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Jason A. Merchey

Maintaining one's position can be both wise and foolish, weak and strong, confident and misguided. The wisdom is in knowing when to stand firmly and when to be supple.

François Mitterand, fully François Maurice Adrien Marie Mitterand

The industrialized countries need the economic recovery of the Third World, need these billions of human beings, potential buyers of our products. This is not only a generous attitude, it is a self-serving one.

Sallust, full name Carus Valerius Sailustius Crispus

To hope for safety in flight, when you have turned away from the enemy the arms by which the body is defended, is indeed madness. In battle those who are most afraid are always in most danger; but courage is equivalent to rampart.

Eugen Drewermann

We see in the 20th Century an unfortunate trench warfare, in which psychoanalysis, in a struggle against the internalized compulsion and superstition of a particular doctrine, has expressed itself atheistically. By contrast, theology is not merely under suspicion of talking soullessly about God. Both theology and psychology, in striving for human health, need one another like the right and the left hand.

Samantha Power

Don?t compare your insides to other people?s outsides. You can do it too!

Carolyn Porco

In our images we see icy particles. Other instruments, like the ultraviolet imaging spectrometer, can measure the abundance of water vapor coming off the south polar cap. And if you take the mass in icy particles that we see and compare it to the mass in the vapor that that instrument sees, the abundance of icy particles is more than you would expect if this whole phenomenon were arising from sublimating ice. You would expect fewer particles, fewer solids if it were coming from sublimating ice. So by default the next possibility is that it’s coming from liquid water.
Another really fantastic piece of evidence that’s very hard to refute is the presence of salt in these particles. There’s so much salt there that it could only be that the solids were previously droplets of salty water and then got frozen. If, instead, it were coming from ice that had salt in it, the salt would generally be left behind when the molecules leave the surface of the ice. You wouldn’t expect to see the kind of saltiness that we see if it was sublimating ice.
There is other evidence more along the lines of the models that people have proposed for how you get heat coming out of Enceladus. These models suggest pockets, or a whole regional sea, of liquid water under the south pole. So it’s becoming harder and harder to escape the conclusion that there’s a body of liquid water within Enceladus.

Seneca the Younger, aka Seneca or Lucius Annaeus Seneca

Fortune's not content with knocking a man down; she sends him spinning head over heels, crash upon crash.

Michio Kaku

I guess my view of life is that you live your life and it?s short. The thing is to have as rich an experience as you possibly can.

Neil deGrasse Tyson

Half of my library is old books because I like seeing how people thought about their world at their time. So that I don't get bigheaded about something we just discovered and I can be humble about where we might go next. Because you can see who got stuff right and most of the people who got stuff wrong.

Tim Ferriss

Learn the art of the pitch and of messaging.

Vedas, The Vedas

The ultimate objective of human life is to be free from sin. - Yajur Veda

Sathya Sai Baba, fully Sri Sathya Sai Baba

Good company is important; it helps to cultivate good qualities.

Emil M. Cioran

Our first intuitions are the true ones.

Philip K. Dick, fully Philip Kindred Dick

God's M.O.... is to transmute evil into good. If He is active here, He is doing that now, although our eyes can't perceive it; the process lies hidden beneath the surface of reality, and emerges only later. To, perhaps, our waiting heirs. Paltry people who will not know the dreadful war we've gone through, and the losses we took, unless in some footnote in a minor history book they catch a notion. Some brief mention. With no list of the fallen.

John Climacus, fully Saint John Climacus, aka John of the Ladder, John Scholasticus and John Sinaites

Exile means that we leave forever everything in our own country that prevents us from reaching the goal of piety. Exile means modest manners, wisdom which remains unknown, prudence not recognized as such by most, a hidden life, an invisible intention, unseen meditation, desire for humiliation, longing for hardship, constant determination to love God, abundance of love, renunciation of vainglory, depth of silence.

Samora Machel, fully Samora Moisés Machel

The rich man's dog gets more in the way of vaccination, medicine and medical care than do the workers upon whom the rich man's wealth is built.

Murray Bookchin

There must be a place on the political spectrum where a body of anti-authoritarian thought that advances humanity?s bitter struggle to arrive at the realization of its authentic social life ? the famous ?Commune of communes? ? can be clearly articulated institutionally as well as ideologically. There must be a means by which socially concerned anti-authoritarians can develop a program and a practice for attempting to change the world, not merely their psyches. There must be an arena of struggle that can mobilize people, help them to educate themselves and develop an anti-authoritarian politics ... that pits a new public sphere against the state and capitalism. In short, we must recover not only the socialist dimension of anarchism but its political dimension, democracy.

Abraham Joshua Heschel

Extreme rationalism may be defined as the failure of reason to understand itself.

Nicanor Parra, bully Nicanor Parra Sandoval

Before I go

I’m supposed to get a last wish:

Generous reader

burn this book

It’s not at all what I wanted to say

Though it was written in blood

It’s not what I wanted to say.

No lot could be sadder than mine

I was defeated by my own shadow:

My words took vengeance on me.

Forgive me, reader, good reader

If I cannot leave you

With a warm embrace, I leave you

With a forced and sad smile.

Maybe that’s all I am

But listen to my last word:

I take back everything I’ve said.

With the greatest bitterness in the world

I take back everything I've said.

Thomas Edison, fully Thomas Alva Edison

Genius is 99 percent perspiration and 1 percent inspiration.

William Morris

Speak but one word to me over the corn, over the tender, bowed locks of the corn.

Spanish Proverbs

When the summer is winter, and the winter is summer, it is a sorry year.

Eugene Peterson

Forgiveness is the last word. I take no interest in eliminating the tension between justice and forgiveness by taking justice off the table.

Anne Dillard

The sea pronounces something, over and over, in a hoarse whisper; I cannot quite make it out.

Kenneth Kaunda, fully Kenneth David Kaunda

Ambition never comes to an end.