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Robert Fulghum, fully Robert Lee Fulghum

The Sikh gave him the money. When Menon asked for his address so that he could repay the man, the Sikh said that Menon owed the debt to any stranger who came to him in need, as long as he lived. The help came from a stranger and was to be repaid to a stranger.

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

My slumbers--if I slumber--are not sleep, but a continuance of enduring thought, which then I can resist not: in my heart there is a vigil, and these eyes but close to look within; and yet I live, and bear the aspect and the form of breathing men.

United Nations

I know that at times it may not have seemed like a home, but I think we can agree that today a new climate has taken hold in relations between Israel and the United Nations. - Kofi Annan

Simon Sinek

Great leaders? are able to inspire people to act. Those who are able to inspire give people a sense of purpose or belonging that has little to do with any external incentive or benefit to be gained. Those who truly lead are able to create a following of people who act not because they were swayed, but because they were inspired. For those who are inspired, the motivation to act is deeply personal. They are less likely to be swayed by incentives. Those who are inspired are willing to pay a premium or endure inconvenience, even personal suffering. Those who are able to inspire will create a following of people?supporters, voters, customers, workers?who act for the good of the whole not because they have to, but because they want to.

Russian Proverbs

It is easier to bear a child once a year than to shave every day.

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

There is nothing more dangerous than ignorance being practiced.

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

But there is much beauty here, because there is much beauty everywhere.

Herman Hesse

I soon realized that these teachings could be a comfort only to those who accept them literally and believed to be the truth. If they were, to me, partly beautiful literature, some intricate symbols; an attempt to mythological explanation of the world, one could educate themselves and appreciate, but one would not learn the way of life and draw strength from them.

Nikos Kazantzakis

Behind the stream of my mind and body, behind the stream of my race and all mankind, behind the stream of plants and animals, I watch with trembling the Invisible, treading on all visible things and ascending.
Behind his heavy and blood-splattered feet I hear all living things being trampled on and crushed.
His face is without laughter, dark and silent, beyond joy and sorrow, beyond hope.

Samantha Power

The bottom line is that, for all of the self-serving rhetoric we have heard from Russian officials in recent days, there is nothing that justifies Russian conduct. As I said in our last session, Russia?s actions speak much louder than its words. What is happening today is not a human rights protection mission and it is not a consensual intervention. What is happening today is a dangerous military intervention in Ukraine. It is an act of aggression. It must stop. This is a choice for Russia. Diplomacy can serve Russia?s interests. The world is speaking out against the use of military threats and the use of force. Ukrainians must be allowed to determine their own destiny.

Berber Proverbs

To the dog that has money, men say: 'My Lord Dog.'

Octavio Paz, born Octavio Paz Lozano

In any erotic encounter there is an invisible and always active character: imagination.

William Shakespeare

Are you call'd forth from out a world of men, to slay the innocent?

William Cowper

Oh to have a lodge in some vast wilderness. Where rumors of oppression and deceit, of unsuccessful and successful wars may never reach me anymore.

Galileo Galilei, known simply as Galileo

Nature … is inexorable and immutable; she never transgresses the laws imposed upon her, or cares a whit whether her abstruse reasons and methods of operation are understandable to men.

George Bernard Shaw

It is a noteworthy fact that kicking and beating have played so considerable a part in the habits which necessity has imposed on mankind in past ages that the only way of preventing civilized men from beating and kicking their wives is to organize games in which they can kick and beat balls.

Harry S. Truman

How do you live a long life? "Take a two-mile walk every morning before breakfast.

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

Science is but the exchange of ignorance for that which is another kind of ignorance.

Marcelo Gleiser

If large portions of the world remain unseen or inaccessible to us, we must consider the meaning of the word ?reality? with great care. We must consider whether there is such a thing as an ?ultimate reality? out there ? the final substrate of all there is ? and, if so, whether we can ever hope to grasp it in its totality.

Emily Brontë, fully Emily Jane Brontë, aka pseudonym Ellis Bell

I pray every night that I may live after him; because I would rather be miserable than that he should be — that proves I love him better than myself.

Pythagoras, aka Pythagoras of Samos or Pythagoras the Samian

Educate the children and it won't be necessary to punish the men.

Edward Abbey

There are only two living American authors fully deserving of the Nobel Prize. One is Lewis Mumford. The other is Wallace Stegner, whose novels and essays provide us a comprehensive portrait of industrial society in all its glittering corruption and radiant evil.

Andrew Stanton

Use what you know... capture a truth... experiencing values you feel deep down in your core.

Richard Clarke Cabot

Ethics and Science need to shake hands.

JK Rowling, formally Joanne "Jo" Rowling

Children being children, however, the grotesque Hopping Pot had taken hold of their imaginations. The solution was to jettison the pro-Muggle moral but keep the warty cauldron, so by the middle of the sixteenth century a different version of the tale was in wide circulation among wizarding families. In the revised story, the Hopping Pot protects an innocent wizard from his torch-bearing, pitchfork-toting neighbours by chasing them away from the wizard's cottage, catching them and swallowing them whole.