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    Edward Abbey
    ( )
  1. Growth for the sake of growth is the ideology of the cancer cell.

  2. John Abbott
    (1821 - 1893) Canadian prime minister
  3. How do you know so much about everything? was asked of a very wise and intelligent man; and the answer was 'By never being afraid or ashamed to ask questions as to anything of which I was ignorant.

  4. Hal Abelson
    ( )
  5. If I have not seen as far as others, it is because giants were standing on my shoulders.

  6. Kareem Abdul-Jabar
    (1947 - ) --U.S. Collegiate and NBA basketball player
  7. My mother had to send me to the movies with my birth certificate, so that I wouldn't have to pay the extra fifty cents that the adults had to pay.
  8. It's hard for young players to see the big picture. They just see three or four years down the road.
  9. The first time I shot the hook, I was in fourth grade, and I was about five feet eight inches tall. I put the ball up and felt totally at ease with the shot. I was completely confident it would go in and I've been shooting it ever since.
  10. I try to do the right thing at the right time. They may just be little things, but usually they make the difference between winning and losing.
  11. I've had enough success for two lifetimes, My success is talent put together with hard work and luck.

  12. Dean Acheson
    (1893 - 1971) American
  13. A memorandum is written to protect the writer -- not to inform the reader.
  14. The future comes one day at a time.
  15. Time spent in the advertising business seems to create a permanent deformity like the Chinese habit of foot-binding.
  16. Negotiation in the classic diplomatic sense assumes parties more anxious to agree than disagree.

  17. Jane Ace
    ( )
  18. Time wounds all heels.

  19. Lord Acton
    (1834 - 1902) British Historian
  20. Power tends to corrupt and absolute power corrupts absolutely.
  21. The most certain test by which we judge whether a country is really free is the amount of security enjoyed by minorities.

  22. Abigail Adams
    (1744 - 1818) American first lady, author
  23. We have too many high-sounding words, and too few actions that correspond with them.

  24. Douglas Adams
    ( )
  25. Anyone who is capable of getting themselves made President should on no account be allowed to do the job.
  26. A computer terminal is not some clunky old television with a typewriter in front of it. It is an interface where the mind and body can connect with the universe and move bits of it about. [from Mostly Harmless]
  27. Human beings, who are almost unique in having the ability to learn from the experience of others, are also remarkable for their apparent disinclination to do so.
  28. It's no coincidence that in no known language does the phrase "As pretty as an airport" appear.
  29. The ships hung in the sky in much the same way that bricks don't.
  30. Time is an illusion, lunchtime doubly so.
  31. You live and learn. At any rate, you live.

  32. Franklin P. [Pierce] Adams
    ( ) American Editor, Humorist, Poet
  33. The trouble with this country is that there are too many politicians who believe, with a conviction based on experience, that you can fool all of the people all of the time.

  34. George Adams
    ( )
  35. Note how good you feel after you have encouraged someone else. No other argument is necessary to suggest that never miss the opportunity to give encouragement.
  36. There is no such thing as a 'self-made' man. We are made up of thousands of others. Everyone who has ever done a kind deed for us, or spoken one word of encouragement to us, has entered into the make-up of our character and of our thoughts, as well as our success.

  37. Henry Adams
    ( )
  38. No one means all he says and yet very few say all they mean.

  39. John Adams
    (1735 - 1826) 2nd American President
  40. Liberty cannot be preserved without a general knowledge among the people. [from Dissertation on the Canon and the Feudal Law]
  41. Had I been chosen President again, I am certain I could not have lived another year.

  42. James Truslow Adams
    ( )
  43. There are obviously two educations. One should teach us how to make a living and the other how to live.

  44. Samuel Adams
    (1722 - 1893) American Revolutionary
  45. Our contest is not only whether we ourselves shall be free, but whether there shall be left to mankind an asylum on earth for civil and religious liberty.

  46. Joseph Addison
    (1672 - 1719) English essayist and poet
  47. Friendship improves happiness, and abates misery, by doubling our joys, and dividing our grief.
  48. He who would pass his declining years with honor and comfort, should, when young, consider that he may one day become old, and remember when he is old, that he has once been young./li>
  49. If we may believe our logicians, man is distinguished from all other creatures by the faculty of laughter.
  50. I value my garden more for being full blacbirds than of cherries, and very frankly give them fruit for their songs.
  51. Cheerfulness keeps up a kind of daylight in the mind, and fills it with a steady and perpetual serenity.
  52. 'We are always doing', says he, 'something for Posterity, but I would fain see Posterity do something for us.
  53. What pity is it that we can die but once to serve our country!

  54. George Ade
    ( )
  55. One man's poison ivy is another man's spinach.

  56. Alfred Adler
    (1870 - 1937) Austrian psychiatrist
  57. The truth is often a terrible weapon of aggression. It is possible to lie, and even to murder, with the truth.
  58. It is easier to fight for one's principles than to live up to them.

  59. Morris Adler
    ( )
  60. The purpose of learning is growth, and our minds, unlike our bodies, can continue growing as we continue to live.

  61. Mortimer Adler
    ( ) American philosopher
  62. Ask others about themselves, at the same time, be on guard not to talk too much about yourself.
  63. In the case of good books, the point is not to see how many of them you can get through, but how many can get through to you.

  64. Renata Adler
    ( )
  65. it is always self-defeating to pretend to the style of a generation younger than your own; it simply erases your experience in history.

  66. Aeschylus
    (525 - 456 BC) Ancient greek soldier, playwright
  67. Bronze is the mirror of the form; wine, of the heart.
  68. Exiles feed on hope.
  69. Few men have the natural strength to honour a friend's success without envy.
  70. The future you shall know when it has come; before then, forget it.
  71. "Honour thy father and thy mother" stands written among the three laws of most revered righteousness.
  72. It is not the oath that makes us believe the man, but the man the oath.
  73. I would far rather be ignorant than wise in the foreboding of evil.
  74. Learning is ever in the freshness of its youth, even for the old.
  75. Of all the gods, Death only craves not gifts:
    Nor sacrifice, nor yet drink-offering poured
    Avails; no altars hath he, nor is soothed
    By hymns of praise. From him alone of all
    The powers of heaven Persuasion holds aloof.
  76. A prosperous fool is a grievous burden.
  77. So in the Libyan fable it is told
    That once an eagle, stricken with a dart,
    Said, when he saw the fashion of the shaft,
    "With our own feathers, not by others' hands,
    Are we now smitten."
  78. Sweet is a grief well ended.
  79. Time as he grows old teaches many lessons.
  80. When a man is willing and eager, the gods joins in.
  81. Wisdom comes alone through suffering.
  82. Words are the physicians of a mind diseased.

  83. Aesop
    (620 - 560 BC) Greek storyteller
  84. Any excuse will serve a tyrant.
  85. Appearances often are deceiving.
  86. Be content with your lot; one cannot be first in everything.
  87. Beware lest you lose the substance by grasping at the shadow.
  88. Do not count your chickens before they are hatched.
  89. Familiarity breeds contempt.
  90. Fools take to themselves the respect that is given to their office.
  91. The gods help them that help themselves.
  92. Gratitude is the sign of noble souls.
  93. It is easy to despise what you cannot get.
  94. It is easy to be brave from a safe distance.
  95. It is not only fine feathers that make fine birds.
  96. A liar will not be believed, even when he speaks the truth.
  97. Little friends may prove great friends.
  98. Never trust the advice of a man in difficulties.
  99. Only cowards insult dying majesty.
  100. Please all, and you will please none.
  101. There is always someone worse off than yourself.
  102. United we stand, divided we fall.
  103. We often give enemies the means of our own destruction.
  104. You may share the labours of the great, but you will not share the spoil.

  105. Herbert Agar
    ( )
  106. Snobs talk as if they had begotten their ancestors.

  107. Agathon
    (446 - 401 BC)
  108. This ONLY is denied God: The power to undo the past.

  109. Spiro Agnew
    (1918 - 1996) American Vice President
  110. To one extent, if you've seen one city slum, you've seen them all.
  111. In the United States today, we have more than our share of nattering nabobs of negativism. - 1970, San Diego

  112. Caspar de Aguilar
    ( )
  113. Porque el miedo, sin ser Dios, suele hacer algo de nada.
    [Fear can, though it is not God, create something from nothing.]

  114. Howard Aiken
    (1900 - 1972) American Engineer, developed the first computers for IBM
  115. Don't worry about people stealing your ideas. If your ideas are any good, you'll have to ram them down people's throats.

  116. Alcaeus
    (7th century BC) Ancient Greek poet and satirist
  117. Not houses finely roofed or the stones of walls well builded, nay nor canals and dockyards make the city, but men able to use their opportunity.

  118. Louisa May Alcott
    (1832 - 1888) American author
  119. Money is the root of all evil, and yet it is such a useful root that we cannot get on without it any more than we can without potatoes.
  120. Housekeeping ain't no joke.

  121. Muhammed Ali (Cassius Clay)
    American Boxer
  122. Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee.
  123. It's just a job. Grass grows, birds fly, waves pound the sand. I just beat people up.
  124. The man who has no imagination has no wings.
  125. The man who views the world at 50 the same as he did at 20 has wasted 30 years of his life.

  126. Brian Aldiss
    ( )
  127. When childhood dies, its corpses are called adults and they enter society, one of the politer names of hell. That is why we dread children, even if we love them, they show us the state of our decay
  128. Keep violence in the mind, where it belongs.

  129. M.H. Alderson
    ( )
  130. If at first you don't succeed, you're running about average.

  131. Gloria Allred
    ( )
  132. The more I know about men the more I like dogs.

  133. Fred Allen
    (1894 - 1956) American commedian, stage and movie actor, radio broadcaster
  134. California is a fine place to live -- if you happen to be an orange.
  135. If the grass is greener in the other fellow's yard - let him worry about cutting it.
  136. A celebrity is a person who works hard all his life to become well known, then wears dark glasses to avoid being recognized.

  137. George Allen
    ( )
  138. Every time you win you're reborn; every time you lose, you die a little.

  139. Woody Allen
    (1935 - ) American Actor, author, director, producer, screenwriter, professional neurotic, jazz clarinetist
  140. At the opera in Milan with my daughter and me, Needleman leaned out of his box and fell into the orchestra pit. Too proud to admit it was a mistake, he attended the opera every night for a month and repeated it each time. (from Side Effects)
  141. The good people sleep much better at night than the bad people. Of course, the bad people enjoy the waking hours much more.
  142. The great roe is a mythological beast with the head of a lion and the body of a lion, though not the same lion. (from Without Feathers)
  143. I am at two with nature.
  144. When I was in school, I cheated on my metaphysics exam: I looked into the soul of the boy sitting next to me.
  145. I don't want to achieve immortality through my work. I want to achieve it through not dying.
  146. I had a terrible education. I attended a school for emotionally disturbed teachers.
  147. I took a speed-reading course and read War and Peace in twenty minutes. It involves Russia.
  148. Interestingly, according to modern astronomers, space is finite. This is a very comforting thought - particularly for people who can never remember where they have left things.
  149. It's not that I'm afraid to die, I just don't want to be there when it happens.
  150. I will not eat oysters. I want my food dead. Not sick -- not wounded -- dead.
  151. Life is divided into the horrible and the miserable.
  152. Love is the answer, but while you are waiting for the answer, sex raises some pretty good questions.
  153. Mankind faces a crossroads. One path leads to despair and utter hopelessness, the other to extinction. Let us pray we choose correctly.
  154. Money is better than poverty, if only for financial reasons.
  155. On the plus side, death is one of the few things that can be done just as easily lying down.
  156. Sex alleviates tension. Love causes it.
  157. Should I marry W.? Not if she won't tell me the other letters in her name. (from Without Feathers)
  158. What if everything is an illusion and nothing exists? In that case, I definitely overpaid for my carpet.
  159. Why are our days numbered and not, say, lettered.
  160. Why does man kill? He kills for food. And not only food: frequently there must be a beverage.

  161. [George] Washington Allston
    ( )
  162. Distinction is the consequence, never the object of a great mind.

  163. Farmer's Almanac
    ( )
  164. Don't worry about temptation - as you grow older, it starts avoiding you.

  165. Henri-Frédéric Amiel
    (1821 - 1881)
  166. Analysis kills spontineity. The grain, once ground into flower. springs and germinates no more.
  167. An error is the more dangerous the more truth it contains. (Journal, 1883)
  168. Doing easily what others find difficult is talent; doing what is impossible for talent is genius.(Journal, 1883)
  169. To know how to suggest is the art of teaching.
  170. Truth is not only violated by falsehood; it may be outraged by silence.
  171. Life is short and we have never too much time for gladdening the hearts of those who are travelling the dark journey with us. Oh be swift to love, make haste to be kind.


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