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William BlakeIf the doors of perception were cleansed, everything would appear to man as it is: infinite.

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

NapoleonA general must be a charlatan.

—  Napoleon, 1769-1821, French Emperor

Fernando PessoaThere's no regret more painful than the regret of things that never were.

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

Albert EinsteinGod does not care about our mathematical difficulties. He integrates empirically.

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

H.L. MenckenA poet more than thirty years old is simply an overgrown child.

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

Douglas MacArthurIt is fatal to enter any war without the will to win it.

—  Douglas MacArthur, 1880-1964, American general

Lou HoltzAbility is what you're capable of doing. Motivation determines what you do. Attitude determines how well you do it.

—  Lou Holtz, 1937-, American football coach

Mahatma GandhiIn reality there are as many religions as there are individuals.

—  Mahatma Gandhi, 1869-1948, Indian leader of independence

Frank TygerYour future depends on many things, but mostly on you.

—  Frank Tyger, 1929-2011, American cartoonist

Alfred CapusMy age? It depends, madam, on your intentions.

—  Alfred Capus, 1858-1922, French writer

Lao-TzuThe way to do is to be.

—  Lao-Tzu, 6th cent. BC, Chinese philosopher

VoltaireLove is of all the passions the strongest, for it attacks simultaneously the head, the heart, and the body.

—  Voltaire, 1694-1778, French philosopher & writer

George CarlinIt isn’t fair: the caterpillar does all the work, and the butterfly gets all the glory.

—  George Carlin, 1936-2008, American comedian

George Bernard ShawThe reformer for whom the world is not good enough finds himself shoulder to shoulder with him that is not good enough for the world.

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

Frank TygerHearing is one of the body's five senses. But listening is an art.

—  Frank Tyger, 1929-2011, American cartoonist

Michel de MontaigneMarriage, a market which has nothing free but the entrance.

—  Michel de Montaigne, 1533-1592, French thinker

Mark TwainDefinition of a classic — something that everybody wants to have read and nobody wants to read.

—  Mark Twain, 1835-1910, American writer

Philip SidneyCommonly they must use their feet for defense whose only weapon is their tongue.

—  Philip Sidney, 1554-1586, English poet & courtier

Karl KrausA great deal of learning can be packed into an empty head.

—  Karl Kraus, 1874-1936, Austrian writer

Christopher HitchensThe great thing about the United States and the historically magnetic effect it has had on a lot of people like me is its generosity.

—  Christopher Hitchens, 1949-2011, British-American journalist & writer

Niccolò MachiavelliMen are driven by two principal impulses, either by love or by fear.

—  Niccolò Machiavelli, 1469-1527, Italian political philosopher

Baruch SpinozaHappiness is a virtue, not its reward.

—  Baruch Spinoza, 1632-1677, Dutch philosopher

Oscar WildeWomen are meant to be loved, not to be understood.

—  Oscar Wilde, 1854-1900, Irish writer

Thomas EdisonThe First 40 hours of work per week are for survival. Everything after that is for success.

—  Thomas Edison, 1847-1934, American inventor

Thomas JeffersonDo you want to know who you are? Don't ask. Act! Action will delineate and define you.

—  Thomas Jefferson, 1749-1826, American President [1801-1809]

Henry FordIf I had asked them what they had wanted, they would have said a faster horse.

—  Henry Ford, 1863-1947, American industrialist, founder of FORD

Bette DavisEverybody has a heart. Except some people.

—  Bette Davis, 1908-1989, American actress

Peter DruckerIdeas are like frog eggs: you've got to lay a thousand to hatch one.

—  Peter Drucker, 1909–2005, Austrian management guru

George Bernard ShawThe United States and Great Britain are two countries separated by a common language.

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

Ralph Waldo EmersonThe only way to have a friend is to be one.

—  Ralph Waldo Emerson, 1803-1884, American philosopher

Pablo PicassoTo make oneself hated is more difficult than to make oneself loved.

—  Pablo Picasso, 1881-1973, Spanish painter

Martin Luther KingFreedom is never voluntarily given by the oppressor; it must be demanded by the oppressed.

—  Martin Luther King, 1929-1968, American leader in the Civil Rights Movement

Anton ChekhovDoctors are just the same as lawyers; the only difference is that lawyers merely rob you, whereas doctors rob you and kill you too.

—  Anton Chekhov, 1860-1904, Russian writer

Michel de MontaigneThe thing I fear most is fear.

—  Michel de Montaigne, 1533-1592, French thinker

Alan GreenspanSince becoming a central banker, I have learned to mumble with great incoherence. If I seem unduly clear to you, you must have misunderstood what I said.

—  Alan Greenspan, 1926-, American economist

Anton ChekhovAlthough you may tell lies, people will believe you, if only you speak with authority.

—  Anton Chekhov, 1860-1904, Russian writer

ConfuciusIn all things success depends on previous preparation, and without such previous preparation there is sure to be failure.

—  Confucius, 551-479 BC, Chinese teacher & philosopher

Franklin RooseveltRepetition does not transform a lie into a truth.

—  Franklin Roosevelt, 1882-1945, American President [1936-1945]

Stanislaw Jerzy LecCannibals prefer those who have no spines.

—  Stanislaw Jerzy Lec, 1906-1966, Polish author of maxims

Steve JobsRemembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart.

—  Steve Jobs, 1955-2011, American businessman


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