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William Godwin

Reason, though it cannot excite us to action, is calculated to regulate our conduct, according to the comparative worth it ascribes to different excitements.

Chinese Proverbs

On account of abounding ancestral merit, Some miss the destruction they ought to inherit: Others lose the promotion their virtues might claim, Through the crimes which adhere to their ancestral name.

Stephen Mitchell

When we consider absolute reality, there is no end, no beginning; emptiness is the same as fulfillness, just seen from a different perspective. We say that this coffee cup is empty; but empty means filled with space, filled with possibilities, ready for anything: milk, water, tea wine. Every moment of time, every point in space, is completely empty, completely open for what wants to come. That is why it can be filled.

Vernon Howard, fully Vernon Linwood Howard

Here’s a secret method for replacing fog with sunshine. When you feel scared, don’t pretend you’re brave. Truth gives you permission to be just as scared as you really are. Just be aware of your anxiety without worrying over it. This self-help not only banishes fear but delivers great relief. It is like a tired actor who removes his uncomfortable costume after a hard night onstage. Since he no longer needs to impress the audience he can just relax and enjoy being himself

Bill Cosby, fully William Henry "Bill" Cosby Jr.

When I say, I don't care what white people think, I mean that.

Francis Quarles

Virtue is nothing but an act of loving that which is to be beloved, and that a t is prudence, from whence not to be removed by constraint is fortitude; not to be allured by enticements is temperance; not to be diverted by pride is justice.

Philip Pullman

Nobody has to read this book. Nobody has to pick it up. Nobody has to open it. And if you open it and read it, you don't have to like it. And if you read it and you dislike it, you don't have to remain silent about it. You can write to me, you can complain about it, you can write to the publisher, you can write to the papers, you can write your own book. You can do all those things, but there your rights stop. No one has the right to stop me writing this book. No one has the right to stop it being published, or bought, or sold or read.

Russian Proverbs

The blind cannot see - the proud will not

Chuang Tzu, also spelled Chuang-tsze, Chuang Chou, Zhuangzi, Zhuang Tze, Zhuang Zhou, Chuang Tsu, Chouang-Dsi, Chuang Tse, or Chuangtze

The living all find death unpleasant; men mourn over it. And yet, what is death, but the unbending of the bow and its return to its case?

Eugene O'Neill, fully Eugene Gladstone O'Neill

It's a great game - the pursuit of happiness.

William Butler Yeats

O chestnut tree, great rooted blossomer, are you the leaf, the blossom or the bole? O body swayed to music, O brightening glance, How can we know the dancer from the dance.

Herman Hesse

Things that we see are the same things that we carry in our hearts. Not only the fact that we carry within us.

William Shakespeare

Where now I have no one to blush with me, to cross their arms and hang their heads with mine, to mask their brows and hide their infamy; but I alone, alone must sit and pine, seasoning the earth with show'rs of silver brine, mingling my talk with tears, my grief with groans, poor wasting monuments of lasting moans. The Rape of Lucrece (l. 792)

Michio Kaku

String theory is based on the simple idea that all the four forces of the universe: gravity, the electromagnetic force and the two nuclear forces, can be viewed, as music.

Peter Molyneux

Be big enough to offer the truth to people and if it short circuits them I think that's tragic. I think that's sad but, I will not strike no unholy bargains to self-erase. I won?t do it. I don't care how many people fucked up their lives. I don't care how many bad choices people have made. I don't care how much pettiness they've consumed and spat out. I don't care how much viciousness , rage, abuse, spanking they've dealt out. I am gonna tell the truth as I see it and I'm going to be who I fucking am and if that causes the world to shift in its orbit and half the evil people get thrown off the planet and up into space well, you shouldn't of been standing in evil to begin with because, there is gravity in goodness. So, sorry; I have to be who I am. Everyone ells is taken. There is no other place I can go than in my own head. I can't jump from skull to skull until I find one that suits bad people around me better. I don't have that choice. So, be your fucking self. Speak your truth and if there are people around you who tempt you with nonexistence , blast through that and give them the full glory of who you are. Do not withhold yourself from the world. Do not piss on the incandescent gift of your existence. Don't drown yourself in the petty fog and dustiness of other people?s ancient superstitions, beliefs, aggressions, culture, and crap. No, be a flare. We're all born self-expressive. We are all born perfectly comfortable with being incredibly inconvenient to our parents. We shit, piss, wake up at night, throw up on their shoulders, scream, and cry. We are in our essence, in our humanity, perfectly comfortable with inconveniencing others. That's how we are born. That's how we grow. That's how we develop. Well, I choose to retain the ability to inconvenience the irrational. You know I had a cancer in me last year and I'm very glad that the surgeon?s knife and the related medicines that I took proved extremely inconvenient to my cancer and I bet you my cancer was like Aw shit. I hate this stuff man. Good. I'm only alive because medicine and surgery was highly inconvenient to the cancer within me. That's the only reason I'm alive. So, be who you are. If that's inconvenient to other people that's their goddamn business, not yours. Do not kill yourself because other people are dead. Do not follow people into the grave. Do not atomize yourself because, others have shredded themselves into dust for the sake of their fears and their desire to conform with the history of the dead.

Philip K. Dick, fully Philip Kindred Dick

Whom the gods notice they destroy. Be small . . . and you will escape the jealousy of the great.

Max More

We won?t really make major progress in moderating the business cycle until we can find better ways of reducing the endemic biases in human thinking. We also need to continue improving our understanding of feedback systems and problems resulting from imitative behavior. (Imitation may be why all major mortgage debt rating agencies used the same flawed ratings models for poorly-understood derivatives, though that may have more to do with SEC regulations.) One factor that no doubt contributed to the problems is the way executive compensation has been incentivizing executives to take on excessive risk in pursuit of short-term gains. That is not inherent in the market system; it's a result of the specific compensation schemes used.

Michael Pollan

Eating in our time has gotten complicated ? needlessly so, in my opinion. I will get to the needlessly part in a moment, but consider first the complexity that now attends this most basic of creaturely activities. Most of us have come to rely on experts of one kind or another to tell us how to eat ? doctors and diet books, media accounts of the latest findings in nutritional science, government advisories and food pyramids, the proliferating health claims on food packages. We may not always heed these experts? advice, but their voices are in our heads every time we order from a menu or wheel down the aisle in the supermarket. Also in our heads today resides an astonishing amount of biochemistry. How odd is it that everybody now has at least a passing acquaintance with words like antioxidant, saturated fat, omega-3 fatty acids, carbohydrates, polyphenols, folic acid, gluten, and probiotics? It?s gotten to the point where we don?t see foods anymore but instead look right through them to the nutrients (good and bad) they contain, and of course to the calories ? all these invisible qualities in our food that, properly understood, supposedly hold the secret to eating well.

Zig Ziglar, born Hilary Hinton Ziglar

there was joy in getting his blood pressure down . . . joy in climbing Mount Everest . . . joy in reaching the summits of six more of the world?s highest mountains . . . joy in building a profitable company providing houses that people could turn into homes . . . joy in learning to fly. But he will also tell you there has been no joy as great as giving from what God has blessed him with so that he might bless and serve others. That?s the true and ultimate purpose of setting and reaching goals.

Paulo Coelho

We are responsible for the entire world, because we did not know where there are companions of our souls, we have been those at the beginning of the universe, if their lives were fine, we would be happy, but were not so, we will also suffer.

T. E. Hulme, fully Thomas Ernest Hulme

The artist tries to see what there is to be interested in...He has not created something, he has seen something.

Sidney Madwed

Thoughts are funny little things,

Nathaniel Hawthorne

The inward pleasure of imparting pleasure--that is the choicest of all.

Niccolò Machiavelli, formally Niccolò di Bernardo dei Machiavelli

I say that every prince must desire to be considered merciful and not cruel. He must, however, take care not to misuse this mercifulness? A prince, therefore, must not mind incurring the charge of cruelty for the purpose of keeping his subjects united and confident; for, with a very few examples, he will be more merciful than those who, from excess of tenderness, allow disorders to arise, from whence spring murders and rapine; for these as a rule injure the whole community, while the executions carried out by the prince injure only one individual. And of all princes, it is impossible for a new prince to escape the name of cruel, new states being always full of dangers. ? Nevertheless, he must be cautious in believing and acting, and must not inspire fear of his own accord, and must proceed in a temperate manner with prudence and humanity, so that too much confidence does not render him incautious, and too much diffidence does not render him intolerant. From this arises the question whether it is better to be loved more than feared, or feared more than loved. The reply is, that one ought to be both feared and loved, but as it is difficult for the two to go together, it is much safer to be feared than loved, if one of the two has to be wanting. For it may be said of men in general that they are ungrateful, voluble, dissemblers, anxious to avoid danger, and covetous of gain ; as long as you benefit them, they are entirely yours; they offer you their blood, their goods, their life, and their children, as I have before said, when the necessity is remote; but when it approaches, they revolt. And the prince who has relied solely on their words, without making other preparations, is ruined, for the friendship which is gained by purchase and not through grandeur and nobility of spirit is merited but is not secured, and at times is not to be had. And men have less scruple in offending one who makes himself loved than one who makes himself feared; for love is held by a chain of obligation which, men being selfish, is broken whenever it serves their purpose; but fear is maintained by a dread of punishment which never fails.

Spanish Proverbs

There is little use in watching a bad woman.