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  • Don't sell America short.
- slogan ca. 1925 - 1929
  • Am I not a man and a brother?
- inscription on the seal of the Antislavery Society of London, c 1770
  • Ars longa, vita brevis.
(Art is long, life is short.)
  • A bayonet is a weapon with a worker at both ends.
- British pacifist slogan
  • To play billiards is a sign of misspent youth.
  • Black is beautiful.
- slogan ca. 1967
  • To err is human, but to really foul things up requires a computer.
  • Garbage in, garbage out.
  • Better red than dead.
- slogan of the British ban-the-bomb movement, based on comments by Bertrand Russell
  • He that fights and runs away
May live to fight another day.
- in Musarium Deliciae, 17th century
  • There's no such thing as a free lunch.
  • Ave Caesar, morituri te salutant.
Hail Caesar, we who are about to die salute you.
- gladiators' salute, quoted in Suetonius, Life of Glaudius
  • Sic transit Gloria mundi.
(So passes away the glory of this world.)
- used in papal coronations
  • God is not dead but alive and well and working on a much less ambitious project.
- Graffito
  • Hard cases make bad law.
  • If it moves, salute it. If it doesn't move, pick it up. If you can't pick it up, paint it.
  • Gnothi seauton.
(Know thyself.)
- inscription at the temple of Apollo at Delphi
  • Qui s'excuse, s'accuse. ( Who excuses himself, accuses himself.)
  • Festina lente. (Hasten slowly.)
  • Loose lips sink ships.
- World War II poster
  • If anything can go wrong, it will.
- Murphy's Law
  • Enough research will tend to support your theory.
- quoted in A Bloch, Murphy's Law, and titled 'Murphy's Law of Research'
  • The opera ain't over till the fat lady sings.
  • I am all that has been, and that is, and that shall remain, and no one unworthy has ever unravelled, loosened, or even touched the surface of my woven veil.
- carving on an ancient stature of Pallas Athens, cited in Plutarch's Lives
  • The Pilgrim Fathers landed on the shores of America and fell upon their knees. Then they fell upon the aborigines.
- cited in H L Mencken, A New Dictionary of Quotations