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Niccolò MachiavelliKeep your friends close and your enemies closer.

—  Niccolò Machiavelli, 1469-1527, Italian political philosopher

     (This version was used in “Godfather;” the original starts with “The Prince”.)

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William PrescottDon't one of you fire until you see the whites of their eyes.

—  William Prescott, American general

Thomas EdisonMany of life's failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.

—  Thomas Edison, 1847-1934, American inventor

Alfred North WhiteheadWhen you're average, you're just as close to the bottom as you are the top.

—  Alfred North Whitehead, 1861-1947, British philosopher & mathematician


Funny Quotes

George CarlinAt a formal dinner party, the person nearest death should always be seated closest to the bathroom.

—  George Carlin, 1936-2008, American comedian

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Proverbs

Russian proverbYour elbow is close, yet you can't bite it.

—  Russian proverb

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