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

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

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 does not include the beauty of our 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

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.
If you are given a take-home exam, you will forget where you live.


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