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An ordinary kitten will ask more questions than any five-year-old. ...
by Carl Van Vechten

An ordinary kitten will ask more questions than any five-year-old.
- Carl Van Vechten

The cat, it is well to remember, remains the friend
of man because it pleases him to do so and not because he must.
- Carl Van Vechten

There is, indeed, no single quality of the cat that
man could not emulate to his advantage.
- Carl Van Vechten

A cat is never vulgar.
- Carl Van Vechten

 

As an inspiration to the author, I do not think the
cat can be over-estimated.
He suggests so much grace, power, beauty,
motion, mysticism.
I do not wonder that many writers love cats;
I am only surprised that all do not.
- Carl Van Vechten

The difference between ordinary and extraordinary is that little extra.
- Jimmy Johnson

The opportunity for greater courage
comes in the most ordinary of moments.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

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Ordinary people seem not to realize
that those who really apply themselves
in the right way to philosophy
are directly and of their own accord
preparing themselves for dying and death.
- Socrates

A hero is no braver than an ordinary man,
but he is brave five minutes longer.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Our ordinary mind always tries to persuade us
that we are nothing but acorns
and that our greatest happiness will be
to become bigger, fatter, shinier acorns;
but that is of interest only to pigs.
Our faith gives us knowledge of something better:
that we can become oak trees.
- E. F. Schumacher

When ordinary life shackles me,
I escape, one way or another. No more walls.
- Anais Nin

One machine can do the work of fifty ordinary men.
No machine can do the work of one extraordinary man.
- Elbert Hubbard

Exotic or ordinary, glamorous or plain,
exciting or boring - it's all in our point-of-view.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

A hero is an ordinary individual
who finds the strength to persevere
and endure in spite of overwhelming obstacles.
- Christopher Reeve

A miracle is nothing more or less than this...
Anyone who has come into a knowledge
of his true identity,
of his oneness with
the all-pervading wisdom and power,
this makes it possible for laws higher
than the ordinary mind knows of
to be revealed to him.
- Ralph Waldo Trine

When you open up to the ultimate,
immediately it pours into you.
You are no longer an ordinary human being -
you have transcended.
Your insight has become the
insight of the whole existence.
Now you are no longer separate -
you have found your roots.
- Osho

On the ordinary view of each species
having been independently created,
we gain no scientific explanation.
- Charles Darwin

Well excuse me - we've got something
a little unusual going on here -
time travel, parallel universes,
or just a little common ordinary insanity.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

I believed in myself.
I never imagined myself as just an ordinary player.
- Imran Khan

Poetry is ordinary language raised to the Nth power.
Poetry is boned with ideas, nerved and blooded with emotions,
all held together by the delicate, tough skin of words.
- Paul Engle

I am a plain ordinary magnificent creation of God,
just like every other plain ordinary
mountain, ocean, tree, animal, and human.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

More than any other in Western Europe,
Britain remains a country where a traveler has to think
twice before indulging in the ordinary food of ordinary people.
- Joseph Lelyveld

There are no extraordinary men...
just extraordinary circumstances that ordinary men are forced to deal with.
- William Halsey

Reality doesn't impress me.
I only believe in intoxication, in ecstasy,
and when ordinary life shackles me,
I escape, one way or another.
No more walls.
- Anais Nin

Jesus was all right,
but his disciples were thick and ordinary.
It's them twisting it that ruins it for me.
- John Lennon

Ordinary life does not interest me.
I seek only the high moments.
I am in accord with the surrealists,
searching for the marvelous.
- Anais Nin

Small minds are concerned with the extraordinary,
great minds with the ordinary.
- Blaise Pascal

I only wish that ordinary people
had an unlimited capacity for doing harm;
then they might have an unlimited power for doing good.
- Socrates

Don't wait for extraordinary circumstance to do good;
try to use ordinary situations.
- Charles Richter

I wanted to look at them because I feel,
internally, that I am an ordinary person who has had an extraordinary life.
- Sidney Poitier

No statement about God is simply, literally true.
God is far more than can be measured,
described, defined in ordinary language,
or pinned down to any particular happening.
- David Edward Jenkins

At the very least, my tastes are out of the ordinary.
- Sherilyn Fenn

What interests me is trying to catch the reflection
of the human being on the page.
I'm interested in how ordinary people live their lives.
- Tracy Kidder

Certainly ordinary language has no claim to be the last word,
if there is such a thing.
- J. L. Austin

Great men lose somewhat of their greatness by being near us;
ordinary men gain much.
- Walter Savage Landor

This Constitution does not reflect the thoughts,
hopes and aspirations of ordinary people.
It does nothing for jobs or economic growth and widens
further still the democratic deficit.
- Nigel Farage

I want ordinary people to enjoy a decent standard of living,
with ever increasing security, comfort and joy.
- Gloria Macapagal Arroyo

I like the tradition of ordinary men in extraordinary
circumstances and how they react to events which force
them to be heroic in a way that is not in their natures.
- Rob Lowe

Affiliate marketing has made businesses millions and
ordinary people millionaires.
- Bo Bennett

Excellence is doing ordinary things extraordinarily well.
- John W. Gardner

I would have preferred to be successful here with a
piece that cost me a huge amount of money and effort...
rather than sending to Bohemia some ordinary works.
- Camille Claudel

To be in love is merely to be in a state of perceptual anesthesia -
to mistake an ordinary young woman for a goddess.
- H. L. Mencken

The great corporations of this country were not founded by ordinary people.
They were founded by people with extraordinary intelligence,
ambition, and aggressiveness.
- Daniel P. Moynihan

You would be amazed what the ordinary guy knows.
- Matt Drudge

I never have known a man of ordinary common-sense who
did not urge upon his sons,
from earliest childhood, doctrines of economy and the
practice of accumulation.
- William Graham Sumner

Ordinary men live among marvels and feel no wonder,
grow familiar with objects and learn nothing new about them.
- George Henry Lewes

In the vanity of self-consciousness one feels at a
long remove above the ordinary love and trustfulness
of a simple and pure heart.
- Donald G. Mitchell

This sounds an extraordinary statement to make,
but in fact all truth is very ordinary.
- Brian Perkins

The leader must aim high, see big, judge widely,
thus setting himself apart form the ordinary people
who debate in narrow confines.
- Charles de Gaulle

Speech was given to the ordinary sort or men,
whereby to communicate their mind; but to wise men,
whereby to conceal it.
- Robert South

Gross ignorance is 144 times worse than ordinary ignorance.
- Bennett Cerf

Because I'm just an ordinary person that did some extraordinary things.
- Donna Summer

Because it equates tradition with prejudice,
the left finds itself increasingly unable to converse
with ordinary people in their common language.
- Christopher Lasch

The most ordinary conditions for observing sailing
birds are then the wind and sea are both aft.
- Lawrence Hargrave

After my spectacular failures, I could not be satisfied
with an ordinary success.
- Mason Cooley

That's important to me, to find the extraordinary inside the ordinary.
- Mark Haddon

Whatever talents I possess may suddenly diminish or suddenly increase.
I can with ease become an ordinary fool.
I may be one now.
But it doesn't do to upset one's own vanity.
- Dylan Thomas

I remain convinced that obstinate addiction to ordinary
language in our private thoughts is one of the main
obstacles to progress in philosophy.
- Bertrand Russell

Ordinary professionalism and 20 years' experience can accomplish a lot,
but it can't access the hidden places.
- Jeanette Winterson

I'd love to be approached to do ordinary things more.
- Marc Newson

It's an ordinary day for Brian.
Like, he died every day, you know.
- Peter Townsend

But my deepest and most secret love belongs to the
fair-haired and the blue-eyed,
the bright children of life, the happy,
the charming and the ordinary.
- Thomas Mann

I assure you, it would be much more pleasant for me
to be an ordinary voter in peaceful Chechnya than the
president of a republic at war.
- Aslan Maskhadov

One of the difficulties about interviewing people in
Rwanda is that the country is trying to get on with
ordinary life and some people just don't want to get involved in this.
- Tony Greig

An aged rabbi, crazed with liberalism,
once said to me, We Jews are just ordinary human beings.
Only a bit more so!
- Lionel Blue

I have always thought music as a way out of the ordinary
mundane obligations of life.
- Martha Reeves

There are two things in ordinary conversation which
ordinary people dislike -
information and wit.
- Stephen Leacock

Every man, in his own opinion, forms an exception to
the ordinary rules of morality.
- William Hazlitt

No one is ever ordinary.
- Tanith Lee

A man needs to look, not down, but up to standards
set so much above his ordinary self as to make him
feel that he is himself spiritually the underdog.
- Irving Babbitt

You know, heroes are ordinary people that have achieved
extraordinary things in life.
- Dave Winfield


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