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Without adventure, civilization is in full decay.

M Hawkeye

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

Mabbitt Ronald

Traffic signals in New York are just rough guidelines.

Mabley Moms

At ebb tide I wrote a line upon the sand, and gave it all my heart and all my soul. At flood tide I returned to read what I had inscribed and found my ignorance upon the shore.

MacDonald Dwight

Let's remind ourselves that last year's fresh idea is today's cliche.

MacDonald Ross

Exceptions prove the rule, and wreck the budget.

Macaulay Thomas

If I had a formula for bypassing trouble, I would not pass it around. Trouble creates a capacity to handle it. I don't say embrace trouble; that's as bad as treating it as an enemy. But I do say meet it as a friend, for you'll see a lot of it and y

Macdonald Ronald

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


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

Machiavelli Niccolo

If one cannot enjoy reading a book over and over again, there is no use in reading it at all.

Machineri R. Bradbury

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

Madariaga Salvador De

So you think that money is the root of all evil. Have you ever asked what is the root of money?

Madison James

The cable TV sex channels don't expand our horizons, don't make us better people, and don't come in clearly enough.


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

Mahabharata The

You may my glories and my state dispose, But not my griefs; still am I king of those.

Mahabharata. The

Nothing succeeds like the appearance of success.


Age before beauty; and pearls before swine.

Maher Bill

If men are not afraid to die, it is of no avail to threaten them with death. If men live in constant fear of dying, And if breaking the law means a man will be killed, Who will dare to break the law? There is always an official executioner. If

Mailer Norman

There is no proverb that is not true.

Maistre Joseph De

A great many people think they are thinking when they are merely rearranging their prejudices.


If a man has a strong faith he can indulge in the luxury of skepticism.

Malraux Andre

A man is known by the company he organizes.

Mamet David

We rarely find anyone who can say he has lived a happy life, and who, content with his life, can retire from the world like a satisfied guest.

Man Little Big

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

Manners Miss

Death is a spirit leaving a body, sort of like a shell leaving the nut behind.

Manson Charles

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

Manson Charles

General notions are generally wrong.

Manua Princess Irulan

To listen to some devout people, one would imagine that God never laughs.

Manville Tommy

No small art is it to sleep: it is necessary for that purpose to keep awake all day.

Manville Tommy

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

Manville Tommy

The man who sets out to carry a cat by its tail learns something that will always be useful and which never will grow dim or doubtful.

Marcus Tullius Cicero

Prosperity makes friends, adversity tries them.

Margaret Mitchell

I am America's child, a spastic slogging on demented limbs drooling I'll trade my PhD for a telephone voice.

Mari Clive James on

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

Mark Twain

Praise the sea; on shore remain.

Mark Twain

A university is what a college becomes when the faculty loses interest in students.

Mark Twain

It is better to have loved and lost

Mark Twain

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

Mark Twain

Every cloud engenders not a storm.

Mark Twain

The ratio of literacy to illiteracy is a constant, but nowadays the illiterates can read.

Mark Twain

I don't know anything about music. In my line you don't have to.

Mark Twain

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

Mark Twain

When I first arrived in this country I had only fifteen cents in my pocket and a willingness to compromise.

Mark Twain

A likely impossibility is always preferable to an unconvincing possibility.

Marlon Brando

What makes you think graduate school is supposed to be satisfying?

Marlowe Christopher

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

Marlowe Christopher

Music in the soul can be heard by the universe.

Marlowe Christopher

The white race is the cancer of history.

Marlowe Christopher

The nearer to the church, the further from God.

Marquis Don

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.

Marquis Don

A journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step.

Marquis Don

Credit ... is the only enduring testimonial to man's confidence in man.

Marquis Don

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

Marr Bill

Let your conscience be your guide.

Marshall Brickman

Writing about music is like dancing about architecture.

Marshall Thurgood

Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known.

Martin Steve

Execute every act of thy life as though it were thy last.

Martin Thomas L.

A highly intelligent man should take a primitive woman. Imagine if on top of everything else, I had a woman who interfered with my work.


Reality is bad enough, why should I tell the truth?


The Public is merely a multiplied "me."


The lovely woman-child Kaa was mercilessly chained to the cruel post of the warrior-chief Beast, with his barbarian tribe now stacking wood at her nubile feet, when the strong clear voice of the poetic and heroic Handsomas roared, 'Flick your Bic, cr

Martin Steve

Water, taken in moderation cannot hurt anybody.

Martin Steve

"The jig's up, Elman." "Which jig?"

Martin Susanna

"You have been in Afghanistan, I perceive."

Martin' Kin Hubbard

A good question is never answered. It is not a bolt to be tightened into place but a seed to be planted and to bear more seed toward the hope of greening the landscape of idea.

Marx Groucho

Skill without imagination is craftsmanship and gives us many useful objects such as wickerwork picnic baskets. Imagination without skill gives us modern art.

Marx Groucho

The only promotion rules I can think of are that a sense of shame is to be avoided at all costs and there is never any reason for a hustler to be less cunning than more virtuous men. Oh yes ... whenever you think you've got something really great, a


A journey of a thousand miles starts under one's feet.

Masterson Bat

So she went into the garden to cut a cabbage leaf to make an apple pie; and at the same time a great she-bear, coming up the street pops its head into the shop. "What! no soap?" So he died, and she very imprudently married the barber; and there were

Mathis Andrew W.

Suffering alone exists, none who suffer; The deed there is, but no doer thereof; Nirvana is, but no one is seeking it; The Path there is, but none who travel it.

Mau W. Somerset

There's no justice in this world.

Maugh W. Somerset

Governor Tarkin. I should have expected to find you holding Vader's leash. I thought I recognized your foul stench when I was brought on board.

Maugham Somerset

Once harm has been done, even a fool understands it.

Maugham Somerset

A woman takes off her claim to respect along with her garments.

Maugham W. Somerset

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.

Maugham W. Somerset

Prisons are built with stones of Law, brothels with bricks of Religion.

Maugham W.S.

You can never do just one thing.

Maugham W. Somerset

If you want to know what god thinks of money, just look at the people he gave it to.

Max Beerbohm

It is right that he too should have his little chronicle, his memories, his reason, and be able to recognize the good in the bad, the bad in the worst, and so grow gently old all down the unchanging days and die one day like any other day, only short

Mayfield E.J.

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

Mayonnaise Hellman's

British education is probably the best in the world, if you can survive it. If you can't there is nothing left for you but the diplomatic corps.

Mayor Kevin White

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

McAfee Ron

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

McCabe Charles

I am not afraid of tomorrow, for I have seen yesterday and I love today.

McCall Cash

I will honour Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year. I will live in the Past, the Present, and the Future. The Spirits of all Three shall strive within me. I will not shut out the lessons that they teach. Oh, tell me that I may s

McCarthy Charlie

There is no distinctly native American criminal class except Congress.

McCarthy Charlie

Why be a man when you can be a success?

McCarthy Eugene

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

McCarthy Eugene

The lawgiver, of all beings, most owes the law allegiance. He of all men should behave as though the law compelled him. But it is the universal weakness of mankind that what we are given to administer we presently imagine we own.

McCorkle Julia Norton

"The chain which can be yanked is not the eternal chain."

McDaniel Hattie

A man who cannot seduce men cannot save them either.

McEvoy J. P.

Unprovided with original learning, unformed in the habits of thinking, unskilled in the arts of composition, I resolved to write a book.

McGee Travis

He draweth out the thread of his verbosity finer than the staple of his argument.

McGovern 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.

McGuire Al

The major sin is the sin of being born.

McIntire Carl

The Almighty in His infinite wisdom did not see fit to create Frenchmen in the image of Englishmen.

McLeod Thom

Small things make base men proud.

McLuhan. Marshall

Man is the measure of all things.

McShane Michael

The capacity of human beings to bore one another seems to be vastly greater than that of any other animals. Some of their most esteemed inventions have no other apparent purpose, for example, the dinner party of more than two, the epic poem, and the

Mead Margaret

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

Medawar Sir Peter

It's is not, it isn't ain't, and it's it's, not its, if you mean it is. If you don't, it's its. Then too, it's hers. It isn't her's. It isn't our's either. It's ours, and likewise yours and theirs.

Meese Ed

The problem with any unwritten law is that you don't know where to go to erase it.

Meir Golda

The Worst Car Hire Service When David Schwartz left university in 1972, he set up Rent-a-wreck as a joke. Being a natural prankster, he acquired a fleet of beat-up shabby, wreckages waiting for the scrap heap in California. He put on a cap and lo

Melvin Belli

Advertising is a valuable economic factor because it is the cheapest way of selling goods, particularly if the goods are worthless.


Nothing will dispel enthusiasm like a small admission fee.


A good scapegoat is hard to find. A guilty conscience is the mother of invention.


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."

Mencken H. L.

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

Mencken H. L.

I have a simple philosophy: Fill what's empty. Empty what's full. Scratch where it itches.

Mencken H. L.

Don't tell me how hard you work. Tell me how much you get done.

Mencken H. L.

I hate quotations.

Mencken H. L.

Delores breezed along the surface of her life like a flat stone forever skipping along smooth water, rippling reality sporadically but oblivious to it consistently, until she finally lost momentum, sank, and due to an overdose of flouride as a child

Mencken H. L.

If I have to lay an egg for my country, I'll do it.

Mencken H. L.

I stopped believing in Santa Claus when I was six. Mother took me to see him in a department store and he asked for my autograph.

Mencken H. L.

My father, a good man, told me, "Never lose your ignorance; you cannot replace it."

Mencken H.L.

XXVI: If a sufficient number of management layers are superimposed on each other, it can be assured that disaster is not left to chance. XXVII: Rank does not intimidate hardware. Neither does the lack of rank. XXVIII: It is better to be the r

Mencken H.L.

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

Mencken H.L.

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.

Mencken H.L.

If you have to ask what jazz is, you'll never know.

Mencken H.L.

Hain't we got all the fools in town on our side? And hain't that a big enough majority in any town?

Mencken H.L.

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

Mencken H.L.

New York now leads the world's great cities in the number of people around whom you shouldn't make a sudden move.

Mencken H.L.

What good is an obscenity trial except to popularize literature?

Mencken H.L.

Delay not, Caesar. Read it instantly.

Mencken H.L.

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

Mencken H.L.

It is only the man whose intellect is clouded by his sexual impulse that could give the name of the fair sex to that undersized, narrow-shouldered, broad-hipped, and short-legged race.

Mencken H.L.

If a shameless woman expects to be defiled and then dies of her fierce love because you do not consent, will chastity also be homicide?

Mencken H.L.

Rotten wood cannot be carved.

Mencken H.L.

Nothing endures but change.

Mencken H.L.

What does not destroy me, makes me stronger.

Mencken H.L.

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

Mencken H.L.

We were so poor we couldn't afford a watchdog. If we heard a noise at night, we'd bark ourselves.

Mencken H.L.

When you are about to die, a wombat is better than no company at all.

Mengot Roy

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

Meredith George

Silence is the element in which great things fashion themselves.

Meredith Owen

The whole world is a scab. The point is to pick it constructively.

Metrop Fran Lebowitz

Your wig steers the gig.

Mex Jack Handley

We Americans, we're a simple people... but piss us off, and we'll bomb your cities.

Mex Jack Handley The New

Pauca sed matura. [Few but excellent.]

Mex Jack Handley The New

Another day, another dollar.

Meyrowitz N.

Don't go around saying the world owes you a living. The world owes you nothing. It was here first.

Michael Levin

I don't have any solution but I certainly admire the problem.

Michael Levin

There is no ox so dumb as the orthodox.

Michael Winner British

The optimist thinks that this is the best of all possible worlds, and the pessimist knows it.


Ever get the feeling that the world's on tape and one of the reels is missing?

Michener James A.

Life sucks, but death doesn't put out at all.

Midler Bette

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

Mike Harding

In the long run we are all dead.

Mike Harding

The universe is made of stories, not of atoms.

Mill John Stuart

If the colleges were better, if they really had it, you would need to get the police at the gates to keep order in the inrushing multitude. See in college how we thwart the natural love of learning by leaving the natural method of teaching what each

Mill Dennis

A hundred years from now it is very likely that [of Twain's works] "The Jumping Frog" alone will be remembered.


Naked children have never played in _o_u_r fountains, and I.M. Pei will never be happy on Route 66.

Miller Arthur

Women are nothing but machines for producing children.

Miller Arthur R.

Forgive and forget.

Miller Dennis

"You mean, if you allow the master to be uncivil, to treat you any old way he likes, and to insult your dignity, then he may deem you fit to hear his view of things?" "Quite the contrary. You must defend your integrity, assuming you have integrit

Miller Dennis

Happiness is having a scratch for every itch.

Miller Dennis

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.

Miller Dennis

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?

Miller. Olin

Life is one long struggle in the dark.

Millman Dave

To have died once is enough.


The secret of success is sincerity. Once you can fake that, you've got it made.


So so is good, very good, very excellent good: and yet it is not; it is but so so.

Milton John

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

Milton John

Absolutum obsoletum. (If it works, it's out of date.)

Milton John

To do two things at once is to do neither.

Mitchell Gener

In childhood a woman must be subject to her father; in youth to her husband; when her husband is dead, to her sons. A woman must never be free of subjugation.


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.

Mizner Wilson

I am a deeply superficial person.

Mizner Wilson

Alas, how love can trifle with itself!

Mizner Wilson

If you know the answer to a question, don't ask.

Mizner Wilson

The state of innocence contains the germs of all future sin.

Moffitt James

I hate dying.


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

Montagu Lady M.W.

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

Montague Charles Edward

With women, I've got a long bamboo pole with a leather loop on the end of it. I slip the loop around their necks so they can't get away or come too close. Like catching snakes.

Montaigne Michel Eyquem de

Lo! Men have become the tool of their tools.

Montaigne Michel de

Whom the mad would destroy, first they make Gods.

Montaigne Michel de

I do desire we may be better strangers.


Fast ship? You mean you've never heard of the Millennium Falcon?


Someone did a study of the three most-often-heard phrases in New York City. One is "Hey, taxi." Two is, "What train do I take to get to Bloomingdale's?" And three is, "Don't worry. It's just a flesh wound."


When I was in school, I cheated on my metaphysics exam: I looked into the soul of the boy sitting next to me.

Moore Steven

There are three rules for writing a novel. Unfortunately, no one knows what they are.

Moose Bullwinkle

Honesty is for the most part less profitable than dishonesty.

Moravia Alberto

... A solemn, unsmiling, sanctimonious old iceberg who looked like he was waiting for a vacancy in the Trinity.

More Sir Thomas

When in doubt, tell the truth.

Morgan J.P.

I have just enough white in me to make my honesty questionable.

Morgan J.P.

It's all right letting yourself go as long as you can let yourself back.

Morgan J.P.

Sometimes, too long is too long.

Morley Christopher

We're living in a golden age. All you need is gold.

Morley Christopher

There is no doubt that my lawyer is honest. For example, when he filed his income tax return last year, he declared half of his salary as 'unearned income.'

Morley Christopher

This is the sort of English up with which I will not put.

Morley Christopher

The coast was clear.

Morley John Viscount

The only thing that experience teaches us is that experience teaches us nothing.

Morris William

I'll burn my books.


If little green men land in your back yard, hide any little green women you've got in the house.

Moses Robert

A platitude is simply a truth repeated till people get tired of hearing it.

Moses Robert

A beginning is the time for taking the most delicate care that balances are correct.

Moss Stirling

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

Mostel Zero

What an artist dies with me!

Mother Karl Marx's

Whatever doesn't succeed in two months and a half in California will never succeed.


For there are moments when one can neither think nor feel. And if one can neither think nor feel, she thought, where is one?


An investment in knowledge always pays the best interest.

Muggeridge Malcolm

The price one pays for pursuing any profession, or calling, is an intimate knowledge of its ugly side.

Mull Martin

I always had a repulsive need to be something more than human.

Munr H.H.

"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."

Munro H.H.

Human resources are human first, and resources second.

Murray Bill

Clothes make the man. Naked people have little or no influence on society.

Muscha Jerry

The big cities of America are becoming Third World countries.

Muskie Senator Edmund

Talkers are no good doers.

Musselman Bill

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.

Musset Alfred De

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