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Marcel Proust, fully Valentin Louis Georges Eugène Marcel Proust

For, since a purely musical work contains none of those logical sequences, the interruption or confusion of which, in spoken or written language, is a proof of insanity, so insanity diagnosed in a sonata seemed to him as mysterious a thing as the insanity of a dog or a horse, although instances may be observed of these.

W. E. B. Du Bois, fully William Edward Burghardt Du Bois

The most ordinary Negro is a distinct gentleman, but it takes extraordinary training and opportunity to make the average white man anything but a hog.

Lord Byron, formally George Gordon Noel Byron, 6th Baron Byron

Not to admire is all the art I know.

Miguel de Cervantes, fully Miguel de Cervantes Saaversa

A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush.

Polish Proverbs

Guest coming into house - God coming into house.

Thomas Jefferson

Nothing is troublesome that we do willingly.

Edward Young

The body's wisdom to conceal the mind.

Quintilian, fully Marcus Fabius Quintilianus, also Quintillian and Quinctilian

Forbidden pleasures alone are loved immoderately; when lawful, they do not excite desire.

François de La Rochefoucauld, François VI, Duc de La Rochefoucauld, Prince de Marcillac, Francois A. F. Rochefoucauld-Liancourt

We have scarcely any faults which are not more excusable than the means we adopt to conceal them.

Mozi or Mo-tze, Mocius or Mo-tzu, original name Mo Di, aka Master Mo

If the rulers sincerely desire the empire to be wealthy and dislike to have it poor, desire to have it orderly and dislike to have it chaotic, they should bring about universal love and mutual aid. This is the way of the sage-kings and the way to order for the world, and it should not be neglected.

Polish Proverbs

Those who live by the sword get shot by those who don't.

Ellen Goodman

There’s a trick to the 'graceful exit.' It begins with the vision to recognize when a job, a life stage, or a relationship is over — and let it go. It means leaving what’s over without denying its validity or its past importance to our lives. It involves a sense of future, a belief that every exit line is an entry, that we are moving up, rather than out.

Sherwood Anderson

People like bush life in the jungle, stifled by climbing trees. And climbing trees is not only the ideas and beliefs of vintage planted the dead

Seneca the Younger, aka Seneca or Lucius Annaeus Seneca

To the person who does not know where he wants to go there is no favourable wind.

Mary Shelley, née Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin

I wished sometimes to shake off all thought and feeling, but I learned that there was but one means to overcome the sensation of pain, and that was death - a state which I feared yet did not understand.

Turkish Proverbs

A wise man remembers his friends at all times; a fool, only when he has need of them.

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

You must retain great strength in your mind and words. I am low, I am low, repeating these ideas in the mind man belittles and degrades himself. Therefore the Shastras say, He who thinks himself free, free he becomes; he who thinks himself bound, bound he remains ---this popular saying As one thinks, so one becomes is true. He alone who is always awake to the idea of freedom, becomes free; he who thinks he is bound, endures life after life in the state of bondage.

Madeleine L’Engle

The artist, if he is not to forget how to listen, must retain the vision which includes angels and dragons and unicorns, and all the lovely creatures which our world would put in a box marked, 'Children Only.

Jean Cocteau

All good music resembles something. Good music stirs by its mysterious resemblance to the objects and feelings which motivated it.

Portuguese Proverbs

Where shall the ox go but he must labor, since he knows how?

Paulo Coelho

When we're focused on what we want, things begin to slot perfectly into place.

Allan Bloom, fully Allan David Bloom

Nietzsche ? argued that the spirit?s bow was being unbent and risked being permanently unstrung. Its activity, he believed, comes from culture, and the decay of culture meant not only the decay of man in this culture but the decay of man simply. This is the crisis he tried to face resolutely: the very existence of man as man, as a noble being, depended on him and on men like him?so he thought.

Walt Whitman, fully Walter "Walt" Whitman

I inhale great draught of space...the east and west are mine...and the north and south are mine...I am grandeur than I thought...I did not know i held so much goodness.

Saint Francis of Assisi, born Giovanni Francesco di Bernardone

Where there is charity and wisdom there is neither fear nor ignorance. Where there is patience and humility, there is neither anger nor disturbance. Where there is poverty with joy, there is neither covetousness nor avarice. Where there is inner peace and meditation, there is neither anxiousness nor dissipation. Where there is fear of the Lord to guard the house, there the enemy cannot gain entry. Where there is mercy and discernment, there is neither excess nor hardness of heart.

Michael Shermer

Machine intelligence of a human nature could be a century away, and immortality is at least a millennium away, if not unattainable altogether.