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The following quotations were randomly selected from the collections selected below .
- When you're a teenager and you're in love, it's obvious to everyone but you and the person you're in love with.
- John Scalzi, Old Man's War, 2005
- I have never let my schooling interfere with my education.
- Mark Twain (1835 - 1910)
- Sooner or later we all quote our mothers.
- Bern Williams
- I like to believe that people in the long run are going to do more to promote peace than our governments. Indeed, I think that people want peace so much that one of these days governments had better get out of the way and let them have it.
- Dwight D. Eisenhower (1890 - 1969)
- If you have accomplished all that you planned for yourself, you have not planned enough.
- Edward Everett Hale (1822 - 1909)
- He's turned his life around. He used to be depressed and miserable. Now he's miserable and depressed.
- David Frost
- The man who lets himself be bored is even more contemptible than the bore.
- Samuel Butler (1835 - 1902)
- They always say time changes things, but you actually have to change them yourself.
- Andy Warhol (1928 - 1987), The Philosophy of Andy Warhol
- Anger makes dull men witty, but it keeps them poor.
- Elizabeth I (1533 - 1603), in Francis Bacon, Apophthegms, 1625
- But the life that no longer trust another human being and no longer forms ties to the political community is not a human life any longer.
- Martha Nussbaum, O Magazine, November 2003
- I have very strong feelings about how you lead your life. You always look ahead, you never look back.
- Ann Richards
- Regard your good name as the richest jewel you can possibly be possessed of - for credit is like fire; when once you have kindled it you may easily preserve it, but if you once extinguish it, you will find it an arduous task to rekindle it again. The way to gain a good reputation is to endeavor to be what you desire to appear.
- Socrates (469 BC - 399 BC)
- Man's mind, once stretched by a new idea, never regains its original dimensions.
- Oliver Wendell Holmes (1809 - 1894)
- One remembers horrors, I think, for the rest of one's life, but memories do not always remain so sharp, and with time, and new circumstance, do not affect us so powerfully.
- Elizabeth Aston, The Exploits & Adventures of Miss Alethea Darcy, 2005
- Grasp the subject, the words will follow.
- Cato the Elder (234 BC - 149 BC)
- It is a waste of energy to be angry with a man who behaves badly, just as it is to be angry with a car that won't go.
- Bertrand Russell (1872 - 1970)
- Each decision we make, each action we take, is born out of an intention.
- Sharon Salzberg, O Magazine, The Power of Intention, January 2004
- Sometimes when you look in his eyes you get the feeling that someone else is driving.
- David Letterman (1947 - )
- A little government and a little luck are necessary in life, but only a fool trusts either of them.
- P. J. O'Rourke (1947 - )
- Do not pursue what is illusory - property and position: all that is gained at the expense of your nerves decade after decade and can be confiscated in one fell night. Live with a steady superiority over life - don't be afraid of misfortune, and do not yearn after happiness; it is after all, all the same: the bitter doesn't last forever, and the sweet never fills the cup to overflowing.
- Alexander Solzhenitsyn (1918 - )