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He who fights with monsters might take care lest he thereby become a monster. And if you gaze for long into an abyss, the abyss gazes also into you.
Nature never did betray the heart that loved her.
Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try Again. Fail again. Fail better.
Every existing thing is born without reason, prolongs itself out of weakness, and dies by chance.
Fear prophets and those prepared to die for the truth, for as a rule they make many others die with them, often before them, at times instead of them.
There is no wealth but life.
Gabriel García Márquez
A person doesn't die when he should but when he can.
If there is no God, everything is permitted.
Religion, to me, is a bureaucracy between man and God that I don't need.
Happiness is beneficial for the body, but it is grief that develops the powers of the mind.
To 'choose' dogma and faith over doubt and experience is to throw out the ripening vintage and to reach greedily for the Kool-Aid.
Every great advance in science has issued from a new audacity of imagination.
The writer operates at a peculiar crossroads where time and place and eternity somehow meet. His problem is to find that location.
Forbid us something, and that thing we desire.
The reason birds can fly and we can't is simply because they have perfect faith, for to have faith is to have wings.
I hold it true, whate'er befall; I feel it, when I sorrow most; 'Tis better to have loved and lost Than never to have loved at all.
Patience is bitter, but its fruit is sweet.
Words build bridges into unexplored regions.
There is no greatness where there is no simplicity, goodness and truth.
What is a cynic? A man who knows the price of everything and the value of nothing.
Under certain circumstances there are few hours in life more agreeable than the hour dedicated to the ceremony known as afternoon tea.
What can be added to the happiness of a man who is in health, out of debt, and has a clear conscience?
To me, comedy is a great occupation because I don't really worry that much about what other people think of me.
If the battle for civilization comes down to the wimps versus the barbarians, the barbarians are going to win.
I love fools' experiments. I am always making them.
One of the things that is wrong with religion is that it teaches us to be satisfied with answers which are not really answers at all.
Henry David Thoreau
If you have built castles in the air, your work need not be lost; that is where they should be. Now put the foundations under them.
The obsession with suicide is characteristic of the man who can neither live nor die, and whose attention never swerves from this double impossibility.
There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed.
A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.
Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity; and I'm not sure about the universe.
There is no better high than discovery.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Every day we should hear at least one little song, read one good poem, see one exquisite picture, and, if possible, speak a few sensible words.
No man's knowledge here can go beyond his experience.
Writing a story or a novel is one way of discovering sequence in experience, of stumbling upon cause and effect in the happenings of a writer's own life.
F. Scott Fitzgerald
You don't write because you want to say something, you write because you have something to say.
I don't know what's the matter with people: they don't learn by understanding, they learn by some other way — by rote or something. Their knowledge is so fragile!
Your battles inspired me - not the obvious material battles but those that were fought and won behind your forehead.
Nobody realizes that some people expend tremendous energy merely to be normal.
Cowards die many times before their deaths; the valiant never taste of death but once.
Forty is the old age of youth; fifty the youth of old age.
George W. Bush
You teach a child to read, and he or her will be able to pass a literacy test.
Half of the American people have never read a newspaper. Half never voted for
Writers are a little below clowns and a little above trained seals.
I would venture to guess that Anon, who wrote so many poems without signing them, was often a woman.
The means of defense against foreign danger historically have become the instruments of tyranny at home.
The real man smiles in trouble, gathers strength from distress, and grows brave by reflection.
It is through science that we prove, but through intuition that we discover.
It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife.
William F. Buckley Jr.
A Conservative is a fellow who is standing athwart history yelling ’Stop!’
Women. They are a complete mystery.
Keep your face always toward the sunshine - and shadows will fall behind you.
Arthur Conan Doyle
There is nothing more deceptive than an obvious fact.
A mind not to be changed by place or time. The mind is its own place, and in itself Can make a heav'n of hell, a hell of heav'n.
All our knowledge begins with the senses, proceeds then to the understanding, and ends with reason. There is nothing higher than reason.
A wise man should have money in his head, but not in his heart.
I count him braver who overcomes his desires than him who conquers his enemies; for the hardest victory is over self.
Reader, suppose you were an idiot. And suppose you were a member of Congress. But I repeat myself.
Hiding places there are innumerable, escape is only one, but possibilities of escape, again, are as many as hiding places.
Absence of evidence is not evidence of absence.
If there were no God, it would be necessary to invent him.
Disturbances in society are never more fearful than when those who are stirring up the trouble can use the pretext of religion to mask their true designs.
The more you can increase fear of drugs and crime, welfare mothers, immigrants and aliens, the more you control all the people.
Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn.
After your death you will be what you were before your birth.
Frederick the Great
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An educated people can be easily governed.
The whole dream of democracy is to raise the proletarian to the level of stupidity attained by the bourgeois.
To fear love is to fear life, and those who fear life are already three parts dead.
Edgar Allan Poe
The boundaries which divide Life from Death are at best shadowy and vague. Who shall say where the one ends, and where the other begins?
He is happy whom circumstances suit his temper; but he Is more excellent who suits his temper to any circumstance.
One can say of language that it is potentially the only human home, the only dwelling place that cannot be hostile to man.
James Anthony Froude
Experience teaches slowly, and at the cost of mistakes.
Man is not what he thinks he is, he is what he hides.
Be faithful to that which exists within yourself.
I may not have gone where I intended to go, but I think I have ended up where I needed to be.
Our deeds determine us, as much as we determine our deeds.
Bit by bit, at 124 and in the Clearing, along with others, she had claimed herself. Freeing yourself was one thing; claiming ownership of that freed self was another.
War is peace. Freedom is slavery. Ignorance is strength.
A writer needs three things, experience, observation, and imagination, any two of which, at times any one of which, can supply the lack of the others.
Elizabeth I of England
A clear and innocent conscience fears nothing.
I had nothing to offer anybody except my own confusion.
The world would be happier if men had the same capacity to be silent that they have to speak.
John Stuart Mill
He who knows only his own side of the case knows little of that.
A serious and good philosophical work could be written consisting entirely of jokes.
This most beautiful system of the sun, planets and comets, could only proceed from the counsel and dominion of an intelligent and powerful Being.
We need never be ashamed of our tears.
There are times when it is best to be content with what one has, so as not to lose everything.
The great use of life is to spend it for something that will outlast it.
Remember tonight... for it is the beginning of always
George Bernard Shaw
Progress is impossible without change, and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything.
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