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Bhagavad Gītā, simply known as Gita

Action should culminate in wisdom.

Wolof Proverbs

He who dives in the water will get soaked

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

When a person stands in prayer, reciting the words of the prayers, he is gathering beautiful flowers and blossoms, like someone walking in a meadow picking lovely flowers and blossoms one by one until they make a bunch. Then he picks more, one by one, until they make another bunch, and he puts them together. So he goes on, picking and gathering more and more lovely bouquets. So it is in prayer: one goes from letter to letter, until several letters are joined together to make a syllable. One does the same to make whole words. Then one joins together two words, and goes on, picking and gathering, until one completes a whole blessing. Then one goes on picking more and more, and passes from the first blessing of the Amidah prayer - the blessing of the fathers Abraham, Isaac and Jacob - to the second, which speaks of God's might. One then proceeds to the third blessing, which speaks of His holiness, and so on. Who can adequately praise the great splendor of the gleanings and gatherings one makes with the words of the prayer?

George Carlin, fully George Denis Patrick Carlin

Always do whatever's next.

William Golding, fully Sir William Gerald Golding

Life... is scientific... I know there isn't no beast... but I know there isn't no fear, either... Unless we get frightened of people.

Seneca the Elder, aka Lucius or Marcus Annaeus Seneca

As the soil, however rich it may be, cannot be productive without cultivation, so the mind without culture can never produce good fruit.

Charles Caleb Colton

Love is an alliance of friendship and animalism; if the former predominates it is passion exalted and refined; if the latter, gross and sensual.

Jacques Chirac, fully Jacques René Chirac

I want to stress how much this situation is unworthy of the natural requirements that we owe to people here in France, whatever their origin or nationality.

Rashi, born Shlomo ben Yitzchok, aka Salomon Isaacides, Rabbi Shlomo Itzhaki

It is cruel not to forgive one who begs for forgiveness.

United Nations

This organization is created to prevent you from going to hell. It isn't created to take you to heaven. - Henry Lodge

William Shakespeare

Fresh as a bridegroom; and his chin new reap'd Showed like a stubble-land at harvest-home; He was perfumed like a milliner, And 'twixt his finger and his thumb he held A pouncet-box, which ever and anon He gave his nose and took 't away again. King Henry IV. Part I. Act i. Scene 3.

Richard R. Pharr

The human mind is the richest unexplored area of the world. The mind, like land, does not care what we plant. Good or bad, it returns what is planted.

Will Rogers, fully William Penn Adair "Will" Rogers

One wants recovery to start from the bottom, and the other wants it to start from the top. I don't know which is right. I've never heard of anybody suggesting that they might start it in the middle, so I hereby make that suggestion. To start recovery halfway between the two, because it's the middle class that does everything anyhow. But I don't know anything about it...

Robert Ingersoll, fully Robert Green "Bob" Ingersoll

I saw, too, what they called the Collar of Torture. Imagine a circle of iron, and on the inside a hundred points almost as sharp as needles. This argument was fastened about the throat of the sufferer. Then he could not walk, nor sit down, nor stir without the neck being punctured, by these points. In a little while the throat would begin to swell, and suffocation would end the agonies of that man. This man, it may be, had committed the crime of saying, with tears upon his cheeks, 'I do not believe that God, the father of us all, will damn to eternal perdition any of the children of men.' I saw another instrument, called the Scavenger's Daughter. Think of a pair of shears with handles, not only where they now are, but at the points as well, and just above the pivot that unites the blades, a circle of iron. In the upper handles the hands would be placed; in the lower, the feet; and through the iron ring, at the center, the head of the victim would be forced. In this condition, he would be thrown prone upon the earth, and the strain upon the muscles produced such agony that insanity would in pity end his pain.

Dorothy Leigh Sayers

The two men sat silent for a little, and then Lord Peter said: D'you like your job? The detective considered the question, and replied: Yes—yes, I do. I know it to be useful, and I am fitted to it. I do it quite well—not with inspiration, perhaps, but sufficiently well to take a pride in it. It is full of variety and it forces one to keep up to the mark and not get slack. And there's a future to it. Yes, I like it. Why? Oh, nothing, said Peter. It's a hobby to me, you see. I took it up when the bottom of things was rather knocked out for me, because it was so damned exciting, and the worst of it is, I enjoy it—up to a point. If it was all on paper I'd enjoy every bit of it. I love the beginning of a job—when one doesn't know any of the people and it's just exciting and amusing. But if it comes to really running down a live person and getting him hanged, or even quodded, poor devil, there don't seem as if there was any excuse for me buttin' in, since I don't have to make my livin' by it. And I feel as if I oughtn't ever to find it amusin'. But I do.

Zen Proverbs and Thoughts

There is no way you can use the word ?reality? without quotation marks around it.

Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala

I'm not of the school that says 'look this is colonialism' ... We should be open to whoever wants to invest and help us finance our needs.

Willis Harman

Every few hundred years in Western history there occurs a sharp transformation. Within a few short decades, society -- its world view, its basic values, its social and political structures, its arts, its key institutions -- rearranges itself. And the people born then cannot even imagine a world in which their grandparents lived and into which their own parents were born. We are currently living through such a transformation.

Samuel Butler

Most people have never learned that one of the main aims in life is to enjoy it.

John Templeton, fully Sir John Marks Templeton

If we become increasingly humble about how little we know, we may be more eager to search.

Max Lucado

You may not be down to your final heartbeat, but you may be down to your last paycheck, solution, or thimble of faith. Each sunrise seems to bring fresh reasons for fear

Sufi Proverbs

When one doesn't get better food at other's place.

Owen Feltham

There is no belittling worse than to over praise a man.

Dalai Lama, born Tenzin Gyatso

Someone else's action should not determine your response.

Shannon L. Alder

I don?t even pretend to believe I know everything; I just believe in arguments God told me I had a pretty good chance of winning, while I was traveling through hell.