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Anger is a thief who steals away the nice moments.
Another day another dollar.
Anyone can catch your eye, but it takes someone truly special to catch your heart.
Anything worth doing is worth doing well.
Anything worth doing is worth overdoing.
Artificial intelligence is no match for natural stupidity.
As you move through life, set aside good ideas and give them to others to encourage and inspire.
Ask me no questions, I'll tell you no lies.
Attitude. The difference between winners and losers.
Attitude: the difference between squashing and being squashed.
At least those with closed minds never have to worry about their brains gathering dust.
Anything good or bad lies in your eyes.
A conscience is what hurts when all your other parts feel so good.
Be on the world, not of it...As a waterdrop on a lotusleaf...
Bees that have honey in the mouth have stings in their tails
Beauty fades away.
Beauty lies in the eye of the beholder.
Begin with the end in mind.
Better smart than beautiful.
Better a smartass than a dumbass.
Better lucky than good.
Blessed are those who can laugh at themselves, for they shall never cease to be amused.
Build something that's foolproof, and only a fool will use it.
Build something that's foolproof and they invent a better fool.
Bullfight critics row on row
Crowd the vast arena full
But only one man’s there who knows
And he's the man who fights the bull.
Quoted in a letter to the editor by Representative F. Edward Hébert, chairman of the House Committee on Armed Services, who said, "President Kennedy was fond of quoting some lines from the Spanish poet García Lorca". Reported in The Washington Post (April 11, 1971), p. C7. These lines are believed not to be García Lorca's.
Bunty the idiot!
But what about my obstacles? Feint left, run right. Charge like a hipopotamus. Blast with lasers. Drag along. Pretend not there. Surmount.
Cancel my subscription, I don't need your issues.
Can't or won't?
Culture is to make a nice drinking bowl from one's enemy's skull. Civilization is to go to prison for that.
Contrary to what the cynics say, distance is not for the fearful, it is for the bold. It's for those who are willing to spend a lot of time alone in exchange for a little time with the one they love. It's for those knowing a good thing when they see it, even if they don't see it nearly enough.
Crawl out of one hole and into another.
Concern should drive us into action and not into depression.
Dancing is a perpendicular expression of a horizontal desire.
Deaf people can do anything other people can do except hear.
Death is the final journey.
Depression is anger without enthusiasm. - Steven C
Depression is anger without motivation, it's like having an empty beer bottle with no one to throw it at.
Don't let the chains of the world keep you down. Cast them off, and be free to fly.
Don't drive faster then your guardian angel can fly!
Don't feed the monkeys! They like soul-food best!
Don't hate the player, hate the game.
Don't shit where you eat. - The Talisman by Stephen King
Don't look back in anger. – Oasis.
Don't take life too seriously, nobody ever makes it out alive anyway. Van Wilder (previously Bugs Bunny)
Variant: Do not take life too seriously; you will never get out of it alive. - Elbert Hubbard
Distance makes the heart grow fonder.
Variant: Abscence makes the heart grow fonder.
Dead fish go with the flow... but I'm not dead yet.
Draw a circle not a heart cause a heart can break but a circle goes on forever.
Don't piss in your own pool.
Does a one legged duck swim in a circle.
Don't drink water... Fish have sex in it! - paraphrasing of W.C. Fields quotation
Don't lick Bell End. (Meaning people can have fun while others are not having fun)
Don't aim for success. If you want it, just do what you love and believe in, and it will come naturally!
Effort makes the man – ask any woman.
Eschew Obfuscation! Espouse Elucidation!
Everything's better with butter. (cf "We're all a lot better for butter" UK Milk Marketing Board TV advertising slogan, 1970s)
Everything tastes better when it's free.
Even "impossible" says I'm possible!
Even the mighty oak tree was just a little nut once, just like you.
Every dog has his day.
Everything is possible. The impossible just takes longer.
Eat right. Exercise regularly. Die anyway. (Featured on It's Happy Bunny merchandise)
Every song ends, but that's not a reason to not enjoy music.
Experience is the hardest kind of teacher. It gives you the test first, and the lesson afterward.
For the common man can do nothing: The fact he undertakes the task makes him uncommon.
For him that stealeth, or borroweth and returneth not, this book from its owner, let it change into a serpent in his hand and rend him. Let him be struck with palsy, and all his members blasted. Let him languish in pain, crying aloud for mercy, and let there be no surcease to this agony till he sing in dissolution. Let bookworms gnaw his entrails...and when at last he goeth to his final punishment, let the flames of Hell consume him forever.
Anonymous "curse" on book thieves from the monastery of San Pedro, Barcelona, Spain
Forgive and forget.
Form is temporary. Class is permanent.
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Friends may come and go, but enemies accumulate.
Friends come and go, but a good enemy lasts forever.
Friends help you move. Real friends help you move bodies.
Friendship is like peeing in your pants: Everyone can see it but only you can feel its warmth.
For every negative in life, there is a greater positive.
Friends come and go, but enemies are here forever.
Freedom is not free.
Variant: Freedom isn't free. Associated with Trey Parker in his song with the same title
Freedom comes at a cost hope is free. (Attributed to B.P Fogarty)
Friends are like a four leaf clover,hard to find but good to have.
Get with it or get lost.
Getting lost is not a bad thing its just not that good either.
Gimme some of that Goon.
Go big or go home...variation, go hard or go home (Go big or don't go at all)
Good friends are like stars — you don't always see them, but you know they are always there.
Good things come to those who wait.
Government philosophy: If it ain't broke, fix it 'til it is.
Greatest gift one man can give another; the awesome responsibility of freedom.
Grass is greener on the other side, but you'll eventually have to mow it.
Grass is greener on the other side.
Greed is the mother of all sins.
Great minds think alike. (or Fools seldom differ)
Guitars are like speeches, they must be in tune.
God save the Queen.
God save the Queen! God knows Why!
Great ideas are like diamonds; hard to find, not too useful, and impossible to hold onto.
Half the work done in the world is there to deceive you.
Happiness is being married to your best friend.
Have you seen my hexokinase?
Have you seen Mike Hawk?
He that fights and runs away
May live to fight another day. (17th Century?)
He who is silent speaks volumes.
He who laughs last laughs longest.
He who laughs last thinks slowest.
He who listens is he who truly speaks.
He’s got bubbles in his think tank.
He’s as sharp as a beach ball.
Here goes everything.
Here goes nothing.
Hire the best, keep the best.
History is just one bloody thing after another.
History shows that life is the cheapest commodity.
History is written by the victors.
history is like your social Security number. long, useless, but needed.
History is not about who's right. It's about who's left.
Homophobia is gay (frank iero)
Home is where you make it.
Home is where the heart is.
Home is where your hat is.
Home is where your hump is.
Home is where your dump is.
Honesty is the best policy.
Hope for the best, but prepare for the worst.-- Quoted in Forever Young(Song)as "Hoping for the best but expecting the worst"
Hold my beer and watch this!
How long is a piece of string?
I always mean what I say but I don't always say what I mean.
I am not a National Insurance Number, I am a free man!
I am nothing, not even hope.
I can tune a guitar, but I can't tüna fish.
I don't fear death; it's re-incarnation I dread.
I do not forgive!
I don't have an attitude problem: you have a perception problem!
I don't need your attitude, I have one of my own!
I don't suffer from insanity. I enjoy every minute of it!
I don't understand women, if someone said to me "go home and make babies" it would make my day.
I have the body of a god. Specifically, Buddha.
I know very well that beauty is empty. But I want it anyway.
I may look stupid but dont let it it foool you i is smmart. by.
I only made one mistake in my life; that's when I thought I was wrong.
I'm not as think as you drunk I am.
It's the horse you are the most unwilling to ride that will take you the furthest.
It’s only money, we’ve got plenty of it. Attributed to Neil Gallagher(?) of Oasis.
It is easier to create naked art than it is to create clothed porn.
I was born intelligent. But, education ruined me.
I wasn’t always this fat – blame it on inflation.
I would insult you, but you're not bright enough.
I'm in shape. Round is a shape.
I'm not trying to be cheeky, because if I was you'd know about it.
I think, therefore, I thunk!
I like to be at the base/bottom of a pyramid. So i can say to the one at the top that I will leave if I want... Spyros Tsatopoulos - Diaries
In God we trust – all others cash.
Variants: "All others must pay cash", "The rest must pay cash". US, 1877 or earlier.
If I had liked you in the first place, I'd have gone off you by now.
If I had that nose full of nickels, I'd be a rich man.
If intelligence had anything to do with the voting process, then all the smart people would vote the same.
If a man speaks in a forest, but no woman is around to hear him, is he still wrong?
If at first you don't succeed, destroy all evidence that you tried.
If at first you don't succeed - give up!
If at first you don't succeed, look in the trash for the instructions.
If at first you don't succeed, then skydiving's not for you!
If at first you don’t succeed, others do so at your expense.
If it's worth fighting for...it's worth fighting dirty for.
If I'm going down I'm taking somebody with me.
If the left half of the brain controls the right hand, and the right half the left, then left-handed people are the only ones in their right minds.
If the world didn't suck, we'd all fall off.
If you can't appreciate it, you don't deserve it.
If you can't convince, confuse!
If you don't know where your going you'll never get there.
If your enemy needs a friend, buy him a dog.
If you get knocked off your horse, you get right back in the saddle.
If you go looking for enemies then you will find them — the fucking bastards!
If you think the impossible, the incredible can come true.
If you're dumb dont talk so you can at least seem smart. Till you forget and say something stupid.
If it is to be it is up to me.
If it looks like there's nothing to worry about, that's when you really have to worry.
If you always tell the truth, you never have to rely on your memory.
Pain is your friend; it lets you know that you're still alive.
From GI Jane
Patience is a very tedious virtue.
Variant: Patience is a virtue, albeit a tedious one.
People only think I'm wrong because my path of logic is illogical to every logical person.
People in your life will come and go like the ocean tides, but few will leave such an imprint on your soul that it can not be washed away.
People say I shouldn't frown because it uses more muscles than smiling. Then I point out that Americans need their exercise.
People too weak to follow their own dreams will always find a way to discourage others.
People who run aren't cowards, just smarter than those who charge.
People who charge are people we remember for being excellent.
Pessimist's definition of an Optimist: Someone who knows today is so bad, tomorrow has just got to be better.
Pessimists are just realistic optimists.
Variant: Pessimists are Optimists with experience.
Perfection is only possible within an imperfect human mold.
Perfect paranoia is perfect awareness.
Philosophy is questions that may never be answered. Religion is answers that may never be questioned.
Pink pills for pale people.
Patriotism - There are people in every country who shamelessly hide their corrupt practises and sheer incompetence behind their country's flag.
Quoted in Dennett, Daniel C. (2006). Breaking the Spell: Religion as a Natural Phenomenon (1st ed. ed.). Viking Penguin. pp. p. 17. ISBN 0-670-03472-X.
Physical prowess is for cowards; a little pain builds character.
Power is the ability not to have to please.
Power is the way to fulfill absolute corruption and greed.
Practice does not make perfect. Perfect practice makes perfect.
Practice makes perfect, and nothing's perfect, so why practice?
Practice makes permanent.
Practice makes better!
Practice may make perfect, but perfection does not mean you don't need to practice.
Practice what you preach.
Praise undeserv'd is satire in disguise.
"Epigram on a Certain Line of Mr. Br----, Author of a Copy of Verses, Call'd the British Beauties," Published in The Grove; or, A Collection of Original Poems, Translations, &c, which was edited by Lewis Theobald (1721)
Some people are born lucky, some make their own luck.
Someday we will look back on this and laugh.
Sometimes, it just takes a pirate to get the job done.
Sticks and stones may break my bones but words can never hurt me.
Stupid people shouldn't breed.
Smart people make problems in the world, stupid people fix them.
Stupidity is permanent; ignorance can be fixed.
Superficially, an aphorist is a bit like a philatelist, only he’ll never admit it.
Support your right to arm bears.
This Christmas, buy your children glue. (Arguably W H Smiths)
Take a lesson from the whale; the only time he gets speared is when he raises to spout.
Take all risks for not the day come saying what IF!
Talent does what it can; genius does what it must.
Talk is cheap when the story's good.
Talking about music is like dancing about architecture.
Attributed to Elvis Costello as quoted in White, Timothy (October 1983). "A Man out of Time Beats the Clock". Musician (60): p. 52. ISSN 0733-5253.
Quoted by Laurie Anderson in "Home of the Brave" video (Warner, 1986), who attributed it to Steve Martin, as cited in Russell, Mark (January 1997). Out of Character: Rants, Raves, and Monologues from Today's Top Performance Artists. New York: Bantam. ISBN 0553374850.
Attributed to Thelonious Monk in Chuck Suber, editor, ed (c. 2002). Quotations for Artists, Performers, Managers & Entrepreneurs (4th revised edition ed.). Chicago: Arts, Entertainment & Media Management Publications. ISBN 0929911067.
Many variations exist, using variations on phrases like "Writing about music", "Writing about art", and "talking about architecture"
Tall trees catch more wind (a Dutch saying)
Temptation is seen from a distance never near.
The apotheosis of nihilism is suicide.
The average girl would rather have beauty than brains because she knows the average guy can see better than he can think.
The beatings will continue until morale improves.
The best defense against logic is ignorance.
The best friends you will ever have are the ones who are there when everything is not perfect.
The best prophet of the future is the past.
The best thing to give to your enemy is forgiveness; to an opponent, tolerance; to a friend, your heart; to your child, a good example; to a father, deference; to your mother, conduct that will make her proud of you; to yourself, respect; to all men, charity.
The world isn't perfect...but that's why it's beautiful.
The bureaucracy is expanding to meet the needs of an expanding bureaucracy.-Oscar Wilde
The customer is always right, except when he's dead wrong.
The death of three civilians and a dog causes uproar and sadness. The death of 20,000 soldiers causes dissatisfaction.
The devil makes work for idle thumbs.
Variation: The devil makes work for idle hands.
The devil we know is better than the devil we don't.
The devil's greatest trick was convincing the world that he didn't exist.
A variation is stated in the Motion Picture: "The Usual Suspects"
The devil's greatest trick was convincing the world that God exists.
The family that prays together ...
The Eclectic Rede: Keep What Works, Fix What's Broke, Dump the Rest.
The eternal triangle.
The family that prays together stays together.
The First Impression Is Not The Last Impression, But A Lasting Impression
The first victim of anger is the angry man.
The graffito’s on the wall!
The hardest thing to raise in my garden is my knees.
The glass is neither half-full nor half-empty; the glass is twice as big as it should be.
The goal of science is to build better mousetraps. The goal of nature is to build better mice.
The greatest thing you'll ever learn, is just to love and be loved in return.
The greatest trick a writer ever played upon his readers was to convince them that he was telling the truth when he wrote, “Honestly, I tell you no lies!”
The impossible is always possible.
The line between what is right and what is wrong is thin and indistinct. It takes true character to discern between the two.
The meaning of life is anything you want it to be, because if something hasn't got an answer how can you answer be wrong?
The more you sweat in training, the less you bleed in battle.
The one that can describe feelings best is the one without emotion.
The only tme the music is too loud is when your ears start bleeding.
The only concealed weapon is a man's mind.
The only lesson history has taught us is that man has not yet learned anything from history.
We fucked that midget, Sam. Fucked'em all nite long, and not just traditional. Blargy
We all have wings. Heaven is just VIP.
We are not meant to be good, we are just meant to exist. - Attributed to Trik Flite
We will fight them until hell freezes over. Then, we'll fight them on ice. - Dutch Meyer
Whatever happens for a reason, happens. - Marie Abigail Pineda
What drives you? Is it a Mini or a Thunderbird?
Whatever you do, do cautiously, and look to the end.
What is popular is not always right; what is right is not always popular.
What's the officer problem?
When you meet a stranger, give them a smile. It may be the only sunshine they see all day.
Attributed by some to Wilson Mizner (1876-1933)
When the going gets tough, America goes to the bar.
When the shit hits the fan, and osama bin laden is found, when there is a snowball fight in hell, and animal control has to buy planes to catch the pigs in the sky, that's when I might consider listening to whatever the hell it is you're saying.
thought to be bob smith
When your father says "Do I look stupid?", don't answer.
When someone says they don't care it means they care very much.
Where patience fails, force prevails.
Whether you think you can, or you think you can't, you're right.
Who ever said nothings impossible obviously never tried slamming a revolving door.
Whom the gods wish to destroy, they first make mad.
Greek proverb, 5th century BCE or earlier. Often misattributed by recent writers to Euripides; the misattribution seems to date to the mid-to-late 20th century. The earliest variant is a paraphrase in Sophocles' Antigone, lines 620ff. See Euripides for a full list of variants and paraphrases. The most pithy ancient variant is that of Publilius Syrus (qv.).
Variant: Whom gods destroy they first make mad.
Widely quoted variant in Latin (but not dating to antiquity): quem Iuppiter vult perdere dementat prius ("Whom Jupiter wishes to destroy he first sends mad").
Whom the gods would destroy they first make mad—but they don't bother about the working classes.
Why be difficult when you can be impossible?
Why bother making cookies if your just going to shit them out?
Why buy the cow when the milk is free?
Why buy it when you can build it for twice as much.
Why do you try to fit in when you are born to stand out?
Wikipedia has changed the way the world gets information forever.
Winners never quit, and quitters never win.
Without education, we are in horrible and deadly danger of taking educated people seriously.
Wise men make proverbs. Fools repeat them.
Wise men speak because they have something to say, fools speak because they have to say something.
Women can fake orgasms, men can fake the whole relationships.
Possibly from Sharon Stone
Where there's smoke there's fire.
Where there's smoke, they pinch back.
Whos been stealing my icecreams.
Write a wise saying and your name will live forever.
Nothing is impossible, only improbable, impractical or unfeasable.
… once you have glimpsed the world as it might be, as it ought to be, as it's going to be (however that vision appears to you), it is impossible to live anymore compliant and complacent in the world as it is.
Source: this is a derivative of a line spoken by Graham Chapman as the character Brian in Monty Python's Life of Brian. Brian is talking to a crowd of people who mistakenly believe he is the Messiah and are repeating everything he says. Brian says ...You've got to think for yourselves. You're all individuals! then the crowd shouts Yes! We're all individuals! (This may not be the original source of this quote.)
Steve Martin also used a derivative of this phrase in his stand up comedy routine back in the 1970s. It was part of some oath he asked the audience to recite with him. There was also something about being obsequious and clairovoyant. Flypaper of the mind, I know.
So long as a man remains free, he strives for nothing so incessantly and so painfully as to find someone to worship.
Paraphrase/alternate translation of Fyodor Dostoevsky, in The Brothers Karamazov: Man, so long as he remains free, has no more constant and agonising anxiety than find as quickly as possible someone to worship.
Strength is a necessity because there will always be conflict.