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Robert H. Goddard, fully Robert Hutchings Goddard

Every vision is a joke until the first man accomplishes it.

Shannon L. Alder

You can?t selectively numb your anger, any more than you can turn off all lights in a room, and still expect to see the light.

William Shakespeare

Perdition catch my soul but I do love thee! and when I love thee not, chaos is come again.

Yukio Mishima

I felt the urgent need to start living. Start living my real life? Even if were to be a masquerade pure and simple and not at all my life, had come also the time when I had to I were on the way, that would pan my muddy feet

William Safire

Cast aside any column about two subjects. It means the pundit chickened out on the hard decision about what to write about that day.

Niccolò Machiavelli, formally Niccolò di Bernardo dei Machiavelli

Still, to slaughter fellow-citizens, to betray friends, to be devoid of honor, pity, and religion, cannot be counted as merits, for these are means which may lead to power, but which confer no glory.

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

We should pray for our friends when they are in trouble. Why our prayers for friends are effective can be understood from the story of a certain king who was angry with his son and sent him away. The prince came and placated his father, who agreed to have him back, but afterwards the prince again offended his father, who sent him away again. The prince again placated his father and the same thing happened several times.

Étienne Bonnot de Condillac

But as soon as a man comes to connect ideas with signs of his own choosing, we find his memory is formed.

Japanese Proverbs

Trying to do two things at once will make you fail in both.

Sri Chinmoy, born Chinmoy Kumar Ghose

The sun is dancing,
The moon is dancing,
The stars are dancing.
I am dancing this moment
With the sun, moon and stars.
Next moment I am sailing
With the sky.
The sky makes me feel
That I am the vastness of Infinity’s Heart;
The sun, moon and stars make me feel
That God’s creation is for ecstasy’s beginningless birth
And endless journey.

JK Rowling, formally Joanne "Jo" Rowling

You saved Dad's life. If anyone's got the right to eavesdrop on him, it's you.

Sam Levenson

Lead us not into temptation. Just tell us where it is; we'll find it.

Mignon McLaughlin

Your children tell you casually years later what it would have killed you with worry to know at the time.

Mary Antin

It is painful to be consciously of two worlds. The Wandering Jew in me seeks forgetfulness. I am not afraid to live on and on, if only I do not have to remember too much. A long past vividly remembered is like a heavy garment that clings to your limbs when you would run.


The noblest of all studies is the study of what man is and of what life he should live.

Theodor W. Adorno, born Theodor Ludwig Wiesengrund

Being, in whose name Heidegger?s philosophy increasingly concentrates itself, is for him?as a pure self-presentation to passive consciousness?just as immediate, just as independent of the mediations of the subject as the facts and the sensory data are for the positivists. In both philosophical movements thinking becomes a necessary evil and is broadly discredited. Thinking loses its element of independence. The autonomy of reason vanishes: the part of reason that exceeds the subordinate reflection upon and adjustment to pre-given data. With it, however, goes the conception of freedom and, potentially, the self-determination of human society.

Thomas Jefferson

Government can do something for the people only in proportion as it can do something to the people.

Pashto Proverbs

He had burnt his mouth with the porridge, and was making death gasps.

William Shakespeare

Thus weary of the world, away she hides, and yokes her silver doves; by whose swift aid their mistress mounted through the empty skies in her light chariot quickly is convey'd; holding their course to Paphos, where their queen means to immure herself and not be seen.

Paul Brunton, born Hermann Hirsch, wrote under various pseudonyms including Brunton Paul, Raphael Meriden and Raphael Delmonte

All thoughts can be traced back to a single thought which rests at the very base of their operations. Can you not see now that the thought of personality, the sense of ?I,? is such a basic thought?

Madame de Maintenon, Françoise d'Aubigné, Marquise de Maintenon, formerly Madame Scarron

Delicacy is to affectation what grace is to beauty.

Muhammed al-Taqī or Muhammad al-Jawād, given name Muhammad ibn ‘Alī ibn Mūsā

The one who acts without knowledge, destroys and ruins more than he rectifies.

Max Stirner, born Johann Kaspar Schmidt

In crime the egoist has hitherto asserted himself and mocked at the sacred; the break with the sacred, or rather of the sacred, may become general. A revolution never returns, but an immense, reckless, shameless, conscienceless, proud?crime, doesn't it rumble in the distant thunder, and don't you see how the sky grows ominously silent and gloomy?

Loren Eiseley

Man's courage was unbreakable, but in society there was mounting evidence of strain. Billions of dollars were being devoured in the space effort, while at the same time an affluent civilization was consuming its resources at an ever-increasing rate. Air and water and the land itself were being polluted by the activities of a creature grown used to the careless ravage of a continent.

They Might Be Giants

The thing to bear in mind is when in a song we say 'I killed my parents,' we're not actually confessing to something in the song.