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"When you arise in the morning, think of what a precious privilege it is to be alive--to breathe, to think, to enjoy, to love." -- Marcus Aurelius

"The sciences, each straining in its own direction, have hitherto harmed us little; but someday the piecing together of dissociated knowledge will open up such terrifying vistas of reality... That we shall either go mad from the revelation or flee from the deadly light into the peace and safety of a new dark age.” -- H. P. Lovecraft

"The person who says it cannot be done should not interrupt the person doing it." -- Chinese proverb

"Learn what you are and be such." -- Pindar

"You people always hold onto old identities, old faces and masks, long after they've served their purpose. But you've got to learn to throw things away eventually." -- Death of the Endless, Dream Country

"Don't use the conduct of a fool as a precedent." -- Talmud

"A weapon is a device for making your enemy change his mind." -- Aral Vorkosigan

"There never yet has been a great system sustained by force under which all the best faculties of men have not slowly withered. Deny human rights, and however little you may wish to do so, you will find yourself abjectly kneeling at the feet of that old-world god, Force -- That grimmest and ugliest of gods that men have ever erected for themselves out of the lusts of their hearts. You will find yourself hating and dreading all other men who differ from you; you will find yourself obliged by the law of conflict into which you have plunged, to use every means in your power to crush them before they are able to crush you; you will find yourself day by day growing more unscrupulous and intolerant, more and more compelled by the fear of those opposed to you, to commit harsh and violent actions." -- Auberon Herbert, British journalist, 1893

"Better to die on one's feet than to live on one's knees." -- Dolores Ibarruri

"The right of revolution is an inherent one. When people are oppressed by their government, it is a natural right they enjoy to relieve themselves of the oppression, if they are strong enough, whether by withdrawal from it, or by overthrowing it and substituting a government more acceptable." -- Ulysses S. Grant

"A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, die gallantly. Specialization is for insects." -- Robert A. Heinlein

"It is the besetting vice of democracies to substitute public opinion for law. This is the usual form in which the masses of men exhibit their tyranny." -- James Fenimore Cooper

"An individualist is a man who says: "I will not run anyone's life - nor let anyone run mine. I will not rule or be ruled. I will not be a master nor a slave. I will not sacrifice myself to anyone - nor sacrifice anyone to myself." -- Ayn Rand, "Textbook of Americanism"

"The unknown is what it is. And to be frightened of it is what sends everybody scurrying around chasing dreams, illusions, wars, peace, love, hate, all that. Unknown is what it is. Accept that it's unknown, and it's plain sailing." -- John Lennon

"Make-believe colors the past with innocent distortion, and it swirls ahead of us in a thousand ways - in science, in politics, in every bold intention. It is part of our collective lives, entwining our past and our future... a particularly rewarding aspect of life itself." -- Shirley Temple Black

"It's weak and despicable to go on wanting things and not trying to get them." -- Joanna Field

"In Germany they first came for the Communists, and I didn't speak up because I wasn't a Communist.
Then they came for the Jews, and I didn't speak up because I wasn't a Jew.
Then they came for the trade unionists, and I didn't speak up because I wasn't a trade unionist.
Then they came for the Catholics, and I didn't speak up because I was a Protestant.
Then they came for me - and by that time no one was left to speak up."
-- Pastor Martin Niemöller

"When you get into a tight place and everything goes against you, till it seems as though you could not hang on a minute longer, never give up then, for that is just the place and time that the tide will turn." -- Harriet Beecher Stowe

"Be wary of the man who urges an action in which he himself incurs no risk." -- Joaquin Setanti

"Some people wear their smiles like a disguise.
Those that smile a lot, watch their eyes.
I know because I'm like that a lot.
You think everything's okay, and it is... until it's not."
-- Ani Difranco

"The creativity of the subconscious is unlimited." -- Thomas D. Willhite

"The world is your mirror and your mind is a magnet. What you perceive is in this world is largely a reflection of your own attitudes and beliefs. Life will give you what you attract with your thoughts think, act and talk negatively and your world will be negative. Think and act and talk with enthusiasm and you will attract positive results." -- Michael LeBeuf

"Nothing truly valuable arises from ambition or from a mere sense of duty; it stems rather from love and devotion towards men and towards objective things." -- Albert Einstein

"Everyone has talent. What is rare is the courage to follow that talent to the dark place where it leads." -- Erica Jong

"For every fatal shooting, there were roughly three non-fatal shootings. And, folks, this is unacceptable in America. It's just unacceptable. And we're going to do something about it." -- President George W. Bush, Philadelphia, May 14, 2001

"Shared pain is lessened, and shared joy is increased. Thus do we refute entropy." -- Callahan's Law

"My one regret in life is that I'm not someone else." -- Woody Allen

"Fear not for the future, weep not for the past." -- Percy Bysshe Shelley

"Our existence deforms the universe. THAT'S responsibility." -- Delirium of the Endless

"Woe unto you, when all men speak well of you!" -- Luke 6:26

Hanlon's razor: Never attribute to malice that which is adequately explained by stupidity.

"There are two major products that come out of Berkeley: LSD and UNIX. We don't believe this to be a coincidence." -- Jeremy S. Anderson

"Do not waste your fear on the mighty. Cowards make the deadliest opponents . . . and the worst thing about terrorists is how weak they are; so weak they have to be monsterous to accomplish anything" -- Lady Sally, Lady Slings the Booze

Cry 'Havoc,' and let slip the dogs of war;
That this foul deed shall smell above the earth
With carrion men, groaning for burial!
               -- William Shakespeare, Julius Caesar

"Never turn your back on a threatened danger and try to run away from it. If you do that, you will double the danger. But if you meet it promptly and without flinching, you will reduce the danger by half. Never run away from anything. Never!" -- Winston Churchill

"If you love wealth greater than liberty, the tranquility of servitude greater than the animating contest of freedom, go home from us in peace. We seek not your counsel, nor your arms. Crouch down and lick the hand that feeds you. May your chains set lightly upon you; and may posterity forget that you were our countrymen." -- Samual Adams

"Necessity is the plea for every infringement of human freedom. It is the argument of tyrants; it is the creed of slaves." -- William Pitt the Younger, British Prime Minister

"An armed society is a polite society. Manners are good when one may have to back up his acts with his life." -- Robert A. Heinlein

With a host of furious fancies
Whereof I am commander,
With a burning spear and a horse of air,
To the wilderness I wander.
By a knight of ghostes and shadowes
I summon'd am to tourney
Ten leagues beyond the wild world's end.
Methinks it is no journey.
               -- "Tom O'Bedlam's Song", Anonymous

"You can have peace or you can have freedom. Don't ever count on having both at once." -- Robert A. Heinlein

"If a man hasn't discovered something that he will die for, he isn't fit to live." -- Martin Luther King, Jr

"The most difficult struggle of all is the one within ourselves. Let us not get accustomed and adjusted to these conditions. The one who adjusts ceases to discriminate between good and evil. He becomes a slave in body and soul. Whatever may happen to you, remember always: Don't adjust! Revolt against the reality!" -- Mordechai Anielewicz, Warsaw, 1943

"Sometimes it's better to light a flame-thrower than curse the darkness." -- Terry Pratchett

"i speak without reservation from what i know and who i am. i do so with the understanding that all people should have the right to offer their voice to the chorus whether the result is harmony or dissonance, the worldsong is a colorless dirge without the differences that distinguish us, and it is that difference which should be celebrated not condemned." -- Ani Difranco

"Anyone who clings to the historically untrue--and thoroughly immoral--doctrine that 'violence never solves anything' I would advise to conjure up the ghosts of Napoleon Bonaparte and the Duke of Wellington and let them debate it. The Ghost of Hitler could referee, and the jury might well be the Dodo, the Great Auk, and the Passenger Pigeon. Violence, naked force, has settled more disputes in history than has any other factor, and the contrary opinion is wishful thinking at its worst. Breeds that forget this basic truth have always paid for it with their lives and freedoms." -- Robert A. Heinlein

"Fantasies are more than substitutes for unpleasant reality; they are also dress rehearsals, plans. All acts performed in the world begin in the imagination." -- Barbara Grizutti Harrison

"The future is the most expensive luxury in the world." -- Thornton Wilder

"If they won't let you walk in peace make them walk in war." (Submitted by Blackwolf59)

"If all else fails, immortality can always be assured by spectacular error." -- John Kenneth Galbraith

"The following words and phrases may not be used in a cadence: Budding sexuality, necrophilia, I hate everyone in this formation and wish they were dead, sexual lubrication, black earth mother, all Marines are latent homosexuals, Tantric yoga, Gotterdammerung, Korean hooker, Eskimo Nell, we've all got jackboots now, slut puppy, or any references to squid." - Skippy's List, #58 (http://www.skippyslist.com/)

"They've got us surrounded again, the poor bastards." -- Lieutenant Colonel Creighton Abrams, Bastogne, 1944

"Exceptional stupidity requires foresight, planning, and careful preparation to be properly effective." -- Alan Dean Foster

"The world is my country, all mankind are my brethren, and to do good is my religion." -- Thomas Paine

Some people are alive simply because it's illegal to kill them.

"As long as war is regarded as wicked, it will always have its fascination. When it is looked upon as vulgar, it will cease to be popular." -- Oscar Wilde

"Circumstances are the rulers of the weak; they are but the instruments of the wise." -- Samuel Lover

"I care not much for a man's religion, whose dog and cat are not the better for it." -- Abraham Lincoln

"Pain is your friend; it is your ally. Pain reminds you to finish the job and get the hell home. Pain tells you when you have been seriously wounded. And you know what the best thing about pain is? It tells you you're not dead yet!" -- Master Chief John James 'Jack' Urgayle, G.I. Jane

"If you let fear of consequence prevent you from following your deepest instinct, then your life will be safe, expedient and thin." -- Katherine B. Hathaway

"Pain is fear leaving the body." -- Countless Drill Instructors throughout the ages

"Without free speech no search for truth is possible... no discovery of truth is useful.... Better a thousandfold abuse of free speech than denial of free speech. The abuse dies in a day, but the denial slays the life of the people, and entombs the hope of the race." -- Charles Bradlaugh, English reformer, 1890

"To declare that in the administration of criminal law the end justifies the means -- to declare that the Government may commit crimes in order to secure conviction of a private criminal -- would bring terrible retribution." -- Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis, Dissent, Olmstead v. U.S. (1928)

"If fifty million people say a foolish thing, it is still a foolish thing." --Anatole France

"Most of the important things in the world have been accomplished by people who have kept on trying when there seemed to be no hope at all." -- Dale Carnegie

"Hope for a miracle. But don't depend on one." -- Talmud

"Good manners have much to do with the emotions. To make them ring true, one must feel them, not merely exhibit them." -- Amy Vanderbilt

"Is life so dear, or peace so sweet, as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God! I know not what course others may take; but as for me, give me liberty or give me death!" -- Patrick Henry

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