A little pain never hurt anyone.
"A unified, neutral Germany? Given that nation's heritage, such a
phrase may prove to be the oxymoron of the decade." -Kevin M.
Matarese, Fulda, West Germany; as seen in "Letters", Time
magazine, p. 5, March 5, 1990.
A verbal contract isn't worth the paper it's written on. Include
me out. -Samuel Goldwyn
Christ was born in 4 B.C.
Cum tacent, clamant. When they are silent, they shout. -Cicero
Gentlemen, I want you to know that I am not always right, but I am
never wrong. -Samuel Goldwyn
Goes (Went) over like a lead balloon.
Honk if you are against noise pollution!
I'll give you a definite maybe. -Samuel Goldwyn
I'm not going to say, "I told you so."
I am a deeply superficial person. -Andy Warhol
I'm proud of my humility.
I can resist everything except temptation. -Oscar Wilde
If Roosevelt were alive, he'd turn over in his grave. -Samuel
If I could drop dead right now, I'd be the happiest man alive!
-- Samuel Goldwyn
If you fall and break your legs, don't come running to me. -Samuel
I never put on a pair of shoes until I've worn them five years.
-- Samuel Goldwyn
It isn't an optical illusion. It just looks like one.
It's more than magnificent-it's mediocre. -Samuel Goldwyn
May I ask a question?
No one goes to that restaurant anymore-it's always too crowded.
(attributed to Yogi Berra)
Our comedies are not to be laughed at. -Samuel Goldwyn
Parting is such sweet sorrow. -William Shakespeare
Procrastination means never having to say you're sorry.
"Professional certification for car people may sound like an
oxymoron." -The Wall Street Journal, page B1, Tuesday, July 17,
Referring to a book: I read part of it all the way through.
-- Samuel Goldwyn
Smoking is the leading cause of statistics.
Some bachelors want a meaningful overnight relationship.
Talking about a piece of movie dialogue: Let's have some new
cliches. -Samuel Goldwyn
The scene is dull. Tell him to put more life into his dying.
-- Samuel Goldwyn
Thank God I'm an atheist.
This report is filled with omissions.
We are not anticipating any emergencies.
We're overpaying him, but he's worth it. -Samuel Goldwyn
His honour rooted in dishonour stood,
And faith unfaithful kept him falsely true.
-- Alfred Lord Tennyson
The good oxymoron, to define it by a self-illustration, must be a
planned inadvertency. -Wilson Follett
An Irishman is never at peace except when he's fighting.
I marvel at the strength of human weakness.
Always be sincere, even when you don't mean it. -Irene Peter
Live within your income, even if you have to borrow to do so.
-- Josh Billings
Of course I can keep secrets. It's the people I tell them to that
can't keep them. -Anthony Haden-Guest
The best cure for insomnia is to get a lot of sleep. -W. C. Fields
I distinctly remember forgetting that. -Clara Barton
We must believe in free will. We have no choice. -Isaac B. Singer
I'd give my right arm to be ambidextrous.
Monotheism is a gift from the gods.
After they got rid of capital punishment, they had to hang twice
as many people as before.
I never liked you, and I always will. -Samuel Goldwyn
Why don't you pair `em up in threes? -Yogi Berra
Our similarities are different. -Dale Berra, son of Yogi
After Donald Trump's stretch limousine was stolen and found
undamaged a few blocks away; he said, "Nothing was stolen. I had
an honest thief."-International Herald Tribune, page 3, March 2,
Some bird populations soaring down
-Headline of an article in
Science News, page 126, February 20, 1993.
Most bacteria have the decency to be microscopic. Epulopiscium
fishelsoni is not among them. The newly identified one-celled
macro-microorganism is a full .5 mm long, large enough to be seen
with the naked eye. Described in the current Nature, "It is a
million times as massive as a typical bacterium."-Time, page 25,
March 29, 1993
"Triumph without Victory, The Unreported History of the Persian
Gulf War", -Headline published in the U.S. News & World Report,
An empty cab drove up and Sarah Bernhardt got out. -Arthur Baer,
American comic and columnist
She used to diet on any kind of food she could lay her hands on.
-- Arthur Baer, American comic and columnist
The first condition of immortality is death. -Stanislaw Lec
As famous as the unknown soldier.
I must follow the people. Am I not their leader? -Benjamin Disraeli
Hegel was right when he said that we learn from history that man
can never learn anything from history. -George Bernard Shaw
William Safire's rules for writing as seen in the New York Times
Do not put statements in the negative form.
And don't start sentences with a conjunction.
If you reread your work, you will find on rereading that a great
deal of repetition can be avoided by rereading and editing.
Never use a long word when a diminutive one will do.
Unqualified superlatives are the worst of all.
If any word is improper at the end of a sentence, a linking verb is.
Avoid trendy locutions that sound flaky.
Never, ever use repetitive redundancies.
Also, avoid awkward or affected alliteration.
Last, but not least, avoid cliche's like the plague.
Everyone writes on the walls except me. -Said to be graffiti seen in Pompeii
I tripped over a hole that was sticking up out of the ground.
I don't think anyone should write their autobiography until after
they're dead. -Samuel Goldwyn
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Evil isn't all bad.
I disagree with unanimity.
"It's a step forward although there was no progress."
President Hosni Murbarak of Egypt attempting to put the best face
on a disappointing summit meeting between President Clinton and
the Syrian dictator Hafez Assad.
"I always avoid prophesying beforehand because it is much better
to prophesy after the event has already taken place. " - Winston
All truths are true to an extend, including this one. -XA
Assume a virtue, if you have it not. -William Shakespeare
All generalisations are dangerous, including this one.