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4203Antonio PorchiaThe chains that bind us most closely are the ones we have broken.Freedom
2412William Butler YeatsThe best lack all conviction, while the worst are full of passionate intensity.Miscellaneous
2112Woody AllenIt's not that I'm afraid to die. I just don't want to be there when it happens.Death
6302Karl PopperWe should therefore claim, in the name of tolerance, the right not to tolerate the intolerant.Tolerance
5837Steve JobsDeath is very likely the single best invention of life. It's life's changing agent, it clears out the old to make way for the new.Death
5012George OrwellWho controls the past controls the future, who controls the present controls the past.Politics
4234Joseph JoubertWe are all old children.Ageing
3893Herbert SpencerReading is seeing by proxy. Reading
6308Karl PopperThere are many difficulties impeding the rapid spread of reasonableness. One of the main difficulties is that it always takes two to make a discussion reasonable. Each of the parties must be ready to learn from the other. You cannot have a rational discussion with a man who prefers shooting you to being convinced by you.Rationality
5134George CarlinMost people work just hard enough not to get fired and get paid just enough money not to quit. Work
3694Johann W. von GoetheNothing shows a man's character more than what he laughs at.Humour
6411Robert James Waller The old dreams were good dreams; they didn't work out but I'm glad I had them.Dreaming
3116Friedrich NietzscheIt is my ambition to say in ten sentences what others say in a whole book.Synthesis
4426Abraham LincolnNearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man's character, give him power.Power
4073Steven WrightI have an existential map; it has 'you are here' written all over it.Miscellaneous
4518AnonymousNever argue with idiots... They bring you down to their level and beat you with experience.Stupidity
3551Parkinsons' LawWork expands to fill the time available for its completion.Work
4719Ambrose BierceCONSERVATIVE: A statesman who is enamoured of existing evils, as distinguished from the Liberal, who wishes to replace them with others.Politics
4186Emile CioranIt makes no sense to say that death is the goal of life. But what else is there to say?Death
4220Olivia DresherWriting is the process of removing the outer wrapping to dive into the inner pool. The words on the pages -- the tangible aspect of them -- become the bridges between inner and outer, seen and unseen. How else can I reveal the worlds and worlds (and depths within depths) that I perceive?Writing
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
6310Karl PopperOur knowledge can be only finite, while our ignorance must necessarily be infinite.Ignorance
5597Mark TwainIt's not the size of the dog in the fight, it's the size of the fight in the dog.Fighting
2365Albert CamusTruth, like light, blinds. Falsehood, on the contrary, is a beautiful twilight that enhances every object.Reality
3515George Bernard ShawLiberty means responsibility. That is why most men dread it.Responsibility
6288Karl PopperIf God had wanted to put everything into the universe from the beginning, He would have created a universe without change, without organisms and evolution, and without man and man's experience of change. But he seems to have thought that a live universe with events unexpected even by Himself would be more interesting than a dead one.javascript:add_record(false)God
3202ThiruvalluvarThe only gift is giving to the poor; all else is exchange.Generosity
5006Piero ScaruffiPeople tend to talk about what people tend to talk about.Conversation
5573Steve JobsRemembering that I’ll be dead soon is the most important tool I’ve ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life. Because almost everything — all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure — these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important. Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart.Miscellaneous
6052Jean-Paul SartreAll that I know about my life, it seems, I have learned in books.Reading
5576Steve JobsYour time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma — which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.Miscellaneous
5028Groucho MarxWhy should I care about posterity? What's posterity ever done for me?Future
3407Johann W. von GoetheEnjoy when you can, and endure when you must.Life
4249Giacomo LeopardiDeath is not evil, for it frees man from all ills and takes away his desires along with desire's rewards. Old age is the supreme evil, for it deprives man of all pleasures while allowing his appetites to remain, and it brings with it every possible sorrow. Yet men fear death and desire old age.Death
4712AnonymousCHEMICALS: Noxious substances from which modern foods are made. Food
5784Woody AllenHis lack of education is more than compensated for by his keenly developed moral bankruptcy.Humour
2220George Bernard ShawThe 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.Religion
4428Charles DarwinThere is no fundamental difference between man and the lower animals in their mental faculties... The lower animals, like man, manifestly feel pleasure and pain, happiness, and misery.Animals
5601ChanakyaAs soon as the fear approaches near, attack and destroy it.Fear
3059John F. KennedyThe time to repair the roof is when the sun is shining.Miscellaneous
5770Woody AllenLife is divided into the horrible and the miserable.Life
6049Jean-Paul SartreWords are more treacherous and powerful than we think.Writing
4244Joseph JoubertThe poet must not cross an interval with a step when he can cross it with a leap.Poetry
4750Emile CioranSpeech and silence. We feel safer with a madman who talks than with one who cannot open his mouth.Talking
2246Caskie StinnettA diplomat is a person who can tell you to go to hell in such a way that you actually look forward to the trip.Diplomacy
3301Oscar WildeTo love oneself is the beginning of a lifelong romance.Egotism
3709Griffin's ThoughtWhen you starve with a tiger, the tiger starves last.Competition
3797Ralph PetersBeware, no matter his faith, the man who presumes to tell you what God wants.Religion
4724AnonymousEXECUTIVE: A man who talks to the visitors while others are doing the work.Organization
4528Friedrich NietzscheSe entri mi fai onore; se non entri, un piacereHospitality

 
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