All Quotes and Proverbs

"The Americans are the illegitimate children of the English."


Rating: 4.67 (Number of Voters: 3)

"The angry man always thinks he can do more than he can."


Rating: 5.50 (Number of Voters: 6)

"The anthropologists are busy, indeed, and ready to transport us back into the savage forest where all human things [...] have their beginnings; but the seed never explains the flower."

Edith Hamilton
Edith Hamilton "The Greek Way"

Rating: 7.00 (Number of Voters: 3)

"The anvil of justice is planted firm, and fate who makes the sword does the forging in advance."

Aeschylus
Aeschylus "The Libation Bearers"

Rating: 5.80 (Number of Voters: 5)

"The apple cannot be stuck back on the Tree of Knowledge; once we begin to see, we are doomed and challenged to seek the strength to see more, not less."


Rating: 7.00 (Number of Voters: 1)

"The art of acting morally is behaving as if everything we do matters."


Rating: 4.00 (Number of Voters: 2)

"The art of being wise is the art of knowing what to overlook."

William James
William James "Principles of Psychology"

Rating: 4.00 (Number of Voters: 3)

"The art of life is to know how to enjoy a little and to endure much."


Rating: 6.20 (Number of Voters: 5)

"The art of medicine consists in amusing the patient while nature cures the diseases."


Rating: 7.00 (Number of Voters: 2)

"The art of medicine consists of amusing the patient while nature cures the disease."


Rating: 6.25 (Number of Voters: 4)

"The artist must be in his work as God is in creation, invisible and all-powerful; one must sense him everywhere but never see him."


Rating: 4.00 (Number of Voters: 5)

"The artist needs but a roof, a crust of bread, and his easel, and all the rest God gives him in abundance. He must live to paint and not paint to live."


Rating: 3.00 (Number of Voters: 2)

"The arts are the salt of the earth; as salt relates to food, the arts relate to technology."

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe "Wilhelm Meister's Travels"

Rating: 4.00 (Number of Voters: 3)

"The Athenians govern the Greeks; I govern the Athenians; you, my wife, govern me; your son governs you."


Rating: 5.80 (Number of Voters: 5)

"The attempt to combine wisdom and power has only rarely been successful and then only for a short while."


Rating: 6.80 (Number of Voters: 5)

"The attempt to produce Heaven on Earth often produces Hell."


Rating: 9.00 (Number of Voters: 1)

"The average Hollywood film star's ambition is to be admired by an American, courted by an Italian, married to an Englishman and have a French boyfriend."


Rating: 3.33 (Number of Voters: 3)

"The average man believes a thing first, and then searches for proof to bolster his opinion."


Rating: 7.00 (Number of Voters: 4)

"The average man does not know what to do with his life, yet wants another one which will last forever."


Rating: 8.67 (Number of Voters: 3)

"The average man is a conformist, accepting miseries and disasters with the stoicism of a cow standing in the rain."


Rating: 3.75 (Number of Voters: 4)

"The average Ph.D. thesis is nothing but a transference of bones from one graveyard to another."


Rating: 1.75 (Number of Voters: 4)

"The awful thing is that beauty is mysterious as well as terrible. God and the devil are fighting there and the battlefield is the heart of man."

Fyodor Mikhailovich Dostoevsky
Fyodor Mikhailovich Dostoevsky "The Brothers Karamazov"

Rating: 6.00 (Number of Voters: 5)

"The ballot is stronger than the bullet."


Rating: 6.25 (Number of Voters: 4)

"The bamboo that bends is stronger than the oak that resists."


Rating: 4.25 (Number of Voters: 4)

"The basic tool for the manipulation of reality is the manipulation of words. If you can control the meaning of words, you can control the people who must use the words."


Rating: 8.25 (Number of Voters: 4)

"The bed comprehends our whole life, for we were born in it, we live in it, and we shall die in it."


Rating: 6.00 (Number of Voters: 3)

"The bed is now as public as the dinner table and governed by the same rules of formal confrontation."

Angela Carter
Angela Carter "The Sadeian Woman"

Rating: 5.50 (Number of Voters: 4)

"The beginning of love is to let those we love be perfectly themselves, and not to twist them to fit our own image. Otherwise we love only the reflection of ourselves we find in them."


Rating: 6.75 (Number of Voters: 4)

"The beginnings and endings of all human undertakings are untidy, the building of a house, the writing of a novel, the demolition of a bridge, and, eminently, the finish of a voyage."


Rating: 5.50 (Number of Voters: 4)

"The belly is the reason why man does not mistake himself for a god."

Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche
Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche "Beyond Good and Evil"

Rating: 7.00 (Number of Voters: 4)

"The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt with the heart."


Rating: 2.50 (Number of Voters: 2)

"The best augury of a man's success in his profession is that he thinks it the finest in the world."

George Eliot
George Eliot "Daniel Deronda"

Rating: 6.50 (Number of Voters: 2)

"The best bridge between hope and despair is often a good night's sleep."


Rating: 5.67 (Number of Voters: 3)

"The best car safety device is a rear-view mirror with a cop in it."


Rating: 1.67 (Number of Voters: 3)

"The best doctors in the world are Doctor Diet, Doctor Quiet, and Doctor Merryman."


Rating: 7.00 (Number of Voters: 3)

"The best emotions to write out of are anger and fear or dread. . . . The least energizing emotion to write out of is admiration. It is very difficult to write out of because the basic feeling that goes with admiration is a passive, contemplative mood."


Rating: 5.00 (Number of Voters: 3)

"The best for giving is FORGIVING others’ mistakes and the best for getting is FORGETTING that we have forgiven someone, but not the great lesson learnt from that incidence to let the mistake to repeat again in life."


Rating: 7.22 (Number of Voters: 9)

"The best history is but like the art of Rembrandt; it casts a vivid light on certain selected causes, on those which were best and greatest; it leaves all the rest in shadow and unseen."

Walter Bagehot
Walter Bagehot "Physics and Politics"

Rating: 2.75 (Number of Voters: 4)

"The best is the enemy of the good."

Voltaire Philosophical Dictionary
Voltaire Philosophical Dictionary

Rating: 5.25 (Number of Voters: 4)

"The best jokes are those that life plays on us."


Rating: 6.00 (Number of Voters: 3)

"The best liar is he who makes the smallest amount of lying go the longest way."

Samuel Butler
Samuel Butler "The Way of All Flesh"

Rating: 2.67 (Number of Voters: 3)

"The best minds are not in government. If any were, business would hire them away."


Rating: 8.00 (Number of Voters: 4)

"The best number for a dinner party is two - myself and a dam' good head waiter."


Rating: 2.50 (Number of Voters: 4)

"The best part of a writer's biography is not the record of his adventures but the story of his style."


Rating: 5.00 (Number of Voters: 2)

"The best plan is no plan at all, then everything goes according to the plan."


Rating: 5.00 (Number of Voters: 3)

"The best proof of love is trust."


Rating: 6.00 (Number of Voters: 3)

"The best prophet of the future is the past."


Rating: 5.40 (Number of Voters: 5)

"The best qualification of a prophet is to have a good memory."


Rating: 4.00 (Number of Voters: 5)