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A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds, adored by little statesman and philosophers and divines.
– Ralph Waldo EmersonRate it:
A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds, adored by little statesmen and philosophers and divines. With consistency a great soul has simply nothing to do.
– Ralph Waldo EmersonRate it:
A foolish husband fears his wife; a prudent wife obeys her husband.
– ChineseRate it:
A foolish man in wealth and authority is like a weak-timbered house with a too-ponderous roof.
– R ChamberlainRate it:
A foolproof formula to keep married life intact is to undeniably accept that a husband has to always prove himself to be a fool to his wife and never expect her to reflect to correct herself at any time.
– Anuj SomanyRate it:
A footman may swear; but he cannot swear like a lord. He can swear as often: but can he swear with equal delicacy, propriety, and judgment?
– Jonathan SwiftRate it:
A Foreign Secretaryand this applies also to a prospective Foreign Secretaryis always faced with this cruel dilemma. Nothing he can say can do very much good, and almost anything he may say may do a great deal of harm. Anything he says that is not obvious is dangerous; whatever is not trite is risky. He is forever poised between the cliche and the indiscretion.
– Harold MacmillanRate it:
A forest bird never wants a cage.
– Henrik IbsenRate it:
A formula for answering controversial letters -- without even reading the letters Dear Sir (or Madame) You may be right.
– Henry Louis MenckenRate it:
A fox may steal your hens, Sir, a whore your health and pence, Sir, your daughter rob your chest, Sir, your wife may steal your rest, Sir, a thief your goods and plate. But this is all but picking, with rest, pence, chest and chicken; it ever was decreed, Sir, if lawyer's hand is feed, Sir, he steals your whole estate.
– John GayRate it:
A free horse where there is no man on its saddle always looks more beautiful than a slave horse with a man on its saddle!
– Mehmet Murat ildanRate it:
A free life cannot acquire many possessions, because this is not easy to do without servility to mobs or monarchs...
– EpicurusRate it:
A free lunch is only found in mousetraps.
– John CapozziRate it:
A free society is one where it is safe to be unpopular.
– Adlai Ewing StevensonRate it:
A free spirit takes liberties even with liberty itself.
– Francis PicabiaRate it:
A French proverb says ‘Wait until it is night before saying that it has been a fine day.’ To tell it more precise, wait till the clock strikes the midnight!
– Mehmet Murat ildanRate it:
A Frenchman is self-assured because he regards himself personally both in mind and body as irresistibly attractive to men and women. An Englishman is self-assured as being a citizen of the best-organized state in the world and therefore, as an Englishman, always knows what he should do and knows that all he does as an Englishman is undoubtedly correct. An Italian is self-assured because he is excitable and easily forgets himself and other people. A Russian is self-assured just because he knows nothing and does not want to know anything, since he does not believe that anything can be known. The German's self-assurance is worst of all, stronger and more repulsive than any other, because he imagines that he knows the truth -- science -- which he himself has invented but which is for him the absolute truth.
– Leo TolstoyRate it:
A fresh mind keeps the body fresh. Take in the ideas of the day, drain off those of yesterday. As to the morrow, time enough to consider it when it becomes today.
– Edward Bulwer-Lytton, 1st Baron LyttonRate it:
A friend dispensed some unsolicited dating advice the other night, telling me that if I'm on a first date, I probably shouldn't lead with a rant about how Russia has a monopoly on nuclear-powered icebreakers.
– Jared WalczakRate it:
A friend drops their plans when you're in trouble, shares joy in your accomplishments, feels sad when you're in pain. A friend encourages your dreams and offers advice--but when you don't follow it, they still respect and love you.
– Doris Wild HelmeringRate it:
A friend in need is a friend indeed, but if he is really your friend then he should never be in need.
– Vikrant ParsaiRate it:
A friend in power is a friend lost.
– Henry AdamsRate it:
A friend is a friend who continues to love you and like you when you don't love him or like him any more.
– Debasish Mridha, M.D.Rate it:
A friend is a gift you give yourself.
– Robert Louis StephensonRate it:
A friend is a person with whom I may be sincere. Before him I may think aloud.
– Ralph Waldo EmersonRate it:

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