— Paulo Coelho Brazilian lyricist and novelist 1947
Context: The world is divided into those who understand me and those who don’t. In the case of the latter, I simply leave them to torment themselves trying to gain my sympathy.
— Coco Chanel French fashion designer 1883 - 1971
As quoted in Believing in Ourselves (1992) by Armand Eisen, p. 15
„The progressive world is necessarily divided into two classes — those who take the best of what there is and enjoy it — those who wish for something better and try to create it.“
— Florence Nightingale English social reformer and statistician, and the founder of modern nursing 1820 - 1910
Context: The progressive world is necessarily divided into two classes — those who take the best of what there is and enjoy it — those who wish for something better and try to create it. Without these two classes the world would be badly off. They are the very conditions of progress, both the one and the other. Were there none who were discontented with what they have, the world would never reach anything better.
„The world is divided into those who screw and those who do not. He distrusted those who did not—when they strayed from the straight and narrow it was something so unusual for them that they bragged about love as if they had just invented it.“
— Gabriel García Márquez, Love in the Time of Cholera
„There are two kinds of people in the world, those who believe there are two kinds of people in the world and those who don't.“
— Robert Benchley American comedian 1889 - 1945
Context: There may be said to be two classes of people in the world; those who constantly divide the people of the world into two classes, and those who do not. Both classes are extremely unpleasant to meet socially, leaving practically no one in the world whom one cares very much to know. Vanity Fair (February 1920)
„AT ABOUT THIS POINT the weak-hearted reader usually sits down in the road, removes his shoes and weeps that he 'is a bad linguist' or that he or she can't possibly learn all those languages. One has to divide the readers who want to be experts from those who do not, and divide, as it were, those who want to see the world from those who merely want to know WHAT PART OF IT THEY LIVE IN.“
— Ezra Pound American Imagist poet and critic 1885 - 1972
„The world is divided by two different tribes. The people who are assholes and the people who are not.“
— Sherman Alexie, The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian
„There are 10 kinds of people in the world: those who understand binary numerals, and those who don't.“
— Ian Stewart, Professor Stewart's Cabinet of Mathematical Curiosities
„Instead of the world being divided up into Catholics and Protestants or Republicans and Democrats or white men and black men or even men and women, I saw the world divided into people who had slept with somebody and people who hadn't, and this seemed the only really significant difference between one person and another.“
— Sylvia Plath American poet, novelist and short story writer 1932 - 1963
Context: Instead of the world being divided up into Catholics and Protestants or Republicans and Democrats or white men and black men or even men and women, I saw the world divided into people who had slept with somebody and people who hadn't, and this seemed the only really significant difference between one person and another. I thought a spectacular change would come over me the day I crossed the boundary line. Ch. 7
— Georges Bidault French politician 1899 - 1983
Quoted in the Observer (UK) newspaper, 15 July 1962.
— Avicenna medieval Persian polymath, physician, and philosopher 980 - 1037
This was declared without citation to have been attributed to Avicenna in A Rationalist Encyclopaedia : A Book of Reference on Religion, Philosophy, Ethics, and Science (1950), by Joseph McCabe, p. 43;<!-- probably because of a misreading of that article by McCabe --> it was also later wrongly attributed to Averroes in The Atheist World (1991) by Madalyn Murray O'Hair, p. 46. It actually originates as a statement by the atheist Al-Maʿarri, earlier translated into English in A Short History of Freethought Ancient and Modern (1906) by John Mackinnon Robertson, Vol. I, Ch. VIII : Freethought under Islam, p. 269, in the form: "The world holds two classes of men ; intelligent men without religion, and religious men without intelligence."
„There are people who just don't believe in the existence of a god. I don't know why because clearly, there is strong evidence that there's a god. But I believe that you serve all the people, not just those who profess to have faith but those with little or no faith. That's how you convert them.“
— Donna Brazile American author, educator, and political activist and strategist 1959
The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer, CNN, October 30, 2008 http://transcripts.cnn.com/TRANSCRIPTS/0810/30/sitroom.02.html http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q4zRnr2FOCc