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What does not destroy me, makes me stronger.

M Hawkeye

Superstition, idolatry, and hypocrisy have ample wages, but truth goes a-begging.

Mabbitt Ronald

Divorce is a game played by lawyers.

Mabley Moms

"I wonder", he said to himself, "what's in a book while it's closed. Oh, I know it's full of letters printed on paper, but all the same, something must be happening, because as soon as I open it, there's a whole story with people I don't know yet

MacDonald Dwight

My father was a saint, I'm not.

MacDonald Ross

Don't get mad, get even.

Macaulay Thomas

Absence makes the heart grow fonder.

Macdonald Ronald

Murray and Esther, a middle-aged Jewish couple, are touring Chile. Murray just got a new camera and is constantly snapping pictures. One day, without knowing it, he photographs a top-secret military installation. In an instant, armed troops surroun


I go on working for the same reason a hen goes on laying eggs.

Machiavelli Niccolo

Remember that there is an outside world to see and enjoy.

Machineri R. Bradbury

Some men are heterosexual, and some are bisexual, and some men don't think about sex at all... they become lawyers.

Madariaga Salvador De

Anybody that wants the presidency so much that he'll spend two years organising and campaigning for it is not to be trusted with the office.

Madison James

Zounds! I was never so bethumped with words since I first called my brother's father dad.


"We should declare war on North Vietnam. We could pave the whole country and put parking strips on it, and still be home by Christmas."

Mahabharata The

The human instinct to censor thrives, as it always will, living in irrepressible conflict with the human instinct to speak. Outrage, self-righteousness, and paranoia feed the maw of censorship. Squelching speech, however, never reduces society's net

Mahabharata. The

With Congress, every time they make a joke it's a law; and every time they make a law it's a joke.


Certain passages in several laws have always defied interpretation and the most inexplicable must be a matter of opinion. A judge of the Court of Session of Scotland has sent the editors of this book his candidate which reads, "In the Nuts (unground

Maher Bill

There are many of us in this old world of ours who hold that things break about even for all of us. I have observed, for example, that we all get about the same amount of ice. The rich get it in the summer and the poor get it in the winter.

Mailer Norman

It is like saying that for the cause of peace, God and the Devil will have a high-level meeting.

Maistre Joseph De

My rackets are run on strictly American lines, and they're going to stay that way.


Airplanes are interesting toys but of no military value.

Malraux Andre

Never let your sense of morals prevent you from doing what is right.

Mamet David

"We demand rigidly defined areas of doubt and uncertainty!"

Man Little Big

You roll my log, and I will roll yours.

Manners Miss

We are going to have peace even if we have to fight for it.

Manson Charles

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

Manson Charles

NAPOLEON: What shall we do with this soldier, Giuseppe? Everything he says is wrong. GIUSEPPE: Make him a general, Excellency, and then everything he says will be right.

Manua Princess Irulan

Mind! I don't mean to say that I know, of my own knowledge, what there is particularly dead about a door-nail. I might have been inclined, myself, to regard a coffin-nail as the deadest piece of ironmongery in the trade. But the wisdom of our ances

Manville Tommy

When one burns one's bridges, what a very nice fire it makes.

Manville Tommy

The fact that Hitler was a political genius unmasks the nature of politics in general as no other can.

Manville Tommy

Competitive fury is not always anger. It is the true missionary's courage and zeal in facing the possibility that one's best may not be enough.

Marcus Tullius Cicero

Sometimes a man who deserves to be looked down upon because he is a fool is despised only because he is a lawyer.

Margaret Mitchell

The whole earth is in jail and we're plotting this incredible jailbreak.

Mari Clive James on

In "King Henry VI, Part II," Shakespeare has Dick Butcher suggest to his fellow anti-establishment rabble-rousers, "The first thing we do, let's kill all the lawyers." That action may be extreme but a similar sentiment was expressed by Thomas K. Co

Mark Twain

Thou hast seen nothing yet.

Mark Twain

A countryman between two lawyers is like a fish between two cats.

Mark Twain

Whatever you do will be insignificant, but it is very important that you do it.

Mark Twain

Laws are like sausages. It's better not to see them being made.

Mark Twain

By perseverance the snail reached the Ark.

Mark Twain

The Israelis are the Doberman pinschers of the Middle East. They treat the Arabs like postmen.

Mark Twain

Reality is just a convenient measure of complexity.

Mark Twain

Being a miner, as soon as you're too old and tired and sick and stupid to do your job properly, you have to go, where the very opposite applies with the judges.

Mark Twain

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

Mark Twain

If the church put in half the time on covetousness that it does on lust, this would be a better world.

Marlon Brando

The man-hating woman, like the cold woman, is largely imaginary. She is simply a woman who has done her best to snare a man and has failed.

Marlowe Christopher

Having nothing, nothing can he lose.

Marlowe Christopher

Hear me, my chiefs, I am tired; my heart is sick and sad. From where the sun now stands I Will Fight No More Forever.

Marlowe Christopher

Men's skin is different from women's skin. It is usually bigger, and it has more snakes tattooed on it. Also, if you examine a woman's skin very closely, inch by inch, starting at her shapely ankles, then gently tracing the slender curve of her cal

Marlowe Christopher

Too many people are thinking of security instead of opportunity. They seem more afraid of life than death.

Marquis Don

All the big corporations depreciate their possessions, and you can, too, provided you use them for business purposes. For example, if you subscribe to the Wall Street Journal, a business-related newspaper, you can deduct the cost of your house, beca

Marquis Don

Mr. Salter's side of the conversation was limited to expressions of assent. When Lord Copper was right he said "Definitely, Lord Copper"; when he was wrong, "Up to a point." "Let me see, what's the name of the place I mean? Capital of Japan? Yokoh

Marquis Don

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

Marquis Don

Let's talk about how to fill out your 1984 tax return. Here's an often overlooked accounting technique that can save you thousands of dollars: For several days before you put it in the mail, carry your tax return around under your armpit. No IRS ag

Marr Bill

I think we are in Rats' Alley where the dead men lost their bones.

Marshall Brickman

... [concerning quotation marks] even if we *___did* quote anybody in this business, it probably would be gibberish.

Marshall Thurgood

Religion has done love a great service by making it a sin.

Martin Steve

"It's kind of fun to do the impossible."

Martin Thomas L.

However, on religious issues there can be little or no compromise. There is no position on which people are so immovable as their religious beliefs. There is no more powerful ally one can claim in a debate than Jesus Christ, or God, or Allah, or wha


Without adventure, civilization is in full decay.


What an artist dies with me!


It is only by risking our persons from one hour to another that we live at all. And often enough our faith beforehand in an uncertified result is the only thing that makes the result come true.

Martin Steve

Washington [D.C.] is a city of Southern efficiency and Northern charm.

Martin Steve

I love treason but hate a traitor.

Martin Susanna

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.

Martin' Kin Hubbard

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

Marx Groucho

Sometimes, too long is too long.

Marx Groucho

All generalizations are false, including this one.


Pilfering Treasury property is paticularly dangerous: big thieves are ruthless in punishing little thieves.

Masterson Bat

On account of being a democracy and run by the people, we are the only nation in the world that has to keep a government four years, no matter what it does.

Mathis Andrew W.

I found Rome a city of bricks and left it a city of marble.

Mau W. Somerset

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

Maugh W. Somerset

The rights and interests of the laboring man will be protected and cared for not by our labor agitators, but by the Christian men to whom God in his infinite wisdom has given control of property interests of the country, and upon the successful manag

Maugham Somerset

Fanaticism consists of redoubling your effort when you have forgotten your aim.

Maugham Somerset

The sooner you make your first 5000 mistakes, the sooner you will be able to correct them.

Maugham W. Somerset

An older student came to Otis and said, "I have been to see a great number of teachers and I have given up a great number of pleasures. I have fasted, been celibate and stayed awake nights seeking enlightenment. I have given up everything I was aske

Maugham W. Somerset

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

Maugham W.S.

A is for Apple.

Maugham W. Somerset

Well, here it is, 1983, so it won't be long before you start reading a lot of boring stories about people like Vance Hartke. Hartke is a governor or mayor or something from one of the flatter states, and the reason you'll be reading about him is tha

Max Beerbohm

Exxon's 'Universe of Energy' tends to the peculiar rather than the humorous ... After [an incomprehensible film montage about wind and sun and rain and strip mines and] two or three minutes of mechanical confusion, the seats locomote through a short

Mayfield E.J.

For every bloke who makes his mark, there's half a dozen waiting to rub it out.

Mayonnaise Hellman's

The abuse of greatness is when it disjoins remorse from power.

Mayor Kevin White

Moderation is a fatal thing. Nothing succeeds like excess.

McAfee Ron

To every Ph.D. there is an equal and opposite Ph.D.

McCabe Charles

There is no better way of exercising the imagination than the study of law. No poet ever interpreted nature as freely as a lawyer interprets truth.

McCall Cash

Why attack God? He may be as miserable as we are.

McCarthy Charlie

The less a statesman amounts to, the more he loves the flag.

McCarthy Charlie

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

McCarthy Eugene

It is easier to fight for one's principles than to live up to them.

McCarthy Eugene

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

McCorkle Julia Norton

Usually, when a lot of men get together, it's called a war.

McDaniel Hattie

Unless hours were cups of sack, and minutes capons, and clocks the tongues of bawds, and dials the signs of leaping houses, and the blessed sun himself a fair, hot wench in flame-colored taffeta, I see no reason why thou shouldst be so superfluous to

McEvoy J. P.

The only way to keep your health is to eat what you don't want, drink what you don't like, and do what you'd rather not.

McGee Travis

Nothing succeeds like the appearance of success.

McGovern George

What you don't know won't help you much either.

McGuire Al

The Least Successful Equal Pay Advertisement In 1976 the European Economic Community pointed out to the Irish Government that it had not yet implemented the agreed sex equality legislation. The Dublin Government immediately advertised for an equal

McIntire Carl

I think the world is run by C students.

McLeod Thom

The chief enemy of creativity is "good" sense

McLuhan. Marshall

Who goeth a-borrowing goeth a-sorrowing.

McShane Michael

A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush.

Mead Margaret

May you live in uninteresting times.

Medawar Sir Peter

Everlasting peace will come to the world when the last man has slain the last but one.

Meese Ed

The Worst Jury A murder trial at Manitoba in February 1978 was well advanced, when one juror revealed that he was completely deaf and did not have the remotest clue what was happening. The judge, Mr. Justice Solomon, asked him if he had heard any

Meir Golda

Patience is the best remedy for every trouble.

Melvin Belli

When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro.


Hollywood is where if you don't have happiness you send out for it.


Innovation is hard to schedule.


The Hollywood tradition I like best is called "sucking up to the stars."

Mencken H. L.

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.

Mencken H. L.

What is the robbing of a bank compared to the founding of a bank?

Mencken H. L.

It is often the case that the man who can't tell a lie thinks he is the best judge of one.

Mencken H. L.

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

Mencken H. L.

"World conquerors sometimes become fools, but fools never become world conquerors."

Mencken H. L.

The Worst Prison Guards The largest number of convicts ever to escape simultaneously from a maximum security prison is 124. This record is held by Alcoente Prison, near Lisbon in Portugal. During the weeks leading up to the escape in July 1978 th

Mencken H. L.

Nothing is so firmly believed as that which we least know.

Mencken H. L.

Education is an admirable thing, but it is well to remember from time to time that nothing that is worth knowing can be taught.

Mencken H.L.

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

Mencken H.L.

A dead man cannot bite.

Mencken H.L.

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

Mencken H.L.

I do not feel obliged to believe that the same God who has endowed us with sense, reason, and intellect has intended us to forego their use.

Mencken H.L.

I've touch'd the highest point of all my greatness; And from that full meridian of my glory I haste now to my setting. I shall fall, Like a bright exhalation in the evening And no man see me more.

Mencken H.L.

The only thing that stops God from sending a second Flood is that the first one was useless.

Mencken H.L.

What a strange game. The only winning move is not to play.

Mencken H.L.

That's where the money was.

Mencken H.L.

Catharsis is something I associate with pornography and crossword puzzles.

Mencken H.L.

During almost fifteen centuries the legal establishment of Christianity has been upon trial. What has been its fruits? More or less, in all places, pride and indolence in the clergy; ignorance and servility in the laity,; in both, superstition, bigo

Mencken H.L.

[The members of the Chamberlain government] are decided only to be undecided, resolved to be irresolute, adamant for drift, all-powerful for impotency.

Mencken H.L.

Ninety percent of the politicians give the other ten percent a bad reputation.

Mencken H.L.

You couldn't even prove the White House staff sane beyond a reasonable doubt.

Mencken H.L.

If you are shooting under 80 you are neglecting your business; over 80 you are neglecting your golf.

Mencken H.L.

I regret to say that we of the F.B.I. are powerless to act in cases of oral-genital intimacy, unless it has in some way obstructed interstate commerce.

Mencken H.L.

Good government never depends upon laws, but upon the personal qualities of those who govern. The machinery of government is always subordinate to the will of those who administer that machinery. The most important element of government, therefore,

Mencken H.L.

Luck, that's when preparation and opportunity meet.

Mencken H.L.

The chief cause of problems is solutions.

Mengot Roy

You can bring men from other parts of the world who are sane. And you know what happens? At the very moment they cross those mountains... they go mad. Instantaneously and automatically, at the very moment they cross the mountains into California,

Meredith George

Let me assure you that to us here at First National, you're not just a number. Youre two numbers, a dash, three more numbers, another dash and another number.

Meredith Owen

"I understand this is your first dead client," Sabian was saying. The absurdity of the statement made me want to laugh but they don't call me Deadpan Allie and lie.

Metrop Fran Lebowitz

The white race is the cancer of history.

Mex Jack Handley

If you go on with this nuclear arms race, all you are going to do is make the rubble bounce.

Mex Jack Handley The New

What passes for optimism is most often the effect of an intellectual error.

Mex Jack Handley The New

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Meyrowitz N.

The whole religious complexion of the modern world is due to the absence from Jerusalem of a lunatic asylum.

Michael Levin

Once is happenstance, Twice is coincidence, Three times is enemy action.

Michael Levin

[Maturity consists in the discovery that] there comes a critical moment where everything is reversed, after which the point becomes to understand more and more that there is something which cannot be understood.

Michael Winner British

Ten years of rejection slips is nature's way of telling you to stop writing.


From the cradle to the coffin underwear comes first.

Michener James A.

Look ere ye leap.

Midler Bette

If it takes a bloodbath, lets get it over with. No more appeasement.

Mike Harding

What soon grows old? Gratitude.

Mike Harding

To use violence is to already be defeated.

Mill John Stuart

I'll turn over a new leaf.

Mill Dennis

The devil can cite Scripture for his purpose.


"Well," Brahma said, "even after ten thousand explanations, a fool is no wiser, but an intelligent man requires only two thousand five hundred."

Miller Arthur

The universe is made of stories, not of atoms.

Miller Arthur R.

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

Miller Dennis

Govern a great nation as you would cook a small fish. Don't overdo it.

Miller Dennis

Theology is an attempt to explain a subject by men who do not understand it. The intent is not to tell the truth but to satisfy the questioner.

Miller Dennis

I can't understand why a person will take a year or two to write a novel when he can easily buy one for a few dollars.

Miller Dennis

I want to be the white man's brother, not his brother-in-law.

Miller. Olin

In the long run we are all dead.

Millman Dave

We have nowhere else to go... this is all we have.


Seize the day, put no trust in the morrow!


He that bringeth a present, findeth the door open.

Milton John

A good reputation is more valuable than money.

Milton John

Ed Sullivan will be around as long as someone else has talent.

Milton John

Immigration is the sincerest form of flattery.

Mitchell Gener

If you only have a hammer, you tend to see every problem as a nail.


The farther you go, the less you know.

Mizner Wilson

I'm not sure I've even got the brains to be President.

Mizner Wilson

The first rule of intelligent tinkering is to save all the parts.

Mizner Wilson

My dear People. My dear Bagginses and Boffins, and my dear Tooks and Brandybucks, and Grubbs, and Chubbs, and Burrowses, and Hornblowers, and Bolgers, Bracegirdles, Goodbodies, Brockhouses and Proudfoots. Also my good Sackville Bagginses that I w

Mizner Wilson

"No job too big; no fee too big!"

Moffitt James

Politics is supposed to be the second oldest profession. I have come to realize that it bears a very close resemblance to the first.


And yet, seasons must be taken with a grain of salt, for they too have a sense of humor, as does history. Corn stalks comedy, comedy stalks tragedy, and this too is historic. And yet, still, when corn meets tragedy face to face, we have politics.

Montagu Lady M.W.

I respect faith, but doubt is what gives you an education.

Montague Charles Edward

A racially integrated community is a chronological term timed from the entrance of the first black family to the exit of the last white family.

Montaigne Michel Eyquem de

He who laughs has not yet heard the bad news.

Montaigne Michel de

Power corrupts. Absolute power is kind of neat.

Montaigne Michel de

Let's say your wedding ring falls into your toaster, and when you stick your hand in to retrieve it, you suffer Pain and Suffering as well as Mental Anguish. You would sue: * The toaster manufacturer, for failure to include, in the instructions


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


You should never wear your best trousers when you go out to fight for freedom and liberty.


Beware of mathematicians and all those who make empty prophecies. The danger already exists that the mathematicians have made covenant with the devil to darken the spirit and to confine man in the bonds of hell.

Moore Steven

I have often regretted my speech, never my silence.

Moose Bullwinkle

Diplomacy is to do and say, the nastiest thing in the nicest way.

Moravia Alberto

The world wants to be deceived.

More Sir Thomas

You're all clear now, kid. Now blow this thing so we can all go home.

Morgan J.P.

"The Army is a place where you get up early in the morning to be yelled at by people with short haircuts and tiny brains."

Morgan J.P.

War hath no fury like a non-combatant.

Morgan J.P.

Happiness is having a scratch for every itch.

Morley Christopher

The scum also rises.

Morley Christopher

Watch your mouth, kid, or you'll find yourself floating home.

Morley Christopher

The polite thing to do has always been to address people as they wish to be addressed, to treat them in a way they think dignified. But it is equally important to accept and tolerate different standards of courtesy, not expecting everyone else to ad

Morley Christopher

So little time, so little to do.

Morley John Viscount

The difference between the right word and the almost right word is the difference between lightning and the lightning bug.

Morris William

When I reflect upon the number of disagreeable people who I know who have gone to a better world, I am moved to lead a different life.


The faster I go, the behinder I get.

Moses Robert

The possession of a book becomes a substitute for reading it.

Moses Robert

Maryel brought her bat into Exit once and started whacking people on the dance floor. Now everyone's doing it. It's called grand slam dancing.

Moss Stirling

The majority of the stupid is invincible and guaranteed for all time. The terror of their tyranny, however, is alleviated by their lack of consistency.

Mostel Zero

An investment in knowledge always pays the best interest.

Mother Karl Marx's

I am just a nice, clean-cut Mongolian boy.


"They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety."


What we need in this country, instead of Daylight Savings Time, which nobody really understands anyway, is a new concept called Weekday Morning Time, whereby at 7 a.m. every weekday we go into a space-launch-style "hold" for two to three hours, durin

Muggeridge Malcolm

The true way goes over a rope which is not stretched at any great height but just above the ground. It seems more designed to make people stumble than to be walked upon.

Mull Martin

I would like to electrocute everyone who uses the word 'fair' in connection with income tax policies.

Munr H.H.

Do not use that foreign word "ideals". We have that excellent native word "lies".

Munro H.H.

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

Murray Bill

A banker is a fellow who lends you his umbrella when the sun is shining and wants it back the minute it begins to rain.

Muscha Jerry

Nothing is illegal if one hundred businessmen decide to do it.

Muskie Senator Edmund

According to my best recollection, I don't remember.

Musselman Bill

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

Musset Alfred De

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