Serious people have few ideas. People with ideas are never serious.
- Paul Valéry

My father gave me the greatest gift anyone could give another person, he believed in me.
- Jim Valvano

He laughs best who laughs last.
- Sir John Vanbrugh

Once a woman has given you her heart you can never get rid of the rest of her.
- Sir John Vanbrugh

If you want a place in the sun, you have to put up with a few blisters.
- Abigail Van Buren

It is easier to do a job right than to explain why you didn't.
- Martin Van Buren

You have undertaken to cheat me. I won't sue you, for the law is too slow. I'll ruin you.
- Cornelius Vanderbilt

A conservative is a man who does not think that anything should be done for the first time.
- Frank Vanderlip

The art of teaching is the art of assisting discovery.
- Mark Van Doren

One of the prime challenges of the 21st century will be to implement the standards of democracy, human rights and education for all - to complete the unfinished business of the 20th century.
- Fred van Leeuwen

What are you willing to do to get what you say you want? Are you willing to discipline your mind and mouth? Are you willing to get up early, stay up late, and work hard all the hours between?
What are you willing to give up? Are you willing to give up bad habits, negative thinking, negative people? Are you willing to stand up for yourself?
As long as you can find one excuse not to answer these questions affirmatively, you will never have what you say you want.
- Iyanla Vanzant

Everyone is born with genius, but most people only keep it a few minutes.
- Edgard Varese

He who is calm disturbs neither himself nor others.
- The Vatican Sayings, Epicurus

Do not spoil what you have by desiring what you have not; but remember that what you have now was once among the things you only hoped for.
- The Vatican Sayings, Epicurus

It is folly for a man to pray to the gods for that which he has the power to obtain by himself.
- The Vatican Sayings, Epicurus

The term "incorporeal" is properly applied only to the void, which cannot act or be acted on. Since the soul can act and be acted upon, it is corporeal.
- The Vatican Sayings, Epicurus

Men imagine that celestial bodies are divine yet ascribe to them purposes inconsistent with divinity; and they anticipate eternal suffering after death. Peace of mind follows freedom from such fears, and will be gained if we trust to our immediate feelings and sensations.
- The Vatican Sayings, Epicurus

We do not so much need the help of our friends as the confidence of their help when in need.
- The Vatican Sayings, Epicurus

Freedom is the greatest fruit of self-sufficiency.
- The Vatican Sayings, Epicurus

Necessity is an evil; but there is no necessity for continuing to live subject to necessity.
- The Vatican Sayings, Epicurus

The Vice Presidency is sort of like the last cookie on the plate. Everybody insists he won't take it, but somebody always does.
- Bill Vaughan

A citizen of America will cross the ocean to fight for democracy, but won't cross the street to vote in a national election.
- Bill Vaughan

A three-year-old child is a being who gets almost as much fun out of a fifty-six dollar set of swings as it does out of finding a small green worm.
- Bill Vaughan

Consciousness of our powers augments them.
- Vauvenargues

In itself and in its consequences the life of leisure is beautiful and ennobling in all civilised men's eyes.
- Thorstein Veblen

In the first age of the gods, existence was born from non-existence.
- Rig Veda

Get off it, over it and on with it. It's time to live your life.
- Vicky

It is not enough to succeed; others must fail.
- Gore Vidal

Half the American population no longer reads newspapers: plainly, they are the clever half.
- Gore Vidal

...in matters of faith, inconvenient evidence is always suppressed while contradictions go unnoticed.
- Gore Vidal

For the average American freedom of speech is simply the freedom to repeat what everyone else is saying and no more.
- Gore Vidal

Any man who has been a teacher retains something of a student within him.
- Alfred de Vigny

I know all except myself.
- Francois Villon

There can be no rainbow without a storm and a cloud.
- F.H. Vincent

Infatuation is when you think he's as sexy as Robert Redford, as smart as Henry Kissinger, as noble as Ralph Nader, as funny as Woody Allen, and as athletic as Jimmy Conners. Love is when you realize that he's as sexy as Woody Allen, as smart as Jimmy Connors, as funny as Ralph Nader, as athletic as Henry Kissinger and nothing like Robert Redford -but you'll take him anyway.
- Judith Viorst

One day the day will come when the day will not come.
- Paul Virilio

The purpose of life is to discover your gift. The meaning of life is to give it away.
- David Viscott

Star I may not agree with what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it.
- Voltaire

We are what we pretend to be, so we must be careful about what we pretend to be.
- Kurt Vonnegut


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