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To be witty is not enough. One must possess sufficient wit to avoid having too much of it.
Andre Maurois
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By theme: Behavior   Wit  

Even the best intentioned of great men need a few scoundrels around them; there are some things you cannot ask an honest man to do.
Jean de La Bruyere
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By theme: Morality   Person  

God is a comedian playing to an audience too afraid to laugh.
Voltaire
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By theme: Religion   Wit  

Democracy is a device that ensures we shall be governed no better than we deserve.
George Bernard Shaw
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By theme: Democracy   Wit  

Do you wish people to think well of you? Don`t speak well of yourself.
Blaise Pascal
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By theme: Behavior  

The true test of a civilization is not the census, nor the size of the cities, nor the crops - no, but the kind of man the country turns out.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
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By theme: Philosophy   Wisdom  

Love, as a relation between men and women, was ruined by the desire to make sure of the legitimacy of children.
Bertrand Russell
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By theme: Love   Relations  

In politics, if you want anything said, ask a man. If you want anything done, ask a woman.
Margaret Thatcher
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By theme: Men   Politics   Women  

Some men are alive simply because it is against the law to kill them.
Edgar Watson Howe
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By theme: Society  

Hatred is the anger of the weak.
Alphonse Daudet
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By theme: Hatred   Psychology  

Minds, like bodies, will often fall into a pimpled, ill-conditioned state from mere excess of comfort.
Charles Dickens
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By theme: Psychology   Wisdom  

If you want total security, go to prison. There you`re fed, clothed, given medical care and so on. The only thing lacking... is freedom.
Dwight David Eisenhower
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By theme: Liberty   Politics   Society   State  

When a man says he approves of something in principle, it means he hasn`t the slightest intention of carrying it out in practice.
Otto von Bismarck
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By theme: Politics  

You can change your faith without changing gods. And vice versa.
Stanislaw Jerzy Lec
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By theme: Humor   Religion   Wit  

Where love is, no disguise can hide it for long; where it is not, none can simulate it.
Francois de La Rochefoucauld
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By theme: Love   Psychology  

That man is a success, who has lived well, laughed often and loved much.
Robert Louis Stevenson
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By theme: Life   Wisdom  

People fear silence as they fear solitude, because both give them a glimpse of the terror of life`s nothingness.
Andre Maurois
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By theme: Behavior   Life   Psychology  

The world is a dangerous place to live, not because of the people who are evil, but because of the people who don`t do anything about it.
Albert Einstein
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By theme: Evil   Life   Society  

Never interrupt your enemy when he is making a mistake. It is impolite.
Napoleon I
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By theme: Behavior   War  

Thousands of candles can be lit from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases by being shared.
Buddha
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By theme: Happiness   Life   Philosophy