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Frank Zappa, born Frank Vincent Zappa

From the time Mr. Developing Nation was forced to read The Little Red Book in exchange for a blob of rice, till the time he figured out that waiting in line for a loaf of pumpernickel was boring as fuck, took about three generations... Decades of indoctrination, manipulation, censorship and KGB excursions haven't altered this fact: People want a piece of their own little Something-or-Other, and, if they don't get it, have a tendency to initiate counterrevolution.

William Butler Yeats

The kings of the old time are dead.

Rumi, fully Jalāl ad-Dīn Muḥammad Rumi

Humankind is being led along an evolving course, through this migration of intelligences, and though we seem to be sleeping, there is an inner wakefulness that directs the dream, and that will eventually startle us back to the truth of who we are.

Thomas Heatherwick, fully Thomas Alexander Heatherwick

TH: Yes, and they?ve been very accommodating. We?ve extruded lengths specifically for different clients?and I really like the stopping-and-starting bits, where you see how 10,000 tons of pressure forces the aluminum to contort. We saw it as a way of testing out an idea?an industrial experiment. The benches are dying to be airport seating, but at the moment there?s only one machine on the planet that can make them. So there?s no economy of scale. [regarding aluminum benches]

Yann Martel

For everything has a trace of the divine in it.

Graham Greene

A black boy Brought Wilson's gin and I sipped it very slowly Because he had nothing else to do except to return to his hot and squalid room and read a novel - or a poem. Wilson liked poetry, but I absorbed it secretly, like a drug. The Golden Treasury Accompanied him wherever I went, but it was taken at night in small doses - a finger of Longfellow, Macaulay, Mangan: 'Go on to tell how, with genius wasted, betrayed in friendship, befooled in love...' His taste was romantic. For I have his public exhibition Wallace. I wanted passionately to be indistinguishable on the surface from other men: he wore his mustache like a club tie - it was his highest common factor, but his eyes betrayed him - brown dog's eyes, a setter's eyes, pointing mournfully towards Bond Street.

Walter Scott, fully Sir Walter Scott,1st Baronet

Breathes there the man with soul so dead, Who never to himself hath said, This is my own, my native land!

Wolof Proverbs

The adult who only acts in the dark, even if others do not see him, can see himself.

Nassim Nicholas Taleb

As if we did not have enough problems, banks are now more vulnerable to the Black Swan and the ludic fallacy than ever before with ?scientists? among their staff taking care of exposures. The giant ?rm J. P. Morgan put the entire world at risk by introducing in the nineties RiskMetrics, a phony method aiming at managing people?s risks, causing the generalized use of the ludic fallacy, and bringing Dr. Johns into power in place of the skeptical Fat Tonys. (A related method called ?Value-at-Risk,? which relies on the quantitative measurement of risk, has been spreading.)

JK Rowling, formally Joanne "Jo" Rowling

Like the fact that the person Sirius cared for the most about in the world was you," said Dumbledore quietly.

George Herbert

Some had rather lose their friend then their jest.

Plato

In things which we know, everyone will trust us ... and we may do as we please, and no one will like to interfere with us; and we are free, and masters of others; and these things will be really ours, for we shall turn them to our good.

Ludwig van Beethoven

True friendship can rest only on the union of like natures.

Zig Ziglar, born Hilary Hinton Ziglar

I believe that persistent effort, supported by a character-based foundation, will enable you to get more of the things money will buy and all of the things money won't buy.

Ernest Becker

Modern man is drinking and drugging himself out of awareness, or he spends his time shopping, which is the same thing. As awareness calls for types of heroic dedication that his culture no longer provides for him, society contrives to help him forget. In the mysterious way in which life is given to us in evolution on this planet, it pushes in the direction of its own expansion. We donÂ’t understand it simply because we donÂ’t know the purpose of creation; we only feel life straining in ourselves and see it thrashing others about as they devour each other. Life seeks to expand in an unknown direction for unknown reasons. What are we to make of creation in which routine activity is for organisms to be tearing others apart with teeth of all types - biting, grinding flesh, plant stalks, bones between molars, pushing the pulp greedily down the gullet with delight, incorporating its essence into oneÂ’s own organization, and then excreting with foul stench and gasses residue. Everyone reaching out to incorporate others who are edible to him. The mosquitoes bloating themselves on blood, the maggots, the killer-bees attacking with a fury and a demonism, sharks continuing to tear and swallow while their own innards are being torn out - not to mention the daily dismemberment and slaughter in natural accidents of all types: an earthquake buries alive 70 thousand bodies in Peru, a tidal wave washes over a quarter of a million in the Indian Ocean. Creation is a nightmare spectacular taking place on a planet that has been soaked for hundreds of millions of years in the blood of all creatures. The soberest conclusion that we could make about what has actually been taking place on the planet about three billion years is that it is being turned into a vast pit of fertilizer. But the sun distracts our attention, always baking the blood dry, making things grow over it, and with its warmth giving the hope that comes with the organismÂ’s comfort and expansiveness.

Francis Bacon

A mixture of a lie doth ever add pleasure.

Wahiduddin, born Richard Shelquist

We often forget who we are, and begin to act as if the world revolves around our own opinions and preferences. But that is not the case. Life is not about us. Life itself is not concerned with our opinions or our preferences. Life is not our servant, but rather we must become sincerely devoted instruments of Life. In truth, you are a spark of Divinity.

Jean Paul, born Johann Paul Friedrich Richter, aka Jean Paul Richter

The happiness life consists, like the day, not in single flashes of light, but in one continuous mild serenity. The most beautiful period of the heart's existence is in this calm, equable light, even although it be only moonshine or twilight. Now the mind alone can obtain for us this heavenly cheerfulness and peace.

Dave Eggers

He wanted to fly in lightweight contraptions with her.

Francis Bacon

Painting today is pure intuition and luck and taking advantage of what happens when you splash the stuff down.

Charles Pierre Baudelaire

One must astound the bourgeois.

Thomas Fuller

Anger is a sworn Enemy. Anger is the Fever and Frenzy of the Soul. Anger makes a rich Man hated, and a poor Man scorned. Anger may glance into the Breast of wise Man, but rests only in the Bosom of Fools.

Nassim Nicholas Taleb

To become a philosopher, start by walking very slowly.

Roger Ebert

Films like Fargo are why I love the movies.

Neil deGrasse Tyson

The good thing about science is that it's true whether or not you believe in it.