"I may not have gone where I intended to go, but I think I have
ended up where I intended to be."
– Douglas Adams
"Nothing is more responsible for the good old days than a bad memory."
– Franklin Pierce Adams
"The Revolution was effected before the war commenced. The Revolution was
in the minds and hearts of the people.... This radical change in the
principles, opinions, sentiments, and affections of the people was the real
– John Adams
"No one means all he says, yet very few say all they mean, for words
are slippery and thought is viscous."
– Henry Adams, "The Education of Henry Adams" 1907
"There is no such thing as an underestimate of average intelligence."
– Henry Adams
"A teacher affects eternity. He can never tell where his influence stops."
– Henry Adams
"It is easier to fight for one's principles than to live up to them."
– Alfred Adler
"No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted."
"If you can't be a good example, then you'll just have to be a horrible
– Catherine Aird
"Four things come not back: the spoken word, the spent arrow, the past,
the neglected opportunity."
– Omar Idn Al-Halif
"Far away in the sunshine are my highest inspirations. I may not
reach them, but I can look up and see the beauty, believe in them and try
to follow where they lead."
– Louisa May Alcott
"Fantasy is hardly an escape from reality. It's a way of understanding it."
– Lloyd Alexander
"There is no greater sorrow than to recall in misery the time when we were happy."
(Nessun maggior dolore che ricordarsi del tempo felice nella miseria. There is no greater sorrow than to be mindful of the happy time in misery.)
– Dante Alighieri
"The man who insists on seeing with perfect clearness before he decides,
– Henri Fredric Amiel
"We're never so vulnerable than when we trust someone — but paradoxically,
if we cannot trust, neither can we find love or joy."
– Walter Anderson
"Jealousy in romance is like salt in food. A little can enhance the savor, but
too much can spoil the pleasure and, under certain circumstances, can be
– Maya Angelou
"People will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but
people will never forget how you made them feel."
– Maya Angelou
"Love involves a peculiar unfathomable combination of understanding
– Diane Arbus
"Solitude is the human condition in which I keep myself company. Loneliness
comes about when I am alone without being able to split up into the two-in-one,
without being able to keep myself company."
– Hannah Arendt
"If you can cope with pain, you can cope with love."
– Iris Arie
"Pretend that every single person you meet has a sign around his or
her neck that says, Make Me Feel Important. Not only will you succeed in
sales, you will succeed in life."
– Mary Kay Ash
"A single sunbeam is enough to drive away many shadows."
– Saint Francis of Assisi
"Dreams are great. When they disappear you may still be here, but you
will have ceased to live."
– Lady Nancy Astor
"Among those whom I like or admire, I can find no common denominator,
but among those whom I love, I can: all of them make me laugh."
– W.H. Auden
"To sit in the shade on a fine day and look upon verdure is the most
– Jane Austen