VANGUARD BOOK OF QUOTATION [D,E]
VANGUARD BOOK OF QUOTATION
Weren’t for gold and women there would be no damnation.
Cyril Tourneur, English playwright c.1575 -1626
Think that day lost whose low descending Sun views from thy hand no worthy action done.
Would to God that we might spend a single day really well.
Thomas A. Kemps, German ecclesiastic and author 1380-1471
Come children of our native land, the day of glory has arrived.
Rouget De Lisle, French writer 1760-1836
The bright day is done, and we are for the dark
William Shakespeare 1564-1616
Men fear death as children fear to go in the dark; and as that natural fear in children is increased with tales, so is the other.
Francis Bacon 1561-1626
And I know now that humankind marks certain people for death. Against them they shut the door.
Certainly there is no happiness within this circle of flesh, nor is it in the optics of these eyes to behold felicity. The first day of our jubilee is death.
Sir. Thomas Browne 1605-1682
Well, now, there’s a remedy for everything except death. Mignel Cervantes, Spanish writer of Don Quixote 1547- 1616
Men might fear death and would be justified in seeking to preserve their lives, dear brother if there were only this life and no other.
Geoffrey Chaucer 1342-1400
We spend our lives waiting and we all condemned to die.
Epicurus 341 -270 BC
The dead who seem to take away so much really take with them nothing that is ours.
EM Forster in Where Angels Fear To Trend
Steel and death have made terrible ravages among us, and the sad thing is that we are not yet at the end of tragedy.
Frederick the Great, Prussian Emperor 1740 -1786
Why fear death? It is the most beautiful adventure in life.
Charles Frohman, American theatrical producer. 1860-1915
Death borders upon our birth, and our cradle stands in the grave.
Joseph Hall, writer in Epistles 2 1574 – 1656
Death whether or not invoked is alert to disburden the servant when his labour is done.
Horace 65-8 BC
Pale Death, with impartial step, knocks at the poor man’s cottage and the palaces of kings.
It is sweet and proper to die for one’s country and death pursues eyen the man who flees nor spares the hamstrings or the cowardly backs of battle-shy youths. Horace
How can I toll your death?
How may I mark your obsequies?
Vagabond handful of ashes
Between heaven and earth.
M. Jaztrum in The Obsequies
If we are to abolish the death penalty let our friends the murderers make the first move.
Alphonse Karr, French Writer and social critic 1808 -1890
Teach me to live, that I may dread the grave as little as my bed.
Bishop Thomas Ken, clergyman and hymnologist 1637-1711
There is a Reaper whose name is Death And with his sickle keen He reaps the bearded grain at a breath And the flowers that grow between,
HW Longfellow, American poet 1807 -1882
The substance of this vast world is condemned to death and ruin.
Lucretius 99-55 BC
We can take precautions against all sorts of things, but so far as death is concerned, we all of us live like inhabitants of a defenceless citadel.
Friedrich Nietzsche 1844-1900
Does God, blessed be his name, wish the death of infants?
O eloquent death, just and mighty Death, whom none could advise thou last persuaded, what none had dared thou hast done and whom all the world had flattered, thou only hast cast out of the world and despised; thou has drawn together all the far fetched greatness all the pride, all the cruelty and ambition of man and covered it all over with these two narrow words: His jacet.
Sir Walter Ralegh, English poet and writer 1552 -1618
And come he slow, or come he fast, it is but Death who comes at last.
Sir Walter Scott, English statesman 1771 – 1832
I have a rendeavous with Death
At some dispute barricade
And I to my pledged word am true
I shall not fail that rendeavous
Alan Seeger, American poet
Be absolute for death; either death or life shall thereby be the sweeter.
How oft when men are at the point of death have they been merry.
William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet
Death is here and death is there Death is busy everywhere All around, within beneath Above is death and we are death Percy Byshe Shelley, English poet
One’s death is a moderately serious business. The least everyone else can do is to leave one alone.
Death is one of two things. Either it is annihilation and the dead have no consciousness of anything, or as we are told, it is really a change, a migration of the soul from this place to another.
A man can cross the threshold of death even when his body is still not dead. Your blood still circulates and your stomach digests, while you yourself have gone through the whole psychological preparation for death and lived through death itself. Everything around you, you see as if from the grave. And although you’ve never counted yourself a Christian, indeed, the very opposite sometimes, all of a sudden you find you’ve forgiven all those who trespassed against you and bear no ill-will towards those who persecuted you. You’re simply indifferent to everyone and everything.
Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn c. 1970
Modem man is helpless when confronted with death…. he has no weapon to
meet it with.
Do we, indeed, desire the dead should still bear with us our side? Is there no baseness we would hide? No inner vileness we dread?
Lord Alfred Tennyson
Death closes all, but something at the end, some work of noble note may yet be done, not unbecoming men that strove with God.
Lord Alfred Tennyson
Go and try to disprove death. Death will disprove you and that’s all.
Ivan Turgenev, Russian novelist 1818-1883
Death said: The good is one thing, the pleasant another; these two, having different objects, chain a man. It is well with him who clings to the good; he who chooses pleasant misses his end.
Upanishads 7th Cent. BC
I know death hath ten thousand several doors for men to take their exits.
John Webster 1580-1652
Looks the whole world in the face, for he owes not any man.
HW Longfellow, American poet 1807-1882
Not everyone is a debtor who wishes to be, not everyone who wishes makes creditors
Francois Rabelais, French writer c. 1492 -1553
All human things are subject to decay.
And when fate summons, monarchs must obey
John Dryden, English poet 1631 – 1700
Frail as the leaves that quiver on the sprays Like them, man flourishes, like them, decays.
Homer c. 900 BC
Look like the innocent flower but be the serpent under it.
William Shakespeare 1564 – 1616
Once to every man or nation comes the moment to decide, in the strife of Truth and Falsehood, for the good or evil side.
James Rusell Lowell, American writer and statesman 1819 – 1891
O’ what a tangled web we weave When first we practise to deceive
Sir Walter Scott, English poet and novelist 1771-1832
48. idea of a heroic deed.
Ken Jones American writer c.1998
The word should be as cousin to the deed
Plato c.428-347 BC
Men must be decided on what they will not do, then they are able to act with vigour in what they ought to do.
Mencius c.380-289 BC
Defeat may serve as well as victory to shake the soul and let the glory out. When the great oak is straining in the wind, the boughs drink in new beauty and the trunk sends out a deeper root on the windward side. Only the soul that knows the mighty grief can know the mighty rapture. Sorrows come to stretch out spaces in the heart for joy.
In defeat you can make progress if you have confidence, patience, a plan and a time-table.
Bill Walsh, coach, San Francisco 48ers Football Team 1994
People who are given to deliberating on their actions generally find themselves in a serious frame of mind when it comes to embarking on a journey or changing their mode of life.
Leon Tolstoy 1828-1910
In every age the vilest specimens of human nature are to be found among demagogues.
Thomas Babington Macaulay 1800-1859
Democracy lets all voices even those against it be heard. Democracy’s true strength is its ability to incorporate the needs and desires of a diverse population into a governing consensus over a long period of time.
Democracy is the idea of a commonwealth based on equity and freedom of speech, and of a monarch cherishing above all the liberty of the subject.
Marcus Aurelius 121-180
A perfect democracy is, therefore, the most shameless thing in the world. Edmund Burke 1729-1797
If there is one political good that democracies deliver more consistently than authoritarian regimes, it is freedom. Democracies are about freedom.
Walter C. Carrington, US Ambassador to Nigeria 1996
Traditional democracies will end up in the garbage heap.
Alberto Fujimori, Peruvian President 1998
Democracy substitutes election by the incompetent many for appointment by the corrupt few.
George Bernard Shaw 1856 – 1950
A democracy can obtain truth only as a result of experience and many nations may perish while they are awaiting the consequences of their errors.
Alex Tocqueville 1805-1859
Democracy alone can supply the vitalising force to stir the peoples of the world into triumphant action against their ancient enemies – hunger, misery and despair.
Harry Truman, 33rd US President 1884 – 1972
The world must be made safe for democracy.
Woodrow Wilson 1856 – 1924
Democracy is the recurrent suspicion that more than half the people are right mot than half the time.
EB White, novelist
Demolition teams are not hired to build but to destroy.
You can’t expect a boy to be depraved until he has been to a good school.
Saki (HH Munro) 1870 – 1916
Man is the principal instigator of desertification and the key element to the solution.
Soulaymane Gueye, Senegalese Head of Forestry Management 1995
Desire never fails; that’s the truth.
Geoffrey Chaucer 1342-1400
O’ she is antidote to desire.
William Congreve 1670-1729
By scounting my desires I shall the better augment my income
The desire to hold and the desire to enjoy are mutually destructive.
John Fowles in French Lieutenants Woman
It is despair and despair alone that begets heroic hope, absurb hope, mad hope.
Miguel de Unamuno
There are no desperate situations only desperate men.
Joseph Paul Goebbels, Propaganda Chief under Hitler 1897 – 1945
We are merely the stars tennis-balls, struck and bandied which way it pleases them.
John Webster c.1580 – c. 1625
Destiny that Minister – General Who executes on earth and over all What God from everlasting has foreseen
Geoffrey Chaucer 1342- 1400
Destiny is not a matter of chance, it is a matter of choice, it is not a thing to be waited for, it is a thing to be achieved.
William Jenning Bryan 1860 – 1925
All men are but the sport of destiny
Frederick the Great, Prussian Emperor 1740 – 1786
History is strewn with the bones of nations that devalued their currencies in a vain attempt to balance their books.
Paul Volcker, Chairman US Federal Reserves Board 1980 – 1986
The devil hath established his cities in the north.
Saint Augustine 354-430
I think if the devil doesn’t exist, but man has created him,
He has created him in his own image and likeness.
Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Russian writer 1821-1881
Oh, I may be devout, but I am human all the same.
JB Poquilin called Moliere, French writer 1622 -1673
Determinism professes that those parts of the universe already laid down absolutely appoint and decree what the other parts shall be. The future has no ambiguous possibilities in its womb.
William James 1842- 1916
I never travel without my diary. One should always have something sensational to read.
Diaries reveal our youthful selves to our aging selves and we should not be surprised if what we see sometimes makes us wince.
Dictators lose contact with reality.
Dictators have long recognised that knowledge is their worst enemy.
Hans Funzel 1996
Dictators do not become dictators through a willingness to share power
Oliver Morton, NEWSWEEK 10 March 1997
Dictators ride to and fro upon tigers which they dare not dismount. And the tigers are getting hungry.
Sir Winston Churchill, British Prime Minister c.1940
A fetish worship of one man is a passing phase. A state of society where men may not speak their minds, where children denounce their parents to the police… such a state of society cannot long endure.
Sir Winston Churchill
The ultimate failures of dictatorship cost humanity far more than any temporary failures of democracy.
Franklin D. Roosevelt, 32nd US President 1882-1945
The shoes that fit one person pinches another, there is no recipe for living that suits all cases.
Carl Jung, Chinese-American psychoanalyst c. 1960
Difficult you call it, Sir? I wish it were impossible.
Samuel Johnson, English writer and lexicographer 1709 – 1784
Perhaps the only true dignity of man is his capacity to despise himself.
George Santayana 1863 – 1952
No race can prosper till it learns that there is as much dignity in tilling a field as in writing a poem.
Booker T. Washington, African-American author 1858-1915
The expectations of life depend upon diligence, the mechanic that would perfect his work must first sharpen his tools.
Confucius, Chinese philosopher c.1250
Look here, steward, if this is coffee, I want tea; but if this is tea I wish for coffee. Punch Magazine, volume CXX III 1902
Political diplomacy consists of recognising the strengths, resources, interests, fears and hopes of the different powers, so that, as the occasion warrants it, we may appease these powers, divide them, defeat them, or ally ourselves with them, depending on how they serve our advantage and increase our security.
Pedro Aranda, Spanish philosopher 1718-1799
A diplomat is a man who always remembers a woman’s birthday but never remembers her age.
Robert Frost, American writer/humorist 1874-1963
Rowing harder doesn’t help if the boat is headed in the wrong direction.
Kenichi Ohmae, Harvard Business Review January/February 1989
As for disappointing them (other people) I should not so much mind, but I cannot abide to disappoint myself.
Oliver Goldsmith, English writer/poet 1728-1774
There are ill discoverers who think there is no land when they can see nothing but sea.
Francis Bacon 1561- 1626
Discovery is not invention and I dislike to see the two confounded.
A discovery is more or less in the nature of an accident.
Thomas A. Edison, American inventor 1847 – 1931
The disciplined hate the undisciplined to the point of murder.
When you have got an elephant by the hind leg and he is trying to run away, it’s best to let him run.
Abraham Lincoln, 16th US President 1809 – 1965
Diseases desperate grown, by desperate appliance are relieved.
William Shakespeare 1564 – 1616
When in disgrace with fortune and men’s eyes I alone beweep my outcast state. Williams Shakespeare
Oh, what a dusty answer gets the soul when hot for certainties in this our life. George Meredith, British novelist and poet 1828-1909
There lurks, perhaps, in every known heart a desire of distinction which inclines every man first to hope, and then to believe that Nature has given him something peculiar to himself.
Who shall decide when doctors disagree?
Alexander Pope, English poet 1688- 1744
Doctors prescribe medicines about which they know nothing for an organism about which they know less.
Brothers and sisters, 1 bid you beware of giving your heart to a dog to tear. Rudyard Kipling, English author 1865 – 1936
A living dog is better than a dead lion.
If you pick up a starving dog and make him prosperous he will not bite you. That is the principal difference between a dog and a man.
Mark Twain, American writer 1835-1910
Better to do something imperfectly than to do nothing flawlessly.
Robert H. Schuller, American clergyman 1983
He never does a proper thing without giving an improper reason for it
George Bernard Shaw, Irish playwright and critic 1856 – 1950
Do not do unto others as you would they should do unto you.
Washing a donkey’s head is a waste of water.
Doomsday is near, die all, die merrily.
Double-dealing is when you buy something for wholesale and sell it retail. Anonymous
Our doubts are traitors and make us lose the good we oft might win, by fearing to attempt.
Take no account of dreams
Cato the Elder 234 -149 BC
Many dreams I do not say that all, give cognisance of what is to befall.
Geoffrey Chaucer, English poet 1340-1400
The apparel oft proclaims the man.
Those who make their dress a principal part of themselves will in general become of no more value than their dress.
William Hazlitt, English essayist/critic 1778-1830
I drink for the thirst to come.
Francois Rabelais, French writer and scholar c.1494 – c. 1553
A couple sitting opposite at a table don’t look near so good to each other over a water decanter as they do over two just emptied champagne bottles.
Will Rogers 1879-1935
Some men have to drink to live with a woman, some women have to drink to live with a man, most generally though they both have to drink to live with each other.
Drink to lofty hopes that cool visions of a perfect state.
Lord Alfred Tennyson, English poet 1809- 1892
O drunkard, how disfigured is thy face how foul they breath, how filthy thy embrace
Geoffrey Chaucer, English poet 1340 – 1400
It is useless pushing a drunkard, he’ll fall down all by himself.
Andre Schwarts – Bart
Our ways are drunkard ways; drunk as a mouse a drunkard knows quite well he has a house but how to get there puts him in a dither.
Alexander Pope 1688- 1744
Wherever there is drunkenness about no secret can be hidden; make no doubt. Geoffrey Chaucer
The dullard’s envy of the brilliant is always assuaged by the suspicion that they will come to a sad end.
Max Beerboham 1872 – 1956
Duty is pain. Duty is hateful, misery, oppressive.
Do your duty and leave the rest to the gods. Pierre Cornalle, French author
It is better to do thine own duty, however lacking in merit, than to do that of another even though efficiently, for to do the duty of another is fraught with danger.
The Geeta, Indian spiritualist 4th Century AD
There is no duty we so much underrate as the duty of being happy.
Robert Louis Stevenson, British novelist, essayist, poet 1850-1894
The dwarf sees further than the giant when he has the giant’s shoulder to mount on.
ST Coleridge, English Romantic poet and critic 1772 – 1834
My condition tells me that my hour strikes: I am about to give up my life. The end has come before I could prove my talent. Yet life was beautiful.
Wolfgang Mozart, Austrian composer 1756-1791
Better to die sword in hand than in an unworthy retirement.
Napoleon Bonaparte, Emperor of France 1769 – 1821
To die for faction is a common evil. But to be hanged for nonsense is the Devil.
John Dryen, English poet 1631 – 1700
If I must die, will encounter darkness as a bride and hug it in my arms.
I shall be like that tree; I shall die at the top.
Jonathan Swift 1667 – 1745
It is through you that I am an eagle: how should I not be, when I am borne up by
your arms as if they were wings.
Pyrrhus, King of Epirus c.318 – 272 BC
We are so attached to the earth, yet we are incapable of holding on to it. Aleksander Solzhenitsyn
It’s no good licking the plates if you haven’t eaten enough at the table.
Behind the facts of economics are the facts of psychology….The emotions of fear and confidence, the judgments of doubt and certainty, constitute a very important medium through which we see economic values.
Arthur Stone Dewing, Harvard Business Review October 1923
The economist like anyone else must concern himself with the ultimate aims of man.
Alfred Marshall, British economist 1842-1924
The only thing every economist should fear is applause.
Economists are like theologians… Every religion other than their own is the invention of man, whereas their own particular brand of religion is an emanation from God.
Karl Marx, German economist and social philosopher 1818-1883
Economy is going without something you do want in case you should, some day want something you probably won’t want.
Anthony Hope, British writer 1863-1933
An economy can only be as strong as its manufacturing base
Akio Morita, Japanese Manager, Harvard Business Review, May-June 1992
Things edible would always be respected by a man who has nearly starved to death.
Managers and editors live in a stream of ideas and harsh debates.
Harvard Business Review March-April 1993
Nothing in education is so astonishing as the amount of ignorance it accumulates in the form of inert fact.
Henry Adams, American historian 1838- 1918
Education means the instruction of youth in certain rules of conduct by which they will be able to support themselves when they come to age and to know the obligations they are under to that society of which they constitute a part.
Robert Coram, English-born American educationist 1761 -1796
Education should not be left to the caprice or negligence of parents, to chance, or confined to the children of wealthy citizens.
I know of no safe depository of the ultimate powers of society but the people themselves, and if we think them not enlightened enough to exercise their control with a wholesome discretion, the remedy is not to take it from them but to inform their discretion by education.
Thomas Jefferson, 3rd US President 1743 – 1826
Numerous are the streams that lead to social prosperity, but all spring from the same source and that is public education.
Gaspar Jovellanos, Spanish writer 1744 – 1811
Education has for its object, the formation of character.
Herbert Spencer, English philosopher 1820-1903
Education… Has produced a vast population able to read but unable to distinguish what is worth reading.
GM Trevelyan, English historian and politician 1876 – 1961
Efficiency without social justice has little’ staying power.
To act without delay is the secret of efficiency.
A quart of Old Crow (America’s favourie whiskey at the time) in the counting
room at night has put more men in office than voters ever did.
Will Rogers, American comedian
More men have lost office through bad counting than through bad policies.
The emperor (head of state) is the bond by which the commonwealth (federation) is united.
Pliny the Younger 23 – 79 AD
I am the Roman Emperor, and above grammar,
Sigismund, Roman Experor 1361 – 1437
An empire founded by war has to maintain itself by war.
Charles Montesquieu, French writer 1689 – 1755
Employees enter into a psychological as well as a written contract with their employers.
If you take care of employees’ social problems, you’ll have the best workers. Anonymous
It is hard for an empty bag to stand upright.
Benjamin Franklin, US statesman 1706 – 1790
Time will be when the broadest river of woe and the greatest cities wane and at last descend into dust for all things have an end.
This is not the end. It is not even the beginning of the end. But it is perhaps the end of the beginning.
Sir Winston Churchill, British Prime Minister 10 November 1942
In all matters one must consider the end.
Jean De La Fontaine, French poet and fabulist 1621 – 1695
Men must endure their going hence even as their coming hither.
William Shakespeare 1564- 1616
You have endured worse things, God will grant an end even to these.
Endure and preserve yourselves for better things.
The enemies you should fear are those who smile.
My enemies are those who want to destroy without creating themselves. Friedrich William Nietzsche, German philosopher 1844- 1900
Like all God’s creatures, enemies have a purpose in the world. They offer a criticism of one’s conduct, albeit unsought, that is not always provided by friends.
Better a declared enemy than a doubtful ally.
Napoleon Bonaparte, Emperor of France 1769 – 1815
If you think your enemy has two courses open to him, be sure that he will choose the third.
Helmut Von Moltke, German military strategist 1848 – 1916
We have met the enemy and they are ours.
Oliver Hazard Perry After battle of Lake Erie 1785 – 1819
It takes your enemy and your friend working together to hurt you; the one to slander you and the other to bring the news to you.
Mark Twain (Pen Name: Samuel Longborne Clemens) 1835 – 1910
I choose my friends for their good looks, my acquaintances for their good character, and my enemies for their good intellect. A man cannot be too careful in the choice of his enemies.
Oscar Wilde, Irish playwright, writer and wit. 1856- 1900
England expects every man will do his duty.
Horatio Nelson, British admiral and national hero. 1758-1805
England is the paradise of individual eccentricity, heresy, anomalies, hobbies and humours.
Every great enterprise starts off with enthusiasm for an exalted aim and ends up bogged down in petty politics.
Charles Peguy, French poet and essayist 1873-1914
The difference between running a small or a big company or a subsidiary and the whole group isn’t absolute, it’s one of degree; the manager still has to decide what he wants to know, what he wants to do himself, how much he is going to delegate.
Helmut Mancher, Chairman Nestle SA c.1990
Entrepreneurs who are motivated primarily by economic self-interest generally don’t let personal animosity get in the way of shrewd business decisions.
John Kao, Harvard Business Review March-April 1993
It is unfortunate considering that enthusiasm moves the world that so few enthusiasts can be trusted to speak the truth.
Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm.
Ralph Waldo Emerson, American philosopher 1803-1883
You’ll find envy wherever there’s good fortune. There are always people who will envy you if you’re happy.
Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, Soviet writer and Nobel Laureate (1970) 1918
Only the man who is below the average in economic ability desires equality: those who are conscious of superior ability desire freedom; and in the end superior ability has its way. .
Will and Ariel Durant, American historians 1968
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their creator with certain inalienable rights; that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.
Thomas Jefferson, The Declaration of Independence (1776), 3rd US President.
So far it is from being true that men are naturally equal, that no two people can be half an hour together but one shall acquire an evident superiority over the other. Samuel Johnson, English writer and lexicographer 1709 – 1784
Good nature and good sense must ever join. To err is human, to forgive divine. Pope, Essay on Criticism
Truth, crushed to earth, shall rise again, Th’eternal years of God are hers. But Error, wounded, writhes, in pain, and dies among its worshipper?
William C. Bryant, The Battle Field 1794 – 1878
Errors, like straws, upon the surface flow. He who would search for pearls must dive bellow.
John Dryden, All for Love, English poet arid dramatist 1631 – 1700
Error of opinion may be tolerated where reason is left free to combat it
All men are liable to error; most men are, in many points, by passion or interest under temptation to it.
John Locke, British philosopher 1608 -1684
Error is the force that welds men together; truth is communicated to men only by deeds of truth.
Leo Tolstoy, Russian novelist and moral philosopher 1828-1910
All attempts to escape from reality lead to what is called escapism which is a tendency to find relief in distractions.
Selyon Huges, British theologian 1995
It is not an adequate standard to get through the day without being indicted. Richard Breeden, former Chair, US Securities and Exchange Commission 1994