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JuvenalIt is difficult not to write satire.

—  Juvenal, 1st-2nd cent. AD, Roman satiric poet

Benjamin DisraeliThe secret of success in life is for a man to be ready for his opportunity when it comes.

—  Benjamin Disraeli, 1804-1881, British Prime Minister

Fred AllenMy father never raised his hand to any one of his children, except in self-defense.

—  Fred Allen, 1894-1956, American comedian

T. S. EliotWhere is the wisdom we have lost in knowledge?
Where is the knowledge we have lost in information?

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

Eric HofferPassionate hatred can give meaning and purpose to an empty life.

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

Arthur ClarkeIf he was indeed mad, his delusions were beautifully organized

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

Jean Jacques RousseauTo write a good love letter, you ought to begin without knowing what you mean to say, and to finish without knowing what you have written.

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

Stanislaw Jerzy LecThe weakest link in the chain is also the strongest. It can break the chain.

—  Stanislaw Jerzy Lec, 1906-1966, Polish author of maxims

Sigmund FreudWe read in Rabelais of how the Devil took flight when the woman showed him her vulva.

—  Sigmund Freud, 1856-1939, Austrian psychologist, founder of psychoanalysis

French proverbAt war as at war.

A la guerre comme a la guerre.

—  French proverb

G. K. ChestertonWhen some English moralists write about the importance of having character, they appear to mean only the importance of having a dull character.

—  G. K. Chesterton, 1874-1936, English writer & critic

NapoleonThe reason most people fail instead of succeed is they trade what they want most for what they want at the moment.

—  Napoleon, 1769-1821, French Emperor

Victor HugoHow beauty varies in nature and art! In a woman the flesh must be like marble; in a statue the marble must be like flesh.

—  Victor Hugo, 1802-1885, French writer

Groucho MarxFrom the moment I picked your book up until I laid it down I was convulsed with laughter. Someday I intend on reading it.

—  Groucho Marx, 1890-1977, American comedian

Marquis de SadeThe idea of God is the sole wrong for which I cannot forgive mankind.

—  Marquis de Sade, 1740-1814, French writer

Just do It.

—  Slogan of Nike

Ricky GervaisJust because you're offended, doesn't mean you're right.

—  Ricky Gervais, 1961-, British comedian & screenwriter

Sacha GuitryA man with a watch knows what time it is. A man with two watches is never sure.

—  Sacha Guitry, 1885-1957, French writer

Karl KrausA journalist is stimulated by a deadline. He writes worse when he has time.

—  Karl Kraus, 1874-1936, Austrian writer

Emile M. CioranOnce we begin to want, we fall under the jurisdiction of the Devil.

—  Emile M. Cioran, 1911-1995, French-Romanian philosopher

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

Ralph Waldo EmersonWhy should the way I feel depend on the thoughts in someone else's head?

—  Ralph Waldo Emerson, 1803-1884, American philosopher

John WoodenNever mistake activity for achievement.

—  John Wooden, 1910-2010, American basketball coach

EpicurusNecessity is a bad thing, but there is no necessity to live with necessity.

Κακόν ανάγκη, αλλ’ ουδεμία ανάγκη ζην μετά ανάγκης.

—  Epicurus, 341-270 BC, Ancient Greek philosopher

Steven WrightIf you are killing time, are you damaging eternity?

—  Steven Wright, 1955-, American comedian

Franklin RooseveltRepetition does not transform a lie into a truth.

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

William ShakespeareMy words fly up, my thoughts remain below:
Words without thoughts never to heaven go.

—  William Shakespeare, 1564-1616, English poet & playwright ‐ Hamlet

Bob MarleyThe biggest coward of a man is to awaken the love of a woman without the intention of loving her.

—  Bob Marley, 1945-1981, Jamaican singer

Elbert HubbardLife is a compromise between fate and free will.

—  Elbert Hubbard, 1856-1915, American writer

Latin phraseNature abhors a vacuum.

Natura abhorret a vacua.

—  Latin phrase

Yiddish proverbYouth is a mistake, middle age a struggle, and old age a regret.

—  Yiddish proverb

Adolf HitlerWinning without problem is just victory, but winning with lots of trouble create History.

—  Adolf Hitler, 1889-1945, German dictator

George Bernard ShawHappy is the man who can make a living by his hobby.

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

Wallace StevensReality is a cliché from which we escape by metaphor.

—  Wallace Stevens, 1879-1955, American poet

Victor HugoMankind is not a circle with a single center but an ellipse with two focal points of which facts are one and ideas the other.

—  Victor Hugo, 1802-1885, French writer

Edmund BurkeAmbition can creep as well as soar.

—  Edmund Burke, 1729-1797, British statesman & philosopher

TalleyrandTo succeed in the world, it is much more necessary to possess the penetration to discern who is a fool, than to discover who is a clever man.

—  Talleyrand, 1754-1838, French statesman & diplomat

VauvenarguesWhen a thought is too weak to be expressed simply, it should be rejected.

—  Vauvenargues, 1715-1747, French author of maxims

Phyllis DillerI always wondered how I could tell when the right one came along - but it was easy. He was the only one that came along.

—  Phyllis Diller, 1917 - 2012, American comedian

Niccolò MachiavelliNever was anything great achieved without danger.

—  Niccolò Machiavelli, 1469-1527, Italian political philosopher


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