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The following quotations were randomly selected from the collections selected below .
- It is bad luck to be superstitious.
- Andrew W. Mathis
- Humor is everywhere, in that there's irony in just about anything a human does.
- Bill Nye, Interview with Wired.com, April 2005
- Summer afternoon-summer afternoon; to me those have always been the two most beautiful words in the English language.
- Henry James (1843 - 1916)
- We don't see things as they are, we see things as we are.
- Anais Nin (1903 - 1977)
- There is... nothing greater than touching the shore after crossing some great body of water knowing that I've done it with my own two arms and legs.
- Diana Nyad
- There is no cure for birth and death save to enjoy the interval.
- George Santayana (1863 - 1952), Soliloquies in England, 1922, "War Shrines"
- Water, taken in moderation, cannot hurt anybody.
- Mark Twain (1835 - 1910)
- Almost everything--all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure--these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important. Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart.
- Steve Jobs (1955 - 2011)
- If a dog jumps in your lap, it is because he is fond of you; but if a cat does the same thing, it is because your lap is warmer.
- Alfred North Whitehead (1861 - 1947)
- In an industrial society which confuses work and productivity, the necessity of producing has always been an enemy of the desire to create.
- Raoul Vaneigem
- We know what a person thinks not when he tells us what he thinks, but by his actions.
- Isaac Bashevis Singer (1904 - 1991)
- We touch other peoples lives simply by existing.
- J. K. Rowling, Harvard Commencement Address, 2008
- To say something nice about yourself, this is the hardest thing in the world for people to do. They'd rather take their clothes off.
- Nancy Friday
- You are today where your thoughts have brought you; you will be tomorrow where your thoughts take you.
- James Lane Allen
- Whatever you are by nature, keep to it; never desert your line of talent. Be what nature intended you for and you will succeed.
- Sydney Smith (1771 - 1845)
- Hope doesn't come from calculating whether the good news is winning out over the bad. It's simply a choice to take action.
- Anna Lappe, O Magazine, June 2003
- Try to learn something about everything and everything about something.
- Thomas H. Huxley (1825 - 1895)
- Not only is the universe stranger than we imagine, it is stranger than we can imagine.
- Sir Arthur Eddington (1882 - 1944)
- I hate life, I hate death and everything in between just doesn't interest me.
- Chris Rapier
- When we do the best that we can, we never know what miracle is wrought in our life, or in the life of another.
- Helen Keller (1880 - 1968)