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Congo Proverbs

The badness of the yam is (laid to) the badness of the knife : (but it is soon found out that the yam is in fault; so) he who injures another injures himself.

Winston Churchill, fully Sir Winston Leonard Spencer-Churchill

I am an optimist. It does not seem too much use being anything else.

Seneca the Younger, aka Seneca or Lucius Annaeus Seneca

Many discoveries are reserved for ages still to come... Our universe is a sorry little affair unless it has in it something for every age to investigate.

Paul Romer

We've maintained accelerating growth over time, partly because the more we know, the easier it gets to discover. But we've also maintained it because we've got more and more people pitching in on this discovery activity. Now how did we get more and more people pitching in on discovery? Some of that has come purely from population growth. There are just more people around. But the most important part of it has come from changes in our institutions. We have things like universities, and we have things like patent laws, and we have things like research grants which have created incentives for those individuals to engage in more discovery. The institutions?again, the rules of the game?create incentives. And we've found ways to create incentives for people to do more discovery. So a meta-idea would be something like the modern research university.

Paulo Coelho

Even stopped clocks are right twice a day.

Hitopadesa or The Hitopadesa or Hitopadesha

One may forsake a person to save a family; one may desert a whole family for the sake of a village; and sacrifice a village for the safety of the community; but for one’s self one may abandon the whole world.

Pablo Picasso, fully Pablo Diego José Francisco de Paula Juan Nepomuceno María de los Remedios Cipriano de la Santísima Trinidad Ruiz y Picasso

I'd like to live as a poor man with lots of money.

Mircea Eliade

It is by virtue of the temple that the world is re-sanctified in every part.

L. Francis Edmunds

What shall it avail man if he conquers the whole of outer space and cannot compass the void within?

John Grisham, fully John Ray Grisham, Jr.

Our clients are our only assets, so we kill ourselves for them.

Sitting Bull, aka Tȟatȟáŋka Íyotake, born Hoka Psice

If the Great Spirit had desired me to be a white man he would have made me so in the first place. He put in your heart certain wishes and plans, and in my heart he put other different desires. Each man is good in his sight. It is not necessary for eagles to be crows.

German Proverbs

Bear and bull catch no fox.

Frances Power Cobbe

My great panacea for making society at once better and more enjoyable would be to cultivate greater sincerity.

Che Guevara, fully Ernesto “Che” Guevara

I finally felt myself lifted definitively away on the winds of adventure toward worlds I envisaged would be stranger than they were, into situations I imagined would be much more normal than they turned out to be.

T. S. Eliot, fully Thomas Sterns Eliot

Love is most nearly itself when here and now cease to matter.

Frank Gehry, fully Frank Owen Gehry

At first I didn't cotton to Mies's Lake Shore Drive towers in Chicago, but when I went there and saw how they come down on the slab of one-and-seven-eighths-inch thick travertine, I turned around. I think that was an incredible statement of modesty and power…It was so subtle, understated and powerful as hell. Rem Koolhaas certainly achieved an incredible piece of sculpture in the CCTV tower in Beijing. Also in Beijing, of course, the Bird's Nest stadium [built for the Olympics] by Herzog and de Meuron. I like a lot of young people, such as Zaha Hadid, who did the MAXXI Museum in Rome. They're finding their way, and I have great respect for them.

Donald R Keough

The time to be toughest is when things are going the best.

Dave Barry, fully David McAlister "Dave" Barry

I think we can all agree that there is not enough common courtesy shown... HEY! PAY ATTENTION WHEN I'M TALKING TO YOU DAMMIT! I said I think we can all agree that there is not enough common courtesy shown today. When we take the time to be courteous to each other, we find that we are happier and less likely to engage in nuclear war. This point was driven home by the recent summit talks, where Nancy Reagan and Raisa Gorbachev, each of whose husband thinks the other's husband is vermin, were able to sit down at a high-level tea and engage in courteous conversation...

Hannah Arendt

Opinions are formed in a process of open discussion and public debate, and where no opportunity for the forming of opinions exists, there may be moods -- moods of the masses and moods of individuals, the latter no less fickle and unreliable than the former -- but no opinion.

William Makepeace Thackeray

If people only made prudent marriages, what a stop to population there would be!

Werner Heisenberg, fully Werner Karl Heisenberg

The interest of research workers has frequently been focused on the phenomenon of regularly shaped crystals suddenly forming from a liquid, e.g. a supersaturated salt solution. According to the atomic theory the forming force in this process is to a certain extent the symmetry characteristic of the solution to Schrödinger's wave equation, and to that extent crystallization is explained by the atomic theory. Nevertheless this process retains a statistical and — one might almost say — historical element which cannot be further reduced: even when the state of the liquid is completely known before crystallization, the shape of the crystal is not determined by the laws of quantum mechanics. The formation of regular shapes is just far more probable than that of a shapeless lump. But the ultimate shape owes its genesis partly to an element of chance which in principle cannot be analysed further.

Georg Christoph Lichtenberg

I believe that man is in the last resort so free a being that his right to be what he believes himself to be cannot be contested.

Stephen King, fully Stephen Edwin King

On a couple of occasions I've shocked myself. Pet Sematery was appalling when it first came out on to the page.

George Charles Roche III

It seems that there is nothing more frustrating than good humor and fair play for the embittered ideologue who is willing to distort the truth in the name of his mission to serve mankind.

Walter Bagehot

There seems to be an unalterable contradiction between the human mind and its employments. How can a soul be a merchant? What relation to an immortal being have the price of linseed, the tare on tallow, or the brokerage on hemp? Can an undying creature debit petty expenses and charge for carriage paid? The soul ties its shoes; the mind washes its hands in a basin. All is incongruous.