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George Herbert

In the husband wisdom in the wife gentleness.

Neil Gaiman, fully Neil Richard Gaiman

Where does contagion end and art begin?

Scott Adams, fully Scott Raymond Adams

Highly intelligent and well-informed people disagree on every political issue. Therefore, intelligence and knowledge are useless for making decisions, because if any of that stuff helped, then all the smart people would have the same opinions. So use your "gut instinct" to make voting choices. That is exactly like being clueless, but with the added advantage that you'll feel as if your random vote preserved democracy.

Lyndon Johnson, fully Lyndon Baines Johnson, aka LBJ

We have always believed that our people can stand on no higher ground than the school ground, or can enter any more hopeful room than the classroom. We blend time and faith and knowledge in our schools - not only to create educated citizens, but also to shape the destiny of this great Republic.

Jiddu Krishnamurti

Love is the most practical thing in the world. To love, to be kind, not to be greedy, not to be ambitious, not to be influenced by people but to think for yourself--these are all very practical things, and they will bring about a practical, happy society.ÿ

Scottish Proverbs

I'll tak nae mair o yer coonsel than I think fit.

Franklin D. Roosevelt, fully Franklin Delano Roosevelt, aka FDR

As Commander-in-Chief of the Army and Navy I have directed that all measures be taken for our defense, that always will our whole nation remember the character of the onslaught against us. No matter how long it may take us to overcome this premeditated invasion, the American people, in their righteous might, will win through to absolute victory.

Theodore “Teddy” Roosevelt

Wide differences of opinion in matters of religious, political and social belief must exist if conscience and intellect alike are not to be stunted.

William Shakespeare

I must comfort the weaker vessel, as doublet and hose ought to show itself courageous to petticoat. As You Like It, Act ii, Scene 4

Hugh Blair

I will not go so far as to say that the improvement of taste and of virtue is the same, or that they may always be expected to co-exist in an equal degree. More powerful correctives than taste can apply are necessary for reforming the corrupt propensities which too frequently prevail among mankind. Elegant speculations are sometimes found to float on the surface of the mind while bad passions possess the interior regions of the heart. At the same time, this cannot but be admitted, that the exercise of taste is, in its native tendency, moral and purifying.

E. B. White, fully Elwyn Brooks White

Any husband who loses interest in the drama of family life, as it unfolds, isn?t worth his salt.

Paul Klee

Genius is the error in the system.

William H. Whyte, Jr., fully William Hollingsworth "Holly" Whyte

We are not hapless beings caught in the grip of forces we can do little about, and wholesale damnations of our society only lend a further mystique to organization. Organization has been made by man; it can be changed by man.

Ralph Nader

The networks are not some chicken-coop manufacturing lobby whose calls nobody returns.

Théophile Gautier, fully Pierre Jules Théophile Gautier, aka Le Bon Theo

The critic serves up his erudition in strong doses; he pours out all the knowledge he got up the day before in some library or other, and treats in heathenish fashion people at whose feet he ought to sit, and the most ignorant of whom could give points to much wiser men than he. Authors bear this sort of thing with a magnanimity and a patience that are really incomprehensible. For, after all, who are those critics, who with their trenchant tone, their dicta, might be supposed sons of the gods? They are simply fellows who were at college with us, and who have turned their studies to less account, since they have not produced anything, and can do no more than soil and spoil the works of others, like true stymphalid vampires.

Romanian Proverbs

The loser is always laughed at.

Oliver Sacks

I am now face to face with dying. But I am not finished with living.

Alan Watts, fully Alan Wilson Watts

Just exactly what is the ?good? to which we aspire through doing and eating things that are supposed to be good for us? This question is strictly taboo, for if it were seriously investigated the whole economy and social order would fall apart and have to be reorganized. It would be like the donkey finding out that the carrot dangled before him, to make him run, is hitched by a stick to his own collar. For the good to which we aspire exists only and always in the future. Because we cannot relate to the sensuous and material present we are most happy when good things are expected to happen, not when they are happening. We get such a kick out of looking forward to pleasures and rushing ahead to meet them that we can?t slow down enough to enjoy them when they come. We are therefore a civilization which suffers from chronic disappointment ? a formidable swarm of spoiled children smashing their toys.

Stephen Covey, fully Stephen Richards Covey

Our behavior is governed by principles. Living in harmony with them brings positive consequences; violating them brings negative consequences.

Annie Besant

Mysticism is the most scientific form of religion, for it bases itself, as does all science, on experience and experiment?experiment being only a specialized form of experience, devised either to discover or to verify.

Cicero, fully Marcus Tullius Cicero, anglicized as Tully

The highest glory is won by the highest virtue.

Dag Hammarskjöld

In our era, the road to holiness necessarily passes through the world of action.

Isabelle Allende Llona

What I fear most is power with impunity. I fear abuse of power, and the power to abuse.

Sally Mann

You can tell a good ruined lens, right from the get-go.... That?s the kind of lens I'm looking for.

Arthur Schopenhauer

The cause of laughter is simply the sudden perception of the incongruity between a concept and the real object.