Random Quotations

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One of the common causes of serious difficulty takes the form of parental self-discovery. The newly adopted child brings out submerged feelings or behavior in his parents that make them dislike themselves. This can be such a severe blow to their self- esteem that they must eradicate the cause of their distress. Sometimes the only way that parents are able to do that is by returning the child.
Claudia Jewett Jarrett, Adopting the Older Child, 1978
If this is coffee, please bring me some tea; but if this is tea, please bring me some coffee.
Abraham Lincoln (1809 - 1865)
People care more about being thought to have taste than about being thought either good, clever or amiable.
Samuel Butler (1835 - 1902)
A man's respect for law and order exists in precise relationship to the size of his paycheck.
Adam Clayton Powell Jr. (1908 - 1972), "Keep the Faith, Baby!", 1967
The power of illustrative anecdotes often lies not in how well they present reality, but in how well they reflect the core beliefs of their audience.
David P. Mikkelson, Snopes.com, 04-10-04
No one goes there nowadays, it's too crowded.
Yogi Berra (1925 - )
Take everything you like seriously, except yourselves.
Rudyard Kipling (1865 - 1936)
I don't know if God exists, but it would be better for His reputation if He didn't.
Jules Renard (1864 - 1910)
...it is as hard to do your duty when men are sneering at you as when they are shooting at you.
Woodrow Wilson (1856 - 1924)
The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes.
Marcel Proust (1871 - 1922)
Writing about music is like dancing about architecture.
Elvis Costello (1954 - ), Interview in Musician magazine, October 1983
I have a problem about being nearly sixty: I keep waking up in the morning and thinking I'm thirty-one.
Elizabeth Janeway, Between Myth and Morning, 1974
The things that make us safest from others make us least from ourselves.
Danah Boyd, apophenia, 01-08-07
Above all things, never be afraid. The enemy who forces you to retreat is himself afraid of you at that very moment.
Andre Maurois (1885 - 1967)
Illegal aliens have always been a problem in the United States. Ask any Indian.
Robert Orben
Life is far too important a thing ever to talk seriously about.
Oscar Wilde (1854 - 1900), Lady Windermere's Fan, 1892, Act I
No good deed goes unpunished.
Clare Booth Luce (1903 - 1987)
If you ask what is the single most important key to longevity, I would have to say it is avoiding worry, stress and tension. And if you didn't ask me, I'd still have to say it.
George Burns (1896 - 1996)
It's not about the writing. It's about the feelings behind the words.
Takayuki Ikkaku, Arisa Hosaka and Toshihiro Kawabata, Animal Crossing: Wild World, 2005
A good novel tells us the truth about its hero; but a bad novel tells us the truth about its author.
G. K. Chesterton (1874 - 1936)
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MM's Cynical Quotes LM's Motivational Quotes Classic Quotes
Cole's Quotables Rand Lindsly's Quotes Poor Man's College
alt.quotations Archives 20th Century Quotations Quotations by Women
The Devil's Dictionary Contributed Quotations

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