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Robert Burton

If you have no dreams, you shall live within them

George Washington

If we desire to avoid insult, we must be able to repel it; if we desire to secure peace, one of the most powerful instruments of our rising prosperity, it must be known, that we are at all times ready for War.

Red Cloud, fully Maȟpíya Lúta in Lakota

The fire of hope almost went out; we have to rekindle it,

Olive Schreiner

Sin looks much more terrible to those who look at it than to those who do it.

Scottish Proverbs

He who is wettest let him go to the well.

Somali Proverbs

What is play for children is death for a lizard.

Emmet Fox

Every condition in your life is the out-picturing of a belief in the subconscious. Every ailment, every difficulty that you have, is but the embodiment of a negative idea somewhere in your subconscious, which is actuated by a charge of fear. Prayer wipes out these negative thoughts and then their embodiment must disappear too. The healing must come.

Tracy Chevalier

I slowed my pace. Years of hauling water, wringing out clothes, scrubbing floors, emptying chamber pots, with no chance of beauty or color or light in my life, stretched before me like a landscape of flat land where, a long way off, the sea is visible but can never be reached.

Fyodor Dostoevsky, fully Fyodor Mikhaylovich Dostoevsky or Feodor Mikhailovich Dostoevski

You have to stay away from each other as well as the poor unfortunate, so there will be exacerbated by each other. You caused her so much distress that had not felt had never before in modest hermit life. This worries, my soul Rout.

Saint Bernard of Clairvaux

I, for one, shall speak about those obstinate Greeks, who are with us and against us, united in faith and divided in peace, though in truth their faith may stray from the straight path.

William Drummond, fully Sir William Drummond of Hawthornden

What doth it serve to see sun's burning face, and skies enamelled with both the indies' gold? Or moon at night in jetty chariot roll'd, and all the glory of that starry place?

P.W. Singer, fully Peter Warren Singer

In Somalia, warlords on all sides have used children. This is reflective of a state where the social order has collapsed and you had an effective free for all, with all sorts of actors seeking loot and plunder and using children as a means to an ends. Why should we in the West care? Well, not only did we have to deal with this challenge in the past --- US forces in the battle in Mogadishu in 93 (captured in Blackhawk Down) reported that amongst the fighters were children, but many now worry that al Qaeda is taking advantage of the continuing chaos in Somalia to create a new base for recruiting and planning, akin to what Afghanistan was. The solution in Somalia is much like elsewhere, we need to help restore the social order and stability. Only then can you end the cycle of violence.

Robert Service, fully Robert William Service

It wallowed in its water-bed; it burrowed, heaved and swung;
It gnawed its way ahead with grunts and sighs;
Its bill of fare was rock and sand; the tailings were its dung;
It glared around with fierce electric eyes.
Full fifty buckets crammed its maw;
it bellowed out for more;
It looked like some great monster in the gloom.

Tom Hayden, fully Thomas Emmet "Tom" Hayden

If I were George W. Bush, I would be terrorized by the eyes of those scruffy-looking veterans, the so-called band of brothers, volunteering for duty with the Kerry campaign. They look like men with scores to settle.

Alice Miller, née Rostovski

Learning is a result of listening, which in turn leads to even better listening and attentiveness to the other person. In other words, to learn from the child, we must have empathy, and empathy grows as we learn.

Fyodor Dostoevsky, fully Fyodor Mikhaylovich Dostoevsky or Feodor Mikhailovich Dostoevski

But something mysterious was maturing in his soul ... Yes, the old man was right: they felt outraged, his wound could not heal and they purposely tried to revive his wound with this mystery with this distrust of all of us. Seemed to revel in their pain, this suffering selfish, if one may so express it. This cultivation and enjoyment of pain was understandable to me. It was the pleasure of many offended, outraged, oppressed by fate and conscious of the injustice of it.

German Proverbs

He who blackens others does not whiten himself.

Adam Phillips

We make ourselves out of the demands others make of us, and out of whatever else we can use.

Paula Hawkins

All those plans I had?photography courses and cookery classes?when it comes down to it, they feel a bit pointless, as if I?m playing at real life instead of actually living it.

African Proverbs

Do not call to a dog with a whip in your hand.

Niall Ferguson, fully Niall Campbell Douglas Ferguson

The rise of the West is, quite simply, the pre-eminent historical phenomenon of the second half of the second millennium after Christ.

Philippine Proverbs, aka Philipino, Filipino, Ilocano and Tagalog Proverbs, Salawikain or Sawikain

The real hero doesn't say that he is one.

John Steinbeck

Doc bought a package of yellow pads and two dozen pencils. He laid them out on his desk, the pencils sharpened to needle points and lined up like yellow soldiers. At the top of a page he printed: OBSERVATIONS AND SPECULATIONS. His pencil point broke. He took up another and drew lace around the O and the B, made a block letter of the S and put fish hooks on each end. His ankle itched. He rolled down his sock and scratched, and that made his ear itch. Someone?s talking about me, he said and looked at the yellow pad. He wondered whether he had fed the cotton rats. It is easy to forget when you?re thinking.

William Shakespeare

Both of you are birds of self-same feather. Henry VI, Act iii, Scene 3

Stephen Ambrose, born Stephen Edward Ambrose

Eisenhower is my choice as the American of the 20th Century. Of all the men I've studied and written about, he is the brightest and the best.