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Martin Luther

A mighty fortress is our God, a bulwark never failing, our helper he amid the flood of mortal ills prevailing.

Somali Proverbs

An old man should not disgrace himself (one?s old age should not be seen off with disgrace.

Vannevar Bush

There is, of course, provision for consultation of the record by the usual scheme of indexing. If the user wishes to consult a certain book, he taps its code on the keyboard, and the title page of the book promptly appears before him, projected onto one of his viewing positions.

Spanish Proverbs

Say before they say.

Anne Dillard

What have we been doing all these centuries but trying to call God back to the mountain, or, failing that, raise a peep out of anything that isn't us? What is the difference between a cathedral and a physics lab? Are not they both saying: Hello? We spy on whales and on interstellar radio objects; we starve ourselves and pray till we're blue.

Saul Bellow

It's usually the selfish people who are loved the most. They do what you deny yourself, and you love them for it. You give them your heart.

William Shakespeare

The guilt being great, the fear doth still exceed; And extreme fear can neither fight nor fly, But coward-like with trembling terror die.

Michel de Montaigne, fully Lord Michel Eyquem de Montaigne

Anyone who wants to be cured of ignorance must confess it... Wonder is the foundation of all philosophy, inquiry its progress, ignorance its end.

George Herbert

There would be no great men if there were no little ones.

Mary McCarthy

The suspense of a novel is not only in the reader, but in the novelist, who is intensely curious about what will happen to the hero.


Now begins a torrent of words and a trickling of sense.

Italian Proverbs

Money is an epitome of human power.

George Sand, pen name for Amandine Lucte Aurore Dupin, Baronne Dudevant

Learned women are ridiculed because they put to shame unlearned men.

Zig Ziglar, born Hilary Hinton Ziglar

Fact: If standard of living is your number one objective, quality of life almost never improves. But if quality of life is your number one objective, standard of living invariably improves.

William Shakespeare

SILVIUS: How many actions most ridiculous/Hast thou been drawn to by thy fantasy? CORIN: Into a thousand that I have forgotten. SILVIUS: O, thou didst then ne'er love so heartily! If thou remember'st not the slightest folly that ever love did make thee run into, thou hast not loved: or if thou hast not sat as I do now, wearying thy hearer in thy mistress' praise, thou hast not loved.

Paul Romer

Part of the problem in universities right now is we give all the research subsidies to the professors and the students, the bright young students, you know, the Isaac Newton, the 24-year-old Isaac Newton of our day, can't get subsidies, can't get research dollars. They've got to go cater to some old professor like me or you, and we tell them to go work on some dumb thing we're interested in. With innovation it's great to free up the young people, give them the resources and turn them loose.

Italian Proverbs

Applaud the man who cheats a cheater.

William Howard Taft

Socialism proposes no adequate substitute for the motive of enlightened selfishness that to-day is at the basis of all human labor and effort, enterprise and new activity.

Paulo Coelho

When things start to happen, and the path does reveal itself to us, we become afraid of carrying on.

Madeleine Albright, fully Madeleine Korbelová Albright, born Marie Jana Korbelová

I should not have worried. ... We were welcomed, given refuge and provided the chance to make new friends and build new lives in freedom. For this priceless opportunity, and all that has since come with it, I will forever be grateful.

Mexican Proverbs

Distrust your best friend as you would your worst enemy.


If I am not an erring seer and one who fails in wisdom, justice, that hath sent the presage, will come, triumphant in her righteous strength,- will come ere long, my child, to avenge. There is courage in my heart, through those new tidings of the dream that breathes comfort. Not forgetful is thy sire, the lord of Hellas; not forgetful is the two-edged axe of bronze that struck the blow of old, and slew him with foul cruelty.

Virginia Woolf, nee Stephen, fully Adeline Virginia Woolf

The word-coining genius, as if thought plunged into a sea of words and came up dripping.

George William Russell

For gems the starry dust of night.' 'The breath of joy unceasingly waves to and fro its folds starlit, and far beyond earth's misery I live and breathe the joy of it.'

Wonhyo, He called himself “Muoae Geusa” (unhindered practitioner)

The sun has heat as its basic nature, and the moon has cold as its basic nature. If there is only the sun, and no moon, the growing shoots, will dry up and will not live long enough to bear fruit. But if there is only the moon and no sun, the shoots cannot grow and so will rot.