Poor Richard's Almanack (1756); this has also been quoted in a paraphrased form used by Bill Clinton in [ 1998 address to Beijing University http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/122320.stm, as "Our critics are our friends, they show us our faults".
Poor Richard's Almanack
„Drag your thoughts away
from your troubles…
by the ears, by the heels,
or any other way you can manage it.“
— Mark Twain American author and humorist 1835 - 1910
„I dance for no reason, for reasons you can't dance,
Call me an activist of intellectualized circumstance
You can't learn my steps until you unlearn your thoughts Spirit, soul, can't be store-bought.“
— Saul Williams American singer, musician, poet, writer, and actor 1972
Source: Steve Jobs
„Being successful doesn’t make you manage your time well. Managing your time well makes you successful!“
— Randy Pausch American professor of computer science, human-computer interaction and design 1960 - 2008
Time Management (2007)
„But I'd felt as if I'd pissed my life away in the same way that you can piss money away. I'd had a life, full of kids and wives and jobs and all the usual stuff, and I'd somehow managed to mislay it. No, you see, that's not right. I knew where my life was, just as you know where the money goes when you piss it away. I hadn't mislaid it at all. I'd spent it.“
A Long Way Down (2005)
— Benjamin Franklin American author, printer, political theorist, politician, postmaster, scientist, inventor, civic activist, statesman, a… 1706 - 1790
Letter to William Strahan (5 July 1775); reported in Bartlett's Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. (1919).
„One who reveals your faults to you like a mirror is your true friend, and one who flatters you and covers up your faults is your enemy.“
— Husayn ibn Ali The grandson of Muhammad and the son of Ali ibn Abi Talib 626 - 680
Majlisi, Bihārul Anwār, vol.78, p. 128
„Kiss me as if you made believe
You were not sure, this eve,
How my face, your flower, had pursed
It's petals up.“
— Robert Browning English poet and playwright of the Victorian Era 1812 - 1889
"In a Gondola", line 49 (1842).
„What happened? Did a house fall on your sister?" I asked. Maybe there was a benefit to our language barrier. She pursed her lips.
"You can't stay here much longer," she said.
My mouth dropped open.
"You… you speak English?"
She snorted. "Of course.“
Source: Blood Promise
„Next time you're at a wishing well. Doesn't happen often. Next time you're at a wishing well ask to see the manager! Tell him you've been coming there for 10 years and none of your wishes have come true. Either you gimme my money back—or I'm shittin' in the well!“
— George Carlin American stand-up comedian 1937 - 2008
What Am I Doing in New Jersey? (1988)
„It is costing much money here, a thing I regret. But you will get your money's worth. My legs curse you. But my heart says 'Thank you.“
— Maynard Owen Williams American journalist 1888 - 1963
from a letter to John Oliver la Gorce, the Geographic's assistant editor (1923)
„I'm a-gonna tell you how it's gonna be,
You're gonna give your love to me.
I wanna love you night and day,
You know my love a-not fade away.
A-well, you know my love a-not fade away.“
— Buddy Holly American singer-songwriter 1936 - 1959
Not Fade Away, written by Buddy Holly and Norman Petty
Song lyrics, The "Chirping" Crickets (1957)