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Famous English Quotations

List of famous English quotations from
politicians, authors, actors, scientists and philosophers.

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U "The only thing in life achieved without effort is failure." Unknown
  "The speed of the leader determines the rate of the pack." Unknown
  "Many receive advice; only the wise profit from it." Unknown
  "Remember, no one can make you feel inferior without your consent." Unknown
  "Genius is the ability to reduce the complicated to the simple." Unknown
  "The secret of happiness is not doing what one likes, but in liking what one does." Unknown
  "Only those who keep trying eventually win." Unknown
  "Getting something done is an accomplishment; getting something done right is an achievement." Unknown
  "Do not let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do." Unknown
"The best time to do something worthwhile is between yesterday and tomorrow." Unknown
V "Conscience is a man's compass." Vincent Van Gogh
  What would life be if we had no courage to attempt anything? Vincent Van Gogh
  "The progress of rivers to the ocean is not as rapid as that of man to error." Voltaire
  "Anything that is too stupid to be spoken is sung." Voltaire
  "God is a comedian playing to an audience too afraid to laugh." Voltaire
  "The greatest consolation in life is to say what one thinks." Voltaire
  "Doubt is not an agreeable condition, but certainty is an absurd one." Voltaire
  "The secret of being a bore is to tell everything." Voltaire
  "Think for yourself and let others enjoy the privilege of doing so too." Voltaire 
W "The only way to get rid of temptation is to yield to it." Oscar Wilde
  "I can resist everything except temptation." Oscar Wilde
  "Some cause happiness wherever they go; others whenever they go." Oscar Wilde
  "My own business always bores me to death; I prefer other people's." Oscar Wilde
  "Experience is the name so many people give to their mistakes." Oscar Wilde
  "Experience is the hardest kind of teacher. It gives you the test first and the lesson afterwards." Oscar Wilde
  "Wisdom is knowing how little we know." Oscar Wilde
  "To live is the rarest thing in the world.  Most people exist, that's all." Oscar Wilde
  "The old believe everything, the middle-aged suspect everything, the young know everything." Oscar Wilde
  "No man is rich enough to buy back his past." Oscar Wilde
  "There are only two tragedies in life : one is not getting what one wants, the other is getting it." Oscar Wilde
  "True friends stab you in the front." Oscar Wilde
  "Fashion is a form of ugliness so intolerable that we have to alter it every six months." Oscar Wilde
  "All cruel people describe themselves as paragons of frankness." Tennessee Williams
  "Enthusiasm is the most important thing in life." Tennessee Williams
  "There is a time for departure even when there's no certain place to go." Tennessee Williams
Y "Education is not the filling of a pail but rather the lighting of a fire." William Butler Yeats
  "There are no strangers here, only friends you haven't yet met." William Butler Yeats 
Z I'd rather die of passion than of boredom! Emile Zola
  Nothing develops intelligence like travel.  Emile Zola
  "The artist is nothing without the gift, but the gift is nothing without work." Emile Zola
  The only basis for living is believing in life, loving it, and applying the whole force of one's intellect to know it better. Emile Zola
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