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bad books engender bad habits and bad habits engender good books
René Descartes
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
Sir Josiah Stamp
barometer. An ingenious instrument which indicates what kind of weather we are having - Ambrose Bierce
Ambrose Bierce
barriers only help to impoverish peoples, make them cruel towards one another, make them speak a strange and incomprehensible language to each other about living space, geopolitical necessities and have them utter to each other dogmatic irreverences against foreign immigrants, almost as if they were lepers and the cruel manner in which every populace shuts itself within itself might, instead of misery and discontent, almost create riches and power
Luigi Einaudi
base impulses dominate our lives, just like 50,000 years ago
Rita Levi Montalcini
basic research is what I am doing when I don't know what I am doing - Wernher von Braun
Wernher von Braun
be careful what you wish for, it might come true - Joanne Kathleen Rowling
Joanne Kathleen Rowling
be frank and explicit with your lawyer... It will then be his job to make everything confused - Anonymous
be nice to people on your way up because you'll meet them on your way down - Wilson Mizner
Wilson Mizner
be unselfish: respect the selfishness of others
Stanislaw Jerzy Lec
be wiser than other people if you can; but do not tell them so - Lord Chesterfield
Lord Chesterfield
beautiful women very often are not as intelligent in proportion to their beauty
Guy de Maupassant
beauty is in the eye of the beholder - Anonymous
become the change you want to see in the world - Mahatma Gandhi
Mohandas Karamchad Gandhi
before anything else, emotion! Comprehension only comes afterwards!
Paul Gauguin
before changing your mind make sure that you already have an opinion to change
Albert Brie
before marriage, a girl has to make love to a man to hold him. After marriage, she has to hold him to make love to him - Marilyn Monroe
Marilyn Monroe
before thinking about how to educate, one would do well to clarify what results one wishes to obtain - Bertrand Russell
Bertrand Russell
before we came, the world lacked nothing; after we depart, the world will lack nothing
Omar Khayyam
being a woman is a terribly difficult trade, since it consists principally of dealing with men - Joseph Conrad
Joseph Conrad
being childless is a happy misfortune
being in politics is like being a football coach. You have to be smart enough to understand the game, and dumb enough to think it's important - Eugene McCarthy
Eugene Joseph McCarthy
being right is one more good reason for not succeeding
Nicolás Gómez Dávila
being young and not revolutionary is even a biological contradiction
Salvador Allende
believe in everything you are told about the world - nothing is too awful to be impossible
Honoré de Balzac
believing in nothing is also religion
Cesare Pavese
Berlusconi is one of those illnesses cured by vaccine. To get over Berlusconi you need a good injection of Berlusconi
Indro Montanelli
better to do and regret than to regret not having done
Giovanni Boccaccio
beware of defining as intelligent only those who share your opinions
Ugo Ojetti
bigamy is having one husband too many. Monogamy is the same - Erica Jong
Erica Jong
blessed is he who expects no gratitude, for he shall not be disappointed - W. C. Bennett
W.C. Bennett
blind and unwavering indiscipline at all times constitutes the real strength of all free men - Alfred Jarry
Alfred Jarry
book-lovers with shelves full of books and who do not even turn a page can be compared to eunuchs in a harem
Carlo Dossi
books have the same enemies as people: fire, humidity, animals, weather, and their own content
Paul Valéry
books have their pride too - when they are lent out they don't return
Theodor Fontane
books serve to show a man that those original thoughts of his aren't very new at all - Abraham Lincoln
Abraham Lincoln
books will be the salvation of mankind
boredom is an infirmity for which the remedy is work; pleasure is only a palliative - Duke of Lewis
Duke of Lewis
Bradley Manning should be regarded as a hero. He is doing what an honest, decent citizen should be doing: letting your population know what the government, the people who rule you are doing. They want to keep it secret of course - Noam Chomsky
Noam Chomsky
brevity is the soul of wit - William Shakespeare
William Shakespeare
Britain is the only country in the world where the food is more dangerous than the sex - Jackie Mason
Jackie Mason
bureaucracy is a giant mechanism run by small people
Honoré de Balzac
bureaucracy: a difficulty for every solution - Samuel Herbert
Samuel Herbert
but do you know what men are? Miseries who must die, more miserable than the worms or leaves of last year that died taking no notice of him
Cesare Pavese
but don't you see that the whole trouble lies here? In words, words. Each one of us has within him a whole world of things, each one of us his own special world. And how can we ever come to an understanding if I put it in the words that I utter the sense and value of things as I see them; while you who listen to me must inevitably translate them according to the conception of things each one of you has within himself. We think we understand each other, but we never really do
Luigi Pirandello
but the universe is infinite
but they wouldn't be men if they weren't miserable. Death is what they're born for. It's death that drives them to their efforts, to memory and foresight
Cesare Pavese
by coming to resemble what we are not, we cease to be what we are
Ernst Jünger