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Karl KrausThe development of technology will leave only one problem: the infirmity of human nature.

—  Karl Kraus, 1874-1936, Austrian writer

Friedrich NietzscheIn Christianity neither morality nor religion come into contact with reality at any point.

—  Friedrich Nietzsche, 1844-1900, German philosopher

Marcel ProustIn a separation it is the one who is not really in love who says the more tender things.

—  Marcel Proust, 1871-1922, French writer

Sylvia PlathI lean to you, numb as a fossil. Tell me I'm here.

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

Ronald ReaganGovernment always finds a need for whatever money it gets.

—  Ronald Reagan, 1911-2004, American President [1981-1989]

Steven WrightEagles may soar, but weasels don't get sucked into jet engines.

—  Steven Wright, 1955-, American comedian

Franklin RooseveltThere is a mysterious cycle in human events. To some generations much is given. Of other generations much is expected. This generation of Americans has a rendezvous with destiny.

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

George OrwellThe quickest way of ending a war is to lose it.

—  George Orwell, 1903-1950, British writer

George BurnsDon't stay in bed, unless you can make money in bed.

—  George Burns, 1896-1996, American comedian

Oscar WildeI choose my friends for their good looks, my acquaintances for their good characters, and my enemies for their good intellect.

—  Oscar Wilde, 1854-1900, Irish writer

Ricky GervaisBeliefs do not change facts. Facts, if one is rational, should change beliefs.

—  Ricky Gervais, 1961-, British comedian & screenwriter

IsokratesYou cannont buy glory with money.

Δόξα δε χρημάτων ουκ ωνητή.

—  Isokrates, 436-338 BC, Ancient Greek rhetorician

Phyllis DillerYou know you're old if they have discontinued your blood type.

—  Phyllis Diller, 1917 - 2012, American comedian

Lyndon JohnsonWhile you're saving your face, you're losing your ass.

—  Lyndon Johnson, 1908-1973, American President [1963-1969]

Carl SandburgLife is like an onion; you peel it off one layer at a time, and sometimes you weep.

—  Carl Sandburg, 1878-1967, American poet

Sam GoldwynA verbal contract isn't worth the paper it's written on.

—  Sam Goldwyn, 1879-1974, American film producer

Jim RohnI find it fascinating that most people plan their vacations with better care than they plan their lives. Perhaps that is because escape is easier than change.

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

Donald TrumpI’m the Ernest Hemingway of 140 characters.

—  Donald Trump, 1946-, President of the USA

H.L. MenckenMorality is doing what is right regardless of what you are told. Obedience is doing what is told regardless of what is right.

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

Rutherford B. HayesAbolish plutocracy if you would abolish poverty.

—  Rutherford B. Hayes, 1822-1893, American President [1877-1881]

Georg Christoph LichtenbergThere is no more important rule of conduct in the world than this: attach yourself as much as you can to people who are abler than you and yet not so very different that you cannot understand them.

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

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

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

Marilyn MonroeIt's not true that I had nothing on. I had the radio on.

—  Marilyn Monroe, 1926-1962, American actress

George Bernard ShawA fashion is nothing but an induced epidemic.

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

Wilson MiznerThe amount of sleep required by the average person is five minutes more.

—  Wilson Mizner, 1876-1913, American playwright

Arthur ClarkeMagic's just science that we don't understand yet.

—  Arthur Clarke, 1917-2008, British Sci-Fi writer

Frank TygerWhen it comes to winning, you need the skill and the will.

—  Frank Tyger, 1929-2011, American cartoonist

Jim RohnFailure is not a single, cataclysmic event. You don’t fail overnight. Instead, failure is a few errors in judgment, repeated every day.

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

ConfuciusMen do not stumble over mountains, but over molehills.

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

DiogenesWhen the lamp goes off, all the women are the same.

Λυχνίας σβεσθείσης, πάσα γυνή ομοία.

—  Diogenes, 410-323 BC, Ancient Greek Cynic philosopher

Lao-TzuA good traveler has no fixed plans, and is not intent on arriving.

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

Sylvia PlathIs anyone anywhere happy?

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

Walt WhitmanBattles are lost in the same spirit in which they are won.

—  Walt Whitman, 1819-1892, American poet

Georg Christoph LichtenbergI am convinced we do not only love ourselves in others but hate ourselves in others too.

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

Andy WarholI never think that people die. They just go to department stores.

—  Andy Warhol, 1928-1987, American artist

Carl SaganWe are like butterflies who flutter for a day and think it is forever.

—  Carl Sagan, 1934-1996, American astronomer

Bill GatesYour most unhappy customers are your greatest source of learning.

—  Bill Gates, 1955-, American businessman

Lao-TzuMuddy water, let stand, becomes clear.

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

Henry YoungmanI've got all the money I'll ever need. If I die by four o'clock.

—  Henry Youngman, 1906-1998, American comedian

Wilson MiznerI hate careless flattery, the kind that exhausts you in your efforts to believe it.

—  Wilson Mizner, 1876-1913, American playwright



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