A Collection of Quotes [A List In Progress]

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  • "Scriptures, noun. The sacred books of our holy religion, as distinguished from the false and profane writings on which all other faiths are based." - Ambrose Bierce (from The Devil's Dictionary)
  • "Road, noun. A strip of land along which one may pass from where it is too tiresome to be to where it is futile to go." - Ambrose Bierce (from The Devil's Dictionary)
  • "Your possessions own you." - Author unk.
  • "Life is short, art long, opportunity fleeting, experience treacherous, judgment difficult." - Hippocrates
  • "Many a man owes his success to his first wife, and his second wife to his success." - Author unk.
  • "[In art], less is more." - Miles Van Der Rohe
  • "We can lick gravity, but sometimes the paperwork is overwhelming." - Werner Von Braun
  • "Die, my dear doctor? - that's the last thing I shall do!" - Lord Palmerston
  • "Speak of the devil and his horns appear." - S.T.Coleridge
  • "Experience is the worst teacher; it gives the test before presenting the lesson." - Vannevar Law
  • "Gluttony is not a secret vice." - Orson Welles
  • "Unless justice be done to others it will not be done to us." - Woodrow Wilson
  • "Memory is a crazy woman that hoards colored rags and throws away food." - A.O'Malley
  • "Bach opens a vista to the universe. After experiencing him, people feel there is meaning to life after all." - H.Walcha
  • "Bach almost persuades me to be a Christian." - Roger Fry
  • "Music owes as much to Bach as religion does to its founder." - Robert Schumann
  • "I've never known a person to live to be one hundred and be remarkable for anything else." - Josh Billings
  • "War is a cowardly escape from the problems of peace." - Thomas Mann
  • "We aim to please. You aim too, please." - author unk. (Sign in the mens room of a N.Y. restaurant.)
  • JUDGE: 'I have read your case, Mr Smith, and I am no wiser now than I was when I started.' F.E.SMITH: 'Possibly not, My Lord, but much better informed.' (F.E.Smith, Lord Birkenhead, when he was a barrister.)
  • "The remarkable thing about Shakespeare is that he is really very good, in spite of all the people who say he is very good." - Robert Graves
  • "What's a thousand dollars? Mere chicken feed. A poultry matter." - Groucho Marx
  • "I was born because it was a habit in those days. People didn't know anything else." - Will Rogers
  • "It is later than you think." - R. Service
  • "Deeds, not words, shall speak me." - F.Beaumont and J.Fletcher (playwrights around the time of Shakespeare)
  • "The boast of heraldry, the pomp of pow'r, / And all that beauty, all that wealth e'er gave, / Awaits alike th' inevitable hour: / The paths of glory lead but to the grave." - Thomas Gray (from 'Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard')
  • "Reality is for people who can't face science fiction." - G.Haas
  • "You have deliberately tasted two worms and you can leave Oxford by the town drain." - Rev. W.A.Spooner (Translation: 'You have deliberately wasted two terms and you can leave Oxford by the down train.' The down train was the one that went to London.)
  • "Time is just nature's way of keeping everything from happening at once." - Y.Thomas (Pessimistic revision: 'Time is just nature's way of keeping everything from going wrong at once.' - Author unk.)
  • "Sometimes I think we [mankind] are alone, sometimes I think we're not. In either case, the thought is quite staggering." - Variously attributed
  • "I don't know what you could say about a day in which you have seen four beautiful sunsets." - John Glenn
  • "Nobody knows the age of the human race, but all agree it is old enough to know better." - Anon.
  • "The report of my death is exaggerated." - Mark Twain
  • "Because it is there." - G.L.M. Mallory, when asked why he wanted to climb Mount Everest
  • "All art constantly aspires towards the condition of music." - Walter Pater
  • "All tragedies are finished by a death, / All comedies are ended by a marriage." - George Gordon, Lord Byron
  • "If thou covetest riches, ask not but for contentment, which is an immense treasure." - Sa'Di
  • "If the first person who answers the phone cannot answer your question, it's a bureaucracy." - 'Lyndon's Observation'
  • "Wisdom consists in knowing when to avoid perfection." - from 'Horowitz's Rules'
  • "The best is the enemy of the good." - Voltaire
  • "Efficiency is a highly developed form of laziness." - 'Fletcher's Rumination'
  • "Genius starts at the top and works up." - 'Craig's Rule'
  • "If at first you don't succeed, so much for skydiving." - 'Launegayer's Maxim'
  • "You can't win them all if you don't win the first one." - from 'Sid's Sayings'
  • "Everything should be made as simple as possible, but not simpler." - Albert Einstein
  • "Night conceals a world but reveals a universe." - Robert Browning
  • "Sentimentality is a failure of feeling." - W.Stevens
  • "The chief cause of problems is solutions." - Eric Sevareid
  • "Old butchers never die, they tend to carry on." - Author unk. [If you don't get this one, think pun.]
Author Comments: 

Please note that I do not necessarily endorse any of the thoughts expressed in the above list.

"Where did you get these quotes?" I hear you ask. Well, actually, not from the Web. I've had them for decades, scibbled down in a school exercise book. Truth to tell, I left quite a few out of this list, just selected the cream.

I was surprised to see how...negative...most of them are. I guess somone's selection of quotes reveals something...but not everything...about their personality (hence my rather unconvincing (even to me) attempt to distance my self from them by claiming not to endorse them).