Famous Quotes/Wisdom from around the world Lifestyle

  • View author's info posted on May 28, 2005 00:54

    Government and Politics Mark Twain

    "Patriotism is supporting your country all the time, and your government when it deserves it."

    "The citizen who sees his society's democratic clothes being worn out and does not cry out is not a patriot but a traitor."

    "Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it's time to pause and reflect."

    "First God created idiots, this was for practice. Then he made congress."

    "Suppose you were an idiot. And suppose you were a member of Congress. But I repeat myself."

    "It could probably be shown by facts and figures that there is no distinctly native American criminal class except Congress."

    People's beliefs and convictions are in almost every case gotten at second-hand, and without examination."

    "In the beginning of a change, the patriot is a scarce man; brave, hated, and scorned. When his cause succeeds, however, the timid join him, for then it costs nothing to be a patriot."
  • View author's info posted on May 28, 2005 00:50

    Mark Twain

    "It's not the size of the dog in the fight, it's the size of the fight in the dog."
    "I've never killed a man, but I've read many an obituary with a great deal of satisfaction."
    "Let us endeavor so to live that when we come to die even the undertaker will be sorry."
    "There are no dialogues, only intersecting monologues"
    "Never put off until tomorrow what you can do the day after tomorrow."
    "None but the dead have free speech."
    "Only presidents, editors and people with tapeworms have the right to use the editorial 'we'."
    "Substitute 'damn' every time you're inclined to write 'very'; your editor will delete it and the writing will be just as it should be."
    "The report of my death was an exaggeration."
    "They did not know it was impossible, so they did it!"
    "They spell it 'da Vinci' and pronounce it 'da Vinchy.' Foreigners always spell better than they pronounce."
    "Every generalization is dangerous, especially this one."
    "The man who does not read good books has no advantage over the man who can't read them."
  • View author's info posted on May 28, 2005 00:47

    Truth from Mark Twain
    "Fiction is obliged to stick to possibilities. Truth isn't"
    "A man cannot be comfortable without his own approval."
    "Clothes make the man. Naked people have little or no influence on society."
    "Do something every day that you don't want to do; this is the golden rule for acquiring the habit of doing your duty without pain."
    "Don't part with your illusions. When they are gone you may still exist, but you have ceased to live."
    "Grief can take care of itself, but to get the full value of a joy you must have somebody to divide it with."
    "I am opposed to millionaires, but it would be dangerous to offer me the position."
    "I didn't attend the funeral, but I sent a nice letter saying that I approved of it."
    "I don't give a damn for a man that can only spell a word one way."
    "When in doubt, tell the truth."
    "A lie can make it half way around the world before the truth has time to put its boots on."
    "The truth is a precious thing. Therefore, use it sparingly."
    "Truth is more of a stranger than fiction."
  • View author's info posted on May 28, 2005 00:43

    To string incongruities and absurdities together in a wandering and sometimes purposeless way, and seem innocently unaware that they are absurdities, is the basis of the American art, if my position is correct."
    Source: Mark Twain "How To Tell A Story" (1897}

    ? "In a monarchy, the king and his family are the country; in a republic it is the common voice of the people. Each of you, for himself, by himself and on his own responsibility, must speak. And it is a solemn and weighty responsibility, and not lightly to be flung aside at the bullying of pulpit, press, government, or the empty catch-phrases of politicians. Each must for himself alone decide what is right and what is wrong, and which course is patriotic and which isn't. You cannot shirk this and be a man. To decide it against your convictions is to be an unqualified and inexcusable traitor, both to yourself and to your country, let men label you as they may. If you alone of all the nation shall decide one way, and that way be the right way according to your convictions of the right, you have done your duty by yourself and by your country--hold up your head. You have nothing to be ashamed of."
    Source: Mark Twain "Papers of the Adam Family"
  • View author's info posted on May 27, 2005 06:31

    IN the west man marries the woman he loves, in the EAst man learn to love the woman he marries but also learn to love other women too..and hence they have a harem of wives and concubines...

    ---mine and anon

    As soon as we lose the moral basis, we cease to be religious . There is no such thing as religion over-riding morality . Man for instance cannot be untruthful , cruel or incontinent and claim to have God on his side..Gandhi.

    Ours is a world of nuclear giants and ethical infants. We know more about war than we know about peace, more about killing than we know about living. We ahve grapsed the mystery of the atom and rejected the sermon on the Mount..

  • View author's info posted on May 26, 2005 22:18

    Abraham Lincoln:
    Character is like a tree and a reputation like a shadow. The shadow is what we think of it; the tree is the real thing.

    Mark Twain:
    Get the facts first. You can distort them later.

    Abraham Lincoln:
    I am for those means which will give the greatest good to the greatest number.

    Theodore Roosevelt:
    I think we consider too much the good luck of the early bird and not enough the bad luck of the early worm.

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

    Thomas Edison:
    Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.

    The greater the difficulty, the more glory in surmounting it. Skillful pilots gain their reputation from storms and tempests.

    Albert Einstein:
    The important thing is not to stop questioning.

    Peter F. Drucker:
    The most serious mistakes are not being made as a result of wrong answers. The truly dangerous thing is asking the wrong question.

    The nearest way to glory is to strive to be what you wish to be thought to be.

    Theodore Roosevelt:
    The only man who makes no mistakes is the man who never does anything.

    Winston Churchill:
    The pessimist sees difficulty in every opportunity. The optimist sees opportunity in every difficulty.

    Albert Einstein
    "The true sign of intelligence is not knowledge but imagination."
  • View author's info posted on May 26, 2005 21:56

    Benjamin Franklin
    Remember that time is money.

    Benjamin Franklin
    Little strokes fell great oaks.

    Benjamin Franklin
    Plough deep while sluggards sleep.

    Benjamin Franklin
    God helps them that help themselves.

    Benjamin Franklin
    He that goes a borrowing goes a sorrowing.

    Benjamin Franklin
    There never was a good war or a bad peace.

    Benjamin Franklin
    Never leave that till to-morrow which you can do to-day.

    Benjamin Franklin
    Experience keeps a dear school, but fools will learn in no other.

    Benjamin Franklin Quote
    We must all hang together, or assuredly we shall all hang separately.

    Benjamin Franklin
    Early to bed and early to rise, Makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise.

    Benjamin Franklin
    Vessels large may venture more, But little boats should keep near shore.

    Benjamin Franklin
    Dost thou love life? Then do not squander time, for that is the stuff life is made of.

    Benjamin Franklin
    They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.

    Benjamin Franklin
    Idleness and pride tax with a heavier hand than kings and parliaments. If we can get rid of the former, we may easily bear the latter.

    Benjamin Franklin
    Our Constitution is in actual operation; everything appears to promise that it will last; but in this world nothing is certain but death and taxes.

    Benjamin Franklin
    A little neglect may breed mischief: for want of a nail the shoe was lost; for want of a shoe the horse was lost; and for want of a horse the rider was lost.
  • View author's info posted on May 26, 2005 21:50

    Murphy's Law
    If there is a possibility of several things going wrong, the one that will cause the most damage will be the one to go wrong.

    Murphy's Law
    If there is a worse time for something to go wrong, it will happen then.

    Murphy's Law
    If you perceive that there are four possible ways in which a procedure can go wrong, and circumvent these, then a fifth way, unprepared for, will promptly develop.

    Murphy's Law
    If everything seems to be going well, you have obviously overlooked something.

    Murphy's Law
    Nature always sides with the hidden flaw.

    Murphy's Law
    Whenever you set out to do something, something else must be done first.

    Murphy's Law
    Every solution breeds new problems.

    Murphy's Law
    Enough research will tend to support your theory.

    Murphy's Law
    When there is a very long road upon which there is a one-way bridge placed at random, and there are only two cars on that road, it follows that: (1) the two cars are going in opposite directions, and (2) they will always meet at the bridge.

    Murphy's Law
    Smile... tomorrow will be worse.

    Murphy's Law
    Left to themselves, things tend to go from bad to worse.

    Murphy's Law
    You never run out of things that can go wrong.

    Murphy's Law
    No battle plan ever survives contact with the enemy.

    Murphy's Law
    If your advance is going well, you are walking into an ambush.

    Murphy's Law
    The only thing more accurate than incoming enemy fire is incoming friendly fire.

    Murphy's Law
    Logic is a systematic method of coming to the wrong conclusion with confidence.

    Murphy's Law
    If builders built buildings the way programmers wrote programs, then the first woodpecker that came along would destroy civilization.

    Murphy's Law
    An expert is one who knows more and more about less and less until he knows absolutely everything about nothing.

    Murphy's Law
    All's well that ends.

    Murphy's Law
    A meeting is an event at which the minutes are kept and the hours are lost.
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