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Winston Churchill
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The Official Report, House of Commons (5th Series) , 11 November 1947, vol. 444, cc. 206–07
From a speech given by Churchill in the House of Commons in 1947.
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Oscar Wilde
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No contextual information is available for this quote, beyond the fact that it is widely attributed to Wilde, who was a poet and dramatist.
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Mozart: A Life (1966) pg. 312
Often misattributed to Mozart, it was actually written in Mozart's souvenir album by Jacquin.
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Albert Einstein
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As quoted in Albert Einstein, The Human Side: New Glimpses From His Archives (1979) pg. 57
Written in a letter to a student, E. Holzapfel, in 1951.
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Benjamin Franklin
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Benjamin Franklin
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This proverb, definitely spoken by Benjamin Franklin, yes, but also by others much farther back in history. As a proverb, it is extremely hard to trace it's first usage, but is much older than Franklin himself, who did popularize it somewhat for the United States.
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As quoted in The Land Where My American Mother Died--Palermo, Sicily (2003) pg. 156
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Benjamin Franklin
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Early to Bed, and Early to Rise, Makes a Man Healthy, Wealthy, and Wise, Or, Early Rising, a Natural, Social, and Religious Duty (1855)
Franklin often published proverbs and adages--this one was actually the title of one of his works.
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Abraham Lincoln
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Second Inaugural Address ( 1865)
Spoken in his 2nd inaugural address, Lincoln preceded this line with, "It may seem strange that any men should dare to ask a just God's assistance in wringing their bread from the sweat of other men's faces; but let us judge not that we be not judged. The prayers of both could not be answered; that of neither has been answered fully."
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Benjamin Franklin
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The Last Years of a Rebel : A Memoir of Edith Sitwell (1967) pg. 24
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The Manly WIsdom of Will Rogers (2001)
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Albert Einstein
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A Close Look at the World's Greatest Thinker, American Magazine, (June 1930)
Einstein was interviewed by M. K. Wisehart for American magazine, and spoke the above quote, which continues, "just as the man who spends too much time in the theaters is apt to be content with living vicariously instead of living his own life."
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According to The Quote Verifier: Who Said What, Where, And When (2006)
Often misattributed to Harry Truman, this quote was actually spoken by a colleague of his (Purcell). Truman popularized the saying.
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Vince Lombardi
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As quoted in Developing the leaders around you (2005) pg. 119
Lombardi frequently spoke proactively, and positively, about success at an individual and team level, as the head coach of a champion football team.
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Winston Churchill
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Reader's Digest (December 1954)
Churchill, famous for his no-compromise stance with tyranny, and in particular, Hitler, spoke this on appeasing, which he considered intolerable.
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William Shakespeare
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Hamlet Act III scene iii
Spoken by the antagonist of the play, Claudius (uncle to Hamlet himself). The quote above is when he realizes he will not be able to repent and continues to sin against accepted social morals.
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Often attributed to Euripides or Ralph Waldo Emerson.
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Vince Lombardi
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Run to Win: Vince Lombardi on Coaching and Leadership, (2002) pg. 119
Lombardi frequently spoke proactively, and positively, about success at an individual and team level, as the head coach of a champion football team.
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John F. Kennedy
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As quoted in Congressional Record, V. 152, Pt. 17, (2010) pg. 593
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Abraham Lincoln
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Letter to Isham Reavis (5 November 1855)
Written in a letter by Lincoln to one Isham Reavis, who was engaged in the process of becoming a lawyer. The above quote was part of Lincoln's response. Also notable in the same letter was, "If you are resolutely determined to make a lawyer of yourself, the thing is more than half done already. It is but a small matter whether you read with anyone or not."
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