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Chapter 7

Friedrich Nietzsche

One must still have chaos in oneself to be able to give birth to a dancing star. [1]

William Wordsworth

That best portion of a good man's life, His little, nameless, unremembered acts of kindness and of love. [2]

Samuel Beckett

Every word is like an unnecessary stain on silence and nothingness. [3]

Jean-Paul Satre

Man is condemned to be free; because once thrown into the world, he is responsible for everything he does. [4]

Umberto Eco

Nothing gives a fearful man more courage than another's fear. [5]

John Ruskin

The purest and most thoughtful minds are those which love colour the most. [6]

Gabriel García Márquez

It is not true that people stop pursuing dreams because they grow old, they grow old because they stop pursuing dreams. [7]

Fyodor Dostoyevsky

The soul is healed by being with children. [8]

Bill Maher

Suicide is man's way of telling God, "You can't fire me - I quit." [9]

Marcel Proust

The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new lands but seeing with new eyes. [10]

Christopher Hitchens

What can be asserted without evidence can also be dismissed without evidence. [11]

John Dewey

Education is not preparation for life; education is life itself. [12]

Flannery O'Connor

The truth does not change according to our ability to stomach it. [13]

Geoffrey Chaucer

The life so short, the crafts so long to learn. [14]

J.M. Barrie

To die will be an awfully big adventure. [15]

Alfred Tennyson

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. [16]

Jean-Jacques Rousseau

Man is born free and everywhere he is in chains. [17]

Adolf Hitler

Those who want to live, let them fight, and those who do not want to fight in this world of eternal struggle do not deserve to live. [18]

Leo Tolstoy

Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself. [19]

Oscar Wilde

I can resist everything except temptation. [20]

Henry James

Three things in human life are important: the first is to be kind; the second is to be kind; and the third is to be kind. [21]

Adam Smith

It is not from the benevolence of the butcher, the brewer, or the baker that we expect our dinner, but from their regard to their own interest. [22]

Joe Rogan

When someone comes along and expresses him or herself as freely as they think, people flock to it. They enjoy it. [23]

Thomas Sowell

Socialism in general has a record of failure so blatant that only an intellectual could ignore or evade it. [24]

Charles Darwin

A man who dares to waste one hour of time has not discovered the value of life. [25]

Richard Dawkins

We are all atheists about most of the gods that societies have ever believed in. Some of us just go one god further. [26]

Henry David Thoreau

Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have imagined. [27]

Emil Cioran

Chaos is rejecting all you have learned. Chaos is being yourself. [28]

Ernest Hemingway

The world breaks everyone, and afterward, some are strong at the broken places. [29]

Winston Churchill

Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm. [30]

Albert Einstein

Imagination is more important than knowledge. [31]

E.O. Wilson

Nature holds the key to our aesthetic, intellectual, cognitive and even spiritual satisfaction. [32]

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Whatever you can do or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it. [33]

John Locke

I have always thought the actions of men the best interpreters of their thoughts. [34]

Eudora Welty

All serious daring starts from within. [35]

F. Scott Fitzgerald

Show me a hero and I will write you a tragedy. [36]

Richard Feynman

For a successful technology, reality must take precedence over public relations, for Nature cannot be fooled. [37]

James Joyce

A man of genius makes no mistakes. His errors are volitional and are the portals of discovery. [38]

Albert Camus

In the depth of winter, I finally learned that within me there lay an invincible summer. [39]

William Shakespeare

Be not afraid of greatness: some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrust upon them. [40]

Victor Hugo

The supreme happiness of life is the conviction that we are loved. [41]

George W. Bush

Our enemies are innovative and resourceful, and so are we. They never stop thinking about new ways to harm our country and our people, and neither do we. [42]

Gore Vidal

Style is knowing who you are, what you want to say, and not giving a damn. [43]

John Steinbeck

Ideas are like rabbits. You get a couple and learn how to handle them, and pretty soon you have a dozen. [44]

Virginia Woolf

One cannot think well, love well, sleep well, if one has not dined well. [45]

James Madison

Knowledge will forever govern ignorance; and a people who mean to be their own governors must arm themselves with the power which knowledge gives. [46]

Thomas Paine

The harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph. [47]

Henri Poincare

Science is built up of facts, as a house is built of stones; but an accumulation of facts is no more a science than a heap of stones is a house. [48]

Jane Austen

The person, be it gentleman or lady, who has not pleasure in a good novel, must be intolerably stupid. [49]

William F. Buckley Jr.

Liberals claim to want to give a hearing to other views, but then are shocked and offended to discover that there are other views. [50]

Stephen Hawking

Life would be tragic if it weren't funny. [51]

Walt Whitman

Do I contradict myself? Very well then I contradict myself, (I am large, I contain multitudes.) [52]

Arthur Conan Doyle

Was this the face that launched a thousand ships, and burnt the topless towers of Ileum? [53]

John Milton

Death is the golden key that opens the palace of eternity. [54]

Immanuel Kant

Science is organized knowledge. Wisdom is organized life. [55]

Jonathan Swift

When a true genius appears in this world, you may know him by this sign, that the dunces are all in confederacy against him. [56]

Aristotle

We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit. [57]

Mark Twain

Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect. [58]

Franz Kafka

Youth is happy because it has the ability to see beauty. Anyone who keeps the ability to see beauty never grows old. [59]

Carl Sagan

Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known. [60]

Voltaire

Judge of a man by his questions rather than by his answers. [61]

Denis Diderot

Man will never be free until the last king is strangled with the entrails of the last priest. [62]

Noam Chomsky

Colorless green ideas sleep furiously. [63]

Benjamin Franklin

An investment in knowledge pays the best interest. [64]

Arthur Schopenhauer

Every man takes the limits of his own field of vision for the limits of the world. [65]

Frederick the Great

The greatest and noblest pleasure which men can have in this world is to discover new truths; and the next is to shake off old prejudices. [66]

Gustave Flaubert

To be stupid, selfish, and have good health are three requirements for happiness, though if stupidity is lacking, all is lost. [67]

Bertrand Russell

To conquer fear is the beginning of wisdom. [68]

Edgar Allan Poe

All that we see or seem is but a dream within a dream. [69]

David Hume

Beauty in things exists in the mind which contemplates them. [70]

James Anthony Froude

Wild animals never kill for sport. Man is the only one to whom the torture and death of his fellow creatures is amusing in itself. [71]

John Berger

Nakedness reveals itself. Nudity is placed on display. The nude is condemned to never being naked. Nudity is a form of dress. [72]

André Malraux

An art book is a museum without walls. [73]

André Gide

Man cannot discover new oceans unless he has the courage to lose sight of the shore. [74]

Douglas Adams

I love deadlines. I like the whooshing sound they make as they fly by. [75]

George Eliot

It is never too late to be what you might have been. [76]

Toni Morrison

If there is a book that you want to read, but it hasn't been written yet, you must be the one to write it. [77]

George Orwell

In a time of universal deceit - telling the truth is a revolutionary act. [78]

William Faulkner

Don't bother just to be better than your contemporaries or predecessors. Try to be better than yourself. [79]

Elizabeth I of England

I would rather be a beggar and single than a queen and married. [80]

Jack Kerouac

Whither goest thou, America, in thy shiny car in the night? [81]

Baruch Spinoza

Peace is not an absence of war, it is a virtue, a state of mind, a disposition for benevolence, confidence, justice. [82]

John Stuart Mill

One person with a belief is equal to a force of ninety-nine who have only interests. [83]

Ludwig Wittgenstein

The limits of my language mean the limits of my world. [84]

Isaac Newton

If I have seen further than others, it is by standing upon the shoulders of giants. [85]

Charles Dickens

No one is useless in this world who lightens the burdens of another. [86]

José Saramago

Inside us there is something that has no name, that something is what we are. [87]

William James

The greatest discovery of my generation is that a human being can alter his life by altering his attitudes. [88]

Dante Alighieri

There is no greater sorrow Than to be mindful of the happy time In misery. [89]

George Bernard Shaw

A life spent making mistakes is not only more honorable, but more useful than a life spent doing nothing. [90]

In Order of Appearance

Each chapter features the same authors in the same order! Different quotes.


  1. Friedrich Nietzsche - 12 ↩︎

  2. William Wordsworth - 63 ↩︎

  3. Samuel Beckett - 28 ↩︎

  4. Jean-Paul Satre - 202 ↩︎

  5. Umberto Eco - 390 ↩︎

  6. John Ruskin - 212 ↩︎

  7. Gabriel García Márquez - 24 ↩︎

  8. Fyodor Dostoyevsky - 13 ↩︎

  9. Bill Maher - 11 ↩︎

  10. Marcel Proust - 54 ↩︎

  11. Christopher Hitchens - 1 ↩︎

  12. John Dewey - 47 ↩︎

  13. Flannery O'Connor - 154 ↩︎

  14. Geoffrey Chaucer - 162 ↩︎

  15. J.M. Barrie - 186 ↩︎

  16. Alfred Tennyson - 73 ↩︎

  17. Jean-Jacques Rousseau - 205 ↩︎

  18. Adolf Hitler - 65 ↩︎

  19. Leo Tolstoy - 25 ↩︎

  20. Oscar Wilde - 56 ↩︎

  21. Henry James - 181 ↩︎

  22. Adam Smith - 19 ↩︎

  23. Joe Rogan - 46 ↩︎

  24. Thomas Sowell - 383 ↩︎

  25. Charles Darwin - 114 ↩︎

  26. Richard Dawkins - 2 ↩︎

  27. Henry David Thoreau - 180 ↩︎

  28. Emil Cioran - 146 ↩︎

  29. Ernest Hemingway - 22 ↩︎

  30. Winston Churchill - 400 ↩︎

  31. Albert Einstein - 69 ↩︎

  32. E.O. Wilson - 142 ↩︎

  33. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe - 15 ↩︎

  34. John Locke - 49 ↩︎

  35. Eudora Welty - 150 ↩︎

  36. F. Scott Fitzgerald - 152 ↩︎

  37. Richard Feynman - 58 ↩︎

  38. James Joyce - 14 ↩︎

  39. Albert Camus - 9 ↩︎

  40. William Shakespeare - 8 ↩︎

  41. Victor Hugo - 60 ↩︎

  42. George W. Bush - 167 ↩︎

  43. Gore Vidal - 170 ↩︎

  44. John Steinbeck - 215 ↩︎

  45. Virginia Woolf - 393 ↩︎

  46. James Madison - 193 ↩︎

  47. Thomas Paine - 382 ↩︎

  48. Henri Poincare - 179 ↩︎

  49. Jane Austen - 44 ↩︎

  50. William F. Buckley Jr. - 397 ↩︎

  51. Stephen Hawking - 59 ↩︎

  52. Walt Whitman - 394 ↩︎

  53. Arthur Conan Doyle - 88 ↩︎

  54. John Milton - 50 ↩︎

  55. Immanuel Kant - 42 ↩︎

  56. Jonathan Swift - 52 ↩︎

  57. Aristotle - 31 ↩︎

  58. Mark Twain - 26 ↩︎

  59. Franz Kafka - 23 ↩︎

  60. Carl Sagan - 20 ↩︎

  61. Voltaire - 61 ↩︎

  62. Denis Diderot - 36 ↩︎

  63. Noam Chomsky - 4 ↩︎

  64. Benjamin Franklin - 99 ↩︎

  65. Arthur Schopenhauer - 91 ↩︎

  66. Frederick the Great - 158 ↩︎

  67. Gustave Flaubert - 175 ↩︎

  68. Bertrand Russell - 10 ↩︎

  69. Edgar Allan Poe - 21 ↩︎

  70. David Hume - 35 ↩︎

  71. James Anthony Froude - 190 ↩︎

  72. John Berger - 206 ↩︎

  73. André Malraux - 76 ↩︎

  74. André Gide - 75 ↩︎

  75. Douglas Adams - 37 ↩︎

  76. George Eliot - 164 ↩︎

  77. Toni Morrison - 387 ↩︎

  78. George Orwell - 40 ↩︎

  79. William Faulkner - 62 ↩︎

  80. Elizabeth I of England - 145 ↩︎

  81. Jack Kerouac - 187 ↩︎

  82. Baruch Spinoza - 98 ↩︎

  83. John Stuart Mill - 51 ↩︎

  84. Ludwig Wittgenstein - 53 ↩︎

  85. Isaac Newton - 43 ↩︎

  86. Charles Dickens - 6 ↩︎

  87. José Saramago - 219 ↩︎

  88. William James - 398 ↩︎

  89. Dante Alighieri - 127 ↩︎

  90. George Bernard Shaw - 163 ↩︎