Three-fourths of the mistakes a man makes are made because he does not really know what he thinks he knows.
The only thing that one really knows about human nature is that it changes. Change is the one quality we can predicate of it.
I do pity unlearned people on a rainy day.
Lucius C. Falkland
The poor don't know that their function in life is to exercise our generosity.
When it is not necessary to change, it is necessary not to change.
Excellence, then, is a state concerned with choice, lying in a mean, relative to us, this being determined by reason and in the way in which the man of practical wisdom would determine it.
Think you're escaping and run into yourself. Longest way round is the shortest way home.
We do not understand these Americans who, like adolescents, always speak of sex, and who, like adolescents, all of a sudden have discovered that sex is good not only for procreating children.
I always thought the biggest failing of Americans was their lack of irony. They are very serious there! Naturally, there are exceptions... the Jewish, Italian, and Irish humor of the East Coast.
Listening to someone talk isn't at all like listening to their words played over on a machine. What you hear when you have a face before you is never what you hear when you have before you a winding tape.
A woman has two smiles that an angel might envy, the smile that accepts a lover before words are uttered, and the smile that lights on the first born babe, and assures it of a mother's love.
Thomas Chandler Haliburton
Nobody, who has not been in the interior of a family, can say what the difficulties of any individual of that family may be.
One of the most valuable things we can do to heal one another is listen to each other's stories.
Of course I'm doing something about my overdraft: I'm seeing my accountant.
Weapons are an important factor in war, but not the decisive one it is man and not materials that counts.
Doing a great job and not meeting the customer's objectives is as useless as doing a poor job within the customer's objectives.
I want someone who can keep me on my toes, has a good sense of humor and a good heart.
I was the only one there I never heard of.
Barry J. Farber
This week you will nominate the most experienced executive to seek the presidency in 60 years in Mitt Romney. He has no illusions about what makes America great, and he doesn't confuse the presidency with celebrity, or loftiness with leadership.
There's no reward in life without risk.
Cleverness is not wisdom.
Crime expands according to our willingness to put up with it.
We all have to die some day, if we live long enough.
History is always changing.
Aung San Suu Kyi
And yet,to say the truth, reason and love keep little company together nowadays.
The human face is the organic seat of beauty. It is the register of value in development, a record of Experience, whose legitimate office is to perfect the life, a legible language to those who will study it, of the majestic mistress, the soul.
Boxing, mixed martial arts and tennis are the hardest sports to train for.
Above all things, lose no occasion of exercising your dispositions to be grateful, to be generous, to be charitable, to be humane, to be true, just, firm, orderly, courageous
Each of the arts whose office is to refine, purify, adorn, embellish and grace life is under the patronage of a muse, no god being found worthy to preside over them.
There have been many great men that have flattered the people who ne'er loved them.
Our own theological Church, as we know, has scorned and vilified the body till it has seemed almost a reproach and a shame to have one, yet at the same time has credited it with power to drag the soul to perdition.
Don't throw away another day! No more procrastinating! Only YOU can make it happen. So, UN-ASS the couch and make it happen!
Whenever I travel anywhere, I'm constantly asked if I'm Swedish. It's the burden of most Norwegians. The Swedes have just got a better publicity agent, I think.
The ultimate aim of the human mind, in all its efforts, is to become acquainted with Truth.
A cannonball travels only two thousand miles an hour; light travels two hundred thousand miles a second. Such is the superiority of Jesus Christ over Napoleon.
In a few years there will be only five kings in the world -- the King of England and the four kings in a pack of cards.
More enduringly than any other sport, wrestling teaches self-control and pride. Some have wrestled without great skill - none have wrestled without pride.
A good symbol is the best argument, and is a missionary to persuade thousands.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
I have fed purely upon ale; I have eat my ale, drank my ale, and I always sleep upon ale.
Even when you're making a movie about life, death is a presence, and I guess it's part of my dramatic viewpoint. I'm not sure why exactly. Maybe I'm drawn to it as a story element.
Gus Van Sant
When the blind lead the blind, no wonder they both fall into -- matrimony.
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