Just how difficult it is to write biography can be reckoned by anybody who sits down and considers just how many people know the real truth about his or her love affairs.
When a culture feels that its end has come, it sends for a priest.
Sexuality poorly repressed unsettles some families; well repressed, it unsettles the whole world.
He who sleeps half a day has won half a life.
Stupidity gets up early; that is why events are accustomed to happening in the morning.
War: first, one hopes to win; then one expects the enemy to lose; then, one is satisfied that he too is suffering; in the end, one is surprised that everyone has lost.
The trouble with our age is that it is all signpost and no destination.
In the history of mankind, fanaticism has caused more harm than vice.
In art there are tears that lie too deep for thought.
One of the misfortunes of our time is, that in getting rid of false shame, we have killed off so much real shame as well.
There seems to be a great misunderstanding on the part of a great many people to the effect that when you cease to believe you may cease to behave.
If you can talk brilliantly enough about a problem, it can create the consoling illusion that it has been mastered.
Old age is an excellent time for outrage. My goal is to say or do at least one outrageous thing every week.
There must be a goal at every stage of life! There must be a goal!
The worst indignity is to be given a bedpan by a stranger who calls you by your first name.
Some say opportunity knocks only once, That is not true. Opportunity knocks all the time, but you have to be ready for it. If the chance comes, you must have the equipment to take advantage of it.
Nobody got anywhere in the world by simply being content.
That's the way things come clear. All of a sudden. And then you realize how obvious they've been all along.
We may give advice, but not the sense to use it.
Francois de La Rochefoucauld
Men give away nothing so liberally as their advice.
The one thing people are the most liberal with, is their advice.
As one grows older, one becomes wiser and more foolish.
Few people know how to be old.
Old people love to give good advice to console themselves for no longer being able to set a bad example.
Decency is the least of all laws, but yet it is the law which is most strictly observed.
The sure way to be cheated is to think one's self more cunning than others.
It is much easier for good to deal with evil than it is for good to deal with stupidity.
Stupidity is the friend of evil.
You already have every characteristic necessary for success.
Success is more attitude than aptitude.
Success isn't how far you got, but the distance you traveled from where you started.
Success occurs when opportunity meets preparation.
Success is failure turned inside out.
It was Greek to me.
Present mirth hath present laughter. What's to come is still unsure.
The first thing we do, lets kill the lawyers. Henry Iv
My library was dukedom large enough.
Simply the thing I am shall make me live.
Life is as tedious as a twice-told tale.
Some men there are love not a gaping pig, some that are mad if they behold a cat, and others when the bagpipe sings I the nose cannot contain their urine.
Thou art all ice. Thy kindness freezes.
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