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Jean CocteauLife is a horizontal fall.

—  Jean Cocteau, 1889-1963, French artist

Mae WestI used to be Snow White, but I drifted.

—  Mae West, 1892-1980, American actress

William BlakeEvery harlot was a virgin once.

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

Mignon McLaughlinThe neurotic longs to touch bottom, so at least he won't have that to worry about anymore.

—  Mignon McLaughlin, 1913-1983, American magazine editor

Jim RohnWe must all wage an intense, lifelong battle against the constant downward pull. If we relax, the bugs and weeds of negativity will move into the garden and take away everything of value.

—  Jim Rohn, 1930-2009, American self-help speker

Pablo PicassoWe don’t grow older, we grow riper.

—  Pablo Picasso, 1881-1973, Spanish painter

NapoleonDeath is nothing, but to live defeated and inglorious is to die daily.

—  Napoleon, 1769-1821, French Emperor

Laurence J PeterWould the boy you were be proud of the man you are?

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

Oscar WildeAll authority is quite degrading. It degrades those who exercise it, and degrades those over whom it is exercised.

—  Oscar Wilde, 1854-1900, Irish writer

Ayn RandThe most depraved type of human being ... the man without a purpose.

—  Ayn Rand, 1905-1982, American writer & philosopher

Sylvia PlathWhat horrifies me most is the idea of being useless: well-educated, brilliantly promising, and fading out into an indifferent middle age.

—  Sylvia Plath, 1932-1963, American poet & writer

Will DurantIn its youth a people produce mythology and poetry; in its decadence, philosophy and logic.

—  Will Durant, 1885-1981, American historian & philosopher

Douglas MacArthurOld soldiers never die; they just fade away.

—  Douglas MacArthur, 1880-1964, American general

Isaac AsimovThe day you stop learning is the day you begin decaying.

—  Isaac Asimov, 1920-1992, American Sci-Fi writer

Karl KrausWhen a culture feels that its end has come, it sends for a priest.

—  Karl Kraus, 1874-1936, Austrian writer

Walt WhitmanWhoever degrades another degrades me.

—  Walt Whitman, 1819-1892, American poet

Calvin CoolidgeIt is not industry, but idleness, that is degrading.

—  Calvin Coolidge, 1872-1933, American President [1923-1929]

Georg Christoph LichtenbergJust as we outgrow a pair of trousers, we outgrow acquaintances, libraries, principles, etc., at times before they're worn out and at times—and this is the worst of all—before we have new ones.

—  Georg Christoph Lichtenberg, 1742-1799, German author of maxims

Marcel ProustDesire makes everything blossom; possession makes everything wither and fade.

—  Marcel Proust, 1871-1922, French writer

Latin Quotes

CiceroO, the times! O, the morals!

O tempora! Ο mores!

—  Cicero, 106-43 BC, Roman orator & statesman


Quotes in Verse

Constantine KavafyDon’t hope for things elsewhere:
there is no ship for you, there is no road.
As you’ve wasted your life here, in this small corner,
you’ve destroyed it everywhere else in the world.

—  Constantine Kavafy, 1868-1933, Greek poet ‐ The city

Ancient Greek

HomerAnd you, old man, we are told you prospered once.

Και σε γέρον το πριν μεν ακούομεν όλβιον είναι.

—  Homer, c. 800-750 BC, II ‐ Iliad XXIV

     (Achilles to Priam)

Movie Quotes

Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)- You're not the man I knew ten years ago.
- It's not the years, honey, it's the mileage.

—  from the film Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)


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