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The following quotations were randomly selected from the collections selected below .
- Good company requires only birth, education, and manners, and with regard to education is not very nice. Birth and good manners are essential; but a little learning is by no means a dangerous thing in good company; on the contrary, it will do very well.
- Jane Austen (1775 - 1817), Persuasion, 1818
- Each handicap is like a hurdle in a steeplechase, and when you ride up to it, if you throw your heart over, the horse will go along, too.
- Lawrence Bixby
- The only way to make a man trustworthy is to trust him.
- Henry Stimson (1867 - 1950)
- You can't think yourself out of a writing block, you have to write yourself out of a thinking block.
- John Rogers, Kung Fu Monkey, 06-25-11
- I don't know the key to success, but the key to failure is trying to please everybody.
- Bill Cosby (1937 - )
- The universe will reward you for taking risks on its behalf.
- Shakti Gawain
- The man who insists on seeing with perfect clearness before he decides, never decides.
- Henri-Frédéric Amiel
- I have come to the conclusion that politics are too serious a matter to be left to the politicians.
- Charles De Gaulle (1890 - 1970)
- Computer Science is no more about computers than astronomy is about telescopes.
- E. W. Dijkstra
- My mother had a great deal of trouble with me, but I think she enjoyed it.
- Mark Twain (1835 - 1910)
- The denunciation of the young is a necessary part of the hygiene of older people, and greatly assists in the circulation of their blood.
- Logan Pearsall Smith (1865 - 1946), Afterthoughts (1931) "Age and Death"
- We hang the petty thieves and appoint the great ones to public office.
- Aesop (620 BC - 560 BC)
- The problem with people who have no vices is that generally you can be pretty sure they're going to have some pretty annoying virtues.
- Elizabeth Taylor (1932 - )
- Democracy is the name we give the people whenever we need them.
- Marquis de Flers Robert and Arman de Caillavet
- He who hesitates is not only lost, but miles from the next exit.
- [Addiction's] not about placating the bad dog - it's about feeding the good dog. You still have to feed the bad dog, but only enough so that the ASPCA doesn't bring you up on charges.
- Robert Downey Jr., Entertainment Weekly, 11-21-08
- You can pretend to be serious; you can't pretend to be witty.
- Sacha Guitry (1885 - 1957)
- Gratitude is the most exquisite form of courtesy.
- Jacques Maritain (1882 - 1973), Reflections on America, 1958
- Life is something that everyone should try at least once.
- Henry J. Tillman
- Reality is the leading cause of stress amongst those in touch with it.
- Jane Wagner, (and Lily Tomlin)