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I have no special talents. I am only passionately curious.
- Albert Einstein

No human race is superior,
no religtious faith inferior.
All collective judgments are wrong.
Only racists make them.
- Elie Wiesel

The Universe is so extraordinary that only God could have created it.
- Albert Einstein

I have studied many philosophers and many cats. The wisdom of cats is infinitely superior.
- Hippolyte Taine

The Earth has music for those who listen.
- George Santayana

I would go mad if I didn't write the voices. (...)
A fool thinks himself to be wise, but a wise man knows himself to be a fool. (...)
All eyes and no sight (...)
Not so much brain as ear wax (...)
Mountain of mad flash (...)
I do desire we may be better strangers (...)
All the infection that the sun sucks up (...)
Highly fed and lowly taught (...)
Lump of foul deformity (...)
O Guli, o Dolt, as I ignorant as dirt (...)
The soul of this man is his clothes (...)
Quintessence of dust (...)
A fusty nut with no kernel (...)
Be great in act, as you have been in thought. (...)
I wasted time, and now doth time waste me. (...)
We are such stuff as dreams are made on and our little life is rounded sleep. (...)
Love all, trust a few, do wrong to none. (...)
All the world's a stage, and all the men and women merely players: they have their exits and their entrances; and one man in his time plays many parts, his acts being seven ages. (...)
God has given you one face, and you make yourself another. (...)
If music be the food of love, play on. (...)
Better a witty fool than a foolish wit. (...)
Listen to many, speak to a few.
- William Shakespeare (1564 - 1616)

His words shall be remembered as long as words are made of breath and breath of live...
- (about Shakespeare)

Good does not die on the day when we cease to believe in a personal deity, but we die on the day when our lives cease to be illuminated by the steady radiance, renewed daily, of a wonder, the source of which is beyond all reason.
- Dag Hammarskjold - former head of UN

A writer is someone for whom writing is more difficult than it is for other people.
- Thomas Mann

It may be hyperbolic to declare that Shakespeare teaches us more about being human than all the natural scientists combined.
- Philip Kitcher (Columbia University) - Seeing is Unbelieving (NYT)

"Everyone is entitled to his own opinion, but not his own facts".
- Daniel Patrick Moynihan

"The truth is rarely pure and never simple".
- Oscar Wilde

"You can fool some of the people all of the time, and all of the people some of the time, but you can not fool all of the people all of the time."
- Abraham Lincoln

"There is no expedient to which a man will not resort to avoid the real labor of thinking."
- Joshua Reynolds

"The journey itself is my home."
- Matsuo Basho

One does not become enlighteNed by imagining figures of light but by making the darkness concious.
- C. G. Jung

"The real loser: truth"
- The New York Times

The question of all questions for humanity, the problem which lies behind all others and is more interesting then any of them, is that of the determination of man's place in Nature and his relation to the Cosmos.
- Thomas H. Huxley

The most beautiful system of the sun, planets, and comets could only proceed from the counsel and dominion of an intelligent and powerful Being.
- Newton

Imagination is more important than knowledge.(...)
I want to know how God created this world. I am not interested in this phenomenon or that. I want to know God's thoughts. The rest are details. (...)
Science without religion is lame. But religion without science is blind.
- Albert Einstein

The theory of relativity occurred to me by intuition, and music was the driving force behind intuition.
- Albert Einstein

Every generation has the obligation to free men's minds for a look at new worlds ... to look out from a higher plateau than the last generation
- Eliot S. Onizuka

The cause of freedom is not a case of a race or a sect, a party or a class - it is the cause of humankind, the very bright right of humanity.
- Anna Julia Cooper

We must be the change we wish to see in the world.
- Mahatma Gandhi

"Unless you're ashamed of yourself now and then, you're not honest."
- William Faulkner

"The only way to comprehend what mathematicians mean by Infinity
is to contemplate the extend of Human stupidity. "
- Carlita Cooke

"We'll always have secrets: the ones we keep and the ones kept from us."

Change is the law of life. And those who look only to the past or present are certain to miss the future.
- John F. Kennedy

One may smile and smile and be a villain. (...)
Is a government worth preserving when it lies to the people? It's become a dangerous country when you cannot trust anyone. When you cannot tell the truth. I say "let justice be done, though the heavens fall"! (...)
Individual human beings have to create justice, and this is not easy because the truth often poses a threat to power and one often has to fight power at great risk to themselves. (...)
"Treason doth never prosper," wrote an English poet (...)
"A patriot must always be ready to defend his country against its government." wrote an American naturalist.
- Jim Garrison ("JFK")

Authority forgets a dying king.
- Tennyson

If you want to live a happy life, tie it to a goal, not to people or things.
- Albert Einstein

It can never be bought or borrowed or sold a gift to be cherished, true friendship is a treasure beyond compare. (***)
Lots of people want to ride with you in the limo, but what you want is someone who will take the bus with you when the limo breaks down.
- Cherrie Galer

To sin by silence, when we should protest, makes cowards out of men.
- Ella Wheeler Wilcox

Have you come to me from heaven or am I in heaven with you ...
- Il Trovatore
, (by Giuseppe Verdi based on the play El Trovador by Antonio García Gutiérrez)

But many are not capable of a firm persuasion of anything.
- William Blake

To forget the dead would be akin to killing them a second time.
- Elie Wiesel

When Darkness becomes your Light, what else is there left to fear?
- Sarina Singh

It is much easier to make war then peace.
- Georges Clemenceau (at Paris Peace Conference, 1919)

No matter what I do ... I am wrong ... We are just ducks in a shooting gallery. Any duck will do.
- Joshua Wolf Shenk - "What Makes Us Happy?"

I would trade all of my technology for an afternoon with Socrates. (...)
Innovation is the distinction between a leader and a follower. (..)
Our friends up north (Microsoft) spend over five billion dollars on research and development and all they seem to do is copy Google and Apple. (...)
Death is the destination we all share, no one has ever escaped it. And that is as it should be because death is very likely the single best invention of life.
- Steve Jobs

The only way to be happy is to love.
(...) Unless you love, your life will flash by.
- The Tree of Life (movie)

Who doesn't know his past - his present is low, and his future is uncertain.
- Hebrew saying

"Beauty lies mainly, above all, in personality, not in the skin."
- Eva Longoria

One word of truth outweighs the whole world.
- Alexandr Solzhenitsyn 

Yesterday I was clever, so I wanted to change the world. Today I am wise, so I am changing myself.
- Rumi

Not all readers are leaders, but all leaders are readers.
- Harry S. Truman

"Laws are dumb in the midst of arms."
(Silent enim leges inter arma.)
- Cicero (Pro Milone)

***

Opera is the greatest gift that God has given man in art.

People should be more capturing the holiness of the holiday ...

Freedom is not free

All things excellent are difficult.

Everyone sojourning in the flesh is passing through this earth to a mysterious state of future bliss ...
The Pilgrim's progress is toward no earthly destination.
- Pilgrimage

Only fools never doubt (...)
Good bye Love, my dearest Love...
- King Arthur (Camelot)

Part of what allows me to be happy is that I can be sad.
- Eleanor Dubinsky

It ain' t what they call you, it's what you answer to.
- W.C. Fields

Don't live down to expectations. Go out there and do something remarkable.
- Wendy Wasserstein

I guess Tosca isn't for everyone...
- Quantum of Solace (2008)

Alone!!! I'm alone, I'm always alone no mater what.
- Marilyn Monroe

We - each of us - are intricately, irremovably connected to the larger universe.
- Eben Alexander

There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.
- Albert Einstein

In the truest sense, freedom cannot be bestowed; it must be achieved. (...)
Freedom means the supremacy of human rights everywhere.
- Franklin D. Roosevelt

The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams. (...)
Freedom and justice for each human being.
- Eleanor Roosevelt

"Supreme excellence consists in breaking the enemy's resistance without fighting"
-Sun Tzu

"A river cuts through rock, not because of its power, but because of its persistence"
- JW

People laugh at me because I'm different, I laugh at them because they are this same.
- Sarah AlShalan

The quieter you become, the more you can hear.
- Ram Dass

When the people fear the government, there is tyranny. When the government fears the people, there is liberty.
- Thomas Jefferson

"At all times there were women who where revolutionary minded, who fanatically worked toward implementing their ideas, who fought for their rights and went to jail for their beliefs."
- Andrei Tolokonnikov (about his daughter Nadia Tolokonnikova)

Judge us not on our sins, but our love.
- Katharine Hepburn - "The African Queen" - 1 John 2:1

I am sorry for many things that are occurring  in this kingdom. The good seen to suffer, and the wicked to prosper.
- Eustace Chapuys, the Spanish Imperial Ambassador "The Tudors"

King has absolute power. And what he has given he can taken away.
- Anna Boleyn

Since no Parliament can make such a law it has no competence to decide on the existence of God. And no more can Parliament make the king supreme head of the Church. (...)
Only tell the king what he ought to do not what he could do... (...)
For if the lion knows his own strength, no man could control him (...)
We are standing on the edge of the abyss. God knows what shell become of us.
- Thomas Moore

A real friend is one who walks in when the rest of the world walk out. (...)
Doing what you like is freedom, liking what you do is happiness. (...)
Memory is a way of holding onto the things you love, the things you are, the things you never want to lose.
- Amba Shultz

We must all exceed our expectations. (...)
I'm the master of my fate (...)
I'm the captain of my soul. (...)

I have spent many years of my life in opposition, and I rather like the role.
- Eleanor Roosevelt

My only love, sprung from my only hate.
To early seen unknown, and known to late.
Prodigious birth of love it is to me...
that I must love a loathed enemy.
- Shakespeare "Romeo & Juliet"

How you can be so blind with eyes that big?
- from movie "A Million Ways to Die in the West"

Nothing is more precious then being in the present moment. Fully alive fully aware.
- Thich Nhat Hanh

If you obey all the rules you miss all the fun.
- Katharine Hepburn

Tact is the art of making a point without making an enemy.
- Sir Isaac Newton

Give the ones you love wings to fly, roots to come back, and reason to stay.
- Dalai Lama

Apologizing doesn't always mean you are wrong and the other person is right. It just means you value your relationship more then your ego.

The quiter you become, the more you can hear.
- Ram Dass

Four essential human freedoms.
1) The first is freedom of speech and expression -- everywhere in the world.
2) The second is freedom of every person to worship God in his own way -- everywhere in the world.
3) The third is freedom from want -- which, translated into world terms, means economic understandings which will secure to every nation a healthy peacetime life for its inhabitants -- everywhere in the world.
4) The fourth is freedom from fear -- which, translated into world terms, means a world-wide reduction of armaments to such a point and in such a thorough fashion that no nation will be in a position to commit an act of physical aggression against any neighbor-- anywhere in the world.
- FDR

Mother Theresa


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