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My favorite proverbs and quotations

Category: politics and war

If a person kills one man, he is called the murderer. If he kills ten people, then he is the multiple killer. But if he murders a thousand people, he is invited to Geneva.
Haris Silajdic, former Bosnian prime-minister

So what if shells are falling and children are dying, if they don't have the electricity and the water? That's not our problem. Our legitime right is to do with Sarajevo anything we want, because we dictate the rhythm in this moment. None has right to criticize our behavior.
Ms. Biljana Plavsic, president of "Serbian Republic," Serb held territory in Bosnia

The history is constantly teaching, but it does not manage to find any pupils at all.
Ingeborg Bachmann, Austrian writer

Although human life is priceless, we always act as if something had an even greater price than life. . . . But what is that something?
Antoine de Saint-Exupery, French writer

Today, more than ever, it is necessary that one takes a standpoint, because everything in the world is inducing you not to do so.
Lorenzo Jovanotti, Italian musician

When bad men combine, the good must associate; else they will fall one by one, an unpitied sacrifice in a contemptible struggle.
Edmund Burke, the British statesman and political philosopher

Whenever you find that you are on the side of the majority, it is time to reform.
Mark Twain, American writer

Any excuse will serve a tyrant.
Aesop, Greek fable-teller

Democracy substitutes elections by the incompetent many for the appointment by the corrupt few.
George Bernard Shaw, Irish writer

World is a tragedy tor those who feel and a comedy to those that think.
Horace Walpole, English writer and antiquarian

If two people have ever again the same oppinion, is one of them superfluous.
Winston Churchill, English politician

Those who do not do politics will be done in by politics.
French Proverb

Category: human psychology

Independence? That's middle-class blasphemy. We are all dependent on one another, every soul of us on earth.
George Bernard Shaw, Irish writer

Wicked people mean people who have no love: Therefore they have no shame. They have the power to ask love because they do not need it; They have the power to offer it because they have none to give.
George Bernard Shaw, Irish writer

The worst sin towards our fellow creatures is not to hate them, but to be indifferent to them; That's the essence of inhumanity.
George Bernard Shaw, Irish writer

How much heavier is a burden, which the anger and the pain impose on us, than the things themselves, which we are angry about and which hurt us!
Marcus Aurelius Antoninius, Roman emperor and philosopher

This is the true joy in life, the being used for a purpose recognized by yourself as a mighty one; The being thoroughly worn out before you are thrown on the scrap heap; The being a force of nature instead of a feverish selfish little clod of ailments and grievances complaining that the world will not devote itself to making you happy.
George Bernard Shaw, Irish writer

Each man must look to himself to teach him the meaning of life. It is not something discovered: it is something moulded.
Antoine de Saint-Exupery, French writer

I believe I found the missing link between animal and civilized man. It is us.
Konrad Lorenz, Austrian ethologist

The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires.
William Arthur Ward

Category: really smart

God is something that helps us to have faith that there is a method to this madness.
Karim Nogas, my friend

The reasonable man adapts himself to the world; the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore, all progress depends on the unreasonable man.
George Bernard Shaw, Irish writer

One of the most striking differences between a cat and a lie is that a cat has only nine lives.
Mark Twain, American writer

Imagination is more important than knowledge, for knowledge is limited while imagination embraces the entire world.
Albert Einstein, German/American physicist

You can hardly do anything that won't seem stupid later.
Karl Lehenbauer, programmer

Conservative is the one who admires radicals centuries after they're dead.
Leo C. Rosten, American writer

If you give me six lines written by the most honest man, I will find something in them to hang him.
Cardinal de Richelieu

Category: smoking

In general none of the managers of R. J. Reynolds Tobacco Company smoked. I asked them why aren't they smokers. I was really surprised. One said: 'We don't smoke this shit, but we sell it.' I smiled and he added: 'We reserve the right to smoke to young, poor, black and stupid.'
David Garlitz, former 'Winston' promoter

Category: my own

Human hatred for difference is the strongest and the most resistant hatred of all.
Marko Pinteric

No great words suit Love. Love is something so clean, intimate and honest, Love is hidden in every trembling of the leaf, in every whisper of the brook, in every smell after the rain. Love is simply Life itself; One that doesn't feel Love, doesn't live at all.
Marko Pinteric

A man can be valued, by the freedom he has been left, not by the orders he has been given.
Marko Pinteric

The wisdom of the life is always inside us. We just simply have to believe in it.
Marko Pinteric

Unbelievable coincidences do not exist. Only the unbelievable human fantasy in finding them.
Marko Pinteric

Realism makes World spinning, Idealism makes it changing.
Marko Pinteric

The stubbornness is nothing but disguised and excessive need to be right.
Marko Pinteric