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If there is no God, who pops up the next Kleenex?

T.S. Eliot


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.

Tacitus


You buy a judge by weight, like iron in a junk yard. A justice of the peace or a magistrate can be had for a five-dollar bill. In the municipal courts, he will cost you ten. In the circuit or superior courts, he wants fifteen. The state appellate

Tacitus


One of my less pleasant chores when I was young was to read the Bible from one end to the other. Reading the Bible straight through is at least 70 percent discipline, like learning Latin. But the good parts are, of course, simply amazing. God is a

Talleyrand Charles-Maurice De


The shortest distance between two points is under construction.

Tao Te Ching


Never appeal to a man's "better nature." He may not have one. Invoking his self-interest gives you more leverage.

Tarkin Governor


Music in the soul can be heard by the universe.

Tarkington Booth


To accuse others for one's own misfortunes is a sign of want of education. To accuse oneself shows that one's education has begun. To accuse neither oneself nor others shows that one's education is complete.

Tarsus Paul of


Under capitalism, man exploits man. Under communism, it's just the opposite.

Taylor Elizabeth


One good turn deserves another.

Technology Aviation Week and Space


It's not easy, being green.

Temple Shirley


Interesting poll results reported in today's New York Post: people on the street in midtown Manhattan were asked whether they approved of the US invasion of Grenada. Fifty-three percent said yes; 39 percent said no; and 8 percent said "Gimme a quart

Tennant Harry


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

Terry Pratchett


Take care of the luxuries and the necessities will take care of themselves.

Terry Pratchett


Perhaps, after all, America never has been discovered. I myself would say that it had merely been detected.

Texa J. Frank Dobie


Instead of giving money to found colleges to promote learning, why don't they pass a constitutional amendment prohibiting anybody from learning anything? If it works as good as the Prohibition one did, why, in five years we would have the smartest r

Thatcher Margaret


The typewriting machine, when played with expression, is no more annoying than the piano when played by a sister or near relation.

The Outer Limits


An old Jewish man reads about Einstein's theory of relativity in the newspaper and asks his scientist grandson to explain it to him. "Well, zayda, it's sort of like this. Einstein says that if you're having your teeth drilled without Novocain, a mi

The Squirrels


"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

Theophrastus


"Consequences, Schmonsequences, as long as I'm rich."

Thomas Dylan


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.

Thomas Dylan


Working with Julie Andrews is like getting hit over the head with a valentine.

Thomas J. Parnell


If you pick up a starving dog and make him prosperous, he will not bite you. This is the principal difference between a dog and a man.

Thomas Marlo


Lo! Men have become the tool of their tools.

Thomas Marlo


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

Thomas Norman


A sinking ship gathers no moss.

Thomas Carlyle


I know not how I came into this, shall I call it a dying life or a living death?

Thomas Dave


"In Christianity neither morality nor religion come into contact with reality at any point."

Thomas De Quincey


A horse! A horse! My kingdom for a horse!

Thomas De Quincey


He who knows, does not speak. He who speaks, does not know.

Thomas De Quincey


Talkers are no good doers.

Thomas Jefferson


No bird soars too high if he soars with his own wings.

Thomas King


But you shall not escape my iambics.

Thomas Macaulay


There are no accidents whatsoever in the universe.

Thomas W. Lamont


A fanatic is one who can't change his mind and won't change the subject.

Thompson Dr. Hunter S.


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.

Thompson Dr. Hunter S.


Fraud is the homage that force pays to reason.

Thompson H.S.


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

Thompson Hunter S.


If I had done everything I'm credited with, I'd be speaking to you from a laboratory jar at Harvard.

Thompson Hunter S.


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

Thompson Ken


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

Thore Henry David


Yevtushenko has... an ego that can crack crystal at a distance of twenty feet.

Thoreau


Writing about music is like dancing about architecture.

Thoreau H.D.


Law stands mute in the midst of arms.

Thoreau Henry David


Education is the process of casting false pearls before real swine.

Thoreau Henry David


The white race is the cancer of history.

Thoreau Henry David


The superfluous is very necessary.

Thoreau Henry David


If you can count your money, you don't have a billion dollars.

Thoreau Henry David


A full belly makes a dull brain.

Thoreau Henry David


Rule the Empire through force.

Thoreau Henry David


Hard reality has a way of cramping your style.

Thoreau Henry David


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.

Thoreau David Henry


Such evil deeds could religion prompt.

Thurber James


From the cradle to the coffin underwear comes first.

Thurber James


The degree of civilization in a society can be judged by entering its prisons.

Thurber James


Good salesmen and good repairmen will never go hungry.

Thurber James


Ask not for whom the Bell tolls, and you will pay only the station-to-station rate.

Ti Chuck Shepherd


Those who have some means think that the most important thing in the world is love. The poor know that it is money.

Tikkanen Henrik


A writer is congenitally unable to tell the truth and that is why we call what he writes fiction.

Tiselius Arne


A right is not what someone gives you; it's what no one can take from you.

Titus Livius


Anything is possible on paper.

Tobaben


One of my favorite jokes, a telling commentary on Jewish mothers' capacity to lay on guilt, involves the mother who gave her son two neckties on Chanuka. The boy hurried into his bedroom, ripped off the tie he was wearing, put on one of the ties his

Tocqueville Alexis de


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

Todd Ruthven Campbell


All Gods were immortal.

Tokugawa Shogun


The price of success in philosophy is triviality.

Tolkien J. R. R.


When I was a boy I was told that anybody could become President. Now I'm beginning to believe it.

Tolkien J. R. R.


A lot of people I know believe in positive thinking, and so do I. I believe everything positively stinks.

Tolkien J. R. R.


"You and I as individuals can, by borrowing, live beyond our means, but only for a limited period of time. Why should we think that collectively, as a nation, we are not bound by that same limitation?"

Tolkien J. R. R.


Art is either plagiarism or revolution.

Tolkien J.R.R.


You can't depend on the man who made the mess to clean it up.

Tolkien J.R.R.


Do you know the difference between education and experience? Education is what you get when you read the fine print; experience is what you get when you don't.

Tolkien J.R.R.


Let sleeping dogs lie.

Tolkien J.R.R.


But if you wish at once to do nothing and to be respectable nowdays, the best pretext is to be at work on some profound study.

Tolstoy


Nothing matters very much, and few things matter at all.

Tolstoy


English literature's performing flea.

Tolstoy


Our business in life is not to succeed but to continue to fail in high spirits.

Tolstoy


We'll try to cooperate fully with the IRS, because, as citizens, we feel a strong patriotic duty not to go to jail.

Tolstoy Leo


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

Tomash Erwin


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.

Tomlin Lily


Anyone can do any amount of work provided it isn't the work he is supposed to be doing at the moment.

Tomlin Lily


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

Tomlin Lily


XXI: It's easy to get a loan unless you need it. XXII: If stock market experts were so expert, they would be buying stock, not selling advice. XXIII: Any task can be completed in only one-third more time than is currently estimated. XXIV:

Tomlin Lily


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.

Tomlin Lily


A likely impossibility is always preferable to an unconvincing possibility.

Tomlin Lily


No house should ever be on any hill or on anything. It should be of the hill, belonging to it.

Tomlin Lily


Somewhat alarmed at the continued growth of the number of employees on the Department of Agriculture payroll in 1962, Michigan Republican Robert Griffin proposed an amendment to the farm bill so that "the total number of employees in the Department

Tourbillon


Life would be tolerable but for its amusements.

Toynbee Arnold Joseph


The Soviet Union, which has complained recently about alleged anti-Soviet themes in American advertising, lodged an official protest this week against the Ford Motor Company's new campaign: "Hey you stinking, fat Russian, get off my Ford Escort."

Tr Leon


"Why are we importing all these highbrow plays like `Amadeus'? I could have told you Mozart was a jerk for nothing."

Trend Motor


A straw vote only shows which way the hot air blows.

Trend Motor


I needed the good will of the legislature of four states. I formed the legislative bodies with my own money. I found that it was cheaper that way.

Trend Motor


Philosophy will clip an angel's wings.

Trillin Calvin


Training is everything. The peach was once a bitter almond; cauliflower is nothing but cabbage with a college education.

Trilling Lionel


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

Trotsky


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.

Trudeau P.E.


Death is life's way of telling you you've been fired.

Truman Harry


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

Truman Harry


[He] took me into his library and showed me his books, of which he had a complete set.

Truman Harry S.


Patriotism is the virtue of the vicious.

Truman Harry S.


I DON'T THINK I'M ALONE when I say I'd like to see more and more planets fall under the ruthless domination of our solar system.

Truman Harry S.


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.

Truman Harry S.


Wishing without work is like fishing without bait.

Truman President Harry S.


A definition of teaching: casting fake pearls before real swine.

Tsu Lao


I never made a mistake in my life. I thought I did once, but I was wrong.

Tsu Lao


IF I HAD A MINE SHAFT, I don't think I would just abandon it. There's got to be a better way.

Tsu Lao


You can no more win a war than you can win an earthquake.

Tsu Lao


It is difficult to produce a television documentary that is both incisive and probing when every twelve minutes one is interrupted by twelve dancing rabbits singing about toilet paper.

Tsu Lao


I like to believe that people in the long run are going to do more to promote peace than our governments. Indeed, I think that people want peace so much that one of these days governments had better get out of the way and let them have it.

Tsu Lao


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.

Tsu Lao


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

Tsu Lao


He who despairs over an event is a coward, but he who holds hopes for the human condition is a fool.

Tsu Lao


"There is a God, but He drinks"

Tsu Lao


There is an old time toast which is golden for its beauty. "When you ascend the hill of prosperity may you not meet a friend."

Tsu Lao


She say, Miss Colie, You better hush. God might hear you. Let 'im hear me, I say. If he ever listened to poor colored women the world would be a different place, I can tell you.

Tsu Lao


For the fashion of Minas Tirith was such that it was built on seven levels, each delved into a hill, and about each was set a wall, and in each wall was a gate.

Tsu Lao


The trouble with this country is that there are too many politicians who believe, with a conviction based on experience, that you can fool all of the people all of the time.

Tsu Lao


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

Tuc The mayor of


Liberty don't work as good in practice as it does in speeches.

Turgenev


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

Turner Ted


Suburbia is where the developer bulldozes out the trees, then names the streets after them.

Turner Ted


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

Tusser Thomas


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

Tusser Thomas


God helps them that help themselves.

Twain Mark


Some scholars are like donkeys, they merely carry a lot of books.

Twain Mark


Nothing succeeds like success.

Twain Mark


Art is a lie which makes us realize the truth.

Twain Mark


If Christianity was morality, Socrates would be the Saviour.

Twain Mark


Wait for that wisest of all counselors, Time.

Twain Mark


VII. Certain bodies can pass through solid walls painted to resemble tunnel entrances; others cannot. This trompe l'oeil inconsistency has baffled generations, but at least it is known that whoever paints an entrance on a wall's surface to

Twain Mark


It pays in England to be a revolutionary and a bible-smacker most of one's life and then come round.

Twain Mark


Television is now so desperately hungry for material that it is scraping the top of the barrel.

Twain Mark


This wasn't just plain terrible, this was fancy terrible. This was terrible with raisins in it.

Twain Mark


I knew her before she was a virgin.

Twain Mark


The secret source of humor is not joy but sorrow; there is no humor in Heaven.

Twain Mark


Our swords shall play the orators for us.

Twain Mark


The two party system ... is a triumph of the dialectic. It showed that two could be one and one could be two and had probably been fabricated by Hegel for the American market on a subcontract from General Dynamics.

Twain Mark


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

Twain Mark


It is enough to make one sympathize with a tyrant for the determination of his courtiers to deceive him for their own personal ends...

Twain Mark


We must respect the other fellow's religion, but only in the sense and to the extent that we respect his theory that his wife is beautiful and his children smart.

Twain Mark


... 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

Twain Mark


Porsche: there simply is no substitute.

Twain Mark


Don't talk to me about naval tradition. It's nothing but rum, sodomy and the lash.

Twain Mark


Time is but the stream I go a-fishing in.

Twain Mark


"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."

Twain Mark


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.

Twain Mark


They're giving bank robbing a bad name.

Twain Mark


It has long been noticed that juries are pitiless for robbery and full of indulgence for infanticide. A question of interest, my dear Sir! The jury is afraid of being robbed and has passed the age when it could be a victim of infanticide.

Twain Mark


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.

Twain Mark


By working faithfully eight hours a day, you may eventually get to be boss and work twelve.

Twain Mark


"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."

Twain Mark


Kindness is the beginning of cruelty.

Twain Mark


"MOKE DAT YIGARETTE"

Twain Mark


I appreciate the fact that this draft was done in haste, but some of the sentences that you are sending out in the world to do your work for you are loitering in taverns or asleep beside the highway.

Twain Mark


When asked by an anthropologist what the Indians called America before the white men came, an Indian said simply "Ours."

Twain Mark


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

Twain Mark


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

Twain Mark


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

Twain Mark


You may have heard that a dean is to faculty as a hydrant is to a dog.

Twain Mark


Solipsists of the World... you are already united.

Twain Mark


Something's rotten in the state of Denmark.

Twain Mark


Genius is pain.

Twain Mark


Every why hath a wherefore.

Twain Mark


A prediction is worth twenty explanations.

Twain Mark


The clergy successfully preached the doctrines of patience and pusillanimity; the active virtues of society were discouraged; and the last remains of a military spirit were buried in the cloister: a large portion of public and private wealth was cons

Twain Mark


Hard work never killed anybody, but why take a chance?

Twain Mark


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

Twain Mark


Many a long dispute between divines may thus be abridged: It is so. It is not so. It is so. It is not so.

Twain Mark


There is a secret person undamaged within every individual.

Twain Mark


All men know the utility of useful things; but they do not know the utility of futility.

Twain Mark


Monterey... is decidedly the pleasantest and most civilized-looking place in California ... [it] is also a great place for cock-fighting, gambling of all sorts, fandangos, and various kinds of amusements and knavery.

Twain Mark


Use what talents you possess: the woods would be very silent if no birds sang there except those that sang best.

Twain Mark


"It's a summons." "What's a summons?" "It means summon's in trouble."

Twain Mark


Hark ye, Clinker, you are a most notorious offender. You stand convicted of sickness, hunger, wretchedness, and want.

Twain Mark


I'll turn over a new leaf.

Twain Mark


"I don't know whether God exists or not, but it makes no difference to me." "It's not like He's passing out free money or anything."

Twain Mark


For if there is a sin against life, it consists perhaps not so much in despairing of life as in hoping for another life and in eluding the implacable grandeur of this life.

Twain Mark


Sometimes, too long is too long.

Twain Mark


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.

Twain Mark


Soap and education are not as sudden as a massacre, but they are more deadly in the long run.

Twain Mark


There but for the grace of God, goes God.

Twain Mark


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

Twain Mark


I don't want to achieve immortality through my work. I want to achieve immortality through not dying.

Twain Mark


You guys have been practicing discrimination for years. Now it's our turn.

Twain Mark


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

Twain Mark


Faith is under the left nipple.

Twain Mark


There is no sin but ignorance.

Twain Mark


Adde parvum parvo manus acervus erit. [Add little to little and there will be a big pile.]

Twain Mark


Between 1950 and 1952, a bored weatherman, stationed north of Hudson Bay, left a monument that neither government nor time can eradicate. Using a bulldozer abandoned by the Air Force, he spent two years and great effort pushing boulders into a single

Twain Mark


A real diplomat is one who can cut his neighbor's throat without having his neighbour notice it.

Twain Mark


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

Twain Mark


Men are superior to women.

Twain Mark


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

Twain Mark


You have to run as fast as you can just to stay where you are. If you want to get anywhere, you'll have to run much faster.

Twain Mark


The [Ford Foundation] is a large body of money completely surrounded by people who want some.

Twain Mark


I'd just as soon kiss a Wookie.

Twain Mark


To do two things at once is to do neither.

Twain Mark


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

Twain Mark


Exceptions prove the rule, and wreck the budget.

Twain Mark


Now it is such a bizarrely improbable coincidence that anything so mind- bogglingly useful could have evolved purely by chance that some thinkers have chosen to see it as a final and clinching proof of the non-existence of God. The argument follows:

Twain Mark


Writing is turning one's worst moments into money.

Twain Mark


"Ubi non accusator, ibi non judex." (Where there is no police, there is no speed limit.)

Twain Mark


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."

Twain Mark


"The Right Honorable Gentleman is indebted to his memory for his jests and to his imagination for his facts."

Twain Mark


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

Twain Mark


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

Twain Mark


It is not doing the thing we like to do, but liking the thing we have to do, that makes life blessed.

Tweed Boss


A myth is a religion in which no-one any longer believes.

Tyger Frank


What we wish, that we readily believe.

Tyroon Henry


In defeat, unbeatable; in victory, unbearable.

Tzu Chuang


Don't vote

Tzu Chuang


An investment in knowledge always pays the best interest.

them! it only encourages


Traffic signals in New York are just rough guidelines.

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