Best Quotes About Age

The scientific theory I like best is that the rings of Saturn are composed entirely of lost airline luggage. -Mark Russell

I personally think we developed language because of our deep need to complain. -Lily Tomlin

All the world's a stage and most of us are desperately unrehearsed. -Sean O'Casey

A person who won't read has no advantage over one who can't read. -Mark Twain

Television has a real problem. They have no page two. -Art Buchwald

Like many women my age, I am 28 years old. -Mary Schmich

Middle age is when you've met so many people that every new person you meet reminds you of someone else. -Ogden Nash

We must develop knowledge optimization initiatives to leverage our key learnings. -Scott Adams

Effective leadership is putting first things first. Effective management is discipline, carrying it out. -Stephen Covey

Courage is not simply one of the virtues, but the form of every virtue at the testing point. -C. S. Lewis

God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference. -Reinhold Niebuhr

Heaven has no rage like love to hatred turned, nor hell a fury like a woman scorned. -William Congreve

Don't let life discourage you; everyone who got where he is had to begin where he was. -Richard L. Evans

A great deal of talent is lost to the world for want of a little courage. Every day sends to their graves obscure men whose timidity prevented them from making a first effort. -Sydney Smith

In this age, which believes that there is a short cut to everything, the greatest lesson to be learned is that the most difficult way is, in the long run, the easiest. -Henry Miller

We call that person who has lost his father, an orphan; and a widower that man who has lost his wife. But that man who has known the immense unhappiness of losing a friend, by what name do we call him? Here every language is silent and holds its peace in impotence. -Joseph Roux

Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage. -Lao Tzu

Philosophy is a battle against the bewitchment of our intelligence by means of language. -Ludwig Wittgenstein

The most heroic word in all languages is revolution. -Eugene V. Debs

The value of marriage is not that adults produce children but that children produce adults. -Peter De Vries

England and America are two countries separated by the same language. -George Bernard Shaw

Half the world is composed of idiots, the other half of people clever enough to take indecent advantage of them. -Walter Kerr

As I make my slow pilgrimage through the world, a certain sense of beautiful mystery seems to gather and grow. -A. C. Benson

There is no more difficult art to acquire than the art of observation, and for some men it is quite as difficult to record an observation in brief and plain language. -William Osler

Do not go gentle into that good night but rage, rage against the dying of the light. -Dylan Thomas

Question with boldness even the existence of a God; because, if there be one, he must more approve of the homage of reason, than that of blind-folded fear. -Thomas Jefferson

To dare to live alone is the rarest courage; since there are many who had rather meet their bitterest enemy in the field, than their own hearts in their closet. -Charles Caleb Colton

He that can live alone resembles the brute beast in nothing, the sage in much, and God in everything. -Baltasar Gracian

The great tragedy of science – the slaying of a beautiful hypothesis by an ugly fact. -Thomas Huxley

Success is that old ABC – ability, breaks, and courage. -Charles Luckman

Read over your compositions, and when you meet a passage which you think is particularly fine, strike it out. -Samuel Johnson

The Internet is not just one thing, it's a collection of things – of numerous communications networks that all speak the same digital language. -James H. Clark

The information encoded in your DNA determines your unique biological characteristics, such as sex, eye color, age and Social Security number. -Dave Barry

Life is a tragedy when seen in close-up, but a comedy in long-shot. -Charlie Chaplin

If you live to be one hundred, you've got it made. Very few people die past that age. -George Burns

What is a Web year now, about three months? And when people can browse around, discover new things, and download them fast, when we all have agents – then Web years could slip by before human beings can notice. -Tim Berners-Lee

What's more important than who's going to be the first black manager is who's going to be the first black sports editor of the New York Times. -Bill Russell

It is necessary for me to establish a winner image. Therefore, I have to beat somebody. -Richard M. Nixon

Your modern teenager is not about to listen to advice from an old person, defined as a person who remembers when there was no Velcro. -Dave Barry

I believe that we parents must encourage our children to become educated, so they can get into a good college that we cannot afford. -Dave Barry

I have an answering machine in my car. It says, I'm home now. But leave a message and I'll call when I'm out. -Steven Wright

There was a power outage at a department store yesterday. Twenty people were trapped on the escalators. -Steven Wright

How young can you die of old age? -Steven Wright

I don't mind what language an opera is sung in so long as it is a language I don't understand. -Edward Appleton

Language is a virus from outer space. -William S. Burroughs

Man invented language to satisfy his deep need to complain. -Lily Tomlin

Republicans understand the importance of bondage between a mother and child. -Dan Quayle

I've never professed to be anything but an average student. -Dan Quayle

I do have a political agenda. It's to have as few regulations as possible. -Dan Quayle

Nobody outside of a baby carriage or a judge's chamber believes in an unprejudiced point of view. -Lillian Hellman

No agency is better than its account executives. -Morris Hite

Advertising doesn't create a product advantage. It can only convey it. -William Bernbach

As advertising blather becomes the nation's normal idiom, language becomes printed noise. -George Will

On the average, five times as many people read the headline as read the body copy. When you have written your headline, you have spent eighty cents out of your dollar. -David Ogilvy

I don't know the rules of grammar… If you're trying to persuade people to do something, or buy something, it seems to me you should use their language, the language they use every day, the language in which they think. We try to write in the vernacular. -David Ogilvy

Most criticism of advertising is written in ignorance of what actually happens inside these agencies. -Michael Schudson

Living in an age of advertisement, we are perpetually disillusioned. The perfect life is spread before us every day, but it changes and withers at a touch. -J. B. Priestley

It is flagrantly dishonest for an advertising agent to urge consumers to buy a product which he would not allow his own wife to buy. -David Ogilvy

There is a huge difference between journalism and advertising. Journalism aspires to truth. Advertising is regulated for truth. I'll put the accuracy of the average ad in this country up against the average news story any time. -Jef I. Richards

Why, I ask, isn't it possible that advertising as a whole is a fantastic fraud, presenting an image of America taken seriously by no one, least of all by the advertising men who create it? -David Riesman

An image is not simply a trademark, a design, a slogan or an easily remembered picture. It is a studiously crafted personality profile of an individual, institution, corporation, product or service. -Daniel J. Boorstin

You now have to decide what 'image' you want for your brand. Image means personality. Products, like people, have personalities, and they can make or break them in the market place. -David Ogilvy

Every advertisement should be thought of as a contribution to the complex symbol which is the brand image. -David Ogilvy

If you ever have the good fortune to create a great advertising campaign, you will soon see another agency steal it. This is irritating, but don't let it worry you; nobody has ever built a brand by imitating somebody else's advertising. -David Ogilvy

The buying of time or space is not the taking out of a hunting license on someone else's private preserve but is the renting of a stage on which we may perform. -Howard Gossage

Political commercials encourage the deceptive, the destructive and the degrading. -John O'Toole

The work of an advertising agency is warmly and immediately human. It deals with human needs, wants, dreams and hopes. Its 'product' cannot be turned out on an assembly line. -Leo Burnett

There are very few men of genius in advertising agencies. But we need all we can find. Almost without exception they are disagreeable. Don't destroy them. They lay golden eggs. -David Ogilvy

Advertising is a business of words, but advertising agencies are infested with men and women who cannot write. They cannot write advertisements, and they cannot write plans. They are helpless as deaf mutes on the stage of the Metropolitan Opera. -David Ogilvy

It takes good clients to make a good advertising agency. Regardless of how much talent an ad agency may have, it is ineffective without good products and services to advertise. -Morris Hite

Chances are that neither the client nor the agency will ever know very much about what role the ad has played in sales or profits of the client, either short-term or long-term. -Michael Schudson

The force of the advertising word and image dwarfs the power of other literature in the 20th century. -Daniel J. Boorstin

There is no need for advertisements to look like advertisements. If you make them look like editorial pages, you will attract about 50 per cent more readers. -David Ogilvy

Advertising is a racket, like the movies and the brokerage business. You cannot be honest without admitting that its constructive contribution to humanity is exactly minus zero. -F. Scott Fitzgerald

Advertising as the printed form of selling would seem… ultimately to be justified in so far as it serves as a means of increasing legitimate human wants, as an agency of fair and economic competition in the distribution of goods, and as a stimulant to social progress. -Daniel Starch

Chess is as elaborate a waste of human intelligence as you can find outside an advertising agency. -Raymond Chandler

Now is the age of anxiety. -W. H. Auden

All truth passes through three stages. First, it is ridiculed. Second, it is violently opposed. Third, it is accepted as being self-evident. -Arthur Schopenhauer

There are only two tragedies in life: one is not getting what one wants, and the other is getting it. -Oscar Wilde

Have the courage to face a difficulty lest it kick you harder than you bargain for. -Stanislaus I

There are two things that one must get used to or one will find life unendurable: the damages of time and injustices of men. -Nicolas Chamfort

Middle age is when your age starts to show around your middle. -Bob Hope

Forty is the old age of youth; fifty the youth of old age. -Victor Hugo

To me, old age is always fifteen years older than I am. -Bernard Baruch

I don't believe one grows older. I think that what happens early on in life is that at a certain age one stands still and stagnates. -T. S. Eliot

Whatever poet, orator or sage may say of it, old age is still old age. -Sinclair Lewis

Middle age is the awkward period when Father Time starts catching up with Mother Nature. -Harold Coffin

What most persons consider as virtue, after the age of 40 is simply a loss of energy. -Voltaire

The answer to old age is to keep one's mind busy and to go on with one's life as if it were interminable. I always admired Chekhov for building a new house when he was dying of tuberculosis. -Leon Edel

When grace is joined with wrinkles, it is adorable. There is an unspeakable dawn in happy old age. -Victor Hugo

Youth is when you're allowed to stay up late on New Year's Eve. Middle age is when you're forced to. -Bill Vaughan

One of the disadvantages of wine is that it makes a man mistake words for thoughts. -Samuel Johnson

How often we fail to realize our good fortune in living in a country where happiness is more than a lack of tragedy. -Paul Sweeney

Anger is a killing thing: it kills the man who angers, for each rage leaves him less than he had been before – it takes something from him. -Louis L'Amour

Non-violence leads to the highest ethics, which is the goal of all evolution. Until we stop harming all other living beings, we are still savages. -Thomas A. Edison

There is a great deal of difference between an eager man who wants to read a book and the tired man who wants a book to read. -Gilbert K. Chesterton

You know you've read a good book when you turn the last page and feel a little as if you have lost a friend. -Paul Sweeney

A library is thought in cold storage. -Herbert Samuel

To bathe a cat takes brute force, perseverance, courage of conviction – and a cat. The last ingredient is usually hardest to come by. -Stephen Baker

Childhood: the period of human life intermediate between the idiocy of infancy and the folly of youth – two removes from the sin of manhood and three from the remorse of age. -Ambrose Bierce

Every child comes with the message that God is not yet discouraged of man. -Rabindranath Tagore

College is a place to keep warm between high school and an early marriage. -George Gobel

The courage to be is the courage to accept oneself, in spite of being unacceptable. -Paul Tillich

People are crying up the rich and variegated plumage of the peacock, and he is himself blushing at the sight of his ugly feet. -Saadi

Courage is the greatest of all virtues, because if you haven't courage, you may not have an opportunity to use any of the others. -Samuel Johnson

Every man has his own courage, and is betrayed because he seeks in himself the courage of other persons. -Ralph Waldo Emerson

It is curious that physical courage should be so common in the world and moral courage so rare. -Mark Twain

Sometimes even to live is an act of courage. -Lucius Annaeus Seneca

Courage is being afraid but going on anyhow. -Dan Rather

Courage is doing what you are afraid to do. There can be no courage unless you are scared. -Eddie Rickenbacker

The courage of life is often a less dramatic spectacle than the courage of a final moment; but it is no less a magnificent mixture of triumph and tragedy. -John F. Kennedy

Valor is stability, not of legs and arms, but of courage and the soul. -Michel de Montaigne

True courage is not the brutal force of vulgar heroes, but the firm resolve of virtue and reason. -Alfred North Whitehead

Courage is a peculiar kind of fear. -Charles Kennedy

Courage is fear holding on a minute longer. -George S. Patton

Courage is… the knowledge of how to fear what ought to be feared and how not to fear what ought not to be feared. -David Ben-Gurion

Courage is knowing what not to fear. -Plato

Optimism is the foundation of courage. -Nicholas M. Butler

Necessity does the work of courage. -Nicholas M. Butler

Courage is almost a contradiction in terms. It means a strong desire to live taking the form of readiness to die. -Gilbert K. Chesterton

Courage is the fear of being thought a coward. -Horace Smith

Courage is never to let your actions be influenced by your fears. -Arthur Koestler

Courage is a kind of salvation. -Plato

Courage ought to have eyes as well as arms. -Henry George Bohn

You can't test courage cautiously. -Annie Dillard

A timid person is frightened before a danger, a coward during the time, and a courageous person afterward. -Jean Paul

The really frightening thing about middle age is the knowledge that you'll grow out of it. -Doris Day

Why should society feel responsible only for the education of children, and not for the education of all adults of every age? -Erich Fromm

Inspirations never go in for long engagements; they demand immediate marriage to action. -Brendan Behan

The insufferable arrogance of human beings to think that Nature was made solely for their benefit, as if it was conceivable that the sun had been set afire merely to ripen men's apples and head their cabbages. -Cyrano de Bergerac

Faith is reason grown courageous. -Sherwood Eddy

He who has faith has… an inward reservoir of courage, hope, confidence, calmness, and assuring trust that all will come out well – even though to the world it may appear to come out most badly. -B. C. Forbes

I, with a deeper instinct, choose a man who compels my strength, who makes enormous demands on me, who does not doubt my courage or my toughness, who does not believe me naive or innocent, who has the courage to treat me like a woman. -Anais Nin

I've yet to be on a campus where most women weren't worrying about some aspect of combining marriage, children, and a career. I've yet to find one where many men were worrying about the same thing. -Gloria Steinem

Feminism is a socialist, anti-family, political movement that encourages women to leave their husbands, kill their children, practice witchcraft, destroy capitalism and become lesbians. -Pat Robertson

The best argument against democracy is a five-minute conversation with the average voter. -Winston Churchill

Giving money and power to government is like giving whiskey and car keys to teenage boys. -P. J. O'Rourke

Democracy is the art and science of running the circus from the monkey cage. -H. L. Mencken

My life is my message. -Mahatma Gandhi

It's bizarre that the produce manager is more important to my children's health than the pediatrician. -Meryl Streep

Lord save us all from old age and broken health and a hope tree that has lost the faculty of putting out blossoms. -Mark Twain

It is often easier to become outraged by injustice half a world away than by oppression and discrimination half a block from home. -Carl T. Rowan

The contest for ages has been to rescue liberty from the grasp of executive power. -Daniel Webster

Cabbage: a familiar kitchen-garden vegetable about as large and wise as a man's head. -Ambrose Bierce

Humor is merely tragedy standing on its head with its pants torn. -Irvin S. Cobb

There is nothing worse than a sharp image of a fuzzy concept. -Ansel Adams

What a distressing contrast there is between the radiant intelligence of the child and the feeble mentality of the average adult. -Sigmund Freud

God grant me the courage not to give up what I think is right even though I think it is hopeless. -Chester W. Nimitz

I always turn to the sports pages first, which records people's accomplishments. The front page has nothing but man's failures. -Earl Warren

There ain't any news in being good. You might write the doings of all the convents of the world on the back of a postage stamp, and have room to spare. -Finley Peter Dunne

If the machine of government is of such a nature that it requires you to be the agent of injustice to another, then, I say, break the law. -Henry David Thoreau

The law is an adroit mixture of customs that are beneficial to society, and could be followed even if no law existed, and others that are of advantage to a ruling minority, but harmful to the masses of men, and can be enforced on them only by terror. -Peter Kropotkin

Kindness is the language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see. -Mark Twain

How far you go in life depends on your being tender with the young, compassionate with the aged, sympathetic with the striving and tolerant of the weak and strong. Because someday in your life you will have been all of these. -George Washington Carver

Slang is a language that rolls up its sleeves, spits on its hands and goes to work. -Carl Sandburg

It's a strange world of language in which skating on thin ice can get you into hot water. -Franklin P. Jones

A different language is a different vision of life. -Federico Fellini

But if thought corrupts language, language can also corrupt thought. -George Orwell

The basic fact about human existence is not that it is a tragedy, but that it is a bore. It is not so much a war as an endless standing in line. -H. L. Mencken

Love is the word used to label the sexual excitement of the young, the habituation of the middle-aged, and the mutual dependence of the old. -John Ciardi

Strike an average between what a woman thinks of her husband a month before she marries him and what she thinks of him a year afterward, and you will have the truth about him. -H. L. Mencken

Marriage is a great institution, but I'm not ready for an institution. -Mae West

Marriage, n: the state or condition of a community consisting of a master, a mistress, and two slaves, making in all, two. -Ambrose Bierce

More marriages might survive if the partners realized that sometimes the better comes after the worse. -Doug Larson

Only choose in marriage a man whom you would choose as a friend if he were a woman. -Joseph Joubert

One advantage of marriage is that, when you fall out of love with him or he falls out of love with you, it keeps you together until you fall in again. -Judith Viorst

The difficulty with marriage is that we fall in love with a personality, but must live with a character. -Peter De Vries

A successful marriage requires falling in love many times, always with the same person. -Mignon McLaughlin

In every marriage more than a week old, there are grounds for divorce. The trick is to find, and continue to find, grounds for marriage. -Robert Anderson

Almost no one is foolish enough to imagine that he automatically deserves great success in any field of activity; yet almost everyone believes that he automatically deserves success in marriage. -Sydney J. Harris

Before marriage, a girl has to make love to a man to hold him. After marriage, she has to hold him to make love to him. -Marilyn Monroe

Marriage – a book of which the first chapter is written in poetry and the remaining chapters in prose. -Beverley Nichols

Marriage is a feast where the grace is sometimes better than the dinner. -Charles Caleb Colton

I've been married to one Marxist and one Fascist, and neither one would take the garbage out. -Lee Grant

The secret of a happy marriage remains a secret. -Henny Youngman

Marriage is a mistake every man should make. -George Jessel

Marriage: A word which should be pronounced 'mirage'. -Herbert Spencer

Hubert Humphrey talks so fast that listening to him is like trying to read Playboy magazine with your wife turning the pages. -Barry Goldwater

Any intelligent woman who reads the marriage contract, and then goes into it, deserves all the consequences. -Isadora Duncan

Marriage is like a bank account. You put it in, you take it out, you lose interest. -Irwin Corey

On rare occasions one does hear of a miraculous case of a married couple falling in love after marriage, but on close examination it will be found that it is a mere adjustment to the inevitable. -Emma Goldman

Marriage is a wonderful invention: then again, so is a bicycle repair kit. -Billy Connolly

Men who have a pierced ear are better prepared for marriage – they've experienced pain and bought jewelry. -Rita Rudner

A good marriage would be between a blind wife and a deaf husband. -Michel de Montaigne

If you want to read about love and marriage, you've got to buy two separate books. -Alan King

Marriage is a bribe to make the housekeeper think she's a householder. -Thornton Wilder

Marriage is an alliance entered into by a man who can't sleep with the window shut, and a woman who can't sleep with the window open. -George Bernard Shaw

Marriage, a market which has nothing free but the entrance. -Michel de Montaigne

Politics doesn't make strange bedfellows – marriage does. -Groucho Marx

Boys will be boys, and so will a lot of middle-aged men. -Kin Hubbard

The tragedy of machismo is that a man is never quite man enough. -Germaine Greer

All women become like their mothers. That is their tragedy. No man does. That's his. -Oscar Wilde

The average man is more interested in a woman who is interested in him than he is in a woman with beautiful legs. -Marlene Dietrich

The average, healthy, well-adjusted adult gets up at seven-thirty in the morning feeling just plain terrible. -Jean Kerr

Setting a good example for your children takes all the fun out of middle age. -William Feather

What was most significant about the lunar voyage was not that men set foot on the moon but that they set eye on the earth. -Norman Cousins

The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes. -Marcel Proust

The charm of history and its enigmatic lesson consist in the fact that, from age to age, nothing changes and yet everything is completely different. -Aldous Huxley

Genuine tragedies in the world are not conflicts between right and wrong. They are conflicts between two rights. -Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel

When words become unclear, I shall focus with photographs. When images become inadequate, I shall be content with silence. -Ansel Adams

The worst tragedy for a poet is to be admired through being misunderstood. -Jean Cocteau

Poetry is language at its most distilled and most powerful. -Rita Dove

A diplomat is a man who always remembers a woman's birthday but never remembers her age. -Robert Frost

The modern conservative is engaged in one of man's oldest exercises in moral philosophy; that is, the search for a superior moral justification for selfishness. -John Kenneth Galbraith

Politics: A strife of interests masquerading as a contest of principles. The conduct of public affairs for private advantage. -Ambrose Bierce

The test of courage comes when we are in the minority. The test of tolerance comes when we are in the majority. -Ralph W. Sockman

The wisdom of the wise and the experience of the ages is preserved into perpetuity by a nation's proverbs, fables, folk sayings and quotations. -William Feather

Have you ever observed that we pay much more attention to a wise passage when it is quoted than when we read it in the original author? -Philip Gilbert Hamerton

I feel like a fugitive from the law of averages. -Bill Mauldin

Why should we honour those that die upon the field of battle? A man may show as reckless a courage in entering into the abyss of himself. -William Butler Yeats

How can a society that exists on instant mashed potatoes, packaged cake mixes, frozen dinners, and instant cameras teach patience to its young? -Paul Sweeney

Language… has created the word 'loneliness' to express the pain of being alone. And it has created the word 'solitude' to express the glory of being alone. -Paul Tillich

Let a fool hold his tongue and he will pass for a sage. -Publilius Syrus

Say you were standing with one foot in the oven and one foot in an ice bucket. According to the percentage people, you would be perfectly comfortable. -Bobby Bragan

I abhor averages. I like the individual case. A man may have six meals one day and none the next, making an average of three meals per day, but that is not a good way to live. -Louis D. Brandeis

If people concentrated on the really important things in life, there'd be a shortage of fishing poles. -Doug Larson

Modern cynics and skeptics… see no harm in paying those to whom they entrust the minds of their children a smaller wage than is paid to those to whom they entrust the care of their plumbing. -John F. Kennedy

Teaching is the only major occupation of man for which we have not yet developed tools that make an average person capable of competence and performance. In teaching we rely on the 'naturals', the ones who somehow know how to teach. -Peter Drucker

The most important and urgent problems of the technology of today are no longer the satisfactions of the primary needs or of archetypal wishes, but the reparation of the evils and damages by the technology of yesterday. -Dennis Gabor

Telephone, n. An invention of the devil which abrogates some of the advantages of making a disagreeable person keep his distance. -Ambrose Bierce

As a teenager you are at the last stage in your life when you will be happy to hear that the phone is for you. -Fran Lebowitz

Heredity is what sets the parents of a teenager wondering about each other. -Laurence J. Peter

Few things are more satisfying than seeing your children have teenagers of their own. -Doug Larson

Telling a teenager the facts of life is like giving a fish a bath. -Arnold H. Glasow

An idealist is one who, on noticing that roses smell better than a cabbage, concludes that it will also make better soup. -H. L. Mencken

The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page. -Saint Augustine

Except during the nine months before he draws his first breath, no man manages his affairs as well as a tree does. -George Bernard Shaw

Do you really think it is weakness that yields to temptation? I tell you that there are terrible temptations which it requires strength, strength and courage to yield to. -Oscar Wilde

I have a wife, I have sons: all of them hostages given to fate. -Lucan

A man's work is nothing but this slow trek to rediscover, through the detours of art, those two or three great and simple images in whose presence his heart first opened. -Albert Camus

Unjust. How many times I've used that word, scolded myself with it. All I mean by it now is that I don't have the final courage to say that I refuse to preside over violations against myself, and to hell with justice. -Lillian Hellman

I often want to cry. That is the only advantage women have over men – at least they can cry. -Jean Rhys

Human language… prevents us from sticking to the matter at hand. -Lewis Thomas

A happy marriage is a long conversation which always seems too short. -Andre Maurois

After a few years of marriage a man can look right at a woman without seeing her and a woman can see right through a man without looking at him. -Helen Rowland

War grows out of the desire of the individual to gain advantage at the expense of his fellow man. -Napoleon Hill

When the rich wage war, it's the poor who die. -Jean-Paul Sartre

War is fear cloaked in courage. -William Westmoreland

Wisdom doesn't necessarily come with age. Sometimes age just shows up all by itself. -Tom Wilson

Have courage for the great sorrows of life and patience for the small ones; and when you have laboriously accomplished your daily task, go to sleep in peace. -Victor Hugo

Never undertake anything for which you wouldn't have the courage to ask the blessings of heaven. -Georg C. Lichtenberg

Drag your thoughts away from your troubles… by the ears, by the heels, or any other way you can manage it. -Mark Twain

The pages are still blank, but there is a miraculous feeling of the words being there, written in invisible ink and clamoring to become visible. -Vladimir Nabokov

It seems to me that those songs that have been any good, I have nothing much to do with the writing of them. The words have just crawled down my sleeve and come out on the page. -Joan Baez

Middle age is the time when a man is always thinking that in a week or two he will feel as good as ever. -Don Marquis

Art is a marriage of the conscious and the unconscious. -Jean Cocteau

We are born at a given moment, in a given place and, like vintage years of wine, we have the qualities of the year and of the season of which we are born. Astrology does not lay claim to anything more. -Carl Jung

What a curious phenomenon it is that you can get men to die for the liberty of the world who will not make the little sacrifice that is needed to free themselves from their own individual bondage. -Bruce Barton

Boys frustrate me. I hate all their indirect messages, I hate game playing. Do you like me or don't you? Just tell me so I can get over you. -Kirsten Dunst

Truth never damages a cause that is just. -Mahatma Gandhi

Preachers in pulpits talked about what a great message is in the book. No matter what you do, somebody always imputes meaning into your books. -Dr. Seuss

I think I don't regret a single 'excess' of my responsive youth – I only regret, in my chilled age, certain occasions and possibilities I didn't embrace. -Henry James

In motivating people, you've got to engage their minds and their hearts. I motivate people, I hope, by example – and perhaps by excitement, by having productive ideas to make others feel involved. -Rupert Murdoch

When we are born we cry that we are come to this great stage of fools. -William Shakespeare

Courage is found in unlikely places. -J. R. R. Tolkien

The enemy of society is middle class and the enemy of life is middle age. -Orson Welles

The one charm about marriage is that it makes a life of deception absolutely necessary for both parties. -Oscar Wilde

The average man is a conformist, accepting miseries and disasters with the stoicism of a cow standing in the rain. -Colin Wilson

When marrying, ask yourself this question: Do you believe that you will be able to converse well with this person into your old age? Everything else in marriage is transitory. -Friedrich Nietzsche

It is not a lack of love, but a lack of friendship that makes unhappy marriages. -Friedrich Nietzsche

Confusion of goals and perfection of means seems, in my opinion, to characterize our age. -Albert Einstein

Cauliflower is nothing but cabbage with a college education. -Mark Twain

How often it is that the angry man rages denial of what his inner self is telling him. -Frank Herbert

I the heir of all the ages, in the foremost files of time. -Alfred Lord Tennyson

I think computer viruses should count as life. I think it says something about human nature that the only form of life we have created so far is purely destructive. We've created life in our own image. -Stephen Hawking

In Hollywood, all marriages are happy. It's trying to live together afterwards that causes the problems. -Shelley Winters

It is sobering to consider that when Mozart was my age he had already been dead for a year. -Tom Lehrer

There is no avoiding war; it can only be postponed to the advantage of others. -Niccolo Machiavelli

Woman throughout the ages has been mistress to the law, as man has been its master. -Freda Adler

Not to engage in the pursuit of ideas is to live like ants instead of like men. -Mortimer Adler

Letters are expectation packaged in an envelope. -Shana Alexander

Self-pity in its early stage is as snug as a feather mattress. Only when it hardens does it become uncomfortable. -Maya Angelou

A newspaper is lumber made malleable. It is ink made into words and pictures. It is conceived, born, grows up and dies of old age in a day. -Jim Bishop

In my view, far from deserving condemnation for their courageous reporting, the New York Times, the Washington Post and other newspapers should be commended for serving the purpose that the Founding Fathers saw so clearly. -Hugo Black

Will the reader turn the page? -Catherine Drinker Bowen

Sex, a great and mysterious motive force in human life, has indisputably been a subject of absorbing interest to mankind through the ages. -William J. Brennan, Jr.

Politics, where fat, bald, disagreeable men, unable to be candidates themselves, teach a president how to act on a public stage. -Jimmy Breslin

This is the first convention of the space age – where a candidate can promise the moon and mean it. -David Brinkley

For a writer only one form of patriotism exists: his attitude toward language. -Joseph Brodsky

There is something about seeing real people on a stage that makes a bad play more intimately, more personally offensive than any other art form. -Anatole Broyard

Forty years later, people still swear they can hear his offstage scream. -Robert Brustein

An animal's eyes have the power to speak a great language. -Martin Buber

Religion points to that area of human experience where in one way or another man comes upon mystery as a summons to pilgrimage. -Frederick Buechner

A publisher should always be on the receiving end. He should take an interest in almost any subject and remain anonymous, letting the author take center stage. -Cass Canfield

When God hands you a gift, he also hands you a whip; and the whip is intended for self-flagellation solely. -Truman Capote

I adore the theater and I am a painter. I think the two are made for a marriage of love. I will give all my soul to prove this once more. -Marc Chagall

I had no idea of the character. But the moment I was dressed, the clothes and the make-up made me feel the person he was. I began to know him, and by the time I walked onto the stage he was fully born. -Charlie Chaplin

That's called a microphone. It's a big sausage that picks up everything you say – and you're starting early. -Prince Charles

For me, a page of good prose is where one hears the rain and the noise of battle. It has the power to give grief or universality that lends it a youthful beauty. -John Cheever

The rise of computer crime and armed robbery has not eliminated the lure of caged cash. -James Chiles

Terrorism takes us back to ages we thought were long gone if we allow it a free hand to corrupt democratic societies and destroy the basic rules of international life. -Jacques Chirac

The heightened public clamor resulting from radio and television coverage will inevitably result in prejudice. Trial by television is, therefore, foreign to our system. -Tom C. Clark

Fraud is the homage that force pays to reason. -Charles Curtis

I'm at the age where food has taken the place of sex in my life. In fact, I've just had a mirror put over my kitchen table. -Rodney Dangerfield

Wave after wave of love flooded the stage and washed over me, the beginning of the one great durable romance of my life. -Bette Davis

The great leaders have always stage-managed their effects. -Charles de Gaulle

To govern is always to choose among disadvantages. -Charles de Gaulle

Old age is a shipwreck. -Charles de Gaulle

The universe lies before you on the floor, in the air, in the mysterious bodies of your dancers, in your mind. From this voyage no one returns poor or weary. -Agnes de Mille

A lot of its readers are of an age where they forget to cancel. -Jerry Della Femina

Women are most fascinating between the ages of 35 and 40 after they have won a few races and know how to pace themselves. Since few women ever pass 40, maximum fascination can continue indefinitely. -Christian Dior

A satirist is a man whose flesh creeps so at the ugly and the savage and the incongruous aspects of society that he has to express them as brutally and nakedly as possible in order to get relief. -John Dos Passos

Marriage is a coming together for better or for worse, hopefully enduring, and intimate to the degree of being sacred. -William O. Douglas

In my youth I stressed freedom, and in my old age I stress order. I have made the great discovery that liberty is a product of order. -Will Durant

The ego is willing but the machine cannot go on. It's the last thing a man will admit, that his mind ages. -Will Durant

Lest Arab governments be tempted out of sheer routine to rush into impulsive rejection, let me suggest that tragedy is not what men suffer but what they miss. -Abba Eban

I feel impelled to speak today in a language that in a sense is new-one which I, who have spent so much of my life in the military profession, would have preferred never to use. That new language is the language of atomic warfare. -Dwight D. Eisenhower

The communication of the dead is tongued with fire beyond the language of the living. -T. S. Eliot

The upward course of a nation's history is due in the long run to the soundness of heart of its average men and women. -Queen Elizabeth II

Verse is not written, it is bled; Out of the poet's abstract head. Words drip the poem on the page; Out of his grief, delight and rage. -Paul Engle

I used to think that the Civil War was our country's greatest tragedy, but I do remember that there were some redeeming features in the Civil War in that there was some spirit of sacrifice and heroism displayed on both sides. I see no redeeming features in Watergate. -Sam Ervin

My son is 7 years old. I am 54. It has taken me a great many years to reach that age. I am more respected in the community, I am stronger, I am more intelligent and I think I am better than he is. I don't want to be a pal, I want to be a father. -Clifton Fadiman

Civilization is a movement and not a condition, a voyage and not a harbor. -Arnold J. Toynbee

There's a crystallization that goes on in a poem which the young man can bring off, but which the middle-aged man can't. -John Updike

Critics search for ages for the wrong word, which, to give them credit, they eventually find. -Peter Ustinov

More has been screwed up on the battlefield and misunderstood in the Pentagon because of a lack of understanding of the English language than any other single factor. -John W. Vessey, Jr.

Litigation takes the place of sex at middle age. -Gore Vidal

Until the rise of American advertising, it never occurred to anyone anywhere in the world that the teenager was a captive in a hostile world of adults. -Gore Vidal

To separate children from others of similar age and qualifications solely because of their race generates a feeling of inferiority as to their status in the community that may affect their hearts and minds in a way unlikely ever to be undone. -Earl Warren

You are also caught with the fact that man is a creature who walks in two worlds and traces upon the walls of his cave the wonders and the nightmare experiences of his spiritual pilgrimage. -Morris West

The Court is most vulnerable and comes nearest to illegitimacy when it deals with judge-made constitutional law having little or no cognizable roots in the language or design of the Constitution. -Byron White

Generally students are the best vehicles for passing on ideas, for their thoughts are plastic and can be molded and they can adjust the ideas of old men to the shape of reality as they find it in villages and hills of China or in ghettos and suburbs of America. -Theodore White

Hope, like faith, is nothing if it is not courageous; it is nothing if it is not ridiculous. -Thornton Wilder

I think on-stage nudity is disgusting, shameful and damaging to all things American. But if I were 22 with a great body, it would be artistic, tasteful, patriotic and a progressive religious experience. -Shelley Winters

In the large cities that received new Americans, there flowered a golden age of restaurants, manned by the available talent from abroad and fueled by the restless wealth of the newly rich. -David Joseph Schwartz

The tragedy of life is what dies inside a man while he lives. -Albert Schweitzer

Language is the soul of intellect, and reading is the essential process by which that intellect is cultivated beyond the commonplace experiences of everyday life. -Charles Scribner, Jr.

The great advantage of a hotel is that it is a refuge from home life. -George Bernard Shaw

Why, except as a means of livelihood, a man should desire to act on the stage when he has the whole world to act in, is not clear to me. -George Bernard Shaw

Jerusalem is a festival and a lamentation. Its song is a sigh across the ages, a delicate, robust, mournful psalm at the great junction of spiritual cultures. -David K. Shipler

Remember, God provides the best camouflage several hours out of every 24. -David M. Shoup

I lived through the garbage. I might as well dine on the caviar. -Beverly Sills

Hell hath no fury like a hustler with a literary agent. -Frank Sinatra

The aim of flattery is to soothe and encourage us by assuring us of the truth of an opinion we have already formed about ourselves. -Edith Sitwell

There is something that falls short of perfection in every book, without exception, something influenced by the age, even something ridiculous; just like everyone, without exception, has weaknesses. -Josef Skvorecky

The marriage didn't work out but the separation is great. -Liz Smith

I like to get where the cabbage is cooking and catch the scents. -Red Smith

You are never so alone as when you are ill on stage. The most nightmarish feeling in the world is suddenly to feel like throwing up in front of four thousand people. -Judy Garland

Management must manage! -Harold S. Geneen

Managers in all too many American companies do not achieve the desired results because nobody makes them do it. -Harold S. Geneen

It is unthinkable for a Frenchman to arrive at middle age without having syphilis and the Cross of the Legion of Honor. -Andre Gide

Parody is homage gone sour. -Brendan Gill

This is a day we have managed to avoid for a quarter of a century. -John Glenn

He carried his childhood like a hurt warm bird held to his middle-aged breast. -Herbert Gold

Law not served by power is an illusion; but power not ruled by law is a menace which our nuclear age cannot afford. -Arthur Goldberg

The past is not simply the past, but a prism through which the subject filters his own changing self-image. -Doris Kearns Goodwin

It is better to discuss things, to argue and engage in polemics than make perfidious plans of mutual destruction. -Mikhail Gorbachev

Courage is very important. Like a muscle, it is strengthened by use. -Ruth Gordon

Courage is contagious. When a brave man takes a stand, the spines of others are often stiffened. -Billy Graham

If we had failed to pursue the facts as far as they led, we would have denied the public any knowledge of an unprecedented scheme of political surveillance and sabotage. -Katharine Graham

We have our factory, which is called a stage. We make a product, we color it, we title it and we ship it out in cans. -Cary Grant

Marriage, like money, is still with us; and, like money, progressively devalued. -Robert Graves

Champagne, if you are seeking the truth, is better than a lie detector. It encourages a man to be expansive, even reckless, while lie detectors are only a challenge to tell lies successfully. -Graham Greene

Something about her eyes or voice has always suggested the hint of a free spirit, trapped in a Peck and Peck cage, dreaming of making rude noises at public gatherings of Republicans. -Jeff Greenfield

The news is staged, anticipated, reported, analyzed until all interest is wrung from it and abandoned for some new novelty. -Thomas Griffith

He steps on stage and draws the sword of rhetoric, and when he is through, someone is lying wounded and thousands of others are either angry or consoled. -Pete Hamill

After 12 years, the old butterflies came back. Well, I guess at my age you call them moths. -Franco Harris

The roads of life are strewn with the wreckage of run-down and half-finished loves. -Ralph W. Sockman

One difference between poetry and lyrics is that lyrics sort of fade into the background. They fade on the page and live on the stage when set to music. -Stephen Sondheim

All my pupils are the creme de la creme. Give me a girl of an impressionable age, and she is mine for life. -Muriel Spark

You don't tell us how to stage the news and we don't tell you how to cover it. -Larry Speakes

Sure I played, did you think I was born at the age of 70 sitting in a dugout trying to manage guys like you? -Casey Stengel

Working for a federal agency was like trying to dislodge a prune skin from the roof of the mouth. More enterprise went into the job than could be justified by the results. -Caskie Stinnett

The bad end unhappily, the good unluckily. That is what tragedy means. -Tom Stoppard

The good writing of any age has always been the product of someone's neurosis. -William Styron

The Defense Department's plan to ban newspaper reporters from pool coverage of military operations is incredible. It reveals the administration to be out of touch with journalism, reality and the First Amendment. -Arthur Ochs Sulzberger

I've given my memoirs far more thought than any of my marriages. You can't divorce a book. -Gloria Swanson

The war we have to wage today has only one goal and that is to make the world safe for diversity. -U Thant

If you want to cut your own throat, don't come to me for a bandage. -Margaret Thatcher

Decision is a risk rooted in the courage of being free. -Paul Tillich

I'm leaving the screen because I don't think I am very good in the pictures and I have this beautiful dream that I'm elegant on the stage. -Helen Hayes

The tragedy is not that love doesn't last. The tragedy is the love that lasts. -Shirley Hazzard

I occasionally play works by contemporary composers and for two reasons. First to discourage the composer from writing any more and secondly to remind myself how much I appreciate Beethoven. -Jascha Heifetz

If you believe, as the Greeks did, that man is at the mercy of the gods, then you write tragedy. The end is inevitable from the beginning. But if you believe that man can solve his own problems and is at nobody's mercy, then you will probably write melodrama. -Lillian Hellman

Marriage is a series of desperate arguments people feel passionately about. -Katharine Hepburn

Americans, who make more of marrying for love than any other people, also break up more of their marriages, but the figure reflects not so much the failure of love as the determination of people not to live without it. -Morton Hunt

The age of Lincoln and Jefferson memorials is over. It will be presidential libraries from now on. -Ada Louise Huxtable

Humanity should question itself, once more, about the absurd and always unfair phenomenon of war, on whose stage of death and pain only remain standing the negotiating table that could and should have prevented it. -Pope John Paul II

The CIA is made up of boys whose families sent them to Princeton but wouldn't let them into the family brokerage business. -Lyndon B. Johnson

It is the city of mirrors, the city of mirages, at once solid and liquid, at once air and stone. -Erica Jong

At college age, you can tell who is best at taking tests and going to school, but you can't tell who the best people are. That worries the hell out of me. -Barnaby C. Keeney

We prefer world law in the age of self-determination to world war in the age of mass extermination. -John F. Kennedy

A riot is the language of the unheard. -Martin Luther King, Jr.

Mama and Daddy King represent the best in manhood and womanhood, the best in a marriage, the kind of people we are trying to become. -Coretta Scott King

French is the language that turns dirt into romance. -Stephen King

It was a Greek tragedy. Nixon was fulfilling his own nature. Once it started it could not end otherwise. -Henry Kissinger

In a neighborhood, as in life, a clean bandage is much, much better than a raw or festering wound. -Ed Koch

I know many writers who first dictate passages, then polish what they have dictated. I speak, then I polish – occasionally I do windows. -Ed Koch

The conductor has the advantage of not seeing the audience. -Andre Kostelanetz

He was one of those inexplicable gifts of nature, an artist who leaps over boundaries, changes our nervous systems, creates a new language, transmits new kinds of joy to our startled senses and spirits. -Jack Kroll

The trouble with our age is all signposts and no destination. -Louis Kronenberger

There is nothing so good for the human soul as the discovery that there are ancient and flourishing civilized societies which have somehow managed to exist for many centuries and are still in being though they have had no help from the traveler in solving their problems. -Walter Lippmann

Men who are orthodox when they are young are in danger of being middle-aged all their lives. -Walter Lippmann

Membership of the United Nations gives every member the right to make a fool of himself, and that is a right of which the Soviet Union in this case has taken full advantage. -Henry Cabot Lodge, Jr.

Courage is the ladder on which all the other virtues mount. -Clare Boothe Luce

The great thing about getting older is that you don't lose all the other ages you've been. -Madeleine L'Engle

Friendships, like marriages, are dependent on avoiding the unforgivable. -John D. MacDonald

There are four stages in a marriage. First there's the affair, then the marriage, then children and finally the fourth stage, without which you cannot know a woman, the divorce. -Norman Mailer

Life is a tragedy full of joy. -Bernard Malamud

Music conveys moods and images. Even in opera, where plots deal with the structure of destiny, it's music, not words, that provides power. -Marcel Marceau

Our whole constitutional heritage rebels at the thought of giving government the power to control men's minds. -Thurgood Marshall

Drawing is like making an expressive gesture with the advantage of permanence. -Henri Matisse

A successful marriage is an edifice that must be rebuilt every day. -Andre Maurois

People are what you make them. A scornful look turns into a complete fool a man of average intelligence. A contemptuous indifference turns into an enemy a woman who, well treated, might have been an angel. -Andre Maurois

A bore is a vacuum cleaner of society, sucking up everything and giving nothing. Bores are always eager to be seen talking to you. -Elsa Maxwell

It must be borne in mind that the tragedy of life doesn't lie in not reaching your goal. The tragedy lies in having no goals to reach. -Benjamin E. Mays

There is no greater excitement than to support an intellectual wife and have her support you. Marriage is a partnership in which each inspires the other, and brings fruition to both of you. -Millicent Carey McIntosh

A woman telling her true age is like a buyer confiding his final price to an Armenian rug dealer. -Mignon McLaughlin

The new electronic independence re-creates the world in the image of a global village. -Marshall McLuhan

The qualities of an exceptional cook are akin to those of a successful tightrope walker: an abiding passion for the task, courage to go out on a limb and an impeccable sense of balance. -Bryan Q. Miller

The printed page conveys information and commitment, and requires active involvement. Television conveys emotion and experience, and it's very limited in what it can do logically. It's an existential experience – there and then gone. -Bill Moyers

Somehow liberals have been unable to acquire from life what conservatives seem to be endowed with at birth: namely, a healthy skepticism of the powers of government agencies to do good. -Daniel Patrick Moynihan

Every time I see something terrible, it's like I see it at age 19. I keep a freshness that way. -Ralph Nader

So long as there is one pretty girl left on the stage, the professional undertakers may hold up their burial of the theater. -George Jean Nathan

In the television age, the key distinction is between the candidate who can speak poetry and the one who can only speak prose. -Richard M. Nixon

The office of drama is to exercise, possibly to exhaust, human emotions. The purpose of comedy is to tickle those emotions into an expression of light relief; of tragedy, to wound them and bring the relief of tears. Disgust and terror are the other points of the compass. -Laurence Olivier

I believe that in a great city, or even in a small city or a village, a great theater is the outward and visible sign of an inward and probable culture. -Laurence Olivier

My stage successes have provided me with the greatest moments outside myself, my film successes the best moments, professionally, within myself. -Laurence Olivier

The great enemy of clear language is insincerity. When there is a gap between one's real and one's declared aims, one turns, as it were, instinctively to long words and exhausted idioms, like a cuttlefish squirting out ink. -George Orwell

You better take advantage of the good cigars. You don't get much else in that job. -Thomas P. O'Neill

If I could explain it to the average person, it wouldn't have been worth the Nobel Prize. -Richard P. Feynman

Love is not weakness. It is strong. Only the sacrament of marriage can contain it. -Boris Pasternak

Do not lose courage in considering your own imperfections. -Saint Francis de Sales

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

He has a profound respect for old age. Especially when it's bottled. -Gene Fowler

Most marriages recognize this paradox: Passion destroys passion; we want what puts an end to wanting what we want. -John Fowles

This bill is the legislative equivalent of crack. It yields a short-term high but does long-term damage to the system and it's expensive to boot. -Barney Frank

The difference between an author and a horse is that the horse doesn't understand the horse dealer's language. -Max Frisch

Both dreams and myths are important communications from ourselves to ourselves. If we do not understand the language in which they are written, we miss a great deal of what we know and tell ourselves in those hours when we are not busy manipulating the outside world. -Erich Fromm

It is only in the light of the inescapable fact of death that a person can adequately engage and enter upon the mysterious fact of life. -John Hines

God, give us grace to accept with serenity the things that cannot be changed, courage to change the things which should be changed and the wisdom to distinguish the one from the other. -Reinhold Niebuhr

There are two sighs of relief every night in the life of an opera manager. The first comes when the curtain goes up The second sigh of relief comes when the final curtain goes down without any disaster, and one realizes, gratefully, that the miracle has happened again. -Rudolf Bing

Death used to announce itself in the thick of life but now people drag on so long it sometimes seems that we are reaching the stage when we may have to announce ourselves to death. It is as though one needs a special strength to die, and not a final weakness. -Ronald Blythe

A language is a more ancient and inevitable thing than any state. -Joseph Brodsky

When it comes to Chinese food I have always operated under the policy that the less known about the preparation the better. A wise diner who is invited to visit the kitchen replies by saying, as politely as possible, that he has a pressing engagement elsewhere. -Calvin Trillin

Mother considered a press conference on a par with a visit to a cage of cobras. -Margaret Truman

In old age we are like a batch of letters that someone has sent. We are no longer in the past, we have arrived. -Knut Hamsun

There is no way that writers can be tamed and rendered civilized or even cured. The only solution known to science is to provide the patient with an isolation room, where he can endure the acute stages in private and where food can be poked in to him with a stick. -Robert A. Heinlein

We have entered an age in which education is not just a luxury permitting some men an advantage over others. It has become a necessity without which a person is defenseless in this complex, industrialized society. We have truly entered the century of the educated man. -Lyndon B. Johnson

Don't wish me happiness – I don't expect to be happy it's gotten beyond that, somehow. Wish me courage and strength and a sense of humor – I will need them all. -Anne Morrow Lindbergh

To the humblest among them, who may be listening to me now, I want to say that the masterpiece to which you are paying historic homage this evening is a painting which he has saved. -Andre Malraux

Men do not fight for flag or country, for the Marine Corps or glory or any other abstraction. They fight for one another. And if you came through this ordeal, you would age with dignity. -William Manchester

I came into the world a Jew, and although I did not live my life entirely as a Jew, I think it is fitting that I should leave as a Jew. I don't want to turn my back on a great and noble heritage. -Felix Frankfurter

For age is opportunity no less Than youth itself, though in another dress, And as the evening twilight fades away The sky is filled with stars, invisible by day. -Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

To be happy, we must be true to nature and carry our age along with us. -William Hazlitt

Like dogs in a wheel, birds in a cage, or squirrels in a chain, ambitious men still climb and climb, with great labor, and incessant anxiety, but never reach the top. -Robert Burton

Beauty itself is but the sensible image of the Infinite. -Francis Bacon

Courage conquers all things: it even gives strength to the body. -Ovid

You will never do anything in this world without courage. It is the greatest quality of the mind next to honor. -Aristotle

Every man of courage is a man of his word. -Pierre Corneille

It is the malady of our age that the young are so busy teaching us that they have no time left to learn. -Eric Hoffer

Let the fear of a danger be a spur to prevent it; he that fears not, gives advantage to the danger. -Benjamin Disraeli

When men are full of envy they disparage everything, whether it be good or bad. -Tacitus

Method is more important than strength, when you wish to control your enemies. By dropping golden beads near a snake, a crow once managed To have a passer-by kill the snake for the beads. -Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

The tragedy of life is not that man loses but that he almost wins. -Heywood Broun

How pleasant it is for a father to sit at his child's board. It is like an aged man reclining under the shadow of an oak which he has planted. -Walter Scott

Suppressed grief suffocates, it rages within the breast, and is forced to multiply its strength. -Ovid

Without health life is not life; it is only a state of langour and suffering – an image of death. -Buddha

It disturbs me no more to find men base, unjust, or selfish than to see apes mischievous, wolves savage, or the vulture ravenous. -Jean-Paul Sartre

With devotion's visage and pious action we do sugar o'er the devil himself. -Thomas Fuller

The stars shall fade away, the sun himself Grow dim with age, and nature sink in years, But thou shalt flourish in immortal youth, Unhurt amidst the wars of elements, The wrecks of matter, and the crush of worlds. -Joseph Addison

Litigation: A machine which you go into as a pig and come out of as a sausage. -Ambrose Bierce

Poetry should help, not only to refine the language of the time, but to prevent it from changing too rapidly. -T. S. Eliot

As to marriage or celibacy, let a man take which course he will, he will be sure to repent. -Socrates

How marriage ruins a man! It is as demoralizing as cigarettes, and far more expensive. -Oscar Wilde

There may be good, but there are no pleasant marriages. -Rainer Maria Rilke

More belongs to marriage than four legs in a bed. -Rainer Maria Rilke

The man that hath no music in himself, Nor is not moved with concord of sweet sounds, is fit for treasons, stratagems and spoils. -William Shakespeare

Let us not forget that the cultivation of the earth is the most important labor of man. When tillage begins, other arts will follow. The farmers, therefore, are the founders of civilization. -Daniel Webster

Religion in its humility restores man to his only dignity, the courage to live by grace. -George Santayana

Hell is an outrage on humanity. When you tell me that your deity made you in his image, I reply that he must have been very ugly. -Victor Hugo

I suppose society is wonderfully delightful. To be in it is merely a bore. But to be out of it is simply a tragedy. -Oscar Wilde

The sage does not hoard. The more he helps others, the more he benefits himself, The more he gives to others, the more he gets himself. The Way of Heaven does one good but never does one harm. The Way of the sage is to act but not to compete. -Lao Tzu

The career of a sage is of two kinds: He is either honored by all in the world, Like a flower waving its head, Or else he disappears into the silent forest. -Lao Tzu

Two aged men, that had been foes for life, Met by a grave, and wept – and in those tears They washed away the memory of their strife; Then wept again the loss of all those years. -Jean Paul

Virtues are acquired through endeavor, Which rests wholly upon yourself. So, to praise others for their virtues Can but encourage one's own efforts. -Thomas Paine

The entire lower world was created in the likeness of the higher world. All that exists in the higher world appears like an image in this lower world; yet all this is but One. -Michel de Montaigne

Wit is the sudden marriage of ideas which, before their union, were not perceived to have any relation. -Mark Twain

To resist the frigidity of old age, one must combine the body, the mind, and the heart. And to keep these in parallel vigor one must exercise, study, and love. -Alan Bleasdale

A good man often appears gauche simply because he does not take advantage of the myriad mean little chances of making himself look stylish. Preferring truth to form, he is not constantly at work upon the facade of his appearance. -Alanis Morissette

When you're average, you're just as close to the bottom as you are the top. -Alfred North Whitehead

To keep the heart unwrinkled, to be hopeful, kindly, cheerful, reverent that is to triumph over old age. -Amos Bronson Alcott

Often the difference between a successful person and a failure is not one has better abilities or ideas, but the courage that one has to bet on one's ideas, to take a calculated risk – and to act. -Andre Malraux

An artist must be a reactionary. He has to stand out against the tenor of the age and not go flopping along. -Andre Maurois

The surest sign of age is loneliness. -Annie Dillard

Books in a large university library system: 2,000,000. Books in an average large city library: 10,000. Average number of books in a chain bookstore: 30,000. Books in an average neighborhood branch library: 20,000. -Anthony Burgess

One of the delights known to age, and beyond the grasp of youth, is that of Not Going. -Anthony Burgess

Quarrels often arise in marriages when the bridal gifts are excessive. -Antisthenes

When you get to my age life seems little more than one long march to and from the lavatory. -A. C. Benson

I've never known any trouble than an hour's reading didn't assuage. -Arthur Schopenhauer

The sports page records people's accomplishments, the front page usually records nothing, but man's failures. -Barbara Walters

I wake up every morning at nine and grab for the morning paper. Then I look at the obituary page. If my name is not on it, I get up. -Benjamin Franklin

One forgets too easily the difference between a man and his image, and that there is none between the sound of his voice on the screen and in real life. -Bertolt Brecht

I believe in using words, not fists. I believe in my outrage knowing people are living in boxes on the street. I believe in honesty. I believe in a good time. I believe in good food. I believe in sex. -Bertrand Russell

I have often seen an actor laugh off the stage, but I don't remember ever having seen one weep. -Bette Davis

In youth we run into difficulties. In old age difficulties run into us. -Josh Billings

The tendency of old age to the body, say the physiologists, is to form bone. It is as rare as it is pleasant to meet with an old man whose opinions are not ossified. -Bob Wells

It takes a real storm in the average person's life to make him realize how much worrying he has done over the squalls. -Bruce Barton

How incessant and great are the ills with which a prolonged old age is replete. -C. S. Lewis

I have always felt that a woman has the right to treat the subject of her age with ambiguity until, perhaps, she passes into the realm of over ninety. Then it is better she be candid with herself and with the world. -Carl Sandburg

The age of chivalry is past. Bores have succeeded to dragons. -Charles Dickens

Old age, believe me, is a good and pleasant thing. It is true you are gently shouldered off the stage, but then you are given such a comfortable front stall as spectator. -Confucius

Men of age object too much, consult too long, adventure too little, repent too soon, and seldom drive business home to the full period, but content themselves with a mediocrity of success. -Dale Carnegie

Middle age is youth without levity, and age without decay. -Doris Day

Those who love deeply never grow old; they may die of old age, but they die young. -Dorothy Canfield Fisher

Although it is generally known, I think it's about time to announce that I was born at a very early age. -Douglas Horton

The budget evolved from a management tool into an obstacle to management. -Frank Carlucci

Few women, I fear, have had such reason as I have to think the long sad years of youth were worth living for the sake of middle age. -Dwight D. Eisenhower

Preparation for old age should begin not later than one's teens. A life which is empty of purpose until 65 will not suddenly become filled on retirement. -Dwight L. Moody

In mid-life the man wants to see how irresistible he still is to younger women. How they turn their hearts to stone and more or less commit a murder of their marriage I just don't know, but they do. -Earl Warren

Old age, calm, expanded, broad with the haughty breadth of the universe, old age flowing free with the delicious near-by freedom of death. -Edith Wharton

I was born at the age of twelve on a Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer lot. -Ed Koch

Old age has deformities enough of its own. It should never add to them the deformity of vice. -Eleanor Roosevelt

Nature should have been pleased to have made this age miserable, without making it also ridiculous. -Elizabeth Hardwick

An agent is a person who is sore because an actor gets 90% of what they make. -Elton John

Old age comes on suddenly, and not gradually as is thought. -Emily Dickinson

We don't develop courage by being happy every day. We develop it by surviving difficult times and challenging adversity. -Barbara De Angelis

The great actors are the luminous ones. They are the great conductors of the stage. -Ethel Barrymore

There's no such thing as old age, there is only sorrow. -Fay Weldon

I will never be an old man. To me, old age is always 15 years older than I am. -Francis Bacon

Moving between the legs of tables and of chairs, rising or falling, grasping at kisses and toys, advancing boldly, sudden to take alarm, retreating to the corner of arm and knee, eager to be reassured, taking pleasure in the fragrant brilliance of the Christmas tree. -T. S. Eliot

There can be no doubt that the average man blames much more than he praises. His instinct is to blame. If he is satisfied he says nothing; if he is not, he most illogically kicks up a row. -Golda Meir

To be free in an age like ours, one must be in a position of authority. That in itself would be enough to make me ambitious. -Hannah Arendt

There are people whose watch stops at a certain hour and who remain permanently at that age. -Helen Rowland

I'm not interested in age. People who tell me their age are silly. You're as old as you feel. -Henri Frederic Amiel

Old age adds to the respect due to virtue, but it takes nothing from the contempt inspired by vice; it whitens only the hair. -Ira Gershwin

Books, like proverbs, receive their chief value from the stamp and esteem of the ages through which they have passed. -J. Paul Getty

Old age is the most unexpected of all the things that can happen to a man. -James Thurber

Are you in earnest? Seize this very minute! Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it. Only engage, and then the mind grows heated. Begin, and then the work will be completed. -Jean Anouilh

Live your life and forget your age. -Jean Paul

Age does not matter if the matter does not age. -Jean Paul

Nothing is more admirable than the fortitude with which millionaires tolerate the disadvantages of their wealth. -Jean Rostand

A novel is never anything, but a philosophy put into images. -Jim Rohn

To feel most beautifully alive means to be reading something beautiful, ready always to apprehend in the flow of language the sudden flash of poetry. -John Holmes

Never chain your dogs together with sausages. One must accustom one's self to be bored. -John Berger

To me – old age is always ten years older than I am. -Bernard Baruch

Always be nice to bankers. Always be nice to pension fund managers. Always be nice to the media. In that order. -John Gotti

No man was ever so completely skilled in the conduct of life, as not to receive new information from age and experience. -Jonathan Swift

A novel must be exceptionally good to live as long as the average cat. -Philip Stanhope, 4th Earl of Chesterfield

Man cannot discover new oceans unless he has the courage to lose sight of the shore. -Andre Gide

Old age is an excellent time for outrage. My goal is to say or do at least one outrageous thing every week. -Louis Kronenberger

Books are standing counselors and preachers, always at hand, and always disinterested; having this advantage over oral instructors, that they are ready to repeat their lesson as often as we please. -Louis Nizer

If one age believes too much it is natural that another believes too little. -Ludwig Borne

A comfortable old age is the reward of a well-spent youth. Instead of its bringing sad and melancholy prospects of decay, it would give us hopes of eternal youth in a better world. -Maurice Chevalier

When a noble life has prepared old age, it is not decline that it reveals, but the first days of immortality. -Muriel Spark

Actors ought to be larger than life. You come across quite enough ordinary, nondescript people in daily life and I don't see why you should be subjected to them on the stage too. -Ninon de L'Enclos

Every time I get a script it's a matter of trying to know what I could do with it. I see colors, imagery. It has to have a smell. It's like falling in love. You can't give a reason why. -Paul Newman

We should so provide for old age that it may have no urgent wants of this world to absorb it from meditation on the next. It is awful to see the lean hands of dotage making a coffer of the grave. -Pearl S. Buck

In youth, the days are short and the years are long. In old age, the years are short and days long. -Pope Paul VI

Like dogs in a wheel, birds in a cage, or squirrels in a chain, ambitious men still climb and climb, with great labor, and incessant anxiety, but never reach the top. -Robert Browning

Our subconscious minds have no sense of humor, play no jokes and cannot tell the difference between reality and an imagined thought or image. What we continually think about eventually will manifest in our lives. -Robert Collier

The hardest struggle of all is to be something different from what the average man is. -Robert H. Schuller

No agency is better than its account executives. -Samuel Goldwyn

Consider, when you are enraged at any one, what you would probably think if he should die during the dispute. -Lucius Annaeus Seneca

If youth knew; if age could. -Sigmund Freud

Keep your feet on the ground, but let your heart soar as high as it will. Refuse to be average or to surrender to the chill of your spiritual environment. -Arthur Helps

Many miles away there's a shadow on the door of a cottage on the Shore of a dark Scottish lake. -Walter Scott

It is a great advantage for a system of philosophy to be substantially true. -Sophia Loren

Being over seventy is like being engaged in a war. All our friends are going or gone and we survive amongst the dead and the dying as on a battlefield. -St. Jerome

Youth is the gift of nature, but age is a work of art. -Stanislaw Jerzy Lec

Minds ripen at very different ages. -Stevie Wonder

Old age is like everything else. To make a success of it, you've got to start young. -Theodore Roosevelt

A woman would rather visit her own grave than the place where she has been young and beautiful after she is aged and ugly. -Thomas Hardy

If I wasn't an actor, I'd be a secret agent. -Thornton Wilder

If we are to change our world view, images have to change. The artist now has a very important job to do. He's not a little peripheral figure entertaining rich people, he's really needed. -Vaclav Havel

Men of my age live in a state of continual desperation. -Vita Sackville-West

No woman should ever be quite accurate about her age. It looks so calculating. -Oscar Wilde

One of the many things nobody ever tells you about middle age is that it's such a nice change from being young. -William Feather

The golden age is before us, not behind us. -Simon the Zealot

Do not be desirous of having things done quickly. Do not look at small advantages. Desire to have things done quickly prevents their being done thoroughly. Looking at small advantages prevents great affairs from being accomplished. -Wilson Mizner

Courage is the most important of all the virtues, because without courage you can't practice any other virtue consistently. You can practice any virtue erratically, but nothing consistently without courage. -Maya Angelou

Have the courage to act instead of react. -Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.

I cannot give any scientist of any age better advice than this: the intensity of a conviction that a hypothesis is true has no bearing over whether it is true or not. -Peter Medawar

Age puzzles me. I thought it was a quiet time. My seventies were interesting and fairly serene, but my eighties are passionate. I grow more intense as I age. -Florida Scott-Maxwell

There is a fountain of youth: it is your mind, your talents, the creativity you bring to your life and the lives of people you love. When you learn to tap this source, you will truly have defeated age. -Sophia Loren

What can we gain by sailing to the moon if we are not able to cross the abyss that separates us from ourselves? This is the most important of all voyages of discovery, and without it, all the rest are not only useless, but disastrous. -Thomas Merton

Courage is a special kind of knowledge: the knowledge of how to fear what ought to be feared and how not to fear what ought not to be feared. -David Ben-Gurion

Courage is the first of human qualities because it is the quality which guarantees the others. -Aristotle

If you are lucky enough to find a way of life you love, you have to find the courage to live it. -John Irving

One man with courage is a majority. -Thomas Jefferson

You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself, 'I lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along.' -Eleanor Roosevelt

We must have courage to bet on our ideas, to take the calculated risk, and to act. Everyday living requires courage if life is to be effective and bring happiness. -Maxwell Maltz

Correction does much, but encouragement does more. -Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

There are high spots in all of our lives and most of them have come about through encouragement from someone else. I don't care how great, how famous or successful a man or woman may be, each hungers for applause. -George Matthew Adams

I consider my ability to arouse enthusiasm among men the greatest asset I possess. The way to develop the best that is in a man is by appreciation and encouragement. -Charles M. Schwab

If I had permitted my failures, or what seemed to me at the time a lack of success, to discourage me I cannot see any way in which I would ever have made progress. -Calvin Coolidge

Man is not the creature of circumstances, circumstances are the creatures of men. We are free agents, and man is more powerful than matter. -Benjamin Disraeli

The mark of your ignorance is the depth of your belief in injustice and tragedy. What the caterpillar calls the end of the world, the Master calls the butterfly. -Richard Bach

If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his language, that goes to his heart. -Nelson Mandela

Leaders must encourage their organizations to dance to forms of music yet to be heard. -Warren Bennis

A life is either all spiritual or not spiritual at all. No man can serve two masters. Your life is shaped by the end you live for. You are made in the image of what you desire. -Thomas Merton

We can easily forgive a child who is afraid of the dark; the real tragedy of life is when men are afraid of the light. -Plato

The beginning of love is to let those we love be perfectly themselves, and not to twist them to fit our own image. Otherwise we love only the reflection of ourselves we find in them. -Thomas Merton

I think luck is the sense to recognize an opportunity and the ability to take advantage of it… The man who can smile at his breaks and grab his chances gets on. -Samuel Goldwyn

Men often oppose a thing merely because they have had no agency in planning it, or because it may have been planned by those whom they dislike. -Alexander Hamilton

One of the things I learned the hard way was that it doesn't pay to get discouraged. Keeping busy and making optimism a way of life can restore your faith in yourself. -Lucille Ball

The most essential factor is persistence – the determination never to allow your energy or enthusiasm to be dampened by the discouragement that must inevitably come. -James Whitcomb Riley

It is not the going out of port, but the coming in, that determines the success of a voyage. -Henry Ward Beecher

Time is the scarcest resource and unless it is managed nothing else can be managed. -Peter Drucker

It is not the employer who pays the wages. Employers only handle the money. It is the customer who pays the wages. -Henry Ford

Who kills a man kills a reasonable creature, God's image, but thee who destroys a good book, kills reason its self. -John Milton

We will never have real safety and security for wage earners unless we provide for safety and security for the wage payers and wage savers. -William J. H. Boetcker

The only service a friend can really render is to keep up your courage by holding up to you a mirror in which you can see a noble image of yourself. -George Bernard Shaw

The smaller the function, the greater the management. -C. Northcote Parkinson

Have the courage to be ignorant of a great number of things, in order to avoid the calamity of being ignorant of everything. -Sydney Smith

He who does not prevent a crime when he can, encourages it. -Lucius Annaeus Seneca

It requires more courage to suffer than to die. -Napoleon Bonaparte

Drawing on my fine command of the English language, I said nothing. -Robert Benchley

Political chaos is connected with the decay of language… one can probably bring about some improvement by starting at the verbal end. -George Orwell

Marriages don't last. When I meet a guy, the first question I ask myself is: is this the man I want my children to spend their weekends with? -Rita Rudner

We are just an advanced breed of monkeys on a minor planet of a very average star. But we can understand the Universe. That makes us something very special. -Stephen Hawking

Often the difference between a successful man and a failure is not one's better abilities or ideas, but the courage that one has to bet on his ideas, to take a calculated risk, and to act. -Maxwell Maltz

To tax the community for the advantage of a class is not protection: it is plunder. -Benjamin Disraeli

The wages of sin are death, but by the time taxes are taken out, it's just sort of a tired feeling. -Paula Poundstone

Thinking is the hardest work there is, which is probably the reason why so few engage in it. -Henry Ford

The greatest homage we can pay to truth, is to use it. -James Russell Lowell

Keep your eyes wide open before marriage, half shut afterwards. -Benjamin Franklin

It is frequently the tragedy of the great artist, as it is of the great scientist, that he frightens the ordinary man. -Loren Eiseley

All that mankind has done, thought or been: it is lying as in magic preservation in the pages of books. -Thomas Carlyle

Use what language you will, you can never say anything but what you are. -Ralph Waldo Emerson

Let me give you a definition of ethics: It is good to maintain and further life it is bad to damage and destroy life. -Albert Schweitzer

Hypocrisy is the homage vice pays to virtue. -Francois de La Rochefoucauld

Remember that children, marriages, and flower gardens reflect the kind of care they get. -H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

All speech, written or spoken, is a dead language, until it finds a willing and prepared hearer. -Robert Louis Stevenson

The tragedy of modern man is not that he knows less and less about the meaning of his own life, but that it bothers him less and less. -Vaclav Havel

Like music and art, love of nature is a common language that can transcend political or social boundaries. -Jimmy Carter

Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts. -Winston Churchill

The great advantage about telling the truth is that nobody ever believes it. -Dorothy L. Sayers

Writing is a solitary occupation. Family, friends, and society are the natural enemies of the writer. He must be alone, uninterrupted, and slightly savage if he is to sustain and complete an undertaking. -Jessamyn West

Every man builds his world in his own image. He has the power to choose, but no power to escape the necessity of choice. -Ayn Rand

If you can once engage people's pride, love, pity, ambition on your side, you need not fear what their reason can do against you. -Philip Stanhope, 4th Earl of Chesterfield

The most happy marriage I can picture or imagine to myself would be the union of a deaf man to a blind woman. -Samuel Taylor Coleridge

Marriage is a wonderful institution, but who would want to live in an institution? -H. L. Mencken

Arms discourage and keep the invader and plunderer in awe, and preserve order in the world as well as property… Horrid mischief would ensue were the law-abiding deprived of the use of them. -Thomas Paine

The tax laws are written by men with considerable net worth, and with little understanding of what wage-earners must do to make ends meet. -Martin L. Gross

The Great Depression, like most other periods of severe unemployment, was produced by government mismanagement rather than by any inherent instability of the private economy. -Milton Friedman

Let both sides seek to invoke the wonders of science instead of its terrors. Together let us explore the stars, conquer the deserts, eradicate disease, tap the ocean depths, and encourage the arts and commerce. -John F. Kennedy

Marriage is give and take. You'd better give it to her or she'll take it anyway. -Joey Adams

Experience is a revelation in the light of which we renounce our errors of youth for those of age. -Ambrose Bierce

Common sense is the collection of prejudices acquired by age eighteen. -Albert Einstein

In every country and every age, the priest had been hostile to Liberty. -Thomas Jefferson

Marriage is like a cage; one sees the birds outside desperate to get in, and those inside equally desperate to get out. -Michel de Montaigne

Democracy encourages the majority to decide things about which the majority is ignorant. -John Simon

The folly of mistaking a paradox for a discovery, a metaphor for a proof, a torrent of verbiage for a spring of capital truths, and oneself for an oracle, is inborn in us. -Paul Valery

We are the children of a technological age. We have found streamlined ways of doing much of our routine work. Printing is no longer the only way of reproducing books. Reading them, however, has not changed. -Lawrence Clark Powell

Flatter me, and I may not believe you. Criticize me, and I may not like you. Ignore me, and I may not forgive you. Encourage me, and I will not forget you. Love me and I may be forced to love you. -William Arthur Ward

When evil acts in the world it always manages to find instruments who believe that what they do is not evil but honorable. -Max Lerner

Only in our dreams are we free. The rest of the time we need wages. -Terry Pratchett

When I read great literature, great drama, speeches, or sermons, I feel that the human mind has not achieved anything greater than the ability to share feelings and thoughts through language. -James Earl Jones

The signs of outstanding leadership appear primarily among the followers. Are the followers reaching their potential? Are they learning? Serving? Do they achieve the required results? Do they change with grace? Manage conflict? -Max de Pree

Searching is half the fun: life is much more manageable when thought of as a scavenger hunt as opposed to a surprise party. -Jimmy Buffett

You are just as capable of making a mistake as anyone else. By insisting too eagerly upon a small right, you may turn it into a wrong against yourself and also against your neighbor. -Lawrence G. Lovasik

The paradox of reality is that no image is as compelling as the one which exists only in the mind's eye. -Shana Alexander

It is especially important to encourage unorthodox thinking when the situation is critical: At such moments every new word and fresh thought is more precious than gold. Indeed, people must not be deprived of the right to think their own thoughts. -Boris Yeltsin

Courage is simply the willingness to be afraid and act anyway. -Robert Anthony

It is a good rule in life never to apologize. The right sort of people do not want apologies, and the wrong sort take a mean advantage of them. -P. G. Wodehouse

Staying married may have long-term benefits. You can elicit much more sympathy from friends over a bad marriage than you ever can from a good divorce. -P. J. O'Rourke

Take care of him. And make him feel important. And if you can do that, you'll have a happy and wonderful marriage. Like two out of every ten couples. -Neil Simon

The police cannot protect the citizen at this stage of our development, and they cannot even protect themselves in many cases. It is up to the private citizen to protect himself and his family, and this is not only acceptable, but mandatory. -Jeff Cooper

The warning message we sent the Russians was a calculated ambiguity that would be clearly understood. -Alexander Haig

We participate in a tragedy; at a comedy we only look. -Aldous Huxley

Those who won our independence… valued liberty as an end and as a means. They believed liberty to be the secret of happiness and courage to be the secret of liberty. -Louis D. Brandeis

The excitement of learning separates youth from old age. As long as you're learning you're not old. -Rosalyn Sussman Yalow

Our dependency makes slaves out of us, especially if this dependency is a dependency of our self-esteem. If you need encouragement, praise, pats on the back from everybody, then you make everybody your judge. -Fritz Perls

A moment comes, which comes but rarely in history, when we step out from the old to the new; when an age ends; and when the soul of a nation long suppressed finds utterance. -Jawaharlal Nehru

Anybody who has been seriously engaged in scientific work of any kind realizes that over the entrance to the gates of the temple of science are written the words: 'Ye must have faith.' -Max Planck

Good ideas are not adopted automatically. They must be driven into practice with courageous patience. -Hyman Rickover

History has demonstrated that the most notable winners usually encountered heartbreaking obstacles before they triumphed. They won because they refused to become discouraged by their defeats. -B. C. Forbes

The great secret of a successful marriage is to treat all disasters as incidents and none of the incidents as disasters. -Harold Nicolson

Words may be false and full of art; Sighs are the natural language of the heart. -Thomas Shadwell

The wisdom of the wise and the experience of the ages are perpetuated by quotations. -Benjamin Disraeli

Baseball has the great advantage over cricket of being sooner ended. -George Bernard Shaw

I never thought much of the courage of a lion tamer. Inside the cage he is at least safe from people. -George Bernard Shaw

I can trust my friends These people force me to examine myself, encourage me to grow. -Cher

There's only one way to have a happy marriage and as soon as I learn what it is I'll get married again. -Clint Eastwood

I'm the lady next door when I'm not on stage. -Aretha Franklin

I probably hold the distinction of being one movie star who, by all laws of logic, should never have made it. At each stage of my career, I lacked the experience. -Audrey Hepburn

An affair now and then is good for a marriage. It adds spice, stops it from getting boring… I ought to know. -Bette Davis

Locations are all tough, all miserable. I never left the sound stage for 18 years at Warners. We never went outside the studio, not even for big scenes. -Bette Davis

Men become much more attractive when they start looking older. But it doesn't do much for women, though we do have an advantage: make-up. -Bette Davis

Old age is no place for sissies. -Bette Davis

I've been through it all, baby, I'm mother courage. -Elizabeth Taylor

Marriage is a great institution. -Elizabeth Taylor

My mother says I didn't open my eyes for eight days after I was born, but when I did, the first thing I saw was an engagement ring. I was hooked. -Elizabeth Taylor

Even though people may be well known, they hold in their hearts the emotions of a simple person for the moments that are the most important of those we know on earth: birth, marriage and death. -Jackie Kennedy

I was born at the age of twelve on an MGM lot. -Judy Garland

The image we have would be impossible for Mickey Mouse to maintain. We're just… normal people. -Karen Carpenter

I don't know what happens to me on stage. Something else seems to take over. -Maria Callas

I prepare myself for rehearsals like I would for marriage. -Maria Callas

On stage, I am in the dark. -Maria Callas

I dress for the image. Not for myself, not for the public, not for fashion, not for men. -Marlene Dietrich

To me luxury is to be at home with my daughter, and the occasional massage doesn't hurt. -Olivia Newton-John

I think the biggest disease the world suffers from in this day and age is the disease of people feeling unloved. I know that I can give love for a minute, for half an hour, for a day, for a month, but I can give. I am very happy to do that, I want to do that. -Princess Diana

There were three of us in this marriage, so it was a bit crowded. -Princess Diana

I decided to retire from show business at the age of 17, because I didn't like it a bit. -Shirley Bassey

The two big advantages I had at birth were to have been born wise and to have been born in poverty. -Sophia Loren

Look at growth, look at how much time people spend on the Net and look at the variety of things that they are doing. It's all really good, so I am actually encouraged by the fundamentals that underlie usage growth on the Net. -Meg Whitman

Truth, though it has many disadvantages, is at least changeless. You can always find it where you left it. -Phyllis Bottome

Parents should conduct their arguments in quiet, respectful tones, but in a foreign language. You'd be surprised what an inducement that is to the education of children. -Judith Martin

Every great architect is – necessarily – a great poet. He must be a great original interpreter of his time, his day, his age. -Frank Lloyd Wright

Onstage I'm the happiest person in the world. -Britney Spears

I've managed to keep a clear head and remain sane in this business because I remain a kid off-camera. -Leonardo DiCaprio

As a teenager I was more of an anarchist, but now I want people to thrive and be harmonious. -Nicolas Cage

When David Arquette and I got engaged we started therapy together. I'd heard that the first year of marriage is the hardest, so we decided to work through all that stuff early. -Courteney Cox

The age I'm at now, you go from being a young girl to suddenly you blossom into a woman. You ripen, you know? And then you start to rot. -Liv Tyler

I cried on my 18th birthday. I thought 17 was such a nice age. You're young enough to get away with things, but you're old enough, too. -Liv Tyler

We tried not to age, but time had its rage. -Pete Townshend

I'm very mature for my age, but I'm also innocent in a lot of ways. -Kirsten Dunst

After about 20 years of marriage, I'm finally starting to scratch the surface of what women want. And I think the answer lies somewhere between conversation and chocolate. -Mel Gibson

When I first came to Hollywood I was told to go out with an agent because it was good for my career. So I went to a party with him because it was good for my 'career.' Well, he thought the whole thing was a big date. Needless to say, I was very upset. -Salma Hayek

My manager wants me to dress like a nun and I want to dress like a teenager. -Anna Kournikova

The courts are as a stage, people love to see attractive players. -Anna Kournikova

I don't know what better teenage life you could get than going around the world doing what you love to do. -Anna Kournikova

At my age flowers scare me. -George Burns

I smoke ten to fifteen cigars a day. At my age I have to hold on to something. -George Burns

I understand the importance of bondage between parent and child. -Dan Quayle

I'm very pleased to be here. Let's face it, at my age I'm very pleased to be anywhere. -George Burns

Marriage: A friendship recognized by the police. -Robert Louis Stevenson

In the Soviet army it takes more courage to retreat than advance. -Joseph Stalin

It was a perfect marriage. She didn't want to and he couldn't. -Spike Milligan

Marriage is the alliance of two people, one of whom never remembers birthdays and the other who never forgets them. -Ogden Nash

Now they show you how detergents take out bloodstains, a pretty violent image there. I think if you've got a T-shirt with a bloodstain all over it, maybe laundry isn't your biggest problem. Maybe you should get rid of the body before you do the wash. -Jerry Seinfeld

The most beautiful words in the English language are 'not guilty'. -Maxim Gorky

The most terrifying words in the English language are: I'm from the government and I'm here to help. -Ronald Reagan

There are few things more satisfying than seeing your children have teenagers of their own. -Doug Larson

The young man who has not wept is a savage, and the older man who will not laugh is a fool. -George Santayana

I must confess, I was born at a very early age. -Groucho Marx

Language is not only the vehicle of thought, it is a great and efficient instrument in thinking. -Humphry Davy

I'm the only man in the world with a marriage licence made out to whom it may concern. -Mickey Rooney

Some people ask the secret of our long marriage. We take time to go to a restaurant two times a week. A little candlelight, dinner, soft music and dancing. She goes Tuesdays, I go Fridays. -Henny Youngman

There are only two things a child will share willingly; communicable diseases and its mother's age. -Benjamin Spock

When they asked Jack Benny to do something for the Actor's Orphanage – he shot both his parents and moved in. -Bob Hope

You don't appreciate a lot of stuff in school until you get older. Little things like being spanked every day by a middle-aged woman: Stuff you pay good money for in later life. -Emo Philips

I try to remember, as I hear about friends getting engaged, that it's not about the ring and it's not about the wedding. It's a grave thing, getting married. And it's easy to get swept up in the wrong things. -Gwyneth Paltrow

On a good night, I get underwear, bras, and hotel-room keys thrown onstage… You start to think that you're Tom Jones. -Keanu Reeves

The courage to imagine the otherwise is our greatest resource, adding color and suspense to all our life. -Daniel J. Boorstin

It's an old adage that the way to be safe is never to be secure… Each one of us requires the spur of insecurity to force us to do our best. -Harold W. Dodds

A high-brow is someone who looks at a sausage and thinks of Picasso. -A. P. Herbert

Marriage is like putting your hand into a bag of snakes in the hope of pulling out an eel. -Leonardo da Vinci

After I got my first laugh on stage, I was hooked. -Matthew Perry

Well, I was lucky enough to be involved in about 19 failures at an early age, so I'm realistic about the success I'm having and how quickly it can go away. What's important is to be smart about it. -Matthew Perry

I've just found out there are pages on the internet dedicated to whether I'm gay or not. -Matthew Perry

I have more zits now than I did as a teenager. Stress zits. -Tiffani Thiessen

Black women don't have the same body image problems as white women. They are proud of their bodies. -Tyra Banks

Never, never listen to anybody that try to discourage you. -Mariah Carey

This is for all of you out there tonight, reaching for a dream – don't ever give up! Never ever listen to anyone, when they try to discourage you, because they do that, believe me! -Mariah Carey

Forget the image, forget the ensemble, forget the rumours, forget the short skirts, the big hair, whatever! I owe this to the fans and I will never forget you so I want to accept this award on behalf of all of you. -Mariah Carey

The truth is you can have a great marriage, but there are still no guarantees. -Demi Moore

Yeah, some kids called me fish lips because I had these really full lips. Now I'm sure all those same girls are getting collagen injections, so I'm having the last laugh. -Denise Richards

When I came to Los Angeles, it was the first time that I ever felt like I belong somewhere. Not because it was wacky, but because people here understood what I felt like to perform, and there were other kids my age who wanted to do it. I didn't get looked at as God, you freak. -Jennifer Love Hewitt

Acting allows me to tell a lot of stories, you know start at the beginning, finish at the end, and tell everything in between. Modelling is just an image. -Cameron Diaz

I wear everything from hip-hop baggy pants to beautiful Armani dresses. I also like to mix vintage clothing with designer pieces. -Julia Stiles

I have some road rage inside of me. Traffic, especially in L.A., is a pet peeve of mine. -Katie Holmes

I detest life-insurance agents: they always argue that I shall some day die, which is not so. -Stephen Leacock

Management by objective works – if you know the objectives. Ninety percent of the time you don't. -Peter Drucker

My money goes to my agent, then to my accountant and from him to the tax man. -Glenda Jackson

The Net interprets censorship as damage and routes around it. -John Gilmore

People marry for a variety of reasons and with varying results. But to marry for love is to invite inevitable tragedy. -James Branch Cabell

Life contains but two tragedies. One is not to get your heart's desire; the other is to get it. -George Bernard Shaw

Refuse to be average. Let your heart soar as high as it will. -Aiden Wilson Tozer

It takes a lot of courage to show your dreams to someone else. -Erma Bombeck

Character contributes to beauty. It fortifies a woman as her youth fades. A mode of conduct, a standard of courage, discipline, fortitude, and integrity can do a great deal to make a woman beautiful. -Jacqueline Bisset

Every great work, every big accomplishment, has been brought into manifestation through holding to the vision, and often just before the big achievement, comes apparent failure and discouragement. -Florence Scovel Shinn

Fear of serious injury alone cannot justify oppression of free speech and assembly. Men feared witches and burnt women. It is the function of speech to free men from the bondage of irrational fears. -Louis D. Brandeis

The effort to understand the universe is one of the very few things that lifts human life a little above the level of farce, and gives it some of the grace of tragedy. -Steven Weinberg

There is no such whetstone, to sharpen a good wit and encourage a will to learning, as is praise. -Roger Ascham

The protean nature of the computer is such that it can act like a machine or like a language to be shaped and exploited. -Alan Kay

This is the first age that's ever paid much attention to the future, which is a little ironic since we may not have one. -Arthur C. Clarke

Discouragement is not the absence of adequacy but the absence of courage. -Neal A. Maxwell

Take chances, make mistakes. That's how you grow. Pain nourishes your courage. You have to fail in order to practice being brave. -Mary Tyler Moore

A thick head can do as much damage as a hard heart. -Harold W. Dodds

Ingenuity, plus courage, plus work, equals miracles. -Bob Richards

We can no longer allow multinationals to parade as agents of progress and democracy in the newspapers, even as they subvert it at the workplace. -John Sweeney

The 1980s will seem like a walk in the park when compared to new global challenges, where annual productivity increases of 6% may not be enough. A combination of software, brains, and running harder will be needed to bring that percentage up to 8% or 9%. -Jack Welch

Strong managers who make tough decisions to cut jobs provide the only true job security in today's world. Weak managers are the problem. Weak managers destroy jobs. -Jack Welch

Realizing that our actions, feelings and behaviour are the result of our own images and beliefs gives us the level that psychology has always needed for changing personality. -Maxwell Maltz

He piled upon the whale's white hump the sum of all the general rage and hate felt by his whole race from Adam down; and then, as if his chest had been a mortar, he burst his hot heart's shell upon it. -Herman Melville

Courage is rightly esteemed the first of human qualities… because it is the quality which guarantees all others. -Winston Churchill

There is nothing in the world so much admired as a man who knows how to bear unhappiness with courage. -Lucius Annaeus Seneca

No institution can possibly survive if it needs geniuses or supermen to manage it. It must be organized in such a way as to be able to get along under a leadership composed of average human beings. -Peter Drucker

Men make history and not the other way around. In periods where there is no leadership, society stands still. Progress occurs when courageous, skillful leaders seize the opportunity to change things for the better. -Harry S Truman

Management is efficiency in climbing the ladder of success; leadership determines whether the ladder is leaning against the right wall. -Stephen Covey

If you pick the right people and give them the opportunity to spread their wings and put compensation as a carrier behind it you almost don't have to manage them. -Jack Welch

Develop success from failures. Discouragement and failure are two of the surest stepping stones to success. -Dale Carnegie

Nearly every man who develops an idea works it up to the point where it looks impossible, and then he gets discouraged. That's not the place to become discouraged. -Thomas A. Edison

Any reviewer who expresses rage and loathing for a novel is preposterous. He or she is like a person who has put on full armor and attacked a hot fudge sundae. -Kurt Vonnegut

Be like a postage stamp. Stick to one thing until you get there. -Josh Billings

A computer does not substitute for judgment any more than a pencil substitutes for literacy. But writing without a pencil is no particular advantage. -Robert McNamara

A cardinal principle of Total Quality escapes too many managers: you cannot continuously improve interdependent systems and processes until you progressively perfect interdependent, interpersonal relationships. -Stephen Covey

Eliminate numerical quotas, including Management by Objectives. -W. Edwards Deming

If we are to survive, we must have ideas, vision, and courage. These things are rarely produced by committees. Everything that matters in our intellectual and moral life begins with an individual confronting his own mind and conscience in a room by himself. -Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr.

We do not fall in love with the package of the person, we fall in love with the inside of a person. -Anne Heche

It's important to talk about loving yourself and looking at your tragedies and the stuff that makes you grow. -Anne Heche

We, therefore, here in Britain stand shoulder to shoulder with our American friends in this hour of tragedy, and we, like them, will not rest until this evil is driven from our world. -Tony Blair

Management is doing things right; leadership is doing the right things. -Peter Drucker

Courage is grace under pressure. -Ernest Hemingway

Architecture has recorded the great ideas of the human race. Not only every religious symbol, but every human thought has its page in that vast book. -Victor Hugo

A poet must leave traces of his passage, not proof. -Rene Char

Like everybody who is not in love, he thought one chose the person to be loved after endless deliberations and on the basis of particular qualities or advantages. -Marcel Proust

Marriage is good for those who are afraid to sleep alone at night. -St. Jerome

Real programmers can write assembly code in any language. -Larry Wall

Advice in old age is foolish; for what can be more absurd than to increase our provisions for the road the nearer we approach to our journey's end. -Marcus Tullius Cicero

Alas, after a certain age every man is responsible for his face. -Albert Camus

All diseases run into one, old age. -Ralph Waldo Emerson

Bashfulness is an ornament to youth, but a reproach to old age. -Aristotle

Imagination has brought mankind through the dark ages to its present state of civilization. Imagination led Columbus to discover America. Imagination led Franklin to discover electricity. -L. Frank Baum

We need a president who's fluent in at least one language. -Buck Henry

When I took office, only high energy physicists had ever heard of what is called the Worldwide Web… Now even my cat has its own page. -William J. Clinton

If our language, our programs, our creations are not strongly present in the new media, the young generation of our country will be economically and culturally marginalized. -Jacques Chirac

If God created us in his own image, we have more than reciprocated. -Voltaire

I think men who have a pierced ear are better prepared for marriage. They've experienced pain and bought jewelry. -Rita Rudner

America was not built on fear. America was built on courage, on imagination and an unbeatable determination to do the job at hand. -Harry S Truman

Our heritage and ideals, our code and standards – the things we live by and teach our children – are preserved or diminished by how freely we exchange ideas and feelings. -Walt Disney

Of all of our inventions for mass communication, pictures still speak the most universally understood language. -Walt Disney

Animation is different from other parts. Its language is the language of caricature. Our most difficult job was to develop the cartoon's unnatural but seemingly natural anatomy for humans and animals. -Walt Disney

Art hurts. Art urges voyages – and it is easier to stay at home. -Gwendolyn Brooks

When I'm on stage, I'm trying to do one thing: bring people joy. Just like church does. People don't go to church to find trouble, they go there to lose it. -James Brown

Let us now set forth one of the fundamental truths about marriage: the wife is in charge. -Bill Cosby

The heart of marriage is memories; and if the two of you happen to have the same ones and can savor your reruns, then your marriage is a gift from the gods. -Bill Cosby

Literature is strewn with the wreckage of men who have minded beyond reason the opinions of others. -Virginia Woolf

The heresy of one age becomes the orthodoxy of the next. -Helen Keller

Remember that as a teenager you are in the last stage of your life when you will be happy to hear the phone is for you. -Fran Lebowitz

Old age is like a plane flying through a storm. Once you're aboard, there's nothing you can do. -Golda Meir

Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one's courage. -Anais Nin

A strong, positive self-image is the best possible preparation for success. -Joyce Brothers

The dread of lonliness is greater than the fear of bondage, so we get married. -Cyril Connolly

We sleep in separate rooms, we have dinner apart, we take separate vacations – we're doing everything we can to keep our marriage together. -Rodney Dangerfield

Life's tragedy is that we get old too soon and wise too late. -Benjamin Franklin

Some minds seem almost to create themselves, springing up under every disadvantage and working their solitary but irresistible way through a thousand obstacles. -Washington Irving

Marriage is neither heaven nor hell, it is simply purgatory. -Abraham Lincoln

Marriage is a very good thing, but I think it's a mistake to make a habit out of it. -W. Somerset Maugham

Marriage resembles a pair of shears, so joined that they cannot be separated; often moving in opposite directions, yet always punishing anyone who comes between them. -Sydney Smith

If you want a love message to be heard, it has got to be sent out. To keep a lamp burning, we have to keep putting oil in it. -Mother Teresa

I was a veteran, before I was a teenager. -Michael Jackson

The Lord had the wonderful advantage of being able to work alone. -Kofi Annan

Inaction breeds doubt and fear. Action breeds confidence and courage. If you want to conquer fear, do not sit home and think about it. Go out and get busy. -Dale Carnegie

Nothing gives one person so much advantage over another as to remain always cool and unruffled under all circumstances. -Thomas Jefferson

It is not the language of painters but the language of nature which one should listen to, the feeling for the things themselves, for reality is more important than the feeling for pictures. -Vincent Van Gogh

Know what the old masters did. Know how they composed their pictures, but do not fall into the conventions they established. These conventions were right for them, and they are wonderful. They made their language. You make yours. All the past can help you. -Robert Henri

The test of an author is not to be found merely in the number of his phrases that pass current in the corner of newspapers… but in the number of passages that have really taken root in younger minds. -Thomas Wentworth Higginson

He who is of calm and happy nature will hardly feel the pressure of age, but to him who is of an opposite disposition youth and age are equally a burden. -Plato

It is folly for an eminent man to think of escaping censure, and a weakness to be affected with it. All the illustrious persons of antiquity, and indeed of every age in the world, have passed through this fiery persecution. -Joseph Addison

Electric communication will never be a substitute for the face of someone who with their soul encourages another person to be brave and true. -Charles Dickens

Discourage litigation. Persuade your neighbors to compromise whenever you can. As a peacemaker the lawyer has superior opportunity of being a good man. There will still be business enough. -Abraham Lincoln

Difficulties are meant to rouse, not discourage. The human spirit is to grow strong by conflict. -William Ellery Channing

Every legend, moreover, contains its residuum of truth, and the root function of language is to control the universe by describing it. -James Baldwin

It takes as much courage to have tried and failed as it does to have tried and succeeded. -Anne Morrow Lindbergh

One isn't necessarily born with courage, but one is born with potential. Without courage, we cannot practice any other virtue with consistency. We can't be kind, true, merciful, generous, or honest. -Maya Angelou

Make your educational laws strict and your criminal ones can be gentle; but if you leave youth its liberty you will have to dig dungeons for ages. -Michel de Montaigne

Marriage is like paying an endless visit in your worst clothes. -J. B. Priestley

I write scripts to serve as skeletons awaiting the flesh and sinew of images. -Ingmar Bergman

When we forgive evil we do not excuse it, we do not tolerate it, we do not smother it. We look the evil full in the face, call it what it is, let its horror shock and stun and enrage us, and only then do we forgive it. -Lewis B. Smedes

How does one know if she has forgiven? You tend to feel sorrow over the circumstance instead of rage, you tend to feel sorry for the person rather than angry with him. You tend to have nothing left to say about it all. -Clarissa Pinkola Estes

Each person has inside a basic decency and goodness. If he listens to it and acts on it, he is giving a great deal of what it is the world needs most. It is not complicated but it takes courage. It takes courage for a person to listen to his own goodness and act on it. -Pablo Casals

I decided that it was not wisdom that enabled poets to write their poetry, but a kind of instinct or inspiration, such as you find in seers and prophets who deliver all their sublime messages without knowing in the least what they mean. -Socrates

A major advantage of age is learning to accept people without passing judgment. -Liz Carpenter

There is a thin line that separates laughter and pain, comedy and tragedy, humor and hurt. -Erma Bombeck

On stage I make love to twenty five thousand people; and then I go home alone. -Janis Joplin

Savages we call them because their manners differ from ours. -Benjamin Franklin

Klopstock was questioned regarding the meaning of a passage in his poem. He replied, 'God and I both knew what it meant once; now God alone knows.' -Cesare Lombroso

Our awesome responsibility to ourselves, to our children, and to the future is to create ourselves in the image of goodness, because the future depends on the nobility of our imaginings. -Barbara Grizzuti Harrison

In every age 'the good old days' were a myth. No one ever thought they were good at the time. For every age has consisted of crises that seemed intolerable to the people who lived through them. -Brooks Atkinson

Next to knowing when to seize an opportunity, the most important thing in life is to know when to forego an advantage. -Benjamin Disraeli

Parentage is a very important profession, but no test of fitness for it is ever imposed in the interest of the children. -George Bernard Shaw

Motherhood has relaxed me in many ways. You learn to deal with crisis. I've become a juggler, I suppose. It's all a big circus, and nobody who knows me believes I can manage, but sometimes I do. -Jane Seymour

With photography a new language has been created. Now for the first time it is possible to express reality by reality. We can look at an impression as long as we wish, we can delve into it and, so to speak, renew past experiences at will. -Ernst Haas

The photographic image… is a message without a code. -Roland Barthes

Unlike any other visual image, a photograph is not a rendering, an imitation or an interpretation of its subject, but actually a trace of it. No painting or drawing, however naturalist, belongs to its subject in the way that a photograph does. -John Berger

Since new developments are the products of a creative mind, we must therefore stimulate and encourage that type of mind in every way possible. -George Washington Carver

When I read a book I seem to read it with my eyes only, but now and then I come across a passage, perhaps only a phrase, which has a meaning for me, and it becomes part of me. -W. Somerset Maugham

Books were my pass to personal freedom. I learned to read at age three, and soon discovered there was a whole world to conquer that went beyond our farm in Mississippi. -Oprah Winfrey

Have regular hours for work and play; make each day both useful and pleasant, and prove that you understand the worth of time by employing it well. Then youth will be delightful, old age will bring few regrets, and life will become a beautiful success. -Louisa May Alcott

I don't think of myself as a poor deprived ghetto girl who made good. I think of myself as somebody who from an early age knew I was responsible for myself, and I had to make good. -Oprah Winfrey

History will have to record that the greatest tragedy of this period of social transition was not the strident clamor of the bad people, but the appalling silence of the good people. -Martin Luther King, Jr.

Simplicity is making the journey of this life with just baggage enough. -Charles Dudley Warner

Think like a wise man but communicate in the language of the people. -William Butler Yeats

Reading, after a certain age, diverts the mind too much from its creative pursuits. Any man who reads too much and uses his own brain too little falls into lazy habits of thinking. -Albert Einstein

Rarely do we find men who willingly engage in hard, solid thinking. There is an almost universal quest for easy answers and half-baked solutions. Nothing pains some people more than having to think. -Martin Luther King, Jr.

Clear thinking requires courage rather than intelligence. -Thomas Szasz

All travel has its advantages. If the passenger visits better countries, he may learn to improve his own. And if fortune carries him to worse, he may learn to enjoy it. -Samuel Johnson

My mother wanted us to understand that the tragedies of your life one day have the potential to be comic stories the next. -Nora Ephron

War is so unjust and ugly that all who wage it must try to stifle the voice of conscience within themselves. -Leo Tolstoy

The most disadvantageous peace is better than the most just war. -Desiderius Erasmus

Most of the basic material a writer works with is acquired before the age of fifteen. -Willa Cather

No one in this world, so far as I know – and I have searched the records for years, and employed agents to help me – has ever lost money by underestimating the intelligence of the great masses of the plain people. -H. L. Mencken

Madness is rare in individuals – but in groups, parties, nations, and ages it is the rule. -Friedrich Nietzsche

Eccentricity has always abounded when and where strength of character had abounded; and the amount of eccentricity in a society has generally been proportional to the amount of genius, mental vigor, and courage which it contained. -John Stuart Mill

Better pass boldly into that other world, in the full glory of some passion, than fade and wither dismally with age. -James Joyce

The Declaration of Independence I always considered as a theatrical show. Jefferson ran away with all the stage effect of that… and all the glory of it. -John Adams

A statesman wants courage and a statesman wants vision; but believe me, after six months' experience, he wants first, second, third and all the time – patience. -Stanley Baldwin

To retain respect for sausages and laws, one must not watch them in the making. -Otto von Bismarck

The work of the political activist inevitably involves a certain tension between the requirement that position be taken on current issues as they arise and the desire that one's contributions will somehow survive the ravages of time. -Angela Davis

The palace is not safe when the cottage is not happy. -Benjamin Disraeli

Finality is not the language of politics. -Benjamin Disraeli

I think one of the great problems we have in the Republican Party is that we don't encourage you to be nasty. We encourage you to be neat, obedient, loyal and faithful and all those Boy Scout words, which would be great around a campfire but are lousy in politics. -Newt Gingrich

Values are principles and ideas that bring meaning to the seemingly mundane experience of life. A meaningful life that ultimately brings happiness and pride requires you to respond to temptations as well as challenges with honor, dignity, and courage. -Laura Schlessinger

Going to church doesn't make you any more a Christian than going to the garage makes you a car. -Laurence J. Peter

The man who does not read good books has no advantage over the man who cannot read them. -Mark Twain

It was necessary, as a black historian, to have a personal agenda. -John Hope Franklin

Marriage is miserable unless you find the right person that is your soulmate and that takes a lot of looking. -Marvin Gaye

We have a powerful potential in out youth, and we must have the courage to change old ideas and practices so that we may direct their power toward good ends. -Mary McLeod Bethune

Being a star has made it possible for me to get insulted in places where the average Negro could never hope to go and get insulted. -Sammy Davis, Jr.

A man is a fool if he drinks before he reaches the age of 50, and a fool if he doesn't afterward. -Frank Lloyd Wright

I discourage a cult of personality. -Newt Gingrich

Androgyny is not trying to manage the relationship between the opposites; it is simply flowing between them. -June Singer

The great book for you is the book that has the most to say to you at the moment when you are reading. I do not mean the book that is most instructive, but the book that feeds your spirit. And that depends on your age, your experience, your psychological and spiritual need. -Robertson Davies

If you want to know how your girl will treat you after marriage, just listen to her talking to her little brother. -Sam Levenson

I think we too often make choices based on the safety of cynicism, and what we're lead to is a life not fully lived. Cynicism is fear, and it's worse than fear – it's active disengagement. -Ken Burns

Each of us has an inner dream that we can unfold if we will just have the courage to admit what it is. And the faith to trust our own admission. The admitting is often very difficult. -Julia Cameron

We need men with moral courage to speak and write their real thoughts, and to stand by their convictions, even to the very death. -Robert Green Ingersoll

Isn't it sad to go to your grave without ever wondering why you were born? Who, with such a thought, would not spring from bed, eager to resume discovering the world and rejoicing to be part of it? -Richard Dawkins

Few enterprises of great labor or hazard would be undertaken if we had not the power of magnifying the advantages we expect from them. -Samuel Johnson

In its early stages, insomnia is almost an oasis in which those who have to think or suffer darkly take refuge. -Sidonie Gabrielle Colette

It always amazes me to think that every house on every street is full of so many stories; so many triumphs and tragedies, and all we see are yards and driveways. -Glenn Close

A wise man thinks it more advantageous not to join the battle than to win. -Francois de La Rochefoucauld

The whole order of things is as outrageous as any miracle which could presume to violate it. -Gilbert K. Chesterton

One man scorned and covered with scars still strove with his last ounce of courage to reach the unreachable stars; and the world will be better for this. -Miguel de Cervantes

It is the nature, and the advantage, of strong people that they can bring out the crucial questions and form a clear opinion about them. The weak always have to decide between alternatives that are not their own. -Dietrich Bonhoeffer

Courage means to keep working a relationship, to continue seeking solutions to difficult problems, and to stay focused during stressful periods. -Denis Waitley

When onstage, I always try to take my audience through as many emotions as I possibly can. I want them to go from laughter to tears, be shocked and surprised and walk out the door with a renewed sense of themselves – and maybe a smile. -Reba McEntire

Hard work without talent is a shame, but talent without hard work is a tragedy. -Robert Half

The freethinking of one age is the common sense of the next. -Matthew Arnold

The most courageous act is still to think for yourself. Aloud. -Coco Chanel

In youth we learn; in age we understand. -Marie von Ebner-Eschenbach

You can talk about capitalism and communism and all that sort of thing, but the important thing is the struggle everybody is engaged in to get better living conditions, and they are not interested too much in government. -Bernard Baruch

Time is neutral and does not change things. With courage and initiative, leaders change things. -Jesse Jackson

Tragedy is a tool for the living to gain wisdom, not a guide by which to live. -Robert Kennedy

Let us dedicate ourselves to what the Greeks wrote so many years ago: to tame the savageness of man and make gentle the life of this world. -Robert Kennedy

If French is no longer the language of a power, it can be the language of a counter power. -Lionel Jospin

The greatest test of courage on earth is to bear defeat without losing heart. -Robert Green Ingersoll

Politics will eventually be replaced by imagery. The politician will be only too happy to abdicate in favor of his image, because the image will be much more powerful than he could ever be. -Marshall McLuhan

Men who are engaged in public life must necessarily aim at reducing opposition to a minimum, and one of the most obvious means to that end is by misrepresenting, discrediting or ruining their opponents. -Frederick Scott Oliver

In our age there is no such thing as 'keeping out of politics.' All issues are political issues, and politics itself is a mass of lies, evasions, folly, hatred and schizophrenia. -George Orwell

The thing is, if you control the Senate meetings, you control the gavel. And the gavel is a very important instrument… an instrument of power. An instrument that establishes the agenda. -Dan Quayle

No one has a finer command of language than the person who keeps his mouth shut. -Sam Rayburn

One man's wage increase is another man's price increase. -Harold Wilson

Today we affirm a new commitment to live out our nation's promise through civility, courage, compassion and character. -George W. Bush

The four most beautiful words in our common language: I told you so. -Gore Vidal

I did envisage being this successful as a player, but not all the hysteria around it off the golf course. -Tiger Woods

Leave the President's family business to him. You will have plenty to do without trying to manage the First Family. They are likely to do fine without your help. -Donald Rumsfeld

Don't do or say things you would not like to see on the front page of The Washington Post. -Donald Rumsfeld

Members of the U.S. House and the U.S. Senate are not there by accident. Each managed to get there for some reason. Learn what it was and you will know something important about them, about our country and about the American people. -Donald Rumsfeld

Reduce the layers of management. They put distance between the top of an organization and the customers. -Donald Rumsfeld

In an age when the fashion is to be in love with yourself, confessing to be in love with somebody else is an admission of unfaithfulness to one's beloved. -Russell Baker

The secret of staying young is to live honestly, eat slowly, and lie about your age. -Lucille Ball

Marriage must incessantly contend with a monster that devours everything: familiarity. -Honore de Balzac

I come from a family where gravy is considered a beverage. -Erma Bombeck

Marriage is not just spiritual communion, it is also remembering to take out the trash. -Joyce Brothers

We can lie in the language of dress or try to tell the truth; but unless we are naked and bald, it is impossible to be silent. -Alison Lurie

I have yet to hear a man ask for advice on how to combine marriage and a career. -Gloria Steinem

All marriages are happy. It's trying to live together afterwards that causes all the problems. -Shelley Winters

We are fast approaching the stage of the ultimate inversion: the stage where the government is free to do anything it pleases, while the citizens may act only by permission; which is the stage of the darkest periods of human history, the stage of rule by brute force. -Ayn Rand

The governments of the present day have to deal not merely with other governments, with emperors, kings and ministers, but also with the secret societies which have everywhere their unscrupulous agents, and can at the last moment upset all the governments' plans. -Benjamin Disraeli

The world is governed by very different personages from what is imagined by those who are not behind the scenes. -Benjamin Disraeli

Still and all, why bother? Here's my answer. Many people need desperately to receive this message: I feel and think much as you do, care about many of the things you care about, although most people do not care about them. You are not alone. -Kurt Vonnegut

Money speaks sense in a language all nations understand. -Aphra Behn

All of us have moments in our lives that test our courage. Taking children into a house with a white carpet is one of them. -Erma Bombeck

Did you ever notice that the first piece of luggage on the carousel never belongs to anyone? -Erma Bombeck

For some of us, watching a miniseries that lasts longer than most marriages is not easy. -Erma Bombeck

I have a hat. It is graceful and feminine and give me a certain dignity, as if I were attending a state funeral or something. Someday I may get up enough courage to wear it, instead of carrying it. -Erma Bombeck

Marriage has no guarantees. If that's what you're looking for, go live with a car battery. -Erma Bombeck

Youngsters of the age of two and three are endowed with extraordinary strength. They can lift a dog twice their own weight and dump him into the bathtub. -Erma Bombeck

Great art speaks a language which every intelligent person can understand. The people who call themselves modernists today speak a different language. -Marshall McLuhan

It is not enough to have great qualities; We should also have the management of them. -Francois de La Rochefoucauld

Marriage is distinctly and repeatedly excluded from heaven. Is this because it is thought likely to mar the general felicity? -Samuel Butler

Learning to dislike children at an early age saves a lot of expense and aggravation later in life. -Robert Byrne

If the Earth could be made to rotate twice as fast, managers would get twice as much done. If the Earth could be made to rotate twenty times as fast, everyone else would get twice as much done since all the managers would fly off. -Norman Ralph Augustine

A great part of courage is the courage of having done the thing before. -Ralph Waldo Emerson

The use of money is all the advantage there is in having it. -Benjamin Franklin

The illusion that times that were are better than those that are, has probably pervaded all ages. -Horace Greeley

Men are like wine – some turn to vinegar, but the best improve with age. -Pope John XXIII

One advantage of talking to yourself is that you know at least somebody's listening. -Franklin P. Jones

Welcome to Lake Wobegon, where all the women are strong, all the men are good-looking, and all the children are above average. -Garrison Keillor

The silliest woman can manage a clever man; but it needs a very clever woman to manage a fool. -Rudyard Kipling

If the English language made any sense, lackadaisical would have something to do with a shortage of flowers. -Doug Larson

I've always believed in the adage that the secret of eternal youth is arrested development. -Alice Roosevelt Longworth

It is even harder for the average ape to believe that he has descended from man. -H. L. Mencken

Life is a foreign language; all men mispronounce it. -Christopher Morley

What makes old age so sad is not that our joys but our hopes cease. -Jean Paul

Bad news isn't wine. It doesn't improve with age. -Colin Powell

People ask me how far I've come. And I tell them twelve feet: from the audience to the stage. -David Lee Roth

The world's a stage, and I want the brightest spot. -David Lee Roth

In Hollywood a marriage is a success if it outlasts milk. -Rita Rudner

My husband gave me a necklace. It's fake. I requested fake. Maybe I'm paranoid, but in this day and age, I don't want something around my neck that's worth more than my head. -Rita Rudner

Caesar was a man of great common sense and good taste, meaning thereby a man without originality or moral courage. -George Bernard Shaw

One death is a tragedy; one million is a statistic. -Joseph Stalin

Every good picture leaves the painter eager to start again, unsatisfied, inspired by the rich mine in which he is working, hoping for more energy, more vitality, more time – condemned to painting for life. -John French Sloan

Experience is a great advantage. The problem is that when you get the experience, you're too damned old to do anything about it. -Jimmy Connors

As far as I'm concerned, the only difference between fact and what most people call fiction is about fifteen pages in the dictionary. -Charles de Lint

God created man in His own image, says the Bible; philosophers reverse the process: they create God in theirs. -Georg C. Lichtenberg

He who is in love with himself has at least this advantage – he won't encounter many rivals. -Georg C. Lichtenberg

The voyage of discovery is not in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes. -Marcel Proust

I think age is a very high price to pay for maturity. -Tom Stoppard

The savage in man is never quite eradicated. -Henry David Thoreau

Boys are beyond the range of anybody's sure understanding, at least when they are between the ages of 18 months and 90 years. -James Thurber

Profits, like sausages… are esteemed most by those who know least about what goes into them. -Alvin Toffler

The limits of my language means the limits of my world. -Ludwig Wittgenstein

He who is conceived in a cage yearns for the cage. -Yevgeny Yevtushenko

In Beverly Hills… they don't throw their garbage away. They make it into television shows. -Woody Allen

In California, they don't throw their garbage away – they make it into TV shows. -Woody Allen

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