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1. “That which does not kill us makes us stronger.”

Tags : Paraphrased Strength

2. “Bad men need nothing more to compass their ends, than that good men should look on and do nothing.”

Tags : Duty Paraphrased Political Political Philosophy Us History
Source : Inaugural Address Delivered to the University of St Andrews, 2/1/1867

3. “All these people talk so eloquently about getting back to good old-fashioned values. Well, as an old poop I can remember back to when we had those old-fashioned values, and I say let's get back to the good old-fashioned First Amendment of the good old-fashioned Constitution of the United States -- and to hell with the censors! Give me knowledge or give me death!”

Tags : Censorship Education Free Speech Paraphrased
Author : Kurt Vonnegut

4. “Everything must be made as simple as possible. But not simpler.”

Tags : Einstein Paraphrased Science Systems

5. “Do you hate people?”“I don't hate them...I just feel better when they're not around.”

Tags : Humour Misanthropy Paraphrased
Source : Barfly

6. “Creativity is knowing how to hide your sources”

Tags : Creativity Humor Misattributed To Einstein Paraphrased
Author : C.E.M. Joad

7. “Great minds discuss ideas. Average minds discuss events. Small minds discuss people.”

Tags : Creativity Dreams Gossip Misattributed Eleanor Roosevelt Paraphrased

8. “If the bee disappeared off the face of the earth, man would only have four years left to live.”

Tags : Bees Ecology Environment Misattributed To Einstein Paraphrased Science
Source : The Life of the Bee

9. “It is a truth universally acknowledged that a zombie in possession of brains must be in want of more brains.”

Tags : Paraphrased Zombies
Source : Pride and Prejudice and Zombies

10. “I have not failed. I've just found 10,000 ways that won't work.”

Tags : Edison Failure Inspirational Paraphrased

11. “I'm a little pencil in the hand of a writing God, who is sending a love letter to the world.”

Tags : Agape Love Metaphor Paraphrased
Author : Mother Teresa

12. “I'm trying to undermine the basis of Christian belief... I'm not in the business of offending people. I find the books upholding certain values that I think are important, such as life is immensely valuable and this world is an extraordinarily beautiful place. We should do what we can to increase the amount of wisdom in the world.[Washington Post interview, 19 February 2001]”

Tags : Basis Beauty Belief Book Books Children S Books Offense Paraphrased Philip Pullman Plot Value Wisdom Young Adult

13. “I didn’t know that painters and writers retired. They’re like soldiers – they just fade away.”

Tags : Paraphrased Retirement Writers

14. “Intelligence without ambition is a bird without wings.”

Tags : Ambition Intelligence Misattributed Salvador Dali Paraphrased

15. “Fairy tales do not tell children the dragons exist. Children already know that dragons exist. Fairy tales tell children the dragons can be killed.”

Tags : Fairy Tales Hope Paraphrased Possiblity

16. “Atlas smirked.”

Tags : Greek Paraphrased Unintentional Humor
Author : Rick Riordan
Source : The Titan's Curse

17. “To lose one parent may be regarded as a misfortune; to lose both looks like carelessness.”

Tags : Children Humor Paraphrased Parents
Author : Oscar Wilde

18. “There is no God and we are his prophets.”

Tags : Blasphemy Paraphrased Religion
Source : The Road

19. “I believe I am in Hell, therefore I am.”

Tags : Belief Hell Paraphrased Perception

20. “Not all of us can do great things. But we can do small things with great love.”

Tags : Misattributed To Mother Teresa Paraphrased
Author : Mother Teresa

21. “There's none so blind as those who will not listen.”

Tags : Blindness Paraphrased Stubbornness
Author : Neil Gaiman
Source : American Gods

22. “If you tell a big enough lie and tell it frequently enough, it will be believed.”

Tags : Lies Paraphrased
Author : Adolf Hitler

23. “Love is not patronizing and charity isn't about pity, it is about love. Charity and love are the same -- with charity you give love, so don't just give money but reach out your hand instead.”

Tags : Charity Christian Behavior Compassion Helping Others Love Paraphrased Service
Author : Mother Teresa

24. “Every time you smile at someone, it is an action of love, a gift to that person, a beautiful thing.”

Tags : Paraphrased
Author : Mother Teresa

25. “Do not think that love in order to be genuine has to be extraordinary. What we need is to love without getting tired. Be faithful in small things because it is in them that your strength lies.”

Tags : Paraphrased
Author : Mother Teresa

26. “What can you do to promote world peace? Go home and love your family.”

Tags : Paraphrased
Author : Mother Teresa

27. “God doesn't require us to succeed, he only requires that you try.”

Tags : Paraphrased
Author : Mother Teresa

28. “The hunger for love is much more difficult to remove than the hunger for bread.”

Tags : Paraphrased
Author : Mother Teresa

29. “The shortest distance between two points is often unbearable.”

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30. “I may not agree with you, but I will defend to the death your right to make an ass of yourself.”

Tags : Freedom Of Speech Paraphrased Self Expression
Author : Oscar Wilde

31. “You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation.”

Tags : Misattributed To Plato Paraphrased People Play
Source : A Letter of Advice to a Young Gentleman Leaving the University Concerning His Behaviour and Conversation in the World

32. “Blessed are the cracked, for they shall let in the light.”

Tags : Beatitudes Paraphrased
Author : Groucho Marx

33. “I can do things you cannot, you can do things I cannot; together we can do great things.”

Tags : Paraphrased
Author : Mother Teresa

34. “I would never die for my beliefs because I might be wrong.”

Tags : Paraphrased Philosophy

35. “It is a truth universally acknowledged that when one part of your life starts going okay, another falls spectacularly to pieces.”

Tags : Paraphrased
Source : Bridget Jones's Diary

36. “Do not wait for leaders; do it alone, person to person.”

Tags : Paraphrased
Author : Mother Teresa

37. “If you can't feed a hundred people, feed just one.”

Tags : Paraphrased
Author : Mother Teresa

38. “Some are born great, others achieve greatness.”

Tags : Paraphrased Shakespeare
Source : Twelfth Night

39. “He who hesitates is a damned fool.”

Tags : Fools Humor Paraphrased
Author : Mae West

40. “When the going gets tough, the tough get a librarian.”

Tags : Librarians Libraries Paraphrased
Author : Joan Bauer

41. “Some are born weird, some achieve it, others have weirdness thrust upon them.”

Tags : Humor Paraphrased Weirdness
Author : Dick Francis
Source : To the Hilt

42. “Goodnight sweet prince, may flights of devils wing you to your rest.”

Tags : Benediction Paraphrased
Author : Anne Rice

43. “I have something that I call my Golden Rule. It goes something like this: 'Do unto others twenty-five percent better than you expect them to do unto you.' … The twenty-five percent is for error.”

Tags : Ethical Code Ethics Golden Rule Humor Inspirational Paraphrased Science
Author : Linus Pauling

44. “I never minded the random scribblings of other readers, found them interesting in fact. It is a truth universally acknowledged that people write the darndest things in the margins of their books.”

Tags : Books Marginalia Margins Paraphrased Readers

45. “And then what?""I'll burn that bridge when I cross it.”

Tags : Bridge Paraphrased
Author : Ilona Andrews
Source : Magic Bites

46. “What's in a name, anyway? That which we call a nose by any other name would still smell.”

Tags : Humor Paraphrased Romeo And Juliet Shakespeare
Source : The Compleat Works of Wllm Shkspr

47. “How do you know if a demon is lying? His lips are moving.”

Tags : Georgina Kincaid Insult Paraphrased
Author : Richelle Mead
Source : Succubus Blues

48. “The Battle of Normandy was won on the beaches of Dieppe”

Tags : Hindsight Paraphrased War

49. “Discretion is the better part of not getting exsanguinated.”

Tags : Discretion Harry Dresden Paraphrased Valor
Author : Jim Butcher
Source : Blood Rites

50. “See a pin and pick it up, and, all day long, you'll have a pin.”

Tags : Obvious Paraphrased
Source : Going Postal

51. “The only good human being is a dead one.”

Tags : Misquote Paraphrased
Author : George Orwell
Source : Animal Farm

52. “Frankly, my dear, I don't give a damn about anyone else”

Tags : Damon Salvatore Misquote Paraphrased
Author : L.J. Smith
Source : The Fury / Dark Reunion

53. “It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single girl of high standing at Longbourn Academy must be in want of a prom date.”

Tags : High School Humor Paraphrased Parody
Source : Prom and Prejudice

54. “It is a truth universally acknowledged that one only comes up with clever, cutting remarks long after the other party is happily slumbering away.”

Tags : Historical Romance Humor Mystery Paraphrased
Author : Lauren Willig

55. “Michael was still an enigma, wrapped in a riddle, coated in yum. Only now the enigma was a little less mysterious; I was a few clues closer to solving the riddle - but damn, that man would always be coated in yum.”

Tags : Lust Male Beauty Paraphrased Sex Appeal
Author : Lisa Shearin
Source : The Trouble with Demons

56. “It is a truth universally acknowledge that there will always be a gentleman to dance with, except at just the moment when you require one most.”

Tags : Dance Gentlemen Paraphrased Universal Truths
Source : Envy

57. “What will be is up to me”

Tags : Mantra Paraphrased
Author : Kevin Green

58. “It is a truth universally acknowledged that a single man in possession of a large ego must be in want of a woman to cut him down to size”

Tags : Humor Melissa Nathan Paraphrased Pride And Prejudice

59. “Accentuaute the positives - medicate the negatives.”

Tags : Humour Paraphrased
Author : Amy Sedaris
Source : I Like You: Hospitality Under the Influence

60. “To be or not to be. That's not really a question.”

Tags : Paraphrased Rebuttal Suicide

61. “Writing is 1 percent inspiration, and 99 percent elimination.”

Tags : Brevity On Writing Paraphrased
Author : Louise Brooks

62. “Eat, drink, and be merry for tomorrow we'll die”

Tags : Celebration Dmb Band Paraphrased
Author : dave matthews

63. “I came, I saw, I concurred...”

Tags : Crime Fiction Fiction Novels Paraphrased
Source : Turtle Island

64. “I am a mystery wrapped in an enigma wrapped in a pita. Why the pita? That counts as another mystery.”

Tags : Enigma Mystery Paraphrased Pita

65. “Those unable to catalog the past are doomed to repeat it.”

Tags : Catalog Doomed To Repeat It History Humor Paraphrased
Source : The End

66. “You could know a man not by what his friends said about him, but by how he treated his servants.”

Tags : Character Paranormal Paraphrased Young Teen
Source : Clockwork Angel

67. “Dune: ...That's disgraceful!Sette: So's your face!”

Tags : Comebacks Humor Insults Paraphrased
Author : Ashley Cope
Source : Unsounded - Volume 1: The Zombie & The Brat

68. “Speak softly, but carry a big can of paint.”

Tags : Graffiti Paraphrased
Author : Banksy
Source : Wall and Piece

69. “Women should be obscene and not heard.”

Tags : Misattributed John Lennon Misattributed Robert Heinlein Paraphrased Women

70. “It is a truth universally acknowledged that a sane employee in possession of his wits must be in want of a good manager.”

Tags : Humour Paraphrased Tribute
Source : The Fuller Memorandum

71. “So many things to see, people to do.”

Tags : Humor Paraphrased
Author : Neil Gaiman
Source : Neverwhere

72. “It sounded like a piece of blackboard being dragged over the nails of a wall of severed fingers.”

Tags : Macabre Paraphrased Simile
Author : Neil Gaiman
Source : Neverwhere

73. “Life is like a box of Hand grenades,You never know what will blow you to kingdom come”

Tags : Forrest Gump Paraphrased Simile
Author : Mario Puzo
Source : The Last Don

74. “It is a truth universally acknowledged that a fairy in possesion of a good appetite must be in want of pie.”

Tags : Craving Paraphrased
Author : Lisa Mantchev
Source : Perchance to Dream

75. “It's a truth universally acknowledged that an FBI special agent in possession of great skill and talent is likely to engage in trash talk every now and then.”

Tags : Julie James Paraphrased
Author : Julie James
Source : A Lot like Love

76. “Evil will win if good people do nothing.”

Tags : Paraphrased Real Talk
Author : P.C. Cast
Source : Hunted

77. “When a man plans, a woman laughs.”

Tags : Gender Stereotypes Humour Men Paraphrased Plans Women
Author : David Wong
Source : John Dies at the End

78. “Excess makes the heart grow fonder...”

Tags : Excess Heart Paraphrased
Author : John Balance

79. “It is a truth universally acknowledged that a married man in possession of a good fortune must be in want of an heir.”

Tags : Inheritance Paraphrased
Author : Julia Quinn
Source : The Duke and I

80. “We have two ears and only one tongue in order that we may hear more and speak less.”

Tags : Listening Paraphrased

81. “We didn't land on plymouth rock, Plymouth rock landed on us".”

Tags : Anything Goes Cole Porter Paraphrased Song Lyrics
Author : Malcolm X

82. “Charity . . . is the opium of the privileged.”

Tags : Charity Paraphrased
Author : Chinua Achebe
Source : Anthills of the Savannah

83. “What doesn't kill us makes us funnier.”

Tags : Humor Paraphrased Stories
Author : Marian Keyes
Source : The Other Side of the Story

84. “I gave you all!" screeched Lear, waving a palsied claw at Regan."And you took your bloody time giving it, too, you senile old fuck," said Regan.”

Tags : Famous Quotes Humor King Lear Paraphrased Shakespeare
Source : Fool

85. “If a tree falls in the forest and it hits a mime, would he make a noise?”

Tags : Paradox Paraphrased
Author : Brad Warner
Source : Sit Down and Shut Up: Punk Rock Commentaries on Buddha, God, Truth, Sex, Death, and Dogen's Treasury of the Right Dharma Eye

86. “Genius has its limitations.Insanity...not so much" -Bumper Sticker”

Tags : Paraphrased
Author : Darynda Jones
Source : First Grave on the Right

87. “Sometimes it's better to light a flamethrower than curse the darkness.”

Tags : Paraphrased
Source : Men at Arms: The Play

88. “The curve is more powerful than the sword.”

Tags : Paraphrased
Author : Mae West

89. “Time wounds all heels.”

Tags : Paraphrased
Author : Groucho Marx

90. “Nothing is forever except change.”

Tags : Paraphrased

91. “The search for truth is more precious than its possession.”

Tags : Paraphrased

92. “Macon EthanI lay my head down on his chest and cried because had livedbecause he had dieda dry ocean, a desert of emotionhappysad darklight sorrowjoy swept over me, under mei could hear the sound but i could not understand the words and then i realized the sound was me, breakingin one moment i was feeling everything and i was feeling nothingi was shattered, i was saved, i lost everthing, i was given everything elsesomething in me died, something in me was born, i only knewthe girl was gonewhoever i was now, i would never be her again this is the waythe world ends not with a bang but a whimperclaim yourself claim yourself claim yourself claimgratitude fury love despair hope hatefirst green is gold but nothing green can staydonttrynothinggreencanstay-Lena Duchannes”

Tags : Paraphrased
Author : Kami Garcia
Source : Beautiful Creatures

93. “Speak softly and employ a huge man with a crowbar.”

Tags : Humor Paraphrased
Source : Going Postal

94. “All persons, living and dead, are purely coincidental.”

Tags : Humor Paraphrased
Author : Kurt Vonnegut
Source : Timequake

95. “Ambition is the last refuge of the failure”

Tags : Paraphrased
Author : Oscar Wilde

96. “Are you kidding? That guy was a mystery wrapped in an enigma and crudely stapled to a ticking fucking time bomb. He was either going to hit somebody or start a blog.”

Tags : Paraphrased
Author : Lev Grossman
Source : The Magicians

97. “It is a truth universally acknowledged that a thirty-something woman in possession of a satisfying career and fabulous hairdo must be in want of very little”

Tags : Paraphrased Romantic Humor
Author : Shannon Hale
Source : Austenland

98. “Life is too important to be taken seriously.”

Tags : Paraphrased Truth In Jest
Author : Oscar Wilde

99. “Aren't you an enigma wrapped in a thick coating of contradictions.”

Tags : Paraphrased
Source : Invincible

100. “I get mail; therefore I am.”

Tags : Humor Paraphrased
Author : Scott Adams

101. “Believe everything you read”

Tags : Paraphrased
Author : Kurt Cobain

102. “Mothers are the necessity of invention.”

Tags : Paraphrased

103. “Science advances one funeral at a time.”

Tags : Paraphrased
Author : Max Planck

104. “Read like a butterfly, write like a bee.”

Tags : On Writing Paraphrased

105. “We have seen the best minds of our generation destroyed by boredom at poetry readings.”

Tags : Humor Paraphrased Poetry
Source : Wild Dreams of a New Beginning

106. “You woke up on the wrong side of the oak tree, didn’t you? (Acheron)”

Tags : Paraphrased
Source : Acheron

107. “Eat drink and be merry for tomorrow we may diet.”

Tags : Paraphrased
Author : Cathy Hopkins

108. “The purest surrealist act is walking into a crowd with a loaded gun and firing into it randomly”

Tags : Paraphrased
Author : André Breton

109. “Love and kindness are never wasted. They always make a difference. They bless the one who receives them, and they bless you, the giver.”

Tags : Love Merchant Of Venice Paraphrased Shakespeare

110. “Familiarity breeds complacency.”

Tags : Paraphrased
Author : Rick Warren
Source : The Purpose Driven Life: What on Earth Am I Here for?

111. “Today is the last day of some of your life. Don't waste it." quote from Tara Daniels”

Tags : Paraphrased
Author : Jill Shalvis
Source : The Sweetest Thing

112. “It's not whether you win or lose, it's how you play the game.”

Tags : Paraphrased

113. “The proper study of Mankind is Everything.”

Tags : Paraphrased
Source : Oryx and Crake

114. “The unexamined life is not worth living, but the unlived life is not worth examining.”

Tags : Paraphrased

115. “...because in one sense the drinker learns wisdom, in the words of Goethe or Blake or whichever it was "The pathway to wisdom lies through excess”

Tags : Paraphrased
Author : Jack Kerouac
Source : Big Sur

116. “I am only one, but I am one. I cannot do everything, but I can do something. And what I can do, I ought to do. And what I ought to do, by the grace of God, I shall do.”

Tags : Paraphrased

117. “It's better to have loved and lost than to be nagged about buying a damn anniversary gift every year.”

Tags : Humor Love Paraphrased
Author : Joey Green
Source : Philosophy on the Go

118. “It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good riding crop must be in want of a pair of bare buttocks to trash.”

Tags : Paraphrased
Source : Fifty Shades of Mr Darcy: A Parody

119. “Love yourself before you love someone else.”

Tags : Love Paraphrased
Source : Insecure in Love: How Anxious Attachment Can Make You Feel Jealous, Needy, and Worried and What You Can Do About It