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Comment#  ·   Fair (1115 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

Riot: A popular entertainment given to the military by innocent bystanders.

Ambrose Bierce, The Devil's Dictionary, in War and Peace

The Devil's Dictionary (paperback)

Comment#  ·   Fair (820 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

A woman is only a woman, but a good cigar is a smoke.

Rudyard Kipling, in Men and Women and Vice and Virtue

Comment#  ·   Fair (810 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

The Puritans hated bear-baiting, not because it gave pain to the bear, but because it gave pleasure to the spectators.

Thomas Macaulay, History of England, I, in Vice and Virtue

History of England (paperback)

Comment#  ·   Fair (2924 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

I do not want my house to be walled in on all sides and my windows to be stuffed. I want the cultures of all the lands to be blown about my house as freely as possible. But I refuse to be blown off my feet by any.

Mahatma Gandhi, in Law and Politics

Comment#  ·   Fair (201 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

Oh, my friend, it's not what they take away from you that counts. It's what you do with what you have left.

Hubert Humphrey, in Success and Failure

Comment#  ·   Fair (337 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

In politics, merit is rewarded by the possessor being raised, like a target, to a position to be fired at.

Christian Nevell Bovee, (from Politicians and Other Scoundrels by Ferdinand Lundberg), in Law and Politics

Politicians and Other Scoundrels (paperback)

Comment#  ·   Fair (162 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

Mistakes are the portals of discovery.

James Joyce, in Success and Failure

Comment#  ·   Fair (935 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997  · 

Life is like a sewer -- what you get out of it depends on what you put into it.

Tom Lehrer, (from the album An Evening Wasted), in Life and Death

An Evening Wasted (audio CD)

Comment#  ·   Fair (444 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

Decay is inherent in all compounded things. Strive on with diligence.

Buddha, (last words), in Life and Death

Comment#  ·   Fair (370 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

Only those who dare to fail greatly can ever achieve greatly.

Robert F. Kennedy, in Success and Failure

Comment#  ·   Fair (589 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997  · 

Comedy is tragedy plus time.

Carol Burnett, in Happiness and Misery

Comment#  ·   Fair (439 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

These are not books, lumps of lifeless paper, but minds alive on the shelves.

Gilbert Highet, in Art and Literature

Comment#  ·   Fair (504 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

Illegal aliens have always been a problem in the United States. Ask any Indian.

Robert Orben, in Law and Politics

Comment#  ·   Fair (673 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

We would often be sorry if our wishes were gratified.

Aesop, in Happiness and Misery and Success and Failure

Comment#  ·   Fair (517 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997  · 

It is not necessary to understand things in order to argue about them.

Pierre Augustin Caron de Beaumarchais, in Science and Religion

Comment#  ·   Fair (378 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

Be your own hero, it's cheaper than a movie ticket.

Doug Horton, in Altruism and Cynicism

Comment#  ·   Fair (518 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997  · 

Everything should be made as simple as possible, but not simpler.

Albert Einstein, in Work and Recreation

Comment#  ·   Fair (553 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

Hitch your wagon to a star.

Ralph Waldo Emerson, in Success and Failure

Comment#  ·   Fair (2972 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997  · 

With love and patience, nothing is impossible.

Daisaku Ikeda, in Success and Failure

Comment#  ·   Fair (608 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

Always forgive your enemies, but never forget their names.

John F. Kennedy, in Altruism and Cynicism and Vice and Virtue

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