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  1. Absence diminishes little passions and increases great ones, as the wind extinguishes candles and fans a fire.
    -- La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680)

  2. Managers who are skilled communicators may also be good at covering up real problems.
    -- Chris Argyris, Harvard Business Review

  3. You don't hear things that are bad about your company unless you ask. It is easy to hear good tidings, but you have to scratch to get the bad news.
    -- Thomas J. Watson (1874-1956), Fortune

  4. The new source of power is not money in the hands of a few but information in the hands of many.
    -- John Naisbitt (b. 1929), Megatrends

  5. One may know the world without going out of doors.
    One may see the Way of Heaven without looking through the windows.
    The further one goes, the less one knows.
    Therefore the sage knows without going about,
    Understands without seeing,
    And accomplishes without any action.
    -- Lao-Tzu (fl. B.C. 600)

  6. A drop of water has the tastes of the water of the seven seas: there is no need to experience all the ways of worldly life. The reflections of the moon on one thousand rivers are from the same moon: the mind must be full of light.
    -- Hung Tzu-ch'eng (1593-1665)

  7. Could we have avoided the tragedy of Hiroshima? Could we have started the atomic age with clean hands? No one knows. No one can find out.
    -- Edward Teller

  8. La majesteuse égalité des lois, qui interdit au riche comme au pauvre de coucher sous les ponts, de mendier dans les rues et de voler du pain.

  9. The majestic equality of the laws, which forbid the rich as well as the poor to sleep under the bridges, to beg in the streest and to steal bread.
    -- Anatole France

  10. Because our goals are not lofty but illusory, our problems are not difficult, but nonsensical.

  11. -Ludwig Wittgenstein

  12. Some reckon time by stars,
    And some by hours;
    Some measure days by dreams
    And some by flowers;
    My heart alone records
    My days and hours.
    -- Madison J. Cawein,_Some Reckon Time by Stars_

  13. Man is the only animal that can remain on friendly terms with the victims he intends to eat until he eats them.
    -- Samuel Butler

  14. I believe in compulsory cannibalism. If people were forced to eat what they killed, there would be no more wars.
    -- Abbie Hoffman

  15. If you ever have to support a flagging conversation, introduce the topic of eating.
    -- Leigh Hunt

  16. Never play cards with a man named Doc and never eat at a place called Mom's.
    -- John O'Hara

  17. To say that a work of art is good, but incomprehensible to the majority of men, is the same as saying of some kind of food that is very good but that most people can't eat it.
    -- Leo Tolstoy

  18. Pick the right grandparents, don't eat or drink too much, be circumspect in all things, and take a two-mile walk ever morning before breakfast.
    -- Harry S. Truman ( on how to reach the age of 80)

  19. Frenchman: Germans with good food.
    -- Fran Lebowitz

  20. Vegetables are interesting but lack a sense of purpose when unaccompanied by a good cut of meat.
    -- Fran Lebowitz

  21. Never before have we had so little time in which to do so much.
    -- F.D.Roosevelt (Feb. 23, 1942)

  22. When you arise in the morning, think of what a precious privilege it is to be alive--to breathe, to think, to enjoy, to love.
    -- Marcus Aurelius

  23. A duty dodged is like a debt unpaid; it is only deferred, and we must come back and settle the account at last.
    -- Joseph F. Newton

  24. La cafe doit etre fort comme le mort, noir
    comme le Maure, et doux comme l'amour.
    [Coffee should be strong as death, black as the Moor, and sweet as love.]

  25. Why do they always put mud into coffee on board steamers?
    Why does the tea generally taste of boiled boots?
    -- William M. Thackeray (1811-1863), _The Kickleburys on the Rhine_ (1850)

  26. Coffee, which makes the politician wise, And see through all things with his half-shut eyes.
    -- Alexander Pope (1688-1744), _The Rape of the Lock_ (1712)

  27. The best coffee in Europe is Vienna coffee, compared to which all other coffee is fluid poverty.
    -- Mark Twain, quoted in _Greatly Exaggerated_

  28. Nothing overshadows truth so completely as authority.
    -- Alberti

  29. The disappearance of a sense of responsibility is the most far-reaching consequence of submission to authority.
    -- Stanley Milgram

  30. Every great advance in natural knowledge has involved the absolute rejection of authority.
    -- (1749-1832) Thomas Henry Huxley

  31. The faith that stands on authority is not faith ."
    -- Ralph Waldo Emerson

  32. Conduct is more convincing than language.
    -- John Woolman

  33. No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.
    -- Eleanor Roosevelt

  34. You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face.
    -- Eleanor Roosevelt

  35. A mature person is one who does not think only in absolutes, who is able to be objective even when deeply stirred emotionally, who has learned that there is both good and bad in all people and in all things, and who walks humbly and deals charitably with the circumstances of life, knowing that in this world no one is all-knowing and therefore all of us need both love and charity.
    -- Eleanor Roosevelt

  36. We achieve everything by our efforts alone. Our fate is not decided by an almighty God.We decide our own fate by our actions. You have to gain mastery over yourself...It is not a matter of sitting back and accepting.
    -- Aung San Suu Kyi

  37. The greatest gift for an individual or a nation ...was abhaya, fearlessness, not merely bodily courage but absence of fear from the mind....Fearlessness may be a gift, but perhaps more precious is the courage acquired through endeavour, courage that comes from cultivating the habit of refusing to let fear dictate one's actions, courage that could be described as "grace under pressure" -- grace which is renewed repeatedly in the face of harsh, unremmiting pressure.
    -- Aung San Suu Kyi

  38. Do what you think is best for you and follow your dreams. Don't listen to negative comments from anyone else. When you decide on something, just go straight for it and keep at it until you get it.
    -- Princess Tenko, renowned female magician from Japan.

  39. There is something to be said for overcoming difficult periods in your life. It makes you a much stronger person.
    -- Andie Macdowell, actress

  40. Whatever woman do they must do twice as well as men to be thought half as good. Luckily, this is not difficult.
    -- Charlotte Whitton

  41. I refuse to consign the whole male sex to the nursery. I insist on believing that some men are my equals.
    -- Brigid Brophy

  42. In the U.S. you have to be a deviant or exist in extreme boredom...Make no mistake; all intellectuals are deviants in the U.S ."
    -- William Burroughs

  43. An intellectual is someone whose mind watches itself ."
    -- Albert Camus

  44. Intellectuals solve problems; geniuses prevent them ."
    -- Einstein

  45. An intellectual is a man who takes more words than necessary to tell more than he knows.
    -- Dwight D. Eisenhower

  46. Intellectual brilliance is no guarentee against being dead wrong ."
    -- David Fasold

  47. A word carries far -- very far -- deals destruction through time as the bullets go flying through space.
    -- Joseph Conrad (1857-1924) Polish novelist, short story writer

  48. Only in men's imagination does every truth find an effective and undeniable existence. Imagination, not invention, is the supreme master of art as of life.
    -- Joseph Conrad (1857-1924) Polish novelist, short story writer

  49. An artist is a man of action, whether he creates a personality, invents an expedient, or finds the issue of a complicated situation.
    -- Joseph Conrad (1857-1924) Polish novelist, short story writer

  50. Any work that aspires, however humbly, to the condition of art should carry its justification in every line.
    -- Joseph Conrad (1857-1924) Polish novelist, short story writer

  51. He who wants to persuade should put his trust not in the right argument, but in the right word. The power of sound has always been greater than the power of sense.
    -- Joseph Conrad (1857-1924) Polish novelist, short story writer

  52. I'm astounded by people who want to 'know' the universe when it's hard enough to find your way around Chinatown.
    -- Woody Allen (1935-____) U.S. comedian, actor, director

  53. I was thrown out of N.Y.U. my freshman year. . . for cheating on my metaphysics final. You know, I looked within the soul of the boy sitting next to me.
    -- Woody Allen (1935-____) U.S. comedian, actor, director

  54. In Beverly Hills. . . they don't throw their garbage away. They make it into television shows.
    -- Woody Allen (1935-____) U.S. comedian, actor, director

  55. If you're not failing every now and again, it's a sign you're not doing anything very innovative.
    -- Woody Allen (1935-____) U.S. comedian, actor, director

  56. Eighty percent of success is showing up.
    -- Woody Allen (1935-____) U.S. comedian, actor, director

  57. The true snob never rests: there is always a higher goal to attain, and there are, by the same token, always more and more people to look down upon.
    -- J. Russel Lynes (1910-1991)U.S. editor, writer

  58. Wasting time is negative, but there is something positive about idleness.
    -- J. Russel Lynes (1910-1991)U.S. editor, writer

  59. Every journalist has a novel in him, which is an excellent place for it.
    -- J. Russel Lynes (1910-1991)U.S. editor, writer

  60. No author dislikes to be edited as much as he dislikes not to be published.
    -- J. Russel Lynes (1910-1991)U.S. editor, writer

  61. If you can't ignore an insult, top it; if you can't top it, laugh it off; and if you can't laugh it off, it's probably deserved.
    -- J. Russel Lynes (1910-1991)U.S. editor, writer

  62. I do not believe in the collective wisdom of individual ignorance.
    -- Thomas Carlyle (1795-1881) Scottish essayist, historian

  63. Originality is a thing we constantly clamour for, and constantly quarrel with.
    -- Thomas Carlyle (1795-1881) Scottish essayist, historian

  64. Talk that does not end in any kind of action is better suppressed altogether.
    -- Thomas Carlyle (1795-1881) Scottish essayist, historian

  65. The block of granite which is an obstacle in the pathway of the weak, becomes a stepping-stone in the pathway of the strong.
    -- Thomas Carlyle (1795-1881) Scottish essayist, historian

  66. Endurance is patience concentrated.
    -- Thomas Carlyle (1795-1881) Scottish essayist, historian

  67. What we observe is not nature itself, but nature exposed to our method of questioning.
    -- Werner Karl Heisenberg (1901-1976) German physicist

  68. Every word or concept, clear as it may seem to be, has only a limited range of applicability.
    -- Werner Karl Heisenberg (1901-1976) German physicist

  69. Every tool carries with it the spirit by which it had been created.
    -- Werner Karl Heisenberg (1901-1976) German physicist

  70. An expert is someone who knows some of the worst mistakes that can be made in his subject and how to avoid them.
    -- Werner Karl Heisenberg (1901-1976) German physicist

  71. Even for the physicist the description in plain language will be a criterion of the degree of understanding that has been reached.
    -- Werner Karl Heisenberg (1901-1976) German physicist

  72. Give the people a new word and they think they have a new fact.
    -- Willa Cather (1873-1947) U.S. novelist

  73. A child's attitude toward everything is an artist's attitude.
    -- Willa Cather (1873-1947) U.S. novelist

  74. What was any art but an effort to make a sheath, a mold in which to imprison for a moment the shining, elusive element which is life itself.
    -- Willa Cather (1873-1947) U.S. novelist

  75. Art should simplify. That is very nearly the whole of the higher artistic process; finding what conventions of form and what detail one can do without and yet preserve the spirit of the whole.
    -- Willa Cather (1873-1947) U.S. novelist

  76. I tell you there is such a thing as creative hate.
    -- Willa Cather (1873-1947) U.S. novelist

  77. My education [takes place] during the holidays from Eton.
    -- Osbert Sitwell (1892-1969) English novelist

  78. The artist, like the idiot, or clown, sits on the edge of the world, and a push may send him over it.
    -- Osbert Sitwell (1892-1969) English novelist

  79. Poetry is like fish: if it's fresh, it's good; if it's stale, it's bad; and if you're not certain, try it on the cat.
    -- Osbert Sitwell (1892-1969) English novelist

  80. In reality, killing time Is only the name for another of the multifarious ways By which Time kills us.
    -- Osbert Sitwell (1892-1969) English novelist

  81. It is fatal to be appreciated in one's own time.
    -- Osbert Sitwell (1892-1969) English novelist

  82. Let the word go forth from this time and place, to friend and foe alike, that the torch has been passed to a new generation of Americans -- born in this century, tempered by war, disciplined by a hard and bitter peace, proud of our ancient heritage -- and unwilling to witness or permit the slow undoing of those human rights to which this Nation has always been committed.
    -- John F. Kennedy, Inaugural Address

  83. I get plenty of exercise carrying the coffins of my friends who exercise.
    -- Red Skelton

  84. My country owes me nothing. It gave me, as it gives every boy and girl, a chance. It gave me schooling, independence of action, opportunity for service and honor. In no other land could a boy from a country village, without inheritance or influential friends, look forward with unbounded hope.
    -- Herbert Hoover

  85. Good manners and good morals are sworn friends and fast allies.
    -- C. A. Bartol

  86. Always forgive your enemies ---- but never forget their names.
    -- Robert F. Kennedy

  87. A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds
    -- Ralph Waldo Emerson

  88. Where you used to be, there is a hole in the world which I find myself constantly walking around in the daytime, and falling into at night. I miss you like hell.
    -- Edna St. Vincent Millay

  89. We cannot forgive, because that means forgetting also. If we forget, then we're doomed, because the past will creep back to poison our future.
    -- John Gardner

  90. We should forgive our enemies, but only after they have been hanged first.
    -- Heinrich Heine:

  91. Dignity does not consist in possessing honors, but in deserving them.
    -- Aristotle

  92. The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.
    -- Edmund Burke

  93. People who bite the hand that feeds them usually lick the boot that kicks them.
    -- Eric Hoffer

  94. There are moments when everything goes well; don't be frightened, it won't last.
    -- Jules Renard

  95. Creative minds have always been known to survive any kind of bad training.
    -- Anna Freud

  96. It's only when the tide goes out that you learn who's been swimming naked.
    -- Warren Buffet

  97. A person who doubts himself is like a man who would enlist in the ranks of his enemies and bear arms against himself. He makes his failure certain by himself being the first person to be convinced of it.
    -- Alexandre Dumas (1802-1870)

  98. Knowledge is power.
    -- Francis Bacon (1561-1626), _De Sapientia Veterum._ (1609)

  99. Many phenomena of common experience, in themselves trivial - for example, the cracks in an old wall, the shape of a cloud, the path of a falling leaf, or the froth on a pint of beer - are very difficult to formalize, but is it not possible that a mathematical theory launched for such homely phenomena might, in the end, be more profitable for science?"
    -- Rene Thom

  100. It isn't a calamity to die with dreams unfulfilled, but it is a calamity not to dream.
    -- Benjamin E. Mays (1895-1984) U.S. educator, clergyman

  101. Every man and woman is born into the world to do something unique and something distinctive and if he or she does not do it, it will never be done.
    -- Benjamin E. Mays (1895-1984) U.S. educator, clergyman

  102. We, today, stand on the shoulders of our predecessors who have gone before us. We, as their successors, must catch the torch of freedom and liberty passed on to us by our ancestors. We cannot lose in this battle.
    -- Benjamin E. Mays (1895-1984) U.S. educator, clergyman

  103. I have sworn upon the alter of God eternal, hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man.
    -- Thomas Jefferson

  104. We are always acting on what has just finished happening. It happened at least one-thirtieth of a second ago. We think we're in the present, but we aren't. The present we know is only a movie of the past.
    -- Tom Wolfe

  105. If you want to get a pail of milk, don't sit yourself on a stool in the middle of a field hoping that a cow will come over to you.
    -- Anon.

  106. People are far more interesting and successful when they are less concerned about being normal, and more concerned on being natural.
    -- Michael Nolan

  107. The greatest mistake you can make in life is to be continually fearing you will make one.
    -- Elbert Hubbard

  108. Do not wish to be anything but who you are, and try to be that perfectly.
    -- St. Frances De Sales

  109. A father may turn his back on his child, brothers and sisters may become inveterate enemies, husbands may desert their wives, wives their husbands. But a mother's love endures through all.
    -- Washington Irving

  110. Columbus did not seek a new route to the Indies in response to a majority directive.
    -- Milton Friedman (1912-__) U.S. economist; Nobel Prize for Economics [1976]

  111. What kind of society isn't structured on greed? The problem of social organization is how to set up an arrangement under which greed will do the least harm; capitalism is that kind of a system.
    -- Milton Friedman

  112. The greatest advances of civilization, whether in architecture or painting, in science and literature, in industry or agriculture, have never come from centralized government.
    -- Milton Friedman

  113. The only relevant test of the validity of a hypothesis is comparison of prediction with experience.
    -- Milton Friedman

  114. Hell hath no fury like a bureaucrat scorned.
    -- Milton Friedman

  115. Never look down to test the ground before taking your next step; only he who keeps his eye fixed on the far horizon will find his right road.
    -- Dag Hammarskjold (1905-1961) Swedish diplomat, 1st Secretary General of the U.N.

  116. The more faithfully you listen to the voice within you, the better you hear what is sounding outside. And only he who listens can speak.
    -- Dag Hammarskjold

  117. Never measure the height of a mountain until you have reached the top. Then you will see how low it was.
    -- Dag Hammarskjold

  118. Life yields only to the conqueror. Never accept what can be gained by giving in. You will be living off stolen goods, and your muscles will atrophy.
    -- Dag Hammarskjold

  119. Life demands from you only the strength you posses. One one feat is possible -- not to have run away.
    -- Dag Hammarskjold

  120. One must have chaos in oneself to give birth to a dancing star.
    -- F. Nietsche, Thus Spoke Zarathustra

  121. Fame usually comes to those who are thinking about something else.
    -- O.W. Holmes; _The Autocrat of the Breakfast-Table,_ XII, 1858

  122. If there's another way to skin a cat, I don't want to know about it.
    -- Steve Kravitz

  123. If a cat spoke, it would say things like 'Hey, I don't see the *problem* here'.
    -- Roy Blount, Jr.

  124. The truth is rarely pure and never simple. Modern life would be very tedious if it were either, and modern literature a complete impossiblity
    -- -- Oscar Wilde

  125. We are sure to get the better of fortune if we do but grapple with her.
    -- Seneca (B.C. 3-65 A.D.)

  126. The main ingredient of stardom is the rest of the team.
    -- John Wooden

  127. The thick plottens.
    -- Nigel Rees, A year of Boobs and Blunders

  128. He who laughs has not yet heard the bad news.
    -- Bertolt Brecht

  129. He's a Fool that makes his Doctor his Heir.
    -- Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790)

  130. The way I see it, if you want the rainbow, you gotta put up with the rain.
    -- Dolly Parton

  131. Among the attributes of God, although they are all equal, mercy shines with even more brilliancy than justice.
    -- Cervantes

  132. A good head and good heart are always a formidable combination. But when you add to that a literate tongue or pen, then you have something very special. We must use time creatively, and forever realize that the time is always ripe to do right.
    -- Nelson Mandela, (1918-____) --South African president, lawyer, civil rights activist

  133. Openly free men can negotiate. Prisoners cannot enter into contracts.
    -- Nelson Mandela

  134. In two words:impossible.
    -- Sam Goldwin

  135. Nothing comes from nothing.
    -- Lucretius

  136. No passion in the world is equal to the passion to alter someone else's draft.
    -- H. G. Wells

  137. A good many young writers make the mistake of enclosing a stamped, self-adressed envelope, big enough for the manuscript to come back in. This is too much of a temptation for the editor.
    -- Ring Lardner, How to Write Short Stories

  138. A man is not finished when he is defeated. He is finished when he quits.
    -- Richard M. Nixon

  139. All great masters are chiefly distinguished by the power of adding a second, a third, and perhaps a fourth step in a continuous line. Many a man had taken the first step. With every additional step you enhance immenseley the value of your first.
    -- Ralph Waldo Emerson

  140. Never judge a man's actions until you know his motives.
    -- Anonymous

  141. Determine never to be idle. No person will have occasion to complain of the want of time who never loses any. It is wonderful how much may be done if we are always doing.
    -- Thomas Jefferson

  142. Self knowledge is best learned, not by contemplation, but action. Strive to do your duty and you will soon discover of what stuff you are made.
    -- Goethe

  143. Rhetoric is a poor substitute for action, and we have trusted to rhetoric. If we are really to be a great nation, we must not merely talk, we must act big.
    -- Theodore Roosevelt

  144. You become what you think all day long, and those days become your lifetime.
    -- Dr. Wayne W. Dyer

  145. Suddenly the world has run amok and left you alone and sane behind.
    -- Wole Soyinka (1934-____) Nigerian playwright, novelist, Nobel Prize for Literature, 1986

  146. The hand that dips into the bottom of the pot will eat the biggest snail.
    -- Wole Soyinka

  147. The greatest threat to freedom is the absence of criticism.
    -- Wole Soyinka

  148. What we want is to see the child in pursuit of knowledge, and not knowledge in pursuit of the child.
    -- George Bernard Shaw

  149. You see things; and say 'Why?' But I dream things that never were and say 'Why not?'
    -- George Bernard Shaw

  150. What the world calls originality is only an unaccustomed method of tickling it.
    -- George Bernard Shaw

  151. A life spent making mistakes is not only more honorable but more useful than a life spent doing nothing.
    -- George Bernard Shaw

  152. One man that has a mind and knows it can always beat ten men who haven't and don't.
    -- George Bernard Shaw

  153. Theatre is Life
    Cinema is Art
    Television is Furniture.

  154. Denken wollen ist eins; Talent zum Denken haben, ein Anderes.
    [Wanting to think is one thing; a talent for thinking another.]
    -- Ludwig Wittgenstein (1944)

  155. Don't throw away your conscience.
    -- George McGovern (1922-____) U.S. Senator, 1972 Democratic presidential candidate

  156. The longer the title, the less important the job.
    -- George McGovern

  157. It is simply untrue that all our institutions are evil, that all adults are unsympathetic, that all politicians are mere opportunists.
    -- George McGovern

  158. Having discovered an illness, it's not terribly useful to prescribe death as a cure.
    -- George McGovern

  159. You know, sometimes, when they say you are ahead of your time, it's just a polite way of saying you have a real bad sense of timing.
    -- George McGovern

  160. I know that you believe that you understood what you think I said, but I am not sure you realize that what you heard is not what I meant.
    -- Robert McCloskey, U.S. State Department spokesman, at a press briefing during the Vietnam War

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