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Willem de Kooning

I still think that Boccioni was a great artist and a passionate man. I like El Lissitsky’s painting very much. But Mondrian that great merciless artist, is the only one who had nothing left over. The point they all had in common was to be both inside and outside at the same time. A new of likeness!.. ..for me to be inside and outside is to be in an unheated studio with broken windows in the winter..

George Szell, originally György Széll, György Endre Szél, or Georg Szell

Conductors must give unmistakable and suggestive signals to the orchestra, not choreography to the audience.

Ella Wheeler Wilcox

Shake hands with Pain, give greeting unto Grief, those angels in disguise, and thy glad soul from height to height, from star to shining star, shall climb and claim blest immortality.

Eugenio Montale

I read long ago that a man has chosen to Moscow on a hunger strike. His name is Andrej Sackharov and is a famous physicist. It seems important that a man of science take the weapon of protest that was to Gandhi.

Philip Larkin, fully Philip Arthur Larkin

Home is so sad. It stays as it was left, shaped to the comfort of the last to go as if to win them back.

Rupert Brooke

My night shall be remembered for a star that outshone all the suns of all men's days.

JK Rowling, formally Joanne "Jo" Rowling

And then he greeted Death as an old friend, and went with him gladly, and, equals, they departed this life.

English Proverbs

Head cook and bottle-washer.

Croatian Proverbs

Don't measure a wolf's tail until he is dead.

Pitirim A. Sorokin, fully Pitirim Alexandrovich (Alexander) Sorokin

The sociocultural processes with an unlimited possi?bility of variation of their essential traits are also impossible?factually and logically. Hence, history is ever old and repeats itself? As to the possibilities of variation of the accidental properties of the system, the range of the possibilities here is wide, in some cases, at least, theoretically, almost unbounded. Hence, an incessant change of the system in these traits as long as the system exists. Likewise, almost unlimited are the possibilities of variation of the ever-new systems through the method of substitution or replacement of the exhausted systems by new ones. Hence, history is ever new, unrevealed and inexhaustible in its creativeness.

Portuguese Proverbs

Stolen house, locks on the door.

Seymour Epstein

The two systems [rational and experiential] have unique disadvantages as well as advantages. Thus, the rational system, although superior to the experiential system in abstract thinking, is inferior in its ability to automatically and effortlessly direct everyday behavior, and the experiential system, although superior in directing everyday behavior is inferior in its ability to think abstractly, to comprehend cause-and-effect relations, to delay gratification, and to plan for the distant future. Since each system has equally important advantages and disadvantages, neither system can be considered superior to the other system.

Baron de Montesquieu, fully Charles-Louis de Secondat, Baron de La Brède et de Montesquieu

A man who writes well writes not as others write, but as he himself writes; it is often in speaking badly that he speaks well.

Marshall Field

Give the lady what she wants!

Elizabeth Browning, fully Elizabeth Barrett Browning

Mountain gorses, do ye teach us . . . that the wisest word man reaches is the humblest he can speak?

Jason Fried

If circumstances change, your decisions can change. Decisions are temporary.

Feisal Abdul Rauf

The fundamental idea which defines a human being as a Muslim is the declaration of faith: that there is a creator, whom we call God - or Allah, in Arabic - and that the creator is one and single. And we declare this faith by the declaration of faith, where we... bear witness that there is no God but God.

Mao Tse-tung, alternatively Zedong, Ze dong, aka Chairman Mao

The People's democratic dictatorship uses two methods. Towards the enemy, it uses the method of dictatorship, that is, for as long a period of time as is necessary it does not let them take part in political activities and compels them to obey the law of the People's Government and to engage in labor and, through labor, transform themselves into new men. Towards the people, on the contrary, it uses the method not of compulsion but of democracy, that is, it must necessarily let them take part in political activities and does not compel them to do this or that, but uses the method of democracy in educating and persuading them.

Nisargadatta Maharaj, fully Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj, born Maruti Shivrampant Kambli

Before you can say ‘I am’, you must be there to say it. Being need not be self-conscious. You need not know to be, but you must ‘be’ to know.

Jim Rickards, fully James "Jim" G. Rickards

While all currencies by definition represent some store of value, the dollar is different. It is a store of economic value in a nation whose moral values are historically exceptional and therefore a light to the world. The debasement of the dollar cannot proceed without the debasement of those values and that exceptionalism.

E. F. Schumacher, fully Ernst Friedrich "Fritz" Schumacher

If technology is felt to be becoming more and more inhuman, we might do well to consider whether it is possible to have something better - a technology with a human face.

Tibetan Proverbs

He who knows a great deal has a hundred eyes.

Nathanael Emmons, also Nathaniel Emmons

He devoted all his time to his strong doctrinal sermons, but very little of his time to parochial cares.

Thomas J. Watston, Sr., fully Thomas John Watson, Sr.

The future of this business is far beyond the vision of any of us.

Vivekananda, fully Sri or Swami Vivekananda, born Narendra Nath Datta

Be free; hope for nothing from anyone. I am sure if you look back upon your lives you will find that you were always vainly trying to get help from others which never came. All the help that has come was from within yourselves.