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ConfuciusThe man who asks a question is a fool for a minute, the man who does not ask is a fool for life.

—  Confucius, 551-479 BC, Chinese teacher & philosopher

Dorothy ParkerDucking for apples -change one letter and it's the story of my life.

—  Dorothy Parker, 1893-1967, American writer, poet, satirist, critic

Benjamin FranklinIt is hard for an empty sack to stand upright.

—  Benjamin Franklin, 1706-1790, American politician & writer

T. S. EliotMen live by forgetting and woman live on memories.

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

HomerGods know all things.

Θεοὶ δε τε πάντα ίσασιν.

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

H.L. MenckenFaith may be defined briefly as an illogical belief in the occurrence of the improbable.

—  H.L. Mencken, 1880-1956, American columnist & cultural critic

Mark TwainI have never let my schooling interfere with my education.

—  Mark Twain, 1835-1910, American writer

Jean-Paul SartreMan is a useless passion.

—  Jean-Paul Sartre, 1905-1980, French philosopher

Frank TygerDiscoveries are often made by not following instructions, by going off the main road, by trying the untried.

—  Frank Tyger, 1929-2011, American cartoonist

Jean Jacques RousseauRemorse sleeps during a prosperous period but wakes up in adversity.

—  Jean Jacques Rousseau, 1712-1778, Swiss-French philosopher

Franklin RooseveltIf I prove a bad president, I will also likely to prove the last president.

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

Francis BaconMan prefers to believe what he prefers to be true.

—  Francis Bacon, 1561-1626, English philosopher

Ralph Waldo EmersonAs a cure for worrying, work is better than whiskey.

—  Ralph Waldo Emerson, 1803-1884, American philosopher

Sun TzuTreat your men as you would your own beloved sons. And they will follow you into the deepest valley.

—  Sun Tzu, c. 5th cent. BC, Chinese general & military strategist

ConfuciusA man living without conflicts, as if he never lives at all.

—  Confucius, 551-479 BC, Chinese teacher & philosopher

Jean-Paul SartreLife begins on the other side of despair.

—  Jean-Paul Sartre, 1905-1980, French philosopher

Jules RenardFailure is not the only punishment for laziness; there is also the success of others.

—  Jules Renard, 1864-1910, French writer

Jean AnouilhThe object of art is to give life shape.

—  Jean Anouilh, 1910-1987, French playwright

Antonio PorchiaFollowing straight lines shortens distances, and also life.

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

Jean-Luc GodardPeople like to say, 'What do you mean exactly?' I would answer, 'I mean, but not exactly.'

—  Jean-Luc Godard, 1930-, French film director

Zig ZiglarWhen obstacles arise, you change your direction to reach your goal; you do not change your decision to get there.

—  Zig Ziglar, 1926-2012, American self-help writer

Anton ChekhovFaith is an aptitude of the spirit. It is, in fact, a talent: you must be born with it.

—  Anton Chekhov, 1860-1904, Russian writer

Karl KrausFamily life is an encroachment on private life.

—  Karl Kraus, 1874-1936, Austrian writer

Eleanor RooseveltLife is like a parachute jump, you've got to get it right the first time.

—  Eleanor Roosevelt, 1884-1962, American politician & wife of the 32nd USA president

Laurence J PeterFortune knocks but once, but misfortune has much more patience.

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

Carl SandburgShame is the feeling you have when you agree with the woman who loves you that you are the man she thinks you are.

—  Carl Sandburg, 1878-1967, American poet

Cyril ConnollyWe love but once, for once only are we perfectly equipped for loving.

—  Cyril Connolly, 1903-1974, British writer

Eugene IonescoPeople always try to find base motives behind every good action. We are afraid of pure goodness and of pure evil.

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

Somerset MaughamI don't think of the past. The only thing that matters is the everlasting present.

—  Somerset Maugham, 1874-1965, British writer

George SantayanaHabit is stronger than reason.

—  George Santayana, 1863-1952, Spanish-American philosopher

Victor HugoNothing awakens a reminiscence like an odor.

—  Victor Hugo, 1802-1885, French writer

Thomas JeffersonTake things always by their smooth handle.

—  Thomas Jefferson, 1749-1826, American President [1801-1809]

Jean AnouilhThere is love of course. And then there's life, its enemy.

—  Jean Anouilh, 1910-1987, French playwright

Ambrose BierceVote, v. The instrument and symbol of a freeman's power to make a fool of himself and a wreck of his country.

—  Ambrose Bierce, 1842–1914, American writer

Eric HofferIn a time of drastic change it is the learners who inherit the future. The learned usually find themselves equipped to live in a world that no longer exists.

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

John KeatsThe day is gone, and all its sweets are gone!
Sweet voice, sweet lips, soft hand, and softer breast.

—  John Keats, 1795-1821, English poet

Vince LombardiLeaders are made, they are not born. They are made by hard effort, which is the price which all of us must pay to achieve any goal that is worthwhile.

—  Vince Lombardi, 1913-1970, American football coach

Oscar WildeDeath is the only thing that ever terrifies me. I hate it. One can survive everything nowadays except that.

—  Oscar Wilde, 1854-1900, Irish writer

Winston ChurchillA pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.

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

Albert CamusFreedom is nothing but a chance to be better.

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


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