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Sarah J. Hale, fully Sarah Josepha Buell Hale

The temple of our purest thoughts is silence.

Douglas Adams, fully Douglas Noel Adams

BALLYCUMBER (ba-li-KUM-ber) n. One of the six half-read books lying somewhere in your bed.

Seneca the Younger, aka Seneca or Lucius Annaeus Seneca

Natural desires are limited; but those which spring from false opinion can have no stopping-point. The false has no limits. When you are travelling on a road, there must be an end; but when astray, your wanderings are limitless. Recall your steps, therefore, from idle things, and when you would know whether that which you seek is based upon a natural or upon a misleading desire, consider whether it can stop at any definite point. If you find, after having travelled far, that there is a more distant goal always in view, you may be sure that this condition is contrary to nature.

William S. Burroughs, fully William Seward Burroughs II

There couldn't be a society of people who didn't dream. They'd be dead in two weeks.

Ludwig van Beethoven

Do not let all men see the contempt which they deserve; we do not know when we may need them.

William Shakespeare

From love's weak childish bow she lives unharmed. Romeo and Juliet, Act i, Scene1

Italian Proverbs

A cat that licks the spit is not to be trusted with roast meat.

Sei Shōnagon

While one is cleaning a decorative comb, something catches in the teeth and the comb breaks. A carriage overturns. One would have imagined that such a solid, bulky object would remain forever on its wheels. It all seems like a dream -- astonishing and senseless. A child or grown-up blurts out something that is bound to make people uncomfortable. All night long one has been waiting for a man who one thought was sure to arrive. At dawn, just when one has forgotten about him for a moment and dozed off, a crow caws loudly. One wakes up with a start and sees that it is daytime -- most astonishing. One of the bowmen in an archery contest stands trembling for a long time before shooting; when finally he does release his arrow, it goes in the wrong direction.

Jackson Browne

The high ideals and promises you once dressed the future in are dancing in the embers with the wind.

Shneur Zalman of Liadi

To a disciple who complained of his financial troubles: You speak of what you need, but you say nothing of what you are needed for.

Wendell Berry

The river and the garden have been the foundations of my economy here. Of the two I have liked the river best. It is wonderful to have the duty of being on the river the first and last thing every day. I have loved it even in the rain. Sometimes I have loved it most in the rain.

Milan Kundera

And suddenly something unforgettable occurred: suddenly she felt a desire to go to him and hear his voice, his words. If he spoke to her in a soft, deep voice her soul would take courage and rise to the surface of her body, and she would burst our crying. She would put her arms around him the way she had put her arms around the chestnut tree's thick trunk in her dream.

Josef Pieper

Leisure stands opposed to the exclusiveness of the paradigm of work as social function.

Percy Bysshe Shelley

Let us bring the question to the test of experience and fact; and ask ourselves, considering our nature in its entire extent, what light we derive from a sustained and comprehensive view of its component parts, which may enable us to assert with certainty that we do or do not live after death.

Orson Welles, fully George Orson Welles

I discovered at the age of six that everything was a phony, worked with mirrors. Since then, I've always wanted to be a magician.

Randy Pausch, fully Randolph Frederick "Randy" Pausch

Years ago, I dated a lovely young woman who was a few thousand dollars in debt. She was completely stressed out about this. Every month, more interest would be added to her debts.

Seth Godin

On Money: We can?t suddenly quit a job and then race to find a form of art that will pay off before the next mortgage payment is due. Creating art is a habit, one that we practice daily or hourly until we get good at it ? Art isn?t about the rush of victory that comes from being picked. Nor does it involve compliance. Art in the post-industrial age is a lifelong habit, a stepwise process that incrementally allows us to create more art.

John Assaraf

Some things aren't to my taste and I wish they wouldn't have happened but they have been some of the best experiences to learn and grow from so I am grateful for every moment.

Claude Bernard

The stability of the internal medium is a primary condition for the freedom and independence of certain living bodies in relation to the environment surrounding them.

Chinese Proverbs

One the ninth month?s ch?ung-yang all desire, to gather around the household fire.

Fulton Sheen, fully Archbishop Fulton John Sheen

As all men are touched by God’s love, so all are also touched by the desire for His intimacy. No one escapes this longing; we are all kings in exile, miserable without the Infinite. Those who reject the grace of God have a desire to avoid God, as those who accept it have a desire for God. The modern atheist does not disbelieve because of his intellect, but because of his will; it is not knowledge that makes him an atheist…The denial of God springs from a man’s desire not to have a God—from his wish that there were no Justice behind the universe, so that his injustices would fear not retribution; from his desire that there be no Law, so that he may not be judged by it; from his wish that there were no Absolute Goodness, that he might go on sinning with impunity. That is why the modern atheist is always angered when he hears anything said about God and religion—he would be incapable of such a resentment if God were only a myth. His feeling toward God is the same as that which a wicked man has for one whom he has wronged: he wishes he were dead so that he could do nothing to avenge the wrong. The betrayer of friendship knows his friend exists, but he wished he did not; the post-Christian atheist knows God exists, but he desires He should not.

Stephen Covey, fully Stephen Richards Covey

The proactive approach to a mistake is to acknowledge it instantly, correct and learn from it.

Florence Scovel Shinn

I have within me an undiscovered country, which is revealed to me now, in the name of Jesus Christ.

Sri Chinmoy, born Chinmoy Kumar Ghose

I shall try
To shield you from shame
Only when you do not try
To blame the world
For your downfall.

Robert Kiyosaki, fully Robert Toru Kiyosaki

Most of us are aware of the sacrificial slaughter of Bear Sterns. Some people call it a bailout, but I call it a handout - a government handout to some of the richest people on Earth, paid for by American taxpayers.