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It must be considered that there is nothing more difficult to carry out, nor more doubtful of success, nor more dangerous to handle, than to initiate a new order of things.

Niccolo Machiavelli


He that would govern others, first should be master of himself.

Philip Massinger


The man who does not make any mistakes does not usually make anything.

William Connor Magee


It's all up to the individual...People who are hard working are no match for those who are enthusiastic.



No one really listens to anyone else, and if you try it for a while you'll see why.

Mignon McLaughlin


When I was young, we always had mornings like this.

A. A. Milne


The mind is its own place, and in itself
Can Make a Heav'n of Hell, a Hell of Heav'n.

What boots it at one gate to make defense,
And at another to let in the foe?

John Milton


No plan survives contact with the enemy.

Helmuth von Moltke


General notions are generally wrong.

Civility costs nothing and buys everything.

Mary Wortley Montagu


Those that can, do...
Those that can't, meet.

T. J. Moran


For you'll never mend your fortunes, nor help the just cause,
By breaking of windows, or breaking of laws.

Hannah More


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When men understand what each other mean, they see, for the most part, that controversy is either superfluous or hopeless.

Cardinal Newman


The secret of reaping the greatest fruitfulness and the greatest enjoyment from life is to live dangerously.

He who fights with monsters might take care lest he thereby become a monster. And if you gaze for long into an abyss, the abyss gazes also into you.

Freidrich Nietzsche


I often feel, and ever more deeply I realize, that fate and character are the same conception.

Novalis (Von Hardenberg)


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No more things should be presumed to exist that are absolutely necessary.

William of Occam


You should always except the present company.

John O'Keefe


Life is just one damned thing after another.

Frank O'Malley


To see what is in front of one's nose needs a constant struggle.

George Orwell


A middle course is the safest for you to take.

Stop it at the start, it's late for medicine to be prepared when disease has grown strong through long delays.