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  • "Don't despair, not even over the fact that you don't despair."
    - Franz Kafka (Novelist born in Prague to German Jewish parents. 18831924)
  • "You can find anything and its contrary in old wisdom"
    - Daniel Kahneman (Isreali-US psychologist. 1934), speaking on BBC's Desert Island Discs, broadcast August 11, 2014.
  • "Plus a change, plus c'est la mme chose"
    ["the more it changes, the more it is the same thing" or, "the more things change the more they stay the same."]
    - Jean-Baptiste Alphonse Karr (French journalist and novelist. 18081880), Les Gupes, January 1849.
  • Why does your gynaecologist leave the room when you get undressed?
    - Peter Kay (British comedian. 1973)
  • When I was a kid I used to pray every night for a new bike. Then I realized that The Lord doesn't work that way, so I stole one and asked him to forgive me.
    - Peter Kay
  • If we aren't supposed to eat animals, then why are they made out of meat?
    - Peter Kay
  • "[On David Lloyd George] When he's alone in a room, there's nobody there."
    - John Maynard Keynes (British economist. 18831946)
  • "The intelligentsia of the Left were the loudest in demanding that the Nazi aggression should be resisted at all costs. When it comes to a showdown, scarce four weeks have passed before they remember that they are pacifists and write defeatist letters to your columns, leaving the defence of freedom and of civilisation to Colonel Blimp and the Old School Tie, for whom Three Cheers."
    - John Maynard Keynes Letter to the New Statesman, October 14, 1939.
  • Knowledge is knowing that a tomato is a fruit. Wisdom is knowing that a tomato doesn't belong in a fruit salad.
    - Miles Kington (UK journalist and musician. 19412008)
  • It is now proved beyond doubt that smoking is one of leading causes of statistics.
    - Fletcher Knebel (US author. 19111993)
  • "A woman who cannot be ugly is not beautiful."
    - Karl Kraus (Austrian essayist and poet. 18741936)
  • "Psychoanalysis is the disease of which it claims to be the cure."
    ["Die Psychoanalyse ist jene Krankheit, fr deren Behandlung sie sich halt.]
    - Karl Kraus Writing in his own newspaper "Die Fackel", quoted in translation by Thomas Szasz in "Karl Kraus and the Soul Doctors: A Pioneer Critic and His Criticisms of Psychiatry and Psychoanalysis" (1976, p. 24).
  • "Love and art do not embrace what is beautiful but what is made beautiful by this embrace."
    - Karl Kraus
  • "Eyes Wide Shut"
    - Stanley Kubrick (US film director, writer, and producer. 192899), title of his 1999 psychosexual thriller.

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