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A writer’s heart, a poet’s heart, an artist’s heart, a musician’s heart is always breaking. It is through that broken window that we see the world.
- Alice Walker

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"We are like books. Most people only see our cover, the minority read only the introduction, many people believe the critics. Few will know our content."
-- Emile Zola


We never really grow up, we just learn to act in public.


"The very existence of libraries affords the best evidence that we may yet have hope for the future of man. "
- T.S. Eliot


“And that's the thing about people who mean everything they say. They think everyone else does too.”
― Khaled Hosseini



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“Of all bad men, religious bad men are the worst.”
— C. S. Lewis


Freedom of speech does not protect you from the consequences of saying stupid shit...


I don't have "trust" issues. I have "I've seen this before and I know how it ends" issues.


“Everything is theoretically impossible, until it is done.”
– Robert A. Heinlein.


Today is the first day of the rest of your life, but so was yesterday, and look how that turned out.


"I don't think I've ever tried to be anything other than a weirdo."
-- Martin Gore


“A man’s true character comes out when he’s drunk.”
— Charlie Chaplin


“I am a slow walker, but I never walk back.”
— Abraham Lincoln


"As fire tests gold, so misfortune tests brave men."

— Seneca


"Art is never finished, only abandoned."
— Leonardo da Vinci


"Keep love in your heart. A life without it is like a sunless garden when the flowers are dead."
— Oscar Wilde


“No amount of fire or freshness can challenge what a man will store up in his ghostly heart.”

― F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby


“Hèll is empty and all the dëvils are here.”
— William Shakespeare


"Don't be overheard complaining... not even to yourself."

— Marcus Aurelius


“Every man is guilty of all the good he did not do.”
— Voltaire


"Always go too far, because that's where you'll find the truth."
— Albert Camus


“Those who are hardest to love need it the most.”
— Socrates


“Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards.”
― Søren Kierkegaard


"Dwell on the beauty of life. Watch the stars, and see yourself running with them."

― Marcus Aurelius, Meditations


"It is madness to hate all roses because you got scratched with one thorn."
Antoine de Saint-Exupére


”When you have something to say, silence is a lie.”
— Jordan B. Peterson


“The empty vessel makes the loudest sound.”
— Plato


“Even the darkest night will end and the sun will rise again.”
— Victory Hugo


" You misinterpret everything, even the silence."
~ Franz Kafka


“I am not upset that you lied to me, I am upset that from now on I can't believe you.”
— Friedrich Nietzsche


“Expectation is the root of all heartache.”
— William Shakespeare


“To be alone is the fate of all great minds.”
— Arthur Schopenhauer


“No legacy is as rich as honesty.”
— William Shakespeare


“It is easier to forgive an enemy than to forgive a friend.”
— William Blake


“Fire tests gold, suffering tests brave men.”
— Seneca


“You can never be overdressed or overeducated.”
— Oscar Wilde


“I begin to speak only when I am certain what I will say isn’t better left unsaid.”
— Kato the Elder


Your heart is the size of a fist because you need it to fight.
- Lora Mathis


“To think too much is a disease.”
— Fyodor Dostoevsky


“Engineering is the closest thing to magic that exists in the world.”
—Elon Musk


“Normal people… believe that if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. Engineers believe that if it ain’t broke, it doesn’t have enough features yet.”
—Scott Adams


"The deeper the wound, the more private the pain."
Isabel Allende


"Things start out as hopes and end up as habits."


There's a light in a woman's eyes that speaks louder than words.
• Arthur Conan Doyle, The Hound of the Baskervilles


"It is the final proof of God's omnipotence that he need not exist in order to save us."

- Peter De Vries


“A new survey found that 80 percent of men claim they help cook Thanksgiving dinner. Which makes sense, when you hear they consider saying 'that smells good' to be helping.”
— Jimmy Fallon


"Life is like a play: it's not the length, but the excellence of the acting that matters."

- Seneca


“The mark of the immature man is that he wants to die nobly for a cause, while the mark of the mature man is that he wants to live humbly for one.”
– J.D. Salinger, Catcher in the Rye


"Mess with me? I'll let karma do its job. Mess with my family? I become karma."
- Unknown


"Karma is like a rubber band. It can only stretch so far until it comes back and smacks you in the face."


I may be drunk, Miss, but in the morning I will be sober and you will still be ugly.
— Winston Churchill


Whenever a married man says, "I'll think about it," what he really means is that he doesn't know his wife's opinion yet.
- Eduardo Orefice


"In the end, we only regret the chances we didn't take."

• Lewis Carroll


Wrinkles should merely indicate where smiles have been.
~Mark Twain


“To fall in love with yourself is the first secret to happiness.”
~ Robert Morley


“When I do good I feel good, when I do bad I feel bad, and that's my religion.”
- Abraham Lincoln


"I must be willing to give up what I am in order to become what I will be."

- Albert Einstein


"Time moves slowly, but passes quickly..."
-Alice Walker


" You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view — until you climb into his skin and walk around in it."
~ Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird


A person needs just three things to be truly happy in the world: someone to love, something to do, and something to hope for.


There's just ONE thing in the world that's worse than being talked about... and that's NOT being talked about.


People don't care how much you know until they know how much you care.
- Mark Twain


"The privilege of a lifetime is to become who you truly are."

• Carl Jung.


Rudeness is the weak man's imitation of strength.
- Eric Hoffer


"Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear - not absence of fear."

- Mark Twain


“Stab the body and it heals, but injure the heart and the wound lasts a lifetime.”

- Mineko Iwasaki


" No one is useless in this world who lightens the burdens of another. "
~ Charles Dickens


“𝘈𝘯𝘥 𝘴𝘰 𝘣𝘦𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘺𝘰𝘶𝘯𝘨 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘥𝘪𝘱𝘱𝘦𝘥 𝘪𝘯 𝘧𝘰𝘭𝘭𝘺,
𝘐 𝘧𝘦𝘭𝘭 𝘪𝘯 𝘭𝘰𝘷𝘦 𝘸𝘪𝘵𝘩 𝘮𝘦𝘭𝘢𝘯𝘤𝘩𝘰𝘭𝘺.”

—𝘌𝘥𝘨𝘢𝘳 𝘈𝘭𝘭𝘢𝘯 𝘗𝘰𝘦


It’s no use going back to yesterday, because I was a different person then.

Lewis Carroll, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland


“The past is never dead. It's not even past.”
William Faulkner, Requiem for a Nun.


"I almost wish I hadn’t gone down the rabbit hole–and yet–and yet–it’s rather curious, you know, this sort of life!"
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland
Lewis Carroll


"For every minute you are angry you lose sixty seconds of happiness."
- Ralph Waldo Emerson


"Times are bad. Children no longer obey their parents and everyone is writing a book"
—Cicero, 43 BCE


"The past is a foreign country: they do things differently there."
The Go-Between by L.P. Hartley


"Life is a balance between holding on and letting go."
- Rumi


“The root of suffering is attachment.”

- Buddha


“The measure of a man is what he does with power.”

- Plato


“I have decided to stick with love. Hate is too great a burden to bear.”
— Martin Luther King Jr.


"A disciplined mind brings happiness."

- Buddha


"It is not enough to win a war; it is more important to organize the peace."

- Aristotle


"youth is easily deceived because it is quick to hope."

- Aristotle


"Every generation imagines itself to be more intelligent than the one that went before it, and wiser than the one that comes after it."

By George Orwell


"We suffer more often in imagination than in reality."

- Seneca


I have not failed. I've just found 10,000 ways that won't work
- Thomas A. Edison


"The world will ask you who you are, and if you don't know, the world will tell you."

- Carl Jung


"Reality leaves a lot to the imagination."


"There are no facts, only interpretations."

- Nietzsche


"As you start to walk on the way, the way appears."

- Rumi


" Never reply when you are angry.
Never make a promise when you are happy.
Never make a decision when you are sad..."


" A moment of patience in a moment of anger saves you a hundred moments of regret...."


" Some talk to you in their free time and
some free their time to talk to you..."


"The most important decision you make is to be in a good mood."
- Voltaire


Life is a drama full of tragedy and comedy. You should learn to enjoy the comic episodes a little more.
- Jeannette Walls


"Do not feel lonely, the entire universe is inside you."

- Rumi


"Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear - not absence of fear."

- Mark Twain


"Very little is needed to make a happy life; it is all within yourself, in your way of thinking."
- Marcus Aurelius


“Always forgive your enemies; nothing annoys them so much.”

- Oscar Wilde


"What we think, we become."
– Buddha


“All cruelty springs from weakness.”

― Seneca


"There is only one way to avoid criticism: do nothing, say nothing, and be nothing."

- Aristotle




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