It is difficult, when faced with a situation you cannot control, to admit you can do nothing.
Most people of action are inclined to fatalism and most of thought believe in providence.
Honore de Balzac
Vocations which we wanted to pursue, but didn't, bleed, like colors, on the whole of our existence.
When women love us, they forgive us everything, even our crimes; when they do not love us, they give us credit for nothing, not even out virtues.
The only difference between a good shot and a bad shot is if it goes in or not.
Love is just a system for getting someone to call you darling after sex.
Those who really desire to attain an independence, have only set their minds upon it, and adopt the proper means, as they do in regard to any other object which they wish to accomplish, and the thing is easily done.
P. T. (Phineas Taylor) Barnum
Money is a terrible master but an excellent servant.
More persons, on the whole, are humbugged by believing in nothing than by believing in too much.
Dreams do come true, if we only wish hard enough, You can have anything in life if you will sacrifice everything else for it.
Ambition -- it is the last infirmity of noble minds.
The secret of happiness is not in doing what one likes, but in liking what one does.
Heaven for climate, Hell for company.
The life of every person is like a diary in which he means to write one story, and writes another.
Temper is a weapon that we hold by the blade.
If you have it Love, you don't need to have anything else, and if you don't have it, it doesn't matter much what else you have.
Men's second childhood begins when a woman gets a hold of him.
There are few more impressive sights in the world than a Scotsman on the make.
A safe but sometimes chilly way of recalling the past is to force open a crammed drawer. If you are searching for anything in particular you don't find it, but something falls out at the back that is often more interesting.
The praise that comes from love does not make us vain, but more humble.
Every time a child says, I don't believe in fairies, there is a fairy somewhere that falls down dead.
The printing press is either the greatest blessing or the greatest curse of modern times, sometimes one forgets which it is.
We never understand how little we need in this world until we know the loss of it.
.. it's a sort of bloom on a woman. If you have it you don't need to have anything else; and if you don't have it, it doesn't much matter what else you have.
I'm youth, I'm joy, I'm a little bird that has broken out of the egg.
Every man who is high up loves to think that he has done it all himself; and the wife smiles, and lets it go at that.
Democracy: In which you say what you like and do what you're told.
Although Golf was originally restricted to wealthy Protestants, today its open to anybody who owns hideous clothing.
There are two distinctive classes of people today, those who have personal computers, and those who have several thousand extra dollars apiece.
What Women Want: To be loved, to be listened to, to be desired, to be respected, to be needed, to be trusted, and sometimes, just to be held. What Men Want: Tickets for the world series.
Give wind and tide a chance to change.
Richard E. Byrd
Do not run a campaign that would embarrass your mother.
Robert C. Byrd
Every action we take, everything we do, is either a victory or defeat in the struggle to become what we want to be.
As I define it, rock and roll is dead. The attitude isn't dead, but the music is no longer vital. It doesn't have the same meaning. The attitude, though, is still very much alive -- and it still informs other kinds of music.
To shake your rump is to be environmentally aware.
Respect is love in plain clothes.
I'm not a very gregarious person. I can't bear attention being called to me in a public place, which is ridiculous in a business that pays you to be noticed.
Friendship without self-interest is one of the rare and beautiful things of life.
James F. Byrnes
Power intoxicates men. When a man is intoxicated by alcohol, he can recover, but when intoxicated by power, he seldom recovers.
Too many people are thinking of security instead of opportunity. They seem more afraid of life than death.
Life's too short for chess.
Henry J. Byron
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