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John Dos Passos Quotes and Sayings

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A man's got to work for more than himself and his kids to feel right.
- John Dos Passos

The only way to find out anything about what kinds
of lives people led in any given period is to tunnel
into their records and to let them speak for themselves.
- John Dos Passos

If I were sufficiently romantic I suppose I'd have
killed myself long ago just to make people talk about me.
I haven't even got the conviction to make a successful drunkard.
- John Dos Passos

The mind cannot support moral chaos for long.
Men are under as strong a compulsion to invent an ethical
setting for their behavior as spiders are to weave themselves webs.
- John Dos Passos

 

Love is cheap.
You can buy it anywhere.
Lives are cheap.
It's money that's dear.
You have to work days and sit up nights thinking how to make money.
- John Dos Passos

What is the use being a big man if you are wrong?
- John Dos Passos

People don't choose their careers; they are engulfed by them.
- John Dos Passos

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Accidents will happen in the best regulated families.
- John Dos Passos

Breaking with old friends is one of the most painful
of the changes in all that piling up of a multitude
of small distasteful changes that constitutes growing older.
- John Dos Passos

The creation of a world view is the work of a generation
rather than of an individual,
but we each of us, for better or for worse,
add our brick to the edifice.
- John Dos Passos

If there is a special Hell for writers it would be
in the forced contemplation of their own works.
- John Dos Passos

Sex is a slotmachine.
- John Dos Passos

Display advertising and the movies, though they may dull the wits,
certainly stimulate the eyes.
- John Dos Passos

Women is fine once you got em pinned down,
boss, but when they ain't pinned down they're hell.
- John Dos Passos

U.S.A.
is the speech of the people.
- John Dos Passos

We work to eat to get the strength to work to eat to
get the strength to work to eat to get the strength
to work to eat to get the strength to work.
- John Dos Passos

It's almost worth having been in the army for the joy your freedom gives you.
- John Dos Passos

A satirist is a man whose flesh creeps so at the ugly
and the savage and the incongruous aspects of society
that he has to express them as brutally and nakedly
as possible in order to get relief.
- John Dos Passos

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

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

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

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

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

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 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 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.

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

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

Only a man's character is the real criterion of worth.
- Eleanor Roosevelt

If a man does his best, what else is there?
- George S. Patton

There are other measures of self-respect for a man,
than the number of clean shirts he puts on every day.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

One man with courage makes a majority.
- old saying probably repeated by Andrew Jackson
(falsely attributed to Jefferson)

The wise man looks back into the past,
and does not grieve over what is far off,
nor rejoice over what is near;
for he knows that time is without end.
- Lao Tzu

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

Non-violence means avoiding not only external physical violence
but also internal violence of spirit.
You not only refuse to shoot a man,
but you refuse to hate him.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

Man plans, God laughs
- Yiddish Proverb

Many a man curses the rain that falls upon his head,
and knows not that it brings abundance
to drive away the hunger.
- Saint Basil

During the first period of a man's life
the greatest danger is not to take the risk.
- Soren Kierkegaard

A man's good name is his best monument
- from an old churchyard at Lockerbie, Scotland

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.

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

Feel Unity with Spirit and All Creation
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 [actually written by screenwriter Ted Perry in 1972]

A man should look for what is,
and not for what he thinks should be.
- Albert Einstein

Dear Father in heaven, I'm not a praying man,
but if you're up there and you can hear me ...
show me the way... show me the way.
- It's a Wonderful Life (1946 movie)

A man is a success if he gets up in
the morning and gets to bed at night,
and in between he does what he wants to do.
- Bob Dylan

A man who does not think for himself does not think at all.
- Oscar Wilde

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

Man becomes great exactly in the degree
in which he works for the welfare of his fellow-men.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

Every man dies. Not every man truly lives.
- the movie Braveheart

No man who is occupied in doing a very difficult thing,
and doing it very well, ever loses his self-respect.
- George Bernard Shaw

It is what a man thinks of himself
that really determines his fate.
- Henry David Thoreau

When I look back on all these worries,
I remember the story of the old man who said on his deathbed
that he had had a lot of trouble in his life,
most of which had never happened.
- Winston Churchill

The wise man looks into space,
and does not regard the small as too little,
nor the great as too much;
for he knows that there is no limit to dimensions.
- Lao Tzu

As a man thinketh in his heart, so is he.
- The Bible

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

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

Non-violence is the greatest force at the disposal of mankind.
It is mightier than the mightiest weapon of destruction
devised by the ingenuity of man.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

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

Mystery creates wonder, and wonder is the basis
of man's desire to understand.
- Neil Armstrong

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

Mistakes are, after all, the foundations of truth,
and if a man does not know what a thing is,
it is at least an increase in knowledge
if he knows what it is not.
- Carl Jung

Every man and woman is born into the world
to do something unique and something distinctive;
and if he or she does not do it,
it will never be done.
- Benjamin E. Mays

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.

A man wrapped up in himself makes a very small bundle.
- Benjamin Franklin

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

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


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