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Favourite Quotations

Marlene Dietrich once said this about famous quotations, and it expresses exactly how I feel about them too:

I love quotations because it is a joy to find thoughts one might have, beautifully expressed with much authority by someone recognized wiser than oneself." ~ Marlene Dietrich

Here are a selection of my favourites, I chose some because they're humorous and others for being thought provoking, I have more at my page at the Goodreads website.

"Don't wish it was easier, wish you were better."
~ Jim Rohn

"All we know is that when they stop making this, we will be properly, properly sad."
~ Jeremy Clarkson (about the Lotus Esprit)

"Watch the turtle. He only moves forward by sticking his neck out."
~ Lou Gerstner

"It is absurd to divide people into good and bad. People are either charming or tedious."
~ Oscar Wilde

"Any fool can know. The point is to understand"
~ Albert Einstein

"We should all start to live before we get too old. Fear is stupid. So are regrets."
~ Marilyn Monroe

"Tact is the ability to tell someone to go to hell in such a way that they look forward to the trip."
~ Winston Churchill

"I'd rather be an optimist and a fool than a pessimist and right." 
~ Albert Einstein

"Being powerful is like being a lady. If you have to tell people you are, you aren't." 
~ Margaret Thatcher

"The whole problem with the world is that fools and fanatics are always so certain of themselves, and wiser people so full of doubts."
~ Bertrand Russell

"He has all the virtues I dislike and none of the vices I admire."
~ Winston Churchill

“For business reasons, I must preserve the outward signs of sanity." 
~ Mark Twain

"Pooh couldn't sleep. The more he tried to sleep the more he couldn't. He tried counting Sheep, which is sometimes a good way of getting to sleep, and, as that was no good, he tried counting Heffalumps. And that was worse. Because every Heffalump that he counted was making straight for a pot of Pooh's honey, and eating it all. For some minutes he lay there miserably, but when the five hundred and eighty-seventh Heffalump was licking its jaws, and saying to itself, "Very good honey this, I don't know when I've tasted better," Pooh could bear it no longer."
~ A.A. Milne (Winnie the Pooh)

"You never fail until you stop trying."
~ Albert Einstein

“Never ruin an apology with an excuse.” 
~ Benjamin Franklin

"If you’re not winning, you’re not trying hard enough"
~ Colin Chapman, (founder of Lotus)

"I see men, sixty, seventy years old breaking their balls to stay fit! What for? When I die, I want to be sick, not healthy."
~ Daryl van Horne (Jack Nicholson) in The Witches of Eastwick

"If you can't explain it to a six year old, you don't understand it yourself."
~ Albert Einstein

"If I had asked people what they wanted they would have said faster horses."
~ Henry Ford

"The one thing that unites all human beings, regardless of age, gender, religion, economic status, or ethnic background, is that, deep down inside, we all believe that we are above-average drivers."
Dave Barry

"When you know what you want, and you want it bad enough, you'll find a way to get it."
Jim Rohn

"If A is a success in life, then A equals x plus y plus z. Work is x; y is play; and z is keeping your mouth shut"
~ Albert Einstein

"Always do what you are afraid to do."
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

"When I notice a rear wheel overtaking me, I know I'm sitting in a Lotus."
~ Graham Hill 

"It never hurts for potential opponents to think you’re more than a little stupid and can hardly count all the money in your hip pocket, much less hold on to it." 
~ Amarillo Slim

"Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep moving." 
~ Albert Einstein

"Know this about yourself: there is only one reason salespeople lose orders and that is they are OUTSOLD." 
~ Jim Holden

"Whether you think you can, or you think you can't--you're right." 
~ Henry Ford

"I'm not offended by all the dumb blonde jokes because I know I'm not dumb... and I also know that I'm not blonde." 
~ Dolly Parton

"Once you can accept the universe as matter expanding into nothing that is something, wearing stripes with plaid comes easy."
~ Albert Einstein

"There are three types of lies -- lies, damn lies, and statistics." 
~ Benjamin Disraeli

"Belief is the death of intelligence."
~ Robert Anton Wilson 

"Being second is to be the first of the ones who lose."
~ Ayrton Senna

"Change your thoughts and you change your world." 
~ Norman Vincent Peale

"I spent all my money on women, drink and fast cars and wasted the rest." 
~ George Best

"Any man who can drive safely while kissing a pretty girl is simply not giving the kiss the attention it deserves." 
~ Albert Einstein

"A man can be short and dumpy and getting bald but if he has fire, women will like him." 
~ Mae West

"When you are courting a nice girl an hour seems like a second. When you sit on a red-hot cinder a second seems like an hour. That's relativity." 
~ Albert Einstein 

"Not a shred of evidence exists in favour of the idea life is serious." 
~ Brendan Gill

"Success without honor is an unseasoned dish; it will satisfy your hunger, but it won't taste good." 
~ Joe Paterno

"The starting point of all achievement is DESIRE. Keep this constantly in mind. Weak desire brings weak results, just as a small fire makes a small amount of heat."
~ Napoleon Hill

“There has never been a statue erected to honor a critic.”
~ Zig Ziglar

Student: Dr. Einstein, 'Aren't these the same questions as last year's [physics] final exam'? Dr. Einstein: 'Yes; But this year the answers are different.' 
~ Albert Einstein

"We'll be Friends Forever, won't we, Pooh?' asked Piglet. 'Even longer,' Pooh answered." 
~ A.A. Milne (Winnie the Pooh)