By Category

Aaron, Hank - Category: Witticism

It took me 17 years to get 3,000 hits in baseball. It took me one afternoon on the golf course.

Acton, Lord - Category: Power

Power tends to corrupt and absolute power corrupts absolutely.

Adams, Alice - Category: Maxims to Live By

There is no failure except in no longer trying.

Adams, Douglas - Category: Miscellaneous

Commercial television is about delivering people to advertisers, but public broadcasters are there to take programs to the people.


Anaconda, Angela - Category: Success

You can't drill for oil without going through the mud.

Kid's cartoon show.

Asimov, Isaac - Category: Observation

The saddest aspect of life right now is that science gathers knowledge faster than society gathers wisdom.

Atkinson, Brooks - Category: War

After each war there is a little less democracy to save.

Bach, Richard - Category: Success

Argue for your limitations and they become yours.

Baldwin, James - Category: Children

Children have never been good at listening to their elders, but they have never failed to imitate them.

Ball, Lucille (Comedian. 1911--1989) - Category: Time

If you want something done, ask a busy person to do it. The more things you do, the more you can do.

Balzac - Category: Love

It as absurd to say that a man can't love one woman all the time as it is to say that a violinist needs several violins to play the same piece of music.

Banzai, Buckaroo - Category: Perception

Nothing is ever what it seems to be, but everything is exactly what it is.

Character from the 1984 cult movie 'The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension'

Baring, Maruice - Category: Money

If you would know what the Lord God thinks of money, you have only to look at those to whom he gives it.

Also ascribed to Dorothy Parker.

Barnum, P.T. - Category: Miscellaneous

There's a sucker born every minute.

Barres, Maruice - Category: Politics

The politician is an acrobat. He keeps his balance by saying the opposite of what he does.

Barrymore, John - Category: Miscellaneous

The good die young because they can see that it's no use living if you've got to be good.

Bastiat, Frederic - French Economist - Category: War

When goods do not cross borders, soliders will.

Beatles, The - Category: Love

And in the end, the love you take is equal to the love you make.

Bebel, August - Category: War

In time of war the loudest patriots are the greatest profiteers.

Bejar, Hada - Category: Advice

The fragrance of the rose stays in the hand that gives the rose.

Berra, Yogi - Category: Life

You have to be careful if you don't know where you're going, because you might not get there.

Berrigan, Phillip - Category: Law

Let lawmakers, judges and lawyers think less of the law and more of justice.

Bierce, Ambrose - Category: Business

The Company: An ingenious device for obtaining individual profit without individual responsibility.

Blue Hills - Category: Life

People never really die until no-one wants to remember them any more. Goodbye and God bless.

Last line broadcast on the Australian radio series Blue Hills that ran for 27 years from 1949 to 30 Sep 1976 on ABC radio. All 5,795 episodes were written by Gwen Merredith who died at 98 in 2006 in Bowral (NSW).

Bohr, Niels - Category: Witticism

No, no, you're not thinking, you're just being logical.

Bonaparte, Napoleon - Category: Politics

Authoritarian government required to speak, is silent... Representative government required to speak, lies with impunity.

Bonaparte, Napoleon - Category: Success

Give me lucky Generals.

Napoleon's rebuke to critics who said he won many battles simply because of luck.

Bovard, James - Civil Libertarian (1994) - Category: Politics

Democracy must be something more than two wolves and a sheep voting on what to have for dinner.

Brando, Marlon - Category: Miscellaneous

I am myself and if I have to hit my head against a brick wall to remain true to myself, I will do it.

Died July 2004 at the age of 80.

Brevin, Coach - Category: Attitude

The problem is not the problem. The problem is your attitude about the problem. Got that?

From 'The Sisterhood of Traveling Pants' by Anne Brashares. Quote given to me on 7 August 2007 by Michelle Pryor

Brown, Charlie (by Charles Shultz) - Category: Life

In your life, one day must be the happiest. What if you've already had it?

Brown, Charlie (by Charles Shultz) - Category: Miscellaneous

I'm was sitting here watching the world go by but it didn't.

Buffet, Warren - Category: Business

All there is to investing is picking good stocks at good times and staying with them as long as they remain good companies.

Camus, Albert - Category: Miscellaneous

If a master can't do without his slave, which of the two is a free man?

Charles de Secondat, Baron de Montesquieu (1689-1775) - Category: Law

Useless laws weaken necessary laws.

Charles I - King of Britain - Category: Advice

Never make a defence or apology before you be accused.

Chekhov - Category: Law

If the Prince of Monaco has a roulette table, surely convicts may play cards.

Chesterfield,Thomas - Category: Business

Few people do business well who do nothing else.

Chevalier, Maurice - Category: Age

Old age isn't so bad when you consider the alternative.

Chinese Proverb - Category: Proverb

The absolute minimum should be good enough.

Apocryphal perhaps but instructive.

Churchill, Winston - UK Prime Minister - Category: Life

We make a living by what we get, we make a life by what we give.

Churchill, Winston - UK Prime Minister - Category: Miscellaneous

An appeaser is one who feeds a crocodile - hoping it will eat him last.

Churchill, Winston - UK Prime Minister - Category: Miscellaneous

There is no such thing as public opinion. There is only published opinion.

Churchill, Winston - UK Prime Minister - Category: Politics

The inherent vice of capitalism is the unequal sharing of the blessings. The inherent blessing of socialism is the equal sharing of misery.

Churchill, Winston - UK Prime Minister - Category: Success

A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.

Compare with his more succinct 'Difficulties mastered are opportunities won'.

Churchill, Winston - UK Prime Minister - Category: Witticism

Lady Nancy Astor: If you were my husband, I would poison you coffeee. Winston Churchill: If I were you husband, I would drink it.

Churchill, Winston - UK Prime Minister - Category: Witticism

If this is a blessing, it is certainly very well disguised.

Churchill, Winston - UK Prime Minister - Category: Writing

Please be good enough to put your conclusions and recommendations on one sheet of paper in the very beginning of your report, so I can even consider reading it.

Cleese, John - Category: Humour

I have seen better organised creatures than you running round farmyards with their heads cut off.

Confuscious - Category: Age

A man should not be ignorant of his parent's age. On one hand it is a matter for rejoicing and on the other, anxiety.

Coolidge, Calvin - Category: Success

Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful people with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated failures. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent.

Coolridge, Calvin - Category: Advice

If you see ten troubles coming down the road, you can be sure that nine will run into the ditch before they reach you and you have to battle with only one of them.

Also the proverb 'Do not cross your bridges until you get to them.'

Covey, Stephen R. - Category: Life

Trust is the glue of life. It's the most essential ingredient in effective communication. It's the foundational principle that holds all relationships.

Author of The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

Covey, Stephen R. - Category: Life

Treat a man as he is and he will remain as he is. Treat a man as he can and should be and he will become as he can and should be.

Author of The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

Covey, Stephen R. - Category: Life

Most people do not listen with the intent to understand; they listen with the intent to reply.

Author of The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

Covey, Stephen R. - Category: Life

Start with the end in mind.

Author of The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

Cowper, William - Category: Miscellaneous

Variety's the spice of life.

Craik, Dinah Mulock - Category: Miscellaneous

Believe only half of what you see and nothing that you hear.

Da Vinci, Leonardo - Category: Knowledge

All our knowledge has its origins in our perceptions.

Dali, Salvador - Category: Success

Do not fear perfection, you will never achieve

Dame Edna Everage (Barry Humphreys) - Category: Witticism

A Father's nightmare, an Uncle's delight.

In reference to the young and cheekily-dressed pop starlet, Sophie Ellis-Bextor.

Dangerfield, Rodney - Category: Humour

We sleep in separate rooms, we have dinner apart, we take separate vacations; we're doing everything we can to keep our marriage together.

Dayan, Moshe - Category: Advice

If you want to make peace, you don't talk to your friends. You talk to your enemies.

Demonax of Cyprus - Category: Law

Good men need no laws and bad men are not made better by them.

Deng Xiaoping - Category: Politics

I don't care if it is a black or white cat, if it catches mice it is a good cat.

This comment was made in reference to whether a system was communist or capitalist. After this comment, Mao Zedung purged him. He was purged twice but remarkably survived to succeed Mao.

Dickens, Charles - Category: Law

The law is an ass.

Disraeli - Category: Love

The magic of first love is our ignorance that it can never end.

Dorgan, Byron - Category: Business

You can delegate authority, but you cannot delegate responsibility.

xref: Krafve, Richard E

Dr. Seuss - Category: Life

Do not cry because it is over, smile because it happened.

Durocher, Leo - Category: Success

Nice guys finish last.

Dylan, Bob - Category: Conscience

People don't do what they believe in. They just do what is most convenient, then they repent.

Brownsville Girl

Dylan, Bob - Category: Law

Steal a little an' they throw you in jail, Steal a lot an' they make you king

From the song 'Sweetheart Like You'

Dylan, Bob - Category: Originality

Oh if there's an original thought out there, I could use it right now.

From the song 'Brownsville Girl'.

Dylan, Bob - Category: Time

Time is an ocean but it ends at the shore, you may not see me tomorrow.

From the song 'Oh Sister' on the album 'Desire Album'.

Dylan, Bob - Category: Time

Time is a jet plane, it moves too fast, Oh what a shame all that we shared can't last

From the song 'You're a Big Girl Now' on the album 'Blood on the Tracks'.

Edison, Thomas Alva (1847 to 1931) - Category: Health

The doctor of the future will give no medicine, but will instruct his patient in the care of the human frame, in diet and in the cause and prevention of disease. (abridged version)

Full Version: Nineteen hundred and three will bring great advances in surgery, in the study of bacteria, in the knowledge of the cause and prevention of disease. Medicine is played out. Every new discovery of bacteria shows us all the more convincingly that we have been wrong and that the million tons of stuff we have taken was all useless. The doctor of the future will give no medicine, but will instruct his patient in the care of the human frame, in diet and in the cause and prevention of disease. They may even discover the germ of old age. I don't predict it, but it might be by the sacrifice of animal life, human life could be prolonged. Surgery, diet, antiseptics - these three are the vital things of the future in preserving the health of humanity. There were never so many able, active minds at work on the problems of diseases as now, and all their discoveries are tending to the simple truth - that you can't improve on nature.

Edison, Thomas Alva (1847 to 1931) - Category: Success

Show me a thoroughly satisfied man - and I will show you a failure.

Einstein, Albert - Category: Education

If you can't explain it simply, you don't understand it well enough.

Einstein, Albert - Category: Miscellaneous

A ship is always safe at the shore, but that is not what it is built for.

Einstein, Albert - Category: Success

I do not consider myself to have any special talent. Curiosity, obsession, and dogged endurance, combined with self-criticism, have led me to my ideas.

Elbert Hubbard (American Philosopher) - Category: Success

Many people fail in life, not for lack of ability or brains or even courage but simply because they have never organised their energies around a goal.

Ellis, Havelock - Category: Life

Pain and death are part of life. To reject them is to reject life itself.

Compare to Bhuddist saying: To reject sufferring is to reject life.

Ellison, Larry Ellison - Category: Life

Winning is not enough. Everybody else has to lose.

Founder of Oracle - An example of a bad outlook on life.

Emerson, Ralph Waldo - Category: Observation

Common sense is genius dressed in its working clothes.

Emerson, Ralph Waldo - Category: Reading

We often read with as much talent as we write

Epictetus (Philosopher) - Category: Character

When we are offended at any man's fault, turn to yourself and study your own failings. Then you will forget your anger.

Epictetus (Philosopher) - Category: Success

The greater the difficulty, the more the glory in surmounting it. Skillful pilots gain their reputation from storms and tempests.

Faulkner, William - Category: Witticism

He has never been known to use a word that might send a reader to the dictionary.

In reference to Ernest Hemingway

Ford, Henry (1863-1947) - Category: Business

It is not the employer who pays the wages. Employers only handle the money. It is the customer who pays the wages.

Ford, Henry (1863-1947) - Category: Success

Think you can, think you can't - either way you're right!

Ford, Henry (1863-1947) - Category: Success

Nothing is particularly hard if you divide it into small jobs.

Similarly - 'There are no big problems, there are just a lot of little problems.' An application of the KISS philosophy.

Ford, Henry (1863-1947) - Category: Success

It has been my observation that most people get ahead during the time that others waste.

Ford, Henry (1863-1947) - Category: Success

When everything seems to be going against you, remember that the airplane takes off against the wind, not with it.

Ford, Henry (1863-1947) - Category: Work

It is not the employer who pays wages - he only handles the money. It is the product that pays wages.

France - Category: Law

The law, in its majestic equality, forbids the rich as well as the poor to sleep under the bridges.

Franklin, Benjamin - Category: Advice

Keep thy eyes wide open before marriage and half shut afterward.

Franklin, Benjamin - Category: Classic

Time is money.

Franklin, Benjamin - Category: God

If men are so wicked with religion, what would they be without it.

Franklin, Benjamin - Category: God

How many observe Christ's birthday! How few, his precepts! Zero! 'tis easier to keep holidays than commandments.

Franklin, Benjamin - Category: Humility

To be humble to superiors is duty, to equals courtesy, to inferiors nobleness.

Franklin, Benjamin - Category: Maxims to Live By

While we may not be able to control all that happens to us, we can control what happens inside us.

Franklin, Benjamin - Category: Money

He that is of the opinion money will do everything may well be suspected of doing everything for money.

Frey, Amber - Category: Success

In the end, it all comes to choices to turn stumbling blocks into stepping stones.

Frey, George - Category: Life

What is the meaning of life? Whatever you want it to be.

Frost, Robert - Category: Witticism

A diplomat is a man who always remembers a woman's birthday but never remembers her age.

Fuller, Thomas - Category: Law

Rigid justice is the greatest injustice.

Fuller, Thomas - Category: Observation

Some have been thought brave because they were afraid to run away.

Fuller, Thomas - Category: Water

We never know the worth of water till the well is dry.

Galbraith, J.K. - Category: Politics

If one feeds the horse enough oats, some will pass through to the road for the sparrows.

Comment on trickle-down of supply-side theory - that if the rich are richer they will invest more and the extra wealth created will 'trickle down' to the poor. Used to justify giving tax cuts to the rich.

Gandhi, Mahatma - Category: Importance

To the world you may be one person but to one person you may be the world.

George, David Lloyd - Category: Advice

Don't be afraid to take a big step. You can't cross a chasm in two small jumps.

Contrast with Ashanti Proverb.

Gerould, Katharine Fullerton - Category: Originality

Originality usually amounts only to plagiarising something unfamiliar.

Gibbon, Edward - Category: Success

The winds and waves are always on the side of the ablest navigators.

Gittins, Ross - Category: Politics

Every period of stability fosters the seeds of its own destruction.

Sydney Morning Herald's Economics Editor - Article on 18 December 2006

Godwin, Gail (Author) - Category: Education

Teaching is one-fourth preparation and three-fourths theatre.

Goering, Hermann (Nazi leader) - Category: Politics

Why of course the people don't want war. Why should some poor slob on a farm want to risk his life in a war when the best he can get out of it is to come back to his farm in one piece? Naturally, the common people don't want war: neither in Russia, nor in England, nor for that matter in Germany. That is understood. But after all it is the leaders of the country who determine the policy, and it is always a simple matter to drag the people along, whether it is a democracy, or a fascist dictatorship, or a parliament, or a communist dictatorship…Voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is to tell them they are being attacked, and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger.

From the Nuremberg Trials at which he was sentenced to death.

Goldwyn, Sam (1882-1974) - Category: Goldwynism

I don't want any yes men around me. I want everyone to tell me the truth, even though it costs him his job.

Famous, Polish born, Holywood movie producer and co-founder of Metro Goldwyn Mayer (MGM). He was well known for his fractured English - 'Goldwynisms.'

Goldwyn, Sam (1882-1974) - Category: Goldwynism

I want you to put more life into your dying. (direction to an actor)

Famous, Polish born, Holywood movie producer and co-founder of Metro Goldwyn Mayer (MGM). He was well known for his fractured English - 'Goldwynisms.'

Goldwyn, Sam (1882-1974) - Category: Goldwynism

If I could drop dead right now, I'd be the happiest man alive.

Famous, Polish born, Holywood movie producer and co-founder of Metro Goldwyn Mayer (MGM). He was well known for his fractured English - 'Goldwynisms.'

Goldwyn, Sam (1882-1974) - Category: Goldwynism

Our comedies are not to be laughed at.

Famous, Polish born, Holywood movie producer and co-founder of Metro Goldwyn Mayer (MGM). He was well known for his fractured English - 'Goldwynisms.'

Goldwyn, Sam (1882-1974) - Category: Goldwynism

Television has raised writing to a new low.

Famous, Polish born, Holywood movie producer and co-founder of Metro Goldwyn Mayer (MGM). He was well known for his fractured English - 'Goldwynisms.'

Goldwyn, Sam (1882-1974) - Category: Goldwynism

Let's have some new cliches.

Famous, Polish born, Holywood movie producer and co-founder of Metro Goldwyn Mayer (MGM). He was well known for his fractured English - 'Goldwynisms.'

Goldwyn, Sam (1882-1974) - Category: Goldwynism

Anyone who goes to a psychiatrist ought to have his head examined.

Famous, Polish born, Holywood movie producer and co-founder of Metro Goldwyn Mayer (MGM). He was well known for his fractured English - 'Goldwynisms.'

Goldwyn, Sam (1882-1974) - Category: Goldwynism

An oral contract isn't worth the paper it's written on.

Famous, Polish born, Holywood movie producer and co-founder of Metro Goldwyn Mayer (MGM). He was well known for his fractured English - 'Goldwynisms.'

Goldwyn, Sam (1882-1974) - Category: Goldwynism

Coffee isn't my cup of tea.

Famous, Polish born, Holywood movie producer and co-founder of Metro Goldwyn Mayer (MGM). He was well known for his fractured English - 'Goldwynisms.'

Goldwyn, Sam (1882-1974) - Category: Goldwynism

A hospital is no place to be sick.

Famous, Polish born, Holywood movie producer and co-founder of Metro Goldwyn Mayer (MGM). He was well known for his fractured English - 'Goldwynisms.'

Goldwyn, Sam (1882-1974) - Category: Goldwynism

Don't pay any attention to the critics - don't even ignore them.

Famous, Polish born, Holywood movie producer and co-founder of Metro Goldwyn Mayer (MGM). He was well known for his fractured English - 'Goldwynisms.'

Green, Brian - Category: Knowledge

Intelligence is the ability to take in information from the world and to find patterns in that information that allow you to organise your perceptions and understand the external world.

Greenspan, Alan - Category: Witticism

I know you think you understand what you thought I said but I'm not sure you realize that what you heard is not what I meant.


Gucci, Aldo (1905-1990) - Category: Miscellaneous

The bitterness of poor quality remains long after the sweetness of low price is forgotten. (Alternative: The sweetness of a low price is soon forgotten, but the bitterness of poor quality will remain.)

Hammarskjold, Dag - Category: Fear

Freedom from Fear' could be said to sum up the whole philosophy of human rights.

Secretary Genera of the United Nations.

Harris, Sydney J - Category: Life

When I hear somebody sigh, 'Life is hard,' I am always tempted to ask, 'Compared to what?''

Harris, Sydney J - Category: Miscellaneous

Many a deep secret that can not be pried out by curiosity can be drawn out by indifference.

Heinlein, Robert A - Author - Category: Miscellaneous

There ain't no such thing as a free lunch

Heraclitus - Category: Miscellaneous

Nothing is permanent but change.

Hill, Napoleon - Category: Life

That which you share will multiply and that which you withhold will diminish.

Hippocrates - Category: Health

Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.

Hitler, Adolf - Category: Politics

The great masses of the people will more easily fall victims to a big lie than to a small one.

Hofmann, Hans - Category: Education

The ability to simplify means to eliminate the unnecessary so that the necessary may speak.

The 'KISS' Principle - Keep It Simple Stupid

Hopper, Grace Murray - Category: Miscellaneous

One accurate measurement is worth a thousand expert opinions.

Howe, Edgar Watson - Category: Miscellaneous

A good scare is worth more to a man than good advice.

Humphrey, Hubert H - Category: Law

There are not enough jails, not enough policemen, not enough courts to enforce a law not supported by the people.

Humphreys, Barry - Category: Life

Quality time - Time you'd rather spend doing something else.

Huxley, Aldous - Category: History

That men do not learn very much from the lessons of history is the most important of all the lessons that history has to teach.

Huxley, Thomas Henry - Category: Miscellaneous

If a little knowledge is dangerous, where is the man who has so much as to be out of danger.

Iacocca, Lee - Category: Life

My father always used to say that when you die, if you've got five real friends, then you've had a great life.

Indira Gandhi - Category: Work

My grandfather once told me that there were two kinds of people: those who work and those who take credit. He told me to be in the first group; there was less competition there.

Jackson, Jesse - Category: Children

Your children need your presence more than your presents.

Jackson, Michael - Category: Observation

Lies run sprints, but the truth runs marathons.

In relation to his child molestation charges, 20 November 2003.

Jefferson, Thomas - Category: Life

Do not bite at the bait of life till you know there is no hook beneath it.

Jefferson, Thomas - Category: Miscellaneous

I like the dreams of the future more than the history of the past.

Jefferson, Thomas - Category: Money

Money, not morality, is the principle commerce of civilised nations.

Jefferson, Thomas - Category: Success

I'm a great believer in luck and I find the harder I work the more I have of it.

Laterly, variations ascribed to Sam Goldwyn and Gary Player.

Jerome, Jerome K - Category: Work

I like work; it fascinates me. I can sit and look at it for hours. I love to keep it by me; the idea of getting rid of it nearly breaks my heart.

Jesus - Category: Humility

For all those who exalt themselves will be humbled and those who humble themselves will be exalted.

Luke 14:11

Jiang Qing (Wife of Mao Zedong) - Category: Politics

I was Chairman Mao's dog, Whomever he asked me to bite, I bit!

Unscripted outburst at her show trial in 1980.

Jimmy Hendrix - Category: Love

When the power of love overcomes the love of power, the world will know peace.

Variations attributed to William Ellery Channing, William Gladstone and Sri Chinmoy.

John Meynard Keynes - Category: Money

If I owe you a pound, I have a problem. If I owe you a million, you have a problem.

Johnson, Samuel - Category: God

Be not too hasty to trust or admire the teachers of morality: they discourse like angels, but they live like men.

Johnson, Samuel - Category: Work

Nothing will ever be attempted if all possible objections must first be overcome.

Keating, Paul - Category: Miscellaneous

But you know he and Mr Howard are there and basically I don't think they would have woken up if the Louvre fell on them brick by brick.

Australian ex-Prime Minister talking about the Ansett Airlines collapse on 18 September 2001. In reference to John Anderson (then Transport Minister) and John Howard (then Prime Minister).

Kierkegaard, Soren - Category: Education

What is really important in education is not that the child learns this and that, but that the mind is matured, that energy is aroused.

Kierkegaard, Soren - Category: Love

Perfect love means to love the one through whom one became unhappy.

King Pyrrhus - Category: Witticism

Another victory like this and I shall be utterly ruined.

Korda, Michael - Category: Success

The fastest way to succeed is to look as if you're playing by other people's rules while quietly playing by your own.

Krafve, Richard E - Category: Business

You can delegate authority, but you can never delegate responsibility for delegating a task to someone else.

xref: Dorgan, Byron

Kwai Chang Caine - Category: Life

After the bad guys (who are about to kill him) tell him 'This is the last day of your life', he replies 'That is the way I live each day'.

Played by David Carradine in the 1970s Kung Fu TV Series

Lankford, David - Category: Water

You wouldn't drive your car without a gas gauge, so why would you irrigate your crops without a soil moisture indicator?

Lao Tsu - Category: Life

A journey of a thousand miles began with a single step.

Lao Tzu - Category: Water

In the world there is nothing more submissive and weak than water. Yet for attacking that which is hard and strong, nothing can surpass it.

Layden, Frank - Utah Jazz President - Category: Attitude

On a former player: 'I told him, 'Son, what is it with you? Is it ignorance or apathy?' He said, ''Coach, I don't know and I don't care.'

Also refer to Jimmy Buffett song 'I Don't Know and I Don't Care'.

Lennon, John - Category: Life

You scratch my back, I'll knife yours.

Lennon, John - Category: Life

Life is what happens to you while you're busy making other plans.

From 'Beautiful Boy'

Lennon, John - Category: Miscellaneous

You want to save humanity but its people that you just can't stand.

From I Don't Wanna Face It

Lewis, C.S. - Category: Humility

Humility is not thinking less of yourself, but thinking of yourself less.

Lichtenberg - Category: Miscellaneous

People do not think about the events of life as differently as they speak about them.

Lin Yutang - Category: Law

When there are too many policemen, there can be no liberty; when there are too many soldiers, there can be no peace; when there are too many lawyers, there can be no justice.

Lincoln, Abraham - Category: Maxims to Live By

The probability that we may fail in the struggle ought not to deter us from the support of a cause we believe to be just.

Lincoln, Abraham - Category: Miscellaneous

I believe each individual is naturally entitled to do as he pleases with himself and the fruits of his labour, so far as it in no way interferes with any other men's rights.

Lombardi, Vince - Football coach - Category: Success

Perfection is not attainable, but if we chase perfection, we can catch excellence.

Lombardi, Vince - Football coach - Category: Success

Winning isn't everything, it's the only thing.

Not my personal philosophy

Lombardi, Vince - Football coach - Category: Success

The only place success comes before work is in the dictionary.

Lombardi, Vince - Football coach - Category: Success

Once you learn to quit, it becomes a habit.

Lorenzoni, Father Larry - Category: Age

Birthdays are good for you. Statistics show that the people who have the most live the longest.

Lubin, J. P. (1988) - Category: Life

You live on in the people you affect, good or bad.

Father of my friend, Tom Lubin

Macmillan, Harold - Category: Politics

I have never found in my long experience in politics, that criticism is ever inhibited by ignorance.

Malouf, David - Category: Witticism

I am a British object.

From the book: Remembering Babylon

Marcus Tullius Cicero - Category: Age

No one is so old that he does not think he could live another year.

Marx, Groucho - Category: Education

I find television very educating. Every time somebody turns on the set I go into the other room and read a book.

Marx, Groucho - Category: Witticism

I've had a perfectly wonderful evening. But this wasn't it.

Marx, Karl - Category: History

Historical phenomena always happen twice - the first time as tragedy, the second as farce.

Marx, Karl - Category: Miscellaneous

The writer must earn money in order to be able to live and to write, but he must by no means live and write for the purpose of making money.

Maslow, Abraham - Category: Miscellaneous

If the only tool you have is a hammer, you tend to see every problem as a nail.

Mead, Margaret - Category: Miscellaneous

Always remember you're unique, just like everyone else.

Mead, Margaret - Category: Power

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has.

Meir, Golda - Category: Humility

Don't be humble. You're not that great.

Mencken, Henry Louis (1880-1956) - Category: Character

It is hard to believe that a man is telling the truth when you know that you would lie if you were in his place.

Mencken, Henry Louis (1880-1956) - Category: Law

Jury - A group of 12 people, who, having lied to the judge about their health, hearing, and business engagements, have failed to fool him.

Mencken, Henry Louis (1880-1956) - Category: Miscellaneous

No one ever went broke underestimating the taste of the American public.

Mencken, Henry Louis (1880-1956) - Category: Miscellaneous

Those who can - do. Those who can't - teach.

Mencken, Henry Louis (1880-1956) - Category: Miscellaneous

Truth would quickly cease to become stranger than fiction, once we got as used to it.

Mencken, Henry Louis (1880-1956) - Category: Miscellaneous

A cynic is a man who, when he smells flowers, looks around for a coffin.

Mencken, Henry Louis (1880-1956) - Category: Miscellaneous

For every complex problem, there is a solution that is simple, neat, and wrong.

Mencken, Henry Louis (1880-1956) - Category: Miscellaneous

Immorality: The morality of those who are having a better time.

Mencken, Henry Louis (1880-1956) - Category: Power

Freedom of the press is limited to those who own one.

Menninger, Karl Augustus - Category: Children

What's done to children, they will do to society.

Mills, Billy - Category: Witticism

Your life is a gift from the Creator. Your gift back to the Creator is what you do with your life.

Montaigne, Michel Eyquem de - Category: Miscellaneous

Let us permit nature to have her way: she understands her business better than we do.

Morisette, Alanis - Category: Life

I wish people could achieve what they think would bring them happiness in order for them to realize that that's not what happiness really is.

Mother Teressa - Category: Importance

What we do is less than a drop in the ocean. But if it were missing, the ocean would lack something.

Mother Teressa - Category: Success

God doesn't require us to succeed, he only requires that you try.

Nater, Swen - Category: Perception

Stubbornness we deprecate; firmness we condone. The former is our neighbour's trait; the latter is our own.

Newton, Bert - Category: Work

So take your job seriously, but not yourself.

Newton, Isaac - Category: Humility

If I have seen further it is by standing on the shoulders of Giants.

Newton, Isaac - Category: Work

If I have seen farther, it is by standing on the shoulders of giants.

Niemoller, Martin (Lutheran Pastor) - Category: Fear

First they came for the communists, and I didn't speak out because I wasn't a communist. Then they came for the trade unionists, and I didn't speak out because I wasn't a trade unionist. Then they came for the Jews, and I didn't speak out because I wasn't a Jew. Then they came for me, and there was no one left to speak for me.

Orwell, George - Category: Miscellaneous

One has to belong to the intelligentsia to believe things like that. No ordinary man could be such a fool.

Orwell, George - Category: Miscellaneous

The quickest way of ending a war is to lose it.

Paine, Thomas - Category: Character

Character is much easier kept than recovered.

Paracelsus (famous medieval alchemist) - Category: Miscellaneous

It is the dose that makes the poison.

Parkinson, C. Northcote - Category: Work

Work expands so as to fill time available for its completion.

Likewise, Junk expands to fill the available space.

Piccolomini, Ottavio - Category: Miscellaneous

Women resist to be conquered.

Plato - Category: Politics

One of the penalties for refusing to participate in politics is that you end up being governed by your inferiors.

Player, Gary - Category: Success

The harder I work, the luckier I get.

Variation on quote orginally ascribed to Thomas Jefferson and also later to Sam Goldwyn.

Pliny the Elder - Category: Miscellaneous

As land is improved by sowing it with various seeds, so is the mind by exercising it with different studies.

Poirot, Hercule - Category: Perception

I listen to what people say, but I actually hear what they mean.

Agatha Chistie's fictional detective.

Prince Philip - Category: Classic

If it has got four legs and is not a chair, if it has got two wings, flies and is not an aeroplane or if it swims and is not a submarine, the Cantonese will eat it.

To a World Wildlife Fund meeting in 1986

Proverb - Category: Proverb

What soberness conceals, drunkenness reveals.

Proverb - 18th century - Category: Proverb

Speak well of your friend, of your enemy say nothing.

Proverb - Ashanti - Category: Proverb

No one tests the depth of a river with both feet.

Contrast with David Lloyd George.

Proverb - Bosnian - Category: Proverb

Who lies for you, will lie against you.

Proverb - Chinese - Category: Education

I hear and I forget; I see and I remember; I do and I understand.

Proverb - Chinese - Category: Proverb

Man is the head of the family, woman the neck that turns the head.

Proverb - Greek - Category: Proverb

You only get free cheese in a mouse trap.

Proverb - Native American - Category: Proverb

We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children.

Proverb - Russian - Category: Proverb

When you live next to the cemetery, you cannot weep for everyone.

Proverb - Yiddish - Category: Proverb

If rich people could hire other people to die for them, the poor could make a wonderful living.

Proverb -Welsh - Category: Proverb

The truth that is told with bad intent, beats all the lies you can invent.

Pryor, John - Category: Knowledge

A knowledgeable person will know many quotations. A wise person will know which to use and when.

3 Jan 2005

Pryor, John - Category: Knowledge

The key to knowledge is patterns; being able to recognise, describe and use them.

5 Jun 2005

Pryor, John - Category: Life

I count my blessings, not my misfortunes.

Pryor, John - Category: Miscellaneous

The best quotations are metaphoric gems that succinctly encapsulate wisdom with crystal clarity.

Pryor, John - Category: Miscellaneous

If you give a compliment in one breath, do not blow it away in the next.

Pryor, John - Category: Miscellaneous

A person's generosity is for them to give, not for others to take.

Pryor, John - Category: Reading

Good reading skills are as necessary as good writing skills for good communication.

1 Sep 2006

Pryor, John - Category: Reading

News media more often fabricate news rather than just report it.

1 Sep 2006

Pryor, Michael - Category: Success

Winners put in an extra mile for the extra inch.

21 February 2010

Ray, John - Category: Life

Adversity makes a man wise, not rich.

Read, Mark (Chopper) - Category: Life

Any day above ground is a good one.

Australian Criminal

Reed, Thomas - Category: Stupidity

They never open their mouths without subtracting from the sum of human knowledge.

Reinders, Richard - President of Watertronics Company - Category: Work

While the relationship gets a company in the door, the product performance and follow-up service makes sure the door stays open.

From the Milwaukee Business Journal, 7 Feb 2003

Rene Descartes - Category: Classic

I think; therefore I am.

Richards, Keith - Category: Life

Good to be here, good to be anywhere.

of the Rolling Stones. His regular line on stage

Rochefoucauld, Francois de la - Category: Miscellaneous

He who refuses praise only wants to be praised again.

Rochefoucauld, La - Category: Love

True love is like seeing ghosts: we all talk about it, but few of us have ever seen one.

Rogers, Will - Category: Education

Good judgment comes from experience and a lot of that comes from bad judgment.

Rogers, Will - Category: Law

The minute you read something you don't understand, you can be almost sure it was drawn up by a lawyer.

Rogers, Will - Category: Witticism

There are two theories to arguing with a woman. Neither works.

Rogers, Will - Category: Witticism

Long ago, when men cursed and beat the ground with sticks, it was called witchcraft. Today it's called golf.

Ronald Reagan - US President (1986) - Category: Politics

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.

Roosevelt, Theodore (26th US President), 1858-1919 - Category: Age

Old age is like everything else. To make a success of it, you've got to start young.

Roosevelt, Teddy - US Republican President - Category: Politics

The man of great wealth owes a particular obligation to the state because he derives special advantages from the mere existence of government. It is only under the shelter of the civil magistrate that the owner of valuable property can sleep a single night in security. Without government to enforce contracts, protect life and property and mitigate social inequities, the very wealthy would live in constant fear of being plundered.

Rudyard Kipling - Category: Success

For the strength of the pack is the wolf and the strength of the wolf is the pack.

From Jungle Book

Rumsfield, Donald - US Defence Secretary (2002) - Category: Miscellaneous

Reports that say that something hasn't happened are always interesting to me, because as we know, there are known knowns; there are things we know we know. We also know there are known unknowns; that is to say we know there are some things we do not know. But there are also unknown unknowns - the ones we don't know we don't know.

Russell, Bertrand - Category: Stupidity

The trouble with the world is that the stupid are cocksure and the intelligent are full of doubt.

Russell, Bertrand - Category: Stupidity

A stupid man's report of what a clever man says is never accurate because he unconsciously translates what he hears into something he can understand.

Santagato, Danny - Category: Perception

To know a person watch what they do, not what they say.

Scott, Walter - Category: Education

O, what a tangled web we weave when first we practise to deceive!

Seeger, Bob - from Against the Wind - Category: Witticism

I wish I didn't know now what I didn't know then.

Clever play on 'I wish I knew then what I know now'.

Seneca - Philosopher to Nero from Nero's early teens - Category: God

The day which we fear as our last is but the birthday of eternity.

Seneca - Philosopher to Nero from Nero's early teens - Category: Time

A man who has taken your time recognizes no debt; yet it is one he can never repay.

Shakespeare, William - Category: Miscellaneous

The better part of valour is discretion.

Shaw, George Bernard - Category: Classic

You see things and you say 'Why'. But I dream of things that never were ; and I say 'Why not?'.

Shaw, George Bernard - Category: Life

Life is not about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.

Shaw, George Bernard - Category: Power

Power does not corrupt men; Fools, however, if they get into a position of power, corrupt power.

Shaw, George Bernard - Category: Success

Ambition is the last refuge of the failure.

Shenstone, William - Category: Miscellaneous

A man has generally the good or ill qualities which he attributes to mankind.

Socrates - Category: Health

Bad men live that they may eat and drink, whereas good men eat and drink that they may live.

Socrates - Category: Perception

Our youth now love luxury. They have bad manners, contempt for authority; they show disrespect for their elders and love chatter in place of exercise; they no longer rise when elders enter the room; they contradict their parents, chatter before company; gobble up their food and tyrannize their teachers.

Solzhenitsyn, Alexander - Category: Power

You only have power over people as long as you don't take everything away from them. But when you've robbed a man of everything he's no longer in your power - he's free again.

Springfield, Dusty - Category: Life

Live my days, instead of counting my years.

From the song 'Going Back'.

Stalin, Joseph - Category: Miscellaneous

A single death is a tragedy; a million is a statistic.

Stanislas I - King of Poland - Category: Miscellaneous

To believe with certainty, we must begin with doubting.

Stanley, Edward - 15th Earl of Derby (1826-1893) - Category: Health

Those who think they have no time for bodily exercise will sooner or later have to find time for illness

Steve Wright - Category: Originality

To steal ideas from one person is plagiarism; to steal from many is research." - Steve Wright

Swift, Jonathon - Category: Life

May you live all the days of your life.

Szasz. Thomas - Category: God

If you talk to God, you are praying; if God talks to you, you have schizophrenia.

Taylor, Henry - Category: Conscience

Conscience is, in most men, an anticipation of the opinion of others.

Thatcher, Margaret - British PM - Category: Attitude

I am extraordinarily patient, provided I get my own way in the end.

The Matrix (Movie) - Category: Perception

Choice is only an illusion created by those with power to control those without.

Thoreau, Henry David - Category: Success

Success usually comes to those who are too busy to be looking for it.

Thucydides - Category: Miscellaneous

Of all manifestations of power, restraint impresses men most.

Tomlin, Lily - Category: God

Why is it that when we talk to God, we're said to be praying; but when God talks to us, we're schizophrenic?

If only Lily had a dictionary by her side, she would have known.

Turner, Ed - Category: Success

Early to bed, early to rise, work like hell and advertise.

Twain, Mark (1835 - 1910) - Category: Advice

Respect those who seek the truth, be wary of those who claim to have found it.

Twain, Mark (1835 - 1910) - Category: Classic

The reports of my death are greatly exaggerated (oft quoted variation)

Twain, Mark (1835 - 1910) - Category: Classic

Lies, dammed lies and statistics.

Twain, Mark (1835 - 1910) - Category: Education

I have never let my schooling interfere with my education.

Twain, Mark (1835 - 1910) - Category: Humour

I am opposed to millionaires, but it would be dangerous to offer me the position.

Twain, Mark (1835 - 1910) - Category: Knowledge

If you don't read the newspaper you are uninformed, if you do read the newspaper you are misinformed.

Twain, Mark (1835 - 1910) - Category: Law

We have a jury system which is superior to any in the world; and its efficiency is only marred by the difficulty of finding 12 men every day who don't know anything and can't read.

Twain, Mark (1835 - 1910) - Category: Miscellaneous

If you pick up a starving dog and make him prosperous, he will not bite you. That is the principal difference between a dog and a man.

Twain, Mark (1835 - 1910) - Category: Miscellaneous

When I was a boy of fourteen, my father was so ignorant I could hardly stand to have the old man around. But when I got to be twenty-one, I was astonished at how much he had learned in seven years.

Twain, Mark (1835 - 1910) - Category: Stupidity

It is better to keep your mouth shut and appear stupid than to open it and remove all doubt.

Twain, Mark (1835 - 1910) - Category: Witticism

It's like feeding a dog his own tail. It won't fatten the dog.

Twain, Mark (1835 - 1910) - Category: Witticism

Be careful about reading health books. You may die of a misprint.

Uknown - Category: Witticism

If I agreed with you, we'd both be wrong.

Unknown - Category: Advice

To finish first, first you must finish.

Unknown - Category: Age

Don't regret growing old. It's a privilege denied to many.

Unknown - Category: Conscience

Having a conscience does not prevent us from sinning; it merely prevents us from enjoying it.

Unknown - Category: God

Everybody wants to go to heaven, but nobody wants to die.

Unknown - Category: God

I asked God for all things that I might enjoy life; he gave me life that I might enjoy all things.

Unknown - Category: God

Faith is daring the soul to go beyond what the eyes can see.

Unknown - Category: God

No Jesus, no peace; know Jesus, know peace

Unknown - Category: Humour

People have the right to be stupid, but some abuse that privilege.

Unknown - Category: Humour

Sarchasm: The gulf between the author of sarcasm and the the person who doesn't get it.

Unknown - Category: Law

A good lawyer knows the law. A great lawyer knows the judge.

Unknown - Category: Life

Happiness is not a state to arrive at, but a manner of travelling.

Unknown - Category: Life

Your position is not as important as your disposition.

Unknown - Category: Life

Life is not so much how you make it, but more how you take it.

Unknown - Category: Life

It is nice to be important but it is more important to be nice.

Unknown - Category: Love

For God to teach you real love, he must bring unlovely people into your life.

Loving the unlovable

Unknown - Category: Miscellaneous

If slaughterhouses had glass walls, we would all be vegetarian.

Unknown - Category: Miscellaneous

The weaker sex is the stronger sex because of the weakness of the stronger sex for the weaker sex.

Unknown - Category: Miscellaneous

The battle of the sexes will never be fought to a conclusion. There is too much fraternisation with the enemy.

Unknown - Category: Miscellaneous

Diplomacy is the art of telling someone to go to hell in such a way that he looks forward to the journey.

Unknown - Category: Miscellaneous

Moving fast is not the same as going somewhere.

Unknown - Category: Miscellaneous

Do not grumble that you did not get what you want; be grateful you did not get what you deserve.

Unknown - Category: Miscellaneous

The test of courage is when you are in the minority. The test of tolerance is when you are in the majority.

Unknown - Category: Miscellaneous

50% of marriages end in divorce. 100% of divorces begin with marriage.

Unknown - Category: Miscellaneous

Wisdom is knowing what to do next; virtue is doing it.

Unknown - Category: Miscellaneous

Rugby League is a gentleman's game played by barbarians. Rugby Union is a barbaric game played by gentleman.

Unknown - Category: Miscellaneous

It's hard to make a comeback, when you haven't been anywhere.

Unknown - Category: Miscellaneous

Call people dogs, expect to be bitten.

A variation of: 'Seek and you shall find.'

Unknown - Category: Miscellaneous

The solution to pollution is dilution.

Unknown - Category: Money

Money is neither good nor bad - it is the motivations that people have to gain money and the things that they use it for that can be negative.

Unknown - Category: Money

Some people are so poor, all they have is money.

Unknown - Category: Originality

Quoting one is plagiarism, quoting many is research.

Unknown - Category: Politics

Other employees would do no better than politicians if the boss showed an interest in them only once in two years.

Unknown - Category: Success

Success is getting up one more time than you fall.

Unknown - Category: Success

If you can see the obstacles, you've taken your eyes off the goal.

Unknown - Category: Success

Things turn out best for the people who make the best out of the way things turn out.

Unknown - Category: Success

If you want your dreams to come true, you must not oversleep.

Unknown - Category: Time

Wasted time cannot be recycled.

Unknown - Category: Witticism

I refuse to have a battle of wits with an unarmed person.

Unknown - Category: Witticism

There are 10 types of people in this world, those that understand the binary system and those that don't.

Unknown - Category: Witticism

There are 10 types of people in this world, those that understand the binary system and those that don't.

Unknown - Category: Work

After all is said and done, more is said than done.

Unknown - Category: Work

You can delegate but you cannot abdicate. (in respect of responsibility)

Unknown - Category: Work

Don't be irreplaceable; if you can't be replaced, you can't be promoted.

Unknown - Category: Work

I am going to finish this job on time, no matter how long it takes.

Unknown - Category: Work

A lack of planning on your part does not constitute an emergency on my part.

Unknown - Category: Work

We have no problem with others charging less than us. They know what their products and service is worth.

Unknown - Category: Work

Find a job you love and you will never work a day in your life.

Unknown: - Category: Advice

If it is too good to be true, then it probably is.

Unknown: - Category: Miscellaneous

Does the farmer with the goose that lays golden eggs, sell it?

Welles, Orson - Category: Miscellaneous

When you are down and out, something always turns up; and it is usually the noses of your friends.

White, Phil - Category: Perception

It's not an optical illusion, it just looks like one.

Whitlam, Gough - Category: Politics

Well may we say 'God save the Queen', because nothing will save the Governor-General.

Australian Prime Minister upon being sacked on 11 November 1975 by the Governer General.

Wilde, Oscar - Category: Law

A community is infinitely more brutalised by the habitual employment of punishment than by the occasional occurrence of crime.

Wilde, Oscar - Category: Witticism

Some cause happiness wherever they go; others, whenever they go.

Wilensky, Robert - Computer Science Sage - Category: Miscellaneous

We've all heard that a million monkeys banging on a million typewriters will eventually reproduce the entire works of Shakespeare. Now, thanks to the Internet, we know this is not true.

Williams. Robin - Category: Life

A whole human life is just a heartbeat here in heaven.

Movie: What Dreams May Come

Winfrey, Oprah - Talk (and Talk) Show Host - Category: Life

Be thankful for what you have; you'll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don't have, you will never, ever have enough.

Talk (and talk) show host.

Wooden, John - Basketball and Life Coach - Category: Attitude

Don't let making a living prevent you from making a life.

Wooden, John - Basketball and Life Coach - Category: Character

Be more concerned with your character than with your reputation. Your character is what you really are while your reputation is merely what others think you are.

Wooden, John - Basketball and Life Coach - Category: Education

It has been said, there are four laws of learning, Demonstration/Explanation, Imitation, Corrections, and Repetition, but I believe there are eight. Demonstration/Explanation, Imitation, Correction, Repetition, Repetition, Repetition, Repetition, and Repetition.

Wooden, John - Basketball and Life Coach - Category: God

If I were ever prosecuted for my religion, I truly hope there would be enough evidence to convict me.

Wooden, John - Basketball and Life Coach - Category: Humility

Talent is God given. Be humble. Fame is man-given. Be grateful. Conceit is self-given. Be careful.

Wooden, John - Basketball and Life Coach - Category: Success

Do not let what you cannot do interfere with what you can.

Wooden, John - Basketball and Life Coach - Category: Success

If you don't have time to do it right, when will you have the time to do it over?

Wooden, John - Basketball and Life Coach - Category: Success

Players with fight never lose a game, they just run out of time.

Wooden, John - Basketball and Life Coach - Category: Success

It's the little details that are vital. Little things make big things happen.

The devil is in the detail.

Wooden, John - Basketball and Life Coach - Category: Success

Don't measure yourself by what you have accomplished, but by what you should have accomplished with your ability.

Wooden, John - Basketball and Life Coach - Category: Success

Success comes from knowing that you did your best to become the best that you are capable of becoming.

Wooden, John - Basketball and Life Coach - Category: Success

Success is peace of mind which is a direct result of self-satisfaction in knowing you made the effort to become the best that you are capable of becoming.

Wooden, John - Basketball and Life Coach - Category: Success

Failure to prepare is preparing to fail.

Yeates, William Butler - Category: Education

Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.