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"The older I grow the more I distrust the familiar doctrine that age brings
wisdom."
-H.L. Mencken

 

"Glory is fleeting, but obscurity is forever. "
- Napoleon Bonaparte (1769-1821)



"Victory goes to the player who makes the next-to-last mistake. "
- Chessmaster Savielly Grigorievitch Tartakower (1887-1956)


"Don't be so humble - you are not that great. "
- Golda Meir (1898-1978) to a visiting diplomat


"His ignorance is encyclopedic"
- Abba Eban (1915-)


"If a man does his best, what else is there?"
- General George S. Patton (1885-1945)


"I can write better than anybody who can write faster, and I can write faster than anybody who can
write better. "
- A. J. Liebling (1904-1963)


"People demand freedom of speech to make up for the freedom of thought which they avoid. "
- Soren Aabye Kierkegaard (1813-1855)


"Give me chastity and continence, but not yet. "
- Saint Augustine (354-430)


"Not everything that can be counted counts, and not everything that counts can be counted. "
- Albert Einstein (1879-1955)


"Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I'm not sure about the former. "
- Albert Einstein (1879-1955)


"A lie gets halfway around the world before the truth has a chance to get its pants on. "
- Sir Winston Churchill (1874-1965)


"I do not feel obliged to believe that the same God who has endowed us with sense, reason, and
intellect has intended us to forgo their use. "
- Galileo Galilei



"The artist is nothing without the gift, but the gift is nothing without work. "
- Emile Zola (1840-1902)


"This book fills a much-needed gap. "
- Moses Hadas (1900-1966) in a review


"The full use of your powers along lines of excellence. "
- definition of "happiness" by John F. Kennedy (1917-1963)


"I'm living so far beyond my income that we may almost be said to be living apart. "
- e e cummings (1894-1962)


"Give me a museum and I'll fill it. "
- Pablo Picasso (1881-1973)


"Assassins!"
- Arturo Toscanini (1867-1957) to his orchestra


"I'll moider da bum. "
- Heavyweight boxer Tony Galento, when asked what he thought of William Shakespeare


"In theory, there is no difference between theory and practice. But, in practice, there is. "
- Jan L.A. van de Snepscheut


"I find that the harder I work, the more luck I seem to have. "
- Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826)


"Each problem that I solved became a rule which served afterwards to solve other problems. "
- Rene Descartes (1596-1650), "Discours de la Methode"


"In the End, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends. "
- Martin Luther King Jr. (1929-1968)


"Whether you think that you can, or that you can't, you are usually right. "
- Henry Ford (1863-1947)


"Do, or do not. There is no 'try'. "
- Yoda ('The Empire Strikes Back')


"The only way to get rid of a temptation is to yield to it. "
- Oscar Wilde (1854-1900)


"Moral indignation is jealousy with a halo."
- H. G. Wells (1866-1946)


"I think 'Hail to the Chief' has a nice ring to it."
- John F. Kennedy (1917-1963) when asked what is his favorite song


"Talent does what it can; genius does what it must."
- unknown


"Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off your goal."
- Henry Ford (1863-1947)


"I'll sleep when I'm dead."
- Warren Zevon


"There are people in the world so hungry, that God cannot appear to them except in the form of
bread."
- Mahatma Gandhi (1869-1948)


"If you gaze long into an abyss, the abyss will gaze back into you."
- Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900)


"The instinct of nearly all societies is to lock up anybody who is truly free. First, society begins by
trying to beat you up. If this fails, they try to poison you. If this fails too, the finish by loading honors
on your head."
- Jean Cocteau (1889-1963)


"Most people would sooner die than think; in fact, they do so. "
- Bertrand Russell (1872-1970)


"Wit is educated insolence. "
- Aristotle (284-322 B.C.)


"My advice to you is get married: if you find a good wife you'll be happy; if not, you'll become a
philosopher. "
- Socrates (470-399 B.C.)


"Egotist: a person more interested in himself than in me. "
- Ambrose Bierce (1842-1914)


"A narcissist is someone better looking than you are. "
- Gore Vidal


"Perfection is achieved, not when there is nothing left to add, but when there is nothing left to take
away. "
- Antoine de St. Exupery


"Wise men make proverbs, but fools repeat them. "
- Samuel Palmer (1805-80)


"It has become appallingly obvious that our technology has exceeded our humanity. "
- Albert Einstein (1879-1955)


"The secret of success is to know something nobody else knows. "
- Aristotle Onassis (1906-1975)


"Sometimes when reading Goethe I have the paralyzing suspicion that he is trying to be funny. "
- Guy Davenport


"When you have to kill a man, it costs nothing to be polite. "
- Sir Winston Churchill (1874-1965)


"Any man who is under 30, and is not a liberal, has not heart; and any man who is over 30, and is not
a conservative, has no brains. "
- Sir Winston Churchill (1874-1965)


"The opposite of a correct statement is a false statement. The opposite of a profound truth may well
be another profound truth. "
- Niels Bohr (1885-1962)


"We all agree that your theory is crazy, but is it crazy enough?"
- Niels Bohr (1885-1962)


"When I am working on a problem I never think about beauty. I only think about how to solve the
problem. But when I have finished, if the solution is not beautiful, I know it is wrong. "
- Buckminster Fuller (1895-1983)


"In science one tries to tell people, in such a way as to be understood by everyone, something that no
one ever knew before. But in poetry, it's the exact opposite. "
- Paul Dirac (1902-1984)


"I would have made a good Pope. "
- Richard M. Nixon (1913-1994)


"Anyone who considers arithmetical methods of producing random digits is, of course, in a state of
sin. "
- John von Neumann (1903-1957)


"The mistakes are all waiting to be made. "
- chessmaster Savielly Grigorievitch Tartakower (1887-1956) on the game's opening position


"It is unbecoming for young men to utter maxims. "
- Aristotle (384-322 B.C.)


"Grove giveth and Gates taketh away. "
- Bob Metcalfe (inventor of Ethernet) on the trend of hardware speedups not being able to keep
up with software demands


"Reality is merely an illusion, albeit a very persistent one. "
- Albert Einstein (1879-1955)


"One of the symptoms of an approaching nervous breakdown is the belief that one's work is terribly
important. "
- Bertrand Russell (1872-1970)


"A little inaccuracy sometimes saves a ton of explanation. "
- H. H. Munro (Saki) (1870-1916)


"Make everything as simple as possible, but not simpler. "
- Albert Einstein (1879-1955)


"What do you take me for, an idiot?"
General Charles de Gaulle (1890-1970), when a journalist asked him if he was happy


"I heard someone tried the monkeys-on-typewriters bit trying for the plays of W. Shakespeare, but all
they got was the collected works of Francis Bacon. "
- Bill Hirst



"Three o'clock is always too late or too early for anything you want to do. "
- Jean-Paul Sartre (1905-1980)


"A doctor can bury his mistakes but an architect can only advise his clients to plant vines. "
- Frank Lloyd Wright (1868-1959)


"It is dangerous to be sincere unless you are also stupid. "
- George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950)


"If you haven't got anything nice to say about anybody, come sit next to me. "
- Alice Roosevelt Longworth (1884-1980)


"A man can't be too careful in the choice of his enemies. "
- Oscar Wilde (1854-1900)


"Forgive your enemies, but never forget their names. "
- John F. Kennedy (1917-1963)


"Logic is in the eye of the logician. "
- Gloria Steinem


"No one can earn a million dollars honestly. "
- William Jennings Bryan (1860-1925)


"Everything has been figured out, except how to live. "
- Jean-Paul Sartre (1905-1980)


"Well-timed silence hath more eloquence than speech. "
- Martin Fraquhar Tupper


"Imitation is the sincerest form of television. "
- Fred Allen (1894-1956)


"Always do right- this will gratify some and astonish the rest. "
- Mark Twain (1835-1910)


"In America, anybody can be president. That's one of the risks you take. "
- Adlai Stevenson (1900-1965)


"Copy from one, it's plagiarism; copy from two, it's research. "
- Wilson Mizner (1876-1933)


"Why don't you write books people can read?"
- Nora Joyce to her husband James (1882-1941)


"Some editors are failed writers, but so are most writers. "
- T. S. Eliot (1888-1965)


"Criticism is prejudice made plausible. "
- Henry Louis Mencken (1880-1956)


"It is better to be quotable than to be honest. "
- Tom Stoppard


"Being on the tightrope is living; everything else is waiting. "
- Karl Wallenda


"Opportunities multiply as they are seized. "
- Sun Tzu

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