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What passes for optimism is most often the effect ...
by Raymond Aron

What passes for optimism is most often the effect of an intellectual error.
- Raymond Aron

Foreknowledge of the future makes it possible to manipulate
both enemies and supporters.
- Raymond Aron

All truth passes through three stages:
First, it is ridiculed;
Second, it is violently opposed;
Third, it is accepted as self-evident.
- Arthur Schopenhauer

Old friends pass away, new friends appear.
It is just like the days. An old day passes, a new day arrives.
The important thing is to make it meaningful:
a meaningful friend - or a meaningful day.
- Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama

 

Education is simply the soul of a society as it passes
from one generation to another.
- Gilbert K. Chesterton

Peace is when time doesn't matter as it passes by.
- Maria Schell

Vision without action is merely a dream.
Action without vision just passes the time.
Vision with action can change the world.
- Joel A. Barker

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All that a city will ever allow you is an angle on it,
an oblique, indirect sample of what it contains,
or what passes through it; a point of view.
- Peter Conrad

Women who marry early are often overly enamored of
the kind of man who looks great in wedding pictures
and passes the maid of honor his telephone number.
- Anna Quindlen

Like fragile ice anger passes away in time.
- Ovid

When I can 10 or 11, my mom was the one out there catching passes for me.
She was my prime receiver.
- Joe Theismann

He was gifted with the sly, sharp instinct for self-preservation
that passes for wisdom among the rich.
- Evelyn Waugh

Suffering passes, while love is eternal.
That's a gift that you have received from God.
Don't waste it.
- Laura Ingalls Wilder

What passes for investigative journalism is finding
somebody with their pants down -
literally or otherwise.
- Robert Scheer

The media is comparable to government-probably passes government in raw power.
- Matt Drudge

Oh, how swiftly the glory of the world passes away!
- Thomas a Kempis

Imagination is at the root of much that passes for love.
- Gilbert Parker

Film as dream, film as music.
No art passes our conscience in the way film does,
and goes directly to our feelings, deep down into the dark rooms of our souls.
- Ingmar Bergman

The biographer who writes the life of his subject's
self-concept passes through a fade into the inner house of life.
- Leon Edel

If you pursue good with labor, the labor passes away but the good remains;
if you pursue evil with pleasure,
the pleasure passes away and the evil remains.
- Marcus Tullius Cicero

Not a day passes over the earth, but men and women
of no note do great deeds,
speak great words and suffer noble sorrows.
- Charles Reade

Hunter and I never got proper journalistic accreditation to go anywhere.
Nobody was giving us passes to go in here or there.
We always had to somehow talk our way in.
- Ralph Steadman

Much that passes as idealism is disguised hatred or disguised love of power.
- Bertrand Russell

Usually the modest person passes for someone reserved,
the silent for a sullen person.
- Horace

The lucky person passes for a genius.
- Euripides

Envy is like a fly that passes all the body's sounder parts,
and dwells upon the sores.
- Arthur Chapman

Everything beautiful has its moment and then passes away.
- Luis Cernuda

The only thing I know is that I paint because I need to,
and I paint whatever passes through my head without any other consideration.
- Frida Kahlo

Writing novels preserves you in a state of innocence -
a lot passes you by -
simply because your attention is otherwise diverted.
- Anita Brookner

I bet the worst part about dying is the part where
your whole life passes before you.
- Jane Wagner

What passes for woman's intuition is often nothing
more than man's transparency.
- George Jean Nathan

A dead cow or sheep lying in a pasture is recognized as carrion.
The same sort of a carcass dressed and hung up in a
butcher's stall passes as food.
- John Harvey Kellogg

How quickly passes away the glory of this world.
- Thomas Kempis

I hope everyone that is reading this is having a really good day.
And if you are not, just know that in every new minute
that passes you have an opportunity to change that.
- Gillian Anderson

The only virtue a character needs to possess between hardcovers,
even if he bears a real person's name,
is vitality: if he comes to life in our imaginations,
he passes the test.
- Stephen Vizinczey

It may not be possible to get rare roast beef but if
you're willing to settle for well done,
ask them to hold the sweetened library paste that passes for gravy.
- Marian Burros

Time passes, and little by little everything that we
have spoken in falsehood becomes true.
- Marcel Proust

They don't pay you a million dollars for two-hand chest passes.
- Pete Maravich

It is pure illusion to think that an opinion that passes
down from century to century,
from generation to generation, may not be entirely false.
- Pierre Bayle

These are people who are capable of devotion,
public devotion, to justice.
They meant what they said and every day that passes,
they mean it more.
- Wendell Berry

Silver and gold are not the only coin;
virtue too passes current all over the world.
- Euripides

I mean New York City is the financial capital of the world.
It's where all the money passes through,
the Dow Jones, whatever, that's where all the money goes.
- John Guare

I paint my own reality.
The only thing I know is that I paint because I need to,
and I paint whatever passes through my head without any other consideration.
- Frida Kahlo

Some people may get in to the building without the
proper passes and things,
but I think that's the price you pay for being an open
place for people to come.
- Margo MacDonald

Empires dissolve and peoples disappear,
song passes not away.
- William Watson

Use the occasion, for it passes swiftly.
- Ovid

The spiritual virtue of a sacrament is like light;
although it passes among the impure,
it is not polluted.
- Saint Aurelius Augustine

Football is a simple game based on the giving and taking of passes,
of controlling the ball and of making yourself available to receive a pass.
It is terribly simple.
- Bill Shankly

Time passes irrevocably.
- Virgil

The outer passes away; the innermost is the same yesterday,
today, and forever.
- Thomas Carlyle

In our era, the road to holiness necessarily passes
through the world of action.
- Robert Green Ingersoll

Experience has taught me how important it is to just keep going,
focusing on running fast and relaxed.
Eventually it passes and the flow returns.
It's part of racing.
- Frank Shorter

It's often just enough to be with someone.
I don't need to touch them.
Not even talk.
A feeling passes between you both.
You're not alone.
- Marilyn Monroe

The pain passes, but the beauty remains.
- Pierre Auguste Renoir

When one ceases from conflict, whether because he has won,
because he has lost, or because he cares no more for the game,
the virtue passes out of him.
- Charles Horton Cooley

It's life isn't it? You plow ahead and make a hit.
And you plow on and someone passes you.
Then someone passes them.
Time levels.
- Katharine Hepburn

History passes the final judgment.
- Sidney Poitier

As a celebrity, you get a certain number of free passes.
You're actually in a better position if you're a celebrity because people care.
- Joyce Brothers

Each department of knowledge passes through three stages.
The theoretic stage; the theological stage and the
metaphysical or abstract stage.
- Auguste Comte

We are involved in a life that passes understanding
and our highest business is our daily life.
- John Cage

What passes for real debate in Washington often seems
more like an echo chamber,
with politicians talking at politicians.
- Bill Delahunt

Everything passes.
Nobody gets anything for keeps.
And that's how we've got to live.
- Haruki Murakami

Just about every year, Congress passes another crime bill -
spending billions of dollars to build more prisons,
to place more band-aids on society's scars.
- Carrie P. Meek

Bad seed is a robbery of the worst kind:
for your pocket-book not only suffers by it,
but your preparations are lost and a season passes away unimproved.
- George Washington

Plus, 40% of our debt is owned by foreign interest.
I can't support a plan that passes along cost burden
to our children and makes us more reliant on foreign dollars.
- Steve Israel

Time sometimes flies like a bird, sometimes crawls like a snail;
but a man is happiest when he does not even notice
whether it passes swiftly or slowly.
- Ivan Turgenev

It is often said that before you die your life passes before your eyes.
It is in fact true.
It's called living.
- Terry Pratchett

Not a season passes without new disclosures showing
Nixon's numerous attempts at criminal use of his presidential
powers and in fact the scorn he held for the rule of law.
- Bob Woodward

If there is such a thing as a workaholic,
I'm it, and that's what passes for leisure.
- Steve Earle

All that passes is raised to the dignity of expression;
all that happens is raised to the dignity of meaning.
Everything is either symbol or parable.
- Paul Claudel

The writer of prose can only step aside when the poet passes.
- W. Somerset Maugham


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