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Muhammad, also spelled Mohammad, Mohammed or Mahomet, full name Muhammad Ibn `Abd Allāh Ibn `Abd al-Muttalib

All actions are judged by the motive prompting them.

Saki, pen name for Hector Hugh Munro or H.H. Munro

But, good gracious, you've got to educate him first. You can't expect a boy to be vicious till he's been to a good school.

Woodrow Wilson, fully Thomas Woodrow Wilson

Since trade ignores national boundaries and the manufacturer insists on having the world as a market, the flag of his nation must follow him, and the doors of the nations which are closed must be battered down … Concessions obtained by financiers must be safeguarded by ministers of state, even if the sovereignty of unwilling nations be outraged in the process. Colonies must be obtained or planted, in order that no useful corner of the world may be overlooked or left unused.

Ernest Becker

I have reached far beyond my competence and have probably secured for good a reputation for flamboyant gestures. But the times still crowd me and give me no rest, and I see no way to avoid ambitious synthetic attempts; either we get some kind of grip on the accumulation of thought or we continue to wallow helplessly, to starve amidst plenty. So I gamble with science and write.

Henry Drummond

The absence of the true Light means moral Death. The darkness of the natural world to the intellect is not all. What history testifies to is, first the partial, and then the total eclipse of virtue that always follows the abandonment of belief in a personal God.

Nigerian Proverbs

If the owner of the goat is not afraid to travel by night, the owner of a hyena certainly will not be.

Zelig Pliskin

King Solomon wrote: 'As water reflects a face back to face, so too one's heart is reflected back to him by another' (Proverbs 27:19). We all want others to be friendly and kind to us. The behavior of others is not in our direct control, but our own behavior is. We play a large role in creating the world we live in, especially how others will behave toward us. If you behave toward others in a positive manner, they are much more likely to reciprocate.

Jack Kerouac, born Jean-Louis Lebris de Kérouac

You are the equal of the idol who has given you your inspiration.

Samantha Power

On May 24, 1999, two months into NATO?s campaign, the UN war crimes tribunal for the former Yugoslavia, which had been set up originally to respond to atrocities committed in Croatia and Bosnia, indicted Serbian President Slobodan Milosevic for crimes against humanity and war crimes committed in the previous two months in Kosovo. It was the first time a head of state had been charged during an armed conflict with violations of international law.

Thomas Chalmers

The sum and substance of the preparation needed for a coming eternity is, that we believe what the Bible tells us and do what the Bible bids us.

Napoleon Bonaparte, Napoleon I

Vengeance has no foresight.

T. E. Hulme, fully Thomas Ernest Hulme

The artist tries to see what there is to be interested in...He has not created something, he has seen something.

Sri Chinmoy, born Chinmoy Kumar Ghose

If failure has the strength to turn your life into bitterness itself, then patience has the strength to turn your life into the sweetest joy. Do not surrender to fate after a single failure. Failure, at most, precedes success.

Nigerian Proverbs

Before stone a bird, you should put yourself in its position.

Tom Wolfe, fully Thomas Kennerly "Tom" Wolfe

If a man has a talent and cannot use it, he has failed. If he has a talent and only uses half of it, he has partly failed. If he has a talent and learns to use the whole of it, he has gloriously succeeded, and won a satisfaction and triumph few men will know. - Thomas Wolfe

Marianne Moore

Your thorns are the best part of you.

Joseph Albers

Every perception of color is an illusion... we do not see colors as they really are. In our perception they alter one another.

Sylvia Earle

Everyone has power. But it doesn't help if you don't use it.

Rabbi Nachman of Bratslav or Breslov, aka Reb Nachman Breslover or Nachman from Uman

But know that sometimes a person journeys so far along those corrupt and devious paths that his very wandering brings him close to his original place and it only needs an easy test to bring him back to his starting point. But when God calls him and arranges the test, the person does not recognize the voice and feels no need to return. That is the difference between young and old people. One who is still young and has not grown old in his sins can return more easily, because he is still closer and has not forgotten the voice that calls. This is the meaning of the verse, "I have strayed like a lost sheep: seek out Your servant" (Psalms 119, 176). "I have strayed like a lost sheep": I have strayed from the good path like a lost sheep that has strayed from the road. This is why I beg of You: ".seek out Your servant, because I have not forgotten Your commandments". Hurry and search for me as long as I still remember the voice of the Torah and mitzvot. Hurry and search for me immediately, because I have not yet forgotten Your mitzvot: I still recognize the call of the mitzvot of the Torah. That is why I beg You to take pity on me and search me out quickly, as long as "I have not forgotten Your mitzvot" and still recognize the voice of the call of the Torah and the mitzvot.

Friedrich Nietzsche, fully Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche

What is it? Is man only God’s mistake or God only man’s mistake?

Arnold Schoenberg

The artist is content with aspiration, whereas the mediocre must have beauty. And yet the artist attains beauty without willing it, for he is only striving after truthfulness.

Voltaire, pen name of François-Marie Arouet

In the case of news, we should always wait for the sacrament of confirmation.

Benjamin Franklin

You may delay, but Time will not.

Sterling W. Sill, fully Sterling Welling Sill

The greatest of all our human concepts is the immortality of the personality and the eternal glory of the human soul. Throughout eternity you will be yourself and I will be myself, with quickened senses amplified powers of perception, and vastly increased capacity for reason, understanding, love, and happiness, all of which are qualities we may develop now. Our machines wear out, our barns fall down, and our substance goes back to the dust, but our finest collection of personal qualities will have eternal life.

William Faulkner, fully William Cuthbert Faulkner

It’s Cash and Jewel and Varadaman and Dewey Del', pa says kind of hangdog and proud too, with this teeth and all, even if he wouldn't look at us. 'Meet Mrs Bundren', he says.