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The English never smash in a face. They merely refrain from asking it to dinner.(With Malice Toward Some)
View quotes by Margaret Halsey

Perhaps, after all, America never has been discovered. I myself would say that it had merely been detected. [The Picture of Dorian Gray, 1891]
View quotes by Oscar Wilde

I wish that dear Karl could have spent more time acquiring capital instead of merely writing about it.
View quotes by Jenny Marx

My honour was not yielded, but conquered merely.
View quotes by Cleopatra

You do not merely want to be considered just the best of the best. You want to be considered the only ones who do what you do.
View quotes by Jerry Garcia

The release of atomic energy has not created a new problem. It has merely made more urgent the necessity of solving an existing one.
View quotes by Albert Einstein

Reality is merely an illusion, albeit a very persistent one.
View quotes by Albert Einstein

Travel, instead of broadening the mind, often merely lengthens the conversation.
View quotes by Elizabeth Drew

Beauty is no quality in things themselves. It exists merely in the mind which contemplates them. (Essays, Moral, Political and Literary)
View quotes by David Hume

Costs merely register competing attractions. (Risk, Uncertainty and Profit)
View quotes by Frank H Knight

You can't cross the sea merely by standing and staring at the water.
View quotes by Rabindranath Tagore

Government is merely an attempt to express the conscience of everybody, the average conscience of the nation, in the rules that everybody is commanded to obey. That is all it is.
View quotes by Woodrow Wilson

The growth of a large business is merely a survival of the fittest... The American beauty rose can be produced in the splendour and fragrance which bring cheer to its beholder only by sacrificing the early buds which grow up around it.
View quotes by John D Rockefeller

He who every morning plans the transaction of the day and follows out that plan, carries a thread that will guide him through the maze of the most busy life. But where no plan is laid, where the disposal of time is surrendered merely to the chance of incidence, chaos will soon reign.
View quotes by Victor Hugo

It is often merely for an excuse that we say things are impossible.
View quotes by Duc De La Rochefoucauld

Gratitude is merely the secret hope of further favours.
View quotes by Duc De La Rochefoucauld

Contrary to general belief, I do not believe that friends are necessarily the people you like best, they are merely the people who got there first.
View quotes by Peter Ustinov

It pays no matter what comes after it, to try and do things, to accomplish things in this life and not merely to have a soft and pleasant time.
View quotes by Theodore Roosevelt

Arthur hoped and prayed that there wasn't an afterlife. Then he realised there was a contradiction there and merely hoped that there wasn't an afterlife.
View quotes by Douglas Adams

Death not merely ends life, it also bestows upon it a silent completeness, snatched from the hazardous flux to which all things human are subject.
View quotes by Hannah Arendt

Nobody realizes that some people expend tremendous energy merely to be normal.
View quotes by Albert Camus

'Tis merely a flesh wound. (Soldier claims when beheaded)
View quotes by Monty Python

It's frightening to think that you mark your children merely by being yourself. It seems unfair. You can't assume the responsibility for everything you do -or don't do.
View quotes by Simone De Beauvoir

The atom bomb was no 'great decision.' It was merely another powerful weapon in the arsenal of righteousness.
View quotes by Harry S Truman

The universe seems neither benign nor hostile, merely indifferent.

View quotes by Carl Sagan

One must think like a hero to behave like a merely decent human being.
View quotes by Mary Sarton

With people of limited ability modesty is merely honesty. But with those who possess great talent it is hypocrisy.
View quotes by Arthur Schopenhauer

I believe that man will not merely endure. He will prevail. He is immortal, not because he alone among creatures has an inexhaustible voice, but because he has a soul, a spirit capable of compassion and sacrifice and endurance.
View quotes by William Faulkner

To read a writer is for me not merely to get an idea of what he says, but to go off with him and travel in his company.
View quotes by André Gide

Merely external emancipation has made of the modern woman an artificial being. Now, woman is confronted with the necessity of emancipating herself from emancipation, if she really desires to be free.
View quotes by Emma Goldman

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