quote by Arthur Schopenhauer

Every miserable fool who has nothing at all of which he can be proud, adopts as a last resource pride in the nation to which he belongs; he is ready and happy to defend all its faults and follies tooth and nail, thus reimbursing himself for his own inferiority.

— Arthur Schopenhauer

Belligerent Tooth quotations

How old is too old to stop believing in, like, the tooth fairy? Like 12? I've got a cousin who is 18... Yeah, still believes in gay marriage.


Step to this and get shanked up I knocked out so many teeth the tooth fairy went bankrupt

A prayerless church member is a hindrance.

He is in the body like a rotting bone or a decayed tooth. Before long, since he does not contribute to the benefit of his brethren, he will become a danger and a sorrow to them. Neglect of private prayer is the locust which devours the strength of the church.

There's nothing better than cake but more cake.

The Parthenon without the marbles is like a smile with a tooth missing.


The only thing worth stealing is a kiss from a sleeping child.

Mental pain is less dramatic than physical pain, but it is more common and also more hard to bear. The frequent attempt to conceal mental pain increases the burden: it is easier to say “My tooth is aching” than to say “My heart is broken.

I have a sweet tooth for song and music. This is my Polish sin.

Do we believe that there is equal economic opportunity out there in the real world, right now, for each and every one of these groups? If we believed in the tooth fairy, if we believed in the Easter Bunny, we might well believe that.

The merry-go-round was running, yes, but.

.. It was running backward. The small calliope inside the carousel machinery rattle-snapped its nervous-stallion shivering drums, clashed its harvest-moon cymbals, toothed its castanets, and throatily choked and sobbed its reeds, whistles, and baroque flutes.


I guess I just prefer to see the dark side of things.

The glass is always half-empty. And cracked. And I just cut my lip on it. And chipped a tooth.

A good aphorism is too hard for the tooth of time, and is not worn away by all the centuries, although it serves as food for every epoch.

If you put a Mars bar in one of Glenn Hughes’ hands and a bass in the other, he’ll choose the Mars bar.

You talk of the scythe of Time, and the tooth of Time: I tell you, Time is scytheless and toothless; it is we who gnaw like the worm - we who smite like the scythe. It is ourselves who abolish - ourselves who consume: we are the mildew, and the flame.

Vlad had found himself longing to encounter those of his own kind, to travel to the streets of Elysia-that far away world, but after a while it seemed more of a fairy tale than anything else. Like Santa Claus and the Tooth Fairy, only with fangs.


Men hang out their signs indicative of their respective trades;

shoe makers hang out a gigantic shoe; jewelers a monster watch, and the dentist hangs out a gold tooth; but up in the Mountains of New Hampshire, God Almighty has hung out a sign to show that there He makes men.

Worldly riches are like nuts; many a tooth is broke in cracking them, but never is the stomach filled with eating them.

I’ve heard it said that every day you need half an hour of quiet time for yourself, or your Self, unless you’re incredibly busy and stressed, in which case you need an hour. I promise you, it is there. Fight tooth and nail to find time, to make it. It is our true wealth, this moment, this hour, this day.

The distinction between sanity and insanity is narrower than a razor’s edge, sharper than a hound’s tooth, more agile than a mule deer. It is more elusive than the merest phantom. Perhaps it does not even exist; perhaps it is a phantom.

Any racial reconciliation we've had in this country has come not out of confrontation but out of a spirit of reconciliation. If we continue to practice an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth, we'll eventually end up with a land of people who are blind and toothless.


If a good person does you wrong, act as though you had not noticed it.

If we practice and eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth, soon the wholeworld will be blind and toothless.

I think the museum should be an arena in which ideals can hash it out, fight it out, tooth and nail, for attention.

Like a missing tooth, sometimes an absence is more noticeable than a presence.

An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.

An aching tooth is better out than in. To lose a rotting member is a gain.


I've got a really sweet tooth and sometimes I just have to have some chocolate.

I have the biggest sweet tooth. After the holidays, I gotta start working out.

Once I was walking from The Mercer in New York - because otherwise I don't walk anywhere - and this woman paparazzo who was following me fell over a fire hydrant and her whole tooth went through her lip. I leant over her, saying, 'Are you all right?' and she was still taking pictures.

Poems come from ordinary experiences and objects, I think.

Out of memory - a dress I lent my daughter on her way back to college; a newspaper photograph of war; a breast self-exam; the tooth fairy; Calvinist parents who beat up their children; a gesture of love; seeing oneself naked over age 50 in a set of bright hotel bathroom mirrors.

The church as we know it today seems a million miles from the New Testament church. That may be a great generalization, but I will stand on it. There is a gulf between our average Christianity and the church of New Testament that makes the Grand Canyon look like a cavity in someone's tooth.


The worst thing in the world is to try to sleep and not to.

What we remember from childhood we remember forever - permanent ghosts, stamped, inked, imprinted, eternally seen.

I have a bad sweet tooth. I'm pretty good when I have to eat well for work, but otherwise, I could eat a whole roll of raw cookie dough.

I still believe in Santa, the Easter Bunny, the Tooth Fairy and true love.

Don't even try to tell me different.