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The attempt to combine wisdom and power has only rarely been successful and then only for a short while.
– Albert Einstein
The attempt to silence a man is the greatest honor you can bestow on him. It means that you recognize his superiority to yourself.
– Joseph Sobran
The attribute most noble of the hand Is readiness in giving; of the head, Bending before a teacher; of the mouth, Veracious speaking; of a victor?s arms, Undaunted valour; of the inner heart, Pureness the most unsullied; of the ears, Delight in hearing and receiving truth?These are adornments of high-minded men, Better than all the majesty of Empire.
– Bhartrihari
The aura of the theocratic death penalty for adultery still clings to America, even outside New England, and multiple divorce, which looks to the European like serial polygamy, is the moral solution to the problem of the itch. Love comes into it too, of course, but in Europe we tend to see marital love as an eternity which encompasses hate and also indifference: when we promise to love we really mean that we promise to honor a contract. Americans, seeming to take marriage with not enough seriousness, are really taking love and sex with too much.
– Anthony Burgess
The author himself is the best judge of his own performance; none has so deeply meditated on the subject; none is so sincerely interested in the event.
– Edward Gibbon
The author of genius does keep till his last breath the spontaneity, the ready sensitiveness, of a child, the "innocence of eye" that means so much to the painter, the ability to respond freshly and quickly to new scenes, and to old scenes as though they were new; to see traits and characteristics as though each were new-minted from the hand of God instead of sorting them quickly into dusty categories and pigeon-holing them without wonder or surprise; to feel situations so immediately and keenly that the word "trite" has hardly any meaning for him; and always to see "the correspondences between things" of which Aristotle spoke two thousand years ago.
– Dorothea Brande
The author of the Iliad is either Homer or, if not Homer, somebody else of the same name.
– Aldous Huxley
The authority of any governing institution must stop at its citizen's skin.
– Gloria Steinem
The authority of those who teach is often an obstacle to those who want to learn.
– Marcus Tullius Cicero
The avarice person is ever in want; let your desired aim have a fixed limit.
– Horace
The average dog is a nicer person than the average person.
– Andrew A. Rooney
The average educated man in America has about as much knowledge of what a political idea is as he has of the principles of counterpoint. Each is a thing used in politics or music which those fellows who practice politics or music manipulate somehow. Show him one and he will deny that it is politics at all. It must be corrupt or he will not recognize it. He has only seen dried figs. He has only thought dried thoughts. A live thought or a real idea is against the rules of his mind.
– John Jay Chapman
The average Hollywood film star's ambition is to be admired by an American, courted by an Italian, married to an Englishman and have a French boyfriend.
– Katharine Hepburn
The average man does not know what to do with his life, yet wants another one which will last forever.
– Anatole France
The average man's judgment is so poor, he runs a risk every time he uses it.
– Edgar Watson Howe
The average man, who does not know what to do with his life, wants another one which will last forever.
– Anatole France
The average person believes that they are better than the average person.
– Tom Zegan
The average person living to age 70 has 613,000 hours of life. This is too long a period not to have fun.
– Author Unknown
The average person puts only 25% of his energy and ability into his work. The world takes off its hat to those who put in more than 50% of their capacity, and stands on its head for those few and far between souls who devote 100%.
– Andrew Carnegie
The average person thinks he isn't.
– Father Larry Lorenzoni
The average person's ear weighs what you are, not what you were.
– Francis Quarles
The average Ph.D. thesis is nothing but a transference of bones from one graveyard to another.
– J. Frank Dobie
The average trade book has a shelf life of between milk and yogurt, except for books by any member of the Irving Wallace family - they have preservatives.
– Calvin Trillin
The average, healthy, well-adjusted adult gets up at seven-thirty in the morning feeling just plain terrible.
– Jean Kerr
The aviation prizes, such as the Orteig Prize, built the aviation industry into what it is today. The competitors for the aviation prizes captured our imagination and instilled a sense of adventure in all of us which allowed aviation to grow as an industry with the support of the public. The X PRIZE, like the Orteig Prize before it, offers the spark needed to inspire the entrepreneurial spirit necessary to build this new industry and make us a true space-faring civilization.
– Norman LaFave

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