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

We have a technique at Hewlett-Packard for helping managers and supervisors know their people and understand the work their people are doing ... Management by Walking About.
David Packard

How old would you be if you didn't know how old you are?
Satchel Paige

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 It was a pioneering work which has not, to my knowledge, been superseded.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

All of them, any of them that have been in front of me over all these years.
Responding to a request by CBS anchor Katie Couric to name the newspapers or magazines she reads. Broadcast October 1, 2008.
Sarah Palin

Don't retreat! Reload!
Palin's Facebook and Twitter.
Sarah Palin

Free speech is an endangered species. Those intolerants hatin' and taking on the Duck Dynasty patriarch for voicing his personal opinion are taking on all of us.
Regarding Phil Robertson's statements about homosexuality.
Sarah Palin

The America I know and love is not one in which my parents or my baby with Down Syndrome will have to stand in front of Obama's death panel.
Palin's Facebook on August 7, 2009.
Sarah Palin

The difference between a hockey mom and a pit bull? Lipstick.
Sarah Palin

For I remember it is Easter morn,
And life and love and peace are all new born.

Alice Freeman Palmer

We have always conducted our relationship privately, and we hope that as we consciously uncouple and coparent, we will be able to continue in the same manner.
Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin, statement on Paltrow's website announcing their separation, March 25, 2014.
Gwyneth Paltrow

For every beauty there is an eye somewhere to see it. For every truth there is an ear somewhere to hear it. For every love there is a heart somewhere to receive it.
Ivan Panin

Hurry it up you Hoosier bastard! I could hang a dozen men while you're screwing around.
Carl Panzram

Music is your own experience, your thoughts, your wisdom. If you don't live it, it won't come out of your horn. They teach you there's a boundary line to music. But, man, there's no boundary line to art.
Charlie Parker

By the time you say you're his,
Shivering and sighing
And he vows his passion is
Infinite, undying -
Lady, make a note of this:
One of you is lying.

Dorothy Parker

Guns aren't lawful;
Nooses give;
Gas smells awful;
You might as well live.

Dorothy Parker

Tell him I've been too fucking busy - or vice versa.
Dorothy Parker

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

Work expands so as to fill the time available for its completion.
C. Northcote Parkinson

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

I don't pretend that I had not moments of trial and of temptation, but I do claim that never in thought, word, or deed, have I been false to the trust which Irishmen have confided in me.
Charles Stewart Parnell

No man shall have the right to fix the boundary to the march of a Nation.
Charles Stewart Parnell

Kehlani Ashley Parrish - See  Kehlani

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

There are only two kinds of men: those righteous who believe themselves sinners; the other sinners who believe themselves righteous.
Blaise Pascal

What a difficult thing it is to ask someone's advice on a matter without coloring his judgment by the way in which we present our problem.
Blaise Pascal

I wore a padded bra every single day and night from the age of 14 until I was 31. Giving up padding was my New Year's resolution. I had known for ages that wearing a stuffed bra was a form of hiding my real body.
Sara Pascoe

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

At the moment of childbirth, every woman has the same aura of isolation, as though she were abandoned, alone.
Boris Pasternak

Good-bye ... why am I hemorrhaging?
Boris Pasternak

What is laid down, ordered, factual is never enough to embrace the whole truth: life always spills over the rim of every cup.
Boris Pasternak

When you are inspired by some great purpose, some extraordinary project, all your thoughts break their bonds: Your mind transcends limitations, your consciousness expands in every direction, and you find yourself in a new, great, and wonderful world. Dormant forces, faculties and talents become alive, and your discover yourself to be a greater person by far than you ever dreamed yourself to be.

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

I love the idea of giving up the vengeful nature that so many of us have.
Mandy Patinkin

The object of war is not to die for your country but to make the other bastard die for his.
George Patton

John Paul II

In youth the days are short and the years are long. In old age the years are short and day's long.
Paul VI

I am ready to debate how we fight terrorism without giving up our liberty.
Rand Paul

Get my swan costume ready.
Anna Pavlova

Art is an invention of aesthetics, which in turn is an invention of philosophers... What we call art is a game.
Octavio Paz

Given the natural differences between human beings, equality is an ethical aspiration that cannot be realized without recourse either to despotism or to an act of fraternity.
Octavio Paz

Love is an attempt at penetrating another being, but it can only succeed if the surrender is mutual.
Octavio Paz

Man does not speak because he thinks; he thinks because he speaks. Or rather, speaking is no different than thinking: to speak is to think.
Octavio Paz

Solitude is the profoundest fact of the human condition. Man is the only being who knows he is alone.
Octavio Paz

To read a poem is to hear it with our eyes; to hear it is to see it with our ears.
Octavio Paz

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

Not drunk is he who from the floor
Can rise alone and still drink more;
But drunk is he who prostrate lies,
Without the power to drink or rise.

Thomas Love Peacock

There are two reasons for drinking: one is, when you are thirsty, to cure it; the other, when you are not thirsty, to prevent it.
Thomas Love Peacock

Drop the idea that you are Atlas carrying the world on your shoulders. The world would go on even without you. Don't take yourself so seriously.
Norman Vincent Peale

Live your life and forget your age.
Norman Vincent Peale

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

Knud Pedersen - See  Knut Hamsun

Short of genius, a rich man cannot imagine poverty.
Charles Péguy

We have to pass the (health care) bill so you can find out what is in it.
National Association of Counties on March 9, 2010.
Nancy Pelosi

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

I wouldn't be human if I didn't feel pride and something that transcends pride ... humility.
J. C. Penney

People's Poet - See  Edgar Guest

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.

I would call attention to the parallels of fascist Nazi (Germany's) war on its 'one percent,' namely its Jews, to the progressive war on the American one percent, namely the 'rich.' ... I perceive a rising tide of hatred of the successful one percent.
Letter to the editor, Wall Street Journal, January 24, 2014.
Tom Perkins

I come from an environment where, if you see a snake, you kill it. At General Motors, if you see a snake, the first thing you do is hire a consultant on snakes.
Ross Perot

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

After unsuccessfully attempting to remember the third federal agency in a November 9, 2011 debate.
Rick Perry

Betty Joan Perske - See  Lauren Bacall

Szymon Perski - See  Shimon Peres

Truman Streckfus Persons - See  Truman Capote

I am curious to see what happens in the next world to one who dies unshriven.
Pietro Perugino

Alexei Maximovich Peshkov - See  Maxim Gorky

An economist is an expert who will know tomorrow why the things he predicted yesterday didn't happen today.
Laurence J. Peter

Equal opportunity means everyone will have a fair chance at becoming incompetent.
Laurence J. Peter

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

In a hierarchy every employee tends to rise to his level of incompetence ... in time every post tends to be occupied by an employee who is incompetent to carry out its duties ... Work is accomplished by those employees who have not yet reached their level of incompetence.
Laurence J. Peter

The noblest of all dogs is the hot-dog; it feeds the hand that bites it.
Laurence J. Peter

Almost all quality improvement comes via simplification of design, manufacturing ... layout, processes, and procedures.
Tom Peters

The common wisdom is that ... managers have to learn to motivate people. Nonsense. Employees bring their own motivation.
Tom Peters

Winners are people who have fun - and produce results as a result of their zest.
Tom Peters

If you didn't like Darfur, you're going to hate Baghdad.
Warning of the consequences of an early troop withdrawal from Iraq. Quoted August 14, 2007.
David Petraeus

You have a responsibility to shape the vision of a company, and you know whatever process you choose will determine ultimately the well-being of the organization.
Eckhard Pfeiffer

A computer once beat me at chess, but it was no match for me at kick boxing.
Emo Philips

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

Computers are useless. They can only give you answers.
Pablo Picasso

Drink to me!
Possible last words A.
Pablo Picasso

Drink to me. Drink to my health. You know I can't drink any more.
Possible last words B.
Pablo Picasso

It takes a long time to become young.
Pablo Picasso

People who try to explain pictures are usually barking up the wrong tree.
Pablo Picasso

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

Chief executives, who themselves own few shares of their companies, have no more feeling for the average stockholder than they do for baboons in Africa.
T. Boone Pickens

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

My idea of hell is to be young again.
Marge Piercy

War is a series of catastrophes which result in victory.
Albert Pike

We Bishops, in our proper dress, originated the mini-skirt. But we allowed Mary Quant to steal the thunder and make three million quid out of it last year.
Victor J. Pike

Those who love deeply never grow old; they may die of old age, but they die young.
Arthur Wing Pinero

Diplomacy in general does not resolve conflicts. Wars end not due to peace processes, but due to one side giving up.
Daniel Pipes

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

At the touch of love everyone becomes a poet.

What I say is that just or right means nothing but what is in the interest of the stronger party.

Where there is an income tax, the just man will pay more and the unjust less on the same income.

Wise men speak because they have something to say; fools because they have to say something.

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

Faith Plotkin - See  Faith Popcorn

All men whilst they are awake are in one common world: but each of them, when he is asleep, is in a world of his own.

But for the sake of some little mouthful of flesh, we deprive a soul of the sun and light and of that proportion of life and time it had been born into the world to enjoy.

Courage consists not in hazarding without fear; but being resolutely minded in a just cause.

For the mind does not require filling like a bottle, but rather, like wood, it only requires kindling to create in it an impulse to think independently and an ardent desire for the truth.

God is the brave man's hope, and not the coward's excuse.

I don't need a friend who changes when I change and who nods when I nod; my shadow does that much better.

It is part of a good man to do great and noble deeds, though he risk everything.

No man ever wetted clay and then left it, as if there would be bricks by chance and fortune.

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.

Prosperity is no just scale; adversity is the only balance to weigh friends.

Silence at the proper season is wisdom, and better than any speech.

The measure of a man is the way he bears up under misfortune.

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

To find fault is easy; to do better may be difficult.

Lucius Mestrius Plutarchus - See  Plutarch

Lord help my poor soul.
Edgar Allan Poe

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

People's Poet - See  Edgar Guest

I used to anticipate my childhood birthday parties as if each were an annual coronation. Like most kids, I loved sitting at the head of the table with a crown on my head. In recent years, however, birthdays have been more like medical check-ups - no fun at all but necessary if one intends to stay alive from year to year.
Letty Cottin Pogrebin

Polar Bear - See  Hugh Rowland

I love you Sarah. For all eternity, I love you.
James K. Polk

Stop competing on price; compete on value. Deliver total consumer solutions, rather than just your piece of the solution.
Faith Popcorn

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

A man should never be ashamed to own he has been in the wrong, which is but saying, in other words, that he is wiser to-day than he was yesterday.
Alexander Pope

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

Coffee, (which makes the politician wise, and see thro' all things with his half-shut eyes).
Alexander Pope

Here am I, dying of a hundred good symptoms.
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

Some praise at morning what they blame at night; But always think the last opinion right.
Alexander Pope

To be angry is to revenge the faults of others on ourselves.
Alexander Pope

To err is human; to forgive, divine.
Alexander Pope

Popo - See  Pauline Phillips

Jean-Baptiste Poquelin - See  Molière

I'm not afraid of life and I'm not afraid of death: Dying's the bore.
Katherine Anne Porter

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

Competitive strategy is about being different. It means deliberately choosing a different set of activities to deliver a unique mix of values.
Michael Porter

William Sydney Porter - See  O. Henry

Growing old is like being increasingly penalized for a crime you haven't committed.
Anthony Powell

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

Don't let your ego get too close to your position, so that if your position gets shot down, your ego doesn't go with it.
Colin Powell

Giving back involves a certain amount of giving up.
Colin Powell

Perpetual optimism is a force multiplier.
Colin Powell

There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work, and learning from failure.
Colin Powell

For a politician to complain about the press is like a ship's captain complaining about the sea.
Enoch Powell

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

Winthrop Praed

Denis Charles Pratt - See  Quentin Crisp

Bin Laden determined to strike in U.S.
President's Daily Brief

I hope I haven't bored you.
Possible last words A. Ending his last press conference.
Elvis Presley

Okay, I won't.
Possible last words B. Last words spoken to Ginger Alden (his fiancee), who told him on the way to the bathroom not to fall asleep in there.
Elvis Presley

We pay when old for the excesses of youth.
J. B. Priestley

Frivolous Prince - See  Jean Cocteau

Prince of Soul - See  Marvin Gaye

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

A great many people mistake opinions for thoughts.
Herbert V. Prochnow

A visitor from Mars could easily pick out the civilized nations. They have the best implements of war.
Herbert V. Prochnow

Company policy means there's no understandable reason for this action.
Herbert V. Prochnow

The trouble with opportunity is that it always comes disguised as hard work.
Herbert V. Prochnow

I think of the garden after the rain;
And hope to my heart comes singing,
At morn the cherry-blooms will be white,
And the Easter bells be ringing!

Edna Dean Proctor

You know it takes a year, a full turn of the calendar, to get over losing somebody. That's a true saying.
Annie Proulx

Like everybody who is not in love, he thought one chose the person to be loved after endless deliberations and on the basis of particular qualities or advantages.
Marcel Proust

We are healed of a suffering only by experiencing it to the full.
Marcel Proust

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

Oppan Gangnam style.
Gangnam Style (song).

Virginia Wynette Pugh - See  Tammy Wynette

Acting isn't always about the amount of talent you have, or your ability to cry on command. The point is, how well can you take direction? How well can you put aside your own ideas or ego and listen to the ideas of the director and the people above you, while not giving up the passion and drive of that character?
Shannon Purser

Edward Pygge - See  Julian Barnes

How absurd and delicious it is to be in love with somebody younger than yourself. Everybody should try it.
Barbara Pym

Anger begins in folly, and ends in repentance.