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They who best deserve to escape the snares of artifice, are most likely to be entangled.
Samuel Johnson


What’s in a name? that which we call a rose
By any other name would smell as sweet.

I hate the man who builds his name
On ruins of another’s fame.
John Gay


The rest and the spell of sleep in the middle of the day refresh the human frame far more than a long night.
Winston Churchill


I used to say of him [Napoleon] that his presence on the field made the difference of forty thousand men.
Duke of Wellington


The common employments or pleasures of life, love or opposition, loss or gain, keep almost every mind in perpetual agitation. If any man would consider how little he dwells upon the condition of others, he would learn how little the attention of others is attracted by himself.
Samuel Johnson


Nations, like men, have their infancy.
Henry St John, Lord Bolingbroke

National Character

A Frenchman drinks his native wine,
A German drinks his beer;
An Englishman his 'alf and 'alf,
Because it brings good cheer.
The Scotchman drinks his whiskey straight
Because it brings on dizziness;
An American has no choice at all—
He drinks the whole damn business.
Author unidentified

An Englishman thinks it a deadly insult if you say he is no gentleman, or, still worse, a liar; a Frenchman if you call him a coward; a German if you say he is stupid.
Arthur Schopenhauer

Natural Law

Nature in man's heart her laws doth pen.
John Davies

The laws of nature, as justice, equity, modesty, mercy, and, in sum, doing to others as we would be done to, of themselves, without the terror of some power to cause them to be observed, are contrary to our natural passions, that carry us to partiality, pride, revenge, and the like.
Thomas Hobbes


A vacuum is a hell of a lot better than some of the stuff that nature replaces it with.
Tennessee Williams

Is dishwater dull? Naturalists with microscopes have told me that it teems with quiet fun.
G. K. Chesterton

The universe is not hostile, nor yet is it friendly. It is simply indifferent.
John Hughes Holmes

In nature there are neither rewards nor punishments—there are consequences.
Robert G. Ingersoll

In such condition [Nature with every man against every man], there is no place for industry; because the fruit thereof is uncertain; and consequently … no arts, no letters, no society, and which is worst of all, continual fear and danger of violent death, and the life of man, solitary, poor, nasty, brutish, and short.
Thomas Hobbes

But the works of man are impotent against the assaults of nature.
Edward Gibbon

The law of nature instructs most animals to cherish and educate their infant progeny. The law of reason inculcates to the human species the returns of filial piety.
Edward Gibbon

I am at two with nature.
Woody Allen

Charlie Allnut: A man takes a drop too much once in a while, it's only human nature.
Rose Sayer: Nature, Mr. Allnut, is what we are put in this world to rise above.
African Queen movie

Let us give Nature a chance; she knows her business better than we do.
Michel Eyquem de Montaigne

Accuse not Nature, she hath done her part;
Do thou but thine.
John Milton

Nature never deceives us; it is always we who deceive ourselves.
Jean-Jacques Rousseau

All things are artificial, for nature is the art of God.
Sir Thomas Browne

There is a pleasure in the pathless woods,
There is a rapture on the lonely shore,
There is society, where none intrudes,
By the deep sea, and music in its roar:
I love not man the less, but nature more.
Lord Byron

What a book a devil's chaplain might write on the clumsy, wasteful, blundering, low, and horridly cruel works of nature!
Charles Darwin

Any person who has spent time outdoors actually doing something, such as hunting and fishing as opposed to standing there with a doobie in his mouth, knows nature is not intrinsically healthy.
P. J. O'Rourke

Nature, red in tooth and claw.
Alfred, Lord Tennyson


Naval tradition? Monstrous. Nothing but rum, sodomy, prayers, and the lash.
Winston Churchill

Stick close to your desks and never go to sea,
And you all may be Rulers of the Queen's Navee!
W. S. Gilbert


My dear firstborn is the greatest ass, and the greatest liar, and the greatest canaille, and the greatest beast in the whole world, and I heartily wish he was out of it.
Caroline of Ansbach, of her eldest son, Frederick, Prince of Wales


The graveyards are full of indispensable men.
Charles de Gaulle

There is no such thing as a necessary man.
French Proverb

Very few of us are irreplaceable in our professional lives, but all of us are irreplaceable to those who love us.
Dennis Prager (paraphrased)

Make yourself necessary to someone.
Ralph Waldo Emerson


[Yet] the true creator is necessity, who is the mother of our invention. [Often quoted as "necessity is the mother of invention"].

Necessity hath no law. Feigned necessities, imaginary necessities … are the greatest cozenage that men can put upon the Providence of God, and make pretences to break known rules by.
Oliver Cromwell

Necessity makes an honest man a knave.
Daniel Defoe

Nothing have I found stronger than Necessity.

Necessity never made a good bargain.
Benjamin Franklin

This quest may be attempted by the weak with as much hope as the strong. Yet such is oft the course of deeds that move the wheels of the world: small hands do them because they must, while the eyes of the great are elsewhere.
J. R. R. Tolkien


Would that the Roman people had but one neck! (Utinam populus Romanus unam cervicem haberet!)


A little neglect may breed great mischief … for the want of a nail the shoe was lost; for the want of a shoe the horse was lost; and for the want of a horse the rider was lost.
Benjamin Franklin, paraphrasing George Herbert


Have you told them it bothers you? … Are they bigger than you? … Are you afraid of getting your ass kicked? … Ah, okay, I probably should have asked that question first, woulda saved time. Yeah, you're just gonna have to deal with the noise [from the neighbor], son.
Samuel Halpern

The Bible tells us to love our neighbors, and also to love our enemies; probably because they are generally the same people.
G. K. Chesterton

New Orleans

Many of the cemeteries are beautiful, and are kept in perfect order. When one goes from the levee or the business streets [of New Orleans] to it, to a cemetery, he observes to himself that if those people down there would live as neatly while they are alive as they do after they are dead, they would find many advantages in it; and besides, their quarter would be the wonder and admiration of the business world.
Mark Twain

New York

A car is useless in New York, essential everywhere else. The same with good manners.
Mignon McLaughlin


I tell people that if it's in the news, don't worry about it. The very definition of "news" is "something that hardly ever happens." It's when something isn't in the news, when it's so common that it's no longer news—car crashes, domestic violence—that you should start worrying.
Bruce Schneier

It is better to be making the news than taking it; to be an actor rather than a critic.
Winston Churchill

Ill news hath wings, and with the wind doth go,
Comfort's a cripple and comes ever slow.
Michael Drayton

The idea of a news broadcast once was to find someone with information and broadcast it. The idea now is to find someone with ignorance and spread it around.
P. J. O'Rourke


I do not take a single newspaper, nor read one a month and I feel myself infinitely the happier for it.
Thomas Jefferson

If you don't read the newspaper, you are uninformed. If you do read the newspaper, you are misinformed.
Author unidentified

I read the newspapers avidly. It is my one form of continuous fiction.
Aneurin Bevan


Noise proves nothing. Often a hen who has merely laid an egg cackles as if she had laid an asteroid.
Mark Twain


If there is anything the nonconformist hates worse than a conformist it's another nonconformist who doesn't conform to the prevailing standards of nonconformity.
Bill Vaughan

Nonconformists travel as a rule in bunches. You rarely find a nonconformist who goes it alone. And woe to him inside a nonconformist clique who does not conform with nonconformity.
Eric Hoffer

Why do you have to be a nonconformist like everybody else?
James Thurber

Whoso would be a man must be a nonconformist.
Ralph Waldo Emerson


"If everybody minded their own business," said the Duchess in a hoarse growl, "the world would go round a good deal faster than it does."
Lewis Carroll


Disdaining to notice human contrasts isn't Respectable Science; it's intentional ignorance.
Steve Sailer


A good novel tells us the truth about its hero; but a bad novel tells us the truth about its author.
G. K. Chesterton


Imagine the future historian writing in wonderment of the absurd reticence with which our novelists treat sexual subjects, and comparing this with their licence to describe in detail the most hideous of murders.
George Gissing


Corporal sensation is known to depend so much upon novelty, that custom takes away from many things their power of giving pleasure or pain.
Samuel Johnson

Nuclear Bomb

The world has achieved brilliance without wisdom, power without conscience. Ours is a world of nuclear giants and ethical infants.
Omar Bradley

Nuclear Holocaust

Wouldn't this nucleus of [nuclear holocaust] survivors be so grief-stricken and anguished that they'd, well, envy the dead and not want to go on living?
Dr. Strangelove movie

Nuclear Power

The fear of nuclear power is not based upon a rational calculation but on superstitious dread of ray-like emanation, akin to a diabolic force.
Paul Johnson


The fact is that nudism is not natural, unless you are doing something such as swimming, where clothes are a nuisance. In any other situation, the nudist is a joke, and often an unfunny joke.
Paul Johnson


A great profusion of things, which are splendid or valuable in themselves, is magnificent. The starry heaven, though it occurs so very frequently to our view, never fails to excite an idea of grandeur. This cannot be owing to the stars themselves, separately considered. The number is certainly the cause.
Edmund Burke

I never could make out what those damned dots [decimal points] meant.
Lord Randolph Churchill

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