Quotations

“A Bible and a newspaper in every house, a good school in every district – all studied and appreciated as they merit – are the principal support of virtue, morality, and civil liberty.” – Benjamin Franklin

“A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush.” – Cervantes – Don Quixote

“A cynic is a man who knows the price of everything and the value of nothing.” – Oscar Wilde – Lady Windemere’s Fan

“A fool and his money are soon parted” – English Proverb

“A foolish consistency is the hob-goblin of little minds” – Ralph Waldo Emerson – Self-Reliance

“A friend in need is a friend indeed.” – English Proverb

“A house divided against itself cannot stand – I believe this government cannot endure permanently half-slave and half-free.” – Abraham Lincoln

“A liar is not believed even though he tell the truth.” – Cicero

“A man’s house is his castle.” – Sir Edward Coke

“A wise man does not trust all his eggs to one basket.” – Cervantes – Don Quixote

“Absence makes the heart grow fonder” – Thomas Haynes Bayly – Isle of Beauty

“Admonish your friends privately, but praise them openly.” – Syrus

“All the world known, excepting only savage nations, is governed by books.” – Voltaire

“Anger is momentary madness, so control your passion or it will control you.” – Horace – Epistles

“Animals are such agreeable friends; they ask no questions, pass no criticisms.” – George Eliot

“Applause is the spur of noble minds, the end and aim of weak ones.” – Colton – Lacon

“Art, as far as it is able, follows nature, as a pupil imitates his master; thus your art must be, as it were, God’s grandchild.” – Dante – Inferno

“At 20 years of age the will reigns; at 30 the wit; at 40 the judgment.” – Benjamin Franklin – Poor Richard’s Almanac

“Be swift to hear, slow to speak, and slow to wrath.” – James 1:19

“Better to reign in hell than to serve in heaven.” – Milton – Paradise Lost

“Beware of little expenses; a small leak will sink a great ship.” – Benjamin Franklin

“Birds of a feather will flock together.” – Minsheu

“Brevity is the soul of wit.” – Shakespeare – Hamlet. Act II. Sc. 2

“Carelessness does more harm than a want of knowledge.” – Benjamin Franklin

“Caution is the eldest child of wisdom.” -Victor Hugo

“Commerce links all mankind in one common brotherhood of mutual dependence and interests.” – James A. Garfield

“Common sense is very uncommon.” – Horace Greeley

“Common sense is in spite of, not the result of, education.” – Victor Hugo

“Creditors have better memories than debtors.” – Benjamin Franklin

“Democracy arose from men thinking that if they are equal in any respect they are equal in all respects.” – Aristotle – Politics

“Democracy is based upon the conviction that there are extraordinary possibilities in ordinary people.” – Harry Emerson Fosdick – Democracy

“Destiny is not a matter of chance, it is a matter of choice; it is not a thing to be waited for, it is a thing to be achieved.” – W. J. Bryant

“Diplomacy is to do and say … The nastiest thing in the nicest way.” Isaac Goldberg – The Reflex

“Do you wish men to speak well of you? Then never speak well of yourself.” – Pascal

“Drunkenness is nothing but voluntary madness.” – Seneca

“Drunkenness is temporary suicide; the happiness that it brings is merely negative, a momentary cessation of unhappiness.” – Bertrand Russell – The Conquest of Happiness

“Early to bed and early to rise, Makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise.” – Benjamin Franklin – Poor Richard’s Almanac

“Even a fool, when he holds his peace, is counted wise.” – Proverbs 17:28

“Forty is the old age of youth; fifty is the youth of old age.” – French Proverb

“Genius is one percent inspiration and ninety-nine percent perspiration.” – Thomas Edison

“Give me liberty or give me death.” – Patrick Henry

“God helps those who help themselves.” – Algernon Sidney

“Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds.” – Albert Einstein

“He laughs best who laughs last.” – English Proverb

“He that lives in a glass house must not throw stones.” – English Proverb

“He who will not economize will have to agonize.” – Confucius

“Honesty is the best policy.” – Cervantes – Don Quixote

“Hope for the best , but prepare for the worst.” – English Proverb

“I am more afraid of my own heart than of the pope and all his cardinals. I have within me the great pope, self.” – Martin Luther

“I heard the bells on Christmas Day … Their old, familiar carols play, And wild and sweet … The words repeat … Of peace on earth, good-will to men!” – Longfellow – Christmas Bells

“If a man empties his purse into his head, no one can take it from him.” – Benjamin Franklin

“If the blind lead the blind, both shall fall into the ditch.” – Jesus Christ – Matthew 15:14

“If there were no God, it would be necessary to invent Him.” – Voltaire

“If wrinkles must be upon our brows, let them not be written upon the heart. The spirit should not grow old.” – James A. Garfield

“If you would not be forgotten as soon as you are dead, either write things worth reading, or do things worth writing.” – Benjamin Franklin

“Imagination is more important than knowledge.” – Albert Einstein – On Science

“Impossible is a word only to be found in the dictionary of fools.” – Napoleon

“In a free country there is much clamor, with little suffering; in a despotic state there is little complaint, with much grievance.” – Carnot

“In every age the vilest specimens of human nature are to be found among demagogues.” – Macaulay – History of England

“In life, as in chess, forethought wins.” – Charles Buxton

“In the country of the blind, the one-eyed man is king.” – Erasmus

“In the scale of destinies, brawn will never weigh so much as brain.” – Lowell

“In youth the days are short and the years are long; in old age the years are short and the days long. – Panin

“Language, as well as the faculty of speech, was the immediate gift of God.” – Noah Webster

“Laws too gentle are seldom obeyed; too severe, seldom executed.” – Benjamin Franklin – Poor Richard’s Almanac

“Let us therefore brace ourselves to our duties, and so bear ourselves that, if the British Empire and its Commonwealth last for a thousand years, men will still say, ‘This was their finest hour.’ ” – Winston Churchill

“Life is not so short but that there is always time enough for courtesy.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson – Social Aims

“Many can argue; not many converse.” – Louisa May Alcott

“Men often make up on wrath what they want in reason.” – W. R. Alger

“Most people would succeed in small things if they were not troubled with great ambitions.” – Longfellow – Drift-Wood

“Never advise anyone to go to war or to marry” – Spanish proverb

“Never answer a letter while you are angry.” – Chinese Proverb

“No great advance has ever been made in science, politics, or religion, without controversy.” – Lyman Beecher

“No man is rich whose expenditure exceeds his means; and no one is poor whose incomings exceed his outgoings.” – Haliburton

“Only those Americans who are willing to die for their country are fit to live.” – Douglas MacArthur

“Physical bravery is an animal instinct; moral bravery is a much higher and truer courage.” – Wendell Phillips

“Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body.” – Addison – The Tatler

“Self-conquest is the greatest of victories.” – Plato

“Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrust upon them.” – William Shakespeare – Twelfth Night, Act II. Sc. 5

“Spare the rod and spoil the child.” – English Proverb

“Strong and bitter words indicate a weak cause.” – Victor Hugo

“That the universe was formed by a fortuitous concourse of atoms, I will no more believe that that the accidental jumbling of the alphabet would fall into a most ingenious treatise of philosophy.” – Swift

“The execution of the laws is more important than the making of them.” – Thomas Jefferson

“The first forty years of life give us the text; the next thirty supply the commentary on it.” – Schopenhauer

“The foundation of every state is the education of its youth.” – Diogenes

“The greatest of faults, I should say, is to be conscious of none.” – Carlyle – Heroes and Hero-Worship

“The happiest moments of my life have been the few which I have passed at home in the bosom of my family.” – Thomas Jefferson

“The ink of the scholar is more sacred than the blood of the martyr.” – Mohammed – Tribute to Reason

“The less men think, the more they talk.” – Montesquieu

“The more one comes to know men, the more one comes to admire the dog.” – Joussenel

“The old believe everything: the middle-aged suspect everything: the young know everything.” – Oscar Wilde

“The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.” – Franklin Delano Roosevelt

“The pen is mightier than the sword.” – Bulwer-Lytton

“The way to a man’s heart is through his stomach.” – Mrs. Sarah Payson Parton – Willis Parton

“There is no education like adversity” – Disraeli

“There is no king who has not had a slave among his ancestors, and no slave who has not had a king among his.” – Helen Keller – Story of My Life

“There is no pillow so soft as a clear conscience.” – French Proverb

“There is no remembrance which time does not obliterate, nor pain which death does not terminate.” – Cervantes

“Those who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.” – Benjamin Franklin

“To speak kindly does not hurt the tongue.” – French Proverb

“Two heads are better than one.” – English Proverb

“Two’s company, and three’s a crowd.” – English Proverb

“We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with inalienable rights; that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.” – Thomas Jefferson

“We must all hang together, else we shall all hang separately.” – Benjamin Franklin, upon signing the Declaration of Independence

“What does not kill me makes me stronger.” – Neitsche

“Whatever is worth doing at all is worth doing well.” – Chesterfield

“Whatever makes men good Christians makes them good citizens.” – Daniel Webster – Speech at Plymouth

“Who dares nothing, need hope for nothing.” – Schiller – Don Carlos

“You can fool some of the people all of the time, and all of the people some of the time, but you cannot fool all of the people all the time.” – Abraham Lincoln

“Youth is wasted on the young.” – George Bernard Shaw

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