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Pablo Picasso, fully Pablo Diego José Francisco de Paula Juan Nepomuceno María de los Remedios Cipriano de la Santísima Trinidad Ruiz y Picasso

People want to find a meaning in everything and everyone. That's the disease of our age.

Gregory Bateson

It is to the Riddle of the Sphinx that I have devoted fifty years of professional life as an anthropologist.

Jacques-Bénigne Bossuet

Every error is truth abused.

Goldie Hawn, fully Goldie Jeanne Hawn

The smile you give is the smile you get back.

Chinese Proverbs

As far as heaven from the abyss of the ocean.

Will Rogers, fully William Penn Adair "Will" Rogers

See they conducted experiments on convicts ... I don't know on what grounds they reason a man in jail is a bigger liar than one out of jail ... The chances are telling the truth is what got him there... It would be a big aid to humanity, but it will never be, for already the politicians are up in arms against it... It would wreck the very foundation on which our political government is run... If you ever injected truth into politics you'd have no politics … Even the ministers are denouncing it now… Humanity is not yet ready for either real truth or real harmony.

Anne Lamott

Beauty is a miracle of things going together imperfectly.

Owen D. Young

The world does not owe men a living, but business, if it is to fulfill its ideal, owes men an opportunity to earn a living.

Emily Dickinson, fully Emily Elizabeth Dickinson

I cannot live with you, it would be life, and life is over there behind the shelf.

Lewis Carroll, pseudonym for Charles Lutwidge Dodgson

Contrariwise, if it was so, it might be; and if it were so, it would be; but as it isn't, it ain't. That's logic.

Walt Whitman, fully Walter "Walt" Whitman

Let us twain walk aside from the rest; now we are together privately, do you discard ceremony, come! vouchsafe to me what has yet been vouchsafed to none—Tell me the whole story, tell me what you would not tell your brother, wife, husband, or physician.

O. Henry, pen name for William Sydney Porter

Write what you like; there is no other rule.

William Butler Yeats

I had no natural gift for this clear quiet, as I soon discovered, for my mind is abnormally restless; and I was seldom delighted by that sudden luminous definition of form which makes one understand almost in spite of oneself that one is merely imagining. I therefore invented a new process. I had found that after evocation my sleep became at moments full of light and form, all that I had failed to find while awake; and I elaborated a symbolism of natural objects that I might give myself dreams during sleep, or rather visions, for they had none of the confusion of dreams, by laying upon my pillow or beside my bed certain flowers or leaves.

Robert Beverly Hale

An artist sees things not as they are, but as he is.

Mitch Albom, fully Mitchell David "Mitch" Albom

He didn't understand depression. To him it was weakness.

William Faulkner, fully William Cuthbert Faulkner

It begins with a character, usually, and once he stands up on his feet and begins to move, all I can do is trot along behind him with a paper and pencil trying to keep up long enough to put down what he says and does.

Sri Chinmoy, born Chinmoy Kumar Ghose

I shall love the whole world, but I shall control only myself.

Karlheinz Stockhausen

And harmony means that the relationship between all the elements used in a composition is balanced, is good.

Richard Kroner

True union, or love proper, exists only between living beings
who are alike in power and thus in one another's eyes living beings
from every point of view; in no respect is either dead for the other.
This genuine love excludes all oppositions. It is not the under-
standing, whose relations always leave the manifold of related
terms as a manifold and whose unity is always a unity of opposites
[left as opposites]. It is not reason either, because reason sharply
opposes its determining power to what is determined. Love
neither restricts nor is restricted; it is not finite at all. It is a feel-
ing, yet not a single feeling [among other single feelings].

Elizabeth Browning, fully Elizabeth Barrett Browning

Or from Browning some Pomegranate, which, if cut deep down the middle, shows a heart within blood-tinctured of a veined humanity.

Seneca the Younger, aka Seneca or Lucius Annaeus Seneca

Since fate is only the succession of causes chained to each other, God is the first of all causes, from which arise the other.

Kenneth Burke

Dignity belongs to the conquered.

Peter Senge, fully Peter Michael Senge

In essence, leaders are people who "walk ahead," people genuinely committed to deep changes, in themselves and in their organizations.

Patti Smith, fully Patricia Lee "Patti" Smith

Both of us [Patti and Robert] had given ourselves to others. We vacillated and lost everyone, but we had found each other again. We wanted, it seemed, what we already had, a lover and a friend to create with, side by side. To be loyal, yet free.

John Grisham, fully John Ray Grisham, Jr.

With nothing to lose, David decided to roll the dice.