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Peter Molyneux

The continual manufacture of enemies is essential to the growth of the fascist state.

Thomas Jefferson

Difference of opinion is advantageous in religion. The several sects perform the office of a Censor morum over each other. Is uniformity attainable? Millions of innocent men, women, and children, since the introduction of Christianity, have been burnt, tortured, fined, imprisoned; yet we have not advanced one inch towards uniformity. What has been the effect of coercion? To make one half the world fools, and the other half hypocrites. To support roguery and error all over the earth. Let us reflect that it is inhabited by a thousand millions of people. That these profess probably a thousand different systems of religion. That ours is but one of that thousand. That if there be but one right, and ours that one, we should wish to see the 999 wandering sects gathered into the fold of truth. But against such a majority we cannot effect this by force. Reason and persuasion are the only practicable instruments. To make way for these, free enquiry must be indulged; and how can we wish others to indulge it while we refuse it ourselves?

Martha Graham

What people in the world think of you is really none of your business.

Publius Syrus

Pain lessens when it has no means of growth... Pain of mind is worse than pain of body.

Italian Proverbs

He who has a glass roof should not throw stones at his neighbor's.

Adrienne Rich, fully Adrienne Cecil Rich

If your voice could overwhelm those waters, what would it say? What would it cry of the child swept under, the mother on the beach then, in her black bathing suit, walking straight out into the glazed lace as if she never noticed, what would it say of the father facing inland in his shoes and socks at the edge of the tide, what of the lost necklace glittering twisted in foam? If your voice could crack in the wind hold its breath still as the rocks what would it say to the daughter searching the tidelines for a bottled message from the sunken slaveships? What of the huge sun slowly defaulting into the clouds what of the picnic stored in the dunes at high tide, full of the moon, the basket with sandwiches, eggs, paper napkins, can-opener, the meal packed for a family feast, excavated now by scuttling ants, sand-crabs, dune-rats, because no one understood all picnics are eaten on the grave?

James Allen

Achievement of any kind is the crown of effort, the diadem of thought. By the aid of self-control, resolution, purity, righteousness, and well-directed thought a man ascends. By the aid of animality, indolence, impurity, corruption, and confusion of thought a man descends.

Debasish Mrida

If you think life is magical or life is hard, either way you are right. Your thoughts are the source of reality.

John O’Donohue

In the human face, a life looks out at the world and also looks in on itself? When bitterness, anger, or resentment are left untransfigured, the face becomes a mask. Yet one also encounters the opposite, namely, the beautiful presence of an old face deeply lined and inscribed by time and experience that has retained a lovely innocence? In such a face a lovely luminosity shines out into the world. It casts a tender light that radiates a sense of wholeness and wholesomeness.

Ralph Barton Perry

The fundamental idea of modern capitalism is not the right of the individual to possess and enjoy what he has earned, but the thesis that the exercise of this right redounds to the general good.

Nachman of Breslov, aka Reb Nachman Breslover or Bratslav, Nachman from Uman

We call the reward in the world to come "good" because there is simply no other term to describe it. Yet even the word "good" is quite inadequate, because this reward is far beyond good. Still, the only way to explain it to people is by calling it good, although in truth, "no eye has seen it, other than God" (Isaiah 64:3).

Mignon McLaughlin

Anything you do from the heart enriches you, but sometimes not till years later.

Congo Proverbs

Where there is no shame, there is no honor.

Henry Sidgwick

Reason shows me that if my happiness is desirable and a good, the equal happiness of any other person much be equally desirable.

William Saroyan

When I was fifteen and had quit school forever, I went to work in a vineyard near Sanger with a number of Mexicans, one of whom was only a year or two older than myself, an earnest boy named Felipe. One gray, dismal, cold, dreary day in January, while we were pruning muscat vines, I said to this boy, simply in order to be talking, "If you had your wish, Felipe, what would you want to be? A doctor, a farmer, a singer, a painter, a matador, or what?" Felipe thought a minute, and then he said, "Passenger." This was exciting to hear, and definitely something to talk about at some length, which we did. He wanted to be a passenger on anything that was going anywhere, but most of all on a ship.

Ursula Le Guin, fully Ursula Kroeber Le Guin

Public speaking is done in the public tongue, the national or tribal language; and the language of our tribe is the men's language. Of course women learn it. We're not dumb. If you can tell Margaret Thatcher from Ronald Reagan, or Indira Gandhi from General Somoza, by anything they say, tell me how. This is a man's world, so it talks a man's language.

Victor Hugo

Change your opinions, keep to your principles; change your leaves, keep intact your roots.

Spanish Proverbs

Look on the bright side.

Lord Byron, formally George Gordon Noel Byron, 6th Baron Byron

All was prepared--the fire, the sword, the men To wield them in their terrible array. The army, like a lion from his den, March'd forth with nerves and sinews bent to slay-- A human Hydra, issuing from its fen To breathe destruction on its winding way, Whose heads were heroes, which cut off in vain, Immediately in others grew again.

William Shakespeare

O, how thy worth with manners may I sing When thou art all the better part of me? What can mine own praise to mine own self bring, And what is't but mine own when I praise thee?

Thomas Szasz, fully Thomas Stephen Szasz

Judaism, and especially Christianity, teach these rules by means of parable and prohibition, example and exhortation, and by every other means available to their representatives.

Rory Stewart, formally Roderick 'Rory' James Nugent Stewart

Cato analysts were wrong in 1992: when the United States did intervene in the end it did not stumble into another Vietnam but ended a war without any U.S. casualties. They were wrong in 1995: Radovan Karadzic did not in the end emerge triumphant, and Bosniaks and Croats did not restart fighting. They were overly pessimistic in 1998: large-scale return of minorities did take place. No intervention achieves all of its objectives; perhaps most interventions fail to achieve most; and some might fail across the board. It is the distinction between these cases, and between policies that make one outcome more likely than the other, that is the most important question facing policy-makers. To this the futility school offers no answers.


Although Creation is discerned as not real for the one who has achieved the goal, it is yet real in that Creation remains the common experience to others.

James Beattie

It does not, however, appear that in things so intimately connected with the happiness of life as marriage and the choice of an employment, parents have any right to force the inclinations of their children.

Pearl Bailey, fully Pearl Mae Bailey

My kitchen is a mystical place, a kind of temple for me. It is a place where the surfaces seem to have significance, where the sounds and odors carry meaning that transfers from the past and bridges to the future.