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Seth Godin

Less than 3% of newly published authors make enough in royalties and advances to be happy to live on.

JK Rowling, formally Joanne "Jo" Rowling

Play Quidditch at all? No, Harry said again, wondering what on earth Quidditch could be. I do ? Father says it?s a crime if I?m not picked to play for my House, and I must say, I agree. Know what House you?ll be in yet? No, said Harry, feeling more stupid by the minute. Well, no one really knows until they get there, do they, but I know I?ll be in Slytherin, all our family have been ? imagine being in Hufflepuff, I think I?d leave, wouldn?t you?

Frederick Douglass, born Frederick Augustus Washington Bailey

I prefer to be true to myself, even at the hazard of incurring the ridicule of others, rather than to be false, and to incur my own abhorrence.

African Proverbs

Where there are experts there will be no lack of learners. ? Swahili Proverb

John Jay Chapman

He that is one man's slave is free from none.

Gertrude Stein

Sinclair Lewis is the perfect example of the false sense of time of the newspaper world.... [ellipsis in source] He was always dominated by an artificial time when he wrote Main Street.... He did not create actual human beings at any time. That is what makes it newspaper. Sinclair Lewis is the typical newspaperman and everything he says is newspaper. The difference between a thinker and a newspaperman is that a thinker enters right into things, a newspaperman is superficial.

Marshall McLuhan, fully Herbert Marshall McLuhan

The medium is the message.

Robert Kiyosaki, fully Robert Toru Kiyosaki

Most small-business owners have no financial education when they started. They weren't trained to be entrepreneurs.

Ray Stannard Baker, pen name David Grayson

The discrimination is not made openly, but a Negro who goes to such places is informed that there are no accommodations, or he is overlooked and otherwise slighted, so that he does not come again.

Mark Twain, pen name of Samuel Langhorne Clemens

The most difficult We do not deal in facts when we are contemplating ourselves.

Thomas Macaulay, fully Lord Thomas Babington Macaulay, 1st Baron Macaulay

Their successors expiated the crime. The effect of a change from good government to bad government is not fully fell for some time after the change has taken place. The talents and the virtues which a good constitution generates may for a time survive that constitution. Thus the reigns of princes who have established absolute monarchy on the ruins of popular forms of government often shine in history with a peculiar brilliancy. But when a generation or two has passed away, then comes signally to pass that which was written by Montesquieu, that despotic governments resemble those savages who cut down the tree in order to get at the fruit. During the first years of tyranny is reaped the harvest sown during the last years of liberty. Thus the Augustan age was rich in great minds formed in the generation of Cicero and Cæsar. The fruits of the policy of Augustus were reserved for posterity. Philip the Second was the heir of the Cortes and of the Justiza Mayor; and they left him a nation which seemed able to conquer all the world. What Philip left to his successors is well known.

Robert Jervis

Once countries know that the U.S. is going to use military force in Iraq, they may accept it, although not with the same support that the U.S. has had in Afghanistan. A lot of countries will decide to at least passively acquiesce. The military success in Afghanistan is helping to carry this support, but if the situation there deteriorates, how the world perceives a possible Iraqi option will change.

Heinrich Heine

Of course God will forgive me; that's His job.

Mickey Mantle, fully Mickey Charles Mantle

After I hit a home run I had a habit of running the bases with my head down. I figured the pitcher already felt bad enough without me showing him up rounding the bases.

Author 190282

Thy coming is companioned by presences of bliss; the rivers and the little leaves all know how good it is.

S'rîmad Bhâgavatam, aka Bhâgavata Purâna or Bhāgavata

The goddess of fortune, who lives in Vaikuntha on the chest of Lord Narayana, once desired to be embraced on the chest of Sri Krsna, and thus she performed severe austerities to achieve this blessing. Sri Krsna informed her that her actual place was in Vaikuntha and that it was not possible for her to dwell upon His chest in Vrndavana. Therefore she begged Krsna to allow her to remain on His chest in the form of a golden line, and He granted her this benediction.

Barbara Ehrenreich, born Barbara Alexander

My aim here was much more straightforward and objective — just to see whether I could match income to expenses, as the truly poor attempt to do every day. Besides, I've had enough unchosen encounters with poverty in my lifetime to know it's not a place you would want to visit for touristic purposes; it just smells too much like fear.

William Blake

If you trap the moment before it's ripe, the tears of repentance you'll certainly wipe; but if once you let the ripe moment go you can never wipe off the tears of woe.

William Butler Yeats

Been content to live.

Ogden Nash

Tell me, O Octopus, I begs,/ Is those things arms, or is they legs?/ I marvel at thee, Octopus; If I were thou, I'd call me Us.

David Foster Wallace

Most of us will still take nihilism over neanderthalism.

Hillary Rodham Clinton

Today's electronic village has certainly complicated the challenge of parenting. When It Takes a Village was published, the Internet was largely the province of scientists; no one owned an iPod; and cell phones weighed as much as bricks. Innovations are now coming at an exponentially faster pace, and media saturates our kids' lives as never before. Many of these changes are for the good: when I was in college, a phone call home was rare and a flight home, a once-a-year luxury. Now I know parents who see and speak to their kids every day by computer and video hookups, and I think how much Bill would have loved that when he was campaigning. But knowing that one third of kids under six have TVs in their rooms, that the fashion industry is marketing its latest styles to preteen girls, and that predators stalk our children through the World Wide Web makes me thankful to have raised Chelsea in a less media-saturated time.

Nigerian Proverbs

Bump-thump-scratch. It?s all on a big man?s skin.

Woodrow Wilson, fully Thomas Woodrow Wilson

Friendship is the only cement that will ever hold the world together.

Portuguese Proverbs

Though your mastiff be gentle, do not bite his lip.