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Short famous quotes about love, life and friendship.

"Moral indignation is jealousy with a halo."
- H. G. Wells

You have to learn the rules of the game. And then you have to play better than anyone else.
- Albert Einstein
 



An unexamined life is not worth living.
–Socrates

Eighty percent of success is showing up.
–Woody Allen

 

“Give me liberty, or give me death.”

“Ask not what your country can do for you. Ask what you can do for your country.”

“I came. I saw. I conquered.”

“I have a dream today!”

“I have not yet begun to fight.”


“I will be heard.”

“Let my people go.”It seems that perfection is reached not when there is nothing left to add, but when there is nothing left to take away.
- Antoine de Saint Exupéry

I am not a product of my circumstances. I am a product of my decisions.
–Stephen Covey

Every child is an artist.  The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up.
–Pablo Picasso

You can never cross the ocean until you have the courage to lose sight of the shore.
–Christopher Columbus

Strive not to be a success, but rather to be of value.
–Albert Einstein

Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—I took the one less traveled by, And that has made all the difference. 
–Robert Frost

"Many wealthy people are little more than janitors of their possessions."
- Frank Lloyd Wright

"I'm all in favor of keeping dangerous weapons out of the hands of fools. Let's start with typewriters."
- Frank Lloyd Wright

"All ravens are black" is logically equivalent to the statement "all non-black-objects are non-ravens".
- Carl Gustav Hempel

I think the surest sign that intelligent life exists elsewhere in the universe is that none of it has tried to contact us.
- Bill Watterson

When I'm good I'm very good, but when I'm bad I'm better. 
- Mae West

To die for an idea is to place a pretty high price upon conjectures. 
- Anatole France

My girlfriend always laughs during sex - no matter what she's reading.
- Steve Jobs

Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life.
–Steve Jobs

 

Winning isn’t everything, but wanting to win is.
–Vince Lombardi

"Glory is fleeting, but obscurity is forever."
- Napoleon Bonaparte

"The whole problem with the world is that fools and fanatics are always so certain of themselves, and wiser people so full of doubts."
- Bertrand Russell

"Victory goes to the player who makes the next-to-last mistake."
- Chessmaster Savielly Grigorievitch Tartakower

"Don't be so humble - you are not that great."
- Golda Meir

"His ignorance is encyclopedic"
- Abba Eban
 

Everybody should believe in something. I believe I'll have another drink. 
- W. C. Fields

Politicians are the same all over. They promise to build a bridge even where there is no river.
- Nikita Khrushchev

Half the lies our opponents tell about us are not true. 
- Sir Boyle Roche

A single death is a tragedy, a million deaths is a statistic. 
- Joseph Stalin

War is just one more government program. 
- Joseph Sobran

All our words from loose using have lost their edge.
Ernest Hemingway 

God couldn't be everywhere, so he created mothers


Be not afraid of going slowly, be afraid only of standing still.

"If a man does his best, what else is there?"
- General George S. Patton

"Political correctness is tyranny with manners."
- Charlton Heston

"You can avoid reality, but you cannot avoid the consequences of avoiding reality."
- Ayn Rand

"When one person suffers from a delusion it is called insanity; when many people suffer from a delusion it is called religion."
- Robert Pirsig

"Sex and religion are closer to each other than either might prefer."
- Saint Thomas More

"I can write better than anybody who can write faster, and I can write faster than anybody who can write better."
- A. J. Liebling

"People demand freedom of speech to make up for the freedom of thought which they avoid."
- Soren Aabye Kierkegaard

"Give me chastity and continence, but not yet."
- Saint Augustine

"Not everything that can be counted counts, and not everything that counts can be counted."
- Albert Einstein (1879-1955)

"Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I'm not sure about the former."
- Albert Einstein



"A lie gets halfway around the world before the truth has a chance to get its pants on."
- Sir Winston Churchill

"You may not be interested in war, but war is interested in you."
- Leon Trotsky (1879-1940)

"I do not feel obliged to believe that the same God who has endowed us with sense, reason, and intellect has intended us to forgo their use."
- Galileo Galilei

"We are all atheists about most of the gods humanity has ever believed in. Some of us just go one god further."
- Richard Dawkins

"The artist is nothing without the gift, but the gift is nothing without work."
- Emile Zola

"This book fills a much-needed gap."
- Moses Hadas

"The full use of your powers along lines of excellence."
- John F. Kennedy

"I'm living so far beyond my income that we may almost be said to be living apart."
- e e cummings

"Give me a museum and I'll fill it."
- Pablo Picasso

What we think, or what we know, or what we believe is, in the end, of little consequence. The only consequence is what we do.
- John Ruskin

The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new lands but seeing with new eyes.
- Marcel Proust

Work like you don’t need money, love like you’ve never been hurt, and dance like no one’s watching
- Unknown Author

Try a thing you haven’t done three times. Once, to get over the fear of doing it. Twice, to learn how to do it. And a third time, to figure out whether you like it or not.
- Virgil Garnett Thomson

"Assassins!"
- Arturo Toscanini

"I'll moider da bum."
- Heavyweight boxer Tony Galento, when asked what he thought of William Shakespeare



"In theory, there is no difference between theory and practice. But in practice, there is."
- Yogi Berra

"I find that the harder I work, the more luck I seem to have."
- Thomas Jefferson

"Each problem that I solved became a rule which served afterwards to solve other problems."
- Rene Descartes

"In the End, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends."
- Martin Luther King Jr.

"Whether you think that you can, or that you can't, you are usually right."
- Henry Ford

"Do, or do not. There is no 'try'."
- Yoda

"The only way to get rid of a temptation is to yield to it."
- Oscar Wilde

"Don't stay in bed, unless you can make money in bed."
- George Burns

"I don't know why we are here, but I'm pretty sure that it is not in order to enjoy ourselves."
- Ludwig Wittgenstein

"There are no facts, only interpretations."
- Friedrich Nietzsche
 

Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow.

Do not confine your children to your own learning, for they were born in another time.

I hear and I forget, I see and I remember. I do and I understand.

In teaching others we teach ourselves.


"Nothing in the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity."
- Martin Luther King Jr.

"The use of COBOL cripples the mind; its teaching should, therefore, be regarded as a criminal offense."
- Edsgar Dijkstra

"C makes it easy to shoot yourself in the foot; C++ makes it harder, but when you do, it blows away your whole leg."
- Bjarne Stroustrup

"A mathematician is a device for turning coffee into theorems."
- Paul Erdos



"Problems worthy of attack prove their worth by fighting back."
- Paul Erdos

"Happiness equals reality minus expectations."
- Tom Magliozzi

"Try to learn something about everything and everything about something."
- Thomas Henry Huxley

"Dancing is silent poetry."
- Simonides

"The only difference between me and a madman is that I'm not mad."
- Salvador Dali

"If you can't get rid of the skeleton in your closet, you'd best teach it to dance."
- George Bernard Shaw

"But at my back I always hear Time's winged chariot hurrying near."
- Andrew Marvell

"Good people do not need laws to tell them to act responsibly, while bad people will find a way around the laws."
- Plato

"The power of accurate observation is frequently called cynicism by those who don't have it."
- George Bernard Shaw

"Whenever I climb I am followed by a dog called 'Ego'."
- Friedrich Nietzsche

"Everybody pities the weak; jealousy you have to earn."
- Arnold Schwarzenegger

"Against stupidity, the gods themselves contend in vain."
- Friedrich von Schiller

"We have art to save ourselves from the truth."
- Friedrich Nietzsche

"Never interrupt your enemy when he is making a mistake."
- Napoleon Bonaparte

"I have never killed anyone, but I have read some obituary notices with great satisfaction."
- Clarence Darrow

"I have nothing to declare except my genius."
- Oscar Wilde

"Human history becomes more and more a race between education and catastrophe."
- H. G. Wells

"Talent does what it can; genius does what it must."
- Edward George Bulwer-Lytton

"Women might be able to fake orgasms. But men can fake a whole relationship."
- Sharon Stone

"If you are going through hell, keep going."
- Sir Winston Churchill

"Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass; it's about learning to dance in the rain."
- Vivian Greene



"He who has a 'why' to live, can bear with almost any 'how'."
- Friedrich Nietzsche

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal.”

 Life is about making an impact, not making an income.
–Kevin Kruse

Whatever the mind of man can conceive and believe, it can achieve.
–Napoleon Hill

The mind is everything. What you think you become. 
–Buddha

The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now.
–Chinese Proverb

"Some cause happiness wherever they go; others, whenever they go."
- Oscar Wilde

"God is a comedian playing to an audience too afraid to laugh."
- Voltaire

"He is one of those people who would be enormously improved by death."
- H. H. Munro (Saki)

"I am ready to meet my Maker. Whether my Maker is prepared for the great ordeal of meeting me is another matter."
- Sir Winston Churchill

"I shall not waste my days in trying to prolong them."
- Ian L. Fleming

"If you can count your money, you don't have a billion dollars."
- J. Paul Getty

"Facts are the enemy of truth."
- Don Quixote

"When you do the common things in life in an uncommon way, you will command the attention of the world."
- George Washington Carver

"How wrong it is for a woman to expect the man to build the world she wants, rather than to create it herself."
- Anais Nin



"Tragedy is when I cut my finger. Comedy is when you walk into an open sewer and die."
- Mel Brooks

"Most people would sooner die than think; in fact, they do so."
- Bertrand Russell

"Wit is educated insolence."
- Aristotle

"My advice to you is get married: if you find a good wife you'll be happy; if not, you'll become a philosopher."
- Socrates

"Advice is what we ask for when we already know the answer but wish we didn't"
- Erica Jong

"Show me a woman who doesn't feel guilty and I'll show you a man."
- Erica Jong

"I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel."
- Maya Angelou

"Egotist: a person more interested in himself than in me."
- Ambrose Bierce

"A narcissist is someone better looking than you are."
- Gore Vidal

"Wise men make proverbs, but fools repeat them."
- Samuel Palmer

"It has become appallingly obvious that our technology has exceeded our humanity."
- Albert Einstein

"The secret of success is to know something nobody else knows."
- Aristotle Onassis

"Sometimes when reading Goethe I have the paralyzing suspicion that he is trying to be funny."
- Guy Davenport

"When you have to kill a man, it costs nothing to be polite."
- Sir Winston Churchill

"Any man who is under 30, and is not a liberal, has no heart; and any man who is over 30, and is not a conservative, has no brains."
- Sir Winston Churchill

"The opposite of a correct statement is a false statement. The opposite of a profound truth may well be another profound truth."
- Niels Bohr

"We all agree that your theory is crazy, but is it crazy enough?"
- Niels Bohr

"When I am working on a problem I never think about beauty. I only think about how to solve the problem. But when I have finished, if the solution is not beautiful, I know it is wrong."
- Buckminster Fuller

"In science one tries to tell people, in such a way as to be understood by everyone, something that no one ever knew before. But in poetry, it's the exact opposite."
- Paul Dirac

"I would have made a good Pope."
- Richard M. Nixon

"In any contest between power and patience, bet on patience."
- W.B. Prescott



"Anyone who considers arithmetical methods of producing random digits is, of course, in a state of sin."
- John von Neumann

"It is unbecoming for young men to utter maxims."
- Aristotle

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

"One of the symptoms of an approaching nervous breakdown is the belief that one's work is terribly important."
- Bertrand Russell

"A little inaccuracy sometimes saves a ton of explanation."
- H. H. Munro

"There are two ways of constructing a software design; one way is to make it so simple that there are obviously no deficiencies, and the other way is to make it so complicated that there are no obvious deficiencies. The first method is far more difficult."
- C. A. R. Hoare

"Make everything as simple as possible, but not simpler."
- Albert Einstein

"What do you take me for, an idiot?"
- General Charles de Gaulle

"I heard someone tried the monkeys-on-typewriters bit trying for the plays of W. Shakespeare, but all they got was the collected works of Francis Bacon."
- Bill Hirst

"Three o'clock is always too late or too early for anything you want to do."
- Jean-Paul Sartre

"A doctor can bury his mistakes but an architect can only advise his clients to plant vines."
- Frank Lloyd Wright

"It is dangerous to be sincere unless you are also stupid."
- George Bernard Shaw

"If you haven't got anything nice to say about anybody, come sit next to me."
- Alice Roosevelt Longworth


"A man can't be too careful in the choice of his enemies."
- Oscar Wilde


"Forgive your enemies, but never forget their names."
- John F. Kennedy


"Logic is in the eye of the logician."
- Gloria Steinem

Happiness will never come to those who fail to appreciate what they already have.

Without His love I can do nothing, with His love there is nothing I cannot do.

“Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall!”

“The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.”



I attribute my success to this: I never gave or took any excuse.
–Florence Nightingale

You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.
–Wayne Gretzky

I’ve missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.
–Michael Jordan

The most difficult thing is the decision to act, the rest is merely tenacity.
–Amelia Earhart

Every strike brings me closer to the next home run.
–Babe Ruth

Definiteness of purpose is the starting point of all achievement.
–W. Clement Stone

Life isn’t about getting and having, it’s about giving and being.
–Kevin Kruse

Life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans.
–John Lennon

We become what we think about.
–Earl Nightingale

Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do, so throw off the bowlines, sail away from safe harbor, catch the trade winds in your sails.  Explore, Dream, Discover.
–Mark Twain

Life is 10% what happens to me and 90% of how I react to it.
–Charles Swindoll

The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don’t have any.
–Alice Walker

You can do anything, but not everything.
- David Allen

Perfection is achieved, not when there is nothing more to add, but when there is nothing left to take away.
- Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

The richest man is not he who has the most, but he who needs the least.
- Unknown Author

You miss 100 percent of the shots you never take.
- Wayne Gretzky

Courage is not the absence of fear, but rather the judgement that something else is more important than fear.
- Ambrose Redmoon

You must be the change you wish to see in the world.
- Gandhi

When hungry, eat your rice; when tired, close your eyes. Fools may laugh at me, but wise men will know what I mean.
- Lin-Chi

The third-rate mind is only happy when it is thinking with the majority. The second-rate mind is only happy when it is thinking with the minority. The first-rate mind is only happy when it is thinking.
- A. A. Milne

To the man who only has a hammer, everything he encounters begins to look like a nail.
- Abraham Maslow

We are what we repeatedly do; excellence, then, is not an act but a habit.
- Aristotle

A wise man gets more use from his enemies than a fool from his friends.
- Baltasar Gracian

Do not seek to follow in the footsteps of the men of old; seek what they sought.
- Basho

Watch your thoughts; they become words.
Watch your words; they become actions.
Watch your actions; they become habits.
Watch your habits; they become character.
Watch your character; it becomes your destiny.
- Lao-Tze

Everyone is a genius at least once a year. The real geniuses simply have their bright ideas closer together.
- Georg Christoph Lichtenberg

Even if you’re on the right track, you’ll get run over if you just sit there.
- Will Rogers

People often say that motivation doesn’t last. Well, neither does bathing
– that’s why we recommend it daily.
- Zig Ziglar

It is forbidden to kill; therefore all murderers are punished unless they kill in large numbers and to the sound of trumpets.  - François-Marie Arouet(also known by the pen name Voltaire)

I'd rather be vaguely right than precisely wrong. 
- John Maynard Keynes

Everything should be made as simple as possible, but no simpler.
- Albert Einstein, variant

Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.
- Leonardo Da Vinci

Of those who say nothing, few are silent.
- Thomas Neil

Intellectual brilliance is no guarentee against being dead wrong.
- David Fasold

He used statistics the way a drunkard uses lampposts - for support, not illumination.
- Andrew Lang

For every complex problem, there is a solution that is simple, neat, and wrong.
- H. L. Mencken

Time is what prevents everything from happening at once.
- John Archibald Wheeler

Enjoyment is not a goal, it is a feeling that accompanies important ongoing activity.
- Paul Goodman

I hear and I forget. I see and I remember. I do and I understand.
- Confucius