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Leo Tolstoy, aka Count Lev Nikolayevich Tolstoy or Tolstoi

Millions of men, renouncing their human feelings and reason, had to go from west to east to slay their fellows, just as some centuries previously hordes of men had come from the east to the west slaying their fellows.

Silvio Berlusconi

I unfortunately have never in my life been to a wild party.

Zen Proverbs and Thoughts

Because even among contrarians, I?m a contrarian. But all of this is just words of bronze, third place rhetoric. What do I really mean when I say we want to shock society into awareness? Do we mean we want more originality and individuality? Less TV, more reading, writing, actual thinking? Less sheep, more shepherd pie? Yes, yes, and a little more pie, please. Oh, and some more sweet tea, too

Fyodor Dostoevsky, fully Fyodor Mikhaylovich Dostoevsky or Feodor Mikhailovich Dostoevski

Oh, Karamazov, I am profoundly unhappy. I sometimes fancy all sorts of things, that everyone is laughing at me, the whole world, and then I feel ready to overturn the whole order of things.

Michelle Obama, fully Michelle LaVaughn Robinson Obama

Regardless of the circumstances under which I interact with whites at Princeton, it often seems as if, to them, I will always be black first and a student second.

Desmond Tutu, fully Desmond Mpilo Tutu

The reprisal against the suicide bomber does not bring peace. There is a suicide bomber, a reprisal and then a counter-reprisal. And it just goes on and on.

Leonard Cohen, fully Leonard Norman Cohen

Growing old becomes clear to you at a certain point. I think it's after the age of 70 you realize - you begin to actually be convinced - you're growing older.

Robert Fulghum, fully Robert Lee Fulghum

Pardon me, but my father says that it is a lie that Americans have everything. You have no sheep, no goats, no trees, no oil, no vines, no wine, not even chickens. He asks, 'What kind of life is that?' He says, 'No wonder you don't sing or dance or recite poetry very often.

Marcus Garvey

A people without the knowledge of their past history, origin and culture is like a tree without roots.

Egyptian Proverbs

Those who are in the following of the prince of everlastingness and God of Life, sing with joy.

Jeffrey Bernard

I have stood in a bar in Lambourn and been offered, in the space of five minutes, a poached salmon, a leg of a horse, a free trip to Chantilly, marriage, a large unsolicited loan, ten tips for a ten-horse race, two second-hand cars, a fight, and the copyright to a dying jockey's life story.

George Orwell, pen name of Eric Arthur Blair

Every year there will be fewer words, and the range of consciousness will become smaller.

Author 400692

Biology is a software process. Our bodies are made up of trillions of cells, each governed by this process. You and I are walking around with outdated software running in our bodies, which evolved in a very different era.

James Froude, fully James Anthony Froude

The soul of man is not a thing which comes and goes, is builded and decays like the elemental frame in which it is set to dwell, but a very living force, a very energy of God’s organic will, which rules and moulds this universe.

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

In their selection of serviceable goods in the retail market purchasers are guided more by the finish and workmanship of the goods than by any marks of substantial serviceability...the conventional requirement of obvious costliness, as a voucher and a constituent of the serviceability of the goods, leads him to reject as under grade such goods as do not contain a large element of conspicuous waste.

Jean Baudrillard

Simultaneously, in the most complete ambiguity, they [media] propagate the brutal charm of the terrorist act, they are themselves terrorists, insofar as they themselves march to the tune of seduction.

Zen Proverbs and Thoughts

The glass is neither half empty, nor half full. The glass is just a glass and its content can perpetually change with your perception.

Mary Shelley, née Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin

Life is obstinate and clings closest where it is most hated.

Luis Buñuel, fully Luis Buñuel Portolés

One of the great problems of Mexico is taken to the extreme nationalism that betrays a deep inferiority complex.

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All things have been given to us for a purpose, and an artist must feel this more intensely. All that happens to us, including our humiliations, our misfortunes, our embarassments, all is given to us as raw material, as clay, so that we may shape our art.

George Herbert

When once thy foot enters the church, be bare. God is more there than thou: for thou art there only by his permission. Then beware, that leads from earth to heaven.

Thomas Carlyle

Man's Unhappiness... comes of his Greatness; it is because there is an Infinite in him, with which all his cunning he cannot quite bury under the Finite... Try him with half of a Universe, of an Omnipotence, he sets to quarreling with the proprietor of the other half, and declares himself the most maltreated of men. Always there is a black spot in our sunshine: It is... the Shadow of Ourselves.

Katha Upanishad

By recognizing as the great pervading Soul (?tman) that whereby one perceives both the sleeping state and the waking state, the wise man sorrows not.

Albert Einstein

Everybody acts not only under external compulsion but also in accordance with inner necessity.

Henry Home, Lord Kames

Logic is the art of thinking well: the mind, like the body, requires to be trained before it can use its power in the most advantageous way.