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"Never judge a book by its movie." - J.W. Eagan

"The terrorists who wanted 300 million victims are going to get 300 million heroes, 300 million Americans with broken hearts but unbreakable hopes for our country and our future." - Clint Eastwood

"And if your heart can't beat in time reach, reach... take mine." - Echoing Green

"I believe that what we become depends on what our fathers teach us at odd moments, when they aren't trying to teach us." - Umberto Eco

"The real hero is always a hero by mistake; he dreams of being an honest coward like everybody else." - Umberto Eco

"Optimist: The glass is half full.

Pessimist: The glass is half empty.

Re-engineering Consultant: That glass is twice as large as it needs to be." - The Economics Press

"Correction In the issues of December 16th 2000 to November 10th 2001, we may have given the impression that George Bush had been legally and duly elected president of the United States. We now understand that this may have been incorrect, and that the election result is still too close to call. The Economist apologises for any inconvenience." - The Economist (November 17th, 2001)

"He loves cock-fighting, but insists on making the sport more humane by putting little boxing gloves on the sparring roosters, in place of the customary blades." - The Economist (March 24th, 2001)

"If you go to Cong's pavement cafe in Danang, you may have to hang on tightly to your seat. The police, you see, come by almost every other day to enforce their ban against street cafes--by taking whatever furniture they can lay their hands on. When Mr. Cong sees them coming, he simply throws all his plastic chairs and tables into the river, which runs alongside. Later, he jumps in to retrieve them. 'The police are afraid to go in,' he laughs. Mr. Cong is getting good at the furniture toss: last month he only lost eight chairs." - The Economist (March 24th, 2001)

"I've looked at the world for quite a few years now and I've found that if I don't laugh, I'll probably end up crying." - David Eddings, Demon Lord of Karanda

"Being realistic, I suppose I ought to demand the impossible." - David Edgar, Teendreams

"Now, you will know the concept of the Deja Vu. The feeling, I've done this, been here before. It's quite disturbing. Even more disturbing is the feeling that I had, from time to time, throughout my happy fairy life, a feeling in the night-time, in the darkness, of Non Deja Vu, a sense of loss of something that I should have been, but hadn't, a sense of being thought and being done." - David Edgar, Teendreams

"The question is not whether things will change, but how." - David Edgar, Teendreams

"I'm desperately trying to figure out why kamikaze pilots wore helmets." - Dave Edison

"If we all did the things we were capable of, we would astound ourselves." - Thomas Alva Edison

"Many of life's failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up." - Thomas Alva Edison

"Non-violence leads to the highest ethics, which is the goal of all evolution. Until we stop harming all other living beings, we are still savages." - Thomas Alva Edison

"What man's mind can create, man's character can control." - Thomas Alva Edison

"You are a philosopher, Dr. Johnson. I have tried too in my time to be a philosopher; but I don't know how. Cheerfulness was always breaking in." - Oliver Edwards

"A true friend never gets in your way unless you happen to be going down." - Robert Edwards

"If you would thoroughly know anything, teach it to others." - Tryon Edwards

"Do not rejoice over what has not yet happened." - Egyptian Proverb

"We are in a decaying age. Young people no longer respect their parents. They are rude and impatient. They inhabit taverns and have no self-control." - Inscription on a 6000-year-old Egyptian Tomb

"He can climb the highest mountain or swim the biggest ocean. He can fly the fastest plane and fight the strongest tiger. My father can do anything. But most of the time he just carries out the garbage." - class composition written by an eight-year-old student

"Any intelligent fool can make things bigger, more complex, and more violent. It takes a touch of genius - and a lot of courage - to move in the opposite direction." - Albert Einstein (although I've also seen it attributed to E.F. Schumacher)

"A clever person solves a problem, A wise person avoids it." - Albert Einstein

"The difference between genius and stupidity is that genius has its limits" - Albert Einstein

"Education is what remains after one has forgotten everything he learned in school." - Albert Einstein

"Few people are capable of expressing with equanimity opinions which differ from the prejudices of their social environment. Most people are not even capable of forming such opinions." - Albert Einstein

"Great spirits have always found violent opposition from mediocre minds. The latter cannot understand it when a man does not thoughtlessly submit to hereditary prejudices but honestly and courageously uses his intelligence." - Albert Einstein

"He who joyfully marches to music in rank and file has already earned my contempt. He has been given a large brain by mistake, since for him the spinal cord would fully suffice." - Albert Einstein

"I regret that I cannot accede to your request, because I should like very much to remain in the darkness of not having been analyzed." - Albert Einstein (On a request from an analyst that Einstein allow himself to be psychoanalyzed)

"I have no particular talent; I am merely extremely inquisitive." - Albert Einstein

"If people are good only because they fear punishment, and hope for reward, then we are a sorry lot indeed." - Albert Einstein

"Information is not knowledge." - Albert Einstein

"It is a miracle that curiosity survives formal education." - Albert Einstein

"The most incomprehensible thing about the world is that it is comprehensible." - Albert Einstein

"The pioneers of a warless world are the youth who refuse military service." - Albert Einstein

"Reality is merely an illusion, albeit a very persistent one." - Albert Einstein

"The secret to creativity is knowing how to hide your sources." - Albert Einstein

"Small is the number of them who see with their own eyes and feel with their own hearts." - Albert Einstein

"Unthinking respect for authority is the greatest enemy of truth." - Albert Einstein

"Whoever undertakes to set himself up as a judge of Truth and Knowledge is shipwrecked by the laughter of the gods." - Albert Einstein

"Why is it that nobody understands me and everybody likes me?" - Albert Einstein

"The world is a dangerous place, not because of those who do evil, but because of those who look on and do nothing." - Albert Einstein

"Do not needlessly endanger your lives until I give you the signal." - Dwight D. Eisenhower

"Leadership is the art of getting someone else to do something you want done because he wants to do it." -Dwight D. Eisenhower

"You do not lead by hitting people over the head. That's assault, not leadership." - Dwight D. Eisenhower

"If you've paused the film in order to read this entire article, your time would be better spent renting Citizen Ruth from your local video store. Do you know how hard it is to write these fake stories for newspaper movie props? I've got better things to do." - in the text of a newspaper article in the film Election

"Another factor this time is age. [Ralph] Nader is 2 years older than John McCain. Here's an SAT math question: Ralph Nader is older than John McCain. McCain says he is older than dirt. What is Ralph Nader's relationship with dirt?" - Votemaster, Electoral-Vote

"I've been forcing myself not to forget just to feel worse." - Electronic

"Jealousy is never satisfied with anything short of an omniscience that would detect the subtlest fold of the heart." - George Eliot

"What loneliness is more lonely than distrust?" - George Eliot, Middlemarch

"He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain what he cannot lose."- Jim Eliot

"Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go." - T.S. Eliot

"We shall not cease from exploration

And the end of all our exploring

Will be to arrive where we started

And know the place for the first time" - T.S. Eliot

"I remember the time I knew what happiness was." - T.S. Eliot, Cats

"I want to be a horse" - Elizabeth II (at age seven, on her plans for the future)

"I am the bad things that happen to good people." - Ellen

"I think laughter may be a form of courage. As humans we sometimes stand tall and look into the sun and laugh, and I think we are never more brave than when we do that." - Linda Ellerbee

"How much of myself do I keep and how much of them do I steal." - David W. Elliott, Listen to the Silence

"The meek shall inherit... enough shit, pain, and loneliness until it comes out of their ears. The meek shall inherit no memories of laughter unless it's at them and no memories of kindness unless they give it and no memories of friends unless they die." - David W. Elliott, Listen to the Silence

"Rather than join this world of killers and makers of killers I would do anything even go crazy because the crazy don't have to love or hate or feel anything or worry about what they've said." - David W. Elliott, Listen to the Silence

"Reality is a funny thing. There are no defenses against it except madness." - David W. Elliott, Listen to the Silence

"Time doesn't heal. It opens up old wounds and starts new ones." - David W. Elliott, Listen to the Silence

"I found out that my enemies not only surrounded me, they were inside too." - David Elliott, Pieces of Night

"Goals are the barriers that limit our ability to reach our true potential." - David V. Ellison

"I am invisible... simply because people refuse to see me." - Ralph Ellison, Invisible Man

"We apologize for the error in last week's paper in which we stated that Mr. Arnold Dogbody was a defective in the police force. We meant, of course, that Mr. Dogbody is a detective in the police farce." - Correction Notice in the Ely Standard

"Every man I meet is in some way my superior." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

"Every man supposes himself not to be fully understood or appreciated." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

"Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could. Some blunders and absurdities no doubt crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day; begin it well and serenely and with too high a spirit to be encumbered with your old nonsense." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

"For everything you have missed, you have gained something else." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

"I hate quotations. Tell me what you know." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

"I think it is the best of humanity that goes out to walk. In happy hours, I think all affairs may be wisely postponed for walking." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

"I wish to say what I think and feel today, with the proviso that tomorrow perhaps I shall contradict it all." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

"In every man there is something wherein I may learn of him, and in that I am his pupil." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

"It is one of the most beautiful compensations of this life that no man can sincerely try to help another without helping himself." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

"Let me never fall into the vulgar mistake of dreaming that I am persecuted whenever I am contradicted." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

"The louder he talked of his honor, the faster we counted our spoons." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

"Men are respectable only as they respect." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

"Most of the shadows of this life are caused by standing on one's own sunshine." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

"People seem not to see that their opinion of the world is also a confession of character." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

"The reward of a thing well done is to have it done." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

"Sorrow makes us all children again." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

"Though we travel the world over to find the beautiful, we must carry it with us or we find it not." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

"To know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is the meaning of success." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

"Unless you try to do something beyond what you have already mastered, you will never grow." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

"What you are thunders so that I cannot hear what you say to the contrary." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

"I must be myself. I cannot break myself any longer for you... If you can love me for what I am, we shall be the happier." - Ralph Waldo Emerson, Self-Reliance

"A man builds a fine house; and now he has a master, and a task for life; he is to furnish, watch, show it, and keep it in repair, the rest of his days." - Ralph Waldo Emerson, Society and Solitude: Works and Days

"Don't be afraid to be weak, don't be too proud to be strong... Don't care what people say, just follow your own way." - Enigma

"Orgasms are like potato chips - you can't have just one." - Heather Ennis

"The best way to get over the last guy is the next guy." - Entrapment

"When something like this happens, you suddenly have no sense of reality at all. You have lost a piece of your past. The infidelity itself is small potatoes compared to the low-level brain damage that results when a whole chunk of your life turns out to have been completely different from what you thought it was. It becomes impossible to look back at anything that's happened... without wondering what was really going on." - Nora Ephron

"How should I fear death? When I am, death is not; and when death is, I am not." - Epicurus

"It is the chiefest point of happiness that a man is willing to be what he is." - Desiderius Erasmus

"A nail is driven out by another nail. Habit is overcome by habit." - Desiderius Erasmus

"Every man... should periodically be compelled to listen to opinions which are infuriating to him. To hear nothing but what is pleasing to one is to make a pillow of the mind." - St. John Ervine

"Statistician: A man who believes figures don't lie, but admits that under analysis some of them won't stand up either." - Evan Esar

"Think twice before you speak, and then you may be able to say something more insulting than if you spoke right out at once." - Evan Esar

"We are so vain that we even care for the opinion of those we don't care for." - Marie Ebner von Eschenbach

"I don't use drugs, my dreams are frightening enough" - M.C. Escher

"Only those who attempt the absurd... will achieve the impossible... I think it's in my basement... Let me go upstairs and check" - M.C. Escher

"Frightened by a dream? You're not the only one. Running like the wind thoughts can come undone. Dancing behind masks, just subtle pantomime. But images reveal whatever lonely hearts can't hide" - Joe Esposito

"Everybody's got a hunger no matter where they are. Everybody clings to their own fear. Everybody hides some scar - Precious pain. Empty and cold but it keeps me alive. I gave it my soul so that I could survive - keeping me safe in these chains." - Melissa Etheridge

"I can feel the thunder underneath my feet" - Melissa Etheridge

"I sold my soul for freedom; it's lonely but it's sweet." - Melissa Etheridge

"I'm only lonely when I'm driving in my car. I'm only lonely after dark. I'm only lonely when I watch my TV. I'm only lonely occasionally." - Melissa Etheridge

"To deserve this fate what have I ever done?... All I want is just a little piece of mind but the angels won't have it." - Melissa Etheridge

"You know I've seen it before, this mist that covers your eyes. You've been looking for something that's not in your life." - Melissa Etheridge

"If nothing in life is a struggle then life itself will become one." - Britt Etters

"He is not a lover who does not love forever." -Euripides

"Waste not fresh tears over old griefs." - Euripides

"Bless us the day, but doubly bless us the night" - Euripides, Dionysus

"I see horror. I see grief." - Euripides, Dionysus

"Talking sense to a fool is foolish" - Euripides, Dionysus

"I have never been contained except I made the prison." - Mary Evans

"May we never let the things we can't have, or don't have, or shouldn't have, spoil our enjoyment of the things we do have and can have. As we value our happiness, let us not forget it, for one of the greatest lessons in life is learning to be happy without the things we cannot or should not have." - Richard Evans

"My mother used to say that there are no strangers, only friends you haven't met yet. She's now in a maximum security twilight home in Australia." - Dame Edna Everage

"I'll never forget the day when my wonderful mother locked me in the boxroom... I can still hear her voice as though down a long tunnel... as the boxroom door slammed behind me... I sat sobbing on the floor feeling resentment towards my mother, little knowing that many moons later I would be locking her in the same room, but that's another story, an exciting and moving one too. Remind me to tell you about that." - Dame Edna Evarage, My Wonderful Life

"Nothing is so embarrassing as watching someone do something that you said couldn't be done." - Sam Ewing

"If email had been around before the telephone was invented, people would have said, 'Hey, forget email! With this new telephone invention I can actually talk to people!'" - The Executive Speechwriter Newsletter

"A single event can awaken within us a stranger totally unknown to us. To live is to be slowly born." - Antoine de Saint Exupery

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