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Blaise Pascal

The power of a man’s virtue should not be measured by his special efforts, but by his ordinary doing.

Tyron Edwards

Seek happiness for its own sake, and you will not find it; seek for duty, and happiness will follow as the shadow comes with the sunshine.

Raymond Lindquist, fully Raymond Irving Lindquist

Courage is the power to let go of the familiar.

Norwegian Proverbs

From harm one gets wise (and not rich).

Scottish Proverbs

He haes muckle prayer, but little devotion.

Alan Lightman, fully Alan Paige Lightman

Except for a God who sits down after the universe begins, all other Gods conflict with the assumptions of science.

John Cunningham Geikie

He is well along the road to perfect manhood who does not allow the thousand little worries of life to embitter his temper, or disturb his equanimity. An undivided heart which worships God alone, and trust him as it should, is raised above anxiety for earthly wants.

Seth Godin

Where does trust come from? This is what every marketer wants to know. Without trust, marketers know that there are no sales. Trust means the prospect believes not only that the product being sold will actually solve his problems, but that if for some reason it doesn't, the company will make good on its reputation of performance. We happily pay a premium to buy our jewelry from a fancy store instead of from a shady character on the street. Why? Because we trust the store to sell us the real deal, while the guy with the watches in a briefcase represents substantial risks. Corporations pay consultants billions of dollars for their advice, when they could probably find similar advice down the street at the local community college. Why the premium? Because Bain and McKinsey and the like are trusted advisers. They've built enough of a track record, and enough confidence, that they can command substantial premium.

Robert Anton Wilson, aka Bob, born Robert Edward Wilson

I don't do well speaking about things I don't know anything about, so I'll speak instead about the Unknown and the Inexplicable. I find them inexhaustibly entertaining as objects of speculation, since they obviously include a lot more than the known and the explicated. I suspect and almost believe that the Unknown and Inexplicable played a role in the design of the DNA molecule, as suggested by Sir Francis Crick, Sir Fred Hoyle, Dr. Timothy Leary and others. I also suspect that the Unknown has meddled a lot in human affairs, and the Inexplicable has laid hands, or tentacles, or something, on us many times. As Thomas Huxley said, the universe acts a lot like a chess game in which the player on the other side remains invisible to us. By analyzing the moves, we try to form an image of the intellect behind them. Images that have seemed almost believable to me at various times have included the gods and goddesses of ancient Greece (if you develop a Classic Poetry habit, that kind of neuro-linguistic programming can happen...) and also, of course, those extra-terrestrials who have so much popularity these days. I have also considered the player on the other side as more impersonal, like the Tao, or more bizarre, like Shiva Dancing, or more abstract, like Philip K. Dick's Vast Active Living Information System (VALIS.) Mostly, though I think of the player on the other side as a pookah -- a resident of Ireland, in rabbit form, who may at any time dump a truckload of the Unknown and Inexplicable right on your doorstep.

William Shakespeare

Here, here, and everywhere, he leaves and takes, dexterity so obeying appetite that what he will he does, and does so much that proof is called impossibility.

Ramdas, fully Swami Ramdas, born Vittal Rao, aka Beloved Papa

Renounce all desires of the mind and the intellect, and enjoy the bliss of the Atman, even though you may, for its sake, live in a garret or turn into a wandering, naked, mendicant.

Madame de Maintenon, Françoise d'Aubigné, Marquise de Maintenon, formerly Madame Scarron

The denial solves many of the problems of the existence female.

Charles Pierre Baudelaire

I sit in the sky like a sphinx misunderstood; my heart of snow is wed to the whiteness of swans; I hate the movement that displaces the rigid lines, With lips untaught neither tears nor laughter do I know.

Shvetashvatara Upanishad

The yogi who first performs actions and then turns away from them and who practises one, two, three, or eight disciplines, unites one principle with another principle and with the help of virtues cultivated by the self and of subtle tendencies attains Liberation in course of time.

Robert Herrick

Then, lastly, let some weekly strewings be devoted to the memory of me: then shall my ghost not walk about, but keep still in the cool and silent shades of sleep.

William Tecumseh Sherman

You might as well appeal against the thunder-storm as against these terrible hardships of war. They are inevitable, and the only way the people of Atlanta can hope once more to live in peace and quiet at home, is to stop the war, which can only be done by admitting that it began in error and is perpetuated in pride.

Neil Gaiman, fully Neil Richard Gaiman

The lower you start, the more opportunities you have.

Ralph Blum

Nothing is predestined. The obstacles of your past can become the gateways that lead to new beginnings.

Ursula Le Guin, fully Ursula Kroeber Le Guin

Our roots are in the dark; the earth is our country. Why did we look up for blessing -- instead of around, and down? What hope we have lies there. Not in the sky full of orbiting spy-eyes and weaponry, but in the earth we have looked down upon. Not from above, but from below. Not in the light that blinds, but in the dark that nourishes, where human beings grow human souls.

Paulo Freire

To decide is to break with something, and, to do this, I have to run a risk.

Frank Herbert, formally Franklin Patrick Herbert, Jr.

Why is it that foolishness repeats itself with such monotonous precision?

Sinéad O’Connor, fully Sinéad Marie Bernadette O'Connor

If you were the boss of a company and some of the employees of your company were known to sexually abuse children, you would fire them instantly.

Warren Buffett, fully Warren Edward Buffett, aka Oracle of Omaha

Money will always flow toward opportunity, and there is an abundance of that in America. Commentators today often talk of "great uncertainty." But think back, for example, to December 6, 1941, October 18, 1987 and September 10, 2001. No matter how serene today may be, tomorrow is always uncertain. Don't let that reality spook you. Throughout my lifetime, politicians and pundits have constantly moaned about terrifying problems facing America. Yet our citizens now live an astonishing six times better than when I was born. The prophets of doom have overlooked the all-important factor that is certain: Human potential is far from exhausted, and the American system for unleashing that potential - a system that has worked wonders for over two centuries despite frequent interruptions for recessions and even a Civil War - remains alive and effective.

Glenn Beck, fully Glenn Lee Beck

I'm the crazy one? This country has gone insane. Read about it. FCC orders NBC newsrooms to partner with Soros funded non-profits. That's how the deal went through.

Ludwig van Beethoven

My nobility is here, and here (pointing to his heart and head).