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Human beings, who are almost unique in having the ability to learn from the experience of others, are also remarkable for their apparent disinclination to do so.
--Douglas Adams, Last Chance to See

The only thing I like about rich people is their money.
-- Nancy Astor

We are here to help others, but what the others are here for I cannot say.
-- W. H. Auden

Blessed are they who can laugh at themselves, for they shall never cease to be amused.
-- Sir Francis Bacon

Imagination was given to man to compensate him for what he is not; a sense of humor to console him for what he is.
-- Sir Francis Bacon

I enjoyed my own nature to the fullest, and we all know that there lies happiness, although, to soothe one another mutually, we occasionally pretend to condemn such joys as selfishness.
--Albert Camus

Vast and fearsome as the human scene has become, personal contact of the right people, in the right places, at the right time, may yet have a potent and valuable part to play in the cause of peace which is in our hearts.
--Winston Churchill

Everyone has his day and some days last longer than others.
--Winston Churchill

The greatest lesson in life is to know that even fools are right sometimes.
--Winston Churchill

Courage is the first of human qualities because it is the quality that guarantees all the others.
--Winston Churchill

Men occasionally stumble over the truth, but most of them pick themselves up and hurry off as if nothing had happened.
--Winston Churchill

A fanatic is one who can't change his mind and won't change the subject.
--Winston Churchill

Everybody is somebody else's weirdo.
-- Dykstra

It is only to the individual that a soul is given.
-- Albert Einstein

In order to be an immaculate member of a flock of sheep, one must above all be a sheep oneself.
-- Albert Einstein

I do not believe in immortality of the individual, and I consider ethics to be an exclusively human concern with no superhuman authority behind it.
-- Albert Einstein

The real problem is in the hearts and minds of men. It is easier to denature plutonium than to denature the evil spirit of man.
-- Albert Einstein

Desire for approval and recognition is a healthy motive, but the desire to be acknowledged as better, stronger or more intelligent than a fellow being or fellow scholar easily leads to an excessively egoistic psychological adjustment, which may become injurious for the individual and for the community.
-- Albert Einstein

Making allowances for human imperfections, I do feel that in America the most valuable thing in life is possible; the development of the individual and his creative powers.
-- Albert Einstein

I live in that solitude which is painful in youth, but delicious in the years of maturity.
-- Albert Einstein

Money never made a man happy yet, nor will it. There is nothing in its nature to produce happiness. The more a man has, the more he wants. Instead of its filling a vacuum, it makes one. If it satisfies one want, it doubles and trebles that want another way. That was a true proverb of the wise man, rely upon it; Better is little with the fear of the Lord, than great treasure, and trouble therewith.
--Benjamin Franklin

Genius without education is like silver in the mine.
-- Benjamin Franklin

Maybe in order to understand mankind, we have to look at the word
itself. Mankind. Basically, it's made up of two separate words -- mank and ind. What do these words mean? It's a mystery, and that's why so is mankind.
-- Jack Handey, Deep Thoughts

A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, con a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, die gallantly. Specialization is for insects.
-- Robert A. Heinlein

Great liars are also great magicians.
-- Adolf Hitler

Where we love is home, home that our feet may leave, but not our hearts.
-- Oliver Wendell Holmes

The only completely consistent people are the dead.
-- Aldous Huxley

I wanted to change the world. But I have found that the only thing one can be sure of changing is oneself.
-- Aldous Huxley

Man [is] a rational animal, endowed by nature with rights and with an innate sense of justice.
--Thomas Jefferson to W. Johnson, 1823.

Nothing... is unchangeable but the inherent and inalienable rights of man.
--Thomas Jefferson to J. Cartwright, 1824.

The true measure of a man is how he treats someone who can do him absolutely no good.
-- Ann Landers

We judge ourselves by what we feel capable of doing, while others judge us by what we have already done.
-- Henry W. Longfellow

Do not overestimate the decency of the human race.
-- H. L. Mencken

On one issue at least, men and women agree; they both distrust women.
-- H. L. Mencken.

An idealist is one who, on noticing that roses smell better than a cabbage, concludes that it will also make better soup.
-- H. L. Mencken.

No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.
-- Eleanor Roosevelt

The person who is slowest in making a promise is most faithful in its performance.
--Jean-Jacques Rousseau

I always wanted to be somebody, but I should have been more specific.
-- Lily Tomlin

Historians are like deaf people who go on answering questions that no one has asked them.
-- Leo Tolstoy

Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great.
-- Mark Twain

He is a hard man who is only just, and a sad one who is only wise.
-- Voltaire

Most people are other people. Their thoughts are someone else's opinions, their lives a mimicry, their passions a quotation.
-- Oscar Wilde

We teach people how to remember, we never teach them how to grow.
-- Oscar Wilde

I am not young enough to know everything.
-- Oscar Wilde

Only the shallow know themselves.
-- Oscar Wilde

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