I must study politics and war
that my sons may have liberty
to study mathematics and philosophy.
My sons ought to study
mathematics and philosophy, geography, natural history, naval architecture, navigation, commerce and agriculture
in order to give their children a right
to study painting, poetry, music, architecture, statuary, tapestry, and porcelain.John Adams
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The hottest places in Hell
are reserved for those who
in time of great moral crises
maintain their neutrality.Dante Alighieri
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The things that we love
tell us what we are.St. Thomas Aquinas
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I count him braver
who overcomes his desires
than him who conquers his enemies;
for the hardest victory
is the victory over self.Aristotle Aristotle
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One important key to success
is self-confidence.
An important key to self-confidence
is preparation.Arthur Ashe
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People travel to wonder
at the height of mountains,
at the huge waves of the sea,
at the long courses of rivers,
at the vast compass of the ocean,
at the circular motion of the stars;
and they pass by themselves
without
wondering.Saint Augustine
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There is no excellent beauty
that hath not
some strangeness in the proportion.Francis Bacon
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While hope may be a good breakfast,
it is certainly an awful dinner.Francis Bacon
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You can't wait for inspiration.
You have to go after it with a club.J.M. Barrie
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What childishness is it
that while there's breath of life in our bodies,
we are determined to rush to see the sun
the other way around?Elizabeth Bishop
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What is now proved
was once imagined.William Blake
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The greatest obstacle to discovery
is not ignorance,
it is
the illusion of knowledge.Daniel J. Boorstin
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The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil
is for good men to do nothing.Edmund Burke
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We are in a fight for our principles,
and our first responsibility is to live by them.George W. Bush
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The man who lets himself be bored is even more contemptible
than the bore.Samuel Butler
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Don't walk in front of me, I may not follow;
Don't walk behind me, I may not lead;
Walk beside me, and just be my friend.Albert Camus
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There's a moment coming.
It's not here yet.
It's still on the way.
It's in the future.
It hasn't arrived.
Here it comes.
Here it is! It's gone.George Carlin
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Show me the man you honor,
and I will know
what kind of man you are.Thomas Carlyle
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It's a rare person
who wants to hear
what he doesn't want to hear.Dick Cavett
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I never wanted to be famous.
I only wanted
to be great.Ray Charles
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Do not free a camel of the burden of his hump;
you may be freeing him from being a camel.G K Chesterton
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One sees great things from the valley,
only small things from the peak.G K Chesterton
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For myself, I am an optimist;
it does not seem to be much use
being anything else.Sir Winston Churchill
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A pessimist sees the difficulty
in every opportunity;
an optimist sees the opportunity
in every difficulty.Sir Winston Churchill
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If the human race wishes to have prolonged and indefinite period of material prosperity,
they have only got to behave in a peaceful and helpful way toward one another.Sir Winston Churchill
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If you are going through hell,
keep going.Sir Winston Churchill
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To be wronged
is nothing
unless
you continue to remember it.Cicero Cicero
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True friendship is like sound health;
the value of it is seldom known
until it be lost.Charles Caleb Colton
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What is tolerance?
It is the consequence of humanity.
We are all formed of frailty and error;
let us pardon reciprocally each other's folly.
That is the first law of nature.Joseph Conrad
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Every age is fed on illusions,
lest men should renounce life early
and the human race come to an end.Joseph Conrad
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If we believe absurdities,
we will commit atrocities.Joseph Conrad
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No man ever listened himself out of a job.Calvin Coolidge
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Most people do not listen with the intent to understand;
they listen with the intent to reply.Stephen Covey
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I like long walks,
especially when they are taken by people who annoy me.Noel Coward
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For a long time it had seemed to me
that life was about to begin - real life.
But there was always some obstacle in the way,
something to be got through first, some unfinished business,
time still to be served, a debt to be paid.
Then life would begin.
At last it dawned on me
that these obstacles were my life.Alfred D'Souza
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The eye sees only
what the mind
is prepared to comprehend.Robertson Davies
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Life is made up,
not of great sacrifices or duties,
but of little things,
in which smiles, and kindnesses, and small obligations,
given habitually,
are what win and preserve the heart and secure comfort.Humphrey Davy
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Sometimes I see something so moving I know I'm not supposed to linger.
See it and leave.
If you stay too long, you wear out the wordless shock.
Love it and trust it and leave.Don DeLillo
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Action may not always bring happiness;
but there is no happiness
without action.Benjamin Disraeli
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No man is an island, entire of itself;
every man is a piece of the continent, a part of the main.
If a clod be washed away by the sea,
Europe is the less,
as well as if a promontory were,
as well as if a manor of thy friend's or of thine own were:
any man's death diminishes me,
and therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls;
it tolls for thee.John Donne
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One of the lessons of history
is that nothing
is often a good thing to do
and always a clever thing to say.Will Durant
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History teaches us that men and nations behave wisely
once they have exhausted all other alternatives.Abba Eban
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If I could only live at the pitch that is near madness
When everything is as it was in my childhood
Violent, vivid and of infinite possibility:
That the sun and moon broke over my head.Richard Eberhart
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We don't know a millionth of one percent about anything.Thomas Alva Edison
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It is a myth, not a mandate,
a fable, not a logic
and a symbol, rather than a reason
by which men are moved.Irwin Edman
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In wisdom gathered over time
I have found that every experience
is a form of exploration.Albert Einstein
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Shall I tell you the secret of the true scholar?
It is this:
Every man I meet is my master in some point,
and in that I learn of him.Ralph Waldo Emerson
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Human speech is like a cracked kettle
on which we tap crude rhythms for bears to dance to,
while we long to make music that will melt the stars.Gustave Flaubert
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Chop your own wood,
and it will warm you twice.Henry Ford
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When you are proclaiming peace
with your lips,
be careful to have it even more fully
in your heart.Saint Francis of Assisi
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Men who lived in concentration camps can remember the men who walked through the huts comforting others, giving away their last piece of bread. They may have been few in number, but they offer sufficient proof that everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of the human freedoms, to choose one's attitude in any given circumstances, to choose one's own way.Viktor Frankl
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Anyone who gives up liberty for safety
deserves neither liberty nor safety.Benjamin Franklin
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There is perhaps no phenomenon which contains so much destructive feeling
as moral indignation,
which permits envy or hate to be acted out under the guise of virtue.Erich Fromm
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It is better to be wounded than always to walk in armor.Margaret Fuller
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Sometimes I think we're alone.
Sometimes I think we're not.
In either case,
the thought is staggering.R. Buckminster Fuller
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I do believe that where there is a choice only
between cowardice and violence, I would advise violence. Mohandas Gandhi
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Whatever you do will be insignificant,
but it is very important that you do it.Mohandas Gandhi
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Waiting for the fish to bite
or waiting for wind to fly a kite.
Or waiting around for Friday night
or waiting perhaps for their Uncle Jake
or a pot to boil
or a better break
or a string of pearls
or a pair of pants
or a wig with curls
or another chance.
Everyone is just waiting.Theodor Seuss Geisel
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My alphabet starts with this letter called yuzz.
It's the letter I use to spell yuzz-a-ma-tuzz.
You'll be sort of surprised what there is to be found
once you go beyond 'Z' and start poking around!Theodor Seuss Geisel
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Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot,
nothing is going to get better.
It's not. Theodor Seuss Geisel
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One doesn't discover new lands
without consenting to lose sight of the shore
for a very long time.Andre Gide
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What another would have done as well as you,
do not do it.
What another would have said as well as you,
do not say it.
What another would have written as well,
do not write it.
Be faithful to that which exists nowhere but in yourself, and thus make yourself indispensable.Andre Gide
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History is the only laboratory we have
in which to test
the consequences of thought.Etienne Gilson
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There is nothing so wrong in this world
that a sensible woman
can't set it right
in the course of an afternoon.Jean Giraudoux
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Only the mediocre
are always at their best.Jean Giraudoux
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Whatever you do,
or dream you can,
begin it.
Boldness has genius and power and magic in it.Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
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To get it right, be born with luck or else make it.
Never give up.
Get the knack of getting people to help you and also pitch in yourself.
A little money helps,
but what really gets it right is to never
-- I repeat --
never under any conditions
face the facts.Ruth Gordon
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Looking back,
I have this to regret,
that too often when I loved,
I did not say so.David Grayson
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I shall pass through this world but once.
Any good, therefore, that I can do,
or any kindness that I can show to any human being,
let me do it now.
Let me not defer it or neglect it, for I shall not pass this way again.Stephen Grillet
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Men give me credit for some genius.
All the genius I have lies in this:
when I have a subject in hand,
I study it profoundly.
Day and night it is before me.
My mind becomes pervaded with it.
Then the effort that I have made
is what people are pleased to call
the fruit of genius.
It is the fruit of labor and thought.Alexander Hamilton
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The only kind of dignity which is genuine
is that which is not diminished by the indifference of others.Dag Hammarskjold
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If you're really listening,
if you're awake to the poignant beauty of the world,
your heart breaks regularly.
In fact, your heart is made to break;
its purpose is to burst open again and again
so that it can hold ever-more wonders.Andrew Harvey
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Work for something because it is good,
not just because it stands a chance to succeed.Vaclav Havel
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When a thing ceases to be a subject of controversy,
it ceases to be
a subject of interest.William Hazlitt
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Nothing great in the world has ever been accomplished without passion.Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel
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The hardest part of gaining any new idea
is sweeping out the false idea
occupying that niche.Robert Heinlein
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Great deeds
are usually wrought
at great risks.Herodotus Herodotus
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How frighteningly few are the persons
whose death would spoil our appetite
and make the world seem empty.Eric Hoffer
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However much we guard ourselves against it,
we tend to shape ourselves
in the image
others have of us.
It is not so much the example of others we imitate,
as the reflection of ourselves
in their eyes
and the echo of ourselves
in their words.Eric Hoffer
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The supreme happiness in life
is the conviction that we are loved--
loved for ourselves, or rather,
loved in spite of ourselves.Victor Hugo
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Maybe this world
is another planet's
hell.Aldous Huxley
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I praise loudly;
I blame softly.Catherine II
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Take time to deliberate;
but when the time for action comes,
stop thinking and go in.
One man with courage
makes a majority.Andrew Jackson
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If you believe that feeling bad or worrying long enough
will change a past or future event,
then you are residing on another planet
with a different reality system.William James
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Never ruin an apology with an excuse.Kimberly Johnson
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Pleasure is very seldom found where it is sought;
our brightest blazes of gladness
are commonly kindled
by unexpected sparks.Samuel Johnson
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I hate mankind,
for I think myself one of the best of them,
and I know how bad I am.Samuel Johnson
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What is written without effort
is in general read
without pleasure.Samuel Johnson
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When I am an old woman I shall wear purple
With a red hat which doesn’t go, and doesn’t suit me.
And I shall spend my pension on brandy and summer gloves
And satin sandals, and say we’ve no money for butter.Jenny Joseph
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It is better to debate a question
without settling it
than to settle a question
without debating it.Joseph Joubert
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Be happy.
Talk happiness.
Happiness calls out responsive gladness in others.
There is enough sadness in the world
without yours.Helen Keller
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Let every nation know,
whether it wishes us well or ill,
that we shall pay any price,
bear any burden,
meet any hardship,
support any friend,
oppose any foe
to assure the survival and the success of liberty.John F. Kennedy
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In the long history of the world,
only a few generations have been granted the role
of defending freedom
in its hour of maximum danger.
I do not shrink from this responsibility--
I welcome it.John F. Kennedy
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Let no one be dismayed that there is nothing
that one man or woman can do
against the enormous array of the world's ills.
Few will have the greatness to bend history itself.
But each can do some small act,
and in the sum of these events
will be written the history of our generation.Robert F. Kennedy
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A poet
who knows
what it is
he wants to say
may be sure
it's been said already.Hugh Kenner
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The only people for me are the mad ones,
the ones who are mad to live, mad to talk,
mad to be saved, desirous of everything at the same time,
the ones who never yawn or say a commonplace thing,
but burn, burn, burn,
like fabulous yellow roman candles
exploding like spiders across the stars.Jack Kerouac
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Through violence you may murder a murderer,
but you can't murder murder...
Darkness cannot put out darkness.
Only light can do that.Martin Luther, Jr. King
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In the end,
we will remember not the words of our enemies,
but the silence of our friends.Martin Luther, Jr. King
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If a man hasn't discovered something
that he would die for,
he isn't fit to live.Martin Luther, Jr. King
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The absence of alternatives
clears the mind marvelously.Henry Kissinger
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The range of what we think and do is limited by what we fail to notice.
And because we fail to notice that we fail to notice,
there is little we can do to change;
until we notice how failing to notice shapes our thoughts and deeds.R. D. Laing
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One should really use the camera
as though tomorrow
you'd be stricken blind.Dorothea Lange
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Jenny kissed me when we met,
Jumping from the chair she sat in.
Time, you thief! who love to get
Sweets into your list, put that in.
Say I'm weary, say I'm sad;
Say that health and wealth have missed me;
Say I'm growing old, but add--
Jenny kissed me. Janet Leigh
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The one thing that is certain
is that anyone who uses the phrase "outside the box"
is as deeply inside the box
as a person can be.Michael Lewis
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If this is coffee, please bring me some tea,
but if this is tea, please bring me some coffee.Abraham Lincoln
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Most folks are about as happy
as they make up their minds to be.Abraham Lincoln
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We judge ourselves by what we feel capable of doing,
while others judge us
by what we have already done.Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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I have come to believe over and over again
that what is most important to me
must be spoken,
made verbal and shared,
even at the risk
of having it bruised or misunderstood.Audre Lorde
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When I dare to be powerful,
to use my strength
in the service of my vision,
then it becomes less and less important
whether I am afraid.Audre Lorde
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Be noble! And the nobleness that lies
In other men, sleeping, but never dead,
Will rise in majesty to meet thine own.James Russell Lowell
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The misfortunes hardest to bear
are these which never came.James Russell Lowell
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If one considers everything well,
one will find something appears to be virtue,
which if pursued would be one's ruin,
and something else appears to be vice,
which if pursued results in one's security and well-being.Niccolo Machiavelli
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To the man who only has a hammer in the toolkit,
every problem looks like a nail.Abraham Maslow
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True dignity is never gained by place,
And never lost when honors are withdrawn.Philip Massinger
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It wasn't until late in life that I discovered how easy it is to say,
"I don't know".W. Somerset Maugham
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No love, no friendship
can cross the path of our destiny
without leaving some mark on it forever.Francois Mauriac
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If men could regard the events of their own lives with more open minds,
they would frequently discover that they did not really desire
the things they failed to obtain.Andres Maurois
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Every normal man
must be tempted at times
to spit upon his hands,
hoist the black flag,
and begin to slit throats.H.L. Mencken
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I learned one really sad fact from my career as a columnist:
nobody changes their mind about anything.
Ever.
Once we form the opinion,
we become evidence processors
and we just collect all the evidence that supports our opinion
and reject all the evidence that disputes it.Bob Metcalfe
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The aim of life is to live, and to live means to be aware, joyously, drunkenly, serenely, divinely aware.Henry Miller
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Every day we slaughter our finest impulses. That is why we get a heart-ache when we read those lines written by the hand of a master and recognize them as our own, as the tender shoots which we stifled because we lacked the faith to believe in our own powers, our own criterion of truth and beauty. Every man, when he gets quiet, when he becomes desperately honest with himself, is capable of uttering profound truths. We all derive from the same source. There is no mystery about the origin of things. We are all part of creation, all kings, all poets, all musicians; we have only to open up, to discover what is already there.Henry Miller
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Why are we so full of restraint? Why do we not give in all directions? Is it fear of losing ourselves? Until we do lose ourselves there is no hope of finding ourselves.Henry Miller
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To see
we must forget
the name
of the thing
we are looking at.Claude Monet
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You decide you'll wait for your pitch.
Then as the ball starts toward the plate,
you think about your stance.
And then you think about your swing.
And then you realize that the ball that went past you for a strike
was your pitch.Bobby Murcer
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I do not know what I may appear to the world;
but to myself I seem to have been only like a boy
playing on the seashore,
and diverting myself now and then
finding a smoother pebble or a prettier shell than ordinary,
whilst the great ocean of truth
lay all undiscovered before me.Sir Isaac Newton
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At bottom,
every man knows perfectly well
that he is a unique being,
only once on this earth;
and by no extraordinary chance
will such a marvelously picturesque piece of diversity in unity as he is,
ever be put together
a second time.Friedrich Nietzsche
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Life shrinks or expands
in proportion to
one's courage.Anais Nin
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We do not grow absolutely, chronologically.
We grow sometimes in one dimension,
and not in another;
unevenly.
We grow partially.
We are relative.
We are mature in one realm, childish in another.
The past, present, and future
mingle and pull us backward, forward, or fix us in the present.
We are made up of layers, cells, constellations.Anais Nin
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I am a winner.
I just didn't win today.Greg Norman
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Everywhere I go
I'm asked if I think the university stifles writers.
My opinion
is that they don't stifle enough of them.
There's many a best-seller
that could have been prevented
by a good teacher.Flannery O'Connor
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Nobody sees a flower
-really-
it is so small
it takes time
-we haven't time-
and to see takes time,
like to have a friend
takes time.Georgia O'Keeffe
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An autobiography is only to be trusted
when it reveals something disgraceful.
A man who gives a good account of himself
is probably lying,
since any life
when viewed from the inside
is simply a series of defeats.George Orwell
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Love is a kind of warfare.Ovid Ovid
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The cause of America is in great measure
the cause of all mankind.Thomas Paine
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Time
makes more converts
than reason.Thomas Paine
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The whole world loves a maverick,
but the whole world wants the maverick
to achieve something nobler
than simple rebellion.Kevin Patterson
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Everything is practice.Pel Pel
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Freedom is the sure possession
of those alone who have
the courage
to defend it.Pericles Pericles
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Sometimes it is the artist's task to find out how much music you can still make
with what you have left.Itzhak Perlman
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The man who says he is willing to meet you halfway
is usually a poor judge of distance.Lawrence J. Peter
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I am always doing that which I can not do,
in order that I may learn how to do it.Pablo Picasso
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Art washes from the soul the dust of everyday life.Pablo Picasso
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You may have a fresh start anytime you choose,
for this thing we call failure is not the falling down,
but the staying down.Mary Pickford
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Rest satisfied with doing well,
and leave others to talk of you as they will.Pythagoras Pythagoras
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Give me six lines written by the most honorable man,
and I will find an excuse in them
to hang him.Cardinal Richelieu
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Were we perfectly acquainted with the object,
we should never passionately desire it.Francois de la Rochefoucauld
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Half our life is spent trying to find something to do
with the time we have rushed through life
trying to save.Will Rogers
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Once we admit that there is room for newness,
that there are vastly more conceivable possibilities than realized outcomes,
we must confront the fact that there is no special logic behind the world we inhabit,
no particular justification for why things are the way they are.
Any number of arbitrary small perturbations along the way
could have made the world as we know it turn out very differently.Paul Romer
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No one can make you feel inferior
without your consent.Eleanor Roosevelt
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There are those, I know, who will reply
that the liberation of humanity,
the freedom of man and mind,
is nothing but a dream.
They are right.
It is the American Dream.Franklin D. Roosevelt
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The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs and comes short again and again, who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions, and spends himself in a worthy cause; who at best, knows the triumph of high achievement; and who, at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat.Theodore Roosevelt
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Do what you can,
with what you have,
where you are.Theodore Roosevelt
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There is nothing brilliant nor outstanding in my record,
except perhaps this one thing:
I do the things that I believe ought to be done...
And when I wake up my mind to do a thing,
I act.Theodore Roosevelt
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Happiness is not a station you arrive at,
but a manner of traveling.Margaret Lee Runbeck
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The greatest challenge
to any thinker
is stating the problem
in a way
that will allow a solution.Bertrand Russell
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And here is my secret, a very simple secret.
It is only with the heart that one can see.
What is essential is invisible to the eye.Antoine de Saint-Exupery
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Throughout history
it has been the inaction of those who could have acted,
the indifference of those who should have known better,
the silence of the voice of justice when it mattered most
that has made it possible
for evil to triumph.Haile Selassie I
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If you would make a man happy,
do not add to his possessions
but subtract from the sum of his desires.Seneca Seneca
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Our doubts are traitors,
and make us lose the good we oft might win,
by fearing to attempt.William Shakespeare
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Everything happens to everybody sooner or later
if there is time enough.George Bernard Shaw
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The first step to getting the things you want out of life is this:
Decide what you want.Ben Stein
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The key to being a good manager
is keeping the people who hate me
away from those who are
still undecided.Casey Stengel
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Perpetual devotion to what a man calls his business,
is only to be sustained
by perpetual neglect
of many other things.Robert Louis Stevenson
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Too many pieces of music
finish
too long after the end.Igor Stravinsky
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I never wonder to see men wicked,
but I often wonder to see them
not ashamed.Jonathan Swift
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Some people are born on third base
and go through life thinking
they hit a triple.Barry Switzer
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It is not how much we do,
but how much love we put into doing it.
It is not how much we give,
but how much love we put into giving.Mother Teresa
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If a man does not keep pace with his companions,
perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer.
Let him step to the music which he hears,
however measured or far away.Henry David Thoreau
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Success usually comes to those
who are too busy to be looking for it.Henry David Thoreau
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It is a paradoxical
but profoundly true and important principle of life
that the most likely way to reach a goal
is to be aiming not at that goal itself
but at some more ambitious goal beyond it.Arnold Toynbee
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Books are the carriers of civilization.
Without books,
history is silent,
literature dumb,
science crippled,
thought and speculation at a standstill.Barbara Tuchman
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Courage is resistance to fear,
mastery of fear--
not absence of fear.Mark Twain
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When we remember we are all mad,
the mysteries disappear
and life stands explained.Mark Twain
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All you need in this life is ignorance and confidence,
and then success is sure.Mark Twain
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There were two 'Reigns of Terror', if we could but remember and consider it; the one wrought murder in hot passions, the other in heartless cold blood; the one lasted mere months, the other had lasted a thousand years; the one inflicted death upon a thousand persons, the other upon a hundred million; but our shudders are all for the horrors of the momentary Terror, so to speak; whereas, what is the horror of swift death by the axe compared with lifelong death from hunger, cold, insult, cruelty and heartbreak? A city cemetery could contain the coffins filled by that brief terror that we have all been so diligently taught to shiver at and mourn over; but all France could hardly contain the coffins filled by that older and real Terror -- that unspeakable bitter and awful Terror which none of us has been taught to see in its vastness or pity as it deserves.Mark Twain
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The cat,
having sat upon a hot stove lid,
will not sit upon a hot stove lid again.
But he won't sit upon a cold stove lid, either.Mark Twain
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Use what talent you possess.
The woods would be very silent
if no birds sang
except those that sang best.Henry Van Dyke
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We don't know a millionth of one percent
about anything.Henry Van Dyke
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He who is merely just
is severe.Voltaire Voltaire
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Few things can help an individual more
than to place responsibility on him,
and to let him know that you trust him.Booker T. Washington
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The whole art of life
is in knowing how to transform
anxiety into laughter.Alan Watts
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When you climb,
it is the mountain
as much as your own legs
which lifts you upwards.Alan Watts
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To go against the dominant thinking of your friends,
of most of the people you see every day,
is perhaps the most difficult act of heroism you can perform.Theodore H. White
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I have not failed.
I've just found 10,000 ways that won't work.William Allen White
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Courage is the art
of being the only one
who knows
you're scared to death.Harold Wilson
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Numerous studies demonstrate that people can be motivated to creativity
simply with the addition of an instruction
to "be creative".Richard Saul Wurman
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