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The following quotations were randomly selected from the collections selected below .
- Art, like morality, consists of drawing the line somewhere.
- G. K. Chesterton (1874 - 1936)
- The worst thing about Europe is that you can't go out in the middle of the night and get a Slurpee.
- Tellis Frank
- The actual tragedies of life bear no relation to one's preconceived ideas. In the event, one is always bewildered by their simplicity, their grandeur of design, and by that element of the bizzare which seems inherent in them.
- Jean Cocteau (1889 - 1963), Les Enfants Terribles
- Laziness is nothing more than the habit of resting before you get tired.
- Jules Renard (1864 - 1910)
- Never go out to meet trouble. If you will just sit still, nine cases out of ten someone will intercept it before it reaches you.
- Calvin Coolidge (1872 - 1933)
- How can you govern a country which has 246 varieties of cheese?
- Charles De Gaulle (1890 - 1970), in "Les Mots du General", 1962
- The holy passion of Friendship is of so sweet and steady and loyal and enduring a nature that it will last through a whole lifetime, if not asked to lend money.
- Mark Twain (1835 - 1910), Pudd'nhead Wilson
- You get fifteen democrats in a room, and you get twenty opinions.
- Senator Patrick Leahy (1940 - ), May 1990
- In the future everyone will be famous for fifteen minutes.
- Andy Warhol (1928 - 1987)
- You're supposed to trust friends. You have no reason to be his friend? That is part of the pleasure of friendship: trusting without absolute evidence and then being rewarded for that trust.
- David Shore, House M.D., Not Cancer, 2008
- To wear your heart on your sleeve isn't a very good plan; you should wear it inside, where it functions best.
- Margaret Thatcher (1925 - ), interview with Barbara Walters on ABC-TV, March 18, 1987
- Space is big. You just won't believe how vastly, hugely, mind- bogglingly big it is. I mean, you may think it's a long way down the road to the chemist's, but that's just peanuts to space.
- Douglas Adams (1952 - 2001), The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
- Life is a foreign language; all men mispronounce it.
- Christopher Morley (1890 - 1957)
- Love is the difficult realization that something other than oneself is real.
- Iris Murdoch (1919 - 1999)
- Flowers never emit so sweet and strong a fragrance as before a storm. When a storm approaches thee, be as fragrant as a sweet-smelling flower.
- Jean Paul Richter (1763 - 1825)
- Turbulence is life force. It is opportunity. Let's love turbulence and use it for change.
- Ramsay Clark
- The Chinese use two brush strokes to write the word 'crisis.' One brush stroke stands for danger; the other for opportunity. In a crisis, be aware of the danger - but recognize the opportunity.
- John F. Kennedy (1917 - 1963), Speech in Indianapolis, April 12, 1959
- Admiration, n.: Our polite recognition of another's resemblance to ourselves.
- Ambrose Bierce (1842 - 1914), The Devil's Dictionary
- Think of all the beauty still left around you and be happy.
- Anne Frank (1929 - 1945), Diary of a Young Girl, 1952
- Poetry often enters through the window of irrelevance.
- M. C. Richards