I won’t go so far as to say that novels sell in inverse proportion to their worth, for just occasionally, someone like Dickens or George Eliot comes along to prove the opposite. – Howard Jacobson

It is remarkable that this people, though unarmed, dares attack an armed foe; the infantry defy the cavalry, and by their activity and courage generally prove victors. – Giraldus Cambrensis

I could have been a cult writer if I’d kept writing surrealistic novels. But I wanted to break into the mainstream, so I had to prove that I could write a realistic book. – Haruki Murakami

In general, certain conclusions are possible from these data. They fail to prove that psychotherapy, Freudian or otherwise, facilitates the recovery of neurotic patients. – Hans Eysenck

Our all-volunteer force continues to prove itself with a great level of professionalism, personal commitment and a technical competence that is quite remarkable. – Geoff Davis

When we are afraid we ought not to occupy ourselves with endeavoring to prove that there is no danger, but in strengthening ourselves to go on in spite of the danger. – Hale White

I still feel like I gotta prove something. There are a lot of people hoping I fail. But I like that. I need to be hated. – Howard Stern

I always had to prove myself through my actions. Be a cheerleader. Be class president. Be the editor of the newspaper. – Halle Berry

We do not believe in immortality because we can prove it, but we try to prove it because we cannot help believing it. – Harriet Martineau

Of the many forms of false culture, a premature converse with abstractions is perhaps the most likely to prove fatal to the growth of a masculine vigour of intellect. – George Boole

I’ve been close to Bette Davis for thirty-eight years – and I have the cigarette burns to prove it. – Henry Fonda

If the United States is treating Afghanistan as a sovereign country it has to prove it. – Hamid Karzai

You get to a certain age and you just want to prove that you can still rock – that you’ve still got it. – Jarvis Cocker

In mid-20th-century America, it could be argued that the novelist still had the most claim of anyone to omniscience. Whatever he/she couldn’t prove, he/she could gesture at. – Joshua Cohen

Bribes are not offered in such a way that you can prove them, and in order to prove that I didn’t accept a bribe, I had to run. – Jeannette Rankin

It is admitted on all sides that we must equalize the revenue and expenditures. The scheme of borrowing to make up an increasing deficit must, in the end, if continued, prove ruinous. – John C. Calhoun

The mean pattern of educational and economic achievement within multi-racial countries such as Canada and the United States has increasingly been found to prove valid internationally. – J. Philippe Rushton

I don’t have anything to prove anymore. I don’t have a record deal, no one has any expectations, I’m in a position of freedom. I don’t need anyone’s approval. – Juliana Hatfield

Some people have theorized that I lurched to prove myself intellectually. But it was not any lurch. It was more a kind of awakening. – Jack Kemp