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William Shakespeare

Now if these men do not die well, it will be a black matter for the king who led them to it.

Tibetan Book of the Dead

Planning for the future is like going fishing in a dry gulch; nothing ever works out as you wanted, so give up all your schemes and ambitions. If you have got to think about something? Make it the uncertainty of the hour of your death.

Fulton Sheen, fully Archbishop Fulton John Sheen

The temptations of the saints were seen as opportunities for self-¬discovery. They allowed temptations to show them the breaches in the fortress of their souls, which needed to be fortified until they would become the strongest points. This explains the curious fact about many saintly people-that they often become the opposite of what they once seemed to be.

P. J. O'Rourke

Marilyn Quayle was there, too, looking ? it was indeed a strange week in Washington ? great. She had her hair done up in something my wife said was a chignon, and whatever it was, it made Marilyn look considerably less like a Cape buffalo than usual. Though actually I admired the Cape buffalo look. I have an idea that ? like a Cape buffalo ? if Marilyn Quayle gets furious and charges, you've got only one shot at the skull. You wouldn't want to just wound her.

Thomas Macaulay, fully Lord Thomas Babington Macaulay, 1st Baron Macaulay

Books, however, were the least part of the education of an Athenian citizen. Let us, for a moment, transport ourselves in thought to that glorious city. Let us imagine that we are entering its gates in the time of its power and glory. A crowd is assembled round a portico. All are gazing with delight at the entablature; for Phidias is putting up the frieze. We turn into another street; a rhapsodist is reciting there: men, women, children are thronging round him: the tears are running down their cheeks: their eyes are fixed: their very breath is still; for he is telling how Priam fell at the feet of Achilles, and kissed those hands—the terrible,—the murderous—which had slain so many of his sons. We enter the public place; there is a ring of youths, all leaning forward, with sparkling eyes, and gestures of expectation. Socrates is pitted against the famous atheist from Ionia, and has just brought him to a contradiction in terms. But we are interrupted. The herald is crying, Room for the Pytanes! The general assembly is to meet. The people are swarming in on every side. Proclamation is made—Who wishes to speak? There is a shout, and a clapping of hands: Pericles is mounting the stand. Then for a play of Sophocles; and away to sup with Aspasia. I know of no modern university which has so excellent a system of education.

Rush Limbaugh

We couldn't destroy the earth if we wanted to.

V. S. Naipaul, fully Sir Vidiadhar Surajprasad Naipaul

A celestial camera recorded my every movement, impartially, without judgement or pity. I was marked; I was of interest; I would survive.

Patañjali

Even that (Sabija Samadhi) is external to the Seedless (Nirbija Samadhi).

Anne Lamott

When you're dreaming, you're not the one calling the shots. So it's a reprieve.

Richard Branson

There is no greater thing you can do with your life and your work than follow your passions ? in a way that serves the world and you.

Paul Graham

A formidable person is one who seems like they'll get what they want, regardless of whatever obstacles are in the way.

Alain de Botton

Alcohol-inspired fights … are a reminder of the price we pay for our daily submission at the altars of prudence and order.

F. Scott Fitzgerald, fully Francis Scott Key Fitzgerald

In case thereÂ’s a fire or a flood, or any act of God.

Tim Berners-Lee, fully Sir Timothy John "Tim" Berners-Lee

The proposed system would be contrary to at least the spirit of federal information policy adopted by the E-Government Act of 2002.

Cicero, fully Marcus Tullius Cicero, anglicized as Tully

The dutifulness of children is the foundation of all virtues.

John Adams

Abuse of words has been the great instrument of sophistry and chicanery, of party, faction, and division of society.

Dave Eggers

And we will be ready, at the end of every day will be ready, will not say no to anything, will try to stay awake while everyone is sleeping, will not sleep, will make the shoes with the elves, will breathe deeply all the time, breathe in all the air full of glass and nails and blood, will breathe it and drink it, so rich, so when it comes we will not be angry, will be content, tired enough to go, gratefully, will shake hands with everyone, bye, bye, and then pack a bag, some snacks, and go to the volcano.

Marguerite Duras, formally Marguerite Donnadieu

For that's what a woman, a mother wants -- to teach her children to take an interest in life. She knows it's safer for them to be interested in other people's happiness than to believe in their own.

Elizabeth Gilbert

So miss him. Send him some love and light every time you think about him, then drop it.

Italian Proverbs

The poorhouse is full of honest people.

Charles Pierre Baudelaire

The lamp having at last resigned itself to death. There was nothing now but firelight in the room, and every time a flame uttered a gasp for breath it flushed her amber skin with the blood of its bloom.

Simone Weil

The combination of these two facts — the longing in the depth of the heart for absolute good, and the power, though only latent, of directing attention and love to a reality beyond the world and of receiving good from it — constitutes a link which attaches every man without exception to that other reality. Whoever recognizes that reality recognizes also that link. Because of it, he holds every human being without any exception as something sacred to which he is bound to show respect. This is the only possible motive for universal respect towards all human beings. Whatever formulation of belief or disbelief a man may choose to make, if his heart inclines him to feel this respect, then he in fact also recognizes a reality other than this world's reality. Whoever in fact does not feel this respect is alien to that other reality also.

Chinese Proverbs

If one plants in the springtime, one will harvest in the fall.

Oswald Spengler, fully Oswald Manuel Arnold Gottfried Spengler

Every Socialist outbreak only blazes new paths for Capitalism.

Milan Kundera

There are no small parts. Only small actors.