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Virginia Woolf, nee Stephen, fully Adeline Virginia Woolf

Her only gift was knowing people almost by instinct, she thought, walking on. If you put her in a room with someone, up went her back like a cat's; or she purred.

Wayne Dyer, fully Wayne Walter Dyer

I had already seen it in my mind, and I knew that it would be so.

Billy Graham, formally William Franklin "Billy" Graham

I can tell you that God is alive because I talked to him this morning.

Mitch Albom, fully Mitchell David "Mitch" Albom

Morrie talked about his most fearful moments, when he felt his chest locked in heaving surges or when he wasn't sure where his next breath would come from. These horrifying times, he said, and his first emotions were horror, fear, anxiety. But once he recognized the feel of those emotions, their texture, their moisture, the shiver down the back, the quick flash of heat that crosses your brain - then he was able to say, Okay,. This is fear. Step away from it. Step away.

J.M. Barrie, fully Sir James Matthew Barrie, 1st Baronet

Has it ever struck you that the trouts bite best on the Sabbath? God's critters tempting decent men.

Author 192921

Prophets… lifted in ecstasy above the natural operation of their minds by the impulses of the Divine Spirit, were inspired to utterance, the Spirit making use of them as a flute-player breathes into his flute.

Bill Cosby, fully William Henry "Bill" Cosby Jr.

It isn't a matter of black is beautiful as much as it is white is not all that's beautiful.

Anne Dillard

An infant is a pucker of the earth's thin skin; so are we. We arise like budding yeasts and break off: we forget our beginnings. A mammal swells and circles and lays him down. You and I have finished swelling: our circling periods are playing out, but we can still leave footprints on a trail whose end we do not know. Buddhism notes that it is always a mistake to think you can go it alone.

David Gallo

We are changing the chemistry of the ocean.

Walter Raleigh, fully Sir Walter Raleigh

It was well said of Plotinus that the stars were significant, but not efficient.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Life is a festival only to the wise. Seen from the nook and chimney-side of prudence, it wears a ragged and dangerous front.

Rod Serling, fully Rodman Edward "Rod" Serling

Rod Serling: Martin Sloan, age thirty-six, vice-president in charge of media. Successful in most things but not in the one effort that all men try at some time in their lives - trying to go home again. And also like all men, perhaps there'll be an occasion, maybe a summer night sometime, when he'll look up from what he's doing and listen to the distant music of a calliope...and hear the voices and the laughter of the people and the places of his past. And perhaps across his mind, there'll flit a little errant wish, that a man might not have to become old, never outgrow the parks and the merry-go-rounds of his youth. And he'll smile then too because he'll know it is just an errant wish. Some wisp of memory not too important really. Some laughing ghosts that cross a man's mind...that are a part...of the Twilight Zone.

William Ellery Channing

Every man is a volume, if you know how to read them.

Pope Pius XI, born Ambrogio Damiano Achille Ratti

It is necessary not only that religious instruction be given to the young at certain fixed times, but also that every other subject taught, be permeated with Christian piety. If this is wanting, if this sacred atmosphere does not pervade and warm the hearts of masters and scholars alike, little good can be expected from any kind of learning, and considerable harm will often be the consequence.

Henrik Ibsen, aka Henrik Johan Ibsen

When we dead awaken. ... We see that we have never lived.

Baron de Montesquieu, fully Charles-Louis de Secondat, Baron de La Brède et de Montesquieu

When a government is arrived to that degree of corruption as to be incapable of reforming itself, it would not lose much by being new molded.

Baruch Spinoza, later Benedict de Spinoza

Hence it follows, that man is constituted by certain modifications of the attributes of God.

Debasish Mrida

You will make the world a magnificent place with the magic of your kindness, beauty, peace, and happiness.

Paulo Coelho

After all, what is happiness? Love, they tell me. But love doesn't bring and never has brought happiness. On the contrary, it's a constant state of anxiety, a battlefield; it's sleepless nights, asking ourselves all the time if we're doing the right thing. Real love is composed of ecstasy and agony… All life battles teach us something, even those we lose… All my life, I thought of love as some kind of voluntary enslavement. Well, that's a lie: freedom only exists when love is present. The person who gives him or herself wholly, the person who feels freest, is the person who loves most wholeheartedly… ‘Yes, you have been through all this before,’ replies his heart. ‘But you have never been beyond it… All people know exactly how we should live our lives and never have any idea how to live their own lives… Accept what life offers you and try to drink from every cup. All wines should be tasted; some should only be sipped, but with others, drink the whole bottle.

Hakuin, fully Hakuin Akaku

You know the sound of two hands clapping; tell me, what is the sound of one hand?

Philippine Proverbs, aka Philipino, Filipino, Ilocano and Tagalog Proverbs, Salawikain or Sawikain

Beauty will fade, but not goodness.

George Gissing, fully George Robert Gissing

I hate and fear 'science' because of my conviction that, for long to come if not for ever, it will be the remorseless enemy of mankind. I see it destroying all simplicity and gentleness of life, all the beauty of the world; I see it restoring barbarism under a mask of civilization; I see it darkening men's minds and hardening their hearts.

Virgil, also Vergil, fully Publius Vergilius Maro

The accursed hunger for gold.

Laurence J. Peter, fully Laurence Johnston Peter

Would the boy you were be proud of the man you are?

Greek Proverbs

Wisdom is knowing the truth, and telling it.