"You can only begin where you find yourself."
     ~ Stuart Wilde

"If you tell the truth you don't have to remember anything."
     ~ Mark Twain

"If you know your history. Then you would know where you're coming from."
     ~ Nesta Robert Marley

"What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us."
     ~ Henry Stanley Haskins

"Not all those who wander are lost."
     ~ J.R.R. Tolkien

"There is no other place I want to be. Right here, right now.
Watching the world wake up from history.
     ~ Mike Edwards

"What you need to strive for is excellence, not perfection."
     ~ Phillip McGraw

"If you see someone winning all the time, he isn't gambling, he's cheating."
     ~ Malcolm X Little

"Winning isn't everything, but wanting to win is."
     ~ Arnold Palmer

"You miss 100% of the shots you don't take."
     ~ Wayne Gretsky

"Smaller and more insignificant things begin to torture you,
in proportion to your fear of being hurt.
The one who does most to avoid suffering is, in the end, the one who suffers most.
     ~ Thomas Merton

"Shrink from this, shrink from that, you wind up shrunk!"
     ~ Ray Bradbury

"If you read with your eyes shut, you're likely to find
that the place where you're going is far, far behind
     ~ Theodore Geisel (Dr.Seuss)

"Having eyes, see ye not?
and having ears, hear ye not?
     ~ Mark the Evangelist

"One cannot shut one´s eyes to things not seen with the eyes."
     ~ Charles Morgan

"Reality is whatever refuses to go away when I stop believing in it."
     ~ Philip K. Dick

"There are two things to aim at in life:
first to get what you want and, after that, to enjoy it.
Only the wisest of mankind achieve the second
     ~ Logan Pearsall Smith

"Blind unrelenting drive for growth is to the biosphere what a cancerous tumor is to an organism."
     ~ Howard Hawkins

"We may pass violets looking for roses.
We may pass contentment looking for victory
     ~ Bern Williams

"Don't waste too much effort in searching for conspiracies.
Most of the harm done in the world is out of stupidity, not by design
     ~ Gerard K. O'Neill

"A conspiracy of silence is just as bad as a conspiracy of action."
     ~ Joseph Soloveitchik

The world suffers a lot.
Not because of the violence of bad people,
but because of the silence of good people
     ~ Napoleon Bonaparte

"Human history becomes more and more a race between education and catastrophe."
     ~ H.G. Wells

"In a cruel and evil world, being cynical can allow you to get some entertainment out of it."
     ~ Daniel Waterse

"The world is a tragedy to those who feel, but a comedy to those who think."
     ~ Horace Walpole

"Humour is one of the best ingredients of survival."
     ~ Aung San Suu Kyi

"If you can laugh, you gotta laugh at yourself first."
     ~ Michael Jordan

"Rejoice! Rejoice! We have no choice, but to carry on."
     ~ Stephen Stills

I like it when a flower or a little tuft of grass grows through a crack in the concrete. It's so fuckin' heroic.”
     ~ George Carlin

"If anything can survive the probe of humour it is clearly of value."
     ~ Eric Idle

"Comedy is tragedy plus time."
     ~ Carol Burnett

"A face just covers a skull awhile.
Stretch that skull-cover and smile
     ~ Jack Kerouac

Imagination is more important than knowledge.
For knowledge is limited to all we now know and understand,
while imagination embraces the entire world,
and all there ever will be to know and understand
     ~ Albert Einstein

Knowledge is like a sphere; the greater its volume, the larger its contact with the unknown.”
     ~ Blaise Pascal

"Dream as if you'll live forever.
Live as if you'll die today
     ~ James Dean

"To execute great things, one should live as though one would never die."
     ~ Marquis de Vauvenargues

"He felt that his whole life was some kind of dream and he sometimes wondered whose it was."
     ~ Douglas Adams

"The first step toward enlightenment is disillusionment."
     ~ Mike Twohy

"Enlightenment leads to benightedness. Science entails nescience."
     ~ Philippe Verdoux

"One day it will have to be officially admitted that what we have christened reality is an even greater illusion than the world of dreams."
     ~ Salvador Dalí

"They who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night."
     ~ Edgar A. Poe

"The dreamers of the day are dangerous men,
for they may act out their dream with open eyes, to make it possible
     ~ T.E. Lawrence

"The dream of yesterday is the hope of today and reality of tomorrow."
     ~ Robert Goddard

"The future ain't what it used to be."
     ~ Yogi Berra

"Some people think the world will end.
I’ve often wondered when it might get started.
     ~ Stuart Wilde

"The best way to predict the future is to invent it."
     ~ Alan Kay

"I wrote my own future. I had to.
It was the only way out
     ~ John Lydon

I was just trying to open the doors... but walls fell down.”
     ~ Saket Assertive

"For the most part, men live within the framework of institutions whose architecture is not of their own choosing.
That they are generally content to do so springs more from passive acceptance than from considered approval
     ~ Louis Wasserman

"Even paradise could become a prison if one had enough time to take notice of the walls."
     ~ Morgan Rhodes

"The day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom."
     ~ Anais Nin

"What you inherit may not be as valuable as what you earn."
     ~ Jamie Johnson

"I must create a system, or be enslaved by another man's."
     ~ William Blake

"The reasonable man adapts himself to the world;
the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself.
Therefore, all progress depends on the unreasonable man
     ~ George Bernard Shaw

"I passionately hate the idea of being 'with it',
I think an artist has always to be out of step with his time
     ~ Orson Welles

"If a man does not keep pace with his companions,
perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer.
Let him step to the music which he hears,
however measured or far away
     ~ Henry David Thoreau

"Comparison is the enemy to creativity."
     ~ E'yen A. Gardner

"Art is a revolt against destiny."
     ~ Andre Malraux

"Art is either a plagiarist or a revolutionist."
     ~ Paul Gaugin

"When I need to identify rebels, I look for men with principles."
     ~ Frank Herbert

"Art is anything you can get away with."
     ~ Andrew Warhola

"Interpretation is the revenge of the intellect upon art."
     ~ Susan Sontag

"Artists are the engineers of the soul."
     ~ Vladimir Ilyich Ulyanov (Lenin)

"The artist only has to create one masterpiece, himself, constantly."
     ~ Yves Klein

"I do not seek, I find."
     ~ Pablo Picasso

"In art, the best is good enough."
     ~ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

"A true artist is not one who is inspired, but one who inspires others."
     ~ Salvador Dalí

"What you do is of little significance,
but it is very important that you do it
     ~ Mohandas Gandhi

"The natural path from nonentity to greatness is to forget that you are a gram
and feel yourself instead a millionth of a ton
     ~ Yevgeny Zamyatin

"Permanence is perceived only through the snapshot of a human life."
     ~ Brad Cran

"And this is love: that we walk in obedience to his commands.
As you have heard from the beginning, his command is that you walk in love
     ~ John the Evangelist

Seek freedom and become captive of your desires.
Seek discipline and find your liberty
     ~ Frank Herbert

"Obedience is the path to command."
     ~ Idries Shah

Love is metaphysical gravity."
     ~ R. Buckminster Fuller

Where love rules, there is no will to power,
and where power predominates, love is lacking.
The one is the shadow of the other
     ~ Carl Jung

"The opposite of faith is not doubt or even unbelief, but rather, fear.”
     ~ Rich Vincent

"I will face my fear. I will permit it to pass over me and through me.
And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path.
Where the fear has gone there will be nothing. Only I will remain
     ~ Frank Herbert

"Faith activates God - Fear activates the Enemy.”
     ~ Joel Osteen

If you have a bad thought about yourself, tell it to go to hell,
because that is exactly where it came from
     ~ Brigham Young

"It is not power that corrupts but fear.
Fear of losing power corrupts those who wield it and
fear of the scourge of power corrupts those who are subject to it
     ~ Aung San Suu Kyi

"Better to be occasionally cheated than perpetually suspicious."
     ~ Bertie Charles Forbes

"There is an art of conducting one's self in the lower regions by the memory of what one saw higher up."
     ~ Rene Daumal

"A lot of people mistake a short memory for a clear conscience."
     ~ Doug Larson

"Every man's memory is his private literature."
     ~ Aldous Huxley

"Memory atrophies unless it is communicated."
     ~ Barbara Clow

"Often we have no time for our friends but all the time in the world for our enemies."
     ~ Leon Uris

"Whatever the arena, our hearts experience
the failure to be heard as an absence of concern.
Conflict doesn’t necessarily disappear when we acknowledge each
other’s point of view, but it’s almost certain to get worse if we don’t
     ~ Michael P. Nichols

"Always forgive your enemies - nothing annoys them so such.”
     ~ Oscar Wilde

"The meeting of two personalities is like the contact of two chemical substances:
if there is any reaction, both are transformed
     ~ Carl Jung

"The man who has done you great injury or injustice makes himself a guest in your house forever.
Perhaps only forgiveness can dislodge him
     ~ Cormac McCarthy

"Remember, there is no rejection, only feedback."
     ~ James Murdock

"It's much better to be criticized than ignored."
     ~ Stuart Hameroff M.D.

"The opposite of love is not hate, it's indifference.”
     ~ Elie Wiesel

"Blasphemy is, after all, among the highest tributes that can be paid to the power of a symbol.
The blasphemer takes symbols as seriously as the idolater
     ~ Neil Postman

"I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it."
     ~ Evelyn Beatrice Hall

"If you don't like what's being said, change the conversation."
     ~ Matthew Weiner

"I know you think you understand what you thought I said but I'm not sure you realize that what you heard is not what I meant."
     ~ Alan Greenspan

"If liberty means anything at all, it means the right to tell people what they do not want to hear."
     ~ George Orwell

"A word, even the most contradictory word, preserves contact.
It is silence which isolates
     ~ Thomas Mann

"You have not converted a man because you have silenced him."
     ~ John Viscount Morley

"It is better to debate a question without settling it,
than to settle a question without debating it
     ~ Jeseph Joubert

"The right to be heard does not automatically include the right to be taken seriously."
     ~ Hubert H. Humphrey

"You tell how you really feel, you get burned.
I'm ready to go down in flames
     ~ James Osterberg (Iggy Pop)

"Intercourse is always a combat,
no matter how friendly a form it may take
     ~ Herman Hesse

"Once you hear the details of victory, it is hard to distinguish it from a defeat."
     ~ Jean-Paul Sartre

"It is very easy to defeat someone, but it is very hard to win someone."
     ~ Avul Pakir Jainulabdeen Abdul Kalam

"It is useless to meet revenge with revenge: it will heal nothing."
     ~ J.R.R.Tolkien

"Hating people is like burning down your own house to get rid of a rat."
     ~ Harry Fosdick

Resentment is like taking poison and hoping the other person dies.”
     ~ Aurelius Augustinus Hipponensis

"Blame is just a lazy person's way of making sense of chaos."
     ~ Douglas Coupland

"To carry a grudge, is like being stung to death by one bee."
     ~ William H. Walton

"You cannot inject new ideas into a man’s head by chopping it off;
neither will you infuse a new spirit into his heart by piercing it with a dagger
     ~ Louis Fischer

"How much time he gains who does not look to see what his neighbour says or does or thinks, but only at what he does himself."
     ~ Marcus Aurelius

"The crop seems always more productive in our neighbor's field."
     ~ Publius Ovidius Naso (Ovid)

"Be not angry that you cannot make others as you wish them to be,
since you cannot make yourself what you wish to be
     ~ Thomas Louis Haines

"In an argument, you have to learn to control your emotions.
The other person is the revolver, but you are the trigger
     ~ Donald Trump

"A loud voice cannot compete with a clear voice, even if it's a whisper."
     ~ Barry Neil

"The enemies of Freedom do not argue; they shout and they shoot."
     ~ William Inge

"Beware the fury of a patient man."
     ~ John Dryden

"When one cannot affect or even genuinely touch another person,
violence flares up as a daemonic necessity for contact
     ~ Rollo May

"War stops time, intensifies experience to the point of a terrible ecstasy."
     ~ William Broyles

"Violence is truly a universal language."
     ~ Frank Fleming

"A man screaming is seldom subtle."
     ~ Vincent Price

"Riots are the language of the unheard."
     ~ Martin Luther King Jr.

"Proclaim the truth and do not be silent through fear."
     ~ Caterina di Giacomo di Benincasa

Shame derives its power from being unspeakable.”
     ~ Brené Brown

"Shared pain is lessened; shared joy, increased - thus do we refute entropy."
     ~ Spider Robinson

"Yearn to understand first, and to be understood, second."
     ~ Beca Lewis Allen

If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor."
     ~ Desmond Tutu

"In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies,
but the silence of our friends
     ~ Martin Luther King Jr.

"A lie has speed, but truth has endurance."
     ~ Edgar Mohn

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