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Woodrow Wilson, fully Thomas Woodrow Wilson

The Senate of the United States has been both extravagantly praised and unreasonably disparaged, according to the predisposition and temper of its various critics... The truth is, in this case as in so many others, something quite commonplace and practical. The Senate is just what the mode of its election and the conditions of public life in this country make it.

Percy Bysshe Shelley

They who wore Mitres and helms and crowns, or wreaths of light, signs of thought's empire over thought ?their lore taught them not this, to know themselves; their might could not repress the mystery within.

Voltaire, pen name of François-Marie Arouet

We are rarely proud when we are alone.

Theodore Dreiser, fully Theodore Herman Albert Dreiser

The most futile thing in this world is any attempt, perhaps, at exact definition of character. All individuals are a bundle of contradictions — none more so than the most capable.

Lord Byron, formally George Gordon Noel Byron, 6th Baron Byron

A wounded deer leaps the highest.

Karl Jaspers, fully Karl Theodor Jaspers

Man, if he is to remain man, must advance by way of consciousness. There is no road leading backward...We can no longer veil reality from ourselves by renouncing self-consciousness without simultaneously excluding ourselves from the historical course of human existence.

Francis Parkman

Every ship from the New World came freighted with marvels which put the fictions of chivalry to shame; and to the Spaniard of that day America was a region of wonder and mystery, of vague and magnificent promise. Thither adventurers hastened, thirsting for glory and for gold, and often mingling the enthusiasm of the crusader and the valor of the knight-errant with the bigotry of inquisitors and the rapacity of pirates. They roamed over land and sea; they climbed unknown mountains, surveyed unknown oceans, pierced the sultry intricacies of tropical forests; while from year to year and from day to day new wonders were unfolded, new islands and archipelagoes, new regions of gold and pearl, and barbaric empires of more than Oriental wealth. The extravagance of hope and the fever of adventure knew no bounds.

Thomas Carlyle

This Mirabeau's work, then is done. He sleeps with the primeval giants. He has gone over to the majority: Abiit ad plures.

Ezra Pound, fully Ezra Weston Loomis Pound

The act of bell ringing is symbolic of all proselytizing religions. It implies the pointless interference with the quiet of other people.

Charles Kingsley

Ah, my friends, we must look out and around to see what God is like. It is when we persist in turning our eyes inward and prying curiously over our own imperfections that we learn to make God after our own image, and fancy that our own darkness and hardness of heart are the patterns of His light and love.

Percy Bysshe Shelley

What is Freedom? ? ye can tell that which slavery is, too well ? for its very name has grown to an echo of your own.

William Feather, fully William A. Feather

Finishing a good book is like leaving a good friend.

Ghanaian Proverbs

One lie ruins a thousand truths.

Charles Pierre Baudelaire

In times of old when Nature in her glad excess brought forth such living marvels as no more are seen, I should have loved to dwell with a young giantess, like a voluptuous cat about the feet of a queen.

Enrico Fermi

There are two possible outcomes: If the result confirms the hypothesis, then you've made a measurement. If the result is contrary to the hypothesis, then you've made a discovery.

George Carlin, fully George Denis Patrick Carlin

Where does the dentist go when he leaves the room?

Russell Kirk

The Hebrew prophets were men endowed with moral imagination.

Thomas Mann, fully Paul Thomas Mann

Six months at most after they get here, these young people — and they are mostly young who come — have lost every idea they had, except flirtation and temperature.

W. Clement Stone, fully William Clement Stone

If there is something to gain and nothing to lose by asking, by all means ask!

Robert Ballard

I am an underwater explorer, not a treasure hunter.

Denis Diderot

My ideas are my harlots.

Percy Bysshe Shelley

Spirit of Nature! all-sufficing Power! Necessity, thou mother of the world!

English Proverbs

The bottom line is the bottom line.

John Perkins

The poor have been poor long enough. I don?t need to spend the rest of my life exploiting the poor, but coming together with others to build the kind of world we want to see.

Malcolm X, born Malcolm Little, Muslim name El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz

If you have a dog, I must have a dog. If you have a rifle, I must have a rifle. If you have a club, I must have a club. This is equality.