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Otto von BismarckThree professors- Homeland is lost.

Drei Professoren - Vaterland verloren!

—  Otto von Bismarck, 1815-1898, German chancellor

Winston ChurchillHe has all the virtues I dislike and none of the vices I admire.

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

     (on British Labour politician Stafford Cripps)

Lao-TzuThere is no greater danger than underestimating your opponent.

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

Arthur SchopenhauerBecause people have no thoughts to deal in, they deal cards, and try and win one another’s money. Idiots!

—  Arthur Schopenhauer, 1788-1860, German philosopher

Winston ChurchillMr. Attlee is a very modest man. Indeed he has a lot to be modest about.

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

     (on the new Prime Minister Clement Attlee,1946)

Winston ChurchillWe know that he has, more than any other man, the gift of compressing the largest number of words into the smallest amount of thought.

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

     (on Ramsay MacDonald, he first Labour Party Prime Minister)

H.L. MenckenA good politician is quite as unthinkable as an honest burglar.

—  H.L. Mencken, 1880-1956, American columnist & cultural critic

Georges ClemenceauThere are only two perfectly useless things in this world. One is an appendix and the other is the President of the Republic.

—  Georges Clemenceau, 1841-1929, French Prime Minister

Gore VidalAndy Warhol is the only genius I've ever known with an I.Q. of 60.

—  Gore Vidal, 1925-2012, American writer

Samuel JohnsonThere are some sluggish men who are improved by drinking; as there are fruits that are not good until they are rotten.

—  Samuel Johnson, 1709-1784, English writer

Samuel JohnsonA man who is good enough to go to heaven is not good enough to be a clergyman.

—  Samuel Johnson, 1709-1784, English writer

Samuel JohnsonA man may be so much of everything that he is nothing of anything.

—  Samuel Johnson, 1709-1784, English writer

Lord ChesterfieldLet blockheads read what blockheads wrote.

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

G. K. ChestertonThe rich are the scum of the earth in every country.

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

Jules RenardThe bourgeois are the others.

—  Jules Renard, 1864-1910, French writer

Paul ValeryFascism begins with the thought that everybody else is an idiot.

—  Paul Valery, 1871-1945, French poet

Lord ChesterfieldMost people enjoy the inferiority of their best friends.

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

Lord ActonA man can be trusted only up to low-water mark.

—  Lord Acton, 1834-1902, English historian

Lyndon JohnsonThe CIA is made up of boys whose families sent them to Princeton but wouldn't let them into the family brokerage business.

—  Lyndon Johnson, 1908-1973, American President [1963-1969]

Lyndon JohnsonJerry Ford is so dumb he can't fart and chew gum at the same time.

—  Lyndon Johnson, 1908-1973, American President [1963-1969]

Harry TrumanI fired MacArthur because he wouldn’t respect the authority of the president. I didn’t fire him because he was a dumb son of a bitch, although he was.

—  Harry Truman, 1884-1972, American President [1945-1953]

Arthur ClarkeThey could not eat it, and it could not eat them; therefore it was not important.

—  Arthur Clarke, 1917-2008, British Sci-Fi writer

David Lloyd GeorgeWhen they circumcised Herbert Samuel they threw away the wrong bit.

—  David Lloyd George, 1863-1945, British Prime Minister [1916-1922]

Franklin RooseveltNever underestimate a man who overestimates himself.

—  Franklin Roosevelt, 1882-1945, American President [1936-1945]

H.L. MenckenThe government consists of a gang of men exactly like you and me. They have, taking one with another, no special talent for the business of government; they have only a talent for getting and holding office.

—  H.L. Mencken, 1880-1956, American columnist & cultural critic

Stupid Quotes

George W. BushThey misunderestimated me.

—  George W. Bush, 1946-, American President

Ancient Greek

TheocritusNow begins a river of words and a trickling of sense.

Άρχεται λέξεων μεν ποταμός, νου δε σταλαγμός.

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

     (on one of his opponents who was about to make a public speech)


American proverbAll hat and no cattle.

—  American proverb

English proverbIf the cap fits, wear it.

—  English proverb



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