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Benjamin Shahn Quotes

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It used to be twelve people crowded around a sewing table;
now it's ten.
- Benjamin Shahn

Be a yardstick of quality.
Some people aren't used to an environment
where excellence is expected.
- Steve Jobs

I used to tell my husband that,
if he could make me "understand" something,
it would be clear to all the other people in the country.
- Eleanor Roosevelt

In those days he was wiser than he is now;
he used to frequently take my advice.
- Winston Churchill

 

I used to believe in forever, but forever's too good to be true.
- A. A. Milne (Winnie-The-Pooh)

My father always used to say that when you die,
if you've got five real friends, then you've had a great life.
- Lee Iacocca

Win as if you were used to it,
lose as if you enjoyed it for a change.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

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A great secret of success is to go through life
as a man who never gets used up.
- Albert Schweitzer

Friendship, like credit, is highest when it is not used.
- Elbert Hubbard

We cannot solve our problems with the same
thinking we used when we created them.
- Albert Einstein

I offer my body, my mind
and any ability that I posses,
to be used by Thee, O Infinite Creator,
in whatever way Thou dost choose
to express Thyself through me.
I know that all work is Thy work,
and that no task is too difficult
or too menial when offered
to Thee in loving service.
- Paramahansa Yogananda

It's just random chance, baby; get used to it.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

I used to be Snow White, but I drifted.
- Mae West

I used to jog but the ice cubes kept falling out of my glass.
- David Lee Roth

To love. To be loved. To never forget your own insignificance. To never get used to the unspeakable violence and the vulgar disparity of life around you. To seek joy in the saddest places. To pursue beauty to its lair. To never simplify what is complicated or complicate what is simple. To respect strength, never power. Above all, to watch. To try to understand. To never look away. And never, never, to forget.
- Arundhati Roy

Life should not be a journey to the grave
with the intention of arriving safely
in a pretty and well preserved body,
but rather to skid in broadside in a cloud of smoke,
thoroughly used up, totally worn out,
and loudly proclaiming, "Wow! What a Ride!"
- Hunter S. Thompson

Most people consider the course of events as natural and inevitable.
They little know what radical change are possible through prayer.
Every morning I offer my body, my mind and any ability that I posses,
to be used by Thee, O infinite creator,
in whatever way Thou dost choose to express Thyself through me.
I know that all work is Thy work, and that no task is too difficult
or too menial when offered to Thee in loving service.
- Paramahansa Yogananda

I'm not used to feeling so human.
Is it always like this?
- Edward, from Twilight Saga by Stephenie Meyer

The future ain't what it used to be.
- Yogi Berra

I used to go away for weeks in a state of confusion.
- Albert Einstein

I used to sell furniture for a living.
The trouble was, it was my own.
- Les Dawson

As athletes, we're used to reacting quickly.
Here, it's 'come, stop, come, stop.' There's a lot of downtime.
That's the toughest part of the day.
- Michael Jordan

I think I've discovered the secret of life -
you just hang around until you get used to it.
- Charles M. Schulz

Nobody climbs mountains for scientific reasons.
Science is used to raise money for the expeditions,
but you really climb for the hell of it.
- Edmund Hillary

Inflation is when you pay fifteen dollars for the ten-dollar
haircut you used to get for five dollars when you had hair.
- Sam Ewing

As a little girl I used to daydream about my real father
coming on a white horse to rescue me.
- Christine Keeler

Some dreamers demand that scientists only discover
things that can be used for good.
- John Charles Polanyi

I used to be good with kids, but as I get older,
I'm grumpy and terrible with them.
As for doing a gig at a 6-year old's birthday party,
you couldn't pay me enough.
- Johnny Vegas

Style used to be an interaction between the human soul
and tools that were limiting.
In the digital era, it will have to come from the soul alone.
- Jaron Lanier

I have been through various fitness regimes.
I used to run about five miles a day and I did aerobics for a while.
- Sting

I used to love dogs until I discovered cats.
- Nafisa Joseph

The trouble with our times is that the future is not what it used to be.
- Paul Valery

"Think simple" as my old master used to say -
meaning reduce the whole of its parts
into the simplest terms,
getting back to first principles.
- Frank Lloyd Wright

I used to lie in bed in my flat and imagine what would
happen if there was a zombie attack.
- Simon Pegg

The poet may be used as a barometer,
but let us not forget that he is also part of the weather.
- Lionel Trilling

My mother used to tell me man gives the award,
God gives the reward.
I don't need another plaque.
- Denzel Washington

When I was a kid I used to pray every night for a new bicycle.
Then I realised that the Lord doesn't work that way
so I stole one and asked Him to forgive me.
- Emo Philips

The saddest thing I can imagine is to get used to luxury.
- Charlie Chaplin

As a rule, software systems do not work well until they have been used,
and have failed repeatedly, in real applications.
- Dave Parnas

When I was a kid, I used to imagine animals running under my bed.
I told my dad, and he solved the problem quickly.
He cut the legs off the bed.
- Lou Brock

The revenues of Cuban state-run companies are used
exclusively for the benefit of the people,
to whom they belong.
- Fidel Castro

I used to be hung up on my figure, but it's a waste of time.
I don't believe in diets.
Have four pints one night, be healthy the next.
- Sophie Ellis Bextor

A father is a man who expects his son to be as good a man as he meant to be,
A father is someone who carries pictures where his money used to be.
- Frank Howard Clark

It is only after years of preparation that the young
artist should touch color -
not color used descriptively,
that is, but as a means of personal expression.
- Henri Matisse

There is nothing in the world of art like the songs mother used to sing.
- Billy Sunday

I'm 86 and my doctor used to tell me to slow down -
at least he did until he dropped dead.
- Cesar Romero

I wouldn't attach too much importance to these student riots.
I remember when I was a student at the Sorbonne in Paris,
I used to go out and riot occasionally.
- John Foster Dulles

Lawsuits should not be used to destroy a viable and
independent distribution system.
The solution lies in the marketplace and not the courtroom.
- Don Henley

Getting married is a lot like getting into a tub of hot water.
After you get used to it, it ain't so hot.
- Minnie Pearl

History is a tool used by politicians to justify their intentions.
- Ted Koppel

We all should choose our friends carefully.
I used to think that no one could know me better than somebody else,
because you're inside yourself, your body, you can't see yourself.
If you think like that, you surround yourself with
other people who are willing to tell you who you are,
which are usually judgmental people ...
we should really surround ourselves with the ones
that adore us and believe in the highest of us.
- Jewel

I used to want to be a lawyer, but I didn't want to
have half my brain sucked out.
- Max Walker

It is better to have a fair intellect that is well
used than a powerful one that is idle.
- Bryant H. McGill

The claim "I was only following orders" has been used
to justify too many tragedies in our history.
- Captain Picard of the television series
STAR TREK: The Next Generation

Moral power is probably best when it is not used.
The less you use it the more you have.
- Andrew Young

Love is the word used to label the sexual excitement of the young,
the habituation of the middle-aged, and the mutual dependence of the old.
- John Ciardi

My father used to sing to me in my mother's womb.
I think I can name about any tune in two beats.
- Yancy Butler

Women and cats will do as they please,
and men and dogs should relax and get used to the idea.
- Robert A. Heinlein

When I stand before God at the end of my life,
I would hope that I would not have a single bit of talent left,
and could say, 'I used everything you gave me'.
- Erma Bombeck

It's hard to notice things without people noticing
me and that takes some getting used to.
- Edie Falco

The Misfits pretty much funds the Misfits.
It used to cost me money to be in the band.
I think we got paid the last gig we ever did.
After that, we had to work to support our families.
- Jerry Only

Under the leadership of President Bush and Vice President Cheney,
the United States has given up the moral high ground
that we used to occupy as an international leader.
- Marty Meehan

I was in a bar and I said to a friend,
'You know, we've become those 40-year-old guys we used to look at and say,
'Isn't it sad?'
- George Clooney

The absolute pacifist is a bad citizen;
times come when force must be used to uphold right,
justice and ideals.
- Alfred North Whitehead

The character of Rosie is based on a woman who used
to live in the same apartment building I lived in many years ago.
She's taken on a life of her own, of course.
- Sue Grafton

It was important to me to find a label that wouldn't
back out after a first single.
Everyone's so used to hearing me with Hootie,
they're going to be skeptical.
- Darius Rucker

My parents used to take me to a lot of theatre when I was young.
- Lexa Doig

No married man is genuinely happy if he has to drink
worse whisky than he used to drink when he was single.
- H. L. Mencken

I'm going to be 60, and I'm almost used to myself.
- Martin Scorsese

At least the Pilgrim Fathers used to shoot Indians:
the Pilgrim Children merely punch time clocks.
- e. e. cummings

Well I've never used that phrase before,
but yes she is bootylicious.
- Ben Affleck


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