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  • "Acting provides the fulfillment of never being fulfilled."
    - Glenda Jackson (English actress and politician. 1936 )
  • "The whole essence of learning lines is to forget them so you can make them sound like you thought of them that instant."
    - Glenda Jackson
  • "There is no worse lie than a truth misunderstood by those who hear it."
    - William James (US philosopher and psychologist. 18421910), The Varieties of Religious Experience: A Study in Human Nature (1902).
  • To endure the unendurable is true endurance.
    - Japanese proverb
  • "It is impossible to enjoy idling thoroughly unless one has plenty of work to do."
    - Jerome K. Jerome (English humourist and playwright, 18591927)
  • "The joke in Westminster was Theresa May can't even beat Jeremy Corbyn. Jeremy Corbyn can't even beat Theresa May."
    - Alan Johnson (British politican. 1950) BBC This Week, 28 September 2018
  • "My policy on cake is that I'm pro having it and pro eating it."
    - Boris Johnson (British politican. 1964).
  • "You might as well praise a man for not robbing a bank."
    - Bobby Jones (US amateur golfer. 190271) After calling a penatly on himself which cost him the 1925 US Open.
  • Dolph to Nelson: "Oh man, you kissed a girl?
    Jimbo: "That is so gay."
    - Jimbo Jones From The Simpsons, the cartoon creation of Matt Groening.
  • "He who praises everybody, praises nobody."
    - Samuel Johnson (English poet, critic and lexicogrpher. 170984) Johnson's Works (1787), vol. XI.
  • "Read over your compositions, and wherever you meet with a passage which you think is particularly fine, strike it out."
    - Samuel Johnson Recalling "what an old tutor of a college said to one of his pupils", from The Life of Samuel Johnson by James Boswell.
  • "Love is the wisdom of the fool and the folly of the wise."
    - Samuel Johnson William Cooke, 'Life of Samuel Foote' (1805) vol 2.
  • "It's a strange world of language in which skating on thin ice can get you into hot water."
    - Franklin P. Jones
  • "It's a funny old world - a man's lucky if he gets out of it alive."
    - Paul M. Jones and Walter de Leon Spoken by W.C. Fields in the film 'You're Telling Me' (1934).
  • "The trouble is, if you don't risk anything, you risk even more."
    - Erica Mann Jong (American novelist and poet. 1942 ) writing in 'How To Save Your Own Life' (1977).
  • "The true leader is always led."
    - Carl Jung (Swiss psychiatrist. 18751961)
  • "Everything that irritates us about others can lead us to an understanding of ourselves."
    - Carl Jung, Memories, Dreams, Reflections, 1963.
  • "Sed quis custodiet ipsos custodes?"
    (But who will guard the gaurds?)
    - Juvenal (Roman Satiric poet. 60130 AD)

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