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Saturday, December 28, 2013

“I have never let my schooling interfere with my education.” - Mark Twain and other Witty Quotes

I love a good quote and hope you enjoy this eclectic collection.
“The difference between fiction and reality? Fiction has to make sense.” ~Tom Clancy (1947-), paraphrasing Mark Twain
“Happiness is good health and a bad memory.” ~Ingrid Bergman
“Victory goes to the player who makes the next-to-last mistake.” ~Savielly Grigorievitch TartakowerChessmaster
“A doctor can bury his mistakes but an architect can only advise his clients to plant vines.” ~Frank Lloyd Wright
“Wit is educated insolence." ~Aristotle (384-322 B.C.)
“Do, or do not. There is no ‘try’.” ~Yoda, The Empire Strikes Back
“Destiny is not a matter of change, it is a matter of choice; it is not a thing to be waited for, it is a thing to be achieved." ~William Jennings Bryan
“If you want to build a ship, don’t herd people together to collect wood and don’t assign them tasks and work, but rather teach them to long for the endless immensity of the sea.” ~Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
“Never forget that it is the spirit with which you endow your work that makes it useful or futile.” ~Adelaide Hasse
“All for one; one for all.” ~Alexander Dumas (1824-1895)
“If you haven’t got anything nice to say about anybody, come sit next to me.” ~Alice Roosevelt Longworth
“The problems that exist in the world today cannot be solved by the level of thinking that created them.” ~Albert Einstein
“Its not the size of the dog in the fight, its the size of the fight in the dog.” ~Mark Twain
“A patriot must always be ready to defend his country against his government.” ~Edward Abbey (1927-1989)
“Never interrupt your enemy when he is making a mistake.” ~Napoleon Bonaparte
“After I’m dead I’d rather have people ask why I have no monument than why I have one.” ~Cato the Elder (234-149 BC, AKA Marcus Porcius Cato)
“When a man is wrapped up in himself he makes a pretty small package.” ~John Ruskin
“They couldn’t hit an elephant at this dist–” ~General John Sedgwick (1813-1864), last words
“I don’t feel good.” ~Luther Burbank (1849-1926), last words
“Ask her to wait a moment – I am almost done.” ~Carl Friedrich Gauss (1777-1855), when informed that his wife was dying
“99 percent of lawyers give the rest a bad name.” ~Unknown
“Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, prepare to die.” ~Klingon Proverb, Star Trek
“The greatest strength is gentleness.” ~Iroquois Proverb
“Never try to teach a pig to sing. It wastes your time and annoys the pig.” ~Proverb
“If you lose your temper, you’ve lost the argument.” ~Proverb
“Better to light a candle than curse the darkness.” ~Chinese Proverb
“I have not failed, I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.” ~Thomas Edison (1874-1931)
“All science is either physics or stamp collecting.” ~Ernest Rutherford (1871-1937)
“The only possible conclusion the social sciences can draw is: some do, some don’t.” ~Ernest Rutherford
“A witty saying proves nothing.” ~Voltaire (1694-1778) *To this I would argue ‘that may be, Voltaire, but it makes life a darn site more entertaining.’
“I would like to be able to admire a man’s opinions as I would his dog – without being expected to take it home with me.” ~Frank A. Clark
“As I get older I notice the years less and the seasons more.” ~John Hubbard
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  1. Enjoyed your blog, Beth. Some very interesting quotes! Some I had heard before and some totally new to me. Gives me food for thought! Thank you!

  2. Beth, Like you, I love good quotes. Thanks for sharing, and for giving the net link.


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