A patriot must always be ready to defend his country against his government.
- Edward Abbey

The first key to wisdom is constant and frequent questioning, for by doubting we are led to question and by questioning we arrive at the truth.
- Peter Abelard

I never said I had no idea about most of the things you said I had no idea about.
- Elliot Abrams

To love someone, you would have to have Hate them. To hate them, you would have to have cared for them. And to Care for them, you would have to have Loved them.
- Christopher Acedillo

A bad day only comes in your own hands.
- Christopher Acedillo

Never fear the unknown, fear only the everlasting.
- Christopher Acedillo

Life after death can neither pronunciate time nor fear.
- Christopher Acedillo

Without friends is no water, without a family is no blood, and without a mind is no body.
- Christopher Acedillo

How would we know how much a person made a difference in our lives if we never experienced the time without them? We ignore its possibilities, accept its presence and prepare for what is yet to come. Let us learn to give gratitude for what speaks the softest.
- Christopher Acedillo

Intelligence lies within a creative mind, Not extensive memory.
- Christopher Acedillo

The only simularities in this world is how everything is different.
- Christopher Acedillo

We are marveled how sand can simply slip from our fingers and how easily it is swallowed by the sea.
- Christopher Acedillo

Power tends to corrupt and absolute power corrupts absolutely.
- Lord (John Emerich Edward Dalberg) Acton

Learn as much by writing as by reading.
- Lord (John Emerich Edward Dalberg) Acton

By liberty I mean the assurance that every man shall be protected in doing what he believes is his duty, against the influence of authority and majorities, custom and opinion.
- Lord (John Emerich Edward Dalberg) Acton

Liberty is not the power of doing what we like, but the right of being able to do what we ought.
- Lord (John Emerich Edward Dalberg) Acton

Remember all men would be tyrants if they could. If particular care and attention is not paid to the ladies we are determined to foment a rebellion, and will not hold ourselves bound by any laws in which we have no voice, or representation.
- Abigail Adams

There are always two people in every picture: the photographer and the viewer.
- Ansel Adams

Rulers do not reduce taxes to be kind. Expediency and greed create high taxation, and normally it takes an impending catastrophe to bring it down.
- Charles Adams

In the beginning, the universe was created. This has made a lot of people very angry, and is generally considered to have been a bad move.
- Douglas Adams

What this country needs is a good five-cent nickel.
- Frank Adams

Note how good you feel after you have encouraged someone else. No other argument is necessary to suggest that never miss the opportunity to give encouragement.
- George Matthew Adams

We can accomplish almost anything within our ability if we but think that we can!
- George Matthew Adams

We cannot waste time. We can only waste ourselves.
- George Matthew Adams

Nothing in education is so astonishing as the amount of ignorance it accumulates in the form of facts.
- Henry Brooks Adams

A teacher affects eternity; he can never tell, where his influence stops.
- Henry Brooks Adams

No man means all he says, and yet very few say all they mean, for words are slippery and thought is viscous.
- Henry Brooks Adams

One friend in a lifetime is much; two are many; three are hardly possible. Friendship needs a certain parallelism of life, a community of thought, a rivalry of aim.
- Henry Brooks Adams

Chaos often breeds life, when order breeds habit.
- Henry Brooks Adams

We combat obstacle in order to get repose, and, when got, the repose is insupportable.
- Henry Brooks Adams

A psychiatrist is a fellow who asks you a lot of expensive questions your wife asks for nothing.
- Joey Adams

This would be the best of all possible worlds, if there were no religions in it.
- John Adams

The Hebrews have done more to civilize men than any other nation. If I were an atheist, and believed blind eternal fate, I should still believe that fate had ordained the Jews to be the most essential instrument for civilizing the nations.
- John Adams

The question before the human race is, whether the God of nature shall govern the world by his own laws, or whether priests and kings shall rule it by fictitious miracles.
- John Adams

Liberty can no more exist without virtue and independence, than the body can live and move without a soul.
- John Adams

Patience and perseverance have a magical effect before which difficulties disappear and obstacles vanish.
- John Quincy Adams

Man is a game playing animal and a computer is another way to play games.
- Scott Adams

Nothing defines humans better than their willingness to do irrational things in the pursuit of phenominally unlikely payoffs.
- Scott Adams

Reporters are faced with the daily choice of painstakingly researching stories or writing whatever people tell them. Both approaches pay the same.
- Scott Adams

Thoroughly to teach another is the best way to learn for yourself.
- Tryon Adams

Knowledge is, indeed, that which, next to virtue, truly and essentially raises one man above another.
- Joseph Addison

Arguments out of a pretty mouth are unanswerable.
- Joseph Addison

Star Three grand essentials to happiness in this life are something to do, something to love, and something to hope for.
- Joseph Addison

Friendship improves happiness, and abates misery, by doubling our joys, and dividing our grief.
- Joseph Addison

Sunday clears away the rust of the whole week.
- Joseph Addison

Our real blessings often appear to us in the shape of pains, losses and disappointments.
- Joseph Addison

I never found the companion that was so companionable as solitude.
- Joseph Addison

Man is subject to innumerable pains and sorrows by the very condition of humanity, and yet, as if nature had not sown evils enough in life, we are continually adding grief to grief and aggravating the common calamity by our cruel treatment of one another.
- Joseph Addison

A man should always consider how much he has more than he wants...
- Joseph Addison

We all live under the same sky, but we do not all have the same horizon.
- Konrad Adenauer

The truth is often a terrible weapon of aggression. It is possible to lie, and even to murder with the truth.
- Alfred Adler

It is easier to fight for one's principles than to live up to them.
- Alfred Adler

A lie would have no sense unless the truth were felt dangerous.
- Alfred Adler

All books will become light in preportion as you find light in them.
- Mortimer J. Adler

Good art is not what it looks like, but what it does to us.
- Roy Adzak

In few men is it part of nature to respect a friend's prosperity without begrudging him.
- Aeschylus

It is an easy thing for one whose foot is on the outside of calamity to give advice and to rebuke the sufferer.
- Aeschylus

Any excuse will serve a tyrant.
- Aesop

No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.
- Aesop

We often despise what is most useful to us.
- Aesop

It is not only fine feathers that make fine birds.
- Aesop

An oak and a reed were arguing about their strength. When a strong wind came up, the reed avoided being uprooted by bending and learning with the gusts of wind. But the oak stood firm and was torn up by the roots.
- Aesop

Every truth has two sides. It is well to look at both before we commit ourselves to either side.
- Aesop

Be content with your lot; one cannot be first in everything.
- Aesop

Better be wise by the misfortunes of others than by your own.
- Aesop

Smooth seas do not make skillful sailors.
- African Proverb

Much silence makes a powerful noise.
- African Proverb

There are 40 kinds of lunacy, but only one kind of common sense.
- African Proverb

Only a fool tests the depth of the water with both feet.
- African Proverb

Civilization rests on a set of promises; if the promises are broken too often, the civilization dies, no matter how rich it may be, or how mechanically clever. Hope and faith depend on the promises; if hope nd faith go, everything goes.
- Herbert Agar

The English instinctively admire any man who has no talent and is modest about it.
- James Agate

Making mistakes simply means you are learning faster.
- Weston H. Agor

Hate has a reason for everything. But love is unreasonable.
- V. Raiuhes Ahaefvthe

It isn't necessary to be rich and famous to be happy. It's only necessary to be rich.
- Alan Alda

Be brave enough to live life creatively. The creative is the place where no one else has ever been. You have to leave the city of your comfort and go into the wilderness of your intuition. You can't get there by bus, only by hard work and risk and by not quite knowing what you're doing. What you'll discover will be wonderful. What you'll discover will be yourself.
- Alan Alda

Don't worry about people stealing your ideas. If your ideas are any good, you'll have to ram them down people's throats.
- Howard Aiken

You can tell more about a person by what he says about others than you can by what others say about him.
- Leo Aikman

The ambitious will always be first in the crowd; he presseth forward, he looketh not behind him. More anguish is it to his mind to see ne before him, than joy to leave thousands at a distance.
- Akhenaton

In all thy undertakings, let a reasonable assurance animate thy endeavours; if thou despairest of success, thou shalt not succeed.
- Akhenaton

I had always loved beautiful and artistic things, though before leaving America I had had a very little chance of seeing any.
- Emma Albani

The more you are scared to death, the more you value life.
- Albanian proverb

Never give a sucker an even break.
- Edward Albee

Star A positive attitude may not solve all your problems, but it will annoy enough people to make it worth the effort.
- Herm Albright

The true teacher defends his pupils against his own personal influence.
- Amos Bronson Alcott

I'm not afraid of storms for I'm learning how to sail my ship.
- Louisa May Alcott

Love is a great beautifier.
- Louisa May Alcott

Make each day useful and cheerful and prove that you know the worth of time by employing it well. Then youth will be happy, old age without regret and life a beautiful success.
- Louisa May Alcott

Far away there in the sunshine are my highest aspirations. I may not reach them, but I can look up and see their beauty, believe in them and try to follow where they lead.
- Louisa May Alcott

She had a womanly instinct that clothes possess an influence more powerful over many than the worth of character or the magic of manners.
- Louisa May Alcott

It takes two flints to make a fire.
- Louisa May Alcott

Be brave enough to live life creatively. The creative is the place where no one else has ever been. You have to leave the city of your comfort and go into the wilderness of your intuition. You can't get there by bus, only by hard work and risk and by not quite knowing what you're doing. What you'll discover will be wonderful. What you'll discover will be yourself.
- Alan Alda

There isn't enough darkness in all the world to snuff out the light of one little candle.
- Robert Alden

The price of power is responsibility for the public good.
- Winthrop W. Aldrich

There is nothing impossible to him who will try.
- Alexander The Great

Great things are only possible with outrageous requests.
- Thea Alexander

Proverbs are mental gems gathered in the diamond districts of the mind.
- W. R. Alger

Four things come not back: the spoken word, the spent arrow, the past, and the neglected opportunity.
- Omar Idn Al-Halif

The man who views the world at 50 the same as he did at 20 has wasted 30 years of his life.
- Muhammad Ali

Service to others is the rent you pay for your room here on earth.
- Muhammad Ali

He who is not courageous enough to take risks will accomplish nothing in life.
- Muhammad Ali

Star Hating people because of their color is wrong. And it doesn't matter which color does the hating. It's just plain wrong.
- Muhammad Ali

I sought advice and cooperation form all those around me - but not permission.
- Muhammad Ali

Mankind is at its best when it is most free. This will be clear if we grasp the principle of liberty. We must recall that the basic principle of liberty is freedom of choice, which saying many have on their lips but few in their minds.
- Dante Alighieri

Power is not only what you have but what the enemy thinks you have.
- Saul Alinsky

Life brings simple pleasures to us every day. It is up to us to make them wonderful memories.
- Cathy Allen

Advertising is 85% confusion and 15% commision.
- Fred Allen

I like long walks, especially when they are taken by people who annoy me.
- Fred Allen

A celebrity is a person who works hard all his life to become known, then wears dark glasses to avoid being recognized.
- Fred Allen

I learned law so well, the day I graduated I sued the college and got my tuition fees back.
- Fred Allen

He was so narrow minded that if he fell on a pin it would blind him in both eyes.
- Fred Allen

A day you waste is one you can never make up.
- George Allen

Never place a period where God has placed a comma.
- Gracie Allen

You are today where your thoughts have brought you; you will be tomorrow where your thoughts take you.
- James Allen

He who has conquered doubt and fear has conquered failure. Doubt has killed more splendid projects, shattered more ambitious schemes, strangled more effective geniuses, neutralized more superb efforts, blasted more fine intellects, thwarted more splendid ambitions than any other enemy of the human race.
- James Allen

Athletics should reduce stress, not increase it.
- Mark Allen

Everything you want is just outside your comfort zone.
- Robert Allen

...we are entitled to make almost any reasonable assumption, but should resist making conclusions until evidence requires that we do so.
- Steve Allen

Impartial observers from other planets would consider ours an utterly bizarre enclave if it were populated by birds, defined as flying animals, that nevertheless rarely or never actually flew. They would also be perplexed if they encountered in our seas, lakes, rivers, and ponds, creatures defined as swimmers that never did any swimming. But they would be even more surprised to encounter a species defined as a thinking animal if, in fact, the creature very rarely indulged in actual thinking.
- Steve Allen

Buying stock is exactly the same thing as going to a casino, only with no cocktail service.
- Ted Allen

There are two types of people in this world, good and bad. The good sleep better, but the bad seem to enjoy the waking hours much more.
- Woody Allen

People who are aware of, and ashamed of, their prejudices are well on the road to eliminating them.
- Gordon Allport

We should be lenient in our judgment, because often the mistakes of others would have been ours had we had the opportunity to make them.
- Dr. Alsaker

The shortest distance between two points is under construction.
- Noelie Altito

What's a cult? It just means not enough people to make a minority.
- Robert Altman

There is nothing more important in life than human beings, nothing sweeter than the human touch.
- Lee Alwater

Dream big dreams, then put on your overalls and go out and make the dreams come true.
- Fred Van Amburgh

A tree never hits an automobile except in self defense.
- American Proverb

Doing easily what others find difficult is talent; doing what is impossible for talent is genius.
- Henri Frédéric Amiel

Life is short and we never have enough time for gladdening the hearts of those who travel the way with us. Oh, be swift to love! Make haste to be kind.
- Henri Frédéric Amiel

To live we must conquer incessantly, we must have the courage to be happy.
- Henri Frédéric Amiel

We are always making God are accomplice, that so we may legalize our own iniquities.
- Henri Frédéric Amiel

To know how to suggest is the great art of teaching.
- Henri Frédéric Amiel

Perfect happiness is the absence of the striving for happiness.
- Henri Frédéric Amiel

All appears to change when we change.
- Henri Frédéric Amiel

Star Bullets cannot be recalled. They cannot be uninvented. But they can be taken out of the gun.
- Martin Amis

I am finding that vulnerability gives me great strength, because you're not hiding anymore. It's really about being a pioneer for myself, going into the places where I am not being taught. I have to teach myself.
- Tori Amos

Life is a series of experiences...of beginnings. You are always in training for a time yet to come.
- Wally Amos

A man's felicity consists not in the outward and visible blessing of fortune, but in the inward and unseen perfections and riches of the mind.
- Anacharsis

Treat the earth well: it was not given to you by your parents, it was loaned to you by your children. We do not inherit the Earth from our Ancestors, we borrow it from our Children. We are more than the sum of our knowledge, we are the products of our imagination.
- Ancient Proverb

Living a life of integrity is one of the greatest missions we can undertake.
- Greg Anderson

Let us be about setting high standards for life, love, creativity, and wisdom. If our expectations in these areas are low, we are not likely to experience wellness. Setting high standards makes every day and every decade worth looking forward to.
- Greg Anderson

When we are motivated by goals that have deep meaning, by dreams that need completion, by pure love that needs expressing, then we truly live life.
- Greg Anderson

The minute a person whose word means a great deal to others dare to take the open-hearted and courageous way, many others follow.
- Marian Anderson

I have yet to see any problem, however complicated, which, when you looked at it in the right way, did not become still more complicated.
- Poul Anderson

Our lives improve only when we take chances - and the first and most difficult risk we can take is to be honest with ourselves.
- Walter 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

Warning: Authorities warn that "try" is a dangerous expression that has enormous power to influence your behavior. It's toxic. Use it very carefully. When "try" creeps into your language or into your thoughts, pluck it out quickly.
- Walter Anderson

What ever beauty may be, it has for its basis order, and for its essence unity.
- Father Andre

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

We lay there and looked up at the night sky and she told me about stars called blue squares and red swirls and I told her I'd never heard of them. "Of course not," she said, "the really important stuff they never tell you. You have to imagine it on your own."
- Brian Andreas

If everything seems under control, you're just not going fast enough.
- Mario Andretti

Some people regard discipline as a chore. For me, it is a kind of order that sets me free to fly.
- Julie Andrews

We learn the inner secret of happiness when we learn to direct our inner drives, our interests and our attention to something outside ourselves.
- Ethel Percy Andrus

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

What allows us, as human beings, to psychologically survive life on earth, with all of its pain, drama, and challenges, is a sense of purpose and meaning.
- Barbara De Angelis

If you find it in your heart to care for somebody else, you will have succeeded.
- Maya Angelou

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

You did then what you knew how to do and when you knew better...you did better!
- Maya Angelou

Since time is the one immaterial object which we cannot influence--neither speed up nor slow down, add to nor diminish--it is an imponderably valuable gift.
- Maya Angelou

Sister, there were people who went to sleep last night, poor and rich and white and black, but they will never wake again. And those dead folks would give anything at all for just five minutes of this weather or ten minutes of plowing. So you watch yourself about complaining. What you're supposed to do when you don't like a thing is change it. If you can't change it, change the way you think about it.
- Maya Angelou

If one is lucky, a solitary fantasy can totally transform one million realities.
- Maya Angelou

Nothing can dim the light which shines from within.
- Maya Angelou

People whose history and future were threatened each day by extinction considered that it was only by divine intervention that they were able to live at all. I find it interesting that the meanest life, the poorest existence, is attributed to God's will, but as human being become more affluent, as their living standard and style begin to ascend the material scale, God descends the scale of respectability at a commensurate speed.
- Maya Angelou

Star Work like you don't need the money, love like you've never been hurt, and dance like there's nobody watching.
- Anonymous

Love is, above all, the gift of oneself.
- Jean Anouilh

I do not try to understand why I believe in happiness; but I believe I can understand what it is to be happy.
- Saint Anselmo

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

I distrust those people who know so well what God wants them to do because I notice it always coincides with their own desires.
- Susan B. Anthony

As iron is eaten away by rust, so the envious are consumed by their own passion.
- Antisthenes

We are coming to understand health not as the absence of disease, but rather as the process by which individuals maintain their sense of coherence (i.e. sense that life is comprehensible, manageable, and meaningful) and ability to function in the face of changes in themselves and their relationships with their environment.
- Aaron Antonovsky

Experience is a good teacher, but she sends in terrific bills.
- Minna Antrim

If you have great wealth, give alms out of your abundance; if you have but little, distribute even some of that. But do not hesitate to give alms.
- Apocrypha

Nothing can be compared to a faithful friend, and no weight of gold and silver is able to countervail the goodness of his fidelity.
- Apocrypha

In the country of the blind, the one-eyed man is King.
- Michael Apostolius

Keep spiritually sound and be persistent. Persistence is the key. Just never stop believing in your dream.
- Deborah Aquila

Beware of the man of one book.
- St. Thomas Aquinas

If the highest aim of a captain were to preserve his ship, he would keep it in port forever.
- St. Thomas Aquinas

Friendship is the source of the greatest pleasures, and without friends even the most agreeable pursuits become tedious.
- St. Thomas Aquinas

There is nothing on this earth more to be prized than true friendship.
- St. Thomas Aquinas

Reconciliation should be accompanied by justice, otherwise it will not last. While we all hope for peace it shouldn't be peace at any cost but peace based on principle, on justice.
- Corazon Aquino

Throw a lucky man in the sea, and he will come up with a fish in his mouth.
- Arabian Proverb

All mankind is divided into three classes: Those that are immovable, those that are movable, and those that move.
- Arabian Proverb

Examine what is said, not him who speaks.
- Arabian Proverb

A photograph is a secret about a secret. The more it tells you the less you know.
- Diane Arbus

All political parties die at last of swallowing their own lies.
- John Arbuthnot

Women like silent men. They think they're listening.
- Marcel Archard

I was allowed to ring the bell for five minutes until everyone was in assembly. It was the beginning of power.
- Jeffrey Archer

Give me a lever long enough, and a prop strong enough, I can single-handed move the world.
- Archimedes

The will to power, as the modern age from Hobbes to Nietzsche understood it, far from being a characteristic of the strong, is, like envy and greed, among the vices of the weak, and possibly even their most dangerous one. Power corrupts indeed when the weak band together in order to ruin the strong, but not before.
- Hannah Arendt

The most radical revolutionary will become a conservative the day after the revolution.
- Hannah Arendt

Forgiveness is the key to action and freedom.
- Hannah Arendt

I keep my friends as misers do their treasure, because, of all the things granted us by wisdom, none is greater or better than friendship.
- Pietro Aretino

Evil events from evil causes spring.
- Aristophanes

By words the mind is winged.
- Aristophanes

The wise learn many things from their foes.
- Aristophanes

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

Star When the archer misses the mark, he turns and looks for the fault within himself. Failure to hit the bull's eye is never the fault of the target. To improve your aim -- improve yourself.
- Gilbert Arland

She not only expects the worst, but makes the worst of it when it happens.
- Michael Arlen

You cannot get ahead while you are getting even.
- Dick Armey

Man, if you gotta ask you'll never know.- ..when asked what Jazz is..
- Louis Armstrong

You have to accentuate the positive, eliminate the negative, and latch on to the affirmative. Don't mess with "Mr. In-between".
- Louis Armstrong

That's one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.
- Neil Armstrong

It suddenly struck me that that tiny pea, pretty and blue, was the Earth. I put up my thumb and shut one eye, and my thumb blotted out the planet Earth. I didn't feel like a giant. I felt very, very small.
- Neil Armstrong

In dreams and in love there are no impossibilities.
- Janos Arnay

Strange that the vanity which accompanies beauty --excusable, perhaps, when there is such great beauty, or at any rate understandable --should persist after the beauty was gone.
- Mary Arnim

The worst bankrupt is the man who has lost his enthusiasm. Let a man lose everything in the world but his enthusiasm and will come through again to success.
- H.W. Arnold

Truth sits upon the lips of dying men.
- Matthew Arnold

The true meaning of religion is thus, not simply morality, but morality touched by emotion.
- Matthew Arnold

You can do anything in this world you want to do if you want to do it badly enough - and you are willing to pay the price!
- May Kay Ash

Those who are blessed with the most talent don't necessarily outperform everyone else. It's the people with follow-through who excel.
- May Kay Ash

A mediocre idea that generates enthusiasm will go further than a great idea that inspires no one.
- May Kay Ash

You must act as if it is impossible to fail.
- Ashanti Proverb

One important key to success is self-confidence. An important key to self-confidence is preparation.
- Arthur Ashe

Success is a journey, not a destination. The doing is usually more important than the outcome. Not everyone can be Number 1.
- Arthur Ashe

There is no such thing as can't, only won't. If you're qualified, all it takes is a burning desire to accomplish, to make a change. Go forward, go backward. Whatever it takes! But you can't blame other people or society in general. It all comes from your mind. When we do the impossible we realize we are special people.
- Jan Ashford

A person who doesn't know but knows that he doesn't know is a student; teach him. A person who knows but who doesn't know what he knows is asleep; awaken him. But a person who knows and knows that he knows is wise; follow him.
- Old Asian proverb

Never let your sense of morals prevent you from doing the right thing.
- 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

Star Violence is the last refuge of the incompetent.
- Isaac Asimov

I do not fear computers. I fear the lack of them.
- Isaac Asimov

I don't believe in an afterlife, so I don't have to spend my whole life fearing hell, or fearing heaven even more. For whatever the tortures of hell, I think the boredom of heaven would be even worse.
- Isaac Asimov

If knowledge can create problems, it is not through ignorance that we can solve them.
- Isaac Asimov

A friend is someone who sees through you and still enjoys the view.
- Wilma Askinas

Youth would be an ideal state if it came a little later in life.
- Herbert Henry Asquith

She tells enough white lies to ice a wedding cake.
- Margot Asquith

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

He could never see a belt without hitting below it.
- Margot Asquith

If the temper of your mind gets interwoven with your convictions, you lose in heat what you might gain by reason.
- Margot Asquith

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

Drop the last year into the silent limbo of the past. Let it go, for it was imperfect, and thank God that it can go.
- Brooks Atkinson

For those who believe, there will be no explanations necessary. And for those who do not believe there will be suffice.
- Blade Atlantis

Falling in love, we said; I fell for him. We were falling women. We believed in it, this downward motion: so lovely, like flying, and yet at the same time so dire, so extreme, so unlikely.
- Margaret Atwood

In the spring, at the end of the day, you should smell like dirt.
- Margaret Atwood

Show me a guy who's afraid to look bad and I will show you a guy you can beat every time.
- Rene Auberjonis

Star Among those whom I like or admire, I can find no common denominator; but among those whom I love, I can: all of them can make me laugh.
- W. H. [Wystan Hugh] Auden

The most important truths are likely to be those which...society at that time least wants to hear.
- W. H. [Wystan Hugh] Auden

No opera plot can be sensible, for in sensible situations people do not sing.
- W. H. [Wystan Hugh] Auden

We would rather be ruined than changed. We would rather die in our dread than climb the cross of the moment and let our illusions die.
- W. H. [Wystan Hugh] Auden

Geniuses are the luckiest of mortals because what they must do is the same as what they most want to do.
- W. H. [Wystan Hugh] Auden

Political history is far too criminal a subject to be a fit thing to teach children.
- W. H. [Wystan Hugh] Auden

It is already possible to imagine a society in which the majority of the population, that is to say, its laborers, will have almost as much leisure as in earlier times was enjoyed by the aristocracy. When one recalls how aristocracies in the past actually behaved, the prospect is not cheerful.
- W. H. [Wystan Hugh] Auden

Funeral Blues
- W. H. [Wystan Hugh] Auden

When it comes, will it come without warning
Just as I'm picking my nose?
Will it knock on my door in the morning,
Or tread in the bus on my toes?
Will it come like a change in the weather?
Will its greeting be courteous or rough?
Will it alter my life altogether?
O tell me the truth about love.
- W. H. [Wystan Hugh] Auden

Music washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.
- Berthold Auerbach

People travel to wonder at the height of the mountains, at the huge waves of the seas, at the long course of the rivers, at the vast compass of the ocean, at the circular motion of the stars, and yet they pass by themselves without wondering.
- Saint Augustine

God provides the wind, but man must raise the sails.
- Saint Augustine

When it comes time to die, be not like those whose hearts are filled with the fear of death, so when their time comes they weep and pray for a little more time to live their lives over again in a different way. Sing your death song, and die like a hero going home.
- Chief Aupumut, Mohican.

And thou wilt give thyself relief, if thou doest every act of thy life as if it were the last.
- Marcus Aurelius

The happiness of your life depends upon the quality of your thoughts: therefore, guard accordingly, and take care that you entertain no notions unsuitable to virtue and reasonable nature.
- Marcus Aurelius

Anything in any way beautiful derives its beauty from itself, and asks nothing beyond itself. Praise is no part of it, for nothing is made worse or better by praise.
- Marcus Aurelius

Never esteem anything as of advantage to thee that shall make thee break thy word or lose thy self-respect.
- Marcus Aurelius

We are born for co-operation, as are the feet, the hands, the eyelids and the upper and lower jaws.
- Marcus Aurelius

We must believe in luck. For how else can we explain the luck of those we don't like?
- Marcus Aurelius

If you are pained by external things, it is not they that disturb you, but your own judgment of them. And it is in your power to wipe out that judgment now.
- Marcus Aurelius

The man who doesn't know what the universe is doesn't know where he lives.
- Marcus Aurelius

Because your own strength is unequal to the task, do not assume that it is beyond the powers of man; but if anything is within the powers and province of man, believe that it is within your own compass also.
- Marcus Aurelius

Everything that exists is in a manner the seed of that which will be.
- Marcus Aurelius

Why not seize the pleasure at once? How often is happiness destroyed by preparation, foolish preparation?
- Jane Austen

Human nature is so well disposed towards those who are in interesting situations, that a young person, who either marries or dies, is sure of being kindly spoken of.
- Jane Austen

Surprises are foolish things. The pleasure is not enhanced, and the inconvenience is often considerable.
- Jane Austen

It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife.
- Jane Austen

Tears are the summer showers to the soul.
- Alfred Austin

Some days there won't be a song in your heart. Sing anyway.
- Emory Austin

A large income is the best recipe for happiness I ever heard of.
- Jane Austin

Each of us has a spark of life inside us, and our highest endeavor ought to be to set off that spark in one another.
- Kenny Ausubel

Not all of us have to possess earthshaking talent. Just common sense and love will do.
- Myrtle Auvil

The danger from computers is not that they will eventually get as smart as men, but that we will meanwhile agree to meet them halfway.
- Bernard Avishai

A reporter interviewing A.J. Muste, who during the Vietnam War stood in front of the White House night after night with a candle, one rainy night asked, "Mr. Muste, do you really think you are going to change the policies of this country by standing out here alone at night with a candle?" Muste replied, "Oh, I don't do it to change the country, I do it so the country won't change me."
- Andrea Ayvazian

Originality is the essence of true scholarship. Creativity is the soul of the true scholar.
- Nnamdi Azikiwe


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