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"All good writing is swimming under water and holding your breath."
-- Quote by author F. Scott Fitzgerald

"We are not interested in the possibilities of defeat; they do not exist."
-- Quote by Queen Victoria, in regards to the Boer War

"Forgiveness is a virtue of the brave."
-- Quote by Indira Gandhi, prime minister of India

"To Joseph Stalin: Stop sending people to kill me! We've already captured five of them, one of them with a bomb and another with a rifle... If you don't stop sending killers, I'll send a very fast working one to Moscow and I certainly won't have to send another."
-- Quote by Yugoslav leader Josip Tito

"At the end, the acquisition of wealth is ignoble in the extreme. I assume that you save and long for wealth only as a means of enabling you the better to do some good in your day and generation."
-- Quote by business leader Andrew Carnegie

“I stopped believing in Santa Claus when I was six. Mother took me to see him in a department store and he asked for my autograph.”
– Quote by child actress Shirley Temple

"I'm nobody. I'm a tramp, a bum, a hobo. I'm a boxcar and a jug of wine, and a straight razor if you get too close to me."
-- Quote by convicted criminal Charles Manson

"I am become death, the destroyer of worlds."
-- Quote by J. Robert Oppenheimer, director of the Manhattan Project

“I know that, like every woman of the people, I have more strength than I appear to have.”
-- First Lady of Argentina, Eva Peron

"If you want to succeed you should strike out on new paths, rather than travel the worn paths of accepted success."
-- Quote by oil tycoon John D. Rockefeller

"Do you think when two representatives holding diametrically opposing views get together and shake hands, the contradictions between our systems will simply melt away? What kind of a daydream is that?"
-- Quote by Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev

"I have a lifetime appointment and I intend to serve it. I expect to die at 110, shot by a jealous husband."
-- Quote by Thurgood Marshall, the first African-American Supreme Court Justice

"I have had a lot of adversaries in my political life, but no enemies that I can remember."
-- Quote by U.S. President Gerald R. Ford

"A journey is a person in itself; no two are alike. And all plans, safeguards, policing, and coercion are fruitless. We find that after years of struggle that we do not take a trip; a trip takes us."
-- Quote by John Steinbeck, author of The Grapes of Wrath

"I have no trouble with my enemies. I can take care of my enemies in a fight. But my friends, my goddamned friends, they're the ones who keep me walking the floor at nights!" -- Quote by U.S. President Warren Harding

"Follow your own passion -- not your parents', not your teachers' -- yours." -- Quote by oceanographer Robert Ballard, the man who found the Titanic's wreck

"The best time to plan a book is while you're doing the dishes."
-- Quote by crime writer Agatha Christie

"I only hope that we never lose sight of one thing — that it was all started by a mouse."
-- Quote by Walt Disney

"History will be kind to me for I intend to write it."
-- Quote by British Prime Minister Winston Churchill

"There are some oligarchs that make me want to bite them just as one crunches into a carrot or a radish."
-- Quote by Eva Peron, former first lady of Argentina

"For most of history, anonymous was a woman."
-- Quote by writer Virginia Woolf

"What a distressing contrast there is between the radiant intelligence of the child and the feeble mentality of the average adult."
-- Quote by psychoanalyst Sigmund Freud

“(World War I) was the most colossal, murderous, mismanaged butchery that has ever taken place on earth. Any writer who said otherwise lied. So the writers either wrote propaganda, shut up, or fought.”
-- Quote by author Ernest Hemingway in Farewell to Arms

"Everyone wants to be Cary Grant. Even I want to be Cary Grant."
-- Quote by actor Cary Grant

"We don't know a millionth of one percent about anything."
-- Quote by inventor and scientist Thomas Edison

"The one thing I do not want to be called is First Lady. It sounds like a saddle horse."
-- Quote by First Lady Jackie Kennedy

"A life is not important except in the impact it has on other lives."
-- Quote by baseball player, Jackie Robinson

"There can be no great accomplishment without risk."
-- Quote by astronaut Neil Armstrong, the first man to walk on the moon

"For some years, I have been afflicted with the belief that flight is possible to man. My disease has increased in severity and I feel that it will soon cost me an increased amount of money if not my life."
-- Quote by Wilbur Wright

"When you see something that is technically sweet, you go ahead and do it and argue about what to do about it only after you've had your technical success. That is the way it was with the atomic bomb."
-- Quote by J. Robert Oppenheimer, director of the Manhattan Project

"Nothing could be worse than the fear that one had given up too soon, and left one unexpended effort that might have saved the world."
-- Quote by Jane Addams, social reformer

"Peace will come when the Arabs will love their children more than they hate us."
-- Quote by Golda Meir, prime minister of Israel

"Early in life I had to choose between honest arrogance and hypocritical humility. I chose honest arrogance and have seen no occasion to change."
-- Quote by Frank Lloyd Wright, architect

"During my lifetime I have dedicated myself to this struggle of the African people. I have fought against white domination, and I have fought against black domination. I have cherished the ideal of a democratic and free society in which all persons will live together in harmony and with equal opportunities. It is an ideal which I hope to live for. But, my lord, if needs be, it is an ideal for which I am prepared to die."
-- Quote by Nelson Mandela, South African civil rights activist

"Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure. The fearful are caught as often as the bold."
-- Quote by Helen Keller, who was both deaf and blind

"Life was meant to be lived, and curiosity must be kept alive. One must never, for whatever reason, turn his back on life."
-- Quote by Eleanor Roosevelt, First Lady of the United States and delegate to the United Nations

"My chief task has been to conquer fear. The public sees only the thrill of the accomplished trick; they have no conception of the tortuous preliminary self-training that was necessary to conquer fear. No one except myself can appreciate how I have to work at this job every single day, never letting up for a moment. I always have on my mind the thought that next year I must do something greater, something more wonderful."
-- Quote by Harry Houdini, magician

"[Women] must pay for everything.... They do get more glory than men for comparable feats. But, also, women get more notoriety when they crash."
-- Quote by Amelia Earhart

"The sounds of people drowning are something that I can not describe to you, and neither can anyone else. It's the most dreadful sound and there is a terrible silence that follows it."
-- Quote by Eva Hart, Titanic Survivor

"The length of a film should be directly related to the endurance of the human bladder."
-- Quote by Alfred Hitchcock, "The Master of Suspense"

"The revolution is not an apple that falls when it is ripe. You have to make it fall."
-- Quote by revolutionary Che Guevara

"I am neither a fanatic nor a dreamer. I am a black man who loves peace, and justice, and loves his people."
-- Quote by Malcolm X

"All I need to make a comedy is a park, a policeman and a pretty girl."
-- Quote by silent-screen actor and director Charlie Chaplin

"May you live to be 100 and may the last voice you hear be mine."
-- Quote by actor and singer Frank Sinatra

"The important thing is not what they think of me, but what I think of them."
-- Quote by Queen Victoria

"I have learned that success is to be measured not so much by the position that one has reached in life, as by the obstacles which he has overcome while trying to succeed."
-- Quote by Booker T. Washington, educator and author

"For evil to flourish, it only requires good men to do nothing."
-- Quote by Holocaust survivor and Nazi hunter Simon Wiesenthal

"We should all start to live before we get too old. Fear is stupid. So are regrets."
-- Quote by actress Marilyn Monroe

"The cost of liberty is less than the price of repression."
-- Quote by W.E.B. DuBois

"Pilots take no special joy in walking: pilots like flying. Pilots generally take pride in a good landing, not in getting out of the vehicle."
-- Quote by astronaut Neil Armstrong, talking about his famous moonwalk

"All music is folk music. I ain't never heard a horse sing a song."
-- Quote by famous jazz musician Louis Armstrong

"To all those who have suffered as a consequence of our troubled past I extend my sincere thoughts and deep sympathy. With the benefit of historical hindsight we can all see things which we would wish had been done differently or not at all."
-- Quote by Queen Elizabeth II

"You always get a special kick on opening day, no matter how many you go through. You look forward to it like a birthday party when you're a kid. You think something wonderful is going to happen."
-- Quote by baseball player Joe DiMaggio

"Anything worth doing is worth overdoing."
-- Quote by musician Mick Jagger of the Rolling Stones

"I am among those who think that science has great beauty. A scientist in his laboratory is not only a technician: he is also a child placed before natural phenomena which impress him like a fairy tale."
-- Quote by scientist Marie Curie

"A man is not finished when he is defeated. He is finished when he quits."
-- Quote by former U.S. President Richard Nixon

"Jazz is the big brother of the blues. If a guy's playing blues like we play, he's in high school. When he starts playing jazz it's like going on to college, to a school of higher learning."
-- Quote by B. B. King, blues singer and guitarist

"A good hockey player plays where the puck is. A great hockey player plays where the puck is going to be."
-- Quote by hockey player Wayne Gretzky

"An onion can make people cry but there's never been a vegetable that can make people laugh."
-- Quote by comedian Will Rogers

"A pessimist is one who makes difficulties of his opportunities and an optimist is one who makes opportunities of his difficulties."
-- Quote by U.S. President Harry S. Truman

"It is humiliating to remain with our hands folded while others write history. It matters little who wins. To make a people great it is necessary to send them to battle even if you have to kick them in the pants. That is what I shall do."
-- Quote by Italian dictator Benito Mussolini

"The physician can bury his mistakes, but the architect can only advise his clients to plant vines."
-- Quote by Frank Lloyd Wright, architect

"People always say that I didn't give up my seat because I was tired, but that isn't true. I was not tired physically, or no more tired than I usually was at the end of a working day. I was not old, although some people have an image of me as being old then. I was forty-two. No, the only tired I was, was tired of giving in."
-- Quote by Rosa Parks, civil rights activist

"If everyone demanded peace instead of another television set, then there'd be peace."
-- Quote by John Lennon, musician

"I am a typed director. If I made Cinderella, the audience would immediately be looking for a body in the coach."
-- Quote by Alfred Hitchcock, movie director

"There is nothing more difficult for a truly creative painter than to paint a rose, because before he can do so he has first to forget all the roses that were ever painted."
-- Quote by Henri Matisse, painter

"While the State exists, there can be no freedom. When there is freedom there will be no State."
-- Quote by V.I. Lenin, Russian revolutionary

"I knew, as everyone knows, that the easiest way to attract a crowd is to let it be known that at a given time and a given place some one is going to attempt something that in the event of failure will mean sudden death."
-- Quote by Harry Houdini, magician

"If you want something said, ask a man; if you want something done, ask a woman."
-- Quote by Margaret Thatcher, former prime minister of the United Kingdom

"I do not think that there is any other quality so essential to success of any kind as the quality of perseverance. It overcomes almost everything, even nature."
-- Quote by John D. Rockefeller, oil tycoon

"If I were invited to a dinner party with my characters, I wouldn't show up."
-- Quote by children's author Dr. Seuss

"It may be true that the law cannot make a man love me, but it can keep him from lynching me, and I think that's pretty important."
-- Quote by Martin Luther King, Jr.

"I have an almost complete disregard of precedent, and a faith in the possibility of something better. It irritates me to be told how things have always been done. I defy the tyranny of precedent. I go for anything new that might improve the past."
-- Quote by Clara Barton, founder of the American Red Cross

"If I'm going to Hell, I'm going there playing the piano."
-- Quote by Rock 'n' Roll musician Jerry Lee Lewis

"How I Love Lucy was born? We decided that instead of divorce lawyers profiting from our mistakes, we'd profit from them."
-- Quote by actress Lucille Ball

"If you tremble with indignation at every injustice, then you are a comrade of mine."
-- Quote by revolutionary Che Guevara

"The painter should not paint what he sees, but what will be seen."
-- Quote by artist Paul Klee

"I was an ordinary woman who was called onstage at an extraordinary time. I was no different once I became first lady than I had been before. But, through an accident of history, I had become interesting to people."
-- Quote by Betty Ford, wife of U.S. President Gerald R. Ford

"Once upon a time my political opponents honored me as possessing the fabulous intellectual and economic power by which I created a worldwide depression all by myself."
-- Quote by U.S. President Herbert Hoover

"I prefer to stay alive and be criticized than be sympathized."
-- Quote by Gold Meir, Prime Minister of Israel

"A man can be destroyed but not defeated."
-- Quote by Ernest Hemingway, author

"Man, of all the animals, is probably the only one to regard himself as a great delicacy."
-- Quote by Jacques Cousteau, ocean explorer

"Better to live one year as a tiger, than a hundred as a sheep."
-- Quote by Madonna, singer

"Whenever you feel like criticizing any one...just remember that all the people in this world haven't had the advantages that you've had."
-- Quote by F. Scott Fitzgerald in The Great Gatsby

"Do what you feel in your heart to be right — for you'll be criticized anyway. You'll be 'damned if you do, and damned if you don't.'"
-- Quote by Eleanor Roosevelt, social activist and wife of U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt

"I love Mickey Mouse more than any woman I have ever known."
-- Quote by Walt Disney

"I'm not a dictator. It's just that I have a grumpy face."
-- Quote by Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet

"Are we to paint what's on the face, what's inside the face, or what's behind it?"
-- Quote by Pablo Picasso, artist

"I swore never to be silent whenever and wherever human beings endure suffering and humiliation. We must always take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented."
-- Quote by Elie Wiesel, Holocaust survivor

"Walking with a friend in the dark is better than walking alone in the light."
-- Quote by Helen Keller, who was both deaf and blind

"Strive not to be a success, but rather to be of value."
-- Quote by Albert Einstein

"I am a friend, comrades, a friend!"
-- Quote by Yuri Gagarin, the first man in space, after he had landed on a farm and was mistaken for an alien

"I never looked at the consequences of missing a big shot... when you think about the consequences you always think of a negative result."
-- Quote by Michael Jordan, basketball player

"We need to be the change we wish to see in the world."
-- Quote by Mahatma Gandhi

"Being a princess isn't all it's cracked up to be."
-- Quote by Princess Diana

"I arrived in Hollywood without having my nose fixed, my teeth capped, or my name changed. That is very gratifying to me."
-- Quote by Barbra Streisand, singer and actress

"It matters if you just don't give up."
-- Quote by theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking

"Only if we understand can we care. Only if we care will we help. Only if we help shall they be saved."
-- Quote by Jane Goodall, chimpanzee expert

"What kind of man would live where there is no daring? I don't believe in taking foolish chances but nothing can be accomplished without taking any chance at all."
-- Charles Lindbergh, aviator

"Ideas are more powerful than guns. We would not let our enemies have guns, why should we let them have ideas."
-- Quote by Joseph Stalin, former dictator of the Soviet Union

"People think that I must be a very strange person. This is not correct. I have the heart of a small boy. It is in a glass jar on my desk."
-- Quote by Stephen King, horror fiction writer

"I am sorry to say that there is too much point to the wisecrack that life is extinct on other planets because their scientists were more advanced than ours."
-- Quote by John F. Kennedy, President of the United States

"I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel."
-- Quote by Maya Angelou, author

"You can get much farther with a kind word and a gun than you can with a kind word alone."
-- Quote by Al Capone, Chicago crime boss during the 1920s

"All adventures, especially into new territory, are scary."
-- Quote by Sally Ride, the first American woman in space

"I began revolution with 82 men. If I had to do it again, I do it with 10 or 15 and absolute faith. It does not matter how small you are if you have faith and plan of action."
-- Quote by Fidel Castro, dictatorial leader of Cuba

"Unless a reviewer has the courage to give you unqualified praise, I say ignore the bastard."
-- Quote by John Steinbeck, author of The Grapes of Wrath

"Hollywood is a place where they'll pay you a thousand dollars for a kiss and fifty cents for your soul."
-- Quote by actress Marilyn Monroe

"I have a lifetime appointment and I intend to serve it. I expect to die at 110, shot by a jealous husband."
-- Quote by Thurgood Marshall, the first African-American member of the U.S. Supreme Court

"Get action. Seize the moment. Man was never intended to become an oyster."
-- Quote by Theodore Roosevelt

"Never interrupt someone doing something you said couldn't be done."
-- Quote by Amelia Earhart

"If you're going to do something, do it well. And leave something witchy."
-- Quote by Charles Manson

"None of us wanted to be the bass player. In our minds he was the fat guy who always played at the back."
-- Quote by Paul McCartney of the Beatles

But there are advantages to being elected President. The day after I was elected, I had my high school grades classified Top Secret.
-- Quote by Ronald Reagan

A man who views the world the same at fifty as he did at twenty has wasted thirty years of his life.
-- Quote by Muhammad Ali

I have drove Fords exclusively when I could get away with one.
-- Quote by Clyde Barrow

Love is a fruit in season at all times and within the reach of every hand.
-- Quote by Mother Teresa

Every strike brings me closer to the next home run.
-- Quote by Babe Ruth

I never see what has been done; I only see what remains to be done.
-- Quote by scientist Marie Curie

We are all worms. But I believe that I am a glow-worm.
-- Quote by Winston Churchill

We must learn to live together as brothers or perish together as fools.
-- Quote by Martin Luther King Jr.

I've learned one thing: you only really get to know a person after a fight. Only then can you judge their true character!
-- Quote by Anne Frank

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