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Brené Brown

There is a crack in everything. That?s how the light gets in.

William S. Burroughs, fully William Seward Burroughs II

Anything that can be done chemically can be done by other means.

Waldemar Argow, fully Wendelin Waldemar Wieland Argow

The Jews did one other seemingly contradictory thing. They individualized religion; they
made it very real and personal. And yet at the same time they universalized religion! They proclaimed
the moral world-rule of one God.
All this, perhaps the greatest achievement in the history of religion, was the work of a mere
handful of people in a tiny, obscure country at the eastern end of the Mediterranean Sea. And all of
this was the heritage or the backg

Michael Shermer

For Paley, a watch is purposeful and thus must have been created by a being with a purpose. A watch needs a watchmaker, just as a world needs a world-maker?God. Yet both Wallace and Paley might have heeded the lesson from Voltaire's Candide (1759), in which Dr. Pangloss, a professor of metaphysico-theology-cosmolonigology, through reason, logic, and analogy proved that this is the best of all possible worlds: 'Tis demonstrated that things cannot be otherwise; for, since everything is made for an end, everything is necessarily for the best end. Observe that noses were made to wear spectacles; and so we have spectacles. Legs were visibly instituted to be breeched, and we have breeches (1985, p. 238). The absurdity of this argument was intended on the part of the author, for Voltaire firmly rejected the Panglossian paradigm that all is best in the best of all possible worlds. Nature is not perfectly designed, nor is this the best of all possible worlds. It is simply the world we have, quirky, contingent, and flawed as it may be.

William James

Our belief at the beginning of a doubtful undertaking is the one thing that ensures the successful outcome of the venture.

Edward Abbey

Phoenix, Arizona: an oasis of ugliness in the midst of a beautiful wasteland.

Walter J. Ong, fully Walter Jackson Ong

Print was also a major factor in the development of the sense of personal privacy that marks modern society. It produced books smaller and more portable than those common in a manuscript culture, setting the stage psychologically for solo reading in a quiet corner, and eventually for completely silent reading.

Elizabeth Gilbert

Liz, you must be very polite with yourself when you are learning something new.

Theodore Roethke

Love is a mystery which, when solved, evaporates. The same holds for music.

Richard Branson

I cannot remember a moment in my life when I have not felt the love of my family. We were a family that would have killed for each other - and we still are.

Pope Pius XI, born Ambrogio Damiano Achille Ratti

Another very grave danger is that naturalism which nowadays invades the field of education in that most delicate matter of purity of morals. Far too common is the error of those who with dangerous assurance and under an ugly term propagate a so-called sex-education, falsely imagining they can forearm youths against the dangers of sensuality by means purely natural, such as a foolhardy initiation and precautionary instruction for all indiscriminately, even in public; and, worse still, by exposing them at an early age to the occasions, in order to accustom them, so it is argued, and as it were to harden them against such dangers.

Mahatma Gandhi, fully Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, aka Bapu

The world is touched by sacrifice. It does not then discriminate about the merits of a cause. Not so God - He is all seeing. He insists on the purity of the cause and on adequate sacrifice thereof.

Nigerian Proverbs

Meat that has fat will prove it by the heat of fire!

Gabriel García Márquez, aka Gabo

The love of a surplus of its effect on the heart as to the lack of love

German Proverbs

Idleness is the sepulchre of a living man.

Ashraf Ghani

You cannot support private education and ignore public education.

Peter Cooper

I cannot shut my eyes to the fact that the production of wealth is not the work of any one man, and the acquisition of great fortunes is not possible without the co-operation of multitudes of men.

Peggy Noonan, born Margaret Ellen Noonan

Don't fall in love with politicians, they're all a disappointment. They can't help it, they just are.

Herman Melville

Methinks we have hugely mistaken this matter of Life and Death. Methinks that what they call my shadow here on earth is my true substance. Methinks that in looking at things spiritual, we are too much like oysters observing the sun through the water, and thinking that thick water the thinnest of air.

Frank Herbert, formally Franklin Patrick Herbert, Jr.

He who can destroy a thing has the real control of it.

Warren Buffett, fully Warren Edward Buffett, aka Oracle of Omaha

It’s better to hang out with people better than you. Pick out associates whose behavior is better than yours and you’ll drift in that direction.

Author 192111

Nothing dries sooner than a tear.

George Bernard Shaw

People who say it cannot be done should get out of the way of people who are doing it.

R. G. Collingwood, fully Robert George Collingwood

Philosophy does not, like exact or empirical science, bring us to know things of which we were simply ignorant, but brings us to know in a different way things which we already knew in some way; and indeed it follows from our own hypothesis; for if the species of a philosophical genus overlap, the distinction between the known and the unknown, which in a non-philosophical subject-matter involves a difference be-tween two mutually exclusive classes of truths, in a philosophical subject-matter im- plies that we may both know and not know the same thing; a paradox which disappears in the light of the notion of a scale of forms of knowledge, where coming to know means coming to know in a different and better way.

William McKinley

The best way for the Government to maintain its credit is to pay as it goes—not by resorting to loans, but by keeping out of debt—through an adequate income secured by a system of taxation, external or internal, or both.