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Happy days are here again

Laughter is timeless. Imagination has no age. And dreams are forever.

old adages

A stitch in time, saves nine

old adages

Believe nothing of what you hear and half of what you see

old adages

Don't put off to tomorrow what you can do today

old adages

Sometimes your best friends can be your worst enemies

old adages

There is no time like the present

old adages

Trust! But verify!

old adages

We grow old too soon and smart too late

Elizabeth Aston

How close the sexes sometimes come to one another. It is as much a matter of behaviour and the sphere in which they move that separates the masculine part of humanity from the feminine.

Marcus Aurelius

Nothing has such power to broaden the mind as the ability to investigate systematically and truly all that comes under your observation in life

Lauren Bacall

I am essentially a loner

Matsuo Basho

Under the cherry-blossom soup, blossom salad

Jeremy Bentham

The greatest happiness of the greatest number is the foundation of morals and legislation

Yogi Berra

It ain't over til it's over

Yogi Berra

When you come to a fork in the road, take it!

J. Bartlett Brebner

Americans are benevolently ignorant about Canada, while Canadians are malevolently well informed about the United States (Thought of a Canadian)

Robert Burns

Oh, my Luve's like a red, red rose That's newly sprung in June

Lewis Carroll

Everything's got a moral, if only you can find it

Anton Chekhov

Love, friendship, respect do not unite people as much as common hatred for something

Agatha Christie

An archaeologist is the best husband a woman can have. The older she gets the more interested he is in her

Winston Churchill

Democracy is the worst form of government except all those other forms that have been tried from time to time

Winston Churchill

I like pigs! Dogs look up to us. Cats look down on us. Pigs treat us as equals.

Winston Churchill

We shape our buildings and then our buildings shape us

John Clare

Summers pleasures they are gone like to visions every one

Samuel Taylor Coleridge

The frost performs its secret ministry, Unhelped by any wind

Samuel Taylor Coleridge

Therefore all seasons shall be sweet to thee

Bill Cosby

When you become senile, you won't know it

Leonardo da Vinci

Iron rusts from disuse; stagnant water loses its purity and in cold weather becomes frozen; even so does inaction sap the vigor of the mind.

Christine de Pizan

Hortensius had a daughter named Hortensia, whom resembled her father not only in wit and lively memory but also in her excellent delivery and order of speech (circa 1400)

René Descartes

Je pense donc je suis (Cogito ergo sum) (I think; therefore I am)

John Donne

No spring, nor summer beauty hath such grace, As I have seen in one autumnal face

Albert Einstein

I never think of the future. It comes soon enough

Albert Einstein

Relativity applies to physics not to ethics

George Ellis

Snowy, Flowy, Blowy, Showery, Flowery, Bowery, Hoppy, Croppy, Droppy, Breezy, Sneezy, Freezy

Heyward & Gershwin

Summer time an' the livin' is easy, Fish are jumpin' and the cotton is high

HR Haldeman

Once the toothpaste is out of the tube, it is awfully hard to get back in

Margaret Halsey

The English never smash in a face. They merely refrain from asking it to dinner.

Rick Hansen

My disability is that I cannot use my legs. My handicap is your negative perception of that disability, and thus of me

Paris Hilton

The only rule is don't be boring and dress cute wherever you go. Life is too short to blend in

Adolf Hitler

Generals think war should be waged like the tourneys of the Middle Ages. I have no use for knights; I need revolutionaries.

Adolf Hitler

How fortunate for governments that the people they administer don't think

Adolf Hitler

The day of Individual happiness has passed

Hubert H. Humphrey

The right to be heard does not automatically include the right to be taken seriously

Jesse Jackson

In politics an organized minority is a political majority

John Keats

A thing of beauty is a joy forever

John Keats

Scenery is fine — but human nature is finer

John Keats

Season of mists and mellow fruitfulness, Close bosom-friend of the maturing sun

John Keats

The coming musk rose, full of dewy wine, The murmurous haunt of flies on summer eves

Helen Keller

Once I only knew darkness and stillness. ... My life was without past and future. ... But a little word from the fingers of another fell into my hand that clutched at emptiness, and my heart leaped to the rapture of living.

John Kennedy

Ask not what your country can do for you; ask what you can do for your country!

Henry Kissinger

Power is the great aphrodisiac

Le Corbusier

A hundred times I have thought: New York is a catastrophe, and fifty times: it is a beautiful catastrophe

Vladimir Lenin

A lie told often enough becomes the truth

Abraham Lincoln

-- That this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom -- and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth

Gary Lineker

The nice aspect about football is that, if things go wrong, it's the manager who gets the blame

Spike Milligan

Money couldn't buy friends, but you got a better class of enemy

Marilyn Monroe

I'm selfish, impatient and a little insecure. I make mistakes, I am out of control and at times hard to handle. But if you can't handle me at my worst, then you sure as hell don't deserve me at my best.

Thomas Moore

’Tis the last rose of summer Left blooming alone All her lovely companions Are faded and gone

Robin Morgan

Don't accept rides from strange men, and remember that all men are strange

Vladimir Nabokov

Life is a great surprise. I do not see why death should not be an even greater one.

Friedrich Nietzsche

The visionary lies to himself, the liar only to others

B. Olatunji

Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery. And today? Today is a gift. That’s why we call it the present.

Dorothy Parker

There's a hell of a distance between wise-cracking and wit. Wit has truth in it; wise-cracking is simply calisthenics with words.

Dolly Parton

If you want the rainbow, you've got to put up with the rain.


If women are expected to do the same work as men, we must teach them the same things

Eleanor H. Porter

It's funny how dogs and cats know the inside of folks better than other folks do, isn't it?

JB Priestley

The first fall of snow is not only an event, but it is a magical event. You go to bed in one kind of world and wake up to find yourself in another quite different.


It is not spring until you can plant your foot on twelve daisies.

Ronald Reagan

I have wondered at times what the Ten Commandments would have looked like if Moses had run them through the US Congress

Charles Revson

In the factory we make cosmetics; in the store we sell hope

William-Thomas Rogers

Many problems are self-generated

William-Thomas Rogers

TRUTH must precede JUSTICE, if either is to survive

William-Thomas Rogers

When your enemies foolishly bring about what they oppose they temporarily become your best friends

Sir Walter Scott

Oh what a tangled web we weave when first we practice to deceive

William Shakespeare

Blow, blow, thou winter wind, Thou art not so unkind As man's ingratitude

William Shakespeare

My age is as a lusty winter, frosty, but kindly

William Shakespeare

Now is the winter of our discontent Made glorious summer by this sun of York

William Shakespeare

Shall I compare thee to a summer's day? Thou art more lovely and temperate

William Shakespeare

Sweet lovers love the spring

Percy Bysshe Shelley

O, Wind, If Winter comes, can Spring be far behind?

Joseph Stalin

Ideas are more powerful than guns. We would not let our enemies have guns, why should we let them have ideas.

Joseph Stalin

It is enough that the people know there was an election. The people who cast the votes decide nothing. The people who count the votes decide everything.

Joseph Stalin

The death of one man is a tragedy. The death of millions is a statistic.

Alfred, Lord Tennyson

In the spring a young man's fancy lightly turns to thoughts of love

Mark Twain

Familiarity breeds contempt — and children

Mark Twain

Good breeding consists in concealing how much we think of ourselves and how little we think of the other person

Mark Twain

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

Mark Twain

When an audience does not complain, it is a compliment, and when they do it is a compliment, too, if unaccompanied by violence

François Villon

Mais où sont les neiges d'antan? (But where are the snows of yesteryear?)


Le sens commun est fort rare. (Common sense is not so common.)

Marie Ebner von Eschenbach

Whenever two people argue over principles, they are both right

Horace Walpole

The way to ensure summer in England is to have it framed and glazed in a comfortable room

Orson Welles

I hate television. I hate it as much as peanuts. But I can't stop eating peanuts.

Mae West

I always say, keep a diary and some day it'll keep you

William Wordsworth

And then my heart with pleasure fills, And dances with the daffodills

Mao Zedong

But when it moves to the peaceful years I hate it. Not because I love chaos but because a time of peace is not good for the development of the people. It is unbearable.

Mao Zedong

Our army has always had two policies. First, we must be ruthless to our enemies, we must overpower and annihilate them. Second, we must be kind to our own, to the people, to our comrades and to our superiors and subordinates, and unite with them.

Mao Zedong

Our principle is that the Party commands the gun and the gun must never be allowed to command the Party