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Alistair Cooke Quotes and Sayings

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Man has an incurable habit of not fulfilling the prophecies of his fellow men.
- Alistair Cooke

People in America, when listening to radio,
like to lean forward.
People in Britain like to lean back.
- Alistair Cooke

These humiliations are the essence of the game.
- Alistair Cooke

People, when they first come to America,
whether as travelers or settlers, become aware of a
new and agreeable feeling:
that the whole country is their oyster.
- Alistair Cooke

 

It's an acting job - acting natural.
- Alistair Cooke

Cocktail music is accepted as audible wallpaper.
- Alistair Cooke

Curiosity is free-wheeling intelligence.
- Alistair Cooke

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Canned music is like audible wallpaper.
- Alistair Cooke

Hollywood grew to be the most flourishing factory of
popular mythology since the Greeks.
- Alistair Cooke

A professional is someone who can do his best work
when he doesn't feel like it.
- Alistair Cooke

As always, the British especially shudder at the latest American vulgarity,
and then they embrace it with enthusiasm two years later.
- Alistair Cooke

These doomsday warriors look no more like soldiers
than the soldiers of the Second World War looked like conquistadors.
The more expert they become the more they look like
lab assistants in small colleges.
- Alistair Cooke

Curiosity endows the people who have it with a generosity
in argument and a serenity in their own mode of life
which springs from their cheerful willingness to let
life take the form it will.
- Alistair Cooke

The best compliment to a child or a friend is the feeling
you give him that he has been set free to make his own inquiries,
to come to conclusions that are right for him,
whether or not they coincide with your own.
- Alistair Cooke

Every child comes with the message
that God is not yet discouraged of man.
- Rabindranath Tagore PHOTO

Talent is God-given; be humble.
Fame is man-given; be thankful.
Conceit is self-given; be careful.
- John Wooden PHOTO

All things share the same breath -
the beast, the tree, the man...
the air shares its spirit with all the life it supports.
- Chief Seattle (attributed) PHOTO

The full measure of a man is
not to be found in the man himself,
but in the colors and textures that
come alive in others because of him.
- Albert Schweitzer

The wise man in the storm prays God,
not for safety from danger,
but for deliverance from fear.
It is the storm within which endangers him,
not the storm without.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Adventure is not outside man; it is within.
- George Eliot PHOTO

Man is least himself when he talks in his own person.
Give him a mask, and he will tell you the truth.
- Oscar Wilde PHOTO

The wise man does not lay up his own treasures.
The more he gives to others, the more he has for his own.
- Lao Tzu

Nearly all men can stand adversity,
but if you want to test a man's character, give him power.
- Abraham Lincoln PHOTO

Circumstance does not make the man: it reveals him to himself.
- James Allen

We who lived in concentration camps can remember the men
who walked through the huts comforting others,
giving away their last piece of bread...
They offer sufficient proof that everything
can be taken from a man but one thing:
to choose one's attitude in any given set of circumstances,
to choose one's own way.
- Viktor E. Frankl PHOTO

If a man is called to be a street sweeper,
he should sweep streets even as Michelangelo painted,
or Beethoven composed music, or Shakespeare wrote poetry.
He should sweep streets so well that all the hosts
of heaven and earth will pause to say,
here lived a great street sweeper who did his job well.
- Martin Luther King, Jr. PHOTO

Two things a man should never be angry at:
what he can help,
and what he cannot help.
- Thomas Fuller

The first question which the priest and the Levite asked was:
"If I stop to help this man, what will happen to me?"
But... the good Samaritan reversed the question:
"If I do not stop to help this man, what will happen to him?"
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

If a man empties his purse into his head,
no man can take it away from him.
An investment in knowledge always pays the best interest.
- Benjamin Franklin

The gem cannot be polished without friction,
nor man perfected without trials.
- Confucius

Courage is contagious. When a brave man takes a stand,
the spines of others are often stiffened.
- Billy Graham

Take a chance! All life is a chance.
The man who goes farthest is generally
the one who is willing to do and dare.
- Dale Carnegie

A man is truly ethical only when he obeys
the compulsion to help all life which he is able to assist,
and shrinks from injuring anything that lives.
- Albert Schweitzer

Money has never made man happy, nor will it,
there is nothing in its nature to produce happiness.
The more of it one has the more one wants.
- Benjamin Franklin

A great secret of success is to go through life
as a man who never gets used up.
- Albert Schweitzer

Any man who reads too much
and uses his own brain too little
falls into lazy habits of thinking.
- Albert Einstein

If a man can... make a better mousetrap,
the world will make a beaten path to his door.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

If a man hasn't discovered something that he will die for,
he isn't fit to live.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

We must, however, acknowledge, as it seems to me,
that man with all his noble qualities...
still bears in his bodily frame
the indelible stamp of his lowly origin.
- Charles Darwin

The more a man can forget, the greater the number
of metamorphoses which his life can undergo,
the more he can remember, the more divine his life becomes.
- Soren Kierkegaard

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

You cannot build character and courage by
taking away a man's initiative and independence.
- Abraham Lincoln

If the stars should appear
but one night every thousand years
how man would marvel and stare.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

The man who has no imagination has no wings.
- Muhammad Ali

The fear of death follows from the fear of life.
A man who lives fully, is prepared to die at any time.
- Mark Twain

A man can succeed at almost anything
for which he has unlimited enthusiasm.
- Charles M. Schwab

Man's enemies are not demons, but human beings like himself.
- Lao Tzu

Nothing can stop the man with the right
mental attitude from achieving his goal;
nothing on earth can help the man
with the wrong mental attitude.
- Thomas Jefferson

Early to bed and early to rise,
makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise.
- Benjamin Franklin

The true measure of a man is how he treats someone
who can do him absolutely no good.
- Samuel Johnson

No man is free who is not master of himself.
- Epictetus

If a man loses pace with his companions,
perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer.
Let him step to the music which he hears,
however measured or far away.
- Henry David Thoreau

A man does what he must - in spite of personal consequences,
in spite of obstacles and dangers and pressures -
and that is the basis of all human morality.
- John F. Kennedy

If thou wilt make a man happy,
add not unto his riches but take away from his desires.
- Epicurus

Man lives freely only by his readiness to die, if need be,
at the hands of his brother, never by killing him.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

For man with no forgiveness in heart,
life worse punishment than death.
- Miyagi: character in the movie Karate Kid 2

An honest man is always a child.
- Socrates

A man may die, nations may rise and fall, but an idea lives on.
- John F. Kennedy

A man in debt is so far a slave.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

As long as a man stands in his own way,
everything seems to be in his way.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

No man has a good enough memory to be a successful liar.
- Abraham Lincoln

A man who won't die for something is not fit to live.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

Every man must decide whether he will
walk in the light of creative altruism
or in the darkness of destructive selfishness.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

The man who goes alone can start today;
but he who travels with another
must wait till that other is ready.
- Henry David Thoreau

A man can fail many times,
but he isn't a failure until
he begins to blame somebody else.
- John Burroughs

There is a sufficiency in the world
for man's need but not for man's greed.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

You cannot teach a man anything;
you can only help him find it within himself.
- Galileo Galilei

Man must evolve for all human conflict,
a method which rejects
revenge, aggression and retaliation.
The foundation of such a method is love.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

When I am getting ready to reason with a man,
I spend one-third of my time thinking about myself
and what I am going to say
and two-thirds about him and what he is going to say.
- Abraham Lincoln

A man can do only what he can do.
But if he does that each day he can sleep at night
and do it again the next day.
- Albert Schweitzer

I cannot trust a man to control others
who cannot control himself.
- Robert E. Lee


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