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Tom Robbins, fully Thomas Eugene "Tom" Robbins

There exists a false aristocracy based on family name, property, and inherited wealth. But there likewise exists a true aristocracy based on intelligence, talent and virtue.

Zohar or The Zohar, literally "Splendor or Radiance"

The truth always turns out to be more wonderful than anything we could have imagined.

Samuel ha-Nagid, born Samuel ibn Naghrela or Naghrillah

Is there a sea between me and you, that I should not turn aside to be with you, that I should not run with a troubled heart to sit at your grave-side? Truly, if I did not do so, I would be a traitor to our brotherly love. O my brother, here I am, facing you, sitting by your grave, and the grief in my heart is as great as on the day you died. If I greeted you, I would hear no reply. You do not come out to meet me when I visit your grounds. You will not laugh in my company, nor I in yours. You cannot see my face, nor I yours, for the pit is your home, the grave your dwelling-place! First-born of my father, son of my mother, may you have peace in your final rest, and may the spirit of God rest upon your spirit and your soul! I am returning to my own soil, for you have been locked under the soil. Sometimes I shall sleep, sometimes wake—while you lie in your sleep forever. But until my last day, the fire of your loss will remain in my heart!

Anna Jameson

In the art of design, color is to form what verse is to prose, a more harmonious and luminous vehicle of thought.

G. K. Chesterton, fully Gilbert Keith Chesterton

I swear to you, then, said MacIan, after a pause. I swear to you that nothing shall come between us. I swear to you that nothing shall be in my heart or in my head till our swords clash together. I swear it by the God you have denied, by the Blessed Lady you have blasphemed; I swear it by the seven swords in her heart. I swear it by the Holy Island where my fathers are, by the honor of my mother, by the secret of my people, and by the chalice of the Blood of God.

Henry Adams, aka Henry Brooks Adams

A professor can never better distinguish himself in his work than by encouraging a clever pupil, for the true discoverers are among them, as comets amongst the stars.

George Woodcock

It doesn't really mean a great deal of difference to a life. You live as you wish to do and if a job is oppressing, you leave it. I've done it on several occasions.

Saint Paul, aka The Apostle Paul, Paul the Apostle or Saul of Tarsus

To impart knowledge onto someone else, you have to have the wisdom and knowledge yourself in order to do so!

W. E. B. Du Bois, fully William Edward Burghardt Du Bois

How shall Integrity face Oppression? What shall Honesty do in the face of Deception, Decency in the face of Insult, Self-Defense before Blows? How shall Desert and Accomplishment meet Despising, Detraction, and Lies? What shall Virtue do to meet Brute Force? There are so many answers and so contradictory; and such differences for those on the one hand who meet questions similar to this once a year or once a decade, and those who face them hourly and daily.

Herman Hesse

Is a flight from the Self, it is a temporary escape from the torment of Self. It is a temporary palliative against the pain and folly of life. The driver of oxen makes this same flight, takes this temporary drug when he drinks a few bowls of rice wine or coconut milk in the inn. He then no longer feels his Self, no longer feels the pain of life; he then experiences temporary escape. Falling asleep over his bowl of rice wine, he finds what Siddhartha and Govinda find when they escape from their bodies by long exercises and dwell in the non-Self.

William J. Brennan, Jr.

There are no menial jobs, only menial attitudes

Pliny the Elder, full name Casus Plinius Secundus

The sciences throw an inexpressible grace over our compositions, even where they are not immediately concerned; as their effects are discernible where we least expect to find them.

Virginia Woolf, nee Stephen, fully Adeline Virginia Woolf

The middlebrow is the man, or woman, of middlebred intelligence who ambles and saunters now on this side of the hedge, now on that, in pursuit of no single object, neither art itself nor life itself, but both mixed indistinguishably, and rather nastily, with money, fame, power, or prestige.

William J. H. Boetcker, fully William John Henry Boetcker

You cannot strengthen the weak by weakening the strong. You cannot help small men by tearing down big men. You cannot help the poor by destroying the rich. You cannot lift the wage earner by pulling down the wage payer. You cannot keep out of trouble by spending more than your income. You cannot further the brotherhood of man by inciting class hatreds. You cannot establish security on borrowed money. You cannot build character and courage by taking away a man's initiative and independence. You cannot help men permanently by doing for them what they could and should do for themselves.

Edgar Albert Guest, aka Eddie Guest

There are thousands to tell you it cannot be done, there are thousands to prophesy failure, there are thousands to point out to you one by one, the dangers that wait to assail you, But just buckle in, with a bit of a grin, just take off your coat and go to it; just start to sing as you tackle the thing, that cannot be done and you'll do it!

Swahili Proverbs

A flag follows the direction of the wind.

Jeffrey Kluger

You can?t treat your children equally, because they?re very different people and they have different needs. Age is the obvious driver of this, because older children will get certain privileges and freedoms that younger kids don?t get, and younger kids will get indulgences that older children won?t get. But if your older child is a natural student and your younger student is a natural artist or athlete, you?ve got to look early at what the aptitudes are -- not only to support them but also to celebrate them. It?s important to understand that kids will often de-identify from their older siblings...Parents have to be aware that it is critical for kids to find their niche in the family as the smart one, the pretty one, the funny one or the athlete.

Dale Carnegie, originally spelled Dale Carnegey

Flaming enthusiasm, backed up by horse sense and persistence, is the quality that most frequently makes for success.

Georges Bataille, fully Georges Albert Maurice Victor Bataille

The fact that the site of narrative is an ideal topos disqualifies neither pornography nor science fiction from being literature.

Paula Hawkins

I was a drinker anyway?I?ve always liked to drink. But I did become sadder, and sadness gets boring after a while, for the sad person and for everyone around them. And then I went from being a drinker to being a drunk, and there?s nothing more boring than that.

Garrett Thomson

The Absolute must be conceived as a process.

John Steinbeck

Ghosts could walk freely tonight, without fear of the disbelief of men; for this night was haunted, and it would be an insensitive man who did not know it.

Tariq Ali

How we live our lives does not, unfortunately depend on us alone. Circumstances, good or bad, constantly intervene. A person close to us dies. A person not so close to us carries on living. All these things affect how we live.

Horace, full name Quintus Horatius Flaccus

Your own property is concerned when your neighbor’s house is on fire.

Pashto Proverbs

A bear's friendship is to scratch and tear.