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A fool always finds a greater fool to admire him.
Nicolas Bolleau-Despréaux

As a cure for worrying, work is better than whiskey.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Everyone has ancestors and it is only a question of going back far enough to find a good one.
Howard Kennedy Nixon

Drunkenness is nothing else but a voluntary madness.

When I was a boy I was told that anybody could become President; I'm beginning to believe.
Clarence Darrow

The man who reads nothing at all is better educated than the man who reads nothing but newspapers.
Thomas Jefferson

Your manuscript is both good and original,
but the part that is good is not original, and the part that is original is not good.
Samuel Johnson

Those who already walk submissively will say there is no cause for alarm. But submissiveness is not our heritage. The First Amendment was designed to allow rebellion to remain as our heritage. The Constitution was designed to keep government off the backs of the people. The Bill of Rights was added to keep the precincts of belief and expression, of the press, of political and social activities free from surveillance. The Bill of Rights was designed to keep agents of government and official eavesdroppers away from assemblies of people. The aim was to allow men to be free and independent and to assert their rights against government.
Justice William O. Douglas
(Laird v. Tatum, 1972)

Other men are lenses through which we read our own minds.
François de la Rochefoucauld

Some men are alive only because it is against the law to kill them.
Ed Howe

"What are you trying to hide by not using your real name?"
My identity. It's called privacy and anonymity. It's one of the basic principles of a free society - that's why we have anonymous voting - to protect anonymity and be certain that I can think and do what I feel are right without someone like you being able to seek retribution.
anonymous - found on comp.risks

It is great cleverness to know how to conceal our cleverness.
François de la Rochefoucauld

Think like a man of action and act like a man of thought.
Henri Bergson

It is better to suffer wrong than to do it, and happier to be sometimes cheated than not to trust.
Samuel Johnson

The only good in pretending is the fun we get out of fooling ourselves that we fool somebody.
Booth Tarkington

Complete abstinence is easier than perfect moderation.
St. Augustine

It is the height of absurdity to sow little but weeds in the first half of one's lifetime
and expect to harvest a valuable crop in the second half.
Percy Johnston

Thought is the blossom; language the bud; action the fruit behind it.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Action may not always bring happiness; but there is no happiness without action.
Benjamin Disraeli

Living is a disease from which sleep gives us relief eight hours a day.

Our necessities never equal our wants.
Benjamin Franklin

For God's sake, give me the young man who has brains enough to make a fool of himself.
Robert Louis Stevenson

We have a lot of anxieties, and one cancels out another very often.
Winston Churchill

They also serve who only stand and wait.
John Milton

So far, about morals, I know only that what is moral is what you feel good after
and what is immoral is what you feel bad after.
Ernest Hemingway

Fashion is the science of appearances, and it inspires one with the desire to seem rather than to be.
Edwin Hubbel Chaplin

A book is a mirror: If an ass peers into it, you can't expect an apostle to look out.
G.C. Lichtenberg

I do not believe in the word Fate. It is the refuge of every self-confessed failure.
Andrew Soutar

A thing is not vulgar merely because it is common.
William Hazlitt

The way to be nothing is to do nothing.
Nathaniel Howe

Part of the secret of success in life is to eat what you like and let the food fight it out inside.
Mark Twain

Experience is a school where a man learns what a big fool he has been.
Josh Billings

Every father expects his boy to do the things he wouldn't do when he was young.
Kin Hubbard

The capacity of human beings to bore one another
seems to be vastly greater than that of any other animal.
H.L. Mencken

Each one of us requires the spur of insecurity to force us to do our best.
Harold W. Dodds

There are two kinds of weakness, that which breaks and that which bends.
James Russell Lowell

Only the sinner has a right to preach.
Christopher Morley

It has been my experience that folks who have no vices have very few virtues.
Abraham Lincoln

It is more easy to be wise for others than for ourselves.
François de la Rochefoucauld

Neutral men are the devil's allies.
Edwin Hubbel Chaplin

What we obtain too cheap, we esteem too lightly; it is dearness only that gives everything its value.
Thomas Paine

The willingness to take risks is our grasp of faith.
George E. Woodbury

It is never safe to look into the future with eyes of fear.
Edward H. Harriman

Most of our so-called reasoning consists in finding arguments for going on believing as we already do.
James Robinson

One great use of words is to hide our thoughts.

Pray as if everything depended on God,
and work as if everything depended on man.
Francis Cardinal Spellman

Power will intoxicate the best hearts, as wine the strongest heads.
No man is wise enough, nor good enough to be trusted with unlimited power.
Charles Caleb Colton

The only good husbands stay bachelors. They're too considerate to get married.
Finley Peter Dunne

Whatever necessity lays upon thee, endure; whatever she commands, do.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

One-half of knowing what you want is knowing what you must give up before you get it.
Sidney Howard

Music is the only language in which you cannot say a mean or sarcastic thing.
Lord Erskine

The man who makes no mistakes does not usually make anything.
Edward Phelps

Words without actions are the assassins of idealism.
Herbert Hoover

To confess a fault freely is the next thing to being innocent of it.
Publilius Syrus

The infinitely little have a pride infinitely great.

Politeness is the art of choosing among one's real thoughts.
Abel Stevens

Everything comes to him who hustles while he waits.
Thomas A. Edison

It is surprising what a man can do when he has to,
and how little most men do when they don't have to.
Walter Linn

Neutrality, as a lasting principle, is an evidence of weakness.
Lajos Kossuth

Other men's sins are before our eyes; our own are behind our backs.

The truth is more important than the facts.
Frank Lloyd Wright

Vices are often habits rather than passions.
Antoine Rivarol

As long as the world shall last there will be wrongs,
and if no man objected and no man rebelled, those wrongs would last forever.
Clarence Darrow

He who foresees calamities, suffers them twice over.
Beilby Porteus

You are today where your thoughts have brought you;
you will be tomorrow where your thoughts take you.
James Allen

We confess small faults, in order to insinuate that we have no great ones.
François de la Rochefoucauld

Sorrow makes men sincere.
Henry Ward Beecher

How awful to reflect that what people say of us is true.
Logan P. Smith

Patience and time do more than strength or passion.
Jean de la Fontaine

Friend, if we be honest with ourselves, we shall be honest with each other.
George MacDonald

The man who fears suffering is already suffering from what he fears.
Michel de Montaigne

Anyone can be a barbarian; it requires a terrible effort to remain a civilized man.
Leonard Sidney Woolf

There are several good protections against temptation, but the surest is cowardice.
Mark Twain

To his dog, every man is Napoleon; hence the constant popularity of dogs.
Aldous Huxley

The difference between perseverance and obstinacy is,
that one often comes from a strong will, and the other from a strong won't.
Henry Ward Beecher

The unity of freedom has never relied on uniformity of opinion.
John F. Kennedy

There are some defeats more triumphant than victories.
Michel de Montaigne

Friendship is one mind in two bodies.

Virtue consists, not in abstaining from vice, but in not desiring it.
George Bernard Shaw

In diving to the bottom of pleasure we bring up more gravel than pearls.
Honoré de Baizac

Putting off an easy thing makes it hard,
and putting off a hard one makes it impossible.
George H. Lorimer

The whole is simpler than the sum of its parts.
Willard Gibbs

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

No great genius is without an admixture of madness.

A theory must be tempered with reality.
Jawaharlal Nehru

There is a great difference between knowing and understanding:
you can know a lot about something and not really understand it.
Charles F. Kettering

Men seldom, or rather never for a length of time and deliberately,
rebel against anything that does not deserve rebelling against.
Thomas Carlyle

I would rather be able to appreciate things I cannot have
than to have things I am not able to appreciate.
Elbert Hubbard

God appoints our graces to be nurses to other men's weaknesses.
Henry Ward Beecher

Nine-tenths of wisdom consists in being wise in time.
Theodore Roosevelt

You may be decieved if you trust too much, but you will live in torment if you don't trust enough.
Frank Crane

Science is nothing but perception.

Experience should teach us to be most on our guard to protect liberty
when the government's purposes are beneficient.
Louis D. Brandeis

As soon as there is life there is danger.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Habit, if not resisted, soon becomes necessity.
St. Augustine

We often pay our debts not because it is only fair that we should, but to make future loans easier.
François de la Rochefoucauld

Peace is rarely denied to the peaceful.
Johann von Schiller

I think I am better than the people who are trying to reform me.
Ed Howe

Perfection is attained by slow degrees; it requires the hand of time.

The best way to cheer yourself up is to try to cheer somebody else up.
Mark Twain

I divide all readers into two classes:
those who read to remember and those who read to forget.
William Lyon Phelps

There will be vice as long as there are men.

You will never "find" time for anything.
If you want time you must make it.
Charles Buxton

Avoid popularity if you would have peace.
Abraham Lincoln

Great minds have purposes, others have wishes.
Washington Irving

Some persons are likable in spite of their unswerving integrity.
Don Marquis

Great thoughts reduced to practice become great acts.
William Hazlett

There are two ways of meeting difficulties: you alter the difficulties or you alter yourself meeting them.
Phyllis Bottome

Patience is bitter, but its fruit is sweet.
Jean Jacques Rousseau

Every little thing counts in a crisis.
Jawaharlal Nehru

A theory is no more like a fact than a photograph is like a person.
Ed Howe

All is mystery; but he is a slave who will not struggle to penetrate the dark veil.
Benjamin Disraeli

That man is the richest who pleasures are the cheapest.
Henry David Thoreau

Responsibility is the thing people dread most of all.
Yet it is the one thing in the world that develops us, gives us manhood or womanhood fibre.
Frank Crane

It is the quality of our work which will please God and not the quantity.
Mahatma Gandhi

Where there is no difference, there is only indifference.
Louis Nizer

I tell you the past is a bucket of ashes.
Carl Sandburg

Diligence is the mother of good luck.
Benjamin Franklin

The grand essentials of happiness are:
something to do, something to love, and something to hope for.
Allan K. Chalmers

No cause is helpless if it is just.
Errors, no matter how popular, carry the seeds of their own destruction.
John W. Scoville

Bad men are full of repentance.

The chains of habit are too weak to be felt until they are too strong to be broken.
Samuel Johnson

Vote for the man who promises least - he'll be the least disappointing.
Bernard Baruch

If I had no sense of humor, I would long ago have committed suicide.
Mahatma Gandhi

Whenever you are sincerely pleased you are nourished.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

We pity in others only those evils which we have ourselves experienced.
Jean Jacques Rousseau

Don't trade the stuff of your life, time, for nothing more than dollars. That's a rotten bargain.
Rita Mae Brown

Discontent is the first step in the progress of a man or a nation.
Oscar Wilde

The tragedy of life is not so much what men suffer, but rather what they miss.
Thomas Carlyle

A wise man will make more opportunities than he finds.
Francis Bacon

Nothing makes one feel so strong as a call for help.
George MacDonald

You are only what you are when no one is looking.
Robert C. Edwards

He who chooses the beginning of a road chooses the place it leads to.
It is the means that determine the end.
Harry Emerson Fosdick

There is no failure except in no longer trying. There is no defeat except from within,
no really insurmountable barrier save our own inherent weakness of purpose.
Kin Hubbard

Men wish to be saved from the mischiefs of their vices, but not from their vices.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Be careless in your dress if you must, but keep a tidy soul.
Mark Twain

Popular opinion is the greatest lie in the world.
Thomas Carlyle

Our faith comes in moments; our vice is habitual.
William Ellery Channing

The probability that we may fail in the struggle ought not to deter us
from the support of a cause we believe to be just.
Abraham Lincoln

All men of action are dreamers.
James G. Huneker

The foolish and the dead alone never change their opinions.
James Russell Lowell

The practical effect of a belief is the real test of its soundness.
James A. Froude

You can't hold a man down without staying down with him.
Booker T. Washington

We easily forget crimes that are known only to ourselves.
François de la Rochefoucauld

All change is not growth; all movement is not forward.
Ellen Glasgow

You must look into people, as well as at them.
Lord Chesterfield

A hero is no braver than an ordinary man, but he is braver five minutes longer.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Opinions cannot survive if one has no chance to fight for them.
Thomas Mann

The idol is the measure of the worshipper.
James Russell Lowell

Every man has three characters - that which he exhibits,
that which he has, and that which he thinks he has.
Alphonse Karr

Who dares nothing, need hope for nothing.
Johann von Schiller

It is better to deserve honors and not have them than to have them and not deserve them.
Mark Twain

Adversity makes men, and prosperity makes monsters.
Victor Hugo

Little minds are tamed and subdued by misfortune; but great minds rise above them.
Washington Irving

Pain and pleasure, like light and darkness, succeed each other.
Laurence Sterne

A bad man is worse when he pretends to be a saint.
Francis Bacon

We should not expect something for nothing but we all do,
and we call it hope.
Ed Howe

Strength is born in the deep silence of long-suffering hearts; not amid joy.
Felicia Hemans

The heart has reasons that reason does not understand.
Jacques Bènigne Bossuet

A man is not old so long as he is seeking something.
Jean Rostand

People who like this sort of thing will find it just the sort of thing they like.
Abraham Lincoln

It is human nature to think wisely and act foolishly.
Anatole France

God gives quietness at last.
John Greenleaf Whittie

Our country, right or wrong.
When right, to be kept right; when wrong, to be put right.
Carl Schurz

He that won't be counselled can't be helped.
Benjamin Franklin

About the most originality that any writer can hope to achieve honestly is to steal with good judgment.
Josh Billings

Once we permit certain limits upon our expression, we tacitly accept that further limits can be placed. I'd rather be free to express my opinions. and Cinema Insomnia - entropic satireI don't defend child abuse (or indeed animal abuse), but these are emotional arguments used to manipulate us into accepting the first of many serial limitations on our freedom to contribute to, and to enjoy, the Net.
Jon S Green - found on comp.risks

The next best thing to being witty one's self, is to be able to quote another's wit.
Christian Nestell Bovee


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