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    Herb Caen

  1. Are tectonic plates dishwasher-safe?

    Julius Caesar

    (100-44 BC) --Roman general, statesman, and first emperor

  2. Veni, vidi, vici. (I came, I saw, I conquered.)

  3. Gallia est omnis divisa in partres tres.(All Gaul is divided into three parts)

  4. Men willingly believe what they wish.

  5. The die is cast.

    John Cage

  6. If someone says 'can't,' that shows you what to do.

    "Dirty" Harry Callahan

    Fictional Police Detective

  7. A man has got to know his limitations. (in the movie, The Enforcer)

    Simon Cameron

    (1799-1889) --American financier and politician

  8. An honest politician is one who, when he is bought, will stay bought.

    G. Campbell

  9. Free and fair discussion will ever be found the firmest friend to truth.

    John W. Campbell, Jr.

    American author and editor

  10. We presuppose two things: that there is yet to be learned infinitely more than is now known, and that man can learn it.

    Joseph Campbell

  11. Computers are like Old Testament gods; lots of rules and no mercy.

  12. If marriage isn't a first priority in your life you're not married. (The Hero's Journey)

    Albert Camus

    (1913-1960) --French novelist, essayist, and playwright

  13. We always deceive ourselves twice about the people we love - first to their advantage, then to their disadvantage.

  14. What is a rebel? A man who says no.

  15. I enjoyed my own nature to the fullest, and we all know that there lies happiness, although, to soothe one another mutually, we occasionally pretend to condemn such joys as selfishness.

  16. Don't walk in front of me, I may not follow; don't walk behind me, I may not lead; walks beside me, and just be my friend.

  17. Nobody realizes that some people expend tremendous energy merely to be normal.

  18. Greatness consists in trying to be great. There is no other way.

    Truman Capote

    (1924-1984) --American novelist, short-story writer, known for "Breakfast at Tiffany's"and "In Cold Blood."

  19. To me, the greatest pleasure of writing is not what it's about, but the music the words make.

  20. Writing has laws of perspective, of light and shade just as painting does, or music. If you are born knowing them, fine. If not, learn them. Then rearrange the rules to suit yourself.

  21. Failure is the condiment that gives success its flavor.

  22. I don't care what anybody says about me as long as it isn't true.

    Frank Capra

    (1897-1991) --U.S. director

  23. A hunch is creativity trying to tell you something.

  24. Automatic simply means that you can't repair it yourself.

  25. I made some mistakes in drama. I thought the drama was when the actors cried. But drama is when the audience cries.

    George Carlin

    --American Commedian

  26. May the forces of evil become confused on the way to your house.
  27. There's no present. There's only the immediate future and the recent past.

    Don Carlson

  28. A kiss is a method of, cunningly devised, for the mutual prevention of speech at a time when words are superfluous.

    Thomas Carlyle

    (1795-1881) --Scottish essayist and historian

  29. Nothing that was worthy in the past departs; no truth or goodness realized by man ever dies, or can die.

  30. A vein of poetry exists in the hearts of all men.

  31. Silence is deep as Eternity; speech is shallow as Time.

  32. Under all speech that is good for anything there lies a silence that is better. Silence is deep as Eternity; speech is shallow as Time.

  33. A well written life is almost as rare as a well spent one.

  34. The history of the world is but the biography of great men.

  35. Happy the people whose annals are blank in the history books!

  36. The greatest of all faults is to be conscious of none.

  37. Long stormy spring-time, wet contentious April, winter chilling the lap of very May; but at length the season of summer does come. --from Chartism,(1839)

    Andrew Carnegie

    (1835-1913) --American industrialist and philanthropist

  38. The man who dies rich dies disgraced. - from The Gospel of Wealth

  39. Surplus wealth isa sacred trust which its possessor is bound to administer in his lifetime for the good of the community.

    Dale Carnegie

    (1888-1955) --American writer and speaker

  40. Most of the important things in the world have been accomplished by people who have kept on trying when there seemed to be no help at all.

  41. One of the most tragic things I know about human nature is that all of us tend to put off living. We are all dreaming of some magical rose garden over the horizon-instead of enjoying the roses blooming outside our windows today.

  42. If you want to win friends, make it a point to remember them. If you remember my name, you pay me a subtle compliment; you indicate that I have made an impression on you. Remember my name and you add to my feeling of importance.

    Alexis Carrel

    (1873-1944) --French surgeon and biologist

  43. The love of beauty in its multiple forms is the noblest gift of the human cerebrum.

    George Carrette

  44. First learn computer science and all the theory. Next develop a programming style. Then forget all that and just hack.

    Lewis Carroll

  45. Now here, you see, it takes all the running you can do to keep in the same place. If you want to get somewhere else, you must run at least twice as fast as that.

    Rachel Carson

    (1907-1964) --US Biologist, Author, best known for "Silent Spring," 1962, on the environmetal effects of pesticides

  46. If a child is to keep alive his inborn sense of wonder, he needs the companionship of at least one adult who can share it, rediscovering with him the joy, excitement and mystery of the world we live in.

  47. For the sense of smell, almost more than any other, has the power to recall memories and it is a pity that we use it so little.

  48. Beginnings are apt to be shadowy and so it is the beginnings of the great mother life, the sea.

  49. The discipline of the writer is to learn to be still and listen to what his subject has to tell him.

  50. Those who contemplate the beauty of the earth find reserves of strength that will endure as long as life lasts.

    Hodding Carter

  51. There are only two lasting bequests we can hope to give our children. One of these is roots, the other, wings.

    George Washington Carver

    (1864-1943) --American botanist, inventor, educator

  52. How far you go in life depends on your being tender with the young, compassionate with the aged, sympathetic with the striving and tolerant of the weak and strong. Because someday in your life you will have been all of these.

  53. Anything will give up its secrets if you love it enough. Not only have I found that when I talk to the little flower or to the little peanut they will give up their secrets, but I have found that when I silently commune with people they give up their secrets also - if you love them enough.

    A.J. Casson

  54. The only critic is time.

    Willa Cather

    (1873-1947) --American novelist

  55. Where there is great love there are always miracles.

  56. I like trees because they seem more resigned to the way they have to live than other things do.

    Marcius Porcius Cato (The Elder)

  57. Those who steal from private individuals spend their lives in stocks and chains; those who steal from the public treasure go dressed in gold and purple.

    Dick Cavett

    --Interviewer, talk show host

  58. There's so much comedy on television. Does that cause comedy in the streets? - from a parody of debates on TV violence

    William Caxton

  59. Love lasteth as long as the money endureth.(1474)

    Miguel de Cervantes

    (1547-1616) --Spanish novelist

    Miguel de Cervantes


    (quotes are primarily from from Don Quixote)
  60. A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush.

  61. A close mouth catches no flies.

  62. A good name is better than riches.

  63. A little in one's own pocket is better than much in another man's purse.

  64. All is not gold that glisters.

  65. An honest man's word is as good as his bond.

  66. As ill-luck would have it.

  67. A word to the wise is enough.

  68. As they use to say, spick and span new.

  69. Building castles in the air, and making yourself a laughing-stock.

  70. But all in good time.

  71. Can we ever have too much of a good thing?

  72. Comparisons are odious.

  73. Delay always breeds danger.

  74. Diligence is the mother of good fortune.

  75. Don't put too fine a point to your wit for fear it should get blunted.

  76. Every man is as Heaven made him, and sometimes a great deal worse.

  77. Every man was not born with a silver spoon in his mouth.

  78. Fair and softly goes far.

  79. Fear is sharp-sighted, and can see things under ground, and much more in the skies.

  80. Fortune leaves always some door open to come at a remedy.

  81. He has an oar in every man's boat, and a finger in every pie.

  82. He is as mad as a March hare.

  83. Here is the devil-and-all to pay.

  84. Honesty is the best policy.

  85. I am almost frighted out of my seven senses.

  86. I begin to smell a rat.

  87. I can look sharp as well as another, and let me alone to keep the cobwebs out of my eyes.

  88. I drink when I have occasion, and sometimes when I have no occasion.

  89. I have other fish to fry.

  90. I find my familiarity with thee has bred contempt.

  91. Ill-luck, you know, seldom comes alone.

  92. I must follow him through thick and thin.

  93. I never thrust my nose into other men's porridge. It is no bread and butter of mine; every man for himself, and God for us all.

  94. In the night all cats are gray.

  95. I shall be as secret as the grave.

  96. I think it a very happy accident.

  97. It is a true saying that a man must eat a peck of salt with his friend before he knows him.

  98. It is good to live and learn.

  99. It is past all controversy that what costs dearest is, and ought to be, most valued.

  100. It is the part of a wise man to keep himself to-day for to-morrow, and not to venture all his eggs in one basket.

  101. I was so free with him as not to mince the matter.

  102. Let every man look before he leaps.

  103. Let every man mind his own business.

  104. Let me leap out of the frying-pan into the fire; or, out of God's blessing into the warm sun.

  105. Let us make hay while the sun shines.

  106. Liberty is one of the most valuable blessings that Heaven has bestowed upon mankind.

  107. Little said is soonest mended.

  108. Love not what you are, but what you may become.

  109. Make it thy business to know thyself, which is the most difficult lesson in the world.

  110. Many count their chickens before they are hatched; and where they expect bacon, meet with broken bones.

  111. Many go out for wool, and come home shorn themselves.

  112. Marriage is a noose.

  113. My heart is wax moulded as she pleases, but enduring as marble to retain.

  114. Never look for birds of this year in the nests of the last.

  115. Plain as the nose on a man's face.

  116. Remember the old saying, "Faint heart never won fair lady."

  117. Rome was not built in a day.

  118. Sing away sorrow, cast away care.

  119. Spare your breath to cool your porridge.

  120. Tell me thy company, and I will tell thee what thou art.

  121. Thank you for nothing.

  122. That's the nature of women not to love when we love them, and to love when we love them not.

  123. The ass will carry his load, but not a double load; ride not a free horse to death.

  124. The more thou stir it, the worse it will be.

  125. The pen is the tongue of the mind.

  126. The pot calls the kettle black.

  127. There are men that will make you books, and turn them loose into the world, with as much dispatch as they would do a dish of fritters.

  128. There are only two families in the world, the Haves and Have-Nots.

  129. There is a remedy for all things but death, which will be sure to lay us out flat some time or other.

  130. There is a time for some things, and a time for all things; a time for great things, and a time for small things.

  131. There is no love lost between us.

  132. They can expect nothing but their labour for their pains. 1

  133. The brave man carves out his fortune, and every man is the son of his own works.

  134. The proof of the pudding is the eating.

  135. Those who'll play with cats must expect to be scratched.

  136. Thou art a cat, and a rat, and a coward.

  137. Time ripens all things. No man is born wise.

  138. Too much sanity may be madness. And maddest of all, to see life as it is and not as it should be!

  139. Truth may be stretched, but cannot be broken, and always gets above falsehood, as oil does above water.

  140. What a man has, so much he is sure of.

  141. When the head aches, all the members partake of the pain.

  142. When thou art at Rome, do as they do at Rome.

  143. Which I have earned with the sweat of my brows.

  144. Why do you lead me a wild-goose chase?

  145. Within a stone's throw of it.

  146. You cannot eat your cake and have your cake.

  147. You may as well expect pears from an elm.


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