COLLECTION OF QUOTES 17

An alcoholic is someone you don't like who drinks as much as you do.
-Dylan Thomas

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, as well as our success.
-George Matthew Adams

A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush.

Age does not make us childish, as some say; it only finds us true 
children still. -Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

No book is really worth reading at the age of ten which is not equally
(and often far more) worth reading at the age of fifty and beyond.
-Clive Staples Lewis

Music and silence combine strongly because music is done with silence,
and silence is full of music. -Marcel Marceau

Music can name the unnamable and communicate the unknowable. 
-Leonard Bernstein

An artist cannot fail; it is a success to be one. 
-Charles Horton Cooley

When one buys some of my artwork I hope it is because they will wish
to learn from it and not because they think it will match their
drapes! -Christian Cardell Corbet

In art, all who have done something other than their predecessors have
merited the epithet of revolutionary; and it is they alone who are
masters. -Paul Gauguin 
The arts are an even better barometer of what is happening in our
world than the stock market or the debates in congress. 
-Hendrik Willem Van Loon
Time extracts various values from a painter's work. When these values
are exhausted the pictures are forgotten, and the more a picture has
to give, the greater it is. -Henri Matisse

Learning music by reading about it is like making love by mail.
-Luciano Pavarotti 

Music washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.
-Berthold Auerbach 

Music is love in search of a word. -Sidney Lanier

Music is enough for a lifetime - but a lifetime is not enough for
music. -Sergei Rachmaninoff 

Music is the universal language of mankind.
-Henry Wadsworth Longfellow 

Mathematics is music for the mind; music is mathematics for the soul.

Inside every older person is a younger person wondering what the fuck

Dignity does not consist in possessing honors, but in deserving them.

Kindness consists in loving people more than they deserve.
-Joseph Joubert

They say the grass is greener on the other side, but have you
ever flipped it over?

If you want your dreams to come true, don't sleep. -Yiddish proverb

You cannot prevent the birds of sorrow from flying over your head, but
you can prevent them from building nests in your hair.
-Chinese Proverb

May you be in heaven half an hour before the devil knows you're dead.
-Irish proverb

A fine is a tax for doing wrong. A tax is a fine for doing well.

Light travels faster than sound. This is why some people appear bright
until you hear them speak.

All I've ever wanted was an honest week's pay for an honest day's
work. -Steve Martin

History is principally the inaccurate narration of events which ought
not to have happened. -Ernest Albert Hooten

In raising my children, I have lost my mind but found my soul.
-Lisa T. Shepherd

No matter how far you have gone on the wrong road, turn back.
-Turkish proverb

I was wise enough to never grow up while fooling most people into
believing I had. -Margaret Mead

A man is not honest simply because he never had a chance to steal.
-Yiddish proverb

Intelligence is like underwear, everyone should have it, but we
shouldn't show it off. - Gene Petret

Nothing makes your clothes go out of fashion faster than getting a

Even the boldest zebra fears the hungry lion.

How is it possible to have a civil war?

Don't sweat the petty things and don't pet the sweaty things.

Atheism is a non-prophet organization.

If man evolved from monkeys and apes, why do we still have monkeys and

The main reason Santa is so jolly is because he knows where all the
bad girls live.
-George Carlin

Life is full of surprises, but never when you need one. 
-Calvin, Calvin and Hobbes

If you do the job badly enough, sometimes you don't get asked to do it
again. -Calvin

Sometimes I think the surest sign that intelligent life exists
elsewhere in the universe is that none of it has tried to contact us.

Children need models rather than critics. -Joseph Joubert

A baby is God's opinion that life should go on. -Carl Sandburg

Perhaps the greatest social service that can be rendered by anybody to
the country and to mankind is to bring up a family.
-George Bernard Shaw 

Invest in the future; have a child and teach her well.

What the majority of American children needs is to stop being
pampered, stop being indulged, stop being chauffeured, stop being
catered to. In the final analysis, it is not what you do for your
children but what you have taught them to do for themselves that will
make them successful human beings. -Ann Landers 

Your experience is merely a hodgepodge of statistics, consisting of
those cases that you happen to remember. -Robert Hooke

Heaven never helps the men who will not act. -Sophocles

The game of life is not so much in holding a good hand as playing a
poor hand well. -H. T. Leslie

Smith & Wesson: The original point and click interface.

Better to be occasionally cheated than perpetually suspicious.
-B. C. Forbes

"Veni, Vidi, Velcro" (I came; I saw; I stuck around.) -Larry Adams

A visionary is one who can find his way by moonlight, and see the dawn
before the rest of the world. -Oscar Wilde

There is no top for me. As soon as I get to a certain point, I want to
see what is at the next plateau. -Ted "the Greek"

You cannot teach a man anything, you can only help him to find it
within himself. -Galileo Galilei

The time is always right to do the right thing. -Martin Luther King jr

An expert is a fellow who is afraid to learn anything new because then
he wouldn't be an expert anymore. -Harry S Truman

If you hear a voice within you say 'you cannot paint,' then by all
means paint, and that voice will be silenced. -Vincent Van Gogh

I've never understood why women love cats. Cats are independent, they
don't listen, they don't come in when you call, they like to stay out
all night, and when they're home they like to be left alone and sleep.
In other words, every quality that women hate in a man, they love in a

All in favor of losing their rights, please do nothing.

Love is blind, but marriage is a real eye opener.

The simple act of paying attention can take you a long way.
-Keanu Reeves

Reasoning with a child is fine, if you can reach the child's reason
without destroying your own. -John Mason Brown

If I had eight hours to chop down a tree, I'd spend six sharpening my
axe. -Abraham Lincoln

The hands that help are better than the lips that pray.
-Robert G. Ingersoll

The fact that a believer is happier than a sceptic is no more to the
point than the fact that a drunken man is happier than a sober one.
-George Bernard Shaw

All are lunatics, but he who can analyze his delusion, is a
philosopher. -H. L. Mencken

You don't know where you're going if you don't know where you've been.

Never mistake knowledge for wisdom. One helps you make a living, the 
other helps you make a life. -Sandra Carey

The best prayer: "Lord, please make me the kind of person my dog
thinks I am." 

If you don't have a vision, then your reality will always be
determined by other's perceptions. -Melanée Addison

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

The opinions expressed herein are not necessarily those of my
employer, not necessarily mine, and probably not necessary.

In dog years, I'm dead.

Missing dog and wife. Reward for dog.

I would rather live in a world where my life is surrounded by mystery
than live in a world so small that my mind could comprehend it.
-Harry Emerson Fosdick

Civilization exists by geologic consent subject to change without
notice. -Will Durant

You know you're a MAC addict when..... you build your house without
Windows or Gates.

Live your life so that your children can tell their grandchildren that
you not only stood for something wonderful - you acted on it.
-Dan Zadra

The race is not won at the starting line. Though it can help having
advantages going in, what really matters is not the going in but the
going through. -Ralph Marston

The word `genius' isn't applicable in football. A genius is a guy like
Norman Einstein. -Joe Theisman

They call television a medium. That's because it is neither rare nor
well done.

The greatest of all faults, I should say, is to be conscious of none. 
-Thomas Carlyle

Honk if you love peace and quiet.

It is hard to understand how a cemetery raised its burial charges and
blamed it on the cost of living.

I don't exercise. If God wanted me to bend over, He would have put
diamonds on the floor. -Joan Rivers

Never knock on Death's door. Ring the doorbell and run (he hates that) 

Old Celts never die. They just have harp failure.

The kids drive me crazy. I drive them everywhere.

When you fall in a river, you're no longer a fisherman, you're a


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