If the other person injures you, you may forget the injury; but if you injure him, you will always remember.
—Kahlil Gibran (Lebanese-born American Philosopher)
He who foresees calamities suffers them twice over.
—Beilby Porteus (Bishop of London)
What the public criticizes in you, cultivate. It is you.
—Jean Cocteau (French Poet, Artist)
Care about people’s approval and you will be their prisoner.
—Laozi (Chinese Philosopher)
The best plan is to profit by the folly of others.
—Pliny the Elder (Roman Scholar)
In love the paradox occurs that two beings become one and yet remain two.
—Erich Fromm (German Social Philosopher)
As a means to success, determination has this advantage over talent—that it does not have to be recognized by others.
One original thought is worth a thousand mindless quotings.
—Diogenes Laertius (Greek Biographer)
In politics, people give you what they think you deserve and deny you what they think you want.
—Cecil Parkinson (British Politician)
It’s hard enough to write a good drama, it’s much harder to write a good comedy, and it’s hardest of all to write a drama with comedy. Which is what life is.
—Jack Lemmon (American Actor)
Railway termini are our gates to the glorious and the unknown. Through them we pass out into adventure and sunshine, to them, alas! we return.
—E. M. Forster (English Novelist)
It is no proof of a man’s understanding to be able to confirm whatever he pleases; but to be able to discern that what is true is true, and that what is false is false; this is the mark and character of intelligence.
—Emanuel Swedenborg (Swedish Mystic, Theologian, Scientist)
The worst men often give the best advice.
—Philip James Bailey (English Poet)
Success and failure are greatly overrated. But failure gives you a whole lot more to talk about.
—Hildegard Knef (German Actress, Singer)
It is an unfortunate human failing that a full pocketbook often groans more loudly than an empty stomach.
—Franklin D. Roosevelt (American Head of State)
Life is a corrupting process from the time a child learns to play his mother off against his father in the politics of when to go to bed; he who fears corruption fears life.
—Saul Alinsky (Community Organizer)
Education makes a people easy to lead, but difficult to drive; easy to govern but impossible to enslave.
—Henry Brougham, 1st Baron Brougham and Vaux (Scottish Jurist, Politician)