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He who has a why to live can bear almost any how.
For I have learned to look on nature, not as in the hour of thoughtless youth, but hearing oftentimes the still, sad music of humanity.
The tears of the world are a constant quantity. For each one who begins to weep somewhere else another stops. The same is true of the laugh.
Life begins on the other side of despair.
Translation is the art of failure.
Remember that the most beautiful things in the world are the most useless; peacocks and lilies for instance.
Gabriel García Márquez
I don't believe in God, but I'm afraid of Him.
Much unhappiness has come into the world because of bewilderment and things left unsaid.
The Bible looks like it started out as a game of Mad Libs.
Illness is the doctor to whom we pay most heed; to kindness, to knowledge, we make promise only; pain we obey.
Well, we can't say any more than we can say there is no god, there is no afterlife. We can only say there is no persuasive evidence for or argument for it.
Skepticism: the mark and even the pose of the educated mind.
Conviction without experience makes for harshness.
Women desire six things: They want their husbands to be brave, wise, rich, generous, obedient to wife, and lively in bed.
Life is a long lesson in humility.
Hope smiles on the threshold of the year to come, whispering that it will be happier.
Nature never deceives us; it is we who deceive ourselves.
All propaganda has to be popular and has to accommodate itself to the comprehension of the least intelligent of those whom it seeks to reach.
We can know only that we know nothing. And that is the highest degree of human wisdom.
Be yourself; everyone else is already taken
The only reason for the existence of a novel is that it does attempt to represent life.
Wherever there is great property, there is great inequality... for one very rich man, there must be at least five hundred poor.
If you can lie, you can act, and if you can lie to crazy girlfriends, you can act under pressure.
Freedom has cost too much blood and agony to be relinquished at the cheap price of rhetoric.
I have called this principle, by which, each slight variation, if useful, is preserved, by the term of Natural Selection.
The essence of life is statistical improbability on a colossal scale.
Henry David Thoreau
It's not what you look at that matters, it's what you see.
Consciousness is much more than the thorn, it is the dagger in the flesh.
There is nothing noble in being superior to your fellow man; true nobility is being superior to your former self.
History will be kind to me for I intend to write it.
The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and science.
To the extent that philosophical positions both confuse us and close doors to further inquiry, they are likely to be wrong.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
I love those who yearn for the impossible.
Education begins the gentleman, but reading, good company and reflection must finish him.
To imagine yourself inside another person... is what a storywriter does in every piece of work; it is his first step, and his last too, I suppose.
F. Scott Fitzgerald
All good writing is swimming under water and holding your breath.
I believe that a scientist looking at nonscientific problems is just as dumb as the next guy.
Writing in English is the most ingenious torture ever devised for sins committed in previous lives.
What is a rebel? A man who says no.
Life ... is a tale Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, Signifying nothing.
To learn to read is to light a fire; every syllable that is spelled out is a spark.
George W. Bush
Every nation in every region now has a decision to make. Either you are with us, or you are with the terrorists.
There is no human problem which could not be solved if people would simply do as I advise.
The writer must believe that what he is doing is the most important thing in the world. And he must hold to this illusion even when he knows it is not true.
As a woman I have no country. As a woman my country is the whole world.
No nation could preserve its freedom in the midst of continual warfare.
We have it in our power to begin the world over again.
The mind uses its faculty for creativity only when experience forces it to do so.
Ah! There is nothing like staying at home, for real comfort.
William F. Buckley Jr.
The more complicated and powerful the job, the more rudimentary the preparation for it.
Not only does God play dice, but... he sometimes throws them where they cannot be seen.
Behold I do not give lectures or a little charity,
Arthur Conan Doyle
Above our life we love a steadfast friend.
A good book is the precious lifeblood of a master spirit, embalmed and treasured up on purpose to a life beyond life.
By a lie, a man... annihilates his dignity as a man.
The best doctors in the world are Doctor Diet, Doctor Quiet, and Doctor Merryman.
The educated differ from the uneducated as much as the living from the dead.
Clothes make the man. Naked people have little or no influence on society.
The meaning of life is that it stops.
Science is not only compatible with spirituality; it is a profound source of spirituality.
It is forbidden to kill; therefore all murderers are punished unless they kill in large numbers and to the sound of trumpets.
There is only one passion, the passion for happiness.
Wanton killing of innocent civilians is terrorism, not a war against terrorism.
By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.
Wealth is like sea-water; the more we drink, the thirstier we become; and the same is true of fame.
Frederick the Great
It seems to me that man is made to act rather than to know: the principles of things escape our most persevering researches.
Our ignorance of history causes us to slander our own times.
The time you enjoy wasting is not wasted time.
Edgar Allan Poe
I wish I could write as mysterious as a cat.
The life of man is of no greater importance to the universe than that of an oyster.
The envied are like bureaucrats; the more impersonal they are, the greater the illusion (for themselves and for others) of their power.
James Anthony Froude
Human improvement is from within outward.
Always, however brutal an age may actually have been, its style transmits its music only.
The color of truth is gray.
It is a mistake to think you can solve any major problems just with potatoes.
Animals are such agreeable friends - they ask no questions, they pass no criticisms.
Love is or it ain't. Thin love ain't love at all.
Every generation imagines itself to be more intelligent than the one that went before it, and wiser than the one that comes after it.
I never know what I think about something until I read what I've written on it.
Elizabeth I of England
If thy heart fails thee, climb not at all.
Great things are not accomplished by those who yield to trends and fads and popular opinion.
Be not astonished at new ideas; for it is well known to you that a thing does not therefore cease to be true because it is not accepted by many.
John Stuart Mill
That so few now dare to be eccentric, marks the chief danger of the time.
If people never did silly things nothing intelligent would ever get done.
To myself I am only a child playing on the beach, while vast oceans of truth lie undiscovered before me.
There are books of which the backs and covers are by far the best parts.
Americans have discovered fear.
The greatest weapon against stress is our ability to choose one thought over another.
Beauty awakens the soul to act.
George Bernard Shaw
The people who get on in this world are the people who get up and look for the circumstances they want and if they can't find them, make them.
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