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Quaint but Potent Quotes: better than graffiti!
Quotes can be fun and entertaining, they also frequently convey great wisdom. Some are absurd only because of who made them, others inspriring. I believe that ones' quotes reveal a great deal about it's author. Hope you enjoy this collection.
"There never was a good war or a bad peace." --Benjamin Franklin (1706-90), U.S. statesman, writer. Letters to Sir Joseph Banks, 27 July 1783, and Josiah Quincy, 11 Sept. 1783 (published in Complete Works, vol. 8, ed. by John Bigelow, 1887-88). "Mankind has grown strong in eternal struggles and it will only perish through eternal peace." --Adolf Hitler (1889-1945), German dictator. Mein Kampf, vol. 1, ch. 4 (1925).
"The price of hating other human beings is loving oneself less." --Eldridge Cleaver (b. 1935), U.S. black leader, writer. Soul on Ice (1968), written from Folsom Prison, California, 25 June 1965 "Authority poisons everybody who takes authority on himself." --Vladimir Ilyich Lenin (1870-1924), Russian revolutionary leader. Quoted in: Tamara Deutsche, Not By Politics Alone, ch. 2 (1973), to Kropotkin in May 1919.
"Unsought advice is seldom followed and usually resented." --J. Combs "I use to have an inferiority complex, but then I was relieved to find that I'm just inferior."   
--R. NeSmith
"We have a serious problem in our society when we confuse celebrities with heroes. That is part of the psycholsis of our society that we don't have heroes any more, only celebrities." "I have been up to see the Congress and they do not seem to be able to do anything except to eat peanuts and chew tobacco, while my army is starving." --Robert E. Lee (1807-70), U.S. Confederate general. Remark, March 1865, to his son, George Washington Custis Lee, said of the Confederate Congress. Quoted in: South Atlantic Quarterly (Durham, N.C., July 1927).
"A consensus politician is someone who does something that he doesn't believe is right because it keeps people quiet when he does it." --John Major (b. 1943), British Conservative politician, prime minister. Daily Mail (London, 4 Jan. 1991). "A politician is an arse upon which everyone has sat except a man." --E. E. Cummings (1894-1962), U.S. poet. 1 x 1, no. 10 (1944).
"The advantage of love at first sight is that it delays a second sight." --Natalie Clifford Barney (1876-1972), U.S.-born French author. Quoted in: Adam, no. 299, "Samples from Almost Illegible Notebooks" (London, 1962). "Always remember, others may hate you. Those who hate you don't win unless you hate them. And then you destroy yourself." --Richard M. Nixon (1913-94), U.S. Republican politician, president. Speech, 9 Aug. 1974, to members of his administration, on leaving office.
"Hate traps us by binding us too tightly to our adversary." Milan Kundera (b. 1929), Czech author, critic. Immortality, pt. 1, ch. 5 (1991). "How are the mighty fallen in the midst of the battle! . . . How are the mighty fallen, and the weapons of war perished!" Holy Bible. 2 Samuel 1:25, 27.
"It is an unfortunate fact that we can secure peace only by preparing for war." --John F. Kennedy (1917-63), U.S. Democratic politician, president. Speech, 6 Sept. 1960, while campaigning for presidency, Seattle, Washington. "We have not the reverent feeling for the rainbow that a savage has, because we know how it is made. We have lost as much as we gained by prying into that matter." --Mark Twain (1835-1910), U.S. author. A Tramp Abroad, vol. 2, ch. 11 (1879).
"Every formula which expresses a law of nature is a hymn of praise to God."  
--Maria Mitchell (1818-89), U.S. astronomer. Quoted as inscription on her bust in the Hall of Fame (1905).
"Can a society in which thought and technique are scientific persist for a long period, as, for example, ancient Egypt persisted, or does it necessarily contain within itself forces which must bring either decay or explosion?" --Bertrand Russell (1872-1970), British philosopher, mathematician. "Can a Scientific Community be Stable?" Lloyd Roberts Lecture to the Royal Society of Medicine, 29 Nov. 1949, London.
"Everyone excels in something in which another fails." --Latin proverb "A jackass can kick down a barn, but it takes a good carpenter to build one." --Sam Rayburn
"We're all here 'cause we're not all there." --Doug Supernaw, from the CD, You Still Got Me, 1995. "Heart soon forgets what the eye sees not." --unknown
"Out of sight, out of mind." --Homer "Absence diminishes little passions and increases great ones just as the wind blows out a candle and fans a fire."   
--La Rochefoucauld
"Abundance, like want, ruins man." --Benjamin Franklin "The average Ph.D. thesis is nothing but the transference of bones from one graveyard to another." --J. Frank Dobie
"Only those who dare to fail greatly can ever achieve greatly." --Robert F. Kennedy "Every calling is great when greatly pursued." -Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.
"Don't let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do." --John Wooden "The harder you work, the luckier you get." --Gary Player
"Behold the trutle. He make progress only when he sticks his neck out." --James B. Conant "After you've heard two eyewitness accounts of an auto accident, you begin to worry about history."
"Who begins too much accomplishes little." --German proverb "Budget: a mathematical confirmation of your suspicions." --A. A. Latimer
"Nothing will ever be attempted if all possible objections must be first overcome. --Samal Johnson "The way to get things done is not to mind who gets the credit of doing them." --Benjamin Jowett
"The actions of men are the best interpreters of their thoughts." --John Locke Lose not time; be always employed in somthing useful." --Benjamin Franklin
"An actor is a guy who takes a girl in his arms, looks tenderly into her eyes, and tells her how great he is." "Admiration is the daughter of ignorance." --Benjamin Franklin
"Distance is a great promoter of admiration!" --Denis Diderot "Adolescence is the awkward age in the life of a youngster. They're too old for an allowance and too young for a credit card."  
"A boy becomes an adult three years before his parents think he does...and about two years after he thinks he does. " --Lewis Hershey "When you're safe at home you wish you were having an adventure; when you're having an adventure you wish you were safe at home." --Thornton Wilder
"Man needs difficulties; they are necessary for health." --Carl Jung "The diamond cannot be polished without friction, nor the man perfected without trials." --Chinese proverb
"There is no education like adversity." --Benjamin Disraeli "When it is dark enough, men see the stars." --Ralph Waldo Emerson
"Gold is tried by fire, brave men by adversity." --Seneca "Adversity makes men, and prosperity makes monsters." --Victor Hugo
"Advertising helps raise the standard of living by raising the standard of longing." "Both medicine and advice are easy to prescribe but hard to take."
"The best time to give advice to your children is while they're still young enough to believe you know what you're talkinga bout." "The true secret of giving advice is, after you have honestly given it, to be perfectly indifferent whether it is taken or not and never persist in trying to set people right." --Hannah Whitall Smith
"People ask you for criticism, but they only want praise." --W. Somerset Maugham "He who builds to every man's advice will have a crooked house. " --Danish proverb
"Whatever advice you give, be brief." -Horace "I think God for my handicaps, for through them, I have found myself, my work and my God." --Hellen Keller
"By the time we learn to watch our step, we're not stepping out very much." "In youth the days are short and the years are long; in old age the years are short and the days are long." --Nikita Panin
"How old would you be if you didn't know how old you was?" --Satchel Paige "Not only strike while the iron is hot, but make it hot by striking." --Oliver Cromwell
"Whatsoever thy hand findest to do, do it with thy might." --Ecclesiastes 9:10 "Age is a high price to pay for maturity." --Tom Stoppard
"They tell you that you'll lose your mind when you grow older. What they don't tell you is that you won't miss it very much." --Malcolm Cowley "I have never in my life learned anything from any man who agreed with me." --Dudley Field Malone
"You may easily play a joke on a man who likes to argue--agree with him." --Ed Howe "The air is about the only remaining thing that's free, and it is becoming dangerous to breathe."
"An allowance is what you pay your children to live with you." "Better be alone than in bad company."
"I have no political ambitions for myself or my children." --Joseph P. Kennedy "I had ambition not only to go farther than any man had ever been before, but as far as it was possible for a man to go." --Captain James Cook
"America is one place where the people have complete control over how they pay their taxes--cash, check, or money order." "America is still the land of opportunity. Where else could you earn enough to owe so much?"
"Americanism means finding fault with other countries for not solving their problems, while we wait without hope for the Government to solve ours." "He that is slow to anger is better than the mighty; and he that ruleth his spirit than he that taketh a city."  
--Proverbs 16:32
"Never answer a letter while you are angry." --Chinese Proverb "Anger punishes itself."
"When angry, count to four; when very angry, swear." --Mark Twain "Anger is as a stone cast into a wasp's nest." --Malabar proverb
"An angry man is again angry with himself when he returns to reason." --Publilius Syrus "The biggest surprise the average husband can give his wife on their anniversity is to remember it." 
"Many a man who misses an anniversary catches it later." "The devil plays on good intentions!"   
--Richard NeSmith
"If ignorance is bliss, then what does it matter who performs your surgery?  Have a happy one!"  --Richard NeSmith "We like being on the mountain top, but all battles are fought in the valleys."  
--Richard NeSmith
"Teenagers! Tired of being hassled by your stupid parents? ACT NOW. Move out, get a job, pay your own bills, but HURRY WHILE YOU STILL KNOW EVERYTHING" -source unknown, found in a classroom I visited. "An ounce of truth is all the devil needs to spread a pound of heresy."  --Richard NeSmith

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