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3200George Bernard ShawThe worst sin towards our fellow creatures is not to hate them, but to be indifferent to them; that's the essence of inhumanityIndifference
4189Emile CioranConsciousness is much more than the thorn, it is the dagger in the flesh.Conscience
4753Emile CioranTyranny destroys or strengthens the individual; freedom enervates him, until he becomes no more than a puppet. Man has more chances of saving himself by hell than by paradise.Freedom
3846Johann W. von GoetheThere is nothing more dreadful than imagination without taste.Taste
4865Oscar WildeI have the simplest tastes. I am always satisfied with the best.Taste
4168Emile CioranWe have convictions only if we have studied nothing thoroughly.Conviction
4750Emile CioranSpeech and silence. We feel safer with a madman who talks than with one who cannot open his mouth.Talking
4195Antonio PorchiaI am chained to the earth to pay for the freedom of my eyes.Freedom
3970Philip Dormer StanhopeLearning is acquired by reading books; but the much more necessary learning, the knowledge of the world, is only to be acquired by reading men, and studying all the various editions of them.Knowledge
3220Aldous HuxleyIdealism is the noble toga that political gentlemen drape over their will to power.Idealism
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
3195AnonymousTomorrow is the first day of the rest of my life.Time
5799Oscar WildeTo do nothing at all is the most difficult thing in the world, the most difficult and the most intellectual.Idleness
3143Joseph JoubertHe who has imagination without learning has wings and no feet. Learning
6516Thomas CarlyleWith stupidity and sound digestion man may front much.Stupidity
3982Victor BorgeLaughter is the shortest distance between two people.Laughing
2195Erich FrommIf a person loves only one other person and is indifferent to all others, his love is not love but a symbiotic attachment, or an enlarged egotism.Love
3069Samuel ButlerWhen you have told anyone you have left him a legacy, the only decent thing to do is to die at once.Death
4615AnonymousGod must love stupid people, he made so many.God
6489Abraham H. MaslowOther broader aspects of the attempt to seek safety and stability in the world are seen in the very common preference for familiar rather than unfamiliar things, or for the known rather than the unknown. The tendency to have some religion or world-philosophy that organizes the universe and the men in it into some sort of satisfactorily coherent, meaningful whole is also in part motivated by safety-seeking. Here too we may list science and philosophy in general as partially motivated by the safety needs....Psychology
4712AnonymousCHEMICALS: Noxious substances from which modern foods are made. Food
2682Dr. Jack ElwoodThe number one failure of leaders is their failure to reproduce other leaders.Failure
2279Woody AllenThe lion and the calf shall lie down together, but the calf won't get much sleep.Miscellaneous
6047Jean-Paul SartreMy thought is me: that is why I cannot stop thinking. I exist because I think I cannot keep from thinking.Thinking
5756AnonymousSilence is the best response to a fool.Silence
5128George CarlinI have as much authority as the Pope, I just don't have as many people who believe it. Religion
3805Mark TwainWhenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect.Conformism
2169Henry FordA business that makes nothing but money is a poor business.Business
2909Thomas JeffersonAn honest man can feel no pleasure in the exercise of power over his fellow citizens. Politics
4777Giovanni SorianoMoney does not bring happiness, it buys it.Money
4031Martin Luther KingThe means by which we live have outdistanced the ends for which we live. Our scientific power has outrun our spiritual power. We have guided missiles and misguided men.Technology
4176Emile CioranThe poor, by thinking unceasingly of money, reach the point of losing the spiritual advantages of non-possession, thereby sinking as low as the rich.Poverty
3932VoltaireThe art of medicine consists in amusing the patient while nature cures the disease.Medicine
6084Carl RogersAm I living in a way which is deeply satisfying to me, and which truly expresses me?Happiness
4003G.M. TrevelyanEducation ... has produced a vast population able to read but unable to distinguish what is worth reading. Education
4717Fred AllenCONFERENCE: A gathering of important people who singly can do nothing, but together can decide that nothing can be done. Organization
4741AnonymousTACT: The art of saying nothing when there is nothing to say. Tact
4707Honoré de BalzacBUREAUCRACY: A giant mechanism operated by pygmies. Burocracy
3585Evan GuayIf you fear failure, you shall never succeed.Failure
3893Herbert SpencerReading is seeing by proxy. Reading
5138George CarlinThe other night I ate at a real nice family restaurant. Every table had an argument going. Family
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
2298Elbert HubbardTo avoid criticism do nothing, say nothing, be nothing.Criticism
4305George Bernard ShawTwo starving men cannot be twice as hungry as one; but two rascals can be ten times as vicious as one.Miscellaneous
3873Mark TwainDo the thing you fear most and the death of fear is certain.Fear
5702Alexandre DumasLove is the most selfish of all the passions (from "The Three Musketeers")Love
5872Fran LebowitzFood is an important part of a balanced diet.Food
5865Kurt LewinThere is nothing so practical as a good theory.Theory
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
3235Nick DiamosNever attribute to malice what can be adequately explained by stupidity. Stupidity

 
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