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Allan Massie Quotes and Sayings
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Blunders are an inescapable feature of war,
because choice in military affairs lies generally between the bad and the worse.
- Allan Massie

Do you know what a soldier is, young man? He's the
chap who makes it possible for civilised folk to despise war.
- Allan Massie

We are responsible for actions performed in response
to circumstances for which we are not responsible.
- Allan Massie

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

 

Finish each day and be done with it.
You have done what you could;
some blunders and absurdities have crept in;
forget them as soon as you can.
Tomorrow is a new day;
you shall begin it serenely
and with too high a spirit
to be encumbered with your old nonsense.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

The best men of the best epochs are simply those who
make the fewest blunders and commit the fewest sins.
- Thomas Huxley

Nature never makes any blunders, when she makes a fool she means it.
- Archibald Alexander

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They say President Wilson has blundered.
Perhaps he has, but I notice he usually blunders forward.
- Thomas A. Edison

Our Irish blunders are never blunders of the heart.
- Maria Edgeworth

Politics is a field where the choice lies constantly between two blunders.
- John Morley

Human blunders usually do more to shape history than human wickedness.
- A. J. P. Taylor

I'm more financially successful, but it just means
the shopping blunders I make are bigger now.
- Cathy Guisewite

War is mainly a catalogue of blunders.
- Winston Churchill

All the ills of mankind, all the tragic misfortunes
that fill the history books,
all the political blunders, all the failures of the
great leaders have arisen merely from a lack of skill at dancing.
- Moliere

He who knows others is clever;
He who knows himself has discernment.
- Lao Tzu

I am so clever that sometimes I don't
understand a single word of what I am saying.
- Oscar Wilde

Whatever your work and whatever its worth,
No matter how strong or clever,
Some one will sneer if you pause to hear,
And scoff at your best endeavor.
For the target art has a broad expanse,
And wherever you chance to hit it,
Though close be your aim to the bull's-eye fame,
There are those who will never admit it.
- Ella Wheeler Wilcox

Too clever is dumb.
- Ogden Nash

You can tell whether a man is clever by his answers.
You can tell whether a man is wise by his questions.
- Naguib Mahfouz

I never make stupid mistakes.
Only very, very clever ones.
- John Peel

Mother is far too clever to understand anything she does not like.
- Arnold Bennett

"Rabbit's clever," said Pooh thoughtfully.
"Yes," said Piglet, "Rabbit's clever."
"And he has Brain."
"Yes," said Piglet, "Rabbit has Brain."
There was a long silence.
"I suppose," said Pooh, "that that's why he never understands anything."
- A. A. Milne (Winnie-The-Pooh)

If you have an important point to make,
don't try to be subtle or clever. Use a pile driver.
Hit the point once. Then come back and hit it again.
Then hit it a third time - a tremendous whack.
- Winston Churchill

I thought I was clever enough to write as well as these
people and I didn't realize that there is something
called originality and your own voice.
- Amy Tan

One of the lessons of history is that nothing is often
a good thing to do and always a clever thing to say.
- Will Durant

Education without values, as useful as it is,
seems rather to make man a more clever devil.
- C. S. Lewis

I enjoy doing press for something that I like,
and I think the movie is very fun and charming and clever.
- Thomas Haden Church

Men are only clever at shifting blame from their own
shoulders to those of others.
- Titus Livius

Clever tyrants are never punished.
- Voltaire

The great Chinese classics have always said that it's better not to fight;
that the clever man achieves his ends without violence;
that a battle delayed is better than a battle fought.
- John Keegan

Awards sell tickets, and they're a clever publicity stunt.
- Tony Randall

Man is a clever animal who behaves like an imbecile.
- Albert Schweitzer

No woman marries for money; they are all clever enough,
before marrying a millionaire, to fall in love with him first.
- Cesare Pavese

That was when the Spanish came in and conquered the Aztecs.
I thought that was a clever thing.
- Les Baxter

What clever man has ever needed to commit a crime?
Crime is the last resort of political half-wits.
- Charles Maurice de Talleyrand

TV - a clever contraction derived from the words Terrible Vaudeville.
However, it is our latest medium - we call it a medium
because nothing's well done.
- Goodman Ace

I like physics.
I think it is the best science out of all three of them,
because generally it's more useful.
You learn about speed and velocity and time,
and that's all clever stuff.
- Tom Felton

Clever people will recognize and tolerate nothing but cleverness.
- Henri Frederic Amiel

Lots of people working in cryptography have no deep
concern with real application issues.
They are trying to discover things clever enough to write papers about.
- Whitfield Diffie

People often get the wrong impression of Mick.
The clever businessman is just one side of Mick.
The other side is the same as the rest of us,
a true rocker!
- Ron Wood

I hate people who think it's clever to take drugs...
like custom officers.
- Jack Dee

The notion of a universality of human experience is
a confidence trick and the notion of a universality
of female experience is a clever confidence trick.
- Angela Carter

I had very clever producers, who scheduled it brilliantly,
but scheduling it was a nightmare.
- John Crowley

But I don't sit down at dinner and have clever ideas.
- Mark Rylance

Quickly, bring me a beaker of wine, so that I may wet
my mind and say something clever.
- Aristophanes

My idea of good company is the company of clever,
well-informed people who have a great deal of conversation;
that is what I call good company.
- Jane Austen

Educate men without religion and you make of them but clever devils.
- Arthur Wellesley

I came up with new leads for game stories by being observant and clever,
by using the many gifts of the English language to
intrigue and hook a reader.
- Dick Schaap

A clever, imagination, humorous request can open closed doors and closed minds.
- Percy Ross

When you argue with your inferiors, you convince them of only one thing:
they are as clever as you.
- Irving Layton

Take from a man his reputation for probity,
and the more shrewd and clever he is,
the more hated and mistrusted he becomes.
- Marcus Tullius Cicero

When I was young, I admired clever people.
Now that I am old, I admire kind people.
- Abraham Joshua Heschel

To speak ill of others is a dishonest way of praising ourselves.
Nothing is often a good thing to say,
and always a clever thing to say.
- Will Durant

They were so clever finding ways to get me the ball.
They had to do more than just give up open shots.
They had to avoid fouls and pass me the ball in traffic.
- Wilt Chamberlain

He's very clever, but sometimes his brains go to his head.
- Margot Asquith

Clever people seem not to feel the natural pleasure of bewilderment,
and are always answering questions when the chief relish
of a life is to go on asking them.
- Frank Moore Colby

Half the world is composed of idiots,
the other half, of people clever enough
to take indecent advantage of them.
- Walter Kerr

It is never wise to try to appear to be more clever than you are.
It is sometimes wise to appear slightly less so.
- William Whitelaw

Through clever and constant application of propaganda,
people can be made to see paradise as hell,
and also the other way round, to consider the most
wretched sort of life as paradise.
- Adolf Hitler

Don't be too clever for an audience.
Make it obvious.
Make the subtleties obvious also.
- Billy Wilder

I write my own quotes.
Except this one.
I obviously stole this from somebody really clever.
- Brian Celio

If you're not very clever you should be conciliatory.
- Benjamin Disraeli

Calvin was very clever.
We did the pictures and made the commercial,
and that really worked.
- Kate Moss

Witticism.
A sharp and clever remark, usually quoted and seldom noted;
what the Philistine is pleased to call a joke.
- Ambrose Bierce

It takes a clever man to turn cynic and a wise man
to be clever enough not to.
- Fannie Hurst

There are plenty of clever young writers.
But there is too much genius, not enough talent.
- J. B. Priestley

If a film is very clever and well-written,
that's what gives you freedom as a director.
- Patrice Leconte

Tell me I'm clever, Tell me I'm kind,
Tell me I'm talented, Tell me I'm cute,
Tell me I'm sensitive, Graceful and wise,
Tell me I'm perfect - But tell me the truth.
- Shel Silverstein

One always has the idea of a stupid man as perfectly healthy and ordinary,
and of illness as making one refined and clever and unusual.
- Thomas Mann

People care more about being thought to have taste
than about being thought either good,
clever or amiable.
- Samuel Butler

No Jew was ever fool enough to turn Christian unless he was a clever man.
- Israel Zangwill


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