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George Bernard ShawThe reformer for whom the world is not good enough finds himself shoulder to shoulder with him that is not good enough for the world.

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

Wolfgang GoetheIf you inquire what the people are like here, I must answer, “The same as everywhere!”

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

Friedrich NietzscheThe surest way to corrupt a youth is to instruct him to hold in higher esteem those who think alike than those who think differently.

—  Friedrich Nietzsche, 1844-1900, German philosopher

Oscar WildeAll women become like their mothers. That is their tragedy. No man does. That's his.

—  Oscar Wilde, 1854-1900, Irish writer

Eric HofferThe less satisfaction we derive from being ourselves, the greater is our desire to be like others.

—  Eric Hoffer, 1902-1983, American writer & philosopher

VoltaireIf God has made us in his image, we have returned him the favor.

—  Voltaire, 1694-1778, French philosopher & writer

Marcel ProustJust as those who practice the same profession recognize each other instinctively, so do those who practice the same vice.

—  Marcel Proust, 1871-1922, French writer

Georg Christoph LichtenbergThere is no more important rule of conduct in the world than this: attach yourself as much as you can to people who are abler than you and yet not so very different that you cannot understand them.

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

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Charles de GaulleNow she is like everyone else.

—  Charles de Gaulle, 1890-1970, French President

     (at the funeral of his daughter Anne, who had Down Syndrome, 1948)


Ancient Greek

HomerAs ever, god brings like and like together!

Ως αεί τον όμοιον άγει θεός ως τον όμοιον.

—  Homer, c. 800-750 BC, II ‐ Odyssey XVII



French proverbAt night all cats are grey.

—  French proverb

French proverbThose who resemble each other, assemble together

Qui se ressemble, s'assemble.

—  French proverb

French proverbLike master, like man.

Tel maître, tel valet.

—  French proverb

International proverbSet a thief to catch a thief.

—  International proverb

English proverbBirds of a feather flock together.

—  English proverb


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