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The artist is nothing without the gift, but the gift is nothing without work.

Emile Zola (1840-1902)

The attempt and not the deed confounds us.

William Shakespeare - Macbeth

The average person thinks he isn't.

Larry Lorenzoni, Father

The average Ph.D. thesis is nothing but a transference of bones from one graveyard to another.

J. Frank Dobie - A Texan in England, 1945

The backbone of surprise is fusing speed with secrecy.

Von Clausewitz (1780-1831)

The Beauty of Mother Nature is her ability to make complex things appear simple.

Louis E. Samuels, M.D.

The beginning of knowledge is the discovery of something we do not understand.

Frank Herbert

The best defense is a good offense.


The best way to be boring is to leave nothing out.

Voltaire (1694-1778)

The best way to become acquainted with a subject is to write a book about it.

Benjamin Disraeli

The Bible has noble poetry in it; and some clever fables; and some blood-drenched history; and a wealth of obscenity; and upwards of a thousand lies.

Mark Twain (1835-1910)

The big difference between sex for money and sex for free is that sex for money usually costs a lot less.

Brendon Behan

The bigger the real-life problems, the greater the tendency for the discipline to retreat into a reassuring fantasy-land of abstract theory and technical manipulation.

Tom Naylor

The bitterest tears shed over graves are for words left unsaid and deeds left undone.

Harriet Beecher Stowe

The bravest are surely those who have the clearest vision of what is before them, glory and danger alike, and yet notwithstanding go out to meet it.


The brighter you are, the more you have to learn.

Don Herold

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The camera cannot lie. But it can be an accessory to untruth.

Harold Evans

The cautious seldom err.


The charm of history and its enigmatic lesson consist in the fact that, from age to age, nothing changes and yet everything is completely different.

Aldous Huxley - The Devils of Loudun

The cheerful loser is the winner.

Elbert Hubbard (1856-1915)

The deepest principle in human nature is the craving to be appreciated.

William James (1842-1910)

The difference between 'involvement' and 'commitment' is like an eggs-and-ham breakfast: the chicken was 'involved' - the pig was 'committed'.


The difference between perseverance and obstinacy is that one often comes from a strong will, and the other from a strong won't.


The difference between pornography and erotica is lighting.

Gloria Leonard

The chief product of an automated society is a widespread and deepening sense of boredom.

Cyril Parkinson

The closest I've ever come to saying "no" is "Not now, we're landing."

Sam Malone , character played by Ted Danson on Cheers, U.S. television show, in respsonse to Diane telling him to say "no" to her friend's alleged sexual advances.

The conventional view serves to protect us from the painful job of thinking.

J. K. Galbraith

The cure for boredom is curiosity. There is no cure for curiosity.

Ellen Parr

The difference between science and the fuzzy subjects is that science requires reasoning while those other subjects merely require scholarship.

Robert Heinlein

The difference between the right word and the almost right word is the difference between lightning and a lightning bug.

Mark Twain (1835-1910)

The doctors X-rayed my head and found nothing.

Dizzy Dean , after being hit on the head by a ball in the 1934 World Series.

The doer alone learneth.

Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900)

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The dreadful burden of having nothing to do.

Nicolas Boileau

The duration of passion is proportionate with the original resistance of the woman.

Honoré de Balzac (1799-1850) - The Physiology of Marriage, 1829

The effort to understand the universe is one of the very few things that lifts human life a little above the level of farce, and gives it some of the grace of tragedy.

Steven Weinberg

The end move in politics is always to pick up a gun.

Richard Buckminster Fuller

The English country gentleman galloping after a fox--the unspeakable in full pursuit of the uneatable.

Oscar Wilde (1854-1900)

The first half of life consists of the capacity to enjoy without the chance; the last half consists of the chance without the capacity.

Mark Twain (1835-1910)

The first sign of a nervous breakdown is when you start thinking your work is terribly important.

Milo Bloom

The first step towards knowledge is to know that we are ignorant.

Richard Cecil

The folly of mistaking a paradox for a discovery, a metaphor for a proof, a torrent of verbiage for a spring of capital truths, and oneself for an oracle, is inborn in us.

Paul Valery (1871-1945)

The greatest lesson in life is to know that even fools are right sometimes.

Winston Churchill, Sir (1874-1965)

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The greatest pleasure in life is doing what people say you cannot do.

Walter Bagehot

The greatest test of courage on earth is to bear defeat without losing heart.

Robert G. Ingersoll

The heart is the chief feature of a functioning mind

Frank Lloyd Wright (1868-1959)

The hen is an egg's way of producing another egg.

Samuel Butler

The higher up you go, the more mistakes you are allowed. Right at the top, if you make enough of them, it's considered to be your style.

Fred Astaire

The highest ecstasy is the attention at its fullest.

Simone Weil

The illegal we do immediately. The unconstitutional takes a little longer.

Henry Kissinger (1923- )

The illusion of progress can be achieved by simply rearranging the terms of description so that new acronyms are created.

Scott Smith , Sikorsky Test Pilot

The important thing in acting is to be able to laugh and cry. If I have to cry I think of my sex life. If I have to laugh, I think of my sex life.

Glenda Jackson

The fool doth think himself wise, but the wise man knows himself to be a fool.

William Shakespeare

The free-lance writer is the person who is paid per piece or per word or perhaps.

Robert Benchley

The function of genius is not to give new answers, but to pose new questions - which time and mediocrity can solve.

Hugh Trevor-Roper - Men and Events

The future is like heaven, everyone exalts it, but no one wants to go there now.

James Baldwin

The good people sleep much better at night than the bad people. Of course, the bad people enjoy the waking hours much more.

Woody Allen (1935- )

The grass may be greener on the other side of the fence, but you still have to mow it.


The graveyards are full of indispensable men.

Charles de Gaulle, General (1890-1970)

The great masses of the people... will more easily fall victims to a big lie than to a small one.

Adolf Hitler

The great question - which I have not been able to answer - is, "What does a woman want?"

Sigmund Freud

The great tragedy of Science - the slaying of a beautiful hypothesis by an ugly fact.

Thomas Henry Huxley


The important thing in science is not so much to obtain new facts as to discover new ways of thinking about them.

William Bragg, Sir

The innkeeper loves the drunkard, but not for a son-in-law.

Yiddish Proverb

The insatiate itch of scribbling.

William Gifford

The instinct of nearly all societies is to lock up anybody who is truly free. First, society begins by trying to beat you up. If this fails, they try to poison you. If this fails too, the finish by loading honors on your head.

Jean Cocteau (1889-1963)

The intelligent man is one who has successfully fulfilled many accomplishments, and is yet willing to learn more.

Ed Parker

The invariable mark of wisdom is to see the miraculous in the common.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)

The investigator should have a robust faith -- and yet not believe.

Claude Bernard (1813-1878) , French physiologist

The iron gate ground its teeth to let me pass!

Elizabeth Barret Browning

The Law, in its majestic equality, forbids the rich, as well as the poor, to sleep under the bridges, to beg in the streets, and to steal bread.

Anatole France

The least practical solutions have the best acronyms.

Charles Evans Hughes

The lecturer should give the audience full reason to believe that all his powers have been exerted for their pleasure and instruction.

Michael Faraday

The life so short, the craft so long to learn.


The little I know I owe to my ignorance.

Sacha Guitry (1885-1957)

The little things are most worthwhile - quiet word, a look, a smile.

Margaret Lindsey

The long term is really just a bunch of short terms taped together.

Nick Lappos

The longer I am out of office, the more infallible I appear to myself.

Henry Kissinger (1923- )

The longer I live, the more beautiful life becomes

Frank Lloyd Wright (1868-1959)

The magnitude of a problem can be gaged by the number of acronyms associated with its potential solutions.

Ed Dinsmore

The man for whom law exists -- the man of forms, the Conservative, is a tame man.

Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862)