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Without music, life would be a mistake.
Poetry is the spontaneous overflow of powerful feelings: it takes its origin from emotion recollected in tranquility.
Nothing is funnier than unhappiness, I grant you that. Yes, yes, it's the most comical thing in the world.
Everything has been figured out, except how to live.
Books are not made to be believed, but to be subjected to inquiry.
All books are divisible into two classes, the books of the hour, and the books of all time.
Gabriel García Márquez
Always remember that the most important thing in a good marriage is not happiness, but stability.
The greatest happiness is to know the source of unhappiness.
Men are only as loyal as their options.
Everything great in the world comes from neurotics. They alone have founded our religions and composed our masterpieces.
I don't think the war in Afghanistan was ruthlessly enough waged.
We only think when we are confronted with problems.
Everywhere I go, I'm asked if the universities stifle writers. My opinion is that they don't stifle enough of them.
And gladly wolde he lerne, and gladly teche.
The life of every man is a diary in which he means to write one story, and writes another.
There lives more faith in honest doubt, believe me, than in half the creeds.
Free people, remember this maxim: we may acquire liberty, but it is never recovered if it is once lost.
Demoralize the enemy from within by surprise, terror, sabotage, assassination. This is the war of the future.
Truth, like gold, is to be obtained not by its growth, but by washing away from it all that is not gold.
To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people exist, that is all.
I adore adverbs; they are the only qualifications I really much respect.
With the greater part of rich people, the chief enjoyment of riches consists in the parade of riches.
Never stay in a bad marriage, and don't hang around with psycho coke fiends.
The big divide in this country is not between Democrats and Republicans, or women and men, but between talkers and doers.
A scientific man ought to have no wishes, no affections, - a mere heart of stone.
Personally, I rather look forward to a computer program winning the world chess championship. Humanity needs a lesson in humility.
Henry David Thoreau
Aim above morality. Be not simply good, be good for something.
Speech and silence. We feel safer with a madman who talks than with one who cannot open his mouth.
Courage is grace under pressure.
To improve is to change; to be perfect is to change often.
The significant problems we have cannot be solved at the same level of thinking with which we created them.
True character arises from a deeper well than religion.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Magic is believing in yourself, if you can do that, you can make anything happen.
What worries you, masters you.
The events in our lives happen in a sequence in time, but in their significance to ourselves they find their own order the continuous thread of revelation.
F. Scott Fitzgerald
Everybody's youth is a dream, a form of chemical madness.
I was born not knowing and have had only a little time to change that here and there.
History, Stephen said, is a nightmare from which I am trying to awake.
You know what charm is: a way of getting the answer yes without having asked any clear question.
If music be the food of love, play on.
Have courage for the great sorrows of life and patience for the small ones; and when you have laboriously accomplished your daily task, go to sleep in peace.
George W. Bush
We will not tire, we will not falter, and we will not fail.
President. One hopes it is the same half.
The profession of book writing makes horse racing seem like a solid, stable business.
The eyes of others our prisons; their thoughts our cages.
The essence of Government is power; and power, lodged as it must be in human hands, will ever be liable to abuse.
Those who expect to reap the blessings of freedom must, like men, undergo the fatigue of supporting it.
Thought is only a flash between two long nights, but this flash is everything.
To be fond of dancing was a certain step towards falling in love.
William F. Buckley Jr.
There is an inverse relationship between reliance on the state and self-reliance.
I have no idea. People who boast about their IQ are losers.
I celebrate myself, and sing myself.
Arthur Conan Doyle
O, thou art fairer than the evening air clad in the beauty of a thousand stars.
He who reigns within himself and rules his passions, desires, and fears is more than a king.
Seek not the favor of the multitude; it is seldom got by honest and lawful means. But seek the testimony of few; and number not voices, but weigh them.
Satire is a sort of glass, wherein beholders do generally discover everybody's face but their own.
The roots of education are bitter, but the fruit is sweet.
Always do right. This will gratify some people and astonish the rest.
The history of mankind is the instant between two strides taken by a traveler.
We're made of star stuff. We are a way for the cosmos to know itself.
Appreciation is a wonderful thing: It makes what is excellent in others belong to us as well.
Pithy sentences are like sharp nails which force truth upon our memory.
If the Nuremberg laws were applied, then every post-war American president would have been hanged.
Well done is better than well said.
The two enemies of human happiness are pain and boredom.
Frederick the Great
Rogues, would you live forever?
You can calculate the worth of a man by the number of his enemies, and the importance of a work of art by the harm that is spoken of it.
I would never die for my beliefs because I might be wrong.
Edgar Allan Poe
Deep into that darkness peering, long I stood there, wondering, fearing, doubting, dreaming dreams no mortal ever dared to dream before.
Generally speaking, the errors in religion are dangerous; those in philosophy only ridiculous.
Ours is the century of enforced travel of disappearances. The century of people helplessly seeing others, who were close to them, disappear over the horizon.
James Anthony Froude
In everyday things the law of sacrifice takes the form of positive duty.
There is always a need for intoxication: China has opium, Islam has hashish, the West has woman.
Only those things are beautiful which are inspired by madness and written by reason.
Flying is learning how to throw yourself at the ground and miss.
Jealousy is never satisfied with anything short of an omniscience that would detect the subtlest fold of the heart.
As you enter positions of trust and power, dream a little before you think.
Political language. . . is designed to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable, and to give an appearance of solidity to pure wind.
We must be free not because we claim freedom, but because we practice it.
Elizabeth I of England
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God forgive you, but I never can.
A pain stabbed my heart, as it did every time I saw a girl I loved who was going the opposite direction in this too-big world.
If you want the present to be different from the past, study the past.
John Stuart Mill
Whatever crushes individuality is despotism, by whatever name it may be called and whether it professes to be enforcing the will of God or the injunctions of men.
I don't know why we are here, but I'm pretty sure that it is not in order to enjoy ourselves.
To every action there is always opposed an equal reaction.
A wonderful fact to reflect upon, that every human creature is constituted to be that profound secret and mystery to every other.
Perhaps it is the language that chooses the writers it needs, making use of them so that each might express a tiny part of what it is.
The deepest principle in human nature is the craving to be appreciated.
The darkest places in hell are reserved for those who maintain their neutrality in times of moral crisis.
George Bernard Shaw
The single biggest problem in communication is the illusion that it has taken place.
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