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History is a set of lies agreed upon.

Napoleon Bonaparte

Only I can change my life. No one can do it for me.

Carol Burnett

Retire? I'm going to stay in show business until I'm the only one left.

George Burns, at age 90

If you have an important point to make, don't try to be subtle or clever. Use a pile driver. Hit the point once. Then come back and hit it again. Then hit it a third time - a tremendous whack.

Winston Churchill

It took me fifteen years to discover that I had no talent for writing, but I couldn't give up because by that time I was too famous.

Robert Benchley
The Vicious Circle

The problem with people who have no vices is that generally you can be pretty sure they're going to have some pretty annoying virtues.

Elizabeth Taylor

If you pick up a starving dog and make him prosperous, he will not bite you.
This is the principal difference between a dog and a man.

Mark Twain

To invent, you need a good imagination and a pile of junk.

Thomas Alva Edison

If a man is called to be a streetsweeper, he should sweep streets even as Michaelangelo painted, or Beethoven composed music, or Shakespeare wrote poetry. He should sweep streets so well that all the hosts of heaven and earth will pause to say, here lived a great streetsweeper that did his job well.

Martin Luther King

It doesn't bother me. Sure, everybody wants approval, but I came from the theatre and I've always treasured a remark from there which goes: 'For every six people who love you, there will be half a dozen who loathe you.' The quality of an author's work is not usually determined until after his death. Even Dickens got some pretty bad reviews.

Robert Ludlum

In the name of the hungry, of the naked, of the crippled, of the homeless, of the blind, in their name, I accept the award.

Mother Teresa, accepting the Nobel Peace Prize in 1979

I'm not Jacko, I'm Jackson... 'Wacko Jacko' - Where did that come from? Some English tabloid. I have a heart and I have feelings. I feel that when you do that to me, it's not nice.

Michael Jackson
interview on ABC News programme 20/20

What is a friend? A single soul dwelling in two bodies.


If people are good only because they fear punishment, and hope for reward, then we are a sorry lot indeed.

Albert Einstein

The only tyrant I accept in this world is the still voice within.

Mahatma Gandhi

In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.

Martin Luther King

I'm a great housekeeper. I get divorced. I keep the house.

Zsa Zsa Gabor

Sex appeal is 50% what you've got and 50% what people think you've got.

Sophia Loren

The hunger for love is much more difficult to remove than the hunger for bread.

Mother Theresa

The great question - which I have not been able to answer - is, "What does a woman want?"

Sigmund Freud

When you have to kill a man it costs nothing to be polite.

Winston Churchill, on formal declaration of war

After I'm dead, I'd rather have people ask why I have no monument than why I have one.

Marcus Porcius Cato

The happiness of the bee and the dolphin is to exist. For man it is to know that and to wonder at it.

Jacques Cousteau

I do not know myself and God forbid that I should.

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

I am free of all prejudices. I hate everyone equally.

W. C. Fields

Give me a museum and I'll fill it.

Pablo Picasso

I function as a channel from which music emerges from the chaos of noise.


God does not play dice with the universe.

Albert Einstein

But I refuse to believe that I am a better actor than myself.

Jim Carrey
1995 MTV Movie Awards

History will be kind to me, for I intend to write it.

Winston Churchill

The act of policing is, in order to punish less often, to punish more severely.


Into each life some rain must fall,
Some days must be dark and dreary.

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

I count him braver who overcomes his desires than him who conquers his enemies; for the hardest victory is the victory over self.


A little sincerity is a dangerous thing, and a great deal of it is absolutely fatal.

Oscar Wilde

Sex is an emotion in motion.

Mae West

Lead me, follow me, or get out of my way.

General George Patton

Always be a first-rate version of yourself, instead of a second-rate version of somebody else.

Judy Garland

I want to know God's thoughts. The rest are details.

Albert Einstein

When you get to the end of your rope, tie a knot and hang on.

Franklin D. Roosevelt

Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great.

Mark Twain

They've got us surrounded again... the poor bastards!

Gen. Creighton W. Abrams

Darkness cannot drive out darkness, only light can do that.
Hate cannot drive out hate, only love can do that.

Martin Luther King Jr.

The most important of all sciences man can and must learn is the science of living so as to do the least evil and the greatest possible good.

Leo Tolstoy

It's kind of fun to do the impossible.

Walt Disney

We all are worms, but I do believe I am a glowworm.

Winston Churchill

What is moral is what you feel good after.

Ernest Hemingway

If you're going through hell, keep going.

Winston Churchill

Never look down on anybody unless you're helping him up.

Jesse Jackson

We are not afraid to entrust the American people with unpleasant facts, foreign ideas, alien philosophies, and competitive values. For a nation that is afraid to let its people judge the truth and falsehood in an open market is a nation that is afraid of its people.

John F. Kennedy

In the universe, there are things that are known, and things that are unknown, and in between, there are doors

William Blake