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Scottish Proverbs

They censure my doing such a thing who neither consider my occasions of doing it, or what provocations I have had. [Kelly].

William Wordsworth

In years that bring the philosophic mind.

Washington Allston

In the same degree that we overrate ourselves, we shall underrate others; for injustice allowed at home is not likely to be corrected abroad.

Ogden Nash

Never befriend the oppressed unless you are prepared to take on the oppressor.

Sri Aurobindo, born Aurobindo Ghose or Ghose

It was as though even in this Nought's profound,
Even in this ultimate dissolution's core,
There lurked an unremembering entity,
Survivor of a slain and buried past
Condemned to resume the effort and the pang,
Reviving in another frustrate world.

Donald Rumsfeld

Reports that say that something hasn't happened are always interesting to me, because as we know, there are known knowns; there are things we know we know. We also know there are known unknowns; that is to say we know there are some things we do not know. But there are also unknown unknowns - - the ones we don't know we don't know. And if one looks throughout the history of our country and other free countries, it is the latter category that tend to be the difficult ones.

Elizabeth Bowen, Full name Elizabeth Dorothea Cole Bowen

She had one of those charming faces which, according to the angle from which you see them, look either melancholy or impertinent. Her eyes were grey; her trick of narrowing them made her seem to reflect, the greater part of the time, in the dusk of her second thoughts. With that mood, that touch of arriere pensee, went an uncertain, speaking set of lips.

Serbian Proverbs

Who speaks a lot ? either knows a lot or lies a lot.

Mark Twain, pen name of Samuel Langhorne Clemens

If you would have your work last forever, and by forever I mean fifty years, it must neither overtly preach nor overtly teach, but it must covertly preach and covertly teach.

Romanian Proverbs

Woe to thee, o land, when thy King is a child.

Sheila Peltz Weinberg

I resonate so much with the Garrison Institute approach. Your board member Rabbi Rachel Cowan and I also work with Jewish social justice activists, collaborating with Jewish Funds for Justice (JFSF). JFSF is active in several areas, community organizing especially. Many activists have wonderful intentions and are so passionate. They often tend not to take good care of themselves. Anger can be self-consuming. We believe that helping them take better care of themselves, to work with their own passion and anger and to have greater self-awareness will contribute to their good work. By giving them skills and helping them deepen awareness, we are inviting them to cultivate spiritual practice, even if they are not “religious” people.

Scott Adams, fully Scott Raymond Adams

I don't think I ever really go more than 30 minutes before I've got two or three things in my mind and I'm trying to decide which of them to use,

Tom Robbins, fully Thomas Eugene "Tom" Robbins

The air was musky with the fate of fallen fruit and collapsing mushrooms, brisk with the historic hustle of harvest, and a flock of crows flapped through it, teasing everybody and everything with their impenetrable koans. In flight, a twitchy curve of ebony luster, they formed the false mustache of the world.

Andrew Ramsay, fully Sir Andrew Ramsay, Lord Abbotshall, 1st Baronet

Beauty that is only skin deep must fade like the gowans of May.

Johann Joachim Winckelmann

The object of this feeling is not what impulse, friendship and kindness praise, but rather what the inner, more delicate sense feels, which should be purified of all purposes for the sake of the beautiful.

Alan Watts, fully Alan Wilson Watts

We have made a problem for ourselves by confusing the intelligible with the fixed. We think that making sense out of life is impossible unless the flow of events can somehow be fitted into a framework of rigid forms. To be meaningful, life must be understandable in terms of fixed ideas and laws, and these in turn must correspond to unchanging and eternal realities behind the shifting scene. But if this what making sense out of life means, we have set ourselves the impossible task of making fixity out of flux.

Nigerian Proverbs

Children of the same mother do not always agree.

Saul Alinsky, fully Saul David Alinsky

All effective action requires the passport of morality.

German Proverbs

Dumb dogs and still water are dangerous.

Shrimad Bhagavatam, or the Bhâgavata Purâna, Śrīmad Bhāgavatam, or Bhāgavata

Be it desire or fear or anger or affection or friendship or even the desire for union, when directed towards the Lord, it brings the greatest blessing to the devotee. These bring about his union with the Lord.

Scottish Proverbs

Lang straes are nae mots.

E. B. White, fully Elwyn Brooks White

If nothing is nothing, then nothing has nothing that is less than it is.

Richard Whately

It is curious to observe how people who are always thinking of their own pleasure or interest will often, if possessing considerable ability, make others give way to them, and obtain everything they seek, except happiness. For, like a spoiled child, who at length cries for the moon, they are always dissatisfied. And the benevolent, who are always thinking of others, and sacrificing their own personal gratifications, are usually the happiest of mankind.

Todd Rundgren, fully Todd Harry Rundgren

I decided early on that I wanted to be Michael Bloomfield, Jeff Beck and Eric Clapton - not George Harrison.

Russian Proverbs

Death carries on its shoulders a heavy Tsar just as easily as a light beggar.