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Washington Irving

A barking dog is often more useful than a sleeping lion.

Neil Gaiman, fully Neil Richard Gaiman

I have heard the languages of apocalypse, and now I shall embrace the silence.

Luis Buñuel, fully Luis Buñuel Portolés

If the devil were to offer me a resurgence of what is commonly called virility, I'd decline. Just keep my liver and lungs in good working order, I'd reply, so I can go on drinking and smoking!

Russian Proverbs

Ice in spring is treacherous; new friendships are seldom sure.

François Rabelais

I never follow the clock: hours were made for man, not man for hours.

François de La Rochefoucauld, François VI, Duc de La Rochefoucauld, Prince de Marcillac, Francois A. F. Rochefoucauld-Liancourt

Flattery is a base coin which gains currency only from our vanity.

William Butler Yeats

Are love, and a continual farewell.

Barry Schwartz

Yom Kippur is about personal and community transgressions. The fasting remains a compelling element. The purpose of the ritual observance is to change our ethical observance,

Seneca the Younger, aka Seneca or Lucius Annaeus Seneca

He suffers more than necessary, who suffers before it is necessary.

Author 400692

Future machines will be human, even if they are not biological.

Serbian Proverbs

Promises are fool?s joy.

Ovid, formally Publius Ovidius Naso

If you want to be loved, be lovable.

English Proverbs

Shit happens.

Persian Proverbs

The needle makes clothes but stays naked.

Nathaniel Hawthorne

There can be, if I forebode aright, no power, short of the Divine mercy, to disclose, whether by uttered words, or by type or emblem, the secrets that may be buried with a human heart. The heart, making itself guilty of such secrets, must perforce hold them, until the day when all hidden things shall be revealed. Nor have I so read or interpreted the Holy Writ, as to understand that the disclosure of human thoughts and deeds, then to be made, is intended as part of the retribution. That, surely, were a shallow view of it. No; these revelations, unless I greatly error, are meant merely to promote the intellectual satisfaction of all intelligent beings, who will stand waiting, on that day, to see the dark problem of this life made plain. A knowledge of men's hearts will be needful to the completest solution of that problem. And I conceive, moreover, that the hearts holding such secrets as you speak of will yield them up, at that last day, not with reluctance, but with a joy unutterable.

Simon Sinek

Successful succession is more than selecting someone with an appropriate skill set?it?s about finding someone who is in lockstep with the original cause around which the company was founded. Great second or third CEOs don?t take the helm to implement their own vision of the future; they pick up the original banner and lead the company into the next generation. That?s why we call it succession, not replacement. There is a continuity of vision.

Stephan Jay Gould

Biological determinism is, in its essence, a theory of limits. It takes the current status of groups as a measure of where they should and must be ... We inhabit a world of human differences and predilections, but the extrapolation of these facts to theories of rigid limits is ideology.

Japanese Proverbs

If you understand everything, you must be misinformed

David Whyte

Good work like a good marriage needs a dedication to something larger than our own detailed, everyday needs; good work asks for promises to something intuited or imagined that is larger than our present understanding of it. We may not have an arranged ceremony at the altar to ritualize our dedication to work, but many of us can remember a specific moment when we realized we were made for a certain work, a certain career or a certain future: a moment when we held our hand in a fist and made unspoken vows to what we had just glimpsed.

Vedas, The Vedas

Those, who get attracted by ignorance and superficial worldly pleasures meet their ends early. - Atharva Veda

Erma Bombeck, fully Erma Louise Bombeck, born Erma Fiste

Getting out of the hospital is a lot like resigning from a book club. You're not out of it until the computer says you're out of it.

Anne Lamott

If you want to have loving feelings today, do loving things: Flirt with everyone, especially old people and yourself. Pick up some litter in your neighborhood, even though there will be more by Sunday. Get your work done, one inadequate sentence and paragraph at a time. Then go through your draft and take out all the lies and boring parts. Left foot, right foot, left foot, breathe.....Those are the things I am going to do today.

Russell Lynes, fully Joseph Russell Lynes, Jr.

Camouflage is a game we all like to play, but our secrets are as surely revealed by what we want to seem to be as by what we want to conceal.


Self-restraints, fixed observances, posture, regulation of breath, abstraction, concentration, contemplation, trance are the eight parts (of the self-discipline of Yoga).

Gore Vidal, fully Eugene Luther Gore Vidal

The reason no one has yet been able to come up with a good word to describe the homosexualist (sometimes known as gay, fag, queer, etc.) is because he does not exist. The human race is divided into male and female. Many human beings enjoy sexual relations with their own sex, many don't; many respond to both. This plurality is the fact of our nature and not worth fretting about.