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The health of a democratic society may be measured by the quality of functions performed by private citizens.

Adams John

Youth is a blunder, manhood a struggle, old age a regret.

Adams John Quincy

The bone-chilling scream split the warm summer night in two, the first half being before the scream when it was fairly balmy and calm and pleasant, the second half still balmy and quite pleasant for those who hadn't heard the scream at all, but not c

Altgeld John

As flies to wanton boys are we to the gods; they kill us for their sport.

Berryman John

"I'm dying," he croaked. "My experiment was a success," the chemist retorted . "You can't really train a beagle," he dogmatized. "That's no beagle, it's a mongrel," she muttered. "The fire is going out," he bellowed. "Bad marksmanship," the h

Cage John

If at first you don't succeed, try, try again.

Cage John

Home is where the hurt is.

Carson Johnny

The doctrine of human equality reposes on this: that there is no man really clever who has not found that he is stupid.

Carson Johnny

The Least Successful Equal Pay Advertisement In 1976 the European Economic Community pointed out to the Irish Government that it had not yet implemented the agreed sex equality legislation. The Dublin Government immediately advertised for an equal

Carson Johnny

"You've got to have a gimmick if your band sucks."

Carson Johnny

"It says he made us all to be just like him. So if we're dumb, then god is dumb, and maybe even a little ugly on the side."

Cheever John

There is a road to freedom. Its milestones are Obedience, Endeavor, Honesty, Order, Cleanliness, Sobriety, Truthfulness, Sacrifice, and love of the Fatherland.

Ciardi John

Instead of giving money to found colleges to promote learning, why don't they pass a constitutional amendment prohibiting anybody from learning anything? If it works as good as the Prohibition one did, why, in five years we would have the smartest r

Ciardi John

When I came back to Dublin I was courtmartialed in my absence and sentenced to death in my absence, so I said they could shoot me in my absence.

Ciardi John

"First World" nations are the ones where people drive Japanese cars; "Second World" nations are where First World residents go on vacation; and "Third World" nations are the ones where people still dive out of trees to prove their manhood.

Croll John

The state of innocence contains the germs of all future sin.

Diefenbaker John

A conservative is a man who is too cowardly to fight and too fat to run.

Dillinger John

If you think the United States has stood still, who built the largest shopping center in the world?

Fisher John

If atheism is to be used to express the state of mind in which God is identified with the unknowable, and theology is pronounced to be a collection of meaningless words about unintelligible chimeras, then I have no doubt, and I think few people doubt

Florio John

When in doubt, have a man come through the door with a gun in his hand.

Foreman John

The human race is a race of cowards; and I am not only marching in that procession but carrying a banner.

Galbraith John Kenneth

"Cable is not a luxury, since many areas have poor TV reception."

Galbraith John Kenneth

Politicians are the same all over. They promise to build a bridge even where there is no river.

Galbraith John Kenneth

Facts do not cease to exist because they are ignored.

Galsworthy John

I use not only all the brains I have, but all those I can borrow as well.

Hart Johnny

Toto, I don't think we're in Kansas anymore.

Heywood John

Thieves respect property; they merely wish the property to become their property that they may more perfectly respect it.

Heywood John

I trust the first lion he meets will do his duty.

Heywood John

Most Texans think Hanukkah is some sort of duck call.

Heywood John

A Polish worker walks into a bank to deposit his paycheck. He has heard about Poland's economic problems, and he asks what would happen to his money if the bank collapsed. "All of our deposits are guaranteed by the finance ministry, sir," the telle

Heywood John

We ARE as gods and might as well get good at it.

Heywood John

Do not seek death; death will find you. But seek the road which makes death a fulfillment.

Heywood John

Work is the crab grass in the lawn of life.

Heywood John

A statesman is a politician who's been dead 10 or 15 years.

Heywood John

Never try to teach a pig to sing. It wastes your time and annoys the pig.

Heywood John

The nice thing about egotists is that they don't talk about other people.

Heywood John

All the taxes paid over a lifetime by the average American are spent by the government in less than a second.

Heywood John

The coast was clear.

Heywood John

This was the most unkindest cut of all.

Heywood John

October. This is one of the peculiarly dangerous months to speculate in stocks in. The others are July, January, September, April, November, May, March, June, December, August, and February.

Heywood John

The Public is merely a multiplied "me."

Heywood John

That government is best which governs least.

Hinckley John

If people say that here and there someone has been taken away and maltreated, I can only reply: You can't make an omelette without breaking eggs.

John LeCarre

The smallest worm will turn being trodden on.

Johnson Dave

Praise the sea; on shore remain.

Johnson Dr.

There's nothing remarkable about it. All one has to do is hit the right keys at the right time and the instrument plays itself.

Johnson Dr.

Were there no women, men might live like gods.

Johnson Lyndon Baines

The only thing to do with good advice is pass it on. It is never any use to oneself.

Johnson S.

Your manuscript is both good and original, but the part that is good is not original and the part that is original is not good.

Johnson Samuel

All men know the utility of useful things; but they do not know the utility of futility.

Johnson Samuel

Since a politician never believes what he says, he is surprised when others believe him.

Johnson Samuel

He has not acquired a fortune; the fortune has acquired him.

Johnson Samuel

Flame on!

Johnson Samuel

"Why are we importing all these highbrow plays like `Amadeus'? I could have told you Mozart was a jerk for nothing."

Johnson Samuel

Sho' they got to have it against the law. Shoot, ever'body git high, they wouldn't be nobody git up and feed the chickens. Hee-hee.

Johnson Samuel

Lay on, MacDuff, and curs'd be him who first cries, "Hold, enough!".

Johnston M. M.

Most general statements are false, including this one.

Keats John

I would not like to be a political leader in Russia. They never know when they're being taped.

Kennedy John F.

The Least Successful Collector Betsy Baker played a central role in the history of collecting. She was employed as a servant in the house of John Warburton (1682-1759) who had amassed a fine collection of 58 first edition plays, including most of t

Kennedy John F.

The trouble is, there is an endless supply of White Men, but there has always been a limited number of Human Beings.

Kennedy John F.

... but as records of courts and justice are admissible, it can easily be proved that powerful and malevolent magicians once existed and were a scourge to mankind. The evidence (including confession) upon which certain women were convicted of witch

Kennedy John F.

It's not easy, being green.

Kennedy John Fitzgerald

You're all clear now, kid. Now blow this thing so we can all go home.

Keynes John Maynard

For thee the wonder-working earth puts forth sweet flowers.

Keynes John Maynard

I have a very strange feeling about this...

Keynes John Maynard

It was the next morning that the armies of Twodor marched east laden with long lances, sharp swords, and death-dealing hangovers. The thousands were led by Arrowroot, who sat limply in his sidesaddle, nursing a whopper. Goodgulf, Gimlet, and the r

Lennon John

Another day, another dollar.

Lilly John

This is an especially good time for you vacationers who plan to fly, because the Reagan administration, as part of the same policy under which it recently sold Yellowstone National Park to Wayne Newton, has "deregulated" the airline industry. What t

Locke John

In a country where the sole employer is the State, opposition means death by slow starvation. The old principle: Who does not work shall not eat, has been replaced by a new one: Who does not obey shall not eat.

Lubbock John

Well, he thought, since neither Aristotelian Logic nor the disciplines of Science seemed to offer much hope, it's time to go beyond them... Drawing a few deep even breaths, he entered a mental state practiced only by Masters of the Universal Way of

Lyly John

The last thing one knows in constructing a work is what to put first.

Mill John Stuart

Here's to women. Would that we could fall into her arms without falling into her hands.

Milton John

Ed Sullivan will be around as long as someone else has talent.

Milton John

Live within your income, even if you have to borrow to do so.

Morley John Viscount

It is the business of the future to be dangerous.

O'Hara John

I would like the government to do all it can to mitigate, then, in understanding, in mutuality of interest, in concern for the common good, our tasks will be solved.

Pollard John G.

I appreciate the fact that this draft was done in haste, but some of the sentences that you are sending out in the world to do your work for you are loitering in taverns or asleep beside the highway.

Rockefeller John D.

You got to be very careful if you don't know where you're going, because you might not get there.

Sinclair John

[The members of the Chamberlain government] are decided only to be undecided, resolved to be irresolute, adamant for drift, all-powerful for impotency.

Sloan John

Let us never negotiate out of fear, but let us never fear to negotiate.

Storm Johnny

True to our past we work with an inherited, observed, and accepted vision of personal futility, and of the beauty of the world.

Swayze John Cameron

It pays in England to be a revolutionary and a bible-smacker most of one's life and then come round.

Updike John

Education is the process of casting false pearls before real swine.

Whorfin Lord John

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