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The following quotations were randomly selected from the collections selected below .
- Only dull people are brilliant at breakfast.
- Oscar Wilde (1854 - 1900), An Ideal Husband, 1893, Act I
- Mortal lovers must not try to remain at the first step; for lasting passion is the dream of a harlot and from it we wake in despair.
- C. S. Lewis (1898 - 1963), 'The Pilgrim's Regress'
- Inspiration may be a form of superconsciousness, or perhaps of subconsciousness - I wouldn't know. But I am sure it is the antithesis of self- consciousness.
- Aaron Copland (1900 - 1990)
- Throughout life, one does not miss any chance to hold onto the things that are really precious, if one is truly wise.
- Ed Greenwood
- The town where I grew up has a zip code of E-I-E-I-O.
- Martin Mull (1943 - )
- He who will not economize will have to agonize.
- Confucius (551 BC - 479 BC)
- Education's purpose is to replace an empty mind with an open one.
- Malcolm Forbes (1919 - 1990), in Forbes Magazine
- You cannot be really first-rate at your work if your work is all you are.
- Anna Quindlen (1953 - ), A Short Guide to a Happy Life, 2000
- It is impossible to go through life without trust: That is to be imprisoned in the worst cell of all, oneself.
- Graham Greene, The Ministry of Fear
- I would never die for my beliefs because I might be wrong.
- Bertrand Russell (1872 - 1970)
- Life is far too important a thing ever to talk seriously about.
- Oscar Wilde (1854 - 1900), Lady Windermere's Fan, 1892, Act I
- The most common of all follies is to believe passionately in the palpably not true. It is the chief occupation of mankind.
- H. L. Mencken (1880 - 1956)
- It takes a great deal of courage to stand up to your enemies, but even more to stand up to your friends.
- J. K. Rowling
- Courage is the art of being the only one who knows you're scared to death.
- Harold Wilson (1916 - 1995)
- The government's view of the economy could be summed up in a few short phrases: If it moves, tax it. If it keeps moving, regulate it. And if it stops moving, subsidize it.
- Ronald Reagan (1911 - 2004)
- There is nothing so absurd but some philosopher has said it.
- Cicero (106 BC - 43 BC), De Divinatione
- Sometimes ya gotta do stuff 'cause it's expected of ya, not 'cause of anything else.
- Laura Moncur (1969 - ), Merriton: Twelve Hours from San Francisco, 07-09-08
- If it doesn't feel right, don't do it. That's the lesson. That lesson alone, will save you a lot of grief. Even doubt means don't.
- Oprah Winfrey (1954 - ), Stanford Commencement Adress, 2008
- In attempts to improve your character, know what is in your power and what is beyond it.
- Francis Thompson (1859 - 1907)
- The louder he talked of his honor, the faster we counted our spoons.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803 - 1882)