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Comment#  ·  **-- Fair (234 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

Less than fifteen percent of the people do any original thinking on any subject... The greatest torture in the world for most people is to think.

[aphorist] Luther Burbank, in [category] Wisdom and Ignorance

Comment#  ·  **-- Fair (234 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

Positive anything is better than negative nothing.

[aphorist] Elbert Hubbard, in [category] Success and Failure

Comment#  ·  **-- Fair (307 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

A celebrity is a person who is known for his well-knownness.

[aphorist] Daniel Boorstin, in [category] Success and Failure

Comment#  ·  **-- Fair (431 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

Nobody realizes that some people expend tremendous energy merely to be normal.

[aphorist] Albert Camus, in [category] Work and Recreation

Comment#  ·  **-- Fair (411 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

The best argument against democracy is a five-minute conversation with the average voter.

[aphorist] Winston Churchill, in [category] Law and Politics

Comment#  ·  **-- Fair (186 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

Bad policies, stupid policies, gutless policies have real consequences.

[aphorist] Molly Ivins, in [category] Law and Politics

Comment#  ·  **-- Fair (1167 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997  · 

It is impossible to love and be wise.

[aphorist] Francis Bacon, in [category] Love and Hate

Comment#  ·  **-- Fair (479 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

I have learned to use the word "impossible" with the greatest caution.

[aphorist] Werner von Braun, in [category] Success and Failure

Comment#  ·  **-- Fair (365 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

A bore is a man who deprives you of solitude without providing you with company.

[aphorist] Gian Vincenzo Gravina, in [category] Altruism and Cynicism

Comment#  ·  **-- Fair (191 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

Never mistake knowledge for wisdom. One helps you make a living; the other helps you make a life.

[aphorist] Sandra Carey, in [category] Wisdom and Ignorance

Comment#  ·  **-- Fair (459 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

If I don't know I don't know, I think I know. If I don't know I know, I think I don't know.

[aphorist] R. D. Laing, in [category] Wisdom and Ignorance

Comment#  ·  **-- Fair (395 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

I call Christianity the one great curse, the one great intrinsic depravity, the one great instinct for revenge for which no expedient is sufficiently poisonous, secret, subterranean, petty -- I call it the one mortal blemish of mankind.

[aphorist] Friedrich Nietzsche, in [category] Science and Religion

Comment#  ·  **-- Fair (397 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997  · 

He that would perfect his work must first sharpen his tools.

[aphorist] Confucius, in [category] Work and Recreation

Comment#  ·  **-- Fair (383 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

Girls are like pianos. When they're not upright, they're grand.

[aphorist] Benny Hill, in [category] Men and Women

Comment#  ·  **-- Fair (467 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

If time be of all things most precious, wasting time must be the greatest prodigality, since lost time is never found again; and what we call time enough always proves little enough.

[aphorist] Benjamin Franklin, in [category] Life and Death

Comment#  ·  **-- Fair (359 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

In order to preserve your self-respect, it is sometimes necessary to lie and cheat.

[aphorist] Robert Byrne, in [category] Vice and Virtue

Comment#  ·  **-- Fair (407 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

Illegal aliens have always been a problem in the United States. Ask any Indian.

[aphorist] Robert Orben, in [category] Law and Politics

Comment#  ·  **-- Fair (366 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

Decay is inherent in all compounded things. Strive on with diligence.

[aphorist] Buddha, (last words), in [category] Life and Death

Comment#  ·  **-- Fair (934 ratings)  ·  submitted 1999

Romance is built on illusion, and when we love someone, we love the illusion they have created for us.

[aphorist] Roger Ebert, (from review of Boys Don't Cry, Oct. 22, 1999), in [category] Love and Hate

Comment#  ·  **-- Fair (377 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

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

[aphorist] Winston Churchill, in [category] Success and Failure

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