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Play for more than you can afford to lose and you will learn the game. Winston Churchill If we all worked on the assumption that what is accepted as true were really true, there would be little hope of advance. Orville Wright When I want to read a novel, I write one. Benjamin Disraeli In questions of science, the authority of a thousand is not worth the humble reasoning of a single individual. Galileo Galilei Play for more than you can afford to lose and you will learn the game. Winston Churchill Never say more than is necessary. Richard Brinsley Sheridan You must be the change you wish to see in the world. Mahatma Ghandi That which does not kill you makes you stronger. Neitzsche It is better to light one candle than to curse the darkness. Chinese Proverb Anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new. Albert Einstein We always strive after what is forbidden, and desire the things refused us. Ovid The Athenians, alarmed at the internal decay of their Republic, asked Demosthenes what to do.

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Play for more than you can afford tolose and you will learn the game.Winston Churchill

If we all worked on the assumption that what is accepted as true were really true,

there would be little hope of advance.Orville Wright

When I want to read a novel, I write one.Benjamin Disraeli

In questions of science, the authority of a thousand is not worth the humble reasoning of a single individual.

Galileo Galilei

Play for more than you can afford tolose and you will learn the game.

Winston Churchill

Never say more than is necessary.Richard Brinsley Sheridan

You must be the change you wish to see in the world.Mahatma Ghandi

That which does not kill you makes you stronger.Neitzsche

It is better to light one candle than to curse the darkness.Chinese Proverb

Anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new.

Albert Einstein

We always strive after what is forbidden, and desire the things refused us.


The Athenians, alarmed at the internal decay of their Republic, asked Demosthenes what to do.

His reply: "Do not do what you are doing now."Joseph Ray

If you don't know where you are going,you'll end up some place else.

Yogi Berra

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When one door closes another opens. But often we look so long so regretfully upon the closed door that we fail to see the one that has

opened for us.Helen Keller

There is time for everything.Thomas A. Edison

Every generation laughs at the old fashions,but religiously follows the new.

Henry Davod Thoreau

I demolish my bridges behind me...then there is no choice but to move forward.

Firdtjof Nansen

Nothing can bring you peace but yourself.Ralph Waldo Emerson

The worst thing you can try to do is cling to something that is gone, or to recreate it.

Johnette Napolitano

You cannot step twice into the same river, for other waters are continually flowing on.


Happiness does not depend on outward things, but on the way we see them.

Leo Tolstoy

The art of living lies less in eliminating our troubles than in growing with them.

Bernard M. Baruch

Happiness is not a matter of events, it depends upon the tides of the mind.

Alice Meynell

The shortest way to do many things is to do only one thing at a time.Richard Cech

Imagination is more important than knowledge.Albert Einstein

We don't live in a world of reality,we live in a world of perceptions.

Gerald J. Simmons

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The first and greatest commandment is,Don't let them scare you.

Elmer Davis

Life's a voyage that's homeward bound.Herman Melville

The secret of success in life is for a man to be ready for his opportunity when it comes.- Benjamin Disraeli

To win without risk is to triumph without glory.- Corneille

The ability to convert ideas to things is the secret of outward success.- Henry Ward Beecher

I'm a great believer in luck, and I find the harder I work the more I have of it. - Thomas Jefferson

There is no success without hardship.- Sophocles

Just as at the Olympic games it is not the handsomest or strongest men who are crowned with victory but the successful competitors, so in life it is those who act rightly who carry off all the prizes and rewards.- Aristotle

If you wish to be out frontThen act as if you were behind.- Lao-Tzu

In the long run, men only hit what they aim at. - Henry David Thoreau

Dreams and dedication are a powerful combination.- William Longgood

There is only one success--to be able to spend your life in your own way.- Christopher Morley

The secret of success in life is for a man to be ready for his opportunity when it comes.- Benjamin Disraeli

The chief factor in any man's success or failure must be his own character. - Theodore Roosevelt

Nothing succeeds so well as success.- Prince de Talleyrand

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Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed is more important than any one thing.- Abraham Lincoln

Go back a little to leap further.- John Clarke

The whole secret to a successful life it to find out what it is one's destiny to do, and then do it.- Henry Ford

Success is how high you bounce when you hit bottom. - General George S. Patton

As a general rule, the most successful man in life is the man who has the best information. - Benjamin Disraeli

Boldness has genius, power and magic in it.- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Success seems to be largely a matter of hanging on after others have let go.- William Feather

Judge not a man by his clothes, but by his wife's clothes.- Thomas R. Dewar

Since I gave up hope, I feel much better.- Unknown

When people agree with me I always feel I must be wrong. - Oscar Wilde

Some people are like Slinkies... Not really good for anything, but they still bring a smile to your face when you push them down a flight of stairs. - Author Unknown

Never keep up with the Joneses. Drag them down to your level. It's cheaper.- Quentin Crisp

Man has made use of his intelligence; he invented stupidity.- Remy de Gourmont

I figure you have the same chance of winning the lottery whether you play or not.- Fran Lebowitz

If you really want something in this life, you have to work for it - Now quiet, they're about to announce the lottery numbers!- Homer Simpson

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My life's dream has been a perpetual nightmare.- Voltaire

Three may keep a secret if two are dead. - Benjamin Franklin

Judge not a man by his clothes, but by his wife's clothes.- Thomas R. Dewar

The world is full of willing people; some willing to work, the rest willing to let them.

- Robert Frost

It's a dog eat dog world, and I'm wearing milk bone underwear.- Norm, from the TV show "Cheers"

The female of all species are most dangerous when they appear to retreat. - Don Marquis

The meek shall inherit the Earth.......if you don't mind.- Graffiti

Visualize Getting Towed - sign on a private driveway between The Zen Center in Marin, California and Muir Beach (where public parking is limited)

It's not whether you win or lose, but how you place the blame.- Anonymous

I think there is a world market for maybe five computers.- Thomas Watson, Chairman of IBM, 1943

If something's hard, then it's not worth doing.- Homer Simpson

When I was a boy I was told that anybody could become President; I'm beginning to believe it.- Clarence Darrow

It is inexcusable for scientists to torture animals; let them make their experiments on journalists and politicians. - Henrik Ibsen

Many of us spend half our time wishing for things we could have if we didn't spend half our time wishing. - Alexander Woollcott

And how is education supposed to make me feel smarter? Besides, every time I learn something new, it pushes some old stuff out of my brain. Remember when I

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took that home winemaking course, and I forgot how to drive?- Homer Simpson

The world is full of willing people; some willing to work, the rest willing to let them. - Robert Frost

Famous Learning Quotations


Learning is like rowing upstream; not to advance is to drop back.- Chinese Proverb

He who has imagination without learning has wings but no feet.- Joseph Joubert

Men learn while they teach. - Seneca

What we have to learn to do, we learn by doing.- Aristotle

I am always ready to learn, though I don't always like being taught. - Winston Churchill

The learning person looks forward to failure or mistakes. The worst problem in leadership is basically early success. - Warren Bennis

Learning is it own exceeding great reward.- William Hazlitt

Education is simply the soul of society as it passes from one generation to the next. - G.K. Chesterton

Learning without thought is labor lost.- Confucius

A man, though wise, should never be ashamed / of learning more, and must unbend his mind.- Sophocles

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Learn as though you would never be able to master it; hold it as though you would be in fear of losing it.- Confucius

They know enough who know how to learn. - Henry Adams

Read, mark, learn and inwardly digest.- The Book of Common Prayer

Every fact that is learned becomes a key to other facts.- Edward L. Youmans

Make your friends your teachers and mingle the pleasures of conversation with the advantages of instruction.- Baltasar Gracian

He who learns but does not think is lost. He who thinks but does not learn is in great danger. - Confucius

Be very sure that no man will learn any thing at all unless he first will learn humility.- Edward Bulwer Lytton

He that has sense knows that learning is not knowledge, but rather the art of using it.- Richard Steele

If you wish to be out frontThen act as if you were behind.- Lao-Tzu

Do not take life too seriously; you will never get out of it alive. - Elbert Hubbard

Home is not where you live, but where they understand you. Christian Morgenstern

And that is life. Paul Laurence Dunbar

It is the surmounting of difficulties that makes heroes.- Louis Kossuth


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Fall seven times, stand up eight.- Japanese Proverb

Only those who risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go. - T.S. Eliot

To avoid criticism, do nothing, say nothing, be nothing.- Elbert Hubbard

Man cannot discover new oceans unless he has the courage to lose sight of the shore.- Andre Gide

Inspiration cannot be willed, though it can be wooed.- Anthony Storr

Do not wait to strike until the iron is hot; but make it hot by striking.- William B. Sprague

Problems are only opportunities in work clothes.- Henry J. Kaiser

You cannot plough a field by turning it over in your mind.- Unknown

Daring ideas are like chessmen moved forward; they may be beaten,but they may start a winning game.- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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

Don't loaf and invite inspiration.Light out after it with a club.- Jack London

The fact is, that to do any thing in this world worth doing, we must not stand back shivering and thinking of the cold and danger, but jump in, and scramble as well as we can. - Sydney Smith

Trust your hopes, not your fears.- David Mahoney

Only he who can see the invisible can do the impossible. - Frank L. Gaines

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When you cease to dream you cease to live.- Malcolm Forbes

Who bravely dares must sometimes risk a fall. - Tobias George Smollett

Success is never final and failure never fatal. It's courage that counts. - George F. Tilton

Favorite QuotationsEvery successful revolt is termed a revolution, and every unsuccessful one a rebellion.- Joseph Priestly

Maturity of mind is capacity to endure uncertainty.- Confucius


Man's most judicious trait, is a good sense of what not to believe.- Euripides

A democracy is nothing more than mob rule, where fifty-one percent of the people may take away the rights of the other forty-nine.- Thomas Jefferson

Maybe this world is another planet's hell.- Aldous Huxley

My country is the world and my religion is to do good.- Thomas Paine

Discontent is the source of all trouble, but also of all progress, in individuals and nations. - Berthold Auerbach

Judge a man by his questions rather than his answers.- Voltaire

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 What a strange illusion it is to suppose that beauty is goodness.- Leo Tolstoy

The smart ones ask when they don't know. And, sometimes when they do. - Malcolm Forbes

Let us not dream that reason can ever be popular. Passions, emotions, may be made popular, but reason remains the property of the few.- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe

Life is like a game of cards. The hand that is dealt you represents determinism; the way you play is free will.- Jawaharlal Nehru

Nothing under the sun is ever accidental.- Gotthold Lessing

Believe nothing on the faith of traditions, even though they have been held in honor for many generations and in many places. Do not believe a thing because many people speak of it. Do not believe on the faith of the sages of the past. Do not believe what you yourself have imagined, persuading yourself that a God inspires you. Believe nothing on the sole authority of your masters and priests. After examination, believe what you yourself have tested and found to be reasonable, and conform your conduct thereto.- Gautama Buddha

The man who questions opinion is wise; the man who quarrels with facts is a fool. - Frank A. Garbutt

Better face a danger once than always be in fear. - Proverb

The wisdom of the wise is an uncommon degree of common sense.- William Ralph Inge

Chance is a word devoid of sense, nothing can exist without a cause.- Voltaire

Society is always taken by surprise at any new example of common sense.- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Common sense is the knack of seeing things as they are, and doing things as they ought to be done.

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- Harriet Beecher Stowe

Seeking to know is too often learning to doubt.- Antoinette Deshoulieres

Men are apt to prefer a prosperous error to an afflicted truth.- Jeremy Taylor

Only intuition can save you from the most dangerous individual of all, the articulate incompetent.- Robert Bernstein

What the fool cannot learn, he laughs at, thinking that by his laughter he shows superiority instead of a latent idiocy. - Marie Corelli

Health Quotations  

Common sense is in medicine the master workman.- Peter Latham

Symptoms, then, are in reality nothing but a cry from suffering organs.- Jean-Martin Charcot

There are some remedies worse than the disease.- Publilius Syrus

Body: A thing of shreds and patches, borrowed unequally from good and bad ancestors and a misfit from the start.- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Most diseases are the result of medication which has been prescribed to relieve and take away a beneficiant and warning symptom on the part of Nature.- Elbert Hubbard

You pray for good health and a body that will be strong in old age. Good -- but your rich foods block the gods' answer and tie Jupiter's hands.- Persius

Health and intellect are the two blessings of life.- Menander

Happiness lies, first of all, in health. - George William Curtis

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For life is only life when blest with health.- Martial

I am convinced digestion is the great secret to life. - Sydney Smith

Nature, time and patience are three great physicians.- H.G. Bohn

The King who cannot rule his diet, Will hardly rule his realm in peace and quiet.Passage from the "Rule of Health of Salerno", author unknown

Our own physical body possesses a wisdom which we who inhabit the body lack.  We give it orders which make no sense. - Henry Miller

Time is the great physician. - Benjamin Disraeli

If you are surprised at the number of our maladies, count our cooks.- Seneca

He who has health has hope, and he who has hope has everything. - Arabian Proverb

A man too busy to take care of his health is like a mechanic too busy to take care of his tools.- Spanish Proverb

Better to hunt in fields for health unboughtThan fee the doctor for a nauseous draught.The wise for cure on exercise me depend;God never made his work for man to mend.

- John Dryden

I am dying with the help of too many physicians.- Alexander the Great

God heals, and the doctor takes the fee.- Benjamin Franklin

The only way to keep your health is to eat what you don't want, drink what you don't like, and do what you'd rather not.- Mark Twain

Wisdom is to the mind what health is to the body.- Francois De La Rochefoucauld

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Quit worrying about your health. It'll go away.- Robert Orben

America's health care system is second only to Japan ... Canada, Sweden, Great Britain ... well, all of Europe. But you can thank your lucky stars we don't live in Paraguay!- Homer Simpson

Our doctor would never really operate unless it was necessary.  He was just that way.  If he didn't need the money, he wouldn't lay a hand on you. - Herb Shriner

A friend is someone who gives you total freedom to be yourself."  (James Douglas Morrison, lead singer of The Doors)

"A friendship that exacts oneness of opinion and conduct is not worth much."  (Mohandas Gandhi, In Search of the Supreme)

"A true friend stabs you in the front."  (Oscar Wilde)

"Don't walk in front of me; I may not follow. Don't walk behind me; I may not lead. Walk beside me and just be my friend."  (Albert Camus)

"Each friend represents a world in us; a world possibly not born until they arrive, and it is only in meeting them that a new world is born."  (Anais Nin)

"Every man can tell how many goats or sheep he possesses, but not how many friends."  (Marcus Tullius Cicero)

"Friends are those people who know the words to the song in your heart and sing them back to you when you have forgotten the words."  (Anonymous)

"Friends can help each other. A true friend is someone who lets you have total freedom to be yourself--and especially to feel. Or, not feel. Whatever you happen to be feeling at the moment is fine with them. That's what real love amounts to--letting a person be what he really is."  (James Douglas Morrison, lead singer of The Doors)

"Friendship is born at the moment when one person says to another, 'What?! You too! Thought I was the only one.'"  (Clive Staples Lewis)

"Hold a true friend with both your hands."  (Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche)

Gratitude is the sign of noble souls. Aesop

Gratitude is merely the secret hope of further favors. Francois de La Rochefoucauld

Sometimes I wonder whether the world is being run by smart people who are putting us on, or by imbeciles who really mean it. - Mark Twain

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Some mornings it just doesn't seem worth it to gnaw through the leather straps.- Emo Phillips

I hate to advocate drugs, alcohol, violence, or insanity to anyone, but they've always worked for me. - Hunter S. Thompson

I try to take one day at a time, but sometimes several days attack me at once.- Jennifer Unlimited

The Bible tells us to love our neighbors, and also to love our enemies; probably because generally they are the same people.- Gilbert Chesterton

Only presidents, editors, and people with tapeworms have the right to use the editorial "we".- Mark Twain

Life is rather like a can of sardines: we're all of us looking for the key.- Alan Bennett

I heard someone tried the monkeys-on-typewriters bit trying for the plays of W. Shakespeare, but all they got was the collected works of Francis Bacon. - Bill Hirst, found on from The Witty, The Thought Provoking and The Humorous Quotes site.)

Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect. - Mark Twain

Hey, the way I figure it is this: if the kids are still alive by the time my husband comes home, I've done my job.- Roseanne Arnold

By all means marry. If you get a good wife, you'll be happy. If you get a bad one, you'll become a philosopher.- Socrates

Remember as far as anyone knows, we're a nice normal family. - Homer Simpson

There are terrible temptations which it requires strength and courage to yield to.- Oscar Wilde

Anyone who can only think of only one way to spell a word obviously lacks imagination.- Mark Twain

Everything is funny as long as it is happening to somebody else.- Will Rogers

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Anyone who is considered funny will tell you, sometimes without even your asking, that deep inside they are very serious, neurotic, introspective people.- Wendy Wasserstein

All modern men are descended from wormlike creatures, but it shows more on some people.- Will Cuppy

The most important service rendered by the press is that of educating people to approach printed matter with distrust. - Samuel Butler

The only way of catching a train I ever discovered is to miss the train before. - Gilbert Chesterton

The profoundly humorous writers are humorous because they are responsive to the hopeless, uncouth, concatenations of life.- V.S. Pritchett

"A woman drove me to drink and I never even had the courtesy to thank her."  (W. C. Fields)

"Alcohol is the anesthesia by which we endure the operation of life."  (George Bernard Shaw)

"Alcohol is the cause and solution to all life's problems."  (Dan Castellaneta, as Homer Simpson)

"Be wary of strong drink. It can make you shoot at tax collectors and miss."  (Lazarus Long, Time Enough for Love)

"Better sleep with a sober cannibal than a drunken Christian."  (Herman Melville, Moby Dick)

"Candy is dandy but liquor is quicker."  (Ogden Nash)

"Drink provokes the desire but takes away the performance."  (William Shakespeare)

"Drugs are marvelous--it's life that's evil. And sometimes the only way to face it is to get completely twisted."  (E. Jean Carroll)

"Ether is the perfect drug for Las Vegas. In this town they love a drunk. Fresh meat."  (Hunter S. Thompson, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas)

"Fish fuck in it."  (W. C. Fields, explanation for why he never drank water)

"I cook with wine, sometimes I even add it to the food."  (W. C. Fields)

"I feel sorry for people who don't drink. When they wake up in the morning, that's as good as they're going to feel all day."  (Frank Sinatra)

"I have taken more good from alcohol than alcohol has taken from me."  (Sir Winston Churchill, 1874-1965)

"I have to think hard to name an interesting man who does not drink."  (Sir Richard Burton)

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"I may be drunk, Miss, but in the morning I will be sober and you will still be ugly."  (Sir Winston Churchill, 1874-1965)

"I'm glad I'm an alcoholic. Oh yes, I wouldn't have missed it for the world. Obviously, I'm sorry for the hurt I caused people ... but being an alcoholic was an amazing and powerful experience. There were some days when I'd drink a bottle of tequila and I didn't care if I died. I was so washed up, so empty and feeling emotionally bankrupt. I used to love tequila."  (Sir Anthony Hopkins)

"It's like gambling somehow. You go out for a night of drinking and you don't know where your going to end up the next day. It could work out good or it could be disastrous. It's like the throw of the dice."  (James Douglas Morrison, lead singer of The Doors)

"My experience through life has convinced me that, while moderation and temperance in all things are commendable and beneficial, abstinence from spirituous liquors is the best safeguard of morals and health."  (Robert E. Lee)

"O, for a draught of vintage! that hath been Cooled a long age in the deep-delvid earth..."  (John Keats)

"Once ... in the wilds of Afghanistan, I lost my corkscrew, and we were forced to live on nothing but food and water for days."  (W. C. Fields)

AYN RAND: Mediocrity doesn't mean average intelligence, it means an average

intelligence that resents and envies its betters.

FULTON J. SHEEN: Jealousy is the tribute mediocrity pays to genius.

GORE VIDAL: Whenever a friend succeeds, a little something in me dies.

Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don't matter and those who matter don't mind.

--- Dr. Suess



  2. A quick temper will make a fool of you soon enough.--- Bruce Lee



  3. No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.--- Eleanor Roosevelt



  4. We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, therefore, is not an act but a habit.

--- Aristotle



  5. I would rather be ashes than dust! I would rather that my spark should burn out in a brilliant blaze than it should be stifled by dryrot. I would rather be a superb meteor, every atom of me in magnificent glow, than a sleepy and permanent planet. The proper function of man is to live, not to exist.I shall not waste my days in trying to prolong them. I shall use my time.

--- Jack London



  6. If you can imagine it, you can create it. If you can dream it, you can become it.

--- William Arthur Ward



  7. It's not good enough that we do our best; sometimes we have to do what's required.

--- Sir Winston Churchill



  8. Do not let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do.--- John Wooden



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  9. Give me liberty or give me death.--- Patrick Henry



  10. I've always felt it was not up to anyone else to make me give my best.

--- Hakeem Olajuwon



     11. Pain is inevitable, but misery is optional. We cannot avoid pain, but

we can avoid joy.--- Tim Hansel



  12. The only disability in life is a bad attitude.--- Scott Hamilton



  13. If you really want to do something, you'll find a way; if you don't, you'll find an excuse.

--- Anonymous



  14. Think for yourselves, and let others enjoy the privilege to do so too.--- Voltaire



  15. If you are going to wait for someone to encourage you to do something, you might as well just give it up.

--- Cher



  16. I would rather fail in a cause that will ultimately triumph than to triumph in a cause that will ultimately fail.

--- Woodrow Wilson



  17. You have two ears and one mouth. Use them in that proportion.--- Anonymous



  18. Trust yourself. Create the kind of self that you will be happy to live with all your life. Make the most of yourself by fanning the tiny, inner sparks of possibility into flames of achievement.

--- Foster C. McClellan


  19. Presence is more than just being there.--- Malcolm Forbes


  20. People will always talk about you, especially when they envy you and the life you live. Let them... you affected their lives, they didn't affect yours.

--- Anonymous

O beware, my lord, jealousy is the green eye'd monster that doth mock the meat it feeds on."  (William Shakespeare)

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"Avoid envy, for envy devours good deeds just as fire devours fuel."  (The Prophet Mohammad)

"O beware, my lord, jealousy is the green eye'd monster that doth mock the meat it feeds on."  (William Shakespeare)

"The higher we soar, the smaller we appear to those who cannot fly."  (Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche)