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People/Intelligence/Manners

98% of the population is asleep. The other 2% are staring around in complete amazement, abject terror, or both.

A child is a person who can't understand why someone would give away a perfectly good kitten. - Doug Larson

A PBS mind in an MTV world.

A synonym is a word you use in place of one you can't spell.

Certain flaws are necessary for the whole. It would seem strange if old friends lacked certain quirks. - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Every good friend once was a stranger.

Experience is that marvelous thing that enables you recognize a mistake when you make it again. - F. P. Jones

Human beings, who are almost unique in having the ability to learn from the experience of others, are also remarkable for their apparent disinclination to do so. - Douglas Adams, Last Chance to See

I can't give you brains, but I can give you a diploma. - the Wizard of Oz

I have a fascination for people. I don't like them all, but I have a fascination with human nature. - Tori Amos

I'm not a complete idiot - several parts are missing.

I'm old enough to know better but I'm still too young to care.

If one looks with a cold eye at the mess man has made of history, it is difficult to avoid the conclusions that he has been afflicted by some built-in mental disorder which drives him towards self-destruction. - Arthur Koestler

If we are the only intelligent life in the universe, at least there's a finite number of idiots. - Steven Coallier

If you give what you do not need, it isn't giving. - Mother Teresa

Illegal aliens have always been a problem in the United States. Ask any Indian. - Robert Orben

In a time of drastic change it is the learners who inherit the future. The learned usually find themselves equipped to live in a world that no longer exists. - Eric Hoffer

Intelligence is like underwear, everyone has it but you don't have to show it off.

It is not best that we all think alike; it is difference of opinion that makes horse races. - Mark Twain, Pudd'nhead Wilson

It's so simple to be wise. Just think of something stupid to say and then don't say it. - Sam Levenson

Kindness is the beginning of cruelty. - Frank Herbert: Dune

Laughter is day, and sobriety is night; a smile is the twilight that hovers gently between both, more bewitching than either. - Henry Ward Beecher

My mind rebels at stagnation. Give me problems, give me work, give me the most abstruse cryptogram, or the most intricate analysis, and I am in my own proper atmosphere. I can dispense then with artificial stimulants. But I abhor the dull routine of existence. I crave for mental exaltation. - Sherlock Holmes to Dr. Watson: The Sign of Four

Natives who beat drums to drive off evil spirits are objects of scorn to smart Americans who blow horns to break up traffic jams. - Mary Ellen Kelly

Order is for idiots, genius can handle chaos.

Perhaps once in a hundred years a person may be ruined by excessive praise, but surely once every minute someone dies inside for lack of it. - Cecil G. Osborne

Show me a sane man and I will cure him for you. - Carl Gustav Jung

Skill without imagination has produced usable items...like wicker picnic baskets.. Imagination without skill has produced... modern art.

Some fellows pay a compliment like they expect a receipt. - Kin Hubbard

Some of the most wonderful people are the ones who don't fit into boxes. - Tori Amos

Sometimes the insane and the contrarians and the ones who are closest to suicide are the most valuble people society has. They may be precursors of social change. They've taken the burdens of the culture onto themselves, and in their struggle to solve their own problems they're solving problems for the culture as well. - Robert M. Pirsig, Lila

Subtlety is the art of saying what you think and getting out of the way before it is understood.

The dumber people think you are, the more surprised they're going to be when you kill them. - William Clayton

The Iron Rule: Don't do for others what, given the chance, they wouldn't do for themselves.

The most merciful thing in the world, I think, is the inability of the human mind to correlate all its contents. - H.P Lovecraft, "Call of Cthulhu"

The only normal people are the ones you don't know very well. - Joe Ancis

The only substitute for bad manners is fast reflexes.

The real art of conversation is not only to say the right thing at the right place but to leave unsaid the wrong thing at the tempting moment. - Dorothy Nevill

The reason people blame things on the previous generations is that there's only one other choice. – Doug Larson

The trouble with being punctual is that people think you have nothing more important to do.

There are only two truly infinite things, the universe and stupidity. And I am unsure about the universe. - Albert Einstein

There is a great deal of difference between the eager man who wants to read a book, and the tired man who wants a book to read. - G.K. Chesterton

To the intelligent man or woman, life appears infinitely mysterious. But the stupid have an answer for every question.

We are all born ignorant, but one must work hard to remain stupid. - Benjamin Franklin

When subtlety fails us, we must simply make do with cream pies.

Wit is educated insolence. - Aristotle

You can't be truly rude until you understand good manners. - Rita Mae Brown

You white people are so strange. We think it is very primitive for a child to have only two parents. - Australian Aboriginal Elder

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