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DR. SOTIR MARCHEV`S FAVORITE QUOTATIONS
"A witty saying proves nothing."
- Voltaire (1694-1778)
 

“The best is the enemy of the good.”
- Voltaire (1694–1778), French philosopher, author. Philosophical Dictionary, “Dramatic Art” (1764).

“I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it.”
- Voltaire (1694–1778)

“I have the simplest of tastes. I am always satisfied with the best.”
- Oscar Wilde (1854-1900)

"I am not young enough to know everything."
- Oscar Wilde (1854-1900)

"There are only two tragedies in life: one is not getting what one wants, and the other is getting it."
- Oscar Wilde (1854-1900)

“Bad times have a scientific value. These are occasions a good learner would not miss.”
- Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803–82), U.S. essayist, poet, philosopher. The Conduct of Life, “Considerations by the Way” (1860).

“When it is dark enough you can see the stars.”
- Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)

"Sometimes a scream is better than a thesis."
- Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)

"It is dangerous to be sincere unless you are also stupid."
- George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950)

"There is no sincerer love than the love of food."
- George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950)

“Documentation is like sex: when it is good, it is very, very good; and when it is bad, it is better than nothing.”
- Dick Brandon

“You can’t do anything about the length of your life, but you can do something about its width and depth.”
- Shira Tehrani

“If you only have a hammer, you tend to see every problem as a nail.”
- Abraham Maslow

 “I have made this letter longer than usual because I lack the time to make it shorter.”
- Blaise Pascal

“A good sermon should have a good beginning and a good ending, and they should be as close together as possible.”
- George Burns

“God gave us a penis and a brain, but not enough blood to use both at the same time.”
- Robin Williams

“I suppose one has a greater sense of intellectual degradation after an interview with a doctor than from any human experience.”
- Alice James (1848–92), U.S. diarist, sister of Henry and William James. Letter, 27 Sept. 1890, to her brother, psychologist William James (published in The Diary of Alice James, ed. by Leon Edel, 1964).

“My doctor gave me six months to live but when I couldn’t pay the bill, he gave me six months more.”
- Walter Matthau (b. 1920), U.S. screen actor. Quoted in: David Brown, Star Billing (1985), said following a heart attack.

“Even diseases have lost their prestige, there aren’t so many of them left. . . . Think it over . . . no more syphilis, no more clap, no more typhoid . . . antibiotics have taken half the tragedy out of medicine.”
- Louis-Ferdinand C?line (1894–1961), French author. Interview, 1960, published in Critical Essays on Louis-Ferdinand C?line (ed. by William F. Buckley, 1989).

“The whole imposing edifice of modern medicine is like the celebrated tower of Pisa—slightly off balance.”
- Charles, Prince Of Wales (b. 1948). Quoted in: Observer (London, 2 Jan. 1983).

“Injections . . . are the best thing ever invented for feeding doctors.”
- Gabriel Garc?a M?rquez (b. 1928), Colombian author. Doctor Giraldo, in In Evil Hour (1968; tr. 1979).

“The miserable have no other medicine
But only hope.”
- William Shakespeare (1564–1616), English dramatist, poet. Claudio, in Measure for Measure, act 3, sc.

“There is nothing either good or bad but thinking makes it so.”
- William Shakespeare (1564–1616)

“Reading maketh a full man; conference a ready man; and writing an exact man.”
- Francis Bacon (1561–1626), English philosopher, essayist, statesman. Essays, “Of Studies” (1597–1625).

“He had had much experience of physicians, and said, “the only way to keep your health is to eat what you don’t want, drink what you don’t like, and do what you’d druther not.”
- Mark Twain (1835–1910), U.S. author. Following the Equator, ch. 49, “Pudd’nhead Wilson’s New Calendar” (1897).

“Everyone is a moon, and has a dark side which he never shows to anybody.”
- Mark Twain (1835–1910)

"Few things are harder to put up with than a good example."
- Mark Twain (1835-1910)

"It's not the size of the dog in the fight, it's the size of the fight in the dog."
- Mark Twain (1835-1910)

“When in doubt, tell the truth.”
- Mark Twain (1835-1910)

“Nothing.”
- Louis XVI (entry in his diary for July 14, 1789, the day the mob
stormed the Bastille)

“Be not simply good; be good for something.”
- Henry David Thoreau

“It's not that I'm afraid to die. I just don't want to be there when it happens.”
- Woody Allen (1935-)

“If only God would give me some clear sign! Like making a large deposit in my name at a Swiss bank.”
- Woody Allen (1935-)

"I don't want to achieve immortality through my work; I want to achieve immortality through not dying."
- Woody Allen (1935-)

Maybe this world is another planet's hell.
-Aldous Huxley (1894-1963)

WHY GOD WILL NEVER GET TENURE AT ANY UNIVERSITY
1. Only published one book.
2. It was in Hebrew.
3. It had no references.
4. He did not publish it in referenced journals.
5. Some doubt He even wrote it Himself.
6. He is not known for His cooperative work.
7. Sure, He created the world, but what has He done lately?
8. He did not get permission from any review board to work with human
subjects.
9. When one experiment went awry, He tried to cover it up by drowning
all the subjects.
10. When sample subjects do not behave as predicted, He deletes the
whole sample.
11. He rarely comes to class-just tells His students to read the Book.
12. It is rumored that He sometimes lets His Son teach the class.
13. Although He only has 10 requirements, His students often fail His
tests.
14. He expelled His first two students for learning.
15. His office hours were infrequent and usually held on a mountain top.
-faculty members at Kansas State University
-instructors at Allen County Community College

"We are here on earth to do good for others. What the others are here for, I don't know."
-W. H. Auden.

"Anything good in life is either illegal, immoral or fattening. Anything not fitting into these catagories causes cancer in rats."

"You got to be careful if you dont know where you're going, because you might not get there."
- Yogi Berra

"Baseball is 90 percent mental and the other half is physical."
- Yogi Berra

 "There are three kinds of people in this world: Those who make things happen; Those who watch things happen; And those that wonder what happen."

"There is never time to do it right, but there is always time to do it over."

"Most things, except agriculture, can wait"
- Jawaharlal Nehru

"Nothing can be made foolproof because fools are so ingenious."

"Don't go to bed with any woman crazier than you are."

"Lead, Follow, or Get Out of the Way!"

"You know nothing for sure...except the fact that you know nothing for sure".
- John F. Kennedy (1917-1963)

"Forgive your enemies, but never forget their names."
- John F. Kennedy (1917-1963)

"76.4% of all statistics are meaningless."

“Statistics are like a bikini. What they reveal is suggestive, but what they conceal is vital.”
- Aaron Levenstein

"Fail to plan, plan to fail"

"Success is getting what you want. Happiness is liking what you get."

“You can’t teach an old dogma new tricks.”
- Dorothy Parker

“O Lord, if there is a Lord, save my soul, if I have a soul.”
- Ernest Renan

“...we are linked by blood, and blood is memory without language.”
- Joyce Carol Oates

“New York is an exciting town where something is happening all the time, most of it unsolved.”
- Johnny Carson

“Art is not a mirror to reflect the world, but a hammer with which to shape it.”
- Vladimir Mayakovsky

“One kills a man, one is an assassin; one kills millions, one is a conqueror; one kills everybody, one is a god.”
- Jean Rostand

“Many people lose their tempers merely from seeing you keep yours.”
- Frank Moore Colby

“From a certain point onward there is no longer any turning back. That is the point that must be reached.”
- Franz Kafka

“Millions long for immortality who do not know what to do with themselves on a rainy Sunday afternoon.”
- Susan Ertz

“I understand HOW. I do not understand WHY”
- George Orwell, 1984

“Never be the first to believe, never be the last to deceive....”
- Chess, Nobody’s Side

When you have their full attention in your grip, their hearts and minds will follow.”
- Motto of the Omnian Quisition (unwritten), Small Gods

“That which does not kill me makes me stronger.”
- Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche

“An alcoholic is someone you don’t like who drinks as much as you do.”
- Dylan Thomas

“I’m only a poor corrupt official.”
- Claude Raines, Casablanca

“Recession is when a neighbor loses his job; depression is when you lose yours.”
Ronald Reagan

“Comedy is tragedy plus time.”
- Carol Burnett

“The pessimist is the man who believes things couldn’t possibly be worse, to which the optimist replies, ‘Oh yes they could.’”
- Vladimir Bukovsky

“Critics are like eunuchs in a harem. They’re there every night, they see how it should be done every night, but they can’t do it themselves.”
- Brendan Behan

“The optimist proclaims we live in the best of all possible worlds; and the pessimist fears this is true.”
- James Branch Cabell

“The supernatural is the natural not yet understood.”
- Elbert Hubbard

"It is only when the rich are sick that they fully feel the impotence of wealth."
- Caleb C. Colton

"Refuse to be ill. Never tell people you are ill; never own it to yourself. Illness is one of those things which a man should resist on principle."
- Edward George Bulwer-Lytton

"We forget ourselves and our destinies in health, and the chief use of temporary sickness is to remind us of these concerns."
- Ralph Waldo Emerson, Journals, 1821

"Show him death, and he'll be content with fever."
- Persian Proverb

"Victory goes to the player who makes the next-to-last mistake."
- Chessmaster Savielly Grigorievitch Tartakower (1887-1956)

"I'll sleep when I'm dead."
- Warren Zevon

"In theory, there is no difference between theory and practice. But, in practice, there is."
- Jan L.A. van de Snepscheut

"I find that the harder I work, the more luck I seem to have."
- Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826)

"Whether you think that you can, or that you can't, you are usually right."
- Henry Ford (1863-1947)

“When everything seems to be going against you, remember the airplane takes off against the wind, not with it.”
- Henry Ford (1863-1947)

"Most people would sooner die than think; in fact, they do so."
- Bertrand Russell (1872-1970)

"My advice to you is get married: if you find a good wife you'll be happy; if not, you'll become a philosopher."
- Socrates (470-399 B.C.)

"Perfection is achieved, not when there is nothing left to add, but when there is nothing left to take away."
- Antoine de St. Exupery

"The opposite of a correct statement is a false statement. The opposite of a profound truth may well be another profound truth."
- Niels Bohr (1885-1962)

"We all agree that your theory is crazy, but is it crazy enough?"
- Niels Bohr (1885-1962)

"When I am working on a problem I never think about beauty. I only think about how to solve the problem. But when I have finished, if the solution is not beautiful, I know it is wrong."
- Buckminster Fuller (1895-1983)

"One of the symptoms of an approaching nervous breakdown is the belief that one's work is terribly important."
- Bertrand Russell (1872-1970)

"A little inaccuracy sometimes saves a ton of explanation."
- H. H. Munro (Saki) (1870-1916)

"A doctor can bury his mistakes but an architect can only advise his clients to plant vines."
- Frank Lloyd Wright (1868-1959)

"If you haven't got anything nice to say about anybody, come sit next to me."
- Alice Roosevelt Longworth (1884-1980)

"When ideas fail, words come in very handy."
- Goethe (1749-1832)

"Behind every great fortune there is a crime."
- Honore de Balzac (1799-1850)

"When choosing between two evils, I always like to try the one I've never tried before."
- Mae West (1892-1980)

"If I were two-faced, would I be wearing this one?"
- Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865)

"Hell is other people."
- Jean-Paul Sartre (1905-1980)

"Happiness is good health and a bad memory."
- Ingrid Bergman (1917-1982)

"Friends may come and go, but enemies accumulate."
- Thomas Jones

"You can get more with a kind word and a gun than you can with a kind word alone."
- Al Capone (1899-1947)

"Every day I get up and look through the Forbes list of the richest people in America. If I'm not there, I go to work."
- Robert Orben

"I never miss a chance to have sex or appear on television."
- Gore Vidal

"Men and nations behave wisely once they have exhausted all the other alternatives."
- Abba Eban (1915-)

"In America, anybody can be president. That's one of the risks you take."
- Adlai Stevenson (1900-1965)

"Copy from one, it's plagiarism; copy from two, it's research."
- Wilson Mizner (1876-1933)

"Why don't you write books people can read?"
- Nora Joyce to her husband James (1882-1941)

"Never mistake motion for action."
- Ernest Hemingway (1899-1961)

"Well done is better than well said."
- Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790)

"A husband is what is left of the lover after the nerve has been extracted."
- Helen Rowland (1876-1950)

"The man who goes alone can start today; but he who travels with another must wait till that other is ready."
- Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862)

"Men have become the tools of their tools."
- Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862)

"A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty."
- Sir Winston Churchill (1874-1965)

"Any man who is under 30, and is not a liberal, has not heart; and any man who is over 30, and is not a conservative, has no brains."
- Sir Winston Churchill (1874-1965)

"Success is the ability to go from one failure to another with no loss of enthusiasm."
- Sir Winston Churchill (1874-1965)

"I'm not a member of any organized political party, I'm a Democrat!"
- Will Rogers (1879-1935)

"It is better to be feared than loved, if you cannot be both."
- Niccolo Machiavelli (1469-1527), "The Prince"

"Research is what I'm doing when I don't know what I'm doing."
- Wernher Von Braun (1912-1977)

“Life just gives you time & space; it’s up to you to fill it. “

“Love is not just gazing at each other but looking together in the same direction. “

"Life is something that everyone should try at least once."
- Henry J. Tillman

"Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I'm not sure about the former."
- Albert Einstein (1879-1955)

“The hardest thing in the world to understand is income tax.”
- Albert Einstein (1879-1955)

"Not everything that can be counted counts, and not everything that counts can be counted."
- Albert Einstein (1879-1955)

"It has become appallingly obvious that our technology has exceeded our humanity."
- Albert Einstein (1879-1955)

"Reality is merely an illusion, albeit a very persistent one."
- Albert Einstein (1879-1955)

"Make everything as simple as possible, but not simpler."
- Albert Einstein (1879-1955)

"There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle."
- Albert Einstein (1879-1955)

 “A little lie is like a little pregnancy it doesn't take long before everyone knows.”
- C. S. Lewis

“Anger, if not restrained, is frequently more hurtful to us than the injury that provokes it.”
 - Seneca

“A proverb is a short sentence based on long experience. “
- Miguel de Cervantes

“Autopsy is a dying practice.”

“Better to remain silent and be thought a fool, than to speak and remove all doubt.”
- Abraham Lincoln

“Choose a job you like and you will never have to work a day of your life.”
- Confucius

“Don't take life too seriously, you'll never get out of it alive.”
- Elbert Hubbard

“Dream as if you'll live forever. Live as if you'll die today.”
- James Dean

“When you are standing on the edge of a cliff a step forward is not progress.”
- Grandfather

“Begin it now.”
- Goethe
 
 


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Last modified: May 2012 by Dr. Sotir Marchev