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S'rîmad Bhâgavatam, aka Bhâgavata Purâna or Bhāgavata

The Supreme Lord who is there for the protection of both [these divinities] operates by the supreme presence of the wheel of Time [the Sudars'ana Cakra]. This disc is deemed the most dear, most devoted and favorite weapon that by its power and unbearable heat makes Râhu, with a mind full of fear and a bewildered heart, flee far away from that position wherein he resides for almost an hour and which by the people is called an eclipse.

Scottish Proverbs

A fou seck can bear a clowt on the side.

Feisal Abdul Rauf

When I arrived in America, I experienced serious culture shock. For someone with a religious upbringing, the 1960s were an extremely difficult time. Even though religion was a big part of the civil rights and peace movements, in my college religion was treated as irrelevant, hopelessly stodgy, and behind the times.

George Berkeley, also Bishop Berkeley, Bishop of Cloyne

Custom reconciles us to everything.

François de La Rochefoucauld, François VI, Duc de La Rochefoucauld, Prince de Marcillac, Francois A. F. Rochefoucauld-Liancourt

The accent of one's birthplace remains in the mind and in the heart as in one's speech.

Robert Service, fully Robert William Service

I know a mountain thrilling to the stars,
Peerless and pure, and pinnacled with snow;
Glimpsing the golden dawn o’er coral bars,
Flaunting the vanished sunset’s garnet glow;
Proudly patrician, passionless, serene; 5
Soaring in silvered steeps where cloud-surfs break;
Virgin and vestal—oh, a very Queen!
And at her feet there dreams a quiet lake.

My lake adores my mountain—well I know,
For I have watched it from its dawn-dream start, 10
Stilling its mirror to her splendid snow,
Framing her image in its trembling heart;
Glassing her graciousness of greening wood,
Kissing her throne, melodiously mad,
Thrilling responsive to her every mood, 15
Gloomed with her sadness, gay when she is glad.

My lake has dreamed and loved since time was born;
Will love and dream till time shall cease to be;
Gazing to her in worship half forlorn,
Who looks towards the stars and will not see— 20
My peerless mountain, splendid in her scorn …
Alas! poor little lake! Alas! poor me!

Bill Bradley, fully William Warren "Bill" Bradley

I would say quite clearly that white Americans can no longer deny the plight of black Americans.

Henri Cartier-Bresson

We must cut some of it out on the spot, simplify. The question is, do we always cut out what we should? While we?re working, we must be conscious of what we?re doing.

James Patterson, fully James Brendan Patterson

I read some, and then visited with people involved in this curious, exciting and somewhat misunderstood sub-culture. I met with a fang maker, who offered to fit me for an exquisite pair.

Pearl S. Buck, fully Pearl Sydenstricker Buck, also known by her Chinese name Sai Zhenzhu

I am absorbed in the wonder of earth and the life upon it.

Percy Bysshe Shelley

Nor yet exempt, though ruling them like slaves, from chance, and death, and mutability, the clogs of that which else might oversoar the loftiest star of unascended heaven, pinnacled dim in the intense inane.

Paul Brunton, born Hermann Hirsch, wrote under various pseudonyms including Brunton Paul, Raphael Meriden and Raphael Delmonte

That beautiful state wherein the mind recognizes itself for what it is, wherein all activity is stilled except that of awareness alone and even then it is an awareness without an object ? this is the heart of the experience.

JK Rowling, formally Joanne "Jo" Rowling

Even the weather seemed to be celebrating; as June approached, the days became cloudless and sultry, and all anybody felt like doing was strolling onto the grounds and flopping down on the grass with several pints of iced pumpkin juice, perhaps playing a casual game of Gobstones or watching the giant squid propel itself dreamily across the surface of the lake.

Walter Lippmann

You cannot endow even the best machine with initiative the jolliest steamroller will not plant flowers.

Spencer Johnson

Keep things simple, be flexible, and move quickly.

Robert Service, fully Robert William Service

There's a race of men that don't fit in,
A race that can't stay still;
So they break the hearts of kith and kin,
And they roam the world at will.
They range the field and they rove the flood,
And they climb the mountain's crest;
Theirs is the curse of the gypsy blood,
And they don't know how to rest.

If they just went straight they might go far;
They are strong and brave and true;
But they're always tired of the things that are,
And they want the strange and new.
They say: "Could I find my proper groove,
What a deep mark I would make!"
So they chop and change, and each fresh move
Is only a fresh mistake.

And each forgets, as he strips and runs
With a brilliant, fitful pace,
It's the steady, quiet, plodding ones
Who win in the lifelong race.
And each forgets that his youth has fled,
Forgets that his prime is past,
Till he stands one day, with a hope that's dead,
In the glare of the truth at last.

He has failed, he has failed; he has missed his chance;
He has just done things by half.
Life's been a jolly good joke on him,
And now is the time to laugh.
Ha, ha! He is one of the Legion Lost;
He was never meant to win;
He's a rolling stone, and it's bred in the bone;
He's a man who won't fit in.

George S. Patton, fully George Smith Patton, Jr.

Compared to war, all other forms of human endeavor shrink to insignificance. God help me, I do love it so.

Rumi, fully Jalāl ad-Dīn Muḥammad Rumi

Rise up nimbly and go on your strange journey to the ocean of meanings.... Leave and don't look away from the sun as you go, in whose light you're sometimes crescent, sometimes full.

Piet Hein

We ought to live each day as though it were our last day here below. But if I did, alas, I know it would have killed me long ago.

Heart Sutra

All things are empty:
Nothing is born, nothing dies,
nothing is pure, nothing is stained,
nothing increases and nothing decreases.

Glenn Beck, fully Glenn Lee Beck

You pinhead. You think we would actually be sitting here and saying "well, look at the way she was dressed?" If she were Joan McCain, stop it. You self-centered self-righteous socialist out of control dangerous man-hating bitch. Shut your mouth. We might have bought into this crap in the 1960s because too many people were doing LSD. We're not on LSD anymore ? we need to start making sense.

Robin Williams, fully Robin McLaurin Williams

We men are driven to look for Miss Right, or at least, Miss Right Now.

Allan Bloom, fully Allan David Bloom

First radio, then television, have assaulted and overturned the privacy of the home, the real American privacy, which permitted the development of a higher and more independent life within democratic society.

Portuguese Proverbs

It's like exchanging six for half a dozen.

Neil deGrasse Tyson

We account for one-sixth of the forces of gravity we see in the universe. There is no known objects accounting for most of the effective gravity in the universe. Something is making stuff move that is not anything we have ever touched.