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Women are naturally good motivators, good at juggling different projects and issues at the same time, and more cooperative rather than aggressive and confrontational.
We cannot absolutely prove that those are in error who tell us that society has reached a turning point, that we have seen our best days. But so said all who came before us and with just as much apparent reason.
Being British is a faith. I will never lose it.
I don't know any executive who ever thought about stress, although a lot of other people do. No one ever dies of hard work. But a lot of people die once they retire from an active job.
I don't like unnecessary class distinctions. The Americans waste no time on them. They don't care who your father was. If you make it to the top and it comes out that your father made moonshine in Tennessee they admire you even more. Now, I like that system.
I never thought the day would come when I wished I had some of my scruffy, sometimes ill-disciplined, sometimes loud-mouthed American police by my side in this country, and some of the curious ways of the law to back them up.
Management is a calling and people ought to be dedicated to it. British managers have far too much security. A poor manager should be dumped. What's at stake is the happiness of society, not the comfort of managers.
It is a common fault of men not to reckon on storms in fair weather.
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.
No enterprise is more likely to succeed than one concealed from the enemy until it is ripe for execution.
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.
For a woman to attain a high level in a male-dominated profession, she has to work twice as hard and/or be twice as smart.
Love makes the world go round? Not at all. Whisky makes it go round twice as fast.
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.
The living are just the dead on holiday.
When we lose one we love, our bitterest tears are called forth by the memory of hours when we loved not enough.
Society needs to condemn a little more and understand a little less.
Age is other things too. It is wisdom, if one has lived one's life properly. It is experience and knowledge. And it is getting to know all the ways the world turns, so that if you cannot turn the world the way you want, you can at least get out of the way so you won't get run over.
The world exists to end in a book.
To command is to serve, nothing more and nothing less.
I have discovered the secret that after climbing a great hill, one only finds that there are many more hills to climb.
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.
Only free men can negotiate; prisoners cannot enter into contracts. Your freedom and mine cannot be separated.
The greatest glory in living lies not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.
Do all things with love.
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.
War is only a cowardly escape from the problems of peace.
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.
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.
My dear Melinee, my beloved little orphan, In a few hours I will no longer be of this world. We are going to be executed today at 3:00. This is happening to me like an accident in my life; I don't believe it, but I nevertheless know that I will never see you again.
Money can't buy life.
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.
Was this the face that launched a thousand ships, and burnt the topless towers of Ilium?
Where both deliberate, the love is slight;
Who ever loved that loved not at first sight?
A hypocrite is a person who - but who isn't?
A pessimist is a person who has had to listen to too many optimists.
Age is not a particularly interesting subject. Anyone can get old. All you have to do is live long enough.
An idea is not responsible for the people who believe in it.
An optimist is a guy that has never had much experience.
Honesty is a good thing, but it is not profitable to its possessor unless it is kept under control. If you are not honest at all everybody hates you, and if you are absolutely honest you get martyred.
I have noticed that when chickens quit quarreling over their food, they often find that there is enough for all of them. I wonder if it might not be the same with the human race.
If you make people think they're thinking, they'll love you; but if you really make them think, they'll hate you.
It is a cheering thought to think that God is on the side of the best digestion.
Middle age is the time when a man is always thinking that in a week or two he will feel as good as ever.
My heart hath followed all my days
Something I cannot name.
Now and then there is a person born who is so unlucky that he runs into accidents, which started to happen to somebody else.
Pity the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.
Procrastination is the art of keeping up with yesterday.
Prohibition makes you want to cry in your beer, and denies you the beer to cry into.
Publishing a volume of verse is like dropping a rose petal down the Grand Canyon and waiting for the echo.
Punctuality is one of the cardinal business virtues: always insist on it in your subordinates.
Some persons are likable in spite of their unswerving integrity.
Successful people are the ones who can think up stuff for the rest of the world to keep busy at.
There is always a comforting thought in time of trouble when it is not our trouble.
As to those who can find it in them to employ the doubtlessly useful wordbrunch, do they, I wonder, ever up-grade it tobruncheon? This is the kind of question I ponder on while waiting for the kettle to boil. The active mind is never at rest.
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.
I must say that I find television very educational. The minute somebody turns it on, I go to the library and read a book.
I never forget a face, but in your case I'll be glad to make an exception.
From each according to his ability, to each according to his needs.
Go on, get out - last words are for fools who haven't said enough.
In the dark womb where I began
My mother's life made me a man.
Through all the months of human birth
Her beauty fed my common earth.
I cannot see, nor breathe, nor stir,
But through the death of some of her.
We are responsible for actions performed in response to circumstances for which we are not responsible.
In England, Justice is open to all, like the Ritz hotel.
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.
Big things and little things are my job. Middle level management can be delegated.
I always wait for the Times each morning. I look at the obituary column and if I'm not in it, I go to work.
I'm not the manager because I'm always right, but I'm always right because I'm the manager.
At a dinner party one should eat wisely but not too well, and talk well but not too wisely.
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.
Few misfortunes can befall a boy which bring worse consequences than to have a really affectionate mother.
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.
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?
Love is only a dirty trick played on us to achieve continuation of the species.
People ask you for criticism but they only want praise.
People often feed the hungry so that nothing may disturb their own enjoyment of a good meal.
Sometimes people carry to such perfection the mask they have assumed that in due course they actually become the person they seem.
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.
When you choose your friends, don't be short-changed by choosing personality over character.
Business is a combination of war and sport.
Growing old is no more than a bad habit which a busy person has no time to form.
The most important quality in a leader is that of being acknowledged as such. All leaders whose fitness is questioned are clearly lacking in force.
I forgive everybody. I pray that everybody may also forgive me, and my blood which is about to be shed will bring peace to Mexico. Long live Mexico! Long Live Independence!
A leader is one who knows the way, goes the way, and shows the way.
Learn to saynoto the good so you can sayyesto the best.
Man must be big enough to admit his mistakes, smart enough to profit from them, and strong enough to correct them.
People never care how much you know until they know how much you care.
The greatest mistake we make is living in constant fear that we will make one.
I would have been a success in anything. But I have chosen an activity that was socially useful and that aspect gives me extra satisfaction.
Ordinary people may not understand the meaning of democracy but they've a passionate regard for fair play.
The time has now definitely come when every intelligent individual must learn to think globally, beyond the horizon of a narrow nationalist point of view.
Nothing matters. Nothing matters.
Except for the con men borrowing money they shouldn't get and the widows who have to visit with the handsome young men in the trust department, no sane person ever enjoyed visiting a bank.
The fundamentals of America's economy are strong.
Everyone in Texas is illiterate.
Everyone's a pacifist between wars. It's like being a vegetarian between meals.
I don't celebrate the 4th of July because there never should have been a war with Britain.
I dress like a Republican so I can talk like an Anarchist.
I'd prefer that my students don't ask questions. Instead, be braver and bolder: question the answers. What answers? Those from anyone who says the answer is violence. Of all the lies, that's the grossest.
It's better to build a peaceful child than re-build a violent adult.
It's too easy only to blame the militarists, racists, sexists and other pushers of violence for the mess we're in. What is harder is self-examination, moving beyond caring by looking inward to ask the personal question: What more should I be doing everyday to bring about a peace and justice based world, whether across the ocean or across the living room?
Let us commence, if we may.
Over the years, I've had suggestions from other teachers to offer what they callbalancein my courses, that I should give studentsthe other side.I'm never sure exactly what that means. After assigning students to read Gandhi I should have them also read Carl von Clausewitz? After Martin Luther King's essay against the Vietnam War, Colin Powell's memoir favoring the Persian Gulf War? After Justice William Brennan and Thurgood Marshall's views opposing the death penalty, George W. Bush and Saddam Hussein's favoring it? After a woman's account of her using a nonviolent defense against a rapist, the thwarted rapist's side?
Peace is the result of love, and if love were easy we'd all be good at it.
The most important act of peacemaking? Your next one. Few of us will ever be called on to do great things, but all of us can do small things in a great way.
To oppose ROTC, as I have since my college days in the 1960s, when my school enticed too many of my classmates into joining, is not to be anti-soldier. I admire those who join armies, whether America's or the Taliban's: for their discipline, for their loyalty to their buddies and to their principles, for their sacrifices to be away from home. In recent years, I've had several Iraq and Afghanistan combat veterans in my college classes. If only the peace movement were as populated by people of such resolve and daring.
Too many schools process students as if they are slabs of cheese going to Velveeta High on the way to Cheddar U and Mozzarella Grad School.
Unless we teach our children peace, someone will teach them violence.
Wars aren't stopped by fighting wars, any more than you can fight fire with fire. You fight fire with water. You fight violence with nonviolence.
What makes us happy is service to others. If schools don't expose students to the joys of community service, we graduate people who are idea rich but experience poor. In these addled times of leave no child untested, we think it's enough to pound ideas into the kids' heads. You can make all A's in school and go out and flunk life.
You can earn all A's in school and then go out and fail at life.
I can tell more about how someone is likely to react in a business situation from one round of golf than I can from a hundred hours of meetings.
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.
Make a suggestion or assumption and let them tell you you're wrong. People also have a need to feel smarter than you are.
Never wrestle with a pig. You get dirty and only the pig enjoys himself.
We seriously undervalue the passion ... a person brings to an enterprise. You can rent a brain, but you can't rent a heart.
I'm fed up to the ears with old men dreaming up wars for young men to die in.
The Establishment center ... has led us into the stupidest and cruelest war in all history. That war is a moral and political disaster - a terrible cancer eating away at the soul of our nation.
I think men talk to women so they can sleep with them and women sleep with men so they can talk to them.
A successful marriage requires falling in love many times, always with the same person.
Anything you lose automatically doubles in value.
Every society honors its live conformists and its dead troublemakers.
There is always some specific moment when we become aware that our youth is gone; but, years after, we know it was much later.
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.
Television brought the brutality of war into the comfort of the living room. Vietnam was lost in the living rooms of America - not the battlefields of Vietnam.
The medium is the message.
Only a monopolist could study a business and ruin it by giving away products.
As long as any adult thinks that he, like the parents and teachers of old, can become introspective, invoking his own youth to understand the youth before him, he is lost.
Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it's the only thing that ever has.
We are now at a point where we must educate our children in what no one knew yesterday, and prepare our schools for what no one knows yet.
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.
Old age is like a plane flying through a storm. Once you're aboard, there's nothing you can do.
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.
A newspaper is a device for making the ignorant more ignorant and the crazy crazier.
An idealist is one who, on noticing that a rose smells better than a cabbage, concludes that it will also make a better soup.
I go on working for the same reason that a hen goes on laying eggs.
I've made it a rule never to drink by daylight and never to refuse a drink after dark.
In the main, there are two sorts of books: those that no one reads and those that no one ought to read.
In this world of sin and sorrow there is always something to be thankful for; as for me, I rejoice that I am not a Republican.
It is the dull man who is always sure, and the sure man who is always dull.
Journalism is to politician as dog is to lamppost.
Love is like war: easy to begin but very hard to stop.
Love is the delusion that one woman differs from another.
Love is the triumph of imagination over intelligence.
Men have a much better time of it than women; for one thing, they marry later; for another thing, they die earlier.
The older I grow the more I distrust the familiar doctrine that age brings wisdom.
The violin, through the serene clarity of its song, helps to keep our bearings in the storm, as a light in the night, a compass in the tempest, it shows us a way to a haven of sincerity and respect.
Whenever I see a newspaper, I think of the poor trees. As trees they provide beauty, shade and shelter. But, as paper, all they provide is rubbish.
I'm in the hands of Jesus.
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.
Do you believe in miracles?
After thirty, a body has a mind of its own.
Continental people have a sex life; the English have hot-water bottles.
It is better to be a human being dissatisfied than a pig satisfied; better to be Socrates dissatisfied than a fool satisfied.
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.
War is an ugly thing, but not the ugliest of things. The decayed and degraded state of moral and patriotic feeling which thinks that nothing is worth war is much worse.
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.
A salesman has got to dream, boy, it comes with the territory.
Imagination is the voice of daring. If there is anything Godlike about God it is that. He dared to imagine everything.
If you live to be a hundred, I want to live to be a hundred minus one day so I never have to live without you.
Fame is the spur that the clear spirit doth raise
(That last infirmity of noble mind)
To scorn delights, and live laborious days.
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.
The mind is its own place, and in itself
Can make a Heav'n of Hell, a Hell of Heav'n.
I'm not that old.
Advice almost never functions as a social lubricant; eight or nine times out of ten it makes people lose face, crushes their will, and creates a grudge.
Most people ignore most poetry because most poetry ignores most people.
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.
Death and taxes and childbirth! There's never any convenient time for any of them.
I love children, especially when they cry, for then someone takes them away.
Don't talk about yourself, it will be done when you leave.
Age will bring all things, and everyone knows, Madame, that twenty is no age to be a prude.
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.
It is public scandal that gives offence, and it is no sin to sin in secret.
Nearly all men die of their medicines, and not of their illnesses.
I treat everything as a learning experience; then you become detached from the result and more interested in the experience itself.
What do we want our kids to do? Sweep up around Japanese computers?
Say good-bye to Pat, say good-bye to Jack and say good-bye to yourself, because you're a nice guy.
I want to die young at a ripe old age.
It's all been very interesting.
A man must not always tell all, for that were folly; but what a man says should be what he thinks.
I have never seen a greater monster or miracle than myself.
If you press me to say why I loved him, I can say no more than because he was he, and I was I.
It should be noted that children at play are not playing about; their games should be seen as their most serious-minded activity.
Old age puts more wrinkles in our minds than on our faces.
The thing I fear most is fear.
Man should be bewailed at their birth, and not at their death.
Preparation for old age should begin not later than one's teens. A life which is empty of purpose until 65 will not suddenly become filled on retirement.
Everybody sets out to do something, and everybody does something, but no one does what he sets out to do.
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.
No, there's nothing half so sweet in life
As love's young dream.
Shoot straight you bastards and don't make a mess of it!
Trifles make the sum of human things,
And half our misery from our foibles spring.
I die the King's good servant, but God's first.
I do not care very much what men say of me, provided that God approves of me.
If the parties will at my hands call for justice, then, all were it my father stood on the one side, and the devil on the other, his cause being good, the devil should have right.
In no victory do they glory so much as in that which is gained by dexterity and good conduct without bloodshed.
Age does not protect you from love, but love to some extent protects you from age.
Simplicity of character is no hindrance to subtlety of intellect.
Show me the man who has enjoyed his schooldays and I will show you a bully and a bore.
A friend is someone who gives you total freedom to be yourself.
Actually I don't remember being born, it must have happened during one of my black outs.
Blake said that the body was the soul's prison unless the five senses are fully developed and open. He considered the senses thewindows of the soul.When sex involves all the senses intensely, it can be like a mystical experence.
Death makes angels of us all and gives us wings where we had shoulders smooth as ravens claws.
Drugs are a bet with your mind.
Each generation wants new symbols, new people, new names. They want to divorce themselves from their predecessors.
Expose yourself to your deepest fear; after that, fear has no power, and the fear of freedom shrinks and vanishes. You are free.
Film spectators are quiet vampires.
Friends can help each other. A true friend is someone who lets you have total freedom to be yourself - and especially to feel. Or, not feel. Whatever you happen to be feeling at the moment is fine with them. That's what real love amounts to - letting a person be what he really is.
Hatred is a very underestimated emotion.
I am interested in anything about revolt, disorder, chaos-especially activity that seems to have no meaning. It seems to me to be the road toward freedom... Rather than starting inside, I start outside and reach the mental through the physical.
I believe in a long, prolonged, derangement of the senses in order to obtain the unknown.
I like any reaction I can get with my music. Just anything to get people to think. I mean if you can get a whole room full of drunk, stoned people to actually wake up and think, you're doing something.
I like people who shake other people up and make them feel uncomfortable.
I see myself as an intelligent, sensitive human, with the soul of a clown which forces me to blow it at the most important moments.
I think in art, but especially in films, people are trying to confirm their own existences.
I think of myself as an intelligent, sensitive human being with the soul of a clown which always forces me to blow it at the most important moments.
I'm interested in anything about revolt, disorder, chaos, especially activity that appears to have no meaning. It seems to me to be the road toward freedom.
If my poetry aims to achieve anything, it's to deliver people from the limited ways in which they see and feel.
It's like gambling somehow. You go out for a night of drinking and you don't know where your going to end up the next day. It could work out good or it could be disastrous. It's like the throw of the dice.
Listen, real poetry doesn't say anything; it just ticks off the possibilities. Opens all doors. You can walk through anyone that suits you.
Love cannot save you from your own fate.
Music inflames temperament.
People fear death even more than pain. It's strange that they fear death. Life hurts a lot more than death. At the point of death, the pain is over. Yeah, I guess it is a friend.
Sex is full of lies. The body tries to tell the truth. But, it's usually too battered with rules to be heard, and bound with pretenses so it can hardly move. We cripple ourselves with lies.
Some of the worst mistakes of my life have been haircuts.
The appeal of cinema lies in the fear of death.
The most important kind of freedom is to be what you really are. You trade in your reality for a role. You give up your ability to feel, and in exchange, put on a mask.
The most loving parents and relatives commit murder with smiles on their faces. They force us to destroy the person we really are: a subtle kind of murder.
The time to hesitate is through.
There are things known and things unknown and in between are the doors.
This is the strangest life I've ever known.
Violence isn't always evil. What's evil is the infatuation with violence.
We fear violence less than our own feelings. Personal, private, solitary pain is more terrifying than what anyone else can inflict.
When you make your peace with authority, you become authority.
Where's your will to be weird?
Whoever controls the media, controls the mind.
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.
A man with a bristling grey beard [a yachtsman], said:I made up my mind, when I bought my first boat, never to learn to swim ... When you're in a spot of trouble, if you can swim you try to strike out for the shore. You invariably drown. As I can't swim, I cling to the wreckage and they send a helicopter out for me. That's my tip, if you ever find yourself in trouble, cling to the wreckage!
No brilliance is needed in the law. Nothing but common sense, and relatively clean finger nails.
Restaurants have this in common with ladies: the best are often not the most enjoyable, nor the grandest the most friendly, and the pleasures of the evening are frequently spoiled by the writing of an exorbitant cheque.
It has to be admitted that we English have sex on the brain, which is a very unsatisfactory place to have it.
Never forget that only dead fish swim with the stream.
Money is like manure. If you spread it around, it does a lot of good, but if you pile it up in one place, it stinks like hell.
I don't give a damn what the media critics say. It's what your readers say. If you haven't got any readers, you're only talking to yourself.
I spent the better part of the past three months enduring criticism that is normally leveled at some kind of genocidal tyrant.
I try to keep in touch with the details - you can't keep in touch with them all, but you've got to have a feel for what's going on.
Monopoly is a terrible thing, till you have it.
The buck stops with the guy who signs the checks.
We're not going global because we want to or because of any megalomania, but because it's really necessary.
Today is a good day to die. I forgive all of you. I hope God does too.
I do not really understand the stock market.
It is better to underpromise and overdeliver than vice versa. For this one need not break the law of the land. One has to only think global. Otherwise success will disappear like the dew in the morning sun.
Organizations with decision-making speed and imagination will thrive as nobody can claim to have a monopoly over creativity.
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.
Shoot me in the chest!