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To be content, just think how happy you would be if you lost everything you have right now, and then got it back again! ~~ Unattributed

The best way to find something you have lost is to buy a replacement. ~~ Ann Landers

Power does not corrupt. Fear corrupts, perhaps the fear of a loss of power. ~~ John Steinbeck

Experience: a comb life gives you after you lose your hair. ~~ Judith Stern

Without doubt the greatest injury…was done by basing morals on myth, for sooner or later myth is recognized for what it is, and disappears. Then morality loses the foundation on which it has been built. ~~ Sir Herbert Samuel

A people that values its privileges above its principles soon loses both. ~~ Dwight D. Eisenhower

I have not lost my mind -- it's backed up on disk somewhere. ~~ Unattributed

Don't give up. Don't lose hope. Don't sell out. ~~ Christopher Reeve

If you have made a mistake, cut your losses as quickly as possible. ~~ Bernard M. Baruch

Once a newspaper touches a story, the facts are lost forever, even to the protagonists. ~~ Norman Mailer

Cats are notoriously sore losers. Coming in second best, especially to someone as poorly coordinated as a human being, grates their sensibility. ~~ Stephen Baker

For 10 years of my life, 3 times a day, I thanked the Lord for what I was about to receive and thanked him again for what I had just received, and then we lost touch … and I suddenly thought, where is he now? ~~ Tom Stoppard

I wouldn't mind the rat race … if the rats would lose once in a while. ~~ Ziggy [Tom Wilson]

I think that we have created a new kind of person in a way. We have created a child who will be so exposed to the media that he will be lost to his parents by the time he is 12. ~~ David Bowie

Loss is nothing else but change, and change is Nature's delight. ~~ Marcus Aurelius

A person who doesn't lose his wits over certain things has no wits to lose. ~~ G. F. Lessing

Ours is the century of enforced travel … of disappearances. The century of people helplessly seeing others, who were close to them, disappear over the horizon. ~~ John Berger

If you are ever at a loss to support a flagging conversation, introduce the subject of eating. ~~ Leigh Hunt

You're only given a little spark of madness. You mustn't lose it. ~~ Robin Williams

Compromise is but the sacrifice of one right or good in the hope of retaining another -- too often ending in the loss of both. ~~ Tryon Edwards

Thought itself needs words. It runs on them like a long wire. And if it loses the habit of words, little by little it becomes shapeless, somber. ~~ Ugo Betti

Books won't stay banned. They won't burn. Ideas won't go to jail. In the long run of history, the censor and the inquisitor have always lost. The only sure weapon against bad ideas is better ideas. ~~ A. Whitney Griswold

How you lose or keep your hair depends on how wisely you choose your parents. ~~ Edward R. Nida

A man running for office puts me in mind of a dog that's lost--he smells everybody he meets, and wags himself all over. ~~ Josh Billings

What a waste it is to lose one's mind, or not to have a mind … How true that is. ~~ Dan Quayle

The tragedy of life is not that man loses but that he almost wins. ~~ Heywood Broun

The man who listens to Reason is lost; reason enslaves all whose minds are not strong enough to master her. ~~ G. B. Shaw

All that is gold does not glitter; not all those that wander are lost. ~~ J. R. R. Tolkein

Curiosity has its own reason for existing. One cannot help but be in awe when he contemplates the mysteries … of life … It is enough if one tries merely to comprehend a little of this mystery every day. Never lose a holy curiosity. ~~ Albert Einstein

Death is not the greatest loss in life. The greatest loss is what dies inside us while we live. ~~ Norman Cousins

Faith in a holy cause is to a considerable extent a substitute for the lost faith in ourselves. ~~ Eric Hoffer

A ready way to lose your friend is to lend him money. Another equally ready way to lose him is to refuse to lend him money. It is six of one and a half dozen of the other. ~~ George Jean Nathan

They tell you that you'll lose your mind when you grow older. What they don't tell you is that you won't miss it very much. ~~ Malcolm Cowley

Let us weigh the gain and the loss in wagering that God is, but let us consider the two possibilities. If you gain, you gain all; if you lose you lose nothing. Hesitate not, then, to wager that He is. ~~ Blaise Pascal

Nothing that grieves us can be called little: by the eternal laws of proportion a child's loss of a doll and a king's loss of a crown are events of the same size. ~~ Unattributed

It's tough watching a good idea lose because its backers are less eloquent or have less clout than its opponents. ~~ Lester Case

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. ~~ Napolean Bonaparte

All change represents loss of some kind; that's why some of us resist it so strongly. ~~ Unattributed

for whatever we lose (like a you or a me)

it's always ourselves we find in the sea ~~ e e cummings

You know when you've read a good book when you turn the last page and feel a little as if you have lost a friend. ~~ Paul Sweeney

You're never as good as everyone tells you when you win, and you're never as bad as they say when you lose. ~~ Lou Holtz with John Heisler

A man who enjoys responsibility usually gets it. A man who merely likes exercising authority usually loses it. ~~ Malcolm S. Forbes

Count no day lost in which you waited your turn, took only your share, and sought advantage over no one. ~~ Robert Brault

The great man is he who does not lose his child-heart. ~~ Mencius

What most persons consider as virtue, after the age of 40 is simply a loss of energy. ~~ Voltaire

Be able to be alone. Lose not the advantage of solitude. ~~ Sir Thomas Browne

Success is not a harbor but a voyage with its own perils to the spirit … The lesson that most of us on this voyage never learn, but can never quite forget, is that to win is sometimes to lose. ~~ Richard Milhous Nixon

I knew from the start if I left a woman I really loved -- the Great Society -- in order to fight that bitch of a war [in Vietnam] … then I would lose everything at home. My hopes … my dreams. ~~ Lyndon Baines Johnson

Until I feared I would lose it, I never loved to read. One does not love breathing. ~~ Harper Lee

If American men are obsessed with money, American women are obsessed with weight. The men talk of gain, the women talk of loss, and I do not know which talk is the more boring. ~~ Marya Mannes

There are so many opportunities in life, that the loss of two or three capabilities is not necessarily debilitating. A handicap can give you the opportunity to focus more on art, writing, or music. ~~ Jim Davis

I desire so to conduct the affairs of this administration that if at the end, when I come to lay down the reins of power, I have lost every other friend on earth, I shall at least have one friend left, and that friend shall be down inside me. ~~ Abraham Lincoln

Childhood is that wonderful time when all you need to do to lose weight is take a bath. ~~ Joe Moore

To die is to go into the Collective Unconscious, to lose oneself in order to be transformed into form, pure form. ~~ Hermann Hesse

Autumn leaves actually do not turn color. They lose one color, green, and show other colors they've had all along. The change is also caused more by the shortening of the days than by cooler weather. ~~ Deane Jordan [1,001 Facts Somebody Screwed Up]

The scientific theory I like best is that the rings of Saturn are composed entirely of lost airline luggage. ~~ Mark Russell

It matters not whether you win or lose; what matters is whether I win or lose. ~~ Darrin Weinberg

Reagan won because he ran against Jimmy Carter. Had he run unopposed he would have lost. ~~ Mort Sahl

There are more serious problems in life than financial ones, and I've had a lot of those. I've been broke before, and will be again. Heartbroke? That's serious. Lose a few bucks. That's not. ~~ Willie Nelson

Appetizers are the little things you keep eating until you lose your appetite. ~~ Joe Moore

He who, having lost one ideal, refuses to give his heart and soul to another and nobler, is like a man who declines to build a house on rock because the wind and rain ruined his house on the sand. ~~ Constance Naden

Many things are lost for want of asking. ~~ English proverb

The conventional army loses if it does not win. The guerrilla wins if he does not lose. ~~ Henry Kissinger

I can't say I was ever lost, but I was bewildered once for three days. ~~ Daniel Boone

Some people are good losers, and others can't act. ~~ Unattributed

Every artist wants his work to be permanent. But what is? The Aswan Dam covered some of the greatest art in the world. Venice is sinking. Great books and pictures were lost in the Florence floods. In the meantime we still enjoy butterflies. ~~ Romare Beardon

If you can't sleep, then get up and do something instead of lying there and worrying. It's the worry that gets you, not the loss of sleep. ~~ Dale Carnegie

He's a real loser. He moved into a new neighborhood and got run over by the Welcome Wagon. ~~ Red Buttons

The way to love anything is to realize that it might be lost. ~~ G. K. Chesterton

One must never lose time in vainly regretting the past or in complaining against the changes which cause us discomfort, for change is the essence of life. ~~ Anatole France

If a nation values anything more than freedom, it will lose its freedom; and the irony of it is that if it is comfort or money that it values more, it will lose that, too. ~~ William Somerset Maugham

How many cares one loses when one decides not to be something but to be someone. ~~ Coco [Gabrielle] Chanel (see "Said Who")

In two decades I've lost a total of 789 pounds. I should be hanging from a charm bracelet. ~~ Erma Bombeck

Walking isn't a lost art -- one must, by some means, get to the garage. ~~ Evan Esar

"Are you lost, daddy?" I asked tenderly.
"Shut up, he explained." ~~ Ring Lardner

There is no one quite as angry as someone who has just lost a lot of money. ~~ David Williamson

It's a recession when your neighbor loses his job; it's a depression when you lose yours. ~~ Harry S Truman

I am always at a loss to know how much to believe of my own stories. ~~ Washington Irving

Learning without thought is labor lost; thought without learning is perilous. ~~ Confucius

Never esteem anything as of advantage to you that will make you break your word or lose your self-respect. ~~ Marcus Aurelius Antoninus

Iron rusts from disuse; stagnant water loses it purity and in cold weather becomes frozen; even so does inaction sap the vigor of the mind. ~~ Leonardo da Vinci

Reputation is an idle and most false imposition; oft got without merit, and lost without deserving. ~~ William Shakespeare

For everything you have missed, you have gained something else; and for everything you gain, you lose something. ~~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

Men in Great Place are thrice Servants: Servants of the Sovereign or State; Servants of Fame; and Servants of Business … It is strange desire to seek Power and to lose Liberty. ~~ Francis Bacon

It is not whether you win or lose, but how you place the blame. ~~ Unattributed

The art of life is to show your hand. There is no diplomacy like candor. You may lose by it now and then, but it will be a loss well gained if you do. Nothing is so boring as having to keep up a deception. ~~ E. V. Lucas

Fill your mouth with marbles and make a speech. Every day reduce the number of marbles in your mouth and make a speech. You will soon become an accredited public speaker -- as soon as you have lost all your marbles. ~~ Brooks Hays

There can be no resolution of mourning and loss until you put the question of "Why?" behind … [Better questions might be] "How do I survive and find courage? How can I take this life-shattering trauma and make it a basis for growing? ~~ Mrs. A. J. Levinson and Harold S. Kushner

With reasonable men, I will reason; with humane men I will plead; but to tyrants I will give no quarter, nor waste arguments where they will certainly be lost. ~~ William Lloyd Garrison

It is good to have money and the things that money can buy, but it's good, too, to check up once in a while and make sure you haven't lost the things that money can't buy. ~~ George Horace Lorimer

Beware that you do not lose the substance by grasping at the shadow. ~~ Aesop

The true paradises are paradises we have lost. ~~ Marcel Proust

Never contend with a man who has nothing to lose. ~~ Baltasar Gracian

I know what I have done, and Your Honor knows what I have done … Somewhere between my ambition and my ideals, I lost my ethical compass. ~~ Jeb Stuart Magruder

There is a point at which everything becomes simple and there is no longer any question of choice, because all you have staked will be lost if you look back. Life's point of no return. ~~ Dag Hammarskjold

Lost time is never found again. ~~ Benjamin Franklin

No evil is without its compensation. The less money, the less trouble; the less favor, the less envy. Even in those cases which put us out of wits, it is not the loss itself, but the estimate of the loss that troubles us. ~~ Seneca

Make sure you never, never argue at night. You just lose a good night's sleep, and you can't settle anything until morning anyway. ~~ Rose Kennedy

Inanimate objects are classified scientifically into three major categories -- those that don't work, those that break down, and those that get lost. ~~ Russell Baker

Some people lose all respect for the lion unless he devours them instantly. There is no pleasing some people. ~~ Will Cuppy

We're not lost. We're locationally challenged. ~~ John M. Ford

There are still some honest people left in the world, but they never seem to find anything you lose. ~~ Joe Moore

"Lost Illusion" is the undisclosed title of every novel. ~~ Andre Maurois

When you appeal to force, there's one thing you must never do -- lose. ~~ Dwight D. Eisenhower

Everybody gets so much information all day long that they lose their common sense. ~~ Gertrude Stein

Lord save us all from old age and broken health and a hope tree that has lost the faculty of putting out blossoms. ~~ Mark Twain

The important thing is to learn a lesson every time you lose. ~~ John McEnroe

Humility is a strange thing. The minute you think you've got it, you've lost it. ~~ E. D. Hulse

What is life? It is the flash of a firefly in the night. It is the breath of a buffalo in the wintertime. It is the little shadow which runs across the grass and loses itself in the sunset. ~~ Crowfoot

It is a socialist idea that making profits is a vice. I consider the real vice is making losses. ~~ Winston Churchill

What is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? I suppose this depends somewhat upon the size of the soul. I think there are cases where the trade would do. ~~ Josh Billings

In this age when there can be no losers in peace and no victors in war, we must recognize the obligation to match national strength with national restraint. ~~ Lyndon B. Johnson

People who lose their parents when young are permanently in love with them. ~~ Aharon Appelfeld

If worry were an effective weight-loss program, women would be invisible. ~~ Nancy Drew

A friend in power is a friend lost. ~~ Henry Brooks Adams

Time lost is time when we have not lived a full human life, time unenriched by