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Quotes about Life

Before this strange disease of modern life,/ With its sick hurry, its divided aims. Matthew Arnold.

Remember that no man loses any other life than this which he now lives, nor lives any other than this which he now loses. Marcus Aurelius.

At last awake/ From life, that insane dream we take/ For waking now. Robert Browning.

Life is a tragedy when seen in close-up, but a comedy in long-shot. Charlie Chaplin.

Life is an incurable disease. Abraham Cowley.

Life is like a sewer. What you get out of it depends on what you put into it. Tom Lehrer.

Life is as tedious as a twice-told tale/ Vexing the dull ear of a drowsy man. William Shakespeare.

Life's but a walking shadow, a poor player,/ That struts and frets his hour upon the stage,/ And then is heard no more; it is a tale/ Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury,/ Signifying nothing. William Shakespeare.

Lift not the painted veil which those who live/ Call life. Percy Bysshe Shelley.

Oh, isn't life a terrible thing, thank God? Dylan Thomas.

Quotes about Democracy is not convenient. It's not fun to be shoved, controlled, continually questioned ... I caught hell from it, but I kept silent because this was kasha I cooked myself. Mikhail Gorbachev former Soviet president, Nov 1993.

It's beyond my comprehension. Vytaly Mygashko head of the International Department of Ukraine's Central Bank, on being asked to supply an estimate of the country's budget deficit, Nov 1993.

Capitalism does have a concerned and compassionate face. Prince of Wales on a visit to Russia, May 1994.

I do not know if History is tragic, but I am convinced that we must act as if it is, so that it will not be. Alain Minc French political economist, 1994.

I have been taught that when in charge, ponder; when in trouble, delegate; when in doubt, mumble. Baroness Cumberlege April 1995.

One of the things investors have learned about emerging markets recently is that they are hard to emerge from in an emergency. Robert Hormats of investment firm Goldman Sachs International, Jan 1995.

I was a scapegoat. I only lost 200 million. Nick Leeson English derivatives trader, on being estimated to have lost Barings Bank over 700 million, March 1995.

If all corporations were run like Fininvest, there would be no problems of public morality in Italy. Silvio Berlusconi Italian entrepreneur and politician, referring to the media conglomerate owned by him, Dec 1994.

Consett Steelworks is a roaring success. Kenneth Clarke chancellor of the Exchequer, unaware that Consett Steelworks closed in 1980, March 1995.

Quotes about Law and Order

It really worries the twins what has happened to society since they went down. Charles Kray English gangster, on his brothers Ronnie and Reggie Kray, imprisoned for murder 1969, July 1993.

The restrictions on liberty, which they undoubtedly entail, are commensurate with what they have done. Justice Laws on sentencing Roger Levitt and Mark Reed to 180 hours' community service for fraudulent trading that left them 34 million in debt, Nov 1993.

I was most unlucky to lose a 150-million business. Roger Levitt failed British entrepreneur, on being convicted of fraudulent trading, Nov 1993.

Prison has almost no rehabilitative effect whatever. A great deal of dishonesty in the debate is that contributed by the politicians. Bruce Laughland English judge, Oct 1993.

I can recommend you go to jail for a while, to see, because you open your eyes and see the system exactly. You have to go to the bottom of society to understand it. Nawal al-Saadawi Egyptian writer, March 1994.

Taking justice out of the objectives is definitely an improvement. Civil Service College lecturer advising magistrates on a day course how to save money for the Treasury, Jan 1994.

We all value the traditional image of the British bobby, but we have to police the real world, and the equipment and training must have some link with the real world. Paul Condon London's metropolitan police commissioner, on the authorization for some officers to carry guns, May 1994.

Fear of the policeman is the beginning of wisdom. Charles Pasqua French interior minister, Nov 1993.

We were taught it's us against them. Us were the cops and them were the public. Michael Dowd New York police officer, on police-academy training, Oct 1993.

More and more people are having phones snatched. The safest place to use one is actually inside a telephone kiosk. Chris Webb of the Federation of Communications Systems, on mobile phones, July 1993.

It's not because he is homeless that he was treated differently, it's because he had no address. British Transport Police spokesperson explaining why a homeless teenager was jailed for travelling on the Underground without a ticket, Feb 1995.


"He may look like an idiot and talk like an idiot but don't let that fool you. He really is an idiot." Groucho Marx

I don't care to belong to a club that accepts people like me as members.


"There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies, and statistics." - Benjamin Disraeli

"If the facts don't fit the theory, change the facts." - Albert Einstein

"I am free of all prejudices. I hate everyone equally." - W.C. Fields


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