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The increase of net incomes, estimated in commodities, which is always the consequence of improved machinery, will lead to new savings and accumulations. These savings are annual, and must soon create a fund much greater than the gross revenue originally lost by the discovery of the machine, when the demand for labor will be as great as before.
David Ricardo

One machine can do the work of fifty ordinary men. No machine can do the work of one extraordinary man.
Elbert Hubbard

Well, the first War of the Machines [WW II] seems to be drawing to its final inconclusive chapter—leaving, alas, everyone the poorer, many bereaved or maimed and millions dead, and only one thing triumphant: the Machines. As the servants of the Machine are becoming a privileged class, the Machines are going to be enormously more powerful. What's their next move?
J. R. R. Tolkien


I keep vaguely wondering what Macs [Macintosh computers] are like, but the ones I've seen spend too much time being friendly.
Terry Pratchett


There's a pinch of the madman in every great man.
French Proverb

I suppose it is much more comfortable to be mad and not know it, than to be sane and have one's doubts.
G. B. Burgin

[Imagination] does not breed insanity. Exactly what does breed insanity is reason. Poets do not go mad; but chess players do. Mathematicians go mad … but creative artists very seldom.
G. K. Chesterton

Oh, that way madness lies. Let me shun that.
William Shakespeare

Collins languished some years under that depression of mind which enchains the faculties without destroying them, and leaves reason the knowledge of right without the power of pursuing it. … He was for some time confined in a house of lunatics until death came to his relief.
Samuel Johnson

Everyone is more or less mad on one point.
Rudyard Kipling

There is a pleasure sure
In being mad which none but madmen know.
John Dryden

We all are born mad. Some remain so.
Samuel Beckett

Avarice, ambition, lust, etc., are nothing but species of madness.
John Locke

There are said to be pleasures in madness known only to madmen.
Samuel Johnson

Great wits are sure to madness near allied,
And thin partitions do their bounds divide.
John Dryden

Though this be madness, yet there is method in't.

It is better to be mad with the rest of the world than to be wise alone.
Baltasar Gracian

His madness was not of the head, but heart.


Magnanimity becomes a man of fortune.
Publilius Syrus


[Majorian] presents the welcome discovery of a great and heroic character, such as sometimes arise, in a degenerate age, to vindicate the honor of the human species.
Edward Gibbon


Whenever you find that you are on the side of the majority, it is time to reform.
Mark Twain

The voice of the majority is no proof of justice.
J. C. F. Schiller

The majority, compose them how you will, are a herd, and not a very nice one.
William Hazlitt

A government in which the majority rule in all cases cannot be based on justice, even as far as men understand it.
H. D. Thoreau

The fact disclosed by a survey of the past that majorities have been wrong, must not blind us to the complementary fact that majorities have usually not been entirely wrong.
Herbert Spencer

One, with God, is always a majority, but many a martyr has been burned at the stake while the votes were being counted.
Thomas B. Reed

Majority Rule

Imagine if all of life were determined by majority rule. Every meal would be a pizza. Every pair of pants, even those in a Brooks Brothers suit, would be stone-washed denim. Celebrity diet and exercise books would be the only thing on the shelves at the library. And—since women are a majority of the population—we'd all be married to Mel Gibson.
P. J. O'Rourke

Majority and Minority

When great changes occur in history, when great principles are involved, as a rule the majority are wrong. The minority are right.
Eugene V. Debs

The thing we have to fear in this country, to my way of thinking, is the influence of organized minorities, because somehow or other the great majority does not seem to organize. They seem to feel that they are going to be effective because of their known strength, but they give no expression of it.
Alfred E. Smith

In all companies there are more fools than wise men, and the greater part always get the better of the wiser.

On a candid examination of history, we shall find that turbulence, violence, and abuse of power, by the majority trampling on the rights of the minority, have produced factions and commotions which, in republics, have, more frequently than any other cause, produced despotism.
James Madison


Malice drinketh up the greater part of its own poison.
Thomas Fuller

Malice will always find bad motives for good actions.
Thomas Jefferson


That pure malignity can exist is the extreme proposition of unbelief. It is not to be entertained by a rational agent; it is atheism; it is the last profanation.
R. W. Emerson


Mammon has two properties; it makes us secure, first, when it goes well with us, and then we live without fear of God at all; secondly, when it goes ill with us, then we tempt God, fly from him, and seek after another God.
Martin Luther


Limited in his nature, infinite in his desires, man is a fallen god who remembers heaven.
Alphonse de Lamartine

That man is an aggressive creature will hardly be disputed. With the exception of certain rodents, no other vertebrate habitually destroys members of its own species.
Anthony Storr

Cursed is every one who places his hope in man.
Saint Augustine

God must love the common man, he made so many of them.
Abraham Lincoln

Man is the only animal that blushes. Or needs to.
Mark Twain

Man is a beautiful machine that works very badly.
H. L. Mencken

Man can believe the impossible, but man can never believe the improbable.
Oscar Wilde

Such is the human race. Often it does seem such a pity that Noah and his party did not miss the boat.
Mark Twain

Every man is as God made him, ay, and often worse.
Miguel de Cervantes

Man differs from the animal only by a little; most men throw that little away.

Mortals, born of woman,
are of few days and full of trouble.
They springs up like flowers and wither away;
like fleeting shadows, they do not endure.
Job 14:1-2

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.
Mark Twain

I know in my heart that man is good.
That what is right will always eventually triumph.
And there's purpose and worth to each and every life.
Ronald Reagan

Men are not against you; they are merely for themselves.
Gene Fowler

Man has much more to fear from the passions of his fellow-creatures, than from the convulsions of the elements.
Edward Gibbon

Neither conservatives nor humorists believe man is good. But left-wingers do.
P. J. O'Rourke

In this primitive and abject state [of hunters and gatherers], which ill deserves the name of society, the human brute, without arts or laws, almost without sense or language, is poorly distinguished from the rest of the animal creation.
Edward Gibbon

For this is the tragedy of man—circumstances change, but he does not.
Niccolò Machiavelli

If history repeats itself, and the unexpected always happens, how incapable must Man be of learning from experience.
George Bernard Shaw

[But] the man who dares not expose his life in the defence of his children and his property, has lost in society the first and most active energies of nature.
Edward Gibbon

It has been said that man is a rational animal. All my life I have been searching for evidence which could support this.
Bertrand Russell

I have thought some of nature's journeymen had made men and not made them well, they imitated humanity so abominably.
William Shakespeare

No man is an island entire of itself; every man is a piece of the continent, a part of the main; if a clod be washed away by the sea, Europe is the less, as well as if a promontory were, as well as a manor of thy friends or of thine own were; any man's death diminishes me, because I am involved in mankind. And therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls; it tolls for thee.
John Donne

With man, most of his misfortunes are occasioned by man.
Pliny the Elder

Man is neither angel nor beast; and the misfortune is that he who would act the angel acts the beast.
Blaise Pascal

What a piece of work is a man! How noble in reason! how infinite in faculty! in form, in moving, how express and admirable! in action how like an angel! in apprehension how like a god!

Man is by nature a political animal.

Man was born to mourn and to be wretched; this is the condition of all below the stars, and whoever endeavours to oppose it, acts in contradiction to the will of Heaven.
Samuel Johnson, from a story in the Rambler

The state of man: inconstancy, boredom, anxiety.
Blaise Pascal

What a chimera then is man! What a novelty! What a monster, what a chaos, what a contradiction, what a prodigy! Judge of all things, feeble earthworm, depository of truth, a sink of uncertainty and error, the glory and the shame of the universe.
Blaise Pascal

Everything is good when it leaves the hands of the Creator; everything degenerates in the hands of man.
Jean-Jacques Rousseau

Out of wood so crooked and perverse as that which man is made of, nothing absolutely straight can ever be wrought.
Immanuel Kant

Have I not reason to lament
What man has made of man?
William Wordsworth

The creatures outside looked from pig to man, and from man to pig, and from pig to man again but already it was impossible to say which was which.
George Orwell

Man is an embodied paradox, a bundle of contradictions.
Charles Caleb Colton

I believe in the theoretical benevolence, and the practical malignity of man.
William Hazlitt

Is man an ape or an angel? Now I am on the side the angels.
Benjamin Disraeli

Mankind is in general more easily disposed to censure than to admiration.
Samuel Johnson

Let him think I am more man than I am and I will be so.
Ernest Hemingway

Of all the creatures that creep and breathe on earth there is none more wretched than man.

At his best man is the noblest of all animals; separated from law and justice, he is the worst.

Man is a social animal.

Man is a reasoning animal. (Rationale animal est homo.)

Lions do not fight with one another; serpents do not attack serpents, nor do the wild monsters of the deep rage against their like. But most of the calamities of man are caused by his fellow-man.
Pliny the Elder

Some [men] are good, some are middling, but the greater part are bad.

I say to myself in the morning: before the day is out I shall encounter the busybody, the ingrate, the bully, the traitor, the man of envy, the bad neighbor.
Marcus Aurelius

Man is nothing else than … a sack of dung, the food of worms.
St. Bernard

Speaking generally, men are ungrateful, fickle, hypocritical, fearful of danger, and covetous of gain.
Niccolò Machiavelli

We have altogether a confounded, corrupt, and poisoned nature, both in body and soul; throughout the whole of man is nothing that is good.
Martin Luther

The true science and study of man is man.
Pierre Charron

What is a man,
If his chief good and market of his time
Be but to sleep and feed?

Every man is as Heaven made him, and sometimes a great deal worse.

I wonder men dare trust themselves with men.

Man's state implies a necessary curse;
When not himself, he's mad; when most himself, he's worse.
Francis Quarles

Man is a watch, wound up at first, but never Wound up again: once down, he's down for ever.
Robert Herrick

Man is neither an angel nor a brute, and the very attempt to raise him to the level of the former sinks him to that of the latter.
Blaise Pascal

Men are but children of a larger growth.
John Dryden

Trust not a man; we are by nature false,
Dissembling, subtle, cruel and unconstant.
Thomas Otway

The most pernicious race of little odious vermin that nature ever suffered to crawl upon the surface of the earth.
Jonathan Swift

For what are men who grasp at praise sublime,
But bubbles on the rapid stream of time,
That rise, and fall, that swell, and are no more,
Born, and forgot, ten thousand in an hour?
Edward Young

We are an inferior part of the creation of God. There are natural appearances of our being in a state of degradation.
Joseph Butler

Ah! how unjust to nature, and himself,
Is thoughtless, thankless, inconsistent man.
Edward Young

Mankind are very odd creatures: one half censure what they practise, the other half practise what they censure; the rest always say and do as they ought.
Benjamin Franklin

Alas! we are ridiculous animals.
Horace Walpole

Man originates in muck, wades a while in muck, makes muck, and in the end returns to muck.
J. C. F. Schiller

The mass of men are neither wise nor good.
John Jay

Take mankind in general: they are vicious, their passions may be operated upon.
Alexander Hamilton

Man must make the angels laugh.
Charles Lamb

Thou knowest how great is man
Thou knowest his imbecility.
P. B. Shelley

[Man is] half dust, half deity.

Man is the only animal that laughs and weeps; for he is the only animal that is struck with the difference between what things are, and what they ought to be.
William Hazlitt

Man is a fallen god who remembers the heavens.
Alphonse de Lamartine

If a man is not rising upwards to be an angel, depend upon it, he is sinking downwards to be a devil. He cannot stop at the beast. The most savage of men are not beasts; they are worse, a great deal worse.
S. T. Coleridge

We may pause in sorrow and silence over the depths of darkness that are in man, if we rejoice in the heights of purer vision he has attained to.
Thomas Carlyle

I like man, but not men.
R. W. Emerson

Man is a burlesque of what he should be.
Arthur Schopenhauer

Man is at bottom a wild and terrible animal. We know him only as what we call civilization has tamed and trained him; hence we are alarmed by the occasional breaking out of his true nature. But whenever the locks and chains of law and order are cast off, and anarchy comes in, he shows himself for what he really is.
Arthur Schopenhauer

What creature else
Conceives the circle, and then walks the square?
Loves things proved bad, and leaves a thing proved good?
E. B. Browning

It is better to be a human being dissatisfied than a pig satisfied.
J. S. Mill

We have the aspirations of creators and the propensities of quadrupeds.
W. Winwood Reade

Man is not an ox, who, when he has eaten his fill, lies down to chew the cud; he is the daughter of the horse leech, who constantly asks for more.
Henry George

Man, relatively speaking, is the most botched of all the animals and the sickliest, and he has wandered the most dangerously from his instincts.
F. W. Nietzsche

There are times when one would like to hang the whole human race, and finish the farce.
Mark Twain

Man is a rational animal who always loses his temper when he is called upon to act in accordance with the dictates of reason.
Oscar Wilde

Men, my dear, are very queer animals—a mixture of horse-nervousness, ass-stubbornness and camel-malice.
T. H. Huxley

Man is the only animal that eats when he is not hungry, drinks when he is not thirsty, and makes love at all seasons.
Author unidentified

There is so much good in the worst of us,
And so much bad in the best of us,
That it ill behooves any of us
To find fault with the rest of us.
Author unidentified

Men are carried by horses, fed by cattle, clothed by sheep, defended by dogs, imitated by monkeys, and eaten by worms.
Hungarian Proverb

Man is tougher than iron, harder than stone, and more delicate than the rose.
Turkish Proverb

A man is what he is, not what he was.
Yiddish Proverb

Man, said the Mother, is the only Beast who kills that which he does not devour, and this quality makes him so much a benefactor to our species [vultures].
Samuel Johnson

I believe man will not merely endure, he will prevail. He is immortal, not because he, alone among creatures, has an inexhaustible voice but because he has a soul, a spirit capable of compassion and sacrifice and endurance.
William Faulkner

The savage in man is never quite eradicated.
Henry David Thoreau

Man is a creature that can get used to anything, and I think that is the best definition of him.
Fyodor Mikhaylovich Dostoyevsky

During the time men live without a common power to keep them all in awe, they are in that condition which is called war; and such a war as is of every man against every man.
Thomas Hobbes


Whatever you may be sure of, be sure of this—that you are dreadfully like other people.
James Russell Lowell

History teaches us that men and nations behave wisely once they have exhausted all other alternatives.
Abba Eban

Most human beings have an absolute and infinite capacity for taking things for granted.
Aldous Huxley

We should expect the best and the worst from mankind, as from the weather.

One of the laws of paleontology is that an animal which must protect itself with thick armour is degenerate. It is usually a sign that the species is on the road to extinction.
John Steinbeck

Barring that natural expression of villainy which we all have, the man looked honest enough.
Mark Twain

To have doubted one's own first principles is the mark of a civilized man.
Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.

The fall of man stands a lie before Beethoven, a truth before Hitler.
Gregory Corso

At very best, a person wrapped up in himself makes a small package.
Harry Emerson Fosdick

[The] vain and transitory scenes of human greatness are unworthy of a serious thought.
Edward Gibbon

We are but dust and shadow.

Never expecting to find perfection in men, and not looking for divine attributes in created beings, in my commerce with my contemporaries, I have found much human virtue.
Edmund Burke

As I know more of mankind, I expect less of them, and am ready now to call a man a good man, upon easier terms than I was formerly.
Samuel Johnson

Drinking when we are not thirsty and making love all year round, madam; that is all there is to distinguish us from other animals.

(Boire sans soif et faire l'amour en tout temps, madame, il n'y a que ça qui nous distingue des autres bêtes.)

Pierre-Augustin Caron de Beaumarchais

What is mankind that you are mindful of them, human beings that you care for them? You have made them a little lower than the angels and crowned them with glory and honor.
Psalms 8:4-5

Broadly speaking, human beings may be divided into three classes: those who are toiled to death, those who are worried to death, and those who are bored to death.
Winston Churchill

To fly from, need not be to hate, mankind.
Lord Byron

O poor mortals, how ye make this earth bitter for each other.
Thomas Carlyle

Human kind
Cannot bear very much reality.
T. S. Eliot


I will have only those glorious manly pleasures of being very drunk and very slovenly.
William Wycherley


Dear Miss Manners: Please list some tactful ways of removing a man's saliva from your face.
Gentle Reader: Please list some decent ways of acquiring a man's saliva on your face.
Miss Manners

Moving parts in rubbing contact require lubrication to avoid excessive wear. Honorifics and formal politeness provide the lubrication where people rub together. Often the very young, the untraveled, the naive, the unsophisticated deplore these formalities as "empty," "meaningless," or "dishonest," and scorn to use them. No matter how "pure" their motives, they thereby throw sand into machinery that does not work too well at best.
Robert A. Heinlein

If someone is nice to you but rude to the waiter, they are not a nice person.
Dave Barry

Let no one who wishes to receive agreeable impressions of American manners, commence their travels in a Mississippi steamboat.
Frances [Milton] Trollope

Manners go on deteriorating.

Foul words corrupt good manners.
John Palsgrave

Those that are good manners at the court are as ridiculous in the country as the behavior of the country is mockable at the court.

Men's evil manners live in brass: their virtues
We write in water.
Shakespeare and John Fletcher

You must practise
The manners of the time if you intend
To have favor from it.
Philip Massinger

Good manners is the art of making those people easy with whom we converse. Whoever makes the fewest persons uneasy is the best bred in the company.
Jonathan Swift

Never seem wiser or more learned than the people you are with.
Lord Chesterfield

Manners are of more importance than laws. Upon them, in a great measure, the laws depend. The law touches us but here and there, and now and then. Manners are what vex or soothe, corrupt or purify, exalt or debase, barbarize or refine us, by a constant, steady, uniform, insensible operation, like that of the air we breathe in.
Edmund Burke

Manners are the happy ways of doing things.
R. W. Emerson


Many a little makes a mickle.
William Camden


Marijuana is … self-punishing. It makes you acutely sensitive and in this world, what worse punishment could there be?
P. J. O'Rourke

Mark Antony

As Helen was to the Trojans, so has that man been to this republic—the cause of war, the cause of mischief, the cause of ruin.


The market can stay irrational longer than you can stay solvent.
John Maynard Keynes

The markets are moved by animal spirits, and not by reason.
John Maynard Keynes (paraphrased)

Markets are too complex to manipulate beneficially.
John Stossel

Bull markets go to people's heads. If you're a duck on a pond, and it's rising due to a downpour, you start going up in the world. But you think it's you, not the pond.
Charlie Munger

A man must sell his ware after the rates of the market.
John Ray


No matter how happily a woman may be married, it always pleases her to discover that there is a nice man who wishes she were not.
H. L. Mencken

Marriage is our last, best chance to grow up.
Joseph Barth

Nothing flatters a man as much as the happiness of his wife; he is always proud of himself as the source of it.
Samuel Johnson

Marriage is neither heaven nor hell; it is simply purgatory.
Abraham Lincoln

When there's marriage without love, there will be love without marriage.
Benjamin Franklin

When a girl marries, she exchanges the attentions of many men for the inattention of one.
Helen Rowland

Marriage is a mistake every man should make.
George Jessel

As to marriage or celibacy, let a man take which course he will, he will be sure to repent.
Socrates (Attributed)

A good husband should be deaf and a good wife blind.
French Proverb

A man in love is incomplete until he is married. Then he is finished.
Zsa Zsa Gabor

By all means marry: If you get a good wife, you'll become happy; if you get a bad one, you'll become a philosopher.

Choose in marriage only a woman whom you would choose as a friend if she were a man.

When should a man marry? A young man, not yet; an elder man, not at all.
Sir Francis Bacon

I like being single. I'm always there when I need me.
Art Leo

Is not marriage an open question, when it is alleged, from the beginning of the world, that such as are in the institution wish to get out, and such as are out wish to get in?
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Keep your eyes wide open before marriage, half shut afterwards.
Benjamin Franklin

Love is an ideal thing, marriage a real thing; a confusion of the real with the ideal never goes unpunished.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

One should always be in love. That is the reason one should never marry.
Oscar Wilde

The average woman must inevitably view her actual husband with a certain disdain; he is anything but her ideal. In consequence, she cannot help feeling that her children are cruelly handicapped by the fact that he is their father.
H. L. Mencken

'Tis more blessed to give than receive; for example, wedding presents.
H. L. Mencken

We were happily married for eight months. Unfortunately, we were married for four and a half years.
Nick Faldo

What nonsense people talk about happy marriages! A man can be happy with any woman so long as he doesn't love her.
Oscar Wilde

When a man steals your wife, there is no better revenge than to let him keep her.
Sacha Guitry

When I was a young man, I vowed never to marry until I found the ideal woman. Well, I found her—but alas, she was waiting for the ideal man.
Robert Schuman

When two people are under the influence of the most violent, most insane, most delusive, and most transient of passions, they are required to swear that they will remain in that excited, abnormal, and exhausting condition continuously until death do them part.
George Bernard Shaw

I belong to Bridegrooms Anonymous. Whenever I feel like getting married, they send over a lady in a housecoat and hair curlers to burn my toast for me.
Dick Martin

The hardest task in a girl's life is to prove to a man that his intentions are serious.
Helen Rowland

It is assumed that the woman must wait, motionless, until she is wooed. That is how the spider waits for the fly.
George Bernard Shaw

Men are horribly tedious when they are good husbands, and abominably conceited when they are not.
Oscar Wilde

Marriage is the price men pay for sex, sex is the price women pay for marriage.
Author unidentified

I think of my wife, and I think of Lot,
And I think of the lucky break he got.
William Cole

We sleep in separate rooms, we have dinner apart, we take separate vacations—we're doing everything we can to keep our marriage together.
Rodney Dangerfield

Never go to bed mad. Stay up and fight.
Phyllis Diller

I never knew what real happiness was until I got married. And by then it was too late.
Max Kauffmann

Bride, n. A woman with a fine prospect of happiness behind her.
Ambrose Bierce, The Devil's Dictionary

If I ever marry, it will be on a sudden impulse, as a man shoots himself.
H. L. Mencken

I respect the institution of marriage. I have always thought that every woman should marry—and no man.
Benjamin Disraeli

A man's friendships are, like his will, invalidated by marriage.
Samuel Butler

I don't see why I have to make one man miserable when I can make so many men happy.
Ellyn Mustard

Marriage is the death of hope.
Woody Allen

Sex alleviates tension. Marriage causes it.
Woody Allen

It should be a very happy marriage; they are both so much in love with him.
Irene Thomas

There's nothing in the world like the devotion of a married woman. It's a thing no married man knows anything about.
Oscar Wilde

Men marry because they are tired; women, because they are curious; both are disappointed.
Oscar Wilde

I think men who have a pierced ear are better prepared for marriage. They've experienced pain and bought jewelry.
Rita Rudner

I love being married. It's so great to find that one special person you want to annoy for the rest of your life.
Rita Rudner

When a woman marries again, it is because she detested her first husband. When a man marries again, it is because he adored his first wife. Women try their luck; men risk theirs.
Oscar Wilde

Metellus Numidicus, the censor, acknowledged to the Roman people, in a public oration, that had kind nature allowed us to exist without the help of women, we should be delivered from a very troublesome companion; and he could recommend matrimony only as the sacrifice of private pleasure to public duty.
Edward Gibbon

But those who marry will face many troubles in this life, and I want to spare you this.
St. Paul, 1 Corinthians 7:28

But a married man is concerned about the affairs of this world—how he can please his wife—and his interests are divided.
St. Paul, 1 Corinthians 7:33,34

For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and they will become one flesh.
Genesis 2:24

In the most rigorous [Roman] laws, a wife was condemned to support a gamester, a drunkard, or a libertine, unless he were guilty of homicide, poison, or sacrilege, in which cases the marriage, as it should seem, might have been dissolved by the hand of the executioner.
Edward Gibbon

A society in which marriage is encouraged and industry prevails soon repairs the accidental losses of pestilence and war.
Edward Gibbon

My wife doesn't care what I do when I'm away, as long as I don't have a good time.
Lee Trevino

I've traveled the world and been about everywhere you can imagine. There's not anything I'm scared of except my wife.
Lee Trevino

A man may be a fool and not know it—but not if he is married.
H. L. Mencken

What's the secret to a happy marriage? Lots of square feet [i.e. a big house] and 2 Tivos.
Adam Carolla (paraphrased)

You cannot pluck roses without fear of thorns,
Nor enjoy fair wife without danger of horns.
Author unidentified

My wife and I tried two or three times in the last few years to have breakfast together but it was so disagreeable we had to stop.
Winston Churchill

I am about to be married—and am of course in all the misery of a man in pursuit of happiness.
Lord Byron

The desire to get married is a basic and primal instinct in women. It's followed by another basic and primal instinct: the desire to be single again.
Nora Ephron

The husband who wants a happy marriage should learn to keep his mouth shut and his cheque book open.
Groucho Marx (Attributed)

Gosh, maybe that's what true marriage is: two people who want each other to die.
Family Guy

[All] whom I have mentioned failed to obtain happiness, for want of considering that marriage is the strictest tie of perpetual friendship; that there can be no friendship without confidence, and no confidence without integrity; and that he must expect to be wretched who pays to beauty, riches, or politeness that regard which only virtue and piety can claim.
Samuel Johnson

That old saying which the peasants call the bachelors' prayer: "I pray thee, good Lord, that I may not be married. But if I am to be married, that I may not be a cuckold. But if I am to be a cuckold, that I may not know. But if I am to know, that I may not mind."
Isak Dinesen

Marriage is a duel to the death, which no man of honour should decline.
G. K. Chesterton

Marriage is fine as an institution, but bad as a habit.
Buster Keaton

The stable monogamous marriage is one of the most fundamentally creative inventions of Judeo-Christian civilization.
Paul Johnson

To destroy marriage law is a step towards destroying the rule of law itself.
Paul Johnson

Under an oak, in stormy weather,
I joined this rogue and whore together;
And none but he who rules the thunder
Can put this rogue and whore asunder.
Jonathan Swift, after marrying a couple under an oak

It [marriage] happens as with cages: the birds without despair to get in, and those within despair of getting out.
Michel Eyquem de Montaigne

One was never married, and that's his hell; another is, and that's his plague.
Robert Burton

There is not one in a hundred of either sex who is not taken in when they marry. Look where I will, I see that it is so; and I feel that it must be so, when I consider that it is, of all transactions, the one in which people expect most from others, and are least honest themselves.
Jane Austen

To be so bent on marriage, to pursue a man merely for the sake of situation, is a sort of thing that shocks me; I cannot understand it. Poverty is a great evil; but to a woman of education and feeling it ought not, it cannot be the greatest.
Jane Austen

I would rather be teacher at a school (and I can think of nothing worse) than marry a man I did not like.
Jane Austen

Single women have a dreadful propensity for being poor—which is one very strong argument in favour of matrimony.
Jane Austen

A gentleman who had been very unhappy in marriage, married immediately after his wife died: Johnson said, it was the triumph of hope over experience.
Samuel Johnson

It is better to marry than to burn with passion.
1 Corinthians 7:9

So they are no longer two, but one flesh. Therefore what God has joined together, let no one separate.
Matthew 19:6

She advised me to prosecute my victories, and time would certainly bring me a captive who might deserve the honour of being enchained for ever.
Samuel Johnson

Marriage is the grave or tomb of wit.
Margaret Cavendish

Marriage resembles a pair of shears, so joined that they can not be separated; often moving in opposite directions, yet always punishing anyone who comes between them.
Sydney Smith

They took me from my wife, and to save trouble
I wed again, and made the error double.
John Clare

I soon began to find that they were spreading for me the nets of matrimony.
Samuel Johnson

Happiness in marriage is entirely a matter of chance.
Jane Austen

Tho' marriage makes man and wife one flesh, it leaves 'em still two fools.
William Congreve

Sharper: Thus grief still treads upon the heels of pleasure: Married in haste, we may repent at leisure.
Setter: Some by experience find those words misplaced: At leisure married, they repent in haste.
William Congreve

I could find it in my heart to marry thee, purely to be rid of thee.
William Congreve

I would be married, but I'd have no wife,
I would be married to a single life.
Richard Crashaw

Wedlock, indeed, hath oft compared been
To public feasts where meet a public rout,
Where they that are without would fain go in
And they that are within would fain go out.
John Davies

No artist should ever marry … if ever you do have to marry, marry a girl who is more in love with your art than with you.
Frederick Delius

To marry is to halve your rights and double your duties.
Arthur Schopenhauer

The value of marriage is not that adults produce children but that children produce adults.
Peter De Vries

Marriage must ceaselessly combat a monster that devours everything: habit.
Honoré de Balzac

Never shall I say that marriage brings more joy than pain.

He who would marry is on the road to repentance.

Marriage, to tell the truth, is an evil, but it is a necessary evil.

The first bond of society is marriage; the next, children; then the family.

If thou wouldst marry wisely, marry thy equal.

If you are really devoted to one woman, then bow your head and yield your neck to the yoke.

No man is so virtuous as to marry a wife only to have children.
Martin Luther

Amongst all the bonds of benevolence and goodwill there is none more honorable, ancient or honest than marriage.
George Pettie

He that marries for wealth sells his liberty.
George Herbert

One year of joy, another of comfort, and all the rest of content.
John Ray, a marriage wish

Of all actions of a man's life, his marriage does least concern other people; yet of all actions of our life, 'tis most meddled with by other people.
John Selden

Every man plays the fool once in his life, but to marry is playing the fool all one's life long.
William Congreve

Marry first, and love will come afterwards.

I don't think matrimony consistent with the liberty of subject.
George Farquhar

The reason why so few marriages are happy is because young ladies spend their time in making nets, not in making cages.
Jonathan Swift

Venus, a beautiful, good-natured lady, was the goddess of love; Juno, a terrible shrew, the goddess of marriage: and they were always mortal enemies.
Jonathan Swift

Marriage enlarges the scene of our happiness and miseries. A marriage of love is pleasant; a marriage of interest easy; and a marriage where both meet, happy. A happy marriage has in it all the pleasures of friendship, all the enjoyments of sense and reason; and indeed all the sweets of life.
Joseph Addison

Very few people that have settled entirely in the country, but have grown at length weary of one another. The lady's conversation generally falls into a thousand impertinent effects of idleness; and the gentleman falls in love with his dogs and his horses, and out of love with everything else.
Mary Wortley Montagu

Do you think your mother and I should have lived comfortably so long together if ever we had been married?
John Gay

She that marries ill never wants something to say for it.
Thomas Fuller

I do not pretend to have discovered that life has any thing more to be desired than a prudent and virtuous marriage.
Samuel Johnson

Men and women, in marrying, make a vow to love one another. Would it not be better for their happiness if they made a vow to please one another?
Stanislaus Leszcynski

It is so far from being natural for a man and woman to live in a state of marriage that we find all the motives which they have for remaining in that connection, and the restraints which civilized society imposes to prevent separation, are hardly sufficient to keep them together.
Samuel Johnson

I believe marriages would in general be as happy, and often more so, if they were all made by the Lord Chancellor, upon a due consideration of the characters and circumstances, without the parties having any choice in the matter.
Samuel Johnson

Zounds! madam, you had no taste when you married me!
R. B. Sheridan

Taught by care, the patient man and wife
Agree to share the bitter-sweet of life.
George Crabbe

A system could not well have been devised more studiously hostile to human happiness than marriage.
P. B. Shelley

The best thing a woman can do is to marry. It appears to me that even quarrels with one's husband are preferable to the ennui of a solitary existence.
Elizabeth Patterson Bonaparte

Wishing each other, not divorced, but dead;
They live respectably as man and wife.

When a man marries, dies, or turns Hindu,
His best friends hear no more of him.
P. B. Shelley

Marriage was instituted by God himself for the purpose of preventing promiscuous intercourse of the sexes, for promoting domestic felicity, and for securing the maintenance and security of children.
Noah Webster

The most happy marriage I can picture or imagine to myself would be the union of a deaf man to a blind woman.
S. T. Coleridge

Whatever woman may cast her lot with mine, should any ever do so, it is my intention to do all in my power to make her happy and contented; and there is nothing I can imagine that would make me more unhappy than to fail in the effort.
Abraham Lincoln

I have come to the conclusion never again to think of marrying, and for this reason: I can never be satisfied with anyone who would be blockhead enough to have me.
Abraham Lincoln

… that men and women should at first come together by chance, like each other so well as to commence acquaintance, improve acquaintance into fondness, increase or extinguish fondness by marriage …
Samuel Johnson

Advice to persons about to marry—Don't.
Henry Mayhew

Remember, it's as easy to marry a rich woman as a poor woman.
W. M. Thackeray

It doesn't much signify whom one marries, for one is sure to find next morning that it was someone else.
Samuel Roger

Man scans with scrupulous care the character and pedigree of his horses, cattle, and dogs before he matches them; but when he comes to his own marriage he rarely, or never, takes any such care.
Charles Darwin

Marriage—what an abomination! Love—yes, but not marriage. Love cannot exist in marriage, because love is an ideal; that is to say, something not quite understood—transparencies, color, light, a sense of the unreal. But a wife—you know all about her—who her father was, who her mother was, what she thinks of you and her opinion of the neighbors over the way.
George Moore

The world has grown suspicious of anything that looks like a happy married life.
Oscar Wilde

It is a woman's business to get married as soon as possible, and a man's to keep unmarried as long as he can.
George Bernard Shaw

A marriage is likely to be what is called happy if neither party ever expected to get much happiness out of it.
Bertrand Russell

Marriage is not made for everybody, nor attractive to everybody, nor good for everybody who embarks on it.
Edward Westermarck

It is better for a woman to marry a man who loves her than a man she loves.
Arab Proverb

Bigamy is having one wife too many. Monogamy is the same.
Author unidentified

Marriage is a condition that most women aspire to and most men submit to.
Author unidentified

Marriage is a romance in which the hero dies in the first chapter.
Author unidentified

A man should marry a woman half his age, plus seven years.
Chinese Saying

Marriage is the only evil that man pray for.
Greek Proverb

His designs were strictly honourable, as the phrase is; that is, to rob a lady of her fortune by way of marriage.
Henry Fielding

Before going to war say a prayer; before going to sea say two; before getting married say three.
Polish Proverb

Marriage is the tomb of love.
Russian Proverb

No matter how fiery love may be, it is cooled by marriage.
Russian Proverb

Honest men marry soon; wise men not at all.
John Ray

It is good to marry late, or never.
John Clarke

A young woman married to an old man must behave like an old woman.
H. G. Bohn

When men marry late they love their Autumn child with a twofold affection,—father's and grandfather's both in one.
O. W. Holmes

He loves his bonds who, when the first are broke,
Submits his neck unto a second yoke.
Robert Herrick, on second marriages

This I set down as a positive truth. A woman with fair opportunities, and without a positive hump, may marry whom she likes.
William Makepeace Thackeray

Nearly all marriages, even happy ones, are mistakes: in the sense that almost certainly (in a more perfect world, or even with a little more care in this very imperfect one) both partners might be found more suitable mates. But the real soul-mate is the one you are actually married to.
J. R. R. Tolkien

I was ever of opinion, that the honest man who married and brought up a large family, did more service than he who continued single and only talked of population.
Oliver Goldsmith

Martin Luther

The only fit commentator on Paul was Luther not by any means such a gentleman as the Apostle, but almost as great a genius.
S. T. Coleridge


The tyrant dies and his rule is over; the martyr dies and his rule begins.
Søren Kierkegaard

To die for an idea is to set a rather high price upon conjecture.
Anatole France

Although always prepared for martyrdom, I preferred that it should be postponed.
Winston Churchill

I am very fond of truth, but not at all of martyrdom.

He that dies a martyr proves that he was not a knave, but by no means that he was not a fool.
C. C. Colton

Blood is the worst of all testimonies to the truth.
F. W. Nietzsche

A thing is not necessarily true because a man dies for it.
Oscar Wilde


Capitalism seems to have recovered its entrepreneurial vigor. Marxist socialism appears to be dying, except perhaps in that home of lost causes, the university campus.
Paul Johnson

No Marxist ever seems to have held sensible views on agriculture, perhaps because neither Marx nor Lenin was really interested in it. Marxism is an essentially urban religion.
Paul Johnson

There is, indeed, no place for mercy in determinist systems such as Marxism. Mercy, like free will, is an anti-determinist idea.
Paul Johnson

Marxism and Freudianism remain in the witch-doctor stage of myth because they dodge refutation by reformulation, osmosis and imprecision.
Paul Johnson

Marxism has tremendous appeal in the Third World for exactly the same reason it had tremendous appeal to me in college. It gives you something to believe in when what surrounds you seems unbelievable. It gives you someone to blame besides yourself. It's theoretically tidy. And, best of all, it's fully imaginary so it can never be disproved.
P. J. O'Rourke

The most important element in the foundation of Marxism is the materialistic interpretation of history. With it Marxism stands or falls.
Edward Bernstein


All I know is I'm not a Marxist.
Karl Marx


Man is least himself when he talks in his own person. Give him a mask, and he will tell you the truth.
Oscar Wilde


The world, in its best state, is nothing more than a larger assembly of beings, combining to counterfeit happiness which they do not feel, employing every art and contrivance to embellish life, and to hide their real condition from the eyes of one another.
Samuel Johnson


Many a rascal has attended regularly at mass, and many a good man has never gone at all.
P. B. Shelley


Masters should be sometimes blind and sometimes deaf.
Thomas Fuller

He that is master of himself will soon be master of others.
H. G. Bohn

He who serves two masters has to lie to one of them.
Portuguese Proverb


Whoever has accomplished an immortal work will be as little hurt by its reception from the public or the opinions of critics as a sane man in a madhouse is affected by the upbraidings of the insane.
Arthur Schopenhauer


The materialist is a Calvinist without a God.
Edward Bernstein


A great science is mathematics, but mathematicians are often only blockheads.
G. C. Lichtenberg


Mathematics, rightly viewed, possesses not only truth, but supreme beauty—a beauty cold and austere, like that of sculpture.
Bertrand Russell

I have discovered a most remarkable proof, but this margin is too narrow to contain it. [Variation: I have discovered a truly marvellous demonstration (of this general theorem) which this margin is too narrow to contain.]
Pierre de Fermat

If in other sciences we should arrive at certainty without doubt and truth without error, it behoves us to place the foundations of knowledge in mathematics.
Roger Bacon

Mathematics contains much that will neither hurt one if one does not know it nor help one if one does know it.
J. B. Mencken

Beauty is the first test: there is no permanent place in the world for ugly mathematics.
Godfrey Harold Hardy


A good maxim is never out of season.
H. G. Bohn

Maximilien Robespierre

Maximilien Robespierre was nothing but the hand of Jean Jacques Rousseau, the bloody hand that drew from the womb of time the body whose soul Rousseau had created.
Heinrich Heine


The meaning of a word in general use is determined, not by pundits, still less by official action of any kind, but by the people. It is the duty of the professional linguist to find out, by investigation, what the usage of the people is, in this particular matter, and to record his findings.
Kemp Malone


Man must live by his means, and neither mope nor moan.
Sir Gawain and the Green Knight

It is common, says Bacon, to desire the end without enduring the means.
Samuel Johnson

Most of the great results of history are brought about by discreditable means.
R. W. Emerson


It is a fact that great eaters of meat are in general more cruel and ferocious than other men; this observation holds good in all places and at all times; the barbarism of the English is well known.
J. J. Rousseau

If you buy meat cheap, you will smell what you have saved when it boils.
Arab Proverb

White meat, white wine; red meat, red wine.
French Proverb


Remember, son, many a good story has been ruined by over-verification.
James Gordon Bennett

The sports page records people's accomplishments, the front page usually records nothing but man's failures.
Earl Warren

For most folks, no news is good news; for the press, good news is not news.
Gloria Borger

To read a newspaper is to refrain from reading something worthwhile. The first discipline of education must therefore be to refuse resolutely to feed the mind with canned chatter.
Aleister Crowley

The violence of print is often the prelude to the violence of blood.
Paul Johnson

Media power today, though growing, is essentially blind, negative, destructive, and irresponsible.
Paul Johnson

It [the press] has ceased altogether to be independent and has become docilely official.
H. L. Mencken


The true aim of medicine is not to make men virtuous; it is to safeguard and rescue them from the consequences of their vices. The physician does not preach repentance; he offers absolution.
H. L. Mencken

… one of those medicines, which will destroy, if it happens not to cure.
Samuel Johnson

In medicine, sins of commission are mortal, sins of omission venial.
Theodore Tronchin

Patience is the best medicine.
John Florio

I find the medicine worse than the malady.
Beaumont and Fletcher

Physic, for the most part, is nothing else but the substitute of exercise or temperance.
Joseph Addison

Medicine can cure only curable diseases.
Chinese Proverb

If you want to be cured of I don't know what, take this herb of I don't know what name, apply it I don't know where, and you will be cured I don't know when.
Medieval joke

Who lives by medicine lives miserably. (Qui medice vivit misere vivit.)
Medieval Latin Proverb


Some men are born mediocre, some men achieve mediocrity, and some men have mediocrity thrust upon them.
Joseph Heller

Only a mediocre person is always at his best.
Somerset Maugham

Perseverance, n. A lowly virtue whereby mediocrity achieves an inglorious success.
Ambrose Bierce, The Devil's Dictionary

The chief characteristic of our time is that the mediocre mind, aware of its own mediocrity, has the boldness to assert the rights of mediocrity and to impose them everywhere.
Ortega y Gasset

Among many parallels which men of imagination have drawn between the natural and moral state of the world, it has been observed that happiness, as well as virtue, consists in mediocrity; that to avoid every extreme is necessary, even to him who has no other care than to pass through the present state with ease and safety; and that the middle path is the road of security, on either side of which are not only the pitfalls of vice, but the precipices of ruin.
Samuel Johnson

Mediocrity obtains more with application than superiority without it.
Baltasar Gracián

A very good or very bad poet is remarkable; but a middling one, who can bear!
Thomas Fuller

The world is a republic of the mediocrities, and always was.
Thomas Carlyle


There is nothing upon the face of the earth so insipid as a medium. Give me love or hate! a friend that will go to jail for me, or an enemy that will run me through the body!
Fanny Burney


Meetings are indispensable when you don't want to do anything.
J. K. Galbraith

The human race is divided into two groups: those who like to get on with it and those who like to attend meetings.
Paul Johnson


There is no doubt that a man may appear very gay in company who is sad at heart. His merriment is like the sound of drums and trumpets in a battle, to drown the groans of the wounded and dying.
Samuel Johnson

Merciful powers!
Restrain in me the cursed thoughts that nature
Gives way to in repose.

Melancholy, indeed, should be diverted by every means but drinking.
Samuel Johnson

Employment, sir, and hardships prevent melancholy.
Samuel Johnson

Never give way to melancholy; resist it steadily, for the habit will encroach.
Sydney Smith

We look before and after,
And pine for what is not;
Our sincerest laughter
With some pain is fraught;
Our sweetest songs are those that tell of saddest thought.
Percy Bysshe Shelley

Tell us, pray, what devil
This melancholy is, which can transform
Men into monsters.
John Ford

Aristotle said melancholy men of all others are the most witty.
Robert Burton

If there is a hell upon earth it is to be found in a melancholy man's heart.
Robert Burton

He is a fool that is not melancholy once a day.
English Proverb

Make not a bosom friend of a melancholy sad soul: he goes always heavy loaded, and thou must bear half.
Thomas Fuller

Melancholy is the pleasure of being sad.
Victor Hugo

My peace is gone,
My heart is heavy.

(Meine Ruh' ist hin,
Mein Herz ist schwer

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Melancholy is at the bottom of everything, just as at the end of all rivers is the sea.
Henri-Frédéric Amiel


There ain't nothing that breaks up homes, country, and nations like somebody publishing their memoirs.
Will Rogers

When you put down the good things you ought to have done, and leave out the bad ones you did do—well, that's Memoirs.
Will Rogers

I've kept political diaries ever since I went into politics I'd love to do a political memoir, but a lot of people will have to be dead first.
Máire Geoghegan-Quinn


God gave us memory that we might have roses in December.
James M. Barrie

I never forgive, but I always forget.
Arthur James Balfour

It isn't so astonishing, the number of things that I can remember, as the number of things I can remember that aren't so.
Mark Twain

Our memories are independent of our wills. It is not so easy to forget.
Richard Brinsley Sheridan

For men use, if they have an evil turn, to write it in marble: and whoso doth us a good turn we write it in dust.
Sir Thomas More

"It's a poor sort of memory that only works backwards," the Queen remarked.
Lewis Carroll

Every revived idea reminds us of a time when something was enjoyed that is now lost, when some hope was not yet blasted, when some purpose had yet not languished into sluggishness or indifference.
Samuel Johnson

Whether it be, that life has more vexations than comforts, or, what is in the event just the same, that evil makes deeper impression than good, it is certain that few can review the time past without heaviness of heart.
Samuel Johnson

The things that were hardest to bear are sweetest to remember.

There is no greater sorrow than to recall happiness in times of misery.

Memory is like a sepulchre furnished with a load of broken and discarnate bones.
Joseph Glanvill

A sorrow's crown of sorrows is remembering happier things.
Alfred Tennyson

People with good memories seldom remember anything worth remembering.
Author unidentified


Men become old, but they never become good.
Oscar Wilde

A man may be so much of everything that he is nothing of anything.
Samuel Johnson

Some men are alive only because it is illegal to kill them.
Author unidentified

Boys will be boys, and so will a lot of middle-aged men.
Kin Hubbard

Young men want to be faithful, and are not; old men want to be faithless, and cannot.
Oscar Wilde

It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men.
Frederick Douglass

Small wages, bitter cold, long months of complete darkness, constant danger, safe return doubtful. Honor and recognition in case of success.
Sir Ernest Shackleton

… any that pisseth against the wall.
1 Samuel 25:22, example of how the KJV refers to men

Small things make base men proud.

Sigh no more, ladies, sigh no more.
Men were deceivers ever;
One foot in sea, and one on shore,
To one thing constant never.

Men are but children of a larger growth;
Our appetites as apt to change as theirs,
And full as craving too, and full as vain.
John Dryden

Arthur, compelled by masculine instinct, leaned over and frowned at the contents of the case, exactly the way countless males have frowned at household appliances, plumbing, car engines, and all manner of other mechanical objects that they did not begin to understand.
Dave Barry

Men and Women

Like the ski resort of girls looking for husbands and husbands looking for girls, the situation is not as symmetrical as it might seem.
Alan McKay

I dress for women—and I undress for men.
Angie Dickinson

The average girl would rather have beauty than brains because she knows the average man can see much better than he can think.
Ladies' Home Journal

She was not a woman likely to settle for equality when sex gave her an advantage.
Anthony Delano

Men have a much better time of it than women; for one thing, they marry later; for another thing, they die earlier.
H. L. Mencken

A man is a person who will pay two dollars for a one-dollar item he wants. A woman will pay one dollar for a two-dollar item she doesn't want.
William Binger

I never hated a man enough to give him his diamonds back.
Zsa Zsa Gabor

A woman wants a man who will satisfy her every want and need. A man wants every woman to satisfy his one want and need.
Author unidentified

I married beneath me—all women do.
Lady Nancy Astor

A wise woman will always let her husband have her way.
Richard Brinsley Sheridan

When a man opens the car door for his wife, it's either a new car or a new wife.
Prince Philip

Heaven has no rage like love to hatred turned,
Nor hell a fury like a woman scorned.
William Congreve

Disguise our bondage as we will,
'Tis woman, woman, rules us still.
Thomas Moore

'Tis strange what a man may do, and a woman yet think him an angel.
William Thackeray

A woman is a woman until the day she dies, but a man's a man only as long as he can.
Moms Mabley

Brigands will demand your money or your life, but a woman will demand both.
Samuel Butler

Lady Nancy Astor: Winston, if you were my husband, I'd put poison in your coffee.
Winston Churchill: Nancy, if you were my wife, I'd drink it.
Lady Nancy Astor and Winston Churchill

Let thy maidservant be faithful, strong, and homely.
Benjamin Franklin

Men's magazines often feature pictures of naked ladies. Women's magazines also often feature pictures of naked ladies. This is because the female body is a beautiful work of art, while the male body is hairy and lumpy and should not be seen by the light of day.
Richard Roeper

Take my word for it, the silliest woman can manage a clever man, but it needs a very clever woman to manage a fool.

To find out a girl's faults, praise her to her girl friends.
Benjamin Franklin

Women sometimes forgive a man who forces the opportunity, but never a man who misses one.
Charles De Talleyrand-Perigord

I asked a Burmese why women, after centuries of following their men, now walk ahead. He said there were many unexploded land mines since the war.
Robert Mueller

I don't mind living in a man's world as long as I can be a woman in it.
Marilyn Monroe

Whether women are better than men I cannot say—but I can say they are certainly no worse.
Golda Meir

A man's womenfolk, whatever their outward show of respect for his merit and authority, always regard him secretly as an ass, and with something akin to pity.
H. L. Mencken

Whatever women do, they must do twice as well as men to be thought half as good. Luckily, this is not difficult.
Charlotte Whitton

George Moore unexpectedly pinched my behind. I felt rather honored that my behind should have drawn the attention of the great master of English prose.
Ilka Chase

She plucked from my lapel the invisible strand of lint—the universal act of women to proclaim ownership.
O. Henry

I've been in love with the same woman for forty-one years. If my wife finds out, she'll kill me.
Henny Youngman

Most women set out to try to change a man, and when they have changed him they do not like him.
Marlene Dietrich (Attributed)

On one issue at least, men and women agree: they both distrust women.
H. L. Mencken (Attributed)

Women do not like timid men. Cats do not like prudent rats.
H. L. Mencken

Misogynist, n. A man who hates women as much as women hate one another.
H. L. Mencken

The gods have sent medicines for the venom of serpents, but there is no medicine for a bad woman. She is more noxious than the viper, or than fire itself.

Woman, like good wine, is a sweet poison.
French Proverb

Women are like death: they pursue those who flee from them, and flee from those who pursue them.
German Proverb

A thousand men can easily live together in peace, but two women, even if they be sisters, can never do so.
Hindu Proverb

A man always blames the woman who fools him. In the same way he blames the door he walks into in the dark.
H. L. Mencken

To attract men, I wear a perfume called "New Car Interior."
Rita Rudner

Women have a hard time of it in this world. They are oppressed by man-made laws, man-made social customs, masculine egoism, the delusion of masculine superiority. Their one comfort is the assurance that, even though it may be impossible to prevail against man, it is always possible to enslave and torture a man.
H. L. Mencken

Women have simple tastes. They can get pleasure out of the conversation of children in arms and men in love.
H. L. Mencken

The allurement that women hold out to men is precisely the allurement that Cape Hatteras holds out to sailors: they are enormously dangerous and hence enormously fascinating. To the average man, doomed to some banal drudgery all his life long, they offer the only grand hazard that he ever encounters. Take them away, and his existence would be as flat and secure as that of a moo-cow.
H. L. Mencken

All women become like their mothers. That is their tragedy. No man does. That is his.
Oscar Wilde

Between men and women there is no friendship possible. There is passion, enmity, worship, love, but no friendship.
Oscar Wilde

King Solomon loved many strange women.
1 Kings 11:1 (KJV)

On Valentine's Day, millions of men give millions of women flowers, cards and candy as a heartfelt expression of the emotion that also motivates men to observe anniversaries and birthdays: fear.
Dave Barry

Women in general seem to me to be appreciably more intelligent than men. A great many of them suffer in silence from the imbecilities of their husbands.
H. L. Mencken

In every age and country, the wiser, or at least the stronger, of the two sexes, has usurped the powers of the state, and confined the other to the cares and pleasures of domestic life.
Edward Gibbon

All other men govern their wives; but we command all other men, and our wives us.
Cato the Elder (Marcus Porcius Cato)

Women [in ancient Rome] were condemned to the perpetual tutelage of parents, husbands, or guardians; a sex created to please and obey was never supposed to have attained the age of reason and experience. Such, at least, was the stern and haughty spirit of the ancient law.
Edward Gibbon

[Thales] thanked fortune for three things: first of all, that he had been born a man and not a beast; secondly, that he was a man and not a woman; and thirdly, that he was a Greek and not a barbarian.
Diogenes Laertius

Women don't want to hear what you think. Women want to hear what they think—in a deeper voice.
Bill Cosby

No one attached to the traditional image of authoritarian patriarchy could imagine the consternation men endure. They have suffered an unexpected blow to the emotional quality of their lives. Its gravity has not been calculated. They have far fewer reliable links than women to the classic currents of family life. They are alienated not only, as Marx said, from the means of production but also from the means of reproduction.
Lionel Tiger

I noticed that the greatest changes observable were with the women, not the men. I saw men whom thirty years had changed but slightly; but their wives had grown old. These were good women; it is very wearing to be good.
Mark Twain

God created men and critics.
Author unidentified

Only the stupefying ignorance of young women prevents them from comprehending the stupefying emptiness of the men who cluster round them.
Richard Brookhiser

The young women who attract so much attention never change: They are all stupid. They have at best only the crudest notions of their own power, and never calculate motives or consequences. Giving a young woman a young woman's body makes as much sense as giving ten teenagers Lamborghinis and telling them to drive in figure 8s around a parking lot.
Richard Brookhiser

That is the really great thing about being an adult male, once you get married and have children the whole decision-making process is taken out of your hands, and I for one am extremely grateful.
P. J. O'Rourke

For the female of the species is more deadly than the male.
Rudyard Kipling

My husband said he needed more space, so I locked him outside.
Rosanne Barr

Never marry a man who hates his mother, because he'll end up hating you.
Jill Bennett

I've never yet met a man who could look after me. I don't need a husband. What I need is a wife.
Joan Collins

Follow a shadow, it still flies you,
Seem to fly it, it will pursue:
So court a mistress, she denies you;
Let her alone, she will court you.
Say are not women truly, then,
Styl'd but the shadows of us men?
Ben Jonson

I finally figured out what men want. Men want a woman they can be incredibly intimate with … who will leave them alone.
Author unidentified

Man is the one who desires, woman the one who is desired. This is woman's entire but decisive advantage. Through his passion nature has given man into woman's hands, and the woman who does not know how to make him her subject, her slave, her toy, and how to betray him with a smile in the end is not wise.
Leopold von Sacher-Masoch

A woman simply is, but a man must become. Masculinity is risky and elusive. It is achieved by a revolt from woman, and is confirmed only by other men. Feminist fantasies about the ideal “sensitive” male have failed. Manhood coerced into sensitivity is no manhood at all.
Camille Paglia

Men are looking for maternal solace in women, and that's the nature of heterosexuality. Now you tell me, who really has all the power?
Camille Paglia

It is in the best interests of the human race, and of women themselves, for men to be strong.
Camille Paglia

Men are afraid that women will laugh at them. Women are afraid that men will kill them.
Author unidentified

If the women don't find you handsome, they should at least find you handy.
Red Green

That man that hath a tongue, I say, is no man,
If with his tongue he cannot win a woman.

But as the faculty of writing has been chiefly a masculine endowment, the reproach of making the world miserable has been always thrown upon the women, and the grave and the merry have equally thought themselves at liberty to conclude either with declamatory complaints, or satirical censures, of female folly or fickleness, ambition or cruelty, extravagance or lust.
Samuel Johnson

Women love scallywags, but some marry them and then try to make them wear a blazer.
David Bailey

A pretty girl is like a melody
That haunts you night and day.
Irving Berlin

He that tastes woman, ruin meets.
John Gay

When lovely woman stoops to folly,
And finds too late that men betray,
What charm can soothe her melancholy?
What art can wash her guilt away?
Oliver Goldsmith

Women naturally expect defence and protection from a lover or a husband.
Samuel Johnson

Men build bridges and throw railroads across deserts, and yet they contend successfully that the job of sewing on a button is beyond them. Accordingly, they don't have to sew buttons.
Heywood Broun

But no wonder if a fool finds his way into folly
and be wiped of his wits by womanly guile—
it's the way of the world. Adam fell because of a woman,
and Solomon because of several, and as for Samson,
Delilah was his downfall, and afterwards David
was bamboozled by Bathsheba and bore the grief.
Sir Gawain and the Green Knight

The man's desire is for the woman; but the woman's desire is rarely other than for the desire of the man.
Samuel Taylor Coleridge

It is not in giving life but in risking life that man is raised above the animal; that is why superiority has been accorded in humanity not to the sex that brings forth but to that which kills.
Simone de Beauvoir

But I do think we need to explore the commitment problem, which has caused many women to mistakenly conclude that men, as a group, have the emotional maturity of hamsters. This is not the case. A hamster is MUCH more capable of making a lasting commitment to a woman, especially if she gives it those little food pellets. Whereas a guy, in a relationship, will consume the pellets of companionship, and he will run on the exercise wheel of lust; but as soon as he senses that the door of commitment is about to close and trap him in the wire cage of true intimacy, he'll squirm out, scamper across the kitchen floor of uncertainty and hide under the refrigerator of Non-Readiness.
Dave Barry

It is only a man here and there who has any tolerable knowledge of the character even of the women of his own family.
John Stuart Mill

So long as a man desires women his mind is in bondage, as a calf is in bondage to its mother.
The Dhammapada

Men are more eloquent than women made, But women are more powerful to persuade.
Thomas Randolph

O woman! lovely woman! Nature made thee
To temper man: we had been brutes without you.
Thomas Otway

What hogs men turn when they grow weary of women!
John Vanbrugh

If the heart of a man is depress'd with cares,
The mist is dispell'd when a woman appears.
John Gay

It is the man and woman united that makes the complete human being. Separate, she wants his force of body and strength of reason; he, her softness, sensibility and acute discernment. Together, they are most likely to succeed in the world.
Benjamin Franklin

Women have a perpetual envy of our vices; they are less vicious than we, not from choice, but because we restrict them.
Samuel Johnson

The two sexes mutually corrupt and improve each other.
Mary Wollstonecraft

The old age of women is sadder and more lonely than of men.
Jean Paul Richter

Man is the hunter; woman is his game; … We hunt them for the beauty of their skins.
Alfred Tennyson

Man has his will,—but woman has her way.
O. W. Holmes

Men are deceived about women because they forget that they and women do not speak the same language.
H. F. Amiel

Woman seems to differ from man in mental disposition, chiefly in her greater tenderness and less selfishness.
Charles Darwin

After a quarrel between a man and a woman the man suffers chiefly from the thought that he has wounded the woman; the woman suffers from the thought that she has not wounded the man enough.
F. W. Nietzsche

Man is for woman a means: the end is always the child.
F. W. Nietzsche

In revenge as in love woman is always more barbarous than man.
F. W. Nietzsche

The maternal instinct leads a woman to prefer a tenth share in a first rate man to the exclusive possession of a third rate one.
George Bernard Shaw

If a woman doesn't chase a man a little, she doesn't love him.
E. W. Howe

If a man has sworn to injure you, you may sleep at night; if a woman, keep awake.
Arab Proverb

The difference between a man and a woman is that a man looks forward, and a woman remembers.
Author unidentified

Therefore you must realize that women rule over you! "Do you not labor and toil, and bring everything and give it to women?"
1 Esdras 4:22

Love enters a man through his eyes; a woman, through her ears.
Polish Proverb

Outdoors for man and dog; indoors for woman and cat.
Russian Proverb

Well, the old theory was "marry an older man because they're more mature." But the new theory is "men don't mature—marry a young one."
Rita Rudner

The way to a man’s heart is through his stomach.
Fanny Fern

A man has every season, while a woman has only the right to spring.
Jane Fonda

I then began to perceive that I was not formed to be much delighted by a good sort of woman.
Samuel Johnson, in a fictional letter

A man … is so in the way in the house!
Elizabeth Gaskell

One has no sooner left off one's bib and apron, than people cry—'Miss will soon be married!'—and this man, and that man, is presently picked out for a husband. Mighty ridiculous! they want to deprive us of all the pleasures of life, just when one begins to have a relish for them.
Eliza Haywood

A Woman is a foreign land,
Of which, though there he settle young,
A man will ne’er quite understand
The customs, politics, and tongue.
Coventry Patmore

I expect that Woman will be the last thing civilized by Man.
George Meredith

Mencken, H. L.

He [Mencken] was an autodidact, with all the misplaced confidence and all the astonishing gaps that characterize that breed. Not many of us would venture to write a book about democracy without ever having read de Tocqueville, nor embark on a translation of Nietzsche with only a sketchy knowledge of German.
John Derbyshire

Mencken was a German nationalist, an insecure small-town petit bourgeois, a childless hypochondriac with what seems on the evidence of these pages to have been a room-temperature libido, an antihumanist as much as an atheist, a man prone to the hyperbole and sensationalism he distrusted in others and not as easy with the modern world and its many temptations and diversions as he liked it to be supposed.
Christopher Hitchens


In times of peace they [mercenaries] plunder, and in times of war they desert.
Niccolò Machiavelli


Thwackum was for doing justice, and leaving mercy to heaven.
Henry Fielding

We hand folks over to God's mercy, and show none ourselves.
George Eliot

Dost thou wish to receive mercy? Show mercy to thy neighbor.
St. John Chrysostom

Mercy imitates God, and disappoints Satan.
St. John Chrysostom

Wilt thou draw near the nature of the gods?
Draw near them in being merciful;
Sweet mercy is nobility's true badge.

Nothing emboldens sins so much as mercy.

Cowards are cruel, but the brave
Love mercy and delight to save.
John Gay

What would be the use of laws against murder if the condemned criminal could obtain his liberty by apologizing to the queen? Yet such is the Christian system, which, though in one sense beautiful on account of its mercy, is also immoral on account of its indulgence.
W. Winwood Reade


Where he falls short, 'tis Nature's fault alone;
Where he succeeds, the merit's all his own.
Charles Churchill, of the actor, Thomas Sheridan

The more merit, the less affectation.
Baltasar Gracian

The world far oftener favors false merit than it accords justice to true merit.
La Rochefoucauld


Merriment is always the effect of a sudden impression. The jest which is expected is already destroyed.
Samuel Johnson

Children and fools have merry lives.
John Ray

Be always merry as ever you can,
For none delights in a sorrowful man.
Thomas Fuller

Nothing is more hopeless than a scheme of merriment.
Samuel Johnson

Merry is only a mask of sad.
R. W. Emerson


But waiting for a messiah is a long business and you get many fake ones.
Ernest Hemingway


Let us next consider the subject of metaphysics.
Alas, what an immensity of nonsense awaits us!
J. B. Mencken

Metaphysics consists of two parts, first, that which all men of sense already know, and second, that which they can never know.

In metaphysics the ancients have said everything. We coincide with them, or we repeat them. All modern books of this kind are only repetitious.

Metaphysics is the finding of bad reasons for what we believe upon instinct.
F. H. Bradley


Poor Mexico, so far from God and so close to the United States.
Porfirio Diaz, attributed


In the Nineteenth Century men lost their fear of God and acquired a fear of microbes.
Author unidentified

Middle Age

That vague, crepuscular time, the time of regrets that resemble hopes, of hopes that resemble regrets, when youth has passed, but old age has not yet arrived.
Ivan Sergeyevich Turgenev

Middle Class

There is nothing morally unhealthy about the existence of a middle class in society. No one need feel ashamed of being bourgeois, of pursuing a bourgeois way of life, or of adhering to bourgeois cultural and moral standards. That it should be necessary to assert such a proposition is a curious commentary on our age.
Paul Johnson

The most perfect political community is one in which the middle class is in control, and outnumbers both of the other classes.

A moderately honest man with a moderately faithful wife, moderate drinkers both, in a moderately healthy house: that is the true middle class unit.
George Bernard Shaw

He told me … that mine was the middle state, or what might be called the upper station of low life, which he had found by long experience was the best state in the world, the most suited to human happiness.
Daniel Defoe

It is to the middle class we must look for the safety of England.
William Makepeace Thackeray


Once upon a midnight dreary, while I pondered weak and weary,
Over many a quaint and curious volume of forgotten lore.
E. A. Poe


The gods love to humble the mighty.


For of all sad words of tongue or pen,
The saddest are these: "It might have been!
John Greenleaf Whittier

The world which credits what is done,
Is cold to all that might have been.
Alfred Tennyson

If, of all words of tongue and pen,
The saddest are, "It might have been,"
More sad are these we daily see:
"It is, but hadn't ought to be!"
Bret Harte


Veni, vidi, vici.
I came, I saw, I conquered.
Julius Caesar

They told me it would disrupt my life less if I got killed sooner.
Joseph Heller

These are the times that try men's souls. The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of their country; but he that stands it now, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman.
Thomas Paine

As long as mankind shall continue to bestow more liberal applause on their destroyers than on their benefactors, the thirst of military glory will ever be the vice of the most exalted characters.
Edward Gibbon

The progress of manufactures and commerce insensibly collects a large multitude within the walls of a city: but these citizens are no longer soldiers; and the arts which adorn and improve the state of civil society, corrupt the habits of the military life.
Edward Gibbon

[A] military force was collected in Europe, formidable by their arms and numbers, if the generals had understood the science of command, and the soldiers the duty of obedience.
Edward Gibbon

[Serving in the military] is a million-dollar experience that you wouldn’t do again for a million dollars.
Walter E. Williams


I am not absent-minded. It is the presence of mind that makes me unaware of everything else.
G. K. Chesterton

Merely having an open mind is nothing. The object of opening the mind, as of opening the mouth, is to shut it again on something solid.
G. K. Chesterton

The mind is its own place, and in itself can make a heaven of Hell, a hell of Heaven.
John Milton

[Riemann] had the type of mind that could hold only those things it found interesting, mathematics mostly.
John Derbyshire

Sweet are the thoughts that savor of content;
The quiet mind is richer than a crown.
Robert Greene

Of all the tyrannies on human kind
The worst is that which persecutes the mind.
John Dryden

Strongest minds
Are often those of whom the noisy world
Hears least.
William Wordsworth

Give me, kind heaven, a private station,
A mind serene for contemplation.
John Gay

Rule your mind or it will rule you.

Happiness, or misery, is in the mind. It is the mind that lives.
William Cobbett

My mind is unChristian, for it keeps no day of rest.
Esaias Tegnér

The mind is like a sheet of white paper in this: that the impressions it receives the oftenest, and retains the longest, are black ones.
J. C. and A. W. Hare

It is good to learn to look without wonder or disgust on the weaknesses which are to be found in the strongest minds.
T. B. Macaulay

The mind can weave itself warmly in the cocoon of its own thoughts, and dwell a hermit anywhere.
J. R. Lowell

Little minds are interested in the extraordinary; great minds in the commonplace.
Elbert Hubbard

Great minds are interested in ideas, average minds in events, small minds in people.
Author unidentified

A man's mind is a mirk [dark] mirror.
Scottish Proverb

Mind and Body

The mind, when it is sick, is more sick than the sick body.

Minds, like bodies, will often fall into a pimpled, ill-conditioned state from mere excess of comfort.
Charles Dickens

The body may be cured, but not the mind.
Chinese Proverb


The first forty-eight hours decide whether a Minister is going to run his office or whether his office is going to run him.
Arthur Henderson


Every new opinion, at its starting, is precisely in a minority of one.
Thomas Carlyle


Everything is miraculous. It is miraculous that one does not melt in one's bath.
Pablo Picasso

Miracles appear to be so, according to our ignorance of nature, and not according to the essence of nature.
Michel de Montaigne

No miracle has ever taken place under conditions which science can accept. Experience shows, without exception, that miracles occur only in times and in countries in which miracles are believed in, and in the presence of persons who are disposed to believe them.
Ernest Renan


How difficult it is to imitate mirth; how difficult to mimic cheerfulness with a sad heart.

Mirth prolongeth life, and causeth health.
Nicholas Udall

The end of mirth is the beginning of sorrow.
Czech Proverb


"Are you lost daddy," I asked tenderly.
"Shut up," he explained.
Ring Lardner

He looked at me as if I were a side dish he hadn't ordered.
Ring Lardner


He [Hampden] had a head to contrive, a tongue to persuade, and a hand to execute any mischief.
Edward Hyde

He who wishes to do mischief is never without a reason.
Publilius Syrus


The Devil lies brooding in the miser's chest.
Thomas Fuller

Misers are very good people; they amass wealth for those who wish their death.
Stanislaus Leszcynski

Every miser has a spendthrift son.
French Proverb


Misery no longer loves company. Nowadays it insists on it.
Russell Baker

That life has many miseries, and that those miseries are, sometimes at least, equal to all the powers of fortitude, is now universally confessed.
Samuel Johnson

But the joys of life are short, and its miseries are long.
Samuel Johnson

A still small voice spake unto me,
"Thou art so full of misery,
Were it not better not to be?"
Alfred, Lord Tennyson

It is hard for the happy to understand misery.

Misery loves company.
John Ray

Life and misery began together.
Thomas Fuller

Many of our miseries are merely comparative; we are often made unhappy, not by the presence of any real evil, but by the absence of some fictitious good.
Samuel Johnson

I fly from pleasure, because pleasure has ceased to please; I am lonely because I am miserable.
Samuel Johnson

The miserable are very talkative.
Hindu Proverb


We all have strength enough to endure the misfortunes of others.
Francois De La Rochefoucauld

Depend upon it that if a man talks of his misfortunes there is something in them that is not disagreeable to him; for where there is nothing but pure misery there never is any recourse to the mention of it.
Samuel Johnson

What man ever blamed himself for his misfortune?
William Graham Sumner

Kings have long arms, but Misfortune longer:
Let none think themselves out of her reach.
Benjamin Franklin

The very remembrance of my former misfortune proves a new one to me.

Of misfortune it never can be certainly known whether, as proceeding from the hand of God, it is an act of favour or of punishment.
Samuel Johnson

Such sufferers are dejected in their misfortunes, not so much for what they feel, as for what they dread; not because they cannot support the sorrows, or endure the wants, of their present condition, but because they consider them as only the beginnings of more sharp and more lasting pains.
Samuel Johnson

It costs a man only a little exertion to bring misfortune on himself.

We can profit only by our own misfortunes and those of others. The former, though they may be the more beneficial, are also the more painful; let us turn, then, to the latter.

Man bears misfortune without complaint —and so it pains him the more.
Franz Schubert

Most of our misfortunes are more supportable than the comments of our friends upon them.
C. C. Colton

Wherever men are, there misfortune is.
Ukrainian Proverb


Though Jesuits, etc. travel to distant east and west to propagate their religion and traffic, I never heard of one that made a journey into Asia or Africa to preach the doctrines of liberty, though those regions are so deplorably oppressed.
Horace Walpole


Most people are stupid. Nothing seems like a mistake until it's a mistake.
Samuel Halpern

There's no way that you can live an adequate life without making many mistakes.
Charlie Munger

It's only those who do nothing that make no mistakes, I suppose.
Joseph Conrad

As she frequently remarked when she made any such mistake, it would be all the same a hundred years hence.
Charles Dickens

Do not be ashamed of mistakes—and so make them crimes.

It is worse than a crime; it is a blunder. (C'est pire qu'un crime; c'est une faute.)
Joseph Fouché

He who makes no mistakes never makes anything.
English Proverb

He is always right who suspects that he makes mistakes.
Spanish Proverb


A mistress should be like a little country retreat near the town—not to dwell in constantly, but only for a night and away.
William Wycherley

Next to the pleasure of making a new mistress is that of being rid of an old one.
William Wycherley

Every man believes that mistresses are unfaithful, and patrons capricious; but he excepts his own mistress, and his own patron.
Samuel Johnson


Is it so bad, then, to be misunderstood? Pythagoras was misunderstood, and Socrates, and Jesus, and Luther, and Copernicus, and Galileo, and Newton, and every pure and wise spirit that ever took flesh. To be great is to be misunderstood.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

To be misunderstood even by those whom one loves is the cross and bitterness of life.
Henri-Frédéric Amiel


There’s a whiff of the lynch mob or the lemming migration about any overlarge concentration of like-thinking individuals, no matter how virtuous their cause.
P. J. O'Rourke

The mob is easily led and may be moved by, the smallest force, so that its agitations have a wonderful resemblance to those of the sea.

The mob is the mother of tyrants.
Dionysius of Halicarnassus

O great and wise, be ill at ease when your deeds please the mob.
Baltasar Gracian

The mob has many heads, but no brains.
Thomas Fuller

A mob's a monster.
Benjamin Franklin

A mob is a society of bodies voluntarily bereaving themselves of reason, and traversing its work. The mob is man voluntarily descending to the nature of the beast.
R. W. Emerson

Against the wild-fire of the mob there is no defence.
H. G. Bohn


In the field of controversy I always pity the moderate party, who stand on the open middle ground exposed to the fire of both sides.
Edward Gibbon

We know what happens to people who stay in the middle of the road. They get run down.
Aneurin Bevan


I have not been afraid of excess: excess on occasion is exhilarating. It prevents moderation from acquiring the deadening effect of a habit.
W. Somerset Maugham

Moderation is a fatal thing … Nothing succeeds like excess.
Oscar Wilde

Total abstinence is easier than perfect moderation.
St. Augustine

Constantly practise abstinence and temperance, so that you may be as wakeful after eating as before.
E. L. Gruber

Never go to excess, but let moderation be your guide.

The practice of exercise and temperance had entitled him to a healthy old age.
Edward Gibbon

To walk with circumspection and steadiness in the right path, at an equal distance between the extremes of errour, ought to be the constant endeavour of every reasonable being.
Samuel Johnson

Healthy sleep depends on moderate eating; he rises early, and feels fit. The distress of sleeplessness and of nausea and colic are with the glutton.
Ecclesiasticus 31:20

A great soul prefers moderation to excess.

I love temperate and moderate natures. An immoderate zeal, even for that which is good, though it does not offend, does astonish me, and puts me to study what name to give it.
Michel de Montaigne

Some have too much, yet still they crave;
I little have, yet seek no more;
They are but poor, though much they have,
And I am rich with little store.
Edward Dyer

Fear and dull disposition, lukewarmness and sloth, are not seldom wont to cloak themselves under the affected name of moderation.
John Milton

Men have made a virtue of moderation to limit the ambition of the great, and to console people of mediocrity for their want of fortune and of merit.
La Rochefoucauld

Moderation is the languor and sloth of the soul; ambition is its activity and heat.
La Rochefoucauld

Sheer the sheep, but don't flay them.
Dutch Proverb


Don't be so humble. You're not that great.
Golda Meir

I was born modest; not all over, but in spots.
Mark Twain

I have offended God and mankind because my work didn't reach the quality it should have.
Leonardo da Vinci

Modesty is the only sure bait when you angle for praise.
G. K. Chesterton

If only I had a little humility, I would be perfect.
Ted Turner

Whoever attributes no merit to himself because he really has none is not modest, but merely honest.
Arthur Schopenhauer

Once gone, modesty never returns.
Publilius Syrus

Modesty is ruin to a harlot.
The Hitopadesa

I take it to be the highest instance of a noble mind to bear great qualities without discovering in a man's behavior any consciousness that he is superior to the rest of the world.
Richard Steele

Women commend a modest man, but like him not.
Thomas Fuller

What is modesty, if it deserts from truth? Of what use is the disguise by which nothing is concealed?
Samuel Johnson

Modesty ought to be the virtue of those who are deficient in other virtues.
Stanislaus Leszcynski

With people of only moderate ability modesty is mere honesty; but with those who possess great talent it is hypocrisy.
Arthur Schopenhauer

Modesty is of no use to a man in want. (Verecundia inutilis viro egenti.)
Latin Proverb


He [Molière] pleases all the world, but cannot please himself.
Nicolas Boileau-Despréaux


Certainly that people must needs be mad or strangely infatuated that build the chief hope of their common happiness or safety on a single person; who, if he happen to be good, can do no more than another man; if to be bad, hath in his hands to do more evil without check than millions of other men.
John Milton

In monarchies things go by whimsy.
John Vanbrugh

A monarchical government, it is said, is natural to man, because it is an instinct of nature: the very bees have it.
Leigh Hunt

An absolute monarchy is one in which the monarch does as he pleases so long as he pleases the assassins.
Ambrose Bierce

So long as the human heart is strong and the human reason weak, Royalty will be strong because it appeals to diffused feeling, and Republics weak because they appeal to understanding.
Walter Bagehot

[The British monarchy:] Its mystery is its life. We must not let in daylight upon magic. We must not bring the Queen into the combat of politics, or she will cease to be reverenced by all combatants.
Walter Bagehot


He neither drank, smoked, nor rode a bicycle. Living frugally, saving his money, he died early, surrounded by greedy relatives. It was a great lesson to me.
John Barrymore

You can't force anyone to love you or to lend you money.
Jewish proverb

Money is the most egalitarian force in society. It confers power on whoever holds it.
Roger Starr

Make money and the whole world will conspire to call you a gentleman.
Mark Twain

Never invest your money in anything that eats or needs repairing.
Billy Rose

To be clever enough to get all that money, one must be stupid enough to want it.
G. K. Chesterton

Money swore an oath that nobody who did not love it should ever have it.
Irish Proverb

I was part of that strange race of people aptly described as spending their lives doing things they detest to make money they don't want to buy things they don't need to impress people they dislike.
Emile Henry Gauvreay

The holy passion of friendship is so sweet and steady and loyal and enduring in nature that it will last through a whole lifetime, if not asked to lend money.
Mark Twain

When a fellow says, "It ain't the money but the principle of the thing," it's the money.
Frank McKinney Hubbard ("Kin Hubbard")

When I was young I thought that money was the most important thing in life; now that I am old I know that it is.
Oscar Wilde

Money is a terrible master but an excellent servant.
P. T. Barnum

The chief value of money lies in the fact that one lives in a world in which it is overestimated.
H. L. Mencken

It doesn't matter if you're rich or poor, as long as you've got money.
Joe E. Lewis

Money frees you from doing things you dislike. Since I dislike doing nearly everything, money is handy.
Groucho Marx

The easiest way for your children to learn about money is for you not to have any.
Katharine Whitehorn

There is no subtler, no surer means of overturning the existing basis of society than to debauch the currency.
John Maynard Keynes

He [Thomas Edison] considered [money] as a raw material, like metal, to be used rather than amassed, and so he kept plowing his funds into new projects. Several times he was all but bankrupt. But he refused to let dollar signs govern his actions.
Charles Edison

Gentlemen, if the man who invented compound interest had secured a patent on his idea he would have had without any doubt the greatest invention the world has ever produced.
Author unidentified

Part of the loot went for gambling, part for horses, and part for women. The rest I spent foolishly.
George Raft

He that wants money, means, and content, is without three good friends.

Money, it turned out, was exactly like sex, you thought of nothing else if you didn't have it and thought of other things if you did.
James Baldwin

Money begets money.
John Ray

Would you know what mony is, go borrow some.
George Herbert

Nothing is a greater proof of a narrow and grovelling disposition than to be fond of money, while nothing is more noble and exalted than to despise it, if thou hast it not; and if thou hast it, to employ it in beneficence and liberality.

The populace may hiss me, but when I go home and think of my money I applaud myself.

Nothing stings more deeply than the loss of money.

Money is mourned with deeper sorrow than friends or kindred.

Nothing that is God's is obtainable by money.

Money talks.
English Proverb

My money doth make me full merry to be,
And without my money none careth for me.
Thomas Deloney

When we want money we want all.
Thomas Draxe

Money gives an appearance of beauty even to ugliness; but everything becomes frightful with poverty.
Nicolas Boileau

He that serves God for money will serve the Devil for better wages.
Roger L'Estrange

No man will take counsel, but every man will take money: therefore money is better than counsel.
Jonathan Swift

A man without money is a bow without an arrow.
Thomas Fuller

He that gets money before he gets wit
Will be but a short while master of it.
Thomas Fuller

Money is of a prolific generating nature. Money can beget money, and its offspring can beget more.
Benjamin Franklin

I suppose there is not a man in the world who, when he becomes a knave for a thousand thalers, would not rather have remained honest for half the money.
G. C. Lichtenberg

Whoso has sixpence is sovereign (to the length of sixpence) over all men; commands cooks to feed him, philosophers to teach him, kings to mount guard over him, — to the length of sixpence.
Thomas Carlyle

One is weary of hearing about the omnipotence of money. I will say rather that, for a genuine man, it is no evil to be poor.
Thomas Carlyle

As for money, enough is enough; no man can enjoy more.
Robert Southey

We often buy money very much too dear.
W. M. Thackeray

Money is a good servant but a bad master.
H. G. Bohn

Whenever money is the principal object of life with either man or nation, it is both got ill, and spent ill; and does harm both in the getting and spending.
John Ruskin

When a man says money can do anything, that settles it: he hasn't any.
E. W. Howe

If you have no money, be polite.
Danish Proverb

No man ever had enough money.
Gypsy Proverb

A heavy purse makes a light heart.
Irish proverb

Who hath money hath fear; who hath none hath sorrow.
Persian Proverb

When I had money everyone called me brother.
Polish Proverb

There are few ways in which a man can be more innocently employed than in getting money.
Samuel Johnson

Money … is none of the wheels of trade: it is the oil which renders the motion of the wheels more smooth and easy.
David Hume


The peace of the Eastern church was invaded by a swarm of fanatics [monks], incapable of fear, or reason, or humanity; and the Imperial troops acknowledged, without shame, that they were much less apprehensive of an encounter with the fiercest Barbarians.
Edward Gibbon

Pleasure and guilt are synonymous terms in the language of the monks, and they discovered, by experience, that rigid fasts, and abstemious diet, are the most effectual preservatives against the impure desires of the flesh.
Edward Gibbon

The monastic studies have tended, for the most part, to darken, rather than to dispel, the cloud of superstition.
Edward Gibbon

I have somewhere heard or read the frank confession of a Benedictine abbot: "My vow of poverty has given me a hundred thousand crowns a year; my vow of obedience has raised me to the rank of a sovereign prince."—I forget the consequences of his vow of chastity.
Edward Gibbon

[The monks'] credulity debased and vitiated the faculties of the mind: they corrupted the evidence of history; and superstition gradually extinguished the hostile light of philosophy and science.
Edward Gibbon

[All] the manly virtues were oppressed by the servile and pusillanimous reign of the monks.
Edward Gibbon

[The monks'] minds were inaccessible to reason or mercy.
Edward Gibbon

If thou wouldst be a monk thou must be content, for Christ's sake, to be esteemed a fool in this world.
Thomas à Kempis

Despair makes the monk. (Desperatio facit monachum.)
Medieval Latin Proverb


I confess freely to you, I could never look long upon a monkey, without very mortifying reflections.
William Congreve

I dislike monkeys. They always remind me of poor relations.
Henry Luttrell


Monopoly has generally evolved into state monopoly.
Nikolai Lenin


Monuments are made for victories over strangers: domestic troubles should be covered with the veil of sadness.
Julius Caesar

It is superfluous to raise a monument; if our lives deserve it our memories will endure.
Pliny the Younger

The most lasting monuments are the paper monuments.
Thomas Fuller


If you are depressed, you are living in the past. If you are anxious, you are living in the future. If you are at peace, you are living in the present.
Lau Tzu


The moon like a flower
In heaven’s high bower,
With silent delight,
Sits and smiles on the night.
William Blake

The moon shines, but it does not warm.
Ukrainian Proverb

Moral Imperative

When we start deceiving ourselves into thinking not that we want something or need something, not that it is a pragmatic necessity for us to have it, but that it is a moral imperative that we have it, then is when we join the fashionable madmen, and then is when the thin whine of hysteria is heard in the land, and then is when we are in bad trouble.
Joan Didion


It would be strange to demand of a moralist that he teach no other virtue than those he himself possesses.
Arthur Schopenhauer

I never came across anyone in whom the moral sense was dominant who was not heartless, cruel, vindictive, log-stupid and entirely lacking in the smallest sense of humanity.
Oscar Wilde


When the president does it, that means it is not illegal.
Richard Nixon

[It] seems as if anything I like is either illegal or immoral or fattening.
Frank Rand

I profoundly believe it takes a lot of practice to become a moral slob.
William F. Buckley

Conscience is the inner voice that warns us somebody may be looking.
H. L. Mencken

Moral indignation is in most cases two percent moral, forty-eight percent indignation, and fifty percent envy.
Vittorio de Sica

Crime is contagious. If the government becomes a lawbreaker, it breeds contempt for the law.
Justice Louis D. Brandeis

There is perhaps no phenomenon which contains so much destructive feeling as moral indignation, which permits envy or hate to be acted out under the guise of virtue.
Erich Fromm

In matters of principle, stand like a rock; in matters of taste, swim with the current.
Thomas Jefferson

Any of us can achieve virtue, if by virtue we merely mean the avoidance of the vices that do not attract us.
Robert S. Lynd

[Sir Stafford Cripps] has all the virtues I dislike and none of the vices I admire.
Winston Churchill

I say that a man must be certain of his morality for the simple reason that he has to suffer for it.
G. K. Chesterton

To have a right to do a thing is not at all the same as to be right in doing it.
G. K. Chesterton

He who postpones the hour of living rightly is like the rustic who waits for the river to run out before he crosses.

We have no government armed with the power capable of contending with human passions which are unbridled by morality and true religion.
John Adams

Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.
John Adams

Not everything that is legal is reputable.
William F. Buckley

I do not pretend to understand the moral universe; the arc is a long one, my eye reaches but little ways; I cannot calculate the curve and complete the figure by the experience of sight; I can divine it by conscience. And from what I see I am sure it bends towards justice.
Theodore Parker

A society can survive the collapse of its economy, but not of its citizens' morality.
Dennis Prager

Our society is obsessed with personal rights, but it will survive only if we each adopt personal obligations.
Dennis Prager

People do bad things to other people because they do not have good values [not because of poverty or other societal problems].
Dennis Prager

The difference between moral people and immoral people is not that moral people don't have rage; it is that moral people control their rage, and immoral people don't.
Dennis Prager

Those who are merciful when they must be cruel, will, in the end, be cruel to those who deserve mercy.

If I am not for myself, who will be for me? But if I am only for myself, what am I?
Rabbi Hillel

[The] dreaming mind is regrettably immoral.
C. S. Lewis

The only valid source for moral life is a living God.
Paul Johnson

The notion of obeying "iron laws" or "a higher law," rather than the traditional, absolute morality taught in the churches, was a Hegelian one. Marx and Lenin translated it into a class concept; Hitler into a race one.
Paul Johnson

The truth is that no political cause is worth the abandonment of elementary morality. Whether terrorism works varies with the case, but it can never serve an ideal.
Paul Johnson

We do not look in great cities for our best morality.
Jane Austen

Better suffer ill than doe ill.
George Herbert

It was morality that burned the books of the ancient sages, and morality that halted the free inquiry of the Golden Age and substituted for it the credulous imbecility of the Age of Faith. It was a fixed moral code and a fixed theology which robbed the human race of a thousand years by wasting them upon alchemy, heretic-burning, witchcraft and sacerdotalism.
H. L. Mencken

Moral certainty is always a sign of cultural inferiority. The more uncivilized the man, the surer he is that he knows precisely what is right and what is wrong. All human progress, even in morals, has been the work of men who have doubted the current moral values, not of men who have whooped them up and tried to enforce them. The truly civilized man is always skeptical and tolerant, in this field as in all others. His culture is based on "I am not too sure."
H. L. Mencken

Morality is not properly the doctrine of how we may make ourselves happy, but how we may make ourselves worthy of happiness.
Immanuel Kant

There is … only a single categorical imperative and it is this: Act only on that maxim through which you can at the same time will that it should become a universal law.
Immanuel Kant

For what are treatises of morality, but persuasives to the practice of duties, for which no arguments would be necessary, but that we are continually tempted to violate or neglect them?
Samuel Johnson

But he that suffers the slightest breach in his morality, can seldom tell what shall enter it, or how wide it shall be made; when a passage is open, the influx of corruption is every moment wearing down opposition, and by slow degrees deluges the heart.
Samuel Johnson

About morals, I know only that what is moral is what you feel good after and what is immoral is what you feel bad after.
Ernest Hemingway

The central function of imaginative literature is to make you realize that other people act on moral convictions different from your own.
William Empson

It is God's will, not merely that we should be happy, but that we should make ourselves happy. This is the true morality.
Immanuel Kant

A man may have no religion, and yet be moral.
Napoleon I

Morality without religion is only a kind of dead reckoning, an endeavor to find our place on a cloudy sea by measuring the distance we have run, but without any observation of the heavenly bodies.
H. W. Longfellow

Neither the individuals nor the ages most distinguished for intellectual achievements have been most distinguished for moral excellence.
W. E. H. Lecky

Man … derives his moral sense from the social feelings which are
Charles Darwin

Fear is the mother of morality.
F. W. Nietzsche

Morality is the best of all devices for leading mankind by the nose.
F. W. Nietzsche

Morality turns on whether the pleasure precedes or follows the pain. Thus it is immoral to get drunk because the headache comes after the drinking, but if the headache came first, and the drunkenness afterwards, it would be moral to get drunk.
Samuel Butler

Absolutism in morals is a guarantee of objectional morals in the same way as absolutism in government is a guarantee of objectionable government.
Robert Briffault


The Moravians … certainly exceed all mankind in absurdity of principles and madness of practise, yet these people walk erect, and are numbered among rational beings.
Mary Wortley Montagu


` "Take some more tea," the March Hare said to Alice, very earnestly.

"I've had nothing yet," Alice replied in an offended tone, "so I can't take more."

"You mean you can't take less," said the Hatter: "it's very easy to take more than nothing."

Lewis Carroll


Lose an hour in the morning, and you will be all day hunting for it.
Richard Whately

The first hour of the morning is the rudder of the day.
H. W. Beecher

The morning is wiser than the evening.
Russian Proverb


Nature abhors a moron.
H. L. Mencken

See the happy moron,
He doesn't give a damn,
I wish I were a moron,
My God! perhaps I am!

Resolved, That the feeble-minded be divided into three classes, viz.:

Idiots.—Those so deeply defective that their mental development never exceeds that of a normal child of about two years.

Imbeciles.—Those whose mental development is above that of an idiot but does not exceed that of a normal child of about seven years.

Morons.—Those whose mental development is above that of an imbecile but does not exceed that of a normal child of about twelve years.

Resolutions of the American Association for the Study of the Feeble-Minded, Lincoln, Ill., May, 1910


All men think all men mortal but themselves.
Edward Young

Alive, we are like a sleek black water beetle.
Skating across still water in any direction
We choose, and soon to be swallowed
Suddenly from beneath.
Robert Bly

Do not put your trust in princes, in human beings, who cannot save. When their spirit departs, they return to the ground; on that very day their plans come to nothing.
Psalms 146:3-4

Now therefore why are you disturbed, seeing that you are to perish? Why are you moved, seeing that you are mortal?
2 Esdras 7:15 NRSV-CI

We are all mortal, and each one is for himself. (Nous sommes tous mortels, et chacun est pour soi.)


No matter how old a mother is, she watches her middle-aged children for signs of improvement.
Florida Scott-Maxwell

My mother had a good deal of trouble with me, but I think she enjoyed it.
Mark Twain

Few misfortunes can befall a boy which bring worse consequences than to have a really affectionate mother.
W. Somerset Maugham

I am what her savage loving has made me.
Samuel Beckett, of his mother

I have reached the age when a woman begins to perceive that she is growing into the person she least plans to resemble: her mother.
Anita Brookner

The hand that rocks the cradle
Is the hand that rules the world.
W. R. Wallace

One may desert one's father, though he be a high official, but not one's mother, though she be a beggar.
Chinese Proverb

Mother and Child

Mothers are fonder of their children than fathers, for they remember the pain of bringing them forth, and are surer that they are their own.

A spoilt child never loves its mother.
Henry Taylor

Some mothers need happy children; others need unhappy ones—otherwise they cannot prove their maternal virtues.
F. W. Nietzsche


Happy is she who marries the son of a dead mother.
James Kelly

The mother-in-law remembers not that she was a daughter-in-law.
Thomas Fuller

However much you dislike your mother-in-law you must not set fire to her.
Ernest Wild, to a culprit before him, c. 1925

A mother-in-law and a daughter-in-law in one house are like two cats in a bag.
Yiddish Proverb


Whatever is universally desired, will be sought by industry and artifice, by merit and crimes, by means good and bad, rational and absurd, according to the prevalence of virtue or vice, of wisdom or folly.
Samuel Johnson

There's many a one who would be idle if hunger didn't pinch him; but the stomach sets us to work.
George Eliot


Become the person you know you should be.
Author unidentified

You can't do anything about what you've done, but you can do something about what you're going to do.
Author unidentified


We are sometimes not ourselves conscious of the original motives of our actions, and when we know them, our first care is to hide them from the sight of others.
Samuel Johnson

One will not go far wrong if one attributes extreme actions to vanity, average ones to habit, and petty ones to fear.
F. W. Nietzsche

Whenever a man does a thoroughly stupid thing it is always from the noblest motive.
Oscar Wilde


If the mountain won't come to Mohammed, Mohammed must go to the mountain.
English Proverb

There are many paths to the top of the mountain, but the view is always the same.
Chinese Proverb


The heart of the wise is in the house of mourning, but the heart of fools is in the house of pleasure.
Ecclesiastes 7:4

My child, let your tears fall for the dead, and as one in great pain begin the lament. Lay out the body with due ceremony, and do not neglect the burial.
Ecclesiasticus 38:16

Nature's law,
That man was made to mourn!
Robert Burns

Man's inhumanity to man
Makes countless thousands mourn!
Robert Burns

Medvedenko: Why do you wear black all the time?
Masha: I'm in mourning for my life, I'm unhappy.
Anton Chekhov

Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.
Matthew 5:3-4

Helps not the mourned, yet hurts them that mourn.
Thomas Dekker


I find the great thing in this world is not so much where we stand, as in what direction we are moving: To reach the port of heaven, we must sail sometimes with the wind and sometimes against it—but we must sail, and not drift, nor lie at anchor.
Oliver Wendell Holmes


I would have been more successful if I had left movies immediately. Stayed in the theater, gone into politics, written; anything. I've wasted a greater part of my life looking for money and trying to get along. Trying to make my work from this terribly expensive paint box, which is a movie. And I've spent too much energy on things that have nothing to do with making a movie. It's about 2 percent movie making and 98 percent hustling. That's no way to spend a life.
Orson Welles

Pictures are for entertainment, messages should be delivered by Western Union.
Sam Goldwyn


I never saw an oft-removed tree,
Nor yet an oft-removed family,
That throve so well as those that settled be.
Benjamin Franklin


I tell you before God and on my word as an honest man that your son is the greatest composer I have ever heard of.
Joseph Haydn, to Leopold Mozart


A mugwump is a person educated beyond his intellect.
Horace Porter


Mulatto, n. A child of two races, ashamed of both.
Ambrose Bierce


He who looks for a mule without a fault must go on foot.
Spanish Proverb


He who attempts to do all, will waste his life in doing little.
Samuel Johnson


If there be any among those common objects of hatred I do condemn and laugh at, it is that great enemy of reason, virtue and religion, the multitude, that numerous piece of monstrosity, which taken asunder seem men, and the reasonable creatures of God; but confused together, make but one great beast, and a monstrosity more prodigious than Hydra.
Sir Thomas Browne

Be gone, ye blockheads, Heraclitus cries,
And leave my labours to the learn'd and wise:
By wit, by knowledge, studious to be read,
I scorn the multitude, alive and dead.

(Ἡράκλειτος ἐγώ· τί μεὦ κάτω ἕλκετ᾽ ἄμουσοι;
Οὐχ᾽ ὑμῖν ἐπόνουν, τοῖς δέ μ᾽ ἐπισταμένοις.
Εἷς ἐμοὶ ἄνθρωπος τρισμύριοι οἱ δ᾽ ἀνάριθμοι
Οὐδείς· ταῦτ᾽ αὐδῶ καὶ παρὰ Περσεφόνῃ

Samuel Johnson, based on Diogenes Laertius

Preposterous is that government, (and rude)
When kings obey the wider multitude.
Robert Herrick

The multitude grows neither old nor wise; it always remains in its infancy.
J. W. Goethe

The fickle multitude, which veers with every wind! Woe to him who leans on such a reed!
J. C. F. Schiller


If the desire to kill and the opportunity to kill came always together, who would escape hanging?
Mark Twain

Lizzie Borden took an axe
And gave her mother forty whacks;
When she saw what she had done
She gave her father forty-one!
Author unidentified

English law does not permit good persons, as such, to strangle bad persons, as such.
T. H. Huxley

Other sins only speak; murder shrieks out.
John Webster

If once a man indulges himself in murder, very soon he comes to think little of robbing; and from robbing he comes next to drinking and Sabbathbreaking, and from that to incivility and procrastination.
Thomas De Quincey

I wonder why murder is considered less immoral than fornication in literature.
George Moore

Will no one rid me of this turbulent priest?
Henry II, of Thomas Becket


Blood, though it sleep a time, yet never dies.
The gods on murderers fix revengeful eyes.
George Chapman

Everybody is a potential murderer. I've never killed any one, but I frequently get satisfaction reading the obituary notices.
Clarence Darrow


A museum is seldom a cheerful place—oftenest induces the feeling that nothing could ever have been young.
Walter Pater


The notes I handle no better than many pianists. But the pauses between the notes—ah, that is where the art resides!
Artur Schnabel

Too many pieces of music finish too long after the end.
Igor Stravinsky

She said, "I know you … you cannot sing". I said, "That's nothing, you should hear me play piano."

When one woman was asked how long she had been going to symphony concerts, she paused to calculate and replied, "Forty-seven years—and I find I mind it less and less."
Louise Andrews Kent

I don't know anything about music. In my line you don't have to.
Elvis Presley (Attributed)

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.
Johann Sebastian Bach

Music is the best solace for a sad and sorrowful mind; by it the heart is refreshed and settled again in peace.
Martin Luther

Music, the greatest good that mortals know,
And all of heaven we have below.
Joseph Addison

Music has charms to sooth a savage breast.
William Congreve

Indulged in to excess, music emasculates instead of invigorating the mind, causing a relaxation of the intellectual faculties, and debasing the warrior into an effeminate slave, destitute of all nerve and energy of soul.

A lamentable tune is the sweetest music to a woeful mind.
Philip Sidney

Music, like balm, eases grief's smarting wound.
Samuel Pordage

Music hath charms to soothe a savage breast,
To soften rocks, or bend a knotted oak.
William Congreve

Give the piper a penny to play, and twopence to leave off.
Thomas Fuller

[Music is] the only universal tongue.
Samuel Rogers

Who is there that, in logical words, can express the effect music has on us? A kind of inarticulate unfathomable speech, which leads us to the edge of the Infinite and lets us for moments gaze into that.
Thomas Carlyle

If I were to begin life again, I would devote it to music. It is the only cheap and unpunished rapture upon earth.
Sydney Smith

Music sweeps by me as a messenger
Carrying a message that is not for me.
George Eliot

Hell is full of musical amateurs. Music is the brandy of the damned.
George Bernard Shaw

Modern music is as dangerous as cocaine.
Pietro Mascagni


He must be a poor sort of a man, for otherwise he would not be so good a piper.
Ascribed to Antisthenes


Mussolini is like a man on a bicycle; he must keep going on the path of persecution or he must fall.
Jules Sauerwein


Mix a little mystery with everything, and the very mystery arouses veneration.
Baltasar Gracián


If a man is offered a fact which goes against his instincts, he will scrutinize it closely, and unless the evidence is overwhelming, he will refuse to believe it. If, on the other hand, he is offered something which affords a reason for acting in accordance to his instincts, he will accept it even on the slightest evidence. The origin of myths is explained in this way.
Bertrand Russell

The significance of a myth is not easily to be pinned on paper by analytical reasoning. It is at its best when it is presented by a poet who feels rather than makes explicit what his theme portends.
J. R. R. Tolkien

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