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Benjamin Disraeli, 1st Earl of Beaconsfield

Nature, like man, sometimes weeps for gladness.

Buddha, Gautama Buddha, or The Buddha, also Gotama Buddha, Siddhārtha Gautama Buddha and Buddha Śākyamuni

Now I, joyfully and fearlessly,

Euripedes

For a silence and a chaste reserve is genuine praise, and to remain quiet within the house.

Scott Nearing

That the economists part company with the ominous pictures of an overpopulated, starving world, prostrate before the throne of 'competition,' 'individual initiative,' 'private property,' or some other pseudo-god, and tell men in simple, straightforward language how they may combine, re-shape, or overcome the laws and utilize them as a blessing instead of enduring them as a burden and a curse.

Neil Gaiman, fully Neil Richard Gaiman

There are no bad authors for children that children like and want to read and seek out, because every child is different. They can find the stories they need to, and they bring themselves to stories. A hackneyed, worn-out idea isn?t hackneyed and worn out to someone encountering it for the first time. You don?t discourage children from reading because you feel they are reading the wrong thing. Fiction you do not like is the gateway drug to other books you may prefer them to read. And not everyone has the same taste as you.

Paul Bennett

Actually, there was a bit more method to my madness. I started a ritual that I still use today: I sit down and look at my calendar every Sunday night, pore through my coming week’s meetings and cancel a bunch of them—redundant ones where I don’t need to be ‘in the loop,’ ones where there is an opportunity for someone else to make a decision, ones that don’t particularly inspire me, or ones where I can’t really add value. My overarching goal right now, wherever possible, is to give myself more time to simply be.

David Foster Wallace

American experience seems to suggest that people are virtually unlimited in their need to give themselves away, on various levels. Some just prefer to do it in secret.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Enthusiasm goes out.

Robert A. Heinlein, fully Robert Anson Heinlein, pen name for Anson MacDonald

Long human words (the longer the better) were easy, unmistakable, and rarely changed their meanings? but short words were slippery, unpredictable, changing their meanings without any pattern.

Herbie Hancock, fully Herbert Jeffrey "Herbie" Hancock

I was very much aware of blues, because it was on the radio all the time.

Herman Hesse

This is what happens when a man is his ability to love collect upon a single object. In losing crashes all, and the man remains in ruins.

Seneca the Younger, aka Seneca or Lucius Annaeus Seneca

Let that please man which has pleased God.

Walter J. Ong, fully Walter Jackson Ong

For oral cultures, the cosmos is an ongoing event with man at its center. Only after print and the extensive experience with maps that print implemented would human beings, when they thought about the cosmos or universe or "world", think primarily of something laid out before their eyes ready to be "explored".

Gertrude Stein

When I said. "A rose is a rose is a rose." And then later made that into a ring I made poetry and what did I do? I caressed completely caressed and addressed a noun.

Paulo Coelho

All people know exactly how we should live our lives and never have any idea how to live their own lives.

Lord Trent, aka Baron Trent, Sir Jesse Boot, 1st Baronet

As I learnt very early in my life in Whitehall, the acid test of any political question is: What is the alternative?

Paul Hawken

A viable future isn’t possible until the past is faced objectively and communion is made with our errant history... The movement is not coercive, but it is relentless and unafraid. It cannot be mollified, pacified, or suppressed... All people and institutions, including commerce, governments, schools, churches, and cities, need to learn from life and re-imagine the world from the bottom up, based on first principles of justice and ecology... What will guide us is a living intelligence that creates miracles every second, carried forth by a movement with no name.

Philip Massinger

He That kills himself to avoid misery, fears it, And, at the best, shows but a bastard valour. This life's a fort committed to my trust, Which I must not yield up, till it be forced: Nor will I. He's not valiant that dares die, But he that boldly bears calamity.

Marshall McLuhan, fully Herbert Marshall McLuhan

Money is a corporate image depending on society for its institutional status.

Edgar Allan Poe

It was many and many a year ago,
In a kingdom by the sea,
That a maiden there lived whom you may know
By the name of ANNABEL LEE;
And this maiden she lived with no other thought
Than to love and be loved by me.

I was a child and she was a child,
In this kingdom by the sea;
But we loved with a love that was more than love-
I and my Annabel Lee;
With a love that the winged seraphs of heaven
Coveted her and me.

And this was the reason that, long ago,
In this kingdom by the sea,
A wind blew out of a cloud, chilling
My beautiful Annabel Lee;
So that her highborn kinsman came
And bore her away from me,
To shut her up in a sepulchre
In this kingdom by the sea.

The angels, not half so happy in heaven,
Went envying her and me-
Yes!- that was the reason (as all men know,
In this kingdom by the sea)
That the wind came out of the cloud by night,
Chilling and killing my Annabel Lee.

But our love it was stronger by far than the love
Of those who were older than we-
Of many far wiser than we-
And neither the angels in heaven above,
Nor the demons down under the sea,
Can ever dissever my soul from the soul
Of the beautiful Annabel Lee.

For the moon never beams without bringing me dreams
Of the beautiful Annabel Lee;
And the stars never rise but I feel the bright eyes
Of the beautiful Annabel Lee;
And so, all the night-tide, I lie down by the side
Of my darling- my darling- my life and my bride,
In the sepulchre there by the sea,
In her tomb by the sounding sea."

"It was many and many a year ago,
In a kingdom by the sea,
That a maiden there lived whom you may know
By the name of ANNABEL LEE;
And this maiden she lived with no other thought
Than to love and be loved by me.

I was a child and she was a child,
In this kingdom by the sea;
But we loved with a love that was more than love-
I and my Annabel Lee;
With a love that the winged seraphs of heaven
Coveted her and me.

And this was the reason that, long ago,
In this kingdom by the sea,
A wind blew out of a cloud, chilling
My beautiful Annabel Lee;
So that her highborn kinsman came
And bore her away from me,
To shut her up in a sepulchre
In this kingdom by the sea.

The angels, not half so happy in heaven,
Went envying her and me-
Yes!- that was the reason (as all men know,
In this kingdom by the sea)
That the wind came out of the cloud by night,
Chilling and killing my Annabel Lee.

But our love it was stronger by far than the love
Of those who were older than we-
Of many far wiser than we-
And neither the angels in heaven above,
Nor the demons down under the sea,
Can ever dissever my soul from the soul
Of the beautiful Annabel Lee.

For the moon never beams without bringing me dreams
Of the beautiful Annabel Lee;
And the stars never rise but I feel the bright eyes
Of the beautiful Annabel Lee;
And so, all the night-tide, I lie down by the side
Of my darling- my darling- my life and my bride,
In the sepulchre there by the sea,
In her tomb by the sounding sea.

Evelyn Waugh, fully Evelyn Arthur St. John Waugh

O God, make me good, but not yet.

Rig Veda, or The Rigveda

He (Indra) does not give an opportunity to the proud to acquire anything.

Portuguese Proverbs

He who goes out to sea loses his place.

Paul Stamets

Time is short. We are going to lose 50% of the species on the earth in the next hundred years, of species that we know. What about the species that we don't know? Over 90% of the species in the kingdom of fungi are unknown. We only know about 10% of all the species that are out there. So we have a little bit of knowledge. And the little bit of knowledge that we have and what we know about it and how rapidly we are losing these candidate species means that we are losing tools in our biological tool chest.

Taylor Mali, fully Taylor McDowell Mali

Teachers get comfortable teaching the way they always have, and they forget to push the students to achieve a little more than everyone thought possible.