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Charles Barkley, fully Charles Wade Barkley

I don't think of myself as giving interviews. I just have conversations. That gets me in trouble.

Robert Herrick

What though the sea be calm? trust to the shore, Ships have been drown'd, where late they danc'd before.

Thorstein Veblen, fully Thorstein Bunde Veblen, born Torsten Bunde Veblen

He knows, of course, that the profits of business go to the business men, the vested interests, and to no one else; but he is still beset with the picturesque hallucination that any unearned income which goes to those vested interests whose central office is in New Jersey is paid to himself in some underhand way, while the gains of those vested interests that are domiciled in Canada are obviously a grievous net loss to him. The tariff moves in a mysterious way, its wonders to perform.


Excessive dealings with tyrants are not good for the security of free states.

George Santayana

The tendency to gather and to breed philosophers in universities does not belong to ages of free and humane reflection: it is scholastic and proper to the Middle Ages and to Germany. And the reason is not too far to seek. When there is philosophical orthodoxy, and speculation is expected to be a reasoned defense of some funded inspiration, it becomes itself corporate and traditional, and requires centres of teaching, endowment, and propaganda.

Olaf Stapledon, fully William Olaf Stapledon

They were convinced that for themselves fulfilment must lie in perfect service in the air. With a calm and absolute courage more formidable than any fanaticism these young men soared against the invading bombers, and brought them down in thousands.

M. Scott Peck, fully Morgan Scott Peck

Problems do not go away. They must be worked through or else they remain, forever a barrier to the growth and development of the spirit.

Read Montague

You often don't know who you are until you see yourself in interaction — with people that are close to you, people that are enemies of you, people that are agnostic to you.

Rabbi Chanina Bar Chama

Everything is in the hands of Heaven except for the fear of Heaven, as it states: And now, Israel, what does Hashem, your God, ask of you, but merely to fear Hashem your God. Is fear of Heaven, the, a small matter, as the verse implies? How could that be? Why? R' Chanina said in the name of R' Shimon ben Yochai: The Holy One, Blessed is He, has nothing in his treasure house other than a store of the merit of fear of Heaven, as the verse states: the fear of Hashem, that is His treasure. If the fear of Heaven, is the only achievement that HaShem values sufficiently to store it, it is, of necessity a great matter.

Pope Pius X, aka Saint Pope Pius X and Pope of the Eucharist, born Giuseppe Melchiorre Sarto

Ours will be the task of defining and explaining the notions of the most important truths....as well as that of leading back to the rule and straight path of honesty both in public and in private life, in the social and political spheres, all men and, indeed, each and every one of them, those who must obey as well as those whose duty is to command, for they are all sons of the same Father Who is in Heaven. We are also quite conscious of the fact that some will be shocked in hearing Us mention that We will, through necessity, concern Ourselves with politics.

Wayne Newton, "Mr. Las Vegas"

But one man never laughed. He was a giant among men. He was Bobby Darin and he was my friend.

Brené Brown

I realize that definitions spark controversy and disagreement, but I?m okay with that. I?d rather we debate the meaning of words that are important to us than not discuss them at all.

William Shakespeare

I cannot hide what I am. I must be sad when I have cause, and smile at no man's jests. Much Ado About Nothing, Act i, Scene3

Seán O'Casey

A sober black shawl hides her body entirely touched by the sun and the salt spray of the sea but down in the darkness a slim hand so lovely carries a rich bunch of red roses for me. Her petticoat simple and her feet are but bare and all that she has is but neat and scanty but stars in the deep of her eyes are exclaiming I carry a rich bunch of red roses for thee. No arrogant gem sits enthroned on her forehead or swings from a white ear for all men to see but jeweled desire in a bosom so pearly carries a rich bunch of red roses for me.

Seneca the Younger, aka Seneca or Lucius Annaeus Seneca

Natural desires are limited; but those which spring from false opinion can have no stopping-point. The false has no limits. When you are travelling on a road, there must be an end; but when astray, your wanderings are limitless. Recall your steps, therefore, from idle things, and when you would know whether that which you seek is based upon a natural or upon a misleading desire, consider whether it can stop at any definite point. If you find, after having travelled far, that there is a more distant goal always in view, you may be sure that this condition is contrary to nature.

Albert Einstein

Creativity is intelligence having fun.

T. Boone Pickens, fully Thomas Boone Pickens, Jr.

I don't go cheap on anything, but I'm not a shopper. If I want something, I look at it, decide what it is, but it will usually be the best product. I've got a pair of loafers that I still wear that I got in 1957.

H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

Never let the odds keep you from doing what you know in your heart you were meant to do.

Georg Hegel, fully Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel

We stand at the gates of an important epoch, a time of ferment, when spirit moves forward in a leap, transcends its previous shape and takes on a new one..... A new phase of the spirit is preparing itself. Philosophy especially has to welcome its appearance and acknowledge it, while others, who oppose it impotently, cling the past.

Brendan Francis Behan

It's pretty damn hard to bring your uniqueness into actual being if you're always doing the same things as a lot of other people.

William Shakespeare

Instinct is a great matter. I was now a coward on instinct. King Henry the Fourth, Part I (Prince Henry at II, iv)

Nassim Nicholas Taleb

Let us return to the idea that universities generate wealth and the growth of useful knowledge in society. There is a causal illusion here; time to bust it.

Yukio Mishima

On reflection, falling in love for him was not only extraordinary, but rather comical. By having closely observed Kiyoaki Matsugae, he knew full well what sort of man should fall in love. Falling in love was a special privilege given to someone whose external, sensuous charm and internal ignorance, disorganization, and lack of cognizance permitted him to form a kind of fantasy about others. It was a rude privilege. Honda was quite aware that since his childhood, he had been the opposite of such a man.

M. Scott Peck, fully Morgan Scott Peck

Utterly dedicated to preserving their self-image of perfection, [the evil] are unceasingly engaged in the effort to maintain the appearance of moral purity. They worry about this a great deal. They are acutely sensitive to social norms and what others might think of them. Outwardly [they] seem to live lives that are above reproach. The words "image." "appearance," and "outwardly" are crucial to understanding the morality of the evil.

Galileo Galilei, known simply as Galileo

I have been pronounced by the Holy Office to be vehemently suspected of heresy, that is to say, of having held and believed that the Sun is the center of the world and immovable, and that the earth is not the center and moves. Therefore, desiring to remove from the minds of your Eminences, and of all faithful Christians, this vehement suspicion, justly conceived against me, with sincere heart and unfeigned faith I abjure, curse, and detest the aforesaid errors and heresies, and generally every other error, heresy, and sect whatsoever contrary to the said Holy Church.