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No one ever found wisdom without also being a fool.
by Erica Jong

No one ever found wisdom without also being a fool.
Writers, alas, have to be fools in public,
while the rest of the human race can cover its tracks.
- Erica Jong

He who can take advice is sometimes superior
to him who can give it.
- Erica Jong

Gossip is the opiate of the oppressed.
- Erica Jong

Jealousy is all the fun you think they had.
- Erica Jong


 

Advice is what we ask for when we already know the answer
but wish we didn't.
- Erica Jong

We are finally driven to monogamy
not by morality but by exhaustion.
- Erica Jong

Take your life in your own hands, and what happens?
A terrible thing: no one to blame.
- Erica Jong


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I have accepted fear as a part of life -
specifically the fear of change...
I have gone ahead despite the pounding
in the heart that says: turn back.
- Erica Jong

If you don't risk anything, you risk even more.
- Erica Jong

Solitude is considered un-American.
- Erica Jong

Driving me away is easier than saying goodbye.
- Erica Jong

Hate generalizes; love is particular.
- Erica Jong

Betrayal betrays the betrayer.
- Erica Jong

The trouble is,
if you don't risk anything,
you risk even more.
- Erica Jong

Men have always detested women's gossip
because they suspect the truth:
their measurements are being taken and compared.
- Erica Jong

Because I loved myself, I was loved.
- Erica Jong

My reaction to porno films is as follows; After the first ten minutes,
I want to go home and screw; After the first twenty minutes,
I never want to screw again as long as I live
- Erica Jong

Love is serene and calm
- Erica Jong

The trick is not how much pain you feel -
but how much joy you feel
- Erica Jong

Love gives without taking
- Erica Jong

Friends love misery, in fact.
Sometimes, especially if we are too lucky
or too successful or too pretty,
our misery is the only thing that endears us to our friends.
- Erica Jong

The best slave does not need to be beaten. She beats herself.
- Erica Jong

If sex and creativity are often
seen by dictators as subversive activities,
it's because they lead to the knowledge
that you own your own body
(and with it your own voice), and that's
the most revolutionary insight of all.
- Erica Jong

In a bad marriage, friends are the invisible glue.
If we have enough friends, we may go on for years,
intending to leave, talking about leaving -
instead of actually getting up and leaving.
- Erica Jong

Be careful not to do your good deeds
when there's no one watching you.
- Tom Lehrer

When I eventually met Mr. Right
I had no idea that his first name was Always.
- Rita Rudner

Fat, drunk, and stupid is no way to go through life, son.
- the movie National Lampoon's Animal House (1978)

One cannot have everything the way he would like it.
A man has no business to be depressed by a disappointment,
anyway; he ought to make up his mind to get even.
- Mark Twain

Marriage has no guarantees.
If that's what you're looking for,
go live with a car battery.
- Erma Bombeck

No matter how much cats fight,
there always seem to be plenty of kittens.
- Abraham Lincoln

Oh no, I can't do anything to the death.
Doctor's orders. You see, I have this ulcer condition,
and death is the worst thing for it.
- the movie Love and Death

And you just gotta remember, Sparky -
no matter what they tell you - you can NEVER have too much sugar.
- the movie Michael (1996)

No man is truly married until he understands
every word his wife is NOT saying.
- Anonymous

No one knows what's next, but everybody does it.
- George Carlin

A honeymoon should be like a table:
four bare legs and no drawers.
- Anonymous

I have no fear of the gallows ... They're going to shoot me.
- the movie Love and Death

A man's friendships are, like his will,
invalidated by marriage -
but they are also no less invalidated
by the marriage of his friends.
- Samuel Butler

Television has a real problem. They have no page two.
- Art Buchwald

Mr. President, I'm not saying we wouldn't get our hair mussed.
But I do say no more than ten to twenty million killed, tops.
Uh, depending on the breaks.
- the movie Dr. Strangelove

No one can have a higher opinion of you than I have,
and I think you're a slimy, contemptible sewer rat!
- the movie The Great Mouse Detective

There's no reason to become alarmed,
and we hope you'll enjoy the rest of your flight.
By the way, is there anyone on board who knows how to fly a plane?
- the movie Airplane!

There is no use whatsoever trying to help
people who do not help themselves.
You cannot push anyone up a ladder
unless he is willing to climb himself.
- Andrew Carnegie

A clever man commits no minor blunders.
- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

There is no pleasure in having nothing to do;
the fun is in having lots to do and not doing it.
- Mary Wilson Little

I once had a rose named after me
and I was very flattered.
But I was not pleased to read
the description in the catalogue:
no good in a bed, but fine up against a wall.
- Eleanor Roosevelt

Random chance seems to have operated in our favor ...
there was no deity involved.
- Spock character in the Star Trek television series

The worst government is often the most moral.
One composed of cynics is often very tolerant and humane.
But when fanatics are on top there is no limit to oppression.
- H. L. Mencken

Science may have found a cure for most evils;
but it has found no remedy for the worst of them all -
the apathy of human beings.
- Helen Keller

No one was ever named "Hero" for following the crowd.
Heroes set their own course.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Faced with the choice between changing one's mind
and proving that there is no need to do so,
almost everyone gets busy on the proof.
- John Kenneth Galbraith

Computers are like Old Testament gods;
lots of rules and no mercy.
- Joseph Campbell

Every one desires to live long,
but no one would be old.
- Abraham Lincoln

I find that principles have no real force
except when one is well fed.
- Mark Twain

Against logic there is no armor like ignorance.
- Laurence J. Peter

No problem is so formidable that
you can't walk away from it.
- Charles M. Schulz' cartoon Peanuts

In theory there is no difference between theory and practice.
In practice there is.
- Yogi Berra

Less is only more where more is no good.
- Frank Lloyd Wright

It is the things for which there is no evidence
that are believed with passion.
- Bertrand Russell

The man who does not read good books
has no advantage over the man who cannot read them.
- Mark Twain

Principles have no real force except when one is well-fed.
- Mark Twain

I am no longer young enough to know everything.
- Oscar Wilde

The fear of death is the most unjustified of all fears,
for there's no risk of accident for someone who's dead.
- Albert Einstein

Some people are so heavenly minded
that they are no earthly good.
- Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.

Early in life I had to choose between honest arrogance
and hypocritical humility.
I chose the former and have seen no reason to change.
- Frank Lloyd Wright

The universe we observe has precisely
the properties we should expect
if there is, at bottom, no design,
no purpose, no evil, no good,
nothing but blind, pitiless indifference.
- Charles Darwin

Clothes make the man.
Naked people have little or no influence on society.
- Mark Twain

Do not bite at the bait of pleasure,
till you know there is no hook beneath it.
- Thomas Jefferson

When all think alike, no one is thinking very much.
- Walter Lippmann

If at first you don't succeed,
try, try, and try again.
Then give up.
There's no use being a damned fool about it.
- W. C. Fields

I begin with the principle that all men are bores.
Surely no one will prove himself
so great a bore as to contradict me in this.
- Soren Kierkegaard

It has been my experience that folks who
have no vices, have very few virtues.
- Abraham Lincoln


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