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Don't look back. Something might be gaining on you.
       Satchel Paige

Age is a question of mind over matter. If you don't mind, it doesn't matter.
       Satchel Paige - More Quotations

Be careful how you act. The toe you stepped on yesterday may be connected to the ass you have to kiss today.
       Vincent "Buddy" Cianci

Crime like virtue has its degrees; and timid innocence was never known to blossom suddenly into extreme license.
       Jean Racine

They who are in the highest places, and have the most power, have the least liberty, because they are most observed.
       John Tillotson

Of all the tyrannies on human kind
The worst is that which persecutes the mind.
       John Dryden

Beware the fury of a patient man.
       John Dryden

Here lies my wife: so let her lie!
Now she's at rest, and so am I.
       Epitaph intended for his wife - John Dryden

New opinions are always suspected, and usually opposed, without any other reason but because they are not already common.
       John Locke

No man's knowledge here can go beyond his experience.
       John Locke

The only fence against the world is a through knowledge of it.
       John Locke

Peace is not the absence of war, it is a virtue, a state of mind, a disposition for benevolence, confidence, justice.
       Benedict Baruch Spinoza

Fear cannot be without hope nor hope without fear.

Those who are believed to be the most object and humble are usually most ambitious and envious.

Nearly all men die of their remedies, and not of their illnesses.

Things are always at their best in their beginning.
       Blaise Pascal

True Eloquence takes no heed of eloquence, true morality takes no heed of morality...To take no heed of philosophy is truely to philosophize.
       Blaise Pascal

I lay it down as a fact that if all men knew what others say of them, there would not be four friends in the world.
       Blaise Pascal

Man is neither angel or beast; and the misfortune is that he who would act the angel acts the beast.
       Blaise Pascal

To ridicule philosophy is really to philosophize.
       Blaise Pascal

Racine will go out of stile like coffee.
       Marie De Rabutin-Chantal
       Marquise De Sevigre (1626-1696)

In a calm sea every man is a pilot.
       John Ray

If wishes were horses beggars might ride.
       John Ray

Youth is the time of getting, middle age of improving, and old age of spending; a negligent youth is usually attended by an ignorant middle age, and both by an empty old age. He that hath nothing to feed on but vanity and lies must needs lie down in the bed of sorrow.
       Anne Bradstreet

Our virtues are most frequently but vices in disguise.
       Francois Duc De La Rochefoucauld

The love of justice in most men is simply the fear of suffering injustice.
       Francois Duc De La Rochefoucauld

Silence is the best tactic for him who distrusts himself.
       Francois Duc De La Rochefoucauld

Quarrels would not last long if the fault were only on one side.
       Francois Duc De La Rochefoucauld

He makes his cook his merit, and the world visits his dinners and not him.
       Jean Baptiste Poquelin Moliere

One must eat to live, and not live to eat.

If everyone were clothed with integrity, if every heart were just, frank, kindly, the other virtues would be well-nigh useless, since their chief purpose is to make us bear with patience the injustice of our fellows.

There is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so.

To the noble mind
Rich gifts wax poor when givers prove unkind.

A man may fish with a worm that hath eat of a king, and eat of the fish that hath fed of that worm.

The web of our life is a mingled yarn, good and ill together.
       All's Well that ends Well

The hardest knife ill-used doth lose his edge.
       Shakespeare Sonnet 95

Sweets grown common lose their dear delight.
       Shakespeare Sonnet 102

Gather ye rosebuds while ye may,
Old Time is still a-flying,
And this same flower that smiles today
Tomorrow will be dying.
       Robert Herrick

One cannot conceive anything so strange and so implausible that it has not already been said by one philosopher or another.
       Rene Descartes

Among other evils which being unarmed brings you, it causes you to be despised.
       Niccolo Machiavelli

When neither their property nor their honor is touched, the majority of men live content.

There is no other way of guarding oneself against flattery than by letting men understand that they will not offend you by speaking the truth; but when everyone can tell you the truth, you lose their respect.

Companion none is like
unto the mind alone;
For many have been harmed by speech;
Through thinking, few or none.
       Sir Thomas Vaux

They are never alone that are accompanied with noble thoughts.
       Sir Philip Sidney

There is no vice so simple but assumes
Some mark of virtue on his outward parts.
       The Merchant of Venice

If God did not exist, it would be necessary to invent him.

Doth thou love life? Then do not squander Time; for that's the stuff Life is made of.
       Benjamin Franklin

The world is a comedy to those that think,
a tragedy to those that feel.
       Horace Walpole

The first blow is half the battle.
       Oliver Goldsmith

There is, however, a limit at which forbearance ceases to be a virtue.
       Edmund Burke

Judging by the virtues expected of a servant, does your Excellency know many masters who would be worthy valets?
       Pierre DeBeaumarchais
       "Le Barbier de Seville"

Who does not love wine, women, and song
Remains a fool his whole life long.
       Johann Heinrich Voss

When you send a clerk on business to a distant province, a man of rigid morals is not your best choice.
       Ihara Saikaku

To think twice in every matter and follow the lead of others is no way to make money.
       Ihara Saikaku

Do not seek to follow in the footsteps of the men of old; seek what they sought.
       Matsuo Basho

There are but three events in a man's life: birth, life, and death. He is not conscious of being born, he dies in pain, and he forgets to live.
       Jean De La Bruyere

None so blind as those that will not see.
       Mathew Henry

She wears her clothes, as if they were thrown on her with a pitchfork.
       Jonathan Swift

That's as well said, as if I had said it myself.
       Jonathan Swift

Marry'd in haste, we may repent at leisure.
       William Congreve

True happiness is of a retired nature, and an enemy to pomp and noise; it arises, in the first place, from the enjoyment of one's self; and, in the next, from the friendship and conversation of a few selected friends.
       Joseph Addison

The woman that deliberates is lost.
       Joseph Addison

There is no defense against reproach but obscurity.
       Joseph Addison

Those not present are always wrong.
       Philippe Nericault Destouches

Life is a jest; and all things show it.
I thought so once; but now I know it.
       "My Own Epitaph" John Gay

In this world, you must be a bit too kind in order to be kind enough.
       Pierre Carlet De Chamblain De Marivaux

All seems infected that th' infected spy,
As all looks yellow to the jaundic'd eye.
       Alexander Pope

Blessed is he who expects nothing, for he shall never be disappointed.
       Alexander Pope

Satire should, like a polished razor keen,
Wound with a touch that's scarcely felt or seen.
       Lady Mary Wortley Montagne

Wear your learning, like your watch, in a private pocket: and do not pull it out and strike it, merely to show that you have one.
       Philip Dormer Standhope
       Earl of Chesterfield

The secret of being a bore is to tell everything.
       Francois Marie Arouet Voltaire

A poet can survive anything but a misprint.
       Oscar Fingal O'Flahertie Wells Wilde

We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars.
       Oscar Wilde

In this world there are only two tragedies. One is not getting what one wants, and the other is getting it.
       Oscar Wilde

I suppose society is wonderflly delightful. To be in it is merely a bore. To be out of it is simply a tragedy.
       Oscar Wilde

Yet each man kills the thing he loves,
By each let this be heard,
Some do it with a bitter look,
Some with a flattering word.
The coward does it with a kiss,
The brave man with a sword.
       Oscar Wilde

The saying is true, "The empty vessel makes the greatest sound."
       Henry IV (Shakespeare)

All the world's a stage,
And all the men and women merely players:
They have their exits and their entrances;
And one man in his time plays many parts.
       As You Like It

Not drunk is he who from the floor
Can rise alone and still drink more;
But drunk is he who prostrate lies,
Without the power to drink or rise.
       Thomas Love Peacock (1785-1866)

How convenient it would be to many of our great men and great families of doubtful origin, could they have the privilege of the heroes of yore, who, whenever their origin was involved in obscurity, modestly announced themselves descended from a god.
       Washington Irving

Friendship is Love without his wings.
       George Noel Gordon, Lord Byron

Hatred comes from the heart; contempt from the head; and neither feeling is quite within our control.
       Arthur Schopenhauer

Every man takes the limits of his own field of vision for the limits of the world.
       Arthur Schopenhauer

If there's another world, he lives in bliss;
If there is none, he made the best of this.
       Robert Burns, Epitaph on Wm. Muir

Necessity is the plea for every infringement of human freedom. It is the argument of tyrants; it is the creed of slaves.
       William Pitt

He who has done his best for his own time has lived for all times.
       Johann Christoph Friedrich Von Schiller

Love is the whole history of a woman's life, it is but an episode in a man's.
       Madame De Stael
       Germaine Baronne De Stael-Holstein

A man must know how to defy opinion; a woman how to submit to it.
       Madame De Stael

The battle of Waterloo was won on the playing fields of Eton.
       Arthur Wellesley, Duke of Wellington

An Army's effectiveness depends on its size, training, experience, and morale... and morale is worth more than all other factors combined.

A wise woman never yields by appointment. It should always be an unforseen happiness.
       Stendhal (Henri Beyle)

It has been said of ladies when they write letters, that they put their minds in their postscripts - let out the real objects of their writing, as if it were a second thought, or a thing comparatively indifferent.
       Leigh Hunt

A dirge for her the doubly dead in that she died so young.
       "Lenore" Edgar Alln Poe

Those who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night.
       Edgar Allen Poe

While the angels, all pallid and wan,
uprising, unveiling, affirm
That the play is the tragedy, "Man,"
And its hero, the Conqueror Worm.
       Edgar Allen Poe

There is something in the unselfish and self-sacrificing love of a brute, which goes directly to the heart of him who has had frequent occasion to test the paultry friendship and gossamer fidelity of mere man.
       "The Black Cat" Edgar Allen Poe

Perverseness is one of the primitive impulses of the human heart.
       Edgar Allen Poe

From childhood's hour I have not been
As others were - I have not seen
As others saw.
       "Alone" Edgar Allen Poe

In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.
        Benjamin Franklin
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Life is not always a matter of holding good cards, but sometimes, playing a poor hand well.
        Jack London

When a toxic person can no longer control you, they will try to control how others see you.   The misinformation will feel unfair, but stay above it, trusting that other people can eventually see the truth, just like you did.

If you're on the track and you've got everything under control, you're not going fast enough.
        Mario Andretti
        Quoted by Joseph R. Perella at Lehigh 2016 Commencement
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