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"Celebrity distorts democracy by giving the rich, beautiful, and famous more authority than they deserve."


Rating: 5.40 (Number of Voters: 5)

"When you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth."

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle "The Sign of Four"

Rating: 6.20 (Number of Voters: 5)

"The supply of words in the world market is plentiful but the demand is falling. Let deeds follow words now."


Rating: 5.00 (Number of Voters: 1)

"I used to think that running an organization was equivalent to conducting a symphony orchestra. But I don't think that's quite it; it's more like jazz. There is more improvisation."


Rating: 3.50 (Number of Voters: 4)

"One should absorb the colour of life, but one should never remember its details. Details are always vulgar."


Rating: 3.50 (Number of Voters: 2)

"It's never just a game when you're winning."


Rating: 7.00 (Number of Voters: 8)

"A miracle is the violation of mathematical, divine, immutable, eternal laws. By this very statement, a miracle is a contradiction in terms. A law cannot be immutable and violable at the same time."

Voltaire
Voltaire "Philosophical Dictionary"

Rating: 3.67 (Number of Voters: 3)

"Of all the idiots I have met in my life, and the Lord knows they have not been few or little, I think that I have been the biggest."


Rating: 5.60 (Number of Voters: 5)

"A Letter always seemed to me like Immortality, for is it not the Mind alone, without corporeal friend?"

Emily Dickinson from her letter to James D. Clark
Emily Dickinson from her letter to James D. Clark

Rating: 2.00 (Number of Voters: 3)

"The great thing about human language is that it prevents us from sticking to the matter at hand."


Rating: 3.00 (Number of Voters: 1)

"We need God, not in order to understand the why, but in order to feel and sustain the ultimate wherefore, to give a meaning to the universe."

Miguel de Unamuno
Miguel de Unamuno "The Tragic Sense of Life"

Rating: 8.25 (Number of Voters: 4)

"You have not converted a man because you have silenced him."


Rating: 4.20 (Number of Voters: 5)

"Confession is always weakness. The grave soul keeps its own secrets, and takes its own punishment in silence."


Rating: 5.00 (Number of Voters: 4)

"Lots of white people think black people are stupid. They are stupid themselves for thinking so, but regulation will not make them smarter."

Stephen Carter
Stephen Carter "Reflections of an Affirmative Action Baby"

Rating: 5.75 (Number of Voters: 4)

"Every society honors its live conformists and its dead troublemakers."

Mignon McLaughin
Mignon McLaughin "The Neurotic's Notebook"

Rating: 3.20 (Number of Voters: 5)

"If pregnancy were a book they would cut the last two chapters."


Rating: 5.67 (Number of Voters: 3)

"There are two things necessary to Salvation.... Money and gunpowder."

George Bernard Shaw
George Bernard Shaw "Major Barbara"

Rating: 2.67 (Number of Voters: 3)

"Few things are harder to put up with than the annoyance of a good example."


Rating: 5.67 (Number of Voters: 3)

"Dance like it hurts,
Love like you need money,
Work when people are watching."


Rating: 5.17 (Number of Voters: 6)

"The definition of the individual was: a multitude of one million divided by one million."

Arthur Koestler
Arthur Koestler "Darkness at Noon"

Rating: 5.60 (Number of Voters: 5)

"The shadows of things are greater than themselves; and the more exaggerated the shadow, the more unlike the substance."


Rating: 2.50 (Number of Voters: 2)

"If the secret of being a bore is to tell all, the secret of pleasing is to say just enough to be-not understood, but divined."

Rémy De Gourmont
Rémy De Gourmont "Selected Writings"

Rating: 5.25 (Number of Voters: 4)

"The cost of living is going up and the chance of living is going down."


Rating: 5.20 (Number of Voters: 5)

"The road to hell is paved with adverbs."


Rating: 4.67 (Number of Voters: 3)

"Society, my dear, is like salt water, good to swim in but hard to swallow."


Rating: 3.00 (Number of Voters: 1)

"Criticism is prejudice made plausible."


Rating: 5.60 (Number of Voters: 5)

"I do not take a single newspaper, nor read one a month, and I feel myself infinitely the happier for it."


Rating: 5.00 (Number of Voters: 4)

"Advertising is the greatest art form of the twentieth century."


Rating: 5.33 (Number of Voters: 3)

"You cannot have both truth and what you call civilization."

Iris Murdoch
Iris Murdoch "A Severed Head"

Rating: 6.50 (Number of Voters: 4)

"Civilization is a movement and not a condition, a voyage and not a harbor."


Rating: 3.00 (Number of Voters: 3)

"Another flaw in the human character is that everybody wants to build and nobody wants to do maintenance."


Rating: 6.50 (Number of Voters: 4)

"I'm not sure I want popular opinion on my side -- I've noticed those with the most opinions often have the fewest facts."


Rating: 4.75 (Number of Voters: 4)

"The power of accurate observation is commonly called cynicism by those who have not got it."


Rating: 1.00 (Number of Voters: 1)

"Behind the phony tinsel of Hollywood lies the real tinsel."


Rating: 8.50 (Number of Voters: 4)

"To get something done, a committee should consist of no more than three men, two of whom are absent."


Rating: 6.50 (Number of Voters: 4)

"Bureacracy, the rule of no one, has become the modern form of despotism."

Mary McCarthy
Mary McCarthy "On the Contrary"

Rating: 5.00 (Number of Voters: 4)

"New York will be a great place when they finish it."

 local saying
local saying

Rating: 4.67 (Number of Voters: 3)

"Better beware of notions like genius and inspiration; they are a sort of magic wand and should be used sparingly by anybody who wants to see things clearly."

Jose Ortega y Gasset
Jose Ortega y Gasset "Notes on the Novel"

Rating: 7.67 (Number of Voters: 3)

"There are two kinds of adventurers: those who go truly hoping to find adventure and those who go secretly hoping they won't."

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Heat-Moon-William-Least "Blue Highways: A Journey into America"

Rating: 7.50 (Number of Voters: 2)

"Misfortune is never invited. And it comes and sits at the table without permission and it eats, leaving nothing but bones."


Rating: 6.20 (Number of Voters: 5)

"The laughter of man is more terrible than his tears, and takes more forms - hollow, heartless, mirthless, maniacal."


Rating: 8.00 (Number of Voters: 3)

"When you stare persistently into an abyss, the abyss also stares into you."

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

Rating: 6.00 (Number of Voters: 4)

"Cities have sexes: London is a man, Paris a woman, and New York a well-adjusted transsexual."


Rating: 4.80 (Number of Voters: 5)

"Young children step on your feet, older children step on your heart."


Rating: 7.00 (Number of Voters: 3)

"The golden rule is that there are no golden rules."


Rating: 9.00 (Number of Voters: 4)

"Don't worry about people stealing an idea. If it's original, you will have to ram it down their throats."


Rating: 2.33 (Number of Voters: 3)

"Why do you have to be a nonconformist like everybody else?"


Rating: 6.33 (Number of Voters: 3)

"There are two great pleasures in gambling: that of winning and that of losing."


Rating: 2.67 (Number of Voters: 3)