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No wealth can ever make a bad man at peace with himself.

Martha Nussbaum, fully Martha Craven Nussbaum

We notice, finally, that the very painfulness of these impressions is essential to their cataleptic character. Our primary aim is to comfort ourselves, to assuage pain, to cover our wounds. Then what has the character of pain must have escaped these mechanisms of comfort and concealment; must, then, have come from the true unconcealed nature of our condition.

Woodrow Wilson, fully Thomas Woodrow Wilson

Wilson was once asked how long it took him to write a speech. He answered, 'That depends. If I am to speak 10 minutes, I need a week for preparation. If 15 minutes,3 days. If half hour, two days. If an hour, I am ready now.'

William Butler Yeats

All art that is not mere storytelling, or mere portraiture, is symbolic, and has the purpose of those symbolic talismans which medieval magicians made with complex colors and forms, and bade their patients ponder over daily, and guard with holy secrecy; for it entangles, in complex colors and forms, a part of the Divine Essence.

G. K. Chesterton, fully Gilbert Keith Chesterton

He said he didn't very well understand how George was going to sleep any more than he did now, seeing that there were only twenty-four hours in each day.

George Herbert

He carries well, to whomit weighs not.

William Shakespeare

A killing tongue and a quiet sword. Henry V, Act iii, Scene 2

Madeleine L’Engle

If we don't pray according to the needs of the heart, we repress our deepest longings. Our prayers may not be rational, and we may be quite aware of that, but if we repress our needs, then those unsaid prayers will fester.

Ray Kroc, fully Raymond Albert Kroc

Visions of McDonald's restaurants dotting crossroads all over the country paraded through my brain. I don't believe in saturation. We're thinking and talking worldwide.

Paul Lewis

Some people argued the digital era would see paid journalists replaced by an army of citizen reporters. The riots proved otherwise: people might consume news differently, but they still want it told straight, and by reporters on the ground.

Paulo Coelho

But the greatest wisdom could be blinded by the glare of vanity.

Salvador Dalí, fully Salvador Domingo Felipe Jacinto Dalí i Domènech

Drawing is the honesty of the art. There is no possibility of cheating. It is either good or bad.

Sathya Sai Baba, fully Sri Sathya Sai Baba

Transmuting "man" into "God" and experiencing that Ananda or Bliss is the one and only achievement for which life is to be devoted.

Robert Kiyosaki, fully Robert Toru Kiyosaki

In business, success often depends upon the relative age of your ideas.

Robert Motherwell

To pick up a cigarette wrapper or wine label or an old letter or the end of a carton is my way of dealing with those things that do not originate in me, in my I.

Yoshida Kenko

A house should be built with the summer in view. In winter one can live anywhere, but a poor dwelling in summer is unbearable. Deep water does not give a cool sensation. Far cooler is a shallow running stream. A room with sliding doors is lighter than one with doors on hinges. When the ceiling is high the room is cold in winter and difficult to light. As for construction, people agree in admiring a place with plenty of spare room, as being pleasing to the eye and at the same time useful for all sorts of purposes.

Saint John of Kronstadt, fully John Il’ich Serguiev, aka Holy Father John of the Kronstadt

When you are threatened with temptation to sin, then represent to yourself vividly that sin is exceedingly displeasing to God, Who hates iniquity. "Thou hatest all workers of iniquity." And in order to understand this better, imagine a father, righteous and severe, who loves his family, and is trying by every means to make his children well-principled and upright, in order to reward them afterwards for their good behaviour by the great riches he has laboriously laid up for them, and, who nevertheless sees, to his grief, that the children, disregarding their father's love, do not love him, do not pay attention to the inheritance so lovingly prepared for them by their father, but live disorderly, and rush impetuously to destruction. Mark, that " sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death,"1 because it kills the soul, because it makes us the slaves of the Devil?the destroyer of men; and the more we work for sin, the more difficult will be our return, and the more sure will be our ruin. Dread, therefore, every sin with the whole heart. When your heart inclines to evil, and the evil one begins to undermine your heart, so that it is completely removed from the rock of faith, then say to yourself inwardly " I know of my spiritual poverty, my own nothingness without faith. I am so weak, that it is only by Christ's name that I live and obtain peace, that I rejoice and my heart expands, whilst without Him I am spiritually dead, I am troubled, and my heart is oppressed; without the Lord's Cross I should have been long since the victim of the most cruel distress and despair. Only Christ keeps me alive: and the Cross is my peace and my consolation.

Sigmund Freud, born Sigismund Schlomo Freud

We are threatened with suffering from three directions: from our own body, which is doomed to decay and dissolution and which cannot even do without pain and anxiety as warning signals; from the external world, which may rage against us with overwhelming and merciless forces of destruction; and finally from our relations to other men. The suffering which comes from this last source is perhaps more painful than any other.

Seth Godin

Change almost never fails because it?s too early. It almost always fails because it?s too late.

Karl Popper, fully Sir Karl Raimund Popper

The more we learn about the world, and the deeper our learning, the more conscious, specific, and articulate will be our knowledge of what we do not know, our knowledge of our ignorance. For this, indeed, is the main source of our ignorance ? the fact that our knowledge can be only finite, while our ignorance must necessarily be infinite.

Sheryl Sandberg, fully Sheryl Kara Sandberg

If you're offered a seat on a rocket ship, don't ask what seat! Just get on.

Frank Lloyd Wright, born Frank Lincoln Wright

Harvard takes perfectly good plums as students, and turns them into prunes

John Angell James

Tell me how a professor spends his Sabbaths, and I will tell you in what state his soul is spiritually considered.

Maria Montessori

We must make of the future generation, powerful men, and by that we mean men who are independent and free.

William Graham Sumner

Gentlemen, the time is coming when there will be two great classes, Socialists, and Anarchists. The Anarchists want the government to be nothing, and the Socialists want government to be everything. There can be no greater contrast. Well, the time will come when there will be only these two great parties, the Anarchists representing the laissez faire doctrine and the Socialists representing the extreme view on the other side, and when that time comes I am an Anarchist.