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Oliver North, fully Lt. Colonel Oliver Laurence North

And of course there is so much of World War II that is documented that we never have seen.

Spanish Proverbs

The best mirror is an old friend.

Harry S. Truman

If I'd known how much packing I'd have to do, I'd have run again.

Margaret Thatcher, fully Margaret Hilda Thatcher, Baroness Thatcher, née Roberts

I am painted as the greatest little dictator, which is ridiculous - you always take some consultations.

Pierre Beaumarchais, fully Pierre-Augustin Caron de Beaumarchais

It is by no means necessary to understand things to speak confidently about them.

Jeff Bezos, fully Jeffrey Preston "Jeff" Bezos

I believe you have to be willing to be misunderstood if you're going to innovate.

William Shakespeare

O God! that one might read the book of fate, And see the revolution of the times Make mountains level, and the continent, Weary of solid firmness, melt itself Into the sea!

Yoruba Proverbs

Let greeting is greeting and betrayal be a betrayal, why eulogizing the virtue of an Ibadan man in the threshold of Shodeke?

Guru Gobind Singh

I bow forever in deepest respect to that Sikh of the Guru, who walks in the Way of the Guru.

Jonathan Schell, fully Jonathan Edward Schell

Two paths lie before us. One leads to death, the other to life. If we choose the first path--if we numbly refuse to acknowledge the nearness of extinction, all the while increasing our preparations to bring it about--then we in effect become the allies of death….On the other hand, if we reject our doom, and bend our efforts toward survival--if we arouse ourselves to the peril and act to forestall it, making ourselves the allies of life--hen the anesthetic fog will lift…and we will take full and clear possession of life again…and rise up to cleanse the earth of nuclear weapons.

Paracelsus, aka 'Paracelsus the Great', born Philippus Aureolus Theophrastus Bombastus von Hohenheim

For, as the element of water lies in the middle of the globe, so, the branches run out from the root in its circuit on all sides towards the plains and towards the light. From this root very many branches are born. One branch is the Rhine, another the Danube, another the Nile, etc.

Diane Ackerman

Look at your feet. You are standing in the sky. When we think of the sky, we tend to look up, but the sky actually begins at the earth. We walk through it, yell into it, rake leaves, wash the dog, and drive cars in it. We breathe it deep within us. With every breath, we inhale millions of molecules of sky, heat them briefly, and then exhale them back into the world.

John Adams

A dissertation on the rights of man in a state of nature. He asserted that every man, merely natural, was an independent sovereign, subject to no law, but the law written on his heart, and revealed to him by his Maker in the constitution of his nature and the inspiration of his understanding and his conscience. His right to his life, his liberty, no created being could rightfully contest. Nor was his right to his property less incontestable. The club that he had snapped from a tree, for a staff or for defense, was his own. His bow and arrow were his own; if by a pebble he had killed a partridge or a squirrel, it was his own. No creature, man or beast, had a right to take it from him. If he had taken an eel, or a smelt, or a sculpion, it was his property. In short, he sported upon this topic with so much wit and humor, and at the same time so much indisputable truth and reason, that he was not less entertaining than instructive. He asserted that these rights were inherent and inalienable. That they never could be surrendered or alienated but by idiots or madmen, and all the acts of idiots and lunatics were void, and not obligatory by all the laws of God and man.

Gustave Flaubert

God is only a word dreamed up to explain the world.

William Stringfellow

Dorothy Day, of blessed memory, did not like to be called (as she often was, for good reason) a saint, because it usually meant that she was not being taken seriously. She heard it as an accusation ? a device ostensibly distinguishing her from ordinary people so as to simultaneously discount her words and deeds while exempting others from moral responsibility to speak and act.

Russian Proverbs

It is easier to fill twenty bellies than one pair of eyes.

JK Rowling, formally Joanne "Jo" Rowling

She pressed the plunger down hard, in hope and without regret...Krystal Weedon had achieved her only ambition: she had joined her brother where nobody could part them.

Brené Brown

Spirituality is recognizing and celebrating that we are all inextricably connected to each other by a power greater than all of us, and that our connection to that power and to one another is grounded in love and compassion. Practicing spirituality brings a sense of perspective, meaning and purpose to our lives.

Robert Burton

As that great captain, Ziska, would have a drum made of his skin when he was dead, because he thought the very noise of it would put his enemies to flight.

Harold Rosenberg

A painting that is an act is inseparable from the biography of the artist.

Egyptian Proverbs

The beautiful is beautiful even right after rising from sleep, and the ugly is ugly even if they wash their face every day.

Charles Dickens, fully Charles John Huffam Dickens

I never could have done what I have done without the habits of punctuality, order, and diligence, without the determination to concentrate myself on one subject at a time.

Margaret Atwood, fully Margaret Eleanor Atwood

Nobody dies from the lack of sex. It's lack of love we die from.

Srikumar Rao

Knowing that you are living in a dream-world is very liberating, because it gives you the option of waking up.

Jack Kerouac, born Jean-Louis Lebris de Kérouac

Whoo, Frisco nights, the end of the continent and the end of doubt, all dull doubt and tomfoolery, good-by