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4067Tallulah BankheadIt's the good girls who keep diaries; the bad girls never have the time.Writing
4218Olivia DresherWho would I want to read my journal? An insightful, compassionate voyeur, perhaps. Or, maybe I'm secretly writing to/for the god I wish existed, the god I longed for during my childhood and teenage years... Or, I’m writing to that part of myself (and all of us) that can forgive. As if true and original writing makes forgiveness natural.Writing
3702HenryDavid ThoreauI never found the companion that was so companionable as solitude. Solitude
4205Antonio PorchiaThey have stopped deceiving you, not loving you. And it seems to you that they have stopped loving you.Love
6081Carl RogersI'm not perfect... But I'm enough.Perfectionism
4055AnonymousThe religion of one age is the literary entertainment of the next. Religion
6317Karl PopperWhy do I think that we, the intellectuals, are able to help? Simply because we, the intellectuals, have done the most terrible harm for thousands of years. Mass murder in the name of an idea, a doctrine, a theory, a religion — that is all our doing, our invention: the invention of the intellectuals. If only we would stop setting man against man — often with the best intentions — much would be gained. Nobody can say that it is impossible for us to stop doing this.Intellectuals
2293Henry FordBefore everything else, getting ready is the secret of success.Success
4063PlatoWise men talk because they have something to say; fools, because they have to say something.Talking
4240Joseph JoubertMaxims, because what is isolated can be seen better.Aphorisms
3606Chinese proverbHe who asks is a fool for five minutes, but he who does not ask remains a fool forever.Knowledge
4770Giovanni SorianoLife is a trap you can escape only by throwing yourself into it.Life
4256Giacomo LeopardiPeople are ridiculous only when they try or seem to be that which what they are not.Ridicule
5643Steve JobsCreativity is connecting things.Creativity
2707Ambrose BierceWar is God's way of teaching Americans geography. War
2642Lord BarbizonAlways behave like a duck - keep calm and unruffled on the surface but paddle like the devil underneath.Behaviour
3121Albert EinsteinInsanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.Madness
3266Oswald AveryWhenever you fall, pick something up.Failure
5133George CarlinInside every cynical person, there is a disappointed idealist. Idealism
2453William JamesWhenever two people meet there are really six people present. There is each man as he sees himself, each man as the other person sees him, and each man as he really is.Perception
4259Giacomo LeopardiI say that the world is a league of scoundrels against the men of good will, and of the petty against the generous.Mankind
2199AnonymousIf love is blind, why is lingerie so popular?Sex
2519Woody AllenMost of the time I don't have much fun. The rest of the time I don't have any fun at all.Fun
2224PlatoGood people do not need laws to tell them to act responsibly, while bad people will find a way around the laws.Law
2191Woody AllenLove is the answer, but while you are waiting for the answer, sex raises some pretty good questions.Love
2994Henry Havelock EllisThe greatest task before civilization at present is to make machines what they ought to be, the slaves, instead of the masters of men.Technology
6038Jean-Paul SartreI hate victims who respect their executioners.Miscellaneous
4496Robert KennedyNon troveremo mai un fine per la nazione né una nostra personale soddisfazione nel mero perseguimento del benessere economico, nell’ammassare senza fine beni terreni.
Non possiamo misurare lo spirito nazionale sulla base dell’indice Dow-Jones, né i successi del paese sulla base del prodotto nazionale lordo (PIL).
Il PIL comprende anche l’inquinamento dell’aria e la pubblicità delle sigarette, e le ambulanze per sgombrare le nostre autostrade dalle carneficine dei fine-settimana.
Il PIL mette nel conto le serrature speciali per le nostre porte di casa, e le prigioni per coloro che cercano di forzarle. Comprende programmi televisivi che valorizzano la violenza per vendere prodotti violenti ai nostri bambini. Cresce con la produzione di napalm, missili e testate nucleari, comprende anche la ricerca per migliorare la disseminazione della peste bubbonica, si accresce con gli equipaggiamenti che la polizia usa per sedare le rivolte, e non fa che aumentare quando sulle loro cen
4025John Kenneth GalbraithUnder capitalism, man exploits man. Under communism, it's just the opposite.Communism
5597Mark TwainIt's not the size of the dog in the fight, it's the size of the fight in the dog.Fighting
5702Alexandre DumasLove is the most selfish of all the passions (from "The Three Musketeers")Love
5599Thomas Alva EdisonHell! There ain't no rules around here! We're trying to accomplish something.Goals
3845William JamesTo study the abnormal is the best way of understanding the normal.Normality
4732AnonymousPHILANTHROPIST: One who gives away what he should give back.Generosity
6061Jean-Paul SartreFor an occurrence to become an adventure, it is necessary and sufficient for one to recount it.Miscellaneous
2332Erich FrommLove is union with somebody, or something, outside oneself, under the condition of retaining the separateness and integrity of one's own self.Love
5066Robert DangoorIf you have no problem, you've got a problem.Problems
3103VoltaireGod is a comedian playing to an audience too afraid to laugh.God
4181Emile CioranWe make choices, decisions, as long as we keep to the surface of things; once we reach the depths, we can neither choose nor decide; we can do nothing but regret the surface.Miscellaneous
4414Mahatma GandhiWhatever you do will be insignificant. But it is very important that you do it.Action
2939Pierre Elliott TrudeauThe essential ingredient of politics is timing.Politics
2427AnonymousIf you want your spouse to listen and pay strict attention to every word you say, talk in your sleep.Sleep
5794Stephen HawkingQuiet people have the loudest mindsMiscellaneous
6030Jean-Paul SartreIf you are lonely when you're alone, you are in bad company.Solitude
3346Bertrand RussellSo far as I can remember, there is not one word in the Gospels in praise of intelligence.Religion
5125George CarlinDeath is caused by swallowing small amounts of saliva over a long period of time. Death
3101AnonymousA woman's mind is cleaner than a man's....she changes it more often !!Women
3874Agatha ChristieAn archaeologist is the best husband a woman can have. The older she gets the more interested he is in her.Marriage
3717C. Wright MillsThere is then rationality without reason. Such rationality is not commensurate with freedom but the destroyer of it.Rationality
2602from Latin "Dare to know"Sapere aude!Knowledge

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