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The following quotations were randomly selected from the collections selected below .
- Read not to contradict and confute, nor to find talk and discourse, but to weigh and consider.
- Sir Francis Bacon (1561 - 1626)
- Experience suggests it doesn't matter so much how you got here, as what you do after you arrive.
- Lois McMaster Bujold, "Barrayar", 1991
- If you look at life one way, there is always cause for alarm.
- Elizabeth Bowen (1899 - 1973)
- Because he has never forgiven himself any fault, he can forgive no one else's.
- Linda Berdoll, Mr. Darcy Takes A Wife, 2004
- My idea of an agreeable person is a person who agrees with me.
- Benjamin Disraeli (1804 - 1881)
- There is a theory which states that if ever anybody discovers exactly what the Universe is for and why it is here, it will instantly disappear and be replaced by something even more bizarre and inexplicable. There is another theory which states that this has already happened.
- Douglas Adams (1952 - 2001)
- Thanksgiving is a typically American holiday...The lavish meal is a symbol of the fact that abundant consumption is the result and reward of production.
- Ayn Rand (1905 - 1982)
- Don't part with your illusions. When they are gone you may still exist, but you have ceased to live.
- Mark Twain (1835 - 1910)
- It's very easy to feel someone's pain when you love them.
- Salma Hayek, Conversation with Salma Hayek, 2002
- One of the common causes of serious difficulty takes the form of parental self-discovery. The newly adopted child brings out submerged feelings or behavior in his parents that make them dislike themselves. This can be such a severe blow to their self- esteem that they must eradicate the cause of their distress. Sometimes the only way that parents are able to do that is by returning the child.
- Claudia Jewett Jarrett, Adopting the Older Child, 1978
- Your time is limited, so don't waste it living someone else's life. Don't be trapped by dogma - which is living with the results of other people's thinking. Don't let the noise of other's opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.
- Steve Jobs (1955 - 2011)
- Keep writing. Keep doing it and doing it. Even in the moments when it's so hurtful to think about writing.
- Heather Armstrong, Keynote Speech, SXSW 2006
- True silence is the rest of the mind; it is to the spirit what sleep is to the body, nourishment and refreshment.
- William Penn (1644 - 1718)
- Nothing is as simple as we hope it will be.
- Jim Horning
- I hope that when I die, people say about me, 'Boy, that guy sure owed me a lot of money.'
- Jack Handey (1949 - ), Deep Thoughts
- When you meet your antagonist, do everything in a mild and agreeable manner. Let your courage be as keen, but at the same time as polished, as your sword.
- Richard Brinsley Sheridan (1751 - 1816)
- Almost all absurdity of conduct arises from the imitation of those whom we cannot resemble.
- Samuel Johnson (1709 - 1784)
- Gratitude is merely the secret hope of further favors.
- Francois de La Rochefoucauld (1613 - 1680)
- In America any boy may become President and I suppose it's just one of the risks he takes.
- Adlai E. Stevenson Jr. (1900 - 1965), Speech in Indianapolis, 26 Sept. 1952
- The advantage of a classical education is that it enables you to despise the wealth that it prevents you from achieving.
- Russell Green