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The following quotations were randomly selected from the collections selected below .
- The author of the Iliad is either Homer or, if not Homer, somebody else of the same name.
- Aldous Huxley (1894 - 1963)
- The best way to live is by not knowing what will happen to you at the end of the day...
- Donald Barthelme
- Don't let us make imaginary evils, when you know we have so many real ones to encounter.
- Oliver Goldsmith (1730 - 1774)
- Ever tried? Ever failed? No Matter, try again, fail again, Fail better.
- Samuel Beckett (1906 - 1989)
- The rule is perfect: in all matters of opinion our adversaries are insane.
- Mark Twain (1835 - 1910), in Christian Science
- Better be despised for too anxious apprehensions, than ruined by too confident security.
- Edmund Burke (1729 - 1797)
- Einstein said God doesn't play dice with the universe, but I don't know--maybe not as a whole, but I think he gets a pretty big kick out of messing in peoples' back yards.
- Dennis Koenig and Jordan Budde, Northern Exposure, Roots, 1991
- The more I want to get something done, the less I call it work.
- Richard Bach
- Operationally, God is beginning to resemble not a ruler but the last fading smile of a cosmic Cheshire cat.
- Sir Julian Huxley (1887 - 1975)
- To use fear as the friend it is, we must retrain and reprogram ourselves...We must persistently and convincingly tell ourselves that the fear is here--with its gift of energy and heightened awareness--so we can do our best and learn the most in the new situation.
- Peter McWilliams, Life 101
- Not the power to remember, but its very opposite, the power to forget, is a necessary condition for our existence.
- Sholem Asch (1880 - 1957)
- Nothing is impossible. Some things are just less likely than others.
- Jonathan Winters
- We know what happens to people who stay in the middle of the road. They get run over.
- Aneurin Bevan (1897 - 1960)
- The courage to be is the courage to accept oneself, in spite of being unacceptable.
- Paul Tillich (1886 - 1965)
- I don't like composers who think. It gets in the way of their plagiarism.
- Howard Dietz
- If hunger makes you irritable, better eat and be pleasant.
- Sefer Hasidim
- I say that good painters imitated nature; but that bad ones vomited it.
- Miguel de Cervantes (1547 - 1616), Exemplary Novels (1613)
- If you pick up a starving dog and make him prosperous, he will not bite you. This is the principal difference between a dog and a man.
- Mark Twain (1835 - 1910)
- You ask me why I do not write something....I think one's feelings waste themselves in words, they ought all to be distilled into actions and into actions which bring results.
- Florence Nightingale (1820 - 1910), in Cecil Woodham-Smith, Florence Nightingale, 1951
- People want economy and they will pay any price to get it.
- Lee Iacocca (1924 - )