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Fulton Sheen, fully Archbishop Fulton John Sheen

So much do the will and its sin become wedded together that a soul will say, "Let me alone. I made my bed and I will lie in it."

Nikos Kazantzakis

What is the essence of our God? The struggle for freedom. In the indestructible darkness a flaming line ascends and emblazons the march of the Invisible. What is our duty? To ascend with this blood-drenched line.
Whatever rushes upward and helps God to ascend is good. Whatever drags downward and impedes God from ascending is evil.
All virtues and all evils take on a new value. They are freed from the moment and from earth, they exist completely within man, before and after man, eternally.
For the essence of our ethic is not the salvation of man, who varies within time and space, but the salvation of God, who within a wide variety of flowing human forms and adventures is always the same, the indestructible rhythm which battles for freedom.
We, as human beings, are all miserable persons, heartless, small, insignificant. But within us a superior essence drives us ruthlessly upward.
From within this human mire divine songs have welled up, great ideas, violent loves, an unsleeping assault full of mystery, without beginning or end, without purpose, beyond every purpose.

Hasidic Proverbs

Fear only two: God, and the man who has no fear of God.

W. Somerset Maugham, fully William Somerset Maugham

The passing moment is all we can be sure of; it is only common sense to extract its utmost value from it; the future will one day be the present and will seem as unimportant as the present does now.

Henri Frédéric Amiel

The stationary condition is the beginning of the end.

Seth Godin

When you learn to listen to your fear, you?ve found a compass that can show you what matters.

Vladimir Nabokov, fully Vladimir Vladimirovich Nabokov

Nothing is more exhilarating than philistine vulgarity.

Swahili Proverbs

If you know this one, you don't know this (other) one.

Nathaniel Branden

Some people admire men and women of integrity; others are made nervous-they experience an unspoken sense of reproach, not knowing it lies within themselves

Nisargadatta Maharaj, fully Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj, born Maruti Shivrampant Kambli

You are the knowledge (‘I am’) and you don’t have any shape or form whatsoever. You are impersonal. You are comprehensive. You are the manifest, the Universal Consciousness. What would happen if you went in search of that Consciousness? The seeker would disappear in the search, because the ‘I amness’ is all there is.

Chinese Proverbs

A single beam cannot support a great house.

Romanian Proverbs

A lawyer's opinion is worth nothing unless paid for.

Leon Trotsky, born Lev Davidovich Bronshtein

Under all conditions well-organized violence seems to him the shortest distance between two points.

Pliny the Elder, full name Casus Plinius Secundus

I think it is the most beautiful and humane thing in the world, so to mingle gravity with pleasure that the one may not sink into melancholy, nor the other rise up into wantonness.

Spencer Wells

Without natural selection we would still be very similar to the relatively unsophisticated ape-like ancestor we would encounter if we could go back in time 5 million years or so.

Martial, full name Marcus Valarius Martialis

Believe me, wise men don?t say ?I shall live to do that?, tomorrow's life is too late; live today.

Adrienne Rich, fully Adrienne Cecil Rich

We lie under the sheet after making love, speaking of loneliness relieved in a book relived in a book so on that page the clot and fissure of it appears words of a man in pain a naked word entering the clot a hand grasping through bars: deliverance What happens between us has happened for centuries we know it from literature still it happens sexual jealousy out-flung hand beating bed dryness of mouth after panting there are books that describe all this and they are useless.

H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

Don't say you don't have enough time. You have exactly the same number of hours per day that were given to Helen Keller, Pasteur, Michaelangelo, Mother Teresa, Leonardo da Vinci, Thomas Jefferson, and Albert Einstein.

Norwegian Proverbs

Blood is thicker than water.

Nathan Myhrvold

Ultimately, my Ph.D. is in mathematical physics, focusing on quantum field theory and curved space-time, and I worked with Stephen Hawking.

Maurice Sendak, fully Maurice Bernard Sendak

It's a terrifying book; it's a nightmare. That to me comes as close to the world of childhood as great books do. Carroll was allowing for nightmare, murderous impulses. I don't know why he got away from it. He told the truth about childhood, about how unsafe it was.

Rainer Maria Rilke, full name René Karl Wilhelm Johann Josef Maria Rilke

O shooting star that fell into my eyes and through my body-: not to forget you. To endure.

Samuel Taylor Coleridge

To read Dryden, Pope, etc., you need only count syllables; but to read Donne you must measure time, and discover the time of each word by the sense of passion.

Hindustani Proverbs

Bathe early every day and sickness will avoid you.

Dave Eggers

People don't like to be kept away from what they want. Especially when it appears within their reach. It makes one doubly angry.