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William Shakespeare

There's never a villain dwelling in all Denmark but he's an arrant knave.

Desiderius Erasmus Roterodamus, sometimes known as Desiderius Erasmus of Rotterdam

Now I believe I can hear the philosophers protesting that it can only be misery to live in folly, illusion, deception, and ignorance, but it isn't - it's human.

Jack Kerouac, born Jean-Louis Lebris de Kérouac

I don't wanta hear all your word descriptions of words words words you made up all winter, man I wanta be enlightened by actions.

Nelson Mandela, fully Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela

I have retired, but if there's anything that would kill me it is to wake up in the morning not knowing what to do.

Esther Sternberg

Every minute of the day and night we feel thousands of sensations that might trigger a positive emotion such as happiness, or a negative emotion such as sadness, or no emotion at all: a trace of perfume, a light touch, a fleeting shadow, a strain of music. And there are thousands of physiological responses, such as palpitations or sweating, that can equally accompany positive emotions such as love, or negative emotions such as fear, or can happen without any emotional tinge at all. What makes these sensory inputs and physiological outputs emotions is the charge that gets added to them somehow, somewhere in our brains. Emotions in their fullest sense comprise all of these components. Each can lead into the black box and produce an emotional experience, or something in the black box can lead out to an emotional response that seems to come from nowhere.

Susan Cain

I'm not saying abolish group work - I think there's a time and a place for people to come together and exchange ideas, but let's restore the respect we once had for solitude. And we need to be much more mindful of the way we come together.

Thorstein Veblen, fully Thorstein Bunde Veblen, born Torsten Bunde Veblen

The leisure class, in the nature of things, consistently acts to retard that adjustment to the environment which is called social advance or development. The characteristic attitude of the class may be summed up in the maxim: "Whatever is, is right" whereas the law of natural selection, as applied to human institutions, gives the axiom: "Whatever is, is wrong."

Sean Carroll, fully Sean Michael Carroll

It?s only because the data force us into corners that we are inspired to create the highly counterintuitive structures that form the basis for modern physics.

Stephen Covey, fully Stephen Richards Covey

The most effective way I know to begin with the end in mind is to develop a personal mission statement or philosophy or creed. It focused on what you want to be (character) and to do (contributions and achievements) and on the values or principles upon which being and doing are based.

Russian Proverbs

As your heart, so is your word.

Debasish Mrida

I do not fight with enemies, I try to help them and love them for their ignorance.

Theodor W. Adorno, born Theodor Ludwig Wiesengrund

The dreams have no dream. Just as the technicolor heroes do not allow us to forget for a second that they are normal people, type-cast public faces and investments, so under the thin tinsel of schematically produced fantasy emerges in unmistakable outline the skeleton of cinema-ontology, the whole obligatory hierarchy of values, the canon of the undesirable or the exemplary. There is nothing more practical than escape, nothing more fervently espoused to big business: we are abducted into the distance only to have the laws of empiricist living hammered from afar, unhampered by empirical possibilities of evasion, into our own consciousness. The escape is full of message. And message, the opposite, looks what it is: the wish to flee from flight. It reifies the resistance to reification.

Franklin D. Roosevelt, fully Franklin Delano Roosevelt, aka FDR

The future lies with those wise political leaders who realize that the great public is interested more in government than in politics.

Italian Proverbs

Never want while your neighbor has it.

Ray Bradbury, fully Ray Douglas Bradbury

Learning to let go should be learned before learning to get. Life should be touched, not strangled. You

Saul Alinsky, fully Saul David Alinsky

The ninth rule of the ethics of means and ends is that any effective means is automatically judged by the opposition as being unethical.

Samuel Butler

Brigands demand your money or your life; women require both.

William Motherwell

Kiss--kiss-thou hast won me, bright, beautiful sin.

George Augustus Sala, fully George Augustus Henry Sala

Language is like amber in its efficacy to circulate the electric spirit of truth, it is also like amber in embalming and preserving the relics of ancient wisdom, although one is not seldom puzzled to decipher its contents. Sometimes it locks up truths which were once well known, but which, in the course of ages, have passed out of sight and been forgotten. In other cases it holds the germs of truths, of which, though they were never plainly discerned, the genius of its framers caught a glimpse in a happy moment of divination.

Joseph Sugarman

Each problem has hidden in it an opportunity so powerful that it literally dwarfs the problem. The greatest success stories were created by people who recognized a problem and turned it into an opportunity.

Michel Foucault

What is important is that sex was not only a question of sensation and pleasure, of law and interdiction, but also of the true and the false.

Vedas, The Vedas

Thou are great just like all-capable deities. - Sama Veda

Georg Brandes, fully Georg Morris Cohen Brandes

The crowd will follow a leader who marches twenty paces ahead of them, but if he is a thousand paces ahead of them, they will neither see nor follow him.

William Shakespeare

JOHN OF GAUNT: What is six winters? They are quickly gone. BOLINGBROKE: To men in joy; but grief makes one hour ten. Richared II, Act i, Scene3

Zen Proverbs and Thoughts

Enjoyment is not a goal, it is a feeling that accompanies important ongoing activity.