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Antonio PorchiaI will help you to approach if you approach, and to keep away if you keep away.

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

ThucydidesMen naturally despise those who court them, but respect those who do not give way to them.

—  Thucydides, 460-394 BC, Ancient Greek historian

Oscar WildeI choose my friends for their good looks, my acquaintances for their good characters, and my enemies for their good intellect.

—  Oscar Wilde, 1854-1900, Irish writer

ThucydidesNow the only sure basis of an alliance is for each party to be equally afraid of the other.

—  Thucydides, 460-394 BC, Ancient Greek historian

Franklin RooseveltYou are only an extra in everyone else's play.

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

Benjamin FranklinBe civil to all; sociable to many; familiar with few; friend to one; enemy to none.

—  Benjamin Franklin, 1706-1790, American politician & writer

Friedrich NietzscheInvisible threads are the strongest ties.

—  Friedrich Nietzsche, 1844-1900, German philosopher

Somerset MaughamThere's always one who loves and one who lets himself be loved.

—  Somerset Maugham, 1874-1965, British writer

Sylvia PlathHow we need another soul to cling to.

—  Sylvia Plath, 1932-1963, American poet & writer

Aristotle OnassisYou will understand that if you make things easier for others you will earn their liking.

—  Aristotle Onassis, 1900-1975, Greek tycoon

Antonio PorchiaI know what I have given you... I do not know what you have received.

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

Antonio PorchiaWhen you made me into another, I left you with me.

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

Albert CamusDon't walk behind me; I may not lead. Don't walk in front of me; I may not follow. Just walk beside me and be my friend.

—  Albert Camus, 1913-1960, French writer, Nobel 1957

Samuel BeckettDon't touch me! Don't question me! Don't speak to me! Stay with me!

—  Samuel Beckett, 1906-1989, Irish writer, Nobel 1969

Karl JungThe meeting of two personalities is like the contact of two chemical substances: if there is any reaction, both are transformed

—  Karl Jung, 1875-1961, Swiss psychiatrist

William JamesWe are like islands in the sea, separate on the surface but connected in the deep.

—  William James, 1842-1910, American philosopher

Bob MarleyEveryone in life is gonna hurt you, you just have to figure out which people are worth the pain.

—  Bob Marley, 1945-1981, Jamaican singer

Anton ChekhovA fiancé is neither this nor that: he’s left one shore, but not yet reached the other.

—  Anton Chekhov, 1860-1904, Russian writer

Zsa Zsa GaborTo have twenty lovers in one year is easy. To have one lover for twenty years is difficult.

—  Zsa Zsa Gabor, 1917-2016, Hungarian-American actress

Georg Christoph LichtenbergJust as we outgrow a pair of trousers, we outgrow acquaintances, libraries, principles, etc., at times before they're worn out and at times—and this is the worst of all—before we have new ones.

—  Georg Christoph Lichtenberg, 1742-1799, German author of maxims

Franklin RooseveltIf civilization is to survive, we must cultivate the science of human relationships - the ability of all peoples, of all kinds, to live together, in the same world at peace.

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

Zig ZiglarWhen the wrong people leave your life, the right things start to happen.

—  Zig Ziglar, 1926-2012, American self-help writer

Jim RohnYour family and your love must be cultivated like a garden. Time, effort, and imagination must be summoned constantly to keep any relationship flourishing and growing.

—  Jim Rohn, 1930-2009, American self-help speker

Quotes in Verse

Sylvia PlathI lean to you, numb as a fossil. Tell me I'm here.

—  Sylvia Plath, 1932-1963, American poet & writer

Funny Quotes

Mitch HedbergI don't have a girlfriend. But I do know a woman who'd be mad at me for saying that.

—  Mitch Hedberg, 1968-2005, American comedian



Yiddish proverbWhere people love you, go rarely; where you are hated, go not at all.

—  Yiddish proverb


Movie Quotes

A Streetcar Named Desire (1951)Whoever you are, I have always depended on the kindness of strangers.

—  from the film A Streetcar Named Desire (1951)



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