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Golda MeirLet me tell you the one thing I have against Moses. He took us forty years into the desert in order to bring us to the one place in the Middle East that has no oil!

—  Golda Meir, 1898-1978, Israeli Prime Minister

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Ralph Waldo EmersonThings refuse to be mismanaged long.

—  Ralph Waldo Emerson, 1803-1884, American philosopher

Mignon McLaughlinAs we are human, we can't do what we can't do; as we're neurotic, we can't do what we can.

—  Mignon McLaughlin, 1913-1983, American magazine editor

Benjamin DisraeliHe was one of those men who think that the world can be saved by writing a pamphlet.

—  Benjamin Disraeli, 1804-1881, British Prime Minister

Francis BaconThe remedy is worse than the disease.

—  Francis Bacon, 1561-1626, English philosopher

William JamesIf any organism fails to fulfill its potentialities, it becomes sick.

—  William James, 1842-1910, American philosopher

Winston ChurchillWe contend that for a nation to try to tax itself into prosperity is like a man standing in a bucket and trying to lift himself up by the handle.

—  Winston Churchill, 1874-1965, British Prime Minister, Nobel 1953

Lou HoltzWhen all is said and done, more is said than done.

—  Lou Holtz, 1937-, American football coach

Lord ChesterfieldThe young leading the young, is like the blind leading the blind; “they will both fall into the ditch.”

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


Quotes in Verse

Constantine KavafyYet we’re sure to fail. Up there,
high on the walls, the dirge has already begun.

—  Constantine Kavafy, 1868-1933, Greek poet ‐ Trojans

Constantine Kavafy[He] tried to start an intrigue,
do something, come up with a plan;
but he failed pitifully and was reduced to nothing.

—  Constantine Kavafy, 1868-1933, Greek poet ‐ Orophernis


Funny Quotes

Steven WrightI couldn't repair your brakes, so I made your horn louder.

—  Steven Wright, 1955-, American comedian

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George BurnsSex at age 90 is like trying to shoot pool with a rope.

—  George Burns, 1896-1996, American comedian

Laurence J PeterEgypt: Where the Israelites would still be if Moses had been a bureaucrat.

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

Fred AllenA committee is a group of people who individually can do nothing, but who, as a group, can meet and decide that nothing can be done.

—  Fred Allen, 1894-1956, American comedian


Proverbs

Turkish proverbThe hole is big but the patch is small.

—  Turkish proverb

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International proverbOne swallow does not make a summer.

—  International proverb










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