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John Locke

Submitting to the laws of any country, living quietly and enjoying privileges and protection under them, makes not a man a member of that society... Nothing can make any man so but his actually entering into it by positive engagement and express promise and compact.

Oscar Wilde, pen name for Fingal O'Flahertie Wills

I don't want to go to heaven. None of my friends are there.

Samuel Richardson

Virtue only is the true beauty.

Francis Bacon

For myself, I found that I was fitted for nothing so well as for the study of truth; as having a Mind nimble and versatile enough to catch the Resemblances of Things (which is the chief point) and at the same time steady enough to fix and distinguish their Subtler Differences; as being gifted by Nature with Desire to seek, patience to Doubt, fondness to Meditate, slowness to assert, readiness to consider, carefulness to dispose and set in order; and as being a man that neither affects what is new nor admires what is old, and that hates every kind of Imposture. So I thought my Nature had a kind of familiarity and Relationship with Truth.

Seneca the Younger, aka Seneca or Lucius Annaeus Seneca

It does not matter how many books you have, but how good the books are which you have.

Brené Brown

As unique as we all are, an awful lot of us want the same things. We want to shake up our current less-than-fulfilling lives. We want to be happier, more loving, forgiving and connected with the people around us.

Zora Neale Hurston

She had brought love to the union and he had brought a longing after the flesh.

Gore Vidal, fully Eugene Luther Gore Vidal

I never miss a chance to have sex or appear on television.

Karl Popper, fully Sir Karl Raimund Popper

A rationalist is simply someone for whom it is more important to learn than to be proved right; someone who is willing to learn from others - not by simply taking over another's opinions, but by gladly allowing others to criticize his ideas and by gladly criticizing the ideas of others.

Oscar Wilde, pen name for Fingal O'Flahertie Wills

No man is rich enough to buy back his past.

Okakura Kahuzo

Teaism is a cult founded on the adoration of the beautiful among the sordid facts of everyday existence. It inculcates purity and harmony, the mystery of mutual charity, the romanticism of the social order. It is essentially a worship of the Imperfect, as it is a tender attempt to accomplish something possible in this impossible thing we know as life.

Mark Twain, pen name of Samuel Langhorne Clemens

It is very wearing to be good.

Dorothy Parker

The cure for boredom is curiosity. There is no cure for curiosity.

Knut Hamsun

When good befalls a man he calls it Providence, when evil Fate.

Zig Ziglar, born Hilary Hinton Ziglar

Since belief determines behavior, doesn?t it make sense that we should be teaching ethical, moral values in every home and in every school in America?

Portuguese Proverbs

The dog wags his tail, not for you, but for your bread.

Edward Abbey

All revolutions have failed? Perhaps. But rebellion for good cause is self- justifying -- a good in itself. Rebellion transforms slaves into human beings, if only for an hour.

Erich Fromm, fully Erich Seligmann Fromm

The unity in productive (creative) work is not interpersonal; the unity achieved in orgiastic fusion is transitory; the unity achieved by conformity is only pseudo-unity. Hence they are only partial answers to the problem of existence. The full answer lies in the achievement of interpersonal union, of fusion with another person, in love.

Saul Alinsky, fully Saul David Alinsky

Who is to know where mythology leaves off and history begins ? or which is which

Seneca the Younger, aka Seneca or Lucius Annaeus Seneca

No emotion falls into dislike so readily as sorrow.

Millicent Fenwick

In my opinion it is a grave error for women to feel that they must move only in women's interests... . What, after all, would we think if men all got together and kept doing things that were supposed to be in the interest of men?

Mother Jones, referring to Mary Harris Jones

Often while sewing for the lords and barons who lived in magnificent houses on the Lake Shore Drive, I would look out of the plate glass windows and see the poor, shivering wretches, jobless and hungry, walking alongside the frozen lake front. The contrast of their condition with that of the tropical comfort of the people for whom I sewed was painful to me.

Anna Jameson

Extreme vanity sometimes hides under the garb of ultra modesty.

Scottish Proverbs

Him that peys last never peys twise .

P.W. Singer, fully Peter Warren Singer

Many, including nearly every roboticist I met while writing this book [Wired for War], hope that these new technologies will finally end our species? bent toward war?the fear among soldiers is the very opposite of the scientists? hope. They worry that war is disappearing.