"I loathe people who keep dogs. They are cowards who haven't
got the guts to bite people themselves."
"Well," said Pooh, "what I like best--" and then he had to
stop and think. Because although Eating Honey was a very
good thing to do, there was a moment just before you began
to eat it which was better than when you were, but he
didn't know what it was called.
- A.A. Milne, from The House at Pooh Corner
"Reality is merely an illusion, albeit a very persistent one."
"It may be true there are 2 sides to every question,
but it is also true there are 2 sides to a sheet of flypaper
and it makes a big difference to the fly which side he chooses."
In 1930, Cousteau passed the highly competitive examinations to enter France's Naval Academy. He served in the navy and entered naval aviation school.
A near-fatal car crash at age 26 denied him his wings, and he was transferred to sea duty, where he swam rigorously to strengthen badly weakened arms.
The therapy had unintended consequences. "Sometimes we are lucky enough to know that our lives have been changed, to discard the old, embrace the new, and run headlong down an immutable course," he wrote. "It happened to me ... on that summer's day, when my eyes were opened to the sea." -- Jacques Cousteau
"The surest way to persuade Congress to simplify the tax code would be to require all lawmakers to fill out their own returns."
-- Arthur Lipziger, New York City accountant
"We are moving ahead at twice the speed of light and half the speed of sense."
"Who the hell wants to hear actors talk?"
-- H.M. Warner, Warner Brothers, 1927
"I believe that when the last ding-dong of doom has clanged and faded from the last worthless rock hanging tideless in the last red and dying evening, that even then there will still be one more sound: that of manís puny, inexhaustible, voice still talking."
-- William Faulkner (Contributed by Jack)
"Although rain may come my way, sunshine will always follow"
-- anonymous (Contributed by David Berger)
"My moral standing is lying down." --Trent Reznor (Contributed by Juan O. Miranda)
" The optimist is he who believes this is the best of both worlds. The pesimist is afraid that's true." (Contributed by Juan O. Miranda)
" The marvels of modern technology include the development of a soda can which, when discarded, will last forever, and a $7,000 car which, when properly cared for, will rust out in two or three years."
-- Paul Harwitz
" We do not stop playing because we are old. We grow old because we stop playing."
" The best things and best people rise out of their separateness; I'm against a homogenized society because I want the cream to rise."
-- Robert Frost
" Look to this day for it is Life, the very Life of Life. Yesterday is but a dream, and tomorrow is only a vision, but today well spent makes every yesterday a dream of happiness, and every tomorrow a vision of hope."
--from Sanskrit, Salutation to the Dream
" It is the dim haze of mystery that adds enchantment to pursuit."
" The heart of a fool is in his mouth, but the mouth of a wise man is in his heart."
" And life is what we make it, always has been, always will be."
" If you have no problems at all--I warn you--youíre in grave jeopardy-- youíre on the way out and you donít know it! If you donít believe you have any problems, I suggest that you immediately race from wherever you are, jump into your car and drive home as fast but as safely as possible, run into your house, and go straight to your bedroom and slam the door. Then get on your knees and pray, ĎWhatís the matter, Lord? Donít your trust me anymore? Give me some problems,í"
--Norman Vincent Peale
" The seeds of the day are best planted in the first hour."
" The message from the moon which we have flashed to the far corners of this planet is that no problem need any longer be considered insoluble."
" Racism is manís greatest threat to man -- the maximum of hatred for a minimum of reason."
--Abraham Joshua Heschel
" Money is what youíd get on beautifully without if only other people werenít so crazy about it."
--Margaret Case Harriman
" As long as we are lucky we attribute it to your smartness; our bad luck we give the gods credit for."
" It is easy to utter what has been kept silent, but impossible to recall what has been uttered."
" The gap in our economy is between what we have and what we think we ought to have--and that is a moral problem, not an economic one."
" Everybody talks about the weather but nobody does anything about it."
" The word good has many meanings. For example, if a man were to shoot his grandmother at a range of five hundred yards, I should call him a good shot, but not necessarily a good man."
" The most difficult thing in the world is to know how to do a thing and to watch someone else doing it wrong, without commenting."
" Just think how happy you would be if you lost everything you have right now, and then got it back again."
" Appeasers believe that if you keep on throwing steaks to a tiger, the tiger will become a vegetarian."
" Liberty is being free from the things we donít like in order to be slaves of the things we do like."
" You donít seem to realize that a poor person who is unhappy is in a better position than a rich person who is unhappy. Because the poor person has hope. He thinks money would help."
" An invasion of armies can be resisted, but not an idea whose time has come."
" Natives who beat drums to drive off evil spirits are objects of scorn to smart Americans who blow horns to break up traffic jams."
--Mary Ellen Kelly
" I like long walks, especially when they are taken by people who annoy me."
" If you get up early, work late, and pay your taxes, you will get ahead -- if you strike oil. "
--J Paul Getty
" When science discovers the center of the universe a lot of people will be disappointed to find they are not it."
" There is no good in arguing with the inevitable. The only argument available with an east wind is to put on your overcoat."
--James Russell Lowell
" The person who says, believes, and acts on the phrase "I ainít taking any shit from anybody" is a very busy person indeed. This person must be ever vigilant against news vendors who shortchange him, cab drivers who take him the wrong way around, waiters who serve the other guy first, florists who are charging ten cents more per tulip than the one down the block, pharmacists who make you wait too long and cars that cut you off at the light: they are a veritable miasma of righteous indignation and never have a minute to relax and have a good time."
" He flung himself upon his horse and rode madly off in all directions."
" The smallest good deed is better than the grandest good intention."
" God gave burdens, also shoulders."
" All the beautiful sentiments in the world weigh less than a single lovely action."
--James Russell Lowell
" Never esteem anything as of advantage to you that will make you break your word or lose your self-respect."
" Competition brings out the best in products, and the worst in people."
" The best way out is always through."
" The sun will set without thy assistance."
" The phone rings. I am not amused. This is not my favorite way to wake up. My favorite way to wake up is to have a certain French movie star whisper to me softly at two thirty in the afternoon that if I want to get to Sweden in time to pick up my Nobel Prize for Literature I had better ring for breakfast. This occurs rather less often than one might wish."
" The harder you work the harder it is to surrender."
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