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Absence is to love what wind is to fire; it extinguishes the small, it enkindles the great. --Comte de Bussy-Rabutin
Absence makes the heart grow fonder. --Thomas Haynes Bayly (1797-1839): Isle of Beauty
Absence of proof is not proof of absence. --Michael Crichton (1942-)
Abundance, like want, ruins many.
Accidents will happen.
Accidents will occur in the best regulated families. --Charles (John Huffam) Dickens (1812-70): David Copperfield
Accomplishments will prove to be a journey, not a destination. --Dwight David Eisenhower (1890-1969)
Acorns were good until bread was found. --Francis Bacon (1561-1626)
Action speaks louder than words.
The actor should be able to create the universe in the palm of his hand. --Sir Laurence (Kerr) Olivier (1907-89)
Actors are the jockeys of literature. Others supply the horses, the plays, and we simply make them run. --Sir Ralph (David) Richardson (1902-83)
Adversities will make a jewel of you.
Adversity makes men wise.
Adversity reveals genius, prosperity conceals it. --Horace [Quintus Horatius Flaccus] (65-8B.C.)
Advice is like snow; the softer it falls, the longer it dwells upon, and the deeper it sinks into, the mind. --Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772-1834)
Advice when most needed is least heeded.
After a flood there comes an ebb.
After a storm comes a calm.
After death the doctor.
After us the deluge!
Age brings wisdom.
Age doesn't always bring wisdom. Sometimes age comes alone.
An aged man is but a paltry thing, a tattered coat upon a stick, unless soul clap its hands and sing, and louder sing for every tatter in its mortal dress. --W(illiam) B(utler) Yeats (1865-1939): Sailing to Byzantium
An aim in life is the only fortune worth finding. --Jacqueline Lee Bouvier Onassis [Kennedy] (1929-)
The airplane stays up because it doesn't have the time to fall. --Orville Wright (1871-1948)
All adverse and depressing influences can be overcome, not by fighting, but by rising above them. --Charles Caleb Colton (c.1780-1832)
All are not thieves that dogs bark at.
All art is autobiographical; the pearl is the oyster's autobiography. --Federico Fellini (1920-93)
All cats are gray in the dark [at night].
All covet all lose.
All fear is bondage.
All good things come to an end.
All his geese are swans.
All human wisdom is summed up in two words--wait and hope. --Alexandre Dumas, père (1802-70): Le Comte de Monte Cristo
All is fair in love and war.
All is fish that come to the net.
All is not gold that glitters. --David Garrick (1717-79)
All is well that ends well.
All life shall one day be extinct.
All men have aimed at, found and lost. --W(illiam) B(utler) Yeats (1865-1939): Lapis Lazuli
All my concerts had no sounds in them; they were completely silent. People had to make up their own music in their minds! --Yoko Ono (1933-)
All or nothing.
All roads lead to Rome.
All that glitters is not gold.
All that non-fiction can do is answer questions. It's fiction's business to ask them. --Richard (Arthur Warren) Hughes (1900-76)
All the world's a stage. --William Shakespeare (1564-1616): As You Like It
All things are difficult before they are easy. --Thomas Fuller (1608-61)
All things fall and are built again, and those that build them again are gay. --W(illiam) B(utler) Yeats (1865-1939): Lapis Lazuli
All things in their being are good for something.
All things must pass away. --George Harrison (1943-): All Things must Pass
All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy.
All your problems, discouragements, and heartaches are, in truth, great opportunities in disguise. --Les Brown
All's right with the world. --Robert Browning (1812-89): Pippa Passes
Alone, alone, all, all alone! Alone on a wide, wide sea! --Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772-1834): The Rime of the Ancient Mariner
Although the world is full of suffering, it is also full of the overcoming of it. --Helen (Adams) Keller (1880-1968)
Always forgive your enemies. Nothing annoys them so much. --Oscar Wilde (1854-1900)
Always remember you're unique ... just like everyone else.
Ambition is a commendable attribute, without which no man succeeds. Only inconsiderate ambition imperils. --Warren G(amaliel) Harding (1865-1923): Speech, 3 May 1922
And thou, Brutus! [Et tu, Brute.] --Gaius [Caius] Julius Caesar (c100-44B.C.)
Anger and haste hinder good counsel.
Any father whose son raises his hand against him is guilty of having produced a son who raised his hand against him. --Charles Péguy (1873-1914)
Any port in a storm.
Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at twenty or eighty. Anyone who keeps learning stays young. The greatest thing in life is to keep your mind young. --Henry Ford (1863-1947)
Anything is better than nothing.
Appearances are deceitful.
Apples on the other side of the wall are the sweetest.
April showers bring May flowers.
Are you the leaf, the blossom, or the bole? O body swayed to music, o brightening glance, how can we know the dancer from the dance? --W(illiam) B(utler) Yeats (1865-1939): Among School Children
An army of sheep led by a lion would defeat an army of lions led by a sheep. --Arabic proverb
Art apes nature.
Art can only be truly Art by presenting an adequate outward symbol of some fact in the interior life. --(Sarah) Margaret Fuller (1810-50)
Art holds fast when all else is lost.
Art is long, life is short.
Art must take reality by surprise. --Françoise Sagan (1935-)
The art of being wise is the art of knowing what to overlook. --William James (1842-1910): The Principles of Psychology
The art of living does not consist in preserving and clinging to a particular mood of happiness, but in allowing happiness to change its form without being disappointed by the change. --Charles Langbridge Morgan (1894-1958)
Art produces ugly things which frequently become beautiful with time. Fashion on the other hand, produces beautiful things which always become ugly with time. --Jean Cocteau (1889-1963)
Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life. --Pablo Picasso (1881-1973)
As a rule, men worry more about what they can't see than about what they can. --Gaius [Caius] Julius Caesar (c100-44B.C.)
As a well-spent day brings happy sleep, so a life well spent brings happy death. --Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)
As good twenty as nineteen.
As the touchstone tries gold, so gold tries men.
As the wind blows, you must set your sail.
As you sow, so (shall) you reap.
As you think, so shall you become. --Bruce Lee (1940-73)
Ask a question and you're a fool for three minutes; do not ask a question and you're a fool for the rest of your life.
Ask, and it shall be given you, seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you. --Bible: Matthew Chapter 7:7
Ask not what your country can do for you --ask what you can do for your country. --John F(itzgerald) Kennedy (1917-63)
At the foot of the candle it is dark.
Attack is the best form of defence.
An attempt is sometimes easier than expected.
Authority shows what a man is.
The awareness of our own strength makes us modest. --Paul Cezanne (1839-1906)
The awareness of the ambiguity of one's highest achievements (as well as one's deepest failures) is a definite symptom of maturity. --Paul (Johannes) Tillich (1886-1965)