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“If the only tool you have is a hammer, you treat everything like a nail.”
—Abraham Maslow, Psychologist
“If you win the rat race, you're still a rat.”
—Lily Tomlin
“It is never too late to be what you might have been.”
—George Eliot
“Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, and today is a gift; that is why they call it THE PRESENT.”
—Eleanor Roosevelt (1884-1962)
“Skepticism sharpens. Cynicism corrodes.”
—Amy Pearl
“I do not feel obliged to believe that the same God who has endowed us with sense, reason, and intellect has intended us to forgo their use.”
—Galileo Galilei
“A quick guide to Londoners and what they really think: "Don't mention it" ("Please continue to thank me ."); "I have half a mind to say something ." ("I am adding to years' worth of unspoken resentment that I will silence with claret or a very dry white wine"); "Mustn't complain ." ("I have just complained."); "Probably my fault ." ("This is your fault.")”
—Ravi Somaiya
“If a man will begin with certainties, he shall end in doubts, but if he will be content to begin with doubts, he shall end in certainties.”
—Francis Bacon, The Advancement of Learning
“Yeah, yeah.”
—Columbia philosophy professor Sidney Morgenbesser, at a talk on the philosophy of language by Oxford philosopher J.L. Austin. Austin noted that while a double negative amounts to a positive, never does a double positive amount to a negative.
“Why is God making me suffer so much? Just because I don't believe in him?”
—Columbia philosophy professor Sidney Morgenbesser, in the final weeks of his life, as he struggled with complications from Lou Gehrig's disease.
“Plans are useless, but planning is essential.”
—Dwight Eisenhower
“The root of the problem is that men observe when a thing hits, but not when it misses.”
—Francis Bacon
“He's been straddling that fence for so long, he must have splinters in his butt. ”
—Stephen Henry
“You can't legislate intelligence.”
—Mike Armstrong
“I doubled my smartivity!”
—Stephen Henry
“Every day I wake up and ask myself, "What planet am I on?"”
—John Pampuch, deceptively normal-seeming person
“Discovery consists of seeing what everybody has seen and thinking what nobody has thought. ”
—Albert von Szent-Gyorgyi
“Two men in a burning house should not stop to argue with each other.”
—African proverb
“Leadership is the art of accomplishing more than the science of management says is possible. ”
—Colin Powell
“I'm not popular. I'm just on a lot of mailing lists.”
—Amy Pearl
“I hate people who keep quotes files.”
—Frank Ludolph
“It's hard to look up to a man who always has his ear to the ground.”
—Molly Ivins
“It [the ERA] is about a socialist, anti-family political movement that encourages women to leave their husbands, kill their children, practice witchcraft, destroy capitalism and become lesbians.”
—Pat Robertson
“Cold hands, warm heart. Clean hair, dirty mind. ”
—Amy Pearl
“I myself have never been able to find out precisely what feminism is; I only know that people call me a feminist whenever I express sentiments that differentiate me from a doormat. ”
—Rebecca West
“You can't legislate intelligence.”
—Mike Armstrong
“The ultimate result of shielding men from the effects of folly is to fill the world with fools.”
—Herbert Spencer

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