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Elizabeth Dole, fully Mary Elizabeth Alexander Hanford "Liddy" Dole

Despite recent media reports that have clouded, or even misrepresented, the facts, there is compelling evidence that al-Qaida and Iraq have been linked for more than a decade.

Eric G. Wilson

The imperial interiors that stay forever unmapped?

William Shakespeare

This life is most jolly.

Anne Lamott

Sometimes when you need to feel the all-embracing nature of God, paradoxically you need to hang out in the ordinariness, in daily ritual and comfort.

Chinese Proverbs

A ragged colt may make a good horse.

William Cullen Bryant

What plant we in this apple tree? Sweets for a hundred flowery springs To load the May-wind's restless wings, When, from the orchard-row, he pours Its fragrance through our open doors; A world of blossoms for the bee, Flowers for the sick girl's silent room, For the glad infant sprigs of bloom, We plant with the apple tree.

JK Rowling, formally Joanne "Jo" Rowling

You?ll soon find out some wizarding families are much better than others, Potter. You don?t want to go making friends with the wrong sort. I can help you there. He held out his hand to shake Harry?s, but Harry didn?t take it. I think I can tell who the wrong sort are for myself, thanks, he said coolly.

Dorothy Parker

By the time you swear you're his, shivering and sighing. And he vows his passion is, infinite, undying. Lady make note of this -- One of you is lying.

William Butler Yeats

And dead is all their human truth.

Robert M. Pirsig

There is an evil tendency underlying all our technology - the tendency to do what is reasonable even when it isn't any good.

Will Rogers, fully William Penn Adair “Will” Rogers

Everybody is ignorant, only on different subjects.

Lisa Randall

The photon is the first example we will encounter of a gauge boson, a fundamental, elementary particle that is responsible for communicating a particular force.

G. K. Chesterton, fully Gilbert Keith Chesterton

I want to reassure you I am not this size, really - dear me no, I'm being amplified by the mike.

Henri Cartier-Bresson

I'm not interested in photography. With photography you don't grasp anything. It's just intuition. To be a draftsman is very different.

Martial, full name Marcus Valarius Martialis

Difficult easy-going, likewise you are sweet [and] sour: I am able to live neither with you nor without you.

Lyndon Johnson, fully Lyndon Baines Johnson, aka LBJ

The hungry world cannot be fed until and unless the growth of its resources and the growth of its population come into balance. Each man and woman-and each nation --must make decisions of conscience and policy in the face of this great problem.

Margaret Atwood, fully Margaret Eleanor Atwood

But this is wrong; nobody dies from lack of sex. It's lack of love we die from.

H. L. Mencken, fully Henry Louis Mencken

I believe that liberty is the only genuinely valuable thing that men have invented, at least in the field of government, in a thousand years. I believe that it is better to be free than to be not free, even when the former is dangerous and the latter safe. I believe that the finest qualities of man can flourish only in free air?that progress made under the shadow of the policeman?s club is false progress, and of no permanent value. I believe that any man who takes the liberty of another into his keeping is bound to become a tyrant, and that any man who yields up his liberty, in however slight the measure, is bound to become a slave? In any dispute between a citizen and the government, it is my instinct to side with the citizen? I am against all efforts to make men virtuous by law.

Michael Dell, fully Michael Saul Dell

The key to our performance in the fourth quarter was focus. By remaining focused, we have helped our customers benefit from the superior performance, service and value that our unique direct model delivers.

Stephen Sondheim, fully Stephen Joshua Sondheim

It's your father's fault that the curse got placed and the place got cursed in the first place.

Tony Judt, fully Tony Robert Judt

We need to learn... how war brutalizes and degrades winners and losers alike and what happens to us when, having heedlessly waged war for no good reason, we are encouraged to inflate and demonise our enemies in order to justify that war's indefinite continuance.

Fyodor Dostoevsky, fully Fyodor Mikhaylovich Dostoevsky or Feodor Mikhailovich Dostoevski

But this I can say for certain: though I did that cruel thing purposely, it was not an impulse from the heart, but came from my evil brain. This cruelty was so affected, so purposely made up, so completely a product of the brain, of books, that I could not even keep it up a minute--first I dashed away to avoid seeing her, and then in shame and despair rushed after Liza.

Mary Antin

His struggle for a bare living left him no time to take advantage of the public evening school. In time he learned to read, to follow a conversation or lecture; but he never learned to write correctly; and his pronunciation remains extremely foreign to this day.

Sa’ib of Tabriz, aka Mirza Muhammad Ali Sa'ib, Saib Isfahani or Sa'ib Of Esfahan

Ah! How beautiful is Kabul encircled by her arid mountains and Rose, of the trails of thorns she envies her gusts of powdered soil, slightly sting my eyes but I love her, for knowing and loving are born of this same dust. My song exhalts her dazzling tulips and at the beauty of her trees, I blush how sparkling the water flows from Pul-I-Mastaan! May Allah protect such beauty from the evil eye of man! Khizr chose the path to Kabul in order to reach Paradise for her mountains brought him close to the delights of heaven from the fort with sprawling walls, A Dragon of protection each stone is there more precious than the treasure of Shayagan. Every street of Kabul is enthralling to the eye through the bazaars, caravans of Egypt pass one could not count the moons that shimmer on her roofs and the thousand splendid suns that hide behind her walls. Her laughter of mornings has the gaiety of flowers . Her nights of darkness, the reflections of lustrous hair. Her melodious nightingales, with passion sing their songs ardent tunes, as leaves enflamed, cascading from their throats and I, I sing in the gardens of Jahanara, of Sharbara. And even the trumpets of heaven envy their green pastures.

Spanish Proverbs

If you cannot be chaste, be cautious.