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  1. In America you can go on the air and kid the politicians, and the politicians can go on the air and kid the people. Personal relations are the important thing for ever and ever and not this outer life of telegrams and anger.

    Fortran manual

    for Xerox computers
  2. The primary purpose of the DATA statement is to give names to constants; instead of referring to pi as 3.141592653589793 at every appearance, the variable PI can be given that value with a DATA statement and used instead of the longer form of the constant. This also simplifies modifying the program, should the value of PI change.

    Harry Emerson Fosdick

    Harry Emerson Fosdick (1878-1969) --U.S. clergyman, Protestant minister
  3. He who chooses the beginning of the road chooses the place it leads to. It is the means that determines the end.

  4. Watch what people are cynical about, and one can often discover what they lack.

  5. Life is a library owned by an author. It has a few books which he wrote himself, but most of them were written for him.

  6. I would rather live in a world where life is surrounded by mystery, than live in a world so small that my mind could comprehend it.

  7. No steam or gas drives anything until it is confined. No life ever grows great until it is focused, dedicated, disciplined.

  8. Watch what people are cynical about, and one can often discover what they lack.

    Alan Dean Foster

  9. We're all nothing but unified arrangements of atoms and particles, drifting around, enjoying consciousness every now and then for a second or so before splitting up to become bits and pieces of trees and stars and french fries.

    Jodie Foster

  10. Normal is not something to aspire to, it's something to get away from.

    Gene Fowler


  11. Writing is easy. All you do is stare at a blank sheet of paper until drops of blood form on your forehead.

    Anatole France

  12. It's not by amusing oneself that one learns.

  13. 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.

  14. It is well for the heart to be naive and for the mind not to be.

  15. When a thing has been said and well said, have no scruple; take it and copy it.

  16. To accomplish great things, we must not only act, but also dream; not only plan, but also believe.

    St. Francis of Assisi

  17. Start by doing what's necessary; then do what's possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible.

  18. Lord grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.

    Benjamin Franklin

  19. Any fool can criticize, condemn, and complain, and most fools do.

  20. Be civil to all; sociable to many; familiar with few; friend to one; enemy to none.

  21. No nation was ever ruined by trade.

  22. Wealth is not his that has it, but his who enjoys it.

  23. Kill no more pigeons than you can eat.

  24. They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.

  25. Energy and persistence conquer all thing.

  26. I know not which lives more unnatural lives, obeying husbands, or commanding wives.

  27. In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.

  28. Keep thy eyes wide open before marriage, and half-shut afterwards.

  29. Whoever would overthrow the liberty of a nation must begin by subduing the freeness of speech.

  30. Dost thou love life? Then do not squander time, for that is the stuff life is made of.

  31. Life's Tragedy is that we get old to soon and wise too late.

  32. There never was a good war, or a bad peace.

  33. To err is human, to repent divine, to persist devilish.

  34. Remember that time is money.

  35. They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.

  36. Think of these things, whence you came, where you are going, and to whom you must account.

  37. Would you live with ease, do what you ought, and not what you please.

  38. We must hang together, gentlemen...else, we shall most assuredly hang separately.

  39. If a man empties his purse into his head, no man can take it away from him. An investment in knowledge always pays the best interest.

    Leo A. Frankowski

  40. Getting rich is easy. It just takes a lot of work. - from Cupernick's Rebellion

    Carl Frederick

  41. Knowing where you are going is all you need to get there.

    Paulo Freire

  42. Washing one's hands of the conflict between the powerful and the powerless means to side with the powerful, not to be neutral.

    Anna Freud

  43. Creative minds have always been known to survive any kind of bad training.

    Sigmund Freud

  44. Being entirely honest with oneself is a good exercise.

  45. What a distressing contrast there is between the radiant intelligence of the child and the feeble mentality of the average adult.

  46. Whoever loves becomes humble. Those who love have, so to speak, pawned a part of their narcissism.

  47. Religion is an illusion and it derives its strength from its readiness to fit in with our instinctual wishful impulses.

  48. What a distressing contrast there is between the radiant intelligence of the child and the feeble mentality of the average adult.

  49. From error to error, one discovers the entire truth.

    Erich Fromm

    (1900-1980)--German/American Psychologist

  50. Education makes machines which act like men and produces men who act like machines.

  51. Reason is man's instrument for arriving at the truth, intelligence is man's instrument for manipulating the world more successfully; the former is essentially human, the latter belongs to the animal part of man.

  52. Man's main task in life is to give birth to himself, to become what he potentially is. The most important product of his effort is his own personality.

  53. There can be no real freedom without the freedom to fail.

  54. Conditions for creativity are to be puzzled; to concentrate; to accept conflict and tension; to be born everyday; to feel a sense of self.

    David Frost

  55. Television enables you to be entertained in your home by people you wouldn't have in your home.

    Robert Frost

    (1874-1963) --American poet

  56. Something we were withholding made us weak, until we found out it was ourselves.

  57. Dancing is a vertical expression of a horizontal desire.

  58. Education is the ability to listen to almost anything without losing your temper or your self-confidence.

  59. Most of the change we think we see in life is due to truths being in and out of favor.

  60. The brain is a wonderful organ. It starts working when you get up in the morning, and doesn't stop until you get to the office.

  61. Most of the change we think we see in life is due to truths being in and out of favour.

  62. Two roads diverged in a woods, and I --
    I took the one less traveled by,
    And that has made all the difference.

  63. By working faithfully eight hours a day you may eventually get to be boss and work twelve hours a day.

  64. The only way round is through.

  65. Home is the place where, when you have to go there, they have to take you in.

  66. Two such as you with such a master speed
    Cannot be parted nor be swept away
    From one another once you are agreed
    That life is only life forevermore
    Together wing to wing and oar to oar.(from The Master Speed, inscribed on the gravestone of Frost and his wife, Elinor)

  67. Happiness makes up in height for what it lacks in length.

  68. I never dared be radical when young For fear it would make me conservative when old.

    Northrop Frye

  69. The most technologically efficient machine that man has ever invented is the book.

    E. Fuller

  70. During his years of poverty, Balzac lived in an unheated and almost unfurnished garret. On one of the bare walls the writer inscribed the words, Rosewood paneling with commode ; on another, Gobelin tapestry with Venetian mirror ; and in the place of honor over the empty fire-place, Picture by Raphael.

    R. Buckminster Fuller

  71. Call intuition cosmic fishing. You feel a nibble, then you've got to hook the fish.

  72. Nature is trying very hard to make us succeed, but nature does not depend on us. We are not the only experiment.

    Thomas Fuller

  73. It is always darkest just before the day dawneth.(1650)
  74. Charity begins at home, but should not end there.

  75. He that cannot forgive others breaks the bridge over which he must pass himself; for every man has need to be forgiven.

  76. Learning makes a man fit company for himself.

  77. An invincible determination can accomplish almost anything and in this lies the great distinction between great men and little men.

    Margaret Fuller

    (1810-1850) --U.S. critic, social reformer, writer

  78. Genius will live and thrive without training, but it does not the less reward the watering pot and the pruning knife.

  79. The especial genius of women I believe to be electrical in movement, intuitive in function, spiritual in tendency.

  80. Art can only be truly Art by presenting an adequate outward symbol of some fact in the interior life.

  81. It is not because the touch of genius has roused genius to production, but because the admiration of genius has made talent ambitious, that the harvest is still so abundant.

  82. Beware of over-great pleasure in being popular or even beloved.

  83. A house is no home unless it contains food and fire for the mind as well as for the body.

  84. It is astonishing what force, purity, and wisdom it requires for a human being to keep clear of falsehoods.

  85. Nature provides exceptions to every rule.


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