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The following quotations were randomly selected from the collections selected below .
- Fanaticism consists in redoubling your effort when you have forgotten your aim.
- George Santayana (1863 - 1952), Life of Reason (1905) vol. 1, Introduction
- Our national flower is the concrete cloverleaf.
- Lewis Mumford (1895 - 1990)
- It is better to sleep on things beforehand than lie awake about them afterward.
- Baltasar Gracian
- I am a galley slave to pen and ink.
- Honore de Balzac (1799 - 1850)
- Girls are always running through my mind. They don't dare walk.
- Andy Gibb
- To pretend, I actually do the thing: I have therefore only pretended to pretend.
- Jacques Derrida (1930 - 2004)
- It has yet to be proven that intelligence has any survival value.
- Arthur C. Clarke (1917 - )
- Good teaching is one-fourth preparation and three-fourths theater.
- Gail Godwin
- You do ill if you praise, but worse if you censure, what you do not understand.
- Leonardo da Vinci (1452 - 1519)
- Beware the pull on your heartstrings -- it's often the pursestrings that are actually being reached for.
- Barbara Mikkelson, snopes.com, May 15, 2001
- You have to have funny faces and words, you can't just have words. It is a powerful thing, and I think that's why it's hard for people to imagine that women can do that, be that powerful.
- Ellen DeGeneres, US Magazine, January 1995
- It is easier to forgive an enemy than to forgive a friend.
- William Blake (1757 - 1827)
- Avoid the crowd. Do your own thinking independently. Be the chess player, not the chess piece.
- Ralph Charell
- Your most unhappy customers are your greatest source of learning.
- Bill Gates (1955 - ), Business @ The Speed of Thought
- Extreme exercise doesn’t save you from poor food choices. It can be difficult to exercise and erase away that chocolate cake or pizza pie. It doesn’t work that way.
- Jennifer Hudson, I Got This: How I Changed My Ways and Lost What Weighed Me Down, 2012
- You have a choice in this world, I believe, about how to tell sad stories.
- John Green, The Fault in Our Stars, 2012
- Get your facts first, and then you can distort them as much as you please.
- Mark Twain (1835 - 1910)
- Man is his own star and the soul that can render an honest and perfect man commands all light, all influence, all fate.
- John Fletcher (1579 - 1625), 1647
- Tao. Some of us look for the Way in opium and some in God, some of us in whiskey and some in love. It is all the same Way and it leads nowhither.
- W. Somerset Maugham (1874 - 1965), The Painted Veil, 1925
- It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change.
- Charles Darwin (1809 - 1882)