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a bank is a place that will lend you money if you can prove that you don't need it - Bob Hope
Bob Hope
a bank is a place where they lend you an umbrella in fair weather and ask for it back when it begins to rain - Robert Frost
Robert Frost
a beautiful woman is not a creature whose legs or arms inspire praise, but someone whose overall appearance is so beautiful that it is impossible to admire any single part
Lucius Annaeus Seneca
a bone to the dog is not charity. Charity is the bone shared with the dog when you are just as hungry as the dog - Jack london
Jack London
a book is one of the fonts of joy available to us
Jorge Luis Borges
a book must be the axe for the frozen sea within us
Franz Kafka
a book that can't stand two readings is not worth even one
José Luis Martín Descalzo
a business that makes nothing but money is a poor kind of business (Henry Ford)
Henry Ford
a businessman anywhere in the world has the same religion
Heinrich Heine
a cavil is a matter of principle that we have forgotten (Sir Elwyn Jones)
Elwyn Jones
a child is not a vase to be filled, but a fire to be lit
François Rabelais
a child on a farm sees a plane fly overhead and dreams of a faraway place. A traveler on the plane sees the farmhouse and dreams of home - Carl Burns
Carl Burns
a Church that is not persecuted, but enjoys privileges and support from the middle classes, is not the true Church of Christ
Oscar Romero
a cigarette is the perfect type of a perfect pleasure. It is exquisite, and it leaves one unsatisfied. What more can one want? - Oscar Wilde
Oscar Wilde
a commodity appears at first sight an extremely obvious, trivial thing. But its analysis brings out that it is a very strange thing, abounding in metaphysical subtleties and theological niceties
Karl Marx
a compromise is the art of dividing a cake in such a way that everyone believes he has the biggest piece
Ludwig Erhard
a concert to save the planet... reminds me of the Titanic
a conference is a gathering of important people who singly can do nothing, but together can decide that nothing can be done - Fred Allen
Fred Allen
a consensus means that everyone agrees to say collectively what no one believes individually - Abba Eban
Abba Eban
a corporation is closer to any totalitarian institution as any that humans have devised - Noam Chomsky
Noam Chomsky
a country without documentary films is like a family without a photo album
Patricio Guzmán
a couple is composed of three people where one is always momentarily absent
David Riondino
a critic is a legless man who teaches running - Channing Pollock
Channing Pollock
a cynic is a man who, when he smells flowers, looks around for a coffin - H.L. Mencken
H.L. Mencken
a cynic is not merely one who reads bitter lessons from the past, he is one who is prematurely disappointed in the future - Sydney J. Harris
Sydney J. Harris
a day will come in which men will look upon an animal's murder the same way they look today upon a man's murder
Leonardo Da Vinci
a denial is a piece of information given twice
Giulio Andreotti
a dictionary can embrace only a small part of the vast tapestry of a language
Giacomo Leopardi
a dictionary is the whole universe arranged in alphabetical order
Anatole France
a diplomat is a man who always remembers a woman's birthday but never remembers her age - Robert Frost
Robert Frost
a disadvantageous peace is better than the most righteous war
Desiderius Erasmus von Rotterdam
a fan club is a group of people who tell an actor he's not alone in the way he feels about himself - Kenneth Williams
Kenneth Williams
a Fatherland is a moment-by-moment soporific. One cannot sufficiently envy - or pity - the Jews for not having one, or for having only provisional ones, Israel first of all
Emil Cioran
a fiancé is a happy man who is ready to cease being so
Enrique Jardiel Poncela
a free woman is the exact opposite of a fickle woman
Simone de Beauvoir
a friend is not someone who wipes your tears; he's someone who doesn't make you cry - Anonymous
a friend is someone who can readily accept your silence
Camillo Sbarbaro
a fruitful conversation springs only from minds absorbed in reinforcing their own confusion
Emil Cioran
a good dictionary is like a mirror: if you know how to use it well, you can find what you already suspected
a good man is intelligent, and a bad man is also an idiot. Moral and intellectual characteristics go together
Jorge Luis Borges
a good reader, a major reader, an active and creative reader is a re-reader - Vladimir Nabokov
Vladimir Nabokov
a good review from the critics is just another stay of execution - Dustin Hoffman
Dustin Hoffman
a government is the only vessel that leaks from the top - James Reston
James Reston
a great obstacle to happiness is to anticipate too great a happiness
Bernard le Bovier de Fontenelle
a journalist is someone whose business it is to explain to others what he personally does not understand - Lord Alfred Northcliff
Lord Alfred Northcliff
a jury consists of twelve persons chosen to decide who has the better lawyer - Robert Frost
Robert Frost
a language is a dialect with an army and a navy - Joshua A. Fishman
Joshua A. Fishman
a lawful kiss is never worth as much as a stolen one
Guy de Maupassant
a lawyer is a gentleman who rescues your estate from your enemies and keeps it for himself - Lord Brougham
Henry Brougham
a lawyer is the natural accomplice of a banker - Henry Ford
Henry Ford
a learned fool is more foolish than an ignorant fool
a learned man is an idler who kills time by study - George Bernard Shaw
George Bernard Shaw
a liar should keep in mind that to be believed he shouldn't tell more lies than are necessary
Italo Svevo
a literary classic is one of those books that leaves the reader wondering what more there is to the story
Italo Calvino
a little inaccuracy saves a world of explanation - Clarence Edwin Ayres
Clarence Edwin Ayres
a man alone is always in bad company
Paul Valéry
a man becomes a man only by imitating other men
Theodor W. Adorno
a man can't ride on your back unless it's bent - Martin Luther King
Martin Luther King
a man doesn't plant a tree for himself. He plants it for posterity - Alexander Smith
Alexander Smith
a man gains wisdom only when he begins to calculate the approximate depth of his ignorance
Gian Carlo Menotti
a man generally has two reasons for doing a thing: one that sounds good, and a real one - John Pierpont Morgan
John Pierpont Morgan
a man is never more truthful than when he acknowledges himself a liar - Mark Twain
Mark Twain
a man is rich in proportion to the number of things he can afford to let alone - Henry David Thoreau
Henry David Thoreau
a man is rich once he has become familiar with scarcity
a man is unhappy because he doesn't know he's happy, that's the only reason. That's all, that's all! Whoever discovers this will become happy instantly
Fedor Michailovich Dostoevski
a man needs to stock up on his dreams
José Saramago
a man who does not know how to be angry does not know how to be good - Henry Ward Beecher
Henry Ward Beecher
a man who does not lose his mind over certain things has no mind to lose
Gotthold Ephraim Lessing
a man who won't die for something is not fit to live - Martin Luther King
Martin Luther King
a man with no dreams, no illusions and no ideals would be a monster, a wild boar with a degree in pure mathematics
Fabrizio De André
a man, any man, is worth more than a flag, any flag
Eduardo Chillida
a man's worst difficulties begin when he is able to do as he likes - Thomas Henry Huxley
Thomas Henry Huxley
a memorandum is written not to inform the reader but to protect the writer - Dean Acheson
Dean Acheson
a myth is a religion in which no one any longer believes - James K. Feibleman
James K. Feibleman
a natural language is the archive where the experiences, knowledge and beliefs of a community are stored
Fernando Lázaro Carreter
a painter is a man who paints what he sells; an artist, on the other hand, is a man who sells what he paints
Pablo Picasso
a paranoid is a man who knows a little of what's going on - William S. Burroughs
William S. Burroughs
a philosopher is a blind man in a dark room looking for a black cat which isn't there. A theologian is the one who finds it - H.L. Mencken
H.L. Mencken
a poet understands Nature better than a scientist
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
Texas Guinan
a politician needs the ability to foretell what is going to happen tomorrow, next week, next month, and next year. And to have the ability afterwards to explain why it didn't happen - Winston Churchill
Winston Churchill
a politician thinks about the coming elections, the statesman about the next generations
Otto von Bismarck
a prisoner of war is a man who tries to kill you and fails, and then asks you not to kill him - Winston Churchill
Winston Churchill
a process which led from the amoeba to man appeared to philosophers to obviously be progress, though whether the amoeba would agree with this opinion is not known - Bertrand Russell
Bertrand Russell
a proverb is a short sentence based on long experience
Miguel de Cervantes
a psychiatrist is a fellow who asks you a lot of expensive questions your wife asks for nothing - Joey Adams
Joey Adams
a real book is not one that we read, but one that reads us - W.H. Auden
Wystan Hugh Auden
a reformer is a man who rides through a sewer in a glass-bottomed boat - James J. Walker
James J. Walker
a scientist in his laboratory is not a mere technician: he is also a child confronting natural phenomena that impress him as though they were fairy tales
Marie Curie
a sect or party is an elegant incognito devised to save a man from the vexation of thinking - Ralph Waldo Emerson
Ralph Waldo Emerson
a sensible conclusion is that languages are 'difficult' in inverse proportion to the strength of motivation for learning them (Reg Hindley)
Reg Hindley
a shadow is lost in too much light... or too much darkness
Moni Ovadia
a sharp tongue is the only edged tool that grows keener with constant use - Washington Irving
Washington Irving
a slave has but one master, an ambitious man has as many as there are people useful to his advancement
Jean de La Bruyère
a slave is one who waits for someone to come and free him - Ezra Pound
Ezra Pound
a smart woman prefers to stay alone than to stay with anyone - Marilyn Monroe
Marilyn Monroe
a smile is the shortest distance between two people - Víctor Borge
Víctor Borge
a sociologist is someone who goes to a football match to look at the spectators
Gesualdo Bufalino
a specialist is one who knows more and more about less and less, ultimately knowing everything... about nothing!
Luciano Somma
a speech belongs half to the speaker and half to the listener
Michel de Montaigne
a strong foe is better than a weak friend - Edward Dahlberg
Edward Dahlberg
a synonym is a word you use when you can't spell the word you first thought of - Burt Bacharach
Burt Bacharach
a tooth ought to be valued much more than a diamond
Miguel de Cervantes
a tragic indicator of the values of our civilization is that there's no business like war business - Douglas Mattern
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
Georges Clemenceau
a translation done badly is not a translation
a woman is a present that chooses you
Georges Brassens
a word is nothing but a noise and books are nothing but paper
Paul Claudel
a writer is a productive labourer not in so far as he produces ideas, but in so far as he enriches the publisher who publishes his works
Karl Marx
act well your part, there all the honor lies - Edgar Lee Masters
Edgar Lee Masters
adventure is just bad planning
Roald Amundsen
advertising always combines superfluousness with pleasure
Ennio Flaiano
advertising is the art of making whole lies out of half truths - Edgar A. Shoaff
Edgar Shoaff
advertising may be described as the science of arresting the human intelligence long enough to get money from it - Stephen Leacock
Stephen Leacock
after all, it's your relationships with other people that give value to life
Wilhelm von Humboldt
after all, the language is our homeland
Camilo José Cela
after discrediting virtues, our century succeeded in discrediting vices
Nicolás Gómez Dávila
after suffering so much, at least there is the recompense of dying like dogs
Cesare Pavese
after three appearances on TV, any fool being interviewed says what he thinks and what others think too
Enzo Biagi
age has whitened the hair of some men while leaving their hearts unaffected, which remain fresh and young and beat just as strongly for every good and beautiful thing
Ludoviko Zamenhof
age to me means nothing. I can't get old; I'm working. I was old when I was twenty-one and out of work. As long as you're working, you stay young - George Burns
George Burns
albeit there are as many grammairiennes as grammariens, indeed more...
Desiderius Erasmus von Rotterdam
all charming people have something to conceal, usually their total dependence on the appreciation of others - Cyril Connolly
Cyril Connolly
all exact science is dominated by the idea of approximation - Bertrand Russell
Bertrand Russell
all gods were immortal
Stanislaw Jerzy Lec
all good acts are only demonstrations of power
Miguel de Unamuno
all happy families resemble one another, but each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way
Leo Tolstoy
all history is contemporary history
Benedetto Croce
all ideas are already in the brain, just as all statues are in the marble
Carlo Dossi
all is worth nothing and the rest is worth even less
León de Greiff
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
Howard Phillips Lovecraft
all love letters are ridiculous. They would not be love letters if they were not ridiculous
Fernando Pessoa
all men have a woman in their thoughts, and married men have another at home
Noel Clarasó Serrat
all men play a role except, perhaps, some actors
Eugène Ionesco
all men who have achieved great things have been great dreamers - Orison Swett Marden
Orison Swett Marden
all modern revolutions have ended in a reinforcement of the power of the State
Albert Camus
all our knowledge merely helps us to die a more painful death than animals that know nothing
Maurice Maeterlinck
all she needs do is shout the truth in everyone's face. No one will believe it and everyone will think her mad!
Luigi Pirandello
all speech, written or spoken, is a dead language - Robert Louis Stevenson
Robert Louis Stevenson
all that is necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing - Edmund Burke
Edmund Burke
all that which is invented, is true
Gustave Flaubert
all the brains in the world are powerless against any kind of stupidity that is in vogue
Jean de La Fontaine
all the glory of the world lies in a grain of corn
José Martí
all the world's a stage, and all the men and women merely players: they have their exits and their entrances - William Shakespeare
William Shakespeare
all things considered, there are two types of men in this world. Those who stay home and those who do not - Rudyard Kipling
Rudyard Kipling
all tramps and beggars are equal under the law
Carlo Dossi
all universal moral principles are idle fantasies
Donatien Alphonse François de Sade
all we are saying is give peace a chance - John Lennon
John Lennon
all would live long, but none would be old - Benjamin Franklin
Benjamin Franklin
all you need is ignorance and confidence and the success is sure - Mark Twain
Mark Twain
almost all physicians have their favourite diseases - Henry Fielding
Henry Fielding
although death is terrifying, knowing that you are living to eternity without ever being able to die is even more terrifying
Anton Chekhov
always forgive your enemies; nothing annoys them so much - Oscar Wilde
Oscar Wilde
always remember that you are absolutely unique. Just like everyone else - Margaret Mead
Margaret Mead
am I not destroying my enemies when I make friends of them? - Abraham Lincoln
Abraham Lincoln
America is a country that doesn't know where it is going but is determined to set a speed record getting there - Laurence J. Peter
Laurence J. Peter
Americans are healthy carriers of democracy
Giorgio Gaber
among my most prized possessions are words that I have never spoken - Orson Rega Card
Orson Rega Card
amusing yourself almost always means a different way of being bored
Charles Régismanset
an absolutely logical language without its own idioms would be lifeless and too mechanical
Ludoviko Zamenhof
an actor is a guy who, if you ain't talking about him, he ain't listening - Marlon Brando
Marlon Brando
an actor is a sincere liar
Albert Camus
an Ambassador is an honest man, sent to lie abroad for the good of his country - Sir Henry Wotton
Sir Henry Wotton
an American monkey, after getting drunk on brandy, would never touch it again, and thus is much wiser than most men - Charles Darwin
Charles Darwin
an archaeologist is the best husband any woman can have; the older she gets, the more interested he is in her - Agatha Christie
Agatha Christie
an arts degree is like a diploma in origami. And about as much use - JG Ballard
James Graham Ballard
an e-mail cannot express the sentiment of a tear
José Saramago
an editor is someone who separates the wheat from the chaff and then prints the chaff - Adlai Stevenson
Adlai Stevenson
an era can be said to end when its basic illusions are exhausted - Arthur Miller
Arthur Miller
an expert is a man who has made all the mistakes which can be made in a very narrow field
Niels Bohr
an eye for an eye makes the whole world blind - Mahatma Gandhi
Mohandas Karamchad Gandhi
an honest man is always a child
an incompetent lawyer can delay a trial for months or years. A competent lawyer can delay one even longer - Evelle Younger
Evelle Younger
an intellectual is someone whose mind watches itself
Albert Camus
an intellectual is the type of person who has bound those books he has not read
Leo Longanesi
an international gang of exchange speculators has mindlessly and heartlessly created a world of inequality, misery and horror. Their criminal hegemony must be ended without delay
Jean Ziegler
an optimist is he who believes that things cannot get any worse
Alessandro Morandotti
an optimist is he who thinks that a woman has finished her telephone call merely because she has said '.....well, be seeing you......'
Marcel Achard
anarchy doesn't mean no rules, it means no rulers - Edward Abbey
Edward Abbey
and men have less scruple in offending one who is beloved than one who is feared
Niccolò Machiavelli
and of all plagues with which mankind are cursed, ecclesiastic tyranny's the worst - Daniel Defoe
Daniel Defoe
and so we find ourselves with this simple, two-pronged truism: firstly, we are a community of people speaking the same language and, secondly, speaking it is one of the ways of marking us as human beings
Octavio Paz
and to avoid it being stolen... money is entrusted to the banks
and we should call every truth false which was not accompanied by at least one laugh
Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche
and what was formerly done 'for the sake of God' is now done for the sake of money, that is to say for what in this day and age ensures more than anything else a feeling of power and peace of mind
Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche
and yet, the contrary is always true as well
Leo Longanesi
animal rights come before religion
Dan Jørgensen
anthropoid apes and baboons don't speak because, if they could, human beings would force them to work
Antoine Le Grand
any American who is prepared to run for president should automatically, by definition, be disqualified from ever doing so - Gore Vidal
Gore Vidal
any city, however small, is actually divided into two: one for the poor, the other for the rich, and they are at war with each other
any emotion, if it is sincere, is involuntary - Mark Twain
Mark Twain
any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out
Anton Chekhov
any kind of divorce is a patching-up exercise on something that has ended up badly. Battling to get divorce legalised is a battle behind the lines. Marriage should be fought against
Luciano Bianciardi
any man worthy of the name must reproach himself for the reproaches directed against any other man
José Martí
any one of us would term barbaric what is not habitual to us
Michel de Montaigne
any private property is necessarily under a 'social mortgage'
Giovanni Paolo II
any woman would like to be faithful. The difficulty is finding a man to be faithful to
Marlene Dietrich
anybody can sympathise with the sufferings of a friend, but it requires a very fine nature to sympathise with a friend's success - Oscar Wilde
Oscar Wilde
anyone being born should exercise great prudence in the choice of place, year, and parents
Gesualdo Bufalino
anyone can speak obscurely, but very few with clarity
Galileo Galilei
anyone that wants the presidency so much that he'll spend two years organizing and campaigning for it is not to be trusted with the office - David Broder
David Broder
anyone who believes exponential growth can go on forever in a finite world is either a madman or an economist - Kenneth Boulding
Kenneth Boulding
anyone who conducts an argument by appealing to authority is not using his intelligence; he is just using his memory
Leonardo da Vinci
anyone who has never owned a dog can't know what loving and being loved mean
Arthur Schopenhauer
anyone who holds power for even one minute commits a crime
Luigi Pintor
anyone who keeps the ability to see beauty never grows old
Franz Kafka
anyone who teaches people to die teaches them to live
Michel de Montaigne
anything capable of being imagined will one day be made reality
Jules Verne
apart from a few men, all animals have a soul
approbation from others is stimulating, but it is as well sometimes to distrust it
Paul Cézanne
art is a call to which too many who are not called give an answer
Leo Longanesi
art is a hammer to beat the world, not a mirror to reflect it
Vladimir Majakovskij
art is an investment of capital, culture an excuse
Ennio Flaiano
art is magic freed from the lie of being truth
Theodor W. Adorno
art is the lie that makes us realize truth
Pablo Picasso
art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life
Pablo Picasso
as a body everyone is single, but as a soul, never
Hermann Hesse
as a remedy to life in society I would suggest the big city. Nowadays, it is the only desert within our reach
Albert Camus
as a rule I use only words that enhance the silence
Eduardo Galeano
as a well-spent day brings happy sleep, so life well used brings happy death
Leonardo Da Vinci
as fathers commonly go, it is seldom a misfortune to be fatherless; and considering the general run of sons, as seldom a misfortune to be childless - Lord Chesterfield
Lord Chesterfield
as I didn't mind being born, I don't mind dying
Federico García Lorca
as in friendship so in love, we are often happier from ignorance than from knowledge
François de La Rochefoucauld
as long as I still have something to do, I will have done nothing
Caius Iulius Caesar
as long as people will accept crap, it will be financially profitable to dispense it - Dick Cavett
Dick Cavett
as long as there is oil, there will be no peace in the Middle East
as long as translations exist, language is a vehicle, not a destination - Shashi Tharoor
Shashi Tharoor
as long as war is regarded as wicked, it will always have its fascination. When it is looked upon as vulgar, it will cease to be popular - Oscar Wilde
Oscar Wilde
as men are not able to fight against death, misery, ignorance, they have taken it into their heads, in order to be happy, not to think of them at all
Blaise Pascal
as regards obstacles, the shortest distance between two points can be a curve
Bertolt Brecht
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
Isabelle Adjani
as soon as you tolerate something, it becomes bearable, and before long it will become common - Israel Zangwill
Israel Zangwill
as to marriage or celibacy, let a man take which course he will, he will be sure to repent
ask no questions and you will be told no lies - Anonymous
ask yourself whether you are happy, and you cease to be so - John Stuart Mill
John Stuart Mill
asking an entrepreneur not to cheat on his income is like asking a dentist not to cheat on invoices
astronomy has taught us that we are not the centre of the universe. We are only a minute planet orbiting around a very common star. We, as intelligent beings, are the result of the evolution of the stars; we are made of the stuff of heavenly bodies
Margherita Hack
at any given moment you have to run the risk of losing everything so that something works again
Isabelle Adjani
at present, with the exception of tobacco, alcohol and television, most drugs are illegal, and yet our kids can always find them on every school corner
Manu Chao
at the most important crossroads of life, there's no signposts - Ernest Hemingway
Ernest Hemingway
at times it's better to strive to be happy in misfortune by accepting it, rather than fighting or trying to overcome it
Maurice Maeterlinck
audacity augments courage; hesitation, fear
Publilius Syrus
Auschwitz begins whenever someone looks at a slaughterhouse and thinks: they're only animals
Theodor W. Adorno