Truth is hard-hearted and unrelenting, too clear, precise; a lie is much more imaginative.
If you don't know how to die, don't worry; Nature will tell you what to do on the spot, fully and adequately. She will do this job perfectly for you; don't bother your head about it.
Michel de Montaigne
You don't get old until you replace dreams with regrets.
Death, they say, acquits us of all obligations.
The person who has nothing for which he is willing to fight, nothing which is more important than his own personal safety, is a miserable creature and has no chance of being free unless made and kept so by the exertions of better men than himself.
John Stuart Mill
Lunch kills half of Paris, supper the other half.
There is no one, says another, whom fortune does not visit once in his life; but when she does not find him ready to receive her, she walks in at the door, and flies out at the window.
Countries are well cultivated, not as they are fertile, but as they are free.
Men who love their mothers treat women wonderfully. And they have enormous respect for women.
Our enemies can deal a blow to us any time they wish. They did not wait for permission to do this. They do not deal a blow with prior notice. They do not take action because they can't.
If triangles made a god, they would give him three sides.
It is always the adventurers who do great things, not the sovereigns of great empires.
I've never been a hands-on dad. I'm not ashamed to admit it, but you can't run a restaurant and be home for tea at 4:30 and bath and change nappies.
Useless laws weaken the necessary laws.
There is no nation so powerful, as the one that obeys its laws not from principals of fear or reason, but from passion.
The spirit of moderation should also be the spirit of the lawgiver.
The severity of the laws prevents their execution.
Political liberty is to be found only in moderate governments.
You will die but the carbon will not its career does not end with you. It will return to the soil, and there a plant may take it up again in time, sending it once more on a cycle of plant and animal life.
Liberty is the right to do what the law permits.
Luxury ruins republics; poverty, monarchies.
I have always observed that to succeed in the world a person must seem simple, yet wise.
What orators lack in depth, they make up to you in length.
Nothing happens to any man that he is not formed by nature to bear.
This is how I define talent; it is a gift that God has given us in secret, which we reveal without knowing it.
I went into the business for the money, and the art grew out of it. If people are disillusioned by that remark, I can't help it. It's the truth.
When I came into office, people said, 'Billionaire? How do they live? What do they eat? How do they sleep?' Today, they see me on the subway coming uptown. A couple of people say hi, some people smile and nod. Some people just sleep. It's not an issue.
Patriotism is a arbitrary veneration of real estate above principles.
George Jean Nathan
Bad officials are the ones elected by good citizens who do not vote.
A hero is someone who understands the responsibility that comes with his freedom.
The path of sound credence is through the thick forest of skepticism.
No man can think clearly when his fists are clenched.
The test of a real comedian is whether you laugh at him before he opens his mouth.
Marriage is not about age it's about finding the right person.
Beauty is ever to the lonely mind a shadow fleeting; she is never plain. She is a visitor who leaves behind the gift of grief, the souvenir of pain.
Movies about space raise those questions of what we're doing here, and that inevitably introduces a spiritual dimension.
Walk on a rainbow trail; walk on a trail of song, and all about you will be beauty. There is a way out of every dark mist, over a rainbow trail.
Edward A. Navajo
It's not that I don't have opinions, rather that I'm paid not to think aloud.
My last trip to New Orleans was for the fifth anniversary of Katrina, and I had the awesome opportunity to bring my family down. We all worked on a house together and met some of the families.
The bigger the real-life problems, the greater the tendency for the discipline to retreat into a reassuring fantasy-land of abstract theory and technical manipulation.
A thing is not vulgar merely because it is common
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