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George Matthew Adams

The easiest thing in the world is to succeed. You can't help it if you follow the rules and play the game the best way you know how according to yourself, instead of according to the one next to you, or above you, or somewhere away from you.

Walter J. Ong, fully Walter Jackson Ong

Exact observation does not begin with modern science. For ages, it has always been essential for survival among, for example, hunters and craftsmen of many sorts. What is distinctive of modern science is the conjuncture of exact observation and exact verbalization: exactly worded descriptions of carefully observed complex objects and processes. The availability of carefully made, technical prints implemented such exactly worded descriptions.

John Steinbeck

They say a good soldier fights a battle, never a war. That's for civilians.

Chinese Proverbs

The hare dies and the fox mourns.

Rod Serling, fully Rodman Edward "Rod" Serling

Rod Serling: His name is Arch Hammer. He's thirty-six years old. He's been a salesman, a dispatcher, a truck driver, a con man, a bookie, and a part-time bartender. This is a cheap man, a nickel and dime man, with a cheapness that goes past the suit and the shirt; a cheapness of mind, a cheapness of taste, a tawdry little shine on the seat of his conscience, and a dark-room squint at a world whose sunlight has never gotten through to him. But Mr. Hammer has a talent, discovered at a very early age. This much he does have. He can make his face change. He can twitch a muscle, move a jaw, concentrate on the cast of his eyes, and he can change his face. He can change it into anything he wants. Mr. Archie Hammer, jack of all trades, has just checked in at three-eighty a night, with two bags, some newspaper clippings, a most odd talent, and a master plan to destroy some lives? He was Arch Hammer, a cheap little man who just checked in. He was Johnny Foster, who played a trumpet and was loved beyond words. He was Virgil Sterig, with money in his pocket. He was Andy Marshak, who got some of his agony back on a sidewalk in front of a cheap hotel. Hammer, Foster, Sterig, Marshak - and all four of them were dying.

Thich Nhất Hanh

Understanding and love are not two things, but just one... True love needs understanding. With understanding, the one we love will certainly flower.

Jack Kerouac, born Jean-Louis Lebris de Kérouac

He wasn't drunk on liquor, just drunk on what he liked - crowds of people milling.

Stephen Covey, fully Stephen Richards Covey

Family home evening is more for the purpose of teaching values and gospel principles, displaying talents and enjoying different kinds of family fun and activities.

William Shakespeare

There had she not been long but she became a joyful mother of two goodly sons; and, which strange, the one so like the other as could not be distinguished but by names.

Erich Fromm, fully Erich Seligmann Fromm

To die is poignantly bitter, but the idea of having to die without having lived is unbearable.

Fran Lebowitz, fully Frances Ann "Fran" Lebowitz

The rigors of learning how to do long division have been a traditional part of childhood, just like learning to smoke. In fact, as far as I am concerned, the two go hand in hand. Any child who cannot do long division by himself does not deserve to smoke.

Swahili Proverbs

When you are seized, hold on yourself.

Jean Baudrillard

The system is perhaps best decoded through its excesses, but it is the same system everywhere. Cruelty is the same everywhere. Going back to Duchamp, we can sum it all up as a case of ?dust breeding.?

Stephen Leacock, fully Stephen Butler Leacock

Electricity is of two kinds, positive and negative. The difference is, I presume, that one comes a little more expensive, but is more durable; the other is a cheaper thing, but the moths get into it.

Alan Watts, fully Alan Wilson Watts

In terms of the great Oriental philosophies, man?s un-happiness is rooted in the feeling of anxiety which attends his sense of being an isolated individual or ego, separate from ?life? or ?reality? as a whole. On the other hand, happiness ? a sense of harmony, completion, and wholeness ? comes with the realization that the feeling of isolation is an illusion. [... This order of happiness] is not a result to be attained through action, but a fact to be realized through knowledge. The sphere of action is to express it, not to gain it.?? The Meaning of Happiness explains that the psychological equivalent of this doctrine is a state of mind called is ?total acceptance,? a ?yes-saying to everything that we experience, the unreserved acceptance of what we are, of what we feel and know at this and every moment.

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

The Semantic Web is not a separate Web but an extension of the current one, in which information is given well-defined meaning, better enabling computers and people to work in cooperation.

Anne Lamott

Say it's true: It is what it is. We're social, tribal, musical animals, walking percussion instruments. Most of us do the best we can. We show up. We strive for gratitude, and try not to be such babies.

Seneca the Younger, aka Seneca or Lucius Annaeus Seneca

He must necessarily fear many, whom many fear.

Chinese Proverbs

A flying moth throws itself into a fire.

Elihu Root

Science has been arranging, classifying, methodizing, simplifying, everything except itself. It has made possible the tremendous modern development of power of organization which has so multiplied the effective power of human effort as to make the differences from the past seem to be of kind rather than of degree. It has organized itself very imperfectly. Scientific men are only recently realizing that the principles which apply to success on a large scale in transportation and manufacture and general staff work to apply them; that the difference between a mob and an army does not depend upon occupation or purpose but upon human nature; that the effective power of a great number of scientific men may be increased by organization just as the effective power of a great number of laborers may be increased by military discipline.

Joseph Barbera, fully Joseph Roland "Joe" Barbera

Not once in six years did I make it to the office by 9 on the dot.

Percy Bysshe Shelley

There is eloquence in the tongueless wind, and a melody in the flowing brooks and the rustling of the reeds beside them, which by their inconceivable relation to something within the soul, awaken the spirits to a dance of breathless rapture, and bring tears of mysterious tenderness to the eyes, like the enthusiasm of patriotic success, or the voice of one beloved singing to you alone.

Italian Proverbs

He who holds a ladder is as bad as the thief.

Marcel Proust, fully Valentin Louis Georges Eugène Marcel Proust

It is the same in life; the heart changes, and that is our worst misfortune; but we learn of it only from reading or by imagination; for in reality its alteration, like that of certain natural phenomena, is so gradual that, even if we are able to distinguish, successively, each of its different states, we are still spared the actual sensation of change.

William Shakespeare

For many men that stumble at the threshold are well foretold that danger lurks within. Henry VI, Act iv, Scene 7