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    A

    A bore is a man who, when asked how he is, tells you.
    A boss says "Go!" -- A leader says "Let's go."
    A child becomes an adult when he realises that he has a right not only to be right but also to be wrong.
    A cynic is not merely one who reads bitter lessons from the past, he is one who is prematurely disappointed in the future.
    A day not wasted is a day wasted!
    A diplomat thinks twice before saying nothing.
    A good way to deal with predators is to taste terrible.
    A little inaccuracy sometimes saves tons of explanation.
    A long dispute means both parties are wrong.
    A pessimist is a realist who isn't afraid to admit it.
    A professional is someone who can do his best work when he doesn't feel like it.
    A single fact can spoil a good argument.
    A small mind is obstinate. A great mind can lead and be led.
    A smooth sea never made a skillful sailor.
    A winner always has a plan, a loser always has an excuse.
    A wise man should have money in his head, but not in his heart.
    A word to the wise ain't necessary - it's the stupid ones that need the advice.
    Access to power must be confined to those who are not in love with it.
    After the game, the king and pawn go into the same box.
    A few observation and much reasoning lead to error; many observations and a little reasoning to truth.
    All great truths begin as blasphemies.
    Als Gott mich schuf, wollte er angeben ...
    Always try to do things in chronological order; it's less confusing that way.
    A man too busy to take care of his health is like a mechanic too busy to take care of his tools.
    An allem Unfug, der passiert, sind nicht etwa nur die schuld, die ihn tun, sondern auch die, die ihn nicht verhindern.
    An object in possession seldom retains the same charm that it had in pursuit.
    Anything your mind can conceive and believe...you will achieve!
    Auch kluge Enten scheißen in den Teich.

    B

    Be careful that what you write does not offend anybody or cause problems within the company. The safest approach is to remove all useful information.
    Be the change you want to see in the world.
    Be nice to people on your way up because you'll need them on your way down.
    Be the master of your will and the slave of your conscience.
    Bescheidenheit ist die schlimmste Form der Eitelkeit.
    Better to remain silent and be thought a fool, than to speak and remove all doubt
    Blessed is he who has learned to laugh at himself, for he shall never cease to be entertained.
    But the fruit that can fall without shaking, / Indeed is too mellow for me.

    C

    Can you imagine the silence if everyone said only what he knows?
    Censorship is either present or absent; it is never 'limited'.
    Charity is injurious unless it helps the recipient to become independent of it.
    Children have never been very good at listening to their elders, but they have never failed to imitate them.
    Children need love, especially when they do not deserve it.
    Committing suicide in Newark is redundant.
    Complete possession is proved only by giving. All you are unable to give possesses you.
    Conversation enriches the understanding, but solitude is the school of genius.
    Courage is not the absence of fear, but rather the judgment that something else is more important than fear.

    D

    Dank Alzheimer lerne ich dauernd neue Leute kennen!
    Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that.
    Das ist ja der ganze Jammer: Die Dummen sind so sicher und die Gescheiten so voller Zweifel.
    Das dreieckige Rad ist eine Verbesserung im Vergleich zum viereckigen, weil es pro Umdrehung einmal weniger hoppelt.
    Das Glück gehört denen, die sich selber genügen.
    Das meiste, was wir als Führung bezeichnen, besteht darin, den Mitarbeitern die Arbeit zu erschweren.

      Den Zeitgeist lass getrost geschehen,
      und die Erkenntnis in Dir reifen,
      Du brauchst nicht mit der Zeit zu gehen,
      nur ist es klug, sie zu begreifen.
    Der Computer ist die logische Weiterentwicklung des Menschen: Intelligenz ohne Moral.
    Der Horizont vieler Menschen ist ein Kreis mit Radius Null.
    Der Sinn des Boten ist die Botschaft.
    Der Vorteil der Klugheit besteht darin, daß man sich dumm stellen kann. Das Gegenteil ist schon schwieriger.
    Der Wissende redet nicht - der Redende weiß nicht.
    Die Dinge haben nur den Wert, den man ihnen gibt.
    Die einen möchten das begreifen, woran sie glauben, und die anderen das glauben, was sie begreifen.
    Die Lüge tötet die Liebe. Aber die Aufrichtigkeit tötet sie erst recht.
    Die leeren Fässer machen den meisten Lärm.
    Die Natur gab uns zwei Ohren, aber nur eine Zunge.
    Die Phönizier haben das Geld erfunden - aber warum so wenig?
    Difficulties strengthen the mind, as labor does the body.
    Discoveries are made by not following instructions.
    Don't believe everything you hear or anything you say.
    Don't confine your children to your own learning, for they were born in another time.
    Don't cry before you are hurt !
    Don't look forward to the day you stop suffering, because when it comes you'll know you're dead.
    Don't walk in front of me, I may not follow. Don't walk behind me, I may not lead. Walk beside me and be my friend.
    Doubt is the beginning of wisdom.
    Ducunt fata volentem, nolentem trahunt.
    Dürfen darf man alles - man muss es nur können.

    E

    Education ... has produced a vast population able to read but unable to distinguish what is worth reading.
    Ein Narr sagt, was er weiß. Ein Weiser weiß, was er sagt.
    Ein Pferd ohne Reiter ist stets ein Pferd. - Ein Reiter ohne Pferd nur ein Mensch.
    Ein tüchtiger Feind bringt uns weiter als ein Dutzend untüchtiger Freunde.
    Einen Namen hat man, wenn man keinen Wert mehr auf seine Titel legt.
    Er tat was er konnte, um zu verbergen, daß er nicht konnte, was er tat.
    Es irrt der Mensch, so lang er strebt.
    Es ist besser, für etwas gehasst zu werden, was man ist, als für etwas geliebt zu werden, was man nicht ist.
    Es ist clever zu wissen, daß man nur die Hälfte glauben sollte, aber noch viel cleverer, zu wissen, welche Hälfte man glauben sollte.
    Es ist eine Kunst, sie zu definieren.
    Es ist keine Schande nichts zu wissen, wohl aber nichts lernen zu wollen!
    Es ist meistens leichter, für etwas zu sterben als dafür zu leben.
    Es ist nicht der Unternehmer, der die Löhne zahlt - er übergibt nur das Geld. Es ist das Produkt, das die Löhne zahlt.
    Es war ein falsches Konzept - fabelhaft umgesetzt.
    Es wird nicht immer ein Weg draus, wenn sich mal wer mit 'ner Planierraupe verfährt...
    Even if you do learn to speak correct English, whom are you going to speak it to?
    Even the smallest candle burns brighter in the dark.
    Everybody wants to go to heaven, but nobody wants to die.
    Every child comes with the message that God is not yet tired of the man.
    Every great movement must experience three stages: ridicule, discussion, adoption.
    Experience is what you get when you were expecting something else.

    F/G/H

    Formula for success: Underpromise and overdeliver.
    Freedom is the right to be wrong, not the right to do wrong.
    Friendship is like money, easier made than kept.
    From what we get, we can make a living; what we give, however, makes a life.

    Gegen Angriffe kann man sich wehren, gegen Lob ist man machtlos.
    Gelassenheit ist eine Form des Selbstbewußtseins
    Gib einem Menschen Macht, - und Du lernst seinen Charakter kennen
    Give us the fortitude to endure the things which cannot be changed, and the courage to change the things which should be changed, and the wisdom to know one from the other.
    Go often to the house of thy friend, for weeds choke the unused path.
    Good people do not need laws to tell them to act responsibly, while bad people will find a way around the laws.
    Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds.

    Halte dich nicht für dumm. Überlaß es den anderen.
    Having children will turn you into your parents.
    He who can, does. He who cannot, teaches.
    He who foresees calamities suffers them twice over.
    He who knows others is wise. He who knows himself is enlightened.
    He who places head in sand, will get kicked in the end!
    Heute beginnt der Rest Deines Lebens.
    Hope for the best, expect the worst, take what comes
    How can you sing if your mouth be filled with food? How shall your hand be raised in blessing if it is filled with gold?

    I/J/K

    I don't divide the world into the weak and the strong, or the successes and the failures, those who make it or those who don't. I divide the world into learners and non-learners.
    I don't have an attitude problem. You have a perception problem.
    I have as much authority as the Pope. I just don't have as many people who believe it.
    I have often regretted my speech, never my silence
    I haven't been wrong since 1961, when I thought I made a mistake.
    I never said it was possible. I only said it was true.
    I walk alone, not because I'm lost but because I want to.
    I would rather be able to appreciate things I can not have than to have things I am not able to appreciate.
    I would rather have a mind opened by wonder than one closed by belief.
    Ideale sind wie Sterne: Man kann sie nicht erreichen, aber man kann sich an ihnen orientieren.

      Ideologie ist,
          wenn man die blaue Hose anzieht, weil man meint, man *muss* die blaue Hose anziehen.
      Inividualität ist,
          wenn man die blaue Hose anzieht, weil man meint, *man* muss die blaue Hose anziehen.
      Idiotie ist,
          wenn man die blaue Hose anzieht, weil man *meint*, man muss die blaue Hose anziehen.
    If a man points at the moon, an idiot will look at the finger.
    If I had eight hours to chop down a tree, I'd spend six sharpening my axe.
    If I had more time, I would have written you a shorter letter.
    If I listen, I have the advantage. If I speak, the others have it.
    If it ain't worth doing right, then don't do it!
    If people listened to themselves more often, they would talk less.
    If triangles had a God, he would have 3 sides.
    If you always give you will always have.
    If you can spend a perfectly useless afternoon in a perfectly useless manner, you have learned how to live.
    If you stand for nothing, you'll fall for anything.
    If you think education is expensive, try ignorance.
    If you're not free to fail, you're not free.
    If you want to know what God thinks about money, just look at the people He gives it to.
    In great matters men show themselves as they wish to be seen; in small matters, as they are.
    It is easier to buy books than to read them, and easier to read them than to absorb them.
    It is easier to get forgiveness than permission.
    It is far more impressive when others discover your good qualities without your help.
    It is not because things are difficult that we do not dare, it is because we do not dare that they are difficult.
    It is not length of life, but depth of life.
    It is not the fall that kills you. it's the sudden stop at the end.
    It is our duty as men and women to proceed as though the limits of our abilities do not exist.
    It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it. It isn't that they can't see the solution. It's that they can't see the problem.
    It's a good thing we don't get all the government we pay for.
    It is better to be roughly right than to be precisely wrong.
    It's easy to tell when a politician is lying. Watch his lips. If they move, he's lying.
    It's not a matter of where you stand but in what direction you're headed.
    It's not the load that breaks you down - its the way you carry it.
    I will love the light for it shows me the way, Yet I will endure the darkness for it shows me the stars.

    Keep it where it belongs, Not where you want it!
    Keep your faith in all beautiful things; in the sun when it is hidden, in the Spring when it is gone.
    Kleider machen Leute aber das Herz den Menschen.
    Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Willing is not enough; we must do.
    Knowledge is a process of piling up facts; wisdom lies in their simplification.

    L/M

    Leadership is getting someone to do what they don't want to do, to achieve what they want to achieve.
    Learn as if you would live forever, Live as if you would die tomorrow.
    Learn to pause--or nothing worthwhile can catch up to you.
    Legt man zwei Zitronen neben eine Orange, so hören sie auf, Zitrone und Orange zu sein. Sie werden Früchte.
    Let him that would move the world, first move himself.
    Life is a tragedy for those who feel, and a comedy for those who think.
    Life is too important to be taken seriously.
    Light travels faster than sound. This is why some people appear bright until you hear them speak.
    Lots of folks confuse bad management with destiny.
    Love does not consist in gazing at each other, but in looking outward together in the same direction.

    Make failure your teacher, not your undertaker
    Man fängt Forellen mit der Hand, indem man zuerst ihr Vertrauen gewinnt und es dann mißbraucht.
    Man sollte nicht um die Gestorbenen, sondern um die Geborenen weinen.
    Man's mind stretched to a new idea never goes back to its original dimensions.
    Man who says, `It cannot be done', should not interrupt man who is doing it.
    Men will wrangle for religion, write for it, fight for it, die for it, anything but live for it.
    Mit leerem Kopf nickt sich's leichter...
    Most people would rather die than think. In fact, they do.

    N/O/P/Q

    Never attribute to malice that which is adequately explained by stupidity
    Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.
    Never explain - your friends don't need it, and your enemies won't believe you anyhow.
    Never tell people how to do things. Tell them what to do and they will surprise you with their ingenuity.
    Nicht die Wahrheit, in deren Besitz irgend ein Mensch ist, oderzu sein vermag, sondern die aufrichtige Mühe, die er angewandt hat, hinter die Wahrheit zu kommen, macht den Wert des Menschen.
    No one is watching until you make a mistake.
    No one told me that it could not be done, and so I did it.
    Nothing is so firmly believed as that which we least know.
    Nur wenn man das Unerreichbare anstrebt, gelingt das Erreichbare.

    O senseless man, who cannot possibly make a worm and yet will make Gods by the dozen!
    Once is an accident, twice is coincidence, three times is enemy action.
    One cannot always be a hero, but one can always be a human.
    Optimismus ist Mangel an Detailkenntnis.
    Optimisten halten diese Welt für die beste aller möglichen, Pessimisten befürchten es.

    Pay no attention to what the critics say; no statue has ever been erected to a critic.
    People demand freedom of speech as a compensation for the freedom of thought which they seldom use.
    Perhaps the most valuable result of all education is the ability to make yourself do the thing you have to do, when it ought to be done, whether you like it or not.
    Phantasie ist etwas, was sich manche Leute gar nicht vorstellen können.
    Pick battles big enough to matter, small enough to win.
    Planung ist Ersatz des Zufalls durch den Irrtum.

    R/S/T

    Recht haben ist gut, Recht bekommen ist besser !
    Recursion: See Recursion.

    Security is when everything is settled. When nothing can happen to you. Security is the denial of life
    Sight is a faculty; seeing is an art.
    Sobald die Weiber uns gleichgestellt sind, sind sie uns überlegen (Cato)
    Sobald jemand in einer Sache Meister geworden ist, sollte er in einer neuen Sache Schüler werden. In Sachen des Gewissens ist die Mehrheit nicht zuständig.
    Some people are alive only because it is illegal to kill them.
    Space isn't remote at all. It's only an hour's drive away if your car could go straight upwards.
    Speak less, think more. - Think less, do more.
    Stärke des Charakters ist oft nichts anderes als Schwäche des Gefühls.
    Success is not measured by the position one has reached in life, rather by the obstacles overcome while trying to succeed.

    Tact is the art of making a point without making an enemy.
    Talk is cheap because supply exceeds demand.
    Tatsachen schafft man nicht dadurch aus der Welt, daß man sie ignoriert.
    Technology is dominated by two types of people: those who understand what they do not manage, and those who manage what they do not understand.
    The actions of men are the best interpreters of their thoughts.
    The best art of self defense is to advoid confrontations.
    The difference between perseverance and obstinacy is that one comes from a strong will, and the other from a strong won't.
    The greatest good you can do for another is not just share your riches, but reveal to them their own.
    The impossible is often the untried.
    The key to everything is patience. You get the chicken by hatching the egg, not by smashing it.
    The one thing we can never get enough of is love. And the one thing we never give enough is love.
    The man who thinks he can do without the world is indeed mistaken; but the man who thinks the world cannot do without him is mistaken even worse.
    The mind is its own place, and in itself, can make heaven of Hell, and a hell of Heaven.
    The more human beings proceed by plan, the more effectively they may hit by accident.
    The more original a discovery, the more obvious it seems afterward.
    The most valuable of all talents is that of never using two words when one will do.
    The old believe everything, the middle-aged suspect everything, the young know everything.
    The principal mark of genius is not perfection but originality, the opening of new frontiers.
    The real art of conversation is not only to say the right thing at the right place but to leave unsaid the wrong thing at the tempting moment.
    The secret of happiness is to admire without desiring.
    The secret of man's being is not only to live but to have something to live for.
    The surest way to corrupt a youth is to instruct him to hold in higher regard those who think alike than those who think differently.
    The time to repair the roof is when the sun is shining.
    The trouble with doing nothing is that you never know when you are finished.
    The trouble with the world is that the stupid are cocksure and the intelligent are full of doubt.
    The whole point of getting things done is knowing what to leave undone.
    The world is changed not by the self-regarding, but by men and women prepared to make fools of themselves.
    The world is filled with willing people; some willing to work, the rest willing to let them.
    The world is round and the place which may seem like the end may also be only the beginning.
    The world will not be free until the last king is strangled with the entrails of the last priest.
    The worst food a man can eat is wedding cake.
    The worst misfortune that can happen to an ordinary man is to have an extraordinary father.
    The young wish to give their elders the full benefits of their inexperience.
    Theory and practice are the same in theory, but different in practice.
    There is a great man who makes every man feel small. But the real great man is the man who makes every man feel great.
    There is more to life than increasing its speed.
    There is no place in a fanatic's head where reason can enter.
    There is this difference between happiness and wisdom, that he that thinks himself the happiest man really is so; but he that thinks himself the wisest is generally the greatest fool.
    Those who don't feel the dark, will never look for the light.
    Those who will not reason, are bigots, those who cannot, are fools, and those who dare not, are slaves.

    To gain that worth having, it may be necessary to lose everything else.
    To philosophize is to doubt.
    Too bad all the people who know how to run the country are busy driving cabs and cutting hair.

    U/V

    Umgang mit Zwergen krümmt das Rückgrat.
    Unglück hat mich gelehrt, Unglücklichen Hilfe zu leisten.
    Unterlassene Handlungen ziehen oft einen katastrophalen Mangel an Folgen nach sich.

    Verkaufen ist mehr, als nur den Umsatz zu machen, der sich nicht unbedingt vermeiden läßt !
    Viel mehr Menschen müssen mit dem geistigen als mit dem materiellen Existenzminimum auskommen.
    Viele, die ihrer Zeit vorausgeeilt waren, mußten auf sie in sehr unbequemen Unterkünften warten.
    Violence is the last resort of the incompetent.
    Visits always give pleasure - if not the arrival, the departure.

    W/X/Y/Z

    Während ich glaubte leben zu lernen, lernte ich zu sterben.
    War doesn't decide who is right, only who is left.
    Was die Menschen trennt, ist gering, gemessen an dem, was sie einen könnte.
    We are usually convinced more easily by reasons we have found ourselves than by those which have occurred to others.
    We do not see things as they are, we see things as we are.
    We have million reasons for failure, but not a single excuse.
    We judge ourselves by what we feel capable of doing, while others judge us by what we have already done.
    We learn from history that we do not learn anything from history.
    We think caged birds sing, when indeed they cry.
    We'd all like a reputation for generosity and we'd all like to buy it cheap.
    Wear your learning, like your watch, in a private pocket, and do not pull it out and strike it merely to show you have one. If you are asked what o'clock it is, tell it, but do not proclaim it hourly and unasked, like the watchman.
    When you want to test the depths of a stream, don't use both feet.
    Wegweiser stehen auf der Stelle.
    Wenn die Ideen fehlen, sind Worte leicht zur Hand.
    Wenn ich nicht ich wäre, wäre ich froh, wenn ich mich kennen würde.
    Wer die Freiheit aufgibt, um Sicherheit zu gewinnen, der wird am Ende beides verlieren.
    Wer seinen Horizont erweitert, verkleinert den Himmel!
    Wer seine Wünsche mäßigt, ist reich.
    Wer sich zu _wichtig_ für _kleine_ Arbeiten hält, ist meistens zu _klein_ für _wichtige_ Arbeiten!<
    Wer viel spricht hat weniger Zeit zum Denken.
    What good is knowledge if you don't share it?
    What I do today is important because I am paying a day of my life for it. - What I accomplish must be worthwhile because the price is high.
    What we hope ever to do with ease, we must learn first to do with diligence
    Whatever happens, behave like you meant it to happen.
    When a man laughs at his misfortunes, he loses a great many friends. They never forgive the loss of their perogative.
    When the gods wish to punish us, they answer our prayers.
    When there's more sick ones than well ones, by golly the sick ones will lock the well ones up.
    When we seek to discover the best in others, we somehow bring out the best in ourselves.
    When you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to reform.
    When you live in the shadow of insanity, the appearance of another mind that thinks and talks as yours does is something close to a blessed event.
    When you starve with a tiger, the tiger starves last.
    While one person hesitates because he feels inferior, the other is busy making mistakes and becoming superior.
    Worry is like a rocking chair - it gives you something to do but it doesn't get you anywhere.
    Wir können nicht negativ denken und positiv handeln!

    You can always spot a well informed man - his views are the same as yours.
    You can measure a man by the opposition it takes to discourage him.
    You can't direct the wind, but you can adjust your sails.
    You must be the change you wish to see in the world.
    You won't be happy with more until you're happy with what you've got.

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