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4258Giacomo LeopardiWorks of genius have this in common, that even when they vividly capture the nothingness of things, when they clearly show and make us feel the inevitable unhappiness of life, and when they express the most terrible despair, nonetheless to a great soul -- though he find himself in a state of extreme duress, disillusion, nothingness, noia, and despair of life, or in the bitterest and deadliest misfortunes (caused by deep feelings or whatever) -- these works always console and rekindle enthusiasm; and though they treat or represent only death, they give back to him, at least temporarily, that life which he had lost.Genius
4024PlatoThe price good men pay for indifference to public affairs is to be ruled by evil men.Government
4712AnonymousCHEMICALS: Noxious substances from which modern foods are made. Food
4224Joseph JoubertWriting is closer to thinking than to speaking.Writing
4793Clarence DarrowIt is not the strongest of the species that survive, nor the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change.Changing
6902Jiddu KrishnamurtiThe Observer is the Observed.Miscellaneous
2312Bjarne StroustrupC makes it easy to shoot yourself in the foot; C++ makes it harder, but when you do, it blows away your whole leg.Information technology
6029Jean-Paul SartreWhen the rich wage war, it's the poor who die.War
6313Karl PopperIt seems to me certain that more people are killed out of righteous stupidity than out of wickedness.Stupidity
5043Steven Wright It’s a good thing we have gravity or else when birds died they’d just stay right up there. Hunters would be all confused.Jokes
3624George Matthew AdamsThere is no such thing as a 'self-made' man. We are made up of thousands of others. Everyone who has ever done a kind deed for us, or spoken one word of encouragement to us, has entered into the make-up of our
character and of our thoughts, as well as our success.
3939Albert EinsteinThe ideals which have lighted my way, and time after time have given me new courage to face life cheerfully, have been Kindness, Beauty, and Truth.Ideals
3444W. Edwards DemingWe are here to make another world.World improvement
2617Bertrand RussellOne of the symptoms of an approaching nervous breakdown is the belief that one's work is terribly important.Work
3305Martin Luther KingOur lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.Indifference
5072Robert DangoorYou wouldn't be normal if you didn't react in an abnormal way.Miscellaneous
3112PlatoOne of the penalties for refusing to participate in politics is that you end up being governed by your inferiors.Politics
3089Carl RogersThe only person who is educated is the one who has learned how to learn...and change.Education
2356AristoteleIt is unbecoming for young men to utter maxims.Aphorisms
3127Lord ChesterfieldPoliticians neither love nor hate. Interest, not sentiment, directs them.Feelings
5010Piero ScaruffiI do not envy God.God
6911Jiddu Krishnamurtithe question is not how to get rid of fear, but how to awaken the intelligence with which to face and to understand and go beyond fear.Fear
3508Ashleigh BrilliantLife may have no meaning. Or even worse, it may have a meaning of which I disapprove.Life
3598Robin WilliamsGod gave men both a penis and a brain, but unfortunately not enough blood supply to run both at the same time.Sex
6922Jiddu KrishnamurtiAs I said, relationship has true significance only when it is a process of self-revelation, when it is revealing oneself in the very action of relationship. But most of us do not want to be revealed in relationship.Human relations
5601ChanakyaAs soon as the fear approaches near, attack and destroy it.Fear
3797Ralph PetersBeware, no matter his faith, the man who presumes to tell you what God wants.Religion
3533André GideBelieve those who are seeking the truth. Doubt those who find it.Truth
6495Abraham H. MaslowIt is just the ones who have loved and been well loved, and who have had many deep friendships who can hold out against hatred, rejection or persecution.Psychology
2692Henry FordWhether you think that you can, or that you can't, you are usually right.Ability
3445George EliotOur deeds determine us, as much as we determine our deeds.Personality
4706J. McCabeBUREAUCRAT: A person who cuts red tape sideways.Burocracy
4300George Bernard ShawThe roulette table pays nobody except him that keeps it. Nevertheless a passion for gaming is common, though a passion for keeping roulette tables is unknown.Miscellaneous
6801Dwight L. MoodyWe are told to let our light shine, and if it does, we won't need to tell anybody it does. Lighthouses don't fire cannons to call attention to their shining- they just shine.Attention
4413Albert EinsteinThe unleashed power of the atom has changed everything save our modes of thinking and we thus drift toward unparalleled catastrophe.Catastrophe
6307Karl PopperWe all remember how many religious wars were fought for a religion of love and gentleness; how many bodies were burned alive with the genuinely kind intention of saving souls from the eternal fire of hell. Only if we give up our authoritarian attitude in the realm of opinion, only if we establish the attitude of give and take, of readiness to learn from other people, can we hope to control acts of violence inspired by piety and duty.Religion
6847Jiddu KrishnamurtiIt is no measure of health to be well adjusted to a profoundly sick society.Society
2463AnonymousA theologian is like a blind man in a dark room searching for a black cat which isn't there - and finding it! Religion
4669Abraham LincolnIf you look for the bad in people expecting to find it, you surely will.Good and Evil
2835William Butler YeatsThe innocent and the beautiful have no enemy but time. Innocence
3251AnonymousA woman without a man is like a fish without a bicycle.Men and Women
2327Margaret ThatcherYou may have to fight a battle more than once to win it.Fighting
4608AristoteleThe secret to humor is surprise.Humour
5870AnonymousGreat people talk about ideas, average people talk about things, small people talk about other people.Miscellaneous
4206Antonio PorchiaA child shows his toy, a man hides his.Playing
6845Thomas Alva EdisonFive percent of the people think; ten percent of the people think they think; and the other eighty-five percent would rather die than think.Thinking
6634Fyodor DostoevskyMan is a mystery: if you spend your entire life trying to puzzle it out, then do not say that you have wasted your time. I occupy myself with this mystery, because I want to be a man.Mankind
2921Irving KristolDemocracy does not guarantee equality of conditions - it only guarantees equality of opportunity.Democracy
4734AnonymousPROFESSOR: A person whose job is to tell students how to solve the problems of life he avoided by becoming a professor. Teaching
5446Lemony SnicketIt's hard for decent people to stay angry at someone who has burst into tears, which is why it is often a good idea to burst into tears if a decent person is yelling at you.Anger

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