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Why should we be in such desperate haste to succeed, and in such desperate enterprises? If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer.

--Henry David Thoreau

This 'telephone' has too many shortcomings to be seriously considered as a means of communication. The device is inherently of no value to us. 

--Western Union internal memo, 1876

A man too busy to take care of his health is like a mechanic too busy to take care of his tools.

- -Spanish proverb

Whoever undertakes to set himself up as a judge of Truth and Knowledge is shipwrecked by the laughter of the gods. 

--Albert Einstein (1879-1955)

Half of the harm that is done in this world is due to people who want to feel important. They don't mean to do harm But the harm does not interest them. 

--T. S. Eliot

Is not the core of nature in the heart of man? 

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

It is not only for what we do that we are held responsible, but also for what we do not do. 


The universe is full of magical things, patiently waiting for our wits to grow sharper. 

--Eden Phillpotts

When I was a boy I was told that anybody could become President. Now I'm beginning to believe it. 

--Clarence Darrow, (1857-1938)

Let us live to prove that we can cultivate the natural world that is about us, and the intellectual and moral world that is within us, so that we may secure an individual, social and political prosperity, whose course shall be forward, and which, while the earth endures, shall not pass away.

--Abraham Lincoln, February 11, 1861

Great works are performed not by strength, but perseverance. 

--Samuel Johnson

Good people do not need laws to tell them to act responsibly, while bad people will find a way around the laws. 


There's a fine line between genius and insanity. I have erased this line.

--Oscar Levant

It is an ironic habit of human beings to run faster when we have lost our way.

--Rollo May, (1909-1994)

There's a fine line between being on the leading edge and being in the lunatic fringe. 

--Frank Armstrong 

Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that. 

--Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Good advice is always certain to be ignored, but that's no reason not to give it.

--Agatha Christie

Let us so live that when we come to die even the undertaker will be sorry. 

--Mark Twain, (1835-1910)

Never explain--your friends don't need it, and your enemies won't believe you anyhow. 

--Elbert Hubbard

A great many people mistake opinions for thoughts. 

--Herbert V. Prochnow

There are two kinds of men who never amount to much: those who cannot do what they are told, and those who can do nothing else.

--Cyrus Curtis

I like pigs. Dogs look up to us. Cats look down on us. Pigs treat us as equals.

- -Sir Winston Churchill

We know what we are, but know not what we may be. 

--Shakespeare, (1564-1616)

Category: Aphorisms | Added by: Ктулху (18.05.2011)
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