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I Wish I'd Said That! (More Aphorisms)

Don’t think there are no crocodiles just because the water is calm.
Malayan proverb.
Facts do not cease to exist just because they are being ignored.
Aldous Huxley.
We have no eternal allies and no perpetual enemies. Our interests are eternal and perpetual and those interests it is our duty to follow.
Henry Temple, Viscount Palmerston, British Prime Minister.
The only statistics worth believing are those you falsify yourself.
Winston Churchill.
For evil to triumph it is only necessary for good men to do nothing.
Edmund Burke.
If you wait by the river long enough you will see the bodies of your enemies float by.
Sun Tzu.
Good taste and humour are a contradiction in terms, like a chaste whore.
Malcolm Muggeridge.
You learn most from mistakes that are made. The art is to do most of your learning from other peoples mistakes and not you own.
Rupert Brennan-Brown.
When a stupid man is doing something he is ashamed of he always declares it is his duty.
George Bernard Shaw.
Success has always been a great liar.
Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche.
It is hard to believe that a man is telling the truth when you know that you would lie if you were in his place.
Henry Louis Mencken.
Our enemies’ opinion of us comes closer to the truth than our own.
Duc de La Rochefoucauld.
No man of honour ever quite lives up to his code, any more than a moral man manages to avoid sin.
We find it easy to believe that praise is sincere: why should anyone lie in telling us the truth?
Jean Rostand.
There are times when lying is the most sacred of duties.
Eugene Marin Labiche.
[Talking about a competitor’s product:] It’s a dog – it howls. Ours is a tiger – it p-u-u-u-r-r-s.
Richard Alberg.
I don’t say we should misbehave, but we should look as though we could.
Oscar Wilde.
Deadlines are the mothers of invention.
John M. Shanahan.
A stiff apology is a second insult.
G. K. Chesterton.
A lie is an abomination unto the Lord and a very present help in trouble.
Adlai Stevenson.
We judge ourselves by what we feel capable of doing, while others judge us by what we have already done.
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow.
You raise your voice when you should reinforce your argument.
Dr. Samuel Johnson.
There is a time for departure even when there’s no certain place to go.
Tennessee Williams.
To the world you may be one person, but to one person you may be the world.
Heather Cortez
Most people have seen worse things in private than they pretend to be shocked at in public.
Edgar Watson Howe.
You are permitted in time of great danger to walk with the devil until you have crossed the bridge.
Bulgarian proverb.

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