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3124Oscar LevantI am no more humble than my talents require. Humility
4200Antonio PorchiaNear me nothing but distances.Human relations
5566Steve JobsA lot of times, people don’t know what they want until you show it to them.Miscellaneous
2365Albert CamusTruth, like light, blinds. Falsehood, on the contrary, is a beautiful twilight that enhances every object.Reality
5333Shirley JacksonNo live organism can continue for long to exist sanely under conditions of absolute reality.Reality
6052Jean-Paul SartreAll that I know about my life, it seems, I have learned in books.Reading
2119Abraham LincolnAnd in the end, it's not the years in your life that count. It's the life in your years.Life
6289Karl PopperThere is an almost universal tendency, perhaps an inborn tendency, to suspect the good faith of a man who holds opinions that differ from our own opinions. … It obviously endangers the freedom and the objectivity of our discussion if we attack a person instead of attacking an opinion or, more precisely, a theory.Miscellaneous
4211Antonio PorchiaSuffering is above, not below. And everyone thinks that suffering is below. And everyone wants to rise.Suffering
3334VoltaireMarriage is the only adventure open to the cowardly.Marriage
4430Henry David ThoreauThe mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation and go to the grave with the song still in them.Desperation
2757ConfuciusReal knowledge is to know the extent of one's ignorance. Knowledge
5799Oscar WildeTo do nothing at all is the most difficult thing in the world, the most difficult and the most intellectual.Idleness
6918Jiddu KrishnamurtiWhat is the point of being educated, of learning to read and write, if you are just going to carry on like a machine? But that is what your parents want, and it is what the world wants. The world does not want you to think, it does not want you to be free to find out, because then you would be a dangerous citizen, you would not fit into the established pattern. A free human being can never feel that he belongs to any particular country, class, or type of thinking. Freedom means freedom at every level, right through, and to think only along a particular line is not freedom.Freedom
6870Jiddu KrishnamurtiAll outward forms of change brought about by wars, revolutions, reformations, laws and ideologies have failed completely to change the basic nature of man and therefore of society.Revolutions
4723Ambrose BierceDESTINY: A tyrant's authority for crime and a fool's excuse for failure. Destiny
3859Laurence J. PeterAn employee within an organization will advance to his or her level of incompetence and remain there.Hierarchy
5755AnonymousWhen I'm right no one remembers, when I'm wrong no one forgets.Miscellaneous
4703Howard ScottCRIMINAL: A person with predatory instincts who has not sufficient capital to form a corporation.Crime
2121Bruno CancellieriThe important thing is to know what is important.Wisdom
3004Friedrich NietzscheIn individuals madness is a rarity, but in groups, parties, peoples it is the rule.Madness
4229Joseph JoubertGive me a morality that equally suits the healthy and the sick, men and women, children, adults, and old people.Morality
2847Yogi BerraIn theory, there is no difference between theory and practice. But, in practice, there is.Theory
6314Karl PopperAlways remember that it is impossible to speak in such a way that you cannot be misunderstood: there will always be some who misunderstand you.Understanding
2428Christopher MorleyThere is only one success - to be able to spend your life in your own way.Success
2669AnonymousThe goal of marriage is not to think alike but to think together.Marriage
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
4303George Bernard ShawTake care to get what you like or you will be forced to like what you get.Miscellaneous
6036Jean-Paul SartreWe do not know what we want and yet we are responsible for what we are - that is the fact.Responsibility
2796AnonymousHalf of the people in the world are below average.Statistics
5602François de La RochefoucauldMen give away nothing so liberally as their advice.Advicing
4327Peter DruckerThe purpose of business is to create and keep a customer.Management
3189Winston ChurchillIt's not good enough that we do our best; sometimes we have to do what's required.Miscellaneous
2702Hector BerliozTime is a great teacher, but unfortunately it kills all its pupils.Time
5770Woody AllenLife is divided into the horrible and the miserable.Life
4203Antonio PorchiaThe chains that bind us most closely are the ones we have broken.Freedom
4187Emile CioranI have no faith, luckily. If I had, I should live in constant fear of losing it. Hence, far from helping me, it would do nothing but injure me.Faith
4722Oliver HerfordDARLING: The popular form of address used in speaking to a member of the opposite sex whose name you cannot at the moment remember.Memory
4408Ambrose BiercePolitics is a strife of interests masquerading as a contest of principles.Politics
5779Woody AllenTo me there's no real difference between a fortune teller or a fortune cookie and any of the organized religions. They're all equally valid or invalid, really. And equally helpful.Humour
2938Benjamin FranklinThose who give up liberty for the sake of security deserve neither liberty nor security.Freedom
4751Emile CioranSperm is a bandit in its pure state.Procreation
4648André GideIt is better to be hated for what one is, than loved for what one is not. Love
4242Joseph JoubertWisdom is the strength of the weak.Wisdom
5876Fran LebowitzHaving been unpopular in high school is not a just cause for book publication.Books
3641Oscar WildeMarriage is the triumph of imagination over intelligence. Second marriage is the triumph of hope over experience.Marriage
4024PlatoThe price good men pay for indifference to public affairs is to be ruled by evil men.Government
4427Abraham LincolnBetter to remain silent and be thought a fool, than to speak and remove all doubt.Stupidity
5135George CarlinNot only do I not know what's going on, I wouldn't know what to do about it if I did. Miscellaneous
6923Jiddu KrishnamurtiFreedom from the known is death, and then you are living.Life and Death

 
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