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The greatest productive force is human selfishness.

Ca Mona

Never tell people how to do things. Tell them WHAT to do and they will surprise you with their ingenuity.


Imitation is the sincerest form of television.

Caen Herb

Very few people do anything creative after the age of thirty-five. The reason is that very few people do anything creative before the age of thirty-five.

Caen Herb

Lookie, lookie, here comes cookie...

Caesar Augustus

"If once a man indulges himself in murder, very soon he comes to think little of robbing; and from robbing he next comes to drinking and Sabbath-breaking, and from that to incivility and procrastination."

Caesar Augustus

Never look a gift horse in the mouth.

Caesar Gaius Julius

If you do not think about the future, you cannot have one.

Caesar Gaius Julius

Comparing information and knowledge is like asking whether the fatness of a pig is more or less green than the designated hitter rule."

Caesar Gaius Julius

Who goeth a-borrowing goeth a-sorrowing.

Caesar Julius

For certain people, after fifty, litigation takes the place of sex.

Caesar Sid

To have died once is enough.

Cage John

Having the fewest wants, I am nearest to the gods.

Cage John

Be regular and orderly in your life, so that you may be violent and original in your work.


You cannot see the wood for the trees.

Cam Kurt Vonnegut

Maternity pay? Now every Tom, Dick and Harry will get pregnant.

Cameron Simon

A little bit of rape is good for a man's soul.

Cami Pat Calafia

... "fire" does not matter, "earth" and "air" and "water" do not matter. "I" do not matter. No word matters. But man forgets reality and remembers words. The more words he remembers, the cleverer do his fellows esteem him. He looks upon the great

Camp Henry N.

Whenever anyone says, "theoretically," they really mean, "not really."


For myself, I can only say that I am astonished and somewhat terrified at the results of this evening's experiments. Astonished at the wonderful power you have developed, and terrified at the thought that so much hideous and bad music may be put on

Camus A.

Fourteen years in the professor dodge has taught me that one can argue ingeniously on behalf of any theory, applied to any piece of literature. This is rarely harmful, because normally no-one reads such essays.

Camus Albert

Jesus may love you, but I think you're garbage wrapped in skin.

Camus Albert

Camus Albert

He played the king as if afraid someone else would play the ace.

Camus Albert

"Reality is that which, when you stop believing in it, doesn't go away".

Camus Albert

Misery no longer loves company. Nowadays it insists on it.

Capone Al

The first requisite for immortality is death.

Capone Al

The USA is so enormous, and so numerous are its schools, colleges and religious seminaries, many devoted to special religious beliefs ranging from the unorthodox to the dotty, that we can hardly wonder at its yielding a more bounteous harvest of gobb

Capone Al

Remembering is for those who have forgotten.

Capp Andy

When in doubt, have a man come through the door with a gun in his hand.

Captain Ahab

Fain would I climb, yet fear I to fall.

Cardozo Benjamin

When I saw a sign on the freeway that said, "Los Angeles 445 miles," I said to myself, "I've got to get out of this lane."

Carlevale Edmund

"Hi, I'm Preston A. Mantis, president of Consumers Retail Law Outlet. As you can see by my suit and the fact that I have all these books of equal height on the shelves behind me, I am a trained legal attorney. Do you have a car or a job? Do you ever

Carlin George

A snake lurks in the grass.


If I had a plantation in Georgia and a home in Hell, I'd sell the plantation and go home.

Carlyle Thomas

If there were a school for, say, sheet metal workers, that after three years left its graduates as unprepared for their careers as does law school, it would be closed down in a minute, and no doubt by lawyers.

Carlyle Thomas

Fame lost its appeal for me when I went into a public restroom and an autograph seeker handed me a pen and paper under the stall door.

Carlyle Thomas

Where there is much light there is also much shadow.

Carlyle Thomas

It is easier to resist at the beginning than at the end.

Carnegie Andrew

Ninety percent of the time things turn out worse than you thought they would. The other ten percent of the time you had no right to expect that much.

Carpenter Elizabeth

Experience is a good teacher, but she sends in terrific bills.

Carroll Lewis

In every hierarchy the cream rises until it sours.

Carroll Lewis

God gave man two ears and one tongue so that we listen twice as much as we speak.

Carroll Lewis

Take what you can use and let the rest go by.

Carroll Lewis

He has not acquired a fortune; the fortune has acquired him.

Carroll Lewis

We know next to nothing about virtually everything. It is not necessary to know the origin of the universe; it is necessary to want to know. Civilization depends not on any particular knowledge, but on the disposition to crave knowledge.

Carson Johnny

If the English language made any sense, lackadaisical would have something to do with a shortage of flowers.

Carson Johnny

I'll never get off this planet.

Carson Johnny

A dream will always triumph over reality, once it is given the chance.

Carson Johnny

The human brain is a wonderful thing. It starts working the moment you are born, and never stops until you stand up to speak in public.

Carter Jimmy

Money can't buy happiness, but it can make you awfully comfortable while you're being miserable.

Carus Titus Lucretius

I dread success. To have succeeded is to have finished one's business on earth, like the male spider, who is killed by the female the moment he has succeeded in his courtship. I like a state of continual becoming, with a goal in front and not behin

Carus Titus Lucretius

Furious activity is no substitute for understanding.

Carus Titus Lucretius

It is the quality rather than the quantity that matters.

Carus Titus Lucretius

In my experience, if you have to keep the lavatory door shut by extending your left leg, it's modern architecture.

Cassidy Butch

It is not enough that I should succeed. Others must fail.

Castro Fidel

Eighteen goddess-like daughters are not equal to one son with a hump.

Catalog Whole Earth

A wise person makes his own decisions, a weak one obeys public opinion.

Catflap Filthy Rich and

A verbal contract isn't worth the paper it's written on.

Catlin Wynn

The early bird who catches the worm works for someone who comes in late and owns the worm farm.


In the highest society, as well as in the lowest, woman is merely an instrument of pleasure.

Cato Marcus Procius

It's not Camelot, but it's not Cleveland, either.

Catullus Gaius Valerius

Never invest your money in anything that eats or needs repainting.

Catullus Gaius Valerius

Paradise is exactly like where you are right now ... only much, much better.

Catullus Gaius Valerius

The time spent on any item of the agenda [of a finance committee] will be in inverse proportion to the sum involved.

Caussade De

Standards are different for all things, so the standard set by man is by no means the only 'certain' standard. If you mistake what is relative for something certain, you have strayed far from the ultimate truth.

Cavour Camillo Di

There's no justice in this world.

Celine Louis-Ferdinand

There's nothing remarkable about it. All one has to do is hit the right keys at the right time and the instrument plays itself.


Talking about music is like dancing about architecture.


He was a fiddler, and consequently a rogue.


After his Ignoble Disgrace, Satan was being expelled from Heaven. As he passed through the Gates, he paused a moment in thought, and turned to God and said, "A new creature called Man, I hear, is soon to be created." "This is true," He replied.


"You've got to have a gimmick if your band sucks."

Cervantes Miguel de

Then, gently touching my face, she hesitated for a moment as her incredible eyes poured forth into mine love, joy, pain, tragedy, acceptance, and peace. "'Bye for now," she said warmly.

Cervantes Miguel de

Eggheads unite! You have nothing to lose but your yolks.

Cervantes Miguel de

All hope abandon, ye who enter here!

Cervantes Miguel de

It took me fifteen years to discover that I had no talent for writing, but I couldn't give it up because by that time I was too famous.

Cervantes Miguel de

"You can't survive by sucking the juice from a wet mitten."

Cervantes Miguel de

Yawd [noun, Bostonese]: the campus of Have Id.

Cervantes Miguel de

"I'm in Pittsburgh. Why am I here?"

Cervantes Miguel de

What you want, what you're hanging around in the world waiting for, is for something to occur to you.

Cervantes Miguel de

What kind of sordid business are you on now? I mean, man, whither goest thou? Whither goest thou, America, in thy shiny car in the night?

Cervantes Miguel de

The root of all superstition is that men observe when a thing hits, but not when it misses.

Cervantes Miguel de

The executioner is, I hear, very expert, and my neck is very slender.

Ch St. John

Your wig steers the gig.

Chadwick Hal

I'm going to raise an issue and stick it in your ear.

Chamfort Nicolas

Necessity has no law.

Chandler Raymond

Save a little money each month and at the end of the year you'll be surprised at how little you have.

Chandler Raymond

Hotels are tired of getting ripped off. I checked into a hotel and they had towels from my house.

Chandler Raymond

The college graduate is presented with a sheepskin to cover his intellectual nakedness.

Chandler Raymond

"Are you police officers?" "No, ma'am. We're musicians."

Channing William Ellery

I think... I think it's in my basement... Let me go upstairs and check.

Chapelain Maurice

Luck can't last a lifetime, unless you die young.

Chaplin Charlie

All I kin say is when you finds yo'self wanderin' in a peach orchard, ya don't go lookin' for rutabagas.

Chapman George

Whatever it is, I fear Greeks even when they bring gifts.

Charles Chincholles

Let us not look back in anger or forward in fear, but around us in awareness.

Charles Darling

Well, he thought, since neither Aristotelian Logic nor the disciplines of Science seemed to offer much hope, it's time to go beyond them... Drawing a few deep even breaths, he entered a mental state practiced only by Masters of the Universal Way of

Charles Darling

When you make your mark in the world, watch out for guys with erasers.

Charles Dickens

About the time we think we can make ends meet, somebody moves the ends.

Charles Dickens

When the ax entered the forest, the trees said, "The handle is one of us!"

Charles Dickens

There is a good deal of solemn cant about the common interests of capital and labour. As matters stand, their only common interest is that of cutting each other's throat.

Charles Ives

My religion consists of a humble admiration of the illimitable superior spirit who reveals himself in the slight details we are able to perceive with our frail and feeble mind.

Charles Schulz

Plus ,ca change, plus c'est la m^eme chose. [The more things change, the more they remain the same.]

Charlie Crazy

If a thing's worth doing, it is worth doing badly.


The Bible says that woman was the last thing God made. Evidently He made her on Saturday night. She reveals his fatigue.


If someone had told me I would be Pope one day, I would have studied harder.

Chavez Cesar

One big pile is better than two little piles.

Chaykin Howard

Welcome to Lake Wobegon, where all the men are strong, the women are pretty, and the children are above-average.


Judges, as a class, display, in the matter of arranging alimony, that reckless generosity which is found only in men who are giving away someone else's cash.

Cheever John

If a man loses his reverence for any part of life, he will lose his reverence for all of life.

Chesterson Gilbert K.

Two wrongs don't make a right, but they make a good excuse.

Chesterton G. K.

A place for everything and everything in its place.

Chesterton G.K.

Competence, like truth, beauty, and contact lenses, is in the eye of the beholder.

Chesterton G.K.

A good reputation is more valuable than money.

Chesterton G.K.

Look, we trade every day out there with hustlers, deal-makers, shysters, con-men. That's the way businesses get started. That's the way this country was built.

Chesterton G.K.

I have often regretted my speech, never my silence.

Chesterton G.K.

TV is chewing gum for the eyes.

Chesterton G.K.

The pollution's at that awkward stage. Too thick to navigate and too thin to cultivate.

Chesterton G.K.

Genius is one percent inspiration and ninety-nine percent perspiration.

Chevalier Maurice

A sad spectacle. If they be inhabited, what a scope for misery and folly. If they be not inhabited, what a waste of space.

Chevins Anthony

Just because everything is different doesn't mean anything has changed.

Chichester Reverend

Rembrandt is not to be compared in the painting of character with our extraordinarily gifted English artist, Mr. Rippingille.

Chill The Big

Plots are like girdles. Hidden, they hold your interest; revealed, they're of no interest except to fetishists. Like girdles, they attempt to contain an uncontainable experience.


Why be a man when you can be a success?

Chris Robert

A synonym is a word you use when you can't spell the word you first thought of.

Christ Jesus

Eeny, Meeny, Jelly Beanie, the spirits are about to speak!


A society in which women are taught anything but the management of a family, the care of men, and the creation of the future generation is a society which is on its way out.


I often quote myself; it adds spice to my conversation.

Chuck Jones

The Anglo-Saxon conscience does not prevent the Anglo-Saxon from sinning, it merely prevents him from enjoying his sin.


"Do you think there's a God?" "Well, ____SOMEbody's out to get me!"

Churchill W.

Certainly the game is rigged. Don't let that stop you; if you don't bet, you can't win.

Churchill Winston

The last vestiges of the old Republic have been swept away.

Churchill Winston

If you lose a son you can always get another, but there's only one Maltese Falcon.

Churchill Winston

Brahma said: Well, after hearing ten thousand explanations, a fool is no wiser. But an intelligent man needs only two thousand five hundred.

Churchill Winston

A critic is a bundle of biases held loosely together by a sense of taste.

Churchill Winston

There's no such thing as a free lunch.

Churchill Winston

Progress might have been all right once, but it's gone on too long.

Churchill Winston

A memorandum is written not to inform the reader, but to protect the writer.

Churchill Winston

New Jersey is not the armpit of the nation; it's the asshole of the universe.

Churchill Winston

Classical music is the kind we keep thinking will turn into a tune.

Churchill Winston

Look before you leap.

Churchill Winston

The race is not always to the swift, nor the battle to the strong, but that's the way to bet.

Churchill Winston

If there were a school for, say, sheet metal workers, that after three years left its graduates as unprepared for their careers as does law school, it would be closed down in a minute, and no doubt by lawyers.

Churchill Winston

The penalty for laughing in a courtroom is six months in jail; if it were not for this penalty, the jury would never hear the evidence.

Churchill Winston

Tip the world over on its side and everything loose will land in Los Angeles.

Churchill Winston

It is Mr. Mellon's credo that $200,000,000 can do no wrong. Our offense consists in doubting it.

Churchill W.

There is no cure for birth and death other than to enjoy the interval.

Churchill W.

Faith is under the left nipple.

Churchill Winston

"Spare no expense to save money on this one."

Churchill Winston

Pereant, inquit, qui ante nos nostra dixerunt. [Confound those who have said our remarks before us.] or [May they perish who have expressed our bright ideas before us.]

Churchill Winston

Practice is the best of all instructors.

Churchill Winston

American business long ago gave up on demanding that prospective employees be honest and hardworking. It has even stopped hoping for employees who are educated enough that they can tell the difference between the men's room and the women's room with

Ciardi John

HR 3128. Omnibus Budget Reconciliation, Fiscal 1986. Martin, R-Ill., motion that the House recede from its disagreement to the Senate amendment making changes in the bill to reduce fiscal 1986 deficits. The Senate amendment was an amendment to the

Ciardi John

Home is where the hurt is.

Ciardi John

Here's to women. Would that we could fall into her arms without falling into her hands.

Cicero Marcus Tullius

If your happiness depends on what somebody else does, I guess you do have a problem.

Cicero Marcus Tullius

It is ridiculous to call this an industry. This is not. This is rat eat rat, dog eat dog. I'll kill 'em, and I'm going to kill 'em before they kill me. You're talking about the American way of survival of the fittest.

Claghorn Senator

Producers seem to be so prejudiced against actors who've had no training. And there's no reason for it. So what if I didn't attend the Royal Academy for twelve years? I'm still a professional trying to be the best actress I can. Why doesn't anyone

Clapton Eric

"I only touch base with reality on an as-needed basis!"

Clarence Darrow to William

The price of success in philosophy is triviality.

Clark Alex

Would it help if I got out and pushed?

Clark Blake

Boston State House is the hub of the Solar System. You couldn't pry that out of a Boston man if you had the tire of all creation straightened out for a crowbar.

Clark Ramsey

You can tell the ideals of a nation by its advertisements.

Clarke Arthur

Mate, this parrot wouldn't VOOM if you put four million volts through it!

Clarke Arthur C.

Adhere to your own act, and congratulate yourself if you have done something strange and extravagant, and broken the monotony of a decorous age.

Clarke Arthur C.

Academic politics is the most vicious and bitter form of politics, because the stakes are so low.

Cleaver Eldridge

Don't get mad, get even.


God instructs the heart, not by ideas, but by pains and contradictions.

Clement Hal

I hate dying.

Cleyre Voltarine de

Burnt Sienna. That's the best thing that ever happened to Crayolas.

Clifton Fadiman

Do not despair of life. You have no doubt force enough to overcome your obstacles. Think of the fox prowling through wood and field in a winter night for something to satisfy his hunger. Notwithstanding cold and hounds and traps, his race survives

Clopton R.

The trouble is, there is an endless supply of White Men, but there has always been a limited number of Human Beings.

Clough Arthur

Chapter 1 The story so far: In the beginning the Universe was created. This has made a lot of people very angry and been widely regarded as a bad move.

Cocteau Jean

Well, we'll really have a party, but we've gotta post a guard outside.

Cocteau Jean

If God is One, what is bad?

Cohan George M.

IV. The time required for an object to fall twenty stories is greater than or equal to the time it takes for whoever knocked it off the ledge to spiral down twenty flights to attempt to capture it unbroken. Such an object is inevitably price

Cohan George M.

I always wake up at the crack of ice.

Cohen Mickey

It is something to be able to paint a particular picture, or to carve a statue, and so to make a few objects beautiful; but it is far more glorious to carve and paint the very atmosphere and medium through which we look, which morally we can do. T

Cohen Leonard

A prediction is worth twenty explanations.

Cointment Joe

A committee is a group that keeps the minutes and loses hours.

Coke Sir Edward

Nothing is impossible for the man who doesn't have to do it himself.

Col Lew

The penalty for laughing in a courtroom is six months in jail; if it were not for this penalty, the jury would never hear the evidence.

Colby Frank Moore

Whatever is not nailed down is mine. Whatever I can pry up is not nailed down.

Colby F.M.

Life is the childhood of our immortality.


Think lucky. If you fall in a pond, check your pockets for fish.

Colton C.C.

A man gazing at the stars is proverbially at the mercy of the puddles in the road.

Comics Green Lantern

Judges, as a class, display, in the matter of arranging alimony, that reckless generosity which is found only in men who are giving away someone else's cash.


If a jury in a criminal trial stays out for more than twenty-four hours, it is certain to vote acquittal, save in those instances where it votes guilty.


Love the sea? I dote upon it


Or you or I must yield up his life to Ahrimanes. I would rather it were you. I should have no hesitation in sacrificing my own life to spare yours, but we take stock next week, and it would not be fair on the company.


Beauty is one of the rare things which does not lead to doubt of God.


There is always something new out of Africa.


You don't move to Edina, you achieve Edina.


It is imperative when flying coach that you restrain any tendency toward the vividly imaginative. For although it may momentarily appear to be the case, it is not at all likely that the cabin is entirely inhabited by crying babies smoking inexpensiv


A woman employs sincerity only when every other form of deception has failed.


I need another lawyer like I need another hole in my head.


The streets were dark with something more than night.

Conrad Joseph

Neckties strangle clear thinking.

Conrad Joseph

Fortune and love befriend the bold.

Coo Alistair

A witty saying proves nothing.

Cooke Alistair

With her body, woman is more sincere than man; but with her mind she lies. And when she lies, she does not believe herself.

Cooke Alistair

Life being what it is, one dreams of revenge.

Coolidge Calvin

Si jeunesse savait, si vieillesse pouvait. [If youth but knew, if old age but could.]

Coolidge Calvin

Many of the characters are fools and they are always playing tricks on me and treating me badly.

Coolidge Calvin

An ounce of mother is worth a ton of priest.

Coolidge Calvin

If what they've been doing hasn't solved the problem, tell them to do something else.

Coolidge Calvin

I value kindness to human beings first of all, and kindness to animals. I don't respect the law; I have a total irreverence for anything connected with society except that which makes the roads safer, the beer stronger, the food cheaper, and old men

Coolidge Calvin

Dustin Farnum: Why, yesterday, I had the audience glued to their seats! Oliver Herford: Wonderful! Wonderful! Clever of you to think of it!

Coolidge Calvin

When I have one foot in the grave I will tell the truth about women. I shall tell it, jump into my coffin, pull the lid over me, and say, "Do what you like now."

Cooper A.

Do not seek death; death will find you. But seek the road which makes death a fulfillment.

Cooper Jeff

... Our second completely true news item was sent to me by Mr. H. Boyce Connell Jr. of Atlanta, Ga., where he is involved in a law firm. One thing I like about the South is, folks there care about tradition. If somebody gets handed a name like "H.

Corwin Prince of

Circumstances rule men; men do not rule circumstances.

Costello E.

A copy of the universe is not what is required of art; one of the damned things is ample.

Costello Elvis

When a fellow says, "It ain't the money but the principle of the thing," it's the money.

Costello Elvis

I consider a new device or technology to have been culturally accepted when it has been used to commit a murder.

Costello Elvis

Zero Mostel: That's it baby! When you got it, flaunt it! Flaunt it!

Coult Alan

Traffic signals in New York are just rough guidelines.

Couple The Odd

A man is known by the company he organizes.

Cousins Norman

Flame on!

Cousins Norman

Force has no place where there is need of skill.

Coward Noel

We all live in a state of ambitious poverty.

Cowboy The

The first Rotarian was the first man to call John the Baptist "Jack."

Crane Dr. Frank

Facts are the enemy of truth.

Crane Frank

Time is a great teacher, but unfortunately it kills all its pupils.

Crane Stephen

Long were the days of pain I have spent within its walls, and long were the nights of aloneness; and who can depart from his pain and his aloneness without regret?

Crane Stephen

... but as records of courts and justice are admissible, it can easily be proved that powerful and malevolent magicians once existed and were a scourge to mankind. The evidence (including confession) upon which certain women were convicted of witch

Credo The Webb Wilder

Marijuana will be legal some day, because the many law students who now smoke pot will someday become congressmen and legalize it in order to protect themselves.

Crisp Quentin

Being a woman is a terribly difficult trade, since it consists principally of dealings with men.

Crisp Quentin

It was a female that drove me to drink and I didn't even have the kindness to thank her.

Crisp Quentin

Freedom is what you do with what's been done to you.

Croll John

It was the next morning that the armies of Twodor marched east laden with long lances, sharp swords, and death-dealing hangovers. The thousands were led by Arrowroot, who sat limply in his sidesaddle, nursing a whopper. Goodgulf, Gimlet, and the r

Cromwell Oliver

If ever the pleasure of one has to be bought by the pain of the other, there better be no trade. A trade by which one gains and the other loses is a fraud.

Crosby Norm

What does not destroy me, makes me stronger.

Crowe Joe

A little inaccuracy sometimes saves tons of explanation.

Crumb R.

Life is like a sewer. What you get out of it depends on what you put into it.

Cuomo Mario

Cleanliness becomes more important when godliness is unlikely.

Curtis Charles

Man is the measure of all things.

Cynic Diogenes the

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