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What?

  • I saw her sex.
  • Oh no!
  • And the bear turned on him.
  • ...they found her out, and they burned her.
  • An illness came upon him.
  • He escaped on foot.
  • I--I got som'em you don't got--check this out!
  • You can't put a suit on a pig?
  • There it is!
  • What is it?
  • Huh-huh--huh-huh, come to Butthead.

Site Manager's Favorites
"I-Thou?"
Observation?
Projection?
ad hominem
From Artistic Works
Additional Resources

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"Cogito, ergo sum." (I think, therefore, I am.) René Descartes

"There is little education in the second kick of a mule." Senator Fritz (Ernest F.) Hollings (SC)  

"Well, I know... " John Lee Hooker

"To be closer to God, be closer to people." Gibran

"Man is not disturbed by things, but by the views he takes of them." Epictetus

"I am because we are, and because we are, therefore, I am." Afrocentric Motto  

"I saw them eating and I knew who they were." Gibran  

"When you come to a fork in the road...Take it." Yogi Berra

 "I-Thou?"

"Man has his will--but woman has her way." Oliver Wendell Holmes

"Can the Ethiopian change his skin, or the leopard his spots? Jeremiah XIII:23

"Anybody who hates children and dogs can't be all bad." W. C. Fields

"From each according to his abilities, to each according to his needs." Karl Marx

"I have nothing but hatred in my heart for him [Saddam Hussein]" George H. W. Bush, [reported] Newsweek, September 30, 2002

"Of all forms of caution, caution in love is perhaps the most fatal to true happiness." Bertrand Russell

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

"I am not a crook." Richard Milhous Nixon

"Familiarity breeds contempt--and children." Mark Twain

"It takes two to make a marriage a success and only one a failure." Herbert Louis Samuel

Observation?

"What we have to learn to do, we learn by doing." Aristotle

"Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few." Winston Churchill (Aug. 1940)

"What we call progress is the exchange of one nuisance for another nuisance." Henry Havelock Ellis

"We boil at different degrees." Ralph Waldo Emerson

"Religion is an illusion and it derives its strength from the fact that it falls in with our instinctual desires." Sigmund Freud

"Intelligence is quickness to apprehend as distinct from ability, which is capacity to act wisely on the thing apprehended." Alfred North Whitehead

"Sorrow is tranquility remembered in emotion." Dorothy Parker

"A radical is a man with both feet firmly planted in the air." Franklin Delano Roosevelt

"The megalomaniac differs from the narcissist by the fact that he wishes to be powerful rather than charming, and seeks to be feared rather than loved. To this type belong many lunatics and most of the great men of history." Bertrand Russell

"The young man who has not wept is a savage, and the old man who will not laugh is a fool." George Santayana

"The mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation." Henry David Thoreau

"If you want to be happy, be." Leo Tolstoy

"I have taken more good from alcohol than alcohol has taken from me." Winston Churchill

"There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies, and statistics." Mark Twain

"When I'm good I'm very good, but when I'm bad I'm better." Mae West

Projection?

"We all are born mad. Some remain so." Samuel Beckett

"Things do not change, we change." Henry David Thoreau

"If God did not exist, it would be necessary to invent Him." Voltaire

"The future is...black." James Baldwin

"Few people can be happy unless they hate some other person, nation or creed." Bertrand Russell

"Those whom God wishes to destroy, he first makes mad." Euripides

"It is only one step from the sublime to the ridiculous." Napoleon Bonaparte

"It depends on what the meaning of is, is." William Jefferson Clinton

"When a man is in love he endures more than at other times; he submits to everything." Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche

"Life is not a spectacle or a feast; it is a predicament." George Santayana

"The good is the beautiful." Plato

"The chief danger in life is that you may take too many precautions." Alfred Adler

"Youth is a blunder, manhood a struggle; old age a regret." Benjamin Disraeli

"Whenever I'm caught between two evils, I take the one I've never tried." Mae West

"Either you innovate or you're in commodity hell." Samuel J. Palmisano, Chairman and Chief Executive, IBM [reported] New York Times, January 25, 2004

"The government can't burn down the house to roast the pig." Ann Beeson, Lawyer, American Civil Liberties Union, Oral Arguments, U.S. Supreme Court [reported] New York Times, March 3, 2004

"As I was telling my husb/As I was telling President Bush." Condoleezza Rice, National Security Advisor [reported] Newsweek, May 3, 2004

ad hominem

"There's Adam Clymer, major league asshole from the New York Times." George W. Bush [reported] BBC News-Americas, September 5, 2000

Larry Ellison, CEO, Oracle Corp. on Craig A. Conway, CEO, PeopleSoft, Inc. "If Craig and the dog were standing next to each other, trust me--I have one bullet--it wouldn't be for the dog." [reported] Washington Post, July, 24, 2003

Gerald M. Levin on Stephen M. Case: "...automaton [with] no spirituality..." [reported] New York Times, January 18, 2004

Lyndon Johnson on Martin Luther King Jr: ''...that goddamned nigger preacher.'' [reported] New York Times, February 2, 2004

David Plotz on [U.S.] Senator Jim Inhofe (R-OK): "Widely considered one of the dumbest members of Congress..." [reported] Slate, November 21, 1998

From Artistic Works

"Well, I'm goin' down the road, and stop at Fannie Mae's, gonna tell Fannie [uh] what her boyfriend said/Don't start me to talkin'--I'll tell everything I know!/I'm gonna break up this signifying 'cause somebody's got to go!/Jack give his wife two dollars to go downtown, and get some market/gets out the street, old George stopped her, he knocked her down, and blackened her eye/She gets back home--tell her husband a lie/Don't start me to talkin'--I'll tell everything I know/I'm gonna break up this signifying--somebody's got to go!/She borrowed some money--go to beauty shop--he honked his horn--she began to stop--'said take me to baby, around the block--I'm goin' to the beauty shop, where I can get my hair socked'/Don't start me to talkin'--I'll tell everything I know!/Well, to break up this signifying--somebody's got to go!" Sonny Boy Williamson [II] Don't start Me to Talkin'

".... Sittin' on the outside, just me and my Maker/You know honey, I made the moon come up, two hours late/Ain't that a man!"/ ...." Muddy Waters (McKinley Morganfield), Mannish Boy

".... Hey y'all!/Tell everybody!/Koko Taylor's in town!/I've got a dollar-and-a-quarter, and just raring to clown/Don't let nobody play me cheap--I've got 50 cents more than I'm gonna keep/Let the good times roll/ ...." Koko Taylor Let the Good Times Roll

".... I'm the Hoochie Coochie Man/Everybody knows I'm here .... On the seventh hour--On the seventh day--On the seventh month--The seven doctors said/He was born for good luck, and that you'll see/I got seven hundred dollars--don't you mess with me!/But you know I'm here/Everybody knows I'm here!/ ...." Muddy Waters (McKinley Morganfield), Hoochie Coochie Man

".... When I first got the blues/they brought me over on a ship/Men were standing over me/A lot more with a whip/....Oh, I thought I'd go down to the welfare/To get myself some grits and stuff/But the lady stand up and said, 'You haven't been around long enough'/ ...." B. B. King, Why I Sing the Blues

".... The percentage you're paying is too high priced while you are living beyond all your means/And the man in the suit has just bought a new car on the profit he made on your dreams/But today you just read that the man was shot dead by a gun that didn't make any noise/..../If you had just a minute to breathe/And they granted you one final wish/Would you ask for something, like another chance?/ ...." Traffic, Low Spark of High Heeled Boys

"Look at me: I worked my way up from nothing to an extreme state of poverty." Groucho Marx, Monkey Business, 1931

".... I spoke--to the river/And the river--spoke back to me/ ...." James Cotton, River's Invitation

"Yes--Ain't this a pity/People--ain't this a crying shame/I declare, it's a pity, and God knows it's a crying shame/The woman waits 'till it got nine below zero, and put me down, for another man/I was givin' her all of my money--all of my loving and everything/..../Yeah, it was nine below zero, and she done put me down for another man/ ...." Sonny Boy Williamson [II] Nine Below Zero

".... Last night, I saw a naked Cowgirl/She was floatin' across the ceiling/...." ZZ Top, My Head's In Mississippi

".... Your lips move, but I can't hear what you're saying/ ...." Pink Floyd, Comfortably Numb

".... I'm so mad this morning/I don't know where in the world to go/ ...." [contemporary] Doyle Bramhall II; [earlier] Howlin' Wolf, Forty-Four

".... They said, if you're white, you're alright/If you're brown, stick around/And if you're black, get back/ ...."  Eddie Boyd, Black, Brown, and White

"Beulah, peel me a grape." Mae West, I'm No Angel, 1933

".... Well, the Blues had a baby/And they named it Rock-and-Roll/ ...." Muddy Waters, Hard Again

".... Yeah!/She might be your woman/Oh!/But she comes to see me sometime/ ...." Homesick James Williamson, She May Be Your Woman

".... Big legs, tight skirt/About to drive me, out of my mind/ ...." John Lee Hooker, The Ultimate Collection

".... Suspicious minds are talking/They're trying to tear us apart/They don't believe this love of mine/They don't know what love is/They don't know what love is!/They don't know what love is!/They don't know what love is!/I know what love is! ...." Joe Cocker, You Can Leave Your Hat On

".... Hey-hey, hey-hey/Ding-dong, ding-dong/ ...." Eddie Boyd, It's A Mellow Day

".... Well, I ain't superstitious/but a black cat just crossed my trail/Don't sweep me with no broom, it just might get put in jail/ ...." Howlin' Wolf (also: Willie Dixon) I Ain't Superstitious

"It take[n] me long time, to find out my mistakes--it's taken me long time--a long time--to find out my mistakes/Well, I bet you my bottom dollar, I not fattening no more frogs for snakes!/I found out my downfall--wo!--back in nineteen and thirty-eight/..../I tellin' everybody--I'm not fattening no more frogs for snakes ...." Sonny Boy Williamson [II] Fattening Frogs for Snakes

".... /I don't know, but I've been told--a big leg woman ain't got not soul/ ...." Led Zeppelin, Black Dog

Additional Resources

Aphorisms Galore--Authors (Wastholm Media)
Identify over 700 randomly listed authors (and famous individuals) from a directory, and read what they have to say about many topics. Also, browse the Categories directory for quotes related to: art and literature, men and women, law and politics, love and hate, life and death, wisdom and ignorance, and much more.

Quotations by Topic--Quoteland.com (Quoteland.com, Inc., Newtonville, MA)

Familiar Quotations by John Bartlett (Bartleby.com)
Alphabetical, chronological, and concordance indices--published in 1919

The Columbia World of Quotations (Robert Andrews, Mary Biggs, and Michael Seidel, Eds; Bartleby.com)
Alphabetical index--published in 2001

 

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