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Paul Bowles

Death is always on the way, but the fact that you don't know when it will arrive seems to take away from the finiteness of life. It's that terrible precision that we hate so much. But because we don't know, we get to think of life as an inexhaustible well. Yet everything happens a certain number of times, and a very small number, really. How many more times will you remember a certain afternoon of your childhood, some afternoon that's so deeply a part of your being that you can't even conceive of your life without it? Perhaps four or five times more. Perhaps not even. How many more times will you watch the full moon rise? Perhaps twenty. And yet it all seems limitless.

Bob Thurman, born Robert Alexander Farrar Thurman

You can experience yourself as the other beings when you see through the delusion of being separated from them. When you do that, you’re forced to feel what they feel.

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

God always takes into account the good that people do. Perhaps something not so good was mixed in, but God disregards it.

Brené Brown

Most people believe vulnerability is weakness. But really vulnerability is Courage. We must ask ourselves...are we willing to show up and be seen.

German Proverbs

Half the world laughs at the other half.

Stephen Sondheim, fully Stephen Joshua Sondheim

The movie adaptations of stage musicals that I've seen, without exception, in my opinion don't work. A lot of people would disagree with me.

Hungarian Proverbs

He holds out a carrot to somebody.

Robert Louis Stevenson, fully Robert Louis Balfour Stevenson

I will begin the story of my adventures with a certain morning early in the month of June, the year of grace 1751, when I took the key for the last time out of the door of my father's house.

Yosef Zev Leipowitz

Every person alive today derives much benefit from comforts and pleasures that in the past were not available. All of the latest inventions and findings of technology serve us to a remarkable degree. For all this we should be full of appreciation and gratitude.

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

Love is old, old as eternity, but not outworn; with each new being born or to be born.

Henry Kissinger, fully Henry Alfred Kissinger

In relations with many domestically weak countries, a radio transmitter can be a more effective form of pressure than a squadron of B-52s.

Scottish Proverbs

Him that's first up's no aye first ser'd.

Henry Kissinger, fully Henry Alfred Kissinger

Throughout history the political influence of nations has been roughly correlative to their military power.

Pope John XXIII, born Angelo Giuseppe Roncalli

Perfume all your actions with the life-giving breath of prayer.

Author 237258

From what we get, we can get a living; what we give, however, makes a life.

Walter Savage Landor

Goodness does not more certainly make men happy, than happiness makes them good. We must distinguish between felicity and prosperity; for prosperity leads often to ambition, and ambition to disappointment; the course is then over, the wheel turns round but once; while the reaction of goodness and happiness is perpetual.

Emanuel Swedenborg, born Emanujel Swedberg

Destruction was effected after visitation, for visitation always precedes.

George Washington

I hate deception, even where the imagination only is concerned.

Atharva Veda, or Atharvaveda

That, which has been already restrained should not be further suppressed (it's not of much use), but one should try to control that which remains to be restrained.

Yiddish Proverbs

No one hides?neither the wicked his wickedness nor the fool his folly.

Yuval Noah Harari

The real difference between us and chimpanzees is the mythical glue that binds together large numbers of individuals, families and groups. This glue has made us the masters of creation.

Henry Ford

Good will is one of the few really important assets of life. A determined man can win almost anything he goes after, but unless, in his getting he gains good will he has not profited much.

Michael E. Angier

Life is short. When you?re a kid, time flies when you?re having fun. When you get older, time flies whether you?re having fun or not.

Walter Brueggemann

So come, I will send you to Pharaoh to bring my people, the Israelites, out of Egypt. (v. Io) It is of immense importance that the most difficult, most dangerous task in emancipation is not undertaken by YHWH as divine deliverance. Rather, emancipation is a human task to be undertaken amid the risky problematics of Pharaoh's political reality. The mission of Moses is nothing less than the confrontation of political power that no longer has anything of a human face. More than that, Moses' mandate is to confront exploitative economic power that is understood to be an embodiment of false theology,...

Oscar Wilde, pen name for Fingal O'Flahertie Wills

No good deed goes unpunished.