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"Weave me a rope from this dark despair, from this dull-eyed pain... Weave me a rope from this endless night, from this distant shore... Weave me a rope that will pull me through these impossible times." - Tim Finn

"When Kissinger can get the Nobel Peace Prize, what is there left for satire?" - Tom Lehrer

"Through the door, what do I see? Something is happening. Is it for me?" - Toad the Wet Sprocket

"I'm waiting by the phone. Waiting for you to call me up and tell me I'm not alone." - Soul Asylum

"Better to be occasionally cheated than perpetually suspicious." - B.C. Forbes

"All that we are is the result of what we have thought." - Buddha

"In true love, there are no secret thoughts. We can, for once, ecstatically share everything. There is no need to utter a defensive 'Nothing' when asked what we are thinking about. Everything in our mind is potentially acceptable to out beloved; there is no inner monologue that need stay unsaid." - Alainde Botton, Joe Magazine

"If you can distinguish between good advice and bad advice, then you don't need advice." - Van Roy's Second Law

"Hell begins on the day when God grants us a clear vision of all that we might have achieved, of all the gifts which we have wasted, or all that we might have done which me did not do... For me the conception of Hell lies in two words: Too Late." - Gian-Carlo Menotti

"I would die happy if I knew that on my tombstone could be written these words, 'This man was an absolute fool. None of the disastrous things that he reluctantly predicted ever came to pass!'" - Lewis Mumford

"Slothing is sleeping with class." - Kurt K.

"A commentary on the times is that the word 'honesty' is now preceded by 'old-fashioned." - Larry Wolters

"Little ever changes, if anything at all." - Toad the Wet Sprocket

"Promised myself I wouldn't weep. One more promise I couldn't keep. It seems no one can help me now. I'm in too deep. There's no way out. This time I have really lead myself astray." - Soul Asylum

"You, sleeping on your bed of nails. Weeping an ocean beyond the pale. Strange, sorrow is your greatest skill. You're suffering from overkill... Choose whether to laugh or to cry. Menace and promise mingle in your eye. Wait, it's only a matter of time. You know everything will be fine... Rain falls down and the seas run high. When you're by my side we can rise above it. Let me dry all the tears inside. On your way you cannot hide from the howling wind and the roaring tide. You might get hurt but your fears will subside when you at last escape from the tears inside." - Tim Finn

"The word 'politics' is derived from the word 'poly,' meaning 'many,' and the word 'ticks,' meaning 'blood sucking parasites." - Larry Hardiman

"Three words sum up what you can count on in life: It goes on." - Robert Frost

"Beware of allowing a tactless word, a rebuttal, a rejection to obliterate the whole sky." - Anais Nin

"There is a price which is too great to pay for peace, and that price can be put into one word. One cannot pay the price of self-respect." - Woodrow Wilson

"If you're falling off a cliff, you may as well try to fly." - Captain John Sheridan, Babylon 5

"Often it is the most deserving people who cannot help loving those who destroy them." - Herman Hesse

"We might be different but our hearts won't lie." - Toad the Wet Sprocket

"Seems like I should be getting somewhere. Somehow I'm neither here nor there." - Soul Asylum

"Show me a sane man and I will cure him for you." - Carl Gustav Jung

"Things change when you learn to loosen your grip. I think one way and the future is desperate. I think another way everything is in sight. Trees bend so branches don't have to break. We mend the wounds of our last mistake... I live one way holding onto the fence post. I live another way sliding off into space. Each life is loosely assembled... Birds swim, fish do fly. Proud man begins to cry. Birds swim, fish do fly. Things change, so why can't I?" - Tim Finn

"Observe your enemies, for they first find out your faults." - Antisthenes

"The very existence of flame throwers proves that sometime, somewhere, someone said to themselves, 'You know, I want to set those people over there on fire, but I'm just not close enough to get the job done." - George Carlin

"Passion makes us desperate." - V.C. Andrews

"Growing up sucks, not all kisses are magic, and most boys do not live up to your expectations" - Joey, Dawson's Creek

"When we walk to the edge of all the light we have and take a step into the darkness of the unknown, we must believe that one of two things will happen. There will be something solid for us to stand on or we will be taught to fly." - Patrick Overton

"Pain is the healing and the tears sting like alcohol." - Toad the Wet Sprocket

"Like a madman laughing at the rain - Little out of touch, little insane. Just easier than dealing with the pain." - Soul Asylum

"Love is an evil trick played on us to achieve the continuation of the species." - W. Sommerset Maugham

"Did you hear what the white rat said to the other white rat? 'I've got that psychologist so well trained that every time I ring the bell he brings me something to eat.'" - David Mercer

"When you learn how to trust your feelings then you'll know how to recognize it - That part of you that needs no healing is like a swollen river rising. So choke me with a violent passion and drown me in a deep emotion. You've got to help me build this feeling. I'm swimming in a stagnant ocean. Been blinded by smoke and mirrors and crippled by a fear of tomorrow. If you don't help me shake this feeling, then I'll be marking time in Limbo." - Tim Finn

"Character is doing the right thing when nobody's looking. There are too many people who think that the only thing that's right is to get by, and the only thing wrong is to get caught." - J.C. Watts

"Do you know what a pessimist is? A person who thinks everybody as nasty as himself, and hates them for it." - George Bernard Shaw

"A nail is driven out by another nail. Habit is overcome by habit." - Desiderius Erasmus

"Choose your friends carefully. Your enemies will choose you." - Yassir Arafat

"After finding I was resolved to stand up for my rights, they concluded to treat me well. Let every[one]... do this, and eventually we shall cease to be trampled under foot by our oppressors." - Harriet Jacobs, Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl

"Though the rain weighs down your wings, still the caged bird has to sing." - Soul Asylum

"Maturity begins to grow when you can sense your concern for others outweighing your concern for yourself." - John MacNoughton

"Copy from one, it's plagiarism; copy from two, it's research." - Wilson Mizner

"Let me be your freedom, let daylight dry your tears... Let me be your shelter, let me be your light, you're safe, no one will find you, your fears are far behind you... let me lead you from your solitude. Say you need me with you, here beside you. Anywhere you go let me go too... Love me. That's all I ask of you." - Charles Hart and Richard Stilgoe, Phantom of the Opera

"One part of me just wants to tell you everything. One part just needs the quite. And if I'm lonely here, I'm lonely here... How can I hold the part of me that only you can carry? It needs a strength I haven't found. But if it's frightening, I'll bear the cold... I will not take these things for granted anymore." - Toad the Wet Sprocket

"Everyone split up into pairs of three or four." - Simon Peter M.

"Ever wonder if illiterate people get the full effect of alphabet soup?" - John Mendoza

"Great opportunities to help others seldom come, but small ones surround us every day." - Sally Koch

"If the alien baby comes, we're ready and looking forward to it... I've always wanted a sibling for Chelsea." - Hillary Rodham Clinton (in response to a tabloid that said she was pregnant with an alien baby)

"Have you ever been in love? Horrible isn't it? It makes you so vulnerable. It opens your chest and it opens your heart and it means that someone can get inside you and mess you up. You build up all these defenses, you build this whole suit of armor, so that nothing can hurt you, then one stupid person, no different from any other stupid person, wanders into your stupid life... You give them a piece of you. They didn't ask for it. They do something dumb one day, like kiss you or smile at you, and then your life isn't your own anymore. Love takes hostages. It gets inside you. It eats you out and leaves you crying in the darkness, so simple a phrase like 'maybe we should just be friends' or 'how very perceptive' turns into a glass splinter working its way into your heart. It hurts. Not just in the imagination. Not just in the mind. It's a soul-hurt, a body-hurt, a real gets-inside-you-and-rips-out-you-apart pain. I hate love." - Neil Gaiman, A Doll's House

"There's a place for us stuck inside this fleeting moment, tucked away where no one owns it, wrapped up in a haste and by mistake got thrown away." - Soul Asylum

"It's hard to believe that there's nobody out there. It's hard to believe that I'm all alone." - Red Hot Chili Peppers

"We've noticed that you have not logged on to PeopleLink's Instant messaging service for over 30 days. We figure you either have a problem or you're not sure how PeopleLink can improve your life." - support@peoplelink.com

"There was a time when men were kind. When their voices were soft and their words inviting. There was a time when love was blind and the world was a song and the song was exciting. There was a time, then it all went wrong. I dreamed a dream in days gone by when hope was high and life worth living. I dreamed that love would never die. I dreamed that God would be forgiving. Then I was young and unafraid and dreams were made and used and wasted. There was no ransom to be paid, no song unsung no wine untasted. But the tigers come at night with their voices soft as thunder, As they tear your hope apart, as they turn your dream to shame... There are dreams that cannot be, and there are storms we cannot weather. I had a dream my life would be so different from this hell I'm living, so different now from what it seemed. Now life has killed the dream I dreamed." - Herbert Kretzmer, Les Miserables

Simon Peter M.: The only one who indulges me is Liz.
Sarah G.: Yeah, Liz is pretty indulgent.

"Never underestimate the power of stupid people in large groups." - George Carlin

"Knowledge is intelligence; knowing yourself is true wisdom. Mastering others is strength; mastering yourself is true power. If you realize that you have enough, you are truly rich." - Tao Te Ching

"Words and eggs must be handled with care. Once broken they are impossible things to repair." - Anne Sexton

"The cure for boredom is curiosity. There is no cure for curiosity." - Ellen Parr

"Though I sometimes get annoyed I know just where I'm at. This is my song of joy." - Soul Asylum

"When I've found my peace of mind I'm gonna keep it for the end of time." - Red Hot Chili Peppers

"I remember the time I knew what happiness was." - T.S. Eliot, Cats

"Information is not knowledge." - Albert Einstein

"There's a humorous side to every situation. The challenge is to find it." - George Carlin

"Threats don't work with the person whose got nothing to lose." - Maduro Ash

"Help me believe in anything, 'cause I wanna be someone who believes." - Counting Crows

"Unless you try to do something beyond what you have already mastered, you will never grow." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

"Lying in bed again, and I cry 'cause you're not here." - Cranberries

"Live for today. Multitudes of people have failed to live for today... What they have had within their grasp today they have missed entirely, because only the future has intrigued them." - William Allen White

"Where I go I just don't know." - Red Hot Chili Peppers

"You can't believe in yourself. You can't believe in anyone else." - Soul Asylum

"Don't be afraid to be weak, don't be too proud to be strong... Don't care what people say, just follow your own way." - Enigma

"A ship in port is safe, but that's not what ships were built for." - Grace Hopper

"The party's over. It's time to call it a day. They've burst your pretty balloon and taken the moon away. It's time to wind up the masquerade. Just make your mind up. The piper must be paid. The party's over, the candles flicker and dim. You danced and dreamed through the night. It seemed to be right, just being with him. Now you must wake up, all dreams must end. Take off your make-up, the party's over, it's all over my friend." - Betty Comden and Adolph Green, Bells are Ringing

"The best way to get over the last guy is the next guy." - Entrapment

"Dancing's just a conversation between two people. Talk to me." - Hope Floats

"I wish I had never met you, because then I could go to sleep at night not knowing there was somebody like you out there." - Good Will Hunting

"Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle." - John Watson

"Have you ever gotten the feeling that you aren't completely embarrassed yet, but you can glimpse tomorrow's embarrassment?" - Jerry Maguire

"You never grow out of mischief making. You never grow out of taking. You never grow out of complicating when simple things are waiting... You never grow out of contemplating when it ain't worth debating. You never grow out of mistake making. You never grow out of faking... You never grow out of fear... but I'm growing into you." - Soul Asylum

"It was one day in October when the sun began to fade, and Winter broke the promise that Summer had just made. It was one day in October when the rain came falling down, and someone said the bogey man was seen around the town." - Willy Russell, Blood Brothers

"Honesty is the first chapter in the book of wisdom." - Thomas Jefferson

"We make a living by what we get, but we make a lifetime by what we give." - Winston Churchill

"Wisdom is the quality that keeps you from getting into situations where you need it." - Doug Larson

"Come to me now, lay your hands over me... Broken in two and I know you're on to me... But I do believe that not everything is going to be the way you think it ought to be. It seems like every time I try to make it right it all comes down on me... Open the door and show me your face tonight. I know it's true. No one heals me like you and you hold the key. Never again would I turn away from you. I'm so heavy tonight but your love is all right... Please say honestly you won't give up on me and I shall believe." - Sheryl Crow

"True power is knowing that you can, but you don't." - Juliet Alicia Jarvis

"The reward of a thing well done is to have it done." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

"Be yourself. Who else is better qualified?" - Frank Giblin

"I moved to New York City for my health. I'm paranoid and New York was the only place where my fears were justified." - Anita Weiss

"If you think that by threatening me you can get me to do what you want... well, that's where you're right. But - and I am only saying this because I care - there's a lot of decaffeinated brands on the market that are just as tasty as the real thing." - Real Genius

"To most Hunterites:
You've taught me to be myself and not you. Most of you have discovered who you want to be, but not who you are. Most of you look and act the same; and you're trying desperately to be funky but you are not succeeding.
I hope the real world doesn't hurt you." - Lindsay B.

"Once in a while I'm not myself. Once in a while I think you're someone else." - Soul Asylum

"It's obvious the trouble we're in... No one said it would be easy but no one said it'd be this hard." - Sheryl Crow

"Laney: Screw the dolphins.
Jesse: Tried that last year. Banned from Sea World for life." - She's All That

"No one imagines that a symphony is supposed to improve in quality as it goes along, or that the whole object of playing it is to reach the finale. The point of music is discovered in every moment of playing it and listening to it. It is the same, I feel, with the greater part of our lives, and if we are unduly absorbed in improving them we may forget altogether to live them." - Alan Watts

"If you can understand the me then I can understand the you." - Metallica

"I never made Who's Who but I'm featured in What's That." - Phyllis Diller

"Thou shalt not covet; but tradition
Approves all forms of competition." - Arthur Hugh Clough

"It is possible to commit no mistakes and still lose. This is not a weakness. That is life." - Captain Picard, Star Trek: The Next Generation

"In order to make your dreams come true, you must awaken and take charge." - Natasha Newsome

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