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Whining1 is not only graceless, but can be dangerous. It can alert a brute2 that a victim is in the neighborhood.
-- Maya Angelou


Count your age with friends but not with years.
-- Anonymous3


Don't anthropomorphize computers -- they hate it.
-- Anonymous


Don't trust anyone over 30 who used to say "Don't trust anyone over 30."
-- Anonymous


Give her two red roses, each with a note. The first note says "For the woman I love" and the second, "For my best friend."
-- Anonymous


Never practice two vices4 at once.
-- Tallulah Bankhead


Never moon a werewolf.
-- Mike Binder5


Never express yourself more clearly than you are able to think.
-- Niels Bohr


Never go to a doctor whose office plants have died.
-- Erma Bombeck


Always behave like a duck--keep calm and unruffled on the surface but paddle like the devil underneath6.
-- Jacob Braude


If someone offers you a breath mint, accept it.
-- H. Jackson Brown, Jr., Life's Little Treasure Book, on wisdom


Let the refining and improving of your own life keep you so busy that you have little time to criticize others.
-- H. Jackson Brown


You have it easily in your power to increase the sum total of this world's happiness now. How? By giving a few words of sincere appreciation7 to someone who is lonely or discouraged. Perhaps you will forget tomorrow the kind words you say today, but the recipient8 may cherish them over a lifetime.
-- Dale Carnegie


Never go to bed angry. Stay up and fight.
-- Phyllis Diller


Never judge a book by its movie.
-- J. W. Eagan


The important thing is not to stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existing. One cannot help but be in awe9 when he contemplates10 the mysteries of eternity11, of life, of the marvelous structure of reality. It is enough if one tries merely to comprehend a little of this mystery every day. Never lose a holy curiosity.
-- Albert Einstein


Don't bother just to be better than your contemporaries or predecessors12. Try to be better than yourself.
-- William Faulkner


Never be possessive. If a female friend lets on that she is going out with another man, be kind and understanding. If she says she would like to go out with the Dallas Cowboys, including the coaching staff, the same rule applies. Tell her: "Kath, you just go right ahead and do what you feel is right." Unless you actually care for her, in which case you must see to it that she has no male contact whatsoever13.
-- Bruce Jay Friedman


A Code of Honor: Never approach a friend's girlfriend or wife with mischief14 as your goal. There are just too many women in the world to justify15 that sort of dishonorable behavior. Unless she's really_ attractive.
-- Bruce Friedman


Don't ever take a fence down until you know why it was put up.
-- Robert Frost


You can't shake hands with a clenched16 fist.
-- Indira Gandhi


Always go to the bathroom when you have a chance.
-- King George V


One ought, every day at least, to hear a little song, read a good poem, see a fine picture and, if possible, speak a few reasonable words.
-- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe


A good time to keep your mouth shut is when you're in deep water.
-- Sidney Goff


Beware of men on airplanes. The minute a man reaches thirty thousand feet, he immediately becomes consumed by distasteful sexual fantasies which involve doing uncomfortable things in those tiny toilets. These men should not be encouraged, their fantasies are sadly low-rent and unimaginative. Affect an aloof17, cool demeanor18 as soon as any man tries to draw you out. Unless, of course, he's the pilot.
-- Cynthia Heimel


Never judge someone by who he's in love with; judge him by his friends. People fall in love with the most appalling19 people. Take a cool, appraising20 glance at his pals21.
-- Cynthia Heimel


When in doubt, make a fool of yourself. There is a microscopically22 thin line between being brilliantly creative and acting23 like the most gigantic idiot on earth. So what the hell, leap.
-- Cynthia Heimel, "Lower Manhattan Survival Tactics" in Village Voice


Dew knot trussed yore spell chequer two fined awl24 yore mistakes.
-- Brendan Hills


Live truth instead of professing25 it.
-- Elbert Hubbard


Call on God, but row away from the rocks.
-- Indian proverb


Forgive your enemies, but never forget their names.
-- John F. Kennedy


When you are right, you cannot be too radical26; When you are wrong, you cannot be too conservative.
-- Martin Luther King, Jr.


I will try to follow the advice that a university president once gave a prospective27 commencement speaker. "Think of yourself as the body at an Irish wake" he said. "They need you in order to have the party, but no one expects you to say very much."
-- Anthony Lake, national security advisor28, at University of Massachusettes, Amhurst, Graduation 1995


For best results: wash in cold water separately, hang dry and iron with warm iron. For not so good results: drag behind car through puddles29, blow-dry on roofrack.
-- Laundry instructions on a shirt made by HEET (Korea)


For the love of God, folks, don't do this at home.
-- David Letterman, CBS Late Show, demonstrating the Donut-o-pult, 1995


Never try to teach a pig to sing. It wastes your time and annoys the pig.
-- Lazarus Long


You can't learn too soon that the most useful thing about a principle is that it can always be sacrificed to expediency30.
-- W. Somerset Maugham


If you can't feed a hundred people, then feed just one.
-- Mother Teresa


Give the people not hell, but hope and courage.
-- John Murray


Never be unfaithful to a lover, except with your wife.
-- P. J. O'Rourke


Don't look back -- something might be gaining on you.
-- Satchel31 Paige


Trust, but verify.
-- Ronald Reagan


It may be that the race is not always to the swift, nor the battle to the strong -- but that is the way to bet.
-- Damon Runyan


We have to keep trying things we're not sure we can pull off. If we just do the things we know we can do... you don't grow as much. You gotta take those chances on making those big mistakes.
-- Cybill Shepherd


Start slow and taper32 off.
-- Walt Stack, marathon runner


If you can't convince them, confuse them.
-- Harry33 S. Truman


Always do right; this will gratify some people and astonish the rest.
-- Mark Twain


Good breeding consists in concealing34 how much we think of ourselves and how little we think of the other person.
-- Mark Twain


Change before you have to.
-- Jack Welch




1 whining whining     
n. 抱怨,牢骚 v. 哭诉,发牢骚
  • That's the way with you whining, puny, pitiful players. 你们这种又爱哭、又软弱、又可怜的赌棍就是这样。
  • The dog sat outside the door whining (to be let in). 那条狗坐在门外狺狺叫着(要进来)。
2 brute GSjya     
  • The aggressor troops are not many degrees removed from the brute.侵略军简直象一群野兽。
  • That dog is a dangerous brute.It bites people.那条狗是危险的畜牲,它咬人。
3 anonymous lM2yp     
  • Sending anonymous letters is a cowardly act.寄匿名信是懦夫的行为。
  • The author wishes to remain anonymous.作者希望姓名不公开。
4 vices 01aad211a45c120dcd263c6f3d60ce79     
缺陷( vice的名词复数 ); 恶习; 不道德行为; 台钳
  • In spite of his vices, he was loved by all. 尽管他有缺点,还是受到大家的爱戴。
  • He vituperated from the pulpit the vices of the court. 他在教堂的讲坛上责骂宫廷的罪恶。
5 binder atUzh     
  • The cloth flower snaps on with a special binder.这布花是用一种特殊的粘合剂固定住的。
  • Purified water was used as liquid binder.纯净水作为液体粘合剂。
6 underneath VKRz2     
  • Working underneath the car is always a messy job.在汽车底下工作是件脏活。
  • She wore a coat with a dress underneath.她穿着一件大衣,里面套着一条连衣裙。
7 appreciation Pv9zs     
  • I would like to express my appreciation and thanks to you all.我想对你们所有人表达我的感激和谢意。
  • I'll be sending them a donation in appreciation of their help.我将送给他们一笔捐款以感谢他们的帮助。
8 recipient QA8zF     
a.接受的,感受性强的 n.接受者,感受者,容器
  • Please check that you have a valid email certificate for each recipient. 请检查是否对每个接收者都有有效的电子邮件证书。
  • Colombia is the biggest U . S aid recipient in Latin America. 哥伦比亚是美国在拉丁美洲最大的援助对象。
9 awe WNqzC     
  • The sight filled us with awe.这景色使我们大为惊叹。
  • The approaching tornado struck awe in our hearts.正在逼近的龙卷风使我们惊恐万分。
10 contemplates 53d303de2b68f50ff5360cd5a92df87d     
深思,细想,仔细考虑( contemplate的第三人称单数 ); 注视,凝视; 考虑接受(发生某事的可能性); 深思熟虑,沉思,苦思冥想
  • She contemplates leaving for the sake of the kids. 她考虑为了孩子而离开。
  • Beauty in things exists in the mind which contemplates them. 事物的美存在于细心观察它的人的头脑中。
11 eternity Aiwz7     
  • The dull play seemed to last an eternity.这场乏味的剧似乎演个没完没了。
  • Finally,Ying Tai and Shan Bo could be together for all of eternity.英台和山伯终能双宿双飞,永世相随。
12 predecessors b59b392832b9ce6825062c39c88d5147     
n.前任( predecessor的名词复数 );前辈;(被取代的)原有事物;前身
  • The new government set about dismantling their predecessors' legislation. 新政府正着手废除其前任所制定的法律。 来自《简明英汉词典》
  • Will new plan be any more acceptable than its predecessors? 新计划比原先的计划更能令人满意吗? 来自《简明英汉词典》
13 whatsoever Beqz8i     
  • There's no reason whatsoever to turn down this suggestion.没有任何理由拒绝这个建议。
  • All things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you,do ye even so to them.你想别人对你怎样,你就怎样对人。
14 mischief jDgxH     
  • Nobody took notice of the mischief of the matter. 没有人注意到这件事情所带来的危害。
  • He seems to intend mischief.看来他想捣蛋。
15 justify j3DxR     
  • He tried to justify his absence with lame excuses.他想用站不住脚的借口为自己的缺席辩解。
  • Can you justify your rude behavior to me?你能向我证明你的粗野行为是有道理的吗?
16 clenched clenched     
v.紧握,抓紧,咬紧( clench的过去式和过去分词 )
  • He clenched his fists in anger. 他愤怒地攥紧了拳头。
  • She clenched her hands in her lap to hide their trembling. 她攥紧双手放在腿上,以掩饰其颤抖。 来自《简明英汉词典》
17 aloof wxpzN     
  • Never stand aloof from the masses.千万不可脱离群众。
  • On the evening the girl kept herself timidly aloof from the crowd.这小女孩在晚会上一直胆怯地远离人群。
18 demeanor JmXyk     
  • She is quiet in her demeanor.她举止文静。
  • The old soldier never lost his military demeanor.那个老军人从来没有失去军人风度。
19 appalling iNwz9     
  • The search was hampered by appalling weather conditions.恶劣的天气妨碍了搜寻工作。
  • Nothing can extenuate such appalling behaviour.这种骇人听闻的行径罪无可恕。
20 appraising 3285bf735793610b563b00c395ce6cc6     
v.估价( appraise的现在分词 );估计;估量;评价
  • At the appraising meeting, experts stated this method was superior to others. 鉴定会上,专家们指出这种方法优于其他方法。 来自《现代汉英综合大词典》
  • The teacher is appraising the students' work. 老师正在评定学生的作业。 来自辞典例句
21 pals 51a8824fc053bfaf8746439dc2b2d6d0     
n.朋友( pal的名词复数 );老兄;小子;(对男子的不友好的称呼)家伙
  • We've been pals for years. 我们是多年的哥们儿了。
  • CD 8 positive cells remarkably increased in PALS and RP(P CD8+细胞在再生脾PALS和RP内均明显增加(P 来自互联网
22 microscopically b95eb0161484f1e40de775b8b54c545f     
  • Microscopically the ores are medium grained to amorphous. 显微镜下,矿石为中粒至非晶质。 来自辞典例句
  • He studied microscopically the statistics of trade. 他极仔细地研究了贸易统计数字。 来自辞典例句
23 acting czRzoc     
  • Ignore her,she's just acting.别理她,她只是假装的。
  • During the seventies,her acting career was in eclipse.在七十年代,她的表演生涯黯然失色。
24 awl qPYyl     
  • Six awl make a shoemaker.六个鞋砧,练出一个鞋匠。
  • It was fun to play with an awl.玩钻子是件很有趣的事。
25 professing a695b8e06e4cb20efdf45246133eada8     
声称( profess的现在分词 ); 宣称; 公开表明; 信奉
  • But( which becometh women professing godliness) with good works. 只要有善行。这才与自称是敬神的女人相宜。
  • Professing Christianity, he had little compassion in his make-up. 他号称信奉基督教,却没有什么慈悲心肠。
26 radical hA8zu     
  • The patient got a radical cure in the hospital.病人在医院得到了根治。
  • She is radical in her demands.她的要求十分偏激。
27 prospective oR7xB     
  • The story should act as a warning to other prospective buyers.这篇报道应该对其他潜在的购买者起到警示作用。
  • They have all these great activities for prospective freshmen.这会举办各种各样的活动来招待未来的新人。
28 advisor JKByk     
  • They employed me as an advisor.他们聘请我当顾问。
  • The professor is engaged as a technical advisor.这位教授被聘请为技术顾问。
29 puddles 38bcfd2b26c90ae36551f1fa3e14c14c     
n.水坑, (尤指道路上的)雨水坑( puddle的名词复数 )
  • The puddles had coalesced into a small stream. 地面上水洼子里的水汇流成了一条小溪。
  • The road was filled with puddles from the rain. 雨后路面到处是一坑坑的积水。 来自《简明英汉词典》
30 expediency XhLzi     
  • The government is torn between principle and expediency. 政府在原则与权宜之间难于抉择。 来自《简明英汉词典》
  • It was difficult to strike the right balance between justice and expediency. 在公正与私利之间很难两全。 来自辞典例句
31 satchel dYVxO     
  • The school boy opened the door and flung his satchel in.那个男学生打开门,把他的书包甩了进去。
  • She opened her satchel and took out her father's gloves.打开书箱,取出了她父亲的手套来。
32 taper 3IVzm     
  • You'd better taper off the amount of time given to rest.你最好逐渐地减少休息时间。
  • Pulmonary arteries taper towards periphery.肺动脉向周围逐渐变细。
33 harry heBxS     
  • Today,people feel more hurried and harried.今天,人们感到更加忙碌和苦恼。
  • Obama harried business by Healthcare Reform plan.奥巴马用医改掠夺了商界。
34 concealing 0522a013e14e769c5852093b349fdc9d     
v.隐藏,隐瞒,遮住( conceal的现在分词 )
  • Despite his outward display of friendliness, I sensed he was concealing something. 尽管他表现得友善,我还是感觉到他有所隐瞒。 来自《简明英汉词典》
  • SHE WAS BREAKING THE COMPACT, AND CONCEALING IT FROM HIM. 她违反了他们之间的约定,还把他蒙在鼓里。 来自英汉文学 - 三万元遗产