blank piece of paper and nothing comes to you, then go do something else. Writer%uFFFDs block is just a symptom of feeling like you have nothing to say, combined with the rather weird idea that you SHOULD feel the need to say something.
- Hugh Macleod, How To Be Creative: 24, 08-22-04
- The best way to keep one's word is not to give it.
- Napoleon Bonaparte (1769 - 1821)
- Yes, we have to divide up our time like that, between our politics and our equations. But to me our equations are far more important, for politics are only a matter of present concern. A mathematical equation stands forever.
- Albert Einstein (1879 - 1955)