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"The only normal people are the ones you don't know very well." - Joe Ancis

"We should leave our minds open but not so open that our brains fall out." - Alan Ross Anderson

"You lose a lot of time hating people." - Marian Anderson

"I am responsible. Although I may not be able to prevent the worst from happening, I am responsible for my attitude toward the inevitable misfortunes that darken life. Bad things do happen; how I respond to them defines my character and the quality of my life. I can choose to sit in perpetual sadness, immobilized by the gravity of my loss, or I can choose to rise from the pain and treasure the most precious gift I have - life itself." - Walter Anderson

"Most people don't know there are angels whose only job is to make sure you don't get too comfortable and fall asleep and miss your life." - Brian Andreas

"On a personal note, I would like to say that to the best of my knowledge spontaneous dancing is not in the top 10 list of great social ills of our time." - Derek Andrews, Sydney Morning Herald

"Passion makes us desperate." - V.C. Andrews

"I am responsible for my own well-being, my own happiness. The choices and decisions I make regarding my life directly influences the quality of my days." - Kathleen Andrus

"A story is told of a Jewish man who was riding on the subway reading a Nazi newspaper. A friend of his, who happened to be riding in the same subway car, noticed this strange phenomenon. Very upset, he approached the newspaper reader: 'Moshe, have you lost your mind? Why are you reading a Nazi newspaper?' Moshe replied: 'I used to read the Jewish newspapers, but what did I find? Jews being persecuted, Israel being attacked, Jews disappearing through assimilation and intermarriage, Jews living in poverty. So I switched to the Nazi newspaper. Now what do I find? Jews own all the banks, Jews control the media, Jews rule the world. The news is so much better!'" - Marc Angel, "The Mystery of Jewish Optimism: 5,000 years of tsuris and we're still smiling?"

"You never lose by loving, you lose by holding back." - Barbara De Angelis

"I'm sometimes asked 'Why do you spend so much of your time and money talking about kindness to animals when there is so much cruelty to men?' I answer: 'I am working at the roots.'" - George T. Angell

"The caged bird sings

with a fearful trill

of things unknown

but longed for still" - Maya Angelou

"Courage may be the most important of all virtues, because without it one cannot practice any other virtue with consistancy." - Maya Angelou

"If you don't like something, change it. If you can't change it, change your attitude. Don't complain." - Maya Angelou

"Someone was hurt before you; wronged before you; beaten before you; humiliated before you; raped before you; yet, someone SURVIVED." - Maya Angelou

"There is no agony like bearing an untold story inside of you." - Maya Angelou

"There's an old joke. Uh, two elderly women are at a Catskills mountain resort and one of them says, 'Boy, the food at this place is really terrible.' The other one says, 'Yeah, I know, and such small portions.' Well, that's essentially how I feel about life. Full of loneliness and misery and suffering and unhappiness, and it's all over much too quickly." - Annie Hall

"Democracy is two wolves and a sheep voting on lunch" - Anonymous

"Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day; teach him to use the Net and he won't bother you for weeks." - Anonymous

"Grant me peace in my heart, serenity in my soul, and laughter on my face." - Anonymous

"The happiest of people don't necessarily have the best of everything; they just make the most of everything that comes along their way." - Anonymous

"Hey Santa, how much for your list of naughty girls?" - Anonymous (seen in a signature file)

"The human race is faced with a cruel choice: work or daytime television" - Anonymous

"I believe that none of us ever fails at anything. Every time we create something we are successful at creation. However, we do make some poor choices about what we create." - Anonymous

"I do not define myself by how many roadblocks have appeared in my path. I define myself by the courage I've found to forge new roads. I do not define myself by how many disappointments I've faced. I define myself by the forgiveness and the faith I have found to begin again. I do not define myself by how long a relationship lasted. I define myself by how much I have loved, and been willing to love again. I do not define myself by how many times I have been knocked down. I define myself by how many times I have struggled to my feet. I am not my pain. I am not my past. I am that which has emerged from the fire." - Anonymous

"I wondered why somebody didn't do something for peace... Then I realised that I am somebody" - Anonymous

"If knowledge is power, and power corrupts, and corruption is crime, and crime doesn't pay... Does knowledge, in the end leave you broke?" - Anonymous

"If you can't beat your computer at chess, try kickboxing." - Anonymous

"If you continue to act as you have always acted, and if you continue to see as you have always seen, you will continue to get the same results you always had." - Anonymous

"If the world laughs at you, laugh right back - it's as funny as you are." - Anonymous

"If there's nothing in your heart, what's in your head doesn't matter." - Anonymous

"A Life? Cool! Where can I download one of those from?" - Anonymous

"A life filled with love may have some thorns, but a life empty of love will have no roses." - Anonymous

"Light travels faster than sound. That's why people appear bright until they start to speak." - Anonymous

"Maybe God wants us to meet a few wrong people before meeting the right one so that when we finally meet the right person, we should know how to be grateful for that gift." - Anonymous

"Never be afraid to try something new. Remember, amateurs built the ark. Professionals built the Titanic." - Anonymous

"Never give an excuse that you would not be willing to accept." - Anonymous

"No amount of security is worth the suffering of a life chained to a routine that has killed your dreams." - Anonymous

"Our generation has been brought up on the idea of keeping our options open. But if you keep all your options open, you can't do anything." - Anonymous

"Save the world from unfulfilled potential." - Anonymous

"Shoes are required to eat in the cafeteria. Socks can eat any place they want." - Anonymous

"Some goals are so worthy, it is glorious even to fail." - Anonymous

"Some of us learn from other peoples mistakes. The rest of us are the other people." - Anonymous

"Some people think it's holding on that makes one strong - sometimes it's letting go." - Anonymous

"Sure, there are other fish in the sea, but who wants to date a fish?" - Anonymous

"They say nothing is impossible, but how do you get off a mailing list?" - Anonymous

"Those who can't laugh at themselves leave the job to others." - Anonymous

"Time is that quality of nature which keeps events from happening all at once. Lately it doesn't seem to be working." - Anonymous

"The trick in life is not to fear death, but not to welcome it either." - Anonymous

"A truly happy person is one who can enjoy the scenery on a detour." - Anonymous

"The truth is out there? Does anyone know the URL?" - Anonymous

"When tempted to fight fire with fire, remember that the fire department generally uses water." - Anonymous

"Why grieve because all your dreams have not come true? Neither have all your nightmares." - Anonymous

"You are not a fool just because you have done something foolish -- only if the folly of it escapes you." - Anonymous

"You could get a new lease on life--if only you didn't need the first and last month in advance." - Anonymous

"You have the capacity to learn from your mistakes. You'll learn a lot today." - Anonymous

"You know that every minute you are angry, you waste sixty happy seconds." - Anonymous

"You might as well laugh at yourself once in a while - everyone else does." - Anonymous

"A powerful organization of European women recently laid down a quota: 40 percent of government posts in Afghanistan have to go to women. Refresh my memory: What's the legal quota for women in the U.S. Congress?" - Tamim Ansary, Salon

"We tend to do things we know how to do, instead of trying to do the things we ought to do." - R. Anshen

"Good leaders are scarce, so I'm following myself" - Dr. Robert Anthony, Think Again

"I'm going to be assertive... if that's okay with you." - Dr. Robert Anthony, Think Again

"People who can't face drugs turn to reality" - Dr. Robert Anthony, Think Again

"We fear the thing we want the most" - Dr. Robert Anthony, Think Again

"You are never alone with schizophrenia" - Dr. Robert Anthony, Think Again

"I used to be apathetic. Now I just don't care." - Dr. Robert Anthony, Think on

"If you do not want anything from anyone, you cannot be exploited." - Dr. Robert Anthony, Think on

"Many of us spend our whole lives waiting for our ship to come in. The problem is, we never sent one out!" - Dr. Robert Anthony, Think on

"Most people don't think. They just rearrange their prejudices." - Dr. Robert Anthony, Think on

"Most people would rather be certain they're miserable, than risk being happy." - Dr. Robert Anthony, Think on

"The only thing you have no choice about is making choices." - Dr. Robert Anthony, Think on

"Your self-worth must be stronger than the rejection of your ideas by others." - Dr. Robert Anthony, Think on

"Observe your enemies, for they first find out your faults." - Antisthenes

"You can't hide the pain, I can see it scrawled on your empty face... Tell me what you will, 'cause I've got to know the truth inside of you." - Anything Box

"Here's to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The trouble-makers. The round heads in the square holes. The ones who see things differently. They're not fond of rules. And they have no respect for the status-quo. You can quote them. Disagree with them. Glorify, or vilify them. But the only thing you can't do is ignore them. Because they change things. They push the human race forward. And while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius. Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do." - ad for Apple Computer

"When life gives you llamas, make llamanade." - Dave Appleby

"We must love them both - those whose opinions we share and those whose opinions we reject. For both have labored in the search for truth, and both have helped us in the finding of it." - St. Thomas Aquinas

"He left us and we rejoiced; then an even more unbearable person came." - Arabic proverb

"Live together like brothers, and do business like strangers." - Arabic Proverb

"We do not see things as they are. We see things as we are." - Arabic Proverb

"Choose your friends carefully. Your enemies will choose you." - Yassir Arafat

"There are no dangerous thoughts; thinking itself is dangerous" - Hannah Arendt

"I love you, and because I love you, I would sooner have you hate me for telling you the truth than adore me for telling you lies." - Pietro Aretino

"Anyone can become angry - that is easy, but to be angry with the right person, to the right degree, at the right time, for the right purpose, and in the right way - that is not easy." - Aristotle

"It is easy to perform a good action, but not easy to acquire a settled habit of performing such actions." - Aristotle

"It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it." - Aristotle

"That money talks

I'll not deny,

I heard it once:

It said, 'Goodbye'" - Richard Armour

"Threats don't work with the person whose got nothing to lose." - Maduro Ash

"A mediocre idea that generates enthusiasm will go farther than a great idea that inspires no one." - Mary Kay Ash

"There is the view that poetry should improve your life. I think people confuse it with the Salvation Army." - John Ashbery

"I keep asking God what I'm for and He tells me 'Gee, I'm not sure.'" - Howard Ashman, Little Shop of Horrors

"Life is pleasant. Death is peaceful. It's the transition that's troublesome." - Isaac Asimov

"The most exciting phrase to hear in science, the one that heralds new discoveries, is not Eureka!(I found it!) but rather, 'hmm... that's funny...'" - Isaac Asimov

"Never let your sense of morals get in the way of doing what's right." - Isaac Asimov

"It pays to be obvious, especially if you have a reputation for subtlety." - Issac Asimov

"He's very clever, but sometimes his brains go to his head." - Margot Asquith

"I read your mind, but it wasn't a very interesting read." - Assemblage 23

"He can't act. He can't sing. He's bald. He can dance a little." - Movie Executive on Fred Astaire's screen test in 1929

"I married beneath me. All women do." - Nancy Astor

"One reason I don't drink is because I wish to know when I am having a good time." - Nancy Astor

"Life is seldom as unendurable as, to judge by the facts, it logically ought to be." - Brooks Atkinson

"If you're already walking on thin ice, you might as well dance." -Gil Atkinson

"The 10 Commandments contain 297 words. The Bill of Rights is stated in 463 words. A recent federal directive to regulate the price of cabbage contains 26,911 words." - The Atlanta Journal

"We are here on earth to do good to others. What the others are here for, I do not know." - W. H. Auden

"Bad times, hard times - this is what people keep saying; but let us live well, and times shall be good. We are the times: Such as we are, such are the times." - St. Augustine

"Complete abstinence is easier than perfect moderation." - St. Augustine

"The key to immortality is first living a life worth remembering." - Saint Augustine

"The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page." - Saint Augustine

"If anyone can show me, and prove to me, that I am wrong in thought or deed, I will gladly change. I seek the truth, which never yet hurt anybody. It is only persistence in self-delusion and ignorance which does harm." - Marcus Aurelius

"If you are distressed by anything external, the pain is not due to the thing itself but to your own estimate of it; and this you have the power to revoke at any moment." - Marcus Aurelius

"It is not death that man should fear, but he should fear never beginning to live." - Marcus Aurelius

"The opinion of 10,000 men is of no value if none of them know anything about the subject." - Marcus Aurelius

"Waste no more time arguing about what a good man should be. Be one." - Marcus Aurelius

"I do not want people to be very agreeable, as it saves me the trouble of liking them a great deal." - Jane Austen

"Nothing amuses me more than the easy manner with which everybody settles the abundance of those who have a great deal less than themselves." - Jane Austen, Mansfield Park

"My father would... make outrageous claims, like he invented the question mark. Sometimes he would accuse chestnuts of being lazy" -

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