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Robert BenchleyWe are constantly being surprised that people did things well before we were born.

—  Robert Benchley, 1889-1945, American columnist

Mark TwainAlways do right. This will gratify some people and astonish the rest.

—  Mark Twain, 1835-1910, American writer

Eugene IonescoThe end of childhood is when things cease to astonish us.

—  Eugene Ionesco, 1912-1994, French-Romanian playwright

Eugene IonescoExplanation separates us from astonishment, which is the only gateway to the incomprehensible.

—  Eugene Ionesco, 1912-1994, French-Romanian playwright

Kurt VonnegutTrue terror is to wake up one morning and discover that your high school class is running the country.

—  Kurt Vonnegut, 1922-2007, American writer

Charles Caleb ColtonOf all the marvelous works of God, perhaps the one angels view with the most supreme astonishment, is a proud man.

—  Charles Caleb Colton, 1780-1832, English cleric & writer

Charles Caleb ColtonNothing more completely baffles one who is full of tricks and duplicity than straight forward and simple integrity in another.

—  Charles Caleb Colton, 1780-1832, English cleric & writer

Thomas EdisonIf we did all the things we are capable of doing, we would literally astound ourselves.

—  Thomas Edison, 1847-1934, American inventor

Jean CocteauThere is an angel inside me whom I am constantly shocking.

—  Jean Cocteau, 1889-1963, French artist

Arthur ClarkeI sometimes think that the universe is a machine designed for the perpetual astonishment of astronomers.

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

Funny Quotes

George W. BushI have written a book. This will come as quite a shock to some. They didn't think I could read, much less write.

—  George W. Bush, 1946-, American President

Ancient Greek

HomerWhat is this word that broke through the fence of your teeth?

Ποίον σε έπος φύγεν έρκος οδόντων;

—  Homer, c. 800-750 BC, II ‐ Iliad IV

Julius CaesarAnd you, son Brutus?

Και συ, τέκνον Βρούτε;

—  Julius Caesar, 101-14 BC, Roman general & Consul

     (his last words, spoken in Greek)


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