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The following quotations were randomly selected from the collections selected below .
- Don't do what you want. Do what you don't want. Do what you're trained not to want. Do the things that scare you the most.
- Chuck Palahniuk (1962 - ), Invisible Monsters, 1999
- It's not true that life is one damn thing after another; it is one damn thing over and over.
- Edna St. Vincent Millay (1892 - 1950)
- The true mystery of the world is the visible, not the invisible.
- Oscar Wilde (1854 - 1900)
- American women expect to find in their husbands a perfection that English women only hope to find in their butlers.
- W. Somerset Maugham (1874 - 1965), The Razor's Edge, 1943
- Trust thyself only, and another shall not betray thee.
- Thomas Fuller (1608 - 1661)
- It is even harder for the average ape to believe that he has descended from man.
- H. L. Mencken (1880 - 1956)
- The true meaning of religion is thus not simply morality, but morality touched by emotion.
- Matthew Arnold (1822 - 1888), 'Literature and Dogma,' preface to 1883 edition, last words
- Society, my dear, is like salt water, good to swim in but hard to swallow.
- Arthur Stringer, "The Silver Poppy"
- If a man will begin with certainties, he shall end in doubts; but if he will be content to begin with doubts he shall end in certainties.
- Sir Francis Bacon (1561 - 1626)
- I would rather be exposed to the inconveniences attending too much liberty than to those attending too small a degree of it.
- Thomas Jefferson (1743 - 1826), to Archibald Stuart, 1791
- Bacchus hath drowned more men than Neptune.
- Dr. Thomas Fuller (1654 - 1734), Gnomologia, 1732
- Democracy is a device that ensures we shall be governed no better than we deserve.
- George Bernard Shaw (1856 - 1950)
- And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.
- Ana´s Nin (1903 - 1977)
- There are people whom one loves immediately and forever. Even to know they are alive in the world with one is quite enough.
- Nancy Spain
- Nowadays men lead lives of noisy desperation.
- James Thurber (1894 - 1961)
- Rather than love, than money, than fame, give me truth.
- Henry David Thoreau (1817 - 1862)
- Time is the coin of your life. It is the only coin you have, and only you can determine how it will be spent. Be careful lest you let other people spend it for you.
- Carl Sandburg (1878 - 1967)
- Courage is the ladder on which all the other virtues mount.
- Clare Booth Luce (1903 - 1987), in Reader's Digest, 1979
- Give what you have. To someone, it may be better than you dare to think.
- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807 - 1882)
- An idea isn't worth that much. It's the execution of the idea that has value. If you can't convince one other person that this is something to devote your life to, then it's not worth it.
- Joel Spolsky, Sink or Swim, SXSW 2006