This is a collection of quotes that is still growing. If you have any comments on these quotes, or others you'd like to share email me but PLEASE don't send me any anonymous or self quotes.
"Riding with despair prohibited. Keep hope up." - Sign on D train
"When one realizes his life is worthless he either commits suicide or travels." - Edward Dahlberg
"By the way, with all this talk about 'pregnant chads,' am I hearing that the Republicans want to abort them, instead of giving them a chance to come to term and be adopted by the electorate? Seems hypocritical to me" - The Daily Show Newsletter
"Our prime purpose in life is to help others. And if you can't help them, at least don't hurt them." - Dalai Lama
"Take into account that great love and great achievements involve great risk." - Dalai Lama
"This is my simple religion. There is no need for temples; no need for complicated philosophy. Our own brain, our own heart is our temple; the philosophy is kindness." - Dalai Lama
"Let's get one thing straight. The police are not here to create disorder. They are here to preserve disorder." - Chicago Mayor Richard Daley
"Conformists look around and follow closely; Nonconformists look around and do the opposite. Individualists don't look around a lot." - Eromon D'Alyzala
"Fight for your opinions, but do not believe that they contain the whole truth or the only truth." - Charles A. Dana
"Violet is purple." - Graffiti in women's room at DanceCave in Toronto
"Were it not for my companion, I would be having the time of my life" - Dances with Wolves
"Get all the fools on your side and you can be elected to anything." - Frank Dane
"Ignorance is never out of style. It was in fashion yesterday, it is the rage today, and it will set the pace tomorrow." - Franklin K. Dane
"Never let your persistence and passion turn into stubbornness and ignorance." - Anthony J. D'Angelo
"When I was a kid my parents moved a lot - but I always found them." - Rodney Dangerfield
"Intelligence without ambition is a bird without wings." - C. Archie Danielson
"Life is not holding a good hand; Life is playing a poor hand well." - Danish Proverb
"The hottest places in hell are reserved for those who, in times of great moral crisis, maintain their neutrality." - Dante
"Sometimes your shallowness is so thorough, it's almost like depth." - Daria
"Chase after truth like hell and you'll free yourself, even though you never touch its coat-tails." - Clarence Darrow
"I do not pretend to know where many ignorant men are sure - that is all that agnosticism means." - Clarence Darrow
"If you lose the power to laugh, you lose the power to think." - Clarence Darrow
"Just think of the tragedy of teaching children not to doubt." - Clarence Darrow
"True patriotism hates injustice in its own land more than anywhere else." - Clarence Darrow
"It is not the strongest of the species that survive, nor the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change." - Charles Darwin
"The world is full of people whose notion of a satisfactory future is, in fact, a return to the idealized past." - Robertson Davies, A Voice from the Attic
"If you risk nothing, then you risk everything." - Geena Davis
"If a song makes you tap your foot and you feel it down your back, you don't have to ask anybody if that's good music or not." - Miles Dewey Davis, Jr.
"Sometimes you have to play for a long time to be able to play like yourself." - Miles Dewey Davis, Jr.
"After I decided to become a Jew, only then did I learn that the Jews don't have all the money. When I found out Rockefeller and Ford were goyim, I almost resigned." - Sammy Davis, Jr.
"Growing up sucks, not all kisses are magical, and most boys won't live up to your expectations. But there are those times that make growing up and falling in love worth it." - Dawson's Creek
"Joey: You tried to create a snail menage a trois?
Pacey: Well, when you say it out loud, it sounds stupid.
Joey: ...You're taking romantic advice from a guy who spent his evening trying to get three snails to sleep with each other?" - Dawson's Creek
"If you want to make peace, you don't talk to your friends. You talk to your enemies." - Moshe Dayan
"Maybe the eighties will be radical" - Dazed and Confused
"Paquita: You're mother ate my dog!
Lionel: Not all of it" - Dead Alive
"Dream as if you'll live forever. Live as if you'll die tomorrow." - James Dean
"We don't like their sound, and guitar music is on the way out." - Decca Recording Company in 1962 (rejecting the Beatles)
"I have no country to fight for: my country is the earth, and I am a citizen of the world." - Eugene V. Debs
"Dancing is healing to the soul, and that's the best thing most of us can be doing right now. Dance until it falls off. I can't guarantee it will prevent war, but then again, I can't guarantee it won't, either. Can you?" - Deepfog
"When I think of New York, I think of surviving." - Achim Degen
"You have to stay in shape. My grandmother, she started walking 5 miles a day when she was 60. She's 97 today and we don't know where the hell she is." - Ellen DeGeneres
"Do you remember that song by Three Dog Night, 'Joy to the World'? It started off with 'Jeremiah was a bullfrog.' It was catchy, so you wanted to sing. And then we were hooked, and we were just singing along 'Jeremiah was a bullfrog. Was a good friend of mine. I never understood a single word he said, but I helped him drink his wine.' Of course that made perfect sense to us. Why should we question that? We've all had friends who were frogs. We didn't fully understand what they were saying, but if it seemed like that wanted you to help them drink some wine, you did it. They would always have some mighty fine wine with 'em too. Frogs could get ahold of that stuff." - Ellen Degeneres, My Point...And I Do Have One
"I thought I could change the world. It took me a hundred years to figure out I can't change the world. I can only change Bessie. And honey, that ain't easy either. " - Dr. Annie Elizabeth (Bessie) Delany, D.D.S
"Nothing is more important in the face of a war than cutting taxes." - House Majority Leader Tom DeLay
"'Why is everyone here so happy except me?'
'Because they have learned to see goodness and beauty everywhere' said the master.
'Why don't I see goodness and beauty everywhere?'
'Because you cannot see outside of you what you fail to see inside.'" - Anthony DeMello
"Learning is not compulsory... neither is survival." - W. Edwards Deming
"It is not necessary to change. Survival is not mandatory." - W. Edward Deming
"Nothing is easier than self-deceit. For what each man wishes, that he also believes to be true." - Demosthenes
"My nightmare soon will be over and I'll drift back to sleep.
There I am comforted and will not weep.
There my life begins and I'm who I wish to be.
This is my life my new reality.
This nightmare I wake up to I don't know how much longer it will last.
I am dead inside, now it only makes me stronger.
I am alone." - Jennifer DePace, Out of Order
"I want... someone who'll help me see things in a different light. All the things I detest I will almost like." - Depeche Mode
"Now I find that most of the time, love's not enough, in itself..." - Depeche Mode
"The more one thinks about Latin the easier it is to see why the Roman Empire fell." - Lord Derby
"Why would poor people vote for a party that would abolish the inheritance tax? I know my kids would want to, but I've told them that if they vote for Bush, I'll give all my money to charity." - Alan Dershowitz
"Friends are relatives you make for yourself." - Eustache Descamps
"Don't try to hide the perfect mess of your strange behavior." - De/Vision
"Reality is that which, when you stop believing in it, doesn't go away." - Phillip K. Dick
"If I can stop one heart from breaking
I shall not live in vain
If I can ease one life the aching
Or cool one pain
Or help one fainting robin
Unto his nest again
I shall not live in vain." - Emily Dickinson
"Some people like my advice so much that they frame it upon the wall instead of using it." - Gordon R. Dickson
"A thing is not proved because no one has ever questioned it... Skepticism is the first step toward truth." - Denis Diderot
"I love quotations because it is a joy to find thoughts one might have, beautifully expressed with much authority by someone recognized wiser than oneself." - Marlene Dietrich
"Composers shouldn't think too much - it interferes with their plagiarism." - Howard Dietz
"I did not design this game, I did not name the stakes. I just happen to like apples and I am not afraid of snakes." - ani difranco
"I envy your ignorance, I hear that it's bliss." - ani difranco
"I was four years old and they tried to test my IQ. They showed me this picture of three oranges and a pear. They said 'Which one is different, it does not belong?' They taught me different is wrong." - ani difranco
"It's not important to be defined. It's only important to use your time well." - ani difranco
"You are so lame. You always dissapoint me. It's kind of like our running joke but it's really not funny and I just want you to live up to the image of you I create." - ani difranco
"A hustler has to get out of town as quick as he can, but a good con-man--he doesn't have to leave until he wants to." - Diggstown
"Tip: It's illegal and immoral to slay your enemies, but if you eat nutritious food and outlive them, you can still dance on their graves. There's nothing illegal or immoral about dancing." - ad for Dilberitos
"I never made Who's Who but I'm featured in What's That." - Phyllis Diller
"I want my children to have all the things I couldn't afford. Then I want to move in with them." - Phyllis Diller
"I'm looking for a perfume to overpower men - I'm sick of karate." - Phyllis Diller
"If your house is really a mess and a stranger comes to the door, greet him with, 'Who could have done this? We have no enemies.." - Phyllis Diller, Phyllis Diller's Housekeeping Hints
"What I like to drink most is wine that belongs to others." - Diogenes
"I have a rock garden. Last week three of them died." - Richard Diran
" So never mind
if you're invisible
You always were" - Tom Disch
"Learn to unlearn."- Benjamin Disraeli
"Most people die with their music still locked up inside them." - Benjamin Disraeli
"Never apologize for showing feeling. When you do, you apologize for the truth." - Benjamin Disraeli
"The wisdom of the wise and the experience of the ages are perpetuated by quotations." - Benjamin Disraeli
"I have an idea for a TV show where I'd get a group of strangers together, strand them on a deserted island with no means of escape, tell them the last one remaining gets all the prizes, and then leave them there forever. I call it 'See Ya!'" - Mark Dockham (stolen off of Ruminations)
"A straight line may be the shortest distance between two points, but it is by no means the most interesting." - Doctor Who
"A flower falls, even though we love it; and a weed grows, even though we do not love it." - Dogen
"On the negative side, I've been getting charged for a ton of stuff I didn't order lately. On the positive side, I did win that 'Who's Got the Best Password' contest on AOL last week." - Spike Donner, (stolen from Ruminations)
"Much unhappiness has come into the world because of bewilderment and things left unsaid." - Fyodor Dostoyevsky
"Realists do not fear the results of their study." - Fyodor Dostoyevsky
"Men create war to compete with women, who create life." - Sharon Doubiago
"I prefer to be true to myself, even at the hazard of incurring the ridicule of others, rather than to be false and to incur my own abhorrence." - Frederick Douglass
"Sometimes in life, the things we see aren't the things others see." - Benjamin Dover
"Buchman: Interesting nickname. What's your real name?
Nitro: Nitro. I'm working on a nickname though. Listen to this: Mike." - Down Periscope
"A happy person is not a person in a certain set of circumstances, but rather a person with a certain set of attitudes." - Hugh Downs
"Maturity is knowing when it's okay to act like a kid." - http://dream-out-loud77.xanga.com/weblog/
"The test of literature, I suppose, is whether we ourselves live more intensely for the reading of it." - Elizabeth Drew
"My greatest strength as a consultant is to be ignorant and ask a few questions." - Peter F. Drucker
"Better shun the bait than struggle in the snare." - John Dryden
"Beware the fury of a patient man." - John Dryden, Oedipus
"Our country was founded on a distrust of government. Our founding fathers gave power to the people to keep an eye on government. So when politicians say, 'Trust me,' they're actually being very un-American." - David Duchovny
"Everything that can be invented has been invented." - Charles H. Duell, Commissioner of the U.S. Office of Patents in 1899
"All generalizations are dangerous, even this one." - Alexandre Dumas
"I believe that always, or almost always, in all childhoods and in all the lives that follow them, the mother represents madness. Our mothers always remain the strangest, craziest people we?ve ever met." - Mauguerite Dumas
"I mean, the question actors most often get asked is how they can bear saying the same things over and over again, night after night, but God knows the answer to that is, don't we all anyway; might as well get paid for it." - Elaine Dundy
"And that's the world in a nutshell - an appropriate receptacle." - Stan Dunn
"Those who have suffered much become very bitter or very gentle." - Will Durant
"If you love someone, set them free. If they return to you, put several 8 inch blades into their head. If they return again, then run... just run." - Roman Durge, Lenore
"I never did say that you can't be a nice guy and win. I said that if I was playing third base and my mother rounded third with the winning run, I'd trip her up." - Leo Durocher (coined the phrase "Nice guys finish last.")
"He who confronts the paradoxical exposes himself to reality." - Frederich Durrenoualt
"Blame is a neat little device that you can use whenever you don't want to take responsibility for something in your life. Use it and you will avoid all risks and impede your own growth." - Dr. Wayne Dyer
"Most people are searching for happiness. They're looking for it. They're trying to find it in someone or something outside of themselves. That's a fundamental mistake. Happiness is something that you are, and it comes from the way you think." - Wayne Dyer
"There is a big difference between thinking: I'm in a relationship and something's wrong. Therefore something must be wrong with the relationship, and thinking: I'm in a relationship and we've got problems. This is evidence that you are different than me." - Wayne Dyer
"The woods would be very silent if no birds sang except the best." - Henry Van Dyke
"People seldom do what they believe in. They do what is convenient, then repent." - Bob Dylan
"What's money? A man is a success if he gets up in the morning and gets to bed at night and in between he does what he wants to." - Bob Dylan
"Don't undermine your worth by comparing yourself with others. It is because we are different that each of us is special. Don't set your goals by what other people deem important. Only you know what is best for you. Don't take for granted the things closest to your heart. Cling to them as they were your life, for without them, life is meaningless.
Don't let your life slip through your fingers by living in the past or for the future. By living your life one day at a time you live ALL the days of your life.
Don't give up when you still have something to give. Nothing is really over until the moment you stop trying. Don't be afraid to admit that you are less than perfect. It is this fragile thread that binds us to each together.
Don't be afraid to encounter risks. It is by taking chances that we learn how to be brave.
Don't shut love out of your life by saying it's impossible to find. The quickest way to receive love is to give; the fastest way to lose love is to hold it too tightly, and the best way to keep love is to give it wings.
Don't run though life so fast that you forget not only where you've been, but also where you are going.
Don't forget, a person's greatest emotional need is to feel appreciated.
Don't be afraid to learn. Knowledge is weightless, a treasure you can always carry easily.
Don't use time or words carelessly. Neither can be retrieved." - Brian Dyson
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