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4202Antonio PorchiaNothing that is complete breathes.Miscellaneous
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.
4802Niccolò MachiavelliThere is nothing more difficult to take in hand, more perilous to conduct, or more uncertain in its success than to take the lead in the introduction of a new order to things.Changing
4305George Bernard ShawTwo starving men cannot be twice as hungry as one; but two rascals can be ten times as vicious as one.Miscellaneous
3713Aldous HuxleyIt is a bit embarrassing to have been concerned with the human problem all one's life and find at the end that one has no more to offer by way of advice than "try to be a little kinder."Kindness
4118Oscar WildeOne should always be in love; that is the reason one should never marry.Marriage
4171Emile CioranThe fear of being deceived is the vulgar version of the quest for Truth.Truth
4322Peter DruckerThe most important thing in communication is hearing what isn't said.Communication
4321Peter DruckerBusiness, that's easily defined - it's other people's money.Business
3248Susan ErtzMillions long for immortality who do not know what to do with themselves on a rainy Sunday afternoon. Immortality
2933Gloria LeonardThe difference between pornography and erotica is lighting.Sex
4323Peter DruckerThe only thing we know about the future is that it will be different.Future
3991Umberto EcoI have come to believe that the whole world is an enigma, a harmless enigma that is made terrible by our own mad attempt to interpret it as though it had an underlying truth.Truth
3059John F. KennedyThe time to repair the roof is when the sun is shining.Miscellaneous
4319Peter DruckerEffective leadership is not about making speeches or being liked; leadership is defined by results, not attributes.Leadership
6062Jean-Paul SartreI tell you in truth: all men are Prophets or else God does not exist.Miscellaneous
3948Jewish ProverbIf the rich could hire someone else to die for them, the poor would make a wonderful living.Money
6032Jean-Paul SartreMan is condemned to be free; because once thrown into the world, he is responsible for everything he does.Freedom
4403Johann W. von GoetheWe do not have to visit a madhouse to find disordered minds; our planet is the mental institution of the universe.Madness
3735Jane AustenOne half of the world cannot understand the pleasures of the other.Pleasure
4792Ross CooperThe only way to change our lives is by changing our minds.Changing
5692AnonymousShe says: "I don't ask much. Just treat me like a lady and fuck me like a whore".Sex
4170Emile CioranI feel I am free but I know I am not.Freedom
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
5561Steve JobsThings don’t have to change the world to be important.Information technology
2368Erich FrommWho will tell whether one happy moment of love, or the joy of breathing or walking on a bright morning and smelling the fresh air, is not worth all the suffering and effort which life implies?Suffering
2966Alistair CookeA professional is someone who can do his best work when he doesn't feel like it. Work
3485John A. SheddA ship in harbor is safe -- but that is not what ships are for.Safety
4409Leo TolstoyIf every man could act as he chose, the whole of history would be a tissue of disconnected accidents.History
2556Carl Gustav JungThe meeting of two personalities is like the contact of two chemical substances: if there is any reaction, both are transformed. Personality
4768Pat CondellThe word "heretic" comes from the Greek word "hereticos", meaning "able to choose" - which pretty much says it all, don't you think?Religion
2258Peter DruckerDo not believe that it is very much of an advance to do the unnecessary three times as fast.Work
2203Erich FrommThere is hardly any activity, any enterprise, which is started out with such tremendous hopes and expectations, and yet which fails so regularly, as love.Love
4169Emile CioranIn a work of psychiatry, only the patients' remarks interest me; in a work of criticism, only the quotations.Miscellaneous
2459Ralph Waldo EmersonWe aim above the mark to hit the mark. Aiming
4747Emile CioranWe must read not to understand others but to understand ourselves.Reading
4254Giacomo LeopardiIf in this moment I were to go mad, my madness would consist of sitting always with my eyes staring, my mouth open, and my hands between my knees, without laughing or crying, or even moving except for sheer necessity. I haven't the least urge to conceive a desire, not even for death. . . . This is the first time that noia [boredom or spleen] not only presses and tires me but harries and rips like the sharpest pain.Boredom
5600Luc de VauvenarguesThere are those who are so scrupulously afraid of doing wrong that they seldom venture to do anything.Fear
6654Bill NyeEveryone you will ever meet knows something you don't.Miscellaneous
6297Karl PopperPhilosophers should consider the fact that the greatest happiness principle can easily be made an excuse for a benevolent dictatorship. We should replace it by a more modest and more realistic principle — the principle that the fight against avoidable misery should be a recognized aim of public policy, while the increase of happiness should be left, in the main, to private initiative.Philosophy
4426Abraham LincolnNearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man's character, give him power.Power
4324Peter DruckerCompany cultures are like country cultures. Never try to change one. Try, instead, to work with what you've got.Management
5132George CarlinI'm completely in favor of the separation of Church and State. My idea is that these two institutions screw us up enough on their own, so both of them together is certain death. Religion
6635Fyodor DostoevskyTalking nonsense is man's only privilege that distinguishes him from all other organisms.Mankind
6594Albert CamusThe only way to deal with an unfree world si to become so absolutely free that your very existence is an act of rebellion. Freedom
2741William JamesWhen you have to make a choice and don't make it, that is in itself a choice.Choice
2477Bill CosbyHuman beings are the only creatures on earth that allow their children to come back homeMan & Animals
5874Fran LebowitzVery few people possess true artistic ability. It is therefore both unseemly and unproductive to irritate the situation by making an effort. If you have a burning, restless urge to write or paint, simply eat something sweet and the feeling will pass.Art
5567Steve JobsSimple can be harder than complex: You have to work hard to get your thinking clean to make it simple. But it’s worth it in the end because once you get there, you can move mountains.Simplicity
5783Woody AllenMy one regret in life is that I am not someone else.Humour

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