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There are three infallible ways of pleasing an author, and the three form a rising scale of compliment: 1, to tell him you have read one of his books; 2, to tell him you have read all of his books; 3, to ask him to let you read the manuscript of his

Adams John


I try not to break the rules but merely to test their elasticity.

Adams John Quincy


The world has many unintentionally cruel mechanisms that are not designed for people who walk on their hands.

Altgeld John


After his Ignoble Disgrace, Satan was being expelled from Heaven. As he passed through the Gates, he paused a moment in thought, and turned to God and said, "A new creature called Man, I hear, is soon to be created." "This is true," He replied.

Berryman John


Civilization is the limitless multiplication of unnecessary necessities.

Cage John


A journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step.

Cage John


Many a sober Christian would rather admit that a wafer is God than that God is a cruel and capricious tyrant.

Carson Johnny


There is always one thing to remember: writers are always selling somebody out.

Carson Johnny


You can build a throne out of bayonets, but you can't sit on it for very long.

Carson Johnny


Then a man said: Speak to us of Expectations. He then said: If a man does not see or hear the waters of the Jordan, then he should not taste the pomegranate or ply his wares in an open market. If a man would not labour in the salt and rock quarri

Carson Johnny


I have discovered the art of deceiving diplomats. I tell them the truth and they never believe me.

Cheever John


If I had a plantation in Georgia and a home in Hell, I'd sell the plantation and go home.

Ciardi John


The opposite of talking isn't listening. The opposite of talking is waiting.

Ciardi John


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

Ciardi John


Everybody likes a kidder, but nobody lends him money.

Croll John


Experience is a good teacher, but she sends in terrific bills.

Diefenbaker John


Most of the fear that spoils our life comes from attacking difficulties before we get to them.

Dillinger John


No poet or novelist wishes he was the only one who ever lived, but most of them wish they were the only one alive, and quite a number fondly believe their wish has been granted.

Fisher John


It's hard to drive at the limit, but it's harder to know where the limits are.

Florio John


You mentioned your name as if I should recognize it, but beyond the obvious facts that you are a bachelor, a solicitor, a freemason, and an asthmatic, I know nothing whatever about you.

Foreman John


I can hire one half of the working class to kill the other half.

Galbraith John Kenneth


Yesterday I was a dog. Today I'm a dog. Tomorrow I'll probably still be a dog. Sigh! There's so little hope for advancement.

Galbraith John Kenneth


It is enough to make one sympathize with a tyrant for the determination of his courtiers to deceive him for their own personal ends...

Galbraith John Kenneth


It is better to have loved and lost

Galsworthy John


I'm fed up to the ears with old men dreaming up wars for young men to die in.

Hart Johnny


The penalty for laughing in a courtroom is six months in jail; if it were not for this penalty, the jury would never hear the evidence.

Heywood John


A morgue is a morgue is a morgue. They can paint the walls with aggressively cheerful primary colors and splashy bold graphics, but it's still a holding place for the dead until they can be parted out to organ banks. Not that I would have cared nor

Heywood John


I have already given two cousins to the war and I stand ready to sacrifice my wife's brother.

Heywood John


He knows not how to know who knows not also how to unknow.

Heywood John


Interesting poll results reported in today's New York Post: people on the street in midtown Manhattan were asked whether they approved of the US invasion of Grenada. Fifty-three percent said yes; 39 percent said no; and 8 percent said "Gimme a quart

Heywood John


Big book, big bore.

Heywood John


There is no sin but ignorance.

Heywood John


Treat your friend as if he might become an enemy.

Heywood John


Training is everything. The peach was once a bitter almond; cauliflower is nothing but cabbage with a college education.

Heywood John


Success is the sole earthly judge of right and wrong.

Heywood John


The superpowers often behave like two heavily armed blind men feeling their way around a room, each believing himself in mortal peril from the other, whom he assumes to have perfect vision. Each tends to ascribe to the other side a consistency, fors

Heywood John


It's easier to be a liberal a long way from home.

Heywood John


A male gynecologist is like an auto mechanic who has never owned a car.

Heywood John


Three minutes' thought would suffice to find this out; but thought is irksome and three minutes is a long time.

Heywood John


Any road followed to its end leads precisely nowhere. Climb the mountain just a little to test it's a mountain. From the top of the mountain, you cannot see the mountain.

Heywood John


If society fits you comfortably enough, you call it freedom.

Heywood John


It's is not, it isn't ain't, and it's it's, not its, if you mean it is. If you don't, it's its. Then too, it's hers. It isn't her's. It isn't our's either. It's ours, and likewise yours and theirs.

Hinckley John


You will remember, Watson, how the dreadful business of the Abernetty family was first brought to my notice by the depth which the parsley had sunk into the butter upon a hot day.

John LeCarre


A woman who is guided by the head and not by the heart is a social pestilence: she has all the defects of the passionate and affectionate woman, with none of her compensations; she is without pity, without love, without virtue, without sex.

Johnson Dave


The individual choice of garnishment of a burger can be an important point to the consumer in this day when individualism is an increasingly important thing to people.

Johnson Dr.


Why isn't there a special name for the tops of your feet?

Johnson Dr.


All art is but imitation of nature.

Johnson Lyndon Baines


The marriage of Marxism and feminism has been like the marriage of husband and wife depicted in English common law: Marxism and feminism are one, and that one is marxism.

Johnson S.


When you jump for joy, beware that no-one moves the ground from beneath your feet.

Johnson Samuel


There's no trick to being a humorist when you have the whole government working for you.

Johnson Samuel


Perhaps no person can be a poet, or even enjoy poetry without a certain unsoundness of mind.

Johnson Samuel


You don't have to think too hard when you talk to teachers.

Johnson Samuel


It is easier to fight for one's principles than to live up to them.

Johnson Samuel


Make no little plans; they have no magic to stir men's blood.

Johnson Samuel


All generalizations are false, including this one.

Johnson Samuel


Nothing is so firmly believed as that which we least know.

Johnston M. M.


Work is the crab grass in the lawn of life.

Keats John


We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars.

Kennedy John F.


There's no such thing as an original sin.

Kennedy John F.


I have seen the future and it is just like the present, only longer.

Kennedy John F.


Religion has done love a great service by making it a sin.

Kennedy John F.


There seems no plan because it is all plan.

Kennedy John Fitzgerald


Those who have some means think that the most important thing in the world is love. The poor know that it is money.

Keynes John Maynard


I'll turn over a new leaf.

Keynes John Maynard


"Go to Heaven for the climate, Hell for the company."

Keynes John Maynard


What you see is from outside yourself, and may come, or not, but is beyond your control. But your fear is yours, and yours alone, like your voice, or your fingers, or your memory, and therefore yours to control. If you feel powerless over your fear

Lennon John


Water, taken in moderation cannot hurt anybody.

Lilly John


Most people deserve each other.

Locke John


Arrakis teaches the attitude of the knife - chopping off what's incomplete and saying: "Now it's complete because it's ended here."

Lubbock John


Well, don't worry about it... It's nothing.

Lyly John


If there were a school for, say, sheet metal workers, that after three years left its graduates as unprepared for their careers as does law school, it would be closed down in a minute, and no doubt by lawyers.

Mill John Stuart


So little time, so little to do.

Milton John


HR 3128. Omnibus Budget Reconciliation, Fiscal 1986. Martin, R-Ill., motion that the House recede from its disagreement to the Senate amendment making changes in the bill to reduce fiscal 1986 deficits. The Senate amendment was an amendment to the

Milton John


You may be sure that when a man begins to call himself a "realist," he is preparing to do something he is secretly ashamed of doing.

Morley John Viscount


The first myth of management is that it exists. The second myth of management is that success equals skill.

O'Hara John


Once again, we come to the Holiday Season, a deeply religious time that each of us observes, in his own way, by going to the mall of his choice. In the old days, it was not called the Holiday Season; the Christians called it "Christmas" and went to

Pollard John G.


Home is where the hurt is.

Rockefeller John D.


It is a profitable thing, if one is wise, to seem foolish.

Sinclair John


"Taxes should hurt. I just mailed my own tax return last night and I am prepared to say `ouch!' as loud as anyone."

Sloan John


Violence is the last refuge of the incompetent.

Storm Johnny


Suffering alone exists, none who suffer; The deed there is, but no doer thereof; Nirvana is, but no one is seeking it; The Path there is, but none who travel it.

Swayze John Cameron


Some performers on television appear to be horrible people, but when you finally get to know them in person, they turn out to be even worse.

Updike John


The faster we go, the rounder we get.

Whorfin Lord John





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