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3803Oscar WildeI think that God in creating Man somewhat overestimated his ability.God
4191Emile CioranFriendship is a pact, a convention. Two beings tacitly promise never to broadcast what each really thinks of the other. A kind of alliance based on compromises. When one of them publicly calls attention to the other's defects, the pact is declared null and void, the alliance broken. No friendship lasts if one of the partners ceases to play the game. In other words, no friendship tolerates an exaggerated proportion of honesty.Friendship
4703Howard ScottCRIMINAL: A person with predatory instincts who has not sufficient capital to form a corporation.Crime
6284Karl PopperIf we are uncritical we shall always find what we want: we shall look for, and find, confirmations, and we shall look away from, and not see, whatever might be dangerous to our pet theories. In this way it is only too easy to obtain what appears to be overwhelming evidence in favor of a theory which, if approached critically, would have been refuted.Miscellaneous
5672AnonymousLife is a state of mind. (From the film "Being There")Life
6756Clive JamesFiction is life with the dull bits left out.Miscellaneous
4306George Bernard ShawIf you begin by sacrificing yourself to those you love, you will end by hating those to whom you have sacrificed yourself.Sacrifice
6636Fyodor DostoevskyNothing in this world is harder than speaking the truth, nothing easier than flattery.Truth
3850Johann W. von GoetheTalent develops in tranquillity, character in the full current of human life.Talent
6082Carl RogersI believe it will have become evident why, for me, adjectives such as happy, contented, blissful, enjoyable, do not seem quite appropriate to any general description of this process I have called the good life, even though the person in this process would experience each one of these at the appropriate times. But adjectives which seem more generally fitting are adjectives such as enriching, exciting, rewarding, challenging, meaningful. This process of the good life is not, I am convinced, a life for the faint-fainthearted. It involves the stretching and growing of becoming more and more of one's potentialities. It involves the courage to be. It means launching oneself fully into the stream of life. Yet the deeply exciting thing about human beings is that when the individual is inwardly free, he chooses as the good life this process of becoming.Happiness
4436Woody AllenQuando ero piccolo i miei genitori mi volevano talmente bene che mi misero nella culla un orsacchiotto.
6849Jiddu KrishnamurtiYou must understand the whole of life, not just one little part of it. That is why you must read, that is why you must look at the skies, that is why you must sing, and dance, and write poems, and suffer, and understand, for all that is life.Understanding
2458R. Alec MacKenzieNothing is easier than being busy - and nothing more difficult than being effective.Effectiveness
6873Jiddu KrishnamurtiAll that we have invented, the symbols in the church, the rituals, they are all put there by thought. Thought has invented these things. Invented the savior. Invented the temples of India and the contents of the temples. Thought has invented all these things called sacred. You cannot deny that. So thought in itself is not sacred. And when thought invents God, God is not sacred. So what is sacred? That can only be understood or happen when there is complete freedom, from fear, from sorrow, and when there is this sense of love and compassion with it's own intelligence. Then when the mind is utterly still, that which is sacred can take place.Religion
2935Thomas Alva EdisonOpportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.Work
6803Dale CarnegieSpeakers who talk about what life has taught them never fail to keep the attention of their listeners.Attention
4236Joseph JoubertThought forms in the soul in the same way clouds form in the air.Thinking
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
3498AnonymousTears: The hydraulic force by which masculine will-power is defeated by feminine water power.Women
3445George EliotOur deeds determine us, as much as we determine our deeds.Personality
3128StendhalAll religions are founded on the fear of the many and the cleverness of the few.Religion
6515Thomas CarlyleHappy the people whose annals are blank in history books!History
5602François de La RochefoucauldMen give away nothing so liberally as their advice.Advicing
2235AnonymousLearning 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.Knowledge
4412W. C. FieldsI am free of all prejudices. I hate everyone equally.Prejudice
3029Isaac AsimovViolence is the last refuge of the incompetent.Violence
4215Olivia DresherI write because it’s a sort of meditation, and my only superficial peace. Writing takes me to the point where I can harmonize with what is disturbing.Writing
6897Jiddu KrishnamurtiThe demand to be safe in relationship inevitably breeds sorrow and fear. This seeking for security is inviting insecurity. Have you ever found security in any of your relationships? Have you? Most of us want the security of loving and being loved, but is there love when each one of us is seeking his own security, his own particular path? We are not loved because we don't know how to love.Love
5011Piero ScaruffiAt times I want to be found.Miscellaneous
2922AnonymousThe only difference between genius and stupidity is that genius has its limits.Stupidity
4810Frédéric ChopinSimplicity is the final achievement. After one has played a vast quantity of notes and more notes, it is simplicity that emerges as the crowning reward of art.Art
4778Giovanni SorianoTo be loved by whom you love is a great luck; to be loved by whom you don't love is an annoyance; not to be loved by whom you love is a misfortune; not to love and not to be loved, a risky situation.Love
3687George CarlinEver notice that anyone going slower than you is an idiot, but anyone going faster is a maniac?Jokes
4721Ambrose BierceCYNIC: A blackguard whose faulty vision sees things as they are, not as they ought to be. Cynism
5737Maya AngelouI don't trust anyone who doesn't laugh.Laughing
2741William JamesWhen you have to make a choice and don't make it, that is in itself a choice.Choice
5007Piero ScaruffiI do not think thoughts, thoughts think me,Thinking
6042Jean-Paul SartreFear? If I have gained anything by damning myself, it is that I no longer have anything to fear.Fear
4303George Bernard ShawTake care to get what you like or you will be forced to like what you get.Miscellaneous
3275Albert EinsteinHe who joyfully marches to music in rank and file has already earned my contempt. He has been given a large brain by mistake, since for him the spinal cord would fully suffice.Militarism
4423Mahatma GandhiSeven blunders of the world that lead to violence: wealth without work, pleasure without conscience, knowledge without character,

commerce without morality, science without humanity, worship without sacrifice, politics without principle.
4294George Bernard ShawThe man with toothache thinks everyone happy whose teeth are sound. The poverty stricken man makes the same mistake about the rich man.Happiness
4295George Bernard ShawThe more a man possesses over and above what he uses, the more careworn he becomes.Possession
2642Lord BarbizonAlways behave like a duck - keep calm and unruffled on the surface but paddle like the devil underneath.Behaviour
6623Mark TwainThe Bible has noble poetry in it... and some good morals and a wealth of obscenity, and upwards of a thousand lies. Religion
6884Jiddu KrishnamurtiThe description is not the described; I can describe the mountain, but the description is not the mountain, and if you are caught up in the description, as most people are, then you will never see the mountain.Writing
5070Robert DangoorI'm looking at Sue. Sue's looking at Tom. Tom's looking at Kathy.Love
3449Garrison Keillor It's a shallow life that doesn't give a person a few scars. Life
4083PlatoThe worst of all deceptions is self-deception.Deception
4730Ambrose BiercePAIN: An uncomfortable frame of mind that may have a physical basis in something that is being done to the body, or may be purely mental, caused by the good fortune of another. Pain

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