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Francois de la Rochefoucauld
French writer 1613-1680
As it is the characteristic of great wits to say much in few words, so small wits seem to have the gift of speaking much and saying nothing.
Canadian-American motivational public speaker and self-development aut 1944-
Decisiveness is a characteristic of high-performing men and women. Almost any decision is better than no decision at all.
Henry David Thoreau
American writer 1817-1862
It is a characteristic of wisdom not to do desperate things.
English writer (ps. of Eric Blair) 1903-1950
A man receiving charity always hates his benefactor- it is a fixed characteristic of human nature.
James Fenimore Cooper
American writer 1789-1851
A refined simplicity is the characteristic of all high bred deportment, in every country, and a considerate humanity should be the aim of all beneath it.
Ancestor worship, or filial piety so characteristic of Asian cultures, for example, does not really resonate with Americans who favor children, not grandparents.
British novelist 1867-1931
Essential characteristic of the really great novelist: a Christ-like, all-embracing compassion.
American writer, ophthalmologist and a professor of English literatur 1858-1932
Exclusiveness is a characteristic of recent riches, high society, and the skunk.
Fidelity to the subject's thought and to his characteristic way of expressing himself is the sine qua non of journalistic quotation.
English statesman, diplomat and writer (Philip Dormer Stanhope) 1694-1773
Frequent and loud laughter is the characteristic of folly and ill manners.
American author and political activist 1941-
Given the cultural barriers to intersex conversation, the amazing thing is that we would even expect women and men to have anything to say to each other for more than ten minutes at a stretch. The barriers are ancient - perhaps rooted, as some paleontologist may soon discover, in the contrast between the occasional guttural utterances exchanged in male hunting bands and the extended discussions characteristic of female food-gathering groups.
I am indebted to the cat for a particular kind of honorable deceit, for a greater control over myself, for a characteristic aversion to brutal sounds, and for the need to keep silent for long periods of time.
Rumanian-born American Writer 1928-
I marvel at the resilience of the Jewish people. Their best characteristic is their desire to remember. No other people has such an obsession with memory.
French philosopher 1909-1943
I would suggest that barbarism be considered as a permanent and universal human characteristic which becomes more or less pronounced according to the play of circumstances.
W. H. Auden
American poet 1907-1973
If the most significant characteristic of man is the complex of biological needs he shares with all members of his species, then the best lives for the writer to observe are those in which the role of natural necessity is clearest, namely, the lives of the very poor.
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