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"In the fields of observation chance favors only the prepared mind."
  • Louis Pasteur, Inaugural Lecture, University of Lille (7 December 1854).

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"Few will have the greatness to bend history itself; but each of us can work to change a small portion of events, and in the total of all those acts will be written the history of this generation."
  • Robert F. Kennedy, "Day of Affirmation" address at the University of Capetown (6 June 1966).
"There are no hopeless situations; There are only men who have grown hopeless about them."
  • Clare Boothe Luce, Congresswoman, playwright and diplomat (1903 - 1987).
"I always loved change, something new.  Change is a challenge, and excitement."
  • Dawn Sibley, Executive Vice President, Ally & Gargano "Working Woman" (May 1988).
"If we learn the art of yielding what must be yielded to the changing present we can save the best of the past."
  • Dean Acheson, speech at the Law Club of Chicago (22 January 1937).
"We must adjust to changing times and still hold to unchanging principles."
  • Jimmy Carter, quoting his high school teacher Julia Coleman, inaugural address (20 January 1977).
"Change is not merely necessary to life, it is life."
"If you would persuade, you must appeal to interest rather than intellect."
  • Benjamin Franklin
"Change is not made without inconvenience, even from worse to better."
  • Richard Hooker (1554-1600), English theologian. Quoted in: Samuel Johnson, Dictionary of the English Language, Preface (1755).
"As nightfall does not come all at once, neither does oppression. In both instances, there is a twilight. And it is in such twilight that we all must be aware of change in the air — however slight -lest we become unwitting victims of the darkness." 
  • William O. Douglas, former US Supreme Court Justice

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Baldur's Gate II: Shadows of Amn

In this game, you can create your own characters!

"You can easily judge the character of others by how they treat those who can do nothing for them or to them."
  • Malcolm Forbes
"Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man's character, give him power."
  • Abraham Lincoln, former U.S. President
"When a person can give without thinking of rewards, he is in the first stage of immortality."
  • Paul Twitchell

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China Institute

"A true gentlemen is one who is never intentionally rude."
  • Oscar Wilde

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"As with most fine things, chocolate has its season. There is a simple memory aid that you can use to determine whether it is the correct time to order chocolate dishes: any month whose name contains the letter A, E, or U is the proper time for chocolate."
"I never met a piece of chocolate I didn't like."
  • Anonymous
"Researchers have discovered that chocolate produces some of the same reactions in the brain as marijuana.  The researchers also discovered other similarities between the two, but can't remember what they are."
  • Matt Lauer on NBC's Today show (22 August 1996).

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Common Sense

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"When it comes to your health, I recommend frequent doses of that rare commodity among Americans — common sense."
  • Vincent Askey, speech in Bakersfield, CA (20 October 1960)
"I wouldn't recommend sex, drugs or insanity for everyone, but they've always worked for me."
  • Hunter S. Thompson
"We have only one person to blame, and that's each other."
  • Barry Beck, New York Ranger, when asked who started a brawl during a NHL playoff game.

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Civilization III

Well, if you've got a computer, is there really a better way to use it?

"But in our enthusiasm, we could not resist a radical overhaul of the system, in which all of its major weaknesses have been exposed, analyzed, and replaced with new weaknesses."
"There are two major products that come out of Berkeley: LSD and UNIX. We don't believe this to be a coincidence."
  • Jeremy S. Anderson
A UNIX saleslady, Lenore,
Enjoys work, but she likes the beach more.
     She found a good way
     To combine work and play:
She sells C shells by the seashore.
  • Author Unknown
"The most important thing in the programming language is the name.  A language will not succeed without a good name. I have recently invented a very good name and now I am looking for a suitable language."
  • D. E. Knuth (1967)

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University of Pennsylvania

"Concentration is my motto — first honesty, then industry, then concentration."

"Concentration: Put all your eggs in one basket and watch that basket."

  • Andrew Carnegie
"When you're afraid, keep your mind on what you have to do...if you have been thoroughly prepared, you will not be afraid."
  • Dale Carnegie
"In the province of the mind, what one believes to be true either is true or becomes true."
  • John Lilly
"When every physical and mental resource is focused, one's power to solve a problem multiplies tremendously."
  • Norman Vincent Peale
"I aimed for the public's heart and by accident I hit it in the stomach."
  • Upton Sinclair, discussing The Jungle in his autobiography.

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"Courage is the resistance to fear, mastery of fear —   not the absence of fear."
  • Mark Twain
"We must all hang together, or assuredly we shall all hang separately."
  • Benjamin Franklin, at the signing of the Declaration of Independence.
"For the strength of the pack is the wolf, for the strength of the wolf is the pack."
  • Rudyard Kipling
"We must have strong minds, ready to accept facts as they are."
  • Harry Truman
"Tell a man he is brave, and you help him to become so."
  • Thomas Carlyle, Scottish essayist and historian (1795 - 1881).
"Dare to dream your dreams, dare to believe you can achieve your dreams, dare to have faith in yourself, and dare to love. What have you got to loose? Just a dare."
  • Heather Knowles

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"Cowards die many times before their deaths; The valiant never taste of death but once."

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"There is no distinctly American criminal class, except Congress."
  • Mark Twain
"You can get much further with a kind word and a gun, than a kind word alone."
  • Al Capone
"I haven't committed a crime. What I did was fail to comply with the law."
  • David Dinkins, former New York City Mayor, answering accusations that he failed to pay his taxes.

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"He played the king as if afraid someone else would play the ace."
  • John Mason Brown, drama critic
"Before you criticize someone, walk a mile in his shoes. That way, if he gets angry, he'll be a mile away — and barefoot."
  • Sarah Jackson
"I never forget a face, but in your case I'll make an exception."
  • Groucho Marx
"Get your facts first, and then you can distort them as you please."
  • Rudyard Kipling
"He's the sort of man who, if he kept a brothel, would bring prostitution into disrepute."

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"Curiosity will conquer fear even more than bravery will."
  • James Stephens

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The Cynic

"If you think nobody cares if you're alive, try missing a couple of car payments."
  • Earl Wilson
If I traveled to the end of the rainbow
As Dame Fortune did intend,
Murphy would be there to tell me
The pot's at the other end.
  • Bert Whitney
"After all, all he did was string together a lot of old, well-known quotations."
  • H. L. Mencken on Shakespeare
"In the history of life, no good news has followed that sentence ['We have to talk.']."
  • Paul Reiser as Paul Buchman on Mad About You (5 May 1996)
"A witty saying proves nothing."
  • Voltaire
"I phoned my dad to tell him I had stopped smoking.  He called me a quitter."
  • Steven Pearl
"Saint: a dead sinner revised and edited."
"Dreams that do come true can be as unsettling as those that don't."
  • Brett Butler
"Karate is a form of martial arts in which people who have had years and years of training can, using only their hands and feet, make some of the worst movies in the history of the world."
  • Dave Barry
"There's so much comedy on television. Does that cause comedy in the streets?"
  • Dick Cavett, mocking the TV-violence debate

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Black Isle Studios

These guys publish some really gory and death-filled games.

"I am ready to meet my maker. Whether my maker is ready for the ordeal of meeting me is a different matter."
  • Winston Churchill
"Always read stuff that will make you look good if you die in the middle of it."
  • P. J. O'Rourke
"I've never wished a man to meet his maker before his time.  But, there are a few obituaries that I've read with approval."
  • Leslie Nielsen in Clarence Darrow - A One Man Show
"It's really very difficult to be a murderer without killing people from time to time, you know."
"For three days after death, hair and fingernails continue to grow, but phone calls taper off.
  • Johnny Carson
"When it comes time to die, be not like those whose hearts are filled with the fear of death, so when their time comes they weep and pray for a little more time to live their lives over again in a different way. Sing your death song, and die like a hero going home."
  • Chief Aupumut, 18th Century Mohican leader.
"Far more Americans are severely harmed every year by food poisoning than by illegal drug use.  And the harms caused by food poisoning are usually inadvertent and unanticipated.  People who smoke crack know the potential dangers; most people who eat hamburgers don't."

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Upromise allows you to save money for your child's college education.

"A dream is the answer to a question we haven't yet learned how to ask."
"Dreams can be realized if you work hard."
  • Warren G. Jackson,  President of Circulation Expertise, Ltd. (April 1988)
"Dreams that do come true can be as unsettling as those that don't."
  • Brett Butler, American Comedian and Actress
"The only limit to our realization of tomorrow will be our doubts of today. Let us move forward with strong and active faith."
  • Franklin Delano Roosevelt, former U.S. President

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"I feel sorry for people who don't drink. When they wake up in the morning, that's as good as they're going to feel all day."
  • Frank Sinatra


"The problem with some people is that when they aren't drunk, they're sober."
  • William Butler Yeats
"An intelligent man is sometimes forced to be drunk to spend time with his fools."
"Always do sober what you said you'd do drunk. That will teach you to keep you're mouth shut."
  • Ernest Hemingway
"You're not drunk if you can lie on the floor without holding on."
  • Dean Martin
"No amimal ever invented anything as bad as drunkenness - or as good as drink."
  • G.K. Chesterson
"Time is never wasted when you're wasted all the time."
  • Catherine Zandonella
"A woman drove me to drink and I didn't have the decency to thank her."
  • W. C. Fields
"What contemptible scoundrel has stolen the cork to my lunch?"
  • W. C. Fields
"Sir, if you were my husband, I would poison your drink."
  • Lady Astor to Winston Churchill
"Madam, if you were my wife, I would drink it."
  • Churchill's reply
"Work is the curse of the drinking classes."
  • Oscar Wilde
"When I read about the evils of drinking, I gave up reading."


  • Henry Youngman
When we drink, we get drunk.
When we get drunk, we fall asleep.
When we fall asleep, we commit no sin.
When we commit no sin, we go to heaven.
Sooooo, let's all get drunk and go to heaven...
  • Brian O'Rourke
"Beauty lies in the hands of the beer holder."
  • Anonymous

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