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Samuel JohnsonA man may be so much of everything that he is nothing of anything.

—  Samuel Johnson, 1709-1784, English writer

Bette DavisThere was more good acting at Hollywood parties than ever appeared on the screen.

—  Bette Davis, 1908-1989, American actress

Albert CamusIn the depth of winter, I finally learned that within me there lay an invincible summer.

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

French proverbLet us get back to our sheep.

Revenons à nos moutons.

—  French proverb

     (to what we were doing before)

HoraceIt is not sufficient to combine
Well-chosen words in a well-ordered line.

—  Horace, 65-8 BC, Roman poet

Seneca You can tell the character of every man when you see how he gives and receives praise.

—  Seneca, 4 AD-65 AD, Roman philosopher

Francis BaconIn order for the light to shine so brightly, the darkness must be present.

—  Francis Bacon, 1561-1626, English philosopher

Sun TzuSo in war, the way is to avoid what is strong, and strike at what is weak.

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

George Bernard ShawA healthy nation is as unconscious of its nationality as a healthy man of his bones. But if you break a nation's nationality it will think of nothing else but getting it set again.

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

Benjamin FranklinThose who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety.

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

JuvenalIt is difficult not to write satire.

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

Jean-Luc GodardAll you need for a movie is a gun and a girl.

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

Wolfgang GoetheNothing is worth more than this day.

—  Wolfgang Goethe, 1749-1832, German poet & philosopher

Steven WrightYou can't have everything ... where would you put it.

—  Steven Wright, 1955-, American comedian

Eleanor RooseveltNever mistake knowledge for wisdom. One helps you make a living; the other helps you make a life.

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

Samuel JohnsonYou can never be wise unless you love reading.

—  Samuel Johnson, 1709-1784, English writer

Victor HugoThe literate, the erudite, the learned mount by means of ladders; poets and artists are birds.

—  Victor Hugo, 1802-1885, French writer

All About Eve (1950)Fasten your seatbelts. It's going to be a bumpy night.

—  from the film All About Eve (1950)

Latin phraseNature abhors a vacuum.

Natura abhorret a vacua.

—  Latin phrase

Julius CaesarAnd you, son Brutus?

Και συ, τέκνον Βρούτε;

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

     (his last words, spoken in Greek)

Woody AllenMy brain: it's my second favorite organ.

—  Woody Allen, 1935-, American actor & film director

Karl MarxMoney is not only the object but also the fountainhead of greed.

—  Karl Marx, 1818-1883, German philosopher

William BlakeWhen a sinister person means to be your enemy, they always start by trying to become your friend.

—  William Blake, 1757-1827, English poet & painter

Victor HugoGreat perils have this beauty, that they bring to light the fraternity of strangers.

—  Victor Hugo, 1802-1885, French writer

Peter DruckerA management decision is irresponsible if it risks disaster this year for the sake of a grandiose future.

—  Peter Drucker, 1909–2005, Austrian management guru

NapoleonA constitution should be framed so as not to impede the action of government, nor force the government to its violation.

—  Napoleon, 1769-1821, French Emperor

Harry TrumanTo be able to lead others, a man must be willing to go forward alone.

—  Harry Truman, 1884-1972, American President [1945-1953]

Harry TrumanHow many times do you have to get hit over the head until you figure out who’s hitting you.

—  Harry Truman, 1884-1972, American President [1945-1953]

International proverbRevenge is a dish best served cold.

—  International proverb

George Bernard ShawThe word morality, if we met it in the Bible, would surprise us as much as the word telephone or motor car.

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

Gospel of MatthewBefore the rooster crows, you will disown me three times.

—  Gospel of Matthew ‐ 22:75

Ralph Waldo EmersonThe louder he talked of his honor, the faster we counted our spoons.

—  Ralph Waldo Emerson, 1803-1884, American philosopher

ApellesNot a day without a line.

Nulla dies sine linea.

—  Apelles, 4th cent. BC, Ancient Greek painter

AnonymousEach time history repeats itself, the price goes up.

—  Anonymous

Joseph RouxSolitude vivifies; isolation kills.

—  Joseph Roux, 1834-1905, French clergyman & poet

Benjamin DisraeliNever apologize for showing feeling, my friend. Remember that when you do so, you apologize for truth.

—  Benjamin Disraeli, 1804-1881, British Prime Minister

Pablo PicassoSome painters transform the sun into a yellow spot, others transform a yellow spot into the sun.

—  Pablo Picasso, 1881-1973, Spanish painter

H.L. MenckenA poet more than thirty years old is simply an overgrown child.

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

Eugene IonescoA writer never has a vacation. For a writer, life consists of either writing or thinking about writing.

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

International proverbFortune favours the brave.

—  International proverb



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