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Paula Hawkins

He wanted me to talk afterwards, about what happened.

Sergio Aragones, fully Sergio Aragonés Domenech

When you're drawing comics, you get very involved in how the story is going to develop and you spend more time daydreaming on that particular subject.

Howard Gardner, fully Howard Earl Gardner

Perhaps, indeed, there are no truly universal ethics: or to put it more precisely, the ways in which ethical principles are interpreted will inevitably differ across cultures and eras. Yet, these differences arise chiefly at the margins. All known societies embrace the virtues of truthfulness, integrity, loyalty, fairness; none explicitly endorse falsehood, dishonesty, disloyalty, gross inequity.

Raymond Chandler, fully Raymond Thornton Chandler

There is no bad whiskey, there are only some whiskies that aren't as good as others.

Saint Francis de Sales

If your eye is simple all of your body will be too.

Malian Proverbs

It is from a tiny seed that the biggest tree was born.

Edward Coke, fully Sir Edward Coke

We should speak as the populace but think as the learned.

Portuguese Proverbs

He who would catch fish must not mind wetting himself.

German Proverbs

If I am seen, I am joking; if I am not seen, I steal.

Moshe Dayan

We want emigration, we want a normal standard of living, we want to encourage emigration according to a selective program.

Charles Buxton

Bad temper is its own scourge. Few things are bitterer than to feel bitter. A man’s venom poisons himself more than his victim.

Sufi Proverbs

If you pick up a bee due to kindness, you will learn the limitations of kindness.

Wayne Dyer, fully Wayne Walter Dyer

It has never been so bad, that it couldn't be worse..

Harold Bloom

Real reading is a lonely activity.

Virginia Woolf, nee Stephen, fully Adeline Virginia Woolf

Such fools we are, she thought, crossing Victoria Street. For Heaven only knows why one loves it so, how one sees it so, making it up, building it round one, tumbling it, creating it every moment afresh; but the veriest frumps, the most dejected of miseries sitting on doorsteps (drink their downfall) do the same; can't be dealt with, she felt positive, by Acts of Parliament for that very reason: they love life. In people's eyes, in the swing, tramp and trudge; in the bellow and the uproar; the carriages, motor cars, omnibuses, vans, sandwich men shuffling and swinging; brass bands; barrel organs; in the triumph and the jingle and the strange high singing of some aeroplane overhead was what she loved; life; London; this moment of June.

William Butler Yeats

As I thought of these things, I drew aside the curtains and looked out into the darkness, and it seemed to my troubled fancy that all those little points of light filling the sky were the furnaces of innumerable divine alchemists, who labor continually, turning lead into gold, weariness into ecstasy, bodies into souls, the darkness into God; and at their perfect labor my mortality grew heavy, and I cried out, as so many dreamers and men of letters in our age have cried, for the birth of that elaborate spiritual beauty which could alone uplift souls weighted with so many dreams.

John Adams

Slavery in this Country I have seen hanging over it like a black cloud for half a century?

Winston Churchill, fully Sir Winston Leonard Spencer-Churchill

Let me marshal the facts. The crowd was unarmed, except with bludgeons. It was not attacking anybody or anything. It was holding a seditious meeting. When fire had been opened upon it to disperse it, it tried to run away. Pinned up in a narrow place considerably smaller than Trafalgar Square, with hardly any exits, and packed together so that one bullet would drive through three or four bodies, the people ran madly this way and the other. When the fire was directed upon the center, they ran to the sides. The fire was then directed to the sides. Many threw themselves down on the ground, and the fire was then directed on the ground. This was continued for 8 or 10 minutes... [i]f the road had not been so narrow, the machine guns and the armored cars would have joined in. Finally, when the ammunition had reached the point that only enough remained to allow for the safe return of the troops, and after 379 persons ? had been killed, and when most certainly 1,200 or more had been wounded, the troops, at whom not even a stone had been thrown, swung round and marched away... We have to make it absolutely clear ? that this is not the British way of doing business... Our reign, in India or anywhere else, has never stood on the basis of physical force alone, and it would be fatal to the British Empire if we were to try to base ourselves only upon it.

William Shakespeare

What 's mine is yours, and what is yours is mine. Measure for Measure. Act v. Sc. 1.

Ludwig van Beethoven

You write that somebody has said that I am the natural son of the late King of Prussia. The same thing was said to me long ago, but I have made it a rule never to write anything about myself or answer anything that is said about me.

Yehudi Menuhin, fully Sir Yehudi Menuhin, Baron Menuhin

We are living in a world where the individual must learn to command the raw materials of expression. He must not be dependent all the time on the ready-made, the finished product. It's the transferring, the changing of the raw into what is the expression of your own self ? the whole joy and satisfaction and frustration of life is built into this.

Henrik Ibsen, aka Henrik Johan Ibsen

Still it was really tremendous fun sitting there working and earning money. It was almost like being a man.

African Proverbs

He who is being carried does not realize how far the town is.

Chinese Proverbs

Happiness is like a sunbeam, which the least shadow intercepts, while adversity is often as the rain in the spring.

Michael J. Fox

The purpose that you wish to find in life, like a cure you seek, is not going to fall from the sky. ...I believe purpose is something for which one is responsible; it's not just divinely assigned.