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And now abideth , , , these three; but the greatest of these is money.
George Orwell money
The vocation of every man and woman is to serve other people.
Leo Tolstoy people
The age demanded that we dance And jammed us into iron pants. And in the end the age was handed The sort of shit that it demanded.
Ernest Hemingway man
God knows; I won't be an Oxford don anyhow. I'll be a poet, a writer, a dramatist. Somehow or other I'll be famous, and if not famous, I'll be notorious. Or perhaps I'll lead the life of pleasure for a time and then—who knows?—rest and do nothing. What doessay is the highest end that man can attain here below? To sit down and contemplate the good. Perhaps that will be the end of me too.
Oscar Wilde
I hear the approaching thunder that, one day, will destroy us too, I feel the suffering of millions. And yet, when I look up at the sky, I somehow feel that this cruelty too shall end, and that peace & tranquility will return once again.
Anne Frank peace
I think thatshould not only be legal, I think it should be a cottage industry. It would be wonderful for the state of . There's some pretty good homegrown dope. I'm sure it would be even better if you could grow it with fertilizers and have greenhouses.
Stephen King good
Every age has its own ; in every age the circumstances ofchoose a nation, a race, a class to take up the torch by creating situations that can be expressed or transcended only through poetry.
Jean Paul Sartre poetry
Egotist, n. A person of low taste, more interested in himself than in me.
Ambrose Bierce self
He who possesses liberty otherwise than as an aspiration possesses it soulless, dead.
Henrik Ibsen soul
My specialty is being right when other people are wrong.
George Bernard Shaw people
The fact that we live at the bottom of a deep gravity well, on the surface of a gas covered planet going around90 million miles away and think this to be normal is obviously some indication of how skewed our perspective tends to be.
Douglas Adams perspective
A crust eaten in peace is better than a banquet partaken in anxiety.
Aesop art
Place yourself in the middle of the stream ofandwhich animates all whom it floats, and you are without effort impelled to , to right and a perfect contentment.
Ralph Waldo Emerson men
Now what I contend is that my body is my own, at least I have always so regarded it. If I do harm through my experimenting with it, it is I who suffer, not the state.
Mark Twain men
Lu Xun
I am a parcel of vain strivings tied By abond together, Dangling this way and that, their links Were made so loose and wide, Methinks, For milder weather.
Henry David Thoreau think
La vertu s'avilit
In the middle of winter I at last discovered that there was in me an invincible summer.
Albert Camus winter
Every sin is the result of collaboration.
Stephen Crane sin
The lyf so short, the craft so longe to lerne. Th’ assay so hard, so sharp the conquerynge, The dredful joye, alwey that slit so yerne; Al this mene I be love.
Geoffrey Chaucer love
Still to the lover's long-expecting arms To-morrow brings the visionary bride. But thou, too old to hear another cheat, Learn, that the present hour alone is man's.
Samuel Johnson love
Moralities, ethics, laws, customs, beliefs, doctrines - these are of trifling import. All that matters is that the miraculous become the norm.
Henry Miller belief
Put the car away; when life fails What's the good of going to Wales? Here am I, here are you: But what does it mean? What are we going to do?
W. H. Auden life
Quiero hacer contigo lo que la primavera hace con los cerezos.
Pablo Neruda
One must not always think that feeling is everything. Art is nothing without form.
Gustave Flaubert think
I can never look now at the Milky Way without wondering from which of those bankedofthe emissaries are coming. ... I do not think we will have to wait for long.
Arthur C. Clarke wonder
Outside intelligences, exploring the Solar System with true impartiality, would be quite likely to enter the Sun in their records thus: Star X, spectral class G0, 4 planets plus debris.
Isaac Asimov intelligence
, not , made us .
Terry Pratchett
Out of my own great woe I make my little songs.
Heinrich Heine song
It is a beautiful truth that all men contain something of the artist in them. And perhaps it is the case that the greatest artists live and die, the world and themselves alike ignorant what they possess. Who would not mourn that an ample palace, of surpassingly graceful architecture, fill’d with luxuries, and embellish’d with fine pictures and sculpture, should stand cold and still and vacant, and never be known or enjoy’d by its owner? Would such a fact as this cause your sadness? Then be sad. For there is a palace, to which the courts of the most sumptuous kings are but a frivolous patch, and, though it is always waiting for them, not one of its owners ever enters there with any genuine sense of its grandeur and glory.I think of few heroic actions, which cannot be traced to the artistical impulse. He who does great deeds, does them from his innate sensitiveness to moral beauty.
Walt Whitman truth
Impartiality is a pompousfor , which is an elegant name for .
G. K. Chesterton art
I am moved by fancies that are curled Around these images, and cling: The notion of some infinitely gentle Infinitely suffering thing.
T. S. Eliot suffering
The circumstances of the world are continually changing, and the opinions of man change also; and as government is for the living, and not for the dead, it is the living only that has any right in it.
Thomas Paine change
Love hath so long possessed me for his own And made his lordship so familiar.
Dante Alighieri love
It is absurd to think that the only way to tell if a poem is lasting is to wait and see if it lasts. The right reader of a good poem can tell the moment it strikes him that he has taken an immortal wound — that he will never get over it.
Robert Frost men
I will beor nothing.
Victor Hugo will
Life grants nothing to us mortals without hard work.
Horace work
(1797–98; 1817)
Samuel Taylor Coleridge
You would not easily guess All the modes of distress Which torture the tenants of earth; And the various evils, Which like so many devils, Attend the poor souls from their birth.
Percy Bysshe Shelley art
The typography of some of these quotes may seem incorrect: it probably isn't. Outside of some bolding for emphasis of well noted or notable statements, and a few marks of ellipsis "…" for gaps, the author's often odd original typography has been retained, so much as possible, in many of the quotes, including where punctuation marks between words are often used without any spaces.
E. E. Cummings quotes
Wise men learn more from fools than fools from the wise.
Cato the Elder men
Pray tell me, sir, whose dog are you?
Alexander Pope you
They are ; but theyin each Patriot's breast, And theirare engraven on 's bright crest.
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow right
The lark's on the wing…
Robert Browning win
Beauty's of a fading nature Has a season and is gone!
Robert Burns nature
The Child is father of the Man; I could wish my days to be Bound each to each by natural piety.
William Wordsworth father
What needs my Shakespeare for his honoured bones, The labor of an age in pil
John Milton age
A nightcap decked his brows instead of bay, A cap by night — a stocking all the day!
Oliver Goldsmith night
When I behold this I sighed, and said within myself, "Surely mortal man is a broomstick!" Nature sent him into the world strong and lusty, in a thriving condition, wearing his own hair on his head, the proper branches of this reasoning vegetable, till the axe of intemperance has lopped off his green boughs, and left him a withered trunk; he then flies to , and puts on a periwig, valuing himself upon an unnatural bundle of hairs, all covered with powder, that never grew on his head; but now should this our broomstick pretend to enter the scene, proud of those birchen spoils it never bore, and all covered with dust, through the sweepings of the finest lady's chamber, we should be apt to ridicule and despise its . Partialthat we are of our own excellencies, and other men's defaults!
Jonathan Swift art
Music religious heat inspires, It wakes the soul, and lifts it high
Joseph Addison soul
Every fool knoweth that hatreds are the cinders of affection.
Walter Raleigh hatred
One half of the world cannot understand the pleasures of the other. ~
Jane Austen world
How small the vastest of human catastrophes may seem at a distance of a few million miles.
H. G. Wells man
There's enough sorrow in the world, isn't there, without trying to invent it.
E. M. Forster world
Only the skilled can judge the skilfulness, but that is not the same as judging the value of the result.
C. S. Lewis value
I wonder by my troth, what thou, and I Did, till we loved? were we not weaned till then? But sucked on country pleasures, childishly? Or snorted we in the seven sleepers' den? 'Twas so; but this all pleasures fancies be; If ever any beauty I did see, Which I desir'd, and got, 'twas but a dream of thee.
John Donne love
The archetype of the Creator is a familiar image in his work. Here, Blake depicts hisfigurestooped in prayer, contemplating the world he has forged. Theis the third in a series ofpainted by Blake and his wife, collectively known as the Continental Prophecies.
William Blake pain
"Maybe ", he thought, "doesn't come from a store." "Maybe Christmas... perhaps... means a little bit more!"
Dr. Seuss thought
If you are religious, then remember that this bomb is Man's challenge to God. It's worded quite simply: We have the power to destroy everything that You have created. If you're not religious, then look at it this way. This world of ours is 4 600 000 000 years old. It could end in an afternoon.
Arundhati Roy power
The formula for prison is a lack of space counterbalanced by a surplus of time.
Joseph Brodsky time
is in itself noble; that is why the artist has no fear of what is common. This, indeed, is already ennobled when he takes it up.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe fear
Homage toby(1864). Baudelaire is shown seated at the lower right.
Charles Baudelaire age
In these selections the quotes from a story or essay are listed among the earliest collections which are known to contain it.
Jorge Luis Borges quotes
Every man is his own doctor of divinity, in the last resort.
Robert Louis Stevenson man
Each imagin'd pinnacle and steep Of godlike hardship tells me I must die Like a sick Eagle looking at the sky.
John Keats god
Do you know thatis one of the greatest pleasures in life? But it wants leisure.
W. Somerset Maugham life
There was an Old Man with a beard, Who said, "It is just as I feared!— Two Owls and a Hen, Four Larks and a Wren, Have all built their nests in my beard!"
Edward Lear fear
Le malheur est que, parfois, des souhaits s'accomplissent, afin que se perp
Marguerite Yourcenar
Rien ne r
Alexandre Dumas
Between grief and nothing I will take grief.
William Faulkner grief
Death in itself is nothing; but we fear To be we know not what, we know not where.
John Dryden fear
For of thethe bodie forme doth take; For the soule is forme, and doth the bodie make.
Edmund Spenser soul
Your attitude measures up to the two requirements of . You want to go to bed with her and can't, and you don't know her very well. Ignorance of the other person topped up with deprivation, Jim. You fit the formula all right, and what's more you want to go on fitting it.
Kingsley Amis men
You getall the . The only difference betweenand otheris we notice when we're doing it.
Neil Gaiman you
An intelligent, energetic, educated woman cannot be kept in four walls — even satin-lined, diamond-studded walls — without discovering sooner or later that they are still a prison cell.
Pearl S. Buck man
They could see she was a real Princess and no question about it, now that she had felt one pea all the way through twenty mattresses and twenty more feather beds. Nobody but a Princess could be so delicate.
Hans Christian Andersen body
Caminante, son tus huellas el camino, y nada m
Antonio Machado
are not favourable to delicate .
J. R. R. Tolkien cat
What do we know … of the world and the universe about us? Our means of receiving impressions are absurdly few, and our notions of surrounding objects infinitely narrow. We see things only as we are constructed to see them, and can gain no idea of their absolute nature. With five feeble senses we pretend to comprehend the boundlessly complex cosmos, yet other beings with wider, stronger, or different range of senses might not only see very differently the things we see, but might see and study whole worlds of matter, energy, and life which lie close at hand yet can never be detected with the senses we have.
H. P. Lovecraft life
A dark unfathom'd tide Of interminable pride — A mystery, and a dream, Should my early life seem.
Edgar Allan Poe life
Dolt & ass that I am I have lived more than 29 years, & until a few days ago, never made close acquaintance with the divine . Ah, he's full of sermons-on-the-mount, and gentle, aye, almost as . I take such men to be inspired. I fancy that this moment Shakspeare in heaven ranks with ,and . And if another Messiah ever comes twill be in Shakesper's person. — I am mad to think how minute a cause has prevented me hitherto from reading Shakspeare. But until now, every copy that was come-atable to me, happened to be in a vile small print unendurable to my eyes which are tender as young sparrows. But chancing to fall in with this glorious edition, I now exult in it, page after page.
Herman Melville reading
Unless you can love, as the angels may, With the breadth of heaven betwixt you; Unless you can dream that his faith is fast, Through behoving and unbehoving; Unless you can die when the dream is past — Oh, never call it loving!
Elizabeth Barrett Browning love
What is the world at its best but a little round field of the moving pictures with two walking together in it?
O. Henry world
God is sitting here, looking into my very soul to see if I think right thoughts. Yet I am not afraid, for I try to be right and good; and He knows every one of my struggles.
Emily Dickinson soul
Disco is the best floor show in town. It's very democratic, boys with boys, girls with girls, girls with boys, blacks and whites, capitalists and Marxists, Chinese and everything else, all in one big mix.
Truman Capote girls
There are some people who can receive a truth by no other way than to have their understanding shocked and insulted.
Carl Sandburg truth
knew that every experience carries its lesson. ~ Princess Irulan in
Frank Herbert experience
The friends that have it I do wrong Whenever I remake a song Should know what issue is at stake, It is myself that I remake.
William Butler Yeats friends
Magnify the divine mystery and the holiness of mankind.
Franz Werfel mystery
I don't actually have anything against anybody, unless theirprecludes everybody else's. … I am anand anand I have been for many years. I've actually taken a huge amount of flack for that.
Joss Whedon man
Can any of us fix anything? No. None of us can do that. We're specialized. Each one of us has his own line, his own work. I understand my work, you understand yours. The tendency in evolution is toward greater and greater specialization. Man's society is an ecology that forces adaptation to it. Continued complexity makes it impossible for us to know anything outside our own personal field - I can't follow the work of the man sitting at the next desk over from me. Too much knowledge has piled up in each field. And there are too many fields.
Philip K. Dick knowledge
We give to necessity the praise of virtue.
Quintilian virtue
The future is already here — it's just not very evenly distributed.
William Gibson future
I have given them life instead of death, freedom instead of the cords of superstition, beauty and truth instead of corruption and exploitation.
Agatha Christie life
Dearest, I want to tell you that you have given me complete happiness. No one could have done more than you have done. Please believe that. But I know that I shall never get over this: and I am wasting your life. It is this madness. Nothing anyone says can persuade me. You can work, and you will be much better without me. You see I can't write this even, which shows I am right. All I want to say is that until this disease came on we were perfectly happy. It was all due to you. No one could have been so good as you have been, from the very first day till now. Everyone knows that. V.
Virginia Woolf life
Congress no longer declares war or makes budgets. So that's the end of the constitution as a working machine.
Gore Vidal war
Je est un autre.
Arthur Rimbaud
Ideas, cultures, and histories cannot seriously be understood or studied without their force, or more precisely their configurations of power, also being studied.
Edward Said power
It's only when atames his own demons that he becomes the king of himself if not of the .
Joseph Campbell self