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I'm crazy about Quotations. Listed below are some quotations I love.

  • Man cannot discover new oceans unless he has the courage to lose sight of the shore. (André Gide)
  • Never let an aircraft take you somewhere your brain didn't get to five minutes earlier. (Pilot quotation)
  • I don't apologize. I stand by it. If I'm hated, so what? If I'm loved, so what? (Stephen A. Smith)
  • Whether we bring our enemies to justice or justice to our enemies, justice will be done. (George W. Bush, Jr. 09.21.2001)
  • The distance is nothing; it is only the first step that is difficult (Mme du Deffand)
  • What is difficult we do immediately; what is impossible takes a little longer (US Armed Forces)
  • In any hierarchy, every employee tends to rise to his/her level of incompetence (The Peter Principle - U.S.)
  • Several excuses are always less convincing than one (Aldous Huxley)
  • It ain't over till it's over (Yogi Berra, U.S.)
  • Put all your eggs in one basket and WATCH THAT BASKET ! (Mark Twain)
  • When the going gets tough, the tough get going (Joseph P. Kennedy)
  • Politics is the choice between the lesser of two evils (George Orwell)
  • Between two evils, I always pick the one I never tried before (Mae West)
  • I'll make an offer he can't refuse (Mario Puzo)
  • There is only one thing in life which never changes, and it is change (Confucius)
  • "Guts?" That's grace under pressure (Ernest Hemingway)
  • Alea jacta est = The dice is cast (Julius Caesar)
  • We have crossed the Rubicon River! - i.e.: There is no turning back (Julius Caesar)
  • Where there is no peril in the fight, there is no glory in the triumph (Pierre Corneille)
  • An open foe may prove to be a curse / But a pretended friend is worse (John Gay)
  • O what a tangled web we weave / When first we practise to deceive (Sir Walter Scott)
  • You may fool all the people some of the time; you may fool some of the people all of the time; but you can't fool all the people all of the time (Abraham Lincoln; Lincoln never said that?)
  • Speak softly and carry a big stick; you'll go far (Theodore Roosevelt)
  • The buck stops here (Harry S Truman)
  • I know this - a man got to do what he got to do (John Steinbeck)
  • Even while they teach, men learn (Seneca the Younger)
  • The heart has its reason which reason knows nothing of (Blaise Pascal)
  • A man who has never passed through the inferno of his passions has never overcome them (Carl Gustav Jung)
  • Keep your friends close, and your enemies even closer (Mario Puzo)
  • Better to have him inside the tent pissing out, than outside pissing in (Lyndon Baines Johnson, about CIA Director Jay Edgar Hoover)
  • There is no such thing as a free lunch (Milton Friedman)
  • Like other parties of the kind it was first silent, then talky, then argumentative, then disputations, then unintelligible, then altogethery, then inarticulate and then drunk (Lord Byron)
  • Work expands to fill the time available for its completion ("Parkinson's First Law" by Cecil Northcote Parkinson)
  • Know your enemy and know yourself and you can fight a hundred battles without defeat (Sun Tzu´s Art of War)
  • To win one hundred victories in one hundred battles is not the acme of skill. To subdue the enemy without fighting is the supreme excellence (Sun Tzu´s Art of War)
  • One must leave a way of escape to a surrounded enemy (Sun Tzu´s Art of War)
  • If you can't stand the heat, get out of the kitchen! (Harry S Truman)
  • Better to keep your mouth shut and appear stupid than to open it and remove any doubt (Mark Twain)
  • What is a friend? One soul inhabiting two bodies (Aristotle)
  • If the government is big enough to give you everything you want, it's big enough to take away everything you have (Gerald Ford)
  • Is it so bad, then, to be misunderstood? Pythagoras was misunderstood, and Socrates, and Jesus, and Luther, and Copernicus, and Galileo, and Newton and every pure and wise spirit that ever took flesh. To be great is to be misunderstood. (Ralph Waldo Emerson)
  • Hell is other people. (Jean-Paul Sartre)
  • After all, tomorrow is another day. (Margarat Mitchell)
  • If it looks like a duck, walks like a duck and quacks like a duck, then it just may be a duck (Walther Ruther)
  • General notations are generally wrong (Lady Mary Montagu)
  • When the blind lead the blind, both shall fall into the ditch (Matthew)
  • I'll give you a definite maybe (Samuel Goldwin)
  • The height of cleverness is to hide it (le Duc de la Rochefoucauld)
  • Eureka! (I've got it!) (Archimedes)
  • Knowledge itself is power (Francis Bacon)
  • Language is the dress of thought (Samuel Johnson)
  • A lawyer with his briefcase can steal more than a hundred man with guns (Mario Puzo)
  • The courteous retort...the modest quip...the churlish reply...the valiant reproof...the quarrelsome countercheck...the circumstantial lie...the direct lie (William Shakespeare)
  • People who like this sort of thing will find this sort of thing they like (Judgement of a book, Abraham Lincoln)
  • Take care to get what you like, or you will be forced to like what you get (George Bernard Shaw)
  • To keep your marriage brimming With love in the loving cup Whenever you're wrong, admit it Whenever you're right, shut up (Ogden Nash)
  • When everyone is wrong, everyone is right (Nivelle de la Chaussée)
  • The love of money is the root of all evil (Timothy)
  • Just direct your feet To the sunny side of the street (Dorothy Fields)
  • Those who cannot remember the past are condemmed to repeat it (George Santanaya)
  • Who loves not woman, wine and song Remains a fool his whole life long (Martin Luther)
  • Carpe diem, quam minimum credula postero(seize the day, put no trust in the future) (Horace)
  • When you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth (Sir Arthur Conan Doyle)
  • What you're saying today is that you're either part of the problem or you're part of the solution (Eldridge Cleaver)
  • Houston, we've had a problem (James Lovell)
  • Houston, Tranquility Base here. The Eagle has landed (Buzz Aldrin)
  • Tis better to have fought and lost Than never to have fought at all (Arthur Clough)
  • Show me the money (Cuba Gooding Jr.)
  • Remember that time is money (Benjamin Franklin)
  • You can make more friends in two months by becoming interested in other people than you can in two years by trying to get other people interested in you. (Dale Carnegie)
  • A friend is one who knows us, but loves us anyway. (Fr. Jerome Cummings)
  • The best way to destroy an enemy is to make him a friend. (Abraham Lincoln; Lincoln never said that?)
  • And in the end, it's not the years in your life that count. It's the life in your years. (Abraham Lincoln; Lincoln never said that?)
  • Enthusiasm is the greatest asset in the world. It beats money, power and influence. (Henry Chester)
  • No person who is enthusiastic about his work has anything to fear from life. (Samuel Goldwyn)
  • The world belongs to the enthusiast who keeps cool. (William McFee)
  • Nothing great was every achieved without enthusiasm. (Ralph Waldo Emerson)
  • Every man dies. Not every man truly lives. (Braveheart)
  • The best way to predict your future is to create it. (Unknown)
  • When one door closes another door opens; but we so often look so long and so regretfully upon the closed door, that we do not see the ones which open for us. (Alexander Graham Bell)
  • Worrying is like a rocking chair, it gives you something to do, but it doesn't get you anywhere. (Unknown)
  • Things turn out best for people who make the best of the way things turn out. (John Wooden)
  • In the long run the pessimist may be proved right, but the optimist has a better time on the trip. (Daniel L. Reardon)
  • It’s not who you are that holds you back, it’s who you think you’re not. (Unknown)
  • Dont cry because its over, smile because it happened. (Unknown)
  • Pay no attention to what the critics say; no statue has ever been erected to a critic. (Jean Sibelius)
  • To succeed it is necessary to accept the world as it is and rise above it. (Michael Korda)
  • To be successful, you must decide exactly what you want to accomplish, then resolve to pay the price to get it. (Bunker Hunt)
  • There is no need to boast of your accomplishments and what you can do. A great man is known, he needs no introduction. (Unknown)
  • A ship in harbour is safe, but that is not what ships are built for. (William Shedd)
  • The difference between a successful person and others is not a lack of strength, not a lack of knowledge, but rather in a lack of will. (Vince Lombardi)
  • Seventy percent of success in life is showing up. (Woody Allen)
  • You never really lose, until you quit trying. (Unknown)
  • The greatest pleasure in life is doing what people say you cannot do. (Walter Bagehet)
  • Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success. If you love what you are doing, you will be successful. (Herman Cain)
  • Only those who dare to fail greatly can ever achieve greatly. (Robert Francis Kennedy)
  • The toughest part of getting to the top of the ladder, is getting through the crowd at the bottom. (Unknown)
  • Losers visualize the penalties of failure. Winners visualize the rewards of success. (Rob Gilbert)
  • The young do not know enough to be prudent, and therefore they attempt the impossible--and achieve it. (Pearl Buck)
  • Don't judge those who try and fail, judge those who fail to try. (Unknown)
  • People are just about as happy as they make up their minds to be. (Abraham Lincoln; Lincoln never said that?)
  • Life goes on and you have to deal with the problems on the way. There is always a light at the end of the tunnel, you just have to take off your sun glasses to discover it. (My sister, Astrid Laurberg)
  • Perpetual optimism is a force multiplier. (Colin Powell)
  • People demand freedom of speech to make up for the freedom of thought which they avoid. (Soren Aabye Kierkegaard)
  • Don't be so humble - you are not that great. (Golda Meir to a visiting diplomat )
  • Glory is fleeting, but obscurity is forever. (Napoleon Bonaparte)
  • I can write better than anybody who can write faster, and I can write faster than anybody who can write better. (A. J. Liebling)
  • His ignorance is encyclopedic. (Abba Eban)
  • Good people do not need laws to tell them to act responsibly, while bad people will find a way around the laws. (Plato)
  • The power of accurate observation is frequently called cynicism by those who don't have it. (George Bernard Shaw)
  • Whenever I climb I am followed by a dog called 'Ego'. (Friedrich Nietzsche)
  • We have art to save ourselves from the truth. (Friedrich Nietzsche)
  • Never interrupt your enemy when he is making a mistake. (Napoleon Bonaparte)
  • The difference between 'involvement' and 'commitment' is like an eggs-and-ham breakfast: the chicken was 'involved' - the pig was 'committed'. (Unknown)
  • If you are going through hell, keep going. (Sir Winston Churchill)
  • Maybe this world is another planet's Hell. (Aldous Huxley)
  • It's kind of fun to do the impossible. (Walt Disney)
  • Be nice to people on your way up because you meet them on your way down. (Jimmy Durante)
  • The true measure of a man is how he treats someone who can do him absolutely no good. (Samuel Johnson)
  • A people that values its privileges above its principles soon loses both. (Dwight D. Eisenhower)
  • All truth passes through three stages. First, it is ridiculed. Second, it is violently opposed. Third, it is accepted as being self-evident. (Arthur Schopenhauer)
  • There is more stupidity than hydrogen in the universe, and it has a longer shelf life. (Frank Zappa)
  • Perfection is achieved, not when there is nothing more to add, but when there is nothing left to take away. (Antoine de Saint Exupery)
  • Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off your goal. (Henry Ford)
  • I'll sleep when I'm dead. (Warren Zevon)
  • The secret of success is to know something nobody else knows. (Aristotle Onassis)
  • Any man who is under 30, and is not a liberal, has not heart; and any man who is over 30, and is not a conservative, has no brains. (Sir Winston Churchill)
  • The opposite of a correct statement is a false statement. The opposite of a profound truth may well be another profound truth. (Niels Bohr)
  • We all agree that your theory is crazy, but is it crazy enough? (Niels Bohr)
  • I would have made a good Pope. (Richard M. Nixon)
  • Make everything as simple as possible, but not simpler. (Albert Einstein)
  • When ideas fail, words come in very handy. (Goethe)
  • You got to be careful if you don't know where you're going, because you might not get there. (Yogi Berra)
  • He who hesitates is a damned fool. (Mae West)
  • Good teaching is one-fourth preparation and three-fourths theater. (Gail Godwin)
  • I don't know anything about music. In my line you don't have to. (Elvis Presley)
  • Happiness is good health and a bad memory. (Ingrid Bergman)
  • Friends may come and go, but enemies accumulate. (Thomas Jones)
  • Well done is better than well said. (Benjamin Franklin)
  • The average person thinks he isn't. (Father Larry Lorenzoni)
  • The man who goes alone can start today; but he who travels with another must wait till that other is ready. (Henry David Thoreau)
  • Denial ain't just a river in Egypt. (Mark Twain)
  • Half this game is ninety percent mental. (Yogi Berra)
  • Love is friendship set on fire. (Jeremy Taylor)
  • The man who does not read good books has no advantage over the man who cannot read them. (Mark Twain)
  • Wit is educated insolence. (Aristotle)
  • While we are postponing, life speeds by. (Seneca)
  • Success usually comes to those who are too busy to be looking for it. (Henry David Thoreau)
  • I have often regretted my speech, never my silence. (Xenocrates)
  • Knowledge speaks, but wisdom listens. (Jimi Hendrix)
  • Life is pleasant. Death is peaceful. It's the transition that's troublesome. (Isaac Asimov)
  • Black holes are where God divided by zero. (Steven Wright)
  • Moral indignation is jealousy with a halo. (H. G. Wells)
  • If a man does his best, what else is there?" (General George S. Patton)
  • Give me a museum and I'll fill it. (Pablo Picasso)
  • Do, or do not. There is no 'try'. (Yoda, 'The Empire Strikes Back')
  • We didn't lose the game; we just ran out of time. (Vince Lombardi)
  • A friendship founded on business is better than a business founded on friendship. (John D. Rockefeller)
  • If you want to make an apple pie from scratch, you must first create the universe. (Carl Sagan)
  • Education is a progressive discovery of our own ignorance. (Will Durant)
  • If everything seems under control, you're just not going fast enough. (Mario Andretti)
  • A narcissist is someone better looking than you are. (Gore Vidal)
  • In any contest between power and patience, bet on patience. (W.B. Prescott)
  • Never mistake motion for action. (Ernest Hemingway)
  • 640K ought to be enough for anybody. (Bill Gates in 1981)
  • The best way to predict the future is to invent it. (Alan Kay)
  • To err is human, forgive divine. (Alexander Pope)
  • You can't unscramble eggs. (John Pierpont Morgan)
  • Be kind; everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle. (John Watson)
  • Statistically 100 percent of the shots you don't take don't go in. (Wayne Gretsky)
  • Make new friends, but keep the old. One is silver, the other gold.. (Anonymous)
  • He who opens a school door, closes a prison. (Victor Hugo)
  • To the uneducated, an A is just three sticks. (A. A. Milne)
  • He who will not economize will have to agonize. (Confucius)
  • The best way to cheer yourself up is to try to cheer somebody else up. (Mark Twain)
  • A man of words and not of deeds / Is like a garden full of weeds. (Mother Goose)
  • A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. (Lao-Tze)
  • Luck is a matter of preparation meeting opportunity. (Oprah Winfrey)
  • To hate fatigues. (Jean Rostand)
  • The educated differ from the uneducated as much as the living from the dead. (Aristotle)
  • In order to succeed, your desire for success should be greater than your fear of failure. (Bill Cosby)
  • I don't know the key to success, but the key to failure is trying to please everybody. (Bill Cosby)
  • Defeat never comes to any man until he admits it. (Josephus Daniels)
  • Action is the foundational key to all success. (Pablo Picasso)
  • Success is going from failure to failure without a loss of enthusiam. (Sir Winston Churchill)
  • Success is often the result of taking a misstep in the right direction. (Al Bernstein)
  • Defeat is not the worst of failures. Not to have tried is the true failure. (George E. Woodberry)
  • If you want to be happy, be. (Leo Tolstoy)
  • You can never quit. Winner never quit, and quitters never win. (Ted Turner)
  • To the world you may b one person, but to one person you may b the world. (unknown)
  • A dreamer is one who can only find his way by moonlight and his punishment is that he sees the dawn before the rest of the world. (Oscar Wilde)
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