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I question whether God himself would wish me to hide behind the principles of non-violence while innocent people were being slaughtered.

Scottish Proverbs

Keep woo, an it will be dirt; keep lint, an it will be silk.

Sara Teasdale, born Sara Trevor Teasdale, aka Sara Teasdale Filsinger

Spend all you have for loveliness, buy it and never count the cost; for one white singing hour of peace count many a year of strife well lost, and for a breath of ecstasy give all you have been, or could be.

Madeleine Albright, fully Madeleine Korbelová Albright, born Marie Jana Korbelová

In our relationship with China, these are neither the best of times nor the worst of times,

François Fénelon, fully Francois de Salignac de la Mothe-Fénelon

Genuine good taste consists in saying much in few words, in choosing among our thoughts, in having order and arrangement in what we say, and in speaking with composure.

Nancy Wilson Ross

Plainly, contemporary Western science’s description of an astronomical universe of such vast magnitude that distances must be measured in terms as abstract as light-years is not new to Hinduism whose wise men, millennia ago, came up with the term kalpa to signify the inconceivable duration of the period elapsing between the beginning and end of a world system.

Scottish Proverbs

Live in measure, and laugh at the mediciners.

JK Rowling, formally Joanne "Jo" Rowling

Sirius had never kept him waiting before...Sirius had risked everything, always, to see Harry, to help him...If Sirius was not reappearing out of that archway when Harry was yelling for him as though his life depended on it, the only possible explanation was that he could not come back...That he really was...

Hungarian Proverbs

He can live even on flat ice.

Margaret Atwood, fully Margaret Eleanor Atwood

Everything is post these days, as if we're all just a footnote to something earlier that was real enough to have a name of its own.

Seth Godin

It?s entirely possible that there won?t be a standing ovation at the end of your journey. That?s okay. At least you lived.

Vauvenargues, Luc de Clapiers, Marquis de Vauvenargues

High place is quick to educate high minds.

Kurdish Proverbs

Habit becomes second nature.

Nina Tandon

I love pointing out to my students that the cable equations we use to analyze transmission along nerves are the same ones developed for the transatlantic cable.

Malcolm Muggeridge

Sex is the ersatz or substitute religion of the 20th Century

Steven Pinker, fully Steven Arthur Pinker

The idea that boys want to sleep with their mothers strikes most men as the silliest thing they have ever heard. Obviously, it did not seem so to Freud, who wrote that as a boy he once had an erotic reaction to watching his mother dressing. But Freud had a wet-nurse, and may not have experienced the early intimacy that would have tipped off his perceptual system that Mrs. Freud was his mother. The Westermarck theory has out-Freuded Freud.

George Carlin, fully George Denis Patrick Carlin

Some people don’t want you to mention certain things. Some people don’t want you to say this, some people don’t want you to say that. Some people think if you say some things they might happen. Some people are real fuckin’ stupid.

Leo Tolstoy, aka Count Lev Nikolayevich Tolstoy or Tolstoi

No disease suffered by a live man can be known, for every living person has his own peculiarities and always has his own peculiar, personal, novel, complicated disease, unknown to medicine -- not a disease of the lungs, liver, skin, heart, nerves, and so on mentioned in medical books, but a disease consisting of one of the innumerable combinations of the maladies of those organs. This simple thought could not occur to the doctors (as it cannot occur to a wizard that he is unable to work his charms) because the business of their lives was to cure, and they received money for it and had spent the best years of their lives on that business. But above all that thought was kept out of their minds by the fact that they saw they were really useful [...] Their usefulness did not depend on making the patient swallow substances for the most part harmful (the harm was scarcely perceptible because they were given in small doses) but they were useful, necessary, and indispensable because they satisfied a mental need of the invalid and those who loved her -- and that is why there are, and always will be, pseudo-healers, wise women, homoeopaths, and allopaths. They satisfied that eternal human need for hope of relief, for sympathy, and that something should be done, which is felt by those who are suffering.

William Dean Howells

Even a day's rest is more than most people can bear.

Joseph Addison

The pleasantest part of a man's life is generally that which passes in courtship, provided his passion be sincere, and the party beloved kind with discretion. Love, desire, hope, all the pleasing emotions of the soul, rise in the pursuit.

Gary Vaynerchuk

Even though I’ve said, ‘Do stuff after hours. Don’t quit your job,’ when people write me and say, ‘I quit my job.’ I say, ‘No. No. No. No. No.’ For all hype, I’m obnoxiously practical.

Steven Levy

I think that the most beautiful thing lately hasn't been in hardware or software per se but collaboration - the idea behind Napster, which uses the distributed power of the Internet as its engine.

Victor Hugo

It is sometimes more difficult to be the second than the first. It requires less genius, but more courage. The first, intoxicated by the novelty, may ignore the danger; the second sees the abyss, and rushes into it.

Søren Kierkegaard, fully Søren Aabye Kierkegaard

I found I had less and less to say, until finally, I became silent, and began to listen. I discovered in the silence, the voice of God.

Chinese Proverbs

Destitute knaves, the public saves.