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Paradise

"Paradise is exactly like where you are right now, only much, much better."
  • Laurie Anderson

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Patience

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"A patient mind is the best remedy for trouble."
  • Plautus, Roman playwright (254-184 BC).
"A man who knows when to be quiet is an asset to himself."
  • Tom Burns
"My God-given talent is my ability to stick with it longer than anybody else."
  • Hershel Walker, former professional football star.

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Perception

"The perception of a problem is always relative.  Your headache feels terrific to the druggist."
  • Ramona E. F. Arnett, President of Ramona Enterprises, January 1986
"A mistake is simply another way of doing things."
  • Katherine Graham, Publisher, The Washington Post (Jan 1988).
"If you do it right 51 percent of the time you will end up a hero."
  • Alfred P. Sloam, (1875 - 1966), Former President and Chairman of General Motors.
"Most of the arguments to which I am a party fall somewhat short of being impressive, owing to the fact that neither I nor my opponent knows what we are talking about."
  • Robert Benchley, Benchley — or Else! (1947).
"It is better to be looked over than overlooked."
"It is a common saying in the ghettos of Brooklyn that if a boy is bad he joins a game; if he is good he plays basketball."
  • Rick Telander

 

"There is nothing final about a mistake, except its being taken as final."
  • Phyllis Bottome, Strange Fruit (1928)
"How many things are looked upon as quite impossible until they have been actually effected."
  • Pliny the Elder, Roman writer of natural history (23 - 79).
"It is understanding that gives us an ability to have peace.  When we understand the other fellow's viewpoint, and he understands ours, then we can sit down and work out our differences."
  • Harry S. Truman
"When a dog bites a man that is not news but when a man bites a dog that is news."
  • John B. Bogart
"Get your facts first, and then you can distort them as you please."
  • Rudyard Kipling
"It is a capital mistake to theorize before one had data.  Insensibly, one begins to twist facts to suit theories, instead of theories to suit facts."
  • Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
"Better a diamond with flaws than a pebble without."
  • Confucius, Chinese philosopher and teacher (c. 551 - c. 479 BC), Analects.
"Any sufficiently advanced technology is virtually indistinguishable from magic."
  • Arthur C. Clarke
"Never fear shadows.  It only means there is a light shining ahead."
  • Anonymous
"If my theory of relativity is proven successful, Germany will claim me as a German and France will declare that I am a citizen of the world.  Should my theory prove untrue, France will say that I am a German, and Germany will declare that I am a Jew."
  • Albert Einstein
"Reality is merely an illusion, albeit a very persistent one."
  • Albert Einstein
"Do not worry about your troubles in mathematics. I can assure you that mine are still greater."
  • Albert Einstein
"How can we know the dancer from the dance?"
  • W. B. Yeats
"If I do seem unduly clear to you, you must have misunderstood what I said."
  • Author Unknown
"Maybe this world is another planet's hell."
  • Aldous Huxley
"Illegal aliens have always been a problem in the United States. Ask any Indian."
  • Robert Orben
"Outside of the killings, Washington has one of the lowest crime rates in the country." 
  • Marion Barry, former Mayor of Washington, D.C.
"The eye sees only what the mind is prepared to comprehend." 
  • Henri-Louis Bergson, French philosopher (1859 - 1941)

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Philosophy

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"I have a simple philosophy. Fill what's empty. Empty what's full. And scratch where it itches."
  • Alice Roosevelt Longworth, in Peter Russell and Leonard Ross, The Best (1974).
"My advice to you is not to inquire why or whither, but just enjoy your ice cream while it's on your plate — that's my philosophy."
"We all need to believe in what we are doing."
  • Allan D. Gilmour, Executive Vice President, Ford Motor Company (February 1988).
"Get mad, then get over it."
  • Colin L. Powell
"Don't find fault. Find remedy!"
  • Henry Ford
"Speak softly and carry a big stick; you will go far."
  • Theodore Roosevelt, address (1901).
"In skating over thin ice, our safety is in our speed."
  • Ralph Waldo Emerson
"Never offend people with style when you can offend them with substance."
  • Sam Brown
"You can get much further with a kind word and a gun, than a kind word alone."
  • Al Capone
"We meet this evening, not in sorrow, but in gladness of heart."
  • Abraham Lincoln in his last public address (11 April 1865).
"Nothing is at last sacred but the integrity of your own mind"

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Police

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"The police are not here to create disorder; they're here to preserve disorder."
  • Former Mayor of Chicago Daly (I've been too lazy to figure out what his name is.  Please tell me!)

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Politics

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"I hold it, that a little rebellion, now and then, is a good thing, and as necessary in the political world as storms in the physical."
  • Thomas Jefferson, American President and statesman.
"Laws are like cobwebs, which may catch small flies, but let wasps and hornets break through."
  • Jonathan Swift, Anglo-Irish poet and satirist, Thoughts on Various Subjects.
"Peace if possible, Justice at any rate"
  • Wendell Phillips
"I prefer the most unjust peace to the justest war ever waged."
  • Marcus Tullius Cicero, Letters to Atticus
"I had a dream that I would be here this week, receiving something from  the president, but I thought it would be the front door key."
  • Bob Dole

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Power

"Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man's character, give him power."
  • Abraham Lincoln, former U.S. President
"I have found power in the mysteries of thought."
  • Euripides (438 BC)
"There is one thing stronger than all the armies of the world, and that is an idea whose time has come."
  • Victor Hugo
"You only have power over people as long as you don't take everything away from them.  But when you've robbed a man of everything he's no longer in your power — he's free again."
  • Alexander Solzhenitsyn, Nobel Prize-winning author.
"Duct tape is like The Force. It has a light side, and a dark side, and it holds the universe together..."
  • Carl Zwanzig
"Pinky, once I take over the world, remind me to politically snub you."
  • The Brain, from WB's Pinky & The Brain
"In sum, do not insult me with the beheadings, finger-choppings, or the lung- deflations you plan for my works.  I need my head to shake or nod, my hand to wave or make into a fist, my lungs to shout or whisper with.  I will not go gently onto a shelf, degutted, to become a non-book.

All you umpires, back to the bleachers.  Referees, hit the showers.  It's my game.  I pitch, I hit, I catch.  I run the bases.  At sunset I've won or lost.  At sunrise, I'm out again, giving it the old try.

And no one can stop me. Not even you."

"I do not like broccoli. And I haven't liked it since I was a little kid and my mother made me eat it. And I'm the President of the United States and I'm not going to eat any more broccoli."
  • George Bush

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Predictions

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"It's tough to make predictions, especially about the future."
  • Yogi Berra
"Well, hopefully I won't end up doing Colt .45 commercials."
  • Samuel L. Jackson on life after being Jedi Master Mace Windu, Philadelphia Inquirer

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Preparation

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"All things are ready, if our minds be so."

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Progress

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"Progress depends upon the belief that things can always be better."
  • Frank Tyger
"The only limit to our realization of tomorrow will be our doubts of today.  Let us move forward with strong and active faith."
  • Franklin D. Roosevelt
"I have called this principle, by which each slight variation, if useful, is preserved, by the term of Natural Selection"
"Technological progress has merely provided us with more efficient means for going backwards."
  • Aldous Huxley
"Many a man had taken the first step. With every additional step you enhance immensely the value of your first."
  • Ralph Waldo Emerson, American Writer

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Punishment

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"Service without reward is punishment."
  • George Herbert, English clergyman and poet (1593 - 1633).
"Maybe this world is another planet's hell."
  • Aldous Huxley
"Indeed I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just."
"Deserves it! I daresay he does. Many that live deserve death. And some that die deserve life. Can you give it to them? Then do not be too eager to deal out death in judgment. For even the very wise cannot see all ends."
"People who treat other people as less than human must not be surprised when the bread they have cast on the waters comes floating back to them, poisoned."
  • James Mark Baldwin, American psychologist (1861 - 1934)
"If you're going through hell, keep going."
  • Winston Churchill

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Quotes

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"A witty saying proves nothing."
  • Voltaire
"A book of quotations... can never be complete."
  • Robert M. Hamilton
"Repartee is what you wish you'd said."
  • Heywood Broun
"What is lofty can be said in any language, and what is mean should be said in none."
  • Moses Maimonides
"What is written without effort is in general read without pleasure."
  • Samuel Johnson
"Misquotations are the only quotations that are never misquoted."
  • Hesketh Pearson
"An unconditional right to say what one pleases about public affairs is what I consider to be the minimum guarantee of the First Amendment."
  • Hugo Black, US Supreme Court Justice (1837 - 1871), NY Times Co v Sullivan (1964).

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Radicals

"A radical is a man with both feet planted firmly in the air."
  • Franklin Delano Roosevelt

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Reason

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"He who will not reason, is a bigot, he who cannot is a fool; and he who dares not is a slave."
"The conclusive proof of my reasoning is that I shall cut anyone who argues further into dog meat."
  • Sir Geoffrey d'Tourneville

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Religion

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"If there were no God, it would be necessary to invent him."
  • Voltaire, 18th century philosopher.
"As long as there are exams, there will be prayer in schools."
  • Jeremy Kalan
"It doesn't really matter where I go (Heaven or Hell).  I'll have plenty of friends in both places."
  • Leslie Nielsen in Clarence Darrow - A One Man Show.
"Always say some prayers at night because it might turn out that there is a God."
"God is a comedian playing to an audience too afraid to laugh."
  • Francis M. Voltaire
"Christianity is more than a crutch. It is a life-support system."
  • Dave Busby
"When I told the people of Northern Ireland that I was an atheist, a woman in the audience stood up and said, "Yes, but is it the God of the Catholics or the God of the Protestants in whom you don't believe?"
  • Quentin Crisp
"I went through more screening to get into the seminary than to get a security clearance in the military."
  • John Fain
"The only thing we don't have a god for is premature ejaculation - but I hear that's coming quickly."
"To insist on a spiritual practice that served you in the past is to carry the raft on your back after you have crossed the river."
  • Buddha

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Repetition

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"It's like deja vu all over again."
  • Yogi Berra
"Practice is everything."
  • Diogenes Laertius, Greek historian and writer (c. 200 - 250).

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Respect

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"Respect the man and he will do the more."
"People are more easily led than driven."
  • David Harold Fink, Release from Nervous Tension (1943)
"Never esteem anything as of advantage to you that will make you break your word or lose your self-respect."
  • Marcus Aurelius Antoninus, (121 - 181 AD)
"Nobody on the face of the earth can make you feel inferior without your permission."
  • Zig Zigler
"Never assume stupidity in your enemies or intelligence in your allies."
  • Michael Holbrook
"I have got you together to hear what I have written down.  I do not wish your advice about the main matter — for that I have determined for myself."
  • Abraham Lincoln, former U.S. President
"Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few."
  • Winston Churchill, former British Prime Minister, paying tribute to the Royal Air Force in the Battle of Britain (20 August 1940).
"We would rather die on our feet than live on our knees."
  • Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Address (1939)

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Responsibility

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"People need responsibility.  They resist assuming it, but they cannot get along without it."
  • John Steinbeck
"There are plenty of recommendations on how to get out of trouble cheaply and fast.  Most of them come down to this: Deny your responsibility."
  • Lyndon B. Johnson, Democratic fund-raiser (30 September 1967).
"I love deadlines.  I especially like the whooshing sound they make as they go flying by."
  • Douglas Adams

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Right vs. Wrong

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"A thing is right when it tends to preserve the integrity, stability, and beauty of the biotic community.  It is wrong when it tends otherwise."
  • Aldo Leopold
"It is never right to compromise with dishonesty."
"It is one thing to show a man that he is in error, and another to put him in possession of truth."
  • John Locke (1632 - 1704)
"And in the end, through the long ages of our quest for light, it will be found that truth is still mightier than the sword."
  • Douglas Mac Arthur
"While one person feels inferior, the other is busy making mistakes and becoming superior."
  • Henry C. Link

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