Saturday, December 10, 2011

Quotables - The Benjamin Franklin Edition, Part II

Benjamin Franklin – “Mine is better than ours.” 47

Benjamin Franklin – “Most fools think they are only ignorant.” 62

Benjamin Franklin – “Never leave that till tomorrow which you can do today.” 76

Benjamin Franklin – “No gains without pains.” 45

Benjamin Franklin – “Our necessities never equal our wants” 59

Benjamin Franklin – “Pride breakfasted with Plenty, dined with Poverty, supped with Infamy.” 92

Benjamin Franklin – “Rather go to bed supperless than rise in debt.” 68

Benjamin Franklin – “There is no little enemy.” 47

Benjamin Franklin – “They that give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.” 129

Benjamin Franklin – “Three may keep a secret, if two of them are dead.” 71

Benjamin Franklin – “Wealth is not his that has it, but his that enjoys it.” 76

Benjamin Franklin – “Well done is better than well said.” 57

Benjamin Franklin – “We must hang together or assuredly we shall hang separately.” 82

Benjamin Franklin – “What maintains one vice would bring up two children.” 74

Benjamin Franklin – “Whatever is begun in anger ends in shame.” 63

Benjamin Franklin – “Where liberty is, there is my country.” 60

Benjamin Franklin – “Where there's marriage without love, there will be love without marriage.” 95

Benjamin Franklin – “Whoever would overthrow the liberty of a nation must begin by subduing the freeness of speech.” 116

Monday, November 21, 2011

Quotables - The Benjamin Franklin Edition, Part I

Benjamin Franklin – “Applause waits on success.” 48

Benjamin Franklin – “Beware of little expenses; a small leak will sink a great ship.” 85

Benjamin Franklin – “Diligence is the mother of good luck.” 59

Benjamin Franklin – “Ere you consult your fancy, consult your purse.” 69

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Benjamin Franklin – “He does not possess wealth that allows it to possess him.” 79

Ben Franklin – “He who shall introduce into public affairs, the principles of primitive Christianity will change the face of the world.” 136

Benjamin Franklin – “He that can have patience can have what he will.” 70

Benjamin Franklin – “He that falls in love with himself will have no rivals.” 77

Benjamin Franklin – “He that is good for making excuses is seldom good for anything else.” 90

Benjamin Franklin – “He that lies down with Dogs, shall rise up with fleas." 76

Benjamin Franklin – “Honesty is the best policy.” 49

Benjamin Franklin – “If a man could have half his wishes he would double his troubles.” 87

Benjamin Franklin – “Is there anything men take more pains about than to render themselves unhappy?” 100

Benjamin Franklin – “I will speak ill of no man and speak all the good I know of everybody.” 92

Benjamin Franklin – “Keep your eyes wide open before marriage, and half-shut afterwards.” 89

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Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Quotables - The Lewis Grizzard Edition

Lewis Grizzard – “Bad luck is meeting your date's father and realizing he's the pharmacist you bought condoms from that afternoon."   134

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Lewis Grizzard – “Baptists never make love standing up. They're afraid someone might see them and think they're dancing." 121

Lewis Grizzard – “Don't let your mouth write a check your ass can't cash." 74

Lewis Grizzard – “Do you know what Bill Clinton always does when he finishes making love? He goes home." 106

Lewis Grizzard - "Don't bend over in the garden, Granny, you know them taters got eyes." 88

Lewis Grizzard – “First, we really don’t care how you did it in Chicago. Second, if you miss it so much, Delta is ready when you are.” 134

Lewis Grizzard – “I come from a large family. In fact, I never slept alone until I was married." 96

Lewis Grizzard – “I have it on good authority that Yankee men are so lazy they marry pregnant women." 101

Lewis Grizzard – “I have three ex-wives. I can't remember any of their names, so I just call 'em Plaintiff." 108

Lewis Grizzard – “I know lots of people who are educated far beyond their intelligence." 88

Lewis Grizzard – “I really don't mind flying. It's the crashing and burning that bothers me." 93

Lewis Grizzard – “I'm not saying Kim Bassinger is gorgeous, but I'd marry her dog just to be part of the family." 113

Lewis Grizzard – “I'm still not sure what sodomy is, but I know for a fact that all my ex-wives were against it." 113

Lewis Grizzard - "If love was oil, I'd be a quart low." 55

Lewis Grizzard – “My ex-wives had one thing in common. When they left, they all backed up a truck." 99

Lewis Grizzard – “Pornography does, in fact, have an effect on men. I grew up thinking that all women had a staple in their navel." 131

Lewis Grizzard – “Shoot low boys! They're ridin' Shetland ponies!" 66

Lewis Grizzard – “The greatest form of birth control known to man is a Bronx accent." 85

Lewis Grizzard – “The next time I feel the urge to get married, I think I'll just find a woman I hate and buy her a house.” 123

Lewis Grizzard – “The only good thing that ever came out of Chicago was I-65 South.” 84

Lewis Grizzard – “The world around me is a tuxedo, and I'm a pair of brown shoes.” 82

Lewis Grizzard – “There are only three ways to sleep on a train: be dead tired, dead drunk, or just plain dead.” 112

Lewis Grizzard – “Why is it necessary to stand in line to deal with any branch of the government?” 98

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Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Quotables - The George Washington Edition

George Washington – “A free people ought to be armed, but disciplined.” 71

George Washington – “Arbitrary power is most easily established on the ruins of liberty abused to licentiousness.” 114

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George Washington – “Do not conceive that fine clothes make fine men, any more than fine feathers make fine birds.” 115

George Washington – “Few men have virtue to withstand the highest bidder.” 74

George Washington – “Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth.” 120

George Washington – “Guard against the impostures of pretended patriotism.” 75

George Washington – “Happiness and moral duty are inseparably connected.” 73

George Washington – “If the freedom of speech is taken away then dumb and silent we may be led, like sheep to the slaughter.” 125

George Washington – “In a free and republican government, you cannot restrain the voice of the multitude.” 106

George Washington – “It is impossible to govern rightly without God and the Bible.” 83

George Washington – “Labor to keep alive in your breast that little spark of celestial fire called conscience.” 111

George Washington – “Let us raise a standard to which the wise and honest can repair; the rest is in the hands of God.” 119

George Washington – “Let your heart feel for the afflictions and distress of everyone, and let your hand give in proportion to your purse.” 139

George Washington - “Liberty, when it begins to take root, is a plant of rapid growth.” 87

George Washington – “Mankind, when left to themselves, are unfit for their own government.” 91

George Washington – “Observe good faith and justice toward all nations. Cultivate peace and harmony with all.” 110

George Washington – “The administration of justice is the firmest pillar of government.” 88

George Washington – “The basis of our political systems is the right of the people to make and to alter their constitutions of government.” 139

George Washington – “The Constitution is the guide which I never will abandon.” 79

George Washington – “There can be no greater error than to expect or calculate upon real favors from nation to nation.” 119

George Washington – “To be prepared for war is one of the most effective means of preserving peace.” 100

George Washington – “Truth will ultimately prevail where there is pains to bring it to light.” 94

George Washington – “When we assumed the Soldier, we did not lay aside the citizen.” 84
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Friday, February 18, 2011

Quotables 7

Ernest Hemingway – “Always do sober what you said you'd do drunk. That will teach you to keep your mouth shut.” 111

Ernest Hemingway – “A man can be destroyed but not defeated.” 61

Ernest Hemingway – “Because Fascism is a lie, it is condemned to literary sterility.” 85

Ernest Hemingway – “Courage is grace under pressure.” 53

Ernest Hemingway – “Never mistake motion for action.” 53

O. Henry – “A straw vote only shows which way the hot air blows.” 65

Patrick Henry – “Give me liberty or give me death.” 51

Heraclitus – “Character is destiny.” 36

Heraclitus – “There is nothing permanent except change.” 56

Heraclitus – “This alone is wise, to understand the intelligence by which all things are steered through all things.” 117

Herodotus – “All men's gains are the fruit of venturing.” 57

Herodotus – “Force has no place where there is need of skill.” 62

Herodotus – “Great deeds are usually wrought at great risks.” 61

Herodotus – “I am bound to tell what I am told, but not in every case to believe it.” 85

Herodotus – “In peace, sons bury their fathers. In war, fathers bury their sons.” 81

Herodotus – “It is clear that not in one thing alone, but in many ways equality and freedom of speech are a good thing.” 120

Herodotus – “Of all possessions a friend is the most precious.” 63

Herodotus – “The most hateful human misfortune is for a wise man to have no influence.” 87

Herodotus – “The only good is knowledge, and the only evil is ignorance.” 73

Herodotus – “The worst pain a man can suffer: to have insight into much and power over nothing.” 96

Hermann Hesse – “Some people regard themselves as perfect, but only because they demand little of themselves.” 110

Hermann Hesse – “When two cultures collide is the only time when true suffering exists.” 88

Cullen Hightower – “We may not imagine how our lives could be more frustrating and complex, but Congress can.” 110

Napoleon Hill – “No man is ever whipped, until he quits – in his own mind.” 75

Burton Hillis – “Happiness is not a destination. It is a method of life.” 73

Burton Hillis – “There's a mighty big difference between good, sound reasons and reasons that sound good.” 106

Thomas Hobbes – “Covenants without swords are but words.” 57

Eric Hoffer – “A society becomes stagnant when its people are too rational or too serious to be tempted by baubles.” 116

Eric Hoffer – “I doubt if the oppressed ever fight for freedom. They fight for pride and power – the power to oppress others.” 126

Eric Hoffer – “In every passionate pursuit, the pursuit counts more than the object pursued.” 93

Eric Hoffer – “It is easier to love humanity as a whole than to love one's neighbor.” 85

Eric Hoffer – “It is futile to judge a kind deed by its motives. Kindness can become its own motive. We are made kind by being kind.” 133

Eric Hoffer – “The aspiration toward freedom is the most essentially human of all human manifestations.” 104

Eric Hoffer – “The sick in soul insist that it is humanity that is sick, and they are the surgeons to operate on it.” 117

Eric Hoffer – “The world leans on us. When we sag, the whole world seems to droop." 83

Eric Hoffer – “There can be no freedom without freedom to fail.” 64

Eric Hoffer – “There is always a chance that he who sets himself up as his brother’s keeper will end up being his jailkeeper.” 126

Eric Hoffer – “We cannot win the weak by sharing our wealth with them. They feel our generosity as oppression.” 111

Eric Hoffer – “Where things have not changed at all, there is the least likelihood of revolution.” 98

J. G. Holland – “God gives every bird its food, but He does not throw it into the nest.” 88

Oliver Wendell Holmes – “Every calling is great when greatly pursued.” 70

Oliver Wendell Holmes – “It is the province of knowledge to speak, and it is the privilege of wisdom to listen.” 112

Oliver Wendell Holmes – “The right to swing my fist ends where the other man's nose begins.” 92