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Democracy is two wolves and a lamb voting on what to have for lunch. Liberty is a well-armed lamb contesting the vote! Benjamin Franklin, 1759

Somebody should tell us, right at the start of our lives, that we are dying. Then we might live life to the limit, every minute of every day. Do it! I say. Whatever you want to do, do it now! There are only so many tomorrows. Michael Landon

We cross our bridges when we come to them and burn them behind us, with nothing to show for our progress except a memory of the smell of smoke, and a presumption that once our eyes watered. Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead by Tom Stoppard

Evil is powerless if the good are unafraid. Ronal Reagan, 20 March 1981

Rules too soft are seldomly followed; rules too harsh are seldomly executed. Benjamin Franklin

Nice guys finish last. Leo Durocher, (attributed, see notes)

The beauty of daylight-saving time is that it just makes everyone feel sunnier. Edward Markey, quoted in Associated Press, July 22, 2005 ………. best short quotes

I object to being told that I am saving daylight when my reason tells me that I am doing nothing of the kind… At the back of the Daylight Saving scheme, I detect the bony, blue-fingered hand of Puritanism, eager to push people into bed earlier, and get them up earlier, to make them healthy, wealthy, and wise in spite of themselves. Robertson Davies, The Diary of Samuel Marchbanks, 1947

The goal of all life is death. Sigmund Freud

We do not die because we have to die; we die because one day, and not so long ago, our consciousness was forced to deem it necessary. Antonin Artaud

Men fear death as children fear to go in the dark; and as that natural fear in children is increased by tales, so is the other. Sir Francis Bacon, “Of Death” ….. best short quotes

And virtue, though in rags, will keep me warm. John Dryden, Imitation of Horace

Animals have these advantages over man: they never hear the clock strike, they die without any idea of death, they have no theologians to instruct them, their last moments are not disturbed by unwelcome and unpleasant ceremonies, their funerals cost them nothing, and no one starts lawsuits over their wills. Voltaire

The whole dream of democracy is to raise the proletarian to the level of stupidity attained by the bourgeois. Gustave Flaubert

The sort of liveliness which increases with age is not far distant from madness. Francois de La Rochefoucauld, Reflexions ou Sentences et Maximes Morales

There are very few women in society whose virtue outlasts their beauty. Francois de La Rochefoucauld, Reflexions ou Sentences et Maximes Morales ………… best short quotes


The man whom no one pleases is much more unhappy than the man who pleases no one. Francois de La Rochefoucauld, Reflexions ou Sentences et Maximes Morales

The most dangerous folly of old people who were once attractive is to forget that they are not so any longer. Francois de La Rochefoucauld, Reflexions ou Sentences et Maximes Morales

The agenda of the roadblock is the philosophy of the stop sign. George W. Bush, Speech (2005)

One whose chief regard is for his own mind, and for the divinity within him and the service of its goodness, will strike no poses, utter no complaints, and crave neither for solitude nor yet for a crowd. Best of all, his life will be free from continual pursuing and avoiding. Marcus Aurelius, Meditations ? Book Three

For blessings ever wait on virtuous deeds,<br> And though a late, a sure reward succeeds. William Congreve, The Mourning Bride …………. best short quotes

Because a thing is difficult for you, do not therefore suppose it to be beyond mortal power. On the contrary, if anything is possible and proper for man to do, assume that it must fall within your own capacity. Marcus Aurelius, Meditations ? Book Six

All of us are working together for the same end; some of us knowingly and purposefully, others unconsciously. Marcus Aurelius, Meditations ? Book Seven ……….. best short quotes

?instead of wasting hundreds of millions of pounds on compulsory ID cards as the Tory Right demand, let that money provide thousands of extra police officers on the beat in our local communities. Tony Blair, Speech to the Labor Party Conference 3 October 1995

One must be a fox in order to recognize traps, and a lion to frighten off wolves. Niccolo Machiavelli, The Prince

When my country, into which I had just set my foot, was set on fire about my ears, it was time to stir. It was time for every man to stir. Thomas Paine, Common Sense

Originality is merely an illusion. M. C. Escher ……….. best short quotes

Think you of the fact that a deaf person cannot hear. Then, what deafness may we not all possess? What senses do we lack that we cannot see and cannot hear another world all around us? Frank Herbert, Dune

A Cynic is what an Optimist calls a Realist Antony Jay / Jonathon Lynn, Sir Humphrey Appleby from the “Yes, Minister” Series

Among those whom I like or admire, I can find no common denominator, but among those whom I love, I can: all of them make me laugh. W. H. Auden

When lenity and cruelty play for a kingdom, the gentler gamester is the soonest winner. William Shakespeare, Henry V ……………. best short quotes

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