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Alphonse Karr Quotes

Please enjoy these encouraging quotes by Alphonse Karr.

We can invent only with memory.
- Alphonse Karr

Happiness is composed of misfortunes avoided.
- Alphonse Karr

The more things change, the more they are the same.
- Alphonse Karr

If men knew all that women think, they would be twenty times more audacious.
- Alphonse Karr

 

Many people think that virtue consists of severity towards others.
- Alphonse Karr

Love in marriage should be the accomplishment of a beautiful dream,
and not, as it too often is, the end.
- Alphonse Karr

I gather from a lawyer that there was a rehearsal yesterday.
We haven't a hope.
I know the presiding judge too: I've had the misfortune to sleep with his wife.
He was specially picked.
- Alphonse Karr

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Some people are always grumbling because roses have thorns;
I am thankful that thorns have roses.
- Alphonse Karr

If we are to abolish the death penalty,
I should like to see the first step taken by my friends the murderers.
- Alphonse Karr

Love is the most terrible, and also the most generous of the passions;
it is the only one which includes in its dreams the
happiness of someone else.
- Alphonse Karr

Uncertainty is the worst of all evils until the moment
when reality makes us regret uncertainty.
- Alphonse Karr

Every man has three characters - that which he exhibits,
that which he has, and that which he thinks he has.
- Alphonse Karr

Give the right man two fishes and some bread,
and he will feed the world;
give the wrong man two fishes and some bread
and he will invent the fast-food fish sandwich.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

In order to make an apple pie from scratch,
you must first invent the universe.
- Carl Sagan

We believe that if men have the talent
to invent new machines that put men out of work,
they have the talent to put those men back to work.
- John F. Kennedy

The best way to predict the future is to invent it.
- Alan Kay

I just invent, then wait until man comes around to
needing what I've invented.
- R. Buckminster Fuller

The poet doesn't invent.
He listens.
- Jean Cocteau

America did not invent human rights.
In a very real sense, it is the other way around.
Human rights invented America.
- Jimmy Carter

Today, if you invent a better mousetrap,
the government comes along with a better mouse.
- Ronald Reagan

God forgives those who invent what they need.
- Lillian Hellman

From a commercial point of view, if Christmas did not
exist it would be necessary to invent it.
- Katherine Whitehorn

No matter how skillful you are, you can't invent a
product advantage that doesn't exist.
And if you do, and it's just a gimmick,
it's going to fall apart anyway.
- William Bernbach

If you invent the Mini Cooper, pour all your energy
and passion into it and it gets made,
you should be on a roll.
In the film industry you have to start again the next day.
- Estelle Morris

The human mind is inspired enough when it comes to inventing horrors;
it is when it tries to invent a Heaven that it shows itself cloddish.
- Evelyn Waugh

I think we invent jargon because it saves times talking to one-another.
- John M. Smith

If there were no God, it would be necessary to invent him.
- Voltaire

Well, it was kind of an accident, because plastic is
not what I meant to invent.
I had just sold photograph paper to Eastman Kodak for 1 million dollars.
- Leo Baekeland

To invent, you need a good imagination and a pile of junk.
- Thomas A. Edison

The first qualification for a historian is to have no ability to invent.
- Stendhal

I don't think we have very good records about what
they were thinking except,
as I pointed out earlier today, that they did invent our political system.
- David R. Brower

Now, I guess, people want stars.
People are trying to invent stars.
- Oscar Robertson

I'm still the same person, thinking the same way,
so it's possible I will invent something.
- Erno Rubik

Most people outside of America won't get it.
It's the Easter bunny.
It's another lie and I don't understand why we had
to invent this character.
- Todd Rundgren

I wanted to invent myself as a fictional character.
And I did, and it has caused a great deal of confusion.
- Jeanette Winterson

We would have to invent the U.N.
if we did not have it, which is not an original thought.
- Shirley Temple

He spends his life explaining from his pulpit that
the glory of Christianity consists in the fact that
though it is not true it has been found necessary to invent it.
- Hector Hugh Munro

Dictators never invent their own opportunities.
- R. Buckminster Fuller

To invent an airplane is nothing.
To build one is something.
But to fly is everything.
- Otto Lilienthal

Before the work comes to you, you have to invent work.
- Steve Lacy

Rulers who want to unleash war know very well that
they must procure or invent a first victim.
- Elias Canetti

I invent nothing, I rediscover.
- Auguste Rodin

In a revolution, as in a novel, the most difficult
part to invent is the end.
- Alexis de Tocqueville

It frequently happens that two persons,
reasoning right on a mechanical subject,
think alike and invent the same thing without any communication with each other.
- Oliver Evans

I have a sense that many Americans, especially those
like me with European or foreign parents,
feel they have to invent their families just as they
have to invent themselves.
- Philip Levine

It is function of government to invent philosophies
to explain the demands of its own convenience.
- Murray Kempton

If there is no sufficient reason for war,
the war party will make war on one pretext,
then invent another...
after the war is on.
- Robert M. La Follette

If you are a novelist of a certain type of temperament,
then what you really want to do is re-invent the world.
God wasn't too bad a novelist, except he was a Realist.
- John Barth

Given that external reality is a fiction,
the writer's role is almost superfluous.
He does not need to invent the fiction because it is already there.
- J. G. Ballard

Anything that won't sell, I don't want to invent.
Its sale is proof of utility, and utility is success.
- Thomas A. Edison

Why have we had to invent Eden, to live submerged in
the nostalgia of a lost paradise,
to make up utopias, propose a future for ourselves?
- Julio Cortazar

Whenever ideas fail, men invent words.
- Martin H. Fischer

Unless the reformer can invent something which substitutes
attractive virtues for attractive vices,
he will fail.
- Walter Lippmann

I never 'say' anything in my work.
I invent a world.
Let others decide what is being 'said'.
- Howard Barker

A truth that's told with bad intent beats all the lies you can invent.
- William Blake

You must invent your own games and teach us old ones how to play.
- Nikki Giovanni

Human beings have an inalienable right to invent themselves;
when that right is pre-empted it is called brain-washing.
- Germaine Greer

If life doesn't offer a game worth playing,
then invent a new one.
- Anthony J. D'Angelo

In order to rally people, governments need enemies...
if they do not have a real enemy, they will invent
one in order to mobilize us.
- Nhat Hanh

I use my mind to solve problems and invent things.
- Temple Grandin

I wanted to invent an engine that could run for ever.
I could have developed a new train, had I stayed in the railway.
It would have looked like the AK-47 though.
- Mikhail Kalashnikov

After all, one knows one's weak points so well,
that it's rather bewildering to have the critics overlook them and invent others.
- Edith Wharton

You ask any actor - they'll tell you they'd rather
shoot on location because you don't have to invent the energy,
the energy is there.
- Adrian Grenier

I write the vocals last, because I wanted to invent
the music first and push the music to the level that
I had to compete against it.
- Axl Rose

It's a struggle but that's why we exist,
so that another generation of Lesbians of color will
not have to invent themselves,
or their history, all over again.
- Audre Lorde

If God wanted us to be naked, why did he invent sexy lingerie?
- Shannen Doherty

Inventing is a skill that some people have and some people don't.
But you can learn how to invent.
- Ray Dolby

There's this sense of excitement because you invent
and control the characters.
You decide whether they live or die.
I find this type of creative process tremendously stimulating.
- Sidney Sheldon

If I need something, I'll invent it.
- Mickey Spillane

I liked to work in a shop down in the basement and
invent things and build gadgets.
- Francis Ford Coppola

Writing a play, you start with less,
so more is demanded of you.
It's as if you have to not only write a symphony,
but invent the instruments as well.
- David Ives


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