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Maria Montessori

Discipline must come through liberty... We do not consider an individual disciplined only when he has been rendered as artificially silent as a mute and as immovable as a paralytic. He is an individual annihilated, not disciplined.

Ronald Reagan, fully Ronald Wilson Reagan

Our natural, unalienable rights are now considered to be a dispensation of government, and freedom has never been so fragile, so close to slipping from our grasp as it is at this moment.... You and I have a rendezvous with destiny. We will preserve for out children this, the last best hope of man on earth, or we'll sentence them to take the last step into a thousand years of darkness.

Mao Tse-tung, alternatively Zedong, Ze dong, aka Chairman Mao

Historically, all reactionary forces on the verge of extinction invariably conduct a last desperate struggle against the revolutionary forces, and some revolutionaries are apt to be deluded for a time by this phenomenon of outward strength but inner weakness failing to grasp the essential fact that the enemy is nearing extinction while they themselves are approaching victory.

Erich Segal, fully Erich Wolf Segal

Quiet heroism or youthful idealism, or both? What do we know? That life without heroism and idealism is not worth living - or that either can be fatal?

James G. Huneker, fully James Gibbons Huneker

Scratch an artist and you surprise a child.

Queen Elizabeth II, Elizabeth Alexandra Mary

They are not royal. They just happen to have me as their aunt.

Margot Asquith, Countess of Oxford and Asquith, born Emma Alice Margaret Tennant

What a pity, when Christopher Columbus discovered America, that he ever mentioned it.

William Blake

Never seek to tell thy love love that never told can be; for the gentle wind does move silently, invisibly. I told my love, I told my love, I told her all my heart; trembling, cold, in ghastly fears ah, she doth depart. Soon as she was gone from me a traveler came by silently, invisibly- he took her with a sigh.

Orson Welles, fully George Orson Welles

I'm not very fond of movies. I don't go to them much.

George Orwell, pen name of Eric Arthur Blair

Winston was gelatinous with fatigue.

Author Unknown

The souls of men of feeble purpose are the graveyards of good intentions.

Emile Zola

How could anyone expect a court martial to undo what another court martial had done?

Elizabeth II, born Elizabeth Alexandra May

It seems incredible, and I love them no less; and I can say that I would rather die than see any diminution of it on one side or the other.

Chinese Proverbs

Do not mistake, though punishment tarry, when the day comes it cannot miscarry.

Serbian Proverbs

When the heart is on fire, there is some smoke coming out of the mouth.

Percy Bysshe Shelley

Nor the feathery curtains Stretching o'er the sun's bright couch.

Scottish Proverbs

Raither spyle yer joke than tine yer freend.

Plautus, full name Titus Maccius Plautus

That man is worthless who knows how to receive a favor, but not how to return one.

Rory Stewart, formally Roderick 'Rory' James Nugent Stewart

The Russian gas episode highlights the limited options for the supply system. Gas prices in the U.S. and Europe are going to stay bullish in the long run.

Barbara Kingsolver

Nine-tenths of human law is about possession.

Edward Abbey

Long ago the cliff dwellings were abandoned. Were the inhabitants actually destroyed by the enemies they had always dreaded? Or were they reduced and driven out by disease, by something as undramatic as bad sanitation, pollution of the water and air? Or could it have been, finally, simply their own fears which poisoned their lives beyond hope of recovery and drove them into exile and extinction?

Elias Canetti

Newspapers... help you forget the previous day.

Seth Shostak

There are some common animal behaviors that seem to favor the development of intelligence, behaviors that might lead to brainy beasts on many worlds. Social interaction is one of them. If you're an animal that hangs out with others, then there's clearly an advantage in being smart enough to work out the intentions of the guy sitting next to you (before he takes your mate or your meal). And if you're clever enough to outwit the other members of your social circle, you'll probably have enhanced opportunity to breed..., thus passing on your superior intelligence... Nature?whether on our planet or some alien world?will stumble into increased IQ sooner or later.

Gustave Flaubert

Often, when they spoke of Paris, she would murmur: "Ah! How happy we'd be, living there!" "Aren't we happy here?" the young would softly ask, passing his hand over her hair.

Mahatma Gandhi, fully Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, aka Bapu

Hatred ever kills, Love never dies, such is the vast difference between the two. What is ordained by love is retained for all time. What is obtained by hatred proves a burden in reality, for it increases hatred.