Blue Book, a collection of quotes, page eight of quotes, D

"Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication."
– Leonardo da Vinci

"A critic is someone who never actually goes to the battle, yet who afterwards comes out shooting the wounded."
– Tyne Daly

"When I was a boy I was told that anybody could become President. Now I'm beginning to believe it."
– Clarence S. Darrow (1857-1938)

"The kind of humor I like is the thing that makes me laugh for five seconds and think for ten minutes."
– William Davis

"A proverb is a short sentence based on long experience."
– Miguel de Cervantes

"Children have neither a past nor a future. Thus they enjoy the present, which seldom happens to us."
– Jean de La Bruyere

"It doesn't hurt to be optimistic. You can always cry later."
– Lucimar Santos de Lima

"I quote others only the better to express myself."
– Michel de Montaigne

"America is great because America is good, and if America ever ceases to be good, America will cease to be great."
– Alexis de Tocqueville

"When great changes occur in history, when great principles are involved, as a rule the majority are wrong."
– Eugene Debs

"No art was ever less spontaneous than mine. What I do is the result of study and reflection; of inspiration, spontaneity, temperament, I know nothing."
– Edgar Degas

"Somehow our devils are never quite what we expect when we meet them face to face."
– Nelson DeMille

"In the midst of great tragedy, there is always the horrible possibility that something terribly funny will happen."
– Philip K. Dick, interview, SF EYE, #14, Spring 1996, pp. 37-46

"Some people like my advice so much that they frame it upon the wall instead of using it."
– Gordon R. Dickson

"Life is like a coin. You can spend it any way you wish, but you only spend it once."
– Lillian Dickson

"The willingness to accept responsibility for one's own life is the source from which self-respect springs."
– Joan Didion

"The writer is always tricking the reader into listening to their dream."
– Joan Didion

"To cure jealousy is to see it for what it is, a dissatisfaction with self."
– Joan Didion

"I love quotations because it is a joy to find thoughts one might have, beautifully expressed with much authority by someone recognized wiser than oneself."
– Marlene Dietrich

"Spend the afternoon. You can't take it with you."
– Annie Dillard

"A billion here, a billion there, and pretty soon you're talking about serious money."
– Senator Everett Dirksen

"Life is not a static thing. The only people who do not change their minds are incompetents in asylums, and those in cemeteries."
– Everett McKinley Dirksen

"There is more treasure in books than in all the pirate's loot on Treasure Island ... and best of all, you can enjoy these riches every day of your life."
– Walt Disney

"Don't marry the person you think you can live with; marry only the individual you think you can't live without."
– Dr. James C. Dobson

"I prefer to be true to myself, even at the hazard of incurring the ridicule of others, rather than to be false, and to incur my own abhorrence."
– Frederick Douglass

"The most important thing in communication is to hear what isn't being said."
– Peter F. Drucker

"Beware the fury of a patient man."
– John Dryden

"One of the lessons of history is that nothing is often a good thing to do and always a clever thing to say."
– Will Durant

"A weakened mind always sees everything through a black veil. The soul makes its own horizons; your soul is dark, which is why you see such a cloudy sky."
– Alexandre Dumas, Count of Monte Cristo

"There is neither happiness nor unhappiness in this world; there is only the comparison of of one state with another. Only a man who has felt ultimate despair is capable of feeling ultimate bliss."
– Alexandre Dumas, Count of Monte Cristo

"I have the greatest of all riches: that of not desiring them."
– Eleonora Duse