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"Gore speaks to America as if English is its second language; George W. speaks as if English is his second language." - Adam Clymer

"When I look at the world I'm pessimistic, but when I look at people I am optimistic." - Carl Rogers

"My grandfather's a little forgetful, but he likes to give me advice. One day he took me aside and left me there." - Ron Richards

"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

"Machiavelli is right: one always must live with one's friends with the idea that they may turn into one's enemies. He should have said, with everyone." - Napoleon

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

"In debating the respective merits of dogs and cats, not having to walk a cat when it's 20 below zero deserves consideration." - Doug Larson

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

"Some problems are so complex that you have to be highly intelligent and well informed just to be undecided about them." - Laurence J. Peter

"I do not like the phrase: Never cross a bridge till you come to it. The world is owned by men who cross bridges on their imaginations miles and miles in advance of the procession." - Bruce Barton

"They who advocate the death penalty must be in love with shortcuts." - Jan van Huizum

"We are told that talent creates its own opportunities. But it sometimes seems that intense desire creates not only its own opportunities, but its own talents." - Eric Hoffer

"Nothing ever becomes real until it is experienced. Even a proverb is no proverb to you till your life has illustrated it." - John Keats

"The only man who is really free is the one who can turn down an invitation to dinner without giving an excuse." - Jules Renard

"1641-Bishop John Atherton of Ireland, who had successfully campaigned for the passage of an act that instituted the death penalty for sodomy, was the first to be hanged under the act. He was convicted of sodomy seven years after the passage of the act." - stolen from This Day in Gay History

"If you've got nothing interesting to say, learn something that is." - Glen Winterbourne

"There may be times when we are powerless to prevent injustice, but there must never be a time when we fail to protest." - Elie Wiesel

"If addiction is judged by how long a dumb animal will sit pressing a lever to get a 'fix' of something, to its own detriment, then I would conclude that Netnews is far more addictive than cocaine." - Rob Stampfli

"I've gone into hundreds of [fortune-teller's parlors], and have been told thousands of things, but nobody ever told me I was a policewoman getting ready to arrest her." - New York City detective

"I might show facts as plain as day:
But since your eyes are blind,
you'd say,
"Where? What?" and turn away." - Christina Rossetti

"There is nothing like returning to a place that remains unchanged to find the ways in which you yourself have altered." - Nelson Mandela, A Long Walk to Freedom

"We are generally the better persuaded by the reasons we discover ourselves than by those given to us by others." - Blaise Pascal

"I wouldn't even know how to promote homosexuality. Do I hire Don King?" - Barney Frank

"A conservative is one who admires radicals centuries after they're dead." - Leo Rosten

"You cannot succeed by yourself. It's hard to find a rich hermit." - Jim Rohn

"Analysis: E-mail Helps Father and Daughter Connect Across Distance" - headline 11/20/00

"I simple cannot understand the passion that some people have for making themselves thoroughly uncomfortable and then boasting about it afterwards." - Patricia Moyes

"Men who are unhappy, like men who sleep badly, are always proud of the fact." - Bertrand Russell

"Act the way you'd like to be and soon you'll be the way you act." - George W. Crane

"If you think you have someone eating out of your hand, it's a good idea to count your fingers." - Martin Buxbaume

"If one truly has lost hope, one would not be around to say so." - Eric Bentley

"I wrote a song, but I can't read music so I don't know what it is. Every once in a while I'll be listening to the radio and I say, 'I think I might have written that.'" - Steven Wright

"Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself." - Leo Tolstoy

"The principal House sponsor (of the Defense of Marriage Act), Bob Barr of Georgia has been married three times--which raises the question of why the act doesn't contain a three-strikes-and-you're-out provision." - Frank Rich

"If you want a golden rule that will fit everybody, this is it: have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful." - William Morris (stolen from quoteofthemoment)

"At some point we should sit down and talk so I can tell you about all of my symptoms." - My Father

"Let's get out of here before we get any sillier, if that's possible." - Me
"Happy love rainbow kissy-kiss?" - friend of mine

"For most of history, Anonymous was a woman." - Virginia Woolf

"No man is justified in doing evil on the ground of expediency." - Theodore Roosevelt

"You desire to know the art of living, my friend? It is contained in one phrase: make use of suffering." - Henri F. Amiel

"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

"All wars are civil wars, because all men are brothers... Each one owes infinitely more to the human race than to the particular country in which he was born." - Francois Fenelon

"There is only one group of people who don't have problems and they're all dead. Problems are a sign of life. So the more problems you have, the more alive you are." - Norman Vincent Peale

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

"Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent. The slogan 'Press On' has solved and always will solve the problems of the human race." - Calvin Coolidge

"There is no need like the lack of a friend." - Irish Proverb

"Even when all the experts agree, they may well be mistaken." - Bertrand Russell

"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." - Anatole France

"I've arrived at this outermost edge of my life by my own actions. Where I am is thoroughly unacceptable. Therefore, I must stop doing what I've been doing." - Alice Killer

"In the late twentieth century, staying sober has become just as much an addiction as getting wasted." - Dennis Miller

"The tragedy of life is not that it ends so soon, but that we wait so long to begin it." - W.M. Lewis

"No man should judge unless he asks himself in absolute honesty whether in a similar situation he might not have done the same." - Viktor Frankl

"No one is out to break your heart, it only seems that way." - Paul McCartney

"What a wonderful life I've had! I only wish I'd realized it sooner." - Colette

"It seems to me that the best relationships, the ones that last, are frequently the ones rooted in friendship. You know, one day you look at the person and you see something more than the night before, like a switch has been flicked somewhere, and the person who was just a friend is suddenly the only person you can ever imagine yourself with." - The X-Files

"Life is either a daring adventure or nothing. To keep our faces toward change and behave like free spirits in the presence of fate is strength undefeatable." - Helen Keller

"There is a very fine line between 'hobby' and 'mental illness.'" - Dave Barry

"Conformists look around and follow closely; Nonconformists look around and do the opposite. Individualists don't look around a lot." - Eromon D'Alyzala

"I contend that we are both atheists. I just believe in one fewer god than you do. When you understand why you dismiss all the other possible gods, you will understand why I dismiss yours." - Stephen Roberts

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

"I like children, if they're properly cooked." - W.C. Fields

"It's not the large things that send a man to the madhouse... no, it's the continuing series of small tragedies... not the death of his love but the shoelace that snaps with no time left." - Charles Bukowski

"If every fool wore a crown, we should all be kings." - Welsh Proverb

"And it puzzles me to learn that though a man may be in doubt of what he knows, very quickly will he fight. He'll fight, to prove that what he does not know is so." - Rodgers and Hammerstein, The King and I

"I have noticed even people who claim everything is predestined and that we can do nothing to change it, look before they cross the road." - Steven Hawkins

"Man, it's cold in Cleveland in the winter. Whatever happened with this global warming thing? I don't feel it. Every day in the winter, I'm outside with my aerosol can, spraying. Fuck the grandchildren! I'm cold NOW!" - Drew Carey

"Growing up sucks, not all kisses are magical, and most relationships 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

"The worst calamity: 'To have eyes and fail to see.'" - Helen Keller

"Childhood is what you spend the rest of your life trying to overcome." - Hope Floats

"The walls we build around us to keep out pain also keep out joy." - Jim Rohn

"If you dig a grave for others, you might fall into it yourself." - Irish Proverb

"I never got that show - Les Miz. It's about the French guy, right, who steals a loaf of bread, and then he suffers for the rest of his life. For Toast. Get over it! " - Paul Rudnick, Jeffrey

"You can't brag that you're humble ... and be humble." - Terry McEwen

"While we are free to choose our actions, we are not free to choose the consequences of our actions." - Stephen Covey

"A sobering thought: What if, right at this very moment, I am living up to my full potential?" - Jane Wagner

"If you are lonely when you're alone, you are in bad company." - Jean-Paul Sartre

"If you are here to help me you are wasting your time. But if you come because your liberation is bound up in mine then let us begin." - Lily Walker

"As soon as you trust yourself, you will know how to live." - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

"People change and forget to tell each other." - Lillian Hellman

"Sometimes when you hold out for everything, you walk away with nothing." - Ally McBeal

"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

"When you use the phrase 'Christian Nation,' you really mean 'Christian Nation plus that one cute little Jew who writes the funny column in TIME,' right?" - Joel Stein interviewing Pat Buchanan in Time Magazine

"If sleepy, take a nap." - Discharge Instructions Following Conscious Sedation, Brooklyn Hospital Center Department of Emergency Medicine

"I've got a great ambition to die of exhaustion rather than boredom." - Angus Grossart

"You will soon learn that many of the truths we cling to depend greatly on your point of view." - Star Wars

"Men occasionally stumble over the truth, but most of them pick themselves up and hurry off as if nothing ever happened." - Winston Churchill

"Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter." - Martin Luther King, Jr

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

"Confidence, like art, never comes from having all the answers; it comes from being open to all the questions." - Earl Gray Stevens

"Much unhappiness has come into the world because of bewilderment and things left unsaid." - Fyodor Dostoyevsky

"Experience isn't interesting until it begins to repeat itself. In fact, till it does that, it hardly is experience." - Elizabeth Bowen, The Death of a Heart

"Do not rely completely on any other human being, however dear. We meet all of life's greatest tests alone." - Agnes McPhail

"It's not good for all of our wishes to be fulfilled. Through sickness, we recognize the value of health; through evil, the value of good; through hunger, the value of food; through exertion, the value of rest." - Greek Proverb

"We control fifty percent of a relationship. We influence one hundred percent of it." - Barbara Coloroso

"I've found out why people laugh. They laugh because it hurts -- because it's the only thing that'll make it stop hurting." - Robert A. Heinlein, Stranger in a Strange Land

"Death is not the greatest loss in life. The greatest loss is what dies inside us while we live." - Norman Cousins

"I am patient with stupidity, but not with those who are proud of it." - Edith Sitwell

"I've never quite believed that one chance is all I get." - Anne Tyler

"Have the courage to live. Anyone can die." - Robert Cody

"Many [of the Americans] polled showed a marked disapproval of the Wallonians, Danerians, and Pirenians. The fact that these minorities were invented by the pollster did not diminish the hostility." - Leo Rosten

"If you look hard enough, you can find race issues and racism in everything. I know people who say, 'See, I don't play pool 'cuz that's where the white ball chase the black ball off the table. So I prefer bowling, where the big black ball knock down the white pins with the red necks.'"-Chi McBride

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