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Quotes of the day: tricks and treats

Published Thursday, October 30, 2014 @ 5:54 PM EDT
Oct 30 2014

A kiss is a lovely trick designed by nature to stop speech when words become superfluous.
-Ingrid Bergman

A Madagascar Hissing Roach chasing Jerry Lewis. That would be a really neat treat.
-Michael O'Donoghue

A pig can learn more tricks than a dog, but has too much sense to want to do it.
-Robertson Davies

A technique is a trick that works.
-Giancarlo Rota

Death is a low chemical trick played on everybody except sequoia trees.
-J.J. Furnas

Expecting the world to treat you fairly because you are a good person is a little like expecting a bull not to attack you because you are a vegetarian.
-Dennis Wholey

History is after all only a pack of tricks we play on the dead.
-Voltaire (François Marie Arouet)

If you know what's happening in the research labs, it isn't all that great a trick to predict what's coming.
-Ben Bova

In Japan, employees occasionally work themselves to death. It's called Karoshi. I don't want that to happen to anybody in my department. The trick is to take a break as soon as you see a bright light and hear dead relatives beckon.
-Scott Adams

Love is a trick played on us by the forces of evolution.
-T.H. White

Love is only the dirty trick played on us to achieve continuation of the species.
-W. Somerset Maugham

One of the secrets of a happy life is continuous small treats.
-Iris Murdoch

Oratory is just like prostitution: you must have little tricks.
-Vittorio Orlando

See that you do not use the trick of prayer to cover up what you know you ought to do.
-Oswald Chambers

Snatching the eternal out of the desperately fleeting is the great magic trick of human existence.
-Tennessee Williams

Some people are so busy learning the tricks of the trade that they never learn the trade.
-Vernon Law

The main result of feminism has been the Dutch Treat.
-Nora Ephron

The trick is growing up without growing old.
-Casey Stengel

The trick is not how much pain you can feel but how much joy. Any idiot can feel pain. Life is full of excuses to feel pain, excuses not to live, excuses, excuses excuses... The only pain you feel is for all the useless pain you felt, all the times you didn't do something because of cowardice or fear, all the times you let bastards and the kibitzers and the fear shrinkers hold you back. Watch out for the death people, do you see what I mean? They're the ones to avoid.
-Henry Miller

The trick is to make sure you don't die waiting for prosperity to come.
-Lee Iacocca

The trick is to stop thinking of it as 'your' money. (On dealing with the IRS)

The trick of management is finding people with the right demons.
-David Carlson

The trick of wearing mink is to look as though you were wearing a cloth coat. The trick of wearing a cloth coat is to look as though you are wearing mink.
-Pierre Balmain

There is only one object on earth that frightens me: a physicist working on a new trick.
-Rex Stout

There's a trick to the Graceful Exit. It begins with the vision to recognize when a job, a life stage, a relationship is over- and to let go. It means leaving what's over without denying its value.
-Ellen Goodman

There's no trick to being a humorist when you have the whole government working for you.
-Will Rogers

There's only one trick in software, and that is using a piece of software that's already been written. (1989)
-Bill Gates

Trickery is what humans are all about. They're so keen on tricking one another all the time that they elect governments to do it for them.
-Terry Pratchett

Turning tricks for money isn't enough; you also have to know Word and Excel.

We are cups, constantly and quietly being filled. The trick is, knowing how to tip ourselves over and let the beautiful stuff out.
-Ray Bradbury

What magical trick makes us intelligent? The trick is that there is no trick. The power of intelligence stems from our vast diversity, not from any single, perfect principle.
-Marvin Minsky

Wit ought to be a glorious treat, like caviar. Never spread it about like marmalade.
-Noel Coward

You can't teach an old dogma new tricks.
-Dorothy Parker

You know, that might be the answer- to act boastfully about something we ought to be ashamed of. That's a trick that never seems to fail.
-Joseph Heller

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