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Chinese Proverbs

If you curse your wife in the evening, you will sleep alone at night. A crisis is an opportunity riding the dangerous wind.

Martin Luther King, Jr.

Another way that you love your enemy is this: When the opportunity presents itself for you to defeat your enemy, that is the time which you must not do it. There will come a time, in many instances, when the person who hates you most, the person who has misused you most, the person who has gossiped about you most, the person who has spread false rumors about you most, there will come a time when you will have an opportunity to defeat that person. It might be in terms of a recommendation for a job; it might be in terms of helping that person to make some move in life. That’s the time you must do it. That is the meaning of love. In the final analysis, love is not this sentimental something that we talk about. It’s not merely an emotional something. Love is creative, understanding goodwill for all men. It is the refusal to defeat any individual. When you rise to the level of love, of its great beauty and power, you seek only to defeat evil systems. Individuals who happen to be caught up in that system, you love, but you seek to defeat the system.

Paracelsus, aka 'Paracelsus the Great', born Philippus Aureolus Theophrastus Bombastus von Hohenheim

Take care not to be misled by Arnold de Villa Nova, who has written on the subject of the coal fire, for in this matter he will deceive you.

Nate Silver, formally Nathaniel Read "Nate" Silver

We're not that much smarter than we used to be, even though we have much more information - and that means the real skill now is learning how to pick out the useful information from all this noise.

L. Frank Baum, fully Lyman Frank Baum

She thought of a new way to kill my love for the beautiful Munchkin maiden, and made my axe slip again, so that it cut right through my body, splitting me into two halves.

J. R. R. Tolkien, fully John Ronald Reuel Tolkien

And he sang to them, now in the Elven tongue, now in the speech of the West, until their hearts, wounded with sweet words, overflowed, and their joy was like swords, and they passed in thought out to regions where pain and delight flow together and tears are the very wine of blessedness.

Søren Kierkegaard, fully Søren Aabye Kierkegaard

Bring a girl to see the total abandonment as the single task liberty

Avi Arad

I think well-read people - the world is open to them.

Elie Wiesel, fully Eliezer "Elie" Wiesel

I write to understand as much as to be understood.

Robert Louis Stevenson, fully Robert Louis Balfour Stevenson

When I suffer in mind, stories are my refuge; I take them like opium; and consider one who writes them as a sort of doctor of the mind.

W. E. B. Du Bois, fully William Edward Burghardt Du Bois

How shall Integrity face Oppression? What shall Honesty do in the face of Deception, Decency in the face of Insult, Self-Defense before Blows? How shall Desert and Accomplishment meet Despising, Detraction, and Lies? What shall Virtue do to meet Brute Force? There are so many answers and so contradictory; and such differences for those on the one hand who meet questions similar to this once a year or once a decade, and those who face them hourly and daily.

Samuel Johnson, aka Doctor Johnson

This world, where much is to be done and little to be known.

David Foster Wallace

To be envied, admired, is not a feeling. Nor is fame it feeling. There are feelings associated with fame, but few of them are any more enjoyable than the feelings associated with envy of fame.

William Shakespeare

It is the witness still of excellency to put a strange face on his own perfection. Much Ado About Nothing, Act ii, Scene 3

Tibetan Proverbs

Wood is light on water. And stones seem light on wood.

Susan Sontag

What we need is to use what we have.

Joseph Campbell

The first step to the knowledge of the wonder and mystery of life is the recognition of the monstrous nature of the earthly human realm as well as its glory, the realization that this is just how it is and that it cannot and will not be changed. Those who think they know how the universe could have been had they created it, without pain, without sorrow, without time, without death, are unfit for illumination.

Yogi Berra, fully Lawrence Peter "Yogi" Berra

Even Napoleon had his Watergate.

Vedas, The Vedas

You should put your utmost efforts. I know that, you are the benefactor of brilliant scholars, who are endowed with virtuous qualities. - Yajur Veda

Marilyn Ferguson

Human nature is neither good nor bad but open to continuous transformation and transcendence. It has only to discover itself.

Saint Ambrose, born Aurelius Ambrosius

It is a better thing to save souls for the Lord than to save treasures. He who sent forth his apostles without gold had not need of gold to form his Church. The Church possesses gold, not to hoard, but to scatter abroad and come to the aid of the unfortunate.

Leo Tolstoy, aka Count Lev Nikolayevich Tolstoy or Tolstoi

A religious man is guided in his activity not by the consequences of his action, but by the consciousness of the destination of his life.

Polish Proverbs

Fate throws fortune, but not everyone catches.

T. S. Eliot, fully Thomas Sterns Eliot

Ambition fortifies the will of man to become ruler over other men: it operates with deception, cajolery, and violence. It is the action of impurity upon impurity.

Hillary Rodham Clinton

Often those who are denied rights are least empowered to bring about the changes they seek.