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George Bernard ShawHe is a barbarian, and thinks that the customs of his tribe and island are the laws of nature.

—  George Bernard Shaw, 1856-1950, Irish writer, Nobel 1925

Albert EinsteinThe most incomprehensible thing about the world is that it is comprehensible.

—  Albert Einstein, 1879-1955, German-Jewish physicist

Faster, Higher, Stronger

Citius, Altius, Fortius.

—  Motto of the Olympic Games

     (initially, a motto of Pierre de Coubertin’s school)

Francis BaconNatural abilities are like natural plants; they need pruning by study.

—  Francis Bacon, 1561-1626, English philosopher

Francis BaconHope is a good breakfast, but it is a bad supper.

—  Francis Bacon, 1561-1626, English philosopher

Carl SandburgI am the people — the mob — the crowd — the mass.
Do you know that all the great work of the world is done through me?

—  Carl Sandburg, 1878-1967, American poet

Kurt VonnegutWe could have saved the Earth but we were too damned cheap.

—  Kurt Vonnegut, 1922-2007, American writer

Ralph Waldo EmersonAll my best thoughts were stolen by the ancients.

—  Ralph Waldo Emerson, 1803-1884, American philosopher

Emile M. CioranTo hope is to contradict the future.

—  Emile M. Cioran, 1911-1995, French-Romanian philosopher

Steve JobsIt’s really hard to design products by focus groups. A lot of times, people don’t know what they want until you show it to them.

—  Steve Jobs, 1955-2011, American businessman

George Bernard ShawIn heaven, an angel is no one in particular.

—  George Bernard Shaw, 1856-1950, Irish writer, Nobel 1925

William BlakeFirst thought is best in Art, second in other matters.

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

Wallace StevensA violent order is disorder; and a great disorder is an order.
These two things are one.

—  Wallace Stevens, 1879-1955, American poet

Otto von BismarckLaws are like sausages. It is better not to see them being made.

—  Otto von Bismarck, 1815-1898, German chancellor

Casablanca (1942)Louis, I think this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship.

—  from the film Casablanca (1942)

Bob MarleyThe biggest coward of a man is to awaken the love of a woman without the intention of loving her.

—  Bob Marley, 1945-1981, Jamaican singer

Yogi BerraYou wouldn’t have won if we’d beaten you.

—  Yogi Berra, 1925-2015, American baseball player & humorist

George CarlinHere's all you have to know about men and women: women are crazy, men are stupid. And the main reason women are crazy is that men are stupid.

—  George Carlin, 1936-2008, American comedian

Carl SaganThe prediction I can make with the highest confidence is that the most amazing discoveries will be the ones we are not today wise enough to foresee.

—  Carl Sagan, 1934-1996, American astronomer

Yogi BerraIt ain’t over till it’s over.

—  Yogi Berra, 1925-2015, American baseball player & humorist

Elbert HubbardThe best way to prepare for life is to begin to live.

—  Elbert Hubbard, 1856-1915, American writer

Ambrose BierceYear, n. A period of three hundred and sixty-five disappointments.

—  Ambrose Bierce, 1842–1914, American writer

Anton ChekhovIn nature a repulsive caterpillar turns into a lovely butterfly. But with human beings it is the other way round: a lovely butterfly turns into a repulsive caterpillar.

—  Anton Chekhov, 1860-1904, Russian writer

Theodore RooseveltKeep your eyes on the stars, and your feet on the ground.

—  Theodore Roosevelt, 1858-1919, American President [1901-1909]

HomerA physician is worth more than several other men put together.

Ιητρὸς γαρ ανήρ πολλών αντάξιος άλλων.

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

David HumeThe life of man is of no greater importance to the universe than that of an oyster.

—  David Hume, 1711-1776, Scottish philosopher

T. S. EliotThe definition of hell is a place where nothing connects with nothing.

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

Jean-Paul SartreIf I became a philosopher, if I have so keenly sought this fame for which I'm still waiting, it's all been to seduce women basically.

—  Jean-Paul Sartre, 1905-1980, French philosopher

Fred AllenA committee is a group of the unprepared, appointed by the unwilling to do the unnecessary.

—  Fred Allen, 1894-1956, American comedian

William JamesThoughts become perception, perception becomes reality. Alter your thoughts, alter your reality.

—  William James, 1842-1910, American philosopher

Oscar WildeTrue friends stab you in the front.

—  Oscar Wilde, 1854-1900, Irish writer

Peter DruckerRank does not confer privilege or give power. It imposes responsibility.

—  Peter Drucker, 1909–2005, Austrian management guru

Rodney DangerfieldMarriage...it's not a word, it's a sentence.

—  Rodney Dangerfield, 1924-2004, American comedian

Golda MeirDon't be so humble, you are not that great.

—  Golda Meir, 1898-1978, Israeli Prime Minister

Carl SaganI think people in power have a vested interest to oppose critical thinking.

—  Carl Sagan, 1934-1996, American astronomer

AnonymousWhen you point your finger at someone, three fingers are pointing back at you.

—  Anonymous

Gore VidalI'm all for bringing back the birch, but only between consenting adults.

—  Gore Vidal, 1925-2012, American writer

Jean-Paul SartreA man is what he wills himself to be.

—  Jean-Paul Sartre, 1905-1980, French philosopher

Wallace StevensOur bloom is gone. We are the fruit thereof.

—  Wallace Stevens, 1879-1955, American poet



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