Best Quotes About Men

No amount of experimentation can ever prove me right; a single experiment can prove me wrong. -Albert Einstein

The real problem is not whether machines think but whether men do. -B. F. Skinner

I don't make jokes. I just watch the government and report the facts. -Will Rogers

Women who seek to be equal with men lack ambition. -Timothy Leary

Many a trip continues long after movement in time and space have ceased. -John Steinbeck

I can live for two months on a good compliment. -Mark Twain

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

Films have degenerated to their original operation as carnival amusement – they offer not drama but thrills. -David Mamet

I think it will be truly glorious when women become real people and have the whole world open to them. -Karen Blixen

Sometimes I wonder if men and women really suit each other. Perhaps they should live next door and just visit now and then. -Katharine Hepburn

I only have 'yes' men around me. Who needs 'no' men? -Mae West

Adversity causes some men to break; others to break records. -William Arthur Ward

I had pro offers from the Detroit Lions and Green Bay Packers, who were pretty hard up for linemen in those days. If I had gone into professional football the name Jerry Ford might have been a household word today. -Gerald R. Ford

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

The final test of a leader is that he leaves behind him in other men the conviction and the will to carry on. -Walter Lippmann

Millions of men have lived to fight, build palaces and boundaries, shape destinies and societies; but the compelling force of all times has been the force of originality and creation profoundly affecting the roots of human spirit. -Ansel Adams

Reason and judgment are the qualities of a leader. -Tacitus

Perhaps this is our strange and haunting paradox here in America – that we are fixed and certain only when we are in movement. -Thomas Wolfe

Silence is one of the hardest arguments to refute. -Josh Billings

The sounder your argument, the more satisfaction you get out of it. -E. W. Howe

He who establishes his argument by noise and command shows that his reason is weak. -Michel de Montaigne

You will find as you look back upon your life that the moments when you have truly lived are the moments when you have done things in the spirit of love. -Henry Drummond

The moment you have in your heart this extraordinary thing called love and feel the depth, the delight, the ecstasy of it, you will discover that for you the world is transformed. -Jiddu Krishnamurti

Education is the movement from darkness to light. -Allan Bloom

Brave men are all vertebrates; they have their softness on the surface and their toughness in the middle. -Gilbert K. Chesterton

All women should know how to take care of children. Most of them will have a husband some day. -Franklin P. Jones

Our progress as a nation can be no swifter than our progress in education. The human mind is our fundamental resource. -John F. Kennedy

The goal of education is the advancement of knowledge and the dissemination of truth. -John F. Kennedy

We cannot live only for ourselves. A thousand fibers connect us with our fellow men. -Herman Melville

All men who have turned out worth anything have had the chief hand in their own education. -Walter Scott

Great ability develops and reveals itself increasingly with every new assignment. -Baltasar Gracian

And while the law of competition may be sometimes hard for the individual, it is best for the race, because it ensures the survival of the fittest in every department. -Andrew Carnegie

I think there is choice possible to us at any moment, as long as we live. But there is no sacrifice. There is a choice, and the rest falls away. Second choice does not exist. Beware of those who talk about sacrifice. -Muriel Rukeyser

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

When bad men combine, the good must associate; else they will fall one by one, an unpitied sacrifice in a contemptible struggle. -Edmund Burke

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

The government solution to a problem is usually as bad as the problem. -Milton Friedman

Government, even in its best state, is but a necessary evil; in its worst state, an intolerable one. -Thomas Paine

The best minds are not in government. If any were, business would steal them away. -Ronald Reagan

There is a boundary to men's passions when they act from feelings; but none when they are under the influence of imagination. -Edmund Burke

Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment. -Buddha

All life is an experiment. The more experiments you make the better. -Ralph Waldo Emerson

There are three things men can do with women: love them, suffer for them, or turn them into literature. -Stephen Stills

Men always want to be a woman's first love – women like to be a man's last romance. -Oscar Wilde

The golden opportunity you are seeking is in yourself. It is not in your environment; it is not in luck or chance, or the help of others; it is in yourself alone. -Orison Swett Marden

The incestuous relationship between government and big business thrives in the dark. -Jack Anderson

The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed (and hence clamorous to be led to safety) by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary. -H. L. Mencken

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

This country, with its institutions, belongs to the people who inhabit it. Whenever they shall grow weary of the existing government, they can exercise their constitutional right of amending it, or exercise their revolutionary right to overthrow it. -Abraham Lincoln

The brain is a wonderful organ; it starts working the moment you get up in the morning and does not stop until you get into the office. -Robert Frost

Where all men think alike, no one thinks very much. -Walter Lippmann

I have always thought the actions of men the best interpreters of their thoughts. -John Locke

Nothing can be more absurd than the practice that prevails in our country of men and women not following the same pursuits with all their strengths and with one mind, for thus, the state instead of being whole is reduced to half. -Plato

I do not believe that the men who served in uniform in Vietnam have been given the credit they deserve. It was a difficult war against an unorthodox enemy. -William Westmoreland

I'm fed up to the ears with old men dreaming up wars for young men to die in. -George McGovern

All men are born with a nose and five fingers, but no one is born with a knowledge of God. -Voltaire

The roots of true achievement lie in the will to become the best that you can become. -Harold Taylor

America is not only big and rich, it is mysterious; and its capacity for the humorous or ironical concealment of its interests matches that of the legendary inscrutable Chinese. -David Riesman

If writers were good businessmen, they'd have too much sense to be writers. -Irvin S. Cobb

Author: A fool who, not content with having bored those who have lived with him, insists on tormenting generations to come. -Montesquieu

Only the wisest and stupidest of men never change. -Confucius

We live in a moment of history where change is so speeded up that we begin to see the present only when it is already disappearing. -R. D. Laing

The moment a man talks to his fellows he begins to lie. -Hilaire Belloc

Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man's character, give him power. -Abraham Lincoln

There are two sorts of curiosity – the momentary and the permanent. The momentary is concerned with the odd appearance on the surface of things. The permanent is attracted by the amazing and consecutive life that flows on beneath the surface of things. -Robert Wilson Lynd

All men have an instinct for conflict: at least, all healthy men. -Hilaire Belloc

If you think of yourselves as helpless and ineffectual, it is certain that you will create a despotic government to be your master. The wise despot, therefore, maintains among his subjects a popular sense that they are helpless and ineffectual. -Frank Herbert

It is possible to provide security against other ills, but as far as death is concerned, we men live in a city without walls. -Epicurus

Government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the Earth. -Abraham Lincoln

Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent, a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal. -Abraham Lincoln

Were it left to me to decide whether we should have a government without newspapers, or newspapers without a government, I should not hesitate a moment to prefer the latter. -Thomas Jefferson

Whenever men take the law into their own hands, the loser is the law. And when the law loses, freedom languishes. -Robert Kennedy

Man is free at the moment he wishes to be. -Voltaire

I know that every good and excellent thing in the world stands moment by moment on the razor-edge of danger and must be fought for. -Thornton Wilder

People take different roads seeking fulfillment and happiness. Just because they're not on your road doesn't mean they've gotten lost. -H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

Justice consists in doing no injury to men; decency in giving them no offense. -Marcus Tullius Cicero

Liberty means responsibility. That is why most men dread it. -George Bernard Shaw

In its famous paradox, the equation of money and excrement, psychoanalysis becomes the first science to state what common sense and the poets have long known – that the essence of money is in its absolute worthlessness. -Norman O. Brown

We do not know the true value of our moments until they have undergone the test of memory. -Georges Duhamel

What the mass media offers is not popular art, but entertainment which is intended to be consumed like food, forgotten, and replaced by a new dish. -W. H. Auden

You can never get all the facts from just one newspaper, and unless you have all the facts, you cannot make proper judgements about what is going on. -Harry S Truman

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

Honest disagreement is often a good sign of progress. -Mahatma Gandhi

Retirement at sixty-five is ridiculous. When I was sixty-five I still had pimples. -George Burns

Only solitary men know the full joys of friendship. Others have their family; but to a solitary and an exile, his friends are everything. -Willa Cather

There are places and moments in which one is so completely alone that one sees the world entire. -Jules Renard

The majority of men meet with failure because of their lack of persistence in creating new plans to take the place of those which fail. -Napoleon Hill

The taxpayer – that's someone who works for the federal government but doesn't have to take the civil service examination. -Ronald Reagan

It is error alone which needs the support of government. Truth can stand by itself. -Thomas Jefferson

Time has been transformed, and we have changed; it has advanced and set us in motion; it has unveiled its face, inspiring us with bewilderment and exhilaration. -Khalil Gibran

The genius of impeachment lay in the fact that it could punish the man without punishing the office. -Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr.

When more and more people are thrown out of work, unemployment results. -Calvin Coolidge

If we wish to know the force of human genius, we should read Shakespeare. If we wish to see the insignificance of human learning, we may study his commentators. -William Hazlitt

World War II was the last government program that really worked. -George Will

No man can call himself liberal, or radical, or even a conservative advocate of fair play, if his work depends in any way on the unpaid or underpaid labor of women at home, or in the office. -Gloria Steinem

It may seem a strange principle to enunciate as the very first requirement in a hospital that it should do the sick no harm. -Florence Nightingale

The salary of the chief executive of a large corporation is not a market award for achievement. It is frequently in the nature of a warm personal gesture by the individual to himself. -John Kenneth Galbraith

Television is just one more facet of that considerable segment of our society that never had any standard but the soft buck. -Raymond Chandler

Television is a medium of entertainment which permits millions of people to listen to the same joke at the same time, and yet remain lonesome. -T. S. Eliot

There's no trick to being a humorist when you have the whole government working for you. -Will Rogers

It is difficult to produce a television documentary that is both incisive and probing when every twelve minutes one is interrupted by twelve dancing rabbits singing about toilet paper. -Rod Serling

The vote means nothing to women. We should be armed. -Edna O'Brien

If men can run the world, why can't they stop wearing neckties? How intelligent is it to start the day by tying a little noose around your neck? -Linda Ellerbee

Great moments in science: Einstein discovers that time is actually money. -Gary Larson

I've come to accept that the life of a frontrunner is a hard one, that he will suffer more injuries than most men and that many of these injuries will not be accidental. -Pele

I never thought about being a writer as I grew up. A writer wasn't something I wanted to be. An outfielder was something to be. Most of what I know about style I learned from Roberto Clemente. -John Sayles

The Internet is the most important single development in the history of human communication since the invention of call waiting. -Dave Barry

Women should try to increase their size rather than decrease it, because I believe the bigger we are, the more space we'll take up, and the more we'll have to be reckoned with. -Roseanne Barr

Of all the nasty outcomes predicted for women's liberation… none was more alarming, from a feminist point of view, than the suggestion that women would eventually become just like men. -Barbara Ehrenreich

There is one thing you have got to learn about our movement. Three people are better than no people. -Fannie Lou Hamer

How is it that little children are so intelligent and men so stupid? It must be education that does it. -Alexandre Dumas

The simple truth is that balding African-American men look cool when they shave their heads, whereas balding white men look like giant thumbs. -Dave Barry

I had a monumental idea this morning, but I didn't like it. -Samuel Goldwyn

Skiers view snowboarders as a menace; snowboarders view skiers as Elmer Fudd. -Dave Barry

Men make angry music and it's called rock-and-roll; women include anger in their vocabulary and suddenly they're angry and militant. -Ani DiFranco

The most important thing about a TV set is to get it back against something and not out in the middle of a room where it's like a somber fellow making electronic judgments on you. -Bruce Jay Friedman

The Internet is the first thing that humanity has built that humanity doesn't understand, the largest experiment in anarchy that we have ever had. -Eric Schmidt

Disbelief in magic can force a poor soul into believing in government and business. -Tom Robbins

Our scientific power has outrun our spiritual power. We have guided missiles and misguided men. -Martin Luther King, Jr.

Some men are alive simply because it is against the law to kill them. -E. W. Howe

There is a fifth dimension, beyond that which is known to man. It is a dimension as vast as space and as timeless as infinity. It is the middle ground between light and shadow, between science and superstition. -Rod Serling

In Vegas, I got into a long argument with the man at the roulette wheel over what I considered to be an odd number. -Steven Wright

The advertising world had space men in it before spacemen existed. -Fred Allen

Vigilant and effective antitrust enforcement today is preferable to the heavy hand of government regulation of the Internet tomorrow. -Orrin Hatch

I installed a skylight in my apartment… the people who live above me are furious! -Steven Wright

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

Maybe we can show government how to operate better as a result of better architecture. Eventually, I think Chicago will be the most beautiful great city left in the world. -Frank Lloyd Wright

I don't watch it, but I know enough to comment on it. -Dan Quayle

Japan is an important ally of ours. Japan and the United States of the Western industrialized capacity, 60 percent of the GNP, two countries. That's a statement in and of itself. -Dan Quayle

Make no little plans; they have no magic to stir men's blood and probably themselves will not be realized. -Daniel Burnham

At this moment I do not have a personal relationship with a computer. -Janet Reno

There is probably an element of malice in our readiness to overestimate people – we are, as it were, laying up for ourselves the pleasure of later cutting them down to size. -Eric Hoffer

What's a good tournament for him? Winning it. He's good enough. -Greg Norman

He has the finest, fundamentally sound golf swing I've ever seen. -Jack Nicklaus

Overall the fundamentals seem to be there and he's obviously got a very mature head on his shoulders. He's got a kind of presence. -Nick Price

I have made good judgments in the past. I have made good judgments in the future. -Dan Quayle

People that are really very weird can get into sensitive positions and have a tremendous impact on history. -Dan Quayle

In our civilization, and under our republican form of government, intelligence is so highly honored that it is rewarded by exemption from the cares of office. -Ambrose Bierce

Advertising is an environmental striptease for a world of abundance. -Marshall McLuhan

Advertising is, actually, a simple phenomenon in terms of economics. It is merely a substitute for a personal sales force – an extension, if you will, of the merchant who cries aloud his wares. -Rosser Reeves

Great designers seldom make great advertising men, because they get overcome by the beauty of the picture – and forget that merchandise must be sold. -James Randolph Adams

Some manufacturers illustrate their advertisements with abstract paintings. I would only do this if I wished to conceal from the reader what I was advertising. -David Ogilvy

A good basic selling idea, involvement and relevancy, of course, are as important as ever, but in the advertising din of today, unless you make yourself noticed and believed, you ain't got nothin'. -Leo Burnett

If there are signs that Americans bow to the gods of advertising, there are equally indications that people find the gods ridiculous. It is part of the popular culture that advertisements are silly. -Michael Schudson

Much of the messy advertising you see on television today is the product of committees. Committees can criticize advertisements, but they should never be allowed to create them. -David Ogilvy

I do not regard advertising as entertainment or an art form, but as a medium of information. -David Ogilvy

The more facts you tell, the more you sell. An advertisement's chance for success invariably increases as the number of pertinent merchandise facts included in the advertisement increases. -Charles Edwards

The right name is an advertisement in itself. -Claude C. Hopkins

Promise, large promise, is the soul of an advertisement. -Samuel Johnson

Properly practiced creativity must result in greater sales more economically achieved. Properly practiced creativity can lift your claims out of the swamp of sameness and make them accepted, believed, persuasive, urgent. -William Bernbach

Mass demand has been created almost entirely through the development of advertising. -Calvin Coolidge

It is a most extraordinary thing, but I never read a patent medicine advertisement without being impelled to the conclusion that I am suffering from the particular disease therein dealt with in its most virulent form. -Jerome K. Jerome

The effectiveness of advertising depends on the amount and kind of product information available to consumers… advertising will be more successful the more impoverished the consumer's information environment. -Michael Schudson

I did not feel 'evil' when I wrote advertisements for Puerto Rico. They helped attract industry and tourists to a country which had been living on the edge of starvation for 400 years. -David Ogilvy

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

The question about those aromatic advertisements that perfume companies are having stitched into magazines these days is this: under the freedoms guaranteed by the First Amendment, is smelling up the place a constitutionally protected form of expression? -Calvin Trillin

There will presently be no room in the world for things; it will be filled up with the advertisements of things. -William Dean Howells

It is pretty obvious that the debasement of the human mind caused by a constant flow of fraudulent advertising is no trivial thing. There is more than one way to conquer a country. -Raymond Chandler

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

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

The Great Idea in advertising is far more than the sum of the recognition scores, the ratings and all the other superficial indicators of its success; it is in the realm of myth, to which measurements cannot apply. -Leo Bogart

It strikes me as bad manners for a magazine to accept one of my advertisements and then attack it editorially – like inviting a man to dinner then spitting in his eye. -David Ogilvy

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

Advertising treats all products with the reverence and the seriousness due to sacraments. -Thomas Merton

The art of advertisement, after the American manner, has introduced into all our life such a lavish use of superlatives, that no standard of value whatever is intact. -Wyndham Lewis

There is no such thing as a good or bad ad in isolation. What is good at one moment is bad at another. Research can trap you into the past. -William Bernbach

I notice increasing reluctance on the part of marketing executives to use judgment; they are coming to rely too much on research, and they use it as a drunkard uses a lamp post for support, rather than for illumination. -David Ogilvy

Advertising is fundamentally persuasion and persuasion happens to be not a science, but an art. -William Bernbach

Advertisements may be evaluated scientifically; they cannot be created scientifically. -Leo Bogart

A good advertisement is one which sells the product without drawing attention to itself. -David Ogilvy

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

The advertisements in a newspaper are more full knowledge in respect to what is going on in a state or community than the editorial columns are. -Henry Ward Beecher

The philosophy behind much advertising is based on the old observation that every man is really two men – the man he is and the man he wants to be. -William Feather

Of all the properties which belong to honorable men, not one is so highly prized as that of character. -Henry Clay

People who know little are usually great talkers, while men who know much say little. -Jean-Jacques Rousseau

I do not consider it an insult, but rather a compliment to be called an agnostic. I do not pretend to know where many ignorant men are sure – that is all that agnosticism means. -Clarence Darrow

It is unbecoming for young men to utter maxims. -Aristotle

The graveyards are full of indispensable men. -Charles de Gaulle

If women didn't exist, all the money in the world would have no meaning. -Aristotle Onassis

Who will tell whether one happy moment of love or the joy of breathing or walking on a bright morning and smelling the fresh air, is not worth all the suffering and effort which life implies. -Erich Fromm

If we will be quiet and ready enough, we shall find compensation in every disappointment. -Henry David Thoreau

Failure is the condiment that gives success its flavor. -Truman Capote

Let me embrace thee, sour adversity, for wise men say it is the wisest course. -William Shakespeare

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

Never write an advertisement which you wouldn't want your family to read. You wouldn't tell lies to your own wife. Don't tell them to mine. -David Ogilvy

There is always some specific moment when we become aware that our youth is gone; but, years after, we know it was much later. -Mignon McLaughlin

What a pity, when Christopher Columbus discovered America, that he ever mentioned it. -Margot Asquith

America… just a nation of two hundred million used car salesmen with all the money we need to buy guns and no qualms about killing anybody else in the world who tries to make us uncomfortable. -Hunter S. Thompson

If you have men who will exclude any of God's creatures from the shelter of compassion and pity, you will have men who will deal likewise with their fellow men. -Francis of Assisi

To send light into the darkness of men's hearts – such is the duty of the artist. -Robert Schumann

To make us feel small in the right way is a function of art; men can only make us feel small in the wrong way. -E. M. Forster

What was any art but a mould in which to imprison for a moment the shining elusive element which is life itself – life hurrying past us and running away, too strong to stop, too sweet to lose. -Willa Cather

There are no menial jobs, only menial attitudes. -William J. Brennan, Jr.

True contentment depends not upon what we have; a tub was large enough for Diogenes, but a world was too little for Alexander. -Charles Caleb Colton

A person will sometimes devote all his life to the development of one part of his body – the wishbone. -Robert Frost

Baseball players are smarter than football players. How often do you see a baseball team penalized for too many men on the field? -Jim Bouton

Perhaps no place in any community is so totally democratic as the town library. The only entrance requirement is interest. -Lady Bird Johnson

Government in the U.S. today is a senior partner in every business in the country. -Norman Cousins

All change is not growth, as all movement is not forward. -Ellen Glasgow

The real menace in dealing with a five-year-old is that in no time at all you begin to sound like a five-year-old. -Jean Kerr

It is an interesting question how far men would retain their relative rank if they were divested of their clothes. -Henry David Thoreau

It takes most men five years to recover from a college education, and to learn that poetry is as vital to thinking as knowledge. -Brooks Atkinson

The real danger is not that computers will begin to think like men, but that men will begin to think like computers. -Sydney J. Harris

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

We long for an affection altogether ignorant of our faults. Heaven has accorded this to us in the uncritical canine attachment. -George Eliot

Real education must ultimately be limited to men who insist on knowing, the rest is mere sheep-herding. -Ezra Pound

An educated person is one who has learned that information almost always turns out to be at best incomplete and very often false, misleading, fictitious, mendacious – just dead wrong. -Russell Baker

Education is an ornament in prosperity and a refuge in adversity. -Aristotle

Much education today is monumentally ineffective. All too often we are giving young people cut flowers when we should be teaching them to grow their own plants. -John W. Gardner

Labor disgraces no man; unfortunately, you occasionally find men who disgrace labor. -Ulysses S. Grant

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

Thank God men cannot fly, and lay waste the sky as well as the earth. -Henry David Thoreau

I think the environment should be put in the category of our national security. Defense of our resources is just as important as defense abroad. Otherwise what is there to defend? -Robert Redford

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

Every creature is better alive than dead, men and moose and pine trees, and he who understands it aright will rather preserve its life than destroy it. -Henry David Thoreau

God never made His work for man to mend. -John Dryden

In America everybody is of the opinion that he has no social superiors, since all men are equal, but he does not admit that he has no social inferiors, for, from the time of Jefferson onward, the doctrine that all men are equal applies only upwards, not downwards. -Bertrand Russell

In the democracy of the dead all men at last are equal. There is neither rank nor station nor prerogative in the republic of the grave. -John James Ingalls

Life is like playing a violin solo in public and learning the instrument as one goes on. -Samuel Butler

Good judgment comes from experience, and experience comes from bad judgment. -Rita Mae Brown

You may have a fresh start any moment you choose, for this thing that we call 'failure' is not the falling down, but the staying down. -Mary Pickford

Faith, to my mind, is a stiffening process, a sort of mental starch. -E. M. Forster

I would sort out all the arguments and see which belonged to fear and which to creativeness. Other things being equal, I would make the decision which had the larger number of creative reasons on its side. -Katharine Butler Hathaway

Because I am a woman, I must make unusual efforts to succeed. If I fail, no one will say, 'She doesn't have what it takes'; They will say, 'Women don't have what it takes.' -Clare Boothe Luce

I myself have never been able to find out precisely what feminism is: I only know that people call me a feminist whenever I express sentiments that differentiate me from a doormat. -Rebecca West

The thing women have yet to learn is nobody gives you power. You just take it. -Roseanne Barr

I see my body as an instrument, rather than an ornament. -Alanis Morissette

Being a woman is a terribly difficult task, since it consists principally in dealing with men. -Joseph Conrad

Instead of getting hard ourselves and trying to compete, women should try and give their best qualities to men – bring them softness, teach them how to cry. -Joan Baez

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

Most women are one man away from welfare. -Gloria Steinem

Resolved, that the women of this nation in 1876, have greater cause for discontent, rebellion and revolution than the men of 1776. -Susan B. Anthony

Some of us are becoming the men we wanted to marry. -Gloria Steinem

The foolish and cruel notion that a wife is to obey her husband has sent more women to the grave than to the courts for a divorce. -Lemuel K. Washburn

Sensible and responsible women do not want to vote. The relative positions to be assumed by man and woman in the working out of our civilization were assigned long ago by a higher intelligence than ours. -Grover Cleveland

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

Whether women are better than men I cannot say – but I can say they are certainly no worse. -Golda Meir

Not only is women's work never done, the definition keeps changing. -Bill Copeland

But friendship is precious, not only in the shade, but in the sunshine of life, and thanks to a benevolent arrangement the greater part of life is sunshine. -Thomas Jefferson

Unemployment is capitalism's way of getting you to plant a garden. -Orson Scott Card

Wise men make more opportunities than they find. -Francis Bacon

I am looking for a lot of men who have an infinite capacity to not know what can't be done. -Henry Ford

Certain thoughts are prayers. There are moments when, whatever be the attitude of the body, the soul is on its knees. -Victor Hugo

Golf is played by twenty million mature American men whose wives think they are out having fun. -Jim Bishop

Hockey is a sport for white men. Basketball is a sport for black men. Golf is a sport for white men dressed like black pimps. -Tiger Woods

Golf is a game in which one endeavors to control a ball with implements ill adapted for the purpose. -Woodrow Wilson

The difference in golf and government is that in golf you can't improve your lie. -George Deukmejian

The way people in democracies think of the government as something different from themselves is a real handicap. And, of course, sometimes the government confirms their opinion. -Lewis Mumford

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

The government, which was designed for the people, has got into the hands of the bosses and their employers, the special interests. An invisible empire has been set up above the forms of democracy. -Woodrow Wilson

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

The oppressed are allowed once every few years to decide which particular representatives of the oppressing class are to represent and repress them in parliament. -Vladimir Lenin

Our government… teaches the whole people by its example. If the government becomes the lawbreaker, it breeds contempt for law; it invites every man to become a law unto himself; it invites anarchy. -Louis D. Brandeis

Christmas is the time when kids tell Santa what they want and adults pay for it. Deficits are when adults tell government what they want and their kids pay for it. -Richard Lamm

It is hard to feel individually responsible with respect to the invisible processes of a huge and distant government. -John W. Gardner

The instant formal government is abolished, society begins to act. A general association takes place, and common interest produces common security. -Thomas Paine

To hear some men talk of the government, you would suppose that Congress was the law of gravitation, and kept the planets in their places. -Wendell Phillips

For in reason, all government without the consent of the governed is the very definition of slavery. -Jonathan Swift

Government is an unnecessary evil. Human beings, when accustomed to taking responsibility for their own behavior, can cooperate on a basis of mutual trust and helpfulness. -Fred Woodworth

Economics is extremely useful as a form of employment for economists. -John Kenneth Galbraith

If men were angels, no government would be necessary. -James Madison

Here is my first principle of foreign policy: good government at home. -William E. Gladstone

The world is full of people looking for spectacular happiness while they snub contentment. -Doug Larson

Most men pursue pleasure with such breathless haste that they hurry past it. -Soren Kierkegaard

To be obliged to beg our daily happiness from others bespeaks a more lamentable poverty than that of him who begs his daily bread. -Charles Caleb Colton

How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world. -Anne Frank

Improvement begins with I. -Arnold H. Glasow

Hope in reality is the worst of all evils because it prolongs the torments of man. -Friedrich Nietzsche

The Framers of the Bill of Rights did not purport to 'create' rights. Rather, they designed the Bill of Rights to prohibit our Government from infringing rights and liberties presumed to be preexisting. -William J. Brennan, Jr.

Liberty is the possibility of doubting, the possibility of making a mistake, the possibility of searching and experimenting, the possibility of saying No to any authority – literary, artistic, philosophic, religious, social and even political. -Ignazio Silone

I am not interested in picking up crumbs of compassion thrown from the table of someone who considers himself my master. I want the full menu of rights. -Desmond Tutu

It is not titles that honor men, but men that honor titles. -Niccolo Machiavelli

The most violent element in society is ignorance. -Emma Goldman

Anyway, no drug, not even alcohol, causes the fundamental ills of society. If we're looking for the source of our troubles, we shouldn't test people for drugs, we should test them for stupidity, ignorance, greed and love of power. -P. J. O'Rourke

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

If there existed no external means for dimming their consciences, one-half of the men would at once shoot themselves, because to live contrary to one's reason is a most intolerable state, and all men of our time are in such a state. -Leo Tolstoy

You don't carry in your countenance a letter of recommendation. -Charles Dickens

Goodness is the only investment that never fails. -Henry David Thoreau

As I grow older, I pay less attention to what men say. I just watch what they do. -Andrew Carnegie

Everyone complains of his memory, and nobody complains of his judgment. -Francois de La Rochefoucauld

Jealousy… is a mental cancer. -B. C. Forbes

The supreme accomplishment is to blur the line between work and play. -Arnold J. Toynbee

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

Many laws as certainly make bad men, as bad men make many laws. -Walter Savage Landor

Punishment is now unfashionable… because it creates moral distinctions among men, which, to the democratic mind, are odious. We prefer a meaningless collective guilt to a meaningful individual responsibility. -Thomas Szasz

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

Capital punishment is as fundamentally wrong as a cure for crime as charity is wrong as a cure for poverty. -Henry Ford

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

If the jury have no right to judge of the justice of a law of the government, they plainly can do nothing to protect the people against the oppressions of the government; for there are no oppressions which the government may not authorize by law. -Lysander Spooner

Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around. -Leo Buscaglia

A chief is a man who assumes responsibility. He says 'I was beaten', he does not say 'My men were beaten.' -Antoine de Saint-Exupery

The mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation. What is called resignation is confirmed desperation. -Henry David Thoreau

The ability to be in the present moment is a major component of mental wellness. -Abraham Maslow

The hours I spend with you I look upon as sort of a perfumed garden, a dim twilight, and a fountain singing to it. You and you alone make me feel that I am alive. Other men it is said have seen angels, but I have seen thee and thou art enough. -George Edward Moore

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

Those who have succeeded at anything and don't mention luck are kidding themselves. -Larry King

Bachelors know more about women than married men; if they didn't they'd be married too. -H. L. Mencken

Men have a much better time of it than women. For one thing, they marry later; for another thing, they die earlier. -H. L. Mencken

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

Formerly, when religion was strong and science weak, men mistook magic for medicine; now, when science is strong and religion weak, men mistake medicine for magic. -Thomas Szasz

Nothing is more memorable than a smell. One scent can be unexpected, momentary and fleeting, yet conjure up a childhood summer beside a lake in the mountains. -Diane Ackerman

A man can be short and dumpy and getting bald but if he has fire, women will like him. -Mae West

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

Some men are so macho they'll get you pregnant just to kill a rabbit. -Maureen Murphy

If the world were a logical place, men would ride side saddle. -Rita Mae Brown

Women are never disarmed by compliments. Men always are. That is the difference between the sexes. -Oscar Wilde

They say women talk too much. If you have worked in Congress you know that the filibuster was invented by men. -Clare Boothe Luce

It's a man's world, and you men can have it. -Katherine Anne Porter

Women's liberation is just a lot of foolishness. It's men who are discriminated against. They can't bear children. And no one is likely to do anything about that. -Golda Meir

I know many married men, I even know a few happily married men, but I don't know one who wouldn't fall down the first open coal hole running after the first pretty girl who gave him a wink. -George Jean Nathan

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

No nice men are good at getting taxis. -Katharine Whitehorn

What's with you men? Would hair stop growing on your chest if you asked directions somewhere? -Erma Bombeck

Women are one of the Almighty's enigmas to prove to men that He knows more than they do. -Ellen Glasgow

If you think nobody cares if you're alive, try missing a couple of car payments. -Earl Wilson

Sweater, n.: garment worn by child when its mother is feeling chilly. -Ambrose Bierce

In wilderness I sense the miracle of life, and behind it our scientific accomplishments fade to trivia. -Charles Lindbergh

To sit in the shade on a fine day and look upon verdure is the most perfect refreshment. -Jane Austen

Night, the beloved. Night, when words fade and things come alive. When the destructive analysis of day is done, and all that is truly important becomes whole and sound again. When man reassembles his fragmentary self and grows with the calm of a tree. -Antoine de Saint-Exupery

A pessimist is a man who thinks all women are bad. An optimist is one who hopes they are. -Chauncey Depew

As a child my family's menu consisted of two choices: take it or leave it. -Buddy Hackett

It is not easy to see how the more extreme forms of nationalism can long survive when men have seen the Earth in its true perspective as a single small globe against the stars. -Arthur C. Clarke

It is lamentable, that to be a good patriot one must become the enemy of the rest of mankind. -Voltaire

I think that people want peace so much that one of these days government had better get out of their way and let them have it. -Dwight D. Eisenhower

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

Many men go fishing all of their lives without knowing that it is not fish they are after. -Henry David Thoreau

The moment a little boy is concerned with which is a jay and which is a sparrow, he can no longer see the birds or hear them sing. -Eric Berne

Often while traveling with a camera we arrive just as the sun slips over the horizon of a moment, too late to expose film, only time enough to expose our hearts. -Minor White

A good snapshot stops a moment from running away. -Eudora Welty

Most things in life are moments of pleasure and a lifetime of embarrassment; photography is a moment of embarrassment and a lifetime of pleasure. -Tony Benn

The creative act lasts but a brief moment, a lightning instant of give-and-take, just long enough for you to level the camera and to trap the fleeting prey in your little box. -Henri Cartier-Bresson

He who draws noble delights from sentiments of poetry is a true poet, though he has never written a line in all his life. -George Sand

A poet's work is to name the unnameable, to point at frauds, to take sides, start arguments, shape the world, and stop it going to sleep. -Salman Rushdie

There are many men of principle in both parties in America, but there is no party of principle. -Alexis de Tocqueville

The Democrats are the party that says government will make you smarter, taller, richer, and remove the crabgrass on your lawn. The Republicans are the party that says government doesn't work and then they get elected and prove it. -P. J. O'Rourke

It is not in the nature of politics that the best men should be elected. The best men do not want to govern their fellowmen. -George MacDonald

If a politician murders his mother, the first response of the press or of his opponents will likely be not that it was a terrible thing to do, but rather that in a statement made six years before he had gone on record as being opposed to matricide. -Meg Greenfield

When one may pay out over two million dollars to presidential and Congressional campaigns, the U.S. government is virtually up for sale. -John W. Gardner

I pray on the principle that wine knocks the cork out of a bottle. There is an inward fermentation, and there must be a vent. -Henry Ward Beecher

Judgements prevent us from seeing the good that lies beyond appearances. -Wayne Dyer

Prejudices are the chains forged by ignorance to keep men apart. -Marguerite Gardiner

As soon as the land of any country has all become private property, the landlords, like all other men, love to reap where they never sowed, and demand a rent even for its natural produce. -Adam Smith

Few rich men own their property; their property owns them. -Robert Green Ingersoll

Illusions commend themselves to us because they save us pain and allow us to enjoy pleasure instead. We must therefore accept it without complaint when they sometimes collide with a bit of reality against which they are dashed to pieces. -Sigmund Freud

What we call reality is an agreement that people have arrived at to make life more livable. -Louise Berliawsky Nevelson

Only those who attempt the absurd will achieve the impossible. I think it's in my basement… let me go upstairs and check. -M. C. Escher

If a man would follow, today, the teachings of the Old Testament, he would be a criminal. If he would follow strictly the teachings of the New, he would be insane. -Robert Green Ingersoll

The torment of precautions often exceeds the dangers to be avoided. It is sometimes better to abandon one's self to destiny. -Napoleon Bonaparte

The statistics on sanity are that one out of every four Americans is suffering from some form of mental illness. Think of your three best friends. If they're okay, then it's you. -Rita Mae Brown

Most men are within a finger's breadth of being mad. -Diogenes

A fact is a simple statement that everyone believes. It is innocent, unless found guilty. A hypothesis is a novel suggestion that no one wants to believe. It is guilty, until found effective. -Edward Teller

For most men life is a search for the proper manila envelope in which to get themselves filed. -Clifton Fadiman

The difficult part in an argument is not to defend one's opinion but rather to know it. -Andre Maurois

Men get laid, but women get screwed. -Quentin Crisp

Sex: the pleasure is momentary, the position ridiculous, and the expense damnable. -Philip Stanhope, 4th Earl of Chesterfield

Men reach their sexual peak at eighteen. Women reach theirs at thirty-five. Do you get the feeling that God is playing a practical joke? -Rita Rudner

There are a number of mechanical devices which increase sexual arousal, particularly in women. Chief among these is the Mercedes-Benz 380SL convertible. -P. J. O'Rourke

Dawn: When men of reason go to bed. -Ambrose Bierce

True silence is the rest of the mind, and is to the spirit what sleep is to the body, nourishment and refreshment. -William Penn

If you make any money, the government shoves you in the creek once a year with it in your pockets, and all that don't get wet you can keep. -Will Rogers

I don't know if I can live on my income or not – the government won't let me try it. -Bob Thaves

One looks back with appreciation to the brilliant teachers, but with gratitude to those who touched our human feelings. The curriculum is so much necessary raw material, but warmth is the vital element for the growing plant and for the soul of the child. -Carl Jung

One machine can do the work of fifty ordinary men. No machine can do the work of one extraordinary man. -Elbert Hubbard

We've arranged a civilization in which most crucial elements profoundly depend on science and technology. -Carl Sagan

Art is moral passion married to entertainment. Moral passion without entertainment is propaganda, and entertainment without moral passion is television. -Rita Mae Brown

Much may be done in those little shreds and patches of time which every day produces, and which most men throw away. -Charles Caleb Colton

Airline travel is hours of boredom interrupted by moments of stark terror. -Al Boliska

It is not so much for its beauty that the forest makes a claim upon men's hearts, as for that subtle something, that quality of air that emanation from old trees, that so wonderfully changes and renews a weary spirit. -Robert Louis Stevenson

We do survive every moment, after all, except the last one. -John Updike

'Charm' – which means the power to effect work without employing brute force – is indispensable to women. Charm is a woman's strength just as strength is a man's charm. -Havelock Ellis

The butterfly counts not months but moments, and has time enough. -Rabindranath Tagore

History teaches us that men and nations behave wisely once they have exhausted all other alternatives. -Abba Eban

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

Women have served all these centuries as looking glasses possessing the power of reflecting the figure of man at twice its natural size. -Virginia Woolf

The world owes all its onward impulses to men ill at ease. The happy man inevitably confines himself within ancient limits. -Nathaniel Hawthorne

Life is intrinsically, well, boring and dangerous at the same time. At any given moment the floor may open up. Of course, it almost never does; that's what makes it so boring. -Edward Gorey

Fork: An instrument used chiefly for the purpose of putting dead animals into the mouth. -Ambrose Bierce

No country can act wisely simultaneously in every part of the globe at every moment of time. -Henry Kissinger

Older men declare war. But it is the youth that must fight and die. -Herbert Hoover

All wars are civil wars, because all men are brothers. -Francois Fenelon

A visitor from Mars could easily pick out the civilized nations. They have the best implements of war. -Herbert V. Prochnow

Women like silent men. They think they're listening. -Marcel Achard

Some men know that a light touch of the tongue, running from a woman's toes to her ears, lingering in the softest way possible in various places in between, given often enough and sincerely enough, would add immeasurably to world peace. -Marianne Williamson

Women cannot complain about men anymore until they start getting better taste in them. -Bill Maher

Whether they give or refuse, it delights women just the same to have been asked. -Ovid

I'm not denyin' the women are foolish. God Almighty made 'em to match the men. -George Eliot

Women are like elephants. I like to look at 'em, but I wouldn't want to own one. -W. C. Fields

When men reach their sixties and retire, they go to pieces. Women go right on cooking. -Gail Sheehy

I married beneath me, all women do. -Nancy Astor

Being a woman is of special interest only to aspiring male transsexuals. To actual women, it is simply a good excuse not to play football. -Fran Lebowitz

Nature has given women so much power that the law has very wisely given them little. -Samuel Johnson

Women are wiser than men because they know less and understand more. -James Thurber

I hate women because they always know where things are. -James Thurber

Some men storm imaginary Alps all their lives, and die in the foothills cursing difficulties which do not exist. -E. W. Howe

Nothing in the affairs of men is worthy of great anxiety. -Plato

Write down the thoughts of the moment. Those that come unsought for are commonly the most valuable. -Francis Bacon

A graduation ceremony is an event where the commencement speaker tells thousands of students dressed in identical caps and gowns that 'individuality' is the key to success. -Robert Orben

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

I have something to prove, as long as I know there's something that needs improvement, and you know that everytime I move, I make a woman's movement. -Ani DiFranco

Don't be too timid and squeamish about your actions. All life is an experiment. -Ralph Waldo Emerson

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

I heard the old, old, men say 'all that's beautiful drifts away, like the waters.' -William Butler Yeats

For all my education, accomplishments, and so called 'wisdom'… I can't fathom my own heart. -Michael Caine

Every book has an intrinsic impossibility, which its writer discovers as soon as his first excitement dwindles. -Annie Dillard

If people are good only because they fear punishment, and hope for reward, then we are a sorry lot indeed. -Albert Einstein

Our difficulties of the moment must always be dealt with somehow, but our permanent difficulties are difficulties of every moment. -T. S. Eliot

It is only the great men who are truly obscene. If they had not dared to be obscene, they could never have dared to be great. -Havelock Ellis

I start drawing, and eventually the characters involve themselves in a situation. Then in the end, I go back and try to cut out most of the preachments. -Dr. Seuss

Where wealth accumulates, men decay. -Oliver Goldsmith

I don't want any yes-men around me. I want everybody to tell me the truth even if it costs them their job. -Samuel Goldwyn

Man looks in the abyss, there's nothing staring back at him. At that moment, man finds his character. And that is what keeps him out of the abyss. -Hal Holbrook

A mind that is stretched by a new experience can never go back to its old dimensions. -Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.

Sometimes it is said that man cannot be trusted with the government of himself. Can he, then be trusted with the government of others? Or have we found angels in the form of kings to govern him? Let history answer this question. -Thomas Jefferson

All our best men are laughed at in this nightmare land. -Jack Kerouac

To dare is to lose one's footing momentarily. Not to dare is to lose oneself. -Soren Kierkegaard

The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy. -Martin Luther King, Jr.

We the people are the rightful masters of both Congress and the courts, not to overthrow the Constitution but to overthrow the men who pervert the Constitution. -Abraham Lincoln

From the moment I picked your book up until I laid it down, I was convulsed with laughter. Someday I intend reading it. -Groucho Marx

A man who has nothing for which he is willing to fight, nothing which is more important than his own personal safety, is a miserable creature and has no chance of being free unless made and kept so by the exertions of better men than himself. -John Stuart Mill

Friends can help each other. A true friend is someone who lets you have total freedom to be yourself – and especially to feel. Or, not feel. Whatever you happen to be feeling at the moment is fine with them. That's what real love amounts to – letting a person be what he really is. -Jim Morrison

I am interested in anything about revolt, disorder, chaos-especially activity that seems to have no meaning. It seems to me to be the road toward freedom… Rather than starting inside, I start outside and reach the mental through the physical. -Jim Morrison

I believe in a long, prolonged, derangement of the senses in order to obtain the unknown. -Jim Morrison

I think of myself as an intelligent, sensitive human being with the soul of a clown which always forces me to blow it at the most important moments. -Jim Morrison

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

A great value of antiquity lies in the fact that its writings are the only ones that modern men still read with exactness. -Friedrich Nietzsche

Ah, women. They make the highs higher and the lows more frequent. -Friedrich Nietzsche

If all men knew what others say of them, there would not be four friends in the world. -Blaise Pascal

We do not remember days, we remember moments. -Cesare Pavese

The whole earth is the tomb of heroic men and their story is not given only on stone over their clay but abides everywhere without visible symbol woven into the stuff of other mens lives. -Pericles

Wise men speak because they have something to say; Fools because they have to say something. -Plato

An imbalance between rich and poor is the oldest and most fatal ailment of all republics. -Plutarch

A dress makes no sense unless it inspires men to take it off of you. -Francoise Sagan

Transport of the mails, transport of the human voice, transport of flickering pictures-in this century as in others our highest accomplishments still have the single aim of bringing men together. -Antoine de Saint-Exupery

Life has no meaning the moment you lose the illusion of being eternal. -Jean-Paul Sartre

Democracy substitutes election by the incompetent many for appointment by the corrupt few. -George Bernard Shaw

If you haven't turned rebel by twenty you've got no heart; if you haven't turned establishment by thirty you've got no brains! -Kevin Spacey

No further evidence is needed to show that 'mental illness' is not the name of a biological condition whose nature awaits to be elucidated, but is the name of a concept whose purpose is to obscure the obvious. -Thomas Szasz

You know that being an American is more than a matter of where your parents came from. It is a belief that all men are created free and equal and that everyone deserves an even break. -Harry S Truman

I never understood why when you died, you didn't just vanish, everything could just keep going on the way it was only you just wouldn't be there. I always thought I'd like my own tombstone to be blank. No epitaph, and no name. Well, actually, I'd like it to say 'figment.' -Andy Warhol

Another unsettling element in modern art is that common symptom of immaturity, the dread of doing what has been done before. -Edith Wharton

Over grown military establishments are under any form of government inauspicious to liberty, and are to be regarded as particularly hostile to republican liberty. -George Washington

If there hadn't been women we'd still be squatting in a cave eating raw meat, because we made civilization in order to impress our girlfriends. -Orson Welles

Race hate isn't human nature; race hate is the abandonment of human nature. -Orson Welles

If liberty and equality, as is thought by some, are chiefly to be found in democracy, they will be best attained when all persons alike share in government to the utmost. -Aristotle

Great indebtedness does not make men grateful, but vengeful; and if a little charity is not forgotten, it turns into a gnawing worm. -Friedrich Nietzsche

When a hundred men stand together, each of them loses his mind and gets another one. -Friedrich Nietzsche

Discipline is the bridge between goals and accomplishment. -Jim Rohn

Friends are generally of the same sex, for when men and women agree, it is only in the conclusions; their reasons are always different. -George Santayana

Government is like a baby. An alimentary canal with a big appetite at one end and no sense of responsibility at the other. -Ronald Reagan

Government's view of the economy could be summed up in a few short phrases: If it moves, tax it. If it keeps moving, regulate it. And if it stops moving, subsidize it. -Ronald Reagan

How fortunate for governments that the people they administer don't think. -Adolf Hitler

I only like two kinds of men, domestic and imported. -Mae West

I will not be concerned at other men's not knowing me; I will be concerned at my own want of ability. -Confucius

Knowing others is wisdom, knowing yourself is Enlightenment. -Lao Tzu

The superior man is distressed by the limitations of his ability; he is not distressed by the fact that men do not recognize the ability that he has. -Confucius

The trouble with some women is that they get all excited about nothing – and then marry him. -Cher

Women, can't live with them, can't live without them. -Desiderius Erasmus

A pure democracy is a society consisting of a small number of citizens, who assemble and administer the government in person. -James Madison

It was settled by the Constitution, the laws, and the whole practice of the government that the entire executive power is vested in the President of the United States. -Andrew Jackson

One cool judgment is worth a thousand hasty counsels. The thing to do is to supply light and not heat. -Woodrow Wilson

Sir, I wish to understand the true principles of the Government. I wish them carried out. I ask nothing more. -William Henry Harrison

Peace, plenty, and contentment reign throughout our borders, and our beloved country presents a sublime moral spectacle to the world. -James K. Polk

There is only one situation I can think of in which men and women make an effort to read better than they usually do. It is when they are in love and reading a love letter. -Mortimer Adler

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

A tiny and closed fraternity of privileged men, elected by no one, and enjoying a monopoly sanctioned and licensed by government. -Spiro T. Agnew

What people really want in the theater is fantasy involvement and not reality involvement. -Edward Albee

Life, in my estimation, is a biological misadventure that we terminate on the shoulders of six strange men whose only objective is to make a hole in one with you. -Fred Allen

Criticism of government finds sanctuary in several portions of the 1st Amendment. It is part of the right of free speech. It embraces freedom of the press. -Hugo Black

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

Paramount among the responsibilities of a free press is the duty to prevent any part of the government from deceiving the people and sending them off to distant lands to die of foreign fevers and foreign shot and shell. -Hugo Black

In revealing the workings of government that led to the Vietnam War, the newspapers nobly did precisely that which the Founders hoped and trusted they would do. -Hugo Black

The Founding Fathers gave the free press the protection it must have to bare the secrets of government and inform the people. -Hugo Black

Who is to say that 5 men 10 years ago were right whereas 5 men looking the other direction today are wrong. -Harry A. Blackmun

The states are not free, under the guise of protecting maternal health or potential life, to intimidate women into continuing pregnancies. -Harry A. Blackmun

The flaw in the statute is that in all its applications, it operates on a fundamentally mistaken premise that high solicitation costs are an accurate measure of fraud. -Harry A. Blackmun

What the Court really has refused to recognize is the fundamental interest all individuals have in controlling the nature of their intimate associations. -Harry A. Blackmun

After World War II society had to settle back for a moment before it picked up the 20th century. -Stella Blum

Innocence of heart and violence of feeling are necessary in any kind of superior achievement: The arts cannot exist without them. -Louise Bogan

I won't say there aren't any Harvard graduates who have never asserted a superior attitude. But they have done so to our great embarrassment and in no way represent the Harvard I know. -Derek Bok

I've been a woman for a little over 50 years and have gotten over my initial astonishment. As for conducting an orchestra, that's a job where I don't think sex plays much part. -Nadia Boulanger

Use of a mentally ill person's involuntary confession is antithetical to the notion of fundamental fairness embodied in the due process clause. -William J. Brennan, Jr.

Congress acknowledged that society's accumulated myths and fears about disability and disease are as handicapping as are the physical limitations that flow from actual impairment. -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

Judgment is more than skill. It sets forth on intellectual seas beyond the shores of hard indisputable factual information. -Kingman Brewster, Jr.

The majority of them give the impression of being men who have been drafted into the job during a period of martial law and are only waiting for the end of the emergency to get back to a really congenial occupation such as slum demolition or debt collecting. -Alan Brien

I do not believe in political movements. I believe in personal movement, that movement of the soul when a man who looks at himself is so ashamed that he tries to make some sort of change – within himself, not on the outside. -Joseph Brodsky

The epic implications of being human end in more than this: We start our lives as if they were momentous stories, with a beginning, a middle and an appropriate end, only to find that they are mostly middles. -Anatole Broyard

To be misunderstood can be the writer's punishment for having disturbed the reader's peace. The greater the disturbance, the greater the possibility of misunderstanding. -Anatole Broyard

I am mentally bifocal. -Pearl S. Buck

The majority of the senior class of Vassar does not desire my company and I must confess, having read specimens of their thought and sentiments, that I do not desire the company of the majority of the senior class of Vassar. -William F. Buckley, Jr.

To hold that the act of homosexual sodomy is somehow protected as a fundamental right would be to cast aside millennia of moral teaching. -Warren E. Burger

A far greater factor than abolishing poverty is the deterrent effect of swift and certain consequences: swift arrest, prompt trial, certain penalty and – at some point – finality of judgment. -Warren E. Burger

Don't wait for the last judgment – it takes place every day. -Albert Camus

The shock of unemployment becomes a pathology in its own right. -Robert Farrar Capon

Older women are like aging strudels – the crust may not be so lovely, but the filling has come at last into its own. -Robert Farrar Capon

If you fear making anyone mad, then you ultimately probe for the lowest common denominator of human achievement. -Jimmy Carter

For this generation, ours, life is nuclear survival, liberty is human rights, the pursuit of happiness is a planet whose resources are devoted to the physical and spiritual nourishment of its inhabitants. -Jimmy Carter

I began revolution with 82 men. If I had to do it again, I do it with 10 or 15 and absolute faith. It does not matter how small you are if you have faith and plan of action. -Fidel Castro

I work in whatever medium likes me at the moment. -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 is why, no matter how desperate the predicament is, I am always very much in earnest about clutching my cane, straightening my derby hat and fixing my tie, even though I have just landed on my head. -Charlie Chaplin

Wart hogs should sue for libel. It is a terrible name and they are fine fellows and devoted family men and it is rare to see one by himself; the little woman and the kiddies are usually close at hand. -Ilka Chase

In department stores, so much kitchen equipment is bought indiscriminately by people who just come in for men's underwear. -Julia Child

'No comment' is a splendid expression. I am using it again and again. -Winston Churchill

My most brilliant achievement was my ability to be able to persuade my wife to marry me. -Winston Churchill

If you have an important point to make, don't try to be subtle or clever. Use a pile driver. Hit the point once. Then come back and hit it again. Then hit it a third time – a tremendous whack. -Winston Churchill

He was an innovator, an experimenter, a missionary in bringing the gospel of good cooking to the home table. -Craig Claiborne

The great achievement of the Catholic Church lay in harmonizing, civilizing the deepest impulses of ordinary, ignorant people. -Kenneth Clark

Sports is the toy department of human life. -Howard Cosell

The bizarre world of cards is a world of pure power politics where rewards and punishments are meted out immediately. -Ely Culbertson

As men get older, the toys get more expensive. -Marvin Davis

The tuba is certainly the most intestinal of instruments, the very lower bowel of music. -Peter De Vries

It wasn't long before people discovered the final horrors of letting an urchin into Parliament. -Bernadette Devlin

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

One who comes to the Court must come to adore, not to protest. That's the new gloss on the 1st Amendment. -William O. Douglas

The critical point is that the Constitution places the right of silence beyond the reach of government. -William O. Douglas

A man's accomplishments in life are the cumulative effect of his attention to detail. -John Foster Dulles

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

Time and again these governments have rejected proposals today – and longed for them tomorrow. -Abba Eban

The Jews are the living embodiment of the minority, the constant reminder of what duties societies owe their minorities, whoever they might be. -Abba Eban

I thought it completely absurd to mention my name in the same breath as the presidency. -Dwight D. Eisenhower

As things are, and as fundamentally they must always be, poetry is not a career, but a mug's game. No honest poet can ever feel quite sure of the permanent value of what he has written: He may have wasted his time and messed up his life for nothing. -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

Children love and want to be loved and they very much prefer the joy of accomplishment to the triumph of hateful failure. Do not mistake a child for his symptom. -Erik Erikson

You people married to Italian men, you know what it's like. -Geraldine Ferraro

The long and distressing controversy over capital punishment is very unfair to anyone meditating murder. -Geoffrey Fisher

Who knows whether in retirement I shall be tempted to the last infirmity of mundane minds, which is to write a book. -Geoffrey Fisher

The immense cities lie basking on the beaches of the continent like whales that have taken to the land. -Arnold J. Toynbee

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

I bear solemn witness to the fact that NATO heads of state and of government meet only to go through the tedious motions of reading speeches, drafted by others, with the principal objective of not rocking the boat. -Pierre Trudeau

What, when drunk, one sees in other women, one sees in Garbo sober. -Kenneth Tynan

The most common trait of all primitive peoples is a reverence for the life-giving earth, and the Native American shared this elemental ethic: The land was alive to his loving touch, and he, its son, was brother to all creatures. -Stewart Udall

The inner spaces that a good story lets us enter are the old apartments of religion. -John Updike

Playwrights are like men who have been dining for a month in an Indian restaurant. After eating curry night after night, they deny the existence of asparagus. -Peter Ustinov

You can imagine my embarrassment when I killed the wrong guy. -Joe Valachi

There are days when any electrical appliance in the house, including the vacuum cleaner, seems to offer more entertainment possibilities than the television set. -Harriet Van Horne

People don't come to church for preachments, of course, but to daydream about God. -Kurt Vonnegut

Wait for those unguarded moments. Relax the mood and, like the child dropping off to sleep, the subject often reveals his truest self. -Barbara Walters

I never think that people die. They just go to department stores. -Andy Warhol

I always thought I'd like my own tombstone to be blank. No epitaph, and no name. Well, actually, I'd like it to say 'figment.' -Andy Warhol

If Nixon is not forced to turn over tapes of his conversations with the ring of men who were conversing on their violations of the law, then liberty will soon be dead in this nation. -Earl Warren

Prior to any questioning, the person must be warned that he has a right to remain silent, that any statement he does make may be used as evidence against him and that he has a right to the presence of an attorney, either retained or appointed. -Earl Warren

There is no requirement that police stop a person who enters a police station and states that he wishes to confess a crime or a person who calls the police to offer a confession because volunteered statements of any kind are not barred by the 5th Amendment. -Earl Warren

I think women are too valuable to be in combat. -Caspar Weinberger

A strong hatred is the best lamp to bear in our hands as we go over the dark places of life, cutting away the dead things men tell us to revere. -Rebecca West

Television is an instrument which can paralyze this country. -William Westmoreland

We're the only branch of government that explains itself in writing every time it makes a decision. -Byron White

The 1st Amendment protects the right to speak, not the right to spend. -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

For those men who, sooner or later, are lucky enough to break away from the pack, the most intoxicating moment comes when they cease being bodies in other men's command and find that they control their own time, when they learn their own voice and authority. -Theodore White

The role we can play every day, if we try, is to take the whole experience of every day and shape it to involve American man. It is our job to interest him in his community and to give his ideas the excitement they should have. -John Hay Whitney

I have not lost faith in God. I have moments of anger and protest. Sometimes I've been closer to him for that reason. -Elie Wiesel

To this congress the poet speaks not of peculiar and personal things, but of what in himself is most common, most anonymous, most fundamental, most true of all men. -Richard Wilbur

A dramatist is one who believes that the pure event, an action involving human beings, is more arresting than any comment that can be made upon it. -Thornton Wilder

At the outset, at least, all three groups had something else to recommend them, as well: They were headquartered 3,000 miles away from the East Side of Manhattan. -Tom Wolfe

That common cold of the male psyche, fear of commitment. -Richard Schickel

A man is ethical only when life, as such, is sacred to him, that of plants and animals as that of his fellow men, and when he devotes himself helpfully to all life that is in need of help. -Albert Schweitzer

It is only because of problems that we grow mentally and spiritually. -M. Scott Peck

For poetry there exists neither large countries nor small. Its domain is in the heart of all men. -Giorgos Seferis

The advice I am giving always to all my students is above all to study the music profoundly… music is like the ocean, and the instruments are little or bigger islands, very beautiful for the flowers and trees. -Andres Segovia

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

I learned in business that you had to be very careful when you told somebody that's working for you to do something, because the chances were very high he'd do it. In government, you don't have to worry about that. -George P. Shultz

They can see the brave silhouette from almost anywhere in the District of Columbia and use it as a compass to locate other monuments and eventually to find their way out of the great, gray federal wilderness. -Hugh Sidey

The analysis of character is the highest human entertainment. -Isaac Bashevis Singer

If Moses had been paid newspaper rates for the Ten Commandments, he might have written the Two Thousand Commandments. -Isaac Bashevis Singer

A government big enough to give you everything you want is a government big enough to take from you everything you have. -Gerald R. Ford

The biggest lesson I learned from Vietnam is not to trust our own government statements. I had no idea until then that you could not rely on them. -J. William Fulbright

When I'm alone, I can sleep crossways in bed without an argument. -Zsa Zsa Gabor

The State Department desperately needs to be vigorously harnessed. It has too big a role to play in the formulation of foreign policy, and foreign policy is too important to be left up to foreign service officers. -Evan G. Galbraith

The commencement speech is not, I think, a wholly satisfactory manifestation of our culture. -John Kenneth Galbraith

Polling is merely an instrument for gauging public opinion. When a president or any other leader pays attention to poll results, he is, in effect, paying attention to the views of the people. Any other interpretation is nonsense. -George Gallup

Acting is not that far from mental disease: An actor works on splitting his character into others. It is like a kind of schizophrenia. -Vittorio Gassman

A street thug and a paid killer are professionals – beasts of prey, if you will, who have dissociated themselves from the rest of humanity and can now see human beings in the same way that trout fishermen see trout. -Willard Gaylin

Every company has two organizational structures: The formal one is written on the charts; the other is the everyday relationship of the men and women in the organization. -Harold S. Geneen

Management must manage! -Harold S. Geneen

There are one hundred men seeking security to one able man who is willing to risk his fortune. -J. Paul Getty

Your English style will no doubt put all the other gentlemen to bed. I speak figuratively, of course. -John Gielgud

It's about time law enforcement got as organized as organized crime. -Rudy Giuliani

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

I did not want to be a tree, a flower or a wave. In a dancer's body, we as audience must see ourselves, not the imitated behavior of everyday actions, not the phenomenon of nature, not exotic creatures from another planet, but something of the miracle that is a human being. -Martha Graham

The moment comes when a character does or says something you hadn't thought about. At that moment he's alive and you leave it to him. -Graham Greene

Journalism constructs momentarily arrested equilibriums and gives disorder an implied order. That is already two steps from reality. -Thomas Griffith

Libel actions, when we look at them in perspective, are an ornament of a civilized society. They have replaced, after all, at least in most cases, a resort to weapons in defense of a reputation. -Henry Grunwald

An actor is totally vulnerable. His total personality is exposed to critical judgment – his intellect, his bearing, his diction, his whole appearance. In short, his ego. -Alec Guinness

Do not seek death. Death will find you. But seek the road which makes death a fulfillment. -Dag Hammarskjold

Nothing is as easy to make as a promise this winter to do something next summer; this is how commencement speakers are caught. -Sydney J. Harris

One reason we lasted so long is that we usually played two people who were very much in love. As we were realistic actors, we became those two people. So we had a divertissement: I had an affair with him, and he with me. -Lynn Fontanne

A service of worship is primarily a service to God. When we realize this and act upon it, we make it a service to men. -Ralph W. Sockman

For a country to have a great writer is like having a second government. That is why no regime has ever loved great writers, only minor ones. -Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

The research rat of the future allows experimentation without manipulation of the real world. This is the cutting edge of modeling technology. -John Spencer

If any foreign minister begins to defend to the death a 'peace conference', you can be sure his government has already placed its orders for new battleships and airplanes. -Joseph Stalin

What has the women's movement learned from Geraldine Ferraro's candidacy for vice president? Never get married. -Gloria Steinem

The government must pursue a course of complete neutrality toward religion. -John Paul Stevens

We must recover the element of quality in our traditional pursuit of equality. We must not, in opening our schools to everyone, confuse the idea that all should have equal chance with the notion that all have equal endowments. -Adlai Stevenson I

The 4th Amendment and the personal rights it secures have a long history. At the very core stands the right of a man to retreat into his own home and there be free from unreasonable governmental intrusion. -Potter Stewart

They can shout down the head of the physics department at Cal Tech. -James Stockdale

The Church knew what the psalmist knew: Music praises God. Music is well or better able to praise him than the building of the church and all its decoration; it is the Church's greatest ornament. -Igor Stravinsky

In dread fear of sentimentality, another thing true is not said-that for its staff the paper is a source of pride and, I do believe, an object of affection and-yes, love. -Arthur Ochs Sulzberger

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

Even after they had stopped modeling for Playboy and had settled down with other men to raise families of their own, Hugh Hefner still considered them his women, and in the bound volumes of his magazine he would always possess them. -Gay Talese

I always cheer up immensely if an attack is particularly wounding because I think, well, if they attack one personally, it means they have not a single political argument left. -Margaret Thatcher

We were told our campaign wasn't sufficiently slick. We regard that as a compliment. -Margaret Thatcher

I went on all over the States, ranting poems to enthusiastic audiences that, the week before, had been equally enthusiastic about lectures on Railway Development or the Modern Turkish Essay. -Dylan Thomas

Astonishment is the root of philosophy. -Paul Tillich

Next to the writer of real estate advertisements, the autobiographer is the most suspect of prose artists. -Donal Henahan

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

All men are equal before fish. -Herbert Hoover

Banks are an almost irresistible attraction for that element of our society which seeks unearned money. -J. Edgar Hoover

Just the minute the FBI begins making recommendations on what should be done with its information, it becomes a Gestapo. -J. Edgar Hoover

I didn't go to high school, and I didn't go to grade school either. Education, I think, is for refinement and is probably a liability. -H. L. Hunt

Idealism is the noble toga that political gentlemen drape over their will to power. -Aldous Huxley

One of the things the government can't do is run anything. The only things our government runs are the post office and the railroads, and both of them are bankrupt. -Lee Iacocca

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

I kiss the soil as if I placed a kiss on the hands of a mother, for the homeland is our earthly mother. I consider it my duty to be with my compatriots in this sublime and difficult moment. -Pope John Paul II

When freedom does not have a purpose, when it does not wish to know anything about the rule of law engraved in the hearts of men and women, when it does not listen to the voice of conscience, it turns against humanity and society. -Pope John Paul II

To conclude that women are unfitted to the task of our historic society seems to me the equivalent of closing male eyes to female facts. -Lyndon B. Johnson

Until justice is blind to color, until education is unaware of race, until opportunity is unconcerned with the color of men's skins, emancipation will be a proclamation but not a fact. -Lyndon B. Johnson

There are plenty of recommendations on how to get out of trouble cheaply and fast. Most of them come down to this: Deny your responsibility. -Lyndon B. Johnson

This is a moment that I deeply wish my parents could have lived to share. My father would have enjoyed what you have so generously said of me-and my mother would have believed it. -Lyndon B. Johnson

The game is my wife. It demands loyalty and responsibility, and it gives me back fulfillment and peace. -Michael Jordan

The greatest and most important problems of life are all fundamentally insoluble. They can never be solved but only outgrown. -Carl Jung

The trouble with photographing beautiful women is that you never get into the dark room until after they've gone. -Yousuf Karsh

If there is a single quality that is shared by all great men, it is vanity. -Yousuf Karsh

I've also seen that great men are often lonely. This is understandable, because they have built such high standards for themselves that they often feel alone. But that same loneliness is part of their ability to create. -Yousuf Karsh

My entire soul is a cry, and all my work is a commentary on that cry. -Nikos Kazantzakis

All free men, wherever they may live, are citizens of Berlin. And therefore, as a free man, I take pride in the words 'Ich bin ein Berliner!' -John F. Kennedy

The human mind is our fundamental resource. -John F. Kennedy

Love the moment and the energy of that moment will spread beyond all boundaries. -Corita Kent

Flowers grow out of dark moments. -Corita Kent

It is not my fault that certain so-called bohemian elements have found in my writings something to hang their peculiar beatnik theories on. -Jack Kerouac

Everything is a subject. Every subject has a rhythm. To feel it is the raison detre. The photograph is a fixed moment of such a raison detre, which lives on in itself. -Andre Kertesz

A nation or civilization that continues to produce soft-minded men purchases its own spiritual death on the installment plan. -Martin Luther King, Jr.

A government is not legitimate merely because it exists. -Jeane Kirkpatrick

We're in the hands of the state legislature and God, but at the moment, the state legislature has more to say than God. -Ed Koch

Voting is a civic sacrament. -Theodore Hesburgh

In the days of Caesar, kings had fools and jesters. Now network presidents have anchormen. -Ted Koppel

Space and light and order. Those are the things that men need just as much as they need bread or a place to sleep. -Le Corbusier

The monsters of our childhood do not fade away, neither are they ever wholly monstrous. But neither, in my experience, do we ever reach a plane of detachment regarding our parents, however wise and old we may become. To pretend otherwise is to cheat. -John le Carre

The politics of surprise leads through the Gates of Astonishment into the Kingdom of Hope. -Max Lerner

I shall take all the troubles of the past, all the disappointments, all the headaches, and I shall pack them in a bag and throw them in the East River. -Trygve Lie

The primary, the fundamental, the essential purpose of the United Nations is to keep peace. Everything it does which helps prevent World War III is good. Everything which does not further that goal, either directly or indirectly, is at best superfluous. -Henry Cabot Lodge, Jr.

Dorothy is the only woman in history who has had her menopause in public and made it pay. -Alice Roosevelt Longworth

The women who inspired this play deserved to be smacked across the head with a meat ax and that, I flatter myself, is exactly what I smacked them with. -Clare Boothe Luce

There are men who can write poetry, and there are men who can read balance sheets. The men who can read balance sheets cannot write. -Henry R. Luce

The dissenter is every human being at those moments of his life when he resigns momentarily from the herd and thinks for himself. -Archibald MacLeish

I was determined that no British government should be brought down by the action of two tarts. -Harold MacMillan

Watching baseball under the lights is like observing dogs indoors, at a pedigree show. In both instances, the environment is too controlled to suit the species. -Melvin Maddocks

The highest prize in a world of men is the most beautiful woman available on your arm and living there in her heart loyal to you. -Norman Mailer

Only free men can negotiate. A prisoner cannot enter into contracts. -Nelson Mandela

In silence and movement you can show the reflection of people. -Marcel Marceau

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

Science by itself has no moral dimension. But it does seek to establish truth. And upon this truth morality can be built. -William Masters

In Hollywood, the women are all peaches. It makes one long for an apple occasionally. -W. Somerset Maugham

Style is the hallmark of a temperament stamped upon the material at hand. -Andre Maurois

Bores put you in a mental cemetery while you are still walking. -Elsa Maxwell

I'm afraid I'm not sufficiently inhibited about the things that other women are inhibited about for me. They feel that you've given away trade secrets. -Mary McCarthy

Outside of the chair, the teapot is the most ubiquitous and important design element in the domestic environment and almost everyone who has tackled the world of design has ended up designing one. -David McFadden

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

Anthropology demands the open-mindedness with which one must look and listen, record in astonishment and wonder that which one would not have been able to guess. -Margaret Mead

An expert is somebody who is more than 50 miles from home, has no responsibility for implementing the advice he gives, and shows slides. -Edwin Meese

The implication that everyone would have to accept its judgments uncritically, that it was a decision from which there could be no appeal, was astonishing. -Edwin Meese

The Soviet government is the most realistic regime in the world – no ideals. -Golda Meir

The violinist is that peculiarly human phenomenon distilled to a rare potency – half tiger, half poet. -Yehudi Menuhin

They were a group of two dozen nurses completely surrounded by 100,000 unattached American men. -James A. Michener

I have made more friends for American culture than the State Department. Certainly I have made fewer enemies, but that isn't very difficult. -Arthur Miller

The moments of happiness we enjoy take us by surprise. It is not that we seize them, but that they seize us. -Ashley Montagu

In a poem the excitement has to maintain itself. I am governed by the pull of the sentence as the pull of a fabric is governed by gravity. -Marianne Moore

Travel, which was once either a necessity or an adventure, has become very largely a commodity, and from all sides we are persuaded into thinking that it is a social requirement, too. -Jan Morris

To the stern student of affairs, Beirut is a phenomenon, beguiling perhaps, but quite, quite impossible. -Jan Morris

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

The single most exciting thing you encounter in government is competence, because it's so rare. -Daniel Patrick Moynihan

President Reagan was elected on the promise of getting government off the backs of the people and now he demands that government wrap itself around the waists of the people. -Ralph Nader

You won't have Nixon to kick around anymore, because, gentlemen, this is my last press conference. -Richard M. Nixon

Living is strife and torment, disappointment and love and sacrifice, golden sunsets and black storms. I said that some time ago, and today I do not think I would add one word. -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

If he was lost for a moment, he would dive straight back into its honey. -Laurence Olivier

Sometimes the first duty of intelligent men is the restatement of the obvious. -George Orwell

A moment of silence is not inherently religious. -Sandra Day O'Connor

It is a measure of the framers' fear that a passing majority might find it expedient to compromise 4th Amendment values that these values were embodied in the Constitution itself. -Sandra Day O'Connor

Statutes authorizing unreasonable searches were the core concern of the framers of the 4th Amendment. -Sandra Day O'Connor

They say great themes make great novels. but what these young writers don't understand is that there is no greater theme than men and women. -John O'Hara

A discerning eye needs only a hint, and understatement leaves the imagination free to build its own elaborations. -Russell Page

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

Immensely grateful, touched, proud, astonished, abashed. -Boris Pasternak

I recommend you to take care of the minutes, for the hours will take care of themselves. -Philip Stanhope, 4th Earl of Chesterfield

For every action there is an equal and opposite government program. -Bob Wells

It is my fate and perhaps my temperament to sign agreements with fools. -E. M. Forster

Needless, heedless, wanton and deliberate injury of the sort inflicted by Life's picture story is not an essential instrument of responsible journalism. -Abe Fortas

If a person loves only one other person and is indifferent to all others, his love is not love but a symbiotic attachment, or an enlarged egotism. -Erich Fromm

Poets are like baseball pitchers. Both have their moments. The intervals are the tough things. -Robert Frost

She is the first head of government in history to give a whole country its second childhood. -Simon Hoggart

When there is a lack of honor in government, the morals of the whole people are poisoned. -Herbert Hoover

Many years ago, I concluded that a few hair shirts were part of the mental wardrobe of every man. The president differs from other men in that he has a more extensive wardrobe. -Herbert Hoover

Murderers will try to recall the sequence of events, they will remember exactly what they did just before and just after. But they can never remember the actual moment of killing. This is why they will always leave a clue. -Peter Ackroyd

The law changes and flows like water, and the stream of women's rights law has become a sudden rushing torrent. -Shana Alexander

Archaeology is the peeping Tom of the sciences. It is the sandbox of men who care not where they are going; they merely want to know where everyone else has been. -Jim Bishop

Fashion is a social agreement. the result of a consensus of a large group of people. -Stella Blum

The secret of how to live without resentment or embarrassment in a world in which I was different from everyone else. was to be indifferent to that difference. -Al Capp

My decision to register women confirms what is already obvious throughout our society-that women are now providing all types of skills in every profession. The military should be no exception. -Jimmy Carter

Women do two thirds of the world's work. Yet they earn only one tenth of the world's income and own less than one percent of the world's property. They are among the poorest of the world's poor. -Barber Conable

The artist one day falls through a hole in the brambles, and from that moment he is following the dark rapids of an underground river which may sometimes flow so near to the surface that the laughing picnic parties are heard above. -Cyril Connolly

Through the centuries, men of law have been persistently concerned with the resolution of disputes in ways that enable society to achieve its goals with a minimum of force and maximum of reason. -Archibald Cox

Innovation is the specific instrument of entrepreneurship. The act that endows resources with a new capacity to create wealth. -Peter Drucker

A book is a fragile creature, it suffers the wear of time, it fears rodents, the elements and clumsy hands. so the librarian protects the books not only against mankind but also against nature and devotes his life to this war with the forces of oblivion. -Umberto Eco

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

I can only assume that your editorial writer tripped over the First Amendment and thought it was the office cat. -E. B. White

The trouble with most Englishwomen is that they will dress as if they had been a mouse in a previous incarnation they do not want to attract attention. -Edith Sitwell

Surely, God on high has not refused to give us enough wisdom to find ways to bring us an improvement in relations between the two great nations on earth. -Mikhail Gorbachev

Libraries keep the records on behalf of all humanity. the unique and the absurd, the wise and the fragments of stupidity. -Vartan Gregorian

I think that one of the most fundamental responsibilities is to give testimony in a court of law, to give it honestly and willingly. -Adlai Stevenson I

If a writer knows enough about what he is writing about, he may omit things that he knows. The dignity of movement of an iceberg is due to only one ninth of it being above water. -Ernest Hemingway

Above all, I would teach him to tell the truth Truth-telling, I have found, is the key to responsible citizenship. The thousands of criminals I have seen in 40 years of law enforcement have had one thing in common: Every single one was a liar. -J. Edgar Hoover

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

Consider the momentous event in architecture when the wall parted and the column became. -Louis Kahn

Let's give the conventions back to the politicians. If we think there's any news, we can tack it on afterward as commentary. But the conventions should be their show, not ours. -Don Hewitt

It was an instinct to put the world in order that powered her mending split infinitives and snipping off dangling participles, smoothing away the knots and bumps until the prose before her took on a sheen, like perfect caramel. -David Leavitt

This is one of the miracles of love: It gives a power of seeing through its own enchantments and yet not being disenchanted. -C. S. Lewis

Damn the great executives, the men of measured merriment, damn the men with careful smiles oh, damn their measured merriment. -Sinclair Lewis

Artistic temperament sometimes seems a battleground, a dark angel of destruction and a bright angel of creativity wrestling. -Madeleine L'Engle

It is the duty of Her Majesty's government neither to flap nor to falter. -Harold MacMillan

The number of elements that have to go into a hit would break a computer down. the right season for that play, the right historical moment, the right tonality. -Arthur Miller

The politician in my country seeks votes, affection and respect, in that order. With few notable exceptions, they are simply men who want to be loved. -Edward R. Murrow

The memory of that scene for me is like a frame of film forever frozen at that moment: the red carpet, the green lawn, the white house, the leaden sky. The new president and his first lady. -Richard M. Nixon

I am so used to seeing the sort of play which deals with one man and two women. They do not leave me with the feeling I have made a full theatrical meal they do not give me the experience of the multiplicity of life. -E. M. Forster

Judicial judgment must take deep account of the day before yesterday in order that yesterday may not paralyze today. -Felix Frankfurter

The ideas gained by men before they are twenty-five are practically the only ideas they shall have in their lives. -William James

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

Art is the right hand of Nature. The latter has only given us being, the former has made us men. -Friedrich Schiller

A work of art is the unique result of a unique temperament. -Oscar Wilde

If you can't answer a man's arguments, all is not lost; you can still call him vile names. -Elbert Hubbard

A knock-down argument; 'tis but a word and a blow. -John Dryden

There is nothing more likely to start disagreement among people or countries than an agreement. -E. B. White

And why not death rather than living torment? To die is to be banish'd from myself; And Silvia is myself: banish'd from her Is self from self: a deadly banishment! -William Shakespeare

Beauty attracts us men; but if, like an armed magnet it is pointed, beside, with gold and silver, it attracts with tenfold power. -Jean Paul

Personal beauty is a greater recommendation than any letter of reference. -Aristotle

Health is the greatest possession. Contentment is the greatest treasure. Confidence is the greatest friend. Non-being is the greatest joy. -Lao Tzu

Property may be destroyed and money may lose its purchasing power; but, character, health, knowledge and good judgement will always be in demand under all conditions. -Roger Babson

Reputation is what men and women think of us; character is what God and angels know of us. -Thomas Paine

Change is certain. Peace is followed by disturbances; departure of evil men by their return. Such recurrences should not constitute occasions for sadness but realities for awareness, so that one may be happy in the interim. -Percy Bysshe Shelley

Victor and vanquished never unite in substantial agreement. -Tacitus

The gods conceal from men the happiness of death, that they may endure life. -Lucan

He whom the gods love dies young, while he is in health, has his senses and his judgments sound. -Plautus

Property is unstable, and youth perishes in a moment. Life itself is held in the grinning fangs of Death, Yet men delay to obtain release from the world. Alas, the conduct of mankind is surprising. -Plautus

Death, so called, is a thing which makes men weep, And yet a third of life is passed in sleep. -Lord Byron

If evil is inevitable, how are the wicked accountable? Nay, why do we call men wicked at all? Evil is inevitable, but is also remediable. -Horace Mann

Bad conduct soils the finest ornament more than filth. -Plautus

Education alone can conduct us to that enjoyment which is, at once, best in quality and infinite in quantity. -Horace Mann

Insolence is not logic; epithets are the arguments of malice. -Robert Green Ingersoll

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

Economy is a savings-bank, into which men drop pennies, and get dollars in return. -Josh Billings

All men are by nature equal, made all of the same earth by one Workman; and however we deceive ourselves, as dear unto God is the poor peasant as the mighty prince. -Plato

Do not have evil-doers for friends, do not have low people for friends: have virtuous people for friends, have for friends the best of men. -George Santayana

Freedom of opinion can only exist when the government thinks itself secure. -Bertrand Russell

Some men by ancestry are only the shadow of a mighty name. -Lucan

Good men have the fewest fears. He has but one great fear who fears to do wrong; he has a thousand who has overcome it. -Christian Nestell Bovee

Celebrity is the chastisement of merit and the punishment of talent. -Emily Dickinson

Death and life have their determined appointments; riches and honors depend upon heaven. -Confucius

The way of fortune is like the milkyway in the sky; which is a number of small stars, not seen asunder, but giving light together: so it is a number of little and scarce discerned virtues, or rather faculties and customs, that make men fortunate. -Francis Bacon

We live under a government of men and morning newspapers. -Wendell Phillips

Today it is not big business that we have to fear. It is big government. -Wendell Phillips

The momentous thing in human life is the art of winning the soul to good or evil. -Francis Bacon

Of all that is good, sublimity is supreme. Succeeding is the coming together of all that is beautiful. Furtherance is the agreement of all that is just. Perseverance is the foundation of all actions. -Lao Tzu

The key to growth is the introduction of higher dimensions of consciousness into our awareness. -Lao Tzu

Man needs, for his happiness, not only the enjoyment of this or that, but hope and enterprise and change. -Bertrand Russell

Great hopes make great men. -Thomas Fuller

Regularity in the hours of rising and retiring, perseverance in exercise, adaptation of dress to the variations of climate, simple and nutritious aliment, and temperance in all things are necessary branches of the regimen of health. -Philip Stanhope, 4th Earl of Chesterfield

Health is the soul that animates all the enjoyments of life, which fade and are tasteless without it. -Lucius Annaeus Seneca

To enjoy good health, to bring true happiness to one's family, to bring peace to all, one must first discipline and control one's own mind. If a man can control his mind he can find the way to Enlightenment, and all wisdom and virtue will naturally come to him. -Buddha

Heresies are experiments in man's unsatisfied search for truth. -H. G. Wells

A just and reasonable modesty does not only recommend eloquence, but sets off every great talent which a man can be possessed of. -Joseph Addison

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

Neither sex, without some fertilization of the complimentary characters of the other, is capable of the highest reaches of human endeavor. -Jean-Paul Sartre

We must select the illusion which appeals to our temperament, and embrace it with passion, if we want to be happy. -Cyril Connolly

All men's souls are immortal, but the souls of the righteous are immortal and divine. -Socrates

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

If we are to keep our democracy, there must be one commandment: 'Thou shalt not ration justice.' -Sophocles

Justice, sir, is the great interest of man on earth. It is the ligament which holds civilized beings and civilized nations together. -Daniel Webster

I mistrust the judgment of every man in a case in which his own wishes are concerned. -Daniel Webster

How little do they see what really is, who frame their hasty judgment upon that which seems. -Daniel Webster

Depend upon yourself. Make your judgement trustworthy by trusting it. You can develop good judgement as you do the muscles of your body – by judicious, daily exercise. To be known as a man of sound judgement will be much in your favor. -Grantland Rice

Seldom ever was any knowledge given to keep, but to impart; the grace of this rich jewel is lost in concealment. -Wendell Phillips

Of all men's miseries the bitterest is this: to know so much and to have control over nothing. -Herodotus

Knowledge may give weight, but accomplishments give lustre, and many more people see than weigh. -Herodotus

Love begets love. This torment is my joy. -Theodore Roethke

Love rules the court, the camp, the grove, And men below, and saints above: For love is heaven, and heaven is love. -Walter Scott

Ignorant people see life as either existence or non-existence, but wise men see it beyond both existence and non-existence to something that transcends them both; this is an observation of the Middle Way. -Lucius Annaeus Seneca

I'm passionately involved in life: I love its change, its color, its movement. To be alive, to be able to see, to walk, to have houses, music, paintings – it's all a miracle. -Arthur Rubinstein

A truly American sentiment recognizes the dignity of labor and the fact that honor lies in honest toil. -Grover Cleveland

If I am walking with two other men, each of them will serve as my teacher. I will pick out the good points of the one and imitate them, and the bad points of the other and correct them in myself. -Confucius

The knowledge of the theory of logic has no tendency whatever to make men good reasoners. -Thomas Babington Macaulay

Moderation has been called a virtue to limit the ambition of great men, and to console undistinguished people for their want of fortune and their lack of merit. -Benjamin Disraeli

And out of darkness came the hands that reach thro' nature, moulding men. -Alfred Lord Tennyson

We cannot conceive of matter being formed of nothing, since things require a seed to start from… Therefore there is not anything which returns to nothing, but all things return dissolved into their elements. -William Shakespeare

Fishes live in the sea, as men do a-land; the great ones eat up the little ones. -William Shakespeare

Although nature commences with reason and ends in experience it is necessary for us to do the opposite, that is to commence with experience and from this to proceed to investigate the reason. -Leonardo da Vinci

Reverence for life affords me my fundamental principle of morality. -Albert Schweitzer

As a vessel is known by the sound, whether it be cracked or not; so men are proved, by their speeches, whether they be wise or foolish. -Demosthenes

There is more refreshment and stimulation in a nap, even of the briefest, than in all the alcohol ever distilled. -Ovid

Choose silence of all virtues, for by it you hear other men's imperfections, and conceal your own. -George Bernard Shaw

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

It is not true that suffering ennobles the character; happiness does that sometimes, but suffering for the most part, makes men petty and vindictive. -W. Somerset Maugham

Know the true value of time; snatch, seize, and enjoy every moment of it. No idleness, no laziness, no procrastination: never put off till tomorrow what you can do today. -Philip Stanhope, 4th Earl of Chesterfield

The revelation of thought takes men out of servitude into freedom. -Ralph Waldo Emerson

All men wish to have truth on their side; but few to be on the side of truth. -Richard Whately

The same words conceal and declare the thoughts of men. -Alfred Lord Tennyson

Kindness in women, not their beauteous looks, shall win my love. -Washington Irving

Women are made to be loved, not understood. -Oscar Wilde

Most women are not as young as they are painted. -Max Beerbohm

Many women long for what eludes them, and like not what is offered them. -Ovid

Faithful women are all alike, they think only of their fidelity, never of their husbands. -Jean Giraudoux

That's the nature of women, not to love when we love them, and to love when we love them not. -Miguel de Cervantes

For women's tears are but the sweat of eyes. -Juvenal

Men at most differ as Heaven and Earth, but women, worst and best, as Heaven and Hell. -Alfred Lord Tennyson

Wisdom comes by disillusionment. -George Santayana

In Greece wise men speak and fools decide. -George Santayana

All the arguments which are brought to represent poverty as no evil show it evidently to be a great evil. -Samuel Johnson

Prosperity is only an instrument to be used, not a deity to be worshipped. -Calvin Coolidge

The fundamental evil of the world arose from the fact that the good Lord has not created money enough. -Heinrich Heine

Almost all the noblest things that have been achieved in the world, have been achieved by poor men; poor scholars, poor professional men, poor artisans and artists, poor philosophers, poets, and men of genius. -Albert Pike

Every man is rich or poor according to the proportion between his desires and his enjoyments. -Samuel Johnson

War is an instrument entirely inefficient toward redressing wrong; and multiplies, instead of indemnifying losses. -Thomas Jefferson

I know war as few other men now living know it, and nothing to me is more revolting. I have long advocated its complete abolition, as its very destructiveness on both friend and foe has rendered it useless as a method of settling international disputes. -Ernest Hemingway

Every government has as much of a duty to avoid war as a ship's captain has to avoid a shipwreck. -Guy de Maupassant

The belief in a supernatural source of evil is not necessary; men alone are quite capable of every wickedness. -Joseph Conrad

Man can acquire accomplishments or he can become an animal, whichever he wants. God makes the animals, man makes himself. -Alfred North Whitehead

The 'morality of compromise' sounds contradictory. Compromise is usually a sign of weakness, or an admission of defeat. Strong men don't compromise, it is said, and principles should never be compromised. -Andrew Carnegie

Old men should have more care to end life well than to live long. -Anita Brookner

I didn't think; I experimented. -Anthony Burgess

The country needs and, unless I mistake its temper, the country demands bold, persistent, experimentation. It is common sense to take a method and try it, if it fails, admit it frankly and try another. But above all, try something. -Anthony Burgess

It is during our darkest moments that we must focus to see the light. -Aristotle

It is a rare and difficult attainment to grow old gracefully and happily. -Arnold Palmer

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

Two men look out the same prison bars; one sees mud and the other stars. -Beck

The achievements which society rewards are won at the cost of diminution of personality. -Benjamin Jowett

A primary function of art and thought is to liberate the individual from the tyranny of his culture in the environmental sense and to permit him to stand beyond it in an autonomy of perception and judgment. -Lionel Trilling

Attachment to spiritual things is… just as much an attachment as inordinate love of anything else. -Thomas Merton

Separation penetrates the disappearing person like a pigment and steeps him in gentle radiance. -Boy George

Failures, repeated failures, are finger posts on the road to achievement. One fails forward toward success. -C. S. Lewis

The first requisite for success is the ability to apply your physical and mental energies to one problem incessantly without growing weary. -Charles Caleb Colton

Most men are individuals no longer so far as their business, its activities, or its moralities are concerned. They are not units but fractions. -Charles Dickens

High achievement always takes place in the framework of high expectation. -Charles Kettering

I really think that effective acting has to do literally with the movement of molecules. -Charlotte Whitton

You must intensify and render continuous by repeatedly presenting with suggestive ideas and mental pictures of the feast of good things, and the flowing fountain, which awaits the successful achievement or attainment of the desires. -Claude M. Bristol

The chief condition on which, life, health and vigor depend on, is action. It is by action that an organism develops its faculties, increases its energy, and attains the fulfillment of its destiny. -Colin Powell

Life would be tolerable but for its amusements. -George Bernard Shaw

The moment you cheat for the sake of beauty, you know you're an artist. -David Hockney

When science, art, literature, and philosophy are simply the manifestation of personality they are on a level where glorious and dazzling achievements are possible, which can make a man's name live for thousands of years. -Denis Diderot

Regardless of how you feel inside, always try to look like a winner. Even if you are behind, a sustained look of control and confidence can give you a mental edge that results in victory. -Diane Arbus

An attitude to life which seeks fulfillment in the single-minded pursuit of wealth – in short, materialism – does not fit into this world, because it contains within itself no limiting principle, while the environment in which it is placed is strictly limited. -E. F. Schumacher

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

Personal beauty is a greater recommendation than any letter of reference. -Fanny Brice

Beauty is the first present nature gives to women and the first it takes away. -Fay Weldon

The worst men often give the best advice. -Francis Bacon

I do not read advertisements. I would spend all of my time wanting things. -Franz Kafka

In argument similes are like songs in love; they describe much, but prove nothing. -Franz Kafka

Anger is a momentary madness, so control your passion or it will control you. -G. M. Trevelyan

Books are men of higher stature; the only men that speak aloud for future times to hear. -Garson Kanin

Mark this well, you proud men of action! you are, after all, nothing but unconscious instruments of the men of thought. -Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel

For gold is tried in the fire and acceptable men in the furnace of adversity. -George Santayana

Periods of tranquillity are seldom prolific of creative achievement. Mankind has to be stirred up. -George Santayana

The big mistake that men make is that when they turn thirteen or fourteen and all of a sudden they've reached puberty, they believe that they like women. Actually, you're just horny. It doesn't mean you like women any more at twenty-one than you did at ten. -George William Curtis

You get whatever accomplishment you are willing to declare. -Georgia O'Keeffe

One often learns more from ten days of agony than from ten years of contentment. -Harold Coffin

Upon books the collective education of the race depends; they are the sole instruments of registering, perpetuating and transmitting thought. -Harry S Truman

Mere longevity is a good thing for those who watch Life from the side lines. For those who play the game, an hour may be a year, a single day's work an achievement for eternity. -Helen Hayes

Man is always more than he can know of himself; consequently, his accomplishments, time and again, will come as a surprise to him. -Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Books are not men and yet they stay alive. -Henry Ward Beecher

Anger is never without an argument, but seldom with a good one. -George Savile

He had read much, if one considers his long life; but his contemplation was much more than his reading. He was wont to say that if he had read as much as other men he should have known no more than other men. -Isaac Asimov

The actions of men are the best interpreters of their thoughts. -James Joyce

In civilized life, where the happiness and indeed almost the existence of man, depends on the opinion of his fellow men. He is constantly acting a studied part. -Jeremy Collier

Things that I felt absolutely sure of but a few years ago, I do not believe now. This thought makes me see more clearly how foolish it would be to expect all men to agree with me. -Jim Rohn

Anger will never disappear so long as thoughts of resentment are cherished in the mind. Anger will disappear just as soon as thoughts of resentment are forgotten. -John Dryden

Too much agreement kills the chat. -John Jay Chapman

I have spent more than half a lifetime trying to express the tragic moment. -John Locke

What distinguishes the majority of men from the few is their inability to act according to their beliefs. -John Stuart Mill

The Bible remained for me a book of books, still divine – but divine in the sense that all great books are divine which teach men how to live righteously. -Joseph Joubert

It is not all bad, this getting old, ripening. After the fruit has got its growth it should juice up and mellow. God forbid I should live long enough to ferment and rot and fall to the ground in a squash. -Josh Billings

The great menace to the life of an industry is industrial self-complacency. -Joyce Carol Oates

Never does one feel oneself so utterly helpless as in trying to speak comfort for great bereavement. I will not try it. Time is the only comforter for the loss of a mother. -Jane Welsh Carlyle

There is no substitute for accurate knowledge. Know yourself, know your business, know your men. -Lee Iacocca

Corporations are social organizations, the theater in which men and women realize or fail to realize purposeful and productive lives. -Lester Bangs

We are not won by arguments that we can analyze, but by tone and temper; by the manner, which is the man himself. -Louis D. Brandeis

My opinion, my conviction, gains immensely in strength and sureness the minute a second mind as adopted it. -Malcolm Muggeridge

As long as men are free to ask what they must, free to say what they think, free to think what they will, freedom can never be lost and science can never regress. -Marcel Proust

Any fact is better established by two or three good testimonies than by a thousand arguments. -Marie Dressler

Not many men have both good fortune and good sense. -Marilyn French

A man with a surplus can control circumstances, but a man without a surplus is controlled by them, and often has no opportunity to exercise judgment. -Marshall Field

Some men have thousands of reasons why they cannot do what they want to, when all they need is one reason why they can. -Martha Graham

You can employ men and hire hands to work for you, but you must win their hearts to have them work with you. -Merle Shain

A lot of good arguments are spoiled by some fool who knows what he is talking about. -Miguel de Unamuno

Nature that framed us of four elements, warring within our breasts for regiment, doth teach us all to have aspiring minds. -Niccolo Machiavelli

The moment you think you understand a great work of art, it's dead for you. -Oscar Wilde

Let me tell you I am better acquainted with you for a long absence, as men are with themselves for a long affliction: absence does but hold off a friend, to make one see him the truer. -Ovid

The history of modern art is also the history of the progressive loss of art's audience. Art has increasingly become the concern of the artist and the bafflement of the public. -Paul Gauguin

When a thing is said to be not worth refuting you may be sure that either it is flagrantly stupid – in which case all comment is superfluous – or it is something formidable, the very crux of the problem. -Percy Bysshe Shelley

I met a hundred men going to Delhi, and every one is my brother. -Pope Paul VI

The work of art, just like any fragment of human life considered in its deepest meaning, seems to me devoid of value if it does not offer the hardness, the rigidity, the regularity, the luster on every interior and exterior facet, of the crystal. -Pope Paul VI

Death comes to all, but great achievements build a monument which shall endure until the sun grows cold. -Ralph Waldo Emerson

Strong beliefs win strong men, and then make them stronger. -Richard Bach

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

The men who succeed are the efficient few. They are the few who have the ambition and will power to develop themselves. -Robert Burton

Being the boss anywhere is lonely. Being a female boss in a world of mostly men is especially so. -Robert Frost

No statement should be believed because it is made by an authority. -Robert A. Heinlein

There's nothing I like less than bad arguments for a view that I hold dear. -Rose Kennedy

Neither irony or sarcasm is argument. -Samuel Butler

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

Having once decided to achieve a certain task, achieve it at all costs of tedium and distaste. The gain in self confidence of having accomplished a tiresome labor is immense. -Arthur Helps

What is a diary as a rule? A document useful to the person who keeps it. Dull to the contemporary who reads it and invaluable to the student, centuries afterwards, who treasures it. -Walter Scott

Our bodies are shaped to bear children, and our lives are a working out of the processes of creation. All our ambitions and intelligence are beside that great elemental point. -Phyllis McGinley

Making social comment is an artificial place for an artist to start from. If an artist is touched by some social condition, what the artist creates will reflect that, but you can't force it. -Susan Sontag

Heaven never helps the men who will not act. -Sydney Smith

Big jobs usually go to the men who prove their ability to outgrow small ones. -Theodore Roosevelt

No matter what side of the argument you are on, you always find people on your side that you wish were on the other. -Thomas Berger

It would not be better if things happened to men just as they wish. -Vance Havner

Whenever a man's friends begin to compliment him about looking young, he may be sure that they think he is growing old. -Victor Hugo

Never argue at the dinner table, for the one who is not hungry always gets the best of the argument. -Richard Whately

I started out by believing God for a newer car than the one I was driving. I started out believing God for a nicer apartment than I had. Then I moved up. -Jim Bakker

Acting provides the fulfillment of never being fulfilled. You're never as good as you'd like to be. So there's always something to hope for. -Washington Irving

Success or failure depends more upon attitude than upon capacity successful men act as though they have accomplished or are enjoying something. Soon it becomes a reality. Act, look, feel successful, conduct yourself accordingly, and you will be amazed at the positive results. -William James

It is not in life, but in art that self-fulfillment is to be found. -Wilson Mizner

If you deny yourself commitment, what can you do with your life? -Harvey Fierstein

Achievement brings its own anticlimax. -Maya Angelou

All great achievements require time. -Maya Angelou

All men are prepared to accomplish the incredible if their ideals are threatened. -Maya Angelou

Nothing builds self-esteem and self-confidence like accomplishment. -Thomas Carlyle

Nothing stops the man who desires to achieve. Every obstacle is simply a course to develop his achievement muscle. It's a strengthening of his powers of accomplishment. -Thomas Carlyle

Spectacular achievement is always preceded by unspectacular preparation. -Robert H. Schuller

The enjoyment of life would be instantly gone if you removed the possibility of doing something. -Chauncey Depew

I do not believe in a fate that falls on men however they act; but I do believe in a fate that falls on them unless they act. -Buddha

It had long since come to my attention that people of accomplishment rarely sat back and let things happen to them. They went out and happened to things. -Elinor Smith

The more one does and sees and feels, the more one is able to do, and the more genuine may be one's appreciation of fundamental things like home, and love, and understanding companionship. -Amelia Earhart

Maturity is a bitter disappointment for which no remedy exists, unless laughter could be said to remedy anything. -Kurt Vonnegut

Nothing can stop the man with the right mental attitude from achieving his goal; nothing on earth can help the man with the wrong mental attitude. -Thomas Jefferson

Most men, after a little freedom, have preferred authority with the consoling assurances and the economy of effort it brings. -Walter Lippmann

We may pass violets looking for roses. We may pass contentment looking for victory. -Bernard Williams

It is a tremendous act of violence to begin anything. I am not able to begin. I simply skip what should be the beginning. -Rainer Maria Rilke

The greatest thing is, at any moment, to be willing to give up who we are in order to become all that we can be. -Max de Pree

It is the highest form of self-respect to admit our errors and mistakes and make amends for them. To make a mistake is only an error in judgment, but to adhere to it when it is discovered shows infirmity of character. -Dale Turner

Men make counterfeit money; in many more cases, money makes counterfeit men. -Sydney J. Harris

I love to lose myself in other men's minds. -Charles Lamb

A truly good book teaches me better than to read it. I must soon lay it down, and commence living on its hint. What I began by reading, I must finish by acting. -Henry David Thoreau

The interval between the decay of the old and the formation and establishment of the new constitutes a period of transition which must always necessarily be one of uncertainty, confusion, error, and wild and fierce fanaticism. -John C. Calhoun

Wealth stays with us a little moment if at all: only our characters are steadfast, not our gold. -Euripides

Unless commitment is made, there are only promises and hopes… but no plans. -Peter Drucker

Shallow men believe in luck. Strong men believe in cause and effect. -Ralph Waldo Emerson

Kindly words do not enter so deeply into men as a reputation for kindness. -Mencius

Remember not only to say the right thing in the right place, but far more difficult still, to leave unsaid the wrong thing at the tempting moment. -Benjamin Franklin

There are two ways of being creative. One can sing and dance. Or one can create an environment in which singers and dancers flourish. -Warren Bennis

In reading the lives of great men, I found that the first victory they won was over themselves… self-discipline with all of them came first. -Harry S Truman

Doing the best at this moment puts you in the best place for the next moment. -Oprah Winfrey

Satisfaction lies in the effort, not in the attainment, full effort is full victory. -Mahatma Gandhi

Dream no small dreams for they have no power to move the hearts of men. -Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

The dream was always running ahead of me. To catch up, to live for a moment in unison with it, that was the miracle. -Anais Nin

If you want to build a ship, don't drum up people to collect wood and don't assign them tasks and work, but rather teach them to long for the endless immensity of the sea. -Antoine de Saint-Exupery

The most pitiful among men is he who turns his dreams into silver and gold. -Khalil Gibran

Without leaps of imagination, or dreaming, we lose the excitement of possibilities. Dreaming, after all, is a form of planning. -Gloria Steinem

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

The quality of a person's life is in direct proportion to their commitment to excellence, regardless of their chosen field of endeavor. -Vince Lombardi

The greatest accomplishment is not in never falling, but in rising again after you fall. -Vince Lombardi

If a man has talent and can't use it, he's failed. If he uses only half of it, he has partly failed. If he uses the whole of it, he has succeeded, and won a satisfaction and triumph few men ever know. -Thomas Wolfe

Wisdom is the right use of knowledge. To know is not to be wise. Many men know a great deal, and are all the greater fools for it. There is no fool so great a fool as a knowing fool. But to know how to use knowledge is to have wisdom. -Charles Spurgeon

Expecting is the greatest impediment to living. In anticipation of tomorrow, it loses today. -Lucius Annaeus Seneca

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 greatest sweetener of human life is Friendship. To raise this to the highest pitch of enjoyment, is a secret which but few discover. -Joseph Addison

As long as habit and routine dictate the pattern of living, new dimensions of the soul will not emerge. -Henry Van Dyke

Isn't it the moment of most profound doubt that gives birth to new certainties? Perhaps hopelessness is the very soil that nourishes human hope; perhaps one could never find sense in life without first experiencing its absurdity. -Vaclav Havel

The sudden disappointment of a hope leaves a scar which the ultimate fulfillment of that hope never entirely removes. -Thomas Hardy

All men are prepared to accomplish the incredible if their ideals are threatened. -Hermann Hesse

One often learns more from ten days of agony than ten years of contentment. -Merle Shain

The golden moments in the stream of life rush past us, and we see nothing but sand; the angels come to visit us, and we only know them when they are gone. -George Eliot

Just as a candle cannot burn without fire, men cannot live without a spiritual life. -Buddha

Security is mostly a superstition. It does not exist in nature, nor do the children of men as a whole experience it. Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure. Life is either a daring adventure, or nothing. -Helen Keller

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

You are not here merely to make a living. You are here in order to enable the world to live more amply, with greater vision, with a finer spirit of hope and achievement. You are here to enrich the world, and you impoverish yourself if you forget the errand. -Woodrow Wilson

I've never seen a monument erected to a pessimist. -Paul Harvey

About the most originality that any writer can hope to achieve honestly is to steal with good judgment. -Josh Billings

It is easier to lead men to combat, stirring up their passion, than to restrain them and direct them toward the patient labors of peace. -Andre Gide

An invincible determination can accomplish almost anything and in this lies the great distinction between great men and little men. -Thomas Fuller

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

Some men give up their designs when they have almost reached the goal; While others, on the contrary, obtain a victory by exerting, at the last moment, more vigorous efforts than ever before. -Herodotus

Reflect upon your present blessings of which every man has many – not on your past misfortunes, of which all men have some. -Charles Dickens

The reason men oppose progress is not that they hate progress, but that they love inertia. -Elbert Hubbard

Seek the lofty by reading, hearing and seeing great work at some moment every day. -Thornton Wilder

The time to read is any time: no apparatus, no appointment of time and place, is necessary. It is the only art which can be practiced at any hour of the day or night, whenever the time and inclination comes, that is your time for reading; in joy or sorrow, health or illness. -Holbrook Jackson

My philosophy is that not only are you responsible for your life, but doing the best at this moment puts you I the best place for the next moment. -Oprah Winfrey

Silence is the element in which great things fashion themselves together. -Thomas Carlyle

We are for the most part more lonely when we go abroad among men than when we stay in our chambers. A man thinking or working is always alone, let him be where he will. -Henry David Thoreau

Few men during their lifetime comes anywhere near exhausting the resources dwelling within them. There are deep wells of strength that are never used. -Richard E. Byrd

The first step toward success is taken when you refuse to be a captive of the environment in which you first find yourself. -Mark Caine

Success is neither magical nor mysterious. Success is the natural consequence of consistently applying the basic fundamentals. -Jim Rohn

What nobler employment, or more valuable to the state, than that of the man who instructs the rising generation? -Marcus Tullius Cicero

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