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Collection of One-Liner Quotes

Colleen, a lover of the written word, has a master's degree in English literature and enjoys finding unique and poignant quotes.



One liner quotes are generally aphorisms, a single sentence of less than a dozen words not counting one and two letter words such as (a, I, O, it, is, of, at, in). The comma used as a pause, and the semi-colon to break elements are kept to a minimum. The following quotes have been listed randomly.

The Quotes

♠ Prejudice is a vagrant opinion without visible means of support. Ambrose Bierce

♠ To disdain today is to prove that yesterday has been misunderstood. Maurice Maeterlinck

♠ Dust are our frames; and, gilded dust, our pride, looks only for a moment whole and sound. Alfred Lord Tennyson

♠ Debauchery is perhaps an act of despair in the face of infinity. Edmond and Jules De Concourt

♠ We torment ourselves rather to make it appear that we are happy than to become so. La Rochefoucauld

♠ Everything has two handles, one by which it may be born, another by which it cannot. Epictetus

♠ As a dimension of man, rebellion actually defines him. Robert Lindner

♠ Solitude is the profoundest fact of the human condition. Man is the only being who knows he is alone. Octavio


♣ It is a lesson which history teaches wise men; to put trust in ideas, and not in circumstances. Emerson

♣ The last function of reason is to recognize that there are an infinity of things which surpass it. Pascal

♣ This is the great vice of academicism; that it is concerned with ideas rather than with thinking. Lionel Trilling

♣ Only in growth, reform, and change, paradoxically enough, is true security to be found. Anne Morrow Lindbergh

♣ Learning is the property of those who fear to do disagreeable things. Pietro Aretino

♣ Science is the great antidote to the poison of enthusiasm and superstition. Adam Smith

♣ To know that one has a secret is to know half the secret itself. Henry Ward Beecher

♣ The protected man doesn't need luck; therefore it seldom visits him. Alan Harrington

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♥ Principle never forgives and its logic is to kill. Jacques Barzun

♥ By touching you may kill, by keeping away you may possess. Rabindranath Tagore

♥ A wise reserve seasons the aims and matures the means. Baltasar Gracian

♥ Every man is the son of his own works. Cervantes

♥ No one can make you feel inferior without your consent. Eleanor Roosevelt

♥ Self-knowledge is a dangerous thing, tending to make man shallow or insane. Karl Shapiro

♥ He who never says “no” is no true man. Saint Exupery

♥ A man must have a certain amount of intelligent ignorance to get anywhere. Charles F. Kettering

♥ Almost all absurdity of conduct arises from the imitation of those whom we cannot resemble. Samuel Johnson


♦ Time is a fluid condition which has no existence except in the momentary avatars of individual people. William Faulkner

♦ To live on in the hearts we leave, is not to die. Thomas Campbell

♦ There is nothing so well known as that we should not expect something for nothing; but we all do and call it hope. Edgar Watson Howe

♦ Humility is just as much the opposite of self-abasement as it is of self-exaltation. Dag Hammarskjold

♦ How ready we all are with our praises when a cake is to be divided, and it is not ours. Walter Savage Landor

♦ Idleness, like kisses, to be sweet must be stolen. Jerome K. Jerome

♦ Half our life is spent trying to find something to do with the time we have rushed through life trying to save. Will Rogers

♦ If ignorance is indeed bliss, it is a very low grade of the article. Tehyi Hsieh


♠ Rob the average man of his life-illusion and you rob him of his happiness at one stroke. Henrik Ibsen

♠ When people are free to do as they please, they usually imitate each other. Eric Hoffer

♠ If life were eternal all interest and anticipation would vanish. It is uncertainty which lends its fascination. Yoshida Kenko

♠ Imagination is more robust in proportion as reasoning power is weak. Giambattista Vico

♠ The desire of knowledge, like the thirst of riches, increases ever with the acquisition of it. Laurence Sterne

♠ Individualism is rather like innocence, there must be something unconscious about it. Louis Kronenberger

♠ That which deceives us and does us harm also undeceives us and does us good. Joseph Roux

♠ There are reproaches which praise, and praises which defame. La Rochefoucauld


♣ Poetry is the language in which man explores his own amazement. Christopher Fry

♣ There are as many preferences as there are men. Horace

♣ We as often repent the good we have done as the ill. William Hazlitt

♣ The best preservative to keep the mind in health is the faithful admonition of a friend. Francis Bacon

♣ Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm. Emerson

♣ The want of a thing is perplexing enough, but the possession of it is intolerable. Sir John Vanbrugh

♣ A calm despair, without angry convulsions or reproaches directed at heaven is the essence of wisdom. Alfred De Vigny

♣ Inferiors revolt in order that they may be equal, and equals that they may be superior. Aristotle


♥ The idea of life having a purpose stands and falls with the religious system. Sigmund Freud

♥ Errors, like straws, upon the surface flow; he who would search for pearls must dive below. John Drydon

♥ There can be no progress if people have no faith in tomorrow. John F. Kennedy

♥ A president's hardest task is not to do what is right, but to know what is right. Lyndon B. Johnson

♥ I don't care anything about reasons, but I know what I like. Henry James

♥ The supreme happiness of life is the conviction that we are loved. Victor Hugo

♥ We are not saints, but we have kept our appointment; how many people can boast as much. Samuel Beckett

♥ When a man knows he is to be hanged in a fortnight, it concentrates his mind wonderfully. Samuel Johnson


♦ Man is full of potentiality as he is of impotence. Santayana

♦ A touch of science, even bogus science, gives an edge to the superstitious tale. V. S. Pritchett

♦ There is, of course, a difference between what one seizes and what one really possesses. Pearl S. Buck

♦ He preaches well that lives well. Cervantes

♦ It's a fine thing to rise above pride, but you must have pride in order to do so. Georges Bernanos

♦ Reason cannot save us, nothing can; but reason can mitigate the cruelty of living. Philip Rieff

♦ A man who has nothing can whistle in a robber's face. Juvenal

♦ To rule is not so much a question of the heavy hand; rather the firm seat. Jose Ortega Y Gasset


♠ All oppressed people are authorized, whenever they can to rise and break their fetters. Henry Clay

♠ Problems are only opportunities in work clothes. Henry J. Kaiser

♠ He who wishes to be rich in a day will be hanged in a year. Leonardo Da Vinci

♠ The reward of a thing well done is to have done it. Emerson

♠ He knows nothing and he thinks he knows everything; which points clearly to a political career. George Bernard Shaw

♠ Every high degree of power always involves a corresponding degree of freedom from good and evil. Nietzsche

♠ Passions are spiritual rebels and raise sedition against the understanding. Ben Jonson

♠ It is easier to say original things than to reconcile with one another things already said. Vauvenargues


♣ It is best to do things systematically, since we are only human, and disorder is our worst enemy. Hesiod

♣ The man who obeys is nearly always better than the man who commands. Ernest Renan

♣ A mother never gets hit with a custard pie; Mothers-in-law- Yes. Mack Sennett

♣ The goal of all inanimate objects is to resist man and ultimately to defeat him. Russell Baker

♣ That which comes into the world to disturb nothing deserves neither respect nor patience. Rene Char

♣ There is no one so bound to his own face that he does not cherish the hope of presenting another to the world. Antonio Machado

♣ Few have greater riches than the joy that comes to us in visions, in dreams which nobody can take away. Euripides

♣ Obscurity is the refuge of incompetence. Robert A. Heinlein


♦ No man is good for anything who has not some particle of obstinacy to use upon occasion. Henry Ward Beecher

♦ No one is so old that he does not think he could live another year. Cicero

♦ Truth is one forever absolute, but opinion is truth filtered through the moods, the blood, the disposition of the spectator. Wendell Phillips

♦ I respect only those who resist me, but I cannot tolerate them. Charles De Gaulle

♦ One day everything will be well, that is our hope; everything's fine today, that is our illusion. Voltaire

♦ Symmetry is ennui, and ennui is the very essence of grief and melancholy. Despair yawns. Victor Hugo

♦ All good things which exist are the fruits of originality. John Stuart Mill

♦ There is no greater hindrance to the progress of thought than an attitude of irritated party-spirit. Alfred North Whitehead


♠ Passions destroy more prejudices than philosophy does. Denis Diderot

♠ Many wars have been avoided by patience and many have been precipitated by reckless haste. Adlai Stevenson

♠ People who have no weaknesses are terrible; there is no way of taking advantage of them. Anatole France

♠ Healthy children will not fear life if their elders have integrity enough not to fear death. Erik H. Erikson

♠ Sudden glory is the passion which make those grimaces called laughter. Thomas Hobbes

♠ The secret of education is respecting the pupil. Emerson

♠ Nobody expects to find comfort and companion-ability in reformers. Heywood Broun

♠ A dog is not considered good because of his barking, and a man is not considered clever because of his ability to talk. Chuang Tzu


♣ So many worlds, so much to do; so little done, such things to be. Alfred Lord Tennyson

♣ One’s religion is whatever he is most interested in. J. M. Barrie

♣ Admire a little ship, but put your cargo in a big one. Hesiod

♣ The repentant say never a brave word; their resolve is mumbled in silence. Thoreau

♣ It is my heart that makes my songs, not I. Sara Teasdale

♣ It is a great sign of mediocrity to praise always moderately. Vauvenargues

♣ Prudence is sometimes stretched too far, until it blocks the road of progress. Tehyi Hsieh

♣ It is as proper to have pride in oneself as it is ridiculous to show it to others. La Rochefoucauld


♥ His cheek is his biographer; as long as he can blush. Emily Dickinson

♥ We perceive love when love begins and when it declines by our embarrassment when alone together. LA Bruyere

♥ The righteous one has no sense of humour. Bertolt Brecht

♥ Thought is the property of him who can entertain it, and of him who can adequately place it. Emerson

♥ Literature is a state of culture, poetry a state of grace, before and after culture. Juan Ramon Jimenez

♥ Those who are fond of setting things right, have no great objection to seeing them wrong. William Hazlitt

♥ The applause of a single human being is of great consequence. Samuel Johnson

♥ Pride is overestimation of oneself by reason of self-love. Spinoza


♦ Life is a great surprise, and I do not see why death should not be an even greater one. Vladimir Nabokov

♦ Men of principle are sure to be bold, but those who are bold may not always be men of principle. Confucius

♦ That sorrow which is the harbinger of joy is preferable to the joy which is followed by sorrow. Sadi

♦ Prosperity makes friends, adversity tries them. Publilius Syrus

♦ The purpose of propaganda is to make one set of people forget that certain other sets of people are human. Aldous Huxley

♦ Let us prefer, let us not exclude. Joseph Roux

♦ There are places and moments in which one is so completely alone that one sees the world entire. Jules Renard

♦ It is the leisured, I have noticed, who rebel the most at an interruption of routine. Phyllis McGinley


♠ Real generosity toward the future lies in giving all to the present. Albert Camus

♠ Strong men can always afford to be gentle. Only the weak are intent on “giving as good they get”. Elbert Hubbard

♠ There is repetition everywhere, and nothing is found only once in the world. Goethe

♠ Whoso be a man must be a nonconformist. Emerson

♠ Human progress is furthered, not by conformity, but by aberration. H. L. Mencken

♠ Prejudice is the child of ignorance. William Hazlitt

♠ Pride is seldom delicate; it will please itself with very mean advantages. Samuel Johnson

♠ There is but a step between a proud man's glory and his disgrace. Publilius Syrus


♣ The revolutionary spirit is mighty convenient in that it frees one from all scruples. Joseph Conrad

♣ A mind all logic is like a knife all blade; it makes the hand bleed that uses it. Rabindranath Tagore

♣ Don't let that chip on your shoulder be your only reason for walking erect. James Thurber

♣ Everywhere the basis of principle is tradition. Oliver Wendell Holmes

♣ Progress imposes not only new possibilities for the future but new restrictions. Norbert Wiener

♣ Men like nails, lose their usefulness when they lose direction and begin to bend. Walter Savage Landor

♣ In troublesome times, nothing is more common than the alliance of audacious vice and turbulent virtue. Pierre Gaxotte

♣ Sons have always a rebellious wish to be disillusioned by that which charmed their fathers. Aldous Huxley


♥ Human reason needs only to will more strongly than fate, and she is fate. Thomas Mann

♥ Is not this the true romantic feeling; not to desire to escape life, but to prevent life from escaping you. Thomas Wolfe

♥ Those that believe they are exclusively in the right are generally those who achieve something. Aldous Huxley

♥ Intellectualism, though by no means confined to doubters, is often the sole piety of the skeptic. Richard Hofstadter

♥ Rumor travels faster, but it doesn't stay put as long as truth. Will Rogers

♥ It takes application, a fine sense of value, and a powerful community spirit for a people to have serious leisure. Paul Goodman

♥ I postpone death by living, by suffering, by error, by risking, by giving, by losing. Anais Nin

♥ A technical objection is the first refuge of a scoundrel. Heywood Broun


♦ Physical strength can never permanently withstand the impact of spiritual force. Franklin D. Roosevelt

♦ No rule is so general, which admits not some exception. Robert Burton

♦ What is most contrary to salvation is not sin but habit. Charles Peguy

♦ Any fool can make a rule, and every fool will mind it. Thoreau

♦ Nothing so much enhances a good as to make sacrifices for it. George Santayana

♦ One man's pointlessness is another's barbed satire. Franklin P. Adams

♦ When one is subjected to stress; you need to remove it, not endure it. Thelma Cassidy

♦ Laugh, and the world laughs with you; weep and you weep alone. Ella Wheeler Wilcox


♠ The trumpet does not more stun you by its loudness, than a whisper teases you by its provoking inaudibility. Charles Lamb

♠ A story has been thought to its conclusion when it has taken its worst possible turn. Friedrich Durrenmatt

♠ The end of the human race will be that it will eventually die of civilisation. Emerson

♠ More trouble is caused in the world by indiscreet answers than by indiscreet questions. Sydney J. Harris

♠ Divine fires do not blaze each day, but an artist functions in their afterglow hoping for their recurrence. Ned Rorem

♠ A kingdom is embellished by the wise, and religion rendered illustrious by the pious. Sadi

♠ Jealousy is no more than feeling alone against smiling enemies. Elizabeth Bowen

♠ There is no beauty that is attractive without zest. Christian Dior


♣ Sin, guilt, and neurosis are one and the same; the fruit of the tree of knowledge. Henry Miller

♣ Nobody has a more sacred obligation to obey the law than those who make the law. Jean Anouilh

♣ What a man dislikes in his superiors, let him not display in the treatment of his inferiors. Tsang Sin

♣ Liberty means responsibility; which is why most men dread it. George Bernard Shaw

♣ I do not cut my life up into days but my days into lives, each day, each hour, an entire life. Juan Ramon Jimenez

♣ Our accepting what we are must always inhibit our being what we ought to be. John Fowles

♣ Never love with all your heart, it only ends in aching. Countee Cullen

♣ The anatomy of any myth is the anatomy of the men who believed in it and suffered by it. Murray Kempton


♥ Reminiscences make one feel so deliciously aged and sad. George Bernard Shaw

♥ Music is the sole domain in which man realizes the present. Igor Stravinsky

♥ The direction of the mind is more important than its progress. Joseph Joubert

♥ Women want mediocre men, and men are working hard to be as mediocre as possible. Margaret Mead

♥ Lovers are commonly industrious to make themselves uneasy. Cervantes

♥ To die in agony upon a cross does not create a martyr, he must first will his own execution. Henrik Ibsen

♥ Acquisition means life to miserable mortals. Hesiod

♥ The army is a nation within a nation; it is a vice of our time. Alfred De Vigny


♦ Our memories are indexes consulted and then put back in disorder by authorities we do not control. Cyril Connolly

♦ Man is a mind betrayed, not served, by his organs. Edmond & Jules De Concourt

♦ Almost always it is the fear of being ourselves that brings us to the mirror. Antonio Porchia

♦ An ounce of loyalty is worth a pound of cleverness. Elbert Hubbard

♦ Even the most foolish women are wise about men. Theodor Reik

♦ Men are so necessarily mad, that not to be mad would amount to another form of madness. Pascal

♦ A modest man is usually admired, if people ever hear of him. Edgar Watson Howe

♦ Naive you are if you believe life favours those who aren't naïve. Piet Hein


♠ One must choose in life, between making money and spending it; there's no time to do both. Edouard Bourdet

♠ Men are but children of a larger growth. John Dryden

♠ I have never seen greater monster or miracle in the world than myself. Montaigne

♠ A lover without indiscretion is no lover at all. Thomas Hardy

♠ We do not remember days but we remember moments. Cesare Pavese

♠ Mystics always hope that science will someday overtake them. Booth Tarkington

♠ Only he who is man enough will release the woman in woman. Nietzsche

♠ Mind is a most delicate evidence; not a soul has seen it yet. Richard Eberhart


♣ Nothing has more strength than dire necessity. Euripides

♣ There was a time when a fool and his money were soon parted, but now it happens to everyone. Adlai Stevenson

♣ Music is edifying, for from time to time it sets the soul in operation. John Cage

♣ Want gave tongue, and, at her howl, sin awakened with a growl. James Russell Lowell

♣ Anonymity represents for many people a liberating even more than a threatening phenomenon. Harvey Cox

♣ Zen is a way of liberation, concerned not with discovering what is good bad advantageous; but what is. Alan Watts

♣ The posture of fortune's slave is one foot in the gravy and one foot in the grave. James Thurber

♣ Nothing on earth consumes a man more quickly than the passion of resentment. Nietzsche


♥ Anyone who in discussion relies upon authority uses, not his understanding, but rather his memory. Leonardo Da Vinci

♥ Wit is a treacherous dart with which it is possible to stab oneself in one's own back. Geoffrey Bocca

♥ There is no such thing as an old woman; if she loves, if she is good, then she will give a man a sense of the infinite. Jules Michelet

♥ Folly often goes beyond her bounds, but impudence knows none. Ben Jonson



Colleen Swan (author) from County Durham on April 13, 2016:

Thank you Gavin, glad you enjoyed these. Good luck with your movie critic hubs; a good niche area that should attract a following. Colleen

Creeper from Aw Man on April 13, 2016:

what a great hub.

Colleen Swan (author) from County Durham on November 06, 2015:

Hi DDE, I am happy you found these entertaining. There is hopefully a quote for everyone and everything.

Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on November 05, 2015:

A good idea and hilarious.

Colleen Swan (author) from County Durham on November 05, 2015:

Hi Priya, You are welcome, I am happy that you enjoyed this collection. Colleen

Priya on November 04, 2015:

Hello Ms. Colleen, thanks a lot for sharing these quotes.


Colleen Swan (author) from County Durham on November 04, 2015:

Thank you Larry, glad you enjoyed these.

Larry Rankin from Oklahoma on November 04, 2015:

Very fun quotes:-)

Colleen Swan (author) from County Durham on November 04, 2015:

Thank you MsDora. This was one of the longest hubs I have written. A line space between each quote plus 27 images. I hope quote lovers will be fixed to the content. I'm sure that I found many quotes that have not been previously published. Something for everyone.

Dora Weithers from The Caribbean on November 04, 2015:

So many great quotes! Truth, depth, relevance are just a few of the features that make them powerful Thank you.

Ann Carr from SW England on November 03, 2015:

I quite agree. I can't be bothered with all that palaver anyway; I've got better ways to spend my time! I tried a tanning bed once but that was enough. Even five minutes on the beach is too much relaxation for me now.

Hope you and yours are well.


Colleen Swan (author) from County Durham on November 03, 2015:

Hi Ann, I am glad you enjoyed this hub and agree wholeheartedly with your choice as to your favorite. We as women feel so much pressure to look perpetually 20 years old. This whole craze for Botox is one of the saddest examples in that no one really knows the side effects it might have. Another bugaboo are tanning salons. Is a brief tanned look worth exposing ones skin to that radiation. Colleen

Ann Carr from SW England on November 03, 2015:

Great collection, Colleen! You have a good spattering of serious, funny and wise. I particularly like:

Trilling's quote on academicism.. 'concerned with ideas rather than with thinking', and Eleanor Roosevelt's 'No one can make you feel inferior without your consent'. Shaw's 'He knows nothing and he thinks he knows everything; which points clearly to a political career' is so true!

However, the one that made me feel really good is Michelet's 'There is no such thing as an old woman; if she loves, if she is good, then she will give a man a sense of the infinite.' Hear, hear, to that, I say!

Thanks for another great read, Colleen! Shared.


Colleen Swan (author) from County Durham on November 03, 2015:

Hi Hari, Glad you enjoyed these. I think there is a quote for every event.

Hari Prasad S from Bangalore on November 03, 2015:

excellent collection. funny as well as useful.

- hari

Colleen Swan (author) from County Durham on November 02, 2015:

Hi, Thank you Surabhi, There are many quotes here that I had not seen before. I have collected these from my past readings and have included them with some well known ones. I appreciate that you have shared this with your friends. Thank you Colleen

Surabhi Kaura on November 02, 2015:

Love this! I have just e-mailed my friends this link. They love quotes and so do I. Thanks for sharing, Colleen. Continue... Peace.

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