COLLECTION OF QUOTES 36 ---------------------------------------------------------------------- The only thing I like about rich people is their money. -Nancy Astor I tried exercise as a means of burning fat, but it didn't work for me. When the fat started burning, it smelled like bacon and made me hungry. -Planojo If you can't be kind, at least have the decency to be vague. Consult - v. t. To seek another's approval of a course already decided on. -Ambrose Bierce, The Devil's Dictionary Why is simplification a longer word than complexity? Parachute for sale. No strings attached. There is absolutely no substitute for a genuine lack of preparation. When elephants fight it is the grass that suffers. -Kikuyu proverb Peace is costly but it is worth the expense. -Kikuyu proverb A good leader can't get too far ahead of his followers. -Franklin D. Roosevelt The right to be heard does not automatically include the right to be taken seriously. -Hubert H. Humphrey All marriages are happy. It's living together afterwards that is difficult. If the road you travel has no obstacles it leads nowhere. If the wind stops, row! -Polish proverb If voting could really change things, it would be illegal. A man is a god in ruins. -Ralph Waldo Emerson What makes greatness is starting something that lives after you. -Ralph W. Sockman I think charm is the ability to be truly interested in other people. -Richard Avedon I've never been poor--only broke. Being poor is a frame of mind. Being broke is only a temporary situation. -Mike Todd We are cups, constantly and quietly being filled. The trick is, knowing how to tip ourselves over and let the beautiful stuff out. -Ray Bradbury It's not me who can't keep a secret it's the people I tell that can't. -Abe Lincoln If I had thought about it, I wouldn't have done the experiment. The literature was full of examples that said you can't do this. -Spencer Silver, the inventor of Post-it Notepads Creativity is allowing oneself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep. -Scott Adams I've got gay supporters. I don't ask their sexual orientation though. -George W. Bush I want to have a kid the way other people want to own stock in Google: I don't want to be responsible for it; I just want to go to parties and talk about how well it's doing. Success is a relative term. It brings so many relatives. No matter how low your own self-esteem, there are probably others who think less of you. -David S. Brown Fifth Law of Applied Terror: If you are given an open-book exam, you will forget your book. Corollary: If you are given a take-home exam, you will forget where you live. Ability may get you to the top, but it takes character to keep you there. -John Wooden The greatest inspiration is often born of desperation. -Comer Cotrell By the time a man realizes that maybe his father was right, he usually has a son who thinks he's wrong. -Charles Wadsworth Four short words sum up what has lifted most successful individuals above the crowd: a little bit more. They did all that was expected of them and a little bit more. -A. Lou Vickery Swallow your pride occasionally, it's not fattening. -Frank Tyger ON ECONOMICS The cost of living hasn't affected its popularity. What we leave behind is not what is engraved in stone monuments, but what is woven into the lives of others. -Pericles Under the most rigorously controlled conditions of pressure, temperature, volume, humidity, and other variables, the organism will do as it damn well pleases. -Harvard's Law When the people fear their government, there is tyranny; when the government fears the people, there is liberty. -Thomas Jefferson My wife doesn't care what I do away from home, as long as I don't enjoy it. Most dissent is not disloyalty. Real disloyalty is keeping quiet when something needs to be said. -Steve Smith The key to immortality is first to live a life worth remembering. -Bruce Lee Personality can open doors, but only character can keep them open. -Elmer G. Letterman Instead of sending in a written resume, a man in California recently got a job because of a YouTube video he made. As opposed to most people, who lose their job because of a YouTube video they made. -Jimmy Fallon Those who do not move, do not notice their chains. -Rosa Luxemburg The difference between technology and slavery is that slaves are fully aware that they are not free. -Nicolas Taleb Kind words can be short and easy to speak, but their echoes are truly endless. -Mother Teresa If you want to be incrementally better: Be competitive. If you want to be exponentially better: Be cooperative. 100% of the shots you don't take don't go in. -Wayne Gretzky I made this letter longer than usual because I lack the time to make it short. -Blaise Pascal Never worry about the size of your Christmas tree. In the eyes of children, they are all 30 feet tall. -Larry Wilde The Gross National Product does not allow for the health of our children...it does not include the beauty of our poetry...in short, it measures everything except that which makes life worthwhile. -Robert F. Kennedy If a fellow isn't thankful for what he's got, he isn't likely to be thankful for what he's going to get. -Frank A. Clark Diplomacy: The patriotic art of lying for one's country. -Ambrose Bierce A kleptomaniac is a person who helps himself because he can't help himself. Some people are making such thorough plans for rainy days that they aren't enjoying today's sunshine. -William Feather Hope is the only universal liar who never loses his reputation for veracity. -Robert Ingersoll Teaching is the greatest act of optimism. -Colleen Wilcox In answer to the question of why it happened, I offer the modest proposal that our Universe is simply one of those things which happen from time to time. -Edward P. Tryon The scientists of today think deeply instead of clearly. One must be sane to think clearly, but one can think deeply and be quite insane. -Nikola Tesla Getting ideas is like shaving; if you don't do it every day, you're a bum. -Alexander Kroll Our very lives depend on the ethics of strangers, and most of us are always strangers to other people. -Bill Moyers Wagner's music is better than it sounds. -Mark Twain Gratitude is a quality similar to electricity: it must be produced and discharged and used up in order to exist at all. -William Faulkner He is a wise man who does not grieve for the things which he has not, but rejoices for those which he has. -Epictetus "Your future depends on your dreams." So go to sleep! I have learned to use the word ‘impossible’ with the greatest caution. -Wernher von Braun What difference does it make to the dead, the orphans, and the homeless, whether the mad destruction is wrought under the name of totalitarianism or the holy name of liberty and democracy? -Gandhi For a long time it had seemed to me that life was about to begin - real life. But there was always some obstacle in the way, something to be gotten through first, some unfinished business, time still to be served, a debt to be paid. Then life would begin. At last it dawned on me that these obstacles were my life. -Alfred D. Souza My watch is three hours fast, and I can't fix it. So I'm going to move to New York. Fifth Law of Applied Terror: If you are given an open-book exam, you will forget your book. Corollary: If you are given a take-home exam, you will forget where you live. ---------------------------------------------------------------------- Compiled 2011-12 by Jiri Matejicek, Instant Wisdom. 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