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What we call human nature in actuality is human habit.

Pieces of You

A clever man without wisdom is like a beautiful flower without fragrance.

It is the empty can that makes the most noise - but only if it is kicked.

When counting, try not to mix chickens with blessings.

You don't get into trouble because of the things you don't know. It is the things you don't know you don't know that really get you into a mess.

Just as iron rusts from disuse, and stagnant water putrefies, or when cold turns to ice, so our intellect wastes unless it is kept in use.

Leonardo Da Vinci

If you put on more garments, the cold cannot reach you. Similarly, increase your patience and concentration and even great injuries cannot vex your mind.

Leonardo Da Vinci

My father still reads the dictionary every day. He says your life depends on your power to master words.

Arthur Scargill

Let him that would move the world first move himself.


Be wiser than other people if you can; but do not tell them so.

Lord Chesterfield

When one door closes another door opens; but we so often look so long and so regretfully upon the closed door, that we do not see the ones which open for us.

Alexander Graham Bell

The true secret of giving advice is, after you have honestly given it, to be perfectly indifferent whether it is taken or not, and never persist in trying to set people right.

Hannah Whitall Smith

Ruth and I don't have a perfect marriage, but we have a great one. How can I say two things that seem so contradictory? In a perfect marriage, everything is always the finest and best imaginable; like a Greek statue, the proportions are exact and the finish is unblemished. Who knows any human being lke that? For a marriage couple to expect perfection in each other is unrealistic.

Billy Graham
Just As I Am

The unblemished ideal exists only in happily-ever-after fairy tales. Ruth likes to say, "If two people agree on everything, one of them is unnecessary." The sooner we accept that as a fact of life, the better we will be able to adjust to each other and enjoy togetherness. "Happily incompatible" is a good adjustment.

Billy Graham
Just As I Am

The notion that any one person can describe 'what really happened' is an absurdity. If ten - or a hundred - people witness an event, there will be ten - or a hundred - different versions of what took place. What we see and how we interpret it depends entirely upon our individual past experience.

David & Leigh Eddings
Polgara, The Sorceress

Yield to temptation - it may not pass your way again.

Lazarus Long
Time Enough for Love

The superfluous is very necessary.


It is impossible to love and be wise.

Francis Bacon

Women make love for love, men make love for lust.

Derrick Harge

Men who cherish for women the highest respect are seldom popular with them.

Nature has given women so much power that the law has very wisely given them little.

Appear weak when you are strong, and strong when you are weak.

Sun Tzu
The Art of War

Man will occasionally stumble over the truth, but most of the time he will pick himself up and continue on.

Winston Churchill

The only thing we learn from history is that we learn nothing from history.

Friedrich Hegel

The voyage of discovery is not in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes.

Marcel Proust

All animals except man know that the ultimate of life is to enjoy it.

Samuel Butler

The secret to life is that there is no secret.

Tell me and I know. Show me and I remember. Let me do it and I understand.


To know is to know that you know nothing. That is the meaning of true knowledge.


We have two ears and one mouth so that we can listen twice as much as we speak.


Too clever is dumb.

Ogden Nash

Sometimes a whisper speaks volumes.

Scott Sheddan

Never give advice - a wise man won't need it, a fool won't heed it.

Some people speak from experience; others, from experience, don't speak.

The more laws and order are made prominent, the more thieves and robbers there will be.

Lao Tsu

SAT tests are designed by huge panels of experts in education and psychology who work for years to design tests in which not one single question measures any bit of knowledge that anyone might actually need in the real world. We should applaud kids for getting lower scores.

Dave Barry

He who laughs, lasts.

David Myers

There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies, and statistics.

Benjamin Disraeli

The Bible says, 'The truth shall make you free.' But let's not forget it was Spiro Agnew who said that a good lie will keep you out of jail in the first place.

A. Whitney Brown
The Big Picture

Don't speak unless you can improve on the silence.

Spanish proverb

A book of quotations... can never be complete.

Robert M. Hamilton

The wisdom of the wise, and the experience of ages, may be preserved by quotations.

Isaac D'israeli

Most battles are won before they are ever fought.

General George Patton

The cruelest lies are often told in silence.

Robert Louis Stevenson

There is never a better measure of what a person is than what he does when he's absolutely free to choose.

William M. Bulger

It is only possible to live happily-ever-after on a day-to-day basis.

If you choose not to decide, you still have made a choice.

Rush, Freewill

Do not complain about life's unfairness. It is never fair - at best, it is impartial.

David Gemmel
Lion of Macedon

Within their own sex, men bond more easily than women, but women bond more effectively. At a gathering, men will invite a stranger they've just met to play football with them, but women won't ask an acquaintance to shop with them. Those men will, at most, remain football buddies. But women will always have someone to go to the bathroom with.

David Fuhrmann-Lim
What Men Learn From The Women They Love, Her World, Dec 97

Only those who dare to fail greatly can ever achieve greatly.

Robert F. Kennedy