Truism Quotes

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Yogi Berra
“If you don't know where you are going,
you'll end up someplace else.”
Yogi Berra

Groucho Marx
“Age is not a particularly interesting subject. Anyone can get old. All you have to do is live long enough.”
Groucho Marx

Yogi Berra
“You can observe a lot just by watching.”
Yogi Berra

Yogi Berra
“Half the lies they tell about me aren't true.”
Yogi Berra

Roman Payne
“In life, more than in anything else, it isn’t easy to end up alive.”
Roman Payne

Marieke Nijkamp
“You can't always keep your loved ones with you. You can't always settle your life in one place. The world was made to change. But as long as you cherish the memories and make new ones along on the way, no matter where you are, you'll always be at home.”
Marieke Nijkamp, This Is Where It Ends

Ernest Hemingway
“I try not to borrow, first you borrow then you beg.”
Ernest Hemingway

M. Scott Peck
“Life is difficult.”
M. Scott Peck, The Road Less Traveled: A New Psychology of Love, Traditional Values and Spiritual Growth

Imam Ja'Far Al-Sadiq
“Verily, knowledge is a lock and its key is the question.”
Imam Ja'Far Al-Sadiq

“Life without knowledge is death in disguise...”
Talib Kweli

Honoré de Balzac
“He hesitated till the last moment, but finally dropped them in the box, saying, "I shall win!"--the cry of a gambler, the cry of the great general, the compulsive cry that has ruined more men than it has ever saved.”
Honoré de Balzac, Père Goriot

Agatha Christie
“Fey...a Scotch word...It means the kind of exalted happiness that comes before disaster. You know--it's too good to be true.”
Agatha Christie, Death on the Nile

Robert A. Heinlein
“It is a truism that almost any sect, cult, or religion will legislate its creed into law if it acquires the political power to do so, and will follow it by suppressing opposition, subverting all education to seize early the minds of the young, and by killing, locking up, or driving underground all heretics.”
Robert A. Heinlein, Time Enough for Love

Noam Chomsky
“A propaganda model has a certain initial plausibility on guided free-market assumptions that are not particularly controversial. In essence, the private media are major corporations selling a product (readers and audiences) to other businesses (advertisers). The national media typically target and serve elite opinion, groups that, on the one hand, provide an optimal “profile” for advertising purposes, and, on the other, play a role in decision-making in the private and public spheres. The national media would be failing to meet their elite audience’s needs if they did not present a tolerably realistic portrayal of the world. But their “societal purpose” also requires that the media’s interpretation of the world reflect the interests and concerns of the sellers, the buyers, and the governmental and private institutions dominated by these groups.”
Noam Chomsky, Manufacturing Consent: The Political Economy of the Mass Media

Djayawarman Alamprabu
“An Idea is nothing but Information, It won't do us any harm until we accept it as perception of truth in our mind, which in time will potentially evolve and construct major events in history.”
Djayawarman Alamprabu, Feared Intellectualism

“If teams keep playing us this way, it's going to be like this”
Peyton Manning

Agatha Christie
“Your not reliable. You wouldn't be at all a comfortable sort of person to live with.”
Agatha Christie, Death on the Nile
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Nathaniel Hawthorne
“Such is frequently the fate, and such the stern development, of the feminine character and person, when the woman has encountered, and lived through, an experience of peculiar severity. If she be all tenderness, she will die. If she survive, the tenderness will either be crushed out of her, or--and the outward semblance is the same--crushed so deeply into her heart that it can never show itself more.”
Nathaniel Hawthorne, The Scarlet Letter
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G.K. Chesterton
“The things said most confidently by advanced persons to crowded audiences are generally those opposite to the fact; it is actually our truisms that are untrue.”
Gilbert K. Chesterton

John Ciardi
“Hell is the denial of the ordinary...”
John Ciardi
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James Islington
“The old saying is wrong, you know--a common enemy does not a friendship make. You can only ever be as good as the people you are willing to fight beside. [...] Alliances made from convenience only ever weaken a cause.”
James Islington, The Light of All That Falls
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Betsy Talbot
“The Poets say you can live on love alone, but if that were true their books would be free.”
Betsy Talbot, English Ivy (The Late Bloomers Series Book 2): Contemporary Romance

Chuck Klosterman
“When Arthur Schlesinger Sr. pioneered the 'presidential greatness poll' in 1948, the top five were Lincoln, Washington, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Woodrow Wilson, and Jefferson. Only Wilson appears to be seriously fading, probably because his support for the World War I-era Sedition Act now seems outrageous; in this analogy, Woodrow is like the Doors and the Sedition Act is Oliver Stone.”
Chuck Klosterman, Eating the Dinosaur

Sol Luckman
“Finally, we entered Chetaube County, my imaginary birthplace, where the names of the little winding roads and minuscule mountain communities never failed to inspire me: Yardscrabble, Big Log, Upper, Middle and Lower Pigsty, Chicken Scratch, Cooterville, Felchville, Dust Rag, Dough Bag, Uranus Ridge, Big Bottom, Hooter Holler, Quickskillet, Buck Wallow, Possum Strut ... We always say a picture speaks a thousand words, but isn’t the opposite equally true?”
Sol Luckman, Beginner's Luke

A.J. Liebling
“I can write faster than anyone who can write better, and I can write better than anyone who can write faster.”
A.J. Liebling

Sean R. Frazier
“Only fools saw mistakes as a bad thing—mistakes were experience, no matter how good or bad.”
Sean R. Frazier, The Call of Chaos

“It should now be a truism that the historian must not claim to give _the_ explanation of a complex historical phenomenon. Such questions as: "What were the causes of the Great War, of the Fall of the Roman Republic?" -- expecting, by implication, a list of neatly defined items -- such questions are by now relegated to the privacy of the tutorial or the examination room, where the historian is shielded from the critical eye of his professional colleagues. But it is the historian's legitimate task to single out some of the strands in the complex weave and to trace their importance in the pattern; and it is in this humbler frame of mind that he will most usefully perform his proper task of letting the present and past illuminate each other.”
E. Badian, Lucius Sulla; The Deadly Reformer

John Wyndham
“It is a funny thing that for most men the whitest conscience is no protection from some apprehension in the presence of police.”
John Wyndham, Wanderers of Time

“This was a tall order, and one could criticize it on the grounds that it was somewhat circular: how can you justify your methods of reasoning on the basis of those same methods of reasoning? It is like lifting yourself up by your own bootstraps.”
Douglas Hofstadter

Douglas R. Hofstadter
“This was a tall order, and one could criticize it on the grounds that it was somewhat circular: how can you justify your methods of reasoning on the basis of those same methods of reasoning? It is like lifting yourself up by your own bootstraps.”
Douglas R. Hofstadter, Gödel, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid

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