“Tactics are not a substitute for knowledge.
Cleverness without truth is manipulation.
     ~ Gregory Koukl

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

“Fast is fine, but accuracy is final. You must learn to be slow in a hurry.”
     ~ Wyatt Earp

“All the answers lie
just beyond our sight;
Where time stands still,
at the speed of light.
     ~ Lionel Ledbetter

“Some day the piecing together of dissociated knowledge will open up such terrifying vistas of reality, and of our frightful position therein, that we shall either go mad from the revelation or flee from the deadly light into the peace and safety of a new dark age.”
     ~ Howard Phillips Lovecraft

“Superstition is outside reason; so is revelation.”
     ~ Algernon Blackwood

“Were I to reveal the details of my art, the devil might enslave you.”
     ~ Johann Ernst Elias Bessler

“Superstition and accident manifest the will of God.”
     ~ Carl Jung

“Some accidents are stronger, wiser than any design.”
     ~ David Brin

“The only thing faster than the speed of thought is the speed of forgetfulness.”
     ~ Vera Nazarian

“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

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

“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

“Upon the world he made his mark, and from him we learn how not to be one.”
     ~ Jeff Smith

“The game was created to demonstrate the futility of individual effort.
If the champion defeats the meaning for which the game was designed, then he must lose.
     ~ William Neal Harrison

“No one can ever master the game... or conquer it. You can only challenge it.”
     ~ Louis Clark Brock

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

“You miss 100% of the shots you don't take.”
     ~ Wayne Gretzky

“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)

“You are what you read — so choose carefully, since the wrong kind of food for thought can cause serious mental indigestion.”
     ~ David Konstan

“The blind reader, who swallows good and bad ideas indiscriminately, suffers from intellectual indigestion.”
     ~ Paramahansa Yogananda

“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

“The digestive process of the mind is incomplete, superficial; and right here the foundation is laid for mental malnutrition and intellectual anaemia.”
     ~ William S. Sadler

“Ac proinde haec cognitio, 'Ego cogito, Ergo sum', est omnium prima et certissima, quae cuilibet ordine philosophanti occurrat.”
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“Accordingly, the knowledge, 'I am thinking, therefore I exist', is the first and most certain that occurs to one who philosophizes orderly.”
     ~ Renι Descartes

“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

“You think you own whatever land you land on
The earth is just a dead thing you can claim
But I know every rock and tree and creature
Has a life, has a spirit, has a name
     ~ Stephen Lawrence Schwartz

“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

“The aim of education is not knowledge but action.”
     ~ Edward Spencer

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

“There exists a simple equation between freedom and numbers.
The more people, the less freedom.
     ~ Royal Robbins

“There are ways to avoid the holocaust and to make the world a cleaner place. We must never cease to search for them.”
     ~ Victor F. Weisskopf

“We must all hang together, or we will surely all hang separately.”
     ~ Benjamin Franklin

“Ultimate horror often paralyses memory in a merciful way.”
     ~ Howard Phillips Lovecraft

“Abruptly the poker of memory stirs the ashes of recollection and uncovers a forgotten ember, still smoldering down there, still hot, still glowing, still red.”
     ~ William Manchester

“We are not troubled by things, but by the opinions which we have of things.”
     ~ Epictetus

“The world is only evil when you become its slave.”
     ~ Henri Jozef Nouwen

“Nothing baffles the schemes of evil people so much as the calm composure of great souls.”
     ~ Honorι Gabriel Riqueti de Mirabeau

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

“Superfluous energy, which, if it remained unused, might become negative, that is, poison.
Laughter is the antidote.
     ~ George Gurdjieff

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

“Clowns are sad, it's folks that laugh at them. Well, I'm gonna be a new kind of clown.
I'm gonna stand in the middle of the ring and laugh at the folks

     ~ Harper Lee

“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

“Ridicule is a weak weapon, when leveled at a strong mind;
But common men are cowards and dread an empty laugh.
     ~ Martin Farquhar Tupper

“Humour is a rubber sword - it allows you to make a point without drawing blood.”
     ~ Mary Hirsch

“Comedy is tragedy plus time.”
     ~ Carol Burnett

“God is a comedian playing to an audience too afraid to laugh.”
     ~ Franηois-Marie Arouet

“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

“Sometimes the things we dream about are merely the heart's way of protecting us from what we really want.”
     ~ S.L. Naeole

“I believed that I wanted to be a poet, but deep down I just wanted to be a poem.”
     ~ Jaime Gil de Biedma

“The first step toward enlightenment is disillusionment.”
     ~ Mike Twohy

“Enlightenment leads to benightedness. Science entails nescience.”
     ~ Philippe Verdoux

“Morsels of truth swim around and give the reassurance albeit false, that the whole mixture is real and true. The thinking processes attempt to organize this whole cesspool of illusions according to the laws of plausibility. This level of consciousness is supposed to reflect reality.”
     ~ Erich Fromm

“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 Dalν

“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

“You can analyze the past, but you have to design the future.”
     ~ Edward de Bono

“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

“Stone walls do not a prison make,
Nor iron bars a cage;
Minds innocent and quiet take
That for an hermitage.
     ~ Richard Lovelace

“Life is a solitary cell whose walls are mirrors.”
     ~ Eugene O'Neill

“Se judice, nemo nocens absolvitur.”
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“By his own verdict no guilty man was ever acquitted.”
     ~ Decimus Junius Juvenalis

“Four walls are three too many for a prison — you only need one for an execution.”
     ~ Juan Domingo de Monteverde

“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

“In speaking of music, one cannot ignore the geometries and mathematics that give rise to it. And when we speak of mathematics, of necessity our discussion will wander into the realm of metaphysics.”
     ~ Mark Conway Wirt

“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

“One should not become an artist because he can, but because he must. It is only for those who would be miserable without it.”
     ~ Irving Tannenbaum

“Bleed me of art, and there won't be enough liquid left in me to spit!”
     ~ Michelangelo di Lodovico Buonarroti Simoni

“The master in the art of living makes little distinction between his work and his play, his labor and his leisure... To him, he's always doing both.”
     ~ James Michener

“But yield who will to their separation,
My object in living is to unite
My avocation and my vocation
As my two eyes make one in sight.
     ~ Robert Frost

“The one thing I've learned over the years is the difference between taking one's work seriously and taking one's self seriously.
The first is imperative and the second is disastrous.
     ~ Margot Fonteyn

“Making a living is necessary and often satisfying; eventually, making a difference becomes more important.”
     ~ David Campbell

“All my life, I've always wanted to be somebody, but I see now I should have been more specific.”
     ~ Lily Tomlin

“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 Dalν

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

“Nobody made a greater mistake than he who did nothing because he could only do a little.”
     ~ Edmund Burke

“No intellect is too small to see the great and all.”
     ~ Paul Lloyd Warner

“Every living being is an engine geared to the wheelwork of the universe.
Though seemingly affected only by its immediate surrounding, the sphere of external influence extends to infinite distance.
     ~ Nikola Tesla

“It is not easy to tear any event out of the context of the universe in which it occurred without detaching from it some factor that influenced it.”
     ~ Carroll Quigley

“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

“Joy in the universe, and keen curiosity about it all - that has been my religion.
I go to nature to be soothed and healed, and to have my senses put in order.
     ~ John Burroughs

“We have just enough religion to make us hate, but not enough to make us love one another.”
     ~ Jonathan Swift

“There is only one religion, though there are a hundred versions of it.”
     ~ George Bernard Shaw

“When people quarrel about religion they drag god into their squabbles
     ~ Chief Dan George

“With or without religion, you would have good people doing good things and evil people doing evil things.
But for good people to do evil things, that takes religion

     ~ Steven Weinberg

“When religious people quarrel about religion, or hungry people about their victuals,
it looks as if they had not much of either about them

     ~ Benjamin Franklin

“They have chosen pride in their own elevation in exchange for the true exaltation of destiny, empty cleverness in exchange for the certainty of truth, the spirit of faction instead of unity in love.”
     ~ Aurelius Augustinus Hipponensis

“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

“Power has to be insecure to be responsive.”
     ~ Ralph Nader

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

“Fear leads to the production of mental indigestion and other disorders of the mind.”
     ~ William S. Sadler

“The warrior utilises eustress where the worrier is more in distress.”
     ~ Lesley Rodgers

“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

“The memory is less like a movie, a permanent emulsion of chemicals on celluloid, and more like a play - subtly different each time it’s performed.”
     ~ Jonah Lehrer

“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

“Forgiving what we cannot forget creates a new way to remember.”
     ~ Lewis B. Smedes

“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

“Description begins in the writer’s imagination, but should finish in the reader’s.”
     ~ Stephen Edwin King

“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

“Eschew obfuscation, espouse elucidation.”
     ~ Emma Nicholls

“But these are only words, and probably only convey a fraction of their meaning to their hearers.
They shudder and it is forgotten.
     ~ Maurice Haigh-Wood

“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)

“Kick up the fire, and let the flames break loose to drive the shadows back.”
     ~ Philip Larkin

“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

“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

“Anger is an acid that can do more harm to the vessel in which it is stored than to anything on which it is poured.”
     ~ Samuel Clemens

“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

“If your thoughts are based on the grease of fear, the lumps of hatred and the spice of anger then you will suffer from indigestion.
The common balm for mental indigestion is thoughts of vengeance which creates further ulcers.
     ~ Andre de Hoog

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

“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

“Whatever the legal situation may be, the moral responsibility for violence is divided between those who perpetrate it and those who provoke it.”
     ~ Richard Webster

“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 bomb, for example, lacks specificity; its meaning is as scattered as its debris. Violence is, essentially, a confession of ultimate inarticulateness.”
     ~ Lance Morrow

“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

“A poet should be so crafty with words that he is envied even for his pains.”
     ~ Criss Jami

“If, at times, my eyes are lenses,
through which the brain explores
constellations of feeling,
my ears, yielding like swinging doors,
admit princes to the corridors
into the mind, do not envy me.
I have a beast on my back.
     ~ Keith Douglas

“Tears incite insight.”
     ~ Brittany Bindrim

“If pain doesn't lead to humility, you have wasted your suffering.”
     ~ Katerina Stoykova Klemer

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

“You, who will not feel another’s pain, you forfeit the right to be called human.”
     ~ Abu-Muhammad Muslih al-Din bin Abdallah Saadi Shirazi

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

“Shame derives its power from being unspeakable
     ~ Brenι Brown

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

“There may be times when we are powerless to prevent injustice, but there must never be a time when we fail to protest.”
     ~ Elie Wiesel

“We must not confuse dissent with disloyalty.”
     ~ Egbert Roscoe Murrow

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

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