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The following quotations were randomly selected from the collections selected below .
- Facts are stubborn things, but statistics are more pliable.
- Mark Twain (1835 - 1910)
- You can only cure retail but you can prevent wholesale.
- Brock Chisholm
- I'm a fan of laundry: the smell of fabric softener, the warm clothes in your hands. It's so good.
- Joss Whedon, Zack Whedon, Maurissa Tancharoen, and Jed Whedon, Dr. Horrible's Sing Along Blog, 2008
- The truth is not simply what you think it is; it is also the circumstances in which it is said, and to whom, why and how it is said.
- Vaclav Havel (1936 - )
- To accomplish our destiny it is not enough to merely guard prudently against road accidents. We must also cover before nightfall the distance assigned to each of us.
- Alexis Carrel (1873 - 1944)
- In the absences of a decent time machine, fiction remains the most sturdy vehicle for visiting other eras.
- Tom Nolan, in The Wall Street Journal
- I have just returned from Boston. It is the only sane thing to do if you find yourself up there.
- Fred Allen (1894 - 1956), in a letter to Groucho Marx, 1953
- Let us be grateful to people who make us happy: They are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.
- Marcel Proust (1871 - 1922)
- An opinion should be the result of thought, not a substitute for it.
- Jef Mallett, Frazz, 04-04-07
- My father used to say, 'Let them see you and not the suit. That should be secondary.'
- Cary Grant (1904 - 1986)
- Read not to contradict and confute, nor to find talk and discourse, but to weigh and consider.
- Sir Francis Bacon (1561 - 1626)
- Your parents, they give you your life, but then they try to give you their life.
- Chuck Palahniuk (1962 - ), Invisible Monsters, 1999
- A good name, like good will, is got by many actions and lost by one.
- Lord Jeffery
- Beginning today, treat everyone you meet as if they were going to be dead by midnight. Extend them all the care, kindness and understanding you can muster. Your life will never be the same again.
- Og Mandino (1923 - 1996), The Greatest Miracle in the World
- See, that's all you're thinking about, is winning. You're confirming your sense of self- worth through outward reward instead of through inner appreciation.
- Barbara Hall, Northern Exposure, Gran Prix, 1994
- The ability to focus attention on important things is a defining characteristic of intelligence.
- Robert J. Shiller, Irrational Exuberance
- The doctor of the future will give no medicine, but will interest her or his patients in the care of the human frame, in a proper diet, and in the cause and prevention of disease.
- Thomas A. Edison (1847 - 1931)
- How vain it is to sit down to write when you have not stood up to live.
- Henry David Thoreau (1817 - 1862)
- We have really everything in common with America nowadays except, of course, language.
- Oscar Wilde (1854 - 1900), The Canterville Ghost, 1882
- To be conscious that you are ignorant is a great step to knowledge.
- Benjamin Disraeli (1804 - 1881), Sybil, 1845