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Seneca the Younger, aka Seneca or Lucius Annaeus Seneca

Hence, the wise man accustoms himself to coming trouble, lightening by long reflection the evils which others lighten by long endurance. We sometimes hear the inexperienced say: I knew that this was in store for me. But the wise man knows that all things are in store for him. Whatever happens, he says: I knew it.

John Adams

Let the human mind loose. It must be loose. It will be loose. Superstition and dogmatism cannot confine it. We have now, it Seems a National Bible Society, to propagate King James?s Bible, through all Nations. Would it not be better to apply these pious Subscriptions, to purify Christendom from the Corruptions of Christianity; than to propagate those Corruptions in Europe Asia, Africa and America! ? Conclude not from all this, that I have renounced the Christian religion, or that I agree with Dupuis in all his Sentiments. Far from it. I see in every Page, Something to recommend Christianity in its Purity and Something to discredit its Corruptions. ? The Ten Commandments and the Sermon on the Mount contain my Religion.

Douglas Adams, fully Douglas Noel Adams

Or maybe she decided that an evening with your old tutor would be blisteringly dull and opted for the more exhilarating course of washing her hair instead. Dear me, I know what I would have done. It's only lack of hair that forces me to pursue such a hectic social round these days.

S'rîmad Bhâgavatam, aka Bhâgavata Purâna or Bhāgavata

He who within abides in the form of the original person [purusha] and without in the form of time [the 24th element], exists by [exhibiting] His potencies as the Lord of All Opulence [Bhâgavan, the Fortunate One] for all living entities [and elements].

Harry Browne, fully Harry Edson Browne

More and more Americans say they want government to be smaller. For example, recent polls have found that: 73% believe “the federal government is much too large and has too much power. 67% believe “big government is the biggest threat to the country in the future. 63% think “government regulation of business usually does more harm than good. 60% “favor a smaller government with fewer services. Only 22% “trust the government in Washington to do what is right most of the time. People everywhere recognize the simple truth that government doesn’t work. It is failing at everything it tries to do-even as politicians propose new worlds for it to conquer. The direction that most of us want is toward less government- a lot less government.

François de La Rochefoucauld, François VI, Duc de La Rochefoucauld, Prince de Marcillac, Francois A. F. Rochefoucauld-Liancourt

Philosophy triumphs easily over past evils and future evils, but present evils triumph over it.

Richard Dawkins

Religion is the most inflammatory enemy-labeling device in history.

Fred D. Anderson

The person you are tomorrow depends on the person you live like today. What kind of person do you want to be tomorrow? Are you living to be that person?

Susan Jeffers

Just open the newspaper and you'll see terrible things happening all over the world, like disease, violence or natural disasters. There's so much struggle. I'd like to discuss the difference in the way people handle what happens. Some people handle crisis with a sense of serenity, but most of us battle. People who handle crisis with serenity have mastered the art of dancing with life. Dancing with life is about moving into the flow of all our experiences, good or bad, with the feeling of gratitude, harmony and love. You might say, "I have trouble flowing with the good, how am I going to flow with the bad?" Well, that's really what ending the struggle and dancing with life is all about.

Naguib Mahfouz

You made me and now you reject me: Your ideas create their embodiment in my person and then you simply change them, leaving me lost--rootless, worthless, without hope.

William Faulkner, fully William Cuthbert Faulkner

In my time I have seen truth that was anything under the sun but just, and I have seen justice using tools and instruments I wouldn't want to touch with a 10-foot fence rail.

Peter F. Drucker, fully Peter Ferdinand Drucker

The greatest challenge to organizations is the balance between continuity and change. You need both. At different times, the balance is slightly more over here, or slightly more over there, but you need both. And balance is basically the greatest task in leadership. Organizations have to have continuity, and yet if there is not enough new challenge, not enough change, they become empty bureaucracies, awfully fast.

Paulo Coelho

I'm not saying: Seek out people who think the same as you. I'm saying: Seek out those who think differently from you and whom you will never be able to convince that you are right.

Jon Rappoport

The actual substance of the news dries up like rain on the street after the sun comes out again. Gone. Doesn't matter. As long as the audience feels they've received the Official Word. Official=a slave signaling admiration for his master. It's the Stockholm syndrome writ large. Let's go to the scorecard: the two Latin roots of the word "official." Opus (work), and facere (to do or make). "To do work." Seems rather harmless. But somewhere along the line it was inflated---for instance, "holding office"; "he held an office in the government." And, as often happens, when the Latin moves forward into the medieval period, when the Church takes hold, the concept is made gaseous. In this case, "to do work" becomes "divine service." Yes. As in the divine right of kings to rule, to make laws, to call the shots, to issue orders. Official looms large. Let's say I run a major media outlet. It would be in my interest to make distinctions between "official" and "meritless." Who wants meritless or conspiratorial or dissenting or odd or weird or in-the-minority? Those categories are worthless, and pointing this out bolsters my superior status and position. I am reliable. They are not. That's how I play the game.

Ted Turner, fully Robert Edward "Ted" Turner III

I'd rather go to hell. Heaven has got to be boring.

James Martineau

What science calls unity and uniformity of nature, truth calls the fidelity of God.

Robert Kiyosaki, fully Robert Toru Kiyosaki

Tax laws? these are not inadvertent loopholes in the law we are talking about. They are intentional benefits for business owners and investors.

Tom Morris, fully Thomas V. "Tom" Morris

A goal is not the same as a desire, and this is an important distinction to make. You can have a desire you don't intend to act on. But you can't have a goal you don't intend to act on.

William Butler Yeats

By the lone border of the lake once more.

Nisargadatta Maharaj, fully Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj, born Maruti Shivrampant Kambli

There are no conditions to fulfill. There is nothing to be done, nothing to be given up. Just look and remember, whatever you perceive is not you, nor yours. It is there in the field of consciousness, but you are not the field and its contents, nor even the knower of the field. It is your idea that you have to do things that entangle you in results of your efforts-the motive, the desire, the failure to achieve, the sense of frustration-all this holds you back. Simply look at whatever happens and know that you are beyond it.

William Blake

I was in a printing-house in hell, and saw the method in which knowledge is transmitted from generation to generation.

William Harvey

I just start singing, and it all comes back.

Yuval Noah Harari

What was the Sapiens? secret of success? How did we manage to settle so rapidly in so many distant and ecologically different habitats? How did we push all other human species into oblivion? Why couldn?t even the strong, brainy, cold-proof Neanderthals survive our onslaught? The debate continues to rage. The most likely answer is the very thing that makes the debate possible: Homo sapiens conquered the world thanks above all to its unique language.

Michael Toms

I've traveled to most of the developing world and I've never met a needy person. I've met only self-reliant, self-sufficient, dignified human beings who are in some way blocked from expressing their natural gifts.

Thomas Szasz, fully Thomas Stephen Szasz

Every act of conscious learning requires the willingness to suffer an injury to one's self-esteem. That is why young children, before they are aware of their own self-importance, learn so easily.