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George Herbert

To take the nuts from the fire with the dog's foot.

James Allen

The world steps aside for the man who knows where he is going.

Miguel de Unamuno, fully Miguel de Unamuno y Jogo

In the most secret chamber of the spirit of him who believes himself convinced that death puts an end to his personal consciousness, his memory, forever, and all unknown to him perhaps, there lurks a shadow, a vague shadow, a shadow of uncertainty, and while he says within himself, "Well, let us live this life that passes away, for there is no other!" the silence of this secret chamber speaks to him and murmurs, "Who knows!" These voices are like the humming of a mosquito when the south-west wind roars through the trees in the wood; we cannot distinguish this faint humming, yet nevertheless, merged in the clamor of the storm, it reaches the ear.

Will Rogers, fully William Penn Adair “Will” Rogers

Lord, the money we do spend on Government and it's not one bit better than the government we got for one-third the money twenty years ago

Nigerian Proverbs

The body of joy is not so big.

Samuel Richardson

A widow's refusal of a lover is seldom so explicit as to exclude hope.

Neil Gaiman, fully Neil Richard Gaiman

There were faces at the windows and words written in blood; deep in the crypt a lonely ghoul crunched on something that might once have been alive; forked lightnings slashed the ebony night; the faceless were walking; all was right with the world

Oscar Levant

It?s not what your are, it?s what you don?t become that hurts.

Spanish Proverbs

Memory is life's clock.

Richard Whately

He only is exempt from failures who makes no efforts.

Oliver Goldsmith

The doctor found, when she was dead, her last disorder mortal.

Neil Peart

Stamina is the force that drives the drumming; it's not really a sprint.

Gabriela Mistral

May God preserve this exemplary nation, its heritage and its creations, its efforts to conserve the imponderables of the past and to cross the present with the confidence of maritime people who overcome every challenge.

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

While there might be an instant gratification to do something about an attack on us, we have to be absolutely sure we have the facts straight, ... Meet the Press.

William Penn

If a civil word or two will render a man happy, he must be a wretch, indeed, who will not give them to him. - Such a disposition is like lighting another man's candle by one's own, which loses none of its brilliancy by what the other gains.

W. Somerset Maugham, fully William Somerset Maugham

I could have forgiven it if he'd fallen desperately in love with someone and gone off with her. I should have thought that natural. I shouldn't really have blamed him. I should have thought he was led away. Men are so weak, and women are so unscrupulous.

Frank Zappa, born Frank Vincent Zappa

Look here brother, who you jivin' with that cosmik debris?

Russian Proverbs

Don't trouble trouble until trouble troubles you.

Paul Goodman

During childhood, they played games with fierce intensity, giving themselves as sacrifice to the game, for play was the chief business of growth, finding and making themselves in the world. Now when they are too old merely to play, to what shall they give themselves with fierce intensity? They cannot play for recreation, since they have not been used up... Since each activity is not interesting to begin with, its value does not deepen and it does not bear much repetition... In these circumstances, the inevitable tendency is to raise the ante of the compulsive useless activity.


From that is dissolved the covering of light.

Michel Foucault

I try to carry out the most precise and discriminative analyses I can in order to show in what ways things change, are transformed, are displaced. When I study the mechanisms of power, I try to study their specificity... I admit neither the notion of a master nor the universality of his law. On the contrary, I set out to grasp the mechanisms of the effective exercise of power; and I do this because those who are inserted in these relations of power, who are implicated therein, may, through their actions, their resistance, and their rebellion, escape them, transform them—in short, no longer submit to them. And if I do not say what ought to be done, it is not because I believe there is nothing to be done. Quite on the contrary, I think there are a thousand things to be done, to be invented, to be forged, by those who, recognizing the relations of power in which they are implicated, have decided to resist or escape them. From this point of view, my entire research rests upon the postulate of an absolute optimism. I do not undertake my analyses to say: look how things are, you are all trapped. I do not say such things except insofar as I consider this to permit some transformation of things. Everything I do, I do in order that it may be of use.

Author 190797

A great obstacle to happiness is to anticipate too great a happiness.

Dave Eggers

They downloaded another customer query, and Mae scrolled through the boilerplates, found the appropriate answer, personalized it, and sent it back.

Pierre-Simon Laplace, Compte de Laplace, Marquis de Laplace

The theory of probabilities is basically only common sense reduced to a calculus. It makes one estimate accurately what right-minded people feel by a sort of instinct, often without being able to give a reason for it.

Chinese Proverbs

Thatch your roof before rainy weather; dig your well before you become parched with thirst.