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  1. Life is never fair, and perhaps it is a good thing for most of us that it is not.
  2. Life is far too important a thing ever to talk seriously about.
  3. Life imitates art far more than art imitates Life.
  4. Let us have no machine-made ornament at all; it is all bad and worthless and ugly.
  5. Laughter is not at all a bad beginning for a friendship, and it is far the best ending for one.
  6. Keep love in your heart. A life without it is like a sunless garden when the flowers are dead.
  7. It is what you read when you don’t have to that determines what you will be when you can’t help it.
  8. It is through art, and through art only, that we can realise our perfection.
  9. It is the spectator, and not life, that art really mirrors.
  10. It is only the modern that ever becomes old-fashioned.
  11. It is only by not paying one’s bills that one can hope to live in the memory of the commercial classes.
  12. It is only an auctioneer who can equally and impartially admire all schools of art.
  13. It is better to have a permanent income than to be fascinating.
  14. It is better to be beautiful than to be good. But… it is better to be good than to be ugly.
  15. It is always the unreadable that occurs.
  16. It is absurd to divide people into good and bad. People are either charming or tedious.
  17. It is a very sad thing that nowadays there is so little useless information.
  18. In modern life nothing produces such an effect as a good platitude. It makes the whole world kin.
  19. In married life three is company and two none.
  20. In judging of a beautiful statue, the aesthetic faculty is absolutely and completely gratified by the splendid curves of those marble lips that are dumb to our complaint, the noble modelling of those limbs that are powerless to help us.
  21. In its primary aspect, a painting has no more spiritual message than an exquisite fragment of Venetian glass. The channels by which all noble and imaginative work in painting should touch the soul are not those of the truths of lives.
  22. In designing the scenery and costumes for any of Shakespeare’s plays, the first thing the artist has to settle is the best date for the drama. This should be determined by the general spirit of the play more than by any actual historical references which may occur in it.
  23. In all matters of opinion, our adversaries are insane.
  24. In England, an inventor is regarded almost as a crazy man, and in too many instances, invention ends in disappointment and poverty. In America, an inventor is honoured, help is forthcoming, and the exercise of ingenuity, the application of science to the work of man, is there the shortest road to wealth.
  25. In America the young are always ready to give to those who are older than themselves the full benefits of their inexperience.
  26. In America the President reigns for four years, and Journalism governs forever and ever.
  27. Illusion is the first of all pleasures.
  28. If you pretend to be good, the world takes you very seriously. If you pretend to be bad, it doesn’t. Such is the astounding stupidity of optimism.
  29. If you are not too long, I will wait here for you all my life.
  30. If there was less sympathy in the world, there would be less trouble in the world.
  31. If one plays good music, people don’t listen and if one plays bad music people don’t talk.
  32. If one could only teach the English how to talk, and the Irish how to listen, society here would be quite civilized.
  33. If one cannot enjoy reading a book over and over again, there is no use in reading it at all.
  34. If a work of art is rich and vital and complete, those who have artistic instincts will see its beauty, and those to whom ethics appeal more strongly than aesthetics will see its moral lesson. It will fill the cowardly with terror, and the unclean will see in it their own shame.
  35. I would have a workshop attached to every school, and one hour a day given up to the teaching of simple decorative arts. It would be a golden hour to the children.
  36. I want my food dead. Not sick, not dying, dead.
  37. I think that God, in creating man, somewhat overestimated his ability.
  38. I think it is perfectly natural for any artist to admire intensely and love a young man. It is an incident in the life of almost every artist.
  39. I suppose society is wonderfully delightful. To be in it is merely a bore. But to be out of it is simply a tragedy.
  40. I sometimes think that God in creating man somewhat overestimated his ability.
  41. I see when men love women. They give them but a little of their lives. But women when they love give everything.
  42. I put all my genius into my life; I put only my talent into my works.
  43. I never travel without my diary. One should always have something sensational to read in the train.
  44. I like persons better than principles, and I like persons with no principles better than anything else in the world.
  45. I have the simplest tastes. I am always satisfied with the best.
  46. I have nothing to declare except my genius.
  47. I have never given adoration to any body except myself.
  48. I have a dining room done in different shades of white, with white cushions embroidered in yellow silk: the effect is absolutely delightful and the room beautiful.
  49. I find it harder and harder every day to live up to my blue china.
  50. I choose my friends for their good looks, my acquaintances for their good characters, and my enemies for their intellects. A man cannot be too careful in the choice of his enemies.
  51. I can stand brute force, but brute reason is quite unbearable. There is something unfair about its use. It is hitting below the intellect.
  52. I can resist everything except temptation.
  53. I am the only person in the world I should like to know thoroughly.
  54. I am so clever that sometimes I don’t understand a single word of what I am saying.
  55. I am not young enough to know everything.
  56. I always pass on good advice. It is the only thing to do with it. It is never of any use to oneself.
  57. How marriage ruins a man! It is as demoralizing as cigarettes, and far more expensive.
  58. How can a woman be expected to be happy with a man who insists on treating her as if she were a perfectly normal human being.
  59. He has no enemies, but is intensely disliked by his friends.
  60. Hatred is blind, as well as love.
  61. Fathers should be neither seen nor heard. That is the only proper basis for family life.
  62. Fashion is a form of ugliness so intolerable that we have to alter it every six months.
  63. Experience is simply the name we give our mistakes.
  64. Experience is one thing you can’t get for nothing.
  65. Everything popular is wrong.
  66. Everybody who is incapable of learning has taken to teaching.
  67. Every portrait that is painted with feeling is a portrait of the artist, not of the sitter.
  68. Education is an admirable thing, but it is well to remember from time to time that nothing that is worth knowing can be taught.
  69. Do you really think it is weakness that yields to temptation? I tell you that there are terrible temptations which it requires strength, strength and courage to yield to.
  70. Democracy means simply the bludgeoning of the people by the people for the people.
  71. Deceiving others. That is what the world calls a romance.
  72. Death and vulgarity are the only two facts in the nineteenth century that one cannot explain away.
  73. Conversation about the weather is the last refuge of the unimaginative.
  74. Consistency is the last refuge of the unimaginative.
  75. Children begin by loving their parents; after a time they judge them; rarely, if ever, do they forgive them.
  76. Charity creates a multitude of sins.
  77. By giving us the opinions of the uneducated, journalism keeps us in touch with the ignorance of the community.
  78. Biography lends to death a new terror.
  79. Bigamy is having one wife too many. Monogamy is the same.
  80. Between men and women there is no friendship possible. There is passion, enmity, worship, love, but no friendship.
  81. Beauty is the only thing that time cannot harm. Philosophies fall away like sand, creeds follow one another, but what is beautiful is a joy for all seasons, a possession for all eternity.
  82. Beauty has as many meanings as man has moods. Beauty is the symbol of symbols. Beauty reveals everything, because it expresses nothing. When it shows us itself, it shows us the whole fiery-coloured world.
  83. Bad people are, from the point of view of art, fascinating studies. They represent colour, variety and strangeness. Good people exasperate one’s reason; bad people stir one’s imagination.
  84. As long as war is regarded as wicked, it will always have its fascination. When it is looked upon as vulgar, it will cease to be popular.
  85. As long as a woman can look ten years younger than her own daughter, she is perfectly satisfied.
  86. Art should never try to be popular. The public should try to make itself artistic.
  87. Art never harms itself by keeping aloof from the social problems of the day: rather, by so doing, it more completely realises for us that which we desire.
  88. Art is the most intense mode of individualism that the world has known.
  89. Art is individualism, and individualism is a disturbing and disintegrating force.
  90. Arguments are to be avoided: they are always vulgar and often convincing.
  91. Arguments are extremely vulgar, for everyone in good society holds exactly the same opinion.
  92. Anybody can be good in the country. There are no temptations there.
  93. An idea that is not dangerous is unworthy of being called an idea at all.
  94. An excellent man; he has no enemies; and none of his friends like him.
  95. America is the only country that went from barbarism to decadence without civilization in between.
  96. America had often been discovered before Columbus, but it had always been hushed up.
  97. Ambition is the last refuge of the failure.
  98. Ambition is the germ from which all growth of nobleness proceeds.
  99. Always forgive your enemies – nothing annoys them so much.
  100. All women become like their mothers. That is their tragedy. No man does. That’s his.
  101. All bad poetry springs from genuine feeling.
  102. All art is quite useless.
  103. All art is at once surface and symbol. Those who go beneath the surface do so at their peril. Those who read the symbol do so at their peril. It is the spectator, and not life, that art really mirrors. Diversity of opinion about a work of art shows that the work is new, complex and vital.
  104. Alas, I am dying beyond my means.
  105. A work of art is the unique result of a unique temperament.
  106. A thing is not necessarily true because a man dies for it.
  107. A poet can survive everything but a misprint.
  108. A man’s face is his autobiography. A woman’s face is her work of fiction.
  109. A man who does not think for himself does not think at all.
  110. A man can’t be too careful in the choice of his enemies.
  111. A man can be happy with any woman, as long as he does not love her.
  112. A little sincerity is a dangerous thing, and a great deal of it is absolutely fatal.
  113. A gentleman is one who never hurts anyone’s feelings unintentionally.
  114. A dreamer is one who can only find his way by moonlight, and his punishment is that he sees the dawn before the rest of the world.
  115. A critic should be taught to criticise a work of art without making any reference to the personality of the author.
  116. ‘The Lady’s World’ should be made the recognized organ for the expression of women’s opinions on all subjects of literature, art and modern life, and yet it should be a magazine that men could read with pleasure.
  117. You cannot do a kindness too soon, for you never know how soon it will be too late.
  118. Write it on your heart that every day is the best day in the year.
  119. Words are also actions, and actions are a kind of words.
  120. Without electricity, the air would rot.
  121. With the past, I have nothing to do; nor with the future. I live now.
  122. Wisdom has its root in goodness, not goodness its root in wisdom.
  123. Win as if you were used to it, lose as if you enjoyed it for a change.
  124. Why need I volumes, if one word suffice?
  125. Who you are speaks so loudly I can’t hear what you’re saying.
  126. Who hears me, who understands me, becomes mine, a possession for all time.
  127. Wherever the invitation of men or your own occasions lead you, speak the very truth, as your life and conscience teach it, and cheer the waiting, fainting hearts of men with new hope and new revelation.
  128. When we quarrel, how we wish we had been blameless.
  129. When nature has work to be done, she creates a genius to do it.
  130. What you are comes to you.
  131. What we seek we shall find; what we flee from flees from us.
  132. What lies behind you and what lies in front of you, pales in comparison to what lies inside of you.
  133. What is a weed? A plant whose virtues have never been discovered.
  134. What is a farm but a mute gospel?
  135. We see God face to face every hour, and know the savor of Nature.
  136. We must be our own before we can be another’s.
  137. We have listened too long to the courtly Muses of Europe.
  138. We gain the strength of the temptation we resist.
  139. We find delight in the beauty and happiness of children that makes the heart too big for the body.
  140. We do not yet possess ourselves, and we know at the same time that we are much more.
  141. We are wiser than we know.
  142. We are symbols, and inhabit symbols.
  143. We are rich only through what we give, and poor only through what we refuse.
  144. We are by nature observers, and thereby learners. That is our permanent state.
  145. We are born believing. A man bears beliefs as a tree bears apples.
  146. We are always getting ready to live but never living.
  147. We are a puny and fickle folk. Avarice, hesitation, and following are our diseases.
  148. We aim above the mark to hit the mark.
  149. We acquire the strength we have overcome.
  150. Use what language you will, you can never say anything but what you are.
  151. Unless you try to do something beyond what you have already mastered, you will never grow.
  152. Truth is the property of no individual but is the treasure of all men.
  153. Truth is handsomer than the affectation of love. Your goodness must have some edge to it, else it is none.
  154. Truth is beautiful, without doubt; but so are lies.
  155. Trust your instinct to the end, though you can render no reason.
  156. Trust men and they will be true to you; treat them greatly and they will show themselves great.
  157. To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.
  158. To be great is to be misunderstood.
  159. Though we travel the world over to find the beautiful, we must carry it with us or we find it not.
  160. This time, like all times, is a very good one, if we but know what to do with it.
  161. There was never a child so lovely but his mother was glad to get him to sleep.
  162. There is no chance and anarchy in the universe. All is system and gradation. Every god is there sitting in his sphere.
  163. There is more difference in the quality of our pleasures than in the amount.
  164. There is creative reading as well as creative writing.
  165. There is an optical illusion about every person we meet.
  166. There is always safety in valor.
  167. There is a tendency for things to right themselves.
  168. There is a blessed necessity by which the interest of men is always driving them to the right; and, again, making all crime mean and ugly.
  169. There are other measures of self-respect for a man, than the number of clean shirts he puts on every day.
  170. There are as many pillows of illusion as flakes in a snow-storm. We wake from one dream into another dream.
  171. The years teach much which the days never know.
  172. The world is all gates, all opportunities, strings of tension waiting to be struck.
  173. The wave of evil washes all our institutions alike.
  174. The vegetable life does not content itself with casting from the flower or the tree a single seed, but it fills the air and earth with a prodigality of seeds, that, if thousands perish, thousands may plant themselves, that hundreds may come up, that tens may live to maturity; that, at least one may replace the parent.
  175. The value of a principle is the number of things it will explain.
  176. The value of a dollar is social, as it is created by society.
  177. The sum of wisdom is that time is never lost that is devoted to work.
  178. The smoothest curled courtier in the boudoirs of a palace has an animal nature, rude and aboriginal as a white bear.
  179. The sky is the daily bread of the eyes.
  180. The secret of ugliness consists not in irregularity, but in being uninteresting.
  181. The search after the great men is the dream of youth, and the most serious occupation of manhood.
  182. The reward of a thing well done is having done it.
  183. The revelation of thought takes men out of servitude into freedom.
  184. The reason why the world lacks unity, and lies broken and in heaps, is, because man is disunited with himself.
  185. The reason why men do not obey us, is because they see the mud at the bottom of our eye.
  186. The real and lasting victories are those of peace, and not of war.
  187. The only way to have a friend is to be one.
  188. The method of nature: who could ever analyze it?
  189. The martyr cannot be dishonored. Every lash inflicted is a tongue of fame; every prison a more illustrious abode.
  190. The man of genius inspires us with a boundless confidence in our own powers.
  191. The invariable mark of wisdom is to see the miraculous in the common.
  192. The intuition of the moral sentiment is an insight of the perfection of the laws of the soul. These laws execute themselves. They are out of time, out of space, and not subject to circumstance.
  193. The highest revelation is that God is in every man.
  194. The health of the eye seems to demand a horizon. We are never tired, so long as we can see far enough.
  195. The greatest glory in living lies not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.
  196. The greatest gift is a portion of thyself.
  197. The greatest delight which the fields and woods minister is the suggestion of an occult relation.
  198. The fox has many tricks. The hedgehog has but one. But that is the best of all.
  199. The first wealth is health.
  200. The faith that stands on authority is not faith.
  201. The end of the human race will be that it will eventually die of civilization.
  202. The earth laughs in flowers.
  203. The desire of gold is not for gold. It is for the means of freedom and benefit.
  204. The creation of a thousand forests is in one acorn.
  205. The civilized man has built a coach, but has lost the use of his feet.
  206. The best effort of a fine person is felt after we have left their presence.
  207. The ancestor of every action is a thought.
  208. The age of a woman doesn’t mean a thing. The best tunes are played on the oldest fiddles.
  209. Speak the truth, and all things alive or brute are vouchers, and the very roots of the grass underground there, do seem to stir and move to bear you witness.
  210. Some books leave us free and some books make us free.
  211. Society is always taken by surprise at any new example of common sense.
  212. Shallow men believe in luck. Strong men believe in cause and effect.
  213. Science does not know its debt to imagination.
  214. Revolutions go not backward.
  215. Reality is a sliding door.
  216. Preaching is the expression of the moral sentiment in application to the duties of life.
  217. Power and speed be hands and feet.
  218. Pictures must not be too picturesque.
  219. Philosophically considered, the universe is composed of Nature and the Soul. Strictly speaking, therefore, all that is separate from us, all which Philosophy distinguishes as the ‘Not Me,’ that is, both nature and art, all other men and my own body, must be ranked under this name, ‘Nature.’
  220. People with great gifts are easy to find, but symmetrical and balanced ones never.
  221. People that seem so glorious are all show; underneath they are like everyone else.
  222. People seem not to see that their opinion of the world is also a confession of character.
  223. People only see what they are prepared to see.
  224. People do not seem to realize that their opinion of the world is also a confession of character.
  225. People disparage knowing and the intellectual life, and urge doing. I am content with knowing, if only I could know.
  226. Passion rebuilds the world for the youth. It makes all things alive and significant.
  227. Our greatest glory is not in never failing, but in rising up every time we fail.
  228. Our faith comes in moments; our vice is habitual.
  229. Our chief want is someone who will inspire us to be what we know we could be.
  230. Our best thoughts come from others.
  231. Our admiration of the antique is not admiration of the old, but of the natural.
  232. Only as far as the masters of the world have called in nature to their aid, can they reach the height of magnificence. This is the meaning of their hanging-gardens, villas, garden-houses, islands, parks, and preserves.
  233. One must be an inventor to read well. There is then creative reading as well as creative writing.
  234. Once you make a decision, the universe conspires to make it happen.
  235. O Day of days when we can read! The reader and the book, either without the other is naught.
  236. Nothing is at last sacred but the integrity of your own mind.
  237. Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm.
  238. Nothing external to you has any power over you.
  239. Nothing astonishes men so much as common sense and plain dealing.
  240. Nobody can bring you peace but yourself.
  241. No man ever prayed heartily without learning something.
  242. No great man ever complains of want of opportunity.
  243. No change of circumstances can repair a defect of character.
  244. Never lose an opportunity of seeing anything beautiful, for beauty is God’s handwriting.
  245. Nature is the incarnation of thought. The world is the mind precipitated.
  246. Nature is a mutable cloud which is always and never the same.
  247. Nature hates calculators.
  248. Nature and books belong to the eyes that see them.
  249. Nature always wears the colors of the spirit.
  250. Mysticism is the mistake of an accidental and individual symbol for an universal one.
  251. Money often costs too much.
  252. Men’s actions are too strong for them. Show me a man who has acted, and who has not been the victim and slave of his action.
  253. Men love to wonder, and that is the seed of science.
  254. Men are what their mothers made them.
  255. Men admire the man who can organize their wishes and thoughts in stone and wood and steel and brass.
  256. Manners require time, and nothing is more vulgar than haste.
  257. Man is priest, and scholar, and statesman, and producer, and soldier.
  258. Make yourself necessary to somebody.
  259. Make the most of yourself, for that is all there is of you.
  260. Love of beauty is taste. The creation of beauty is art.
  261. Little minds have little worries, big minds have no time for worries.
  262. Life is our dictionary.
  263. Life is a succession of lessons which must be lived to be understood. All is riddle, and the key to a riddle is another riddle.
  264. Life consists in what a man is thinking of all day.
  265. Let us be silent, that we may hear the whispers of the gods.
  266. Knowledge is knowing that we cannot know.
  267. Judge of your natural character by what you do in your dreams.
  268. Jesus Christ belonged to the true race of prophets. He saw with open eye the mystery of the soul. Drawn by its severe harmony, ravished with its beauty, he lived in it and had his being there. Alone in all history, he estimated the greatness of man.
  269. It was high counsel that I once heard given to a young person, ‘always do what you are afraid to do.’
  270. It is the quality of the moment, not the number of days, or events, or of actors, that imports.
  271. It is said that the world is in a state of bankruptcy, that the world owes the world more than the world can pay.
  272. It is one of the blessings of old friends that you can afford to be stupid with them.
  273. It is one of the beautiful compensations in this life that no one can sincerely try to help another without helping himself.
  274. It is not length of life, but depth of life.
  275. It is my desire, in the office of a Christian minister, to do nothing which I cannot do with my whole heart. Having said this, I have said all.
  276. It is a fact often observed, that men have written good verses under the inspiration of passion, who cannot write well under other circumstances.
  277. In the morning a man walks with his whole body; in the evening, only with his legs.
  278. In skating over thin ice our safety is in our speed.
  279. In every society some men are born to rule, and some to advise.
  280. In art, the hand can never execute anything higher than the heart can imagine.
  281. In all my lectures, I have taught one doctrine, namely, the infinitude of the private man.
  282. If you would lift me up you must be on higher ground.
  283. If the tongue had not been framed for articulation, man would still be a beast in the forest.
  284. If the stars should appear but one night every thousand years how man would marvel and stare.
  285. If a man can… make a better mousetrap, the world will make a beaten path to his door.
  286. I think we must get rid of slavery, or we must get rid of freedom.
  287. I like the silent church before the service begins, better than any preaching.
  288. I have thought a sufficient measure of civilization is the influence of good women.
  289. I have no hostility to nature, but a child’s love to it. I expand and live in the warm day like corn and melons.
  290. I have lost my mental faculties but am perfectly well.
  291. I hate the giving of the hand unless the whole man accompanies it.
  292. I hate quotations. Tell me what you know.
  293. Hitch your wagon to a star.
  294. He who is not everyday conquering some fear has not learned the secret of life.
  295. Happy is the hearing man; unhappy the speaking man.
  296. Great men or men of great gifts you shall easily find, but symmetrical men never.
  297. Great men are they who see that spiritual is stronger than any material force – that thoughts rule the world.
  298. Great hearts steadily send forth the secret forces that incessantly draw great events.
  299. Great geniuses have the shortest biographies.
  300. Good men must not obey the laws too well.
  301. Good is positive. Evil is merely privative, not absolute: it is like cold, which is the privation of heat. All evil is so much death or nonentity. Benevolence is absolute and real. So much benevolence as a man hath, so much life hath he.
  302. God screens us evermore from premature ideas.
  303. God enters by a private door into every individual.
  304. Give a boy address and accomplishments and you give him the mastery of palaces and fortunes where he goes.
  305. Getting old is a fascination thing. The older you get, the older you want to get.
  306. Genius always finds itself a century too early.
  307. Friendship, like the immortality of the soul, is too good to be believed.
  308. For everything you have missed, you have gained something else, and for everything you gain, you lose something else.
  309. For every minute you remain angry, you give up sixty seconds of peace of mind.
  310. For every benefit you receive a tax is levied.
  311. Flowers… are a proud assertion that a ray of beauty outvalues all the utilities of the world.
  312. Fine manners need the support of fine manners in others.
  313. Fiction reveals truth that reality obscures.
  314. Fear defeats more people than any other one thing in the world.
  315. Fate is nothing but the deeds committed in a prior state of existence.
  316. Everything in Nature contains all the powers of Nature. Everything is made of one hidden stuff.
  317. Every wall is a door.
  318. Every spirit makes its house, and we can give a shrewd guess from the house to the inhabitant.
  319. Every sentence spoken by Napoleon, and every line of his writing, deserves reading, as it is the sense of France.
  320. Every particular in nature, a leaf, a drop, a crystal, a moment of time is related to the whole, and partakes of the perfection of the whole.
  321. Every natural fact is a symbol of some spiritual fact.
  322. Every mind must make its choice between truth and repose. It cannot have both.
  323. Every man supposes himself not to be fully understood or appreciated.
  324. Every man is a quotation from all his ancestors.
  325. Every man is a consumer, and ought to be a producer. He is by constitution expensive, and needs to be rich.
  326. Every man in his lifetime needs to thank his faults.
  327. Every man has his own courage, and is betrayed because he seeks in himself the courage of other persons.
  328. Every man I meet is in some way my superior.
  329. Every known fact in natural science was divined by the presentiment of somebody, before it was actually verified.
  330. Every hero becomes a bore at last.
  331. Every fact is related on one side to sensation, and, on the other, to morals. The game of thought is, on the appearance of one of these two sides, to find the other: given the upper, to find the under side.
  332. Every experiment, by multitudes or by individuals, that has a sensual and selfish aim, will fail.
  333. Every burned book enlightens the world.
  334. Every book is a quotation; and every house is a quotation out of all forests, and mines, and stone quarries; and every man is a quotation from all his ancestors.
  335. Every artist was first an amateur.
  336. Every actual State is corrupt. Good men must not obey laws too well.
  337. Enthusiasm is the mother of effort, and without it nothing great was ever achieved.
  338. Earth laughs in flowers.
  339. Each age, it is found, must write its own books; or rather, each generation for the next succeeding.
  340. Don’t be too timid and squeamish about your actions. All life is an experiment.
  341. Doing well is the result of doing good. That’s what capitalism is all about.
  342. Do the thing we fear, and death of fear is certain.
  343. Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.
  344. Death comes to all, but great achievements build a monument which shall endure until the sun grows cold.
  345. Curiosity is lying in wait for every secret.
  346. Common sense is genius dressed in its working clothes.
  347. Children are all foreigners.
  348. Character is higher than intellect. A great soul will be strong to live as well as think.
  349. Character is always known. Thefts never enrich; alms never impoverish; murder will speak out of stone walls.
  350. Cause and effect are two sides of one fact.
  351. Can anything be so elegant as to have few wants, and to serve them one’s self?
  352. Build a better mousetrap and the world will beat a path to your door.
  353. Before we acquire great power we must acquire wisdom to use it well.
  354. Beauty without grace is the hook without the bait.
  355. Beauty without expression is boring.
  356. Beauty is an outward gift, which is seldom despised, except by those to whom it has been refused.
  357. Bad times have a scientific value. These are occasions a good learner would not miss.
  358. As we grow old, the beauty steals inward.
  359. As we are, so we associate. The good, by affinity, seek the good; the vile, by affinity, the vile. Thus of their own volition, souls proceed into Heaven, into Hell.
  360. As soon as there is life there is danger.
  361. As long as a man stands in his own way, everything seems to be in his way.
  362. As a cure for worrying, work is better than whiskey.
  363. An ounce of action is worth a ton of theory.
  364. America is another name for opportunity.
  365. America is a poem in our eyes; its ample geography dazzles the imagination, and it will not wait long for metres.
  366. Always do what you are afraid to do.
  367. All mankind love a lover.
  368. All life is an experiment. The more experiments you make the better.
  369. All diseases run into one, old age.
  370. All I have seen teaches me to trust the creator for all I have not seen.
  371. Adopt the pace of nature: her secret is patience.
  372. A more secret, sweet, and overpowering beauty appears to man when his heart and mind open to the sentiment of virtue.
  373. A man’s growth is seen in the successive choirs of his friends.
  374. A man is what he thinks about all day long.
  375. A man is usually more careful of his money than he is of his principles.
  376. A man is the whole encyclopedia of facts.
  377. A man is relieved and gay when he has put his heart into his work and done his best; but what he has said or done otherwise shall give him no peace.
  378. A man is a method, a progressive arrangement; a selecting principle, gathering his like to him; wherever he goes.
  379. A man is a god in ruins. When men are innocent, life shall be longer, and shall pass into the immortal, as gently as we awake from dreams.
  380. A man in debt is so far a slave.
  381. A man builds a fine house; and now he has a master, and a task for life: he is to furnish, watch, show it, and keep it in repair, the rest of his days.
  382. A hero is no braver than an ordinary man, but he is brave five minutes longer.
  383. A great part of courage is the courage of having done the thing before.
  384. A great man is always willing to be little.
  385. A good indignation brings out all one’s powers.
  386. A friend may well be reckoned the masterpiece of nature.
  387. A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds, adored by little statesmen and philosophers and divines.
  388. A chief event of life is the day in which we have encountered a mind that startled us.
  389. You know, if I listened to Michael Dukakis long enough, I would be convinced we’re in an economic downturn and people are homeless and going without food and medical attention and that we’ve got to do something about the unemployed.
  390. You can tell alot about a fellow’s character by his way of eating jellybeans.
  391. Without God, democracy will not and cannot long endure.
  392. Within the covers of the Bible are the answers for all the problems men face.
  393. While I take inspiration from the past, like most Americans, I live for the future.
  394. When you can’t make them see the light, make them feel the heat.
  395. What we have found in this country, and maybe we’re more aware of it now, is one problem that we’ve had, even in the best of times, and that is the people who are sleeping on the grates, the homeless, you might say, by choice.
  396. Welfare’s purpose should be to eliminate, as far as possible, the need for its own existence.
  397. We’re in greater danger today than we were the day after Pearl Harbor. Our military is absolutely incapable of defending this country.
  398. We will always remember. We will always be proud. We will always be prepared, so we will always be free.
  399. We should measure welfare’s success by how many people leave welfare, not by how many are added.
  400. We should declare war on North Vietnam. We could pave the whole country and put parking strips on it, and still be home by Christmas.
  401. We must reject the idea that every time a law’s broken, society is guilty rather than the lawbreaker. It is time to restore the American precept that each individual is accountable for his actions.
  402. We might come closer to balancing the Budget if all of us lived closer to the Commandments and the Golden Rule.
  403. We have the duty to protect the life of an unborn child.
  404. We can’t help everyone, but everyone can help someone.
  405. We can not play innocents abroad in a world that is not innocent.
  406. We are never defeated unless we give up on God.
  407. Violence has been Nicaragua’s most important export to the world.
  408. Unemployment insurance is a pre-paid vacation for freeloaders.
  409. Trust, but verify.
  410. Today, if you invent a better mousetrap, the government comes along with a better mouse.
  411. Today we did what we had to do. They counted on America to be passive. They counted wrong.
  412. To sit back hoping that someday, some way, someone will make things right is to go on feeding the crocodile, hoping he will eat you last – but eat you he will.
  413. To paraphrase Winston Churchill, I did not take the oath I have just taken with the intention of presiding over the dissolution of the world’s strongest economy.
  414. Thomas Jefferson once said, ‘We should never judge a president by his age, only by his works.’ And ever since he told me that, I stopped worrying.
  415. They say the world has become too complex for simple answers. They are wrong.
  416. There are no great limits to growth because there are no limits of human intelligence, imagination, and wonder.
  417. There are no easy answers, but there are simple answers. We must have the courage to do what we know is morally right.
  418. There are no constraints on the human mind, no walls around the human spirit, no barriers to our progress except those we ourselves erect.
  419. The trouble with our Liberal friends is not that they’re ignorant; it’s just that they know so much that isn’t so.
  420. The thought of being President frightens me and I do not think I want the job.
  421. The taxpayer – that’s someone who works for the federal government but doesn’t have to take the civil service examination.
  422. The problem is not that people are taxed too little, the problem is that government spends too much.
  423. The most terrifying words in the English language are: I’m from the government and I’m here to help.
  424. The greatest security for Israel is to create new Egypts.
  425. The best minds are not in government. If any were, business would steal them away.
  426. Surround yourself with the best people you can find, delegate authority, and don’t interfere as long as the policy you’ve decided upon is being carried out.
  427. Status quo, you know, is Latin for ‘the mess we’re in’.
  428. Some people wonder all their lives if they’ve made a difference. The Marines don’t have that problem.
  429. Republicans believe every day is the Fourth of July, but the democrats believe every day is April 15.
  430. Recession is when a neighbor loses his job. Depression is when you lose yours.
  431. Protecting the rights of even the least individual among us is basically the only excuse the government has for even existing.
  432. Politics is not a bad profession. If you succeed there are many rewards, if you disgrace yourself you can always write a book.
  433. Politics is just like show business. You have a hell of an opening, coast for a while, and then have a hell of a close.
  434. Politics I supposed to be the second-oldest profession. I have come to realize that it bears a very close resemblance to the first.
  435. People do not make wars; governments do.
  436. Peace is not absence of conflict, it is the ability to handle conflict by peaceful means.
  437. One way to make sure crime doesn’t pay would be to let the government run it.
  438. One picture is worth 1,000 denials.
  439. Of the four wars in my lifetime, none came about because the U.S. was too strong.
  440. No mother would ever willingly sacrifice her sons for territorial gain, for economic advantage, for ideology.
  441. No matter what time it is, wake me, even if it’s in the middle of a Cabinet meeting.
  442. No government ever voluntarily reduces itself in size. Government programs, once launched, never disappear. Actually, a government bureau is the nearest thing to eternal life we’ll ever see on this earth!
  443. My philosophy of life is that if we make up our mind what we are going to make of our lives, then work hard toward that goal, we never lose – somehow we win out.
  444. My fellow Americans, I am pleased to tell you I just signed legislation which outlaws Russia forever. The bombing begins in five minutes.
  445. Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall!
  446. Man is not free unless government is limited.
  447. Life is one grand, sweet song, so start the music.
  448. Let us not forget who we are. Drug abuse is a repudiation of everything America is.
  449. Let us be sure that those who come after will say of us in our time, that in our time we did everything that could be done. We finished the race; we kept them free; we kept the faith.
  450. Latinos are Republican. They just don’t know it yet.
  451. It’s true hard work never killed anybody, but I figure, why take the chance?
  452. It’s silly talking about how many years we will have to spend in the jungles of Vietnam when we could pave the whole country and put parking stripes on it and still be home by Christmas.
  453. It’s difficult to believe that people are still starving in this country because food isn’t available.
  454. It has been said that politics is the second oldest profession. I have learned that it bears a striking resemblance to the first.
  455. It doesn’t do good to open doors for someone who doesn’t have the price to get in. If he has the price, he may not need the laws. There is no law saying the Negro has to live in Harlem or Watts.
  456. Information is the oxygen of the modern age. It seeps through the walls topped by barbed wire, it wafts across the electrified borders.
  457. Inflation is as violent as a mugger, as frightening as an armed robber and as deadly as a hit man.
  458. If we love our country, we should also love our countrymen.
  459. If we ever forget that we are One Nation Under God, then we will be a nation gone under.
  460. If the federal government had been around when the Creator was putting His hand to this state, Indiana wouldn’t be here. It’d still be waiting for an environmental impact statement.
  461. If the Soviet Union let another political party come into existence, they would still be a one-party state, because everybody would join the other party.
  462. I’ve often said there’s nothing better for the inside of a man than the outside of a horse.
  463. I’ve never been able to understand why a Republican contributor is a ‘fat cat’ and a Democratic contributor of the same amount of money is a ‘public-spirited philanthropist’.
  464. I never drink coffee at lunch. I find it keeps me awake for the afternoon.
  465. I know in my heart that man is good. That what is right will always eventually triumph. And there’s purpose and worth to each and every life.
  466. I have wondered at times what the Ten Commandments would have looked like if Moses had run them through the US Congress.
  467. I favor the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and it must be enforced at gunpoint if necessary.
  468. I call upon the scientific community in our country, those who gave us nuclear weapons, to turn their great talents now to the cause of mankind and world peace: to give us the means of rendering these nuclear weapons impotent and obsolete.
  469. I am not worried about the deficit. It is big enough to take care of itself.
  470. How do you tell a communist? Well, it’s someone who reads Marx and Lenin. And how do you tell an anti-Communist? It’s someone who understands Marx and Lenin.
  471. How can a president not be an actor?
  472. History teaches that war begins when governments believe the price of aggression is cheap.
  473. Heroes may not be braver than anyone else. They’re just braver five minutes longer.
  474. Governments tend not to solve problems, only to rearrange them.
  475. Government’s view of the economy could be summed up in a few short phrases: If it moves, tax it. If it keeps moving, regulate it. And if it stops moving, subsidize it.
  476. Government’s first duty is to protect the people, not run their lives.
  477. Government is like a baby. An alimentary canal with a big appetite at one end and no sense of responsibility at the other.
  478. Government exists to protect us from each other. Where government has gone beyond its limits is in deciding to protect us from ourselves.
  479. Government does not solve problems; it subsidizes them.
  480. Government always finds a need for whatever money it gets.
  481. Going to college offered me the chance to play football for four more years.
  482. Freedom prospers when religion is vibrant and the rule of law under God is acknowledged.
  483. Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn’t pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same.
  484. Facts are stubborn things.
  485. Entrepreneurs and their small enterprises are responsible for almost all the economic growth in the United States.
  486. Each generation goes further than the generation preceding it because it stands on the shoulders of that generation. You will have opportunities beyond anything we’ve ever known.
  487. Don’t be afraid to see what you see.
  488. Democracy is worth dying for, because it’s the most deeply honorable form of government ever devised by man.
  489. Concentrated power has always been the enemy of liberty.
  490. But there are advantages to being elected President. The day after I was elected, I had my high school grades classified Top Secret.
  491. Before I refuse to take your questions, I have an opening statement.
  492. Approximately 80% of our air pollution stems from hydrocarbons released by vegetation, so let’s not go overboard in setting and enforcing tough emission standards from man-made sources.
  493. All the waste in a year from a nuclear power plant can be stored under a desk.
  494. All great change in America begins at the dinner table.
  495. Above all, we must realize that no arsenal, or no weapon in the arsenals of the world, is so formidable as the will and moral courage of free men and women. It is a weapon our adversaries in today’s world do not have.
  496. A tree’s a tree. How many more do you need to look at?
  497. A people free to choose will always choose peace.
  498. With self-discipline most anything is possible.
  499. When you play, play hard; when you work, don’t play at all.
  500. When you are asked if you can do a job, tell ’em, ‘Certainly I can!’ Then get busy and find out how to do it.
  501. When they call the roll in the Senate, the Senators do not know whether to answer ‘Present’ or ‘Not guilty.’
  502. We can have no ’50-50′ allegiance in this country. Either a man is an American and nothing else, or he is not an American at all.
  503. Wars are, of course, as a rule to be avoided; but they are far better than certain kinds of peace.
  504. To educate a man in mind and not in morals is to educate a menace to society.
  505. To announce that there must be no criticism of the president… is morally treasonable to the American public.
  506. There has never yet been a man in our history who led a life of ease whose name is worth remembering.
  507. The unforgivable crime is soft hitting. Do not hit at all if it can be avoided; but never hit softly.
  508. The things that will destroy America are prosperity-at-any-price, peace-at-any-price, safety-first instead of duty-first, the love of soft living, and the get-rich-quick theory of life.
  509. The reactionary is always willing to take a progressive attitude on any issue that is dead.
  510. The pacifist is as surely a traitor to his country and to humanity as is the most brutal wrongdoer.
  511. The only time you really live fully is from thirty to sixty. The young are slaves to dreams; the old servants of regrets. Only the middle-aged have all their five senses in the keeping of their wits.
  512. The only man who never makes a mistake is the man who never does anything.
  513. The one thing I want to leave my children is an honorable name.
  514. The most successful politician is he who says what the people are thinking most often in the loudest voice.
  515. The most practical kind of politics is the politics of decency.
  516. The most important single ingredient in the formula of success is knowing how to get along with people.
  517. The man who loves other countries as much as his own stands on a level with the man who loves other women as much as he loves his own wife.
  518. The human body has two ends on it: one to create with and one to sit on. Sometimes people get their ends reversed. When this happens they need a kick in the seat of the pants.
  519. The government is us; we are the government, you and I.
  520. The first requisite of a good citizen in this republic of ours is that he shall be able and willing to pull his own weight.
  521. The boy who is going to make a great man must not make up his mind merely to overcome a thousand obstacles, but to win in spite of a thousand repulses and defeats.
  522. The best executive is one who has sense enough to pick good people to do what he wants done, and self-restraint enough to keep from meddling with them while they do it.
  523. The American people abhor a vacuum.
  524. Speak softly and carry a big stick; you will go far.
  525. Some men can live up to their loftiest ideals without ever going higher than a basement.
  526. Rhetoric is a poor substitute for action, and we have trusted only to rhetoric. If we are really to be a great nation, we must not merely talk; we must act big.
  527. Probably the greatest harm done by vast wealth is the harm that we of moderate means do ourselves when we let the vices of envy and hatred enter deep into our own natures.
  528. People ask the difference between a leader and a boss. The leader leads, and the boss drives.
  529. Order without liberty and liberty without order are equally destructive.
  530. Old age is like everything else. To make a success of it, you’ve got to start young.
  531. Obedience of the law is demanded; not asked as a favor.
  532. Nobody cares how much you know, until they know how much you care.
  533. No people is wholly civilized where a distinction is drawn between stealing an office and stealing a purse.
  534. No man is worth his salt who is not ready at all times to risk his well-being, to risk his body, to risk his life, in a great cause.
  535. No man is justified in doing evil on the ground of expedience.
  536. No man is above the law and no man is below it: nor do we ask any man’s permission when we ask him to obey it.
  537. No great intellectual thing was ever done by great effort.
  538. Nine-tenths of wisdom is being wise in time.
  539. Never throughout history has a man who lived a life of ease left a name worth remembering.
  540. Leave it as it is. The ages have been at work on it and man can only mar it.
  541. Keep your eyes on the stars, and your feet on the ground.
  542. It is only through labor and painful effort, by grim energy and resolute courage, that we move on to better things.
  543. It is hard to fail, but it is worse never to have tried to succeed.
  544. It is essential that there should be organization of labor. This is an era of organization. Capital organizes and therefore labor must organize.
  545. It is difficult to make our material condition better by the best law, but it is easy enough to ruin it by bad laws.
  546. It behooves every man to remember that the work of the critic is of altogether secondary importance, and that, in the end, progress is accomplished by the man who does things.
  547. In any moment of decision, the best thing you can do is the right thing, the next best thing is the wrong thing, and the worst thing you can do is nothing.
  548. If you could kick the person in the pants responsible for most of your trouble, you wouldn’t sit for a month.
  549. If there is not the war, you don’t get the great general; if there is not a great occasion, you don’t get a great statesman; if Lincoln had lived in a time of peace, no one would have known his name.
  550. I wish to preach, not the doctrine of ignoble ease, but the doctrine of the strenuous life.
  551. I took the Canal Zone and let Congress debate; and while the debate goes on, the canal does also.
  552. I think there is only one quality worse than hardness of heart and that is softness of head.
  553. I don’t pity any man who does hard work worth doing. I admire him. I pity the creature who does not work, at whichever end of the social scale he may regard himself as being.
  554. I care not what others think of what I do, but I care very much about what I think of what I do! That is character!
  555. I am only an average man but, by George, I work harder at it than the average man.
  556. I am a part of everything that I have read.
  557. Great thoughts speak only to the thoughtful mind, but great actions speak to all mankind.
  558. Get action. Seize the moment. Man was never intended to become an oyster.
  559. Germany has reduced savagery to a science, and this great war for the victorious peace of justice must go on until the German cancer is cut clean out of the world body.
  560. Freedom from effort in the present merely means that there has been effort stored up in the past.
  561. For unflagging interest and enjoyment, a household of children, if things go reasonably well, certainly all other forms of success and achievement lose their importance by comparison.
  562. Far better is it to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure… than to rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy nor suffer much, because they live in a gray twilight that knows not victory nor defeat.
  563. Far and away the best prize that life has to offer is the chance to work hard at work worth doing.
  564. Every reform movement has a lunatic fringe.
  565. Every immigrant who comes here should be required within five years to learn English or leave the country.
  566. Don’t hit at all if it is honorably possible to avoid hitting; but never hit soft.
  567. Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.
  568. Courtesy is as much a mark of a gentleman as courage.
  569. Character, in the long run, is the decisive factor in the life of an individual and of nations alike.
  570. Big jobs usually go to the men who prove their ability to outgrow small ones.
  571. Believe you can and you’re halfway there.
  572. Behind the ostensible government sits enthroned an invisible government owing no allegiance and acknowledging no responsibility to the people.
  573. Appraisals are where you get together with your team leader and agree what an outstanding member of the team you are, how much your contribution has been valued, what massive potential you have and, in recognition of all this, would you mind having your salary halved.
  574. Absence and death are the same – only that in death there is no suffering.
  575. A vote is like a rifle; its usefulness depends upon the character of the user.
  576. A typical vice of American politics is the avoidance of saying anything real on real issues.
  577. A thorough knowledge of the Bible is worth more than a college education.
  578. A man who is good enough to shed his blood for the country is good enough to be given a square deal afterwards.
  579. A man who has never gone to school may steal from a freight car; but if he has a university education, he may steal the whole railroad.
  580. Wisdom I know is social. She seeks her fellows. But Beauty is jealous, and illy bears the presence of a rival.
  581. Where the press is free and every man able to read, all is safe.
  582. Whenever you do a thing, act as if all the world were watching.
  583. Whenever the people are well-informed, they can be trusted with their own government.
  584. Whenever a man has cast a longing eye on offices, a rottenness begins in his conduct.
  585. When we get piled upon one another in large cities, as in Europe, we shall become as corrupt as Europe.
  586. When angry count to ten before you speak. If very angry, count to one hundred.
  587. When a man assumes a public trust he should consider himself a public property.
  588. Were it left to me to decide whether we should have a government without newspapers, or newspapers without a government, I should not hesitate a moment to prefer the latter.
  589. We never repent of having eaten too little.
  590. We may consider each generation as a distinct nation, with a right, by the will of its majority, to bind themselves, but none to bind the succeeding generation, more than the inhabitants of another country.
  591. We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights; that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.
  592. We did not raise armies for glory or for conquest.
  593. We are not to expect to be translated from despotism to liberty in a featherbed.
  594. War is an instrument entirely inefficient toward redressing wrong; and multiplies, instead of indemnifying losses.
  595. Walking is the best possible exercise. Habituate yourself to walk very far.
  596. Truth is certainly a branch of morality and a very important one to society.
  597. To penetrate and dissipate these clouds of darkness, the general mind must be strengthened by education.
  598. To compel a man to furnish funds for the propagation of ideas he disbelieves and abhors is sinful and tyrannical.
  599. Timid men prefer the calm of despotism to the tempestuous sea of liberty.
  600. There is not a truth existing which I fear… or would wish unknown to the whole world.
  601. There is not a sprig of grass that shoots uninteresting to me.
  602. There is a natural aristocracy among men. The grounds of this are virtue and talents.
  603. The world is indebted for all triumphs which have been gained by reason and humanity over error and oppression.
  604. The whole commerce between master and slave is a perpetual exercise of the most boisterous passions, the most unremitting despotism on the one part, and degrading submissions on the other. Our children see this, and learn to imitate it.
  605. The way to silence religious disputes is to take no notice of them.
  606. The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants.
  607. The spirit of this country is totally adverse to a large military force.
  608. The spirit of resistance to government is so valuable on certain occasions that I wish it to be always kept alive.
  609. The second office in the government is honorable and easy; the first is but a splendid misery.
  610. The republican is the only form of government which is not eternally at open or secret war with the rights of mankind.
  611. The natural progress of things is for liberty to yield and government to gain ground.
  612. The natural cause of the human mind is certainly from credulity to skepticism.
  613. The most successful war seldom pays for its losses.
  614. The moment a person forms a theory, his imagination sees in every object only the traits which favor that theory.
  615. The man who reads nothing at all is better educated than the man who reads nothing but newspapers.
  616. The good opinion of mankind, like the lever of Archimedes, with the given fulcrum, moves the world.
  617. The glow of one warm thought is to me worth more than money.
  618. The earth belongs to the living, not to the dead.
  619. The constitutions of most of our States assert that all power is inherent in the people; that… it is their right and duty to be at all times armed.
  620. The care of human life and happiness, and not their destruction, is the first and only object of good government.
  621. The boisterous sea of liberty is never without a wave.
  622. The God who gave us life, gave us liberty at the same time.
  623. The Creator has not thought proper to mark those in the forehead who are of stuff to make good generals. We are first, therefore, to seek them blindfold, and then let them learn the trade at the expense of great losses.
  624. That government is the strongest of which every man feels himself a part.
  625. Taste cannot be controlled by law.
  626. Speeches that are measured by the hour will die with the hour.
  627. Sometimes it is said that man cannot be trusted with the government of himself. Can he, then be trusted with the government of others? Or have we found angels in the form of kings to govern him? Let history answer this question.
  628. So confident am I in the intentions, as well as wisdom, of the government, that I shall always be satisfied that what is not done, either cannot, or ought not to be done.
  629. Rightful liberty is unobstructed action according to our will within limits drawn around us by the equal rights of others. I do not add ‘within the limits of the law’ because law is often but the tyrant’s will, and always so when it violates the rights of the individual.
  630. Resort is had to ridicule only when reason is against us.
  631. Question with boldness even the existence of a God; because, if there be one, he must more approve of the homage of reason, than that of blind-folded fear.
  632. Power is not alluring to pure minds.
  633. Politics is such a torment that I advise everyone I love not to mix with it.
  634. Peace, commerce and honest friendship with all nations; entangling alliances with none.
  635. Peace and friendship with all mankind is our wisest policy, and I wish we may be permitted to pursue it.
  636. Peace and abstinence from European interferences are our objects, and so will continue while the present order of things in America remain uninterrupted.
  637. Our greatest happiness does not depend on the condition of life in which chance has placed us, but is always the result of a good conscience, good health, occupation, and freedom in all just pursuits.
  638. Our country is now taking so steady a course as to show by what road it will pass to destruction, to wit: by consolidation of power first, and then corruption, its necessary consequence.
  639. Only aim to do your duty, and mankind will give you credit where you fail.
  640. One travels more usefully when alone, because he reflects more.
  641. One man with courage is a majority.
  642. One loves to possess arms, though they hope never to have occasion for them.
  643. Nothing is unchangeable but the inherent and unalienable rights of man.
  644. Nothing gives one person so much advantage over another as to remain always cool and unruffled under all circumstances.
  645. Nothing can stop the man with the right mental attitude from achieving his goal; nothing on earth can help the man with the wrong mental attitude.
  646. None but an armed nation can dispense with a standing army. To keep ours armed and disciplined is therefore at all times important.
  647. No occupation is so delightful to me as the culture of the earth, and no culture comparable to that of the garden.
  648. No man will ever carry out of the Presidency the reputation which carried him into it.
  649. No government ought to be without censors; and where the press is free no one ever will.
  650. No freeman shall be debarred the use of arms.
  651. No duty the Executive had to perform was so trying as to put the right man in the right place.
  652. Never spend your money before you have earned it.
  653. My theory has always been, that if we are to dream, the flatteries of hope are as cheap, and pleasanter, than the gloom of despair.
  654. My only fear is that I may live too long. This would be a subject of dread to me.
  655. Money, not morality, is the principle commerce of civilized nations.
  656. Merchants have no country. The mere spot they stand on does not constitute so strong an attachment as that from which they draw their gains.
  657. Mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed.
  658. Leave no authority existing not responsible to the people.
  659. Leave all the afternoon for exercise and recreation, which are as necessary as reading. I will rather say more necessary because health is worth more than learning.
  660. It takes time to persuade men to do even what is for their own good.
  661. It is our duty still to endeavor to avoid war; but if it shall actually take place, no matter by whom brought on, we must defend ourselves. If our house be on fire, without inquiring whether it was fired from within or without, we must try to extinguish it.
  662. It is neither wealth nor splendor; but tranquility and occupation which give you happiness.
  663. It is more dangerous that even a guilty person should be punished without the forms of law than that he should escape.
  664. It is incumbent on every generation to pay its own debts as it goes. A principle which if acted on would save one-half the wars of the world.
  665. It is in our lives and not our words that our religion must be read.
  666. It is error alone which needs the support of government. Truth can stand by itself.
  667. It is always better to have no ideas than false ones; to believe nothing, than to believe what is wrong.
  668. It does me no injury for my neighbor to say there are twenty gods or no God.
  669. It behooves every man who values liberty of conscience for himself, to resist invasions of it in the case of others: or their case may, by change of circumstances, become his own.
  670. In truth, politeness is artificial good humor, it covers the natural want of it, and ends by rendering habitual a substitute nearly equivalent to the real virtue.
  671. In matters of style, swim with the current; in matters of principle, stand like a rock.
  672. In every country and every age, the priest had been hostile to Liberty.
  673. In defense of our persons and properties under actual violation, we took up arms. When that violence shall be removed, when hostilities shall cease on the part of the aggressors, hostilities shall cease on our part also.
  674. Ignorance is preferable to error, and he is less remote from the truth who believes nothing than he who believes what is wrong.
  675. If we can but prevent the government from wasting the labours of the people, under the pretence of taking care of them, they must become happy.
  676. If there is one principle more deeply rooted in the mind of every American, it is that we should have nothing to do with conquest.
  677. If the present Congress errs in too much talking, how can it be otherwise in a body to which the people send one hundred and fifty lawyers, whose trade it is to question everything, yield nothing, and talk by the hour?
  678. If a nation expects to be ignorant and free, in a state of civilization, it expects what never was and never will be.
  679. If God is just, I tremble for my country.
  680. I would rather be exposed to the inconveniences attending too much liberty than those attending too small a degree of it.
  681. I was bold in the pursuit of knowledge, never fearing to follow truth and reason to whatever results they led, and bearding every authority which stood in their way.
  682. I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just; that his justice cannot sleep forever.
  683. I think with the Romans, that the general of today should be a soldier tomorrow if necessary.
  684. I sincerely believe… that banking establishments are more dangerous than standing armies.
  685. I own that I am not a friend to a very energetic government. It is always oppressive.
  686. I never will, by any word or act, bow to the shrine of intolerance or admit a right of inquiry into the religious opinions of others.
  687. I never considered a difference of opinion in politics, in religion, in philosophy, as cause for withdrawing from a friend.
  688. I like the dreams of the future better than the history of the past.
  689. I know of no safe depository of the ultimate powers of the society but the people themselves; and if we think them not enlightened enough to exercise their control with a wholesome discretion, the remedy is not to take it from them but to inform their discretion.
  690. I hope we shall crush in its birth the aristocracy of our monied corporations which dare already to challenge our government to a trial by strength, and bid defiance to the laws of our country.
  691. I hope our wisdom will grow with our power, and teach us, that the less we use our power the greater it will be.
  692. I have sworn upon the altar of God, eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man.
  693. I have seen enough of one war never to wish to see another.
  694. I have no fear that the result of our experiment will be that men may be trusted to govern themselves without a master.
  695. I have no ambition to govern men; it is a painful and thankless office.
  696. I have done for my country, and for all mankind, all that I could do, and I now resign my soul, without fear, to my God – my daughter to my country.
  697. I find that he is happiest of whom the world says least, good or bad.
  698. I do not take a single newspaper, nor read one a month, and I feel myself infinitely the happier for it.
  699. I cannot live without books.
  700. I believe that every human mind feels pleasure in doing good to another.
  701. I am mortified to be told that, in the United States of America, the sale of a book can become a subject of inquiry, and of criminal inquiry too.
  702. I am an Epicurean. I consider the genuine (not the imputed) doctrines of Epicurus as containing everything rational in moral philosophy which Greek and Roman leave to us.
  703. I abhor war and view it as the greatest scourge of mankind.
  704. How much pain they have cost us, the evils which have never happened.
  705. Honesty is the first chapter in the book of wisdom.
  706. History, in general, only informs us of what bad government is.
  707. Here was buried Thomas Jefferson Author of the Declaration of American Independence Of the Statute of Virginia for religious freedom & Father of the University of Virginia.
  708. He who knows nothing is closer to the truth than he whose mind is filled with falsehoods and errors.
  709. He who knows best knows how little he knows.
  710. Happiness is not being pained in body or troubled in mind.
  711. Friendship is but another name for an alliance with the follies and the misfortunes of others. Our own share of miseries is sufficient: why enter then as volunteers into those of another?
  712. Force is the vital principle and immediate parent of despotism.
  713. For a people who are free, and who mean to remain so, a well-organized and armed militia is their best security.
  714. Fix reason firmly in her seat, and call to her tribunal every fact, every opinion. Question with boldness even the existence of a God; because, if there be one, he must more approve of the homage of reason, than that of blindfolded fear.
  715. Experience hath shewn, that even under the best forms of government those entrusted with power have, in time, and by slow operations, perverted it into tyranny.
  716. Experience demands that man is the only animal which devours his own kind, for I can apply no milder term to the general prey of the rich on the poor.
  717. Every government degenerates when trusted to the rulers of the people alone. The people themselves are its only safe depositories.
  718. Every citizen should be a soldier. This was the case with the Greeks and Romans, and must be that of every free state.
  719. Errors of opinion may be tolerated where reason is left free to combat it.
  720. Enlighten the people generally, and tyranny and oppressions of body and mind will vanish like evil spirits at the dawn of day.
  721. Educate and inform the whole mass of the people… They are the only sure reliance for the preservation of our liberty.
  722. Don’t talk about what you have done or what you are going to do.
  723. Do you want to know who you are? Don’t ask. Act! Action will delineate and define you.
  724. Do not bite at the bait of pleasure, till you know there is no hook beneath it.
  725. Difference of opinion is advantageous in religion. The several sects perform the office of a Censor – over each other.
  726. Determine never to be idle. No person will have occasion to complain of the want of time who never loses any. It is wonderful how much may be done if we are always doing.
  727. Dependence begets subservience and venality, suffocates the germ of virtue, and prepares fit tools for the designs of ambition.
  728. Delay is preferable to error.
  729. Conquest is not in our principles. It is inconsistent with our government.
  730. Commerce with all nations, alliance with none, should be our motto.
  731. But friendship is precious, not only in the shade, but in the sunshine of life, and thanks to a benevolent arrangement the greater part of life is sunshine.
  732. Books constitute capital. A library book lasts as long as a house, for hundreds of years. It is not, then, an article of mere consumption but fairly of capital, and often in the case of professional men, setting out in life, it is their only capital.
  733. Bodily decay is gloomy in prospect, but of all human contemplations the most abhorrent is body without mind.
  734. Be polite to all, but intimate with few.
  735. As our enemies have found we can reason like men, so now let us show them we can fight like men also.
  736. An injured friend is the bitterest of foes.
  737. An enemy generally says and believes what he wishes.
  738. An association of men who will not quarrel with one another is a thing which has never yet existed, from the greatest confederacy of nations down to a town meeting or a vestry.
  739. Always take hold of things by the smooth handle.
  740. All, too, will bear in mind this sacred principle, that though the will of the majority is in all cases to prevail, that will to be rightful must be reasonable; that the minority possess their equal rights, which equal law must protect, and to violate would be oppression.
  741. Advertisements contain the only truths to be relied on in a newspaper.
  742. A wise and frugal government, which shall restrain men from injuring one another, shall leave them otherwise free to regulate their own pursuits of industry and improvement, and shall not take from the mouth of labor the bread it has earned.
  743. A coward is much more exposed to quarrels than a man of spirit.
  744. A Bill of Rights is what the people are entitled to against every government, and what no just government should refuse, or rest on inference.
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  888. You will be better advised to watch what we do instead of what we say.
  889. You can’t stay in your corner of the forest waiting for others to come to you. You have to go to them sometimes.
  890. What I say is that, if a fellow really likes potatoes, he must be a pretty decent sort of fellow.
  891. Weeds are flowers too, once you get to know them.
  892. War is something of man’s own fostering, and if all mankind renounces it, then it is no longer there.
  893. To the uneducated, an A is just three sticks.
  894. Tiggers don’t like honey.
  895. The third-rate mind is only happy when it is thinking with the majority. The second-rate mind is only happy when it is thinking with the minority. The first-rate mind is only happy when it is thinking.
  896. The Old Testament is responsible for more atheism, agnosticism, disbelief – call it what you will – than any book ever written. It has emptied more churches than all the counter-attractions of cinema, motor-bicycle and golf course.
  897. Some people care too much. I think it’s called love.
  898. Promise me you’ll always remember: You’re braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.
  899. Organizing is what you do before you do something, so that when you do it, it is not all mixed up.
  900. One of the advantages of being disorderly is that one is constantly making exciting discoveries.
  901. No sensible author wants anything but praise.
  902. Never forget me, because if I thought you would, I’d never leave.
  903. My spelling is Wobbly. It’s good spelling but it Wobbles, and the letters get in the wrong places.
  904. It is more fun to talk with someone who doesn’t use long, difficult words but rather short, easy words, like ‘What about lunch?’
  905. Is ‘The Wind in the Willows’ a children’s book? Is ‘Alice in Wonderland?’ Is ‘Treasure Island?’ These are masterpieces which we read with pleasure as children, but with how much more pleasure when we are grown-up.
  906. If you live to be a hundred, I want to live to be a hundred minus one day so I never have to live without you.
  907. If one is to be called a liar, one may as well make an effort to deserve the name.
  908. I suppose that every one of us hopes secretly for immortality; to leave, I mean, a name behind him which will live forever in this world, whatever he may be doing, himself, in the next.
  909. I gave up writing children’s books. I wanted to escape from them as I had once wanted to escape from ‘Punch’: as I have always wanted to escape. In vain.
  910. I am sure of this: that no one can write a book which children will like unless he write it for himself first.
  911. Golf is so popular simply because it is the best game in the world at which to be bad.
  912. Don’t underestimate the value of doing nothing, of just going along, listening to all the thing you can’t hear, and not bothering.
  913. Did you ever stop to think, and forget to start again?
  914. Bores can be divided into two classes; those who have their own particular subject, and those who do not need a subject.
  915. Almost anyone can be an author; the business is to collect money and fame from this state of being.
  916. A writer wants something more than money for his work: he wants permanence.
  917. A clever conjurer is welcome anywhere, and those of us whose powers of entertainment are limited to the setting of booby-traps or the arranging of apple-pie beds must view with envy the much greater tribute of laughter and applause which is the lot of the prestidigitator with some natural gift for legerdemain.
  918. You see, God helps only people who work hard. That principle is very clear.
  919. You have to dream before your dreams can come true.
  920. Writing is my love. If you love something, you find a lot of time. I write for two hours a day, usually starting at midnight; at times, I start at 11.
  921. Widespread use of antibiotics promotes the spread of antibiotic resistance. Smart use of antibiotics is the key to controlling its spread.
  922. Why are we, as a nation so obsessed with foreign things? Is it a legacy of our colonial years? We want foreign television sets. We want foreign shirts. We want foreign technology. Why this obsession with everything imported?
  923. While children are struggling to be unique, the world around them is trying all means to make them look like everybody else.
  924. Wherever I go, as long as I get a hot vegetable dish, I am okay. If I am in Gujarat, I have Gujarati food. If it’s Shillong, it’s northeastern.
  925. Where there is righteousness in the heart, there is harmony in the house; when there is harmony in the house, there is order in the nation; when there is order in the nation, there is peace in the world.
  926. Where there is righteousness in the heart, there is beauty in the character. When there is beauty in the character, there is harmony in the home. When there is harmony in the home, there is order in the nation. When there is order in the nation, there is peace in the world.
  927. Where do the evils like corruption arise from? It comes from the never-ending greed. The fight for corruption-free ethical society will have to be fought against this greed and replace it with ‘what can I give’ spirit.
  928. When you look at the light bulb above you, you remember Thomas Alva Edison. When the telephone bell rings, you remember Alexander Graham Bell. Marie Curie was the first woman to win the Nobel Prize. When you see the blue sky, you think of Sir C.V. Raman.
  929. When we tackle obstacles, we find hidden reserves of courage and resilience we did not know we had. And it is only when we are faced with failure do we realise that these resources were always there within us. We only need to find them and move on with our lives.
  930. When grand plans for scientific and defence technologies are made, do the people in power think about the sacrifices the people in the laboratories and fields have to make?
  931. When a nation is surrounded by weaponized nations, she has to equip herself.
  932. When I took over as president, I studied the Constitution, and the more I studied it, the more I realised that it does not prevent the president of India from giving the nation a vision. So when I went and presented this vision in Parliament and in legislative assemblies; everyone welcomed it, irrespective of party affiliations.
  933. What is politics? Political system is equal to development politics plus political politics.
  934. We will be remembered only if we give to our younger generation a prosperous and safe India, resulting out of economic prosperity coupled with civilizational heritage.
  935. We should remember that there are nations which meet more than 30 to 60% of their power requirements through the nuclear power system.
  936. We should not give up and we should not allow the problem to defeat us.
  937. We must think and act like a nation of a billion people and not like that of a million people. Dream, dream, dream!
  938. We must get rid of fossil fuels by developing injection systems for automobiles, which can run on bio-fuel.
  939. We have not invaded anyone. We have not conquered anyone. We have not grabbed their land, their culture, their history and tried to enforce our way of life on them.
  940. War is never a lasting solution for any problem.
  941. Unless India stands up to the world, no one will respect us. In this world, fear has no place. Only strength respects strength.
  942. Ultimately, education in its real sense is the pursuit of truth. It is an endless journey through knowledge and enlightenment.
  943. Today, India is a nuclear weapons state.
  944. Today, India consumes about 682 watts per capita, far lesser than developed nations. As India develops, it will definitely require a lot more energy.
  945. To succeed in your mission, you must have single-minded devotion to your goal.
  946. To become ‘unique,’ the challenge is to fight the hardest battle which anyone can imagine until you reach your destination.
  947. Those who cannot work with their hearts achieve but a hollow, half-hearted success that breeds bitterness all around.
  948. There is not enough funding for basic sciences in India. We have to invest in a big way, and I am pushing that idea.
  949. There has to be a global mission of human progress.
  950. There are a number of women who have brought about immense change in society.
  951. The youth need to be enabled to become job generators from job seekers.
  952. The world has today 546 nuclear plants generating electricity. Their experience is being continuously researched, and feedback should be provided to all. Nuclear scientists have to interact with the people of the nation, and academic institutions continuously update nuclear power generation technology and safety.
  953. The wealth of information now available at the click of a finger amazes me.
  954. The purpose of education is to make good human beings with skill and expertise… Enlightened human beings can be created by teachers.
  955. The government, whether state or central, is elected. That means we have a responsibility to elect the right kind of leaders.
  956. The bird is powered by its own life and by its motivation.
  957. The President’s post should not be politicised. Once a president is elected, he is above politics.
  958. The Bay of Bengal is hit frequently by cyclones. The months of November and May, in particular, are dangerous in this regard.
  959. Tell me, why is the media here so negative? Why are we in India so embarrassed to recognise our own strengths, our achievements? We are such a great nation. We have so many amazing success stories but we refuse to acknowledge them. Why?
  960. Teaching is a very noble profession that shapes the character, caliber, and future of an individual. If the people remember me as a good teacher, that will be the biggest honour for me.
  961. Smart habitation is an integrated area of villages and a city working in harmony and where the rural and urban divide has reduced to thin line.
  962. Small aim is a crime; have great aim.
  963. Small aim is a crime.
  964. Science is global. Einstein’s equation, E=mc2, has to reach everywhere. Science is a beautiful gift to humanity, we should not distort it. Science does not differentiate between multiple races.
  965. Science is a beautiful gift to humanity; we should not distort it.
  966. Science has revealed that the human body is made up of millions and millions of atoms… For example, I am made up of 5.8×10 27 atoms.
  967. Regarding marriage, it – somehow, it didn’t happen. One fellow in such a big family not getting married is not an issue.
  968. Real education enhances the dignity of a human being and increases his or her self-respect. If only the real sense of education could be realized by each individual and carried forward in every field of human activity, the world will be so much a better place to live in.
  969. Rameswaram has, since antiquity, been an important pilgrimage destination.
  970. Poetry comes from the highest happiness or the deepest sorrow.
  971. Over the years, I had nurtured the hope to be able to fly; to handle a machine as it rose higher and higher in the stratosphere was my dearest dream.
  972. One of the very important characteristics of a student is to question. Let the students ask questions.
  973. One of the more difficult tasks for me as president was to decide on the issue of confirming capital punishment awarded by courts… to my surprise… almost all cases which were pending had a social and economic bias.
  974. One lesson that every nation can learn from China is to focus more on creating village-level enterprises, quality health services and educational facilities.
  975. No sanction can stand against ignited minds.
  976. No religion has mandated killing others as a requirement for its sustenance or promotion.
  977. New markets could be created by rural potentials, which could lead to rise in the employment.
  978. Never stop fighting until you arrive at your destined place – that is, the unique you. Have an aim in life, continuously acquire knowledge, work hard, and have perseverance to realise the great life.
  979. Nations consist of people. And with their effort, a nation can accomplish all it could ever want.
  980. My view is that at a younger age your optimism is more and you have more imagination etc. You have less bias.
  981. My message, especially to young people is to have courage to think differently, courage to invent, to travel the unexplored path, courage to discover the impossible and to conquer the problems and succeed. These are great qualities that they must work towards. This is my message to the young people.
  982. My hair grows and grows; you cannot stop it – that fellow grows, it grows wild.
  983. My 2020 Vision for India is to transform it into a developed nation. That cannot be abstract; it is a lifeline.
  984. Medical costs are of concern, both in developing and developed countries.
  985. Measuring nuclear yield depends on multiple parameters – the location and number of instruments, the geology of the area, the location of the seismic station in relation to the test site.
  986. Man needs his difficulties because they are necessary to enjoy success.
  987. Look at the sky. We are not alone. The whole universe is friendly to us and conspires only to give the best to those who dream and work.
  988. Life is a difficult game. You can win it only by retaining your birthright to be a person.
  989. Let us sacrifice our today so that our children can have a better tomorrow.
  990. Let me define a leader. He must have vision and passion and not be afraid of any problem. Instead, he should know how to defeat it. Most importantly, he must work with integrity.
  991. It’s when children are 15, 16 or 17 that they decide whether they want to be a doctor, an engineer, a politician or go to the Mars or moon. That is the time they start having a dream, and that’s the time you can work on them. You can help them shape their dreams.
  992. It means, people who are in high and responsible positions, if they go against righteousness, righteousness itself will get transformed into a destroyer.
  993. India’s trade deficit is because of excess of import over exports.
  994. India should walk on her own shadow – we must have our own development model.
  995. India has to be transformed into a developed nation, a prosperous nation and a healthy nation, with a value system.
  996. India can live without nuclear weapons. That’s our dream, and it should be the dream of the U.S. also.
  997. In a democracy, the well-being, individuality and happiness of every citizen is important for the overall prosperity, peace and happiness of the nation.
  998. In India we only read about death, sickness, terrorism, crime.
  999. If you want to shine like a sun, first burn like a sun.
  1000. If we are not free, no one will respect us.

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