Damaged goods is all I see. Hardened faces look back at me. Where are all the innocents-unscarred by the battle.
Daring ideas are like chessmen moved forward; they may be beaten, but they may start a winning game.
Darwinian chance rather than providential design determines what happens.
Data are not facts.
Facts are not information.
Information is not knowledge.
Knowledge is not truth.
Truth is not wisdom.
Death is afraid of him because he has the heart of a lion.
Decadence is deliberate cruelty.
Decency is a relative thing.
Deception is invariably practiced on the self before others.
Decide on what you think is right, and stick to it.
Deep down, he's very shallow.
Deep pockets don't sue shallow ones.
Deeper analysis does not always lead to keener judgements.
Defeat is worse than death because you have to live with defeat.
Deformed by fantasy-mutilated by reality.
Delay only compounds mistakes.
Democracy in meetings is not a value in itself.
Democracy is like blowing your nose. You may not do it well, but you ought to do it yourself.
Denial is an ineffective strategy.
Depression doesn't necessarily kill a person's sense of humor.
Depression is merely anger without enthusiasm.
Description is more valuable than metaphor.
Design is not veneer, it is the fundamental soul of a creation.
Desolation is not the same thing as emptiness, because unlike emptiness, it can fill a space.
Desperation, not vision.
Desperation is the raw material of drastic change. Only those who can leave behind everything they have ever believed in can hope to escape.
Destiny is not a matter of chance, it's a matter of choice. It is not a thing to be waited for, it's a thing to be achieved.
Detail is the difference between ordinary and extraordinary.
Die fast and quiet when they interrogate you or live so long that they are ashamed to hurt you anymore.
Difference between a mishap and a tragedy. If Gladstone fell into the Thames, it would be a mishap. If anyone pulled him out, it would be a tragedy. (Disraeli)
Difference between cheese and chalk.
Different isn't always better, but better is always different.
Difficulties exist to be surmounted.
Dig your well before you're thirsty.
Dijon vu – the same mustard as before.
Diplomacy is the art of letting someone else have your way.
Direct your efforts more to preparing youth for the path and less to preparing the path for youth.
Disasters do not simply occur; they evolve.
1. Do what has to be done
2. When it has to be done
3. As well as it can be done
4. Do it that way all the time
Discipline is a convenient way of avoiding an adjustment to rapidly changing circumstances.
Discipline is always worthwhile.
Discovery is seeing what everybody else has seen, and thinking what no one else has thought.
Disorganization is a kind of anesthesia.
Distress is soil for growing businesses.
Do a few of the right things well.
Do a few things very well.
Do I have to give up me to be loved by you?
Do it, fix it, learn.
Do it right the first time-do it very right the second time.
Do less better.
Do not become an archivist of facts. Try to penetrate to the secret of their occurrence, persistently search for the laws which govern them.
Do not expect justice where might is right.
Do not feel certain of anything.
Do not forget an old act of kindness because of a recent dispute.
Do not go gentle into that good night/Old age should burn and rave at close of day/Rage, rage against the dying of the light.
Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.
Do not insult the mother alligator until you have crossed the river.
Do not keep away from the measure which has no limit, or from the task which has no end.
Do not look where you fell, but where you slipped.
Do not seek to follow in the foot steps of the masters; seek what they sought.
Do not spoil what you have by desiring what you have not; but remember that what you now have was once among the things you only hoped for.
Do not understand me too quickly.
Do not use a hatchet to remove a fly from your friend's forehead.
Do not wait; the time will never be "just right". Start where you stand and work with whatever tools you may have at your command, and better tools will be found as you go along.
Do not wait for the last judgment. It takes place every day.
Do what you can.
Do you believe in all this success? It's like wine. You don't believe in wine. You drink wine.
Do you love life? Then do not squander time. For time is the stuff life is made of.
Do you think you can fart your way out of it?
Does anyone have any questions for my answers?
Dogs move through our culture as a kind of unresolved issue.
Doing business without advertising is like winking at a girl in the dark; you know what you're doing, but no one else does.
Doing the right things instead of doing things right.
Doing well is not enough if you can do better.
Dollar bills are not the same as brain cells.
Don't argue with the truth.
Don't ask questions of fairy tales.
Don't avoid voiding.
Don't be afraid to make mistakes. If you take a fall, it's because you're learning, and that's better than playing it safe. The name of the game is not to be right all the time. The name of the game is to win. There's a big difference.
Don't be afraid to take a big step if one is indicated. You can't cross a chasm in two small jumps.
Don't blame content. If you put a monkey in a car, it's not the car's fault.
Don't confuse bad management with destiny.
Don't confuse the headlines with the trend lines.
Don't cry because it is over, smile because it happened.
Don't deprive yourself of the joy of giving.
Don't develop anything that you don't want to make, and don't make anything that you can't sell.
Don't embarrass the bread.
Don't ever confuse good manners with agreement.
Don't ever darken my toilet paper again.
Don't ever take down a fence until you know why it was put up.
Don't expect empathy from losers.
Don't expect others to listen to your advice and ignore your example.
Don't expect others to take as much interest in you as you do yourself.
Don't feed the troll in blog space.
Don't find fault. Find a remedy.
Don't find fault. Find a solution.
Don't get out of the Trojan Horse before you're inside the castle.
Don't hold the penny so close to your eye that you can't see the dollar behind it.
Don't invest too much in a charismatic leader.
Don't judge people by their relatives.
Don't learn the tricks of the trade. Learn the trade.
Don't let a little dispute injure a great friendship.
Don't live with your mistakes.
Don't look backward unless that's the direction you're headed.
Don't look down, don't look back.
Don't look to me for the answers. All I want you to use me for is approval.
Don't mistake activity for achievement.
Don't mistake bad ideas for bad intentions.
Don't pay attention to the critics—don't even ignore them.
Don't put a period when God put a comma.
Don't say yes until I finish talking.
Don't tell me the good news—it takes care of itself—tell me the bad news.
Don't think of me as a monopoly; think of me as a company that enjoys 100% customer loyalty.
Don't think of me as your boss, but as a friend who's always right.
Don't threaten a child: either punish him or forgive him.
Don't throw away time on useless resentment or try to see who can hold out longest in stubbornness.
Don't try to buy low. That's like trying to catch a knife.
Don't try to do something cheaply that shouldn't be done at all.
Don't try to get to heaven in one night.
Don't try to suck up or even be nice to your intellectual inferiors. They'll only hate you more for it.
Don't use a plan as a major input to the decision-making process. Use it mainly to recognize change as it takes place.
Don't watch the underclass. It's more likely that the warlords will kill you.
Drama often obscures the real issues.
Dramatic change often comes as a response to imminent collapse.
Dreams with deadlines.
Dress like a bourgeois; think like a revolutionary.
Drinking water from a fire hose.
Drinking your own bath water.
Drive fast. You're harder to hit.
Dumb as a sack of hammers.
DWIM: Do What I Mean.
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