GEORGE MEREDITH: Woman will be the last thing civilized by man.
WILSON MIZNER: I know of no sentence that can induce such immediate and brazen lying as the one that begins, “Have you read…”
WILLIAM LYON PHELPS: This is the final test of a gentleman; his respect for those who can be of no possible service to him.
PLATO: Wise men talk because they have something to say; fools, because they have to say something.
BURTON RASCOE: What no wife of a writer can ever understand is that a writer is working when he’s staring out the window.
SIGMUND ROMBERG: A love song is just a caress set to music.
THEODORE ROOSEVELT: The most successful politician is he who says what everybody is thinking most often and in the loudest voice.
JACQUES ROUSSEAU: Happiness: a good bank account, a good cook and a good digestion.
JOHN RUSKIN: When a man is wrapped up in himself he makes a pretty. small package.
BERTRAND RUSSELL: The trouble with the world is that the stupid are cocksure and the intelligent full of doubt.
CARL SANDBURG: Slang is language that takes off its coat, spits on its hands, and goes to work.
JOHN SINGER SARGENT: Every time I paint a portrait, I lose a friend.
GEORGE BERNARD SHAW: Few people think more than two or three times a year; I have made an international reputation for my-self by thinking once or twice a week.
MARK TWAIN: Familiarity breeds contempt — and children.
H L MENCKEN: It is hard to believe that a man is telling the truth when you know that you would lie if you were in his place.
CLARENCE DARROW: When I was a boy, I was told that anybody could become President; I’m beginning to believe it.
THOMAS HARDY: That man’s silence is wonderful to listen to.
HEINRICH HEINE: God will forgive me; that’s his business.
ROBERT FROST: The best way out is through.
OLIVER HERFORD: Don’t take life too seriously, you’ll never get out of it alive.
VICTOR HUGO: When a woman is speaking to you, listen to what she says with her eyes.
ROBERT MAYNARD HUTCHINS: The college graduate is presented with a sheepskin to cover his intellectual nakedness.
HENRIK IBSEN: You should never wear your best trousers when you go to fight for freedom and truth.
JONATHAN SWIFT: Every man desires to live long, but no man would be old.
WILLIAM RALPH INGE: Religion is caught, not taught.
JEAN SIBELIUS: Pay no attention to what the critics say; there has never been set up a statue in honor of a critic.
THOMAS JEFFERSON: The man who reads nothing at all is better educated than the man who reads nothing but newspapers.
SAMUEL JOHNSON: Adversity is the state in which a man most easily becomes acquainted with himself, being especially free from admirers then.
LA ROCHEFOUCAULD: Gratitude is merely a hope of greater favors.
STEPHEN LEACOCK: I am a great believer in luck, and I find the harder I work the more I have of it.
LIN YUTANG: All women’s dresses are merely variations on the eternal struggle between the admitted desire to dress and the unadmitted desire to undress.
HENRY WADSWORTH LONGFELLOW: It takes less time to do a thing right than to explain why you did it wrong.
JAMES RUSSELL LOWELL: Blessed are they who have nothing to say, and who cannot be persuaded to say it.
SOMERSET MAUGHAM: American women expect to find in their husbands a perfection that English women only hope to find in their butlers.
OSCAR WILDE: A cynic is a man who knows the price of everything and the value of nothing.
ABRAHAM LINCOLN: He can compress the most words into the smallest ideas of any man I ever met.
JOSH BILLINGS: When I see a man of shallow understanding extravagantly clothed, I always feel sorry — for the clothes.
ALBERT EINSTEIN: Isn’t it strange that I, who have written only unpopular, books should be such a popular fellow?
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Source publication: Wisdom magazine
Publication date: April 1956