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Happiness often sneaks in through a door you didn't know you left open. John Barrymore, actor
  • happiness

It is better to risk starving to death then surrender. If you give up on your dreams, what's left? Jim Carrey, comedian
  • wisdom

If you limit your choices only to what seems possible or reasonable, you disconnect yourself from what you truly want, and all that is left is compromise. Robert Fritz,
  • choices

Think left and think right and think low and think high. Oh, the thinks you can think up if only you try! Dr. Seuss, writer
  • imagination

Every heart that has beat strongly and cheerfully has left a hopeful impulse behind it in the world, and bettered the tradition of mankind. Robert Louis Stevenson, writer
  • inspirational

It's the same old story you've heard a thousand times. Somebody's trust gets broken. Somebody's left behind. Travis Tritt, musician
  • behind

Satire is people as they are; romanticism, people as they would like to be; realism, people as they seem with their insides left out. Dawn Powell, writer
  • insides

Children have to be educated, but they have also to be left to educate themselves. Ernest Dimnet, clergyman
  • education

Religion is something left over from the infancy of our intelligence, it will fade away as we adopt reason and science as our guidelines. Bertrand Russell, philosopher
  • adopt

People come in and out of our lives, and the true test of friendship is whether you can pick back up right where you left off the last time you saw each other. Lisa See, writer
  • come

There is only one day left, always starting over: it is given to us at dawn and taken away from us at dusk. Jean-Paul Sartre, philosopher
  • dawn

A lot of things happened when I left there, and to be fair they treated me really bad, and now I have to play against them so I don't have any feelings for them at all. Frank Lampard, athlete
  • against

A memory is what is left when something happens and does not completely unhappen. Edward De Bono, psychologist
  • completely

In Hell all the messages you ever left on answering machines will be played back to you. Judy Horacek, cartoonist
  • answering

Do not stand in the middle, go to the right or to the left. Johnny Rotten, musician
  • left

Cut quarrels out of literature, and you will have very little history or drama or fiction or epic poetry left. Robert Staughton Lynd, sociologist
  • drama

I despise people who go to the gutter on either the right or the left and hurl rocks at those in the center. Dwight D. Eisenhower, president
  • center

No man ever wetted clay and then left it, as if there would be bricks by chance and fortune. Plutarch, philosopher
  • bricks

The delusion of entertainment is devoid of meaning. It may amuse us for a bit, but after the initial hit we are left with the dark feeling of desolation. Arthur Erickson, architect
  • amuse

Gentility is what is left over from rich ancestors after the money is gone. John Ciardi, dramatist
  • ancestors

We find just as many things to rip on the left as we do on the right. People on the far-left and the far-right are the same exact person to us. Trey Parker, artist
  • exact

I used to do Facebook but you get a little too wrapped up in that stuff. Its more distracting than anything so I don't any more. I left it behind. I detoxed! Emma Stone, actress
  • anything

What of soul was left, I wonder, when the kissing had to stop? Robert Browning, poet
  • wonder

Show me your hands. Do they have scars from giving? Show me your feet. Are they wounded in service? Show me your heart. Have you left a place for divine love? Fulton J. Sheen, clergyman
  • inspirational

In comic strips, the person on the left always speaks first. George Carlin, comedian
  • funny

Left wing, right wing, I am wingless and tired of trying to fly. Here comes the ground. Marc Maron, entertainer
  • comes

Man is a special being, and if left to himself, in an isolated condition, would be one of the weakest creatures; but associated with his kind, he works wonders. Daniel Webster, politician
  • associated

Our contest is not only whether we ourselves shall be free, but whether there shall be left to mankind an asylum on earth for civil and religious liberty. Samuel Adams, revolutionary
  • asylum

There aren't that many things left that haven't already been done, especially with music. I'm interested in ideas that can shake us all up. Jack White, musician
  • already

I have a huge, active imagination, and I think I'm really scared of being alone; because if I'm left to my own devices, I'll just turn into a madwoman. Claire Danes, actress
  • active

Think of all the beauty still left around you and be happy. Anne Frank, diarist
  • beauty

Much unhappiness has come into the world because of bewilderment and things left unsaid. Fyodor Dostoevsky, novelist
  • bewilderment

I had to fight all my life to survive. They were all against me... but I beat the bastards and left them in the ditch. Ty Cobb, athlete
  • against

In hell there is no other punishment than to begin over and over again the tasks left unfinished in your lifetime. Andre Gide, novelist
  • again

In the world of diplomacy, some things are better left unsaid. Lincoln Chafee, politician
  • diplomacy

If the market is left to sort matters out, social injustice will be heightened and suffering in the community will grow with the neglect the market fosters. Helen Clark, statesman
  • community

Do not be very upright in your dealings for you would see by going to the forest that straight trees are cut down while crooked ones are left standing. Chanakya, politician
  • crooked

I had a great year and left my guts out on the field. Alex Rodriguez, athlete
  • field

The personal things should be left out of platforms at conventions. You can argue yourself blue in the face, and you're not going to change each other's minds. It's a waste of your time and my time. Barbara Bush, first lady
  • argue

I was one of the many horses pulling the wagon and couldn't escape left or right because of the will of the driver. Adolf Eichmann, criminal
  • driver

My father was having an affair with a 16-year-old when Mum was pregnant with me. She found out when I was three weeks old and left, not surprisingly. Carol Vorderman, entertainer
  • affair

I didn't want to get back into the whole industry. I left overworked, overwhelmed, and not having any control over my life. I was bulimic and needed to heal. Cheryl James, musician
  • control

I like to be left alone when I'm not working. Wayne Brady, comedian
  • alone

Perfection is achieved, not when there is nothing more to add, but when there is nothing left to take away. Antoine de Saint-Exupery, novelist
  • achieved

When I stand before God at the end of my life, I would hope that I would not have a single bit of talent left, and could say, 'I used everything you gave me'. Erma Bombeck, journalist
  • life

If a man does not make new acquaintances as he advances through life, he will soon find himself left alone. A man, sir, should keep his friendship in a constant repair. Samuel Johnson, author
  • acquaintances

If we practiced medicine like we practice education, we'd look for the liver on the right side and left side in alternate years. Alfred Kazin, critic
  • alternate

Only put off until tomorrow what you are willing to die having left undone. Pablo Picasso, painter
  • die

Don't use words too big for the subject. Don't say "infinitely" when you mean "very"; otherwise you'll have no word left when you want to talk about something really infinite. C. S. Lewis, author
  • big

A hat should be taken off when you greet a lady and left off for the rest of your life. Nothing looks more stupid than a hat. P. J. O'Rourke, comedian
  • greet

Husbands are like fires - they go out when they're left unattended. Cher, musician
  • valentines

Eventually, I think Chicago will be the most beautiful great city left in the world. Frank Lloyd Wright, architect
  • beautiful

Money is only useful when you get rid of it. It is like the odd card in "Old Maid"; the player who is finally left with it has lost. Evelyn Waugh, author
  • card

There is always something left to love. And if you ain't learned that, you ain't learned nothing. Lorraine Hansberry, playwright
  • love

The human father has to be confronted and recognized as human, as man who created a child and then, by his absence, left the child fatherless and then Godless. Anais Nin, author
  • absence

If someone thinks that love and peace is a cliche that must have been left behind in the Sixties, that's his problem. Love and peace are eternal. John Lennon, musician
  • behind

Now I believe that lovers should be draped in flowers and laid entwined together on a bed of clover and left there to sleep, left there to dream of their happiness. Conor Oberst, musician
  • bed

O sweet, delusive Noon, Which the morning climbs to find, O moment sped too soon, And morning left behind. Helen Hunt Jackson, writer
  • time

The problem is that for women, the average time is just over 14 minutes... men are left with about 12 minutes during which time they need to think of something to do! Phil McGraw, psychologist
  • average

These days, there are a great many books about childhood trauma and its effects, but at the time all the experts agreed that one should forget about it as quickly as possible and pick up where you left off. Peter Straub, writer
  • agreed

Healthy ideas of both left and right, along with totally new ideas, must form a growing united front. Tom Metzger, celebrity
  • form

No voters will be left behind. Donna Brazile, politician
  • behind

Eating disorders can have serious medical and psychological consequences which, left unchecked, can kill. Parents should address this issue and ask their children to discuss how they feel about themselves. Tipper Gore, celebrity
  • address

The obsession with performance left no room for the development of the intuitive or spiritual impact of space and form other than the aesthetic of the machine itself. Arthur Erickson, architect
  • aesthetic

When I left school I went on trip around the world - I only got as far as Australia, but like a bloody fool I cut it short because of a girl. It's probably one of my big regrets in life. Ben Nicholson, artist
  • far

Doorman - a genius who can open the door of your car with one hand, help you in with the other, and still have one left for the tip. Dorothy Kilgallen, actress
  • car

A holiday is when you celebrate something that's all finished up, that happened a long time ago and now there's nothing left to celebrate but the dead. Abraham Polonsky, writer
  • celebrate

If there were no mystery left to explore life would get rather dull, wouldn't it? Sidney Buchman,
  • dull

Anyone who tries to keep track of what is happening in China is going to end up by wearing all the skin of his left ear from twirling around on it. Robert Benchley, comedian
  • anyone

Social history might be defined negatively as the history of a people with the politics left out. G. M. Trevelyan, historian
  • defined

We are so obsessed with doing that we have no time and no imagination left for being. As a result, men are valued not for what they are but for what they do or what they have - for their usefulness. Thomas Merton, author
  • being

We are the only class in history that has been left to fight its battles alone, unaided by the ruling powers. White labor and the freed black men had their champions, but where are ours? Elizabeth Cady Stanton, activist
  • alone

Children rarely want to know who their parents were before they were parents, and when age finally stirs their curiosity, there is no parent left to tell them. Russell Baker, journalist
  • age

Some say that the age of chivalry is past, that the spirit of romance is dead. The age of chivalry is never past, so long as there is a wrong left unredressed on earth. Charles Kingsley, clergyman
  • romantic

A left turn in the fate of Russia is as necessary as it is inevitable. Mikhail Khodorkovsky, businessman
  • fate

Can anything be sadder than work left unfinished? Yes, work never begun. Christina G. Rossetti, poet
  • anything

The game is the ultimate significance to me because it is so important to a lot of people. It has left a mark on our culture to be voted as one of the best to ever play. Barry Sanders, athlete
  • best

The left is back, and it's the only path we have to get out of the spot to which the right has sunken us. Socialism builds and capitalism destroys. Hugo Chavez, statesman
  • builds

There aren't any liberals left in New York. They've all been mugged by now. James Q. Wilson, politician
  • left

It is difficult to determine the cause of grass fires. There is usually nothing left behind when we get there, like a cigarette or a gas can, for us to determine what started it. John Glover, actor
  • behind

When your whole system, your whole civilized system goes down, this is pretty much what you get left with. We have no communications, no running water, no electricity, no real help. Kathleen Blanco, politician
  • civilized

If the prime minister really believes it, he must be the only person left who thinks that the recent bombs in London had no connection at all with his policy in Iraq. Kenneth Clarke, politician
  • believes

For the first few years we paid all the bills first and divided what was left as salary. Sometimes that was $50 a week. Pink, musician
  • bills

What are they going to do to me that they haven't done already? They took away my entire past. They took away my entire future. What's left for them to take? Robert Blake, actor
  • already

I can't see where there is anywhere left to move. If you don't have a recount it's hard to receive any more votes. Robert Torricelli,
  • anywhere

Don't show off every day, or you'll stop surprising people. There must always be some novelty left over. The person who displays a little more of it each day keeps up expectations, and no one ever discovers the limits of his talent. Baltasar Gracian, philosopher
  • discovers

The right honourable gentleman caught the Whigs bathing, and walked away with their clothes. He has left them in the full enjoyment of their liberal positions, and he is himself a strict conservative of their garments. Benjamin Disraeli, statesman
  • bathing

I realized that, while I would never be my mother nor have her life, the lesson she had left me was that it was possible to love and care for a man and still have at your core a strength so great that you never even needed to put it on display. Anna Quindlen, journalist
  • care

A gentleman opposed to their enfranchisement once said to me, women have never produced anything of any value to the world. I told him the chief product of the women had been the men, and left it to him to decide whether the product was of any value. Anna Howard Shaw, activist
  • anything

If you were out of a job and your kid needed diapers and your husband just left you, you would be so confused. Barbara Steele, actress
  • confused

Over the last 15 months, we've traveled to every corner of the United States. I've now been in 57 states? I think one left to go. Barack Obama, president
  • corner

I left 'Law and Order' because I really honestly did want to do movies and did want to be a movie star since I was a little girl. Angie Harmon, model
  • girl

Conservatives, please. Let's not duplicate the manias of the Left as we figure out how to deal with Mr. Obama. He is not exactly the anti-Christ, although a disturbing number of people on the Right are convinced he is. David Horowitz, writer
  • conservatives

In sixth grade, my basketball team made it to the league championships. In double overtime, with three seconds left, I rebounded the ball and passed it - to the wrong team! They scored at the buzzer and we lost the game. To this day, I still have nightmares! Zac Efron, actor
  • ball

Once in high school, I completely over plucked my left eyebrow all the way up to where you're not supposed to. I had no idea what I was doing and it looked terrible! My mom was like "What did you do to yourself?" I was so embarrassed. Ashley Tisdale, actress
  • completely

Unless an entire row of people got up in the middle of a performance and left the theater in disgust, I felt as though I hadn't done my job. Jeremy Piven, actor
  • disgust

I had a few fibroids removed, and they left me with a Grand Canyon of scar tissue in my uterus. The doctors weren't sure I'd be able to reproduce. I was prepared for a rough road, and then out of nowhere we conceived. Holly Marie Combs, actress
  • able

The left and the right live in parallel universes. The right listens to talk radio, the left's on the Internet and they just reinforce one another. They have no sense of reality. I have now one ambition: to retire before it becomes essential to tweet. Barney Frank, politician
  • ambition

Can you, in a million years, imagine another female senator - Kay Bailey Hutchinson, Claire McCaskill - reacting to being called 'ma'am' like Barbara Boxer did? This is the kind of sanctimonious self-absorption on the modern left that makes my teeth itch. Mark Davis, writer
  • another

I had gotten to a place where I truly believed everything I was called: 'not sexy,' 'not funny,' 'too intense,' desperate.' All those labels they gave me, I took them because there wasn't a trace of my true self left. Naomi Watts, actress
  • believed

The only place that the left hasn't placed the blame is on their agenda, so some advice for our friends on that side of the aisle: that's where you've gotta look because that's what got you into this mess. Sarah Palin, politician
  • advice

If left unchecked, global change will create violent conflict, torrential storms, shrinking coastlines, and irreversible catastrophe. Valerie Jarrett, lawyer
  • catastrophe

The Hollies, after I left in 1968, had the audacity, the gall, to have three number one records after I left. Thanks a lot, guys. Graham Nash, musician
  • audacity

I was dyslexic, I had no understanding of schoolwork whatsoever. I certainly would have failed IQ tests. And it was one of the reasons I left school when I was 15 years old. And if I - if I'm not interested in something, I don't grasp it. Richard Branson, businessman
  • certainly

To the American people I say, awaken to what is happening. It is the duty of each citizen to be vigilant, to protect liberty, to speak out, left and right and disagree lest be trampled underfoot by misguided zealotry and extreme partisanship. Robert Byrd, politician
  • american

All too often in tough economic times, it is the environment that gets left on the cutting room floors of Congress as everyone scraps for limited federal dollars. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, politician
  • congress

It's probably fair to say that Obama's ideas were too big for America's appetite. It would have been nice had he made a few incremental repairs to the economy and left the transformative events for a less stressful time. Kathleen Parker, journalist
  • america

Frankly, my politics are pretty left of left. Chris Cooper, actor
  • frankly

My instinct as a philosopher is that we are effectively approaching a multicentric world, which means we need to ask new, and for the traditional left, unpleasant questions. Slavoj Zizek, philosopher
  • approaching

I don't think that people should wear dresses two sizes too small. I just think that sexiness is better left to the imagination. It's just more tasteful. Rachel Zoe, designer
  • dresses

I'm not politically motivated. I used to be - passionately. I used to be very Left wing. Then I went very Right wing, and now I rest somewhere in the middle. Guy Ritchie, director
  • left

Once we hit forty, women only have about four taste buds left: one for vodka, one for wine, one for cheese, and one for chocolate. Gina Barreca, comedian
  • buds

Let's take care of mothers and infants first, and then let's see what's left over for everybody over 50. I'm over 50. If I get sick, I would rather have money spent on children before it's spent on me. Richard Dooling, novelist
  • care

In Genesis we saw ourselves as song-writers. After Peter Gabriel left I was the first to say: 'It's OK - we can just do instrumentals.' Phil Collins, musician
  • first

In a way it was like washing your laundry in public and, yep, there you go, you've seen my underwear. And now I feel like there's nothing left, you've seen it all and I can get on. Jude Law, actor
  • feel

When America closes its doors, so does everybody else. We are the primary engine of growth in the world and we are the only beacon of free trade left, and open markets. Jon Huntsman, Jr., politician
  • america

I left my marriage knowing I'd have to work. I have. Sarah Ferguson,
  • knowing

Our party cannot be all things to all people. It can't be. Our loudest opponents on the left are never going to like us so let's stop trying to curry favor with them. Rick Perry, politician
  • all

I just pick the best roles that are left over, and they usually aren't the heterosexual, leading-man, non-drug-addict parts. And once you get into doing them, people know you do them. Peter Sarsgaard, actor
  • best

If I'm left high and dry at the end of this wild journey, just taking it is a great feeling. Olivia Wilde, actress
  • dry

I'm actually the last person to ask about school. I kinda ducked out at 12, before all that stuff might have happened. I left school after sixth grade and was basically home-schooled after that. Emma Stone, actress
  • ask

When I left Maine, I always wanted to be a working actor. I never cared too much about being the star. I just wanted to do the work and get on with it. Patrick Dempsey, actor
  • actor

I once saw my mother playing Mary Magdalene in a parish event. But she had to put the role aside in order to go and front the choir who were singing at the same occasion. She left the stage halfway through the Crucifixion. Fiona Shaw, actress
  • aside

CNN is pretty consistently on the left, if you look at their choice of stories, what they play up. It's not what they say. It's what they highlight. Rupert Murdoch, publisher
  • choice

I don't agree with all-male leaderships. Men cannot be left to run things on their own. I think it's a thoroughly bad thing to have a men-only leadership. Harriet Harman, politician
  • agree

Investors have few spare tires left. Think of the image of a car on a bumpy road to an uncertain destination that has already used up its spare tire. The cash reserves of people have been eaten up by the recent market volatility. Mohamed El-Erian, businessman
  • already

A wingnut is someone on the far-right wing or far-left wing of the political spectrum - the professional partisans, the unhinged activists and the paranoid conspiracy theorists. They're the people who always try to divide rather than unite us. John Avlon, writer
  • activists

It's important to remember that Bush Derangement Syndrome on the left - comparing him to Hitler, calling him a terrorist and a tyrant - preceded Obama Derangement Syndrome on the right. John Avlon, writer
  • bush

We need to punch back against the extremes of both the left and the right and define the terms of the debate ourselves. John Avlon, writer
  • against

In Brentwood we had a big safe-deposit box to put manuscripts in if we left town during fire season. It was such a big box that we never bothered to clean it out. Joan Didion, author
  • big

In an organic environment, every place is unique, and the different places also cooperate, with no parts left over, to create a global whole - a whole which can be identified by everyone who is part of it. Christopher Alexander, architect
  • cooperate

The Knicks left me open a lot of times the last time we played them, and I was just making sure I took the shots that were there. Reggie Lewis, athlete
  • knicks

Remember our proud history of social justice, universal health care, public pensions and making sure no one is left behind. Let's continue to move forward. Jack Layton, politician
  • behind

One thing we do know about the threat of climate change is that the cost of adjustment only grows the longer it's left unaddressed. Jay Weatherill, politician
  • adjustment

Even though I left for a year, I grew here as a Jazz man. If I'm fortunate enough to go into the Hall of Fame, I will go as a Jazz man. Karl Malone, athlete
  • enough

Washington's insatiable desire to spend our children's inheritance on failed stimulus plans and other misguided economic theories have given record debt and left us with far too many unemployed. Rick Perry, politician
  • children

When it comes to conservative social issues, it saddens me when sometimes my fellow Republicans duck and cover in the face of pressure from the left. Our loudest opponents on the left are never going to like us so let's quit trying to curry favor with them. Rick Perry, politician
  • comes

I left Russia in 1993 optimistic that democracy had taken hold despite the obstacles. Robert Kagan, writer
  • democracy

It was a long time in the making, my divorce. One day became less special than the next, and pretty soon, we ceased all conversation. It is a sad day when you have nothing left to say. Ricki Lake, entertainer
  • became

In the 1980s America reacted to the Soviet Union's invasion of Afghanistan. We supported a war that left a nation torn to pieces. And as the last Soviet tank left the country, so did we. Simon Sinek, author
  • afghanistan

I'm always trying to do stuff I haven't done before or challenge myself so I'm not resting on my laurels all of the time because if I just found my little niche and never left it, I'd be pretty boring, I think. Zooey Deschanel, actress
  • boring

Before turning pro, I would never have just left my skates sitting in the locker room unattended. Kristi Yamaguchi, athlete
  • left

And in English Canada, no one really knows where the support is coming from, but Conservatives would assume that it's bleeding from the Liberals. So we have a divided left in Canada. Rick Mercer, comedian
  • assume

The review committee has left it to NASA to determine the scope of these alleged incidents. Ellen Ochoa, astronaut
  • alleged

People didn't vote left or right in the election. They voted for putting an end to all the primitive political history. Fatos Nano, statesman
  • election

We must resist the temptation of once again turning America into the traditional bogeyman of the left. Giorgio Napolitano, politician
  • again

Even if I would have left on a good note, there is still going to be people who don't like you, who don't like what you stand for. I can't worry about that. Antonio Davis, athlete
  • left

For the past eight years, the right has been better at working the refs. Now the left is learning how to play the game. Eric Alterman, writer
  • eight

From the right, you get demagogues shouting about brown-skinned anchor babies and clamoring to deport the undocumented. From the left, you get advocacy for the oppressed but otherwise, when it comes to national civic identity, mainly silence. Eric Liu, writer
  • advocacy

In the next decade, I see Spanx going worldwide. Everywhere. No butt left behind. It's going to be all over the world and it's going to be an aspirational brand that transcends categories. There's so many things we can improve upon and make better. Sara Blakely, businesswoman
  • behind


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