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It was well said of them they were Jacobites when drunk and Tories when sober.
Winston Churchill

James Boswell

I have heard you [James Boswell] mentioned as a man whom everybody likes. I think life has little more to give.
Samuel Johnson


Moral indignation is jealousy with a halo.
H. G. Wells

O, beware, my lord, of jealousy!
It is the green-eyed monster which doth mock
The meat it feeds on.
William Shakespeare

[Jealousy] arouses a husband's fury, and he will show no mercy when he takes revenge.
Proverbs 6:34

The venom clamors of a jealous woman
Poison more deadly than a mad dog’s tooth.

Jealousy and anger shorten life, and anxiety brings on premature old age.


Jerome should not be numbered among the teachers of the church, for he was a heretic; yet I believe that he is saved through faith in Christ.
Martin Luther


A jest’s prosperity lies in the ear
Of him that hears it, never in the tongue
Of him that makes it.

Of all the griefs that harass the distrest,
Sure the most bitter is a scornful jest.
Samuel Johnson


Leave jesting while it pleaseth, lest it turne to earnest.
George Herbert


In America, they [American Jews] may feel they are Jews. But in Israel, they feel they are Americans.
Ernest van den Haag

To the Greeks, the beautiful was holy, and to the Jews the holy was beautiful.
Author unidentified

I am a Jew. Hath not a Jew eyes? hath not a Jew hands, organs, dimensions, senses, affections, passions? … If you prick us, do we not bleed? if you tickle us, do we not laugh? if you poison us, do we not die? and if you wrong us, shall we not revenge?


A joke never gains over an enemy, but often loses a friend.
Thomas Fuller


Jonah went too far; he presumed to command God Almighty, and became a great man-slayer and a murderer, for he desired that a great city and many people should be utterly destroyed, though God chose to spare them. This was a strange saint.
Martin Luther


Rock journalism is people who can't write interviewing people who can't talk for people who can't read.
Frank Zappa

Journalism largely consists of saying 'Lord Jones is Dead' to people who never knew that Lord Jones was alive.
G. K. Chesterton

Exaggeration of every kind is as essential to journalism as it is to the dramatic art, for the object of journalism is to make events go as far as possible.
Arthur Schopenhauer

The difference between literature and journalism is that journalism is unreadable, and literature is not read.
Oscar Wilde

Journalism possesses in itself the potentiality of becoming one of the most frightful monstrosities and delusions that have ever cursed mankind. This horrible transformation will occur at the exact instant at which journalists realise that they can become an aristocracy.
G. K. Chesterton


There is no such thing as an independent press. You know it, and I know it. I [as a journalist] am paid $150 a week for keeping honest opinions out of the paper. We are intellectual prostitutes, and our time and our talents are the property of other men.
An unidentified New York editor, 1917

Journalists assume that freedom of the press is a popular cause. They are mistaken.
Paul Johnson

Journalists say a thing that they know isn't true, in the hope that if they keep on saying it long enough it will be true.
Arnold Bennett

How does so much [false news] get into the American newspapers, even the good ones? Is it because journalists, as a class, are habitual liars, and prefer what is not true to what is true? I don't think it is. Rather, it is because journalists are, in the main, extremely stupid, sentimental and credulous fellows — because nothing is easier than to fool them — because the majority of them lack the sharp intelligence that the proper discharge of their duties demands.
H. L. Mencken


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


Grief can take care of itself, but to get the full value of a joy you must have somebody to divide it with.
Mark Twain

The man from whom the joys of life have departed is living no more, but should be counted with the dead.

Great joys, like griefs, are silent.
Shakerley Marmion

Shared joy is a double joy; shared sorrow is half a sorrow.

… they shall obtain joy and gladness, and sorrow and sighing shall flee away.
Isaiah 35:10 (KJV)


There must always be a goodly number of judges, for few will always do the will of the few.
Niccolò Machiavelli

Judges ought to remember that their office is jus dicere, and not jus dare — to interpret law, and not to make law, or give law.
Francis Bacon


We are all inclined to judge ourselves by our ideals; others by their acts.
Harold Nicholson

State a moral case to a plowman and a professor. The former will decide it as well, and often better than the latter, because he has not been led astray by artificial rules.
Thomas Jefferson

Many complain of their Memory, few of their Judgment.
Author unidentified

Everyone complains of his memory, and no one complains of his judgment.
La Rochefoucauld

Julius Caesar

Caesar was a failure. Otherwise he would not have been assassinated.
Napoleon I


Injustice is relatively easy to bear; what stings is justice.
H. L. Mencken

Whether we bring our enemies to justice, or bring justice to our enemies, justice will be done.
George W. Bush

I like my wine French, my beer German, my vodka Russian, and my judicial system American.
Chief Justice John Roberts

Do not follow the crowd in doing wrong. When you give testimony in a lawsuit, do not pervert justice by siding with the crowd, and do not show favoritism to a poor person in a lawsuit.
Exodus 23:2-3

Pardoning the Bad, is injuring the Good.
Author unidentified

Use every man after his desert, and who should ’scape whipping?

Justice is itself the great standing policy of civil society; and any eminent departure from it, under any circumstances, lies under the suspicion of being no policy at all.
Edmund Burke

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