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    Many a Slip Twixt Cup & Lip

    Old English: It implies that even when the outcome of an event seems certain, things can still go wrong. (source: Wikipedia)

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    Donkey's years

    A very long time

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    Go the whole hog

    To do all things thoroughly; to do everything possible; to be unique and without reservation; to be extravagant

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    Make a mountain out of a molehill

    To exaggerate; to make something unimportant seem important

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    Put the cart before the horse

    To do things in the wrong order

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    A shaggy dog story

    A long and often pointless story that is told as a joke and often ends in a very silly or unexpected way

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    Until the cows come home

    Until very late, for a long time

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    You can't teach an old dog new tricks

    It is difficult for older people to learn new things

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    Hang up one's hat

    To leave a job (usually after a long career)

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    Put on one`s thinking cap

    To think hard and long about something

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    Green thumb

    A talent for gardening, the ability to make things grow

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    Look at the world through rose-colored glasses

    To see only the good things about something, to be too optimistic

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    Red herring

    An unimportant matter that draws attention away from the main subject

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    See pink elephants

    To see things which are not really there because they are only in your imagination

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    See the world through rose-colored glasses

    To see only the good things about something, to be too optimistic

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    Bite the hand that feeds one

    To harm someone who does good things for you

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    Compare apples and oranges

    To compare two things that are not similar and should not be compared

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    Have a lot on one's plate

    To have many activities at the same time; to be busy with many different things; to be worried about too many things at a time

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    Have bigger fish to fry

    To have more important things to do

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    Have one's finger in too many pies

    To be involved in too many things so that you cannot do any of them well

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    Life is a bowl of cherries

    Only good things happen in life

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    Small potatoes

    Something that is not very big or important compared with other things or people

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    Stick to one's ribs

    To last a long time and to fill one up (used for food)

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    That's the way the cookie crumbles

    That's life, those things happen

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    Have the cards stacked against you

    To have things arranged unfairly against you so that you have an unfair disadvantage

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    Drop the ball

    To make an error or mistake, to handle things badly

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    Have a good innings

    To enjoy a long period of positive action or opportunity

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    Have two (three) strikes against you

    Where situation is so bad you have unlikely chances to win because you have more than one things against you

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    Two strikes against (someone)

    To do two things that are wrong or bad and have only one more thing to do to cause you serious trouble ( from baseball where a batter is finished after three strikes)

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    Chicken and egg situation

    A situation where two things happen together and it is difficult to see which one of them caused the other, related to two factors each of which causes or leads to the other

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    Kill two birds with one stone

    To succeed in doing two things with only one action

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    Spread one's wings

    To begin to be independent and try new things

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    Fly in the ointment

    Something small that hinders the outcome of more important things; something that spoils the fun

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    Have other/bigger fish to fry

    To have other more important things to do, to have other opportunities

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    Hive of activity

    Somewhere where things are very busy (like the activity around a beehive)

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    Small fry

    Unimportant people, children (small fry are young newly-hatched fish)

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    By a long shot

    By a big difference

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    In the long run

    Over a long period of time

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    Drag on

    To be prolonged, to continue for a long time

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    Stack the deck against (someone)

    To trick someone, to arrange things unfairly (a deck is a deck of cards)

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    Legal age

    The age when a person can do things such as buy alcohol or cigarettes or when they are responsible for their actions and can borrow money etc.

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    All thumbs

    To be awkward and clumsy, a difficulty in fixing things or working with one's hands

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    Bite the hand that feeds (someone)

    To harm someone who does good things for you

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    Long arm of the law

    The police and laws that are so powerful that no matter where you are you will be found and punished

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    Sticky fingers

    The habit of stealing things

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    You've got to hand it to (someone)

    Someone has done something well (although you may not approve of the things that he or she has done)

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    Contemplate one's navel

    To spend a lot of time thinking about one's own problems rather than being concerned about more important things

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    Get a frog in one's throat

    To get soreness in your throat that prevents you from talking well

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    Hit a raw nerve

    To upset someone by talking about a subject that upsets or embarrasses him or her

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    Land in (someone's) lap

    To come to you and you now have to deal with it (used for things like extra work)

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    Save one's breath

    To stop talking; to be quiet; to spare oneself the trouble of talking as this will be useless

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    Strike a raw nerve

    To upset someone by talking about a subject that upsets or embarrasses him or her

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    Touch a raw nerve

    To upset someone by talking about a subject that upsets or embarrasses him or her

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    Waste one's breath

    Talk in vain: being not able to convince someone; to waste time talking

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    Cut off one`s nose to spite one`s face

    To make things worse for yourself by trying to harm someone or something else

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    Poke one's nose into (something)

    To interfere with something, to try to discover things that do not involve you

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    Have a lot on one's mind

    To have many things to worry about

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    Have (something) on the brain

    To be obsessed with something, to never stop thinking or talking about something

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    Head is buzzing

    To be thinking of something or many things at the same time

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    Laugh one's head off

    To laugh a lot and for a long time

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    A long face

    A sad or disappointed look

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    Lose one's train of thought

    To forget what one was talking about or thinking about

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    Mind is buzzing

    To be thinking of something or many things at the same time

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    Mind is in the gutter

    Someone is thinking or talking about a subject that offends people

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    Scream one's head off

    To scream a lot and for a long time

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    Sixth sense

    The ability to know or feel things that are beyond the five basic senses of sight or hearing or smell or taste or touch

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    Win (someone's) heart

    To do nice things for someone to make him or her love you, to have the qualities to make you like something music or art or a book

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    Young at heart

    Doing things that usually younger people enjoy (usually used for an older person)

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    Think on one's feet

    To think/reason/plan while one is talking or doing something

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    Bad-mouth (someone or something)

    To say bad things about someone or something

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    Button one`s lip

    To stop talking, to be quiet

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    Hold one's tongue

    Remain silent, refrain from talking

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    Long in the tooth

    Old

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    On everybody's lips

    Many people are talking or thinking about the same thing

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    A sharp tongue

    A way of talking or speaking to others that is unkind or bad or critical

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    To make up

    A) to create; to invent b) apply cosmetics c) contents of something; to be composed of; to comprise d) to fulfill a missed obligation in the future; a promise of making things better

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    Split up

    To end a relationship; to separate things

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    Whisper sweet nothings in (someone's) ear

    To say romantic or intimate things to someone

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    Know one's ABCs

    To know the alphabet or the most basic things about something

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    Have two strikes against (one)

    To have a number of things that are working against you which make success more difficult (in baseball you are finished batting after three strikes)

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    Lesser of the two

    The smaller of two things, the one with the least amount

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    Lesser of two evils

    The less bad thing of two bad things

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    A number of (things or people)

    Some things, some people

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    One of these days

    Soon, before long, someday

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    One of those days

    A bad day where many things go wrong

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    One of those things

    Something is unfortunate but it must be accepted

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    Six of one and half a dozen of the other

    There is little difference between two things or situations

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    Two of a kind

    People or things that are of the same type or are similar in character or attitude etc.

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    Get down to the facts

    To begin to discuss things that matter, to get to the truth

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    Burn (oneself) out

    To become very tired and almost sick from doing something for a long time or from working too hard

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    Hear something through the grapewine

    To know gossips or rumours indirectly; to hear someone talking about something without their knowledge

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    A stick in the mud

    To keep one's opinions, believes, behaviour, habits for many years; to become unchanged for a long period of time

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    Lyndon B. Johnson

    I have learned that only two things are necessary to keep one's wife happy. First, let her think she's having her own way. And second, let her have it.

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    Kay Bailey Hutchison

    I have long believed taxpayers make better use of their money than the government ever could.

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    Elayne Boosler

    I have six locks on my door all in a row. When I go out, I lock every other one. I figure no matter how long somebody stands there picking the locks, they are always locking three.

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    Robert Benchley

    I have tried to know absolutely nothing about a great many things, and I have succeeded fairly well.

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    Pat Buckley

    I hold that religion and faith are two different things.

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    Robert Moog

    I happen to think that computers are the most important thing to happen to musicians since the invention of cat-gut which was a long time ago.

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    James Herriot

    I have felt cats rubbing their faces against mine and touching my cheek with claws carefully sheathed. These things, to me, are expressions of love.

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    Georg C. Lichtenberg

    I cannot say whether things will get better if we change; what I can say is they must change if they are to get better.

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    Wendell Berry

    I come into the peace of wild things who do not tax their lives with forethought of grief... For a time I rest in the grace of the world, and am free.

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    Liv Tyler

    I cried on my 18th birthday. I thought 17 was such a nice age. You're young enough to get away with things, but you're old enough, too.

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    Jeff Hawkins

    I do two things. I design mobile computers and I study brains.

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    Vanessa Hudgens

    I don't go long without eating. I never starve myself: I grab a healthy snack.

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    Julie Walters

    I don't know if you can change things, but it's a drop in the ocean.

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    Coco Chanel

    I don't know why women want any of the things men have when one the things that women have is men.

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    Henri Matisse

    I don't paint things. I only paint the difference between things.

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    Jim Fowler

    I don't think we're going to save anything if we go around talking about saving plants and animals only; we've got to translate that into what's in it for us.

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    Georgia O'Keeffe

    I found I could say things with color and shapes that I couldn't say any other way - things I had no words for.

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    Christopher Morley

    Humor is perhaps a sense of intellectual perspective: an awareness that some things are really important, others not; and that the two kinds are most oddly jumbled in everyday affairs.

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    Rene Descartes

    I am accustomed to sleep and in my dreams to imagine the same things that lunatics imagine when awake.

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    Jimmy Carter

    Globalization, as defined by rich people like us, is a very nice thing... you are talking about the Internet, you are talking about cell phones, you are talking about computers. This doesn't affect two-thirds of the people of the world.

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    Reinhold Niebuhr

    God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.

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    Sarah McLachlan

    Happiness is like a cloud, if you stare at it long enough, it evaporates.

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    Nick Faldo

    He hits it long. His shoulders are impressively quick through the ball. That's where he's getting his power from. He's young and has great elasticity.

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    Gary McCord

    He hits the ball a long way and he knows how to win.

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    Jack Nicklaus

    He's going to be around a long, long time, if his body holds up. That's always a concern with a lot of players because of how much they play. A lot of guys can't handle it. But it looks like he can.

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    Ambrose Bierce

    History is an account, mostly false, of events, mostly unimportant, which are brought about by rulers, mostly knaves, and soldiers, mostly fools.

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    Konrad Adenauer

    History is the sum total of things that could have been avoided.

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    Spike Milligan

    How long was I in the army? Five foot eleven.

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    Aeschylus

    But time growing old teaches all things.

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    Aristotle

    Change in all things is sweet.

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    Esther Dyson

    Change means that what was before wasn't perfect. People want things to be better.

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    Pauline Kael

    Citizen Kane is perhaps the one American talking picture that seems as fresh now as the day it opened. It may seem even fresher.

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    George Bernard Shaw

    Clever and attractive women do not want to vote; they are willing to let men govern as long as they govern men.

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    William Faulkner

    Clocks slay time... time is dead as long as it is being clicked off by little wheels; only when the clock stops does time come to life.

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    Herb Caen

    Cockroaches and socialites are the only things that can stay up all night and eat anything.

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    William Wordsworth

    Come forth into the light of things, let nature be your teacher.

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    Seth Lloyd

    Computers are famous for being able to do complicated things starting from simple programs.

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    Andy Rooney

    Computers make it easier to do a lot of things, but most of the things they make it easier to do don't need to be done.

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    Edward Kennedy

    Dad, I'm in some trouble. There's been an accident and you're going to hear all sorts of things about me from now on. Terrible things.

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    Edgar Allan Poe

    Deep into that darkness peering, long I stood there, wondering, fearing, doubting, dreaming dreams no mortal ever dared to dream before.

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    Kenzo Tange

    Designs of purely arbitrary nature cannot be expected to last long.

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    Og Mandino

    Do all things with love.

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    Baltasar Gracian

    Dreams will get you nowhere, a good kick in the pants will take you a long way.

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    Stephen Covey

    Effective leadership is putting first things first. Effective management is discipline, carrying it out.

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    Tom Robbins

    Equality is not in regarding different things similarly, equality is in regarding different things differently.

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    Gertrude Stein

    Everybody gets so much information all day long that they lose their common sense.

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    Faith Hill

    Everybody wants you to do good things, but in a small town you pretty much graduate and get married. Mostly you marry, have children and go to their football games.

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    Julius Caesar

    Experience is the teacher of all things.

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    Thomas Aquinas

    Faith has to do with things that are not seen and hope with things that are not at hand.

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    Dwight L. Moody

    Faith makes all things possible... love makes all things easy.

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    Keanu Reeves

    Falling in love and having a relationship are two different things.

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    Oliver Hudson

    Fathers in today's modern families can be so many things.

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    Doug Larson

    Few things are more satisfying than seeing your children have teenagers of their own.

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    Henry Ward Beecher

    Flowers are the sweetest things God ever made and forgot to put a soul into.

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    Martin Luther

    For in the true nature of things, if we rightly consider, every green tree is far more glorious than if it were made of gold and silver.

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    Wernher von Braun

    For my confirmation, I didn't get a watch and my first pair of long pants, like most Lutheran boys. I got a telescope. My mother thought it would make the best gift.

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    Edward Abbey

    For myself I hold no preferences among flowers, so long as they are wild, free, spontaneous. Bricks to all greenhouses! Black thumb and cutworm to the potted plant!

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    Khalil Gibran

    Forget not that the earth delights to feel your bare feet and the winds long to play with your hair.

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    Ausonius

    Forgive many things in others; nothing in yourself.

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    C. S. Lewis

    Friendship is unnecessary, like philosophy, like art... It has no survival value; rather it is one of those things that give value to survival.

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    Archimedes

    Give me a lever long enough and a fulcrum on which to place it, and I shall move the world.

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    To cut long story short

    To make long explanation shorter

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    William Hurt

    Being a father, being a friend, those are the things that make me feel successful.

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    Bertolt Brecht

    Because things are the way they are, things will not stay the way they are.

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    All good things must come to an end

    Things that give us pleasure will end sooner or later

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    All good things come to he who waits

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    All things come to those who wait

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    All things must pass

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    First things first

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    Good things come to those who wait

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    He who sups with the Devil should have a long spoon

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    Ignorance is bliss

    Not knowing is better than knowing; one is not concerned about things one does not know;

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    Little things please little minds

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    Moderation in all things

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    Penny wise and pound foolish

    Someone who does not see the bigger picture but concentrates on small insignificant details; someone careless of large things which are more important than the small details

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    The best things in life are free

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    The more things change, the more they stay the same

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    Don't make a meal of it

    Said to a person who is making a long story of nothing much

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    Don't rock the boat

    Do not disturb or spoil things

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    Richard Chamberlain

    'Handsome' means many things to many people. If people consider me handsome, I feel flattered - and have my parents to thank for it. Realistically, it doesn't hurt to be good-looking, especially in this business.

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    Everett Dirksen

    A billion here, a billion there, and pretty soon you're talking about real money.

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    Pam Brown

    A friendship can weather most things and thrive in thin soil; but it needs a little mulch of letters and phone calls and small, silly presents every so often - just to save it from drying out completely.

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    Katharine Graham

    A mistake is simply another way of doing things.

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    Henry Moore

    A sculptor is a person who is interested in the shape of things, a poet in words, a musician by sounds.

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    Napoleon Bonaparte

    A soldier will fight long and hard for a bit of colored ribbon.

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    Robert Sternberg

    ACT and SAT each have their own parts of the country. The GRE has its lock on graduate admissions. And so, one could blame the companies, but really, economically, they have no incentive to change things very much because they're getting the business.

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    Helen Gurley Brown

    After you're older, two things are possibly more important than any others: health and money.

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    Don Marquis

    Age is not a particularly interesting subject. Anyone can get old. All you have to do is live long enough.

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    Kitty O'Neill Collins

    Aging seems to be the only available way to live a long life.

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    Orison Swett Marden

    All men who have achieved great things have been great dreamers.

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    Elias Canetti

    All the things one has forgotten scream for help in dreams.

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    Thomas Browne

    All things are artificial, for nature is the art of God.

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    Thomas Fuller

    All things are difficult before they are easy.

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    Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

    All things must change to something new, to something strange.

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    Andy Warhol

    An artist is somebody who produces things that people don't need to have.

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    Laurence J. Peter

    An economist is an expert who will know tomorrow why the things he predicted yesterday didn't happen today.

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    Bryant H. McGill

    An intelligent person is never afraid or ashamed to find errors in his understanding of things.

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    Lara Flynn Boyle

    And I think women have come a very, very long way, but they have a long way to go.

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    Abigail Adams

    Arbitrary power is like most other things which are very hard, very liable to be broken.

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    Harry Seidler

    Architecture is not an inspirational business, it's a rational procedure to do sensible and hopefully beautiful things; that's all.

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    Jean Cocteau

    Art produces ugly things which frequently become more beautiful with time. Fashion, on the other hand, produces beautiful things which always become ugly with time.

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    Margaret Mead

    As long as any adult thinks that he, like the parents and teachers of old, can become introspective, invoking his own youth to understand the youth before him, he is lost.

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    Emmanuel Teney

    As your faith is strengthened you will find that there is no longer the need to have a sense of control, that things will flow as they will, and that you will flow with them, to your great delight and benefit.

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    Jean de la Bruyere

    Avoid lawsuits beyond all things; they pervert your conscience, impair your health, and dissipate your property.

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    Mother Teresa

    Be faithful in small things because it is in them that your strength lies.

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    David Hume

    Beauty in things exists in the mind which contemplates them.

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    Fred Allen

    I like long walks, especially when they are taken by people who annoy me.

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    Willa Cather

    I like trees because they seem more resigned to the way they have to live than other things do.

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    Leslie Fiedler

    I long for the raised voice, the howl of rage or love.

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    Tyra Banks

    I love all kinds of bread. Whenever I crave junk food, I want salty things like peanuts or potato chips.

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    W. C. Fields

    I never drink water because of the disgusting things that fish do in it.

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    Yogi Berra

    I never said most of the things I said.

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    Penelope Keith

    I plant a lot of trees. I am a great believer in planting things for future generations. I loathe the now culture where you just live for today.

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    Walt Whitman

    I see great things in baseball. It's our game - the American game.

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    Leo Buscaglia

    I still get wildly enthusiastic about little things... I play with leaves. I skip down the street and run against the wind.

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    Anais Nin

    I stopped loving my father a long time ago. What remained was the slavery to a pattern.

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    Marc Newson

    I think it's really important to design things with a kind of personality.

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    Robert Indiana

    I think of my peace paintings as one long poem, with each painting being a single stanza.

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    Bill Watterson

    I think we dream so we don't have to be apart so long. If we're in each other's dreams, we can play together all night.

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    Miranda Otto

    I think you go through a period as a teenager of being quite cool and unaffected by things.

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    Mercedes McCambridge

    I'd never been in play long enough for the flowers to die in the dressing room.

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    Lucille Ball

    I'd rather regret the things I've done than regret the things I haven't done.

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    John McEnroe

    I'll let the racket do the talking.

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    LaToya Jackson

    I'll never stop dreaming that one day we can be a real family, together, all of us laughing and talking, loving and understanding, not looking at the past but only to the future.

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    Sasha Cohen

    I'm a competitive person and I love the challenge of mastering new things.

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    Andy Warhol

    I'm afraid that if you look at a thing long enough, it loses all of its meaning.

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    Lord Acton

    I'm not a driven businessman, but a driven artist. I never think about money. Beautiful things make money.

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    Andy Warhol

    I'm the type who'd be happy not going anywhere as long as I was sure I knew exactly what was happening at the places I wasn't going to. I'm the type who'd like to sit home and watch every party that I'm invited to on a monitor in my bedroom.

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    Craig Johnston

    I've always had an inquisitive mind about everything from flowers to television sets to motor cars. Always pulled them apart - couldn't put 'em back, but always extremely interested in how things work.

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    Mia Hamm

    I've worked too hard and too long to let anything stand in the way of my goals. I will not let my teammates down and I will not let myself down.

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    Abu Bakr

    If an ignorant person is attracted by the things of the world, that is bad. But if a learned person is thus attracted, it is worse.

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    Martin Yan

    If I could only have one type of food with me, I would bring soy sauce. The reason being that if I have soy sauce, I can flavor a lot of things.

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    Mahatma Gandhi

    If I had no sense of humor, I would long ago have committed suicide.

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    Wayne Dyer

    If you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.

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    Niklas Zennstrom

    If you could utilize the resources of the end users' computers, you could do things much more efficiently.

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    Jim Rohn

    If you don't like how things are, change it! You're not a tree.

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    Juliana Hatfield

    If you want to achieve things in life, you've just got to do them, and if you're talented and smart, you'll succeed.

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    Aristotle

    In all things of nature there is something of the marvelous.

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    Joyce Carol Oates

    In love there are two things - bodies and words.

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    John Fowles

    In some mysterious way woods have never seemed to me to be static things. In physical terms, I move through them; yet in metaphysical ones, they seem to move through me.

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    Richard M. Nixon

    In the long term we can hope that religion will change the nature of man and reduce conflict. But history is not encouraging in this respect. The bloodiest wars in history have been religious wars.

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    Khalil Gibran

    In the sweetness of friendship let there be laughter, and sharing of pleasures. For in the dew of little things the heart finds its morning and is refreshed.

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    Pope Paul VI

    In youth the days are short and the years are long. In old age the years are short and day's long.

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    Scott Adams

    Informed decision-making comes from a long tradition of guessing and then blaming others for inadequate results.

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    Earl Wilson

    Isn't it a shame that future generations can't be here to see all the wonderful things we're doing with their money?

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    Arthur Conan Doyle

    It has long been an axiom of mine that the little things are infinitely the most important.

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    Henry David Thoreau

    It is a characteristic of wisdom not to do desperate things.

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    Friedrich List

    It is bad policy to regulate everything... where things may better regulate themselves and can be better promoted by private exertions; but it is no less bad policy to let those things alone which can only be promoted by interfering social power.

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    Nelson Mandela

    It is better to lead from behind and to put others in front, especially when you celebrate victory when nice things occur. You take the front line when there is danger. Then people will appreciate your leadership.

  •  
    Francois Rabelais

    It is my feeling that Time ripens all things; with Time all things are revealed; Time is the father of truth.

  •  
    Arthur C. Clarke

    It is not easy to see how the more extreme forms of nationalism can long survive when men have seen the Earth in its true perspective as a single small globe against the stars.

  •  
    Jacques Barzun

    It seems a long time since the morning mail could be called correspondence.

  •  
    Pablo Picasso

    It takes a long time to become young.

  •  
    John Leonard

    It takes a long time to grow an old friend.

  •  
    Don Herold

    It takes a lot of things to prove you are smart, but only one thing to prove you are ignorant.

  •  
    Anne Sullivan

    It's a great mistake, I think, to put children off with falsehoods and nonsense, when their growing powers of observation and discrimination excite in them a desire to know about things.

  •  
    Luke Wilson

    It's always been my personal feeling that unless you are married, there is something that is not very dignified about talking about who you are dating.

  •  
    Jonah Lomu

    It's been a long road back to health and fitness for me. I am just glad to have been given the opportunity to do what I love most.

  •  
    Andy Warhol

    It's the movies that have really been running things in America ever since they were invented. They show you what to do, how to do it, when to do it, how to feel about it, and how to look how you feel about it.

  •  
    Kin Hubbard

    Kindness goes a long ways lots of times when it ought to stay at home.

  •  
    Christopher Dawson

    Law describes the way things would work if men were angels.

  •  
    Sara Teasdale

    Life has loveliness to sell, all beautiful and splendid things, blue waves whitened on a cliff, soaring fire that sways and sings, and children's faces looking up, holding wonder like a cup.

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    James M. Barrie

    Life is a long lesson in humility.

  •  
    Lao Tzu

    Life is a series of natural and spontaneous changes. Don't resist them - that only creates sorrow. Let reality be reality. Let things flow naturally forward in whatever way they like.

  •  
    Charlie Chaplin

    Life is a tragedy when seen in close-up, but a comedy in long-shot.

  •  
    Leonardo da Vinci

    Life well spent is long.

  •  
    Meg Whitman

    Look at growth, look at how much time people spend on the Net and look at the variety of things that they are doing. It's all really good, so I am actually encouraged by the fundamentals that underlie usage growth on the Net.

  •  
    Gilbert K. Chesterton

    Lying in bed would be an altogether perfect and supreme experience if only one had a colored pencil long enough to draw on the ceiling.

  •  
    Andy Rooney

    Making duplicate copies and computer printouts of things no one wanted even one of in the first place is giving America a new sense of purpose.

  •  
    Peter Drucker

    Management is doing things right; leadership is doing the right things.

  •  
    Samuel Johnson

    Many things difficult to design prove easy to performance.

  •  
    Jane Harrison

    Marriage, for a woman at least, hampers the two things that made life to me glorious - friendship and learning.

  •  
    Doug Coupland

    Men won't read any email from a woman that's over 200 words long.

  •  
    Susan Ertz

    Millions long for immortality who don't know what to do with themselves on a rainy Sunday afternoon.

  •  
    Dale Carnegie

    Most of the important things in the world have been accomplished by people who have kept on trying when there seemed to be no hope at all.

  •  
    Louis D. Brandeis

    Most of the things worth doing in the world had been declared impossible before they were done.

  •  
    Julia Roberts

    My boyfriend keeps telling me I've got to own things. So, first I bought this car. And then he told me I oughta get a house. 'Why a house?' 'Well, you gotta have a place to park the car.'

  •  
    Julia Morgan

    My buildings will be my legacy... they will speak for me long after I'm gone.

  •  
    Buck Owens

    My mother told me on several different occasions that she was livin' her dream vicariously through me. She once said that I was getting' to do all the things that she would have wanted to have done.

  •  
    Eric Morecambe

    My neighbour asked if he could use my lawnmower and I told him of course he could, so long as he didn't take it out of my garden.

  •  
    Jean Rostand

    Never feel remorse for what you have thought about your wife; she has thought much worse things about you.

  •  
    Tad Williams

    Never make your home in a place. Make a home for yourself inside your own head. You'll find what you need to furnish it - memory, friends you can trust, love of learning, and other such things. That way it will go with you wherever you journey.

  •  
    George S. Patton

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

  •  
    Oscar Wilde

    No great artist ever sees things as they really are. If he did, he would cease to be an artist.

  •  
    Horace

    No poems can please for long or live that are written by water drinkers.

  •  
    Rem Koolhaas

    Not many architects have the luxury to reject significant things.

  •  
    Scott Adams

    Nothing defines humans better than their willingness to do irrational things in the pursuit of phenomenally unlikely payoffs. This is the principle behind lotteries, dating, and religion.

  •  
    Gerard Manley Hopkins

    Nothing is so beautiful as spring - when weeds, in wheels, shoot long and lovely and lush; Thrush's eggs look little low heavens, and thrush through the echoing timber does so rinse and wring the ear, it strikes like lightning to hear him sing.

  •  
    E. Joseph Cossman

    Obstacles are things a person sees when he takes his eyes off his goal.

  •  
    Henry Ford

    Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off your goal.

  •  
    James Thurber

    Old age is the most unexpected of all the things that can happen to a man.

  •  
    Lisa Snowdon

    On long haul flights I always drink loads and loads of water and eat light and healthy food.

  •  
    David Soul

    Once in a while I'll get moved to do some exercise. It's something I long for but the biggest problem is bending down and putting my tennis shoes on. Once I go out I'm OK.

  •  
    William Feather

    One of the funny things about the stock market is that every time one person buys, another sells, and both think they are astute.

  •  
    William Feather

    One of the many things nobody ever tells you about middle age is that it's such a nice change from being young.

  •  
    E. V. Lucas

    One of the most adventurous things left us is to go to bed. For no one can lay a hand on our dreams.

  •  
    Dale Carnegie

    One of the most tragic things I know about human nature is that all of us tend to put off living. We are all dreaming of some magical rose garden over the horizon instead of enjoying the roses that are blooming outside our windows today.

  •  
    Marlo Thomas

    One of the things about equality is not just that you be treated equally to a man, but that you treat yourself equally to the way you treat a man.

  •  
    Anita Hill

    One of the things I was taught in law school is that I'd never be able to think the same again - that being a lawyer is something that's part of who I am as an individual now.

  •  
    Ralph Fiennes

    One of the things that binds us as a family is a shared sense of humor.

  •  
    Marc Chagall

    Only love interests me, and I am only in contact with things that revolve around love.

  •  
    Herbert Kaufman

    Only things the dreamers make live on. They are the eternal conquerors.

  •  
    Albert Einstein

    Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I'm not sure about the former.

  •  
    Sydney J. Harris

    Our dilemma is that we hate change and love it at the same time; what we really want is for things to remain the same but get better.

  •  
    Albert Ellis

    People could rationally decide that prolonged relationships take up too much time and effort and that they'd much rather do other kinds of things. But most people are afraid of rejection.

  •  
    Joan Jett

    People don't want to see women doing things they don't think women should do.

  •  
    Iris Murdoch

    People from a planet without flowers would think we must be mad with joy the whole time to have such things about us.

  •  
    Henry Cantwell Wallace

    People in cities may forget the soil for as long as a hundred years, but Mother Nature's memory is long and she will not let them forget indefinitely.

  •  
    Owen Feltham

    Perfection is immutable. But for things imperfect, change is the way to perfect them.

  •  
    Walter Elliot

    Perseverance is not a long race; it is many short races one after the other.

  •  
    T. S. Eliot

    Poetry is not a turning loose of emotion, but an escape from emotion; it is not the expression of personality, but an escape from personality. But, of course, only those who have personality and emotions know what it means to want to escape from these things.

  •  
    Richard Armour

    Politics, it seems to me, for years, or all too long, has been concerned with right or left instead of right or wrong.

  •  
    Denis Diderot

    Power acquired by violence is only a usurpation, and lasts only as long as the force of him who commands prevails over that of those who obey.

  •  
    James Thurber

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

  •  
    Lord Chesterfield

    Regularity in the hours of rising and retiring, perseverance in exercise, adaptation of dress to the variations of climate, simple and nutritious aliment, and temperance in all things are necessary branches of the regimen of health.

  •  
    Bill Gates

    Security is, I would say, our top priority because for all the exciting things you will be able to do with computers - organizing your lives, staying in touch with people, being creative - if we don't solve these security problems, then people will hold back.

  •  
    Grover Cleveland

    Sensible and responsible women do not want to vote. The relative positions to be assumed by man and woman in the working out of our civilization were assigned long ago by a higher intelligence than ours.

  •  
    Eileen Caddy

    Set your sights high, the higher the better. Expect the most wonderful things to happen, not in the future but right now. Realize that nothing is too good. Allow absolutely nothing to hamper you or hold you up in any way.

  •  
    Helen Keller

    So long as the memory of certain beloved friends lives in my heart, I shall say that life is good.

  •  
    Roger Nash Baldwin

    So long as we have enough people in this country willing to fight for their rights, we'll be called a democracy.

  •  
    Franz Kafka

    So long as you have food in your mouth, you have solved all questions for the time being.

  •  
    Vanessa Hudgens

    So many people try to grow up too fast, and it's not fun! You should stay a kid as long as possible!

  •  
    Nick Cannon

    So my father was a person who never lied to me. If I had a question, he answered it. I knew a lot of things at a young age because I was intrigued.

  •  
    John Charles Polanyi

    Some dreamers demand that scientists only discover things that can be used for good.

  •  
    Warren Buffett

    Someone's sitting in the shade today because someone planted a tree a long time ago.

  •  
    P. J. O'Rourke

    Staying married may have long-term benefits. You can elicit much more sympathy from friends over a bad marriage than you ever can from a good divorce.

  •  
    Jacques Chirac

    Terrorism takes us back to ages we thought were long gone if we allow it a free hand to corrupt democratic societies and destroy the basic rules of international life.

  •  
    Aristotle

    The aim of art is to represent not the outward appearance of things, but their inward significance.

  •  
    Helen Keller

    The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched - they must be felt with the heart.

  •  
    Lewis Thomas

    The cloning of humans is on most of the lists of things to worry about from Science, along with behaviour control, genetic engineering, transplanted heads, computer poetry and the unrestrained growth of plastic flowers.

  •  
    Henri Cartier-Bresson

    The creative act lasts but a brief moment, a lightning instant of give-and-take, just long enough for you to level the camera and to trap the fleeting prey in your little box.

  •  
    Robert A. M. Stern

    The dialogue between client and architect is about as intimate as any conversation you can have, because when you're talking about building a house, you're talking about dreams.

  •  
    Mahatma Gandhi

    The good man is the friend of all living things.

  •  
    Lewis Thomas

    The great secret of doctors, known only to their wives, but still hidden from the public, is that most things get better by themselves; most things, in fact, are better in the morning.

  •  
    Ben Stein

    The indispensable first step to getting the things you want out of life is this: decide what you want.

  •  
    Jim Clark

    The Internet is not just one thing, it's a collection of things - of numerous communications networks that all speak the same digital language.

  •  
    Harry S. Truman

    The Marine Corps is the Navy's police force and as long as I am President that is what it will remain. They have a propaganda machine that is almost equal to Stalin's.

  •  
    Alphonse Karr

    The more things change, the more they are the same.

  •  
    Alvin Toffler

    The next major explosion is going to be when genetics and computers come together. I'm talking about an organic computer - about biological substances that can function like a semiconductor.

  •  
    Shirley Knight

    The only people you can really share certain things with in secret are your girlfriends.

  •  
    John Walters

    The only think I like better than talking about Food is eating.

  •  
    Clare Boothe Luce

    The politicians were talking themselves red, white and blue in the face.

  •  
    Dante Alighieri

    The secret of getting things done is to act!

  •  
    Germaine Greer

    The sight of women talking together has always made men uneasy; nowadays it means rank subversion.

  •  
    Havelock Ellis

    The sun, the moon and the stars would have disappeared long ago... had they happened to be within the reach of predatory human hands.

  •  
    Daniel J. Boorstin

    The traveler was active; he went strenuously in search of people, of adventure, of experience. The tourist is passive; he expects interesting things to happen to him. He goes "sight-seeing."

  •  
    Bob Lemon

    The two most important things in life are good friends and a strong bullpen.

  •  
    Benjamin Jowett

    The way to get things done is not to mind who gets the credit for doing them.

  •  
    Vincent Van Gogh

    The way to know life is to love many things.

  •  
    Horace Walpole

    The whole secret of life is to be interested in one thing profoundly and in a thousand things well.

  •  
    Bertrand Russell

    The world is full of magical things patiently waiting for our wits to grow sharper.

  •  
    John Foster Dulles

    The world will never have lasting peace so long as men reserve for war the finest human qualities. Peace, no less than war, requires idealism and self-sacrifice and a righteous and dynamic faith.

  •  
    Chris Rock

    There are only three things women need in life: food, water, and compliments.

  •  
    Benjamin Spock

    There are only two things a child will share willingly; communicable diseases and its mother's age.

  •  
    Smedley Butler

    There are only two things we should fight for. One is the defense of our homes and the other is the Bill of Rights.

  •  
    Mark Twain

    There are people who can do all fine and heroic things but one - keep from telling their happiness to the unhappy.

  •  
    Shirley Knight

    There are things that you cannot talk to your mother and father about, there are things that you cannot talk to your children about.

  •  
    Robert Kennedy

    There are those who look at things the way they are, and ask why... I dream of things that never were, and ask why not?

  •  
    Plato

    There are two things a person should never be angry at, what they can help, and what they cannot.

  •  
    Thomas Chatterton

    There is a time for all things - except marriage, my dear.

  •  
    Richard Nelson Bolles

    There is a vast world of work out there in this country, where at least 111 million people are employed in this country alone - many of whom are bored out of their minds. All day long.

  •  
    Alphonse de Lamartine

    There is a woman at the begining of all great things.

  •  
    Francois de La Rochefoucauld

    There is no disguise which can hide love for long where it exists, or simulate it where it does not.

  •  
    Robert Louis Stevenson

    There is only one difference between a long life and a good dinner: that, in the dinner, the sweets come last.

  •  
    Epictetus

    There is only one way to happiness and that is to cease worrying about things which are beyond the power of our will.

  •  
    Charles Spalding

    There was endless action - not just football, but sailboats, tennis and other things: movement. There was endless talk - the ambassador at the head of the table laying out the prevailing wisdom, but everyone else weighing in with their opinions and taking part.

  •  
    Dennis Miller

    There's nothing wrong with being shallow as long as you're insightful about it.

  •  
    Mario Lopez

    There's three things men always talk about - women, sports, and cars.

  •  
    Francis Bacon

    Things alter for the worse spontaneously, if they be not altered for the better designedly.

  •  
    Jean Anouilh

    Things are beautiful if you love them.

  •  
    Henry David Thoreau

    Things do not change; we change.

  •  
    John F. Kennedy

    Things do not happen. Things are made to happen.

  •  
    Madonna Ciccone

    Things were a lot simpler in Detroit. I didn't care about anything but boyfriends.

  •  
    Plato

    Thinking: the talking of the soul with itself.

  •  
    C. S. Lewis

    Thirty was so strange for me. I've really had to come to terms with the fact that I am now a walking and talking adult.

  •  
    Edgar Allan Poe

    Those who dream by day are cognizant of many things that escape those who dream only at night.

  •  
    Jason Zebehazy

    Three things are needed for a good life, good friends, good food, and good song.

  •  
    Will Smith

    Throughout life people will make you mad, disrespect you and treat you bad. Let God deal with the things they do, cause hate in your heart will consume you too.

  •  
    Aeschylus

    Time brings all things to pass.

  •  
    Jesse Jackson

    Time is neutral and does not change things. With courage and initiative, leaders change things.

  •  
    Henry Van Dyke

    Time is too slow for those who wait, too swift for those who fear, too long for those who grieve, too short for those who rejoice, but for those who love, time is eternity.

  •  
    Anatole France

    To accomplish great things, we must not only act, but also dream; not only plan, but also believe.

  •  
    Bertrand Russell

    To be without some of the things you want is an indispensable part of happiness.

  •  
    Paul R. Ehrlich

    To err is human, but to really foul things up you need a computer.

  •  
    Martha Graham

    To me, a building - if it's beautiful - is the love of one man, he's made it out of his love for space, materials, things like that.

  •  
    Aristotle Onassis

    To succeed in business it is necessary to make others see things as you see them.

  •  
    Mark Twain

    To succeed in life, you need two things: ignorance and confidence.

  •  
    Graeme Le Saux

    Training is such a vital part of preparation for a game, you really do train to play. It tops up your ability, like sharpening a carving knife. You can get away with not doing it for a while, as long as you have reached a certain standard of fitness.

  •  
    Antoine de Saint-Exupery

    True happiness comes from the joy of deeds well done, the zest of creating things new.

  •  
    Russell Baker

    Usually, terrible things that are done with the excuse that progress requires them are not really progress at all, but just terrible things.

  •  
    John Stuart Mill

    War is an ugly thing, but not the ugliest of things. The decayed and degraded state of moral and patriotic feeling which thinks that nothing is worth war is much worse.

  •  
    Barbara Kingsolver

    Wars and elections are both too big and too small to matter in the long run. The daily work - that goes on, it adds up.

  •  
    David Brainerd

    We are a long time in learning that all our strength and salvation is in God.

  •  
    Henry Ward Beecher

    We are always on the anvil; by trials God is shaping us for higher things.

  •  
    Paul Hawken

    We are now heading down a centuries-long path toward increasing the productivity of our natural capital - the resource systems upon which we depend to live - instead of our human capital.

  •  
    Nick Park

    We can do things that we never could before. Stop-motion lets you build tiny little worlds, and computers make that world even more believable.

  •  
    Jeffrey Sachs

    We had a booming stock market in 1929 and then went into the world's greatest depression. We have a booming stock market in 1999. Will the bubble somehow burst, and then we enter depression? Well, some things are not different.

  •  
    George Orwell

    We may find in the long run that tinned food is a deadlier weapon than the machine-gun.

  •  
    Max de Pree

    We need to give each other the space to grow, to be ourselves, to exercise our diversity. We need to give each other space so that we may both give and receive such beautiful things as ideas, openness, dignity, joy, healing, and inclusion.

  •  
    Rita Rudner

    We've begun to long for the pitter-patter of little feet - so we bought a dog. Well, it's cheaper, and you get more feet.

  •  
    Albrecht Durer

    What beauty is, I know not, though it adheres to many things.

  •  
    Esther Williams

    What the public expects and what is healthy for an individual are two very different things.

  •  
    Jim Rohn

    Whatever good things we build end up building us.

  •  
    P. J. O'Rourke

    When buying and selling are controlled by legislation, the first things to be bought and sold are legislators.

  •  
    Gloria Stuart

    When I graduated from Santa Monica High in 1927, I was voted the girl most likely to succeed. I didn't realize it would take so long.

  •  
    George Washington Carver

    When you do the common things in life in an uncommon way, you will command the attention of the world.

  •  
    Alex Haley

    When you start about family, about lineage and ancestry, you are talking about every person on earth.

  •  
    Louisa May Alcott

    Women have been called queens for a long time, but the kingdom given them isn't worth ruling.

  •  
    Dorothy Day

    Women think with their whole bodies and they see things as a whole more than men do.

  •  
    Byron Dorgan

    Working hard and working smart sometimes can be two different things.

  •  
    Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

    You only have power over people so long as you don't take everything away from them. But when you've robbed a man of everything, he's no longer in your power - he's free again.

  •  
    Henry Drummond

    You will find as you look back upon your life that the moments when you have truly lived are the moments when you have done things in the spirit of love.

  •  
    To fiddle while room burns

    To be busy with or distracted by smaller, trivial things while something else of a much greater importance is happening; being occupied by small unnecessary details instead of paying attention to more urgent things

  •  
    To have too many irons in the fire

    To be excessively busy and have not enough free time; to be occupied with too many things at one time

  •  
    Pratting on

    Talking for too long about unimportant things

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    Faffing about to do unnecessary and unimportant things

    To waste time

  •  
    Banging on (about something)

    To talk for a long time about something boring

  •  
    Elon Musk

    We need to figure out how to have the things we love, and not destroy the world.

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