Machinery demands less of you than people.
Madness is to think too many things in succession too fast or of one thing too exclusively.
Magnificent promises are always to be suspected.
Make big plans; aim high in hope and work, remembering that a noble, logical diagram once recorded will never die, but long after we are gone will be a living thing, asserting itself with ever-growing insistency.
Make haste slowly (Festina Lente)
Make no excuses for silence-it speaks for itself.
Make no judgments where you have no compassion.
Make no little plans, they have no magic.
Make sure your standards are high and if someone doesn't meet those standards, take them out.
Make your words soft and sweet since you never know when you'll have to eat them.
Makeshift solutions distract from real problems.
Making a life consists of more than making a living.
Making a movie is like eating an elephant with a teaspoon – one nibble at a time.
Making it charming is always a million times more important than making it true.
Making it work is more important than understanding how it worked.
Making the hype prophetic rather than a curse.
Making the simple complicated is commonplace, making the complicated simple, awesomely simple, that's creativity.
Making the wrong move at the right time.
Man is forced to choose between perfecting his life or his work.
Man is still a savage to the extent that he has little respect for anything that cannot hurt him. (Ed Howe)
Man makes plans and God laughs.
Man never rises to great truths without enthusiasm.
Man stand for long time with mouth open before roast duck fly in.
Man wrongs, but time avenges.
Management: the road of loneliness.
Management by values: During-the-fact or before-the-fact, not after-the-fact-that's too late. You want people in your company to make decisions according to the same values as you yourself would.
Management means the substitution of thought for brawn and muscle, of knowledge for folklore and superstition, and of cooperation for force.
Managers make sensible exceptions to general rules.
Managing a company is like writing in the snow: you have to go over and over the same words as the snow falls if you want your writing to remain legible. (Geneen)
Manhood at its most basic level can be validated and expressed only in action.
Man's chief purpose is to live, not to exist. I shall not waste my days trying to prolong them. I shall use my time.
Man's mind stretched by a new idea never goes back to its original dimensions.
Man's youth is a wonderful thing: it is so full of anguish and of magic, and he never comes to know it as it is until it has gone from him forever.
Many a man has found the acquisition of wealth only a change, not an end of miseries. (Seneca)
Many a true word is spoken in jest.
Many die too late and a few die too early.
Many ideas grow better when transplanted into another mind than in the one where they sprung up.
Many things are lost for want of asking.
Many things which cannot be overcome when they are together yield themselves up when taken little by little.
Mara-the temptress who entices the soul through the senses.
Marriages and tornadoes – begin with a lot of sucking and blowing and end up losing the house.
Mas vale morir de pie que vivir de rodillas. (Better to die on your feet than to live on your knees.)
Maturity of mind is the capacity to endure uncertainty.
May the footprints that we leave lead them to believe and may all who come behind us find us faithful.
May those who cannot take it, die of it.
May you be involved in a lawsuit in which you are in the right.
May you wake up next to each other every morning and wish you could repeat the day before because it was so much fun.
Maybe God wants us to meet a few wrong people before meeting the right one, so that when we finally meet the person, we will know how to be grateful.
Maybe if we did a better job of listening, history wouldn't have to repeat itself.
Maybe it's important for there to be carrots and sticks in the world, even if they are illusions. They keep us moving towards carrots and away from sticks.
Bill McGowan: These guys have great loyalty to their businesses, but their number one loyalty is to their own tush.
Measures, not men, has always been my mark.
Measuring more is easy; measuring better is hard. Measuring better requires values.
Media is everything that gets in the way of communication.
Mediocrity is like hitching your life to a cloud, instead of a star.
Memory is never shaped in a vacuum, the motives of memory are never pure.
Memory presents to us not what we choose but what it pleases.
Men always want to be a woman's first love. Women have a more subtle instinct; what they like is to be a man's last romance.
Men and nations will always do the right thing in the end – after they exhaust all the other possibilities.
Men are most deeply moved, not by the reaching of the goal, but by the grandness of the effort involved in getting there-or failing to get there.
Men are not against you; they are merely for themselves.
Men are not free when they are doing just what they like. The moment you can do just what you like, there is nothing you care about doing.
Men cannot escape their tomorrows.
Men do more from habit than from reason.
Men do not fail; they give up trying.
Men don't fight for flag or country – for glory or any other abstraction – they fight for one another.
Men don't want to know what's on TV, they want to know what else is on.
Men go to the theatre to forget; women, to remember.
Men have a lot of feelings, and they're all anger.
Men in general judge more by the sense of sight than by the sense of touch, because everyone can see, but only a few can test by feeling. Everyone sees what you seem to be, few know what you really are; and those few do not dare take a stand against the general opinion.
Men never cling to their dreams with such tenacity as at the moment when they are losing faith in them, and know it, but do not dare yet to confess it to themselves.
Men occasionally stumble over the truth, but most of them pick themselves up and hurry off as if nothing had happened.
Men play at tragedy because they do not believe in the reality of the tragedy which is actually being staged in the civilized world.
Men wear masks on which they carve portraits of what they would like to be or think they ought to be. Opportunity, like fortune, does not change a man-it unmasks him. What is under the mask may surprise you-as it often surprises the man. But it was there before.
Men who have experienced bitter compromises in their lives.
Microsoft is the ocean, the rest of us are fish.
Might not a happy childhood be the worst possible preparation for life?
Mind your beeswax.
Misery loves company.
Misfortune is the painful means by which humans create endurance.
Mistaken identity is not only what the craft of acting is about; it is what much of drama is all about.
Moderation is a virtue only in those who are thought to have an alternative.
Moderation kills the spirit.
Money creates taste.
Money doesn't buy class.
Money doesn't care who makes it.
Money, even more than other good things like beauty, eloquence, and charm, has a tendency to seep across boundaries, and to buy things that should not be for sale: exemption from military service; love and friendship; political office.
Money has no smell.
Money is about getting things done. That's the velocity of money.
Money is always there, but the pockets change.
Money is a terrible master but an excellent servant.
Money is attracted by strength.
Money is life's report card.
Money is not a substitute for tenderness.
Money is the root of all evil.
Money is what people without talent use to keep score.
Money isn't a substitute for tenderness.
Money may send a signal to children that any act of kindness can be bought or sold, that there is no such thing as a labor of love.
Money provides the freedom to escape life's unpleasant lessons.
Monomania is a prerequisite for success.
Morals are for little people.
More afraid of boredom than of failure.
More and more can be done with less and less.
More data is not the same as better information.
More is not an illusion.
More is not better. More is just more.
More is the enemy of good.
More often, I meet people who tell me they're ambitious, but they don't yet know what for.
More than once I've wakened with tears running down my cheeks. I have had to think whether I was crying or whether it was involuntary, like drooling.
More than two objectives is no objectives.
Most incompetent people don't know they're incompetent.
Most men pursue pleasure with such breathless haste that they hurry past it.
Most men would rather be charged with malice than with making a mistake.
Most of the damage in the world is done by "nice" people.
Most of the time I'm strong enough not to hate.
Most of the time, work is drudgery, compromise and frustration…it can carry a thrilling charge of sublimity, danger and grace.
Most of us come out ahead of where we would be if we only got what we deserve.
Most people are not fit to rule themselves.
Most people are other people. Their thoughts are someone else's opinions, their lives a mimicry, their passions a quotation.
Most people are waiting around for someone to lead.
Most people die with their music still locked up inside them.
Most people don't think that they're lovable. It takes guts to believe you can show yourself to somebody without losing their respect.
Most people feed the hungry heart with candy. One bite is too many, a thousand is never enough, because they're using the wrong substance to treat the problem.
Most people will invest more on the chance to get something good than they will to prevent something bad from happening.
Most real relationships are involuntary.
Most things don't work.
Mostly you should mind your own business.
Mother Nature bats last.
Motion and thought tend to be enemies.
Motion without movement in the process.
Moves that are less rhetorical than neurological.
Movies are like passion – brilliant and definitive. They end and there is an emptiness.
Moving fast is not the same as going somewhere.
Much was decided before you were born.
Music is spiritual. The music business is not.
Mutual interest is often a more important catalyst to agreement than compelling logic.
My advice concerning applause: enjoy it, but never quite believe it.
My "can do" can't keep up with my "want to".
My candle burns at both ends / It will not last the night /
But, ah, my foes and, oh, my friends / It gives a lovely light
My checkered past will keep me out of politics unless they start grading on a curve.
My father stole most of my childhood. I remember the night. Like it was yesterday.
My favorite color is chocolate.
My future was more important than her past.
My health is good, it's my age that's bad.
My joy in learning is partly that it enables me to teach. (Seneca)
My life is my message.
My mother protected me from the world and my father threatened me with it.
My notches fit her nooks.
My only hope lies in my despair.
My opinions have changed, but not the fact that I'm right.
My problem is, I don't get the same exhilaration from success as I get depression from failure.
My process of listening is arguing. My process of listening is conflict. My process of listening is noise. I believe, more than anything, in advocacy. Passion and advocacy.
My right profile was like an egg with lips.
My son is my son 'til he gets him a wife, but my daughter's my daughter all the days of her life.
My subjective account of my own motivation is largely mythical. I don't know why I do things.
My way or the highway.
My wife ran away with my best friend, and I still miss him a lot.
My work is done, why wait?
My worst day growing is better than my best day not growing.
Mystery is an integral part of power.
Mysteries are not necessarily miracles.
Mythology distracts us everywhere. For the great enemy of the truth is very often not the lie: Deliberate, contrived and dishonest. But the myth: persistent, persuasive, and unrealistic.
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