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It is sobering to consider that when Mozart was my age he had already been dead for a year.
– Tom Lehrer
It is something to be able to paint a particular picture, or to carve a statue, and so to make a few objects beautiful; but it is far more glorious to carve and paint the very atmosphere and medium through which we look, which morally we can do. To affect the quality of the day, that is the highest of arts.
– Henry David Thoreau, "Where I Live"
It is sometimes expedient to forget who we are.
– Publilius Syrus (c. 42 BC)
It is sometimes well for a blatant error to draw attention to overmodest truths.
– Jean Rostand
It is spring time now! While the world looks for a new war to fight, you look for a cherry blossom to watch! Let the stupid seeks the violence; you seek the elegance!
– Mehmet Murat ildan
It is still an unending source of surprise for me how a few scribbles on a blackboard or on a piece of paper can change the course of human affairs.
– Stanislaw Ulam
It is strange that we do not temper our resentment of criticism with a thought for our many faults which have escaped us.
– Author Unknown
It is such a pity that the only road that never ceases to close out is the that of cowardice" - Mental Hell
– Ahmed Korayem
It is suggested that, in domestic violence at least, the presence or absence of a firearm, or of any other type of weapon, is of far less importance to the outcome than the passion generated in the attacker. The man who has lost control will cause serious injuries in many cases, quite irrespective of the weapon he uses and regardless of the certainty of detection and punishment.
– Colin Greenwood
It is surely a matter of common observation that a man who knows no one thing intimately has no views worth hearing on things in general. The farmer philosophizes in terms of crops, soils, markets, and implements, the mechanic generalizes his experiences of wood and iron, the seaman reaches similar conclusions by his own special road; and if the scholar keeps pace with these it must be by an equally virile productivity.
– Charles Cooley
It is surprising what a man can do when he has to, and how little most men will do when they don't have to.
– Walter Linn
It is tedious to tell again tales already plainly told.
– Homer
It is terrible to speak well and be wrong.
– Sophocles
It is terrifying to see how easily, in certain people, all dignity collapses. Yet when you think about it, this is quite normal since they only maintain this dignity by constantly striving against their own nature.
– Albert Camus
It is the ability to take a joke, not make one, that proves you have a sense of humor.
– Max Eastman
It is the act of a madman to pursue impossibilities.
– Marcus Aurelius Antoninus
It is the action of an uninstructed person to reproach others for his own misfortune; of one entering instruction, to reproach himself; and one perfectly instructed, to reproach neither others nor himself.
– Epictetus, Enchiridion
It is the best of all trades, to make songs, and the second best to sing them.
– Hilaire Belloc
It is the bright day that brings forth the adder, and that craves wary walking.
– William Shakespeare
It is the character of a simpleton to be a bore. A man of sense sees at once whether he is welcome or tiresome; he knows to withdraw the moment that precedes that in which he would be in the least in the way.
– La Bruy?re
It is the characteristic excellence of the strong man that he can bring momentous issues to the fore and make a decision about them. The weak are always forced to decide between alternatives they have not chosen themselves.
– Dietrich Bonhoeffer
It is the chiefest point of happiness that a man is willing to be what he is.
– Desiderius Erasmus
It is the common error of builders and parents to follow some plan they think beautiful (and perhaps is so) without considering that nothing is beautiful that is misplaced.
– Lady Mary Wortley Montagu
It is the common failing of totalitarian regimes that they cannot really understand the nature of our democracy. They mistake dissent for disloyalty. They mistake restlessness for a rejection of policy. They mistake a few committees for a country. They misjudge individual speeches for public policy. (Answering North Vietnamese charge that US could not endure)
– Lyndon B. Johnson
It is the common wonder of all men, how among so many million faces, there should be none alike.
– Thomas Browne

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