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The following quotations were randomly selected from the collections selected below .
- Politeness, n. The most acceptable hypocrisy.
- Ambrose Bierce (1842 - 1914), The Devil's Dictionary
- We are all apt to believe what the world believes about us.
- George Eliot (1819 - 1880)
- We made a solemn vow not to take any job outside of show business. We borrowed money from parents and friends, rather than take that lethal job waiting tables. This forced us to take any job offered to us. Anything. We once did a show in the middle of the Benjamin Franklin Parkway in Philadelphia as part of a fashion show on a hot July night while all around our stage, a race-riot was fully underway. That's how serious we were about our vow.
- Raymond Joseph Teller, Fury Letter written to Brian Brushwood, 10-18-93
- If the people who make the decisions are the people who will also bear the consequences of those decisions, perhaps better decisions will result.
- John Abrams, The Company We Keep: Reinventing Small Business for People, Community and Place
- Man is born a predestined idealist, for he is born to act. To act is to affirm the worth of an end, and to persist in affirming the worth of an end is to make an ideal.
- Oliver Wendell Holmes (1809 - 1894)
- You cannot acquire experience by making experiments. You cannot create experience. You must undergo it.
- Albert Camus (1913 - 1960)
- No tyranny is so irksome as petty tyranny: the officious demands of policemen, government clerks, and electromechanical gadgets.
- Edward Abbey (1927 - 1989)
- All a good letter has to do is make you feel special.
- Takayuki Ikkaku, Arisa Hosaka and Toshihiro Kawabata, Animal Crossing: Wild World, 2005
- I dote on his very absence.
- William Shakespeare (1564 - 1616)
- Cease to ask what the morrow will bring forth. And set down as gain each day that Fortune grants.
- Horace (65 BC - 8 BC), Odes
- Seeing a murder on television... can help work off one's antagonisms. And if you haven't any antagonisms, the commercials will give you some.
- Alfred Hitchcock (1899 - 1980)
- Nothing is more characteristic of a man than the mann in which he behaves toward fools.
- Henri-Frédéric Amiel
- Do it now. It is not safe to leave a generous feeling to the cooling influences of the world.
- Thomas Guthrie
- I think that little by little I'll be able to solve my problems and survive.
- Frida Kahlo (1907 - 1954), Letter to Nickolas Muray, 12-18-1939
- Americans adore me and will go on adoring me until I say something nice about them.
- George Bernard Shaw (1856 - 1950)
- One person with a belief is equal to a force of 99 who have only interests.
- John Stuart Mill (1806 - 1873)
- It’s helpful to imagine your relationship with him or her as a business relationship rather than a personal one. Just as you wouldn’t share that you’re feeling fat, ugly, and depressed with a client or tell her that you’ve just met the love of your life and you’ve never been happier, these thoughts and feelings should be kept to yourself and not shared with your ex. Finally, as in any good business relationship, be honest and prepared to deliver what you promise.
- Julie A., M.A. Ross and Judy Corcoran, Joint Custody with a Jerk: Raising a Child with an Uncooperative Ex, 2011
- The fact that a believer is happier than a skeptic is no more to the point than the fact that a drunken man is happier than a sober one.
- George Bernard Shaw (1856 - 1950)
- Thanks to TV and for the convenience of TV, you can only be one of two kinds of human beings, either a liberal or a conservative.
- Kurt Vonnegut (1922 - 2007), "Cold Turkey", In These Times, May 10, 2004
- At a dinner party one should eat wisely but not too well, and talk well but not too wisely.
- W. Somerset Maugham (1874 - 1965)