The best Quotations

A pool is, for many of us in the west, a symbol not of affluence but of order, of control over the uncontrollable. a pool is water, made available and useful, and is, as such, infinitely soothing to the western eye.
- Joan Didion

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Quotation A man always has two reasons for doing anything - a good reason and the real reason. - writer
Quotation The flame of anger, bright and brief, sharpens the barb of love. - writer
Quotation My most brilliant achievement was my ability to be able to persuade my wife to marry me. - writer
Quotation A friend may well be reckoned the masterpiece of Nature. - writer
Quotation She was short on intellect, but long on shape. - writer
Quotation Involuntary mental hospitalization is like slavery. Refining the standards for commitment is like prettifying the slave plantations. The problem is not how to improve commitment, but how to abolish it. - writer