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A man that hath friends
must shew himself friendly:
and there is a friend that
sticketh closer than a brother.

Proverbs 18:24, King James Version
Holy Bible


But when thou doest alms, let
not thy left hand know what thy
right hand doeth:

Matthew 6:3, King James Version
Holy Bible

Wherefore they are no more
twain, but one flesh. What there-
fore God hath joined together,
let not man put asunder.

Matthew 19:6, King James Version
Holy Bible

Jesus said unto him, If thou
wilt be perfect, go and sell that
thou hast, and give to the poor,
and thou shalt have treasure in
heaven: and come and follow me.

Matthew 19:21, King James Version
Holy Bible

I have shewed you all things,
how that so labouring ye ought to
support the weak, and to remem-
ber the words of the Lord Jesus,
how he said, It is more blessed to
give than to receive.

Acts 20:35, King James Version
Holy Bible

Every man according as he
purposeth in his heart, so let him
give; not grudgingly, or of neces-
sity: for God loveth a cheerful
giver.

II Corinthians 9:7, King James Version
Holy Bible

For the love of money is
the root of all evil: which while
some coveted after, they have
erred from the faith, and
pierced themselves through
with many sorrows.

I Timothy 6:10, King James Version
Holy Bible

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Count that day won when, turning on its axis, this earth imposes no additional taxes.
Franklin P. Adams

No one means all he says, and yet very few say all they mean, for words are slippery and thought is viscous.
Henry Adams

A consultant is a person who takes your money and annoys your employees while tirelessly searching for the best way to extend the consulting contract.
Scott Adams

Creativity is allowing oneself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep.*
*Attribution questionable.
Scott Adams

Executives can get away with having a clean desk. For the rest of us, it looks like you're not working hard enough.
Scott Adams

Patriotism is a lively sense of collective responsibility. Nationalism is a silly cock crowing on a dunghill.
Richard Aldington

Champions aren't made in gyms. Champions are made from something they have deep inside them - a desire, a dream, a vision. They have to have the skill, and the will. But the will must be stronger than the skill.
Muhammad Ali

I never thought of losing, but now that it's happened, the only thing is to do it right. That's my obligation to all the people who believe in me. We all have to take defeats in life.
Muhammad Ali

Change means movement. Movement means friction.
Saul Alinsky

A celebrity is one who works hard all his life to become well-known and then goes through back streets wearing dark glasses so he won't be recognized.
Fred Allen

A conference is a gathering of important people who, singly, can do nothing but together can decide that nothing can be done.
Fred Allen

Her hat is a creation that will never go out of style; it will just look ridiculous year after year.
Fred Allen

A stockbroker is someone who takes all your money and invests it until it's gone.
Woody Allen

It was partially my fault that we got divorced ... I tended to place my wife under a pedestal.
Woody Allen

To you I'm an atheist; to God, I'm the Loyal Opposition.
Woody Allen

Man becomes man only by his intelligence, but he is man only by his heart.
Henri Frédéric Amiel

Men their rights and nothing more; women their rights and nothing less.
Susan B. Anthony

One lesson a man learns from Harvard Business School is that an executive is only as good as his health.
Jeffrey Archer

Any one can get angry - that is easy - or give or spend money; but to do this to the right person, to the right extent, at the right time, with the right motive, and in the right way, that is not for every one, nor is it easy.
Aristotle

Some men are just as firmly convinced of what they think as others are of what they know.
Aristotle

Those who educate children well are more to be honored than parents, for these only gave life, those the art of living well.
Aristotle

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

The living need charity more than the dead.
George Arnold

If you think you can, you can. And if you think you can't, you're right.
Mary Kay Ash

Sandwich every bit of criticism between two layers of praise.
Mary Kay Ash

It is change, continuing change, inevitable change, that is the dominant factor in society today. No sensible decision can be made any longer without taking into account not only the world as it is, but the world as it will be.
Isaac Asimov

She tells enough white lies to ice a wedding cake.
Margot Asquith

At last the secret is out, as it always must come in the end,
The delicious story is ripe to tell to the intimate friend;
Over the tea-cups and in the square the tongue has its desire;
Still waters run deep, my dear, there's never smoke without fire.

W. H. Auden

I'll love you, dear, I'll love you
Till China and Africa meet
And the river jumps over the mountain
And the salmon sing in the street,
I'll love you till the ocean
Is folded and hung up to dry
And the seven stars go squawking
Like geese about the sky.

W. H. Auden

Will it come like a change in the weather?
Will its greeting be courteous or rough?
Will it alter my life altogether?
O tell me the truth about love.

W. H. Auden

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

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Children sweeten labours, but they make misfortunes more bitter.
Francis Bacon

If a man will begin with certainties, he shall end in doubts; but if he will be content to begin with doubts, he shall end in certainty.
Francis Bacon

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

By the structure of the world we often want, at the sudden occurrence of a grave tempest, to change the helmsman - to replace the pilot of the calm by the pilot of the storm.
Walter Bagehot

Every banker knows that if he has to prove that he is worthy of credit, however good may be his arguments, in fact his credit is gone.
Walter Bagehot

Love is like some fresh spring, first a stream and then a river, changing its aspect and its nature as it flows to plunge itself in some boundless ocean, where restricted natures only find monotony, but where great souls are engulfed in endless contemplation.
Honoré de Balzac

There is no such thing as great talent without great will-power.
Honoré de Balzac

For man's greatest crime is to have been born.
Pedro Calderón de la Barca

You can't permit a honeymoon of small changes over a year or two. A long series of small changes just prolongs the pain.
Percy Barnevik

You see, Wendy, when the first baby laughed for the first time, its laugh broke into a thousand pieces, and they all went skipping about, and that was the beginning of fairies.
J. M. Barrie

Ultimately, the job of the manager is to get ordinary people to create extraordinary results.
Christopher Bartlett

Those who mind don't matter, and those who matter don't mind.
Bernard Baruch

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

Tell me how many beads there are
In a silver chain
Of evening rain,
Unravelled from the tumbling main,
And threading the eye of a yellow star: -
So many times do I love again.

Thomas Lovell Beddoes

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

No man can tell another his faults so as to benefit him, unless he loves him.
Henry Ward Beecher

The mother's heart is the child's schoolroom.
Henry Ward Beecher

Have you noticed ... there is never any third act in a nightmare? They bring you to a climax of terror and then leave you there. They are the work of poor dramatists.
Max Beerbohm

I was ... court-martialled in my absence, sentenced to death in my absence. So I said, right, you can shoot me in my absence.
Brendan Behan

Physicians of the Utmost Fame
Were called at once; but when they came
They answered, as they took their Fees,
There is no cure for this disease.

Hilaire Belloc

I never sleep through a performance. I always make sure that I am awake for the intermission.
Robert Benchley

All war represents is a failure of diplomacy.
Tony Benn

If you file your waste basket for 50 years, you have a public library.
Tony Benn

Standards are always out of date. That is what makes them standards.
Alan Bennett

Copying other organizations' activities sounds like industrial espionage to some people, but the truth is that benchmarking is perfectly legal and ethical.
Warren Bennis

All punishment is mischief: all punishment in itself is evil.
Jeremy Bentham

Accounting issues did not cause Enron's stock price to fall - its failed business model did.
Joseph Berardino

All the pictures that hung in my memory before I knew you have faded and given place to our radiant moments together. Now I cannot live apart from you ... Your words are my food, your breath my wine. You are everything to me.
Sarah Bernhardt

We know what happens to people who stay in the middle of the road. They get run over.
Aneurin Bevan

If someone thinks they are being mistreated by us, they won't tell 5 people, they'll tell 5000.
Jeff Bezos

BRAIN, n. An apparatus with which we think that we think.
Ambrose Bierce

CYNIC, n. A blackguard whose faulty vision sees things as they are, not as they ought to be.
Ambrose Bierce

When money talks, few are deaf.
Earl Derr Biggers

In youth we run into difficulties; in old age difficulties run into us.
Josh Billings

I do not regard the procuring of peace as a matter in which we should play the role of arbiter between different opinions ... more that of an honest broker who really wants to press the business forward.
Otto von Bismarck

Politics is the art of the possible.
Otto von Bismarck

The first steps to becoming a really great manager are simply common sense; but common sense is not very common.
Gerard M. Blair

The art of leadership is saying no, not yes. It is very easy to say yes.
Tony Blair

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

Love seeketh only Self to please,
To bind another to its delight,
Joys in another's loss of ease,
And builds a Hell in Heaven's despite.

William Blake

Love seeketh not itself to please,
Nor for itself hath any care,
But for another gives its ease,
And builds a Heaven in Hell's despair.

William Blake

My mother groan'd, my father wept,
Into the dangerous world I leapt;
Helpless, naked, piping loud,
Like a fiend hid in a cloud.

William Blake

The man who never alters his opinion is like standing water, and breeds reptiles of the mind.
William Blake

Everyone is a potential winner. Some people are disguised as losers, don't let their appearances fool you.
Kenneth Blanchard

The one thing computers have done is let us make bigger mistakes. We have to be careful not to depend on our machines.
Michael Bloomberg

Who would give a law to lovers? Love is unto itself a higher law.
Boethius

If a man watches three football games in a row, he should be declared legally dead.
Erma Bombeck

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

Doing the things we do now and doing them better, cheaper and faster will take us so far. But it will not take us far enough. We're going to have to do new things in new ways.
Peter Bonfield

Guidelines for bureaucrats: (1) When in charge, ponder. (2) When in trouble, delegate. (3) When in doubt, mumble.
James Boren

That favourite subject, Myself.
James Boswell

Those who won our independence ... believed liberty to be the secret of happiness and courage to be the secret of liberty.
Louis Brandeis

Growth does not always lead a business to build on success. All too often it converts a highly successful business into a mediocre large business.
Richard Branson

In a restless, creative business with an emphasis on experiment and development, ideas are the lifeblood.
Richard Branson

No one has ever accused us of lagging behind. In fact, I am willing to turn an entire company upside down if it's time to do that. We're in perpetual evolution.
Richard Branson

The finest plans are always ruined by the littleness of those who ought to carry them out, for the Emperor can actually do nothing.
Bertolt Brecht

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

Do not pray for tasks equal to your powers; pray for powers equal to your tasks.
Phillips Brooks

Listening, not imitation, may be the sincerest form of flattery.
Joyce Brothers

Everybody favours free speech in the slack moments when no axes are being ground.
Heywood Broun

I know that upon 4th of July, our 4th of July orators talk of Liberty, while three million of their own country men are groaning in abject Slavery. This is called the land of the free and the home of the brave; it is called the asylum of the oppressed; and some have been foolish enough to call it the Cradle of Liberty. If it is the cradle of liberty, they have rocked the child to death. It is dead long since, and yet we talk about democracy and republicanism, while one-sixth of our countrymen are clanking their chains upon the very soil which our fathers moistened with their blood.
William Wells Brown

He is rich who hath enough to be charitable.
Thomas Browne

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

If thou must love me, let it be for nought
Except for love's sake only.

Elizabeth Barrett Browning

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

Grow old along with me!
The best is yet to be.

Robert Browning

Take away love and our earth is a tomb.
Robert Browning

The shortest and the best way to make your fortune is to let people see clearly that it is in their interests to promote yours.
Jean de La Bruyère

We should keep silent about those in power; to speak well of them almost implies flattery; to speak ill of them while they are alive is dangerous, and when they are dead is cowardly.
Jean de La Bruyère

Whereas logic is the art of demonstrating truth, eloquence is the gift of winning over people's hearts and minds so that you may inspire them and persuade them in whatever way you choose.
Jean de La Bruyère

The error of youth is to believe that intelligence is a substitute for experience, while the error of age is to believe that experience is a substitute for intelligence.
Lyman Bryson

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

Once the what is decided the how always follows. We must not make the how an excuse for not facing and accepting the what.
Pearl S. Buck

Order is the shape upon which beauty depends.
Pearl S. Buck

I don't pay attention to what the stock does. If the business does well, the stock eventually follows.
Warren Buffett

I've learned the perimeter of my circle of confidence.
Warren Buffett

The funny thing is better TV shows don't cost that much more than lousy TV shows.
Warren Buffett

The true investor welcomes volatility ... a wildly fluctuating market means that irrationally low prices will periodically be attached to solid businesses.
Warren Buffett

The truly big investment idea can usually be explained in a short paragraph. We like a business with enduring competitive advantages that is run by able and owner-oriented people. When these attributes exist, and when we can make purchases at sensible prices, it is hard to go wrong.
Warren Buffett

Your goal as an investor ... to purchase, at a rational price, a part interest in an easily-understandable business whose earnings are virtually certain to be materially higher ... years from now. Over time, you will find only a few companies that meet these standards - so when you see one ... buy a meaningful amount of stock.
Warren Buffett

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

If you are having as much fun running a big corporation as you did running a piece of it, then you are probably interfering too much with the people who really make it happen.
James E. Burke

Watch how a man takes praise and there you have the measure of him.
Thomas Burke

A good manager is a man who isn't worried about his own career but rather the careers of those who work for him. My advice: Don't worry about yourself. Take care of those who work for you and you'll float to greatness on their achievements.
H. S. M. Burns

But to see her was to love her;
Love but her, and love for ever.

Robert Burns

O my Luve is like a red, red rose
That's newly sprung in June;
O my Luve is like the melodie
That's sweetly played in tune.

Robert Burns

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

Our wrangling lawyers ... are so litigious and busy here on earth, that I think they will plead their clients' causes hereafter, some of them in hell.
Robert Burton

Who knows, somewhere out there in the audience may even be someone who will one day follow in my footsteps and preside over the White House as the President's spouse. I wish him well.
Barbara Bush

Terrorist attacks can shake the foundations of our biggest buildings, but they cannot touch the foundations of America.
George W. Bush

These acts shatter steel, but they cannot dent the steel of America's resolve.
George W. Bush

An expert is one who knows more and more about less and less.
Nicholas Murray Butler

Home, Sweet Home must surely have been written by a bachelor.
Samuel Butler

Learning how to learn is life's most important skill.
Tony Buzan

Your brain is, indeed, a supreme example of, and is the ultimate, Internet.
Tony Buzan

Power intoxicates men. It is never voluntarily surrendered. It must be taken from them.
James F. Byrnes

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

I awoke one morning and found myself famous.
George Byron

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

What is a rebel? A man who says no.
Albert Camus

You know what charm is: a way of getting the answer yes without having asked any clear question.
Albert Camus

Every decision is liberating, even if it leads to disaster. Otherwise, why do so many people walk upright and with open eyes into their misfortune.
Elias Canetti

And finds, with keen discriminating sight,
Black's not so black; - nor white so very white.

George Canning

You can give without loving, but you cannot love without giving.
Amy Carmichael

The man who dies rich dies disgraced.
Andrew Carnegie

Be more concerned with your character than with your reputation. Your character is what you really are, while your reputation is what others think you are.
Dale Carnegie

The ideas I stand for are not mine. I borrowed them from Socrates. I swiped them from Chesterfield. I stole them from Jesus. And I put them in a book. If you don't like their rules, whose would you use?
Dale Carnegie

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

Then you should say what you mean, the March Hare went on. I do, Alice hastily replied; at least - at least I mean what I say - that's the same thing, you know. Not the same thing a bit! said the Hatter. Why, you might just as well say that I see what I eat is the same thing as I eat what I see!
Lewis Carroll

For the first time in the history of the world, every human being is now subjected to contact with dangerous chemicals from the moment of conception until death.
Rachel Carson

Over increasingly large areas of the United States, spring now comes unheralded by the return of the birds, and the early mornings are strangely silent where once they were filled with the beauty of bird song.
Rachel Carson

Clothes are our weapons, our challenges, and our visible insult.
Angela Carter

America did not invent human rights. In a very real sense ... human rights invented America.
Jimmy Carter

I say what I mean, you hear what I say. That is the end of it.
Barbara Cassani

Two may talk together under the same roof for many years, yet never really meet; and two others at first speech are old friends.
Mary Catherwood

Diligence is the mother of good fortune, and idleness - its opposite - never brought a man to the goal of any of his best wishes.
Cervantes

Every man is as God made him, and often even worse.
Cervantes

Who reads much and walks much sees much and knows much.
Cervantes

Wisdom comes with talking less frivolously and listening more seriously. The latter implies a learning attitude; the former assumes an air of omniscience that does not exist.
S. K. Chakraborty

There are two parties involved in every corrupt transaction, typically a government official and a business person. Yet those who pay bribes are often depicted as innocent victims ... The reality is that both parties conspire to defraud the public.
Lynda Chalker

Crime isn't a disease, it's a symptom. Cops are like a doctor that gives you aspirin for a brain tumour.
Raymond Chandler

How many cares one loses when one decides not to be something but to be someone.
Coco Chanel

Innovation! One cannot be forever innovating. I want to create classics.
Coco Chanel

Difficulties are meant to rouse, not discourage. The human spirit is to grow strong by conflict.
William Ellery Channing

Words are so futile, so feeble.
Charlie Chaplin

He was a verray, parfit gentil knyght.
Geoffrey Chaucer

Doctors are just the same as lawyers; the only difference is that lawyers merely rob you, whereas doctors rob you and kill you, too.
Anton Chekhov

Man has been endowed with reason, with the power to create, so that he can add to what he's been given. But up to now, he hasn't been a creator, only a destroyer. Forests keep disappearing, rivers dry up, wild life's become extinct, the climate's ruined, and the land grows poorer and uglier every day.
Anton Chekhov

When a person is born, he can embark on only one of three roads of life: if you go right, the wolves will eat you; if you go left, you'll eat the wolves; if you go straight, you'll eat yourself.
Anton Chekhov

You only have to start a job of work to realize how few decent, honest folk there are about.
Anton Chekhov

Education is simply the soul of a society as it passes from one generation to another.
G. K. Chesterton

Fairy tales are more than true: not because they tell us that dragons exist, but because they tell us dragons can be beaten.
G. K. Chesterton

The human race, to which so many of my readers belong, has been playing at children's games from the beginning, and will probably do it till the end, which is a nuisance for the few people who grow up.
G. K. Chesterton

Twenty million young women rose to their feet with the cry, We will not be dictated to, and proceeded to become stenographers.
G. K. Chesterton

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

Dictators ride to and fro on tigers they dare not dismount. And the tigers are getting hungry.
Winston Churchill

Everyone threw the blame on me ... they nearly always do. I suppose ... they think I shall be able to bear it best.
Winston Churchill

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

I would like to have been examined in history, poetry and writing essays. The examiners, on the other hand, were partial to Latin and mathematics. And their will prevailed ... I should have liked to be asked to say what I knew. They always tried to ask what I did not know.
Winston Churchill

It is a good thing for an uneducated man to read books of quotations ... The quotations when engraved upon the memory give you good thoughts. They also make you anxious to read the authors and look for more.
Winston Churchill

Meeting jaw to jaw is better than war.*
*Attribution questionable.
Winston Churchill

There is no finer investment for any community than putting milk into babies.
Winston Churchill

To jaw-jaw is always better than to war-war.*
*Attribution questionable.
Winston Churchill

Everything you reprove in another, you must carefully avoid in yourself.
Cicero

Natural ability without education has more often raised a man to glory and virtue than education without natural ability.
Cicero

The sinews of war: unlimited money.
Cicero

The dinosaurs disappeared because they could not adapt to their changing environment. We shall disappear if we cannot adapt to an environment that now contains spaceships, computers and thermonuclear weapons.
Arthur C. Clarke

As we have throughout this century, we will lead with the power of our example, but be prepared, when necessary, to make an example of our power.
Bill Clinton

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

Arthur Hugh Clough

Though shalt not covet; but tradition
Approves all forms of competition.

Arthur Hugh Clough

Art produces ugly things which frequently become beautiful with time. Fashion ... produces beautiful things which always become ugly with time.
Jean Cocteau

Half of our mistakes in life arises from feeling where we ought to think, and thinking where we ought to feel.
John Churton Collins

When you have nothing to say, say nothing.
Charles Colton

The more we ask, the more we have.
And, it is fair enough: asking is not always easy.

And it is said to be hard to accept ...
So no wonder we have so little.

Ivy Compton-Burnett

He who learns but does not think is lost. He who thinks but does not learn is in great danger.
Confucius

It is only the very wisest and the very stupidest who cannot change.
Confucius

Men's natures are alike; it is their habits that carry them apart.
Confucius

The man of virtue makes the difficulty to be overcome his first business, and success only a subsequent consideration.
Confucius

The superior man is easy to serve, but difficult to please ... The inferior man is difficult to serve, but easy to please.
Confucius

When you meet someone better than yourself, turn your thoughts to becoming his equal. When you meet someone not as good as you are, look within and examine your own self.
Confucius

Wheresoever you go, go with all your heart.
Confucius

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

Better to write for yourself and have no public, than to write for the public and have no self.
Cyril Connolly

I make no secret of the fact that I would rather lie on a sofa than sweep beneath it. But you have to be efficient if you're going to be lazy.
Shirley Conran

Accountants and market researchers may be brilliant at examining and analysing facts about the past, but they have no forward vision.
Terence Conran

Better build schoolrooms for the boy,
Than cells and gibbets for the man.

Eliza Cook

If you don't say anything you won't be called on to repeat it.
Calvin Coolidge

Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent. The slogan, Press on, has solved and always will solve the problems of the human race.
Calvin Coolidge

Danger breeds best on too much confidence.
Pierre Corneille

The thing that best defines a child is the total inability to receive information from anything not plugged in.
Bill Cosby

When a defining moment comes along, you define the moment, or the moment defines you.
Kevin Costner

The important thing in life is not the victory but the contest; the essential thing is not to have won, but to have fought well.
Pierre de Coubertin

Lies, damned lies, and statistics.
Leonard Courtney

Avoid fight or flight, talk through differences.
Stephen R. Covey

Don't argue for other people's weaknesses. Don't argue for your own. When you make a mistake, admit it, correct it, and learn from it - immediately.
Stephen R. Covey

The first step toward change is acceptance. Once you accept yourself, you open the door to change.
Stephen R. Covey

I am no good at love
I betray it with little sins
For I feel the misery of the end
In the moment that it begins
And the bitterness of the last goodbye
Is the bitterness that wins.

Noël Coward

I can take any amount of criticism, so long as it is unqualified praise.
Noël Coward

I was delighted to see that you thought I was as good as I thought I was.
Noël Coward

Never trust men with short legs. Brains too near their bottoms.
Noël Coward

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

Habit with him was all the test of youth,
It must be right: I've done it from my youth.

George Crabbe

The leader is not just a scorekeeper. He is responsible for creating something new and better.
Wilbur L. Creech

Men are like plants; the goodness and flavour of the fruit proceeds from the peculiar soil and exposition in which they grow.
Jean de Crèvecoeur

The young always have the same problem - how to rebel and conform at the same time. They have now solved this by defying their parents and copying one another.
Quentin Crisp

I love you,
Not only for what you are,
But for what I am
When I am with you.

I love you,
Not only for what
You have made of yourself,
But for what
You are making of me.

I love you
For the part of me
That you bring out.

Roy Croft

Just as location, location, location defines value in real estate, in business today it's connectivity that equals competitiveness.
Mary J. Cronin

Money, it has been said, has two properties. It is flat so that it can be piled up. But it is also round so that it can circulate.
Geoffrey Crowther

Nothing in life is to be feared, it is only to be understood.
Marie Curie

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

Ignorance more frequently begets confidence than does knowledge: it is those who know little, and not those who know much, who so positively assert that this or that problem will never be solved by science.
Charles Darwin

Neglecting small things under the pretext of wanting to accomplish large ones is the excuse of a coward.
Alexandra David-Néel

Girls scream, boys shout; dogs bark, school's out.
W. H. Davies

Never be haughty to the humble; never be humble to the haughty.
Jefferson Davis

If a lady says No, she means Perhaps; if she says Perhaps, she means Yes; if she says Yes, she is no Lady. If a diplomat says Yes, he means Perhaps; if he says Perhaps, he means No; if he says No, he is no Diplomat.
Bertrand Dawson

The stronger man's argument is always the best.
Jean de La Fontaine

The value of marriage is not that adults produce children but that children produce adults.
Peter De Vries

I would rather a thousand times be a free soul in jail than to be a sycophant and coward in the streets ... If it had not been for the men and women who, in the past, have had the moral courage to go to jail, we would still be in the jungles.
Eugene V. Debs

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

To my mind, a man must choose a wife for himself, without advice from anybody. As I said to Tony before he ever proposed to this girl: Make sure that she's good, and a lady, and healthy, and intelligent, and that she's going to get on with your friends and relations, and you with hers - and then, my dear boy, if you feel that you can afford to marry - then I suppose there's no help for it.
E. M. Delafield

Ideas are a commodity. Execution of them is not.
Michael Dell

Small opportunities are often the beginning of great enterprises.
Demosthenes

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

To gain that which is worth having, it may be necessary to lose everything else.
Bernadette Devlin

Minds are like parachutes: they only function when they are open.
James Dewar

Every baby born into the world is a finer one than the last.
Charles Dickens

You are a human boy, my young friend.
A human boy. O glorious to be a human boy! ...
O running stream of sparkling joy
To be a soaring human boy!

Charles Dickens

You could draw me to fire, you could draw me to water, you could draw me to the gallows, you could draw me to any death, you could draw me to anything I have most avoided, you could draw me to any exposure and disgrace. This and the confusion of my thoughts, so that I am fit for nothing, is what I mean by your being the ruin of me. But if you would return a favourable answer to my offer of marriage, you could draw me to any good - every good - with equal force.
Charles Dickens

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

Difficult times have helped me to understand better than before, how infinitely rich and beautiful life is in every way, and that so many things that one goes worrying about are of no importance whatsoever.
Isak Dinesen

Action may not always bring happiness ... but there is no happiness without action.
Benjamin Disraeli

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

There is no education like adversity.
Benjamin Disraeli

Yes, I have climbed to the top of the greasy pole.
Benjamin Disraeli

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

A Father's Day would call attention to such constructive teachings from the pulpit as would naturally point out: The father's place in the home. The training of children. The safeguarding of the marriage tie. The protection of womanhood and childhood. The meaning of this, whether in the light of religion or of patriotism is so apparent as to need no argument in behalf of such a day.
Sonora Smart Dodd

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

A man who lies to himself, and believes his own lies, becomes unable to recognize the truth, either in himself or in anyone else, and he ends up losing respect for himself as well as for others.
Fyodor Dostoevsky

Sometimes it seems the only accomplishment my education ever bestowed on me, the ability to think in quotations.
Margaret Drabble

Organizations that are change leaders are designed for change. But people need continuity ... they do not function well if the environment is not predictable, not understandable, not known.
Peter Drucker

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

Nice guys. Finish last.
Leo Durocher

There are many kinds of love, as many kinds of light,
And every kind of love makes a glory in the night.
There is love that stirs the heart, and love that gives it rest,
But the love that leads life upward is the noblest and the best.

Henry van Dyke

Time is too slow for those who wait, too swift for those who fear, too long for those who grieve, too short for those who rejoice, but for those who love, time is eternity.
Henry van Dyke

- E -
You can stay young as long as you can learn, acquire new habits and suffer contradictions.
Marie von Ebner-Eschenbach

First get in, then get rich, then get respectable.
Bernie Ecclestone

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

We are willing to spend the least amount of money to keep a kid at home, more to put him in a foster home, and the most to institutionalize him.
Marian Edelman

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

Keep on the lookout for novel ideas that others have used successfully. Your idea has to be original only in its adaption to the problem you're working on.
Thomas Edison

To invent, you need a good imagination and a pile of junk.
Thomas Edison

Common sense is the collection of prejudices acquired by age eighteen.
Albert Einstein

Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds. The mediocre mind is incapable of understanding the man who refuses to bow blindly to conventional prejudices and chooses instead to express his opinions courageously and honestly.
Albert Einstein

He who joyfully marches to music in rank and file has already earned my contempt. He has been given a large brain by mistake, since for him the spinal cord would fully suffice. This disgrace to civilization should be done away with at once. Heroism at command, senseless brutality, deplorable love-of-country stance, how violently I hate all this, how despicable and ignoble war is; I would rather be torn to shreds than be part of so base an action! It is my conviction that killing under the cloak of war is nothing but an act of murder.
Albert Einstein

The only real valuable thing is intuition. The intellect has little to do on the road to discovery.
Albert Einstein

An intellectual is a man who takes more words than necessary to tell more than he knows.
Dwight D. Eisenhower

In the councils of government we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military-industrial complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists and will persist.
Dwight D. Eisenhower

I find that no matter how long a meeting goes on, the best ideas always come during the final five minutes, when people drop their guard and I ask them what they really think.
Michael Eisner

Blameless people are always the most exasperating.
George Eliot

Our deeds still travel with us from afar, and what we have been makes us what we are.
George Eliot

The mother's yearning, that completest type of the life in another life which is the essence of real human love, feels the presence of the cherished child even in the debased, degraded man.
George Eliot

You are lonely; I love you; I want you to consent to be my wife; I will wait, but I want you to promise that you will marry me - no one else.
George Eliot

April is the cruellest month.
T. S. Eliot

If we all were judged according to the consequences
Of all our words and deeds, beyond the intention
And beyond our limited understanding
Of ourselves and others, we should all be condemned.

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

Dance is the loftiest, the most moving, the most beautiful of the arts, because it is no mere translation or abstraction from life; it is life itself.
Havelock Ellis

We will ship them our garbage. We believe in full disclosure.
Larry Ellison

You can't win without being completely different. When everyone else says we are crazy, I say, gee we really must be on to something.
Larry Ellison

A character is like an acrostic or Alexandrian stanza; read it forward, backward, or across, it still spells the same thing.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds, adored by little statesmen and philosophers and divines. With consistency a great soul has simply nothing to do.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Beauty without grace is the hook without the bait.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Character is higher than intellect ... A great soul will be strong to live, as well as strong to think.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

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

Nothing astonishes men so much as common sense and plain dealing.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Sincerity is the highest compliment you can pay.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

All diplomacy is a continuation of war by other means.
Zhou Enlai

It is difficulties that show what men are.
Epictetus

It is your own conviction which compels you; that is, choice compels choice.
Epictetus

There is no royal road to geometry.
Euclid

Man tell us our lives are free of danger. We stay at home. They go to war. Rubbish. I'd rather face three assaults. In line of battle, than bear one child.
Euripides

There is one thing alone that stands the brunt of life throughout its course: a quiet conscience.
Euripides

Computers are like bikinis. They save people a lot of guesswork.
Sam Ewing

Contracts are agreements made up of big words and little type.
Sam Ewing

Two things to help keep one's job. First, let the boss think he's having his own way. Second, let him have it.
Sam Ewing

When the meek inherit the earth, lawyers will be there to work out the deal.
Sam Ewing

- F -
We're not quarrelling! We're in complete agreement! We hate each other!
Nanette Fabray

The decision to do that extra bit must be embedded in the company's culture.
Tom Farmer

Problem children tend to grow up into problem adults and problem adults tend to produce more problem children.
David Farrington

Don't bother just to be better than your contemporaries or predecessors. Try to be better than yourself.
William Faulkner

You don't write because you want to say something; you write because you've got something to say.
F. Scott Fitzgerald

I realised that if you want to change something, nine times out of ten you can change it more effectively from within.
Niall FitzGerald

We should never allow ourselves to be bullied by an either-or. There is often the possibility of something better than either of these two alternatives.
Mary Parker Follett

If you don't drive your business, you will be driven out of business.
Bertie Forbes

Education's purpose is to replace an empty mind with an open one.
Malcolm Forbes

To measure the man, measure his heart.
Malcolm Forbes

Growth is like creativity, it doesn't go along very neat, precise plans. You get clogged highways before you figure out a way to open up capacity. You get pollution before you figure out a way to fight it.
Steve Forbes

The sense of being well-dressed gives a feeling of inward tranquility which religion is powerless to bestow.
Miss C. F. Forbes

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

A handful of men have become very rich by paying attention to details that most others ignored.
Henry Ford

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

Whether you believe you can, or whether you believe you can't, you're absolutely right.
Henry Ford

Think before you speak is criticism's motto; speak before you think is creation's.
E. M. Forster

History books which contain no lies are extremely dull.
Anatole France

Imitation lies at the root of most human actions. A respectable person is one who conforms to custom. People are called good when they do as others do.
Anatole France

Only men who are not interested in women are interested in women's clothes; men who like women never notice what they wear.
Anatole France

Whatever happens in government could have happened differently, and it usually would have been better if it had.
Charles Frankel

A little neglect may breed mischief ... for want of a nail the shoe was lost.
Benjamin Franklin

A single man has not nearly the value he would have in a state of union. He is an incomplete animal. He resembles the odd half of a pair of scissors.
Benjamin Franklin

Beware of the young doctor and the old barber.
Benjamin Franklin

Employ thy time well if thou meanest to get leisure.
Benjamin Franklin

He that falls in love with himself, will have no rivals.
Benjamin Franklin

Hide not your talents, they for use were made. What's a sundial in the shade?
Benjamin Franklin

If you would be wealthy, think of saving as well as getting.
Benjamin Franklin

If you would not be forgotten
As soon as you are dead and rotten,
Either write things worth reading,
Or do things worth the writing.

Benjamin Franklin

If your head is wax, don't walk in the sun.
Benjamin Franklin

In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.
Benjamin Franklin

Remember that time is money.
Benjamin Franklin

All that matters is love and work.
Sigmund Freud

Men weren't really the enemy - they were fellow victims suffering from an outmoded masculine mystique that made them feel unnecessarily inadequate when there were no bears to kill.
Betty Friedan

Inflation is one form of taxation that can be imposed without legislation.
Milton Friedman

The real problem for any government coming to power is to control the civil servants. They will all explain why it is quite impossible to do things other than the way they are currently done.
Milton Friedman

Immature love says: I love you because I need you. Mature love says I need you because I love you.
Erich Fromm

Infantile love follows the principle: I love because I am loved.
Mature love follows the principle: I am loved because I love.
Immature love says: I love you because I need you.
Mature love says: I need you because I love you.

Erich Fromm

Having one child makes you a parent; having two you are a referee.
David Frost

Forgive, O Lord, my little jokes on Thee
And I'll forgive Thy great big one on me.

Robert Frost

Half the world is composed of people who have something to say and can't, and the other half who have nothing to say and keep on saying it.
Robert Frost

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

A cousin of mine who was a casualty surgeon in Manhattan tells me that he and his colleagues had a one-word nickname for bikers: Donors.
Stephen Fry

- G -
A wrong decision isn't forever; it can always be reversed. The losses from a delayed decision are forever; they can never be retrieved.
John Galbraith

Love is among the most pernicious and contagious of diseases. We who are afflicted with it can be detected by anyone. Dark circles under our eyes show that we never sleep, kept awake night after night by embraces or by their absence. We suffer from devastating fevers and have an irresistible urge to say stupid things.
Eduardo Galeano

Change is inevitable, but it is in us to control its content and directions.
Indira Gandhi

It is possible for a business venture to be an island of efficiency in a sea of sloth.
Indira Gandhi

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

There are many causes I would die for. There is not a single cause I would kill for.
Mahatma Gandhi

You should be the change that you want to see in the world.
Mahatma Gandhi

Opera is when a guy gets stabbed in the back and instead of bleeding he sings.
Ed Gardner

Whosoever controls the volume of money in any country is absolute master of all industry and commerce.... And when you realize the entire system is very easily controlled, one way or another, by a few powerful men at the top, you will not have to be told how periods of inflation and depression originate.
James Garfield

For it was not into my ear you whispered, but into my heart. It was not my lips you kissed, but my soul.
Judy Garland

A little blindness is necessary when you undertake risk.
Bill Gates

If the 1980s were about quality and the 1990s were about reengineering, then the 2000s will be about velocity.
Bill Gates

We rely on skilled foreign workers for their math, science, and creative abilities as well as their cultural knowledge, which helps when localizing products for world markets.
Bill Gates

In the business world, everyone is paid in two coins: cash and experience. Take the experience first; the cash will come later.
Harold Geneen

My father was frightened of his mother; I was frightened of my father, and I am damned well going to see to it that my children are frightened of me.
George V

For, you see, each day I love you more, Today more than yesterday and less than tomorrow.
Rosemonde Gérard

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

It's the classic case of being at the party too early. Nobody was there yet and nobody had had a drink. By the time we got there, the party was raging.
Mark Getty

Yesterday's success formula is often today's obsolete dogma ... We must continually challenge the past so that we can renew ourselves each day.
Sumantra Ghoshal

It is better to give than to lend, and it costs about the same.
Philip Gibbs

I have learned silence from the talkative, toleration from the intolerant, and kindness from the unkind; yet, strange, I am ungrateful to these teachers.
Khalil Gibran

If you reveal your secrets to the wind you should not blame the wind for revealing them to the trees.
Khalil Gibran

When you love you should not say, God is in my heart, but rather, I am in the heart of God. And think not you can direct the course of love, for love, if it finds you worthy, directs your course.
Khalil Gibran

You may give them your love but not your thoughts.
For they have their own thoughts.
You may house their bodies but not their souls,
For their souls dwell in the house of tomorrow, which
you cannot visit, not even in your dreams.

Khalil Gibran

Your children are not your children.
They are the sons and daughters of Life's longing for itself.
They came through you but not from you
And though they are with you yet they belong not to you.

Khalil Gibran

Be faithful to that which exists nowhere but in yourself - and thus make yourself indispensable.
André Gide

One doesn't discover new lands without consenting to lose sight of the shore for a very long time.
André Gide

The true hypocrite is the one who ceases to perceive his deception, the one who lies with sincerity.
André Gide

[The] city of New York and the United States of America is much stronger than any group of barbaric terrorists, that our democracy, that our rule of law, that our strength and our willingness to defend ourselves will ultimately prevail.
Rudy Giuliani

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

Age does not make us childish, as they say. It only finds us true children still.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

It is extremely important that you show some insensitivity to your past in order to show the proper respect for the future.
Roberto Goizueta

The world is first a Coke world, then an orange world, then a lemon-lime world.
Roberto Goizueta

Diplomacy is to do and say
The nastiest thing in the nicest way.

Isaac Goldberg

Self-deception operates both at the level of the individual mind, and in the collective awareness of the group. To belong to a group of any sort, the tacit price of membership is to agree not to notice one's own feelings of uneasiness and misgiving, and certainly not to question anything that challenges the group's way of doing things.
Daniel Goleman

Attempt easy tasks as if they were difficult, and difficult as if they were easy: in the one case that confidence may not fall asleep, in the other that it may not be dismayed.
Baltasar Gracián

Some marry the first information they receive, and turn what comes later into their concubine. Since deceit is always first to arrive, there is no room left for truth.
Baltasar Gracián

Bromidic though it may sound, some questions don't have answers, which is a terribly difficult lesson to learn.
Katharine Graham

If one is rich and one's a woman, one can be quite misunderstood.
Katharine Graham

Dance is the hidden language of the soul.
Martha Graham

Money talks, they say. All it ever said to me was goodbye.
Cary Grant

Alas, regardless of their doom,
The little victims play!
No sense have they of ills to come,
Nor care beyond to-day.

Thomas Gray

Our worst enemies here are not the ignorant and the simple, however cruel; our worst enemies are the intelligent and corrupt.
Graham Greene

There is always one moment in childhood when the door opens and lets the future in.
Graham Greene

What do we ever get nowadays from reading to equal the excitement and the revelation in those first fourteen years?
Graham Greene

A leader is one who ventures and takes the risks of going out ahead to show the way and whom others follow, voluntarily, because they are persuaded that the leader's path is the right one - for them, probably better than they could devise for themselves.
Robert Greenleaf

Even the frankest and bravest of subordinates do not talk with their boss the same way they talk with colleagues.
Robert Greenleaf

I believe in the value of paranoia. Business success contains the seeds of its own destruction. The more successful you are, the more people want a chunk of your business and then another chunk and then another until there is nothing left.
Andrew Grove

Let chaos reign, then rein in chaos.
Andrew Grove

The essence of a company like Intel is execution and strategy. Intel, looked at in another way, is a three-legged stool. One leg is technology - design and silicon technology - another leg is manufacturing, and the third leg is marketing. Whenever Intel did well it was because the three legs were equal. Whenever one of those legs was shorter than the others, we wobbled.
Andrew Grove

The new environment dictates two rules; first everything happens faster; second, anything that can be done will be done, if not by you, then by someone else, somewhere.
Andrew Grove

Only a dad but he gives his all
To smooth the way for his children small,
Doing with courage stern and grim,
The deeds that his father did for him,
This is the line that for him I pen,
Only a dad, but the best of men.

Edgar Guest

Life is very insistent; and it always seems to be so when friends sadly leave us.
Alec Guinness

- H -
Bury your ego. Don't be the star. Be the star maker!
Bud Hadfield

Brain cells create ideas. Stress kills brain cells. Stress is not a good idea.
Doug Hall

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

My momma always said, life was like a box of chocolates - you never know what you're gonna get.
Tom Hanks

If you want to push something ... you're accused of being aggressive, and that's not supposed to be a good thing for a woman. If you get upset and show it, you're accused of being emotional.
Mary Harney

Never corner an opponent, and always assist him to save his face ... Avoid self-righteousness like the devil - there is nothing so self-blinding.
B. H. Liddell Hart

Change is an attitude of mind and the place to start is within ourselves.
John Harvey-Jones

No man, for any considerable period, can wear one face to himself and another to the multitude, without finally getting bewildered as to which may be the true.
Nathaniel Hawthorne

Keeping dreams alive and trying to make them come true is crucial in the watch business. We're in the business of selling emotional products.
Nicolas G. Hayek

Three things happen when you get to my age. First your memory starts to go ... and I have forgotten the other two.
Denis Healey

If no thought your mind does visit, make your speech not too explicit.
Piet Hein

The sea has its pearls,
The heavens its stars,
I love you without question,
But my heart, my heart,
My heart has its love.

Heinrich Heine

People in the company are almost never fired ... they are encouraged to retire early or are eased aside into hollow, insignificant positions with fake functions and no authority where they are sheepish and unhappy for as long as they remain.
Joseph Heller

People in the Market Research Department ... are not expected to change reality but merely to find it if they can and suggest ingenious ways of disguising it ... converting whole truths into half truths and half truths into whole ones.
Joseph Heller

There was only one catch and that was Catch-22, which specified that a concern for one's own safety in the face of dangers that were real and immediate was the process of a rational mind ... Orr would be crazy to fly more missions and sane if he didn't, but if he was sane he had to fly them. If he flew them he was crazy and didn't have to; but if he didn't want to he was sane and had to.
Joseph Heller

Cynicism is an unpleasant way of saying the truth.
Lillian Hellman

I cannot and will not cut my conscience to fit this year's fashions.
Lillian Hellman

Man is not made for defeat. A man can be destroyed but not defeated.
Ernest Hemingway

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

I like a nice cup of tea in the morning,
For to start the day, you see,
And at half-past eleven
Well, my idea of Heaven
Is a nice cup of tea:
I like a nice cup of tea with me dinner
And a nice cup of tea with me tea,
And when it's time for bed
There's a lot to be said
For a nice cup of tea.

A. P. Herbert

I must not fear. Fear is the mind-killer. Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration. I will face my fear. I will permit it to pass over me and through me. And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path. Where the fear has gone there will be nothing. Only I will remain.
Frank Herbert

One father is enough to govern one hundred sons, but not a hundred sons one father.
George Herbert

In peace, children inter their parents; war violates the order of nature and causes parents to inter their children.
Herodotus

Poverty must have many satisfactions, else there would not be so many poor people.
Don Herold

It is only when a person has his own generator that we can talk about motivation. He then needs no outside stimulation. He wants to do it.
Frederick Herzberg

The market has no morality.
Michael Heseltine

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

For extreme illnesses, extreme treatments are most fitting.
Hippocrates

Life is short, [the] art long, opportunity fleeting, experience deceptive, judgment difficult.
Hippocrates

An empty head is not really empty; it is stuffed with rubbish. Hence the difficulty of forcing anything into an empty head.
Eric Hoffer

In a time of drastic change, it is the learners who inherit the future. The learned usually find themselves equipped to live in a world that no longer exists.
Eric Hoffer

Those in possession of absolute power can not only prophesy and make their prophecies come true, but they can also lie and make their lies come true.
Eric Hoffer

Speak clearly, if you speak at all; carve every word before you let it fall.
Oliver Wendell Holmes Sr.

I love thee - I love thee,
'Tis all that I can say
It is my vision in the night,
My dreaming in the day.

Thomas Hood

Oh, if it be to choose and call thee mine,
Love, thou art every day my Valentine!

Thomas Hood

A bank is a place that will lend you money if you can prove that you don't need it.
Bob Hope

Tomorrow's typical career will be neither linear nor continuous, nor will it always be upwards. Instead, one's life work will take more of a zig-zag course.
Tom Horton

A failure is a man who has blundered, but is not able to cash in the experience.
Elbert Hubbard

If we cannot be powerful and happy and prey on others, we invent conscience and prey on ourselves.
Elbert Hubbard

If your religion does not change you, then you should change your religion.
Elbert Hubbard

Boys will be boys, and so will a lot of middle-aged men.
Kin Hubbard

Hold fast to dreams
For if dreams die
Life is a broken-winged bird
That cannot fly.

Langston Hughes

He never wants anything but what's right and fair; only when you come to settle what's right and fair, it's everything that he wants and nothing that you want. And that's his idea of a compromise.
Thomas Hughes

I cannot but bless the memory of Julius Caesar, for the great esteem he expressed for fat men, and his aversion to lean ones.
David Hume

The best taxes are such as are levied upon consumptions, especially those of luxury ... They seem, in some measure, voluntary; since a man may chuse how far he will use the commodity which is taxed.
David Hume

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

I am too much of a sceptic to deny the possibility of anything.
Thomas Huxley

Make up your mind to act decidedly and take the consequences. No good is ever done in this world by hesitation.
Thomas Huxley

The chess board is the world, the pieces are the phenomena of the universe, the rules of the game are what we call the laws of nature. The player on the other side is hidden from us. We know that his play is always fair, just, and patient. But we also know, to our cost, that he never overlooks a mistake, or makes the smallest allowance for ignorance.
Thomas Huxley

Try to learn something about everything and everything about something.
Thomas Huxley

- I -
The Japanese are masters at making you peel the onion. You get through one layer and you are looking at another one just like it.
Lee Iacocca

Your legacy should be that you made it better than it was when you got it.
Lee Iacocca

Teach us, good Lord, to serve Thee as Thou deservest;
To give and not to count the cost;
To fight and not to heed the wounds;
To toil and not to seek for rest;
To labour and not to ask for any reward
Save that of knowing that we do Thy will.

Ignatius

I think middle age is the best time, if we can escape the fatty degeneration of the conscience which often sets in at about fifty.
William Ralph Inge

Few rich men own their own property. The property owns them.
Robert G. Ingersoll

In nature there are neither rewards nor punishments - there are consequences.
Robert G. Ingersoll

The greatest test of courage on earth is to bear defeat without losing heart.
Robert G. Ingersoll

The media ... is like an oil painting. Close up, it looks like nothing on earth. Stand back and you get the drift.
Bernard Ingham

Whenever a man's friends begin to compliment him about looking young, he may be sure that they think he is growing old.
Washington Irving

The real impediment to producing a higher-quality product more efficiently isn't the workers, union or nonunion, it's management.
Kenneth Iverson

- J -
One man with courage makes a majority.
Andrew Jackson

Pedantry is the dotage of knowledge.
Holbrook Jackson

A new type of woman arises. She is called a career woman. A man is never a career man. That is his right and privilege. But the woman is called career woman because her career ... demands that she ... even renounce normal life.
C. L. R. James

The art of being wise is the art of knowing what to overlook.
William James

I am captivated more by dreams of the future than by history of the past.
Thomas Jefferson

If you haven't struck oil in your first three minutes, stop boring!
George Jessel

I found that there were these incredibly great people at doing certain things, and you couldn't replace one of these people with 50 average people. They could just do stuff that no number of average people could do.
Steve Jobs

We have a very simple, clear organization. It's very easy to know who has authority for what, who has responsibility for what. There's no politics about it, they're virtually politics-free organizations.
Steve Jobs

When you ask creative people how they did something, they feel a little guilty because they didn't really do it, they just saw something ... That's because they were able to connect experiences they've had and synthesize new things.
Steve Jobs

Anybody can be Pope; the proof of this is that I have become one.
Pope John XXIII

Too seldom does the world pause to consider how much kinder and more humane business has become since women invaded the market-place.
Edith Johnson

Women's presence ... has done more, I believe, than labor's strikes and struggles to shorten the working day, and improve the conditions under which work is performed.
Edith Johnson

A decent provision for the poor is the true test of civilization.
Samuel Johnson

All knowledge is of itself of some value. There is nothing so minute or inconsiderable, that I would not rather know it than not.
Samuel Johnson

If a man does not make new acquaintance as he advances through life, he will soon find himself left alone. A man, Sir, should keep his friendship in constant repair.
Samuel Johnson

In civilised society, personal merit will not serve you so much as money will. Sir, you may make the experiment. Go into the street, and give one man a lecture on morality, and another a shilling, and see which will respect you the most.
Samuel Johnson

Marriage has many pains, but celibacy has no pleasures.
Samuel Johnson

Money and time are the heaviest burdens of life, and ... the unhappiest of all mortals are those who have more of either than they know how to use.
Samuel Johnson

A speech is a solemn responsibility. The man who makes a bad thirty-minute speech to two hundred people wastes only a half-hour of his own time. But he wastes one hundred hours of the audience's time - more than four days - which should be a hanging offense.
Jenkin Lloyd Jones

Drink to me only with thine eyes,
And I will pledge with mine;
Or leave a kiss but in the cup
And I'll not look for wine.

Ben Jonson

Greatness of name in the father oft-times helps not forth but over-whelms the son; they stand too near one another, the shadow kills the growth. So much, that we see the grandchild come more and oftener to be heir.
Ben Jonson

Talking and eloquence are not the same: to speak, and to speak well, are two things. A fool may talk, but a wise man speaks.
Ben Jonson

If there is anything that we wish to change in the child, we should first examine it and see whether it is not something that could better be changed in ourselves.
Carl Jung

Your vision will become clear only when you look into your heart ... Who looks outside, dreams. Who looks inside, awakens.
Carl Jung

A child is owed the greatest respect; if you ever have something disgraceful in mind, don't ignore your son's tender years.
Juvenal

- K -
Officials are highly educated but one-sided; in his own department an official can grasp whole trains of thought from a single word, but let him have something from another department explained to him ... he won't understand a word of it.
Franz Kafka

Experience without theory is blind, but theory without experience is mere intellectual play.
Immanuel Kant

There's nothing more demoralizing than having nobody notice good performance ... the successful culture is one that provides constant recognition and applause. At the same time, it breeds a restless dissatisfaction that keeps you challenging yourself to a higher and higher performance.
Rosabeth Moss Kanter

To stay ahead, you must have your next idea waiting in the wings.
Rosabeth Moss Kanter

You can always buy something in English, you can't always sell something in English.
Rosabeth Moss Kanter

One of our greatest gifts is our intuition. It is a sixth sense we all have - we just need to learn to tap into and trust it.
Donna Karan

Since we cannot change reality, let us change the eyes which see reality.
Nicos Kazantzakis

Too often our Washington reflex is to discover a problem and then throw money at it, hoping it will somehow go away.
Kenneth Keating

Leadership is not about being nice. It's about being right and being strong.
Paul Keating

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

Love in a hut, with water and a crust,
Is - Love, forgive us! - cinders, ashes, dust;
Love in a palace is perhaps at last
More grievous torment than a hermit's fast.

John Keats

Customers provide you with the most accurate barometer of what's right and wrong.
Herb Kelleher

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

We differ, blind and seeing, one from another, not in our senses, but in the use we make of them, in the imagination and courage with which we seek wisdom beyond the senses.
Helen Keller

A wise lover values not so much the gift of the lover as the love of the giver.
Thomas a Kempis

If men could get pregnant, abortion would be a sacrament.
Florynce Kennedy

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

Civility is not a sign of weakness, and sincerity is always subject to proof.
John F. Kennedy

Conformity is the jailer of freedom and the enemy of growth.
John F. Kennedy

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

The great enemy of the truth is very often not the lie - deliberate, contrived and dishonest - but the myth - persistent, persuasive, and unrealistic.
John F. Kennedy

When power leads men towards arrogance, poetry reminds him of his limitations. When power narrows the areas of man's concern, poetry reminds him of the richness and diversity of his existence. When power corrupts, poetry cleanses.
John F. Kennedy

The purpose of a university is to make students safe for ideas - not ideas safe for students.
Clark Kerr

At every step the child should be allowed to meet the real experiences of life; the thorns should never be plucked from his roses.
Ellen Key

Shaves as close as a blade or your money back.
Victor Kiam

When my wife bought me a Remington shaver, I was so impressed I bought the company.
Victor Kiam

I see nothing wrong with power as long as I am the fellow who has it.
Cecil King

I don't suffer fools, and I like to see fools suffer.
Florence King

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.

Men often hate each other because they fear each other; they fear each other because they don't know each other; they don't know each other because they can not communicate; they can not communicate because they are separated.
Martin Luther King Jr.

Philanthropy is commendable, but it must not cause the philanthropist to overlook the circumstances of economic injustice which make philanthropy necessary.
Martin Luther King Jr.

The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.
Martin Luther King Jr.

The ultimate weakness of violence is that it is a descending spiral, begetting the very thing it seeks to destroy. Instead of diminishing evil, it multiplies it. Through violence you may murder the liar, but you cannot murder the lie, nor establish the truth. Through violence you may murder the hater, but you do not murder hate. In fact, violence merely increases hate. So it goes. Returning violence for violence multiplies violence, adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars. Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that. Hate multiplies hate, violence multiplies violence, and toughness multiplies toughness in a descending spiral of destruction ... The chain reaction of evil - hate begetting hate, wars producing more wars - must be broken, or we shall be plunged into the dark abyss of annihilation.
Martin Luther King Jr.

Talent is cheaper than table salt. What separates the talented individual from the successful one is a lot of hard work.
Stephen King

Our vision controls the way we think and, therefore, the way we act ... the vision we have of our jobs determines what we do and the opportunities we see or don't see.
Charles Koch

True creativity often starts where language ends.
Arthur Koestler

Companies worry too much about the cost of doing something. They should worry about the cost of not doing it.
Philip Kotler

Good customers are an asset which, when well managed and served, will return a handsome lifetime income stream for the company.
Philip Kotler

What do you do when your competitor's drowning? Get a live hose and stick it in his mouth.
Ray Kroc

Ours is not so much an age of vulgarity as of vulgarization; everything is tampered with or touched up, or adulterated or watered down, in an effort to make it palatable, in an effort to make it pay.
Louis Kronenberger

- L -
Haute Couture should be fun, foolish, and almost unwearable.
Christian Lacroix

I feel that the essence of spiritual practice is your attitude toward others. When you have a pure, sincere motivation, then you have right attitude toward others based on kindness, compassion, love and respect.
Dalai Lama

This is my simple religion. There is no need for temples; no need for complicated philosophy. Our own brain, our own heart is our temple; the philosophy is kindness.
Dalai Lama

A child's a plaything for an hour.
Charles Lamb

What I want is men who will support me when I am in the wrong.
William Lamb

Observing your own and your competitor's successes and failures makes your inner business voice more sure and vivid.
Estée Lauder

The one thing that doesn't abide by majority rule is a person's conscience.
Harper Lee

All we are saying is give peace a chance.
John Lennon

Painting is poetry that is seen rather than felt, and poetry is painting that is felt rather than seen.
Leonardo da Vinci

I once said cynically of a politician, He'll double-cross that bridge when he comes to it.
Oscar Levant

Insanity is hereditary; you can get it from your children.
Sam Levenson

The man who whispers down a well
About the goods he has to sell
Will not make as many dollars
As the man who climbs the tree and hollers!

William Lever

We sometimes take for granted the freedom and power of independent thought and action. And only after it's been compromised, do we fully realize how fundamental it is to the pursuit of economic opportunity.
Arthur Levitt

Creativity is thinking new things. Innovation is doing new things.
Theodore Levitt

If you want truly to understand something, try to change it.
Kurt Lewin

I walk slowly, but I never walk backward.
Abraham Lincoln

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

It has been said of the world's history hitherto that might makes right. It is for us and for our time to reverse the maxim, and to say that right makes might.
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

Ships that pass in the night, and speak each other in passing;
Only a signal shown and a distant voice in the darkness;
So on the ocean of life we pass and speak one another,
Only a look and a voice; then darkness again and a silence.

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

The heights by great men reached and kept
Were not attained by sudden flight,
But they, while their companions slept,
Were toiling upward in the night.

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Blessed are they who have nothing to say, and who cannot be persuaded to say it.
James Russell Lowell

Sincerity is impossible unless it pervades the whole being, and the pretense of it saps the very foundation of character.
James Russell Lowell

It is a characteristic of committee discussions and decisions that every member has a vivid recollection of them and that every member's recollection differs violently from every other member's recollection.
Jonathan Lynn

In business a reputation for keeping absolutely to the letter and spirit of an agreement, even when it is unfavorable, is the most precious of assets, although it is not entered in the balance sheet.
Oliver Lyttelton

- M -
It is better to be impetuous than circumspect. Experience shows that (fortune) is more often subdued by men who do this than by those who act coldly.
Niccolò Machiavelli

There are three classes of intellects: one which comprehends by itself; another which appreciates what others comprehend; and a third which neither comprehends by itself nor by the showing of others; the first is the most excellent, the second is good, and the third is useless.
Niccolò Machiavelli

I grew up with a lot of brothers and sisters. I did all I could do to really stand out and that nurtured a lot of confidence and drive and ambition.
Madonna

Society needs to condemn a little more and understand a little less.
John Major

I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear.
Nelson Mandela

Only free men can negotiate; prisoners cannot enter into contracts. Your freedom and mine cannot be separated.
Nelson Mandela

Education, then, beyond all other devices of human origin, is a great equalizer of conditions of men - the balance wheel of the social machinery ... It does better than to disarm the poor of their hostility toward the rich; it prevents being poor.
Horace Mann

For every five well-adjusted and smoothly functioning Americans, there are two who never had the chance to discover themselves. It may well be because they have never been alone with themselves.
Marya Mannes

The earth we abuse and the living things we kill will, in the end, take their revenge; for in exploiting their presence we are diminishing our future.
Marya Mannes

Come live with me and be my Love,
And we will all the pleasures prove
That valleys, groves, hills and fields,
Woods, or steepy mountain yields.

Christopher Marlowe

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

Where both deliberate, the love is slight;
Who ever loved that loved not at first sight?

Christopher Marlowe

Pity the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.
Don Marquis

It is not enough to fight. It is the spirit which we bring to the fight that decides the issue. It is morale that wins the victory.
George Marshall

We are responsible for actions performed in response to circumstances for which we are not responsible.
Allan Massie

What I dream of is an art of balance, of purity and serenity devoid of troubling or depressing subject matter ... a soothing, calming influence on the mind, rather like a good armchair which provides relaxation from physical fatigue.
Henri Matisse

I'm not the manager because I'm always right, but I'm always right because I'm the manager.
Gene Mauch

At a dinner party one should eat wisely but not too well, and talk well but not too wisely.
W. Somerset Maugham

Beauty is an ecstasy; it is as simple as hunger. There is really nothing to be said about it. It is like the perfume of a rose: you can smell it and that is all.
W. Somerset Maugham

Few misfortunes can befall a boy which bring worse consequences than to have a really affectionate mother.
W. Somerset Maugham

From the earliest times the old have rubbed it into the young that they are wiser than they, and before the young had discovered what nonsense this was they were old too, and it profited them to carry on the imposture.
W. Somerset Maugham

I recognize that I am made up of several persons and that the person that at the moment has the upper hand will inevitably give place to another. But which is the real one? All of them or none?
W. Somerset Maugham

Sometimes people carry to such perfection the mask they have assumed that in due course they actually become the person they seem.
W. Somerset Maugham

What makes old age hard to bear is not the failing of one's faculties, mental and physical, but the burden of one's memories.
W. Somerset Maugham

When you choose your friends, don't be short-changed by choosing personality over character.
W. Somerset Maugham

People never care how much you know until they know how much you care.
John C. Maxwell

Ordinary people may not understand the meaning of democracy but they've a passionate regard for fair play.
Robert Maxwell

If new ideas are the lifeblood of any thriving organization ... managers must learn to revere, not merely tolerate, the people who come up with the ideas.
Mark McCormack

Make a suggestion or assumption and let them tell you you're wrong. People also have a need to feel smarter than you are.
Mark McCormack

We seriously undervalue the passion ... a person brings to an enterprise. You can rent a brain, but you can't rent a heart.
Mark McCormack

An administrator in a bureaucratic world is a man who can feel big by merging his non-entity with an abstraction. A real person in touch with real things inspires terror in him.
Marshall McLuhan

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it's the only thing that ever has.
Margaret Mead

We need every human gift and cannot afford to neglect any gift because of artificial barriers of sex or race or class or national origin.
Margaret Mead

The great man does not think beforehand of his words that they may be sincere, nor of his actions that they may be resolute - he simply speaks and does what is right.
Mencius

It is the dull man who is always sure, and the sure man who is always dull.
H. L. Mencken

There's a feast undated, yet
Both our true lives hold it fast,
Even the day when first we met.
What a great day came and passed,
Unknown then but known at last.

Alice Meynell

To mistake money for wealth, is the same sort of error as to mistake the highway which may be the easiest way of getting to your house or lands, for the house and lands themselves.
John Stuart Mill

A child's spirit is like a child, you cannot catch it by running after it; you must stand still, and, for love, it will soon itself come back.
Arthur Miller

A salesman has got to dream, boy, it comes with the territory.
Arthur Miller

Imagination is the voice of daring. If there is anything Godlike about God it is that. He dared to imagine everything.
Henry Miller

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

Here we may reign secure, and in my choice
To reign is worth ambition though in hell:
Better to reign in hell, than serve in heaven.

John Milton

The mind is its own place, and in itself
Can make a Heav'n of Hell, a Hell of Heav'n.

John Milton

Most people ignore most poetry because most poetry ignores most people.
Adrian Mitchell

When I am sad and weary
When I think all hope has gone
When I walk along High Holborn
I think of you with nothing on.

Adrian Mitchell

Death and taxes and childbirth! There's never any convenient time for any of them.
Margaret Mitchell

Don't talk about yourself, it will be done when you leave.
Addison Mizner

Allow me, then, Mademoiselle, to place today on the altar of your charms, the offering of my heart, which aspires to and strives after no other glory than for the rest of its life to be, Mademoiselle your very humble, very obedient and very faithful servant and husband.
Molière

It is public scandal that gives offence, and it is no sin to sin in secret.
Molière

Nearly all men die of their medicines, and not of their illnesses.
Molière

It should be noted that children at play are not playing about; their games should be seen as their most serious-minded activity.
Michel de Montaigne

The thing I fear most is fear.
Michel de Montaigne

The hours I spend with you I look upon as sort of a perfumed garden, a dim twilight, and a fountain singing to it. You and you alone make me feel that I am alive. Other men it is said have seen angels, but I have seen thee and thou art enough.
George Moore

No, there's nothing half so sweet in life
As love's young dream.

Thomas Moore

Trifles make the sum of human things,
And half our misery from our foibles spring.

Hannah More

Simplicity of character is no hindrance to subtlety of intellect.
John Morley

The world is divided into people who do things and people who get the credit. Try, if you can, to belong to the first class. There's far less competition.
Dwight Morrow

No brilliance is needed in the law. Nothing but common sense, and relatively clean finger nails.
John Mortimer

It has to be admitted that we English have sex on the brain, which is a very unsatisfactory place to have it.
Malcolm Muggeridge

Never forget that only dead fish swim with the stream.
Malcolm Muggeridge

Monopoly is a terrible thing, till you have it.
Rupert Murdoch

I do not really understand the stock market.
Narayana Murthy

You do not have to be the son of a rich man to be an entrepreneur. Today kids are far more willing to take risks because they've seen high rewards.
Narayana Murthy

- N -
Children aren't happy with nothing to ignore, And that's what parents were created for.
Ogden Nash

Far from being the thief of time, procrastination is the king of it.
Ogden Nash

A credit card is a money tool, not a supplement to money. The failure to make this distinction has 'supplemented' many a poor soul right into bankruptcy.
Paula Nelson

We can believe what we choose. We are answerable for what we choose to believe.
John Henry Newman

No man, not even a doctor, ever gives any other definition of what a nurse should be than this - devoted and obedient. This definition would do just as well for a porter. It might even do for a horse. It would not do for a policeman.
Florence Nightingale

Defeat doesn't finish a man - quit does. A man is not finished when he's defeated. He's finished when he quits.
Richard Nixon

You've got to learn to survive a defeat. That's when you develop character.
Richard Nixon

Middle age is when, wherever you go on holiday, you pack a sweater.
Denis Norden

- O -
I feel these days like a very large flamingo. No matter what way I turn, there is always a very large bill.
Joseph O'Connor

The most important thing I would learn in school was that almost everything I would learn in school would be utterly useless.
Joseph O'Connor

Truly great brands are far more than just labels for products; they are symbols that encapsulate the desires of consumers; they are standards that are held aloft under which the masses congregate.
Tony O'Reilly

Government proposes, bureaucracy disposes. And the bureaucracy must dispose of government proposals by dumping them on us.
P. J. O'Rourke

Do not assume more variables than necessary.
William Ockham

Advertising is only evil when it advertises evil things.
David Ogilvy

In business as on the battlefield, the object of strategy is to bring about the condition most favorable to one's own side.
Kenichi Ohmae

Better mankind born without mouths and stomachs than always to worry about money to buy, to shop, to fix, to cook, to wash, to clean.
Tillie Olsen

Political language ... is designed to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable, and to give an appearance of solidity to pure wind.
George Orwell

Who controls the past controls ... the future: who controls the present controls the past.
George Orwell

A cruel story runs on wheels, and every hand oils the wheels as they run.
Ouida

- P -
Anyone can build market share and, if you set your prices low enough, you can get the whole damn market.
David Packard

In 1969 I published a small book on Humility. It was a pioneering work which has not, to my knowledge, been superseded.
Francis Pakenham

Why is it no one ever sent me yet
One perfect limousine, do you suppose?
Ah no, it's always just my luck to get
One perfect rose.

Dorothy Parker

Get the advice of everybody whose advice is worth having - they are very few - and then do what you think best yourself.
Charles Stewart Parnell

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

People don't choose their careers; they are engulfed by them.
John Dos Passos

We strive to be Number One ... But win or lose, it is the competition which gives us pleasure.
Joe Paterno

Wisdom lies neither in fixity nor in change, but in the dialectic between the two.
Octavio Paz

Misquotation is ... the pride and privilege of the learned. A widely-read man never quotes accurately for the rather obvious reason that he has read too widely.
Hesketh Pearson

Men are generally more careful of the breed of their horses and dogs than of their children.
William Penn

They have a right to censure that have a heart to help.
William Penn

They that love beyond the world cannot be separated by it. Death is but crossing the world, as friends do the seas; they live in one another still.
William Penn

Love is not the dying moan of a distant violin - it is the triumphant twang of a bedspring.
S. J. Perelman

Television has made dictatorship impossible, but democracy unbearable.
Shimon Peres

There are plenty of recommendations on how to get out of trouble cheaply and fast. Most of them come down to the same thing. Deny your responsibility.
Nancy Peretsman

For the whole Earth is the Sepulchre of famous men; and their story is not graven only on Stone over their native earth, but lives on far away, without visible symbol, woven into the stuff of other men's lives.
Pericles

The debt is like a crazy aunt we keep down in the basement. All the neighbors know she's there, but nobody wants to talk about her.
Ross Perot

If you don't know where you are going, you will probably end up somewhere else.
Laurence J. Peter

The best index to a person's character is (a) how he treats people who can't do him any good, and (b) how he treats people who can't fight back.
Pauline Phillips

The child's first year of life is unfortunately still an abyss of mysteries for the psychologist.
Jean Piaget

When I was the age of these children I could draw like Raphael: it took me many years to learn how to draw like these children.
Pablo Picasso

I mourn in grey, grey as the sleeted wind the bled shades of twilight, gunmetal, battleships, industrial paint.
Marge Piercy

Quality is not a thing. It is an event.
Robert M. Pirsig

Physicians acquire their knowledge from our dangers, making experiments at the cost of our lives.
Pliny

Perseverance is more prevailing than violence; and many things which cannot be overcome when they are together, yield themselves up when taken little by little.
Plutarch

The mind is not a vessel to be filled, but a fire to be kindled.
Plutarch

They who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night.
Edgar Allan Poe

We loved with a love that was more than love.
Edgar Allan Poe

You are not wrong, who deem
That my days have been a dream ...
All that you see or seem
Is but a dream within a dream.

Edgar Allan Poe

Women are becoming enormously successful ... They're running their businesses on what we call a familial model, a family, instead of a hierarchical top-down military model. They work with, not over or for.
Faith Popcorn

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

Behold the child, by Nature's kindly law
Pleased with a rattle, tickled with a straw.

Alexander Pope

Blessed is the man who expects nothing, for he shall never be disappointed.
Alexander Pope

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

It is with narrow-souled people as with narrow-necked bottles: the less they have in them, the more noise they make in pouring it out.
Alexander Pope

The real sin against life is to abuse and destroy beauty, even one's own-even more, one's own, for that has been put in our care and we are responsible for its well-being.
Katherine Anne Porter

Avoid having your ego so close to your position that, when your position fails, your ego goes with it.
Colin Powell

I remember, I remember
How my childhood fleeted by, -
The mirth of its December
And the warmth of its July.

Winthrop Praed

And 'tis remarkable, that they talk most who have the least to say.
Mathew Prior

Cured yesterday of my disease. I died last night of the physician.
Mathew Prior

I doubt if there is any occupation which is more consistently and unfairly demeaned, degraded, denounced, and deplored than banking.
William Proxmire

- Q -
But markets today are moving targets. The only way to hit them is to launch your business like a cruise missile.
Harry V. Quadracci

In many walks of life, a conscience is a more expensive encumbrance than a wife or a carriage.
Thomas De Quincey

- R -
While animals survive by adjusting themselves to their background, man survives by adjusting his background to himself.
Ayn Rand

The person who knows how will always have a job. The person who knows why will always be his boss.
Diane Ravitch

A woman is like a teabag. It's only when she's in hot water that you realize how strong she is.
Nancy Reagan

A friend of mine was asked to a costume ball a short time ago. He slapped some egg on his face and went as a liberal economist.
Ronald Reagan

Inflation is as violent as a mugger, as frightening as an armed robber, and as deadly as a hit man.
Ronald Reagan

Nations do not mistrust each other because they are armed; they are armed because they mistrust each other.
Ronald Reagan

Wages should be left to the fair and free competition of the market, and should never be controlled by the interference of the legislature.
David Ricardo

The customer is never wrong.
César Ritz

There is a powerful driving force inside every human being that once unleashed can make any vision, dream, or desire a reality.
Anthony Robbins

Risk is what an entrepreneur eats for breakfast. It's what she slips into bed with at night. If you have no appetite for this stuff, or no ability to digest it, then get out of the game right now.
Heather Robertson

The old begin to complain of the conduct of the young when they themselves are no longer able to set a bad example.
François de La Rochefoucauld

Why can we remember the tiniest detail that has happened to us, and not remember how many times we have told it to the same persons?
François de La Rochefoucauld

A friendship founded on business is better than a business founded on friendship.
John D. Rockefeller Jr.

By creating conversation, we let our customers spread our message by word of mouth.
Anita Roddick

The cosmetics industry should be promoting health and well-being; instead it hypes an outdated notion of glamour and sells false hopes and fantasies.
Anita Roddick

Three components make an entrepreneur: the person, the idea and the resources to make it happen.
Anita Roddick

Diplomats are just as essential to starting a war as soldiers are for finishing it.
Will Rogers

Outside of traffic, there is nothing that has held this country back as much as committees.
Will Rogers

It takes courage to love, but pain through love is the purifying fire which those who love generously know.
Eleanor Roosevelt

No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.
Eleanor Roosevelt

One of the best ways of enslaving a people is to keep them from education... The second way of enslaving a people is to suppress the sources of information, not only by burning books but by controlling all the other ways in which ideas are transmitted.
Eleanor Roosevelt

One's philosophy is not best expressed in words; it is expressed in the choices one makes. In the long run, we shape our lives and we shape ourselves. The process never ends until we die. And, the choices we make are ultimately our own responsibility.
Eleanor Roosevelt

The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.
Eleanor Roosevelt

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

The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much; it is whether we provide enough for those who have too little.
Franklin D. Roosevelt

There is no indispensable man.
Franklin D. Roosevelt

Throughout the world, change is the order of the day.
Franklin D. Roosevelt

We cannot always build the future for our youth, but we can build our youth for the future.
Franklin D. Roosevelt

Character, in the long run, is the decisive factor in the life of an individual and of nations alike.
Theodore Roosevelt

In any moment of decision the best thing you can do is the right thing, the next best thing is the wrong thing, and the worst thing you can do is nothing.
Theodore Roosevelt

People ask the difference between a leader and a boss. ... The leader works in the open, and the boss in covert. The leader leads, and the boss drives.
Theodore Roosevelt

When you are asked if you can do a job, tell 'em, Certainly I can! Then get busy and find out how to do it.
Theodore Roosevelt

For one man is my world of all the men
This wide world holds; O love, my world is you.

Christina Rossetti

A writer writes not because he is educated but because he is driven by the need to communicate. Behind the need to communicate is the need to share. Behind the need to share is the need to be understood.
Leo Rosten

If we take the term in the strict sense, there never has been a real democracy, and there never will be. It is against the natural order for the many to govern and the few to be governed.
Jean-Jacques Rousseau

Men are still clinging to the hope that women are powerless, because they haven't got much else to cling to.
Harriet Rubin

I believe in hard work. It keeps the wrinkles out of the mind and spirit.
Helena Rubinstein

There are no ugly women, only lazy ones.
Helena Rubinstein

I died as a mineral and became a plant,
I died as plant and rose to animal,
I died as animal and I was Man.
Why should I fear? When was I less by dying?

Rumi

What is freedom of expression? Without the freedom to offend, it ceases to exist.
Salman Rushdie

I found one day in school a boy of medium size ill-treating a smaller boy. I expostulated, but he replied: The bigs hit me, so I hit the babies; that's fair. In these words he epitomized the history of the human race.
Bertrand Russell

In former days, men sold themselves to the devil to acquire magical powers. Nowadays they acquire those powers from science, and find themselves compelled to become devils. There is no hope for the world unless power can be tamed, and brought into the service, not of this or that group of fanatical tyrants, but of the whole human race ... for science has made it inevitable that all must live or all must die.
Bertrand Russell

The fundamental defect of fathers is that they want their children to be a credit to them.
Bertrand Russell

To save the world requires faith and courage: faith in reason, and courage to proclaim what reason shows to be true.
Bertrand Russell

Face what you think you believe and you will be surprised.
Mark Rutherford

There is always a multitude of reasons both in favour of doing a thing and against doing it. The art of debate lies in presenting them; the art of life lies in neglecting ninety-nine hundredths of them.
Mark Rutherford

- S -
Children are given us to discourage our better emotions.
Saki

The young have aspirations that never come to pass, the old have reminiscences of what never happened. It's only the middle-aged who are really conscious of their limitations.
Saki

He looked like the kind of a guy that wouldn't talk to you much unless he wanted something off you. He had a lousy personality.
J. D. Salinger

Even children learn in growing up that both is not an admissible answer to a choice of which one?
Paul Samuelson

Profits are the lifeblood of the economic system, the magic elixir upon which progress and all good things depend ultimately. But one man's lifeblood is another man's cancer.
Paul Samuelson

The consumer, so it is said, is the king ... each is a voter who uses his money as votes to get the things done that he wants done.
Paul Samuelson

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

Fashion is something barbarous for it produces innovation without reason and imitation without benefit.
George Santayana

Progress, far from consisting in change, depends on retentiveness. Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.
George Santayana

The Difficult is that which can be done immediately; the Impossible that which takes a little longer.
George Santayana

Finance is the art of passing currency from hand to hand until it finally disappears.
Robert Sarnoff

There is no good father, that's the rule. Don't lay the blame on men but on the bond of paternity, which is rotten. To beget children, nothing better; to have them, what iniquity!
Jean-Paul Sartre

Contract: an agreement that is binding on the weaker party.*
*Attribution questionable.
Frederick Sawyer

Every great man has a woman behind him ... And every great woman has some man or other in front of her, tripping her up.
Dorothy L. Sayers

People who are successful simply want it more than people who are not.
Ian Schrager

It might be said that it is the ideal of the employer to have production without employees and the ideal of the employee is to have income without work.
E. F. Schumacher

American people ... will not fail to recognize that our dignity, our free institutions and the peace and welfare of this and coming generations of Americans will be secure only as we cling to the watchword of true patriotism: Our country - when right to be kept right; when wrong to be put right.
Carl Schurz

Example is not the main thing in influencing others. It is the only thing.
Albert Schweitzer

The awareness that we are all human beings together has become lost in war and through politics.
Albert Schweitzer

Until he extends the circle of his compassion to all living things, man will not himself find peace.
Albert Schweitzer

While we try to teach our children all about life, our children teach us what life is all about.
Angela Schwindt

There's a time when you have to explain to your children why they're born, and it's a marvelous thing if you know the reason by then.
Hazel Scott

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

Please return this book; I find that though many of my friends are poor arithmeticians, they are nearly all good bookkeepers.
Walter Scott

No matter how old a mother is, she watches her middle-aged children for signs of improvement.
Florida Scott-Maxwell

Education is when you read the fine print; experience is what you get when you don't.
Pete Seeger

Instead of giving contracts to strangers, we decided we could just as well give contracts to our own employees. We would encourage them to leave ... and start their own satellite enterprises.
Ricardo Semler

He who receives a benefit with gratitude repays the first installment on his debt.
Seneca

Lack of confidence is not the result of difficulty; the difficulty comes from lack of confidence.
Seneca

Let us say what we feel, and feel what we say; let speech harmonize with life.
Seneca

You can tell the character of every man when you see how he receives praise.
Seneca

Quality control was treated as a fad here, but it's been part of the Japanese business philosophy for decades. That's why they laugh at us.
Peter Senge

In a dream you are never eighty.
Anne Sexton

A peace above all earthly dignities,
A still and quiet conscience.

William Shakespeare

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.

William Shakespeare

At first the infant,
Mewling and puking in the nurse's arms.
And then the whining schoolboy, with his satchel,
And shining morning face, creeping like snail
Unwillingly to school.

William Shakespeare

Crabbed age and youth cannot live together:
Youth is full of pleasure, age is full of care;
Youth like summer morn, age like winter weather;
Youth like summer brave, age like winter bare.

William Shakespeare

Did my heart love till now? Forswear it, sight!
For I ne'er saw true beauty till this night.

William Shakespeare

Doubt thou the stars are fire;
Doubt that the sun doth move;
Doubt truth to be a liar;
But never doubt I love.

William Shakespeare

Fathers that wear rags
Do make their children blind,
But fathers that bear bags
Shall see their children kind.

William Shakespeare

He that wants money, means, and content, is without three good friends.
William Shakespeare

I will instruct my sorrows to be proud;
for grief is proud and makes his owner stoop.
To me and to the state of my great grief
let kings assemble; for my grief's so great
that no supporter but the huge firm earth
Can hold it up:

William Shakespeare

It is a wise father that knows his own child.
William Shakespeare

Men are April when they woo, December when they wed: maids are May when they are maids, but the sky changes when they are wives.
William Shakespeare

O powerful love, that in some respects makes a beast a man, in some other, a man a beast.
William Shakespeare

O, how this spring of love resembleth
The uncertain glory of an April day,

William Shakespeare

Shall I compare thee to a summer's day? Thou art more lovely and more temperate.
William Shakespeare

So we grew together,
Like to a double cherry, seeming parted,
But yet an union in partition,
Two lovely berries moulded on one stem;
So, with two seeming bodies, but one heart.

William Shakespeare

Then, must you speak
Of one that loved not wisely but too well.

William Shakespeare

This England never did, nor never shall,
Lie at the proud foot of a conqueror.

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

Tomorrow is Saint Valentine's day,
All in the morning betime,
And I a maid at your window,
To be your Valentine.

William Shakespeare

When the sea was calm, all boats alike
Show'd mastership in floating.

William Shakespeare

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

I have nothing to offer you but my strength for your defence, my honesty for your surety, my ability and industry for your livelihood, and my authority and position for your dignity. That is all it becomes a man to offer to a woman.
George Bernard Shaw

If you strike a child, take care that you strike it in anger, even at the risk of maiming it for life. A blow in cold blood neither can nor should be forgiven.
George Bernard Shaw

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

The natural term of the affection of the human animal for its offspring is six years.
George Bernard Shaw

The reasonable man adapts himself to the world; the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore all progress depends on the unreasonable man.
George Bernard Shaw

You see things as they are and ask, Why? I dream things as they never were and ask, Why not?
George Bernard Shaw

Creativity can be described as letting go of certainties.
Gail Sheehy

If we don't change, we don't grow. If we don't grow, we aren't really living.
Gail Sheehy

The secret of a leader lies in the tests he has faced over the whole course of his life and the habit of action he develops in meeting those tests.
Gail Sheehy

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

For lots of big companies, their brand is worth so much to them that they can't endanger their reputation for being a quality company without really endangering their business performance.
Clare Short

You may be disappointed if you fail, but you are doomed if you don't try.
Beverly Sills

A complex decision is like a great river, drawing from its many tributaries the innumerable premises of which it is constituted.
Herbert Simon

I can't stand whispering. Every time a doctor whispers in the hospital, next day there's a funeral.
Neil Simon

The only thing that endures is character. Fame and wealth - all that is illusion.
O. J. Simpson

Education is what survives when what has been learned has been forgotten.
B. F. Skinner

We often discover what will do, by finding out what will not do; and probably he who never made a mistake never made a discovery.
Samuel Smiles

Most people sell their souls and live with a good conscience on the proceeds.
Logan Pearsall Smith

Going to marry her! Impossible! You mean a part of her; he could not marry her all himself ... There is enough of her to furnish wives for a whole parish ... You might people a colony with her; or give an assembly with her; or perhaps take your morning's walk round her, always provided there were frequent resting-places, and you were in rude health.
Sydney Smith

You only have power over people so long as you don't take everything away from them. But when you've robbed a man of everything, he's no longer in your power - he's free again.
Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

I would say that hardware is the bone of the head, the skull. The semiconductor is the brain within the head. The software is the wisdom and data is the knowledge.
Masayoshi Son

As an anonymous participant in financial markets, I never had to weigh the social consequences of my actions ... I felt justified in ignoring them on the grounds that I was playing by the rules.
George Soros

Financial markets ... resent any kind of government interference but they hold a belief deep down that if conditions get really tough the authorities will step in.
George Soros

I am cautious about going against the herd. I am liable to be trampled on.
George Soros

It depends entirely upon the image of you that people have in their minds whether you will climb the ladder slowly, painfully, or with a rapidity that will surprise - and appall - your friends.
Gerald Sparrow

To age and imbecility resigned, I watch the struggles of my failing mind: Lumbering along the all-too-well-worn grooves. The poor old thing moves slowly - but it moves!
John Sparrow

If men had to have babies they would only ever have one each.
Diana Spencer

We often say a speaker needs no introduction: what most of them need is a conclusion. In my view, an after-dinner speech - and I've experienced 40,000 of them - needs a good beginning, a good ending, and not much space in between.
Ivor Spencer

I dream for a living.
Steven Spielberg

Fear cannot be without some hope nor hope without some fear.
Baruch Spinoza

Common sense (which, in truth, is very uncommon) is the best sense I know of.
Philip Stanhope

I recommend you to take care of the minutes for the hours will take care of themselves.
Philip Stanhope

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

Power does not corrupt. Fear corrupts... perhaps the fear of a loss of power.
John Steinbeck

Planning ahead is a matter of class. The rich and even the middle class plan for future generations, but the poor can plan ahead only a few weeks or days.
Gloria Steinem

Trust that man in nothing who has not a conscience in everything.
Laurence Sterne

Writing, when properly managed (as you may be sure, I think mine is), is but a different name for conversation.
Laurence Sterne

Bad administration, to be sure, can destroy good policy; but good administration can never save bad policy.
Adlai Stevenson

Man does not live by words alone, despite the fact that sometimes he has to eat them.
Adlai Stevenson

The relationship of the toastmaster to the speaker should be the same as that of the fan to the fan dancer. It should call attention to the subject without making any particular effort to cover it.
Adlai Stevenson

Intelligence becomes an asset when some useful order is created out of free-floating brainpower.
Thomas A. Stewart

A diplomat ... is a person who can tell you to go to hell in such a way that you actually look forward to the trip.
Caskie Stinnett

Skill without imagination is craftsmanship and gives us many useful objects such as wickerwork picnic baskets. Imagination without skill gives us modern art.
Tom Stoppard

The only people who never make mistakes are those who have never taken a decision.
Jack Straw

Family! ... the home of all social evil, a charitable institution for comfortable women, an anchorage for house-fathers, and a hell for children.
August Strindberg

There should be some professional exam for these analysts. Most of the time they talk through their backsides.
Alan Sugar

There are three things I always forget. Names, faces, and - the third I can't remember.
Italo Svevo

Ambition often puts men upon doing the meanest offices; so climbing is performed in the same posture with creeping.
Jonathan Swift

Every man desires to live long but no man would be old.
Jonathan Swift

While we stop to think, we often miss our opportunity.
Publilius Syrus

A child becomes an adult when he realizes that he has a right not only to be right but also to be wrong.
Thomas Szasz

Discovery consists of seeing what everybody has seen and thinking what nobody has thought.
Albert Szent-Györgyi

- T -
If you can't change your fate change your attitude.
Amy Tan

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.

Alfred Tennyson

God doesn't require us to succeed; he only requires that you try.
Mother Teresa

The biggest disease today is not leprosy or tuberculosis, but rather the feeling of being unwanted.
Mother Teresa

The hunger for love is much more difficult to remove than the hunger for bread.
Mother Teresa

I am extraordinarily patient, provided I get my own way in the end.
Margaret Thatcher

No one would remember the Good Samaritan if he'd only had good intentions. He had money as well.
Margaret Thatcher

Pennies don't fall from heaven. They have to be earned on earth.
Margaret Thatcher

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

Nothing grows in our garden, only washing. And babies.
Dylan Thomas

If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away.
Henry David Thoreau

If you have built castles in the air, your work need not be lost; that is where they should be. Now put the foundations under them.
Henry David Thoreau

Our life is frittered away by detail... Simplify, simplify.
Henry David Thoreau

The greatest compliment that was ever paid me was when one asked me what I thought, and attended to my answer.
Henry David Thoreau

But, the bravest are surely those who have the clearest vision of what is before them, glory and danger alike, and yet notwithstanding, go out to meet it.
Thucydides

The illiterate of the year 2000 will not be the individual who cannot read and write, but the one who cannot learn, unlearn, and relearn.
Alvin Toffler

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

The more is given the less the people will work for themselves, and the less they work the more their poverty will increase.
Leo Tolstoy

The trouble with being in the rat race is that even if you win, you're still a rat.
Lily Tomlin

No manufacturing company will ever do well if they are concerned only with calculating profits.
Shoichiro Toyoda

The depths and strength of a human character are defined by its moral reserves. People reveal themselves completely only when they are thrown out of the customary conditions of their life, for only then do they have to fall back on their reserves.
Leon Trotsky

I have found that the best way to give advise to your children is to find out what they want and then advise them to do it.
Harry S. Truman

It's a recession when your neighbour loses his job; it's a depression when you lose yours.
Harry S. Truman

Once a decision was made, I did not worry about it afterward.
Harry S. Truman

Those who want the Government to regulate matters of the mind and spirit are like men who are afraid of being murdered that they commit suicide to avoid assassination.
Harry S. Truman

I wasn't satisfied just to earn a good living. I was looking to make a statement.
Donald Trump

In the end, you're measured not by how much you undertake but by what you finally accomplish.
Donald Trump

My style of dealmaking is quite simple and straightforward. I just keep pushing and pushing to get what I'm after.
Donald Trump

Sometimes your best investments are the ones you don't make.
Donald Trump

If you have an olive, you want an olive tree. You want a little more. You want the whole tree.
Ted Turner

The more good I do, the more money has come in. You have to learn to give. You're not born to give. You're born selfish.
Ted Turner

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

An uneasy conscience is a hair in the mouth.
Mark Twain

And I shall dream both before and after I go to sleep, of the little flower that has sprung up in the desert beside me and shed its fragrance over my life and made its ways attractive with its beauty and turned its weariness to contentment with its sweet spirit. And I shall bless you, my darling, out of a fullness of a heart that knows your worth beyond the ken of any ... better than all others I can love you, and do love you, and shall always love you, always. Good night, darling - and peaceful slumbers refresh you and ministering angels attend you.
Mark Twain

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

Clothes make the man. Naked people have little or no influence in society.
Mark Twain

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

He had had much experience of physicians, and said the only way to keep your health is to eat what you don't want, drink what you don't like, and do what you'd druther not.
Mark Twain

I do love you...as the dew loves the flowers;
as the birds love the sunshine;
as the wavelets love the breeze...
as the angels love the pure in heart.

Mark Twain

I never let my schooling interfere with my education.
Mark Twain

I was born modest, but it didn't last.
Mark Twain

[Mankind] in its poverty, has unquestionably one really effective weapon - laughter. Power, money, persuasion, supplication, persecution - these can lift at a colossal humbug - push it a little, weaken it a little, century by century; but only laughter can blow it to rags and atoms at a blast. Against the assault of laughter nothing can stand.
Mark Twain

Never let formal education get in the way of your learning.
Mark Twain

One of the most striking differences between a cat and a lie is that the cat has only nine lives.
Mark Twain

The timid man yearns for full value and asks a tenth. The bold man strikes for double value and compromises on par.
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 leader is best when people barely know that he exists.
Less good when they obey and acclaim him.
Worse when they fear and despise him.
Fail to honor people, and they fail to honor you.
But of a good leader, when his work is done, his aim fulfilled,
they will say, We did this ourselves.

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

Failure is the foundation of success; success is the lurking place of failure.
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

Wise men don't need to prove their point; men who need to prove their point aren't wise.
Lao Tzu

The general who wins a battle makes many calculations ... here the battle is fought. The general who loses a battle makes but few calculations beforehand. Thus do many calculations lead to victory, and few to defeat.
Sun Tzu

The successful person has unusual skill at dealing with conflict and ensuring the best outcome for all.
Sun Tzu

- U -
We used to have lots of questions to which there were no answers. Now, with the computer, there are lots of answers to which we haven't thought up the questions.
Peter Ustinov

- V -
Whoever wants to accomplish great things must devote to a lot of profound thought to details.
Paul Valery

I didn't realize it then, but everything I ever needed to know about selling I was learning at my kitchen table: I was learning how to identify, find, and keep customers.
Lillian Vernon

I like to dress egos.
Gianni Versace

You will find as the children grow up that as a rule children are a bitter disappointment - their greatest object being to do precisely what their parents do not wish and have anxiously tried to prevent.
Victoria

Never have children, only grandchildren.
Gore Vidal

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

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

The art of medicine consists of amusing the patient while nature cures the disease.
Voltaire

The art of writing is the art of applying the seat of the pants to the seat of the chair.
Mary Heaton Vorse

- W -
There is no royal flower-strewn path to success. And if there is, I have not found it for if I have accomplished anything in life it is because I have been willing to work hard.
C. J. Walker

Could we forbear dispute and practise love, We should agree as angels do above.
Edmund Waller

Look to your health; and if you have it, praise God, and value it next to a good conscience; for health is the second blessing that we mortals are capable of; a blessing that money cannot buy.
Izaak Walton

We learned from everybody else's book and added a few pages of our own.
Sam Walton

If you can imagine it, you can achieve it. If you can dream it, you can become it.
William Arthur Ward

I would permit no man, no matter what his color might be, to narrow and degrade my soul by making me hate him.
Booker T. Washington

I hope I shall always possess firmness and virtue enough to maintain what I consider the most enviable of all titles, the character of an honest man.
George Washington

An environment which calls for perfection is not likely to be easy. But aiming for it is always good for progress.
Thomas J. Watson Jr.

If you stand up and be counted, from time to time you may get yourself knocked down. But remember this: A man flattened by an opponent can get up again. A man flattened by conformity stays down for good.
Thomas J. Watson Jr.

You cannot be a success in any business without believing that it is the greatest business in the world ... You have to put your heart in the business and the business in your heart.
Thomas J. Watson Sr.

You have to put your heart in the business and the business in your heart.
Thomas J. Watson Sr.

Any one who has been to an English public school will always feel comparatively at home in prison. It is the people brought up in the gay intimacy of the slums, Paul learned, who find prison so soul-destroying.
Evelyn Waugh

Beware of writing to me. I always answer ... My father spent the last 20 years of his life writing letters. If someone thanked him for a wedding present, he thanked them for thanking him and there was no end to the exchange but death.
Evelyn Waugh

However many people complain about the red tape, it would be sheer illusion to think for a moment that continuous administrative work can be carried out except by means of officials working in offices ... The choice is only that between bureaucracy and dilettantism in the field of administration.
Max Weber

Imagination and fiction make up more than three quarters of our real life.
Simone Weil

Insecure managers create complexity.
Jack Welch

The only ideas that count are A ideas. There is no second place. That means we have to get everybody in the organization involved. If you do that right, the best ideas will rise to the top.
Jack Welch

When the rate of change outside exceeds the rate of change inside, the end is in sight.
Jack Welch

A cynic is a man who looks at the world with a monocle in his mind's eye.
Carolyn Wells

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

The Khomeini cry for the execution of Rushdie is an infantile cry. From the beginning of time we have seen that. To murder the thinker does not murder the thought.
Arnold Wesker

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

An unalterable and unquestioned law of the musical world required that the German text of French operas sung by Swedish artists should be translated into Italian for the clearer understanding of English-speaking audiences.
Edith Wharton

Every really new idea looks crazy at first.
Alfred North Whitehead

Intelligence is quickness to apprehend as distinct from ability which is capacity to act wisely on the thing apprehended.
Alfred North Whitehead

The art of progress is to preserve order amid change, and to preserve change amid order.
Alfred North Whitehead

It is never wise to try to appear to be more clever than you are. It is sometimes wise to appear slightly less so.
William Whitelaw

Behold, I do not give lectures or a little charity, When I give I give myself.
Walt Whitman

A destruction only man can provoke, only man can prevent. Mankind must remember that peace is not God's gift to his creatures, it is our gift to each other.
Elie Wiesel

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

Being natural is simply a pose, and the most irritating pose I know.
Oscar Wilde

By persistently remaining single a man converts himself into a permanent public temptation.
Oscar Wilde

Divorces are made in heaven.
Oscar Wilde

Education is an admirable thing, but it is well to remember from time to time that nothing that is worth knowing can be taught.
Oscar Wilde

Fashion is what one wears oneself. What is unfashionable is what other people wear.
Oscar Wilde

I like hearing myself talk. It is one of my greatest pleasures. I often have long conversations with myself, and I am so clever that sometimes I don't understand a single word of what I am saying.
Oscar Wilde

I only care to see doctors when I am in perfect health; then they comfort one, but when one is ill they are most depressing.
Oscar Wilde

Selfishness is not living as one wishes to live, it is asking others to live as one wishes to live.
Oscar Wilde

The only possible form of exercise is to talk, not to walk.
Oscar Wilde

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

To make a good salad is to be a brilliant diplomatist - the problem is entirely the same in both cases. To know how much oil one must mix with one's vinegar.
Oscar Wilde

When one is in love, one always begins by deceiving oneself; and one always ends by deceiving others. That is what the world calls a romance.
Oscar Wilde

When people agree with me I always feel that I must be wrong.
Oscar Wilde

If I were a medical man, I should prescribe a holiday to any patient who considered his work important.
E. O. Wilson

One man's wage increase is another man's price increase.
Harold Wilson

Remember, a person who wins success may have been counted out many times before. He wins because he refuses to give up.
Kemmons Wilson

Sometimes the first step is the hardest: coming up with an idea. Coming up with an idea should be like sitting on a pin - it should make you jump up and do something.
Kemmons Wilson

Character is a by-product; it is produced in the great manufacture of daily duty.
Woodrow Wilson

I would rather lose in a cause that will some day win, than win in a cause that will some day lose!
Woodrow Wilson

If you will think about what you ought to do for other people, your character will take care of itself. Character is a by-product, and any man who devotes himself to its cultivation in his own case will become a selfish pig.
Woodrow Wilson

One cool judgment is worth a thousand hasty councils.
Woodrow Wilson

Money sometimes makes fools of important persons, but it may also make important persons of fools.
Walter Winchell

The greatest contribution you can make to women's rights, is to be the absolute ... best at what you do.
Oprah Winfrey

Though I am grateful for the blessings of wealth, it hasn't changed who I am. My feet are still on the ground. I'm just wearing better shoes.
Oprah Winfrey

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

All the things I really like to do are either illegal, immoral or fattening.
Alexander Woollcott

The physician can bury his mistakes, but the architect can only advise his clients to plant vines.
Frank Lloyd Wright

Real salesmen stick until the buyer has used up his last No.
William Wrigley

When two men always agree, one of them is unnecessary.
William Wrigley

From leaders, we need clear, consistent and honest attention to the identity of the organization. Identity shows up in our actions, our visions, our relationships inside and out of the organization. Identity gets deepened as we do the work.
Walter Wriston

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

Usually when people are sad, they don't do anything. They just cry over their condition. But when they get angry, they bring about a change.
Malcolm X

- Y -
Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.
William Butler Yeats

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

O body swayed to music,
O brightening glance,
How can we know the dancer from the dance?

William Butler Yeats

Think where man's glory most begins and ends,
And say my glory was I had such friends.

William Butler Yeats

Think naught a trifle, though it small appear;
Small sands the mountain, moments make the year,
And trifles life.

Edward Young

Now she's on a diet. Coconuts and bananas. She hasn't lost any weight. But she can climb a tree!
Henny Youngman

The three grades of character are superior, medium and inferior: the superior is just good, the medium is capable of development either in an upward or a downward direction, and the inferior is just evil.
Han Yu

- Z -
If you want to understand entrepreneurs, you have to study the psychology of the juvenile delinquent. They don't have the same anxiety triggers that we have.
Abraham Zaleznik

A land without a people for a people without a land.
Israel Zangwill

Politics is war carried out without bloodshed, while war is politics carried out with bloodshed.
Mao ZeDong

Once upon a time, I, Chuang Chou, dreamt I was a butterfly, fluttering hither and thither, to all intents and purposes a butterfly. I was conscious only of my happiness as a butterfly, unaware that I was Chou. Soon I awaked, and there I was, veritably myself again. Now I do not know whether I was then a man dreaming I was a butterfly, or whether I am now a butterfly, dreaming I am a man. Between a man and a butterfly there is necessarily a distinction. The transition is called the transformation of material things.
Zhuangzi

You don't have to be great to start, but you have to start to be great.
Zig Ziglar