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Not every word requires an answer.

Musonius, fully Gaius Musonnius Rufus

The greatest admiration gives rise, not to words, but to silence.

Virginia Woolf, nee Stephen, fully Adeline Virginia Woolf

They are very large in effect, these painters; very little self-conscious; they have smooth broad spaces in their minds where I am all prickles and promontories.

Roger McNamee

Stock markets are for long-term investing. I am afraid that too many people were putting their lunch money and their next car payments in the stock market.

William Kamkwamba

News came of Beni Beni, the madman of Wimbe, who'd always made us laugh in better times. He'd run up to merchants in the trading center with his raving eyes and snatch cakes and Fantas from their stalls. No one ever took them away because his hands were always so filthy. The mad people had always depended on others to care for them, but now there were none. Beni Beni died at the church.

John Cage

They say, 'you mean it's just sounds?' thinking that for something to just be a sound is to be useless, whereas I love sounds just as they are, and I have no need for them to be anything more than what they are. I don't want them to be psychological. I don't want a sound to pretend that it's a bucket or that it's president or that it's in love with another sound. I just want it to be a sound.

James A. Garfield

Heroes did not make our liberties; they but reflected and illustrated them.

Plautus, full name Titus Maccius Plautus

Nothing so wretched as a guilty conscience.

Henry James

Be not afraid of life. Believe that life is worth living, and your belief will help create the fact.

Germaine Greer

After thirty years of feminism there is vastly more pornography disseminated more widely than ever before.

Seneca the Younger, aka Seneca or Lucius Annaeus Seneca

Bleak that life which man feels ashamed to accept it.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Shallow men believe in luck. Strong men believe in cause and effect.

Whittaker Chambers, born Jay Vivian Chambers, aka Jay David Whittaker Chambers

Counterrevolution and conservatism have little in common. In the struggle against Communism the conservative is all but helpless. For that struggle cannot be fought, much less won, or even understood, except in terms of total sacrifice. And the conservative is suspicious of sacrifice; he wishes first to conserve, above all what he is and what he has. You cannot fight against revolutions so.

L. Frank Baum, fully Lyman Frank Baum

And then I should get no brains, said the Scarecrow. And I should get no courage, said the Cowardly Lion. And I should get no heart, said the Tin Woodman. And I should never get back to Kansas, said Dorothy.

Rod Serling, fully Rodman Edward "Rod" Serling

Most screenplays, most motion pictures, owe much more to the screenplay. Ingmar Bergman has such an economy of language, so little language in his piece, it is so visual, his moods are introduced and buttressed by camera rather than by word or character. But again, that's unique.

Uttaradhyayana Sutra

The unenlightened takes millions of lives to extirpate the effects of karma whereas a man possessing spiritual knowledge and discipline obliterates them in a single moment.

Persian Proverbs

The cripple will always find a stone to kick.

Fulton Sheen, fully Archbishop Fulton John Sheen

There is no surer formula for discontent than to try to satisfy our cravings for the ocean of Infinite Love from the teacup of finite satisfactions.

Gaston Bachelard

What a concentration of images in Pasternak's swallow's nest! And, in reality, why should we stop building and molding the world's clay about our own shelters? Mankind's nest, like his world, is never finished. And imagination helps us to continue it. A poet cannot leave such a great image as this, nor, to be more exact, can such an image leave its poet. Boris Pasternak also wrote Man himself is mute, and it is the image that speaks. For it is obvious that the image alone can keep pace with nature.

Heraclitus or Heraclitus of Ephesus

Listening not to me but to the Logos it is wise to agree that all things are one.

John Eccles, fully Sir John Carew Eccles

We come to exist through a divine act. That divine guidance is a theme throughout our life; at our death the brain goes, but that divine guidance and love continues. Each of us is a unique, conscious being, a divine creation. It is the religious view. It is the only view consistent with all the evidence.

Neil Gaiman, fully Neil Richard Gaiman

Repeat after me, there are the living and the dead, there are day-folk and night-folk, there are ghouls and mist-walkers, there are high hunters and the Hounds of God. Also, there are solitary types. What are you? asked Bod. I, she said sternly, am Miss Lupescu. And what is Silas? She hesitated. Then she said, He is a solitary type.

Guru Nanak

Those appointed to administer public affairs, who, baked by the fire of wealth, mar the business of suitors, the king shall deprive of their property.

Henri Cartier-Bresson

If God had wanted us to photograph with a 2 1/4 by 2 1/4 camera, he would have put eyes on our bellies.

Mitch Albom, fully Mitchell David "Mitch" Albom

Learn to detach...Don't cling to things, because everything is impermanent... But detachment doesn't mean you don't let the experience penetrate you. On the contrary, you let it penetrate fully. That's how you are able to leave it... Take any emotion--love for a woman, or grief for a loved one, or what I'm going through, fear and pain from a deadly illness. If you hold back on the emotions--if you don't allow yourself to go all the way through them--you can never get to being detached, you're too busy being afraid. You're afraid of the pain, you're afraid of the grief. You're afraid of the vulnerability that love entails. But by throwing yourself into these emotions, by allowing yourself to dive in, all the way, over your head even, you experience them fully and completely. You know what pain is. You know what love is. You know what grief is. And only then can you say, 'All right. I have experienced that emotion. I recognize that emotion. Now I need to detach from that emotion for a moment.