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  1. A black person grows up in this country – and in many places – knowing that racism will be as familiar as salt to the tongue. Also, it can be as dangerous as too much salt. I think that you must struggle for betterment for yourself and for everyone.

  2. A camel is a horse designed by committee.

  3. A capacity, and taste, for reading gives access to whatever has already been discovered by others.

  4. A certificate of live birth is not the same thing by any stretch of the imagination as a birth certificate.

  5. A child thinks 20 shillings and 20 years can scarce ever be spent.

  6. A conscience is what hurts when all your other parts feel so good.

  7. A constitution is the arrangement of magistracies in a state.

  8. A countryman between two lawyers is like a fish between two cats.

  9. A coward is incapable of exhibiting love; it is the prerogative of the brave.

  10. A cynical young person is almost the saddest sight to see, because it means that he or she has gone from knowing nothing to believing nothing.

  11. A false friend and a shadow attend only while the sun shines.

  12. A fanatic is one who can’t change his mind and won’t change the subject.

  13. A few years ago, the city council of Monza, Italy, barred pet owners from keeping goldfish in curved bowls… saying that it is cruel to keep a fish in a bowl with curved sides because, gazing out, the fish would have a distorted view of reality. But how do we know we have the true, undistorted picture of reality?

  14. A fool thinks himself to be wise, but a wise man knows himself to be a fool.

  15. A friend is one who has the same enemies as you have.

  16. A friend to all is a friend to none.

  17. A gentleman would be ashamed should his deeds not match his words.

  18. A good conscience is a continual Christmas.

  19. A great city is not to be confounded with a populous one.

  20. A great empire, like a great cake, is most easily diminished at the edges.

  21. A guitarist is only as good as his drummer and bassist

  22. A house divided against itself cannot stand.

  23. A house is not a home unless it contains food and fire for the mind as well as the body.

  24. A jug fills drop by drop.

  25. A learned blockhead is a greater blockhead than an ignorant one.

  26. A lie gets halfway around the world before the truth has a chance to get its pants on.

  27. A life of leisure and a life of laziness are two things. There will be sleeping enough in the grave.

  28. A little more moderation would be good. Of course, my life hasn’t exactly been one of moderation.

  29. ‘A living dog is better than a dead lion.’ Judge Douglas, if not a dead lion for this work, is at least a caged and toothless one. How can he oppose the advances of slavery? He don’t care anything about it.

  30. A lot of companies have chosen to downsize, and maybe that was the right thing for them. We chose a different path. Our belief was that if we kept putting great products in front of customers, they would continue to open their wallets.

  31. A lot of people don’t like to win. They actually don’t know how to win, and they don’t like to win because down deep inside they don’t want to win.

  32. A lot of people feel very good about Mitt Romney and I think he’s going to do a great job.

  33. A lot of people in our industry haven’t had very diverse experiences. So they don’t have enough dots to connect, and they end up with very linear solutions without a broad perspective on the problem. The broader one’s understanding of the human experience, the better design we will have.

  34. A man cannot be comfortable without his own approval.

  35. A man is but the product of his thoughts what he thinks, he becomes.

  36. A man is never more truthful than when he acknowledges himself a liar.

  37. A man loves the meat in his youth that he cannot endure in his age.

  38. A man should look for what is, and not for what he thinks should be.

  39. A man should never neglect his family for business.

  40. A man watches his pear tree day after day, impatient for the ripening of the fruit. Let him attempt to force the process, and he may spoil both fruit and tree. But let him patiently wait, and the ripe pear at length falls into his lap.

  41. A man who carries a cat by the tail learns something he can learn in no other way.

  42. A man who views the world the same at fifty as he did at twenty has wasted thirty years of his life.

  43. A man who was completely innocent, offered himself as a sacrifice for the good of others, including his enemies, and became the ransom of the world. It was a perfect act.

  44. A man wrapped up in himself makes a very small bundle.

  45. A man’s character may be learned from the adjectives which he habitually uses in conversation.

  46. A man’s libido is nine-tenths testosterone.

  47. A nation’s culture resides in the hearts and in the soul of its people.

  48. A ‘No’ uttered from the deepest conviction is better than a ‘Yes’ merely uttered to please, or worse, to avoid trouble.

  49. A peace is of the nature of a conquest; for then both parties nobly are subdued, and neither party loser.

  50. A penny saved is a penny earned.

  51. A penny saved is two pence clear.

  52. A person who never made a mistake never tried anything new.

  53. A person who won’t read has no advantage over one who can’t read.

  54. A person with a new idea is a crank until the idea succeeds.

  55. A person’s a person, no matter how small.

  56. A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.

  57. A place for everything, everything in its place.

  58. A policy is a temporary creed liable to be changed, but while it holds good it has got to be pursued with apostolic zeal.

  59. A politician needs the ability to foretell what is going to happen tomorrow, next week, next month, and next year. And to have the ability afterwards to explain why it didn’t happen.

  60. A principle is the expression of perfection, and as imperfect beings like us cannot practise perfection, we devise every moment limits of its compromise in practice.

  61. A prisoner of war is a man who tries to kill you and fails, and then asks you not to kill him.

  62. A private soldier has as much right to justice as a major-general.

  63. A proof tells us where to concentrate our doubts.

  64. A question that sometimes drives me hazy: am I or are the others crazy?

  65. A religion that takes no account of practical affairs and does not help to solve them is no religion.

  66. A rolling stone gathers no moss, so there’s nothing to cushion the impact when it hits.

  67. A rooster crows only when it sees the light. Put him in the dark and he’ll never crow. I have seen the light and I’m crowing.

  68. A round man cannot be expected to fit in a square hole right away. He must have time to modify his shape.

  69. A sense is what has the power of receiving into itself the sensible forms of things without the matter, in the way in which a piece of wax takes on the impress of a signet-ring without the iron or gold.

  70. A small body of determined spirits fired by an unquenchable faith in their mission can alter the course of history.

  71. A state of society where men may not speak their minds cannot long endure.

  72. A statement is persuasive and credible either because it is directly self-evident or because it appears to be proved from other statements that are so.

  73. A superior man is modest in his speech, but exceeds in his actions.

  74. A table, a chair, a bowl of fruit and a violin; what else does a man need to be happy?

  75. A tragedy is a representation of an action that is whole and complete and of a certain magnitude. A whole is what has a beginning and middle and end.

  76. A tyrant must put on the appearance of uncommon devotion to religion. Subjects are less apprehensive of illegal treatment from a ruler whom they consider god-fearing and pious. On the other hand, they do less easily move against him, believing that he has the gods on his side.

  77. A vow is a purely religious act which cannot be taken in a fit of passion. It can be taken only with a mind purified and composed and with God as witness.

  78. A weak man is just by accident. A strong but non-violent man is unjust by accident.

  79. A wise woman wishes to be no one’s enemy; a wise woman refuses to be anyone’s victim.

  80. A woman is the only thing I am afraid of that I know will not hurt me.

  81. A woman of the world is anxious to exhibit her form and shape, whether walking, standing, sitting, or sleeping. Even when represented as a picture, she desires to captivate with the charms of her beauty and, thus, to rob men of their steadfast heart.

  82. A youth, when at home, should be filial and, abroad, respectful to his elders. He should be earnest and truthful. He should overflow in love to all and cultivate the friendship of the good. When he has time and opportunity, after the performance of these things, he should employ them in polite studies.

  83. A zero-gravity flight is a first step toward space travel.

  84. Ability will never catch up with the demand for it.

  85. Absence makes the heart grow fonder.

  86. Accept nothing, challenge everything.

  87. According to ‘M’ theory, ours is not the only universe. Instead, ‘M’ theory predicts that a great many universes were created out of nothing.

  88. Achievement brings its own anticlimax.

  89. Act quickly… but not too quickly.

  90. Action expresses priorities.

  91. Action is no less necessary than thought to the instinctive tendencies of the human frame.

  92. Action speaks louder than words but not nearly as often.

  93. Actions speak louder than words.

  94. Actually, you have to be a little bit in love with your leading man and vice versa. If you’re going to portray love, you have to feel it. You can’t do it any other way. But you don’t carry it beyond the set.

  95. Admiration is the daughter of ignorance.

  96. Adults are just outdated children.

  97. Adults are obsolete children.

  98. Against the assault of laughter, nothing can stand.

  99. Age is an issue of mind over matter. If you don’t mind, it doesn’t matter.

  100. Age is whatever you think it is. You are as old as you think you are.

  101. Alas, I am a woman friendless, hopeless!

  102. Ali’s got a left, Ali’s got a right – when he knocks you down, you’ll sleep for the night; and when you lie on the floor and the ref counts to ten, hope and pray that you never meet me again.

  103. All black Americans have slave names. They have white names; names that the slave master has given to them.

  104. All cartoon characters and fables must be exaggeration, caricatures. It is the very nature of fantasy and fable.

  105. All compromise is based on give and take, but there can be no give and take on fundamentals. Any compromise on mere fundamentals is a surrender. For it is all give and no take.

  106. All emotion is involuntary when genuine.

  107. All generalizations are false, including this one.

  108. All great achievements require time.

  109. All great artists draw from the same resource: the human heart, which tells us that we are all more alike than we are unalike.

  110. All human actions have one or more of these seven causes: chance, nature, compulsions, habit, reason, passion, desire.

  111. All information belongs to everybody all the time. It should be available. It should be accessible to the child, to the woman, to the man, to the old person, to the semiliterate, to the presidents of universities, to everyone. It should be open.

  112. All mankind is divided into three classes: those that are immovable, those that are movable, and those that move.

  113. All men are prepared to accomplish the incredible if their ideals are threatened.

  114. All men by nature desire knowledge.

  115. All my adult life people have been helping me.

  116. All of the women on The Apprentice flirted with me – consciously or unconsciously. That’s to be expected.

  117. All of us are so mixed. My great-grandfather was white.

  118. All of us knows, not what is expedient, not what is going to make us popular, not what the policy is, or the company policy – but in truth each of us knows what is the right thing to do. And that’s how I am guided.

  119. All or nothing, now.

  120. All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them.

  121. All paid jobs absorb and degrade the mind.

  122. All religions, arts and sciences are branches of the same tree.

  123. All right, then, I’ll go to hell.

  124. All That Glitters Is Not Gold, There’s Brass And Copper Or It Might Be Plated!

  125. All that I am, or hope to be, I owe to my angel mother.

  126. All that is valuable in human society depends upon the opportunity for development accorded the individual.

  127. All that we are is the result of what we have thought.

  128. All the adversity I’ve had in my life, all my troubles and obstacles, have strengthened me… You may not realize it when it happens, but a kick in the teeth may be the best thing in the world for you.

  129. All the armies of Europe, Asia and Africa combined, with all the treasure of the earth (our own excepted) in their military chest; with a Buonaparte for a commander, could not by force, take a drink from the Ohio, or make a track on the Blue Ridge, in a trial of a thousand years.

  130. All the great things are simple, and many can be expressed in a single word: freedom, justice, honor, duty, mercy, hope.

  131. All the religions of the world, while they may differ in other respects, unitedly proclaim that nothing lives in this world but Truth.

  132. All the world is mad, except thee and me, and even thee’s a little mad at times.

  133. All the world’s a stage, and all the men and women merely players: they have their exits and their entrances; and one man in his time plays many parts, his acts being seven ages.

  134. All these primary impulses, not easily described in words, are the springs of man’s actions.

  135. All virtue is summed up in dealing justly.

  136. All wars are follies, very expensive and very mischievous ones.

  137. All who think cannot but see there is a sanction like that of religion which binds us in partnership in the serious work of the world.

  138. All wrong-doing arises because of mind. If mind is transformed can wrong-doing remain?

  139. All you need in this life is ignorance and confidence, and then success is sure.

  140. Allah’s the Arabic term for God. Stand up for God, fight for God, work for God and do the right thing, and go the right way, things will end up in your corner.

  141. Allow the president to invade a neighboring nation whenever he shall deem it necessary to repel an invasion,and you allow him to do so whenever he may choose to say he deems it necessary for such purpose – and you allow him to make war at pleasure.

  142. Although almost every theoretical physicist agrees with my prediction that a black hole should glow like a hot body, it would be very difficult to verify experimentally because the temperature of a macroscopic black hole is so low.

  143. Although personally I am quite content with existing explosives, I feel we must not stand in the path of improvement.

  144. Although prepared for martyrdom, I preferred that it be postponed.

  145. Although September 11 was horrible, it didn’t threaten the survival of the human race, like nuclear weapons do.

  146. Always aim at complete harmony of thought and word and deed. Always aim at purifying your thoughts and everything will be well.

  147. Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed is more important than any other.

  148. Ambition should be made of sterner stuff.

  149. America is the greatest country in the world.

  150. America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves.

  151. Among physicists, I’m respected I hope.

  152. Among the friends of Union, there is great diversity of sentiment and of policy in regard to slavery and the African race among us.

  153. Among the many misdeeds of the British rule in India, history will look upon the act depriving a whole nation of arms as the blackest.

  154. An appeaser is one who feeds a crocodile, hoping it will eat him last.

  155. An apple a day keeps the doctor away. The trick is learning how hard to throw.

  156. An apple, an egg, and a nut, you may eat after a slut.

  157. An egg today is better than a hen to-morrow.

  158. An elephant never forgets.

  159. An empty stomach is not a good political adviser.

  160. An error does not become truth by reason of multiplied propagation, nor does truth become error because nobody sees it.

  161. An eye for an eye only ends up making the whole world blind.

  162. An investment in knowledge pays the best interest.

  163. An iPod, a phone, an internet mobile communicator… these are NOT three separate devices! And we are calling it iPhone! Today Apple is going to reinvent the phone. And here it is.

  164. An oppressive government is more to be feared than a tiger.

  165. An ounce of practice is worth more than tons of preaching.

  166. An overflow of good converts to bad.

  167. An unjust law is itself a species of violence. Arrest for its breach is more so.

  168. And all the people say?

  169. And if a person is religious, I think it’s good, it helps you a bit. But if you’re not, at least you can have the sense that there is a condition inside you which looks at the stars with amazement and awe.

  170. And in the end, it’s not the years in your life that count. It’s the life in your years.

  171. And it comes from saying no to 1,000 things to make sure we don’t get on the wrong track or try to do too much. We’re always thinking about new markets we could enter, but it’s only by saying no that you can concentrate on the things that are really important.

  172. And no, we don’t know where it will lead. We just know there’s something much bigger than any of us here.

  173. And oftentimes excusing of a fault doth make the fault the worse by the excuse.

  174. And one more thing.

  175. And this, our life, exempt from public haunt, finds tongues in trees, books in the running brooks, sermons in stones, and good in everything.

  176. And whether you’re an honest man, or whether you’re a thief, depends on whose solicitor has given me my brief.

  177. And why not death rather than living torment? To die is to be banish’d from myself; And Silvia is myself: banish’d from her Is self from self: a deadly banishment!

  178. Anger and intolerance are the enemies of correct understanding.

  179. Anger dwells only in the bosom of fools.

  180. Anger is a thief who steals away the nice moments.

  181. Anger is an acid that can do more harm to the vessel in which it is stored than to anything on which it is poured.

  182. Anger is never without a reason, but seldom with a good one.

  183. Anger is the enemy of non-violence and pride is a monster that swallows it up.

  184. Animation can explain whatever the mind of man can conceive. This facility makes it the most versatile and explicit means of communication yet devised for quick mass appreciation.

  185. Animation is different from other parts. Its language is the language of caricature. Our most difficult job was to develop the cartoon’s unnatural but seemingly natural anatomy for humans and animals.

  186. Animation offers a medium of story telling and visual entertainment which can bring pleasure and information to people of all ages everywhere in the world.

  187. Another day another dollar.

  188. Any book that helps a child to form a habit of reading, to make reading one of his deep and continuing needs, is good for him.

  189. Any fool can criticize, condemn and complain – and most fools do.

  190. Any man who can drive safely while kissing a pretty girl is simply not giving the kiss the attention it deserves.

  191. Any man who reads too much and uses his own brain too little falls into lazy habits of thinking.

  192. Any people anywhere, being inclined and having the power, have the right to rise up, and shake off the existing government, and form a new one that suits them better. This is a most valuable – a most sacred right – a right, which we hope and believe, is to liberate the world.

  193. Anybody can become angry – that is easy, but to be angry with the right person and to the right degree and at the right time and for the right purpose, and in the right way – that is not within everybody’s power and is not easy.

  194. Anyone can catch your eye, but it takes someone truly special to catch your heart.

  195. Anyone who doesn’t take truth seriously in small matters cannot be trusted in large ones either.

  196. Anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new.

  197. Anyone who thinks my story is anywhere near over is sadly mistaken.

  198. Anything good or bad lies in your eyes.

  199. Anything worth doing is worth doing well.

  200. Anything worth doing is worth overdoing.

  201. Anywhere I go, there is always an incredible crowd that follows me. In Rome, as I land at the airport, even the men kiss me. I love Rome.

  202. Apparently there is nothing that cannot happen today.

  203. Applause waits on success.

  204. Apple took the edge off the word ‘computer.’

  205. Apple’s market share is bigger than BMW’s or Mercedes’s or Porsche’s in the automotive market. What’s wrong with being BMW or Mercedes?

  206. Are creeds such simple things like the clothes which a man can change at will and put on at will? Creeds are such for which people live for ages and ages.

  207. Artificial intelligence is no match for natural stupidity.

  208. As a child, I wanted to know how things worked and to control them. With a friend, I built a number of complicated models that I could control.

  209. As a man sow, shall he reap. and I know that talk is cheap. But the heat of the battle is as sweet as the victory.

  210. As a rule, men worry more about what they can’t see than about what they can.

  211. As an example to others, and not that I care for moderation myself, it has always been my rule never to smoke when asleep, and never to refrain from smoking when awake.

  212. As far as I knew white women were never lonely, except in books. White men adored them, Black men desired them and Black women worked for them.

  213. As far as I’m concerned, I prefer silent vice to ostentatious virtue.

  214. As far as single payer, it works in Canada. It works incredibly well in Scotland.

  215. As far as the laws of mathematics refer to reality, they are not certain, and as far as they are certain, they do not refer to reality.

  216. As flies to wanton boys, are we to the gods; they kill us for their sport.

  217. As he was valiant, I honour him. But as he was ambitious, I slew him.

  218. As human beings, our greatness lies not so much in being able to remake the world – that is the myth of the atomic age – as in being able to remake ourselves.

  219. As I would not be a slave, so I would not be a master. This expresses my idea of democracy.

  220. As individuals, people are inherently good. I have a somewhat more pessimistic view of people in groups. And I remain extremely concerned when I see what’s happening in our country, which is in many ways the luckiest place in the world. We don’t seem to be excited about making our country a better place for our kids.

  221. As Irving Good realised in 1965, machines with superhuman intelligence could repeatedly improve their design even further, triggering what Vernor Vinge called a ‘singularity.’

  222. As long as your going to be thinking anyway, think big.

  223. As our case is new, we must think and act anew.

  224. As scientists, we step on the shoulders of science, building on the work that has come before us – aiming to inspire a new generation of young scientists to continue once we are gone.

  225. As soon go kindle fire with snow, as seek to quench the fire of love with words.

  226. As we enjoy great advantages from the inventions of others, we should be glad of an opportunity to serve others by any invention of ours, and this we should do freely and generously.

  227. As we must account for every idle word, so must we account for every idle silence.

  228. As you grow older, you will discover that you have two hands, one for helping yourself, the other for helping others.

  229. As you move through life, set aside good ideas and give them to others to encourage and inspire.

  230. Ask me no questions, I’ll tell you no lies.

  231. At 50, I began to know who I was. It was like waking up to myself.

  232. At fifteen life had taught me undeniably that surrender, in its place, was as honorable as resistance, especially if one had no choice.

  233. At his best, man is the noblest of all animals; separated from law and justice he is the worst.

  234. At home I am a nice guy: but I don’t want the world to know. Humble people, I’ve found, don’t get very far.

  235. At least those with closed minds never have to worry about their brains gathering dust.

  236. At one time in my life, from the time I was seven until I was about 13, I didn’t speak. I only spoke to my brother. The reason I didn’t speak: I had been molested, and I told the name of the molester to my brother who told it to the family.

  237. At one time, you could sit on the Rue de la Paix in Paris or at the Habima Theater in Tel Aviv or in Medina and you could see a person come in, black, white, it didn’t matter. You said, ‘That’s an American’ because there’s a readiness to smile and to talk to people.

  238. At the Super Bowl, when Beyonce was thrusting her hips forward in a very suggestive manner, if someone else had done that, it would’ve been a national scandal. I thought it was ridiculous.

  239. At twenty years of age the will reigns; at thirty, the wit; and at forty, the judgment.

  240. At what point then is the approach of danger to be expected? I answer, if it ever reach us, it must spring up amongst us. It cannot come from abroad. If destruction be our lot, we must ourselves be its author and finisher. As a nation of freemen, we must live through all time, or die by suicide.

  241. Attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference.

  242. Attitude: the difference between squashing and being squashed.

  243. Attitude. The difference between winners and losers.

  244. Autobiography is awfully seductive; it’s wonderful. Once I got into it, I realized I was following a tradition established by Frederick Douglass – the slave narrative – speaking in the first-person singular, talking about the first-person plural, always saying ‘I,’ meaning ‘we.’

  245. Avoid popularity if you would have peace.

  246. A new father quickly learns that his child invariably comes to the bathroom at precisely the times when he’s in there, as if he needed company. The only way for this father to be certain of bathroom privacy is to shave at the gas station.

  247. A word to the wise ain’t necessary – it’s the stupid ones that need the advice.

  248. According to the State of Florida, the person with the gun has the right to defend him or herself.

  249. All around the United States of America – in the cities and the counties – our public education is suffering and has been suffering. Cuts, cuts, cuts.

  250. All parents experience the same problems.

  251. Always end the name of your child with a vowel, so that when you yell the name will carry.

  252. Any man today who returns from work, sinks into a chair, and calls for his pipe is a man with an appetite for danger.

  253. As I have discovered by examining my past, I started out as a child. Coincidentally, so did my brother. My mother did not put all her eggs in one basket, so to speak: she gave me a younger brother named Russell, who taught me what was meant by ‘survival of the fittest.’

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