I don’t believe in twisting yourself into knots of excuses and explanations over the food you make. … Maybe the cat has fallen into the stew, or the lettuce has frozen, or the cake has collapsed — eh bien, tant pis! Usually one’s cooking is better than one thinks it is. And if the food is truly vile … then the cook must simply grit her teeth and bear it with a smile — and learn from her mistakes.

Julia Child (1912-2004) American chef and writer
My Life In France, “Le Cordon Bleu” (2006)
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The smart way to keep people passive and obedient is to strictly limit the spectrum of acceptable opinion, but allow very lively debate within that spectrum – even encourage the more critical and dissident views. That gives people the sense that there’s free thinking going on, while all the time the presuppositions of the system are being reinforced by the limits put on the range of the debate.

Noam Chomsky (b. 1928) American linguist and activist
The Common Good (1998)
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If we don’t believe in freedom of expression for people we despise, we don’t believe in it at all.

Noam Chomsky (b. 1928) American linguist and activist
The Late Show, TV interview with John Pilger, BBC2 (25 Nov. 1992)
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I like living. I have sometimes been wildly, despairingly, acutely miserable, racked with sorrow, but through it all I still know quite certainly that just to be alive is a grand thing.

Dame Agatha Christie (1890-1976) English writer
(Attributed)
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Every murderer is probably somebody’s old friend.

Dame Agatha Christie (1890-1976) English writer
The Mysterious Affair at Styles, Ch. 11 (Poirot) (1911)
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Good advice is always certain to be ignored, but that’s no reason not to give it.

Dame Agatha Christie (1890-1976) English writer
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You meet a thousand times in life with those who, in dealing with any religious question, make at once their appeal to reason, and insist on forthwith rejecting aught that lies beyond its sphere — without, however, being able to render any clear account of the nature and proper limits of the knowledge thus derived, or of the relation in which such knowledge stands to the religious needs of men. I would invite you, therefore, to inquire seriously whether such persons are not really bowing down before an idol of the mind, which, while itself of very questionable worth, demands as much implicit faith from its worshipers as divine revelation itself.

Theodor Christlieb (1833-1889) German theologian
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Granting that you and I argue. If you get the better of me, and not I of you, are you necessarily right and I wrong? Or if I get the better of you and not you of me, am I necessarily right and you wrong? Or are we both partly right and partly wrong? Or are we both wholly right and wholly wrong? You and I cannot know this, and consequently we all live in darkness.

Chuang Tzu (369-286 BC) Chinese philosopher, co-founder of Taoism
On Leveling All Things
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There is no such thing as a moral dress. … It

Jennie Jerome Churchill (1854-1921) American socialite
Daily Chronicle, London (16 Feb. 1921)
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Treat your friends as you do your pictures, and place them in their best light.

Jennie Jerome Churchill (1854-1921) American socialite
Small Talk on Big Subjects, “Friendship” (1916)
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My wife and I tried to breakfast together, but we had to stop or our marriage would have been wrecked.

Winston Churchill (1874-1965) British statesman and author
(Attributed)
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To improve is to change; to be perfect is to change often.

Winston Churchill (1874-1965) British statesman and author
(Attributed)
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I am always ready to learn, although I do not always like being taught.

Winston Churchill (1874-1965) British statesman and author
House of Commons speech (4-Nov-1952)
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It is a mistake to look too far ahead. Only one link in the chain of destiny can be handled at a time.

Winston Churchill (1874-1965) British statesman and author
(Attributed)
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If you’re going through hell, keep going.

Winston Churchill (1874-1965) British statesman and author
(Spurious)

Also sometimes given as "If you're going through hell, don't stop." Not found in any of Churchill's written works or directly attributed to him in any reliable source. See here for more information.
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He has all the virtues I dislike and none of the vices I admire.

Winston Churchill (1874-1965) British statesman and author
(Attributed)

on Sir Stafford Cripps
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Responsibility is the price of greatness.

Winston Churchill (1874-1965) British statesman and author
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The inherent vice of capitalism is the unequal sharing of blessings; the inherent virtue of socialism is the equal sharing of miseries.

Winston Churchill (1874-1965) British statesman and author
(Attributed)
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I am prepared to meet my Maker. Whether my Maker is prepared for the great ordeal of meeting me is another matter.

Winston Churchill (1874-1965) British statesman and author
(Attributed, 1949)

Comment on his 75th birthday, when asked whether he was afraid of death.  Quoted in the NY Times Magazine (1 Nov 1964).

Sometimes quoted as, "I am ready to meet my Maker. ..."

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WOMAN: There are two things I don’t like about you, Mr. Churchill — your politics and your mustache.
CHURCHILL: My dear madam, pray do not disturb yourself. You are not likely to come into contact with either.

Winston Churchill (1874-1965) British statesman and author
(Attributed)

Exchange with anonymous woman
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Men stumble over the truth from time to time, but most pick themselves up and hurry off as if nothing happened.

Winston Churchill (1874-1965) British statesman and author
(Attributed)
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The only wise and safe course is to act from day to day in accordance with what one’s own conscience seems to decree.

Winston Churchill (1874-1965) British statesman and author
The Second World War: The Gathering Storm, 1.12 (1948)
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However beautiful the strategy, you should occasionally look at the results.

Winston Churchill (1874-1965) British statesman and author
(Attributed)
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If Hitler invaded hell I would at least make a favorable reference to the Devil in the House of Commons.

Winston Churchill (1874-1965) British statesman and author
The Grand Alliance, vol. 3, ch. 20 (regarding the alliance with the USSR) (1950)
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It is vain to imagine that the mere perception or declaration of right principles, whether in one country or in many countries, will be of any value unless they are supported by those qualities of civic virtue and manly courage

Winston Churchill (1874-1965) British statesman and author
Speech at Bristol University (2 Jul. 1938)
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Nothing in life is so exhilarating as to be shot at without result.

Winston Churchill (1874-1965) British statesman and author
The Story of the Malakand Field Force, ch. 10 (1898)

Sometimes quoted as "There is nothing more exhilarating than to be shot at without result."

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Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak; courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen.

Winston Churchill (1874-1965) British statesman and author
(Attributed)
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Of course I’m an optimist. What’s the point of being anything else?

Winston Churchill (1874-1965) British statesman and author
(1941)
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In War: Resolution. In Defeat: Defiance. In Victory: Magnanimity. In Peace: Goodwill.

Winston Churchill (1874-1965) British statesman and author
The Second World War, epigram, originally on WW I (1948-54)
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You can always trust the Americans. in the end they will do the right thing, after they have eliminated all the other possibilities.

Winston Churchill (1874-1965) British statesman and author
(Attributed)
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But it’s no show just to protect the serious, the solemn, and the high-minded. We must protect the flippant, the zany, the heretical, and the downright queer. The Constitution gives every American the inalienable right to make a damn fool of himself.

John Ciardi (1916-1986) American poet, writer, critic
In Nation (27 Mar 1954)
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A university is what a college becomes when the faculty loses interest in students.

John Ciardi (1916-1986) American poet, writer, critic
(Attributed)
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The day will happen whether or not you get up.

John Ciardi (1916-1986) American poet, writer, critic
(Attributed)
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Every evil in the bud is easily crushed: as it grows older, it becomes stronger.

[Omne malum nascens facile opprimitur; inveteratum fit pleurumque robustius.]

Marcus Tullius Cicero (106-43 BC) Roman orator, statesman, philosopher
Philippicae, V, 11
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Friendship improves happiness and abates misery, by the doubling of our joy and the dividing of our grief.

[Nam et secundas res splendidiores facit amicitia et adversas partiens communicansque leviores.]

Marcus Tullius Cicero (106-43 BC) Roman orator, statesman, philosopher
De Amicitia, para. 22
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Even if you have nothing to write, write and say so.

Marcus Tullius Cicero (106-43 BC) Roman orator, statesman, philosopher
Epistulae ad Familiares, IV, 8, 4

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Wise men are instructed by reason; men of understanding, by experience; the most ignorant, by necessity; and beasts by nature.

Marcus Tullius Cicero (106-43 BC) Roman orator, statesman, philosopher
Ad Atticum
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The more laws, the less justice.

Marcus Tullius Cicero (106-43 BC) Roman orator, statesman, philosopher
De Officiis, 1.33
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What is so beneficial to the people as liberty, which we see not only to be greedily sought after by men, but also by beasts, and to be preferred to all things.

Marcus Tullius Cicero (106-43 BC) Roman orator, statesman, philosopher
(Attributed)
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If you pursue evil with pleasure, the pleasure passes away and the evil remains; If you pursue good with labor, the labor passes away but the good remains.

Marcus Tullius Cicero (106-43 BC) Roman orator, statesman, philosopher
(Attributed)
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To yield to occasion is the mark of a wise man.

Marcus Tullius Cicero (106-43 BC) Roman orator, statesman, philosopher
(Attributed)
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The good of the people is the chief law.

Marcus Tullius Cicero (106-43 BC) Roman orator, statesman, philosopher
De Legibus, bk. 3, ch. 3, sct. 8 (52-45 BC)
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A room without books is like a body without a soul.

Marcus Tullius Cicero (106-43 BC) Roman orator, statesman, philosopher
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The national budget must be balanced. The public debt must be reduced; the arrogance of the authorities must be moderated and controlled. Payments to foreign governments must be reduced, if the nation doesn’t want to go bankrupt. People must again learn to work, instead of living on public assistance.

Marcus Tullius Cicero (106-43 BC) Roman orator, statesman, philosopher
(63 BC or 55 BC?)
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Persistence in a single view has never been regarded as a merit in political leaders.

Marcus Tullius Cicero (106-43 BC) Roman orator, statesman, philosopher
Epistulae ad Familiares, 1.9.21
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The name of peace is sweet, and the thing itself is beneficial, but there is a great difference between peace and servitude. Peace is freedom in tranquility, servitude is the worst of all evils, to be resisted not only by war, but even by death.

Marcus Tullius Cicero (106-43 BC) Roman orator, statesman, philosopher
Phillippica, II, 113
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Each man must use his own judgement.

[Suo cuique iudicio est utendum.]

Marcus Tullius Cicero (106-43 BC) Roman orator, statesman, philosopher
(Attributed)
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There is nothing so absurd but some philosopher has said it.

Marcus Tullius Cicero (106-43 BC) Roman orator, statesman, philosopher
De Divinatione [On Divination], Book 2, sec. 58 (45 BC)

Alt. trans.:
  • "There is nothing so absurd as but some philosopher has said it." Also cited as sec. 119.
  • "In short, somehow or other, I know nothing is so absurd as not to have found an advocate in one of the philosophers." [tr. Yonge (1902)]
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The first law is that the historian shall never dare utter an untruth. The second is that he shall suppress nothing that is true. Also, there must be no suspicion of partiality … or of malice.

Marcus Tullius Cicero (106-43 BC) Roman orator, statesman, philosopher
(Attributed)
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By doubting we come at truth.

Marcus Tullius Cicero (106-43 BC) Roman orator, statesman, philosopher
(Attributed)
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Any man is liable to err, only a fool persists in error.

Marcus Tullius Cicero (106-43 BC) Roman orator, statesman, philosopher
Phillippica, XII, ii, 5
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The greatest pleasures are only narrowly separated from disgust.

Marcus Tullius Cicero (106-43 BC) Roman orator, statesman, philosopher
De Oratore, III, 200
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Where is there dignity unless there is also honesty?

Marcus Tullius Cicero (106-43 BC) Roman orator, statesman, philosopher
Ad Atticum
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Among Christians so much prominence has been given to the disciplinary effects of sorrow, affliction, bereavement, that they have been in danger of overlooking the other and more obvious side: that by every joy, by every favor, by every sign of prosperity

Francis Edward Clark (1851-1927) American clergyman
(Attributed)
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No man can be brave who thinks pain the greatest evil; nor temperate, who considers pleasure the highest good.

Marcus Tullius Cicero (106-43 BC) Roman orator, statesman, philosopher
(Attributed)
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