Famous Sayings

Posted by M ws On Thursday, June 30, 2011 0 comments
"It's discouraging to think how many people are shocked by honesty and how few by deceit."
Noël Coward, Blithe Spirit



"The big thieves hang the little ones."
Czech proverb

"Anyone who conducts an argument by appealing to authority is not using his intelligence; he is just using his memory."
Leonardo Da Vinci (1452-1519)

"Patriotism is when love of your own people comes first; nationalism, when hate for people other than your own comes first."
Charles De Gaulle

"...the world is governed by very different personages to what is imagined by those who are not themselves behind the scenes."
Benjamin Disraeli (1801-1884) Prime Minister of Britain

"Much less evil would be done on earth if evil could not be done in the name of good."
Marie von Ebner-Eschenbach (Aphorisms)

"The world is a dangerous place to live; not because of the people who are evil, but because of the people who don't do anything about it."
Albert Einstein

"He who joyfully marches to music in rank and file has already earned my contempt. He has been given a large brain by mistake, since for him the spinal cord would fully suffice."
Albert Einstein

"It has become appallingly obvious that our technology has exceeded our humanity."
Albert Einstein


"What lies behind us and what lies before us are small matters compared to what lies within us."
Ralph Waldo Emerson, 19th-century American essayist and poet

"If you want to build a ship, don't drum up people to collect wood and don't assign them tasks and work, but rather teach them to long for the endless immensity of the sea."
Antoine de Saint-Exupery

"All wars are civil wars, because all men are brothers ... Each one owes infinitely more to the human race than to the particular country in which he was born."
Francois Fenelon

"Education's purpose is to replace an empty mind with an open one."
Malcolm S. Forbes

"The conventional view serves to protect us from the painful job of thinking."
J. K. Galbraith

"I do not feel obliged to believe that the same God who has endowed us with sense, reason, and intellect has intended us to forgo their use."
Galileo Galilei (1564-1642)

"Non-cooperation with evil is as much a duty as is cooperation with good."
Mahatma Gandhi

"The society which scorns excellence in plumbing as a humble activity and tolerates shoddiness in philosophy because it is an exaulted activity will have neither good plumbing nor good philosophy ... neither its pipes nor its theories will hold water."
John W. Gardner

"We look forward to the time when the power of love will replace the love of power. Then will our world know the blessings of peace."
William Gladstone

"A government big enough to give you everything you want is big enough to take everything you have."
Barry Goldwater, Presidential candidate

"I don't want yes men around me. I want everyone to tell the truth, even if it costs them their jobs."
Samuel Goldwyn

"I am only one, but I am one. I cannot do everything, but I can do something. What I can do, I should do and, with the help of God, I will do!"
Everett Hale

"Education would be much more effective if its purpose was to ensure that by the time they leave school every boy and girl should know how much they do not know, and be imbued with a lifelong desire to know it."
Sir William Haley

"Liberty lies in the hearts of men and women; when it dies there, no constitution, no law, no court can save it."
Judge Learned Hand

"You cannot discover new oceans until you have the courage to lose sight of the shore."
Hawai'ian saying

"The only thing we learn from history is that we learn nothing from history."
Friedrich Hegel

"Secrecy is the beginning of tyranny."
Robert Heinlein

"Even in an evil world we can so live our lives as to merit the protecting care of our Father in Heaven. We can be as the righteous living among the evils of Sodom and Gomorrah. Abraham pleaded that these cities might be spared for the sake of the righteous. (see Genesis 18:20-32)"
Gordon B. Hinckley

"It is easier to find a score of men wise enough to discover the truth than to find one intrepid enough, in the face of opposition, to stand up for it."
A. A. Hodge

"A man is usually more careful of his money than of his principles."
Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr., speech, Boston, 8 January 1897

"A ship in port is safe, but that's not what ships are built for."
Grace Hopper. (The computer term "bug" is also due to Grace Hopper)

"Honesty pays, but it don't seem to pay enough to suit some people."
Frank McKinney "Kin" Hubbard

"Why worry about what threatens our heads or purses? Let us think instead of what threatens our souls."
Victor Hugo

"What does a man seek in this world? A position, or a throne? Man seeks peace of mind and the fear of Almighty God. As long as one knows that there is a judgement day, he tries to keep his conscience clear and do what he can."
King Hussein - Late King Of Jordan

"Facts don't cease to exist because they are ignored."
Aldous Huxley

"The majority never has right on its side. Never I say! That is one of the social lies that a free, thinking man is bound to rebel against. Who makes up the majority in any given country? Is it the wise men or the fools? I think we must agree that the fools are in a terrible overwhelming majority, all the wide world over. But, damn it, it can surely never be right that the stupid should rule over the clever!"
Henrik Ibsen, An Enemy of the People

"When the character of a man is not clear to you, look at his friends."
Japanese Proverb

"Men willingly believe what they wish."
Julius Caesar

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