„Widows are far better than brides. They don't tell, they won't yell, they don't swell, they rarely smell, and they're grateful as hell.“
Source: To Sail Beyond the Sunset (1987), p. 305 (1988 Ace reprint; ISBN 9780441748600)
„During our youth, there is something in us that is better than ourselves, I mean better than our desires, our pleasures, our yieldings, and our inclinations. Our soul is good then, even though our intelligence and will are not.“
— Joseph Joubert French moralist and essayist 1754 - 1824
„O people! Your God is one and your forefather (Adam) is one. An Arab is not better than a non-Arab and a non-Arab is not better than an Arab, and a red (i. e. white tinged with red) person is not better than a black person and a black person is not better than a red person, except in piety.“
— Muhammad Arabian religious leader and the founder of Islam 570 - 632
Narrated in Mosnad Ahmad, #22978
Source: The Sending
— Josh Billings American humorist 1818 - 1885
The Bull from the Sea (1962)
— Pythagoras ancient Greek mathematician and philosopher -585 - -495 BC
As quoted in Geary's Guide to the World's Great Aphorists (2007) by James Geary, p. 118
„It would be much better for everyone if the black vote was 'in play' and both major parties had to compete for it. As virtual captives of the Democrats since 1936, blacks have ended up being taken for granted by them and mostly ignored by Republicans.“
— Bruce Bartlett American historian 1951
Source: 2000s, Wrong on Race: The Democratic Party's Buried Past (2008), p. xiv
„It's better than hunting them down in the jungle, anyway. And I doubt they'll figure out our plan, since we can barely understand it ourselves.“
— Suzanne Collins American television writer and novelist 1962
Johanna Mason, p. 361
The Hunger Games trilogy, Catching Fire (2009)
— Thomas Middleton English playwright and poet 1580 - 1627
A Trick to catch the Old One (1605), Act i. Sc. 2. Compare: "Some undone widow sits upon mine arm", Philip Massinger, A New Way to pay Old Debts, act v. sc. 1.
„It is better to be opposed by an enemy than to be adrift in meaninglessness, for the simulacrum of an enemy lends purpose to actions whose nihilism would otherwise be self-evident.“
— Theodore Dalrymple English doctor and writer 1949
The Barbarians at the Gates of Paris http://www.city-journal.org/html/12_4_the_barbarians.html (Autumn 2002).
City Journal (1998 - 2008)
— Gore Vidal American writer 1925 - 2012
Quoted in "Vidal: 'I'm at the Top of a Very Tiny Heap,'" profile by Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times (12 March 1981), Late City Final Edition, Section C, Page 17, Column 1.
— Rafik Schami, The Dark Side of Love
Source: The Dark Side of Love
Source: The Angel's Game
„We sound like the Bay City Rollers after an assault by Black Sabbath. And, we vomit onstage better than anyone.“
— Kurt Cobain American musician and artist 1967 - 1994
As quoted in Guitar World (1992-01).
Interviews (1989-1994), Print
„Charming ladies, the beauty of a flock of white doves is better enhanced by a black crow than by a pure white swan.“
Leggiadre donne, infra molte bianche colombe aggiugne più di bellezza uno nero corvo, che non farebbe un candido cigno.
Ninth Day, Tenth Story
The Decameron (c. 1350)
„We must not look too dangerous to the enemy. This does not mean that we cannot do anything that threatens him. After all, our mere possession of a Type I Deterrence capability implies that we can harm him if we desire. But it does mean, to the extent that is consistent with our other objectives, we should not make him more insecure than is necessary. We do not want to make him so unhappy and distraught that he will be tempted to end his anxieties by the use of drastic alternatives. We do not wish him to conclude, "better a fearful end than endless fear."“
— Herman Kahn American futurist 1922 - 1983
We must not appear to be excessively aggressive, irresponsible, trigger-happy, or accident prone, today or in the future.
The Magnum Opus; On Thermonuclear War