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Seneca the Younger, aka Seneca or Lucius Annaeus Seneca

Just where death is expecting you is something we cannot know; so, for your part, expect him everywhere.

JK Rowling, formally Joanne "Jo" Rowling

It was better than Harry had expected. As for Dumbledore?s writing to the Dursleys, that was nothing. Harry knew perfectly well they?d just be disappointed that the Whomping Willow hadn?t squashed him flat.

Frank Lloyd Wright, born Frank Lincoln Wright

Bureaucrats: they are dead at 30 and buried at 60. They are like custard pies; you can't nail them to a wall.


To bear lightly the neck's yoke brings strength; but kicking against the goads is the way of failure.

Marie Henri Beyle, better known by pen name Stendhal

I used to think of death... like I suppose soldiers think of it: it was a possible thing that I could well avoid by my skill.

William Allen White

Everyone expects to go further than his father went; everyone expects to be better than he was born and every generation has one big impulse in its heart - to exceed all the other generations of the past in all the things that make life worth living.

Po Bronson

A Piece of writing has to seduce the reader, it has to suspend disbelief and earn the reader's trust.

Irish Proverbs

God is good, but never dance in a small boat.

Italian Proverbs

You must take the fat with the lean.

A. J. Jacobs, fully Arnold Stephen Jacobs, Jr.

Step back for a minute. Pretend you're from Mars. From a coldly rational point of view, pedestrian helmets aren't a crazy idea.

Pierre Cornielle

Ambition aspires to descend.

Melvin "Mel" Helitzer

When asked to contribute ten dollars to a lawyer's funeral, I said: "Here's fifty. Bury five of them."

F. Scott Fitzgerald, fully Francis Scott Key Fitzgerald

His parents were shiftless and unsuccessful farm people - his imagination had never really accepted them as his parents at all. The truth was that Jay Gatsby of West Egg, Long Island, sprang from his Platonic conception of himself. He was a son of God...and he must be about His Father's business, the service of a vast, vulgar, and meretricious beauty. So he invented...Jay Gatsby...and to this conception he was faithful to the end.

Will Rogers, fully William Penn Adair “Will” Rogers

It's a good thing the American people aren't getting all the government they're paying for.

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

Those indeed are conquerors who, as I have now, have conquered the intoxications (the mental intoxications arising from ignorance, sensuality, or craving after future life). Evil dispositions have ceased in me; therefore it is I that am conqueror!

Noah Webster, fully Noah Webster, Jr.

Tyranny is the exercise of some power over a man, which is not warranted by law, or necessary for the public safety. A people can never be deprived of their liberties, while they retain in their own hands, a power sufficient to any other power in the state.

Billy Graham, formally William Franklin "Billy" Graham

God never meant that people were to wear clothes. He meant we were to be nude. But we were in a state of innocence. Then sin came into the human race and became a blood poisoning.

Ethiopian Proverbs

A fool at forty is a fool indeed.

Benjamin Thompson, Count Rumford, aka Sir Benjamin Thompson or Count Benjamin Thompson Rumford

Too much pains cannot be taken by those who write books to render their ideas clear, and their language concise and easy to be understood. Hours spent by an author in saving minutes and even seconds to his readers, is time well employed.

Ray C. Anderson

Business and industry should be leading it [the Second Industrial Revolution] because if they don't, we're all doomed. You can't have an economy that destroys the basic infrastructure. We need to stop destroying the biosphere

Voltaire, pen name of François-Marie Arouet

I have been a hundred times on the point of killing myself, but still was fond of life. This ridiculous weakness is perhaps one of our worst instincts. What can be more absurd than choosing to carry a burden that one really wants to throw to the ground? To detest, and yet to strive to preserve our existence? To caress the serpent that devours us, and hug him close to our bosoms till he has gnawed into our hearts?

William Shakespeare

Nothing comes amiss; so money comes withal. The Taming of the Shrew. Act i. Sc. 2.

Jennifer Granholm

We need, first of all, for there to be accountability, for there to be somebody who is responsible for enforcing standards and holding people's feet to the fire.

Zainab Salbi

Like life, peace begins with women. We are the first to forge lines of alliance and collaboration across conflict divides.

W. H. Davies, fully William Henry Davies

It was the Rainbow gave thee birth, and left thee all her lovely hues.