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Poesy is a beauteous damsel, chaste, honourable, discreet, witty, retired, and who keeps herself within the limits of propriety. She is a friend of solitude; fountains entertain her, meadows console her, woods free her from ennui, flowers delight her; in short, she gives pleasure and instruction to all with whom she communicates.
– Cervantes
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Poetry absolves spirituality from the dividedness of religions and provides us with a sanctuary that excludes no one.
– Vanna Bonta
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Poetry and progress are like two ambitious men who hate one another with an instinctive hatred, and when they meet upon the same road, one of them has to give place.
– Charles Baudelaire
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Poetry cannot be translated; and, therefore, it is the poets that preserve the languages; for we would not be at the trouble to learn a language if we could have all that is written in it just as well in a translation. But as the beauties of poetry cannot be preserved in any language except that in which it was originally written, we learn the language.
– Johnson
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Poetry comes nearer to vital truth than history.
– Plato
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Poetry is a deal of joy and pain and wonder, with a dash of the dictionary.
– Kahlil Gibran
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Poetry is a mere drug, Sir.
– George Farquhar
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Poetry is a subset of a Cosmos, which in itself, is a poem.
– Vanna Bonta
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Poetry is a way of taking life by the throat.
– Robert Frost
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Poetry is all nouns and verbs.
– Marianne Moore
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Poetry is an art, and chief of the fine arts; the easiest to dabble in, the hardest to reach true perfection.
– E.C. Stedman
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Poetry is an orphan of silence. The words never quite equal the experience behind them.
– Charles Simic
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Poetry is certainly something more than good sense, but it must be good sense at all events just as a palace is more than a house, but it must be a house, at least.
– Samuel Taylor Coleridge
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Poetry is emotion put into measure. The emotion must come by nature, but the measure can be acquired by art.
– Thomas Hardy
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Poetry is indispensable --if I only knew what for.
– Jean Cocteau
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Poetry is like a bird, it ignores all frontiers.
– Yevgeny Aleksandrovich Yevtushenko
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Poetry is not a turning loose of emotion, but an escape from emotion; it is not the expression of personality but an escape from personality. But, of course, only those we have personality and emotion know what it means to want to escape from these things.
– Emily Dickinson
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Poetry is not a turning loose of emotion, but an escape from emotion…
– T. S. Eliot
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Poetry is not an expression of the party line. It's that time of night, lying in bed, thinking what you really think, making the private world public, that's what the poet does.
– Allen Ginsberg
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Poetry is our heart, our spirit, our soul. Call it whatever; without it, everything else is nothing but hardware.
– Vanna Bonta
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Poetry is the achievement of the synthesis of hyacinths and biscuits.
– Carl Sandburg
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Poetry is the beauty of life.
– Debasish Mridha, M.D.
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Poetry is the essence and evidence of life.
– Debasish Mridha, M.D.
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Poetry is the exquisite expression of exquisite expressions.
– Joseph Roux
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Poetry is the key to the hieroglyphics of nature.
– David Hare
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Poetry is the language in which man explores his own amazement.
– Christopher Fry
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Poetry is the lava of the imagination whose eruption prevents an earthquake.
– Lord Byron
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Poetry is the record of the best and happiest moments of the happiest and best minds.
– Percy Bysshe Shelley
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Poetry is the spontaneous overflow of powerful feelings.
– William Wordsworth
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Poetry is the utterance of deep and heartfelt truth. The true poet is very near the oracle.
– Edward Hubbell Chaplin
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Poetry is to hold judgment on your soul.
– Henrik Ibsen, Norweigen Playwright
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Poetry is what gets lost in translation.
– Robert Frost
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Poetry is what is lost in translation.
– Robert Frost
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Poetry isn't an activity, it's a way life is lived.
– Vanna Bonta
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Poetry makes nothing happen. It survives in the valley of its saying.
– W. H. Auden
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Poetry must have something in it that is barbaric, vast and wild.
– Denis Diderot
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Poetry often enters through the window of irrelevance.
– M. C. Richards
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Poetry reveals to us the loveliness of nature, brings back the freshness of youthful feelings, reviews the relish of simple pleasures, keeps unquenched the enthusiasm which warmed the springtime of our being, refines youthful love, strengthens our interest in human mature, by vivid delineations of its tenderest and softest feelings, and through the brightness of its prophetic visions, helps faith to lay hold on the future life.
– William E. Channing
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Poetry should please by a fine excess and not by singularity. It should strike the reader as a wording of his own highest thoughts, and appear almost as a remembrance.
– John Keats
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Poetry the best words in the best order.
– Samuel Taylor Coleridge
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Poets are the unacknowledged legislators of the world.
– Shelley, incomplete, poets
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Poets can't worry about popularity since loving life and humanity involves saying what some people don't want to hear.
– Vanna Bonta
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Poets generally love cats -- because poets have no delusions about their own superiority.
– Marion Garretty
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Poets have been mysteriously silent on the subject of cheese.
– G. K. Chesterton
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POEZIA e o ştiinţă a acţiunii.
– Gellu Naum
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Point me out the happy man and I will point you out either egotism, selfishness, evil --or else an absolute ignorance.
– Graham Greene
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Pointing out the comic elements of a situation can bring a sense of proportion and perspective to what might otherwise seem an overwhelming problem.
– Harvey Mindess
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Poker is generally reckoned to be America's second most popular after-dark activity. Sex is good, they say, but poker lasts longer
– Alfred Alvarez
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Polaire! The agitating and agitated Polaire! The tiny slip of a woman that you know, with the waist slender to the point of pain, of screaming out loud, of breaking in two, in a spasmically tight bodice, the prettiest slimness ...
– Jean Lorrain
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Politeness and consideration for others is like investing pennies and getting dollars back.
– Thomas Sowell
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Politeness costs nothing. Nothing, that is, to him that shows it but if often costs the world very dear.
– W. Allingham
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Politeness is half good manners and half good lying.
– Mary Wilson Little
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Politeness is one half good nature and the other half good lying.
– Mary Wilson Little
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Politeness is the flower of humanity.
– Joseph Joubert
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Politeness, n. The most acceptable hypocrisy.
– Ambrose Bierce
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Political correctness is the natural continuum from the party line. What we are seeing once again is a self-appointed group of vigilantes imposing their views on others. It is a heritage of communism, but they don't seem to see this.
– Doris Lessing
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Political history is largely an account of mass violence and of the expenditure of vast resources to cope with mythical fears and hopes.
– Murray Edelman, _Politics as Symbolic Action_, p. 1
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Political image is like mixing cement. When it's wet, you can move it around and shape it, but at some point it hardens and there's almost nothing you can do to reshape it.
– Walter Frederick Mondale
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Political is personal; personal is political. I never was a political person until I realized I was a lesbian. I was this oblivious middle-class white kid who didn’t understand the powers of oppression or structure or anything. My very existence became politicized for me and that’s what enabled me to see all these things. It wasn’t just me, it was a whole cultural movement that was also doing those things that I was a part of.
– Alison Bechdel
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Political language - and with variations this is true of all political parties, from Conservatives to Anarchists - is designed to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable, and to give an appearance of solidity to pure wind.
– George Orwell, 1946
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Political language. . . is designed to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable, and to give an appearance of solidity to pure wind.
– George Orwell
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Political policy is like a wild animal; it cannot be perfectly perceived, only appropriately considered.
– Tyler DeVinaspre
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Political power grows out of the barrel of a gun.
– Mao Tse-tung
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Political success is the ability, when the inevitable occurs, to get credit for it.
– Laurence J. Peter
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Politician talk themselves red, white, and blue in the face.
– Clare Booth Luce
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Politicians -- power itself -- are abject because they merely embody the profound contempt people have for their own lives. One should be grateful to the politicians for accepting the abstractness of power, and ridding others of its burden. This inevitably kills them but they get their revenge by passing onto others the corpse of power.
– Jean Baudrillard
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Politicians are interested in people. Not that it is always a virtue. Fleas are interested in dogs.
– P. J. O'Rourke
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Politicians are like diapers. They both need changing regularly and for the same reason.
– Unknown
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Politicians are people who, when they see light at the end of the tunnel, they go out and buy more tunnel.
– John Quinton
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Politicians are the close relatives of the Devil.
– Mehmet Murat ildan
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Politicians are the same all over. They promise to build a bridge even where there is no river.
– Nikita Khrushchev
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Politicians are the same the world over: they promise to build a bridge even when there is no river.
– Nikita Khrushchev
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Politicians should read science fiction, not westerns and detective stories.
– Arthur C. Clarke
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Politicians should shift their thinking from how I can balance the budget to how I can attract top global talents, businesses and investments to compete in a global economy.
– Med Jones
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Politics are usually the executive expression of human immaturity.
– Vera Brittaiin
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Politics can be relatively fair in the breathing spaces of history; at its critical turning points there is no other rule possible than the old one, that the end justifies the means.
– Arthur Koestler
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Politics didn't lead me to working people. Working people led me into politics.
– Barack Obama
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Politics doesn't make strange bedfellows--marriage does.
– Groucho Marx
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Politics has got so expensive that it takes lots of money to even get beat with.
– Will Rogers
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Politics has less to do with where you live than where your heart is.
– Margaret Cho
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Politics in the United States consists of the struggle between those whose change has been arrested by success or failure, on one side, and those who are still engaged in changing themselves, on the other. Agitators of arrested metamorphosis versus agitators of continued metamorphosis. The former have the advantage of numbers (since most people accept themselves as successes or failures quite early), the latter of vitality and visibility (since self-transformation, though it begins from within, with ideology, religion, drugs, tends to express itself publicly through costume and jargon).
– Harold Rosenberg
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Politics is a place of humble hopes and strangely modest requirements, where all are good who are not criminal and all are wise who are not ridiculously otherwise.
– Frank Moore Colby
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Politics is about the control of a limited number of resources by a limited number of people who think that number is too many
– Gary Holder-Winfield
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Politics is applesauce.
– Will Rogers
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Politics is largely a matter of heart.
– R. A. Butler
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Politics is made up largely of irrelevancies.
– Dalton Camp
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Politics is no exact science.
– Otto von Bismark
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Politics is not a bad profession. If you succeed there are many rewards, if you disgrace yourself you can always write a book.
– Ronald Reagan
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Politics is not the art of the possible. It consists in choosing between the disastrous and the unpalatable.
– John Kenneth Galbraith
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Politics is not the art of the possible. It consists of choosing between the disastrous and the unpalatable.
– J. K. Galbraith
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Politics is not worrying this country one-tenth as much as where to find a parking space.
– Will Rogers
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Politics is organized hatred, that is unity.
– John Jay Chapman
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Politics is perhaps the only profession for which no preparation is thought necessary.
– Robert Louis Stephenson
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Politics is still crucially important. Our choices are vital, and we've got to make them, and not just say, 'Oh, they're all the same.' They are all the same in certain ways, alas -- a political animal is such an animal. But lurking somewhere behind their rhetoric and their spittle are important choices that we should make.
– Dennis Potter
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Politics is supposed to be the second oldest profession. I have come to realize that it bears a very close resemblance to the first.
– Ronald Reagan
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Politics is the art of anesthesia.
– Mehmet Murat ildan
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Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it everywhere, diagnosing it incorrectly and applying the wrong remedies.
– Julius Henry Marx
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Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it whether it exists or not, diagnosing it incorrectly, and applying the wrong remedy.
– Ernest Benn
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Politics is the art of preventing people from sticking their noses in things that are properly their business.
– Paul Valéry
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Politics is the art of preventing people from taking part in affairs which properly concern them.
– Paul Valery
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Politics is the art of the possible.
– R. A. Butler
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Politics is the art of the possible.
(originally, "Die Politik ist die Lehre von Möglichen.")

– Otto von Bismarck
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Politics is the conspiracy of the unproductive but organized against the productive but unorganized.
– Joseph Sobran
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Politics is the gentle art of getting votes from the poor and campaign funds from the rich, by promising to protect each from the other.
– Oscar Ameringer
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Politics is the pursuit of trivial men who, when they succeed at it, become important in the eyes of more trivial men.
– George Jean Nathan
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Politics is the science of getting more power than anyone deserves to have.
– Kirk Brothers, The Revolutionary Right
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Politics is the science of urgencies.
– Theodore Parker
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Politics is the skilled use of blunt objects.
– Lester B. Pearson
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Politics is war without bloodshed while war is politics with bloodshed.
– Mao Tse Tung
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Politics makes strange postmasters.
– Kin Hubbard
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Politics should be the part-time profession of every citizen who would protect the rights and privileges of free people and who would preserve what is good and fruitful in our national heritage.
– Lucille Ball
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Politics when I am in it, makes me sick.
– Edward De Bono
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Politics will eventually be replaced by imagery. The politician will be only too happy to abdicate in favor of his image, because the image will be much more powerful than he could ever be.
– Herbert Marshall McLuhan
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Politics [is] the art of achieving the maximum amount of freedom for individuals that is consistent with the maintenance of social order.
– Barry Goldwater
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Politics, as a practice, whatever its professions, has always been the systematic organization of hatreds.
– Henry Adams
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Politics, n. Strife of interests masquerading as a contest of principles.
– Ambrose Bierce
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Politics, whatever its professions, has always been the systematic organization of hatreds.
– Henry Adams
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Politics... have always been the systematic organization of hatreds.
– Henry Brooks Adams
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Polling is merely an instrument for gauging public opinion. When a president or any other leader pays attention to poll results, he is, in effect, paying attention to the views of the people. Any other interpretation is nonsense.
– George Gallup
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Pool of Shallow Waters
– Ashley Dean Mair
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Poor are poor because rich are rich.
– B. J. Gupta
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Poor fellow, he suffers from files.
– Aneurin Bevan
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Poor human nature, what horrible crimes have been committed in thy name!
– Emma Goldman
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Poor is the man who does not know his own intrinsic worth and tends to measure everything by relative value. A man of financial wealth who values himself by his financial net worth is poorer than a poor man who values himself by his intrinsic self worth.
– Sidney Madwed
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Poor is the man whose pleasures depend on the permission of another.
– Madonna
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Poor little Foal of an oppressed race! I love the languid patience of thy face.
– Samuel Taylor Coleridge
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Poor little men, poor little cocks! As soon as they're old enough, they swell their plumage to be conquerors. If they only knew that it's enough to be just a little bit wounded and sad in order to obtain everything without fighting for it.
– Jean Anouilh
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Poor Mexico - so far from God and so close to the United States.
– Porfirio Diaz, Biography of Porfirio Diaz
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Poor, dear, silly Spring, preparing her annual surprise!
– Wallace Stevens
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Poorly written novels--no matter how pious and edifying the behavior of the characters--are not good in themselves and are therefore not really edifying.
– Flannery O'Connor
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Pop artists deal with the lowly trivia of possessions and equipment that the present generation is lugging along with it on its safari into the future.
– J. G. Ballard
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Popular art is normally decried as vulgar by the cultivated people of its time; then it loses favor with its original audience as a new generation grows up; then it begins to merge into the softer lighting of quaint, and cultivated people become interested in it, and finally it begins to take on the archaic dignity of the primitive.
– Northrop Frye
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Popular Christianity has for its emblem a gibbet, for its chief sensation a sanginary execution after torture, for its central mystery is an insane vengeance bought off by a trumpery expiation. But there is a nobler and profounder Christianity which affirms the sacred mystery of equality and forbids the glaring futility and folly of vengeance.
– George Bernard Shaw
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Popular opinion is the greatest lie in the world.
– Thomas Carlyle
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Popular opinions, on subjects not palpable to sense, are often true, but seldom or never the whole truth.
– John Stuart Mill
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Popularity comes from allowing yourself to be bored by people while pretending to enjoy it.
– Karol Newlin
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Popularity is exhausting. The life of the party almost always winds up in a corner with an overcoat over him.
– Wilson Mizner
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Popularity is neither fame nor greatness.
– William Hazlitt, on the Pleasure of Hating
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Popularity is not an indication of quality.
– Vanna Bonta
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Popularity is the one insult I have never suffered.
– Oscar Wilde
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Popularity It is glory's small change.
– Victor Hugo
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Por la corrupción del lenguaje empiezan otras muchas corrupciones..." "By the corruption of language many other corruptions begin ...
– Andres Bello
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Pornography is about dominance. Erotica is about mutuality.
– Gloria Steinem
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Porque el miedo, sin ser Dios, suele hacer algo de nada. (Fear can, though it is not God, create something from nothing.)
– Caspar de Aguilar
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Portraying true love towards all & sundry is be-all and end-all i.e. it's a life style/attitude that is of greater importance than any other life style/attitude/action. Have you been portraying true love towards all & sundry?
– Emeasoba George
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Pose your questions to people and you will get countless useless answers.
– Dejan Stojanovic
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Positive attitude is meant to give you influence over your circumstances, rather than your circumstances having influence over you. In other words, it takes you and never anyone else to decide whether or not to override your unfavourable circumstances. That also implies, it's solely up to you to feel overwhelmed or not when faced with unfavourable circumstances. So what? do imbibe a positive attitude and never a negative aspect of it. For, surely positive attitude is worth imbibing and portraying and not at all worth rejecting.
– Emeasoba George
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Positive thinking will let you do everything better than negative thinking will.
– Zig Ziglar
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Possession is eleven points in the law.
– Colley Cibber
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Possession of wealth is not the happiness but expression of gratitude for the possession is the happiness.
– Debasish Mridha, M.D.
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Possession of wealth is not the happiness but expression of gratitude for the possession is the happiness.
– Debasish Mridha, M.D.
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Possession, it is true, crowns exertion with rest; but it is only in the illusions of fancy that it has power to charm us.
– Wilhelm von Humboldt
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Possibility/impossibility is a matter of one's mindset. For, if you do think that you can, then you can & will. But, if you do think you can't, then you can't & won't.
– Emeasoba George
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Possible impossibility emerges from an impossible possibility, or possibly, impossible possibility blooms from the impossibly possible impossibility.
– Dejan Stojanovic
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Possible is more a matter of attitude, a matter of decision, to choose among the impossible possibilities, when one sound opportunity becomes a possible solution.
– Dejan Stojanovic
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Possibly, more people kill themselves and others out of hurt vanity than out of envy, jealousy, malice or desire for revenge.
– Iris Murdoch
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Possunt quia posse videntur. (They can because they think they can, from The Aeneid)
– Virgil
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Post-Watergate morality, by which anything left private is taken as presumptive evidence of wrongdoing.
– Charles Krauthammer
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Posterity gives every man his true value.
– Tacitus
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Posterity is as likely to be wrong as anybody else.
– Heywood Broun
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Posterity is as likely to be wrong as anyone else.
– Heywood Broun, Sitting on the World, 1924
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Posthumous charities are the very essence of selfishness, when bequeathed by those who. when alive, would not have contributed.
– Charles Caleb Colton
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Potatoes are to food what sensible shoes are to fashion.
– Linda Wells
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Potter is jealous of potter, and craftsman of craftsman; and the poor have a grudge against the poor, and the poet against the poet.
– Hesiod
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Pour moi, un cheval symbolise les cinq attributs qu'un homme désire constamment: la confiance, la détermination, la potency, la puissance et la force.
– Deodatta V. Shenai-Khatkhate
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Pour water on a sportswriter -- instant horseshit.
– Ted Williams
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Poverty in itself does not make men into a rabble; a rabble is created only when there is joined to poverty a disposition of mind, an inner indignation against the rich, against society, against the government.
– Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel
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Poverty is a mathematical proof of the fact that mankind is a big failure!
– Mehmet Murat ildan
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Poverty is a scorpion; it stings the poor and it also stings the men with high conscience who feel sad about the poverty; the rest is immune to it!
– Mehmet Murat ildan
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Poverty is a veil that obscures the face of greatness. An appeal is a mask covering the face of tribulation.
– Kahlil Gibran
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Poverty is a weapon of mass destruction.
– Dennis Kucinich, 2004 speech to Democratic National Convention
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Poverty is not dishonourable in itself, but only when it arises from idleness, intemperance, extravagance, and folly.
– Plutarch
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Poverty is not the root cause of crime.
– Rush Limbaugh
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Poverty is the parent of revolution and crime.
– Aristotle
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Poverty is the schoolmaster of character.
– Antiphanes
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Poverty must have many satisfactions, else there would not be so many poor people.
– Don Herold
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Poverty must not be a bar to learning and learning must offer an escape from poverty.
– Lyndon B. Johnson
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Poverty of goods is easily cured poverty of the mind is irreparable.
– D. A. Battista
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Poverty without debt is independence.
– Arabic Proverb
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Poverty, we may say, surrounds a man with ready-made barriers, which if they do mournfully gall and hamper, do at least prescribe for him, and force on him, a sort of course and goal; a safe and beaten, though a circuitous, course. A great part of his guidance is secure against fatal error, is withdrawn from his control. The rich, again, has his whole life to guide, without goal or barrier, save of his own choosing, and, tempted, is too likely to guide it ill.
– Carlyle
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Power (n) The only narcotic regulated by the SEC instead of the FDA.
– Anonymous
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Power always has to be kept in check power exercised in secret, especially under the cloak of national security, is doubly dangerous.
– William Proxmire
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Power always has to be kept in check; power exercised in secret, especially under the cloak of national security, is doubly dangerous.
– William Proxmire
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Power always thinks it has a great soul and vast views beyond the comprehension of the weak and that it is doing God's service when it is violating all his laws.
– John Quincy Adams
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Power consists in one's capacity to link his will with the purpose of others, to lead by reason and a gift of cooperation.
– Woodrow Wilson
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Power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely.
– Lord Acton
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Power corrupts. Absolute power is kind of neat
– John Lehman, Secretary of the US Navy, 1981-1987
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Power corrupts. Absolute power is kind of neat.
– John Lehman
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Power does not corrupt. Fear corrupts, perhaps the fear of a loss of power.
– John Ernst Steinbeck
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Power does not corrupt. Fear corrupts... perhaps the fear of a loss of power.
– John Steinbeck
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Power grows from the barrel of a gun.
– Mao Zedong
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Power in defense of freedom is greater than power on behalf of tyranny and oppression.
– Malcolm X
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Power intoxicates men. When a man is intoxicated by alcohol, he can recover, but when intoxicated by power, he seldom recovers.
– James F. Byrnes
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Power is not a means, it is an end. One does not establish a dictatorship in order to safeguard a revolution; one makes the revolution in order to establish the dictatorship. The object of persecution is persecution. The object of torture is torture. The object of power is power.
– George Orwell, 1984 Book 3, Chapter 3
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Power is not an institution, and not a structure; neither is it a certain strength we are endowed with; it is the name that one attributes to a complex strategical situation in a particular society.
– Michel Foucault
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Power is not revealed by striking hard or often, but by striking true.
– Honore' de Balzac
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Power is not to resist the criticisms; power is to seek for something useful to use amongst the criticisms!
– Mehmet Murat ildan
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Power is so characteristically calm, that calmness in itself has the aspect of strength.
– Edward Bulwer-Lytton, 1st Baron Lytton
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Power is something of which I am convinced there is no innocence this side of the womb.
– Nadine Gordimer
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Power is the ability not to have to please.
– Elizabeth Janeway
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Power is the by-product of understanding.
– Jacob Bronowski
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Power is the faculty or capacity to act, the strength and potency to accomplish something. It is the vital energy to make choices and decisions. It also includes the capacity to overcome deeply embedded habits and to cultivate higher, more effective ones.
– Stephen Covey
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Power is the great aphrodisiac.
– Henry Kissinger
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Power is the ultimate aphrodisiac.
– Henry Kissinger
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Power is what men seek, and any group that gets it will abuse it. It is the same story.
– Lincoln Steffens
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Power may be at the end of a gun, but sometimes it's also at the end of the shadow or the image of a gun.
– Jean Genet
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Power may be justly compared to a great river while kept within its bounds it is both beautiful and useful, but when it overflows its banks, it is then too impetuous to be stemmed it bears down all before it, and brings destruction and desolation wherever it goes.
– Alexander Hamilton
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Power never takes a back step - only in the face of more power.
– Malcolm X
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Power over a man's subsistence amounts to power over his will.
– Alexander Hamilton
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Power tends to corrupt and absolute power corrupts absolutely.
– Emerich Edward Dalbert
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Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely.
– Lord Acton, 1887
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Power! Did you ever hear of men being asked whether other souls should have power or not? It is born in them. You may dam up the fountain of water, and make it a stagnant marsh, or you may let it run free and do its work; but you cannot say whether it shall be there; it is there. And it will act, if not openly for good, then covertly for evil; but it will act.
– Olive Schreiner
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Power? It's like a Dead Sea fruit. When you achieve it, there is nothing there.
– Harold Macmillan
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Powerful men in particular suffer from the delusion that human beings have no memories. I would go so far as to say that the distinguishing trait of powerful men is the psychotic certainty that people forget acts of infamy as easily as their parents birth
– Stephen Vizinczey
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