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"He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain what he cannot lose."- Jim Eliot

"It is easier to get a job right than to explain why you didn't." - Martin Van Buren

"If you can spend a perfectly useless afternoon in a perfectly useless manner, you have learned how to live." - Lin Yutang

"There are too many people, and too few human beings." - Robert Zand

"It is a good rule to face difficulties at the time they arise and not allow them to increase unacknowledged." - Edward W. Ziegler

"How much time must there be before one knows what one feels?" - Lorraine Hansberry, A Raisin in the Sun

"Close your eyes and forget your name. Step outside yourself and let your thoughts stray as you go insane" - Slayer

"Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go." - T.S. Eliot

"Courage is not the absence of fear, but rather the judgment that something else is more important than fear" - Ambrose Redmoon

"Oh, girl why can't you see the way you really were the way you really are and the way you're really going to be... oh maybe it's true, that maybe you, can't see yourself, the way you really were, the way you really are, and the way you're gonna be. So how is it, that you happen to be caught in a whirlwind of time?... Now isn't it a shame, that you really can't see, the way you really are inside, the way you're really gonna be, 'cause you're crying inside, you're dying inside, you know you know it. So why don't you show it? Your true heart is passing what was back them lasting will not pass by for the testing. You know I'm not jesting. So why don't you see? Why don't you listen? You think life's not such a dream, well maybe all is not it seems. Be who you are, who you've been all along. You think everybody's right, but maybe they're all wrong." - Charles C.

"Love takes off masks we cannot live without and know we cannot live within." - James Baldwin

"Those who danced were thought to be quite insane by those who could not hear the music." - Angela Monet

"I loathe people who keep dogs. They are cowards who have not got the guts to bite people themselves." - August Strindberg

"Love is friendship set on fire." - Jeremy Taylor

"Here's to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The trouble-makers. The round heads in the square holes. The ones who see things differently. They're not fond of rules. And they have no respect for the status-quo. You can quote them. Disagree with them. Glorify, or vilify them. But the only thing you can't do is ignore them. Because they change things. They push the human race forward. And while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius. Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do." - ad for Apple Computer

"It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it." - Aristotle

"Dreams are the answers to the questions that we haven't yet figured out how to ask." - The X-Files

"I can't understand why people are frightened by new ideas. I'm frightened of old ones." - John Cage

"I am the bad things that happen to good people." - Ellen

"The wisdom of the wise and the experience of the ages are perpetuated by quotations." - Benjamin Disraeli

"It's a wise man who profits by his own experience, but it's a good deal wiser man who lets the rattlesnake bite the other fellow." - Josh Billings

"Shoshannah: What are the Fresh Vegetables?
Waitress: They're not actually fresh." - conversation at Strand Diner

"Do you know the difference between education and experience? Education is when you read the fine print; experience is what you get when you don't." - Pete Seeger

"Your people never cry enough... uncried tears remain inside you, like poison." - Raymond E. Feist and Janny Wurts, Servant of the Empire

"The voice of experience keeps its mouth shut." - Al Bernstein

"If history repeats itself, and the unexpected always happens, how incapable must Man be of learning from experience." - George Bernard Shaw

"Don't look back,
you're not going that way!" - Moonzy Silver Rose

"Experience teaches you that the man who looks you straight in the eye, particularly if he adds a firm handshake, is hiding something." - Clifton Fadiman

"They have showered me with riches and they say that I am worthy of their love and their attention. But they still don't know the truth." - Neil Finn

"All are lunatics, but he who can analyze his delusion is called a philosopher." - Ambrose Bierce

"Never 'for the sake of peace and quiet' deny your own experience or convictions." - Dag Hammerskjold

"I have had enough experience in all my years, and have read enough of the past, to know that advice to grandchildren is usually wasted." - Harry S Truman

"Rose: How was the sex?
Dorothy: So good we named it." - Golden Girls

"Good judgement comes from experience, and experience comes from bad judgement." - Barry LePatner

"Many of the insights of the saint stem from his experience as a sinner." - Eric Hoffer

"Much unhappiness results from out inability to remember the nice things that happen to us." - W.N. Rieger

"As I grow older, I pay less attention to what men say. I just watch what they do." - Andrew Carnegie

"There are no ordinary people. You have never talked to a mere mortal." - C.S. Lewis

"Necessity is the plea for every infringement of human freedom. It is the argument of tyrants; it is the creed of slaves." - William Pitt (Pitt the Elder)

"I'd prefer to have you near to me making the shape that used to be. How'm I gonna sleep without you?... I don't need this endless night, this lonely night... How'm I gonna sleep when I'm all alone? How'm I gonna sleep, this house is not a home. How'm I gonna take that dreamy ride thru space? This comet lacks a tail" - Tim Finn

"If it were not for hopes, the heart would break." - Thomas Fuller

"There is more to life than increasing its speed." - Mahatma Gandhi

"What man's mind can create, man's character can control." - Thomas Alva Edison

"We have no right to ask when a sorrow comes, 'Why did this happen to me?' unless we ask the same question for every joy that comes our way." - Philip F. Bernstein

"Those who can't laugh at themselves leave the job to others." - Anonymous

"It is not death that man should fear, but he should fear never beginning to live." - Marcus Aurelius

"Nothing shows a man's character more than what he laughs at." - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

"The pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; the optimist, the opportunity in every difficulty." - L.P. Jacks

"I went to a restaurant that serves 'breakfast any time.' So I ordered French toast during the Renaissance." - Steven Wright

"I cannot and will not cut my conscience to fit this year's fashion." - Lillian Hellman

"A single event can awaken within us a stranger totally unknown to us. To live is to be slowly born." - Antoine de Saint Exupery

"If we cannot now end our differences, at least we can help make the world safe for diversity." - John F. Kennedy

"He has a right to criticize who has a heart to help." - Abraham Lincoln

"The only reason I always try to meet and know the parents better is because it helps me to forgive their children." - Louis Johannot

"You made me doubt, you made me fear. But now I'm not the same." - Wolfsheim

"A conservative is a man with two perfectly good legs who, however, has never learned how to walk forward." - Franklin Delano Roosevelt

"I believe that what we become depends on what our fathers teach us at odd moments, when they aren't trying to teach us." - Umberto Eco

"Experience is the name everyone gives to their mistakes." - Oscar Wilde

"There are no good girls gone wrong, just bad girls found out." - Mae West

"I only have two rules for my newly born daughter: she will dress well and never have sex." - John Malkovich

"Do the right thing. It will gratify some people and astonish the rest." - Mark Twain

"All my life I've wanted to be someone; I guess I should have been more specific." - Jane Wagner

"Do what is right, though the world may perish." - Immanuel Kant

"Don't get a job in an abattoir. Don't be a butcher. The idea that people have to do these jobs for a livelihood is ridiculous. They can get other jobs. Shoplift, man. Better to be a prostitute than cut an animal's head off for a living." - Chrissie Hynde

"You don't get harmony when everybody sings the same note." - Doug Floyd

"No man chooses evil because it is evil; he only mistakes it for happiness." - Mary Wollstonecraft

"Excess on occasion is exhilarating. It prevents moderation from acquiring the deadening effect of a habit." - W. Somerset Maugham

"When we were children, we used to think that when we were grown up we would no longer be vulnerable. But to grow up is to accept vulnerability." - Madeleine L'Engle, Walking on Water

"That's one of the remarkable things about life. It's never so bad that it can't get worse." - Waterson, Calvin and Hobbes

"The trick in life is not to fear death, but not to welcome it either." - Anonymous

"To make mistakes is human; to stumble is common place; to be able to laugh at yourself is maturity." - William Arthur Ward

"Beware of those who laugh at nothing or everything." - Arnold H. Glasow

"Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn't do than by the ones you did. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream." - Mark Twain

"And if I laugh at any mortal thing,
Tis that I may not weep." - Lord Byron

"I can't do my laundry without finding a sock of yours and I can't comb the city without finding a place we've been, can you?" - Orson Welk

"When a person can no longer laugh at himself, it is time for others to laugh at him." - Thomas Szasz

"Laugh at yourself first, before anyone else can." - Elsa Maxwell

"Some people like my advice so much that they frame it upon the wall instead of using it." - Gordon R. Dickson

"If you're not allowed to laugh in heaven, I don't want to go there." - Martin Luther

"Grant me peace in my heart, serenity in my soul, and laughter on my face." - Anonymous

"To err is human, to refrain from laughing, humane." - Lane Olinghouse

"The only Zen you find on the tops of mountains is the Zen you bring up there." - Robert Pirsig

"I laugh about everything for fear of crying." - Beaumarchais

"No man, for any considerable period, can wear one face to himself and another to the multitude, without finally getting bewildered as to which one is true." - Nathaniel Hawthorne

"Children need encouragement. If a kid gets an answer right, tell him it was a lucky guess. That way, he develops a good, lucky feeling." - Jack Handey

"The inspiration of the Bible depends on the ignorance of the person who reads it." - Robert G. Ingersoll

"He who angers you conquers you." - Elizabeth Kenny

"Spenser: I suppose you can make an explosive out of chewing gum?
MacGyver: Why? Got some?" - MacGyver

"The proverb warns that, 'You should not bite the hand that feeds you.' But maybe you should, if it prevents you from feeding yourself." - Thomas Szasz

"There is a luxury in self-reproach. When we blame ourselves we feel that no one else has a right to blame us. It is the confession, not the priest, that gives us absolution." - Oscar Wilde

"If the world laughs at you, laugh right back - it's as funny as you are." - Unattributed

"No race can prosper till it learns that there is as much dignity in tilling a field as in writing a poem." - Booker T. Washington

"A man who lives by himself and for himself is apt to be corrupetd by the company he keeps." - Charles Parkhurst

"A large part of altruism, even when it is perfectly honest, is grounded upon the fact that it is uncomfortable to have unhappy people about one." - H.L. Mencken

"The difference between reality and fiction? Fiction has to make sense." - Tom Clancy

"The only normal people are the ones you don't know very well." - Joe Ancis

"'Parents: Can't live with them, can't be born without them.' - A statement intended to prove that truths are not very exciting things, and we should stick to lies." - Daniel O.

"We can avoid making choices by doing nothing, but even that is a decision." - Confucius

"Even if I knew that tomorrow the world would go to pieces, I would still plant my apple tree." - Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

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