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T. S. EliotIt's not wise to violate the rules until you know how to observe them.

—  T. S. Eliot, 1888-1965, British poet, Nobel 1948

George CarlinI never joined the Boy Scouts. I don’t trust any organization that has a handbook.

—  George Carlin, 1936-2008, American comedian

Alan GreenspanRules cannot substitute for character.

—  Alan Greenspan, 1926-, American economist

Zig ZiglarEverybody says they want to be free. Take the train off the tracks and it’s free but it can’t go anywhere.

—  Zig Ziglar, 1926-2012, American self-help writer

Zig ZiglarIf God would have wanted us to live in a permissive society He would have given us Ten Suggestions and not Ten Commandments.

—  Zig Ziglar, 1926-2012, American self-help writer

Pablo PicassoLearn the rules like a pro, so you can break them like an artist.

—  Pablo Picasso, 1881-1973, Spanish painter

Winston ChurchillIf you make 10,000 regulations you destroy all respect for the law.

—  Winston Churchill, 1874-1965, British Prime Minister, Nobel 1953

Wolfgang GoetheIn limitations he first shows himself the master, and the law can only bring us freedom.

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

H.L. MenckenSay what you will about the Ten Commandments, you must always come back to the pleasant fact that there are only ten of them.

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

Oscar WildeWomen have a much better time than men in this world; there are far more things forbidden to them.

—  Oscar Wilde, 1854-1900, Irish writer

George OrwellIf you kept the small rules, you could break the big ones.

—  George Orwell, 1903-1950, British writer

Aristotle OnassisThe rule is there are no rules.

—  Aristotle Onassis, 1900-1975, Greek tycoon

Fernando PessoaThere are no norms. All people are exceptions to a rule that doesn’t exist.

—  Fernando Pessoa, 1888-1935, Portuguese poet & writer

Douglas MacArthurRules are mostly made to be broken and are too often for the lazy to hide behind.

—  Douglas MacArthur, 1880-1964, American general

Douglas MacArthurYou are remembered for the rules you break.

—  Douglas MacArthur, 1880-1964, American general

Harry TrumanWork Hard. Do your best. Keep your word. Never get too big for your britches. Trust in God. Have no fear; and Never forget a friend.

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

Lou HoltzI follow three rules: Do the right thing, do the best you can, and always show people you care.

—  Lou Holtz, 1937-, American football coach

John WoodenI had three rules for my players: No profanity. Don’t criticize a teammate. Never be late.

—  John Wooden, 1910-2010, American basketball coach

William BlakeMake your own rules or be a slave to another man's.

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

Funny Quotes

Somerset MaughamThere are three rules for writing the novel. Unfortunately, no one knows what they are.

—  Somerset Maugham, 1874-1965, British writer


International proverbThe exception which proves the rule.

—  International proverb

Russian proverbThe forbidden fruit is sweetest.

—  Russian proverb

Movie Quotes

The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957)Do not speak to me of rules. This is war! This is not a game of cricket!

—  from the film The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957)



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