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Here are a few quotations for those special occasions.

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Motivation

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Running

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Money

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Politics

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Miscellaneous

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Motivation - (back to top)

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“You can have anything you want if you want it badly enough.” – Abraham Lincoln

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"Failure is simply the opportunity to begin again, this time more intelligently." - Henry Ford

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"Success is never final." - Winston Churchill

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"Only those willing to risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go." - T.S. Eliot

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"We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit." – Aristotle

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"Obstacles are what people see when they take their eyes off the goal."

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“Keep away from those who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you believe that you too can become great." - Mark Twain

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“You have to be controversial. If everybody thinks your strategy is right, everybody does it and there's no way to differentiate yourself." - Scott McNealy

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"If winning isn't everything, why do they keep score?" - Vince Lombardi

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"Behold the turtle. He only makes progress when he sticks his neck out." - James Bryant Conant

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We are just an advanced breed of monkeys on a minor planet of a very average star. But we can understand the Universe. That makes us something very special." - Stephen Hawking

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"Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

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“Personal relationships are key to success in business; choosing a career that you are passionate about is essential to being a star; and do not worry about convention” – Michael Capellas

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"The creation of a thousand forests is in one acorn." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

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"True genius resides in the capacity for evaluation of uncertain, hazardous, and conflicting information." - Winston Churchill

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"We can't solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them." - Albert Einstein

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"Why not go out on a limb? That's where the fruit is." - Mark Twain

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"We will go to the moon. We will go to the moon and do other things, NOT because they are easy but because they are HARD." - John F. Kennedy

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"Here I stand on a hill in my mountain of dreams, telling myself, it’s not as hard, hard, hard as it seems." - Led Zeppelin

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"You have to go into the jungle, find the lion, and spit in his face...then shoot him. You guys are not good enough to win on talent alone...you have to want it." Herbie Brooks- coach of the 1980 U.S. Olympic hockey team

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"You never fail, you simply produce results. Learn from these." – Anonymous

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"Everyone has the desire to win, but only champions have the desire to prepare." – Anonymous

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"At the peak of tremendous and victorious effort, while the blood is pounding in your head, all suddenly comes quiet within you. Everything seems clearer and whiter than ever before, as if great spotlights had been turned on. At that moment, you have the conviction that you contain all the power in the world, that you are capable of everything, that you have wings. There is no more precise moment in life than this, the WHITE MOMENT, and you will work hard for years, just to taste it again." - Yuri Vlason

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Setting a goal is not the main thing. It is deciding how you will go about achieving it and staying with that plan - Tom Landry

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All truth passes through three stages. First, it is ridiculed. Second, it is violently opposed. Third, it is accepted as being self-evident." – Arthur Schopenhauer

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"You may be disappointed if you fail, but you are doomed if you don’t try." – Beverly Sills

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The person who says it cannot be done should not interrupt the person doing it." – Chinese proverb

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"My grandfather said that there were two kinds of people; those who did the work and those who took the credit. He said I should always try to be in the first group, because there was much less competition." – Indira Gandhi

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When an archer is shooting for nothing, he has all his skill
If he shoots for a brass buckle, he is already nervous.
If he shoots for a prize of gold, he goes blind…or sees two targets
He is out of his mind.
His skill has not changed. But the prize divides him.
He cares.
He thinks more of winning than of shooting
And the need to win drains him of power.

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Courage doesn't mean you feel no fear.
It means you are terrified and you get the job done anyway." - anonymous

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 "It's a wonderful thing to explore your limits, to know, first hand, just what you can and can't do... to make an absolute all-out effort, and to hit the place you can't go past- this is deeply rewarding." - Buzz Burrell

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"If it isn't on fire, it can wait until later." -Karen King

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"If you're going through hell, you'd better keep going!"  - Winston Churchill

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"People become what they expect themselves to become." - Mahatma Gandhi

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Anybody with ability can play in the big leagues. But to be able to trick people year in and year out the way I did, I think that was a much greater feat. - Bob Eucker

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Being happy doesn't mean everything's perfect. It means you've decided to see beyond the imperfections. – anonymous

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"Failure is not as painful as regret" – anonymous

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With a goal, you needn’t rust as you get older – female winner of the 200? St. George Marathon

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"I never put money ahead of achievement. My passion is the sport."- Paul Tergat on turning down more money from the LaSalle Bank Chicago Marathon to run Berlin

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"For every minute you are angry you lose sixty seconds of happiness. - Ralph Waldo Emerson

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"Do you want to know who you are? Don't ask. Act! Action will delineate and define you." Thomas Jefferson

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The probability that we may fall in the struggle ought not to deter us from the support of a cause we believe to be just; it shall not deter me – Abraham Lincoln

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The road to success is lined with many tempting parking lots – Anonymous

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The only limit to our realisation of tomorrow is our doubts of today – F.D. Roosevelt

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'Do not confuse motion and progress. A rocking horse keeps moving but does not make any progress.' - Alfred A. Montapert

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"Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body....but rather to skid in broadside, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming --- WOW --- What a Ride!"

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"Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever."- Mahatma Gandhi

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"It is not enough to do your best. You must know what to do, and then do your best." - W. Edwards Deming

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“They always say time changes things, but you actually have to change them yourself.” - Andy Warhol

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If A is 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

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I don't know the key to success, but the key to failure is trying to please everybody – Bill Cosby & Herbert Bayard Swope

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Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man's character, give him power. - Abraham Lincoln

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Perhaps the most valuable result of all education is the ability to make yourself do the thing you have to do, when it ought to be done, whether you like it or not; it is the first lesson that ought to be learned; and however early a man's training begins, it is probably the last lesson that he learns thoroughly. - Thomas H. Huxley

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If I told you what it takes to reach the highest high, you’d laugh and say, 'Nothing's that simple'. - Anonymous

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For all your days be prepared, and meet them ever alike. When you are the anvil, bear - when you are the hammer, strike. - Edwin Markham

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It is not the critic who counts, not the man who points out how the strongman stumbles or where the doer of deeds could have done them better.  The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly, who errs and comes short again and again because there is no effort without errors and shortcomings, who knows the great devotion, who spends himself in a worthy cause, who at his best knows in the end the high achievement of triumph, and who at worst, if he fails while daring greatly, knows his place shall never be with those timid and cold souls who know neither victory nor defeat. - Theodore Roosevelt

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When we walk to the edge of all the light we have and take the step into the darkness of the unknown, we must believe that one of two things will happen. There will be something solid for us to stand on, or we will be taught to fly. - Patrick Overton

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Your body will argue that there is no justifiable reason to continue. Your only recourse is to call on your spirit, which fortunately functions independently of logic.- Tim Noakes

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Great spirits often encounter violent opposition from mediocre minds. - Albert Einstein

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Your biggest challenge isn't someone else.  It's the ache in your lungs and the burning in your legs, and the voice inside you that yells 'CAN'T", but you don't listen.  You just push harder.  And then you hear the voice whisper 'can'.  And you discover that the person you thought you were is no match for the one you really are. - anonymous

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Now if you are going to win any battle you have to do one thing.  You have to make the mind run the body.  Never let the body tell the mind what to do.  The body will always give up.  It is always tired morning, noon, and night.  But the body is never tired if the mind is not tired.  When you were younger the mind could make you dance all night, and the body was never tired...You've always got to make the mind take over and keep going. - George S. Patton, U.S. Army General and 1912 Olympian

 

Running - (back to top)

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...It’s a simple sport, really, isn’t it?. You put one foot in front of the other... - Alistair Cragg

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“The race begins way before the start.” – Jay Hendrickson

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When you get to the big race, you've got to run it with all you've got – Steve Prefontaine

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"You have to forget your last marathon before you try another. Your mind can't know what's coming." - Frank Shorter

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Most people run a race to see who is fastest. I run a race to see who has the most guts." - Steve Prefontaine

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"I'm one of the most competitive people around, and there is nothing wrong with that, but if you can't be competitive and enjoy it (the sport) then there is something wrong with that." - Tony Waldrop

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 "It hurts up to a point and then it doesn't get any worse." - Ann Trason

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The marathon is definitely a race of attrition that rewards those with patience – Weldon Johnson

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"The only reason anyone runs *another marathon* is because they forgot how bad the last one felt." Frank Shorter

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"I feel like I'm running as fast as always - as long as I don't look at my watch," – Jack Foster

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"If you start to feel good during an ultra, don’t worry you will get over it."   - Gene Thibeault

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"Running is real and relatively simple - but it ain't easy." -Mark Will-Weber

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"Your toughness is made up of equal parts persistence and experience. You don't so much outrun your opponents as outlast and outsmart them, and the toughest opponent of all is the one inside your head." - Joe Henderson

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"You don’t run against a bloody stop watch, do you hear? A runner runs against himself, against the best that’s in him. Not against a dead thing of wheels and pulleys. That’s the way to be great, running against yourself. Against all the rotten mess in the world. Against God, if you’re good enough." - Bill Persons

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 "I always loved running...it was something you could do by yourself, and under your own power. You could go in any direction, fast or slow as you wanted, fighting the wind if you felt like it, seeking out new sights just on the strength of your feet and the courage of your lungs." - Jesse Owens

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 "Running is a big question mark that’s there each and every day. It asks you, ‘Are you going to be a wimp or are you going to be strong today?'" - Peter Maher

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"Those who say that I will lose and am finished will have to run over my body to beat me." - Said Aouita

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"A runner’s creed: I will win; if I cannot win, I shall be second; if I cannot be second, I shall be third; if I cannot place at all, I shall still do my best." - Ken Doherty

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"You have to wonder at times what you're doing out there. Over the years, I've given myself a thousand reasons to keep running, but it always comes back to where it started. It comes down to self-satisfaction and a sense of achievement." - Steve Prefontaine

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"If one can stick to the training throughout the many long years, then will power is no longer a problem. It's raining? That doesn't matter. I am tired? That's beside the point. It's simply that I just have to." - Emil Zatopek

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Take a primitive organism, any weak, pitiful organism. Say a freshman. Make it lift or jump or run. Let it rest. What happens? A little miracle. It gets a little better. It gets a little stronger or faster or more enduring. That's all training is. Stress. Recover. Improve. You'd think any damn fool could do it, even... But you don't. You work too hard and rest too little and get hurt. - Bill Bowerman

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Baby, we were born to run - Bruce Springsteen

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If the hill has its own name, then its probably a pretty tough hill - Mary Stern

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Only think of two things- the report of the pistol and the tape.  When you hear the one, just run like hell till you break the other. -Sam Mussabini

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To be number one, you have to train like you're number 2. -Maurice Green

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Running won't kill you... you'll pass out first. - Anonymous

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Thank God it's Monday.
It's a beautiful day out here.
We're not behind no desk.
We're not fighten no traffic.
We're out here workin!
With the ability God gave us!
So lets have a great Practice!
-Maurice Greene On track practice

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It's very hard in the beginning to understand that the whole idea is not to beat the other runners. Eventually you learn that the competition is against the little voice inside you that wants you to quit. - George Sheehan

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Find the level of intolerance you can tolerate and stay there. - David Horton

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Why couldn't Pheiddipedes have died at 20 miles?." - Frank Shorter, 1970

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Go fast enough to get there, but slow enough to see. - Jimmy Buffett

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The purpose of training is to stress the body, so when you rest it will grow stronger and more tolerant of the demands of distant running. -David Costill

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The amount of time the body needs to recuperate is not a sign of weakness but a fact of life. - anonymous

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If you want to win a race, you have to go a little berserk - Bill Rogers

bulletThe first rule of run club is no one talks about, 'run club' - Tom Stilwell
bulletRunning is a religion. It entails patience, devotion, guilt, humility, and, at times, the kind of single-mindedness that categorizes one as a zealot in the eyes of "outsiders." Above all, it requires faith, both on a daily, practiced basis and in the greater picture. -- Kevin Beck
bullet Marathoning is like cutting yourself unexpectedly.  You dip into the pain so gradually that the damage is done before you are aware of it. Unfortunately, when the awareness comes, it is excruciating - anonymous
bullet Between now and Apr 17, there's not very much you can do to improve your performance, but there's a lot you can do to screw it up - Kent Wells
bullet Somebody may beat me, but they're going to have to bleed to do it - Steve Prefontaine
bulletFrustration is the first step toward improvement. I have no incentive to improve if I'm content with what I can do and if I'm completely satisfied with my pace, distance, and form as a runner. It's only when I face frustration and use it to fuel my dedication that I feel myself moving forward. - From No Need for Speed by John Bingham
bulletAnybody in shorts is my competition - Meseret Defar

Money - (back to top)

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"I don't like money, actually, but it quiets my nerves." - Joe Louis

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"Only a fool holds out for the top dollar." - Joseph Kennedy

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"Bankruptcy is a legal proceeding in which you put your money in your pants pocket and give your coat to your creditors." - Joey Adams

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“Money is better than poverty, if only for financial reasons." - Woody Allen

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"A business that makes nothing but money is a poor kind of business." - Henry Ford

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"Everybody likes a kidder, but nobody lends him money." - Arthur Miller

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"Money is in some respects life's fire: It is a very excellent servant, but a terrible master." - P.T. Barnum

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"In spite of the cost of living, it's still popular." - Kathleen Norris

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"The key to investing is not assessing how much an industry is going to affect society, or how much it will grow, but rather determining the competitive advantage of any given company and, above all, the durability of that advantage. The products or services that have wide, sustainable moats around them are the ones that deliver rewards to investors." - Warren Buffett

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"I've got all the money I'll ever need if I die by four o'clock." - Henny Youngman

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"Capitalism without bankruptcy is like Christianity without hell." - Frank Borman, U.S. Astronaut

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"I don't know how much money I've got.... I did ask the accountant how much it came to. I wrote it down on a bit of paper. But I've lost the paper." - John Lennon

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"Money is something you got to make in case you don't die." - Max Asnas

Politics - (back to top)

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"Politics is supposed to be the second-oldest profession. I have come to realize that it bears a very close resemblance to the first." - Ronald Reagan

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"If the government is big enough to give you everything you want, it is big enough to take away everything you have." - Gerald Ford

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"It has been said that democracy is the worst form of government except all the others that have been tried." - Winston Churchill

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"Democracy is a device that ensures we shall be governed no better than we deserve." - George Bernard Shaw

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"If you can't beat them, arrange to have them beaten." - George Carlin

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"The more I want to get something done, the less I call it work." - Richard Bach

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"Make three correct guesses consecutively and you will establish a reputation as an expert." - Laurence Peters, American author

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"The right to be heard does not automatically include the right to be taken seriously." - Hubert Humphrey

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The advantage of exercising every day is that you die healthier – Anonymous

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There are two theories to arguing with women. Neither one works - Anonymous

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Don't worry, it only seems kinky the first time - Anonymous

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"The employer generally gets the employee he deserves." - Sir Walter Gilbey

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"Seriousness is the only refuge of the shallow." - Oscar Wilde

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"The merchant has no country." -- Thomas Jefferson

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"I have learned silence from the talkative, toleration from the intolerant, and kindness from the unkind; yet, strangely, I am ungrateful to these teachers." - Kahlil Gibran

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"The height of cleverness is to be able to conceal it." - Duc de la Rochefoucauld

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During the Middle Ages, probably one of the biggest mistakes was not putting on your armor because you were "just going down to the corner."  -Jack Handy

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"No-risk managements run both no-win and no-fun businesses." - Al Neuharth

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The opposite of talking isn't listening. The opposite of talking is waiting." - Fran Lebowitz

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"Things could be worse. Suppose your errors were counted and published every day, like those of a baseball player." – Anonymous

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"We don't know a millionth of one percent about anything." -- Thomas Edison

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"Always forgive your enemies - nothing annoys them so much." - Oscar Wilde

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“Cold. If the thermometer would have been an inch longer, we’d have all frozen to death” – Mark Twain.

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"The scalded cat fears even cold water." - Thomas Fuller

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"Experience is the name everyone gives to their mistakes." - Oscar Wilde

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"There are more pleasant things to do than beat up people." - Muhammad Ali

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"You'd be surprised how much it costs to look this cheap." - Dolly Parton

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"The good people sleep much better at night than the bad people. Of course, the bad people enjoy the waking hours much more." - Woody Allen

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"I have a new philosophy. I'm going to dread one day at a time." - Charles Schulz

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"Never go out to meet trouble. If you will just sit still, nine cases out of 10 someone will intercept it before it reaches you." - Calvin Coolidge

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"What the customer demands is last year's model, cheaper. To find out what the customer needs, you have to understand what the customer is doing as well as he understands it. Then you build what he needs and you educate him to the fact that he needs it." - Nicholas Dewolf

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"If you can't pay for a thing, don't buy it. If you can't get paid for it, don't sell it. Do this, and you will have calm and drowsy nights, with all of the good business you have now and none of the bad." - Benjamin Franklin

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"Good judgment comes from experience, and experience - well, that comes from poor judgment." – Anonymous

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The first rule of intelligent tinkering is to save all the parts. - Paul Erlich

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"Kickbacks must always exceed bribes." - John Peers, president of Logical Machine Corp. and author of 1001 Logical Laws

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"Facts do not cease to exist because they are ignored." - Aldous Huxley

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"Curiosity killed the cat, but for awhile I was a suspect.” - Steven Wright

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The difference between genius and stupidity is that genius has its limits. ~ Albert Einstein

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"Example isn't another way to teach, it is the only way to teach." - Albert Einstein

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Luck & Experience: You start with a bag full of luck and an empty bag of experience. The trick is to fill the bag of experience before you empty the bag of luck - anonymous

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"Never believe anything until it has been officially denied." - Claud Cockburn (1904-81), British journalist

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"Excess, upon occasion can be exhilarating, because it prevents moderation from acquiring the deadening effect of a habit." - Somerset Maugham

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"Everything should be made as simple as possible, but not simpler." - Albert Einstein

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"Insanity is doing the same thing you've always done and expecting different results." - Roger Milliken

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"Truth is only important if it improves the story." - Fritz Kauffmann

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People prefer to believe what they prefer to be true.”- Sir Francis Bacon, English essayist and philosopher (1561-1626)

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“If you want to make an apple pie from scratch, you must first create the universe.” - Carl Sagan

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I want to thank the rest of you for making me look normal. - Gordon Ainsleigh (started the 100 mile trail running by running the Western States Tevis Cup horse race in the mid-70s)

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Time is God's way to keep everything from happening at once." – James Brown

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Inside every older person is a youngster - wondering what the hell happened.

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Stress is when you wake up screaming and realize you weren't asleep.

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In the days before volcanoes were invented, lava had to be carried down the mountain by hand and poured on the sleeping villagers.

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"If you're not living on the edge, you're taking up too much room" - Dan Lopata

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"When they discover the center of the universe, a lot of people will be disappointed to discover they are not it." - Bernard Bailey

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"Never miss a good chance to shut up" - Will Rogers

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May your trails be crooked, winding, lonesome, dangerous, leading to the most amazing view. May your mountains rise into and above the clouds. -Edward Abbey, naturalist and author (1927-1989)

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Not everything that can be counted counts, and not everything that counts can be counted. - Albert Einstein

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Coaches, not teachers. They will demand improvement and insist on understanding. Giving friendly advice is not part of their training...Insuring your discovery and understanding of the cornering art IS part of their training - unknown

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Never pick fights with people who buy their ink by the barrel - unknown

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In order to keep a true perspective of one's importance, everyone should have a dog that will worship him and a cat that will ignore him - anonymous

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A positive attitude may not solve all your problems, but it will annoy enough people to make it worth the effort - unknown

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The music business is a cruel and shallow money trench, a long plastic hallway where thieves and pimps run free and good men die like dogs. There's also a negative side... - Hunter Thompson

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Never look at the trombones. It only encourages them." - Richard Strauss

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Everything we earn we need as a reserve - Ingvar Kamprad, founder of IKEA

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You never see a motorcycle in front of a psychiatrists office -Unknown

Beer - (back to top)

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Sometimes when I reflect back on all the beer I drink I feel ashamed. Then I look into the glass and think about the workers in the brewery and all of their hopes and dreams. If I didn't drink this beer, they might be out of work and their dreams would be shattered. Then I say to myself, "It is better that I drink this beer and let their dreams come true than be selfish and worry about my liver." - Jack Handy

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Everyone has to believe in something, I believe I'll have another beer! - Anonymous

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I feel sorry for people who don't drink. When they wake up in the morning, that's as good as they're going to feel all day. - Frank Sinatra

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An intelligent man is sometimes forced to be drunk to spend time with his fools. - Ernest Hemingway

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A woman drove me to drink and I didn't even have the decency to thank her. - W.C. Fields

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When I read about the evils of drinking, I gave up reading. - Henny Youngman

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24 hours in a day, 24 beers in a case. Coincidence? - Stephen Wright

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When we drink, we get drunk. When we get drunk, we fall asleep. When we fall asleep, we commit no sin. When we commit no sin, we go to heaven. Sooooo, let's all get drunk and go to heaven! - Brian O'Rourke

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Beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy. - Benjamin Franklin

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Without question, the greatest invention in the history of mankind is beer. Oh, I grant you that the wheel was also a fine invention, but the wheel does not go nearly as well with pizza. - Dave Barry

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Beer: Helping ugly people have sex since 1862!

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To some it’s a six-pack, to me it's a Support Group.

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"The best audience is intelligent, well-educated, and a little drunk." - Alben W. Barkley

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"Not all chemicals are bad. Without chemicals such as hydrogen and oxygen, for example, there would be no way to make water, a vital ingredient in beer." – Dave Barry

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Beer makes you feel the way you ought to feel without beer" -Henry Lawson

Love (back to top)
bulletNothing takes the taste out of peanut butter quite like unrequited love – Charlie Brown
bullet What else is love but understanding and rejoicing in the fact that another person lives, acts, and experiences otherwise than we do…? - Friedrich Nietzsche
bullet Listen. Do not have an opinion while you listen because frankly, your opinion doesn’t hold much water outside of Your Universe. Just listen. Listen until their brain has been twisted like a dripping towel and what they have to say is all over the floor - Hugh Elliott
bullet Love is a snowmobile racing across the tundra and then suddenly it flips over, pinning you underneath. At night, the ice weasels come. - Matt Groening
bullet The first duty of love is to listen - Paul Tillich

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