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Ibn Battuta, or Muhammad Ibn Battuta

From Tumbuktu I sailed down the Nile on a small boat, hollowed out of a single piece of wood.

Eugene O'Neill, fully Eugene Gladstone O'Neill

The past is the present, isn't it? It's the future too.

Seneca the Younger, aka Seneca or Lucius Annaeus Seneca

Everything is the product of one universal creative effort. There is nothing dead in Nature. Everything is organic and living, and therefore the whole world appears to be a living organism.

Naomi Shihab Nye

Kindness: Before you know what kindness really is you must lose things, feel the future dissolve in a moment like salt in a weakened broth. What you held in your hand, what you counted and carefully saved, all this must go so you know how desolate the landscape can be between the regions of kindness. How you ride and ride thinking the bus will never stop, the passengers eating maize and chicken will stare out the window forever. Before you learn the tender gravity of kindness, you must travel where the Indian in a white poncho lies dead by the side of the road. You must see how this could be you, how he too was someone who journeyed through the night with plans and the simple breath that kept him alive. Before you know kindness as the deepest thing inside, you must know sorrow as the other deepest thing. You must wake up with sorrow. You must speak to it till your voice catches the thread of all sorrows and you see the size of the cloth. Then it is only kindness that makes sense anymore, only kindness that ties your shoes and sends you out into the day to mail letters and purchase bread, only kindness that raises its head from the crowd of the world to say It is I you have been looking for, and then goes with you everywhere like a shadow or a friend.

Michael Parenti

Only by establishing military supremacy were the European and North American colonizers able to eliminate the crafts and industries of Third World peoples, control their markets, extort tribute, undermine their cultures, destroy their villages, steal their lands and natural resources, enslave their labor, and accumulate vast wealth.

Greek Proverbs

In the kingdom of the blind, the one-eyed man is king.

Wynton Marsalis

In Jazz, improvisation isn't a matter of just making any ol' thing up. Jazz, like any language, has its own grammar and vocabulary. There's no right or wrong, just some choices that are better than others.

Somali Proverbs

It is all the same to a stone whether you touch it or squeeze it (i.e. it does not matter).

Philip K. Dick, fully Philip Kindred Dick

We're all dreaming, Arctor said. If the last to know he's an addict is the addict, then maybe the last to know when a man means what he says is the man himself, he reflected. He wondered how much of the garbage that Donna had overheard he had seriously meant. He wondered how much of the insanity of the day--his insanity--had been real, or just induced as a contact lunacy, by the situation. Donna, always, was a pivot point of reality for him; for her this was the basic, natural question. He wished he could answer.

Baruch Spinoza, later Benedict de Spinoza

All things excellent are as difficult as they are rare.

Guru Nanak

Without the True Lord, no one is his friend, reflect upon this as true.

Pete Seeger, born Peter Seeger

In a world of private property, if something isn't owned by somebody, it's going to be misused by somebody else.

Thomas Tickell

Vain man would trace the mystic maze with foolish wisdom, arguing, charge his God, his balance hold, and guide his angry rod, new-mould the spheres, and mend the skies’ design, and sound th’ immense with his short scanty line. Do thou, my soul, the destined period wait, when God shall solve the dark decrees of fate, His now unequal dispensation clear, and make all wise and beautiful appear.

Scottish Proverbs

Guid health is better than wealth.

James Baldwin, fully James Arthur Baldwin

Freaks are called freaks and are treated as they are treated ? in the main, abominably ? because they are human beings who cause to echo, deep within us, our most profound terrors and desires.

Ugo Betti

Thought itself needs words. It runs on them like a long wire. And if it loses the habit of words, little by little it becomes shapeless, somber.

Erich Fromm, fully Erich Seligmann Fromm

We live in a world of things, and our only connection with them is that we know how to manipulate or to consume them.

Henri Frédéric Amiel

Man never knows what he wants; he aspires to penetrate mysteries as soon as he has, he wants to reestablish them. Ignorance irritates him and knowledge cloys.

Bauvard Bauvard

If I weren?t too proud, I?d boast of my exaggerated opinion of myself.

Malian Proverbs

You will never drown where you always take a bath.

Douglas William Jerrold

If you tickle the earth with a hoe she laughs with a harvest.

Russian Proverbs

My hut is on the outskirts, I don't know a thing.

F. Scott Fitzgerald, fully Francis Scott Key Fitzgerald

What'll we do with ourselves this afternoon,' cried Daisy, 'and the day after that, and the next thirty years?' 'Don't be morbid,' Jordan said. 'Life starts all over again when it gets crisp in the fall.' 'But it's so hot,' insisted Daisy, on the verge of tears, 'And everything's so confused. Let's all go to town!

Samuel Taylor Coleridge

Good and bad men are each less so than they seem.

Margaret Atwood, fully Margaret Eleanor Atwood

How old do you have to get before wisdom descends like a plastic bag over your head and you learn to keep your big mouth shut? Maybe never. Maybe you get more frivolous with age.