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Cyril ConnollyWhom the Gods wish to destroy, they first call promising.

—  Cyril Connolly, 1903-1974, British writer

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Wilson MiznerBe nice to people on the way up because you'll meet them on the way down.

—  Wilson Mizner, 1876-1913, American playwright

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Laurence J PeterPeter principle: In a hierarchy every employee tends to rise to his level of incompetence.

—  Laurence J Peter, 1919-1990, Canadian writer & educator

George Bernard ShawMan can climb to the highest summits, but he cannot dwell there long.

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

Francis BaconWe rise to great heights by a winding staircase of small steps.

—  Francis Bacon, 1561-1626, English philosopher

William ShakespeareSome rise by sin, and some by virtue fall.

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


Bible Quotes

Gospel of LukeAnd behold, some are last who will be first, and some are first who will be last.

—  Gospel of Luke ‐ 13:30

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Funny Quotes

Mae WestShe's the kind of girl who climbed the ladder of success wrong by wrong.

—  Mae West, 1892-1980, American actress

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Ancient Greek

MenanderWhen the oak tree is down, all men take wood.

Δρυός πεσούσης, πάς ανήρ ξυλεύεται.

—  Menander, 4th cent. BC, Ancient Greek dramatist (New Comedy)

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Proverbs

English proverbWhat goes up must come down.

—  English proverb

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