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Karl KrausThe secret of the demagogue is to make himself as stupid as his audience so they believe they are clever as he.

—  Karl Kraus, 1874-1936, Austrian writer

George BurnsSomeone who makes you laugh is a comedian. Someone who makes you think and then laugh is a humorist.

—  George Burns, 1896-1996, American comedian

Fyodor DostoyevskyIf you wish to glimpse inside a human soul and get to know a man ... just watch him laugh. If he laughs well, he's a good man.

—  Fyodor Dostoyevsky, 1821-1881, Russian writer

Mahatma GandhiA man is but the product of his thoughts. What he thinks, he becomes.

—  Mahatma Gandhi, 1869-1948, Indian leader of independence

Will DurantThose who have suffered much become very bitter or very gentle.

—  Will Durant, 1885-1981, American historian & philosopher

Georg Christoph LichtenbergNothing contributes more to a person's peace of mind than having no opinions at all.

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

Friedrich NietzscheMany a man fails to become a thinker only because his memory is too good.

—  Friedrich Nietzsche, 1844-1900, German philosopher

Antonio PorchiaI stop wanting what I am looking for, looking for it.

—  Antonio Porchia, 1885-1968, Italian-Argentinian poet

Jim RohnLearn how to be happy with what you have while you pursue all that you want.

—  Jim Rohn, 1930-2009, American self-help speker

Cyril ConnollyEverything is a dangerous drug to me except reality, which is unendurable.

—  Cyril Connolly, 1903-1974, British writer

Calvin CoolidgeIf you see ten troubles coming down the road, you can be sure that nine will run into the ditch before they reach you and you have to battle with only one of them.

—  Calvin Coolidge, 1872-1933, American President [1923-1929]

Arthur SchopenhauerIf we were not all so interested in ourselves, life would be so uninteresting that none of us would be able to endure it.

—  Arthur Schopenhauer, 1788-1860, German philosopher

Ronald ReaganIf politics were a musical, it would be “Promises, Promises”.

—  Ronald Reagan, 1911-2004, American President [1981-1989]

TheocritusYou need to have courage, because tomorrow will be better. While there's life there’s hope, and only the dead have none.

Θαρσείν χρη, τάχ’ αύριον έσσετ’ άμεινον. Eλπίδες εν ζωοίσιν, ανέλπιστοι δε θανόντες.

—  Theocritus, 3rd cent. BC, Ancient Greek poet

Somerset MaughamWhen things are at their worst I find something always happens.

—  Somerset Maugham, 1874-1965, British writer

Sam GoldwynNinety percent of the art of living consists of getting along with people you cannot stand.

—  Sam Goldwyn, 1879-1974, American film producer

Turkish proverbSome cannot find a bridge to cross the water, while others cannot find water to drink.

—  Turkish proverb

International proverbDon't put the cart before the horse.

—  International proverb

Fred AllenTreat employees like partners, and they act like partners.

—  Fred Allen, 1894-1956, American comedian

Carl SandburgPoetry is an echo asking a shadow to dance.

—  Carl Sandburg, 1878-1967, American poet

George OrwellIf liberty means anything at all, it means the right to tell people what they do not want to hear.

—  George Orwell, 1903-1950, British writer

AristotleNature does nothing without purpose or in vain.

Η φύσις μηδέν μήτε ατελές ποιεί μήτε μάτην.

—  Aristotle, 384-322 BC, Ancient Greek philosopher

Franklin RooseveltDemocracy cannot succeed unless those who express their choice are prepared to choose wisely. The real safeguard of democracy, therefore, is education.

—  Franklin Roosevelt, 1882-1945, American President [1936-1945]

Charles Caleb ColtonCorruption is like a ball of snow, once it's set a rolling it must increase.

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

Karl KrausAnesthesia: wounds without pain. Neurasthenia: pain without wounds.

—  Karl Kraus, 1874-1936, Austrian writer

Karl KrausThe world is a prison in which solitary confinement is preferable.

—  Karl Kraus, 1874-1936, Austrian writer

Fred AllenTelevision is a medium because anything well done is rare.

—  Fred Allen, 1894-1956, American comedian

Dave LettermanI'm just trying to make a smudge on the collective unconscious.

—  Dave Letterman, 1947-, American TV talk show host

Walt WhitmanYour very flesh shall be a great poem.

—  Walt Whitman, 1819-1892, American poet

Albert CamusFiction is the lie through which we tell the truth.

—  Albert Camus, 1913-1960, French writer, Nobel 1957

Charles BaudelaireProgress is a doctrine of idlers and Belgians.

—  Charles Baudelaire, 1821-1867, French poet

Steven WrightThere is a fine line between fishing and just standing on the shore like an idiot.

—  Steven Wright, 1955-, American comedian

Georges ClemenceauWar is a series of catastrophes that results in a victory.

—  Georges Clemenceau, 1841-1929, French Prime Minister

Margaret ThatcherNo-one would remember the Good Samaritan if he'd only had good intentions; he had money as well.

—  Margaret Thatcher, 1925-2013, British Prime Minister

Isaac AsimovThose people who think they know everything are a great annoyance to those of us who do.

—  Isaac Asimov, 1920-1992, American Sci-Fi writer

Martin Luther KingA riot is the language of the unheard.

—  Martin Luther King, 1929-1968, American leader in the Civil Rights Movement

Kurt VonnegutShrapnel was invented by an Englishman of the same name. Don't you wish you could have something named after you?

—  Kurt Vonnegut, 1922-2007, American writer

George Bernard ShawThe great advantage of a hotel is that it's a refuge from home life.

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

Charles BaudelaireOne should always be drunk. That's all that matters...But with what? With wine, with poetry, or with virtue, as you chose. But get drunk.

—  Charles Baudelaire, 1821-1867, French poet

Charles de GaulleAll my life I have had a certain idea of France.

—  Charles de Gaulle, 1890-1970, French President

     (opening sentence of his Mémoires de guerre)


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