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Sir James Matthew Barrie
British playwright 1860-1937
Men's second childhood begins when a woman gets a hold of him.
Greek philosopher 384 BC - 322 BC
First, have a definite, clear practical ideal; a goal, an objective. Second, have the necessary means to achieve your ends; wisdom, money, materials, and methods. Third, adjust all your means to that end.
Chinese philosopher 551 BC - 479 BC
By three methods we may learn wisdom: First, by reflection, which is noblest; Second, by imitation, which is easiest; and third by experience, which is the bitterest.
Michel Eyquem De Montaigne
French essayist and philosopher 1533-1592
Habit is second nature.
American journalist 1875-1950
A bride at her second marriage does not wear a veil. She wants to see what she is getting.
Abraham H. Maslow
American psychologist 1908-1970
A first-rate soup is more creative than a second-rate painting.
C. P. Snow
English novelist 1905-1980
A good many times I have been present at gatherings of people who, by the standards of the traditional culture, are thought highly educated and who have with considerable gusto been expressing their incredulity at the illiteracy of scientists. Once or twice I have been provoked and have asked the company how many of them could describe the Second Law of Thermodynamics. The response was cold: it was also negative. Yet I was asking something which is about the scientific equivalent of: Have you reSource: The Two Cultures (1959)
British criticus 1903-1974
A lazy person, whatever the talents with which he set out, will have condemned himself to second-hand thoughts and to second-rate friends.
American Protestant clergyman 1891-1968
First rule of Economics 101: our desires are insatiable. Second rule: we can stomach only three Big Macs at a time.
Henry David Thoreau
American writer 1817-1862
He who is only a traveler learns things at second-hand and by the halves, and is poor authority. We are most interested when science reports what those men already know practically or instinctively, for that alone is a true humanity, or account of human experience.
American writer, historian, and philosopher 1885-1981
History is mostly guessing; the rest is prejudice.
Anglo-Irish novelist and philosopher 1919-1999
I think being a woman is like being Irish. Everyone says you're important and nice, but you take second place all the same.
American writer and criticus 1932-
Our brains are no longer conditioned for reverence and awe. We cannot imagine a Second Coming that would not be cut down to size by the televised evening news, or a Last Judgment not subject to pages of holier-than-thou second-guessing in The New York Review of Books.
Robert J. Mckain
American author of self-help books
Set priorities for your goals. A major part of successful living lies in the ability to put first things first. Indeed, the reason most major goals are not achieved is that we spend our time doing second things first.
Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel
German philosopher 1770-1831
The East knew and to the present day knows only that One is Free; the Greek and the Roman world, that some are free; the German World knows that All are free. The first political form therefore which we observe in History, is Despotism, the second Democracy and Aristocracy, the third, Monarchy.
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