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The following quotations were randomly selected from the collections selected below .
- They always talk who never think.
- Matthew Prior (1664 - 1721)
- The way to procure insults is to submit to them: a man meets with no more respect than he exacts.
- William Hazlitt (1778 - 1830)
- Not to be absolutely certain is, I think, one of the essential things in rationality.
- Bertrand Russell (1872 - 1970), "Am I An Atheist Or An Agnostic?", 1947
- When a man comes to me for advice, I find out the kind of advice he wants, and I give it to him.
- John Billings(Henry Wheeler Shaw)
- Rage is the only quality which has kept me, or anybody I have ever studied, writing columns for newspapers.
- Jimmy Breslin
- I detest life-insurance agents; they always argue that I shall some day die, which is not so.
- Stephen Leacock (1869 - 1944)
- A torn jacket is soon mended; but hard words bruise the heart of a child.
- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807 - 1882)
- A compliment is a gift, not to be thrown away carelessly, unless you want to hurt the giver.
- Eleanor Hamilton
- The best and safest thing is to keep a balance in your life, acknowledge the great powers around us and in us. If you can do that, and live that way, you are really a wise man.
- Euripides (484 BC - 406 BC)
- There are only two kinds of scholars; those who love ideas and those who hate them.
- Emile Chartier
- Observe Everything.
Draw, Draw, Draw.
- Frank Thomas, Disney Animator, When asked to give advice to young animators
- People have a hard time letting go of their suffering. Out of a fear of the unknown, they prefer suffering that is familiar.
- Thich Nhat Hanh
- The mellow sweetness of pumpkin pie off a prison spoon is something you will never forget.
- Mitchell Burgess, Northern Exposure, Thanksgiving, 1992
- Famous remarks are very seldom quoted correctly.
- Simeon Strunsky (1879 - 1948), No Mean City (1944)
- I've grown to realize the joy that comes from little victories is preferable to the fun that comes from ease and the pursuit of pleasure.
- Lawana Blackwell, The Courtship of the Vicar's Daughter, 1998
- If there's anything unsettling to the stomach, it's watching actors on television talk about their personal lives.
- Marlon Brando (1924 - 2004)
- The whole dream of democracy is to raise the proletarian to the level of stupidity attained by the bourgeois.
- Gustave Flaubert (1821 - 1880)
- Two paradoxes are better than one; they may even suggest a solution.
- Edward Teller (1908 - 2003)
- Look wise, say nothing, and grunt. Speech was given to conceal thought.
- Sir William Osler (1849 - 1919)
- We feel in one world, we think and name in another. Between the two we can set up a system of references, but we cannot fill in the gap.
- Marcel Proust (1871 - 1922)