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Good government never depends upon laws, but upon the personal qualities of those who govern. The machinery of government is always subordinate to the will of those who administer that machinery. The most important element of government, therefore,

P Harry Thurston

Nothing so needs reforming as other people's habits.

Pa Long Chen

"We're not talking about the same thing," he said. "For you the world is weird because if you're not bored with it you're at odds with it. For me the world is weird because it is stupendous, awesome, mysterious, unfathomable; my interest has been to

Pa Jessie

As to the Adjective: when in doubt, strike it out.

Paar Jack

It is annoying to be honest to no purpose.

Paar Jack

Do not despair of life. You have no doubt force enough to overcome your obstacles. Think of the fox prowling through wood and field in a winter night for something to satisfy his hunger. Notwithstanding cold and hounds and traps, his race survives

Paine Thomas

He who despairs over an event is a coward, but he who holds hopes for the human condition is a fool.

Paine Thomas

He who has the courage to laugh is almost as much a master of the world as he who is ready to die.

Palindromist The Mad

The more the merrier.

Parker Dorothy

The trouble with the rat-race is that even if you win, you're still a rat.

Parker Dorothy

"What are you watching?" "I don't know." "Well, what's happening?" "I'm not sure... I think the guy in the hat did something terrible." "Why are you watching it?" "You're so analytical. Sometimes you just have to let art flow over you."

Parker Dorothy

He played the king as if afraid someone else would play the ace.

Parker Dorothy

The difference between a Miracle and a Fact is exactly the difference between a mermaid and a seal.

Parker Dorothy

Honesty's the best policy.

Parker Dorothy

"The jig's up, Elman." "Which jig?"

Parker Dorthy

This night methinks is but the daylight sick.

Parker Robert

There are no accidents whatsoever in the universe.


Always do right. This will gratify some people and astonish the rest.

Parkinson C.N.

If you live long enough, you'll see that every victory turns into a defeat.

Parkinson C.N.

I value kindness to human beings first of all, and kindness to animals. I don't respect the law; I have a total irreverence for anything connected with society except that which makes the roads safer, the beer stronger, the food cheaper, and old men

Parnas Dave

I know not how I came into this, shall I call it a dying life or a living death?

Pascal Blaise

God is the tangential point between zero and infinity.

Pascal Blaise

San Francisco isn't what it used to be, and it never was.

Pascal Blaise

[The French Riviera is] a sunny place for shady people.

Pasteur L.

A good question is never answered. It is not a bolt to be tightened into place but a seed to be planted and to bear more seed toward the hope of greening the landscape of idea.

Pat Cadigan

A violent man will die a violent death.

Pat Cadigan

If the path be beautiful, let us not ask where it leads.

Patricia O Tuama

An older student came to Otis and said, "I have been to see a great number of teachers and I have given up a great number of pleasures. I have fasted, been celibate and stayed awake nights seeking enlightenment. I have given up everything I was aske

Patrick Saint

Grief can take care of itself; but to get the full value of a joy you must have somebody to divide it with.


How do you explain school to a higher intelligence?

Paul Erdman

If you live in New York, even if you're Catholic, you're Jewish.

Paul Tillich German

Smartness runs in my family. When I went to school I was so smart my teacher was in my class for five years.

Pelt Lucy Van

To do two things at once is to do neither.

Penn Jillette

All of us should treasure his Oriental wisdom and his preaching of a Zen-like detachment, as exemplified by his constant reminder to clerks, tellers, or others who grew excited by his presence in their banks: "Just lie down on the floor and keep calm

Penn William

Conscience doth make cowards of us all.

Perce Chief Joseph

By trying we can easily learn to endure adversity. Another man's, I mean.

Perelman S.J.

When I was younger, I could remember anything, whether it had happened or not; but my faculties are decaying now and soon I shall be so I cannot remember any but the things that never happened. It is sad to go to pieces like this but we all have to


"Given the choice between accomplishing something and just lying around, I'd rather lie around. No contest."

Perlis Alan J.

What I tell you three times is true.

Peter Dr. Laurence J.

Hotels are tired of getting ripped off. I checked into a hotel and they had towels from my house.

Peter Dr. Laurence J.

For years a secret shame destroyed my peace

Peter Irene

Many a writer seems to think he is never profound except when he can't understand his own meaning.

Peter Laurence

And ever has it been known that love knows not its own depth until the hour of separation.

Peter Laurence J.

A man gazing at the stars is proverbially at the mercy of the puddles in the road.

Peter Laurence J.

I don't know anything about music. In my line you don't have to.

Peter Stack

Well, you know, no matter where you go, there you are.

Peter Straub

There are no answers, only cross-references.

Petronius Gaius

The shortest distance between two points is under construction.


It's not a sin not to be Irish, but it is a great shame.


Among all savage beasts, none is found so harmful as woman.


It is only the man whose intellect is clouded by his sexual impulse that could give the name of the fair sex to that undersized, narrow-shouldered, broad-hipped, and short-legged race.

Philip Hale Boston

"Die? I should say not, dear fellow. No Barrymore would allow such a conventional thing to happen to him."

Philips Emo

How apt the poor are to be proud.

Phillips Emo

The smallest worm will turn being trodden on.

Phillips Utah

Look ere ye leap.

Physicist John von Neumann

Wrinkles should merely indicate where smiles have been.


Work is the crab grass in the lawn of life.


One of my favorite jokes, a telling commentary on Jewish mothers' capacity to lay on guilt, involves the mother who gave her son two neckties on Chanuka. The boy hurried into his bedroom, ripped off the tie he was wearing, put on one of the ties his

Picasso Pablo

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

Pike Bishop James

Wisdom is knowing what to do with what you know.

Pile Stephen

No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.

Pile Stephen

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

Pile Stephen

Hard reality has a way of cramping your style.

Pile Stephen

If a thing's worth doing, it is worth doing badly.

Pile Stephen

It is right that he too should have his little chronicle, his memories, his reason, and be able to recognize the good in the bad, the bad in the worst, and so grow gently old all down the unchanging days and die one day like any other day, only short


To err is human, to repent, divine, to persist, devilish.


I just got off the phone with Sonny Barger [President of the Hell's Angels]. He wants me to appear as a character witness for him at his murder trial and said he'd be glad to appear as a character witness on my behalf if I ever needed one. Needless

Pinero Sir Arthur Wing

By the middle 1880's, practically all the roads except those in the South, were of the present standard gauge. The southern roads were still five feet between rails. It was decided to change the gauge of all southern roads to standard, in one day

Pintauro Joseph

The first rule of all intelligent tinkering is to keep all the parts.

Pirsig Robert

A lie is an abomination unto the Lord and a very present help in time of trouble.

Platford Lois

Nobody can be exactly like me. Sometimes even I have trouble doing it.


They spell it "da Vinci" and pronounce it "da Vinchy". Foreigners always spell better than they pronounce.


Jesus may love you, but I think you're garbage wrapped in skin.


What we need in this country, instead of Daylight Savings Time, which nobody really understands anyway, is a new concept called Weekday Morning Time, whereby at 7 a.m. every weekday we go into a space-launch-style "hold" for two to three hours, durin


Women of genius commonly have masculine faces, figures and manners. In transplanting brains to an alien soil God leaves a little of the original earth clinging to the roots.


Sic transit gloria mundi. [So passes away the glory of this world.]


Immature poets imitate, mature poets steal.

Plautus Titus Maccius

The Public is merely a multiplied "me."

Plautus Titus Maccius

Education is learning what you didn't even know you didn't know.

Plautus Titus Maccius

Moderation is a fatal thing. Nothing succeeds like excess.

Player Willis

Alas, how love can trifle with itself!


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

Plummer Christopher

Roumanian-Yiddish cooking has killed more Jews than Hitler.


Reality is nothing but a collective hunch.

Pollard John G.

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


The term "fire" brings up visions of violence and mayhem and the ugly scene of shooting employees who make mistakes. We will now refer to this process as "deleting" an employee (much as a file is deleted from a disk). The employee is simply there o


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

Pope Alexander

You tread upon my patience.

Pope Alexander

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.

Pope John Paul

Mate, this parrot wouldn't VOOM if you put four million volts through it!

Pope St. Gregory

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.

Poppins Mary

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.

Postmas James

No small art is it to sleep: it is necessary for that purpose to keep awake all day.

Pournelle Niven and

My advice to you, my violent friend, is to seek out gold and sit on it.

Powers Richard

For certain people, after fifty, litigation takes the place of sex.

Prabhupada Swami

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Prentice George D.

In this world, nothing is certain but death and taxes.

President Pat Paulsen for

We are what we pretend to be.

Presley Elvis

You cannot see the wood for the trees.

Presley Elvis

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

Price Don

We Americans, we're a simple people... but piss us off, and we'll bomb your cities.

Prochnow Herbert

The first thing I do in the morning is brush my teeth and sharpen my tongue.

Prochnow Herbert V.

I just need enough to tide me over until I need more.

Professor English

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.

Prosser D. Winkel and F.

Long were the days of pain I have spent within its walls, and long were the nights of aloneness; and who can depart from his pain and his aloneness without regret?


My tears stuck in their little ducts, refusing to be jerked.

Proust M.

Chapter 1 The story so far: In the beginning the Universe was created. This has made a lot of people very angry and been widely regarded as a bad move.

Proverb A Yippie

Sometimes a man who deserves to be looked down upon because he is a fool is despised only because he is a lawyer.

Proverb Ancient Simian

Yet creeds mean very little, Coth answered the dark god, still speaking almost gently. The optimist proclaims that we live in the best of all possible worlds; and the pessimist fears this is true.

Proverb Chinese

Death is life's way of telling you you've been fired.

Proverb Chinese

You can't run away forever, But there's nothing wrong with getting a good head start.

Proverb Recent Chinese

The proof of the pudding is in the eating.

Pryne Hester

Don't tell me how hard you work. Tell me how much you get done.


He jests at scars who never felt a wound.


It doesn't matter whether you win or lose

Publius Ovidius Naso

An investment in knowledge always pays the best interest.

Publius Terentius Afer

Nothing is impossible for the man who doesn't have to do it himself.

Publius Terentius Afer

Facts do not cease to exist because they are ignored.

Publius Terentius Afer

Absolutum obsoletum. (If it works, it's out of date.)

Publius Terentius Afer

Between 1950 and 1952, a bored weatherman, stationed north of Hudson Bay, left a monument that neither government nor time can eradicate. Using a bulldozer abandoned by the Air Force, he spent two years and great effort pushing boulders into a single

Publius Vergilius Maro

He that composes himself is wiser than he that composes a book.

Publius Vergilius Maro

When you are at Rome live in the Roman style; when you are elsewhere live as they live elsewhere.

Publius Vergilius Maro

Pauca sed matura. [Few but excellent.]

Publius Vergilius Maro

When the blind lead the blind they will both fall over the cliff.

Pudd'nhead Wilson's

If a thing's worth having, it's worth cheating for.

Pulitzer Joseph

If I had any humility I would be perfect.

Pusey Nathan

Receiving a million dollars tax free will make you feel better than being flat broke and having a stomach ache.


A yawn is a silent shout.

Python Monty

"Life is too important to take seriously."

prayer Medieval

Sometimes, too long is too long.

proverb Arab

You or I must yield up his life to Ahrimanes. I would rather it were you. I should have no hesitation in sacrificing my own life to spare yours, but we take stock next week, and it would not be fair on the company.

proverb Arabian

Noise proves nothing. Often a hen who has merely laid an egg cackles as if she laid an asteroid.

proverb Chinese

My problem lies in reconciling my gross habits with my net income.

proverb Chinese

Man proposes, God disposes.

proverb Chinese

All of the true things I am about to tell you are shameless lies.

proverb Chinese

Even the best of friends cannot attend each other's funeral.

proverb Chinese

The human animal differs from the lesser primates in his passion for lists of "Ten Best".

proverb Chinese

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

proverb Chinese

The only "ism" Hollywood believes in is plagiarism.

proverb Indian

Perhaps, after all, America never has been discovered. I myself would say that it had merely been detected.

proverb Italian

What makes you think graduate school is supposed to be satisfying?

proverb Polish

April 1 This is the day upon which we are reminded of what we are on the other three hundred and sixty-four.

proverb Spanish

Marijuana will be legal some day, because the many law students who now smoke pot will someday become congressmen and legalize it in order to protect themselves.

proverb Turkish

I never made a mistake in my life. I thought I did once, but I was wrong.

proverb. Scottish

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