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George Bernard ShawAll great truths begin as blasphemies.

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

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Bette DavisI have been uncompromising, peppery, intractable, monomaniacal, tactless, volatile, and off-times disagreeable. I suppose I am larger than life.

—  Bette Davis, 1908-1989, American actress

George Bernard ShawThe reasonable man adapts himself to the world: the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore all progress depends on the unreasonable man.

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

Oscar WildeDisobedience, in the eyes of any one who has read history, is man's original virtue. It is through disobedience that progress has been made, through disobedience and through rebellion.

—  Oscar Wilde, 1854-1900, Irish writer

George Bernard ShawDisobedience, the rarest and most courageous of the virtues, is seldom distinguished from neglect, the laziest and commonest of the vices.

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

John DrydenToo black for heav'n, and yet too white for hell.

—  John Dryden, 1631-1700, English poet

Pablo PicassoLearn the rules like a pro, so you can break them like an artist.

—  Pablo Picasso, 1881-1973, Spanish painter

Mahatma GandhiA good person will resist an evil system with his whole soul. Disobedience of the laws of an evil state is therefore a duty.

—  Mahatma Gandhi, 1869-1948, Indian leader of independence

Otto von BismarckWhen you say you agree to a thing in principle you mean that you have not the slightest intention of carrying it out in practice.

—  Otto von Bismarck, 1815-1898, German chancellor

Mark TwainWhenever you find that you are on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect.

—  Mark Twain, 1835-1910, American writer

Andy WarholI like to be the right thing in the wrong place and the wrong thing in the right place.

—  Andy Warhol, 1928-1987, American artist

Ambrose BierceAbnormal, adj. Not conforming to standards in matters of thought and conduct. To be independent is to be abnormal, to be abnormal is to be detested.

—  Ambrose Bierce, 1842–1914, American writer

Jean-Paul SartreOnly the guy who isn't rowing has time to rock the boat.

—  Jean-Paul Sartre, 1905-1980, French philosopher

Oscar WildeWhenever people agree with me I always feel I must be wrong.

—  Oscar Wilde, 1854-1900, Irish writer

Ayn RandThere is a level of cowardice lower than that of the conformist: the fashionable non-conformist.

—  Ayn Rand, 1905-1982, American writer & philosopher

Stanislaw Jerzy LecHe who wants to get to the source must swim against the current.

—  Stanislaw Jerzy Lec, 1906-1966, Polish author of maxims

G. K. ChestertonA dead thing can go with the stream, but only a living thing can go against it.

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

H. Jackson Brown, Jr.In business or in life, don't follow the wagon tracks too closely.

—  H. Jackson Brown, Jr., 1940-, American self-help writer

Douglas MacArthurYou are remembered for the rules you break.

—  Douglas MacArthur, 1880-1964, American general

NapoleonOne must indeed be ignorant of the methods of genius to suppose that it allows itself to be cramped by forms. Forms are for mediocrity, and it is fortunate that mediocrity can act only according to routine. Ability takes its flight unhindered.

—  Napoleon, 1769-1821, French Emperor


Latin Quotes

Old TestamentI will not serve!

Non serviam!

—  Old Testament

     (Attributed to Lucifer, but originates from the Vulgate [Jeremiah] referring to the rejection of God by the people of Israel)

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Funny Quotes

Steven WrightI got a new shadow. I had to get rid of the other one – it wasn’t doing what I was doing.

—  Steven Wright, 1955-, American comedian

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Movie Quotes

Alphaville (1965)I refuse to become what you call normal.

—  from the film Alphaville (1965)










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