Subject: Characteristics

If you see a man approaching you with the obvious intention of doing you good, you should run for your life.

I would rather be an opportunist and float than go to the bottom with my principles round my neck.

(1867 – 1947) British politician

That which we call sin in others is experimentation for us.

(1803 – 1882) essayist, poet, & philosopher

People who have no weaknesses are terrible; there is no way of taking advantage of them.

(1844 – 1924) French novelist

Tact is the art of making a point without making an enemy.

A gentleman never swears at his wife when ladies are present.

There are only two ways of telling the complete truth – anonymously and posthumously.

(1930 – ) economist, social commentator & author

There are some people so addicted to exaggeration that they can’t tell the truth without lying.

(1818 – 1885) humorist

You may already be a loser!

(1921 – 2004) stand-up comedian & actor

Any fool can tell the truth, but it requires a man of some sense to know how to lie well.

(1835 – 1902) English composer, author & satirist

Look at him (Bobby Richardson) – he doesn’t drink, he doesn’t smoke, he doesn’t chew, he doesn’t stay out late, and he still can’t hit .250.

(1890 – 1975) American baseball manager

Always willing to lend a helping hand to the one above him.

(1896 – 1940) American author of novels & short stories

If it tastes good, you can't have it; if it tastes awful, you'd better clean your plate.

If you live long enough, the venerability factor creeps in; first, you get accused of things you never did, and later, credited for virtues you never had.

(1907 – 1989) American writer

She not only expects the worst, but makes the worst of it when it happens.

(1895 – 1956) Armenian essayist, novelist, playwright, & scriptwriter

It is the dull man who is always sure, and the sure man who is always dull.

(1880 – 1956) journalist, essayist, editor & satirist

Nothing makes it easier to resist temptation than a proper bringing-up, a sound set of values – and witnesses.

(1908 – 1980) businessman, humorist

The function of vice is to keep virtue within reasonable bounds.

(1835 – 1902) English composer, author & satirist

When we are happy we are always good, but when we are good we are not always happy.

(1854 – 1900) Irish dramatist, novelist & poet

It is dangerous to be sincere unless you are also stupid.

(1856 – 1950) Irish playwright & socialist

I love Barack Obama because when I go to Europe I don’t have to pretend to be Canadian any more.

(1967 – ) is an American comedian & actor

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