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Daring ideas are like chessmen moved forward.  They may be beaten, but they may start a winning game. 

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, (1749-1832)

Beulah, peel me a grape.

--Mae West

More than any other time in history, mankind now faces a crossroads.  One path leads to despair and utter hopelessness.  The other, to total extinction.  Let us pray we have the wisdom to choose correctly.

--Woody Allen

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

--Mark Twain, (1835-1910)

This above all: to thine own self be true, \ And it must follow, as the night the day, \ Thou canst not then be false to any man.

--William Shakespeare, poet and dramatist (1564-1616)

Some people with great virtues are disagreeable, while others with great vices are delightful.

--Francois, duc de La Rochefoucauld, moralist (1613-1680)

Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up. 

--Pablo Picasso, (1881-1973)

Today's public figures can no longer write their own speeches or books, and there is some evidence that they can't read them either. 

-Gore Vidal, (1925- )

Glory follows virtue as if it were its shadow.

--Marcus Tullius Cicero

The reason there are so few female politicians is that it is too much trouble to put makeup on two faces.

--Maureen Murphy

We ought not to treat living creatures like shoes or household belongings, which when worn with use we throw away. 

--Plutarch, biographer (c. 46-120)

I can find in my undergraduate classes, bright students who do not know that the stars rise and set at night, or even that the Sun is a star.

--Carl Sagan (1934-1996)

Do not fear to be eccentric in opinion, for every opinion now accepted was once eccentric.

-Bertrand Russell, philosopher, mathematician, author, Nobel laureate (1872-1970)

Life is pleasant. Death is peaceful. It's the transition that's troublesome.

-Isaac Asimov, (1920-1992)

To announce that there must be no criticism of the President, or that we are to stand by the President, right or wrong, is not only unpatriotic and servile, but is morally treasonable to the American public. 

--Theodore Roosevelt, (1858-1919)

The direct use of force is such a poor solution to any problem, it is generally employed only by small children and large nations.

- David Friedman

Work is of two kinds: first, altering the position of matter at or near the earth's surface relative to other matter; second, telling other people to do so. The first is unpleasant and ill-paid; the second is pleasant and highly paid. 

--Bertrand Russell, (1872-1970)

There is no such thing as a 'self-made' man. We are made up of thousands of others. Everyone who has ever done a kind deed for us, or spoken one word of encouragement to us, has entered into the make-up of our character and of our thoughts. 

--George Matthew Adams

An invasion of armies can be resisted, but not an idea whose time has come.

--Victor Hugo (1802-1885)

"When I use a word," Humpty Dumpty said, in a rather scornful tone, "it means just what I choose it to mean -- neither more nor less." 

--Lewis Carroll

Today the real test of power is not capacity to make war but capacity to prevent it. 

--Anne O'Hare McCormick

Category: Aphorisms | Added by: Ктулху (18.05.2011)
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