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"It is a well-known fact that those people who must want to rule people are, ipso facto, those least suited to do it... anyone who is capable of getting themselves made President should on no account be allowed to do the job."
--Douglas Adams

"We are too much in the habit of judging ourselves by our intentions, and our neighbours by their actions."
--J. M. S. M., 1892 The London Journal The Leisure Hour

"The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other peoples’ money"
-- Margaret Thatcher

"Giving money and power to government is like giving whiskey and car keys to teenage boys"
–- P.J. O'Rourke

"It is much more important to kill bad bills than to pass good ones"
-– Calvin Coolidge

"It is the duty of the patriot to protect his country from its government."
-- Thomas Paine

"How much easier it is to be critical than to be correct."
-- Benjamin Disraeli (1804 - 1881), Speech at the House of Commons, January 24, 1860

"One of the lessons of history is that nothing is often a good thing to do and always a clever thing to say."
-- Will Durant

"The price one pays for pursuing any profession or calling is an intimate knowledge of its ugly side."
-- James Baldwin (1924 - 1987)

"Facts are stubborn things, but statistics are more pliable."
-- Mark Twain (1835 - 1910)

"In order to keep a true perspective of one’s importance, everyone should have a dog that will worship him and a cat that will ignore him."
-- Dereke Bruce

"It is not bigotry to be certain we are right; but it is bigotry to be unable to imagine how we might possibly have gone wrong."
-- G. K. Chesterton (1874 - 1936)

"I prefer the company of peasants because they have not been educated sufficiently to reason incorrectly."
-- Michel de Montaigne (1533 - 1592)

"Telling us to obey instinct is like telling us to obey "people." People say different things: so do instincts. Our instincts are at war.... Each instinct, if you listen to it, will claim to be gratified at the expense of the rest...."
-- C.S. Lewis - _The Abolition of Man_

"You have to know how to accept rejection and reject acceptance."
-- Ray Bradbury (1920 - ), advice to writers

"Power corrupts. Absolute power is kind of neat."
-- John Lehman (1942 - ), Secretary of the Navy, 1981-1987

"Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man's character, give him power."
-- Abraham Lincoln (1809 - 1865)

"Politics is not the art of the possible. It consists in choosing between the disastrous and the unpalatable."
-- John Kenneth Galbraith (1908 - )

"Friendship is born at that moment when one person says to another: What! You too? I thought I was the only one."
-- C.S. Lewis

"Patience has its limits. Take it too far, and it's cowardice. "
-- George Jackson (1941 - 1971)


Misc Quotes

"It is easier to forgive an enemy than to forgive a friend."
-- William Blake

"Nothing is more terrible than ignorance in action"
-- Johann von Goethe

"The fellow that agrees with everything you say is either a fool or he is getting ready to skin you."
-- Kin Hubbard

"Electricity is actually made up of extremely tiny particles called electrons, that you cannot see with the naked eye unless you have been drinking."
-- Dave Barry (1947 - ), "The Taming of the Screw"

"You can't build a reputation on what you are going to do."
-- Henry Ford (1863 - 1947)

"I've had a perfectly wonderful evening. But this wasn't it."
-- Groucho Marx (1890 - 1977)

"Man has to suffer. When he has no real afflictions, he invents some."
-- Jose Marti

"No one really listens to anyone else, and if you try it for a while you'll see why."
-- Mignon McLaughlin

"The future is much like the present, only longer."
-- Dan Quisenberry

"Common sense is the collection of prejudices acquired by age eighteen."
-- Albert Einstein (1879 - 1955), (attributed)

"I don't know the key to success, but the key to failure is trying to please everybody."
-- Bill Cosby (1937 - )

"Cats are intended to teach us that not everything in nature has a function."
-- Unknown


The Work World

"We are all in the same boat, in a stormy sea, and we owe each other a terrible loyalty."
-- G K Chesterton

"I have not failed. I've just found 10,000 ways that won't work."
-- Thomas Edison

"Life is trying things to see if they work."
-- Ray Bradbury

"How does a project get to be a year behind schedule? One day at a time."
-- Fred Brooks


Simplicity

"Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication."
-- Leonardo da Vinci

"Everything should be made as simple as possible, but not simpler."
-- Albert Einstein

"I have made this letter longer than usual, because I lack the time to make it short."
-- Blaise Pascal
_translated from: "Je n'ai fait cette lettre plus longue que parce que je n'ai pas eu le loisir de la faire plus courte."_


Yogi Berra Quotes

Here are the best Yogi Berra quotes spoken by one of America's favorite baseball players.

1. It ain't over till it's over.
2. This is like deja vu all over again.
3. You better cut the pizza in four pieces because I'm not hungry enough to eat six.
4. When you come to a fork in the road, take it.
5. The future ain't what it used to be.
6. A nickel ain't worth a dime anymore.
7. It's tough to make predictions, especially about the future.
8. I knew I was going to take the wrong train, so I left early.
9. Baseball is ninety percent mental. The other half is physical.
10. Nobody goes there anymore because it's too crowded.
11. I don't know (if they were men or women fans running naked across the field). They had bags over their heads.
12. You've got to be very careful if you don't know where you are going because you might not get there.
13. I don't want to make the wrong mistake.
14. If people don't want to come out to the ballpark, how are you going to stop them?
15. In theory there is no difference between theory and practice. In practice there is.
16. Interviewer - "Why, you're a fatalist !" - Yogi Berra - "You mean I save postage stamps? Not me."
17. Little League baseball is a very good thing because it keeps the parents off the streets.
18. Mrs. Lindsay - "You certainly look cool." - Yogi Berra - "Thanks, you don't look so hot yourself."
19. I'm not going to buy my kids an encyclopedia. Let them walk to school like I did.
20. "That ain't the way to spell my name."--After he got a check that read 'Pay to bearer'.
21. How can you hit and think at the same time?
22. You can observe a lot just by watchin'
23. Always go to other people's funerals; otherwise, they won't go to yours.
24. Never answer an anonymous letter.
25. We made too many wrong mistakes.
26. When asked what time it is: "Do you mean now?"
27. For a spring training drill, Yogi instructed his players to: "Pair off in threes."
28. Reporter: "What would you do if you found a million dollars?" Yogi: "If the guy was poor, I'd give it back."
29. I usually take a two hour nap from one to four.
30. You can observe a lot just by watching.
31. You give 100% in the first half of the game, and if that isn't enough, in the second half you give what's left.
32. I never said most of the things I said.


C.S. Lewis Quotes

Aim at heaven and you will get earth thrown in. Aim at earth and you get neither.

Can a mortal ask questions which God finds unanswerable? Quite easily, I should think. All nonsense questions are unanswerable.

Courage is not simply one of the virtues, but the form of every virtue at the testing point.

Do not let us mistake necessary evils for good.

Don't use words too big for the subject. Don't say 'infinitely' when you mean 'very'; otherwise you'll have no word left when you want to talk about something really infinite.

Education without values, as useful as it is, seems rather to make man a more clever devil.

Eros will have naked bodies; Friendship naked personalities.

Even in literature and art, no man who bothers about originality will ever be original: whereas if you simply try to tell the truth (without caring twopence how often it has been told before) you will, nine times out of ten, become original without ever having noticed it.

Failures are finger posts on the road to achievement.

Friendship is born at that moment when one person says to another: What! You too? I thought I was the only one.

If you look for truth, you may find comfort in the end; if you look for comfort you will not get either comfort or truth only soft soap and wishful thinking to begin, and in the end, despair.

There are only two kinds of people in the end: those who say to God, 'Thy will be done,' and those to whom God says, in the end, 'Thy will be done.'

Mortal lovers must not try to remain at the first step; for lasting passion is the dream of a harlot and from it we wake in despair.
-- _The Pilgrim's Regress_

Every poem can be considered in two ways--as what the poet has to say, and as a thing which he makes.
-- _A preface to "Paradise Lost"_

Telling us to obey instinct is like telling us to obey "people." People say different things: so do instincts. Our instincts are at war.... Each instinct, if you listen to it, will claim to be gratified at the expense of the rest....
-- _The Abolition of Man_


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