The Remains of Venustiano Carranza, President of Mexico

Art is My Trout

Venustiano Carranza, President of Mexico
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"The surest way to make a monkey out of a man is to quote him." - Robert Benchley

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"Let us begin by committing ourselves to the truth, to see it like it is and to tell it like it is, to find the truth, to speak the truth and live with the truth. That's what we'll do." - Richard Nixon

“Words form the thread on which we string our experiences.” - Aldous Huxley

“Every man is a volume if you know how to read him.” - William Ellery Channing

“Other men are lenses through which we read our own minds.” - Ralph Waldo Emerson

“What is reading, but silent conversation.” - Walter Savage Landor

“He will always be a slave who does not know how to live upon a little.” – Horace

"The unexamined life is not worth living" - Socrates

“Few people think more than two or three times a year. I've made an international reputation for myself by thinking once or twice a week.” - George Bernard Shaw

"I never set out to hurt anybody deliberately unless it was, you know, important." - Dick Butkus

“I don't necessarily agree with everything I say.” - Marshall McLuhan

“I may not always be right, but I am never wrong.” – Samuel Goldwyn

"A telic motivation starts with isolating a need and then feeling anxious about resolving it." - James B Twitchell

"Think what you will, laugh if you like,
It don't make no difference to me." - Steve Forbert

“Flattery won't hurt you if you don't swallow it.” - Kin Hubbard

"All this criticism - it's like ducks off my back." - Samuel Goldwyn

"Honest criticism is hard to take, particularly from a relative, a friend, an acquaintance, or a stranger." - Franklin P. Jones

"See the man with the stagefright,
Standing up with all his might.
He got stuck in the spotlight." - The Band

“The eyes of others our prisons; their thoughts our cages.” – Virginia Woolf


"Man is so made that he can only find relaxation from one kind of labor by taking up another." - Anatole France

"Boredom is a great motivator." - Uma Thurman

“It is impossible to enjoy idling unless one has plenty of work to do.” - Jerome K. Jerome

"One of the symptoms of an approaching nervous breakdown is the belief that one's work is terribly important." - Bertrand Russell

“There is also this benefit in brag, that the speaker is unconsciously expressing his own ideal. Humor him by all means, draw it all out, and hold him to it.” - Ralph Waldo Emerson

"I had an inkling of some subtle spark to which his tardigrade pace served as the perfect foil." - Thomas J McCarthy

"From elephant turds, it molds food balls, which it rolls backward across the veld by standing on its head and kicking manically with its heels." - Rob Nixon

“Don't ask me who's influenced me. A lion is made up of the lambs he's digested, and I've been reading all my life.” - Giorgos Seferis

"So difficult it is to show the various meanings and imperfections of words when we have nothing else but words to do it with." – John Locke

“It is often forgotten that [dictionaries] are artificial repositories, put together well after the languages they define. The roots of language are irrational and of a magical nature.” - Jorge Luis Borges

“A language is never in a state of fixation, but is always changing; we are not looking at a lantern-slide but at a moving picture.” -Andrew Lloyd James

“Words are the only things that last forever; they are more durable than the eternal hills.” - William Hazlitt

"The whole business is built on ego, vanity, self-satisfaction, and it's total crap to pretend it's not." - George Michael

“I'm saying there's something underfoot here, something calculated; a charade, a clever ruse, a MacGuffin, if you will.” - Tony Kornheiser

“A writer is somebody for whom writing is more difficult than it is for other people.” - Thomas Mann

“Substitute ‘damn’ every time you're inclined to write ‘very’; your editor will delete it and the writing will be just as it should be.” -Mark Twain

“The best writing is rewriting.” - E.B. White

“You have to hold your audience in writing to the very end - much more than in talking, when people have to be polite and listen to you.” - Brenda Ueland

“I know what I have given you. I do not know what you have received.” - Antonio Porchia

"It's splendid to be a great writer, to put men into the frying pan of your imagination and make them pop like chestnuts." - Gustave Flaubert

"Why does a novelist turn to history? Commonly it is for a new wealth of verifiable particulars, a ready supply of the circumstantial details that promise to make fiction probable." - John Mullan

"It is not so much that writing provided an escape from the perils of the Revolution, but rather that the Revolution afforded a distraction from his inward soul-wrestling and austere studies and perpetual susceptibility to the lure of an easeful quietus." - Andy Martin

"Words are a mirror of their times. By looking at the areas in which the vocabulary of a language is expanding fastest in a given period, we can form a fairly accurate impression of the chief preoccupations of society at that time." - John Ayto

“If there be time to expose through discussion the falsehood and the fallacies, to avert the evil by the processes of education, the remedy to be applied is more speech, not enforced silence.” - Louis Dembitz Brandeis

"Every reader finds himself. The writer's work is merely a kind of optical instrument that makes it possible for the reader to discern what, without this book, he would perhaps never have seen in himself." - Marcel Proust

“There are books in which the footnotes or comments scrawled by some reader's hand in the margin are more interesting that the text. The world is one of these books.” - George Santayana

"Writers are always selling somebody out." - Joan Didion

“I never desire to converse with a man who has written more than he has read.” - Samuel Johnson

“I don't mind that you think slowly but I do mind that you are publishing faster than you think.” - Wolfgang Pauli

“The instruction we find in books is like fire. We fetch it from our neighbours, kindle it at home, communicate it to others, and it becomes the property of all.” – Voltaire

“A book lying idle on a shelf is wasted ammunition. Like money, books must be kept in constant circulation. Lend and borrow to the maximum.” – Henry Miller

“The world of books is the most remarkable creation of man. Nothing else that he builds ever lasts. Monuments fall; nations perish; civilizations grow old and die out; and, after an era of darkness, new races build others.” -Clarence Day

"You think your pains and heartbreaks are unprecedented in the history of the world, but then you read. It was books that taught me that the things that tormented me were the very things that connected me with all the people who were alive, or who have ever been alive." - James Baldwin

“Each has his past shut in him like the leaves of a book known to him by heart and his friends can only read the title.” - Virginia Woolf

“One of the hardest things in life is having words in your heart that you can't utter.” - James Earl Jones

“To know how to say what others only know how to think is what makes men poets or sages; and to dare to say what others only dare to think makes men martyrs or reformers- or both.” - Elizabeth Charles

“During times of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act.” - George Orwell

“It is difficult to get the news from poems yet men die miserably every day for lack of what is found there.” - William Carlos Williams

“Work on good prose has three steps: a musical stage when it is composed, an architectonic one when it is built, and a textile one when it is woven.” - Walter Benjamin

“Writers, like teeth, are divided into incisors and grinders.” - Walter Bagehot

“The great enemy of clear language is insincerity.” - George Orwell

"There is no surer way to misread any document than to read it literally." - Learned Hand

"One glance at a book and you hear the voice of another person, perhaps someone dead for 1,000 years. To read is to voyage through time." - Carl Sagan

"Life is like a library owned by an author. In it are a few books which he wrote himself, but most of them were written for him." - Harry Emerson Fosdick

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"I am aware that there are no sleek pacers here, only scrofulous jugheads, square-gaiters with more fur on them than the coats on the society dames on the Via Veneto back in Rome." - Jeff Wells

“There are only two kinds of men: the righteous who believe themselves sinners; the sinners who believe themselves righteous.” - Blaise Pascal

"Underminers, half-steppers, gossips and goldbricks were not tolerated on his watch." - Thomas Boswell

“Never imagine yourself not to be otherwise than what it might appear to others that what you were or might have been was not otherwise than what you had been would have appeared to them to be otherwise.” – Lewis Caroll

“The world is a looking glass, and gives back to every man the reflection of his own face.” - William Makepeace Thackeray

"I hate mankind, for I think myself one of the best of them, and I know how bad I am." - Samuel Johnson

“If you give me six lines written by the most honest man, I will find something in them to hang him.” - Cardinal Richelieu

“What a strange machine man is! You fill him with bread, wine, fish, and radishes, and out comes sighs, laughter, and dreams.” - Nikos Kazantzakis

"At bottom, every man knows perfectly well that he is a unique being, only once on this earth; and by no extraordinary chance will such a marvelously picturesque piece of diversity in unity as he is, ever be put together a second time." - Friedrich Nietzsche

"The trouble with the world is that the stupid are cocksure and the intelligent are full of doubt." - Bertrand Russell

“We confess our little faults to persuade people that we have no large ones.” - Francois de La Rochefoucauld

“Why does no one confess his sins? Because he is yet in them. It is for a man who has awoke from sleep to tell his dreams.” - Lucius Annaeus Seneca


"We are what we pretend to be." - Kurt Vonnegut

"I would rather be right than president." - Henry Clay

“Silence will save me from being wrong (and foolish), but it will also deprive me of the possibility of being right.” - Igor Stravinsky

“I do not feel obliged to believe that the same God who has endowed us with sense, reason, and intellect has intended us to forgo their use.” - Galileo Galilei

"When every artless bosom throbs with truth,
Untaught by worldly wisdom how to feign
And check each impulse with prudential rein." - George Gordon Byron

"No humorist laughs at his own wheeze: A snuff-box has no right to sneeze." - Keith Preston

“Think not those faithful who praise all thy words and actions; but those who kindly reprove thy faults.” – Socrates

“He that wrestles with us strengthens our nerves, and sharpens our skill. Our antagonist is our helper.” - Edmund Burke

“Best they honor thee Who honor in thee only what is best.” - William Watson

“Those who failed to oppose me, who readily agreed with me, accepted all my views, and yielded easily to my opinions, were those who did me the most injury, and were my worst enemies, because, by surrendering to me so easily, they encouraged me to go too far. I was then too powerful for any man, except myself, to injure me.” - Napoleon Bonaparte

“He who would make his own liberty secure must guard even his enemy from oppression; for if he violates this duty he establishes a precedent that will reach to himself.” - Thomas Paine

"I'm mad as hell and I'm not going to take it any more." - Paddy Chayevsky

“Too much sanity may be madness. And maddest of all, to see life as it is and not as it should be!” - Miguel de Cervantes

"Let us have madness openly, O men
Of my generation. Let us follow
The footsteps of this slaughtered age." - Kenneth Patchen

"With madness, as with vomit, it's the passer-by who recieves the inconvenience." - Joe Orton

“Anybody who goes to a psychiatrist ought to have his head examined.” – Samuel Goldwyn


"Why deny the obvious child?" - Paul Simon

“A man's style in any art should be like his dress - it should attract as little attention as possible.” - Samuel Butler

“I used to think that the brain was the most wonderful organ in my body. Then I realized who was telling me this.” - Emo Phillips

"In terms of eudemonia, you might say that we have been supremely blessed. Our demons have been very good to us indeed." - Richard Philp

"Open up the broken cup, let goodly sin and sunshine in." - Nick Drake

"Never kick a fresh turd on a hot day" - Harry S. Truman

"'Tain't very sanitary." - Spike Jones


“I can verify that camels are, indeed, retromingent.” - Sally Bixby Defty

"The only real education comes from what goes counter to you" - Andre Gide

“I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived.” - Henry David Thoreau

“If I am walking with two other men, each of them will serve as my teacher. I will pick out the good points of the one and imitate them, and the bad points of the other and correct them in myself.” – Confucius

“Black holes are where God divided by zero.” - Steven Wright

"By way of background: Kyrgyzstan is an actual nation located in the Western Hemisphere. Or possibly the Eastern Hemisphere. It's definitely in a hemisphere. Why are we interested in this? Certainly it is not because we are juvenile wisenheimers who think these names sound funny." - Dave Barry

“Try to learn something about everything and everything about something.” - Thomas Henry Huxley

"Did you know that sponges were zoophytes, or that they had domestic lives as complicated as any soap opera character's?" - Philip Herter

"You cannot be wise without some basis of knowledge, but you may easily acquire knowledge and remain bare of wisdom." - Alfred North Whitehead

"We are an intelligent species and the use of our intelligence quite properly gives us pleasure. In this respect the brain is like a muscle. When it is in use we feel very good. Understanding is joyous." - Carl Sagan

“Knowing ignorance is strength; ignoring knowledge is sickness.” – Lao-Tzu

"All men by nature desire to know" - Aristotle

"In a time of drastic change it is the learners who inherit the future. The learned usually find themselves equipped to live in a world that no longer exists." - Eric Hoffer

“Rewards and punishments are the lowest form of education.” - Chuang-Tzu

“What a child doesn't receive he can seldom later give.” - P.D. James

“Too many parents make life hard for their children by trying, too zealously, to make it easy for them.” - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

“If you want your children to turn out well, spend twice as much time with them, and half as much money.” - Abigail Van Buren

“The mind is but a barren soil; a soil which is soon exhausted, and will produce no crop, or only one, unless it be continually fertilized and enriched with foreign matter.” - Joshua Reynolds

“Let early education be a sort of amusement, you will then better be able to find out the natural bent of the child.” - Plato

“If we had paid no more attention to our plants than we have to our children, we would now be living in a jungle of weed.” - Luther Burbank

“To endure is the first thing that a child ought to learn, and that which he will have the most need to know.” - Jean-Jacques Rousseau

“A teacher who is attempting to teach, without inspiring the pupil with a desire to learn, is hammering on a cold iron.” - Horace Mann

"Not to know what happened before one was born is always to be a child" - Cicero

"Many ideas grow better when transplanted into another mind than in the one where they sprang up." - Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.

“Learning is acquired by reading books; but the much more necessary learning, the knowledge of the world, is only to be acquired by reading man, and studying all the various editions of them.” - Philip Dormer

"Home is not where you live but where they understand you." - Christion Morgenstern

“The wise are instructed by reason, average minds by experience, the stupid by necessity and the brute by instinct.” - Marcus Tullius Cicero

“Many highly intelligent people are poor thinkers. Many people of average intelligence are skilled thinkers. The power of the car is separate from the way the car is driven.” - Edward De Bono

“No matter how far you have gone on the wrong road, turn back.” – Turkish proverb

“The man who strikes first admits that his ideas have given out.” - Chinese proverb

“A faith that cannot survive collision with the truth is not worth many regrets.” - Arthur C. Clarke

“A man should never be ashamed to own he has been in the wrong, which is but saying, in other words, that he is wiser today than he was yesterday.” - Alexander Pope

“Everyone wishes to have truth on his side, but not everyone wishes to be on the side of truth.” - Richard Whately

“Sane and rational people have been willing to overlook the obvious and believe the most preposterous things, rather than face the truth.” - Taipei Times

“The whole problem with the world is that fools and fanatics are always so certain of themselves, and wiser people so full of doubts.” - Bertrand Russell

“Ignorance more frequently begets confidence than does knowledge.” - Charles Darwin

“Too often we enjoy the comfort of opinion without the discomfort of thought.” - John F. Kennedy

“A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds, adored by little statesmen and philosophers and divines.” - Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Facts do not cease to exist because they are ignored” - Aldous Huxley

“The tears of strangers are only water.” - Russian proverb

“Tears are not arguments.” - Machado de Assis

“You have not converted a man because you have silenced him.” - John Morley

“He who establishes his argument by noise and command, shows that his reason is weak.” - Michel De Montaigne

“The aim of an argument or discussion should not be victory, but progress.” - Joseph Joubert

“If a man will begin with certainties, he shall end in doubts; but if he will be content to begin with doubts, he shall end in certainties.” - Francis Bacon

“The same high power of reason, intent in every one to explore and display some truth of law, deduced by construction, perhaps, or by illation.” - Rufus Choate

"You can't be a rationalist in an irrational world. It isn't rational." - Joe Orton

“No, no, you're not thinking, you're just being logical.” - Niels Bohr

“In a pond koi can reach lengths of eighteen inches. Amazingly, when placed in a lake, koi can grow to three feet long. The metaphor is obvious. You are limited by how you see the world.” - Vince Poscente

“Nothing is more dangerous than an idea when it's the only one you have.” - Emile Chartier

“What you get out depends on what you put in; and as the grandest mill in the world will not extract wheat-flour from peascods, so pages of formulae will not get a definite result out of loose data.” – Thomas Henry Huxley


“As regards intellectual work, it remains a fact, indeed, that great decisions in the realms of thought and momentous discoveries and solutions of problems are only possible to an individual working in solitude.” - Sigmund Freud

"In questions of science, the authority of a thousand is not worth the humble reasoning of a single individual." - Galileo Galilei

"Unthinking respect for authority is the greatest enemy of truth." - Albert Einstein

“In science it often happens that scientists say, ‘You know that's a really good argument; my position is mistaken,’ and then they would actually change their minds and you never hear that old view from them again. They really do it. It doesn't happen as often as it should, because scientists are human and change is sometimes painful. But it happens every day. I cannot recall the last time something like that happened in politics or religion.” - Carl Sagan

“It is a capital mistake to theorize before one has data. Insensibly one begins to twist facts to suit theories, instead of theories to suit facts.” - Arthur Conan Doyle

“If you torture data sufficiently, it will confess to almost anything.” – Fred Menger

“The folly of mistaking a paradox for a discovery, a metaphor for a proof, a torrent of verbiage for a spring of capital truths, and oneself for an oracle, is inborn in us.” - Paul Valery

“Authority without wisdom is like a heavy axe without an edge: fitter to bruise than polish.” - Anne Bradstreet

“Men are wise in proportion, not to their experience, but to their capacity for experience.” - George Bernard Shaw

"It takes a wise man to recognize a wise man." - Xenophanes

"Growth in wisdom can be measured precisely by decline in bile." - Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche

“It is always the secure who are humble.” - G.K. Chesterton

“Whenever you're called on to make up your mind,
And you're hampered by not having any,
The best way to solve the dilemma, you'll find,
Is simply by spinning a penny.
No - not so that chance shall decide the affair
While you're passively standing there moping;
But the moment the penny is up in the air,
You suddenly know what you're hoping.” - Piet Hein

“The function of the imagination is not to make strange things settled, so much as to make settled things strange.” - G.K. Chesterton

“He who has imagination without learning has wings and no feet.” - Joseph Joubert

“The charm, one might say the genius of memory, is that it is choosy, chancy and temperamental; it rejects the edifying cathedral and indelibly photographs the small boy outside, chewing a hunk of melon in the dust.” - Elizabeth Bowen

“Always aim at complete harmony of thought and word and deed. Always aim at purifying your thoughts and everything will be well.” – Mahatma Gandhi

“Be thou the first true merit to befriend, his praise is lost who stays till all commend.” - Alexander Pope

“Labor to keep alive in your breast that little spark of celestial fire called conscience.” - George Washington

“When you have only two pennies left in the world, buy a loaf of bread with one, and a lily with the other.” - Chinese proverb

"There's too many women and not enough wine.
Too many poets and not enough rhyme.
Too many glasses and not enough time.
Draw your own conclusions." - Procol Harum

“Every cask smells of the wine it contains.” - Spanish proverb

"You must always keep abreast of other tongues." - Batman\

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"The sea refuses no river; no pecking code respected for the damned." - Pete Townshend

“May your trails be crooked, winding, lonesome, dangerous, leading to the most amazing view. May your mountains rise into and above the clouds.” - Edward Abbey

"The path to Hades is the same from every place." - Anaxagoras

"There are no differences of degree between degrees of difference and no difference" - William James

"We say English; they say language arts. There are some resemblances between the two tongues, and `The Expository Mode of Discourse' warns against overdoing the conjunctions - a betise technically known, apparently, as an `on and on' - and tells us that the run-on sentence is still regarded as serious error." - James Gill

"Brains are an asset, if you hide them" - Mae West

"The truth is that hypercorrection isn't grammar's coup de grace. We all do it occasionally; here's how: Fear of the objective case. This comes as a shock to we (should be `us') people who care about grammar, but between you and I (should be `me'), hypercorrection is quite common." - Rob Kyff


“To do nothing is sometimes a good remedy.” – Hippocrates

“The rung of a ladder was never meant to rest upon, but only to hold a man's foot long enough to enable him to put the other somewhat higher.” - Thomas Henry Huxley

“Do not pray for tasks equal to your powers; pray for powers equal to your tasks.” - Phillips Brooks

"Never bear more than one trouble at a time. Some people bear three kinds - all they have had, all they have now, and all they expect to have." - Edward Everett Hale

“It is surprising what a man can do when he has to, and how little most men will do when they don't have to.” - Walter Linn

“Life without industry is guilt, industry without art is brutality.” - John Ruskin

"Rise early. Work late. Strike oil." - J. Paul Getty

"Never eat at a place called Mom's. Never play cards with a man named Doc. And never lie down with a woman who's got more troubles than you." - Nelson Algren

“Never spend your money before you have it.” - Thomas Jefferson

"Gamble a little, that's all you lose" - Starland Vocal Band


"Does it matter what I do, is there anyone to say?
Does it matter what I do, is there any other way?" - Ten Years After

"The body is a house of many windows: there we all sit, showing ourselves and crying on the passers-by to come and love us." - Robert Louis Stevenson

"Un-slumping yourself is not easily done." - Dr. Seuss

"Sweet are the uses of adversity, which like the toad, ugly and venemous, wears yet a precious jewel in his head." - William Shakespeare

“Remember that there is nothing stable in human affairs; therefore avoid undue elation in prosperity, or undue depression in adversity.” – Socrates

“Prosperity is not without many fears and distastes; and adversity is not without comforts and hopes.” - Francis Bacon

“Men can only be happy when they do not assume that the object of life is happiness.” – George Orwell

“Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success.” - Albert Schweitzer
“A person is never happy except at the price of some ignorance.” – Anatole France

“Being rich is having money; being wealthy is having time.” - Stephen Swid

“The fact that a believer is happier than a skeptic is no more to the point than the fact than a drunken man is happier than a sober one.” – George Bernard Shaw

"Three grand essentials to happiness in this life are something to do, something to love, and something to hope for." - Joseph Addison

"Nor to have worked with patient brain
In senate or in mart,
To have gained the meed which those attain
Who have played their part, -
Effort is fair, success is sweet,
But leave life incomplete.” - Lewis Morris

“Patience is also a form of action.” - Auguste Rodin

“To do nothing is sometimes a good remedy.” – Hippocrates

“What you do is of little significance; but it is very important that you do it.” - Mohandas K. Gandhi


“Good music is very close to primitive language.” - Denis Diderot

"A couple of times a year I make myself a tape to play in the car, a tape full of all the new songs I've loved over the previous few months, and every time I finish one I can't believe that there'll be another. Yet there always is, and I can't wait for the next one; you only need a few hundred more things like that, and you've got a life worth living." - Nick Hornby


“Men and melons are hard to know.” – Benjamin Franklin

“The hardest person to awaken is the one already awake.” - Tagalog saying

"Wish in one hand and shit in the other, and see which gets filled first." - Greenday

"Endlessly questioning nuances of meaning in front of exasperated colleagues, or calling attention to inappropriate administrative power, might make you the star of the show in Plato's Academy or Aristotle's Lyceum. But is that too obnoxiously eristic for the faculty meeting, a ritual most characterized by the common desire of its participants to see it end promptly, so everyone can go home and forget about disliked colleagues?" - Carlin Romano

"If at first you don't succeed, try again. Then quit; no use being a damn fool about it." - W.C. Fields

“In the absence of touching and being touched, people of all ages can sicken and grow touch-starved.” - Diane Ackerman

“I like not only to be loved, but to be told that I am loved; the realm of silence is large enough beyond the grave.” - George Eliot

"After I'm dead I'd rather have people ask why I have no monument than why I have one." - Cato the Elder

“To be a philosopher is not merely to have subtle thoughts, nor even to found a school, but so to love wisdom as to live according to its dictates, a life of simplicity, independence, magnanimity, and trust.” - Henry David


“A person usually has two reasons for doing something: a good reason and the real reason.” - Thomas Carlyle

“Between the idea
And the reality
Between the motion
And the act
Falls the Shadow.” - T.S. Eliot

“The greatest of faults, I should say, is to be conscious of none.” - Thomas Carlyle

“Promises are like the full moon: if they are not kept at once they diminish day by day.” - German proverb

“Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it.” - William Arthur Ward

“I am in the habit of looking not so much to the nature of a gift as to the spirit in which it is offered.” - Robert Louis Stevenson

“Some fellows pay a compliment like they expected a receipt.” - Kin Hubbard

“One can never pay in gratitude; one can only pay ‘in kind’ somewhere else in life.” - Anne Morrow Lindbergh

“People change and forget to tell each other.” - Lillian Hellman

“If all men knew what others say of them, there would not be four friends in the world.” - Blaise Pascal

“All envy would be extinguished, if it were universally known that there are none to be envied.” - Samuel Johnson

“Never idealize others. They will never live up to your expectations.” – Leo Buscaglia

“I envy people who drink - at least they know what to blame everything on.” - Oscar Levant

“Our deeds determine us, as much as we determine our deeds.” - George Eliot

"You take your life in your own hands, and what happens? A terrible thing:
no one to blame." - Erica Jong

“This is his first punishment, that by the verdict of his own heart no guilty man is acquitted.” – Juvenal

“That man is truly good who knows his own dark places.” – Beowulf

“A man has to live with himself, and he should see to it that he always has good company.” - Charles Evans Hughes

“The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.” -Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi

“There is no need for temples, no need for complicated philosophy. Our own brain, our own heart is our temple; the philosophy is kindness.” - Dalai Lama

“Choose the life that is most useful, and habit will make it the most agreeable.” – Francis Bacon

“If only I may grow: firmer, simpler, quieter, warmer.” – Dag Hammarskjold

“A true measure of your worth includes all the benefits others have gained from your successes.” - Cullen Hightower

“Certainly virtue is like precious odours, most fragrant when they are incensed, or crushed: for prosperity doth best discover vice, but adversity doth best discover virtue.” - Francis Bacon

“If we escape punishment for our vices, why should we complain if we are not rewarded for our virtues?” - John Churton Collins

“Conscience is thoroughly well-bred and soon leaves off talking to those who do not wish to hear it.” - Samuel Butler

“Whenever 'A' attempts by law to impose his moral standards upon 'B', 'A' is most likely a scoundrel.” - H.L. Mencken


“Courage without conscience is a wild beast.” - Robert Green Ingersoll

“Men cannot see their reflection in running water, but only in still water.” - Chuang Tzu

“There are no persons capable of stooping so low as those who desire to rise in the world.” - Marguerite Guardiner

“Distrust all in whom the impulse to punish is powerful.” - Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche

“As no roads are so rough as those that have just been mended, so no sinners are so intolerant as those that have just turned saints.” - Charles Caleb Colton

“Man and his deed are two distinct things. Whereas a good deed should call forth approbation, and a wicked deed disapprobation, the doer of the deed, whether good or wicked always deserves respect or pity as the case may be.” - Mahatma Gandhi

"Never let your sense of morals get in the way of doing what's right." - Isaac Asimov

“Wrongs are often forgiven, but contempt never is. Our pride remembers it forever.” - Lord Chesterfield

“My feeling is that there is nothing in life but refraining from hurting others, and comforting those who are sad.” - Olive Schreiner

"The highest exercise of charity is charity towards the uncharitable." - J.S. Buckminster

"When you enjoy loving your neighbor it ceases to be a virtue." - Kahlil Gibran

“We aim above the mark to hit the mark.” - Ralph Waldo Emerson

“The true civilization is where every man gives to every other every right that he claims for himself.” - Robert Green Ingersoll

“The ultimate test of a moral society is the kind of world that it leaves to its children.” - Dietrich Bonhoeffer

“No criticism of a judgment, however vigorous, can amount to contempt of court, providing it keeps within the limits of reasonable courtesy and good faith. The decision here complained of, however rumbustious, however wide of the mark, whether expressed in good taste or in bad taste, seems to me to be well within those limits.” - Stephen Alleyne

“Egotism is the anesthetic that dulls the pain of stupidity.” - Frank William Leahy


“He who is cruel to animals becomes hard also in his dealings with men. We can judge the heart of a man by his treatment of animals.” - Immanuel Kant

“There's a schizoid quality to our relationship with animals, in which sentiment and brutality exist side by side. Half the dogs in America will receive Christmas presents this year, yet few of us pause to consider the miserable life of the pig- an animal easily as intelligent as a dog- that becomes the Christmas ham.” - Michael Pollan

“We call them dumb animals, and so they are, for they cannot tell us how they feel, but they do not suffer less because they have no words.” – Anna Sewell

"There is pleasure in the pathless woods,
There is rapture in the lonely shore,
There is society where none intrudes,
By the deep sea, and music in its roar:
I love not man the less, but nature more." - Lord Byron

"The fiercely waged struggle which went on between humans and felines in those far-off days when sabre-toothed tiger and cave lion contended with primeval man, has long ago been decided in favour of the most fitly equipped combatant - the Thing with a Thumb - and the descendants of the dispossessed family are relegated to-day, for the most part, to the waste lands of jungle and veld, where an existence of self-effacement is the only alternative to extermination." - Hector Hugh Munro

“We must, however, acknowledge, as it seems to me, that man with all his noble qualities still bears in his bodily frame the indelible stamp of his lowly origin.” - Charles Darwin

“But man, proud man,
Drest in a little brief authority,
Most ignorant of what he's most assured,
His glassy essence, like an angry ape,
Plays such fantastic tricks before high heaven
As make the angels weep.” - William Shakespeare

"The things we admire in men, kindness and generosity, openness, honesty, understanding and feeling are the concomitants of failure in our system. And those traits we detest, sharpness, greed, acquisitiveness, meanness, egotism and self-interest are the traits of success. And while men admire the quality of the first they love the produce of the second." - John Steinbeck

“Nature can provide for the needs of people; [she] can't provide for the greed of people.” - Mohandas K. Gandhi

“The end of the human race will be that it will eventually die of civilization.” - Ralph Waldo Emerson

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“The bicycle is the most civilized conveyance known to man. Other forms of transport grow daily more nightmarish. Only the bicycle remains pure in heart.” - Iris Murdoch

“Every time I see an adult on a bicycle, I no longer despair for the future of the human race.” - H.G. Wells


"Money may be the husk of many things but not the kernel. It brings you food, but not appetite; medicine, but not health; acquaintance, but not friends; servants, but not loyalty; days of joy, but not peace or happiness." - Henrik Ibsen

“Some people think they are worth a lot of money just because they have it.” - Fannie Hurst

“When nations grow old, the arts grow cold and commerce settles on every tree.” - William Blake


“We can put television in its proper light by supposing that Gutenberg's great invention had been directed at printing only comic books.” - Robert M. Hutchins

“Television's perfect. You turn a few knobs, a few of those mechanical
adjustments at which the higher apes are so proficient, and lean back and drain your mind of all thought. And there you are watching the bubbles in the primeval ooze. You don't have to concentrate. You don't have to react. You don't have to remember. You don't miss your brain because you don't need it. Your heart and liver and lungs continue to function normally. Apart from that, all is peace and quiet. You are in the man's nirvana. And if some poor nasty minded person comes along and says you look like a fly on a can of garbage, pay him no mind. He probably hasn't got the price of a television set.” - Raymond Thornton Chandler

“I'm always amazed that people will actually choose to sit in front of the television and just be savaged by stuff that belittles their intelligence.” - Alice Walker

“The television, that insidious beast, that Medusa which freezes a billion people to stone every night, staring fixedly, that Siren which called and sang and promised so much and gave, after all, so little.” - Ray Bradbury

“If you came and you found a strange man teaching your kids to punch each other, or trying to sell them all kinds of products, you'd kick him right out of the house, but here you are; you come in and the TV is on, and you don't think twice about it.” - Jerome Singer

“Everything is for the eye these days - TV, Life, Look, the movies. Nothing is just for the mind. The next generation will have eyeballs as big as cantaloupes and no brain at all.” - Fred Allen


“The more people are reached by mass communication, the less they communicate with each other.” - Marya Mannes

"Clothes make the man. Naked people have little or no influence on society." - Mark Twain

“In a consumer society there are inevitably two kinds of slaves: the prisoners of addiction and the prisoners of envy.” - Ivan Illich

“It is difficult to get a man to understand something when his salary depends upon his not understanding it.” - Upton Sinclair

“A man who has never gone to school may steal from a freight car; but if he has a university education, he may steal the whole railroad.” - Theodore Roosevelt


“Power is of two kinds. One is obtained by the fear of punishment and the other by acts of love. Power based on love is a thousand times more effective and permanent then the one derived from fear of punishment.” - Mahatma Gandhi

"Just because you do not take an interest in politics doesn't mean politics won't take an interest in you." - Pericles

"The penalty that good men pay for not being interested in politics is to be governed by men worse than themselves." – Plato

“It is inaccurate to say I hate everything. I am strongly in favor of common sense, common honesty, and common decency. This makes me forever ineligible for public office.” - H.L. Mencken

“One has to be a lowbrow, a bit of a murderer, to be a politician, ready and willing to see people sacrificed, slaughtered, for the sake of an idea, whether a good one or a bad one.” - Henry Miller

“Our elections are free, it's in the results where eventually we pay.” – Bill Stern

“In America, anybody can be president. That's one of the risks you take.” - Adlai Stevenson

“Never vote for the best candidate, vote for the one who will do the least harm.” - Frank Dane

“Those who insist on the dignity of their office show they have not deserved it.” - Baltasar Gracian

“The first method for estimating the intelligence of a ruler is to look at the men he has around him.” - Niccolo Machiavelli

“Sometimes I wonder whether the world is being run by smart people who are putting us on or by imbeciles who really mean it.” - Mark Twain

“All political parties die at last of swallowing their own lies.” – John Arbuthnot

“There is no kind of dishonesty into which otherwise good people more easily and frequently fall than that of defrauding the government.” - Benjamin Franklin

“In a democracy dissent is an act of faith. Like medicine, the test of its value is not in its taste, but in its effects.” - J. William Fulbright

"The one thing that doesn't abide by majority rule is a person's conscience." - Harper Lee

“So long as we have enough people in this country willing to fight for their rights, we'll be called a democracy.” - Roger Baldwin

“The history of liberty is a history of the limitation of government power, not the increase of it.” - Woodrow Wilson

“If privacy is outlawed, only outlaws will have privacy.” - Phil Zimmermann

“Patriotism is supporting your country all the time and the government when it deserves it.” - Mark Twain

"I'm proud to pay taxes in the United States; the only thing is, I could be just as proud for half the money." - Arthur Godfrey

“I love my country too much to be a nationalist.” - Albert Camus

“The love of one's country is a splendid thing. But why should love stop at the border?” - Pablo Casals

“Irreverence is the champion of liberty and its only sure defense.” – Mark Twain

“The only maxim of a free government ought to be to trust no man living with power to endanger the public liberty.” - John Adams

"The true danger is when liberty is nibbled away, for expedients, and by parts." - Edmund Burke

“Everything secret degenerates, even the administration of justice; nothing is safe that does not show how it can bear discussion and publicity.” – Lord Acton

“It would indeed be ironic if, in the name of national defence, we would sanction the subversion of one of those liberties which make the defence of our nation worthwhile.” - Earl Warren

“The moral test of government is how that government treats those who are in the dawn of life, the children; those who are in the twilight of life, the elderly; and those who are in the shadows of life - the sick, the needy and the handicapped.” - Hubert Horatio Humphrey

“As nightfall does not come at once, neither does oppression. In both instances there is a twilight when everything remains seemingly unchanged. And it is in such twilight that we all must be most aware of change in the air - however slight - lest we become unwitting victims of the darkness.” - William O. Douglas

“If it is committed in the name of God or country, there is no crime so heinous that the public will not forgive it.” - Tom Robbins

"America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter, and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves." - Abraham Lincoln

"This American system of ours, call it Americanism, call it capitalism, call it what you will, gives each and every one of us a great opportunity if we only seize it with both hands and make the most of it." - Al Capone

"With the conurbation of shanty towns emerging in the area like mushrooms, very soon it might take hours to cross the area. And who says this is the way to develop a city or a nation?" - S.B. Akuffo

"Though some Singapore developers are making money in China's real estate market, Singapore can't rely on a vast Chinese hinterland for future markets and growth." - Philip Segal

"It's one of the great mysteries of anthropology. Why does every society - and they all do - have a list of taboo foods?" - Phillips Graham

"This is the devilish thing about foreign affairs: they are foreign and will not always conform to our whim." - James Reston

“The fetters imposed on liberty at home have ever been forged out of the weapons provided for defence against real, pretended, or imaginary dangers from abroad.” - James Madison

"There would be no society if living together depended upon understanding each other." - Eric Hoffer

“We require from buildings, as from men, two kinds of goodness: first, the doing their practical duty well: then that they be graceful and pleasing in doing it; which last is itself another form of duty.” - John Ruskin

"The man who is incabable of making a mistake is incapable of anything" - Abraham Lincoln

“If we were to wake up some morning and find that everyone was the same race, creed and color, we would find some other cause for prejudice by noon.” - George D. Aiken

“Those who profess to favor freedom and yet deprecate agitation, are men who want crops without plowing the ground.” - Frederick Douglass

"There is a pervasive form of contemporary violence to which the idealist fighting for peace by nonviolent means most easily succumbs; activism and overwork. It destroys the fruitfulness of their work because it kills the inner wisdom." – Thomas Merton

“The urge to save humanity is almost always a false front for the urge to rule.” - H.L. Mencken

“Revenge has no more quenching effect on emotions than salt water has on thirst.” - Walter Weckler

“When will our consciences grow so tender that we will act to prevent human misery rather than avenge it?” - Eleanor Roosevelt

“I ask you to judge me by the enemies I have made.” - Franklin D. Roosevelt

"We have met the enemy and he is us." - Walt Kelly


"In the fight between you and the world, back the world." - Frank Zappa

"Once you hear the details of victory, it is hard to distinguish it from a defeat." - Jean-Paul Sartre

“A great war leaves the country with three armies - an army of cripples, an army of mourners, and an army of thieves.” - German proverb

“In war, there are no unwounded soldiers.” - Jose Narosky

“People rarely win wars; governments rarely lose them.” - Arundhati Roy

“He that is the author of a war lets loose the whole contagion of hell and opens a vein that bleeds a nation to death.” - Thomas Paine

“It is forbidden to kill; therefore all murderers are punished unless they kill in large numbers and to the sound of trumpets.” – Voltaire

“Often war is waged only in order to show valor; thus an inner dignity is ascribed to war itself, and even some philosophers have praised it as an ennoblement of humanity, forgetting the pronouncement of the Greek who said, ‘War is an evil in as much as it produces more wicked men than it takes away.’” - Immanuel Kant

“It is only those who have neither fired a shot nor heard the shrieks and groans of the wounded who cry aloud for blood, more vengeance, more desolation. War is hell.” - William Tecumseh Sherman

“The drying up a single tear has more of honest fame than shedding seas of gore.” - Lord Byron

“The only devils in this world are those running around in our own hearts, and that is where all our battles should be fought.” - Mahatma Gandhi

“The enemy is anybody who's going to get you killed, no matter which side he's on.” - Joseph Heller

“I and the public know.
What all schoolchildren learn.
Those to whom evil is done.
Do evil in return” - W.H. Auden

"If I have a choice, I'd as lief be killed by an atom bomb as by a hand grenade or a flame thrower." - Katherine Anne Porter

“A visitor from Mars could easily pick out the civilized nations. They have the best implements of war.” - Herbert V. Prochnow

"Ronny's in the army now,
And Kenny's taking pills.
O, how they yearn,
To see a bomber burn;
Color flashing,
Thunder crashing,
Dynamite machine,
Wait 'til the fire turns green." - The Mothers of Invention

"I could take Sean Connery in a fight, I could definitely take him." - Harrison Ford

"Never attribute to malice that which can be adequately explained by stupidity."- Hanlon


“We have just enough religion to make us hate but not enough to make us love one another.” - Jonathan Swift

"People hate as they love, unreasonably." - William Makepeace Thackeray

“Love is like war; easy to begin but very hard to stop.” - H.L. Mencken

“To fall in love is to create a religion that has a fallible god.” - Jorge Luis Borges

“Men always want to be a woman's first love - women like to be a man's last romance.” - Oscar Wilde

“When women love us, they forgive us everything, even our crimes; when they do not love us, they give us credit for nothing, not even our virtues.” - Honore de Balzac

“Taught from infancy that beauty is woman's sceptre, the mind shapes itself to the body, and roaming round its gilt cage, only seeks to adorn its prison.” - Mary Wollstonecraft

"It's been proven through history that wimmin's a mystery." - Popeye

“You never know till you try to reach them how accessible men are; but you must approach each man by the right door.” - Henry Ward Beecher

“The meeting of two personalities is like the contact of two chemical substances: if there is any reaction, both are transformed.” - Carl Jung

“Be yourself and do not feign affection. Neither be cynical about love; in the face of all aridity and disenchantment it is as perennial as the grass.” - Max Ehrmann

“Assumptions are the termites of relationships.” - Henry Winkler

"The quarrels of lovers are like summer storms. Everything is more beautiful when they have passed." - Suzanne Necker

"At the beginning and at the end of love, the two lovers are embarrassed to find themselves alone." – La Bruyere

"Love is like an hourglass, with the heart filling up as the brain empties." -Jules Renard

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"No matter how cynical you get, it's impossible to keep up." - Lily Tomlin

"I like reality, it tastes of bread"- Jean Aulich

“I was never less alone than when by myself.” - Edward Gibbon

“For every hour spent around people, you need at least ‘x’ hours by yourself, so as to balance it.” – Glenn Gould

“Truth is always exciting. Speak it, then. Life is boring without it.” – Pearl S. Buck

"You sons of bitches, give my love to my mother" - 'Two Gun' Crowley

“The greatest minds are capable of the greatest vices as well as of the greatest virtues.” - Rene Descartes

“If you don't find God in the next person you meet, it is a waste of time looking for him further.” - Mahatma Gandhi

"We cannot do everything, and there is a sense of liberation in realizing that. This enables us to do something and to do it very well. It may be incomplete, but it is a beginning, a step along the way, and opportunity for God's grace to enter and do the rest. We may never see the end results, but that is the difference between the master builder and the worker. We are workers, not master builders; ministers, not messiahs. We are prophets of a future not our own." - Archbishop Romero

“God is a comedian playing to an audience too afraid to laugh.” – Voltaire

“It is the final proof of God's omnipotence that he need not exist in order to save us.” - Peter De Vries

“If a triangle could speak, it would say, that God is eminently triangular, while a circle would say that the divine nature is eminently circular.” - Baruch Spinoza

“Absolute faith corrupts as absolutely as absolute power.” - Eric Hoffer

“Let the gods avenge themselves.” - Roman law maxim

“I distrust those people who know so well what God wants them to do because I notice it always coincides with their own desires.” - Susan B. Anthony

“The more I study religions the more I am convinced that man never worshipped anything but himself.” - Richard Francis Burton

“To give pleasure to a single heart by a single kind act is better than a thousand head-bowings in prayer.” – Saadi

"You can't teach an old dogma new tricks" - Dorothy Parker

“If you believe the doctors, nothing is wholesome; if you believe the theologians, nothing is innocent; if you believe the military, nothing is safe.” - Lord Salisbury

“There lives more faith in honest doubt,
Believe me, than in half the creeds.” - Alfred, Lord Tennyson

“Moral certainty is always a sign of cultural inferiority. The more uncivilized the man, the surer he is that he knows precisely what is right and what is wrong. All human progress, even in morals, has been the work of men who have doubted the current moral values, not of men who have whooped them up and tried to enforce them. The truly civilized man is always skeptical and tolerant, in this field as in all others. His culture is based on ‘I am not too sure.’” - H.L.Mencken

“There are three truths: my truth, your truth, and the truth.” - Chinese proverb


“If the whole of the materia medica as now used could be sunk in the bottom of the sea, it would be all the better for mankind and all the worse for the fishes.” - Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.

"Davy Jones's locker is the ultimate commons: vast, ownerless and largely unknown." - Edward Carr

"The light which experience gives is a lantern on the stern, which shines only on the waves behind us." - Samuel Taylor Coleridge

“It is never the shallower for the calmnesse. The Sea is a deepe, there is as much water in the Sea, in a calme, as in a storme.” - John Donne

“They are ill discoverers that think there is no land, when they can see nothing but sea.” - Francis Bacon

“Ships that pass in the night and speak each other in passing;
Only a signal shown and a distant voice in the darkness;
So on the ocean of life we pass and speak one another,
Only a look and a voice; then darkness again and a silence.” - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

“Sleep after toil, port after stormy seas, ease after war, death after life does greatly please.” - Edmund Spenser


“It is not the strongest of the species that survive, nor the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change.” - Charles Darwin

"Showing up is eighty percent of life" - Woody Allen

"Inside the museums infinity goes up on trial,
Voices echo, 'this is what,
Salvation must be like after a while'.
Even Mona Lisa must have had the highway blues;
You can tell by the way she smiled." - Bob Dylan

"Keep on truckin'." - Robert Crumb

“The past is a foreign country; they do things differently there.” - L.P. Hartley

“The first forty years of life give us the text; the next thirty supply the commentary on it.” - Arthur Schopenhauer

“If men could regard the events of their own lives with more open minds, they would frequently discover that they did not really desire the things they failed to obtain.” - Emile Herzog

"No man ever steps in the same river twice, for it's not the same river and he's not the same man." - Heraclitus

“Simplicity is making the journey of this life with just baggage enough.” - Charles Dudley Warner

“There is no one, no matter how wise he is, who has not in his youth said things or done things that are so unpleasant to recall in later life that he would expunge them entirely from his memory if that were possible.” - Marcel Proust

“A man is not old until his regrets take the place of dreams.” – Yiddish proverb


"The hardest years in life are those between ten and seventy". - Helen Hayes

“Who needs atrichia?” - Jonathan Yardley

“To kill time is not murder, it's suicide.” - William James

“Time has no divisions to mark its passage, there is never a thunderstorm or blare of trumpets to announce the beginning of a new month or year. Even when a new century begins it is only we mortals who ring bells and fire off pistols.” - Thomas Mann

“To find the universal elements enough; to find the air and the water exhilarating; to be refreshed by a morning walk or an evening saunter... to be thrilled by the stars at night; to be elated over a bird's nest or a wildflower in spring - these are some of the rewards of the simple life.” - John Burroughs

“The best things in life are nearest: Breath in your nostrils, light in your eyes, flowers at your feet, duties at your hand, the path of right just before you.” - Robert Louis Stevenson

“Don't say you don't have enough time. You have exactly the same number of hours per day that were given to Helen Keller, Pasteur, Michaelangelo, Mother Teresa, Leonardo da Vinci, Thomas Jefferson, and Albert Einstein.” - H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

“Our society must make it right and possible for old people not to fear the young or be deserted by them, for the test of a civilization is the way that it cares for its helpless members.” - Pearl S. Buck

“The closing years of life are like the end of a masquerade party, when the masks are dropped.” - Arthur Schopenhauer

“One owes respect to the living. To the dead, one owes only the truth.” – Voltaire

"Beautiful young people are accidents of nature, but beautiful old people are works of art."- Eleanor Roosevelt


“Winter is an etching, spring a watercolor, summer an oil painting and autumn a mosaic of them all.” - Stanley Horowitz

“Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower.” - Albert Camus

“Rain! whose soft architectural hands have power to cut stones, and chisel to shapes of grandeur the very mountains.” - Henry Ward Beecher

“The perfection of art is to conceal art.” - Marcus Fabius

“The most perfect technique is that which is not noticed at all.” - Pablo Casals

“There is one art, no more, no less: to do all things with artlessness.” - Piet Hein

“And those who were seen dancing were thought to be insane by those who could not hear the music.” - Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche

“Beauty is the purgation of superfluities.” - Michelangelo Buonarroti

“A man who works with his hands is a laborer; a man who works with his hands and his brain is a craftsman; but a man who works with his hands and his brain and his heart is an artist.” - Louis Nizer

“All art is autobiographical; the pearl is the oyster's autobiography.” - Federico Fellini

“What humbugs we are, who pretend to live for Beauty, and never see the Dawn!” - Logan Pearsall Smith

"Taste is the enemy of creativeness." - Pablo Picasso

"Sooner let Earth, Air, Sea, to Chaos fall,
Men, Monkeys, Lap-dogs, Parrots, perish all!" - Alexander Pope


"It concerns our final end, our entelechy, the purpose of our existence, where we are going to go." – Gray Henry

"Rome wasn't burnt in a day." - The Pharaohs

“The best way to predict the future is to invent it.” - Alan Kay

“A thing long expected takes the form of the unexpected when at last it comes.” - Mark Twain

“What is life? It is the flash of a firefly in the night. It is the breath of a buffalo in the wintertime. It is the little shadow which runs across the grass and loses itself in the sunset.” –Crowfoot

"For those who understand, no explanation is needed, for those who don't, none will do". - Jerry Lewis

"Man, if you gotta ask you'll never know." - Louis Armstrong

"You've got to be careful if you don't know where you're going, because you might not get there" - Yogi Berra

"All human beings should try to learn before they die what they are running from, and to, and why." - James Thurber
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