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William McIlvanney Quotes and Sayings

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Who thinks the law has anything to do with justice?
It's what we have because we can't have justice.
- William McIlvanney

Good lies need a leavening of truth to make them palatable.
- William McIlvanney

A true friend is someone who
thinks that you are a good egg
even though he knows that
you are slightly cracked.
- Bernard Meltzer PHOTO

Life is a mirror, and will reflect back
to the thinker what he thinks into it.
- Ernest Holmes PHOTO

 

We like a man to come right out and say what he thinks-
if we agree with him.
- Mark Twain

It is impossible to begin to learn
that which one thinks one already knows.
- Epictetus

A man is but the product of his thoughts -
what he thinks, he becomes.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

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He is able who thinks he is able.
- The Buddha

A man is what he thinks about all day long.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

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

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

Naturally, every age thinks that all ages before it were prejudiced,
and today we think this more than ever, and are just as wrong
as all previous ages that thought so.
How often have we not seen the truth condemned!
It is sad but unfortunately true that man learns nothing from history.
- Carl Jung

The man who can't dance thinks the band is no good.
- Polish Proverb

Everyone thinks of changing the world,
but no one thinks of changing himself.
- Leo Tolstoy

We know what a person thinks not when he tells us
what he thinks, but by his actions.
- Isaac Bashevis Singe

As long as any adult thinks that he,
like the parents and teachers of old,
can become introspective,
invoking his own youth to understand
the youth before him,
he is lost.
- Margaret Mead

If you think you are beaten, you are.
If you think you dare not, you don't.
If you'd like to win, but think you can't
It's almost a cinch you won't.
Life's battles don't always go to the stronger or faster man;
But soon or late the man who wins is the one who thinks he can.
- Anonymous

People do not like to think.
If one thinks, one must reach conclusions.
Conclusions are not always pleasant.
- Helen Keller

Anyone who thinks sitting in church
can make you a Christian must also think
that sitting in a garage can make you a car.
- Garrison Keillor

Meddling:
Everything that happens in the world, or doesn't happen,
is NOT my responsibility.
There are more than enough things that are my responsibility.
I am responsible for my thoughts, my beliefs, and my actions -
and that is enough.
It does not serve me to mind anyone else's business.
I can only make myself unhappy by trying to second guess
what anyone else thinks or does.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

War is an ugly thing, but not the ugliest of things.
The decayed and degraded state of moral and patriotic
feeling which thinks that nothing is worth war is much worse.
- John Stuart Mill

Every man thinks God is on his side.
- Jean Anouilh

Strike an average between what a woman thinks of her husband
a month before she marries him
and what she thinks of him a year afterward,
and you will have the truth about him.
- H. L. Mencken

I busted a mirror and got seven years bad luck,
but my lawyer thinks he can get me five.
- Steven Wright

Imagine if every Thursday your shoes exploded if you tied them the usual way.
This happens to us all the time with computers,
and nobody thinks of complaining.
- Jef Raskin

It isn't tying himself to one woman that a man dreads
when he thinks of marrying;
it's separating himself from all the others.
- Helen Rowland

The work of art shows people new directions and thinks of the future.
The house thinks of the present.
- Adolf Loos

Anybody who thinks money will make you happy,
hasn't got money.
- David Geffen

People think of the inventor as a screwball,
but no one ever asks the inventor what he thinks of other people.
- Charles Kettering

Part of me suspects that I'm a loser,
and the other part of me thinks I'm God Almighty.
- John Lennon

Think left and think right and think low and think high.
Oh, the thinks you can think up if only you try!
- Dr. Seuss

Everyone thinks they're going to write one book of poems or one novel.
- Marilyn Hacker

An educated man is thoroughly inoculated against humbug,
thinks for himself and tries to give his thoughts,
in speech or on paper, some style.
- Alan K. Simpson

It's not as great a day for the bride as she thinks.
She's not marrying the best man.
- Anonymous

Anyone who thinks there's safety in numbers hasn't
looked at the stock market pages.
- Irene Peter

If someone thinks that love and peace is a cliche
that must have been left behind in the Sixties,
that's his problem. Love and peace are eternal.
- John Lennon

Someone who thinks the world is always cheating him is right.
He is missing that wonderful feeling of trust in someone or something.
- Eric Hoffer

My mother thinks I could have even run a larger company.
- Christie Hefner

A woman who thinks she is intelligent demands the same rights as man.
An intelligent woman gives up.
- Sidonie Gabrielle Colette

A conservative is a man who just sits and thinks,
mostly sits.
- Woodrow Wilson

God sleeps in the minerals, awakens in plants,
walks in animals, and thinks in man.
- Arthur Young

He reproduced himself with so much humble objectivity,
with the unquestioning, matter of fact interest of
a dog who sees himself in a mirror and thinks:
there's another dog.
- Rainer Maria Rilke

Everyone thinks acting is easy.
It's far from easy, but it's the most gratifying thing I do.
- Eli Wallach

He who thinks he is raising a mound may only in reality be digging a pit.
- Ernest Bramah

Ted needs someone to be there 100% of the time.
He thinks that's love.
It's not love - it's babysitting.
- Jane Fonda

The Dalai Lama said that he thinks mother's love is
the best symbol for love and compassion,
because it is totally disinterested.
- Richard Gere

How much time he saves who does not look to see what
his neighbor says or does or thinks.
- Marcus Aurelius

Force is as pitiless to the man who possesses it,
or thinks he does, as it is to its victims;
the second it crushes,
the first it intoxicates.
The truth is, nobody really possesses it.
- Simone Weil

Every man has three characters - that which he exhibits,
that which he has, and that which he thinks he has.
- Alphonse Karr

I have written too much history to have faith in it;
and if anyone thinks I'm wrong,
I am inclined to agree with him.
- Henry Adams

Anyone who thinks you can pay $3,100 to the federal
government and thinks you can get that money back completely in services -
like I said -
he may go to M-I-T but he is an N-U-T.
- Louie Gohmert

I've been taking batting practice in my barn where nobody can see me,
so I may be better than anyone thinks.
- Garth Brooks

As an artist, I want to interpret my feelings -
not run across the street and ask what my mother thinks.
- Ralph Bakshi

Ever since I'm done with Zim everyone thinks that I'm
going to go back to comics.
I've been flooded with emails asking me if I'm working
on the new Johnny over and over again.
- Jhonen Vasquez

The President of the United States thinks that for
the Japanese opium is more dangerous than war.
- Townsend Harris

Courtney Love is a loose cannon.
She says what she thinks.
She's wild on the red carpet.
You get the best sound bites from Courtney Love.
- Steven Cojocaru

Asking a working writer what he thinks about critics
is like asking a lamp-post what it feels about dogs.
- Christopher Hampton

What I think and what the world thinks is totally different.
- Paul Prudhomme

A crowd always thinks with its sympathy,
never with its reason.
- William R. Alger

Behavior is what a man does, not what he thinks,
feels, or believes.
- Emily Dickinson

He thinks that Schiller and St Paul were just two Partisan Review editors.
- Randall Jarrell

One must live the way one thinks or end up thinking the way one has lived.
- Paul Bourget

The general public thinks all little people are in circuses or sideshows.
We have doctors, nurses, just about every field covered.
- Billy Barty

When I want to know what France thinks,
I ask myself.
- Charles de Gaulle

If you're an actress or a musician, everyone thinks you're hot.
- Natalie Portman

Let no man imagine that he has no influence.
Whoever he may be, and wherever he may be placed,
the man who thinks becomes a light and a power.
- Henry George

There is little premium in poetry in a world that thinks
of Pound and Whitman as a weight and a sampler,
not an Ezra, a Walt, a thing of beauty,
a joy forever.
- Anna Quindlen

He who learns but does not think, is lost!
He who thinks but does not learn is in great danger.
- Confucius

The skeptic does not mean him who doubts,
but him who investigates or researches,
as opposed to him who asserts and thinks that he has found.
- Miguel de Unamuno

It's a very good feeling to be around a man who thinks women are juicy.
- Lee Grant

The only time a man thinks is when he's alone.
- Jose Bergaman


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