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The Poems, all three hundred of them, may be summed up in one of their phrases: "Let our thoughts be correct".

La Rouchefoucauld

All bad precedents began as justifiable measures.

Lady Whiteadder

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

Lafferty R. A.

What we do not understand we do not possess.

Lai Chou En

You can no more win a war than you can win an earthquake.

Lampoon The Harvard

There is no such thing as inner peace. There is only nervousness or death. Any attempt to prove otherwise constitutes unacceptable behaviour.

Landers Ann

Traffic signals in New York are just rough guidelines.

Lang Andrew

While your friend holds you affectionately by both your hands you are safe, for you can watch both of his.

Langan L.M.

The Least Perceptive Literary Critic The most important critic in our field of study is Lord Halifax. A most individual judge of poetry, he once invited Alexander Pope round to give a public reading of his latest poem. Pope, the leading poet of h

Lao Tsu

If what they've been doing hasn't solved the problem, tell them to do something else.

Lara Michael

Perhaps the world's second worst crime is boredom. The first is being a bore.

Lara Michael

To restore a sense of reality, I think Walt Disney should have a Hardluckland.

Lardner David

If we spoke a different language, we would perceive a somewhat different world.

Lardner Ring

Adde parvum parvo manus acervus erit. [Add little to little and there will be a big pile.]

Lardner Ring

Happiness isn't something you experience; it's something you remember.

Larry Niven

The most costly of all follies is to believe passionately in the palpably not true. It is the chief occupation of mankind.

Larsen Dalglish

Rotten wood cannot be carved.

Larson Erik

One of the most striking differences between a cat and a lie is that a cat has only nine lives.

Lascl Christopher

Airplanes are interesting toys but of no military value.


Public use of any portable music system is a virtually guaranteed indicator of sociopathic tendencies.


"One Saturday afternoon, during the campaign to decide whether or not there should be a Coastal Commission, I took a helicopter ride from Los Angeles to San Diego. We passed several state beaches, some crowded and some virtually empty. They had the

Lazarus Long

Money can't buy love, but it improves your bargaining position.

LeBoutillier J.

I recognize terror as the finest emotion and so I will try to terrorize the reader. But if I find that I cannot terrify, I will try to horrify, and if I find that I cannot horrify, I'll go for the gross-out.

LeGuin Ursula K.

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

Lear King

Hear me, my chiefs, I am tired; my heart is sick and sad. From where the sun now stands I Will Fight No More Forever.

Leary Tim

I need another lawyer like I need another hole in my head.

Lebowitz Fran

The most difficult thing in the world is to know how to do a thing and to watch someone else doing it wrong, without commenting.

Lebowitz Fran

Virtue would go far if vanity did not keep it company.

Lebowitz Fran

Have a place for everything and keep the thing somewhere else; this is not advice, it is merely custom.

Lebowitz Fran

I can't understand why a person will take a year or two to write a novel when he can easily buy one for a few dollars.

Leghorn Foghorn

Truth never comes into the world but like a bastard, to the ignominy of him that brought her birth.

Leghorn Foghorn

Term, holidays, term, holidays, till we leave school, and then work, work, work till we die.

Leghorn Foghorn

A verbal contract isn't worth the paper it's written on.

Lehman John

Why my thoughts are my own, when they are in, but when they are out they are another's.

Lehrer Tom

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

Lehrer Tom

Someday, Weederman, we'll look back on all this and laugh... It will probably be one of those deep, eerie ones that slowly builds to a blood-curdling maniacal scream... but still it will be a laugh.

Lehrer Tom

You never know what is enough until you know what is more than enough.

Lem Stanislaw

One learns to itch where one can scratch.

Lem Stanislaw

We know all about the habits of the ant, we know all about the habits of the bee, but we know nothing at all about the habits of the oyster. It seems almost certain that we have been choosing the wrong time for studying the oyster.

Len Cool

It is easy to find fault, if one has that disposition. There was once a man who, not being able to find any other fault with his coal, complained that there were too many prehistoric toads in it.

Lenin Vladimir Il'ich

Man proposes, God disposes.


The propriety of some persons seems to consist in having improper thoughts about their neighbours.

Lennon John

There is a natural hootchy-kootchy to a goldfish.

Lennon John

There never was a good war or a bad peace.

Leo Rosten

The fashion wears out more apparel than the man.

LeoGrande William

Producers seem to be so prejudiced against actors who've had no training. And there's no reason for it. So what if I didn't attend the Royal Academy for twelve years? I'm still a professional trying to be the best actress I can. Why doesn't anyone

Leonard Ohio Lt. Governor Paul

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

Leopardi Giacomo

All hope abandon, ye who enter here!

Lerner Max

Always the dullness of the fool is the whetstone of the wits.

Leslie Stephen

When there are two conflicting versions of the story, the wise course is to believe the one in which people appear at their worst.

Leslie Stephen

You can't cheat an honest man. Never give a sucker an even break or smarten up a chump.

Lester Julius

You can't have your cake and let your neighbor eat it too.

Letterman David

I: The best way to make a silk purse from a sow's ear is to begin with a silk sow. The same is true of money. II: If today were half as good as tomorrow is supposed to be, it would probably be twice as good as yesterday was. III: There are

Letterman David

Have the courage to take your own thoughts seriously, for they will shape you.

Letterman David

And tomorrow will be like today, only more so.

Letterman David

The dirty work at political conventions is almost always done in the grim hours between midnight and dawn. Hangmen and politicians work best when the human spirit is at its lowest ebb.

Letterman David

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

Letterman David

Indomitable in retreat; invincible in advance; insufferable in victory.

Letterman David

TV is chewing gum for the eyes.

Letterman David

A little inaccuracy sometimes saves tons of explanation.

Levant Oscar

My advice to the women's clubs of America is to raise more hell and fewer dahlias.

Levant Oscar

But the greatest Electrical Pioneer of them all was Thomas Edison, who was a brilliant inventor despite the fact that he had little formal education and lived in New Jersey. Edison's first major invention in 1877, was the phonograph, which could soo

Levin Bernard

How do you explain school to a higher intelligence?

Levine Joseph E.

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

Levinson Leonard

Rebellion lay in his way, and he found it.

Lew Sinclair

The surest protection against temptation is cowardice.

Lewin Ralph

I have a very strange feeling about this...

Lewis C.S.

The world is full of people who have never, since childhood, met an open doorway with an open mind.

Lewis C.S.

Money is truthful. If a man speaks of his honor, make him pay cash.

Lewis Joe E.

Some scholars are like donkeys, they merely carry a lot of books.

Lewis Joe E.

Any philosophy that can be put "in a nutshell" belongs there.

Lewis Richard

The college graduate is presented with a sheepskin to cover his intellectual nakedness.

Lewis Sinclair

I acted to show my love for Jodie Foster.

Lewis Thomas

Just close your eyes, tap your heels together three times, and think to yourself, `There's no place like home.'

Li Woman's

Too often I find that the volume of paper expands to fill the available briefcases.

Li Mark Twain

Well, the handwriting is on the floor.

Lie Trygve

If reporters don't know that truth is plural, they ought to be lawyers.

Liebling A.J.

I don't see what's wrong with giving Bobby a little experience before he starts to practice law.

Liebling A.J.

Luke, I'm yer father, eh. Come over to the dark side, you hoser.

Liepmann Hans

"Listen to what I say, not what I mean. I mean ...."

Lieutenant Kermit Tyler

Imagine what we can imagine!

Lilly John

There are two kinds of pedestrians... the quick and the dead.

Lincoln A.

The problem with me is that I am fifty or one hundred years ahead of my time. My speed is very fast. Some ministers have had to drop out of my government because they could not keep up.

Lincoln Abraham

If you bring forth what is within you, what you bring forth will save you. If you do not bring forth what is within you, what you do not bring forth will destroy you.

Lincoln Abraham

A dream will always triumph over reality, once it is given the chance.

Lincoln Abraham

I think... I think it's in my basement... Let me go upstairs and check.

Lincoln Abraham

Academic politics is the most vicious and bitter form of politics, because the stakes are so low.

Lincoln Abraham

Too much is just enough.

Lincoln Abraham

No man's ambition has a right to stand in the way of performing a simple act of justice.

Lincoln Abraham

There is a certain frame of mind to which a cemetery is, if not an antidote, at least an alleviation. If you are in a fit of the blues, go nowhere else.

Lincoln Abraham

Mental power tended to corrupt, and absolute intelligence tended to corrupt absolutely, until the victim eschewed violence entirely in favor of smart solutions to stupid problems.

Lindbergh Charles

... whether it is better to spend a life not knowing what you want or to spend a life knowing exactly what you want and that you will never have it.

Ling James J.

"Nuclear war would mean abolition of most comforts, and disruption of normal routines, for children and adults alike."

Lippmann Walter

You have all eternity to be cautious in when you're dead.

Lippmann Walter

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

Little Mary Wilson

Were there no women, men might live like gods.

Little Rich

Where it is a duty to worship the sun it is pretty sure to be a crime to examine the laws of heat.

Lloyd Kaufman

"Do you think there's a God?" "Well, ____SOMEbody's out to get me!"

Lo graffito in

There is a certain impertinence in allowing oneself to be burned for an opinion.

Locke John

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

Lockridge Ross

They will only cause the lower classes to move about needlessly.

Long Lazarus

You always introduce the younger person to the older person, using the wording: "Miss Brown, I'd like to introduce you to an older person" (unless her name is not "Miss Brown"). If you do not know a person's age, ask for a driver's license and a ma

Long Lazarus

"I don't know whether God exists or not, but it makes no difference to me." "It's not like He's passing out free money or anything."

Long Lazarus

The thought of being President frightens me and I do not think I want the job.

Long Lazarus

The very remembrance of my former misfortune proves a new one to me.

Long Lazarus

One man's brain plus one other will produce one half as many ideas as one man would have produced alone. These two plus two more will produce half again as many ideas. These four plus four more begin to represent a creative meeting, and the ratio c

Long Lazarus

Old age is the harbor of all ills.

Long Lazarus

Progress was all right. Only it went on too long.

Long Lazarus

A national debt, if it is not excessive, will be to us a national blessing.

Long Lazarus

The Law, in its majestic equality, forbids the rich, as well as the poor, to sleep under the bridges, to beg in the streets, and to steal bread.

Long Lazarus

The man with the best job in the country is the Vice President. All he has to do is get up every morning and say, "How's the President?"

Long Russell

You probably wouldn't worry about what people think of you if you could know how seldom they do.

Longfellow H.W.

I go on working for the same reason a hen goes on laying eggs.

Longworth A. R.

If a man loses his reverence for any part of life, he will lose his reverence for all of life.

Longworth Alice Roosevelt

... before I could come to any conclusion it occurred to me that my speech or my silence, indeed any action of mine, would be a mere futility. What did it matter what anyone knew or ignored? What did it matter who was manager? One gets sometimes s

Longworth Alice Roosevelt

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

Longworth Alice Roosevelt

Whoever has lived long enough to find out what life is, knows how deep a debt of gratitude we owe to Adam, the first great benefactor of our race. He brought death into the world.

Loo Lewis Carroll

Maybe ain't ain't so correct, but I notice that lots of folks who ain't using ain't ain't eatin' well.

Louder P.G

If all the world's a stage, I want to operate the trap door.

Louder P.G.

How apt the poor are to be proud.

Louder P.G. Wodehouse

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.

Louisi Edwin Edwards

This night methinks is but the daylight sick.

Lowell James Russell

When more and more people are thrown out of work, unemployment results.

Lowell Robert

It is convenient that there be gods, and, as it is convenient, let us believe there are.

Lowell James Russell

Don't go around saying the world owes you a living. The world owes you nothing. It was here first.

Lubbock John

No two persons ever read the same book.

Luce C.B.

Never keep up with the Joneses. Drag them down to your level.

Luce Clare Booth

An actor's a guy who if you ain't talkin' about him, ain't listening.

Lucinda Childs

The cart has no place where a fifth wheel could be used.

Lula Pace Ripley

Is uniformity attainable? Millions of innocent men, women, and children, since the introduction of Christianity, have been burnt, tortured, fined, imprisoned; yet we have not advanced one inch towards uniformity. What has been the effect of coercio

Lumsden Marshall

I will honour Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year. I will live in the Past, the Present, and the Future. The Spirits of all Three shall strive within me. I will not shut out the lessons that they teach. Oh, tell me that I may s

Lur Terry Pratchett

If I could drop dead right now, I'd be the happiest man alive!

Lustbader Eric Van

Prisons are built with stones of Law, brothels with bricks of Religion.

Luten Daniel B.

Our sires' age was worse that our grandsires'. We their sons are more worthless than they: so in our turn we shall give the world a progeny yet more corrupt.

Luten Daniel B.

Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.

Luther Martin

The primary cause of failure in electrical appliances is an expired warranty. Often, you can get an appliance running again simply by changing the warranty expiration date with a 15/64-inch felt-tipped marker.

Luther Martin

The man who follows the crowd will usually get no further than the crowd. The man who walks alone is likely to find himself in places no one has ever been.

Luther Martin

In Pierre Trudeau, Canada has finally produced a Prime Minister worthy of assassination.

Lyly John

With Congress, every time they make a joke it's a law; and every time they make a law it's a joke.


Never tell people how to do things. Tell them WHAT to do and they will surprise you with their ingenuity.

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