Quotes A - H
Below are just a selection of quotes I have gathered which I think are worth looking at. They are in alphabetical order by author and cover a wide selection of topics. I hope you enjoy them as I think they are all worth reading and remembering.
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Lord Acton: Lord Acton
- Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely.
- Great men are almost always bad men.
- [Politicians] never open their mouths without subtracting from the sum of human knowledge,
Aesop: Link to Wiki page
- Beware that you do not lose the substance by grasping at the shadow.
Aeschylus: Link to Wiki page
- It is a profitable thing, if one is wise, to seem foolish.
Ali, Muhammad: Official website
- When you're as great as I am, it's hard to be humble.
Alfonso The Wise: Link to Wiki page
- If I had been present at the creation, I would have given some useful hints for the better arrangement of the Universe.
Alda, Alan: Link to Bio
- It isn't necessary to be rich and famous to be happy. It's only necessary to be rich.
Amis,Kingsley: Link to Wiki page
- If you can't annoy somebody, there's little point in writing.
Angelou, Maya: Link to quotes page
- Whining is not only graceless, but can be dangerous. It can alert a brute that a victim is in the neighbourhood.
- If you find it in your heart to care for somebody else, you will have succeeded.
- Count your age with friends but not with years.
- Don't anthropomorphize computers -- they hate it.
- Don't trust anyone over 30 who used to say "Don't trust anyone over 30."
- Give her two red roses, each with a note. The first note says "For the woman I love" and the second, "For my best friend."
- Never try to teach a pig to sing. It wastes your time and annoys the pig.
- Jealousy is the only vice that gives no pleasure.
- Despite the high cost of living it remains a popular item.
- The tragedy of life is not that it ends so soon, but that we wait so long to begin it.
- Better to understand a little than to misunderstand a lot.
- Know her mind and you can have her body, know her heart and you have her soul.
- Money can't buy happiness; it can, however, rent it.
- Business conventions are important because they demonstrate how many people a company can operate without.
- If you don't know how to do something, you don't know how to do it with a computer.
- American is a very difficult language mixed with English.
- If you don't have time to do it right you must have time to do it over.
Arnold. Matthew: Link to Wiki page
- Genuine poetry is conceived and composed in the soul.
- And we are here as on a darkling plain; Swept with confused alarms of struggle and flight, Where ignorant armies clash by night.
Aristotle: Link to Wiki page
- Poetry is the breath and finer spirit of all knowledge.
Aurelius Antoninus, Marcus: Link to Wiki page
- Whatever may happen to you was prepared for you from all eternity; and the implication of causes was from eternity spinning the thread of your being.
- We are much beholden to Machiavel and others, that write what men do, and not what they ought to do.
- Anger makes dull men witty, but it keeps them poor.
- Money is like muck, not good except it be spread.
- Choose the life that is most useful, and habit will make it the most agreeable.
- Freedom is a stallion, freedom is a galleon. Freedom is: Love, Beauty & Grace.
- Information is like gold - a heavy load.
- That which link us, bind us.
- Why do we look, but never see?
- The beauty of the song is not always in the singing.
- Freedom has a price that is always worth paying.
- Despair breeds hatred and hatred breeds death
Benton, Barbi (former Playboy bunny)
- I believe that mink are raised for being turned into fur coats and if we didn't wear fur coats those little animals would never have been born. So is it better not to have been born or to have lived for a year or two to have been turned into a fur coat? I don't know.
Berra, Yogi: Link to Wiki page
- You can observe a lot by watching.
- You got to be careful if you don't know where you're going, because you might not get there.
Brand, Othal: (member of a Texas pesticide review board)
- Sure, it's going to kill a lot of people, but they may be dying of something else anyway.
- Few minds wear out; more rust out.
Burns, George: Link to bio
- If you live to be one hundred, you've got it made. Very few people die past that age.
Butler, Samuel: Link to Wiki page
All progress is based upon a universal innate desire on the part of every organism to live beyond its income.
Balfour, A. J: Who he was
- The energies of our system will decay, the glory of the sun will be dimmed, and the earth, tideless and inert, will no longer tolerate the race which has for a moment disturbed its solitude. Man will go down into the pit, and all his thoughts will perish.
Baring, Maurice: Link to Wiki page
- If you would know what the Lord God thinks of money, you have only to look at those to whom He gives it.
Barry, Marion: Link to Bio
- Outside of the killings, Washington has one of the lowest crime rates in the country.
Benchley, Robert: Link to Bio
- Except for an occasional heart attack I feel as young as I ever did.
Bennett, Arnold: Link to Wiki page
- Journalists say a thing that they know isn't true, in the hope that if they keep on saying it long enough it will be true.
Berlioz, Hector: Official website
- Time is a great teacher, but unfortunately it kills all its pupils.
- This island is almost made of coal and surrounded by fish. Only an organizing genius could produce a shortage of coal and fish in Great Britain at the same time.
- No attempt at ethical or social seduction can eradicate from my heart a deep burning hatred for the Tory Party . . . So far as I am concerned they are lower than vermin.
- The covers of this book are too far apart.
- Calamities are of two kinds: misfortune to ourselves, and good fortune to others.
- While your friend holds you affectionately by both your hands you are safe, because you can watch both his.
- Peace, n. In international affairs, a period of cheating between two periods of fighting.
- Brain, n. An apparatus with which we think that we think. [The Devil's Dictionary]
- Novel, A short story padded. [The Devil's Dictionary]
- Story, A narrative, commonly untrue. [The Devil's Dictionary]
Blok, Alexander: Link to Wiki page
- Poetry; The right words in the right order.
Bohr, Niels: Link to Bio
- Never express yourself more clearly than you are able to think.
- The opposite of a correct statement is a false statement. But the opposite of a profound truth may well be another profound truth.
Bombeck, Erma:Link to Bio
- Never go to a doctor whose office plants have died.
Bonaparte, Napoleon: Link to Wiki page
- Glory is fleeting, but obscurity is forever.
Borysenko, Joan:Official website
- The question is not whether we will die, but how we will live.
Braun, Wehrner von:Official Bio page
- We can lick gravity, but sometimes the paperwork is overwhelming.
Brown, H Jackson: Official website
- Let the refining and improving of your own life keep you so busy that you have little time to criticize others.
Bruyere, Jean De La: Link to Bio
- Nothing more clearly show how little God esteems his gift to men of wealth, money, position and other wordly goods, than the way he distributes these, and the sort of men who are most amply provided with them.
Bulwer-Lytton, Edward: Link to Wiki page
- When people have no other tyrant, their own public opinion becomes one.
Buddha: Buddha website
- Even death is not to be feared by one who has lived wisely.
- Neither fire nor wind, birth nor death can erase our good deeds.
Butler, Samuel: Link to Wiki page
- If the headache would only precede the intoxication, alcoholism would be a virtue.
Bryant, William Jennings: Link to Bio
- Destiny is not a matter of chance; but a matter of choice. It is not a thing to be waited for, It is a thing to be acheived.
Cabell, James Branch: Link to Wiki page
- The optimist proclaims that we live in the best of all possible worlds; and the pessimist fears this is true.
Carnegie, Dale: Link to Wiki page
- You have it easily in your power to increase the sum total of this world's happiness now. How? By giving a few words of sincere appreciation to someone who is lonely or discouraged. Perhaps you will forget tomorrow the kind words you say today, but the recipient may cherish them over a lifetime.
Carson, Johnny: Link to Bio
- Mail your packages early so the post office can lose them in time for Christmas.
- If thine enemy offend thee, give his child a drum.
Chanel, Coco: Link to Bio
- Nature gives you the face you have at twenty. Life shapes the face you have at thirty. But at fifty you get the face you deserve.
Chevalier, Maurice: Link to Bio
- Many a man has fallen in love with a girl in a light so dim he would not have chosen a suit by it.
Clausewitz, Karl Von: Link to Wiki page
- War is nothing more than the continuation of politics by other means.
- Be wiser than other people, if you can, but do not tell them so.
Chesterton, G K: Link to Wiki page
- A good novel tells us the truth about its hero; but a bad novel tells us the truth about its author.
- Truth must necessarily be stranger than fiction, for fiction is the creation of the human mind and therefore congenial to it.
Churchill, Winston: BBC history page
- The wars of the peoples will be more terrible than those of kings.
- Give us the tools, and we will finish the job.
- The optimist sees opportunity in every danger; the pessimist sees danger in every opportunity.
- Men occasionally stumble on the truth, but most of them pick themselves up and hurry off as if nothing had happened.
- The greatest lesson in life is to know that even fools are right sometimes. - We make a living by what we get, we make a life by what we give. -
Cobb, Irvin S: Link to Wiki page
An epitaph is a belated advertisement for a line of goods that have been permanently discontinued.
Coffin, Harold: Who is he?
- The fellow who thinks he knows it all is especially annoying to those of us who do.
Cozzens, James Gould: Link to Wiki page
- A cynic is just a man who found out when he was about ten that there wasn't any Santa Claus, and he's still upset.
Crawford, Francis: Link to Wiki page
- To expect defeat is nine-tenths of defeat itself.
Crowfoot: (Blackfoot warrior and orator) Link to Wiki page
- What is life? It is the flash of a firefly in the night. It is the breath of a buffalo in the wintertime. It is the little shadow which runs across the grass and loses itself in the sunset.
Custer, George Armstrong:Link to Wiki page
- There are not enough Indians in the world to defeat the Seventh Cavalry.
Dane, Frank:(was a British actor of the silent era)
- Never vote for the best candidate, vote for the one who will do the least harm.
Darrow, Clarence:Link to Bio
- History repeats itself. That's one of the things wrong with history.
- Someday I hope to write a book where the royalties will pay for the copies I give away.
- I am a friend of the workingman, I would rather be his friend than be one.
- When I was a boy I was told that anybody could become President; I'm beginning to believe it.
- Minds are like parachutes - they only function when open.
Descartes, Ren: Link to Bio
- Cogito, ergo sum. I think, therefore I am.
Disraeli, Benjamin:Link to Wiki page
- I repeat . . . that all power is a trust that we are accountable for its exercise that, from the people, and for the people, all springs, and all must exist.
- There are three kinds of lies lies, damned lies and statistics.
- There is an art of reading, as well as an art of thinking, and an art of writing.
- My idea of an agreeable person is a person who agrees with me.
- Everyone likes flattery, and when it comes to royalty, you should lay it on with a trowel.
Dimnet, Ernest: Link to Wiki page
- Life is a succession of lessons enforced by immediate reward, or, oftener, by immediate chastisement.
Eagan, J W:
- Never judge a book by its movie.
Edison, Thomas: Link to Wiki page
- I have not failed. I've just found 10,000 ways that won't work.
- When Solomon said that there was a time and a place for everything he had not encountered the problem of parking an automobile.
Einstein, Albert: Official site
- Common sense is the collection of prejudices acquired by age eighteen.
- Gravitation can not be held responsible for people falling in love.
- Great spirits have always found violent opposition from mediocrities. The latter cannot understand it when a man does not thoughtlessly submit to hereditary prejudices but honestly and courageously uses his intelligence.
- Imagination is more important than knowledge, for knowledge is limited while imagination embraces the entire world.
- Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I'm not sure about the former.
- The most incomprehensible thing about the world is that it is at all comprehensible.
- Whoever undertakes to set himself up as a judge of Truth and Knowledge is shipwrecked by the laughter of the gods.
- A person starts to live when he can live outside himself.
- There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.
- Anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new.
Eisenhower, Dwight D: Official Bio
- Things are more like they are now than they ever were before.
Emerson, Ralph Waldo:Link to Wiki page
- People do not deserve good writing, they are so pleased with bad.
- Men are what their mothers made them.
- Question everything. Learn something. Answer nothing.
English Professor, Ohio University:
- I am returning this otherwise good typing paper to you because someone has printed gibberish all over it and put your name at the top.
- We never know the worth of water 'til the well is dry.
Ertz, Susan: Link to Wiki Page
- Millions long for immortality who do not know what to do with themselves on a rainy Sunday afternoon.
Eschenbach, M. Ebner:Link to Wiki page
- Be the first to say what is self-evident, and you are immortal.
Exupery, Antoine de Saint: Official Bio page
- And now here is my secret, a very simple secret; it is only with the heart that one can see rightly, what is essential is invisible to the eye.