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The past always looks better than it was. It's only pleasant because it isn't here.
Finley Peter Dunne
I have a fantasy where Ted Turner is elected President but refuses because he doesn't want to give up power.
Arthur C. Clarke
I personally think we developed language because of our deep need to complain.
One reason why I don't drink is because I wish to know when I am having a good time.
Nobody made a greater mistake than he who did nothing because he could do only a little.
Just because something doesn't do what you planned it to do doesn't mean it's useless.
Thomas A. Edison
I know I am getting better at golf because I am hitting fewer spectators.
Gerald R. Ford
Most of the things we decide are not what we know to be the best. We say yes, merely because we are driven into a corner and must say something.
People generally quarrel because they cannot argue.
Gilbert K. Chesterton
You have not converted a man because you have silenced him.
Immature love says: 'I love you because I need you.' Mature love says 'I need you because I love you.'
It takes a lot of imagination to be a good photographer. You need less imagination to be a painter because you can invent things. But in photography everything is so ordinary; it takes a lot of looking before you learn to see the extraordinary.
I'd rather be a could-be if I cannot be an are; because a could-be is a maybe who is reaching for a star. I'd rather be a has-been than a might-have-been, by far; for a might have-been has never been, but a has was once an are.
And while the law of competition may be sometimes hard for the individual, it is best for the race, because it ensures the survival of the fittest in every department.
They consider me to have sharp and penetrating vision because I see them through the mesh of a sieve.
The society which scorns excellence in plumbing as a humble activity and tolerates shoddiness in philosophy because it is an exalted activity will have neither good plumbing nor good philosophy: neither its pipes nor its theories will hold water.
John W. Gardner
The most important things to say are those which often I did not think necessary for me to say - because they were too obvious.
Hope is a state of mind, not of the world. Hope, in this deep and powerful sense, is not the same as joy that things are going well, or willingness to invest in enterprises that are obviously heading for success, but rather an ability to work for something because it is good.
People take different roads seeking fulfillment and happiness. Just because they're not on your road doesn't mean they've gotten lost.
H. Jackson Brown, Jr.
Leadership is the art of getting someone else to do something you want done because he wants to do it.
Dwight D. Eisenhower
Question with boldness even the existence of a God; because, if there be one, he must more approve of the homage of reason, than that of blind-folded fear.
He who is unable to live in society, or who has no need because he is sufficient for himself, must be either a beast or a god.
A scientific truth does not triumph by convincing its opponents and making them see the light, but rather because its opponents eventually die and a new generation grows up that is familiar with it.
The majority of men meet with failure because of their lack of persistence in creating new plans to take the place of those which fail.
The limitation of riots, moral questions aside, is that they cannot win and their participants know it. Hence, rioting is not revolutionary but reactionary because it invites defeat. It involves an emotional catharsis, but it must be followed by a sense of futility.
Martin Luther King, Jr.
The rich are different from you and me because they have more credit.
Why should we be in such desperate haste to succeed, and in such desperate enterprises? If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer.
Henry David Thoreau
Pollution is nothing but the resources we are not harvesting. We allow them to disperse because we've been ignorant of their value.
R. Buckminster Fuller
I began wearing hats as a young lawyer because it helped me to establish my professional identity. Before that, whenever I was at a meeting, someone would ask me to get coffee.
My movies were the kind they show in prisons and airplanes, because nobody can leave.
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