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I think your whole life shows in your face and you should be proud of that.
Lauren Bacall

Can miles truly separate you from friends... If you want to be with someone you love, aren't you already there?
Richard David Bach

Learning is finding out what you already know. Doing is demonstrating that you know it. Teaching is reminding others that they know just as well as you. You are all learners, doers, and teachers.
Richard David Bach

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

I will never be an old man. To me, old age is always 15 years older than I am.
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

She used to diet on any kind of food she could lay her hands on.
Arthur Baer

If it's natural to kill, how come men have to go into training to learn how?
Joan Baez

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

Ray Stannard Baker - See David Grayson.

Tammy Faye Bakker - See Tammy Faye Messner.

Love does not begin and end the way we seem to think it does. Love is a battle, love is a war; love is a growing up.
James Baldwin

Love takes off masks that we fear we cannot live without and know we cannot live within.
James Baldwin

War would end if the dead could return.
Stanley Baldwin

Jalal ad-Din Muhammad Balkhi - See Rumi.

We don't have a monopoly. We have market share. There's a difference.
Steve Ballmer

What we've gone through in the last several years has caused some people to question Can we trust Microsoft?
Steve Ballmer

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

Love is the poetry of the senses.
Honoré de Balzac

No man has ever yet discovered the way to give friendly advice to any woman, not even to his own wife.
Honoré de Balzac

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

Bambino - See Babe Ruth.

Codeine...bourbon.
Tallulah Bankhead

First person to fall asleep is a shit!
Tallulah Bankhead

Here's a rule I recommend: Never practice two vices at once.
Tallulah Bankhead

I'll come up and make love to you at five o'clock. If I'm late, start without me.
Tallulah Bankhead

Bapu - See Mahatma Gandhi.

When you apply the word power to a man, it means strong and bold - very positive attributes. When you use it to describe a woman, it suggests bitchy, insensitive, hard.
Jill Barad

But whether it be dream or truth, to do well is what matters. If it be truth, for truth's sake. If not, then to gain friends for the time when we awaken.
Pedro Calderón de la Barca

For all life is a dream, and dreams themselves are only dreams.
Pedro Calderón de la Barca

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

Love that is not madness is not love.
Pedro Calderón de la Barca

One may know how to gain a victory, and know not how to use it.
Pedro Calderón de la Barca

It is sad to grow old but nice to ripen.
Brigitte Bardot

Every great work of art has two faces, one toward its own time and one toward the future, toward eternity.
Daniel Barenboim

You grew old first not in your own eyes, but in other people's eyes; then, slowly, you agreed with their opinion of you.
Julian Barnes

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

A human soul, that God has created and Christ died for, is not to be trifled with. It may tenant the body of a Chinaman, a Turk, an Arab or a Hottentot - it is still an immortal spirit.
P. T. Barnum

How were the receipts today at Madison Square Garden?
P. T. Barnum

There's a sucker born every minute.
P. T. Barnum

Beauty comes in all sizes - not just size 5.
Roseanne Barr

Every man who is high up loves to feel that he has done it himself; and the wife smiles, and let's it go at that. It's our only joke. Every woman knows that.
J. M. Barrie

I can't sleep.
J. M. Barrie

If you have it [Love], you don't need to have anything else, and if you don't have it, it doesn't matter much what else you have.
J. M. Barrie

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

I am not the only person who uses his computer mainly for the purpose of diddling with his computer.
Dave Barry

Is everybody happy? I want everybody to be happy. I know I'm happy.
Ethel Barrymore

Die? I should say not, dear fellow. No Barrymore would allow such a conventional thing to happen to him.
John Barrymore

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

Nothing splendid has ever been achieved except by those who dared believe that something inside of them was superior to circumstance.
Bruce Barton

I will never be an old man. To me, old age is always fifteen years older than I am.
Bernard Baruch

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

Mr. Basketball - See Bill Raftery.

Age is deformed, youth unkind,
We scorn their bodies, they our mind.

Thomas Bastard

Polar Bear - See Hugh Rowland.

A gourmet who thinks of calories is like a tart who looks at her watch.
James Beard

I believe that if ever I had to practice cannibalism, I might manage if there were enough tarragon.
James Beard

I am ready to die for my Lord, that in my blood the Church may obtain liberty and peace.
Thomas Becket

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

I swear they're real!
Victoria Beckham

You are going to hurt me, please don't hurt me, just one more moment, I beg you!
Jeanne Becu

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

The largest profits go to those businesses which most devotedly follow a policy of insisting on a competitive advantage, no matter how small, for every product or service they market.
R. H. Beeby

Every young man would do well to remember that all successful business stands on the foundation of morality.
Henry Ward Beecher

It's easier to go down a hill than up it but the view is much better at the top.
Henry Ward Beecher

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

Now comes the mystery.
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

Friends applaud, the comedy is finished.
Ludwig van Beethoven

I only drink on two occasions - when I'm thirsty and when I'm not.
Brendan Behan

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

There's no bad publicity except an obituary.
Brendan Behan

Ellis Bell - See Emily Brontë.

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

Anyone can do any amount of work provided it isn't the work he is supposed to be doing at that moment.
Robert Benchley

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

It took me fifteen years to discover that I had no talent for writing, but I couldn't give it up because by that time I was too famous.
Robert Benchley

The surest way to make a monkey of a man is to quote him.
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

Life, you know, is rather like opening a tin of sardines. We're all of us looking for the key.
Alan Bennett

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

You only have to survive in England and all is forgiven you ... if you can eat a boiled egg at ninety in England they think you deserve a Nobel Prize.
Alan Bennett

Any change, even a change for the better, is always accompanied by drawbacks and discomforts.
Arnold Bennett

Happiness includes chiefly the idea of satisfaction after full honest effort. No one can possibly be satisfied and no one can be happy who feels that in some paramount affairs he failed to take up the challenge of life.
Arnold Bennett

The rough broad difference between the American and the European business man is that the latter is anxious to leave his work, while the former is anxious to get to it.
Arnold Bennett

We shall never have more time. We have, and always had, all the time there is. No object is served in waiting until next week or even until tomorrow. Keep going... Concentrate on something useful.
Arnold 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

The leader ... is rarely the brightest person in the group. Rather, they have extraordinary taste, which makes them more curators than creators. They are appreciators of talent and nurturers of talent and they have the ability to recognize valuable ideas.
Warren Bennis

The only way many companies can attract and keep the best people is by offering them more than merely money or prestige - they offer them the chance to make history.
Warren Bennis

I don't deserve this, but I have arthritis, and I don't deserve that either.
Jack Benny

One's mind has a way of making itself up in the background, and it suddenly becomes clear what one means to do.
A. C. Benson

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

A kiss is a lovely trick designed by nature to stop speech when words become superfluous.
Ingrid Bergman

Jorge Mario Bergoglio - See Francis I.

Anything you can do, I can do better, I can do anything better than you.
Irving Berlin

Under current law, on January 1st, 2013, there is going to be a massive fiscal cliff of large spending cuts and tax increases.
Ben Bernanke

Bernard of Chartres - See Bernardus Carnotensis.

Anyone who has lost track of time when using a computer knows the propensity to dream, the urge to make dreams come true and the tendency to miss lunch.
Timothy Berners-Lee

Web users ultimately want to get at data quickly and easily. They don't care as much about attractive sites and pretty design.
Timothy Berners-Lee

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

A good ball club.
Yogi Berra

A nickel ain't worth a dime anymore.
Yogi Berra

Always go to other people's funerals, otherwise they won't go to yours.
Yogi Berra

I didn't really say everything I said.
Yogi Berra

I thought they said steak dinner, but then I found it was a state dinner...
Yogi Berra

I usually take a two hour nap from 1 to 4.
Yogi Berra

I want to thank you for making this day necessary.
Yogi Berra

I'd say he's done more than that!
Yogi Berra

If I didn't wake up I'd still be sleeping.
Yogi Berra

If they don't want to come, you can't stop them.
Yogi Berra

If you don't know where you're going, you'll wind up somewhere else.
Yogi Berra

It ain't over 'til it's over.
Yogi Berra

It gets late early around here...
Yogi Berra

"...It was hard to have a conversation with anyone; there were so many people talking.
Yogi Berra

It's like déjà vu all over again.
Yogi Berra

Never answer an anonymous letter.
Yogi Berra

Ninety percent of the game is half mental.
Yogi Berra

Nobody goes there anymore. It's too crowded.
Yogi Berra

Slump? I ain't in no slump... I just ain't hitting.
Yogi Berra

Surprise me!
Yogi Berra

The future ain't what it used to be.
Yogi Berra

Think! How the hell are you gonna think and hit at the same time?
Yogi Berra

We have a good time together, even when we're not together.
Yogi Berra

We make too many wrong mistakes.
Yogi Berra

What? You mean right now?
Yogi Berra

When you get to a fork in the road, take it.
Yogi Berra

Why buy good luggage? You only use it when you travel!
Yogi Berra

You better make it four, I don't think I could eat eight.
Yogi Berra

You can observe a lot by watching.
Yogi Berra

You don't look so hot yourself.
Yogi Berra

You have to give 100 percent in the first half of the game. If that isn't enough, in the second half, you have to give what is left.
Yogi Berra

I read the newspaper avidly. It is my one form of continuous fiction.
Aneurin Bevan

Poor fellow, he suffers from files.
Aneurin Bevan

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

Will last as long as there are folk left with the faith to fight for it.
Aneurin Bevan

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

The common question that gets asked in business is, why? That's a good question, but an equally valid question is, why not?
Jeff Bezos

There are two kinds of companies, those that work to try to charge more and those that work to charge less. We will be the second.
Jeff Bezos

Bibi - See Benjamin Netanyahu.

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

Corporation: An ingenious device for obtaining profit without individual responsibility.
Ambrose Bierce

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

The gambling known as business looks with austere disfavor upon the business known as gambling.
Ambrose Bierce

When money talks, few are deaf.
Earl Derr Biggers

Grand business plans are all very well, but nothing beats dipping your toe in the water.
Karan Bilimoria

Advice is like castor oil, easy enough to give but dreadful uneasy to take.
Josh Billings

As a general rule, if you want to get at the truth - hear both sides and believe neither.
Josh Billings

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

The wheel that squeaks the loudest is the one that gets the grease.
Josh Billings

When a man comes to me for advice, I find out the kind of advice he wants, and I give it to him.
Josh Billings

Bird - See Charlie Parker.

Nathan Birnbaum - See George Burns.

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

Eric Arthur Blair - See George Orwell.

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

If I'd known I was gonna live this long, I'd have taken better care of myself.
Eubie Blake

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

I was angry with my friend:
I told my wrath, my wrath did end.
I was angry with my foe:
I told it not, my wrath did grow.

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

No bird soars too high, if he soars with his own wings.
William Blake

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

Congratulations offer more potential than cash. The amount of available cash is limited, but managers have an unlimited supply of congratulations. It's important to pay people fairly, but managers also should heap on congratulations and feed people's souls.
Kenneth Blanchard

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

To resist the frigidity of old age, one must combine the body, the mind, and the heart. And to keep these in parallel vigor one must exercise, study, and love.
Alan Bleasdale

Tania Blixen - See Isak Dinesen.

Baroness Karen Christenze von Blixen-Finecke - See Isak Dinesen.

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

If you are not yourself, if you surrender your personality, you have nothing left to give the world. You have no pleasure, no use, nothing which will attract and charm me, for by the suppression of your individuality, you lose your distinctive character.
Edward Wilmot Blyden

Ethel Mae Blyth (or Blythe) - See Ethel Barrymore.

John Sidney Blyth (or Blythe) - See John Barrymore.

William Jefferson Blythe III - See Bill Clinton.

Bobby - See Robert F. Kennedy.

Body - See Jesse Ventura.

A man content to go to heaven alone will never go to heaven.
Boethius

For in all adversity of fortune the worst sort of misery is to have been happy.
Boethius

If there is a God, whence proceed so many evils? If there is no God, whence cometh any good?
Boethius

Nothing is miserable unless you think it is so.
Boethius

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

I should never have switched from Scotch to Martinis.
Humphrey Bogart

When a dog bites a man, that isn't news. It often happens. But if a man bites a dog, that is news.
John B. Bogart

Not for nothing is their motto TGIF - Thank God It's Friday. They live for the weekends, when they can go do what they really want to do.
Richard Nelson Bolles

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

Laughter rises out of tragedy, when you need it the most, and rewards you for your courage.
Erma Bombeck

When you look like your passport photo, it's time to go home.
Erma Bombeck

A soldier will fight long and hard for a bit of colored ribbon.
Napoléon Bonaparte

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

Josephine...
Napoléon Bonaparte

There is only one step from the sublime to the ridiculous.
Napoléon Bonaparte

This record is not tainted at all. At all. Period.
Barry Bonds

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

The big danger in mega-mergers is that they are seen as a mating of dinosaurs.
Peter Bonfield

Unhappiness is best defined as the difference between our talents and our expectations.
Edward de Bono

A dress that zips up the back will bring a husband and wife together.
James Boren

Bureaucracy is the epoxy that greases the wheels of progress.
James Boren

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

I got the bill for my surgery. Now I know what those doctors were wearing masks for.
James Boren

I have what it takes to take what you've got.
James Boren

It is hard to look up to a leader who keeps his ear to the ground.
James Boren

That favourite subject, Myself.
James Boswell

What poor education I have received has been gained in the University of Life.
Horatio Bottomley

I am about to - or I am going to - die: either expression is correct.
Dominique Bouhours

Nobody speaks the truth when there's something they must have.
Elizabeth Bowen

Start with your own money and value your intuition. It's all about endurance in the beginning. Your dream and passion to succeed must be stronger than your fear of failure.
Terri Bowersock

Ours is a world of nuclear giants and ethical infants. We know more about war than we know about peace, more about killing that we know about living.
Omar Bradley

The way to win an atomic war is to make certain it never starts.
Omar Bradley

Ah, that tastes nice. Thank you.
Johannes Brahms

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

I believe in benevolent dictatorships, provided I am the dictator.
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

Man is the best computer we can put aboard a spacecraft ... and the only one that can be mass produced with unskilled labor.
Wernher von Braun

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

Sarah Breedlove - See C. J. Walker.

The fence around a cemetery is foolish, for those inside can't come out and those outside don't want to get in.
Arthur Brisbane

It's easy to make a buck. It's a lot tougher to make a difference.
Tom Brokaw

You are educated. Your certification is in your degree. You may think of it as the ticket to the good life. Let me ask you to think of an alternative. Think of it as your ticket to change the world.
Tom Brokaw

Lev Davidovich Bronstein - See Leon Trotsky.

Oh, I am not going to die, am I? He will not separate us, we have been so happy.
Charlotte Brontë

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

A kiss makes the heart young again and wipes out the years.
Rupert Brooke

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

I am 46, and have been for some time past.
Anita Brookner

In real life, of course, it is the hare who wins. Every time. Look around you. And in any case it is my contention that Aesop was writing for the tortoise market ... Hares have no time to read. They are too busy winning the game.
Anita Brookner

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

The best proof of love is trust.
Joyce Brothers

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

Most British statesmen have either drunk too much or womanised too much. I never fell into the second category.
George Brown

They should never have put me with that woman. ... She was just a sort of bigoted woman who said she used to be Labour.
Gordon Brown

Sometimes the heart sees what is invisible to the eye.
H. Jackson Brown Jr.

How does one keep from growing old inside? Surely only in community. The only way to make friends with time is to stay friends with people? Taking community seriously not only gives us the companionship we need, it also relieves us of the notion that we are indispensable.
Robert McAfee Brown

There comes a time when silence is betrayal.
Robert McAfee Brown

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

We all labour against our own cure, for death is the cure of all diseases.
Thomas Browne

Beautiful.
Elizabeth Barrett Browning

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

Like dogs in a wheel, birds in a cage, or squirrels in a chain, ambitious men still climb and climb, with great labor, and incessant anxiety, but never reach the top.
Robert Browning

Oh, to be in England now that April's there.
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

A person cannot approach the divine by reaching beyond the human. To become human, is what this individual person, has been created for.
Martin Buber

An animal's eyes have the power to speak a great language.
Martin Buber

I do, indeed, close my door at times and surrender myself to a book, but only because I can open the door again and see a human face looking at me.
Martin Buber

There are three principle in a man's being and life: The principle of thought, the principle of speech, and the principle of action. The origin of all conflict between me and my fellow-men is that I do not say what I mean and I don't do what I say.
Martin Buber

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

Our society must make it right and possible for old people not to fear the young or be deserted by them, for the test of a civilization is the way that it cares for its helpless members.
Pearl S. Buck

Perhaps one has to be very old before one learns to be amused rather than shocked.
Pearl S. Buck

The young do not know enough to be prudent, and therefore they attempt the impossible - and achieve it, generation after generation.
Pearl S. Buck

We should so provide for old age that it may have no urgent wants of this world to absorb it from meditation on the next. It is awful to see the lean hands of dotage making a coffer of the grave.
Pearl S. Buck

You can judge your age by the amount of pain you feel when you come in contact with a new idea.
Pearl S. Buck

Bucky - See Buckminster Fuller.

Business is all about putting out money today to get a whole lot back later.
Warren Buffett

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

Managerial intellect wilted in competition with managerial adrenaline. The thrill of the chase blinded pursuers to the consequences of the chase.
Warren Buffett

My friends and I have been coddled long enough by a billionaire-friendly Congress.
Warren Buffett

Of one thing be certain: if a C.E.O. is enthused about a particularly foolish acquisition, both his internal staff and his outside advisors will come up with whatever projections are needed to justify his stance. Only in fairy tales are emperors told that they are naked.
Warren Buffett

One's objective should be to get it right, get it quick, get it out, and get it over ... your problem won't improve with age.
Warren Buffett

Our favorite holding period is forever.
Warren Buffett

Take Wrigley's Chewing Gum. I don't think the Internet is going to change how people chew gum.
Warren Buffett

The attitude of disrespect that many executives have today for accurate reporting is a business disgrace. And auditors ... have done little on the positive side. Though auditors should regard the investing public as their client, they tend to kowtow instead to the managers who choose them and dole out their pay.
Warren Buffett

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

The market will pay better to entertain than educate.
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

Wall Street is the only place people ride to in a Rolls Royce to get advice from people who take the subway.
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

Bugs - See Arthur Baer.

Sex is interesting, but it's not totally important. I mean it's not even as important (physically) as excretion. A man can go seventy years without a piece of ass, but he can die in a week without a bowel movement.
Charles Bukowski

We do not need, and indeed never will have, all the answers before we act ... It is often through taking action that we can discover some of them.
Charlotte Bunch

Napoleone di Buonaparte - See Napoléon Bonaparte.

Abigail Van Buren - See Pauline Phillips.

Age is something that doesn't matter, unless you are a cheese.
Billie Burke

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

The grand essentials to happiness in this life are something to do, something to love, and something to hope for.
George Burnap

Curiosity about life in all of its aspects, I think, is still the secret of great creative people.
Leo Burnett

When you reach for the stars, you may not quite get one, but you won't come up with a handful of mud either.
Leo Burnett

Too bad that all the people who really know how to run the country are busy driving taxi cabs and cutting hair.
George Burns

You can't help getting older, but you don't have to get old.
George Burns

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

Jesse Louis Burns - See Jesse Jackson.

Rabbie Burns - See Robert 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

To find the universal elements enough; to find the air and the water exhilarating; to be refreshed by a morning walk or an evening saunter ... to be thrilled by the stars at night; to be elated over a bird's nest or a wildflower in spring - these are some of the rewards of the simple life.
John Burroughs

To me - old age is always ten years older than I am.
John Burroughs

One evening in October, when I was one-third sober,
An' taking home a load with manly pride;
My poor feet began to stutter, so I lay down in the gutter,
And a pig came up an' lay down by my side;
Then we sang It's all fair weather when good fellows get together,
Till a lady passing by was heard to say:
You can tell a man who boozes by the company he chooses
And the pig got up and slowly walked away.

Benjamin Hapgood Burt

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

Love is always bestowed as a gift - freely, willingly and without expectation. We don't love to be loved; we love to love.
Leo Buscaglia

Love is life. And if you miss love, you miss life.
Leo Buscaglia

Too often we under estimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around.
Leo Buscaglia

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

All skills begin with the basics of reading and math, which are supposed to be learned in the early grades of our schools. Yet for too long, for too many children, those skills were never mastered.
George W. Bush

Brownie, you're doing a heck of a job.
George W. Bush

I really am not the kind of guy that sits here and says, Oh gosh, I'm worried about my legacy.
George W. 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

By blaming others, we fail to find the real solutions to our problems and we do not carry out our own responsibilities.
Jeb Bush

Probably nothing.
Jeb Bush

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

Many people's tombstones should read, Died at 30. Buried at 60.
Nicholas Murray Butler

All animals except man know that the ultimate of life is to enjoy it.
Samuel Butler

Any fool can paint a picture, but it takes a wise man to be able to sell it.
Samuel Butler

Genius ... has been described as a supreme capacity for taking trouble ... It might be more fitly described as a supreme capacity for getting its possessors into trouble of all kinds and keeping them therein so long as the genius remains.
Samuel Butler

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

Money is dead men's bones and dead men's souls. The money that men make lives after them.
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

Sometimes it's a form of love just to talk to somebody that you have nothing in common with and still be fascinated by their presence.
David Byrne

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

A lady of a certain age, which means Certainly aged.
George Byron

All tragedies are finish'd by death,
All comedies are ended by a marriage.

George Byron

Friendship is Love without his wings!
George Byron

I awoke one morning and found myself famous.
George Byron

Like the measles, love is most dangerous when it comes late in life.
George Byron

Now I shall go to sleep. Goodnight.
George Byron

Of all the horrid, hideous notes of woe,
Sadder than owl-songs or the midnight blast,
Is that portentous phrase, I told you so,
Uttered by friends, those prophets of the past.

George Byron

There is a pleasure in the pathless woods,
There is a rapture on the lonely shore,
There is society, where none intrudes,
By the deep Sea, and music in its roar;
I love not Man the less, but Nature more.

George Byron

Years steal Fire from the mind as vigour from the limb; And Life's enchanted cup but sparkles near the brim.
George Byron

George Gordon Byron - See Leo Burnett.