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a cavil is a matter of principle that we have forgotten (Sir Elwyn Jones)
a Church that is not persecuted, but enjoys privileges and support from the middle classes, is not the true Church of Christ
a concert to save the planet... reminds me of the Titanic
a couple is composed of three people where one is always momentarily absent
a denial is a piece of information given twice
a friend is not someone who wipes your tears; he\'s someone who doesn\'t make you cry - Anonymous
a good dictionary is like a mirror: if you know how to use it well, you can find what you already suspected
a man doesn\'t plant a tree for himself. He plants it for posterity - Alexander Smith
a man gains wisdom only when he begins to calculate the approximate depth of his ignorance
a political campaign costs much more than an honest man can pay - Anonymous
a politician is a fellow who will lay down your life for his country - Texas Guinan
a slave has but one master, an ambitious man has as many as there are people useful to his advancement
a tragic indicator of the values of our civilization is that there\'s no business like war business - Douglas Mattern
a traitor is someone who leaves a party to join another and a convert is someone who leaves this other party to join yours
a translation done badly is not a translation
adventure is just bad planning
all history is contemporary history
all life is only a set of pictures in the brain, among which there is no difference betwixt those born of real things and those born of inward dreamings, and no cause to value the one above the other - H.P. Lovecraft
always remember that you are absolutely unique. Just like everyone else - Margaret Mead
amusing yourself almost always means a different way of being bored
an American monkey, after getting drunk on brandy, would never touch it again, and thus is much wiser than most men - Charles Darwin
an era can be said to end when its basic illusions are exhausted - Arthur Miller
an optimist is he who thinks that a woman has finished her telephone call merely because she has said \'.....well, be seeing you......\'
anarchy doesn\'t mean no rules, it means no rulers - Edward Abbey
and to avoid it being stolen... money is entrusted to the banks
animal rights come before religion
anthropoid apes and baboons don\'t speak because, if they could, human beings would force them to work
any American who is prepared to run for president should automatically, by definition, be disqualified from ever doing so - Gore Vidal
apart from a few men, all animals have a soul
as long as there is oil, there will be no peace in the Middle East
as soon as you start to speak a foreign language, your facial expressions and hand movements and your body language all change. You are already someone else
ask no questions and you will be told no lies - Anonymous
asking an entrepreneur not to cheat on his income is like asking a dentist not to cheat on invoices
at any given moment you have to run the risk of losing everything so that something works again
banking was conceived in iniquity and was born in sin. The Bankers own the earth. Take it away from them, but leave them the power to create money, and with a flick of the pen they will create enough money to buy it back again. However, take that power away from them and all the great fortunes like mine will disappear, and they ought to disappear, for this would be a happier and better world to live in. But if you wish to remain the slaves of Bankers, and pay the cost of your own slavery, let them continue to create money - Sir Josiah Stamp
be careful what you wish for, it might come true - Joanne Kathleen Rowling
be frank and explicit with your lawyer... It will then be his job to make everything confused - Anonymous
beauty is in the eye of the beholder - Anonymous
blessed is he who expects no gratitude, for he shall not be disappointed - W. C. Bennett
blind and unwavering indiscipline at all times constitutes the real strength of all free men - Alfred Jarry
boredom is an infirmity for which the remedy is work; pleasure is only a palliative - Duke of Lewis
bureaucracy: a difficulty for every solution - Samuel Herbert
can we truly expect those who aim to exploit us to be trusted to educate us? - Eric Schaub
capitalism is the legitimate racket of the ruling class - Al Capone
coca cola is good for the health... of the US economy
cooking is a political act. When we let corporations cook for us we lose control. There\'s an enormous leap of faith to think they are going to have integrity, and that their beef is beef - Mike Pollan
corruption is like garbage, it must be removed every day
cruelty toward animals is the apprenticeship of cruelty against men
culture is an instrument manipulated by school-teachers to produce school-teachers who, in turn, will produce school-teachers
do arms factories contribute to combatting unemployment?
does the death penalty make any sense to those condemned to die?
does the end justify the means? Thanks, Moggi
don\'t vote, it only encourages them - Anonymous
doping for an athlete is like lying and stealing for a politician. Hard to avoid
education is where we decide whether we love our children enough not to expel them from our world and leave them to their own devices, nor to strike from their hands their chance of undertaking something new, something unforeseen by us, but to prepare them in advance for the task of renewing a common world - Hannah Arendt
enough of drugs in sport: ban testing! - Anonymous
everyone smiles in the same language - Anonymous
everyone worries about rhinos, but crab louses are in danger of extinction too
expecting the world to treat you fairly because you are a good person is a little like expecting the bull not to attack you because you are a vegetarian - Dennis Wholey
explaining a word requires other words which in turn must be explained with others, and so on and on without end. Communicating is just an illusion
falling in love is the stuff of waiters
finishing second means being the first person to lose
fools, they don\'t know how much more the half is than the whole
football is not just a matter of life and death, it\'s much more important than that - Bill Shankly
for it is not the man but the world which has become abnormal
for mere death is not the bitterest, but rather when one who wants to die cannot obtain even that boon
formerly no one was allowed to think freely; now it is permitted, but no one is capable of it any more. Now people want to think only what they are supposed to want to think, and this they consider freedom
fortunately Bush has come to the defence of democracy
friendship is the childhood of love
fur: a skin that changes its animal - Anonymous
God, like a comma, can change everything
half of the modern drugs could well be thrown out of the window, except that the birds might eat them - Martin Henry Fischer
high-end journalism can and should bite any hand that tries to feed it - David Simon
historians use documents to lie, novelists use their imagination to lie
hope of ill gain is the beginning of loss
how do you tell if Lyndon Johnson is lying? If he wiggles his ears, that doesn\'t mean he\'s lying. If he raises his eyebrows, that doesn\'t mean he\'s lying. But when he moves his lips, he\'s lying - Robert F. Kennedy
how is it that the Mafia \'invests\' by giving away drugs outside schools and publishers don\'t do the same with books?
human beings have only two operating modes: irresponsibility and panic - James R. Schlesinger
human rights are not respected in Cuba, except in Guantánamo
humankind cannot stand very much reality
I am the State
I believe that, as long as there is plenty, poverty is evil - Robert F. Kennedy
I can\'t change the past, but I can change my memories
I dedicated myself to investigating what life is and I don\'t know why nor for what it exists
I don\'t want to be alone, I want to be left alone - Audrey Hepburn
I find the great thing in this world is not so much where we stand, as in what direction we are moving... we must sail sometimes with the wind and sometimes against it, but we must sail, and not drift, nor lie the anchor - Oliver Wendell Holmes
I have seen the science I worshiped, and the aircraft I loved, destroying the civilization I expected them to serve - Charles Lindbergh
I hope I never get so old I get religious
I love Germany so very much that I preferred two of them
I need to be needed
I think that Kissinger is the most conspicuous criminal of war at liberty in the world - Gore Vidal
I use the parties in the same way as I use taxis: I get in, pay for the ride, get off
I was anti-communist when there were communists
I wish only not to have desires
I would like to see priests getting married, hetero-and homo-sexuals alike
ideas are more powerful than guns. We would not let our enemies have guns, why should we let them have ideas?
ideology is the thought\'s toughest jailer
if culture has become merchandise it is little wonder that men too have come to the same end - Anonymous
if Israelis don\'t want to stand accused of being Nazis they should simply stop acting like Nazis - Norman G. Finkelstein
if it\'s possible to donate organs to save a patient\'s life, why not donate proteins to save those dying of hunger?
if one has to refer to any parties as a terrorist state, one might refer to the Israeli government because they are the people who are slaughtering defenseless and innocent Arabs in the occupied territories - Nelson Mandela
if voting changed anything, they would make it illegal - Anonymous
if you are a fatalist, what can you do about it? - Ann Edwards-Duff
if you are so intelligent, how come you\'ve become rich?
if you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his language, that goes to his heart - Nelson Mandela
if you\'re not part of the solution, you\'re part of the precipitate - Henry J. Tillman
if you’re not prepared to be wrong, you’ll never come up with anything original - Ken Robinson
in certain situations unkind words are best - Anonymous
in order to live many years the only thing to be avoided is life
in politics if you want anything said, ask a man. If you want anything done, ask a woman - Margaret Thatcher
in relation to them, all people are Nazis; for the animals it is an eternal Treblinka - Isaac Bashevis Singer
inside every cynical person, there is a disappointed idealist - George Carlin
instead of giving a politician the keys to the city, it might be better to change the locks - Doug Larson
internet colossuses are becoming more and more the exclusive intermediaries between producers and consumers
involutional melancholia
is it democratic to make people pay taxes in a country where 90 per cent of the population doesn\'t want to pay them?
is it the girls on the street that imitate the girls on the television or the other way round? Or is it simply that they go to the same consultants?
is there any sense in talking about \'compulsory schooling\'?
it doesn\'t much signify whom one marries, for one is sure to find next morning that it was someone else - Samuel Rogers
it is easier to teach everyone a second language than to build a machine capable of translating
it is man in his totality who is conditioned by the labour apparatus to behave productively; when outside the factory, he preserves the same skin and the same head
it is not knowledge we lack. What is missing is the courage to understand what we know and to draw conclusions
it is not life that is prolonged, it is old age
it is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent that survives. It is the one that is the most adaptable to change - Charles Darwin
it is sometimes no less eloquent to remain silent
it takes considerable knowledge just to realize the extent of your own ignorance - Thomas Sowell
it\'s class warfare, my class is winning, but they shouldn\'t be - Warren Buffett
it\'s not true that rainy days are the worst, they are the only days in which you can walk holdin\' your head high even if you are cryin\' - Jim Morrison
it\'s when we forget ourselves that we do things which deserve to be remembered - Anonymous
I\'m no pessimist. Recognising evil wherever it exists is, to my mind, a form of optimism
justice is nothing more than whatever is advantageous to the stronger
language is the mere reduction of thought to its simplest form
Las Vegas would take offense at being compared to Wall Street. In Las Vegas, people know what the odds are. On Wall Street they manipulate the odds while you’re playing the game - John Ensign
lawyer: an accomplice who does not run any risk
let\'s also say that liberty is something rather vague, but there\'s no vagueness about its absence
let\'s hope that the normal athletes who won medals at the paralympics did not use drugs
life is a hereditary disease
life is not big enough to hold all that our desires manage to picture for us
life\'s best is not to be sought, but found - Anonymous
living is dangerous
love is a chastisement. We are punished for not being able to live alone
love is entitled to be dishonest and a liar - if it is sincere
many of our politicians are of the incompetent kind. The remainder are capable of anything
many people lose the small joys in the hope for the big happiness - Pearl S. Buck
memories are like wine decanted inside a bottle: they remain clear and the sediment stays on the bottom. No need to shake the bottle
men are always sincere. They just change from one kind of sincerity to another, that\'s all
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year
Meskimen law: there\'s never enough time to do a good translation, but there\'s alway enough time to redo it
money is becoming so important that soon we will be speaking of Kennedy as the first husband of Onassis\'s wife
money is the mother\'s milk of politics - Jesse Unruh
monogamy is an invention of our Western civilization to give a certain and, I may add, prudent order to society\'s institutions. It has nothing to do with human nature. I challenge anyone to show me a truly monogamous person - Hugh Hefner
much of the social history of the Western world, over the past three decades, has been a history of replacing what worked with what sounded good - Thomas Sowell
my optimism is based on the certainty that this civilization is about to collapse. My pessimism lies in all that it is doing to drag us down with it
my views on birth control are somewhat distorted by the fact that I was seventh of nine children - Robert F. Kennedy
never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed people can change the world - Margaret Mead
never judge a book by its movie - J.W. Eagan
no democratic theory calls into question the fact that one of the characteristics of a dictatorship is the monopoly of information
no doctor can promise a full recovery, of course every doctor should be able to promise complete care of the patient - Patch Adams
no government can be long secure without a formidable opposition - Benjamin Disraeli
nobody can make you feel inferior without your consent - Eleanor Roosevelt
nobody consults a dictionary before speaking
nobody gives me a better hairdo than the wind
nobody is so young as to not be able to die today
nothing exists except atoms and empty space; everything else is opinion
nothing impoverishes so much as greed
nothing is impossible for the man who doesn\'t have to do it himself - A.H. Weiler
of course a platonic relationship is possible - but only between husband and wife - Anonymous
on the subject of values: we keep money in a safe, but dreams...in a drawer
one of the first duties of the physician is to educate the masses not to take medicine - William Osler
only after the last tree has been cut down, only after the last river has been poisoned, only after the last fish has been caught, only then will you find that money cannot be eaten - Cree Indian Prophecy
only cultured people like learning; ignoramuses prefer to teach
only if you are on the road to sunset boulevard can you encounter a rosy morn
only someone who does not aspire to virtue is without virtue
only the human rights of the legal persons are respected
only those who dare to fail greatly can ever achieve greatly - Robert F. Kennedy
only those who want to pay taxes should live in tax havens: so small are they all
over the last three decades, we have drifted from having a market economy to becoming a market society. A market economy is a tool ­ a valuable and effective tool ­ for organizing productive activity. But a ‘market society’ is a place where everything is up for sale. It is a way of life where market values govern every sphere of life - Michael Sandel
paying taxes is synonymous with being on the Left
people believe to be free but they are only free to believe it - Jim Morrison
perhaps the best of us are those who are aware that they are worth no more than the nothingness that surrounds them
permit me to issue and control the money of a nation, and I care not who makes its laws - Mayer Amschel Rothschild
pharmaceutical companies are better at inventing diseases that match existing drugs, rather than inventing drugs to match existing diseases - Nassim Nicholas Taleb
poetry, like bread, is for everyone
politicians are people who, when they see light at the end of the tunnel, go out and buy some more tunnel - John Quinton
politicians are the same all over. They promise to build a bridge even where there is no river
politics is the gentle art of getting votes from the poor and campaign funds from the rich, by promising to protect each from the other - Oscar Ameringer
pretending to be a fool, Pinochet has shown great intelligence... military
prohibition has made nothing but trouble - Al Capone
property monopolized or in the possession of the few is a curse to mankind - John Adams
reality is an illusion caused by alcohol deficiency - Anonymous
regret amounts to a strong resolution not to leave any traces the next time
religions are the deadliest weapons that Evil has ever devised
Satan is wiser now than before, and tempts by making rich instead of poor - Alexander Pope
science ain\'t perfect, but that doesn\'t mean you need religion - Anonymous
since it\'s publicly known that cigarettes are dangerous, why are they sold?
slow and steady wins the race
so beautiful was she that they had forbidden her to approach the Leaning Tower of Pisa
socialism can only arrive by bicycle
some believe that genius is hereditary; others don\'t have children
some poor countries are proud and would rather solve their problems by themselves but, fortunately, the multinationals can\'t resist sacrificing themselves to help
sometimes someone confesses a sin in order to take credit for it - John von Neumann
sometimes, if you stand on the bottom rail of a bridge and lean over to watch the river slipping slowly away beneath you, you will suddenly know everything there is to be known - Alan Alexander Milne
sometimes, in order to be listened to, one must remain silent
speaking is translating, listening is translating, reading is translating, writing is translating, thinking is translating. Everyone translates, except some translators
taciturn men please women, who believe that they listen
television has done much for psychiatry, by spreading information about it as well as contributing to the need for it - Alfred Hitchcock
temptations, unlike opportunities, will always give you a second chance - Orlando Aloysius Battista
the book in which the whole of book learning was written called for help so as not to be gnawed by the mouse. And the mouse had a good laugh
the cheerful loser is the winner - Elbert G. Hubbard
the Church is becoming, for many, the principal obstacle to faith. They can no longer see in her anything other than Man\'s lust for power played out in a little theatre of men who, under the pretext of administering official Christianity, seem mostly to hinder the true spirit of Christianity
the Constitution was made to guard the people against the dangers of good intentions - Daniel Webster
the day will come when images will replace man who will no longer need to exist, but only to look on. We shall no longer be living beings but merely onlookers
the Democrats are the party that says government will make you smarter, taller, richer, and remove the crabgrass on your lawn. The Republicans are the party that says government doesn\'t work and then they get elected and prove it - P.J. O\'Rourke
the dream of everyone without a brother is that all men be brothers
the erotic-publicity minded society in which we live endeavours to organise and develop desire to unprecedented levels, while maintaining satisfaction within the sphere of private life. So that society may function and competition persist, desire must increase, spread out and devour the lives of men
the evolution of the human race will not be accomplished in the ten thousand years of tame animals, but in the million years of wild animals, because man is and will always be a wild animal - Charles Darwin
the general public has a duty to resist relentlessly, as if it was in an irremissible line of troops on the Piave, against the damage from a perilous disintegration of the general willpower, the collapse of civic awareness with the loss of a sense of what is right - the last and final bastion of what is or is not moral
the gratification comes in the doing, not in the results - James Dean
the great merit of society is that it makes us appreciate solitude
the human being is the Earth that walks
the illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn, and relearn - Alvin Toffler
the indifference, cowardice and opportunism of their citizens kill off democracies even more than tyrants and dictators
the Mafia had a beginning and it will also have an end
the mafia is not an exclusively Italian problem nor a matter of backward peasants and underdeveloped situations in Italy\'s south, but a European problem too
the man of the third millennium will have Bush\'s culture, Berlusconi\'s honesty and Putin\'s kind heart
the mark of the immature man is that he wants to die nobly for a cause while the mark of the mature man is that he wants to live humbly for one - J.D. Salinger
the more you have the more you want, the less you have the more you give - Anonymous
the most evident sign of having found the truth is the inner peace
the New Economy is that wonderful concept whereby wealth can be created losing money
the offensive words we utter strongly evidence our ignorance
the owners of this country know the truth: It\'s called the American dream because you have to be asleep to believe it - George Carlin
the person you are most afraid to contradict is yourself - Nassim Nicholas Taleb
the question of morality has existed for some time, but by now it has become the most important and pressing issue as the renewal of faith in the institutions, the actual governability of the country and the solidity of democracy itself depend on its solution
the real University has no specific location. It owns no property, pays no salaries and receives no material dues. The real University is a state of mind - Robert Pirsig
the school as a means of education to me was simply a blank - Charles Darwin
the stock market is the place where stupid people are separated from their money - Paul Samuelson
the trouble with political jokes is that they get elected to office - Anonymous
the two most beautiful words in the English language are: \'check enclosed\' - Dorothy Parker
the world is a better place without Saddam. And without Bush......?
the world is not a show, but a battlefield
the world is witnessing a terrible human rights crime in Gaza, where a million and a half human beings are being imprisoned with almost no access to the outside world. An entire population is being brutally punished - Jimmy Carter
the young delude themselves about their future; the old folks about their past
there are adolescences that are triggered off at ninety
there are no illegitimate children, only illegitimate parents - Leon R.Yankwich
there are only two ways of telling the complete truth - anonymously and posthumously - Thomas Sowell
there are people so poor that they only have money - Anonymous
there are thousands and thousands of people out there living lives of quiet, screaming desperation who work long, hard hours at jobs they hate, to enable them to buy things they don’t need to impress people they don’t like - Nigel Marsh
there are two ways to conquer and enslave a nation. One is by sword, the other is by debt - John Adams
there is an even cleaner form of energy than the sun, more renewable than the wind: it\'s the energy we don\'t consume - Arthur H. Rosenfeld
there is no justice in the fact that drugs can be freely had only in prisons
there is no such thing as society. There are individual men and women, and there are families. And no government can do anything except through people, and people must look after themselves first - Margaret Thatcher
there is nothing like returning to a place that remains unchanged to find the ways in which you yourself have altered - Nelson Mandela
there is only one success - to be able to spend your life in your own way - Christopher Morley
there is only one way to reduce the consumption of drugs: legalize it - Gary Becker
there ought to be one day - just one - when there is open season on senators - Will Rogers
they have convinced themselves that man, the worst transgressor of all the species, is the crown of creation. All other creatures were created merely to provide him with food, pelts, to be tormented, exterminated - Isaac Bashevis Singer
things that are impossible are easier than difficult ones
thoughts draw back, objects move forward - Nina Ivanoff
to find happiness, one should not seek it
to vote is to abdicate
to win one hundred victories in one hundred battles is not the acme of skill. To subdue the enemy without fighting is the acme of skill
today\'s Don Quixotes don\'t fight against but for windmills
today\'s political parties are above all power generators of money and clientelism
today’s music is directed by bankers and accountants: a trend we must absolutely fight - Brian May
too much of what is called \'education\' is little more than an expensive isolation from reality - Thomas Sowell
tourism is travelling very far in search of the desire to return home
translation is an experience offering and calling for the slowest reading there is, almost a pedestrian crossing over the physical space of the text, with its valleys, plains and mountains
travel serves only to endear us more to the place where we were born
true achievement is to become the best that you can become - Harold Taylor
urbanism is capitalism\'s seizure of the natural and human environment; developing logically into absolute domination, capitalism can and must now remake the totality of space into its own setting
virtue: an act contrary to the will - Anonymous
war amounts to shedding blood in the search for peace, while peace is a continuation of combat without shedding blood
warning: Health Authorities can be harmful
we are what we pretend to be, so we must be careful what we pretend to be - Kurt Vonnegut
we believe that we master words, but it is words that master us
we can\'t legalize drug trafficking because there is just too much money in it - Hillary Clinton
we don\'t know who discovered water, but we\'re certain it wasn\'t a fish - John Culkin
we have by now become what we fought against when we were twenty-year-olds
we have globalised the circus but not bread
we have the best Congress money can buy - Will Rogers
we look forward to the day when we can say to our dead men and women just this: we haven\'t surrendered, we haven\'t given up, we haven\'t sold out
we must first fight the mafia that is in each of us; we are the mafia
what is food to one, is bitter poison to others
what we have in common is that we are all different from each other
what will be exhausted first - air or oil?
when I rest my feet my mind also ceases to function
when I see Berlusconi and the other shorty it makes me want to opt out of the human race
when there are two conflicting versions of the story, the wise course is to believe the one in which people appear at their worst - H. Allen Smith
when things go wrong don\'t go with them - Elvis Presley
when two personalities meet it is as if two chemicals are coming into contact: if there is any reaction at all, both of them undergo some transformation
when will UNESCO get around to naming the planet a Patrimony for Humanity?
when you’re at peace with yourself, travelling means you’re somewhere else that’s not that far away
where it is well with me, there is my country
which clones more, genetics or TV?
why pay money to have your family tree traced. Go into politics and your opponents will do it for you - Anonymous
wine is a grave danger to the (mental) health of someone who does not drink it
words take on the value that the listener attributes to them
yes to the commerce of culture, no to the culture of commerce
you can do extraordinary things when you don\'t claim for the merit - Ted Kennedy
you can\'t say that civilization don\'t advance, however, for in every war they kill you in a new way - Will Rogers
you don\'t translate what the author wrote, but what he meant to say, this is why computers will never be able to translate
you should remember that avarice has always been the enemy of virtue; whosoever aspires too much to gain will rarely earn a good reputation
you will find something more in woods than in books. The trees and stone teach you what you never learn from the masters
you\'ve got to be an optimist to be a Democrat, and you\'ve got to be a humorist to stay one - Will Rogers