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The intelligent language teacher's list of quotations

"What is written without effort is in general read without pleasure"

(Samuel Johnson)

"Quand on lit trop vite ou trop doucement, on n' entend rien"

(Pascal)

"Une lettre écrite en français, sans fautes, surprend aujourd'hui comme une chose d'autrefois"

(Julien Green)

"To live well one must live unseen"

(Spinoza)

"Knowing a great deal is not the same as being smart; intelligence is not information alone but also judgment, the manner in which information is coordinated and used"

(Carl Sagan)

"Maggie avait une personalité exceptionnelle. Spirituelle et gaie, vive et provocante, elle réunissait toutes les audaces et toutes les fantaisies. Naturelle, ignorante de toute forme de timidité, son sens de l'humour, son gout de la formule et de la repartie, ses dons d'imitation en faisaient un véritable personnage de comedie. Intelligente - 'l'intelligence a l'état pur car degagée de tout bagage intellectuel', disait d'elle Malraux - Maggie pouvait soutenir n'importe quelle discussion car, si elle se savait inculte, elle n'en avait cure.

(Guy de Rothschild)

"A wise man makes more opportunities than he finds"

(Bacon)

"Cultura, cultura! Bueno : que nadie nos gane a ambicionarla y poseerla. -Pero, la cultura es medio y no fin"

(Escriva de Balaguer)

"Un homme qui ne sait pas de langues, a moins d' etre un homme de genie, a nécessairement des lacunes dans les idées"

(Hugo)

"A verbal agreement isn't worth the paper it's written on"

(Attributed to Samuel Goldwyn as a 'Goldwynism')

"Envy will merit, as its shade , pursue

But like a shadow, proves the substance true"

(Pope)

"Une lettre me coute plus a écrire qu' un volume"

(Baudelaire)

"Répondre aux lettres équivaut, qu'on le veuille ou non, a la banqueroute de notre vie"

(Goethe)

"Il y a en Irlande trois cent soixante-cinq lacs, un pour chaque jour du calendrier"

(Hugo)

"A government of laws? This was a government of lawyers"

(Saul Bellow)

"The Pope didn't think that in Rome it's a little difficult to make something compulsory"

(Andreotti)

"Vergiss nie, dass du ein Römer bist

hüte dich, weil du ein Kaiser bist"

(Marc Aurel)

"Es ist nichts schrecklicher als eine tätige Unwissenheit"

(Goethe)

"Old age is the most unexpected of all the things that happen to man"

(Trotsky)

"The working of great institutions is mainly the result of a vast mass of routine, petty malice, self interest, carelessness, and sheer mistake. Only a residual fraction is thought"

(Santayana)

"Lord we pray not for tranquillity

We pray that thou grant us strength

And grace to overcome adversity"

(Savonarola)

Qué historiador hubiera podido predecir el caso Hitler?

(Canetti)

"On ne doit aux morts que la verité"

(Voltaire)

"The strong are never vindictive"

(Gandhi)

"Like my mother, I love Italy and rejoice in the direct, uncomplicated basic humanity of the Italians"

(Menuhin)

"Rex est qui metuit nihil,

Rex est quique cupiet nihil;

Hoc regnum sibi quisque dat"

(Seneca)

"Vade ad formicam, o piger, et considera vias eius, et disce sapientiam"

(Biblia)

"Go to the ant, thou sluggard; consider her ways, and be wise"

(The Bible)

"Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm"

(Emerson)

"Science is organized knowledge"

(Herbert Spencer)

"Global warming is bringing deluge and destruction to Europe. Scientists say we'll have to get used to it"

(Time Magazine, November 13, 2000)

" It is a good thing for an uneducated man to read a book of quotations"

(Churchill)

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