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Florence Scovel Shinn

The robbers of time are the past and the future. Man should bless the past, and forget it, if it keeps him in bondage, and bless the future, knowing it has in store for him endless joys, but live fully in the now.

Russian Proverbs

Learning is light, ignorance -- darkness.

Zig Ziglar, born Hilary Hinton Ziglar

Desire is the catalyst that enables a person with average ability to compete and win against others with more natural talent.

Victor G. Heiser, fully Victor George Heiser

As knowledge with regard to the effects of food upon man increases, it is more than conceivable that the races that first avail themselves of the new values of nutrition may decrease the handicaps of disease, lengthen their lives, and so become the leaders of the future.

Nachman of Breslov, aka Reb Nachman Breslover or Bratslav, Nachman from Uman

Why does the Tzaddik tell stories? It's like when a doctor becomes sick and is forced to put himself in the hands of an outstanding expert. The sick doctor wants to be given the kinds of simple treatments he understands, but the expert knows of unique cures. Similarly a person may come to the outstanding sage and Tzaddik of the generation, who is doctor of the ailments of the soul. The person wants the Tzaddik to give him medicines - spiritual pathways of the kind he understands. However the Tzaddik has far more exalted medicines to administer.

Samuel Butler

I do not like books. I believe I have the smallest library of any literary man in London, and I have no wish to increase it. I keep my books at the British Museum and at Mudie's, and it makes me very angry if anyone gives me one for my private library.

Robert Byrd, fully Robert Carlyle Byrd

I apologize for any wrongdoing I or my players did. I thought I was defending my players, but I'm sure that's what Coach Fred Hickman was trying to do too. I'm sorry about all of that.

Milarepa, fully Jetsun Milarepa

Too many vows lead to self-cheating.

Henry Adams, aka Henry Brooks Adams

Life is a narrow valley, and the roads run close together.

Chuck Palahniuk, fully Charles Michael "Chuck" Palahniuk

You know, the condom is the glass slipper of our generation. You slip it on when you meet a stranger. You dance all night, then you throw it away.

William Cowper Brann

The wisest is he that knows only that he knows nothing. God only knows. We mortals are only troubled with morbid little ideas, sired by circumstance and damned by folly. The human head can absorb only the flavorings of its surroundings. We assume that our faith political and our creed religious are founded upon our reason, when they are really made for us by social conditions over which we had little control.

Mencius, born Meng Ke or Ko

Sincerity is the way of heaven; to think how to be sincere is the way of man.

William Wordsworth

That time is past, and all its aching joys are now no more, and all its dizzy raptures. Not for this faint i, nor mourn nor murmur, other gifts have followed; for such loss, I would believe, abundant recompense. For I have learned to look on nature, not as in the hour of thoughtless youth; but hearing oftentimes the still, sad music of humanity, nor harsh nor grating, though of ample power to chasten and subdue. And I have felt a presence that disturbs me with the joy of elevated thoughts; a sense sublime of something far more deeply interfused, whose dwelling is the light of setting suns, and the round ocean and the living air, and the blue sky, and in the mind of man; a motion and a spirit, that impels all thinking things, all objects of all thought, and rolls through all things. Therefore am I still a lover of the meadows and the woods, and mountains; and of all that we behold from this green earth; of all the mighty world of eye, and ear,?both what they half create, and what perceive; well pleased to recognize in nature and the language of the sense, the anchor of my purest thoughts, the nurse, the guide, the guardian of my heart, and soul of all my moral being.

Novalis, pseudonym of Georg Philipp Friedrich Freiherr von Hardenberg

Many counterrevolutionary books have been written in favor of the Revolution. But Burke has written a revolutionary book against the Revolution.

William Shakespeare

O that you could turn your eyes towards the napes of your necks, and make but an interior survey of your good selves!

Nora Ephron

Journalism is the greatest job. I loved it. I think it is a fantastic job. Now I kind of look back on it the way you look back on someone you were once in love with that you bump into and you think, what did I ever see in him?

Martin Heidegger

In contrast to ?Blessed are they who do not see and still believe,? he speaks of ?seeing and still not believing.?

Heinrich Heine

But that age? exerts on us an almost terrible charm, like the memory of things seen and a life lived in dreams.

Richard Bach, fully Richard David Bach

Take your dying with some seriousness, however. Laughing on the way to your execution is not generally understood by less advanced life-forms, and they'll call you crazy.

Nathaniel Hawthorne

Echo is the voice of a reflection in a mirror.

Zen Proverbs and Thoughts

The only Zen you find on the tops of mountains is the Zen you bring up there.

John Cheever, fully John William Cheever

For me a page of good prose is where one hears the rain. A page of good prose is when one hears the noise of battle.... A page of good prose seems to me the most serious dialogue that well-informed and intelligent men and women carry on today in their endeavor to make sure that the fires of this planet burn peaceably.

Ogden Nash

The sky is now indelible ink, the branches reft asunder; but you and I we do not shrink; we love the lovely thunder.

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

Who loves, raves--'tis youth's frenzy--but the cure Is bitterer still.

Philip Pullman

Take the anchor, there. The first meaning of that is hope, because hope holds you fast like an anchor so you don't give way.