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Albert Einstein

The pioneers of a warless world are the [youth] who refuse military service.

Richard Pyle

When you start talking like Donald Duck, there's no situation in the world that can seem tense.

Felix Adler

In order to join vigorously in the moral work of the world I must believe that somehow the best I can accomplish will endure, will leave its trace on things, will aid the final consummation.

Elizabeth Bowen, Full name Elizabeth Dorothea Cole Bowen

Rosalind flung herself into the drawing-room; it was honey-colored and lovely in the pale spring light, another little clock was ticking in the corner, there were more bowls of primroses and black-eyed, lowering anemones. The tarnished mirror on the wall distorted and reproved her angry face in its mild mauveness.

Oscar Wilde, pen name for Fingal O'Flahertie Wills

The cynic knows the price of everything and the value of nothing.

Confucius, aka Kong Qiu, Zhongni, K'ung Fu-tzu or Kong Fuzi

Without feelings of respect, what is there to distinguish men from beasts?

Arthur Helps, fully Sir Arthur Helps

Simple ignorance has in its time been complimented by the names of most of the vices, and of all the virtues.

William Shakespeare

If thou neglect'st or dolt unwillingly what I command, I'll rack thee with old cramps; fill all thy bones with aches; make thee roar that beasts shall tremble at thy din. Othello, Act v, Scene 1

Yuval Noah Harari

Consider a resident of Berlin, born in 1900 and living to the ripe age of one hundred. She spent her childhood in the Hohenzollern Empire of William II; her adult years in the Weimar Republic, the Nazi Third Reich and Communist East Germany; and she died a citizen of a democratic and reunified Germany. She had managed to be a part of five very different sociopolitical systems, though her DNA remained exactly the same.

Mechthild of Magdeburg, also Mechtild

Love without knowledge is darkness to the wise soul. Knowledge without pleasure no better than hell?s pain. Pleasure without death the wise soul never ceases to deplore.

Ezra Taft Benson

We must return to a love and respect for the basic spiritual concepts upon which this nation has been established. We must study the Constitution and the writings of the founding fathers.

Robert Grudin

The recalling of beautiful things, whether they are your own experiences or the achievements of others, is a creative act. Simple ideas can be restated by rote; but profound ideas must be recreated by will and imagination.

Charles Caleb Colton

If the prodigal quits life in debt to others, the miser quiets is still deeper in debt to himself.

Kenyan Proverbs

Nobody gathers firewood to roast a thin goat.

Theodore Rubin, fully Theodore Isaac Rubin

The process of writing a book is infinitely more important than the book that is completed as a result of the writing, let alone the success or failure that book may have after it is written . . . the book is merely a symbol of the writing. In writing the book, I am living. I am growing. I am tapping myself. I am changing. The process is the product.

Leo Tolstoy, aka Count Lev Nikolayevich Tolstoy or Tolstoi

This divergence and perversion of the essential question is most striking in what goes today by the name of philosophy. There would seem to be only one question for philosophy to resolve: What must I do? Despite being combined with an enormous amount of unnecessary confusion, answers to the question have at any rate been given within the philosophical tradition on the Christian nations. For example, in Kant?s Critique of Practical Reason, or in Spinoza, Schopenhauer and specially Rousseau. But in more recent times, since Hegel?s assertion that all that exists is reasonable, the question of what one must do has been pushed to the background and philosophy has directed its whole attention to the investigation of things as they are, and to fitting them into a prearranged theory. This was the first step backwards. The second step, degrading human thought yet further, was the acceptance of the struggle for existence as a basic law, simply because that struggle can be observed among animals and plants. According to this theory the destruction of the weakest is a law which should not be opposed. And finally, the third step was taken when the childish originality of Nietzsche?s half-crazed thought, presenting nothing complete or coherent, but only various drafts of immoral and completely unsubstantiated ideas, was accepted by the leading figures as the final word in philosophical science. In reply to the question: what must we do? the answer is now put straightforwardly as: live as you like, without paying attention to the lives of others.

Robin Sharma

When you consistently direct your mind to live in the present you will always have boundless energy, no matter what time the clock reflects.

Robert A. Heinlein, fully Robert Anson Heinlein, pen name for Anson MacDonald

Is this Paradise?'

Stanley Kubrick

Here's to five miserable months on the wagon and the irreparable harm that it's caused me.

René Descartes

What is man? Shall I say a rational animal?… a thinking being, that is to say, a mind, an understanding, or a reasonable being… A thing which thinks.

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

That married couples can live together day after day is a miracle that the Vatican has overlooked

Ludwig van Beethoven

From childhood I learned to love virtue, and everything beautiful and good.

Richard Cecil

Method is the very hinge of business, and there is no method without punctuality

Elias Canetti

It is the sublime miracle of the human mind: memory.

Vilayanur Ramachandran, fully Vilayanur Subramanian Ramachandran

Indeed, the line between perceiving and hallucinating is not as crisp as we like to think. In a sense, when we look at the world, we are hallucinating all the time.