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A compilation of thought-inspiring quotations.


(1) Two men look out through the same bars: one sees the mud, and one the stars.
        - Frederick Langbridge.
(2) Marriage is the best state for a man in general; and every man is a worse man, in proportion as he is unfit for the married state.
       -Samuel Johnson (1709-1784)
(3) Praise makes a good man better and bad men worse.
       -Fuller, 1732
(4) She who has never loved, has never lived.
       -ASTARBE, in The Captives.
(5) To live is like love, all reason is against it, and all healthy instinct for it.
      - Samuel Butler (1835-1902)
(6) He that promises too much, means nothing.
      -Draxe, 1616.
(7) The advantage of doing one’s praising for oneself is that one can lay it on so thickly and exactly in the right places.
      - Samuel Butler (1835-1902).
(8) Brigands demand your money or your life; women require both.
       - Samuel Butler (1835-1902).
(9) If the hill will not come to Mahomet, Mahomet will go to the hill.
     -Francis Bacon (1561-1626)
(10) Whosoever is delighted in solitude is either a wild beast or a god.
     -Francis Bacon (1561-1626).
(11) Of great riches there is no real use, except it be in the distribution.
    -Francis Bacon (1561-1626).
(12) All colours will agree in the dark.
     -Francis Bacon (1561-1626).
(13) Wives are young men’s mistresses; companions for middle age; and old men’s nurses.
     -Francis Bacon (1561-1626).
(14) It is a miserable state of mind to have few things to desire and many things to fear. -Francis Bacon (1561-1626).
(15) Money is like muck, not good except it be spread.
     -Francis Bacon (1561-1626).
(16) Some books are to be tasted, others to be swallowed, and some to be chewed and digested.
     -Francis Bacon (1561-1626).
(17) Nature, to be commanded, must be obeyed.
    -Francis Bacon (1561-1626).
(18) No arts; no letters; no society; and which is worst of all, continual fear and danger of violent death; and the life of man, solitary, poor, nasty, brutish, and short.
     -Thomas Hobbes (1588-1679).
(19) The condition of man…is a condition of war of everyone against everyone.
    -Thomas Hobbes (1588-1679).
(20) I know not what course others may take; but as for me, give me liberty or give me death.
-Patrick Henry (1736-1799).
(21) If men knew how women pass the time when they are alone, they’d never marry.
            - O. Henry (1862-1910).
(22) Treason doth never prosper: what’s the reason? For it to prosper, none dare call it treason.
          - Sir John Harrington 1561-1612.
(23) History, which is, indeed, little more than the register of the crimes, follies, and misfortunes of mankind.
           -Edward Gibbon (1737-1794).
(24) All that is human must retrograde if it does not advance.
           -Edward Gibbon (1737-1794).
(25) He knows little who will tell his wife all he knows.
           -Thomas Fuller (1608-1661).
(26) My people and I have come to an agreement which satisfies us both. They are to say what they please, and I am to do what I please.
          -Frederick The Great of Prussia (1712-1786).
(27) You rogues, do you want to live for ever?
          -Frederick The Great of Prussia (1712-1786).
(28) Happiness makes up in Height for what it lacks in Length.
          -Robert Frost (1875-1963).
(29) Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm.
          -Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882).
(30) Who is a communist? One who has yearnings for equal division of unequal earnings.
          -Ebenezer Elliot (1781-1849)
(31) If a man write a better book, preach a better sermon, or make a better mouse-trap than his neighbour, though he build his house in the woods, the world will make a beaten path to his door.
          -Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882).
(32) Can anybody remember when the times were not hard, and money not scarce?
         -Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882).
(33) The reward of a thing well done is to have done it.
         -Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882).
(34) When a dog bites a man that is not news, but when a man bites a dog, that is news.
         -Charles Anderson Dana (1819-1879).
(35) There is no greater sorrow than to recall a time of happiness when in misery.
         -Alighieri Dante (1262-1321).
(36) Man with all his noble qualities…still bears in his bodily frame the indelible stamp of his lowly origin.
         - Charles Darwin (1809-1882)
(37) Respect expressed is the best respect.
         - Ajibola Aries.
(38) A person that is neither respected nor feared is the most vulnerable creature: he should be prepared to be at the receiving end of the worst anyone can give.
        -Ajibola Aries.
(39) Except when it is dead the conscience is the boldest but quietest critic.
        - Ajibola Aries.
(40) Moral courage is not the ability to avoid temptation, but the ability to see temptation and face it, without being overwhelmed by it.
        -Ajibola Aries.
(41) War proves not strength, but that men enter a season of madness.
        -Ajibola Aries.
(42) He who questions the origins of Fear, has done mankind the greatest favour.
        - Ajibola Aries.
(43) It is not everything that you desire that is good for you; and it is not everything that is good for you that is meant for you.
        -Ajibola Aries.
(44) Wise men are ruled by their intellects; fools by their moods.
        -Ajibola Aries.
(45) A wise dog does not flex muscles during misunderstanding with a lion.
        -Ajibola Aries.
(46) For why do you live
And why do I live
If naught in creation exists
Even as Hope?
        -Ajibola Aries.
(47) Everyone should be given a fair hearing, for truth is such a powerful phenomenon that it can force itself out through the mouth of anybody.
        -Ajibola Aries.
(48) For when the wine is in, the wit is out.
       -Thomas Becon (1512-1567).
(49) Genius is one percent inspiration and ninety-nine percent perspiration.
       - Thomas Edison (1847-1931).
(50) Hope is a good breakfast, but a bad supper.
      - Francis Bacon (1561-1626).
(51) I never think of the future. It comes too soon.
      - Albert Einstein (1879-1955).
(52) The happiest women, like the happiest nations, have no history.
      - George Elliot (Mary Ann Evans), 1819-1880.
(53) Animals are such agreeable friends - they ask no questions, they pass no criticisms.
       - George Elliot (Mary Ann Evans), 1819-1880.
(54) To be great is to be misunderstood.
       - Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882).
(55) What is conservatism? Is it not adherence to the old and tried, against the new and untried?
       - Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865).
(56) I intend no modification of my oft-expressed personal wish that all men everywhere could be free.
       - Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865).
(57) You can fool some of the people all the time and all the people some of the time; but you can’t fool all the people all the time.
       - Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865).
(58) There is no good in arguing with the inevitable. The only argument available with an east wind is to put on your overcoat.
     - James Russell Lowell (1819-1891).
(59) Genius does what it must, and Talent does what it can.
     - Owen Meredith (1831-1891).
(60) More than an end to war, we want an end to the beginning of all wars.
      - Franklin Roosevelt (1882-1945).

(61) The murals in restuarants are on par with the food in museums.

       -Peter De Vries

(62) To get thine ends, lay bashfulness aside; Who fears to ask, doth teach to be deny'd.

       -Robert Herrick (1591-1674).

(63) In the part of this universe that we know there is great injustice, and often the good suffer, and often the wicked prosper, and one hardly knows which of those is more annoying.

      -Bertrand Russell (1872-1970).

(64) Face the fury of those who disagree; in your heart, you know they are wrong. Chances are that they know they are wrong. Give the tornado the respect it deserves, but don't let it shake your foundation.
(65) If afflictions refine some, they consume others.
         -Thomas Fuller (1654-1734).

(66) Before you criticize someone, walk a mile in their shoes. That way, when you criticise them, you are a mile away and you have their shoes.

    -'The sisterhood of the travelling pants'

(67) By all means, marry. If you get a good wife, you'll be happy. If you get a bad one, you'll become a philosopher.

(68) Love one another, but make not a bond of love. Let it be a moving sea between the shores of your souls. Stand together, yet not too near together, for the pillars of the temple stand apart.
(69) In order to disprove the law that all crows are black, it is enough to find one white crow.
          - William James  

(70) True love cannot be found where it truely does not exist... nor can it be hidden where it truly exists.
      - Anonymous

(71) To be ignorant of one's ignorance is the malady of the ignorant.
        -(Amos) Bronson Alcott

(72)  In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.
        -Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790).

(73) If you want enemies, excel others; if you want friends, let others excel you.
        -Charles Caleb Colton

(74) Nothing appears more surprising to those who consider human affairs with a philosophical eye, than the easiness with which the many are governed by the few.
        -David Hume

(75) The last to be overcome is death, and the knowledge of life is the knowledge of death.
        -Edgar Cayce

(76) Why, Sir, most schemes of political improvements are very laughable things.
        -Dr Samuel Johnson

(77) Believe me, every man has his secret sorrows, which the world knows not; and oftentimes we call a man cold when he is only sad.
        -Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

(78) ...any mortal who must enjoy longevity, must be prepared to endure sundry bereavements - not only of age-mates, but also of younger generations, including kith, kin, and offspring.

(79) "I know the resurrection is a fact, and Watergate proved it to me. How? Because 12 men testified they had seen Jesus raised from the dead, and then they proclaimed that truth for 40 years, never once denying it. Every one was beaten, tortured, stoned and put in prison. They would not have endured that if it weren’t true. Watergate embroiled 12 of the most powerful men in the world—and they couldn’t keep a lie for three weeks. You’re telling me 12 apostles could keep a lie for 40 years? Absolutely impossible."
-Chuk Colson

(80) Those who lie for personal gains do not stick together very long, especially when hardship decreases the benefits. 


(81) Men will die for what they believe to be true, though it may actually be false. They do not, however, die for what they know is a lie.
 -Paul Little

 (82)  Every religion harbour its own extremists, and extremists are nothing but confused people who need to learn that nothing is supposed to be perfect. No religion is supposed to rule or conquer the world...


 (83) If the idea is that a woman's face and body is enough to drive muslim men into doing the unthinkable, then the problem is not the woman's integrity, but the weakness of men.


(84) What difference does it make to the dead, the orphans, and the homeless, whether the mad destruction is wrought under the name of totalitarianism or the holy name of liberty or democracy?

-Mahatma Ghandi

(85) Be thankful for what you have; you'll end up having more.
If you concentrate on what you don't have, you will never, ever have enough.

-Oprah Winfrey

(86) There is no pillow that is softer than a clear conscience.


(87) Be careful who you open up to, only few people actually care, the rest are just curious.

(88) Never underestimate stupid people in large numbers, especially when they can vote.

(89) Every human life has a lesson to teach, if only we look closely enough.

(90) The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.
-Edmun Burke

(91) Every human life has a lesson to teach, if only we look closely enough.

(92) People do not commit crimes because of their faith. They commit crimes because they are criminals. 
-Rev. Mathew Kukah

(93) The smallest handcuff in this world is a wedding ring.

(94) You have enemies? Good. That means you've stood up for something in your life.
 -Winston Chuchill (1874 - 1965)

(95) A creative man is motivated by the desire to acheive, not the desire to beat others.
 -Ayn Rand

(96) Throughout history, it has always been the inaction of those who could have acted, the indifference of those who should have known better, the silence of the voice of justice when it mattered most, that has made it possible for evil to triumph.
 -Haile Selassie (1892 - 1975)

(97) ..murder is the most popular human sport, and has always been sanctioned by those who think they have power over others, for any excuse that their warped minds can conceive of.
  - Ludichrist2000

(98) A creative man is motivated by the desire to achieve, not the desire to beat others.
 -Ayn Rand

(99) That we evolved in an uncaring natural environment where suffering is the driving force of evolution does not carry with it the implication that we are justified in carrying on with it.
 -frank Merton (2013)

 (100) Rather than have a monster child meet a shameful death in the market place; it is best that the mother strangles it in the secret recesses of the home.
-Yoruba adage.

 (101) Education and rigorous punishment for those who feel, not 'I'm right, you're wrong' but 'I'm right, you're dead'.
-Wole Soyinka.

(102) One of the penalties for refusing to participate in politics is that you end up being governed by your inferiors.

(103) Being defeated is often a temporary condition. Giving up is what makes permanent.
- Marlene vos Savant

(104) You cannot adopt politics as a profession and remain honest.
-L. Howe. 1871 - 1936

(105) If the conversation is redundantly magnifying the problem instead of strategising the solution, keep quiet until you are more solution-oriented.
-T.D. Jakes

(106) ... it's easier to fool people - than to convince them that they have been fooled.
 -Mark Twain

(107) The phenomenon of UFOs does exist, and it must be treated seriously.
-Mikhail Gorbachev

(108) The glory and the course of Man are his brain. It raises him above the beasts of the field and the forest, but it also dooms him as a species.
 - Waldemor Kaempffert (1877 - 1956)

(109) When humans act with cruelty we characterise them as animals, yet the only animal that displays cruelty is humanity.

- Anthony Douglas

(110) The most beautiful system of the sun, planets and comets, could only proceed from the counsell and dominion of an intelligent and powerful Being. This Being governs all things, not as the soul of the world, but as Lord over all: and on account of His dominion He is to be called Lord God.

- Sir Isaac Newton

(111) The Americans are truly a lucky people. They are bordered to the north and south by weak neighbors and to the east and west by fish.

- Otto von Bismarck (1 April 1815 - 30 July 1898)

(112) Yesterday is not for us to recover, but tommorow is for us to win or lose.

 - Lyndon Johnson

(113) And of all plagues with which mankind are curst, ecclesiastic tyranny's the worst.

- Daniel Defoe (1660? - 1751)

(114) Nature is but a name for an effect, whose cause is God.

- William Cooper (1731 - 1800)

(115) You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.
- Shovan Chowdhury

(116) If all insects disappeared from the Earth, within 50 years all life would end; if all men disappeared from the Earth, within 50 years all life would fluorish

- Unknown author.

(117) The life of a single human being is worth a million times more than all the property of the richest man on earth.

- Ernesto Che Guevara (1928 - 1967).


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