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Wallace StevensHuman nature is like water. It takes the shape of its container.

—  Wallace Stevens, 1879-1955, American poet

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St. AmbroseWhen in Rome, do as the Romans do.

—  St. Ambrose, 340-397, Bishop of Milan, Church Father

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Bill CosbyI don't know the key to success, but the key to failure is trying to please everybody.

—  Bill Cosby, 1937-, American comedian

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Lord ChesterfieldTake the tone of the company you are in.

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

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

Charles DarwinIt is not the strongest of the species that survives, not the most intelligent that survives. It is the one that is the most adaptable to change.

—  Charles Darwin, 1809-1882, British scientist

NapoleonThe greater the man, the less is he opinionative, he depends upon events and circumstances.

—  Napoleon, 1769-1821, French Emperor

T. S. EliotIf you haven’t the strength to impose your own terms upon life, then you must accept the terms it offers you.

—  T. S. Eliot, 1888-1965, British poet, Nobel 1948

Lao-TzuThere is nothing in the world more soft and weak than water, yet for attacking things that are hard and strong there is nothing that surpasses it, nothing that can take its place.

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

NapoleonI am sometimes a fox and sometimes a lion. The whole secret of government lies in knowing when to be the one or the other.

—  Napoleon, 1769-1821, French Emperor

Otto von BismarckWith a gentleman I am always a gentleman and a half, and with a fraud I try to be a fraud and a half.

—  Otto von Bismarck, 1815-1898, German chancellor

Albert EinsteinToday the atomic bomb has altered profoundly the nature of the world as we know it, and the human race consequently finds itself in a new habitat to which it must adapt its thinking.

—  Albert Einstein, 1879-1955, German-Jewish physicist

Arthur SchopenhauerWe forfeit three-fourths of ourselves in order to be like other people.

—  Arthur Schopenhauer, 1788-1860, German philosopher

Ayn RandMan’s unique reward, however, is that while animals survive by adjusting themselves to their background, man survives by adjusting his background to himself

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

H. Jackson Brown, Jr.When you can’t change the direction of the wind, adjust your sails.

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

Charles DarwinBuilding a better mousetrap merely results in smarter mice.

—  Charles Darwin, 1809-1882, British scientist

Arthur ClarkeThe dinosaurs disappeared because they could not adapt to their changing environment. We shall disappear if we cannot adapt to an environment that now contains spaceships, computers — and thermonuclear weapons.

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


Proverbs

French proverbAt war as at war.

A la guerre comme a la guerre.

—  French proverb

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