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Jean-Luc GodardMy aesthetic is that of the sniper on the roof.

—  Jean-Luc Godard, 1930-, French film director

Dave LettermanThey say there are about 12 million illegal immigrants in this country. But if you ask a Native American, that number is more like 300 million.

—  Dave Letterman, 1947-, American TV talk show host

Lord ChesterfieldA weak mind is like a microscope, which magnifies trifling things but cannot receive great ones.

—  Lord Chesterfield, 1694-1773, English statesman & writer

Oscar WildeWe are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars.

—  Oscar Wilde, 1854-1900, Irish writer

Eleanor RooseveltToday is the oldest you've ever been, and the youngest you'll ever be again.

—  Eleanor Roosevelt, 1884-1962, American politician & wife of the 32nd USA president

George Bernard ShawBetter keep yourself clean and bright; you are the window through which you must see the world.

—  George Bernard Shaw, 1856-1950, Irish writer, Nobel 1925

Lao-TzuWhat the caterpillar calls the end, the rest of the world calls a butterfly.

—  Lao-Tzu, 6th cent. BC, Chinese philosopher

Joseph RouxI look at what I have not and think myself unhappy; others look at what I have and think me happy.

—  Joseph Roux, 1834-1905, French clergyman & poet

Pablo PicassoI paint objects as I think them, not as I see them.

—  Pablo Picasso, 1881-1973, Spanish painter

Winston ChurchillA pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.

—  Winston Churchill, 1874-1965, British Prime Minister, Nobel 1953

Wolfgang GoetheA man sees in the world what he carries in his heart.

—  Wolfgang Goethe, 1749-1832, German poet & philosopher

Arthur SchopenhauerEvery man takes the limits of his own field of vision for the limits of the world.

—  Arthur Schopenhauer, 1788-1860, German philosopher

TalleyrandThe reputation of a man is like his shadow, gigantic when it precedes him, and pygmy in its proportions when it follows.

—  Talleyrand, 1754-1838, French statesman & diplomat

TheocritusFaults are beauties in a lover's eye.

—  Theocritus, 3rd cent. BC, Ancient Greek poet

Gore VidalTraitors who prevail are patriots; usurpers who succeed are divine emperors.

—  Gore Vidal, 1925-2012, American writer

Ronald ReaganI've never been able to understand why a Republican contributor is a 'fat cat' and a Democratic contributor of the same amount of money is a 'public-spirited philanthropist'.

—  Ronald Reagan, 1911-2004, American President [1981-1989]

Antonio PorchiaIf you do not raise your eyes you will think that you are the highest point.

—  Antonio Porchia, 1885-1968, Italian-Argentinian poet

G. K. ChestertonHumility is the mother of giants. One sees great things from the valley; only small things from the peak.

—  G. K. Chesterton, 1874-1936, English writer & critic

Peter DruckerMarketing is not a function, it is the whole business seen from the customer's point of view.

—  Peter Drucker, 1909–2005, Austrian management guru

Henry FordIf there is any one secret of success, it lies in the ability to get the other person’s point of view and see things from that person’s angle as well as from your own.

—  Henry Ford, 1863-1947, American industrialist, founder of FORD

William ShakespeareThere is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so.

—  William Shakespeare, 1564-1616, English poet & playwright ‐ Hamlet

Quotes in Verse

Fernando PessoaWe are two abysses — a well staring at the sky.

—  Fernando Pessoa, 1888-1935, Portuguese poet & writer

Walt WhitmanTo me every hour of the light and dark is a miracle,
Every cubic inch of space is a miracle.

—  Walt Whitman, 1819-1892, American poet

Funny Quotes

George CarlinHave you ever noticed that anybody driving slower than you is an idiot, and anyone going faster than you is a maniac?

—  George Carlin, 1936-2008, American comedian

George CarlinSome people see the glass half full. Others see it half empty. I see a glass that's twice as big as it needs to be.

—  George Carlin, 1936-2008, American comedian



International proverbNo one sees the hump on his own back.

—  International proverb

Japanese proverbThe frog in the well knows not of the great ocean.

—  Japanese proverb

French proverbDon’t let the tree hide the forest.

—  French proverb


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