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The great question that has never been answered and which I have not
yet been able to answer despite my thirty years of research into the
feminine soul is: WHAT DOES A WOMAN WANT?
-- Sigmund Freud
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The great secret in life ... [is] not to open your letters for a fortnight.
At the expiration of that period you will find that nearly all of them have
-- Arthur Binstead
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The greatest disloyalty one can offer to great pioneers
is to refuse to move an inch from where they stood.
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The greatest griefs are those we cause ourselves.
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The greatest joy a man can know is to conquer his enemies and drive them
before him. To ride their horses and take away their possessions. To see
the faces of those who were dear to them bedewed with tears, and to clasp
their wives and daughters to his arms.
-- Genghis Khan
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The greatest love is a mother's, then a dog's, then a sweetheart's.
-- Polish proverb
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The Greatest Mathematical Error
The Mariner I space probe was launched from Cape Canaveral on 28
July 1962 towards Venus. After 13 minutes' flight a booster engine would
give acceleration up to 25,820 mph; after 44 minutes 9,800 solar cells
would unfold; after 80 days a computer would calculate the final course
corrections and after 100 days the craft would cirlce the unknown planet,
scanning the mysterious cloud in which it is bathed.
However, with an efficiency that is truly heartening, Mariner I
plunged into the Atlantic Ocean only four minutes after takeoff.
Inquiries later revealed that a minus sign had been omitted from
the instructions fed into the computer. "It was human error", a launch
This minus sign cost L4,280,000.
-- Stephen Pile, "The Book of Heroic Failures"
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The greatest of faults is to be conscious of none.
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The greatest productive force is human selfishness.
-- Robert Heinlein
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The greatest remedy for anger is delay.