( L – Z )

GREG LAURIE ( nascut 10.12.1952 ) – autor american, pastor la „Harvest Christian Fellowship” – Calvary Chapel, Riverside, California

1. „Dumnezeu mi-a dat pacea care intrece orice intelegere; nu pacea care da orice intelegere.”

2. „Moartea nu este un capat de drum, este doar o cotitura a drumului. Drumul continua dincolo de aceasta cotitura si Dumnezeu ne-a spus deja ce ne asteapta.”

STANISLAW LEC ( 1909 – 1966 ) – poet polonez

1. „Youth is the gift of nature, but age is a work of art.”

JOSHUA LOTH LIEBMAN ( 1907 – 1948) – rabin american

1. „O sotie ideala este orice femeie care are un sot ideal.”

2.”The primary joy of life is acceptance, approval, the sense of appreciation and companionship of our human comrades. Many men do not understand that the need for fellowship is really as deep as the need for food, and so they go through life accepting many substitutes for genuine, warm, simple.”

GABRIEL LIICEANU ( nascut 23.05.1942 ) – filozof și scriitor roman

1. „Cei mai puternici agenti ai fricii sunt oamenii insisi.”

ABRAHAM LINCOLN ( 1809 – 1865 ) – al 16 lea presedinte al SUA

1. „Orice om poate trece peste obstacole. Dar daca vrei sa-i testezi caracterul, ofera-i puterea.”

SFANTA TEREZA de LISIEUX ( 1873 – 1897 ) – calugarita frantuzoaica

1. „Vocaţia mea este iubirea. Vrei un mijloc care să te conducă la perfecţiune ? Numai un singur mijloc cunosc; şi acesta este iubirea.”

2. „Totul tine de incredere; dobandim atat cat nadajduim.”

DAVID LODGE ( nascut 28.o1.1935 ) – romancier britanic

1. “Literature is mostly about having sex and not much about having children. Life is the other way around.”

VINCE LOMBARDI ( 1913 – 1970 ) – antrenor de fotbal american

1.”Winning isn’t everything, but wanting to win is.”

2. „The price of success is hard work, dedication to the job at hand, and the determination that whether we win or lose, we have applied the best of ourselves to the task at hand.”

3. „After the cheers have died down and the stadium is empty, after the headlines have been written and after you are back in the quiet of your room and the championship ring has been placed on the dresser and all the pomp and fanfare has faded, the enduring things that are left are: the dedication to excellence, the dedication to victory, and the dedication to doing with our lives the very best we can to make the world a better place in which to live.”

4. „If you aren’t fired up with enthusiasm, you’ll be fired with enthusiasm.”

5. „If you’ll not settle for anything less than your best, you will be amazed at what you can accomplish in your lives.”

6. „It’s easy to have faith in yourself and have discipline when you’re a winner, when you’re number one. What you’ve got to have is faith and discipline when you’re not yet a winner.”

HENRY WADSWORTH LONGFELLOW ( 1807 – 1882 ) – poet american

1. „It takes less time to do things right than to explain why you did it wrong.”

2. „Whatever poet, orator, or sage may say of it, old age is still old age.”

3. „I venerate old age; and I love not the man who can look without emotion upon the sunset of life, when the dusk of evening begins to gather over the watery eye, and the shadows of twilight grow broader and deeper upon the understanding.”

4. „For age is opportunity no less than youth itself, though in another dress, and as the evening twilight fades away, the sky is filled with stars, invisible by day.”

5. „To be seventy years old is like climbing the Alps. You reach a snow-crowned summit, and see behind you the deep valley stretching miles and miles away, and before you other summits higher and whiter, which you may have strength to climb, or may not. Then you sit down and meditate and wonder which it will be.”

6. „Talk not of wasted affection; affection never was wasted.”

7. „Thy fate is the common fate of all; into each life some rain must fall.”

JAMES RUSSELL LOWELL ( 1819 – 1891 ) – poet, critic, editor si diplomat american

1. „The question of commonsense is always what is it good for ? – a question which would abolish the rose and be answered triumphantly by the cabbage.”

2. „As life runs on, the road grows strange / With faces new – and near the end, / The milestones into headstones change, / Neath every one a friend.”

3. „To educate the intelligence is to expand the horizon of its wants and desires.”

4. „Once to every man and nation comes the moment to decide; / In the strife of Truth with Falsehood, for the good or evil side.”

5. „Mishaps are like knives, that either serve us or cut us, as we grasp them by the blade or by the handle.”

6. „Democracy give every man the right to be his own oppressor.”

7. „Every man feels instinctively that all the beautiful sentiments in the world weigh less than a single lovely action.”

MARTIN LUTHER ( 1483 – 1546 ) – teolog german

1. „To be a Christian without prayer is no more possible than to be alive without breathing.”

2. „The devil is God’s ape.”

3. „I am afraid that the schools will prove the very gates of hell, unless they diligently labor in explaining the Holy Scriptures and engraving them in the heart of the youth.”

4. „An earthly kingdom cannot exist without inequality of persons. Some must be free, some serfs, some rulers, some subjects.”

5. „Our Lord has written the promise of resurrection, not in books alone, but in every leaf in springtime.”

6. „Faith must trample under foot all reason, sense, and understanding.”

GEORGE MACDONALD ( 1824 – 1905 ) – scriitor crestin scotian

1. „Do the things you know, and you shall learn the truth you need to know.”

2. „When we are out of sympathy with the young, then I think our work in this world is over.”

3. „Age is not all decay; it is the ripening, the swelling of the fresh life within, that withers and bursts the husk.”

4. „God left the world unfinished for man to work his skill upon. He left the electricity still in the cloud, the oil still in the earth. How often we look upon God as our last and feeblest resource ! We go to Him because we have nowhere else to go. And then we learn that the storms of life have driven us, not upon the rocks, but into the desired haven.”

5. „The principal part of faith is patience.”

6. „It is not the cares of today, but the cares of tomorrow that weigh a man down. For the needs of today we have corresponding strength given. For the morrow we are told to trust. It is not ours yet.”

7. „Nothing makes one feel so strong as a call for help.”

BERNARD MALAMUD ( 1914 – 1986 ) – autor american de proza scurta

1. “Life is a tragedy full of joy.”

2. „I write a book or a short story three times. Once to understand her, the second time to improve her prose, and a third to compel her to say what it still must say.”

3. „It was all those biographies in me yelling: ‘We want out ! We want to tell you what we’ve done to you !’ ”

4. „Once you’ve got some words looking back at you, you can take two or three – or throw them away and look for others.”

5. „Where there’s no fight for it there’s no freedom. What is it Spinoza says ? If the state acts in ways that are abhorrent to human nature it’s the lesser evil to destroy it.”

6. „All men are Jews, though few men know it.”

7. „Life responds to one’s moves with comic counterinventions.”

8. „Without heroes we would all be plain people and wouldn’t know how far we can go.”

HORACE MANN ( 1796 – 1859 ) – fondatorul învățământului public american

1. „I have never heard anything about the resolutions of the apostles, but a good deal about their acts.”

GABRIEL MARCEL ( 1889 – 1973 ) – filozof francez

1. „Nu este de ajuns sa existi, trebuie sa fii !”

PETER MARSHALL ( nascut 30.03.1927 ) – actor și cântăreț american

1. „Let us not be content to wait and see what will happen, but give us the determination to make the right things happen.”

DON MARQUIS ( 1878 – 1937 ) – jurnalist si scriitor american

1. „Middle age is the time when a man is always thinking that in a week or two he will feel as good as ever.”

2. „Every cloud has its silver lining but it is sometimes a little difficult to get it to the mint.”

3. „A fierce unrest seethes at the core / of all existing things; / it was the eager wish to soar, / that gave the gods their wings.”

4. „I would rather start a family than finish one.”

5. „Fishing is a delusion entirely surrounded by liars in old clothes.”

6. „Happiness is the interval between periods of unhappiness.”

7. „Procrastination is the art of keeping up with yesterday.”

FRANCOIS MAURIAC ( 1885 – 1970 ) – romancier, poet, dramaturg si gazetar francez

1. „Preferinta unei mame merge din instinct catre copilul cel mai netrebnic.”

2. „Suferinta mea nu e suferinta ta; fiecare sufera singur.”

3. ‘Să invidiezi ființe pe care le disprețuiești, o asemenea patimă îți poate otrăvi toată viața.”

4. „Tot așa am înțeles și dragostea; dai, ai, nu dai, nu ai… Ce dezgustător!”

5. Iscusința de a te autoamagi, care ajuta majoritatii oamenilor sa traiasca, mi-a lipsit dintotdeauna. N-am incercat niciodata un sentiment josnic, fara sa-mi fi dat seama de el…

6. „Primul izvor pe care l-ai intalnit e si ultimul. Potoleste-ti setea, o data pentru totdeauna: nu-ti va mai fi dat sa bei.”

7. „Nu va puteti inchipui un asemenea chin: sa nu fi avut nimic de la viata si sa nu astepti nimic de la moarte. Sa nu existe nimic dincolo de aceasta lume, sa nu existe nici o explicatie, si solutia enigmei sa nu ne fie data niciodata…”

8. „Nu stim ce dorim, nu iubim ceea ce credem ca iubim.”

9. „Nici cei mai generosi nu invata singuri sa iubeasca: pentru a trece peste ridicolul, viciile si mai ales prostia oamenilor, trebuie sa afli taina dragostei pe care lumea n-o mai stie.”

10. „Daca oamenii ar umbla fara masca, cum am facut eu timp de-o jumatate de veac, poate s-ar mira ca intre ei deosebirile sunt atat de mici. In realitate, nimeni nu e sincer, nimeni. Cea mai mare parte se prefac a fi marinimosi, nobili. Fara voia lor, imita tipuri literare sau altele.”

11. ” Femeile la care speranta e o boala de care nu se vindeca nici chiar dupa douazeci de ani se mai uita inca la usa, cu privirea unui animal credincios.”

12. „Ce reprezinta el oare pentru ea, afara de spaima prezentei sale, imbratisarile respinse, gelozia, groaza de a-l fi pierdut?”

13. „Trebuie sa ai indrazneala sa privesti in fata ceea ce urasti.”

GOLDA MEIR ( 1898 – 1978 ) – prima femeie prim – ministru al Israelului

1. „We can forgive the Arabs for killing our children. We cannot forgive them for forcing us to kill their children. We will only have peace with the Arabs when they will love their children more than they hate us.”

BILL MEYER ( 1914 – 1983 ) – membru al Camerei Reprezentantilor a SUA

1. „Every thought is a seed. If you plant crab apples, don’t count on harvesting golden delicious.”

DUMITRU MICU (nascut 08.n0iembrie.1928 ) – istoric si critic literar roman

1. „Barbati si femei, eroii romanelor lui Francois Mauriac, cauta fericirea erotica. Dragostea se dovedeste insa a fi un pustiu. Ea descopera omului singuratatea sa. De fapt, toti purtam in noi infernul: ne putem arunca in el si o facem cand ne abandonam concupiscentei sau il putem inabusi.”

2. „De mici dimensiuni, asemeni tuturor romanelor lui Mauriac, scris parcă dintr-o răsuflare, fără a trăda însă graba, comunicând o tensiune stăpânită, o impresie de trăire intensă, cerebrală și senzorială, ‘Cuibul de vipere’ concentrează destine, probleme, pasiuni tumultuoase și violente refulări în episoade solid articulate. Expresia e consistentă, precisă, fraza are luciri de metal. Stârnind vârtejuri de foc, romancierul le fixează în narațiune calm, cu inteligență rece.”

ALICE MILLER ( 1874 – 1942 ) – scriitoare si poeta americanca

1. “Genuine forgiveness does not deny anger, but rather faces it head-on.”

WILSON MIZNER ( 1876 – 1933 ) – scriitor și dramaturg american

1. „God help those who do not help themselves.”

2. „I respect faith, but doubt is what gets you an education.”

3. „Don’t talk about yourself; it will be done when you leave.”

4. „A fellow who is always declaring that he’s no fool, usually has his suspicions.”

5. „The best way to keep your friends is not to give them away.”

6. „Always be nice to people on the way up; because you’ll meet the same people on the way down.”

7. „I can usually judge a fellow by what he laughs at.”

MONTAIGNE ( 1533 – 1592 ) – scriitor francez

1. „Age imprints more wrinkles in the mind than it does on the face.”

2. „Nature should have been pleased to have made this age miserable, without making it also ridiculous.”

3. „There are some defeats more triumphant than victories.”

4. „Make your educational laws strict and your criminal ones can be gentle; but if you leave youth its liberty you will have to dig dungeons for ages.”

5. „But sure there is need of other remedies than dreaming, a weak contention of art against nature.”

6. „We only labor to stuff the memory, and leave the conscience and the understanding unfurnished and void.”

7. „Nothing fixes a thing so intensely in memory as the wish to forget it.”

HANNAH MOORE ( 1745 – 1833 ) – scriitoare crestina englezoaica

1. “Forgiveness is the economy of the heart. Forgiveness saves the expense of anger, the cost of hatred, the waste of spirits.”

BALTASAR GRACIAN Y MORALES ( 1601 – 1658 ) – scriitor spaniol

1. „A wise man gets more use from his enemies than a fool from his friends.”

2. „The wise man does at once what the fool does finally.”

CHRISTOPHER DARLINGTON MORLEY ( 1890 – 1957 ) – editor si scriitor american

1. „There is only one success: to be able to spend your life in your own way, and not to give others absurd maddening claims upon it.”

NAPOLEON I ( 1769 – 1821 ) – imparat al Frantei

1. „Impossible is a word only to be found in the dictionary of fools.”

2. „Imagination rules the world.”

OGDEN NASH ( 1902 – 1971 ) – poet si epigramist american

1. „Casatoria este un pact intre doi oameni: unul care niciodata nu-si aminteste zile de nastere si unul care nu uita niciodata.”

2. „Middle age is when you’ve met so many people that every new person you meet reminds you of someone else.”
3. „Good wine needs no bush, and perhaps products that people really want need no hard-sell or soft-sell TV push. Why not? Look at pot.”
4. „A door is what a dog is perpetually on the wrong side of.”

5. „Candy, is dandy, but Liquor, is quicker.”
6. „No matter how deep and dark your pit, how dank your shroud, their heads are heroically unbloody and unbowed.”
7. „The most exciting happiness is the happiness generated by forces beyond your control.”

8. „Why did the Lord give us agility,/ If not to evade responsibility?”

9. „I think that I shall never see/ A billboard lovely as a tree./ Indeed, unless the billboards fall/ I’ll never see a tree at all.”

10. „I often wonder which is mine:/ Tolerance, or a rubber spine?”

11. „People who work sitting down get paid more than people who work standing up.”

12. „Progress might have been all right once, but it has gone on too long.”

PAUL NEWMAN ( 1925 – 2008 ) – actor, regizor si producator american

          1. „It’s always darkest before it turns absolutely pitch black.”

FRIEDRICH NIETZSCHE ( 1844 – 1900 ) – filozof german

1. „There is always some madness in love. But there is also always some reason in madness.”

EARL NIGHTINGALE ( 1921 – 1989 ) – jurnalist american

1. „It’s our attitude in life that determines life’s attitude toward us.”

FLORENCE NIGHTINGALE ( 1820 – 1910 ) – asistenta medicala britanica, eroina a razboiului din Crimeea ( 1854 )

1. „I attribute my success to this: I never gave or took an excuse.”

MILDRED LISETTE NORMAN ( 1908 – 1981 )luptătoare americană pentru pace, cunoscută sub numele de PEACE PILGRIM

1. „Toate lucrurile pe care ni le dorim și ajung în posesia noastră devin mai târziu, inutile; dar continuă să ne controleze. În această lume a materialismului, posesiunile noastre ajung să ne posede.”

ROBERT ORBEN ( nascut 04.03.1927 ) – magician si scriitor american

1. „To err is human – and to blame it on a computer is even more so.”

2. „Older people shouldn’t eat health food, they need all the preservatives they can get.”

3. „Quit worrying about your health. It’ll go away.”

4. „Inflation is the crabgrass in your savings.”

5. „More than ever before, Americans are suffering from back problems, back taxes, back rent, back auto payments.”

6. „Every speaker has a mouth; an arrangement rather neat. Sometimes it’s filled with wisdom. Sometimes it’s filled with feet.”

7. „Time flies. It’s up to you to be the navigator.”

GEORGE ORWELL ( 1903 – 1950 ) – romanciar și eseist britanic

1. „În vremurile minciunii universale, a spune adevărul este un act revoluţionar.”

2. „All animals are equal but some animals are more equal than others.”

3. „Big Brother is watching you.”

4. „For the ordinary man is passive. Within a narrow circle ( home life, and perhaps the trade unions or local politics ) he feels himself master of his fate, but against major events he is as helpless as against the elements. So far from endeavoring to influence the future, he simply lies down and lets things happen to him.”

5. „To walk through the ruined cities of Germany is to feel an actual doubt about the continuity of civilization.”

6. „One does not establish a dictatorship in order to safeguard a revolution; one makes a revolution in order to establish a dictatorship.”

7. „No advance in wealth, no softening of manners, no reform or revolution has ever brought human equality a millimeter nearer.”

8. „We may find in the long run that tinned food is a deadlier weapon than the machine-gun.”

BRICE PARAIN ( 1897 – 1971 ) – filozof francez

1. „Trebuie să ştii să plăteşti: dacă vrei să fii liber, trebuie să nu-ţi fie frică de moarte.”

CYRIL NORTHCOTE PARKINSON ( 1909 – 1993 ) – istoric si umorist britanic

1. „Delay is the deadliest form of denial.”

LAURENCE J.PETER ( 1919 – 1990) – educator canadian

1. „In a hierarchy every employee tends to rise to his level of incompetence … in time every post tends to be occupied by an employee who is incompetent to carry out its duties … work is accomplished by those employees who have not yet reached their level of incompetence.”

2. „You can always tell a real friend: when you’ve made a fool of  yourself he doesn’t feel you’ve done a permanent job.”

3. „Early to bed, early to rise, work like hell, and advertise.”

4. „Democracy is a process by which the people are free to choose the man who will get the blame.”

5. „Education is a method whereby one acquires a higher grade of prejudices.”

6. „Make three correct guesses consecutively and you will establish a reputation as an expert.”

7. „Men now monopolize the upper levels depriving women of their rightful share of opportunities for incompetence.”

WILFERD A.PETERSON ( 1900 – 1995 ) – scriitor si eseist american

1. „Decizia este scinteia care produce actiunea. Daca nu iei o decizie, nu se intimpla absolut nimic !”

PABLO PICASSO ( 1881 – 1973 ) – pictor francez, născut în Spania

1. „Two boys arrived yesterday with a pebble they said was the head of a dog until I pointed out that it was really a typewriter.”

2. „Disciples be damned. It’s not interesting. It’s only the masters that matter. Those who create.”

3. „One does a whole painting for one peach and people think just the opposite – that particular peach is but a detail.”

4. „It takes a long time to become young.”

5. „Matisse makes a drawing, then he makes a copy of it. He recopies it five times, ten times, always clarifying the line. He’s convinced that the last, the most stripped down, is the best, the purest, the definitive one; and in fact, most of the time, it was the first. In drawing, nothing is better than the first attempt.”

6. „What is a face, really ? Its own photo ? Its make-up ? Or is it a face as painted by such or such painter ? That which is in front ? Inside ? Behind ? And the rest ? Doesn’t everyone look at himself in his own particular way ? Deformations simply do not exist.”

7. „Now there is fame ! Of all – hunger, misery, the incomprehension by the public – fame is by far the worst. It is the castigation of God by the artist. It is sad. It is true.”

8. „Art is a lie that makes us realize the truth.”

STEPHANIE PIRO – creatoare americanca de desene animate

1. “In spatele fiecarei femei de succes, sta destul de multa cafea.”

PLUTARH ( 46 – 125 ) – istoric și filozof grec

1. „The measure of a man is the way he bears up under misfortune.”

2. „Those who aim at great deeds must also suffer greatly.”

3. „Prosperity is no just scale; adversity is the only balance to weigh friends.”

4. „Not by lamentations and mournful chants ought we to celebrate the funeral of a good man, but by hymns, for in ceasing to be numbered with mortals he enters upon the heritage of a diviner life.”

5. „A Roman divorced from his wife, being highly blamed by his friends, who demanded: „Was she not chaste ? Was she not fair ? Was she not fruitful ?” Holding out his shoe, asked them whether it was not new and well made. Yet, added he, none of you can tell where it pinches me.”

6. „To make no mistakes is not in the power of man; but from their errors and mistakes the wise and good learn wisdom for the future.”

7. „Fate leads him who follows it, and drags him who resist.”

8. „It is not histories I am writing, but lives; and in the most glorious deeds there is not always an indication of virtue or vice, indeed a small thing like a phrase or a jest often makes a greater revelation of a character than battles where thousands die.”

FRANCOIS RABELAIS ( 1494 – 1553 ) – doctor si scriitor francez

1. „Science sans conscience n’est que ruine de l’ame.”

AGNES REPPLIER ( 1858 – 1950 ) – eseista americanca

1. “It is not easy to find happiness in ourselves, and it is not possible to find it elsewhere.”

JACOB AUGUST RIIS ( 1849 – 1914 ) – jurnalist american

1. “When nothing seems to help, I go and look at a stonecutter hammering away at his rock, perhaps a hundred times without as much as a crack showing in it. Yet at the hundred and first blow it will split in two, and I know it was not that last blow that did it, but all that had gone before.”

JAMES WHITCOMB RILEY ( 1849 – 1916 ) – poet american

1. „It is no use to grumble and complain; / It’s just as cheap and easy to rejoice; / When God sorts out the weather and sends rain – / Why, rain’s my choice !”

CAVETT ROBERT ( 1907 – 1997 ) – avocat si vorbitor american

1. „Daca nu crezi ca toate zilele sint bune, incearca sa treci peste una …”

2. „If we study the lives of great men and women carefully and unemotionally we find that, invariably, greatness was developed, tested and revealed through the darker periods of their lives. One of the largest tributaries of the RIVER OF GREATNESS is always the STREAM OF ADVERSITY.”

3. „A superficial knowledge is not enough. It must be a knowledge capable of analyzing a situation quickly and making an immediate decision.”

4. „Any man who selects a goal in life which can be fully achieved has already defined his own limitations.”

JIM ROHN ( nascut 17.09.1930 ) – om de afaceri si scriitor american

1. „When you know what you want, and want it bad enough, you will find a way to get it.”

2. „Without a sense of urgency, desire loses its value.”

3. „It doesn’t matter which side of the fence you get off on sometimes. What matters most is getting off. You cannot make progress without making decisions.”

4. „Formal education will make you a living; self-education will make you a fortune.”

5. „For every disciplined effort there is a multiple reward.”

6 „Take time to gather up the past so that you will be able to draw from your experience and invest them in the future.”

7. „Success is not to be pursued; it is to be attracted by the person you become.”

THEODORE ROOSEVELT ( 1858 – 1919 ) – al 26 lea presedinte al SUA

1. „Fa tot ce poti, cu ce ai, acolo unde esti !”

2. „I care not what others think of what I do, but I care very much about what I think of what I do ! That is character.”

3. „Keep your eyes on the stars, and your feet on the ground.”

4. „The nation behaves well if it treats the natural resources as assets which it must turn over to the next generation increased, and not impaired, in value.”

5. „In any moment of decision the best thing you can do is the right thing, the next best thing is the wrong thing, and the worst thing you can do is nothing.”

6. „At sometime in our lives a devil dwells within us, causes heartbreaks, confusion and troubles, then dies.”

7. „I wish to preach, not the doctrine of ignoble ease, but the doctrine of the strenuous life.”

8. „The first requisite of a good citizen in this republic of ours is that he shall be able and willing to pull his weight.”

9. „A man who has never gone to school may steal from a freight car; but if he has a university education, he may steal the whole railroad.”

10. „To educate a man in mind and not in morals is to educate a menace to society.”

THEODORE ISAAC RUBIN ( nascut 11.04.1923 ) – psihiatru si autor american

1. „Kindness is more important than wisdom, and the recognition of this is the beginning of wisdom.”

ROSALIND RUSSELL ( 1907 – 1976 ) – actriță americancă

1. „When something an affliction happens to you, you either let it defeat you, or you defeat it.”

ANTOINE de SAINT-EXUPERY ( 1900 –  1944 ) –  pilot si scriitor francez

1. ”Toţi oamenii mari au fost mai întâi copii; dar puţini dintre ei îşi mai aduc aminte.”

2.”Oamenilor mari le plac cifrele. Când le vorbiţi despre un nou prieten, ei niciodată nu vă pun întrebări asupra lucrurilor cu adevărat importante. Ei nu vă întreabă :  ”ce sunet are glasul lui ? care e jocul lui preferat ?  face el colecţie de fluturi ?” Ci întreabă: “câţi ani are ? câţi fraţi are ? câte kilograme cântăreşte ? cât câştigă tatăl lui ? …”

3.”E un lucru trist să uiţi un prieten. Nu toata lumea a avut unul.“

4. ”Trebuie să ceri de la fiecare numai ceea ce poate fiecare să dea. Autoritatea se bizuie înainte de toate pe raţiune.”

5. ”A te judeca pe tine însuţi e mult mai greu decât a-l judeca pe altul. Dacă ajungi să te judeci cum trebuie înseamnă că eşti înţelept.”

6. ”… descoperi un drum. Si drumurile toate duc inspre oameni !”

7. „Commonly, people believe that defeat is characterized by a general bustle and a feverish rush. Bustle and rush are the signs of victory, not of defeat. Victory is a thing of action. It is a house in the act of being built. Every participant in victory sweats and puffs, carrying the stones for the building of the house. But defeat is a thing of weariness, of incoherence, of boredom. And above all of futility.”

8.”The injustice of defeat lies in the fact that its most innocent victims are made to look like heartless accomplices. It is impossible to see behind defeat, the sacrifices, the austere performance of duty, the self-discipline and the vigilance that are there – those things the god of battle does not take account of.”

9. „When the body sinks into death, the essence of man is revealed. Man is a knot, a web, a mesh into which relationships are tied. Only those relationships matter. The body is an old crock that nobody will miss. I have never known a man to think of himself when dying. Never.”

10. „The one thing that matters is the effort.”

11. „There is a cheap literature that speaks to us of the need of escape. It is true that when we travel we are in search of distance. But distance is not to be found. It melts away. And escape has never led anywhere. The moment a man finds that he must play the races, go the Arctic, or make war in order to feel himself alive, that man has begin to spin the strands that bind him to other men and to the world. But what wretched strands ! A civilization that is really strong fills man to the brim, though he never stir. What are we worth when motionless, is the question.”

12. „It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye.”

JEROME DAVID SALINGER ( 1919 – 2010 ) – romancier american

1. „În zori, singurătatea: Am bănuiala că lumea conspiră / spre a mă face fericit.”

JOSE SARAMAGO ( născut 16.11.1922 ) – romancier portughez

1. „I am the same person I was before receiving the Nobel Prize. I work with the same regularity, I have not modified my habits, I have the same friends.”

JEAN PAUL SARTRE ( 1905 – 1980 ) – filozof si scriitor francez

1. ” Fenomenul este relativul absolut…”

THOMAS SCHIRRMACHER ( nascut 1960 ) filozof crestin german, specialist in sociologia religiilor

1. „Omul are nevoie de religii, fie ele teiste sau ateiste, fie ele celebre sau mascate, pentru a putea suprima adevărul că există un Creator care îi cere socoteală pentru viaţa sa. Omul îşi creează o religie care pare a fi mai convenabilă decât a-L slăvi şi sluji pe Creator. El îşi creează proprii sai dumnezei, în loc să recunoască faptul că el însuşi a fost creat de Dumnezeu şi este răspunzător faţă de El.”

ROBERT ALEXANDER SCHUMANN ( 1810 – 1856) – compozitor german

1. „When I was a young man, I vowed never to marry until I found the ideal woman. Well, I found her, but she was waiting for the ideal man.”

2. „If we were all determined to play the first violin we should never have an ensemble. Therefore, respect every musician in his proper place.”

3. „People compose for many reasons: to become immortal; because the pianoforte happens to be open; because they want to become a millionaire; because of the praise of friends; because they have looked into a pair of beautiful eyes; for no reason whatsoever.”

4. „Nothing right can be accomplished in art without enthusiasm.”

5. „The artist vocation is to send light into the human heart.”

6. „Talent works, genius creates.”

WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE ( 1564 – 1616 ) – dramaturg englez

1. „Adevarul are o inima linistita…”

2. „Oft expectation fails, and most oft there / Where most it promises.”

LAURENCE SHAMES ( nascut 1951 ) – jurnalist si scriitor american

1. „Success and failure. We think of them as opposites, but they’re really not. They’re companions – the hero and the sidekick.”

GEORGE BERNARD SHAW ( 1856 – 1950 ) – dramaturg irlandez

1. „The secret to forgiving everything is understanding nothing.”

2. „When two people are under the influence of the most violent, most insane, most delusive, and most transient of passions, they are required to swear that they will remain in that excited, abnormal, and exhausting condition continuously until death do them part.”

3. „It is a woman’s business to get married as soon as possible, and a man’s to keep unmarried as long as he can.”

4. „Marriage is popular because it combines the maximum of temptation with the maximum of opportunity.”

5. „There is no subject on which more dangerous nonsense is talked and thought than marriage.”

6. „The great secret, Eliza, is not having bad manners or good manners or any other particular sort of manners, but having the same manner for all human souls: in short, behaving as if you were in Heaven, where there are no third-class carriages, and one soul is as good as another.”

7. „We want a few mad people now. See where the sane ones have landed us!”

8. „First love is only a little foolishness and a lot of curiosity: no really self-respecting woman would take advantage of it.”

9. „In literature the ambition of the novice is to acquire the literary language: the struggle of the adept is to get rid of it.”

10. „In Heaven an angel is nobody in particular.”

11. „Man can climb to the highest summits, but he cannot dwell there long.”

12. „Life is no brief candle to me. It is a sort of splendid torch which I have got a hold of for the moment, and I want to make it burn as brightly as possible before handing it on to future generations.”

13. „Life does not cease to be funny when people die any more than it ceases to be serious when people laugh.”

14. „Life is a disease; and the only difference between one man and another is the stage of the disease at which he lives. You are always at the crisis: I am always in the convalescent stage.”

15. „The liar’s punishment is not in the least that he is not believed, but that he cannot believe anyone else.”

16. „Liberty means responsibility. That is why most men dread it.”

17. „Leisure may be defined as free activity, labor as compulsory activity. Leisure does what it likes, labor does what it must, the compulsion being that of Nature, which in these latitudes leaves men no choice between labor and starvation.”

18. „Whenever you wish to do anything against the law, Cicely, always consult a good solicitor first.”

19. „The English have no respect for their language, and will not teach their children to speak it.”

20. „Kings are not born: they are made by artificial hallucination.”

21. „The Jews generally give value. They make you pay; but they deliver the goods. In my experience the men who want something for nothing are invariably Christians.”

22. „The joy in life is to be used for a purpose. I want to be used up when I die.”

23. „Suppose the world were only one of God’s jokes, would you work any the less to make it a good joke instead of a bad one?”

24. „My way of joking is to tell the truth. It’s the funniest joke in the world.”

25. „Never waste jealousy on a real man: it is the imaginary man that supplants us all in the long run.”

26. „A man’s interest in the world is only an overflow from his interest in himself.”

27. „Hell is paved with good intentions, not with bad ones. All men mean well.”

28. „The worst sin… is… to be indifferent.”

29. „The worst sin towards our fellow creatures is not to hate them, but to be indifferent to them; that’s the essence of inhumanity.”

30. „Imagination is the beginning of creation. You imagine what you desire; you will what you imagine; and at last you create what you will.”

31. „The savage bows down to idols of wood and stone: the civilized man to idols of flesh and blood.”

32. „I tell you that as long as I can conceive something better than myself I cannot be easy unless I am striving to bring it into existence or clearing the way for it.”

33. „When a man wants to murder a tiger he calls it sport; when a tiger wants to murder him he calls it ferocity.”

34. „Human beings are the only animals of which I am thoroughly and cravenly afraid.”

35. „Physically there is nothing to distinguish human society from the farm-yard except that children are more troublesome and costly than chickens and calves and that men and women are not so completely enslaved as farm stock.”

36. „There is nothing that can be changed more completely than human nature when the job is taken in hand early enough.”

37. „Go anywhere in England where there are natural, wholesome, contented, and really nice English people; and what do you always find? That the stables are the real center of the household.”

38. „He who has never hoped can never despair.”

39. „We must make the world honest before we can honestly say to our children that honesty is the best policy.”

40. „You cannot be a hero without being a coward.”

41. „A perpetual holiday is a good working definition of hell.”

42. „Here there is no hope, and consequently no duty, no work, nothing to be gained by praying, nothing to be lost by doing what you like. Hell, in short, is a place where you have nothing to do but amuse yourself.”

43. „A broken heart is a very pleasant complaint for a man in London if he has a comfortable income.”

44. „It is a curious sensation: the sort of pain that goes mercifully beyond our powers of feeling. When your heart is broken, your boats are burned: nothing matters any more. It is the end of happiness and the beginning of peace.”

45. „Of all the anti-social vested interests the worst is the vested interest in ill-health.”

46. „Hatred is the coward’s revenge for being intimidated.”

47. „A lifetime of happiness? No man alive could bear it; it would be hell on earth.”

48. „Give a man health and a course to steer; and he’ll never stop to trouble about whether he’s happy or not.”

49. „We have no more right to consume happiness without producing it than to consume wealth without producing it.”

50. „Life at its noblest leaves mere happiness far behind; and indeed cannot endure it. Happiness is not the object of life: life has no object: it is an end in itself; and courage consists in the readiness to sacrifice happiness for an intenser quality of life.”

51. „You don’t learn to hold your own in the world by standing on guard, but by attacking and getting well hammered yourself.”

52. „Men are not governed by justice, but by law or persuasion. When they refuse to be governed by law or persuasion, they have to be governed by force or fraud, or both.”

53. „The art of government is the organization of idolatry. The bureaucracy consists of functionaries; the aristocracy, of idols; the democracy, of idolaters. The populace cannot understand the bureaucracy: it can only worship the national idols.”

54. „The things most people want to know about are usually none of their business.”

55. „To me the sole hope of human salvation lies in teaching man to regard himself as an experiment in the realization of God, to regard his hands as God’s hand, his brain as God’s brain, his purpose as God’s purpose. He must regard God as a helpless Longing, which longed him into existence by its desperate need for an executive organ.”

56. „Englishmen hate Liberty and Equality too much to understand them. But every Englishman loves a pedigree.”

57. „The ordinary man is an anarchist. He wants to do as he likes. He may want his neighbor to be governed, but he himself doesn’t want to be governed. He is mortally afraid of government officials and policemen.”

58. „Life would be tolerable but for its amusements.”

59. „I’m only a beer teetotaler, not a champagne teetotaler.”

60. „Every man over forty is a scoundrel.”

61. „Old men are dangerous: it doesn’t matter to them what is going to happen to the world.”

62. „Do not do unto others as you would that they should do unto you. Their tastes may not be the same.”

63. „It’s all that the young can do for the old, to shock them and keep them up to date.”

64. „Gambling promises the poor what property performs for the rich, something for nothing.”

65. „We are made wise not by the recollection of our past, but by the responsibility for our future.”

66. „The only service a friend can really render is to keep up your courage by holding up to you a mirror in which you can see a noble image of yourself.”

67. „Forgive him, for he believes that the customs of his tribe are the laws of nature!”

68. „Build a system that even a fool can use, and only a fool will want to use it.”

69. „There is no love sincerer than the love of food.”

70. „What really flatters a man is that you think him worth flattering.”

71. „That is the whole secret of successful fighting. Get your enemy at a disadvantage; and never, on any account, fight him on equal terms.”

72. „A gentleman is one who puts more into the world than he takes out.”

73. „My father must have had some elementary education for he could read and write and keep accounts inaccurately.”

74. „Fashions, after all, are only induced epidemics.”

75. „When our relatives are at home, we have to think of all their good points or it would be impossible to endure them. But when they are away, we console ourselves for their absence by dwelling on their vices.”

76. „He didn’t dare to, because his father had a weak heart and habitually threatened to drop dead if anybody hurt his feelings. You may have noticed that people with weak hearts are the tyrants of English married life.”

77. „We have not lost faith, but we have transferred it from God to the medical profession.”

78. „No man can be a pure specialist without being in the strict sense an idiot.”

79. „Everything happens to everybody sooner or later if there is time enough.”

80. „Men are wise in proportion, not to their experience, but to their capacity for experience.”

81. „If history repeats itself, and the unexpected always happens, how incapable must man be of learning from experience!”

82. „If you must hold yourself up to your children as an object lesson, hold yourself up as a warning and not an example.”

83. „Love is a gross exaggeration of the difference between one person and everybody else.”

84. „I can forgive Alfred Nobel for having invented dynamite, but only a fiend in human form could have invented the Nobel Prize.”

85. „Between persons of equal income there is no social distinction except the distinction of merit. Money is nothing: character, conduct, and capacity are everything. There would be great people and ordinary people and little people, but the great would always be those who had done great things, and never the idiots whose mothers had spoiled them and whose fathers had left them a hundred thousand a year; and the little would be persons of small minds and mean characters, and not poor persons who had never had a chance. That is why idiots are always in favor of inequality of income (their only chance of eminence), and the really great in favor of equality.”

86. „Clever and attractive women do not want to vote; they are willing to let men govern as long as they govern men.”

87. „An election is a moral horror, as bad as a battle except for the blood; a mud bath for every soul concerned in it.”

88. „What we call education and culture is for the most part nothing but the substitution of reading for experience, of literature for life, of the obsolete fictitious for the contemporary real.”

89. „If all the economists were laid end to end, they would not reach a conclusion.”

90. „When a stupid man is doing something he is ashamed of, he always declares that it is his duty.”

91. „Every doctor will allow a colleague to decimate a whole countryside sooner than violate the bond of professional etiquette by giving him away.”

92. „The doctor learns that if he gets ahead of the superstitions of his patients he is a ruined man; and the result is that he instinctively takes care not to get ahead of them.”

93. „As long as I have a want, I have a reason for living. Satisfaction is death.”

94. „Our necessities are few, but our wants are endless.”

95. „I talk democracy to these men and women. I tell them that they have the vote, and that theirs is the kingdom and the power and the glory. I say to them You are supreme: exercise your power. They say, that’s right: tell us what to do; and I tell them. I say exercise our vote intelligently by voting for me. And they do. That’s democracy; and a splendid thing it is too for putting the right men in the right place.”

96. „Democracy substitutes election by the incompetent many for appointment by the corrupt few.”

97. „The government who robs Peter to pay Paul can always depend on the support of Paul.

I want to be all used up when I die.

Life levels all men. Death reveals the eminent.

Dying is a troublesome business: there is pain to be suffered, and it wrings one’s heart; but death is a splendid thing –a warfare accomplished, a beginning all over again, a triumph. You can always see that in their faces.

If you value a man’s regard, strive with him. As to liking, you like your newspaper – and despise it.

I’m not a teacher: only a fellow-traveler of whom you asked the way. I pointed ahead – ahead of myself as well as you.

Reminiscences make one feel so deliciously aged and sad.

Man is the only animal of which I am thoroughly and cravenly afraid of.

If women were as fastidious as men, morally or physically, there would be an end of the race.

I have to live for others and not for myself: that’s middle-class morality.

A miracle is an event which creates faith. That is the purpose and nature of miracles. Frauds deceive. An event which creates faith does not deceive: therefore it is not a fraud, but a miracle.

The only way to avoid being miserable is not to have enough leisure to wonder whether you are happy or not.

A life spent making mistakes is not only more honorable, but more useful than a life spent doing nothing.

Lack of money is the root of all evil.

Money is indeed the most important thing in the world; and all sound and successful personal and national morality should have this fact for its basis.

Money is the most important thing in the world. It represents health, strength, honor, generosity, and beauty as conspicuously as the want of it represents illness, weakness, disgrace, meanness, and ugliness.

The universal regard for money is the one hopeful fact in our civilization. Money is the most important thing in the world. It represents health, strength, honor, generosity and beauty. Not the least of its virtues is that it destroys base people as certainly as it fortifies and dignifies noble people.

Morality is suspecting other people of not being legally married.

An Englishman thinks he is moral when he is only uncomfortable.

The more things a man is ashamed of, the more respectable he is.

He never does a proper thing without giving an improper reason for it.

Hell is full of musical amateurs: music is the brandy of the damned.

Put an Irishman on the spit and you can always get another Irishman to turn him.

I showed my appreciation of my native land in the usual Irish way: by getting out of it as soon as I possibly could.

The people who get on in this world are the people who get up and look for the circumstances they want, and, if they can’t find them, make them.

Man is the only animal which esteems itself rich in proportion to the number and voracity of its parasites.

You will never have a quiet world until you knock the patriotism out of the human race.

Patriotism is a pernicious, psychopathic form of idiocy.

Patriotism is your conviction that this country is superior to all other countries because you were born in it.

Better see rightly on a pound a week than squint on a million.

Peace is not only better than war, but infinitely more arduous

If there was nothing wrong in the world there wouldn’t be anything for us to do.

A pessimist is a man who thinks everybody is as nasty as himself.

The philosopher is Nature’s pilot. And there you have our difference: to be n hell is to drift: to be in heaven is to steer.

The camera can represent flesh so superbly that, if I dared, I would never photograph a figure without asking that figure to take its clothes off.

My method is to take the utmost trouble to find the right thing to say, and then to say it with the utmost levity.

In order to fully realize how bad a popular play can be, it is necessary to see it twice.

Great art is never produced for its own sake. It is too difficult to be worth the effort.

Assassination is the extreme form of censorship.

I’m an atheist and I thank God for it.

In a battle all you need to make you fight is a little hot blood and the knowledge that it’s more dangerous to lose than to win.

We mustn’t be stiff and stand-off, you know. We must be thoroughly democratic, and patronize everybody without distinction of class.

He knows nothing; and he thinks he knows everything. That points clearly to a political career.

The world is populated in the main by people who should not exist.

The seven deadly sins… food, clothing, firing, rent, taxes, respectability and children. Nothing can lift those seven millstones from Man’s neck but money; and the spirit cannot soar until the millstones are lifted.

The greatest evils and the worst of crimes is poverty; our first duty, a duty to which every other consideration should be sacrificed, is not to be poor.

You cannot have power for good without having power for evil too. Even mother’s milk nourishes murderers as well as heroes.

Power does not corrupt men; fools, however, if they get into a position of power, corrupt power.

Common people do not pray; they only beg.

The most anxious man in a prison is the governor.

All problems are finally scientific problems.

All professions are conspiracies against the laity.

All progress means war with society.

All progress is initiated by challenging current conceptions, and executed by supplanting existing institutions.

Property is organized robbery.

It has taken me nearly twenty years of studied self-restraint, aided by the natural decay of my faculties, to make myself dull enough to be accepted as a serious person by the British public; and I am not sure that I am not still regarded as a suspicious character in some quarters.

Better never than late.

This is the true joy in life, the being used for a purpose recognized by yourself as a mighty one; the being thoroughly worn out before you are thrown on the scrap heap; the being a force of nature instead of a feverish selfish little clod of ailments and grievances complaining that the world will not devote itself to making you happy.

We know there is intention and purpose in the universe, because there is intention and purpose in us.

The test of a man or woman’s breeding is how they behave in a quarrel.

No question is so difficult to answer as that which the answer is obvious.

I often quote myself. It adds spice to my conversation.

Nothing is ever accomplished by a reasonable man.

Reasonable people adapt themselves to the world. Unreasonable people attempt to adapt the world to themselves. All progress, therefore, depends on unreasonable people.

There is only one religion, though there are a hundred versions of it.

My religion? Well, my dear, I am a Millionaire. That is my religion.

All the sweetness of religion is conveyed to the world by the hands of story-tellers and image-makers. Without their fictions the truths of religion would for the multitude be neither intelligible nor even apprehensible; and the prophets would prophesy and the teachers teach in vain.

My reputation grew with every failure.

Well, dearie, men have to do some awfully mean things to keep up their respectability. But you can’t blame them for that, can you?

I feel nothing but the accursed happiness I have dreaded all my life long: the happiness that comes as life goes, the happiness of yielding and dreaming instead of resisting and doing, the sweetness of the fruit that is going rotten.

Revolutions have never lightened the burden of tyranny: they have only shifted it to another shoulder.

What is the matter with the poor is poverty; what is the matter with the rich is uselessness.

The more I see of the moneyed classes, the more I understand the guillotine.

The golden rule is that there are no golden rules.

Vulgarity in a king flatters the majority of the nation.

An asylum for the sane would be empty in America.

Science becomes dangerous only when it imagines that it has reached its goal.

Science is always wrong, it never solves a problem without creating ten more.

There are no secrets better kept than the secrets everybody guesses.

It is easy – terribly easy – to shake a man’s faith in himself. To take advantage of that to break a man’s spirit is devil’s work.

A Native American elder once described his own inner struggles in this manner: Inside of me there are two dogs. One of the dogs is mean and evil. The other dog is good. The mean dog fights the good dog all the time. When asked which dog wins, he reflected for a moment and replied, The one I feed the most. On Other Peoples Expectations: The only man who behaved sensibly was my tailor; he took my measurement anew every time he saw me, while all the rest went on with their old measurements and expected them to fit me.

Self-denial is not a virtue, it is only the effect of prudence on rascality.

Self-sacrifice enables us to sacrifice other people without blushing.

Ladies and gentleman are permitted to have friends in the kennel, but not in the kitchen.

We live in an atmosphere of shame. We are ashamed of everything that is real about us; ashamed of ourselves, of our relatives, of our incomes, of our accents, of our opinions, of our experience, just as we are ashamed of our naked skins.

Silence is the most perfect expression of scorn.

It is dangerous to be sincere unless you are also stupid.

A nap, my friend, is a brief period of sleep which overtakes superannuated persons when they endeavor to entertain unwelcome visitors or to listen to scientific lectures.

When Satan makes impure verses, Allah sends a divine tune to cleanse them.

We know now that the soul is the body, and the body the soul. They tell us they are different because they want to persuade us that we can keep our souls if we let them make slaves of our bodies.

I don’t want to talk grammar. I want to talk like a lady.

Success covers a multitude of blunders.

I dread success. To have succeeded is to have finished one’s business on earth, like the male spider, who is killed by the female the moment he has succeeded in his courtship. I like a state of continual becoming, with a goal in front and not behind.

Martyrdom is the only way a man can become famous without ability.

Why, except as a means of livelihood, a man should desire to act on the stage when he has the whole world to act in, is not clear to me.

Beauty is all very well at first sight; but whoever looks at it when it has been in the house three days?

In your Salvation shelter I saw poverty, misery, cold and hunger. You gave them bread and treacle and dreams of heaven. I give from thirty shillings a week to twelve thousand a year. They find their own dreams; but I look after the drainage.

Don’t order any black things. Rejoice in his memory; and be radiant: leave grief to the children. Wear violet and purple. Be patient with the poor people who will snivel: they don’t know; and they think they will live for ever, which makes death a division instead of a bond.

You are all fundamentalists with a top dressing of science. That is why you are the stupidest of conservatives and reactionists in politics and the most bigoted of obstructionists in science itself. When it comes to getting a move on you are all of the same opinion: stop it, flog it, hang it, dynamite it, stamp it out.

How can you dare teach a man to read until you’ve taught him everything else first?

Censorship ends in logical completeness when nobody is allowed to read any books except the books nobody reads.

Progress is impossible without change, and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything.

The reasonable man adapts himself to the world; the unreasonable man persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore, all progress depends on the unreasonable man.

A man of great common sense and good taste – meaning thereby a man without originality or moral courage.

A government which robs Peter to pay Paul can always depend on the support of Paul.

What we want is to see the child in pursuit of knowledge, and not knowledge in pursuit of the child.

He who can, does. He who cannot, teaches.

I was a freethinker before I knew how to think.

Few people think more than two or three times a year. I have made an international reputation for myself thinking once or twice a week.

It is difficult, if not impossible, for most people to think otherwise than in the fashion of their own period.

No king on earth is as safe in his job as a Trade Union official. There is only one thing that can get him sacked; and that is drink. Not even that, as long as he doesn’t actually fall down.

There are two tragedies in life. One is not to get your heart’s desire. The other is to get it.

Life on board a pleasure steamer violates every moral and physical condition of healthy life except fresh air. It is a guzzling, lounging, gambling, dog’s life. The only alternative to excitement is irritability.

Though I can make my extravaganzas appear credible, I cannot make the truth appear so.

All great truths begin as blasphemies.

A man who has no office to go to – I don’t care who he is – is a trial of which you can have no conception.

The secret of being miserable is to have leisure to bother about whether you are happy or not. The cure for it is occupation.

A man of my spiritual intensity does not eat corpses.

When it comes to the point, really bad men are just as rare as really good ones.

If you strike a child, take care that you strike it in anger, even at the risk of maiming it for life. A blow in cold blood neither can nor should be forgiven.

Better keep yourself clean and bright. You are the window through which you must see the world.

Virtue consists, not in abstaining from vice, but in not desiring it.

What is virtue but the Trade Unionism of the married?

Some men see things as they are and say, Why? I of dream things that never were, and say, Why not?

Democracy is a form of government that substitutes election by the incompetent many for appointment by the corrupt few.

In the arts of life man invents nothing; but in the arts of death he outdoes Nature herself, and produces by chemistry and machinery all the slaughter of plague, pestilence, and famine.

The only man I know who behaves sensibly is my tailor; he takes my measurements anew each time he sees me. The rest go on with their old measurements and expect me to fit them.

This comes of James teaching me to think for myself, and never to hold back out of fear of what other people may think of me. It works beautifully as long as I think the same things as he does.

The only way for a woman to provide for herself decently is for her to be good to some man that can afford to be good to her.

Nothing makes a man so selfish as work.

When I was a young man I observed that nine out of ten things I did were failures. I didn’t want to be a failure, so I did ten times more work.

The man who writes about himself and his own time is the only man who writes about all people and about all time.

You must not suppose, because I am a man of letters, that I never tried to earn an honest living.

Youth, which is forgiven everything, forgives itself nothing: age, which forgives itself everything, is forgiven nothing.

It is all that the young can do for the old, to shock them and keep them up to date.

Even the youngest of us may be wrong sometimes.

Youth is such a wonderful thing. What a crime to waste it on children.

The early Christian rules of life were not made to last, because the early Christians did not believe that the world itself was going to last.

We sing in a church, why can we not dance there?

What is wrong with priests and popes is that instead of being apostles and saints, they are nothing but empirics who say I know instead of I am learning, and pray for credulity and inertia as wise men pray for skepticism and activity.

People are always blaming their circumstances for what they are. I don’t believe in circumstances. The people who get on in this world are the people who get up and look for the circumstances they want, and if they can’t find them, make them.

Find enough clever things to say, and you’re a Prime Minister; write them down and you’re a Shakespeare.

Nothing is worth doing unless the consequences may be serious.

The American Constitution, one of the few modern political documents drawn up by men who were forced by the sternest circumstances to think out what they really had to face, instead of chopping logic in a university classroom.

How can what an Englishman believes be hearsay? It is a contradiction in terms.

I enjoy convalescence. It is the part that makes the illness worth while.

She has lost the art of conversation, but not, unfortunately, the power of speech.

The great danger of conversion in all ages has been that when the religion of the high mind is offered to the lower mind, the lower mind, feeling its fascination without understanding it, and being incapable of rising to it, drags it down to its level by degrading it.

We are all dependent on one another, every soul of us on earth.

I never thought much of the courage of a lion tamer. Inside the cage he is at least safe from people.

Man gives every reason for his conduct save one, every excuse for his crimes save one, every plea for his safety save one; and that one is his cowardice.

No man who is occupied in doing a very difficult thing, and doing it very well, ever loses his self-respect.

The fact that a believer is happier than a skeptic is no more to the point than the fact that a drunken man is happier than a sober one. The happiness of credulity is a cheap and dangerous quality.

I believe in Michelangelo, Velasquez, and Rembrandt; in the might of design, the mystery of color, the redemption of all things by Beauty everlasting, and the message of Art that has made these hands blessed. Amen. Amen.

The faults of the burglar are the qualities of the financier.

The power of accurate observation is commonly called cynicism by those who have not got it.

A perpendicular expression of a horizontal desire.

In this world there is always danger for those who are afraid of it.

England and America are two countries separated by the same language.

There is nothing so bad or so good that you will not find an Englishman doing it; but you will never find an Englishman in the wrong. He does everything on principle. He fights you on patriotic principles; he robs you on business principles; he enslaves you on imperial principles.

Majesty: when a stupid man is doing something he is ashamed of, he always declares that it is his duty.

You see things; and you say Why? But I dream things that never were; and I say Why not?

Youth is a wonderful thing. What a crime to waste it on children.

You have set up in New York Harbor a monstrous idol which you call Liberty. The only thing that remains to complete that monument is to put on its pedestal the inscription written by Dante on the gate of hell: All hope abandon ye who enter here.

You have to choose between trusting to the natural stability of gold and the natural stability of the honesty and intelligence of the members of the Government. And, with due respect for these gentlemen, I advise you, as long as the Capitalist system lasts, to vote for gold.

The best reformers the world has ever seen are those who commence on themselves.

MARY SHELLEY ( 1797 – 1851 ) – romanciera britanica

1. „But I am a blasted tree; the bolt has entered my soul; and I felt then that I should survive to exhibit what I shall soon cease to be: a miserable spectacle of wrecked humanity, pitiable to others and intolerable to myself.”

2. „Life is obstinate and clings closest where it is most hated.”

3.  „Nothing contributes so much to tranquilizing the mind as a steady purpose: a point on which the soul may fix its intellectual eye.”

SUSAN SONTAG ( 1933 – 2004 ) – romanciera americanca

1. „I envy paranoids; they actually feel people are paying attention to them.”

ADLAI STEVENSON ( 1900 – 1965 ) –  senator democrat american

1.”Some people approach every problem with an open mouth.”

ROBERT LOUIS STEVENSON ( 1850 – 1894 ) – scriitor scotian

1. “Să fii plin de admiraţie şi departe de orice invidie; să te înveseleşti în mare măsură de binele altora; să iubeşti cu o asemenea generozitate a inimii încât dragostea ta să fie o posesiune dragă în absenţa răutăţii; acestea sunt daruri ale sorţii, daruri pe care banii nu le pot cumpăra. Cel care are asemenea comoară se va bucura de Univers ca şi cum acesta i-ar aparţine şi îi va ajuta şi pe alţii să se bucure alături de el.“

2. “To be what we are, and to become what we are capable of becoming, is the only end of life.”

3. „I regard you with an indifference closely bordering on aversion.”

JONATHAN SWIFT ( 1667 – 1745 ) poet, scriitor, preot si autor politic nord-irlandez

1. „Nu poţi să determini pe cineva să-şi schimbe părerea în privinţa unui lucru despre care oricum nu are nicio părere.”

2. „It is impossible that anything so natural, so necessary, and so universal as death, should ever have been designed by providence as an evil to mankind.”

3. „We are so fond on one another because our ailments are the same.”

4. „The best doctors in the world are Doctor Diet, Doctor Quiet, and Doctor Merryman.”

5. „She wears her clothes as if they were thrown on with a pitch folk.”

6. „And he gave it for his opinion, that whoever could make two ears of corn, or two blades of grass, to grow upon a spot of ground where only one grew before, would deserve better of mankind, and do more essential service to his country, than the whole race of politicians put together.”

7. „One enemy can do more hurt than ten friends can do good.”

JAMES HUDSON TAYLOR ( 1832 – 1905 ) – misionar crestin englez

1. „God isn’t looking for people of great faith, but for individuals ready to follow Him.”

MARGARET THATCHER ( nascuta 13.10. 1925 ) – prim ministru al Marii Britanii

1. ”The trouble with socialism is that you eventually run out of other people’s money.”

JOAN THOMAS ( nascuta 02.06.1911 ) – jucatoare britanica de cricket

1. „Sometimes the best helping hand you can get is a good, firm push.”

WILLIAM HENRY GRIFFITH THOMAS ( 1861 – 1924 ) – pastor anglican galez

1. „Nu este greu să duci o viață creștină, este imposibil. Numai Isus Cristos poate.”

2. „Faith affects the whole of man’s nature. It commences with the conviction of the mind based on adequate evidence…”

HENRY DAVID THOREAU ( 1817 – 1862 ) – scriitor american

1. „What is the use of a house if you haven’t got a tolerable planet to put it on?”

LEV TOLSTOI ( 1828 – 1910 ) – scriitor si filozof rus

1. „Tot răul vine de acolo că oamenii îşi închipuie că sînt împrejurări în care se pot purta cu semenii lor fără iubire. Cu lucrurile te poţi purta fără iubire, poţi să tai copaci, să faci cărămizi, să prelucrezi fierul fără iubire, faţă de oameni însă nu se poate, deoarece iubirea reciprocă dintre oameni este o lege fundamentală a vieţii omeneşti. Este adevărat că omul nu poate să se constrîngă să iubească, aşa cum se constrînge să muncească, însă de aici nu urmează că poate să se poarte cu ceilalţi fără iubire, mai ales dacă cere ceva de la ei. Dacă n-ai iubire faţă de oameni, stai liniştit, ocupă-te de tine, de lucruri, de ce vrei, numai de oameni nu.”

2. „Iubirea ? Ce-i iubirea ? se gândea el. Iubirea stă în calea morţii. Iubirea este viaţa. Tot, tot ce înţeleg, înţeleg numai pentru că iubesc. Tot ce există, există pentru că iubesc. Totul e legat numai de iubire. Iubirea este Dumnezeu şi, când mori, înseamnă că tu, o particică din iubire, te întorci la izvorul veşnic al tuturor lucrurilor.”

3. „Nu este măreţie acolo unde nu este simplitate.”

4. „Toate familiile fericite se aseamana; fiecare familie e nefericita in felul ei …”

5. „I am sure that nothing has such a decisive influence upon a man’s course as his personal appearance, and not so much his appearance as his belief in its attractiveness or unattractiveness.”

6. „The strongest warriors are these two: time and patience.”

7. „Experiența acumulată în 40 de ani de greșeli se numește înțelepciune.”

MARK TWAIN ( 1835 – 1910 ) – scriitor american

1. „Cand oamenii spun ca incurajarea nu tine mult, eu le raspund ca nici cand faci baie nu tine mult; de asta baia e recomandata zilnic.”

2. „Get your facts first, then you can distort them as you please.”

3. „When we remember we are all mad, the mysteries disappear and life stands explained.”

4. „Few things are harder to put up with than the annoyance of a good example.”

5. „Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did. So throw off the bowliness, sail away from the safe harbor and catch the trade winds in your sails !”

DANIELE VARE ( sf.sec. XIX – inceput.sec. XX ) – diplomat italian in China

1. „Diplomacy is the art of letting someone have your way.”

VOLTAIRE ( 1694 – 1778 ) – dramaturg si filozof francez

1. „I am a little deaf, a little blind, a little impotent, and on top of this are two or three abominable infirmities, but nothing destroys my hope.”

HORACE WALPOLE ( 1717 — 1797 ) – scriitor si colectionar englez

1. „Life is a comedy for those who think… and a tragedy for those who feel.”

WILLIAM ARTHUR WARD ( 1921 – 1994 ) – scriitor si eseist american

1. „Cuvintele ne tradeaza gindurile, comportamentul demonstreaza daca suntem siguri pe noi, actiunile ne reflecta caracterul, iar obiceiurile ne prezic viitorul !”

BOOKER TALIAFFERO WASHINGTON ( 1856  – 1915 ) – educator si scriitor american de culoare

1. „No race can prosper till it learns that there is as much dignity in tilling a field as in writing a poem.”

2. „I believe that any man’s life will be filled with constant and unexpected encouragement, if he makes up his mind to do his level best each day, and as nearly as possible reaching the high water mark of pure and useful living.”

3. „Excellence is to do a common thing in an uncommon way.”

4. „I will not permit any man to narrow and degrade my soul by making me hate him.”

5. „There is no power on earth that can neutralize the influence of a high, simple and useful life.”

6. „We don’t just borrow words; on occasion, English has pursued other languages down alleyways to beat them unconscious and rifle their pockets for new vocabulary.”

7. „We do not want the men of another color for our brothers-in-law, but we do want them for our brothers.”

EDITH WHARTON ( 1862 – 1937 ) – scriitoare americanca

1. „Sint doua cai pentru a imprastia lumina: sa fii luminare sau sa fii oglinda care o reflecta …”

ELWYN BROOKS WHITE ( 1899 – 1985 ) – eseist american

1. „Genius is more often found in a cracked pot than in a whole one.”

TERENCE HANBURY WHITE ( 1906 — 1964 ) – romancier si istoric britanic

1. „The most difficult thing in the world is to know how to do a thing and to watch somebody else doing it wrong, without comment.”

OSCAR WILDE ( 1854 – 1900 ) – dramaturg irlandez

1. „I can stand brute force, but brute reason is quite unbearable. There is something unfair about its use. It is hitting below the intellect.”

2. „In all matters of opinion, our adversaries are insane.”

3. „Sunt atat de destept, incat nu inteleg o iota din ceea ce spun.”

BILLY WILDER ( 1906 – 2002 ) – scriitor, regizor si actor american

1. „Trust your own instinct. Your mistakes might as well be your own instead of someone else’s.”

2. „I’m a writer. Nobody is perfect !”

TENNESSEE WILLIAMS ( 1911 – 1983 ) – dramaturg american

1. „Amintirea îşi permite anumite libertăţi. Ea lasă anumite detalii la o parte şi le exagerează pe altele, potrivit sentimentului de valoare a obiectelor pe care ea le atinge.”

2. „Siguranţa este un fel de moarte.”

3. „A fi dezamăgit este un lucru, a fi descurajat este altul.”

4. „Nu cred în păcatul originar şi în vină. Pentru mine nu există răufăcători şi nici eroi, ci numai căi juste sau eronate pe care fiinţa umană apucă, nu dintr-o hotărâre liberă, ci din necesitate sau influenţa unor factori care rămân de neînţeles, legaţi de eul său, condiţiile de viaţă, ereditate etc.”

WILLIAM CARLOS WILLIAMS ( 1883 – 1963 ) – poet si scriitor american

1. „It is not what you say that matters but the manner in which you say it; there lies the secret of the ages.”

WOODROW WILSON ( 1856 – 1924 ) – al 28 lea presedinte al SUA

1. „I not only use all the brains that I have, but all that I can borrow.”

HILARY HINTON „ZIG” ZIGLAR ( nascut 06.11.1926 ) – scriitor si vorbitor crestin american

1. „Nu conteaza unde incepi – conteaza unde termini !”

2. „Indiferent unde este petecul tau de pamint in viata, poti sa construiesti ceva minunat pe el !”

3. „Poti sa ai tot ce vrei in viata daca ajuti suficienti oameni sa aiba si ei tot ce vor !”

4. „Ceea ce obtii atunci cand iti atingi scopurile nu este atit de important ca ceea ce devii prin obtinerea lor.”

5. „Repetitia este mama invataturii si tatal actiunii din care se naste arhitectul realizarilor.”

6. „Sometimes adversity is what you need to face in order to become successful.”

7. „If you have enough push, you don’t have to worry about the pull.”

8. „You were born to win, but to be a winner, you must plan to win, prepare to win, and expect to win.”

9. „If you don’t see yourself as a winner, then you cannot perform as a winner.”

10. „Failure is a detour, not a dead-end street.”

11. „People who have good relationships at home are more effective in the marketplace.”

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