Nature does not evolve toward goals but away from constraints.
Necessity is a hard nurse, but she raises strong children.
Necessity never made a good bargain.
Need to manage both the inputs and the outputs.
Negotiating is a way of saying, "nice doggie" until you can find a rock.
Neither abstinence nor excess ever renders one happy.
Neither life nor nature cares if justice is ever done or not.
Never accept a "no" answer from someone who is not capable of saying "yes."
Never answer a question until it's asked.
Never assume that habitual silence means ability in reserve.
Never attribute to a conspiracy that which can be explained by incompetence.
Never attribute to malice what can be adequately explained by stupidity.
Never argue with an idiot – the people watching may not be able to tell the difference.
Never awake me when you have good news to announce because with good news, nothing presses; but when you have bad news, arouse me immediately, for then there is not an instant to be lost.
Never be too sure you're smarter than the gorilla.
Never become depressed nor even ponder nor develop the slightest stresses and anxieties over past defeats . . . get even.
Never being happy isn't the same as being unhappy.
Never believe that a few caring people can't change the world. For, indeed, that's all who ever had.
Never bet on a loser because you think his luck is bound to change.
Never buy a car you can't push.
Never challenge a lion in his own den.
Never complain, never explain.
Never cut what can be untied.
Never deal with the monkey when the organ grinder is in the room.
Never deny your convictions for the sake of peace and quiet.
Never deprive someone of hope; it might be all they have.
Never ever forget your roots.
Never fear being vulgar, just boring.
Never get angry except on purpose.
Never grift on the way out.
Never have so many fought so hard for such barren terrain.
Never hire a clown unless you own the face.
Never in the history of show business has the gap between amateur and professional been so small.
Never interfere with your enemy when he's in the process of destroying himself.
Never invest in anything that keeps you awake at night.
Never lean on the weird.
Never let well enough alone.
Never look for the birds of this year in the nests of the last.
Never love a company because the company will never love you back.
Never met a bubble we couldn't burst.
Never mind the dog, beware of the owner.
Never mistake a clear view for a short distance.
Never negotiate with a hard-on.
Never play leapfrog with a unicorn.
Never promise more than you can perform.
Never pull into a parking space that you can't back out of.
Never ruin an apology with an excuse.
Never say "oops" in the operating room.
Never send a boy to do a man's job.
Never send to know for whom the bell tolls. It tolls for thee.
Never settle with words what you can accomplish with a flamethrower.
Never shame to hear what you have nobly done.
Never sleep with a woman whose troubles are worse than yours.
Never tell a lie, then you don't have to remember what you said.
Never tolerate commitments in words instead of in spirit.
Never trust the advice of a man in difficulties.
Never try to walk across a river just because it has an average depth of four feet.
Never underestimate the power of stupid people in large groups.
Never up, never in.
New meaning flows to fill the emptiness hollowed out by devastation.
Never wrestle with a pig. You both get dirty, but only the pig enjoys it.
New medical technologies, too attractive to forbid and too expensive to make generally available, will exacerbate the inequalities that now exist within and between societies.
New technologies are borne with many enemies and few friends.
News shouted loudly enough from the rooftops will not always fall on deaf ears.
Next to knowing when to seize an opportunity, the most important thing in life is to know when to forego an advantage. (Disraeli)
Nietzsche: So long as you are praised, think only that you are not yet on your own path, but on that of another.
Night brings our troubles to the light rather than banishing them.
Night is the time of creation.
90 day wonders. After 90 days, you wonder why you did the deal?
90% of everything is crap.
90% of science is drudgery.
Ninety-five percent of the show is just being there on time.
No amount of technology can ever turn a bad story into a good one.
No art comes from the conscious mind.
No battle plan survives contact with the enemy.
No corporation gets hit by the future between the eyes; they always get it in the temple.
No detail is small.
No disguise can long conceal love where it exists, or long feign it where it is lacking.
No front, no back, no time.
No good deed goes unpunished.
No hugging, no learning.
No individual raindrop ever considers itself responsible for the flood.
"No" is never an answer.
No man can serve two masters.
No man can think clearly when his fists are clenched.
No man is more liable to make mistakes than the man who acts only on reflection.
No man is more than another unless he does more than another. (Cervantes)
No man loves the man he fears.
No man may avoid his fate. (Kismet)
No man was ever honored for what he received. Honor has been the reward for what he gave.
No man's knowledge here can go beyond his experience.
No matter how cynical I get, I just can't keep up.
No matter how far you have gone on a wrong road, turn back.
No matter how golden an age, there will always be someone who complains that it looks too yellow.
No matter how dark his night or how deep his wounds…
No matter how many operations a brain surgeon watches, I'd rather have someone who has done it.
No matter how much you may care, some people are just assholes.
No matter who you think you are, back in the gym, it's always the same struggle. One hundred pounds will always be one hundred pounds. It will never give you a break.
No one can help you. A writer is alone with it, by the nature of it.
No one can lead other people except by showing them a future. A leader is a merchant of hope.
No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.
No one can shed light on vices he does not have or afflictions he never experienced.
No one courts fame out of happiness.
No one does anything for anyone else without some notion of reward.
No one ever caught a train without missing the previous one.
No one forgets where he buried the hatchet.
No one gives me credit for hating myself.
No one is completely worthless. You can always serve as a bad example.
No one is more definite about the solution than the one who doesn't understand the problem.
No one man's mind is sufficient to grasp the entire truth.
No one roots for Goliath.
No one wants to be first, but everyone wants to be second.
No one with a happy childhood ever amounts to much in this world. They are so well-adjusted, they are never driven to achieve anything.
No one's ever held up a bank with a dildo.
No player ever does anything on a football field that isn't dependent on some other player. The individual achievements are often, in effect, hidden in plain sight.
No prophet is accepted in his own town.
No snowflake falls in an inappropriate place.
No statement, theological or otherwise, should be made, which cannot be made in the presence of burning children.
No true artist will tolerate for one minute the world as it is.
No two persons will agree on everything unless one of them is not listening.
No unhappy thing has ever happened to me in my life that was not my own fault, and I attribute nearly all of the good fortune I have had to coincidence.
No victor believes in chance.
No voice should be louder than the battle.
Nobel Prize winner-chauffeur on tour. (Panetta)
Nobody can ever quite separate the dancer from the dance.
Nobody ever went into show biz who had a happy childhood.
Nobody else can make you happy.
Nobody cares less about your ego than a stopwatch.
Nobody goes there anymore-it's too busy.
Nobody is indispensable, especially you.
Nobody out-Geschreis me.
Nodding your head doesn't row the boat.
None of us is as smart as all of us.
Not a lack of strength, not a lack of knowledge, but a lack of will.
Not all jobs are the same, but all jobs are important.
Not as if by magic but by his own gift.
Not because they wished it, but because they willed it.
Not because we may not grow old together, but because we may not grow old at all.
Not believing in force is the same as not believing in gravity.
Not even death can stop true love.
Not everybody can live upstream.
Not every end is a goal. The end of a melody is not its goal; however, if the melody had not reached its end, it would also not have reached its goal.
Not everything that is faced can be changed at once, but nothing can be changed until it is faced.
Not everything that is more difficult is more meritorious.
Not everything worth doing is worth doing well.
Not hands-on but body-on.
Not knowing is not an excuse.
Not only does the emperor have no clothes, he has bad skin.
Not only is the past not dead, it isn't even past.
Not so much great pieces of good fortune that seldom happen, but little advantages that occur every day.
Not to know is bad, not to wish to know is worse.
Not to know what happened before you were born is to be forever a child.
Not to want to care is a much more passionate feeling than not caring.
Not too many people understand simplicity: they equate it with no good.
Nothing can be more useful to a man than a determination not to be hurried.
Nothing can be older than its creator.
Nothing can replace a live orchestra, flesh on catgut.
Nothing can stop the man with the right attitude from achieving his goal, but nothing on earth can help the man with the wrong attitude.
Nothing fails like success.
Nothing gives a fearful man more courage than another's fear.
Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm.
Nothing happens in this world until someone sells something to somebody.
Nothing happens unless first a dream.
Nothing happens until after the 8th call.
Nothing happens until somebody sells something.
Nothing happens without salesmen who are willing to sell your product.
Nothing in fine print is ever good news.
Nothing is as burdensome as a secret.
Nothing is as devastating as a dream which comes true.
Nothing is so corrupting as a great idea whose time is past.
Nothing is ever definitely won by man
Neither his strength / Nor his weakness nor his heart
And when he thinks / . . he holds tight his joy
He crushes it.
Nothing is ever finished.
Nothing is impossible for the man who doesn't have to do it himself.
Nothing is impossible for the man who will not listen to reason.
Nothing is just one thing.
Nothing is made better or worse by praise.
Nothing is more dangerous than an idea when it's the only one we have.
Nothing is more difficult than the art of maneuver. What is difficult about maneuver is to make the devious route the most direct and to turn misfortune to advantage.
Nothing is so difficult as not deceiving yourself.
Nothing is more fatal than a dodge. Wrongs will be forgiven, sufferings and losses will be forgiven or forgotten…but anything like a trick will always rankle.
Nothing is so fatiguing as the eternal hanging on of an uncompleted task.
Nothing is so good as it seems beforehand.
Nothing is so responsible for the good old days as a bad memory.
Nothing is so simple that it can't be misunderstood.
Nothing is to be done later than now.
Nothing is true. Everything is permitted.
Nothing made sense and neither did everything else.
Nothing more enhances authority than silence.
Nothing moves by itself, unless it's going downhill.
Nothing prepares you for the first time.
Nothing puts fear in people faster than an overabundance of frogs.
Nothing so conveys a sense of the infinite as human stupidity.
Nothing stinks like a pile of unpublished writing.
Nothing succeeds like the appearance of success.
Nothing was ever done so systematically as nothing is being done now.
Nothing will ever be attempted if all possible objections must first be overcome.
Nothing's lost forever. In this world, there is a kind of painful progress. Longing for what we've left behind and dreaming ahead.
Novels are written for people who enjoy reading and screenplays are written for people who hate reading.
Now is not the time to go wobbly.
Now that my ladder's gone, I must lie down where all the ladders start, in the foul rag-and-bone shop of the heart.
Now the trumpet summons us again.
Now, though numberless fates of death beset us which no mortal can escape or avoid, let us go forward together, and either we shall give honor to one another, or another to us.
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