The best Quotations


You have to be able to center yourself, to let all of your emotions go... don't ever forget that you play with your soul as well as your body.
- Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

I don't want to get to the end of my life and find that i have just lived the length of it. i want to have lived the width of it as well.
- Diane Ackerman

In new york - whose subway trains in particular have been ''tattooed'' with an energy to put our own rude practitioners to shame - not an inch of free space is spared except that of advertisements . even the most chronically dispossessed appear prepared to endorse the legitimacy of the ''haves.''
- Gilbert Adair

The earth is mankind's ultimate haven, our blessed terra firma. when it trembles and gives way beneath our feet, it's as though one of god's checks has bounced.
- Gilbert Adair

We ''need'' cancer because, by the very fact of its insurability, it makes all other diseases, however virulent, not cancer.
- Gilbert Adair

Ninety-two percent of the stuff told you in confidence you couldn't get anyone else to listen to.
- Franklin P. Adams

When the political columnists say 'every thinking man' they mean themselves, and when candidates appeal to 'every intelligent voter' they mean everybody who is going to vote for them.
- Franklin P. Adams

As for america, it is the ideal fruit of all your youthful hopes and reforms. everybody is fairly decent, respectable, domestic, bourgeois, middle-class, and tiresome. there is absolutely nothing to revile except that it's a bore.
- Henry Brooks Adams

It is impossible to underrate human intelligence - beginning with one's own.
- Henry Brooks Adams

Power is poison. it's effect on presidents had always been tragic.
- Henry Brooks Adams

Marriage is give and take. you'd better give it to her or she'll take it anyway.
- Joey Adams

Genius is sorrow's child.
- John Adams

Yesterday the greatest question was decided which ever was debated in america; and a greater perhaps never was, nor will be, decided among men. a resolution was passed without one dissenting colony, ''that these united colonies are, and of right ought to be, free and independent states.''
- John Adams

How beautiful is death, when earn'd by virtue!
who would not be that youth? what pity is it
that we can die but once to serve our country!
- Joseph Addison

I have somewhere met with the epitaph on a charitable man which has pleased me very much. i cannot recollect the words, but here is the sense of it: ''what i spent i lost; what i possessed is left to others; what i gave away remains with me.''
- Joseph Addison

Is there not some chosen curse, some hidden thunder in the stores of heaven, red with uncommon wrath, to blast the man who owes his greatness to his country's ruin!
- Joseph Addison

Our friends don't see our faults, or conceal them, or soften them.
- Joseph Addison

There is not so variable a thing in nature as a lady's head-dress.
- Joseph Addison

True happiness arises, in the first place, from the enjoyment of one's self, and in the next, from the friendship and conversation of a few select companions.
- Joseph Addison

True happiness is of a retired nature, and an enemy to pomp and noise; it arises, in the first place, from the enjoyment of one's self, and in the next from the friendship and conversation of a few select companions.
- Joseph Addison

We are growing serious, and let me tell you, that's the next step to being dull.
- Joseph Addison

What sunshine is to flowers, smiles are to humanity. these are but trifles, to be sure; but, scattered along life's pathway, the good they do is inconceivable.
- Joseph Addison

''we are always doing,'' says he, ''something for posterity, but i would see posterity do something for us.''
- Joseph Addison

'tis not in mortals to command success, but we'll do more, sempronius, we'll deserve it.
- Joseph Addison

A man's first care should be to avoid the reproaches of his own heart, and his next to escape the censures of the world.
- Joseph Addison


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Quotation Why level downward to our dullest perception always, and praise that as common sense? The commonest sense is the sense of men asleep, which they express by snoring. - writer
Quotation God's delays are not God's denials. - writer
Quotation The man who goes alone can start today; but he who travels with another must wait till that other is ready, and it may be a long time before they get off. - writer
Quotation The men with the muck-rake are often indispensable to the well-being of society, but only if they know when to stop raking the muck. - writer
Quotation We've all heard that we have to learn from our mistakes, but I think it's more important to learn from successes. If you learn only from your mistakes, you are inclined to learn only errors. - writer
Quotation A people always ends by resembling its shadow. - writer