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"Men are generally idle, and ready to satisfy themselves, and intimidate the industry of others, by calling that impossible which is only difficult."
"Literature is news that stays news."
"Too many have dispensed with generosity in order to practice charity."
"The reasonable man adapts himself to the world; the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore, all progress depends on the unreasonable man."
George Bernard Shaw
"Computers are useless. They can only give you answers."
"A book is a version of the world. If you do not like it, ignore it; or offer your own version in return."
"To be free is not merely to cast off one's chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others."
"Make a decision, even if it's wrong."
"I've never seen a monument erected to a pessimist."
"The days of the digital watch are numbered."
"What's money? A man is a success if he gets up in the morning and goes to bed at night and in between does what he wants to do."
"We shall find peace. We shall hear the angels, we shall see the sky sparkling with diamonds."
"The real hero is always a hero by mistake; he dreams of being an honest coward like everybody else."
"A synonym is a word you use when you can't spell the word you first thought of."
"Laws are like sausages. It's better not to see them being made."
Otto von Bismarck
"Curiosity is the very basis of education and if you tell me that curiosity killed the cat, I say only the cat died nobly."
"Make it a rule of life never to regret and never to look back. Regret is an appalling waste of energy; you can't build on it; it's only for wallowing in."
"It may be that the old astrologers had the truth exactly reversed, when they believed that the stars controlled the destinies of men. The time may come when men control the destinies of stars."
Arthur C. Clarke
"The thing I hate about an argument is that it always interrupts a discussion."
G. K. Chesterton
"Happiness: a good bank account, a good cook and a good digestion."
Jean Jacques Rousseau
"He wrapped himself in quotations- as a beggar would enfold himself in the purple of Emperors."
"If there were in the world today any large number of people who desired their own happiness more than they desired the unhappiness of others, we could have paradise in a few years."
"It is hard to believe that a man is telling the truth when you know that you would lie if you were in his place."
H. L. Mencken
"When I came back to Dublin I was courtmartialed in my absence and sentenced to death in my absence, so I said they could shoot me in my absence."
"I love being married. It's so great to find that one special person you want to annoy for the rest of your life."
"Courage is grace under pressure."
"I know that my unity with all people cannot be destroyed by national boundaries and government orders."
"As for courage and will - we cannot measure how much of each lies within us, we can only trust there will be sufficient to carry through trials which may lie ahead."
"Money frees you from doing things you dislike. Since I dislike doing nearly everything, money is handy."
"Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement. Nothing can be done without hope."
"To achieve great things, we must live as though we are never going to die."
Luc de Clarnes Vauvenargues
"Some cause happiness wherever they go; others, whenever they go."
"The law taught me to believe nobody, the media proves that was right"
"I like to think that music is part of our heritage - it indelibly marks the major events in our personal lives and our society."
"Few things are as immutable as the addiction of political groups to the ideas by which they have once won office."
John Kenneth Galbraith,The Affluent Society
"Since a politician never belives what he says, he is surprised when others believe him."
Charles de Gaulle
"Decisions are like New Year's resolutions - making them is easy; sticking to them is the hard part."
"Risk-taking is the essence of innovation."
"The empires of the future will be the empires of the mind."
"If you don't make mistakes, you aren't really trying."
"Even if you're on the right track, you'll get run over if you just sit there."
"Comedy is simply a funny way of being serious."
"Experience is the name that everyone gives to his mistakes."
"There are three ways a man can be ruined: women, gambling, and farming. My father chose the most boring."
Pope John XXIII
"Observe the masses and do the opposite."
"It is better to be defeated on principle than to win on lies."
"The secret of success is to know something nobody else knows."
"Whoever undertakes to set himself up as a judge of Truth and Knowledge is shipwrecked by the laughter of the Gods."
"Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards."
"Intellectual capital is the sum of everything everybody in a company knows that gives it a competitive edge."
Thomas A. Stewart