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- A -
Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely.
John Acton

That's one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.
Neil Armstrong

It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife.
Jane Austen

- B -
Revenge is a kind of wild justice, which the more man's nature runs to, the more ought law to weed it out.
Francis Bacon

Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try again. Fail again. Fail better.
Samuel Beckett

Never forget what a man says to you when he is angry.
Henry Ward Beecher

When money talks, few are deaf.
Earl Derr Biggers

Politics is the art of the possible.
Otto von Bismarck

And did those feet in ancient time walk upon England's mountains green?
William Blake

He who fears being conquered is certain of defeat.
Napoléon Bonaparte

No coward soul is mine, no trembler in the world's storm-troubled sphere; I see heaven's glories shine, and faith shines equal, arming me from fear.
Emily Brontë

If I should die, think only this of me:
That there's some corner of a foreign field
That is for ever England.

Rupert Brooke

How do I love thee? Let me count the ways.
I love thee to the depth and breadth and height
My soul can reach, when feeling out of sight
For the ends of Being and ideal Grace.

Elizabeth Barrett Browning

Ah, but a man's reach should exceed his grasp, or what's a heaven for?
Robert Browning

There is enough in the world for everyone's need, but not for everyone's greed.
Frank Buchman

The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.
Edmund Burke

The best laid schemes o' mice an' men
Gang aft agley,
An' lea'e us nought but grief an' pain,
For promis'd joy!

The best laid schemes of mice and men
oft go awry,
And leave us nothing but grief and pain,
For promised joy!

Robert Burns

'Tis strange - but true; for truth is always strange; Stranger than fiction.
George Byron

I awoke one morning and found myself famous.
George Byron

- C -
Veni, vidi, vici.
I came, I saw, I conquered.
Julius Caesar

We are like dwarfs on the shoulders of giants, so that we can see more than they, and things at a greater distance, not by virtue of any sharpness of sight on our part, or any physical distinction, but because we are carried high and raised up by their giant size.
Bernardus Carnotensis

The rule is, jam to-morrow and jam yesterday - but never jam today.
Lewis Carroll

After forty a woman has to choose between losing her figure or her face. My advice is to keep your face, and stay sitting down.
Barbara Cartland

He was a verray, parfit gentil knyght.
Geoffrey Chaucer

When men stop believing in God they don't believe in nothing; they believe in anything.
G. K. Chesterton

I have nothing to offer but blood, toil, tears and sweat.
Winston Churchill

The sinews of war: unlimited money.

Music hath charms to soothe a savage breast, to soften rocks, or bend a knotted oak.
William Congreve

Variety's the very spice of life, that gives it all its flavour.
William Cowper

- D -
Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely.
John Dalberg-Acton

Our country! In her intercourse with foreign nations, may she always be in the right; but our country, right or wrong.
Stephen Decatur

See how the rascals use me! They will not let my play run and yet they steal my thunder!
John Dennis

If I can stop one heart from breaking,
I shall not live in vain;
If I can ease one life the aching,
Or cool one pain,
Or help one fainting robin
Unto his nest again,
I shall not live in vain.

Emily Dickinson

Is man an ape or an angel? Now I am on the side of the angels.
Benjamin Disraeli

Youth is a blunder; Manhood a struggle; Old Age a regret.
Benjamin Disraeli

Any man's death diminishes me, because I am involved in Mankind; And therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls; it tolls for thee.
John Donne

Great wits are sure to madness near allied, and thin partitions do their bounds divide.
John Dryden

Nice guys. Finish last.
Leo Durocher

- E -
Science is an edged tool, with which men play like children and cut their own fingers.
Arthur Eddington

Genius is one percent inspiration, ninety-nine percent perspiration.
Thomas Edison

April is the cruellest month.
T. S. Eliot

I know I have the body of a weak and feeble woman, but I have the heart and stomach of a king, and of a king of England too!
Elizabeth I

Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

There is no royal road to geometry.

- F -
Never give a sucker an even break.
W. C. Fields

A business that makes nothing but money is a poor business.
Henry Ford

Any customer can have a car painted any color that he wants so long as it is black.
Henry Ford

Remember that time is money.
Benjamin Franklin

All that matters is love and work.
Sigmund Freud

What progress we are making. In the Middle Ages they would have burned me. Now, they are content with burning my books.
Sigmund Freud

Two roads diverged in a wood, and I - I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference.
Robert Frost

- G -
An eye for an eye will make the whole world blind.
Mahatma Gandhi

Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.
Mahatma Gandhi

Holding hands at midnight
'Neath a starry sky,
Nice work if you can get it,
And you can get it if you try.

Ira Gershwin

There are no illegitimate children, only illegitimate parents.
Edna Gladney

A verbal contract isn't worth the paper it's written on.
Samuel Goldwyn

Dance is the hidden language of the soul.
Martha Graham

- H -
I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it.
Evelyn Beatrice Hall

What love is, if thou wouldst be taught,
Thy heart must teach alone -
Two souls with but a single thought,
Two hearts that beat as one.

Friedrich Halm

I know not what course others may take; but as for me, give me liberty, or give me death!
Patrick Henry

It is not the mountain we conquer, but ourselves.
Edmund Hillary

Well, we knocked the bastard off.
Edmund Hillary

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.
Margaret Wolfe Hungerford

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- J -

- K -
A thing of beauty is a joy for ever:
Its loveliness increases; it will never
Pass into nothingness;

John Keats

Beauty is truth, truth beauty. That is all ye know on earth, and all ye need to know.
John Keats

The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt with the heart.
Helen Keller

And so, my fellow Americans: ask not what your country can do for you. Ask what you can do for your country.
John F. Kennedy

Let us never negotiate out of fear. But let us never fear to negotiate.
John F. Kennedy

Hatred paralyzes life; love releases it. Hatred confuses life; love harmonizes it. Hatred darkens life; love illuminates it.
Martin Luther King Jr.

I have a dream ...
Martin Luther King Jr.

- L -
If you once forfeit the confidence of your fellow citizens, you can never regain their respect and esteem. It is true that you may fool all of the people some of the time; you can even fool some of the people all of the time; but you can't fool all of the people all of the time.
Abraham Lincoln

Most folks are about as happy as they make up their minds to be.
Abraham Lincoln

The final test of a leader is that he leaves behind him in other men the conviction and the will to carry on.
Walter Lippmann

Lives of great men all remind us
We can make our lives sublime,
And departing, leave behind us
Footprints on the sands of time.

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

- M -
Was this the face that launched a thousand ships, and burnt the topless towers of Ilium?
Christopher Marlowe

Fame is the spur that the clear spirit doth raise
(That last infirmity of noble mind)
To scorn delights, and live laborious days.

John Milton

The thing I fear most is fear.
Michel de Montaigne

- N -

- O -

- P -
The heart has its reasons which reason knows nothing of.
Blaise Pascal

All seems infected that the infected spy, as all looks yellow to the jaundiced eye.
Alexander Pope

Hope springs eternal in the human breast: Man never Is, but always To be blest.
Alexander Pope

- Q -

- R -
The nation that destroys its soil destroys itself.
Franklin D. Roosevelt

The only thing we have to fear is fear itself - nameless, unreasoning, unjustified, terror which paralyzes needed efforts to convert retreat into advance.
Franklin D. Roosevelt

- S -
Men, I'll be honest. Winning isn't everything. Men, it's the only thing!
Version A.
Henry Russell Sanders

Sure, winning isn't every thing; it's the only thing.
Version B.
Henry Russell Sanders

O, what a tangled web we weave, when first we practise to deceive!
Walter Scott

All the world's a stage,
And all the men and women merely players:
They have their exits and their entrances;
And one man in his time plays many parts,
His acts being seven ages.

As You Like It
William Shakespeare

To be, or not to be: that is the question:
Whether 'tis nobler in the mind to suffer
The slings and arrows of outrageous fortune,
Or to take arms against a sea of troubles,
And by opposing end them?

William Shakespeare

He who can, does. He who cannot, teaches.
George Bernard Shaw

Marriage is popular because it combines the maximum of temptation with the maximum of opportunity.
George Bernard Shaw

Nothing in the world is single;
All things by a law divine
In one another's being mingle;
Why not I with thine?

Percy Bysshe Shelley

The pleasure is momentary, the position ridiculous, and the expense damnable.
Philip Stanhope

- T -
In the Spring a young man's fancy lightly turns to thoughts of love.
Alfred Tennyson

'Tis better to have loved and lost
Than never to have loved at all.

In Memoriam A. H. H.
Alfred Tennyson

We shall not be diverted from our course. To those waiting with bated breath for that favourite media catch-phrase, the U-turn, I have only this to say. You turn if you want; the lady's not for turning.
Margaret Thatcher

All happy families resemble one another, but each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.
Leo Tolstoy

I am a leader by default, only because nature does not allow a vacuum.
Desmond Tutu

Better to keep your mouth shut and appear stupid than to open it and remove all doubt.
Mark Twain

Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear - not absence of fear.
Mark Twain

When angry, count to four; when very angry, swear.
Mark Twain

A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.
Lao Tzu

A terrace nine stories high rises from a handful of earth; A journey of a thousand miles starts from beneath one's feet.
Lao Tzu

Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach him how to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.
Lao Tzu

- U -

- V -
Do not trust the horse, Trojans. Whatever it is, I fear the Greeks even when they bring gifts.

Love conquers all things; let us too surrender to love.

- W -
The past is but the beginning of a beginning, and all that is or has been is but the twilight of the dawn.
H. G. Wells

Is that a gun in your pocket, or are you just glad to see me?
Mae West

Laugh, and the world laughs with you; Weep, and you weep alone.
Ella Wheeler Wilcox

Love lights more fires than hate extinguishes.
Ella Wheeler Wilcox

To lose one parent...may be regarded as a misfortune; to lose both looks like carelessness.
Oscar Wilde

Slice him where you like, a hellhound is always a hellhound.
P. G. Wodehouse

Some people are on the pitch. They think it's all over - it is now!
Kenneth Wolstenholme

- X -
Education is the passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to those who prepare for it today.
Malcolm X

- Y -
I have spread my dreams beneath your feet; Tread softly because you tread on my dreams.
William Butler Yeats

- Z -