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Portuguese Proverbs

King's entreaties are commands.

Hans Hoffman

Depth, in a pictorial, plastic sense, is not created by the arrangement of objects one after another toward a vanishing point, in the sense of the Renaissance perspective, but on the contrary (and in absolute denial of this doctrine) by the creation of forces in the sense of push and pull. Nor is depth created by tonal gradation (another doctrine of the academician which, at its culmination, degraded the use of color to a mere function of expressing dark and light).

John Stuart Mill

It is not because men’s desires are strong that they act ill; it is because their consciences are weak. There is no natural connection between strong impulses and a weak conscience. The natural connection is the other way.

André Gide, fully André Paul Guillaume Gide

Great authors are admirable in this respect: in every generation they make for disagreement. Through them we become aware of our differences.

Thorstein Veblen, fully Thorstein Bunde Veblen, born Torsten Bunde Veblen

The U.S. Steel Corporation has vindicated the wisdom of an unreserved advance on lines of consolidation and recapitalization in the financing of the large and technical industries.

Menachem Ussishkin, fully Avraham Menahem Mendel Ussishkin

We cannot start the Jewish state with... half the population being Arab? Such a state cannot survive even half an hour. And about transferring sixty thousand Arab families he said: It is most moral... I am ready to come and defend... it before the Almighty.

Thomas C. Murphy

If the strength and the sustaining force of the traffic were in the ballot box, there would be a possibility of dethroning it in that way. But, unfortunately, the root of the evil is not there, nor is it in the open saloon, nor is it to be found in the distillery, but it is grounded, and, I regret to say, it flourishes in the passions, the appetites, and the customs of the people, who are the governing power. Public sentiment is the basis of law, and public sentiment is simply individual sentiment taken in the aggregate. A spring cannot rise higher than its source. And prohibition, to be successful, must be the outgrowth of a sentiment which is based upon the self-sacrifice involved in total abstinence, enforced in the individual life of the nation. This involves agitation, education, and regeneration. To educate the public mind and to awaken the public conscience is equivalent to enacting laws upon the subject, because out of the mind and heart of the people the laws of the land are made. The people need to realize their responsibility as individuals; and we should lay down a principle that, while men are licensed to sell liquor, none have a license to take the cunning from the hand of any man, the genius from his brain, or the happiness from his home. If these are laid upon the altar of Bacchus, it is by the consent of the possessor of them.

Joy Elmer Morgan

In the struggle to establish an adequate world government, the teacher can do much to prepare the hearts and minds of children for global understanding and cooperation. At the very heart of all the agencies which will assure the coming of world government must stand the school, the teacher, and the organized profession.

Jacques Chirac, fully Jacques René Chirac

Tireless champion of the emancipation and unity of the African continent.

William Gurnall

Set a strong guard about thy outward senses: these are Satan's landing places, especially the eye and the ear.

Joshua Foer

Today we read books 'extensively,' often without sustained focus, and with rare exceptions we read each book only once. We value quantity of reading over quality of reading. We have no choice, if we want to keep up with the broader culture.

George Bernard Shaw

Our natural dispositions may be good; but we have been badly brought up, and are full of anti-social personal ambitions and prejudices and snobberies. Had we not better teach our children to be better citizens than ourselves? We are not doing that at present. The Russians ARE. That is my last word. Think over it.

Walter Benjamin, fully Walter Bendix Schönflies Benjamin

The fairy tale, which to this day is the first tutor of children because it was once the first tutor of mankind, secretly lives on in the story. The first true storyteller is, and will continue to be, the teller of fairy tales. Whenever good counsel was at a premium, the fairy tale had it, and where the need was greatest, its aid was nearest. This need was created by myth. The fairy tale tells us of the earliest arrangements that mankind made to shake off the nightmare which myth had placed upon its chest.

Martin Luther

She catches hold, then of this word nothing, and stabs at it with a multitude of words and examples, and by means of a suitable interpretation, reduces it to this, that nothing can mean the same as only a little thing or an imperfect thing; she expounds in other words what the Sophists have hitherto taught regarding this passage: Apart from me you can do nothing, that is to say nothing perfectly.

William Shakespeare

Your sense pursues not mine. Either you are ignorant, or seem so, craftily; and that's not good.

James Bryant Conant

When we feel a strong desire to thrust our advice upon others, it is usually because we suspect their weakness; but we ought rather to suspect our own.

Nassim Nicholas Taleb

To bankrupt a fool, give him information.

Thomas Jefferson

You say you are a Calvinist. I am not. I am of a sect by myself, as far as I know.

Brené Brown

Grief seems to create losses within us that reach beyond our awareness?we feel as if we're missing something that was invisible and unknown to us while we had it, but now painfully gone.

Romanian Proverbs

Eagles don't catch flies.

Dalai Lama, born Tenzin Gyatso

If you can, help others; if you cannot do that, at least do not harm them.

Robert Southey

There is no security in a good disposition if the support of good principles ? that is to say, of religion, of Christian faith ? be wanting. It may be soured by misfortune, it may be corrupted by wealth, it may be blighted by neediness, it may lose all its original brightness, if destitute of that support.

Vivekananda, fully Sri or Swami Vivekananda, born Narendra Nath Datta

By the grace of the Guru, a disciple becomes a Pandit (scholar) even without reading books.

Elizabeth Browning, fully Elizabeth Barrett Browning

The foolish fears of what might happen. I cast them all away among the clover-scented grass, among the new-mown hay, among the husking of the corn, where drowsy poppies nod where ill thoughts die and good are born— out in the fields with God.

Patrick Lencioni

The first sign of a miserable job is anonymity. They didn?t know us or care about getting to know us.