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Fine Quotes

Nowadays a citizen can hardly distinguish between a tax and a fine, except that the fine is generally much lighter. G.K. Chesterton
The art of living lies in a fine mingling of holding on and letting go. Havelock Ellis
There are many fine ideals which are not realisable, and yet we do not refrain from teaching them. Peretz Smolenskin
Swearing is like any other music...If it is not done well, if it is not done with a fine and discriminating art, and vitalized with gracious and heartborn feeling, it lacks beauty, it lacks charm, it lacks expression, it lacks nobleness, it lacks majesty... David Gridley, Indiantown
Give to a pig when it grunts and a child when it cries , and you will have a fine pig and a bad child. Danish proverb
A man builds a fine house; and now he has a master, and a task for life; he is to furnish, watch, show it, and keep it in repair, the rest of his days. Ralph Waldo Emerson, Society and Solitude: Works and Days, 1870
O what fine thought we had because we thought that the worst rogues and rascals had died out. W. B. Yeats, Nineteen Hundred And Nineteen
In your clothes avoid too much gaudiness do not value yourself upon an embroidered gown and remember that a reasonable word, or an obliging look, will gain you more respect than all your fine trappings. Sir George Savile
A fine quotation is a diamond on the finger of a man of wit, and a pebble in the hand of a fool. Joseph Roux
We have come through a strange cycle in programming, starting with the creation of programming itself as a human activity. Executives with the tiniest smattering of knowledge assume that anyone can write a program, and only now are programmers beginning to win their battle for recognition as true professionals. Not just anyone, with any background, or any training, can do a fine job of programming... Gerald Weinberg, "The Psychology of Computer Programming"
A truly great book should be read in youth, again in maturity and once more in old age, as a fine building should be seen by morning light, at noon and by moonlight. Robertson Davies
Strategy is buying a bottle of fine wine when you take a lady out for dinner. Tactics is getting her to drink it. Frank Muir
The unique personality which is the real life in me, I can not gain unless I search for the real life, the spiritual quality, in others. I am myself spiritually dead unless I reach out to the fine quality dormant in others. For it is only with the god enthroned in the innermost shrine of the other, that the god hidden in me, will consent to appear. Felix Adler
The stage lost a fine actor, just as science lost an acute reasoner, when he became a specialist in crime. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Dr. John H. Watson, referring to Sherlock Holmes, in "A Scandal in Bohemia"
Although the constant shadow of certain death looms over everyday, the pleasures and joys of life can be so fine and affecting that the heart is nearly stilled in astonishment. Dean Koontz, Watchers
To be a saint does not exclude fine dresses nor a beautiful house. Katherine Tynan Hinkson
Genius is a bend in the creek where bright water has gathered, and which mirrors the trees, the sky and the banks. It just does that because it is there and the scenery is there. Talent is a fine mirror with a silver frame, with the name of the owner engraved on the back. Edgar Lee Masters
Cherish all your happy moments; they make a fine cushion for old age. Booth Tarkington
There are fine things which you mean to do some day, under what you think will be more favorable circumstances. But the only time that is surely yours is the present, hence this is the time to speak the word of appreciation and sympathy, to do the generous deed, to forgive the fault of a thoughtless friend, to sacrifice self a little more for others. Today is the day in which to express your noblest qualities of mind and heart, to do at least one worthy thing which you have long postponed, and to use your God-given abilities for the enrichment of someone less fortunate. Today you can make your life - significant and worthwhile. The present is yours to do with as you will. Grenville Kleiser
One ought, every day at least, to hear a little song, read a good poem, see a fine picture and, if possible, speak a few reasonable words. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
( quotes are updated each month )