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Quotes N - Z

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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Naisbilt, John: Wikki page
- We are drowning in information, but starved for knowledge.
Nabokov, Vladimir: Wikki page
- My loathings are simple: stupidity, oppression, crime, cruelty, soft music.

Nietzsche, Friedrich: Link to bio
- Convictions are more dangerous enemies of truth than lies.
Nunn, Gregory:
- A conservative is a man who wants the rules changed so no one can make a pile the way he did.
O'Connor, Flannery:  Bio here
- Everywhere I go, I'm asked if the universities stifle writers. My opinion is that they don't stifle enough of them.
-There's many a bestseller that could have been prevented by a good teacher.

O'Rourke, P. J: Official website
-  Never be unfaithful to a lover, except with your wife.
- The Democrats are the party that says government will make you smarter, taller, richer, and remove the crabgrass on your lawn.
- The Republicans are the party that says government doesn't work and then they get elected and prove it.
Oppenheimer. Robert: Wikki Page
- The optimist thinks this is the best of all possible worlds. The pessimist fears it is true.
Osgood, Charles: Bio Page
- Being Politically Correct means always having to say you're sorry.
Orben, Robert: Wikki Page
- I take my children everywhere, but they always find their way back home.
Owen, Wifred: Bio Page
- All a poet can do is warn'.
- My subject is war, and the pity of war. The poetry is in the pity.
Parker, Dorothy: Wikki Page
- This novel is not to be tossed lightly aside, but hurled with great force.
- How could they tell? (upon hearing that President Coolidge had died)
- There's a helluva distance between wisecracking and wit. Wit has truth in it; wisecracking is simply calisthenics with words.

Pearson,  Maryon: Wikki Page
- Behind every successful man there is a surprised woman.
Pope Jean Paul: Bio Page
- The truth is not always the same as the majority decision.
Reading, Lady Stella: Bio Page
- The whole point of getting things done is knowing what to leave undone.
Reagan, Ronald: Wikki Page
- Trust, but verify.
Robbins, Tom: Wikki Page
- Humanity has advanced, when it has advanced, not because it has been sober, responsible, and cautious, but because it has been playful, rebellious, and immature.
- There are many things worth living for, there are a few things worth dying for, but there is nothing worth killing for.
Rogers, Will: Bio Page
- What the country needs is dirtier fingernails and cleaner minds.
- A difference of opinion is what makes horse racing and missionaries.
- I belong to no organized political party -- I am a Democrat.
Rouchefoucald, Francois de la: Bio Page
 - Old men are fond of giving advice to console themselves for being no longer in a position to give bad examples.
Rizzo, Frank:  (ex-police chief and mayor of Philadelphia)
- The streets are safe in Philadelphia. It's only the people who make them unsafe.
Russell, Bertrand: Nobel Prize winner
- The whole problem with the world is that fools and fanatics are always so certain of themselves, but wiser people so full of doubts.
Russell, Mark:
- The scientific theory I like best is that the rings of Saturn are composed entirely of lost airline luggage.
Saki (H. H. Munro)  
- I love Americans, but not when they try to talk French. What a blessing it is that they never try to talk English.  
Searles, David:
- The tendency of an event to occur varies inversely with one's preparation for it.
Shaw, George Bernard: Wikki Page
- Build a system that even a fool can use, and only a fool will want to use it.
- It is dangerous to be sincere unless you are also stupid.
- I never thought much of the courage of a lion-tamer. Inside the cage he is at least safe from people.
- Do not do unto others as you would that they should do unto you. Their tastes may not be the same.
- Love is the gross exaggeration of the difference between one person and everyone else.
- Great Britain and the United States are nations separated by a common language.
- What is the use of straining after an amiable view of things, when a cynical view is most likely to be the true one?
- He knows nothing and thinks he knows everything. That points clearly to a political career.
- Do you know what a pessimist is? A man who thinks everybody as nasty as himself, and hates them for it.
- The perfect love affair is one which is conducted entirely by post.
- Youth is a wonderful thing. What a crime to waste it on children.
- Alcohol is the anesthesia by which we endure the operation of life.
- The power of accurate observation is commonly called cynicism by those who have not got it.
- Life does not cease to be funny when people die any more than it ceases to be serious when people laugh.
- Life is no brief candle to me. It is a sort of splendid torch which I have got a hold of for the moment, and I want to make it burn as brightly as possible before handing it on to future generations.
- Life isn't about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.
- The whole problem with the world is that fools and fanatics are always so certain of themselves, but wiser people so full of doubts.
Sills, Beverly: Bio Page
- You may be disappointed if you fail, but you are doomed if you don't try.
Smith, E. I:  (Captain of the Titanic)
- I cannot imagine any condition which would cause this ship to founder. Modern shipbuilding has gone beyond that.
Smith, Sydney: English Clergyman 1771 - 1845
- Whatever you are from nature, keep to it; never desert your own line of talent. Be what nature intended you for, and you will succeed; be anything else, and you will be ten thousands times worse than nothing.
Stael, Madam de: Wikki Page
- The more I see of man . . . the more I like dogs.
Stanislaw, J. Lec: Polish aphorist and poet
- You must first have a lot of patience to learn to have patience.
Stevenson, Adlai: Bio Page
- In America, anyone can become president. That's one of the risks you take.
Summers, Lawrence: (Chief economist of the World Bank, explaining why we should export toxic wastes to Third World countries)
- I've always thought that under populated countries in Africa are vastly under polluted.
Swift, Johnathan: Bio Page
When a true genius appears in the world you may know him by this sign: that all the dunces are in confederacy against him.
Syrus, Publius: Bio Page
- Anyone can hold the helm when the sea is calm.
- Let a fool hold his tongue and he will pass for a sage.
Szasz, Thomas: Wikki Page
- Boredom is the feeling that everything is a waste of time; serenity, that nothing is.
Tennyson, Alfred Lord: Bio Page
- Knowledge comes, but wisdom lingers.
Teresa, Mother:
- If you can't feed a hundred people, then feed just one.
Thomas, Gwynn:
 - Why is it that wherever I go, the resident idiot heads straight for me?
Thoreau, Henry David:
- The mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation. What is called resignation is confirmed desperation
Thurber, James:
- Early to rise and early to bed, makes a male healthy, wealthy and dead.
- With sixty staring me in the face, I have developed inflammation of the sentence structure and definite hardening of the paragraphs.
- You can fool too many of the people too much of the time.
Tikkanen, Henrik:
- Truly great madness can not be achieved without significant intelligence.
Toffler, Alvin:
- Change is not merely necessary to life, it is life.
Toynbee Arnold:
- Do not let yourselves be discouraged or embittered by the smallness of the success you are likely to achieve in trying to make life better. You certainly would not be able, in a single generation, to create an earthly paradise. Who could expect that? But, if you make life ever so little better, you will have done splendidly, and your lives will have been worthwhile.
Tomlin, Lilly:
- I always wanted to be somebody, but I should have been more specific.
- Man invented language to satisfy his deep need to complain.
- The trouble with the rat race is that even if you win you're still a rat.
Toronto Star Newspaper
- There's nothing wrong with the average person that a good psychiatrist can't exaggerate.
Toledo Blade Newspaper:
- A great many open minds should be closed for repairs.
Trotsky, Leon:
- Life is not an easy matter.... You cannot live through it without falling into frustration and cynicism unless you have before you a great idea which raises you above personal misery, above weakness, above all kinds of perfidy and baseness.
Truman, Harry S:
- If you can't convince them, confuse them.
Twain, Mark:
- I didn't have time to write a short letter, so I wrote a long one instead.
- Substitute "damn" every time you're inclined to write "very"; your editor will delete it and the writing will be just as it should be.
- The man who does not read good books has no advantage over the man who cannot read them.
- Good breeding consists in concealing how much we think of ourselves and how little we think of the other person.
- I could never learn to like her, except on a raft at sea with no other provisions in sight.  
- Be careful about reading health books. You may die of a misprint.
- The difference between the right word and almost the right word is the difference between lightning and the lightning bug.
- I find that the further I go back, the better things were, whether they happened or not.
- If you pick up a starving dog and make him prosperous, he will not bite you. This is the principal difference between a man and a dog.
- Providence protects children and idiots. I know because I have tested it.
- The radical of one century is the conservative of the next. The radical invents the views. When he has worn them out, the conservative adopts them.
- "Be Yourself" is about the worst advice you can give to people.
- Adam and Eve had many advantages, but the principal one was that they escaped teething.
- By trying we can easily endure adversity. Another man's, I mean.
- Few things are harder to put up with than the annoyance of a good example.
- Noise proves nothing. Often a hen who has merely laid an egg cackles as if she has laid an asteroid.
- A classic is something that everybody wants to have read and nobody wants to read.
- I have witnessed and greatly enjoyed the first act of everything which Wagner created, but the effect on me has always been so powerful that one act was quite sufficient; whenever I have witnessed two acts I have gone away physically exhausted; and whenever I have ventured an entire opera the result has been the next thing to suicide.
- Let us be thankful for fools. But for them the rest of us could not succeed.
- July 4. Statistics show that we lose more fools on this day than in all the other days of the year put together. This proves, by the number left in stock, that one fourth of July per year is now inadequate, the country has grown so.
- I was gratified to be able to answer promptly. I said, "I don't know."
- It is by the goodness of God that in our country we have those three unspeakably precious things, freedom of speech, freedom of conscience, and the prudence never to practice either of them.
- Let us be thankful for the fools. But for them the rest of us could not succeed.
Vidal, Gore:
- It is not enough to succeed. Others must fail.
Viorst, Judith:
- Love is much nicer to be in than an automobile accident, a tight girdle, a higher tax bracket, or a holding pattern over Philadelphia.

Vonnegut, Kurt:
- "Beware of the man who works hard to learn something, learns it, and finds himself no wiser than before," Bokonon tells us. "He is full of murderous resentment of people who are ignorant without having come by their ignorance the hard way."
Wallenda. Karl:
- Being on the tightrope is living; everything else is waiting.
West, Mae:
- I never loved another person the way I loved myself.
- When women go wrong, men go right after them.
Wilde, Oscar:
- Biography lends to death a new terror. - There is no such thing as a moral or an immoral book. Books are well written or badly written.
- A true gentleman is one who is never unintentionally rude.
- Work is the curse of the drinking class.
- I am not young enough to know everything.
- Dont give a woman advice; one should never give a woman anything she can't wear in the evening.
- Bad artists always admire each other's work.
- Conscience and cowardice are really the same things.
- A little sincerity is a dangerous thing, and a great deal of it is absolutely fatal.
- Please do not shoot the pianist. He is doing his best.
- Ah! Don't say that you agree with me. When People agree with me I always feel that I must be wrong.
- It is very vulgar to talk like a dentist when one isn't a dentist. It produced a false impression.
- The good ended happily and the bad ended unhappily. That is what fiction means.
- On an occasion of this kind it becomes more than a moral duty to speak one's mind. It becomes a pleasure.
- I couldn't help it. I can resist everything except temptation.
- Fashion is a form of ugliness so intolerable that we have to alter it every six months.
- One can survive everything, nowadays, except death, and live down everything except a good reputation.
- Either the wallpaper goes or I do (His last words).

White,  E.B:
- Democracy is the recurrent suspicion that more than half of the people are right more than half of the time.
Wilding, Michael:
- You can pick out actors by the glazed look that comes into their eyes when the conversation wanders away from themselves.
Woodberry, George E:
- Defeat is not the worst of failures. Not to have tried is the true failure.
- Poetry is the breath and finer spirit of all knowledge,
Wright, Frank Lloyd:
- The truth is more important than the facts.
Zapata, Emiliano: Bio Page
- It is better to die on your feet than live on your knees.
Ziggy: (character in comic strip by Tom Wilson)
- You can complain because roses have thorns, or you can rejoice because thorns have roses.


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