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bulletFootprints on the sands of time are not made by sitting down.
bulletNothing great was ever accomplished without enthusiasm.
bulletWe are dismayed when we find that even disaster cannot cure us of our faults.
bulletBeing defeated is only a temporary condition. Giving up is what makes it permanent.
bulletIt's easy to escape criticism: do nothing, say nothing, be nothing.
bulletThose who have done nothing in life are not qualified to judge those who have done little..
bulletEver thought about this? The Ark was built by amateurs: professionals built the Titanic.
bulletFear leads you directly into the path of that which you fear.
bulletThe ultimate result of shielding men from the effects of their own folly is to fill the world with fools.
bulletThere is no need to explain anything. Your friends do not need it, and your enemies will not believe you anyway.
bulletCharm is that quality in others that makes us feel more satisfied with ourselves.
bulletKnowledge can be communicated, but wisdom cannot.
bulletMediocre minds usually dismiss anything that reaches beyond their own understanding.
bulletDogma does not indicate the absence of thought, but the end of thought.
bulletDiscovery consists of seeing what everybody has seen, but thinking what nobody else has thought.
bulletThe mind of a bigot is like the pupil of the eye; the more light you pour upon it, the more that it will contract.

The following quotes deal mostly with Truth & Deception
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bulletOne's most valuable trait is a judicious sense of what not to believe.
bulletOne who lies for you will also lie against you.
bulletAlmost all our faults are more pardonable than the methods we use to conceal them.
bulletWhat probably distorts everything in life is that one is convinced that one is speaking the truth because one says what one thinks.
bulletA truth that's told with bad intent beats all the lies you can invent.
bulletContradiction is not a sign of falsity any more than the lack of contradiction is a sign of truth.
bulletThose who never retract their opinions love themselves more than they love the truth.
bulletRemember: one lie does not cost you one truth ---- it costs you THE truth.
bulletThat which is always accepted by everyone, everywhere, is almost certain to be false.
bulletMan, as he is, is not the genuine article. He is an imitation of something --- and not a very good one at that.
bulletIt is one thing to show a man that he has erred, but quite another to put him in possession of the truth.
bulletOh, what a tangled web we weave, when first we practice to deceive.
bulletRemember this above all; to thine own self be true, and it will follow as the night the day, thy canst not then be false to any man.
bulletUnlike grownups, children have little need to deceive themselves.
bulletThere is great skill involved in knowing how to conceal one's skill.
bulletSuspect him the most who trusts the least.
bulletNothing is more damaging to a new truth than an old error.  
bulletWhere something originated is secondary to this question: Is it true by and of itself?
bulletUnwavering convictions can be a more dangerous foe of truth than lies.  
bulletCrafty people deal only in generalizations.
bulletBeware the flatterer: He feeds you with an empty spoon.  
bulletWe find it so easy to believe that praise is sincere. After all, why should anyone lie while telling us the truth?

The following quotes deal mostly with History and Government:
 
bulletNothing doth hurt more in a state than that cunning men pass for wise.
bulletThere is a great demand today for those who can make wrong appear right.
bulletDemocracy eventually passes into despotism.
bulletPower does not corrupt men; fools, however, when put into a position of power, will corrupt power.
bulletEver considered that the handwriting on the wall may be a forgery?
bulletNearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man's real character, give him power.
bulletThroughout history the world has been laid waste to ensure the triumph of those concepts that are just as dead as the men who died for them.
bulletDemocracy substitutes election by the incompetent many for appointment by the corrupt few.
bulletWe hang the petty thieves but elect the great ones to public office.
bulletIn politics, as in religion, there is a holy mistaken zeal in which we persuade others in order to convince ourselves.
bulletUnanimity is almost always an indication of servitude.
 

*Taken from: The Most Brilliant Thoughts of All Time (In Two Lines or Less) compiled and edited by John Shanahan, HarperCollins Publishers. (some wording has been paraphrased).