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The following quotations were randomly selected from the collections selected below .
- Most men are within a finger's breadth of being mad.
- Diogenes the Cynic (412 BC - 323 BC)
- Life is full of misery, loneliness, and suffering - and it's all over much too soon.
- Woody Allen (1935 - )
- All the arts we practice are apprenticeship. The big art is our life.
- M. C. Richards
- Feelings are really your GPS system for life. When your supposed to do something, or not supposed to do something, your emotional guidance system lets you know.
- Oprah Winfrey (1954 - ), Stanford Commencement Adress, 2008
- Family connexions were always worth preserving, good company always worth seeking.
- Jane Austen (1775 - 1817), Persuasion, 1818
- It is curious that physical courage should be so common in the world and moral courage so rare.
- Mark Twain (1835 - 1910)
- At the end of the day, whether or not those people are comfortable with how you're living your life doesn't matter. What matters is whether you're comfortable with it.
- Phillip C. McGraw, O Magazine, February 2003
- You don’t have to specialize - do everything that you love and then, at some time, the future will come together for you in some form.
- Francis Ford Coppola (1939 - )
- Before I got married I had six theories about bringing up children; now I have six children and no theories.
- John Wilmot
- Fashion is something that goes in one year and out the other.
- I don't make jokes. I just watch the government and report the facts.
- Will Rogers (1879 - 1935), quoted in Saturday Review, Aug. 25, 1962
- One has a greater sense of intellectual degradation after an interview with a doctor than from any human experience.
- Alice James
- Living is a form of not being sure, not knowing what next or how…We guess. We may be wrong, but we take leap after leap in the dark.
- Agnes de Mille (1909 - 1993)
- A facility for quotation covers the absence of original thought.
- Dorothy L. Sayers (1893 - 1957), Lord Peter Wimsey in "Gaudy Night"
- Irrationally held truths may be more harmful than reasoned errors.
- Thomas H. Huxley (1825 - 1895)
- Half of the modern drugs could well be thrown out of the window, except that the birds might eat them.
- Dr. Martin Henry Fischer
- 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)
- This is the best kind of voyeurism, hearing joy from your neighbors.
- Chuck Sigars, The World According to Chuck weblog, October 14, 2003
- The easiest way for your children to learn about money is for you not to have any.
- Katharine Whitehorn
- You clench your teeth. You look up. You tell yourself that if they see you cry, it will hurt them, and you will be nothing but A Sadness in their lives, and you must not become a mere sadness, so you will not cry, and you say all of this to yourself while looking up at the ceiling, and then you swallow even though your throat does not want to close and you look at the person who loves you and smile.
- John Green, The Fault in Our Stars, 2012