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  • #1
    Christopher Hitchens
    “In politics and rugby, one should tackle the football and not the man.”
    Christopher Hitchens


  • #2
    Oscar Wilde
    “The tragedy of growing old is not that one is old but that one is young.”
    Oscar Wilde


  • #3
    Rosemarie Urquico
    “You should date a girl who reads.
    Date a girl who reads. Date a girl who spends her money on books instead of clothes, who has problems with closet space because she has too many books. Date a girl who has a list of books she wants to read, who has had a library card since she was twelve.

    Find a girl who reads. You’ll know that she does because she will always have an unread book in her bag. She’s the one lovingly looking over the shelves in the bookstore, the one who quietly cries out when she has found the book she wants. You see that weird chick sniffing the pages of an old book in a secondhand book shop? That’s the reader. They can never resist smelling the pages, especially when they are yellow and worn.

    She’s the girl reading while waiting in that coffee shop down the street. If you take a peek at her mug, the non-dairy creamer is floating on top because she’s kind of engrossed already. Lost in a world of the author’s making. Sit down. She might give you a glare, as most girls who read do not like to be interrupted. Ask her if she likes the book.

    Buy her another cup of coffee.

    Let her know what you really think of Murakami. See if she got through the first chapter of Fellowship. Understand that if she says she understood James Joyce’s Ulysses she’s just saying that to sound intelligent. Ask her if she loves Alice or she would like to be Alice.

    It’s easy to date a girl who reads. Give her books for her birthday, for Christmas, for anniversaries. Give her the gift of words, in poetry and in song. Give her Neruda, Pound, Sexton, Cummings. Let her know that you understand that words are love. Understand that she knows the difference between books and reality but by god, she’s going to try to make her life a little like her favorite book. It will never be your fault if she does.

    She has to give it a shot somehow.

    Lie to her. If she understands syntax, she will understand your need to lie. Behind words are other things: motivation, value, nuance, dialogue. It will not be the end of the world.

    Fail her. Because a girl who reads knows that failure always leads up to the climax. Because girls who read understand that all things must come to end, but that you can always write a sequel. That you can begin again and again and still be the hero. That life is meant to have a villain or two.

    Why be frightened of everything that you are not? Girls who read understand that people, like characters, develop. Except in the Twilight series.

    If you find a girl who reads, keep her close. When you find her up at 2 AM clutching a book to her chest and weeping, make her a cup of tea and hold her. You may lose her for a couple of hours but she will always come back to you. She’ll talk as if the characters in the book are real, because for a while, they always are.

    You will propose on a hot air balloon. Or during a rock concert. Or very casually next time she’s sick. Over Skype.

    You will smile so hard you will wonder why your heart hasn’t burst and bled out all over your chest yet. You will write the story of your lives, have kids with strange names and even stranger tastes. She will introduce your children to the Cat in the Hat and Aslan, maybe in the same day. You will walk the winters of your old age together and she will recite Keats under her breath while you shake the snow off your boots.

    Date a girl who reads because you deserve it. You deserve a girl who can give you the most colorful life imaginable. If you can only give her monotony, and stale hours and half-baked proposals, then you’re better off alone. If you want the world and the worlds beyond it, date a girl who reads.

    Or better yet, date a girl who writes.”
    Rosemarie Urquico


  • #4
    Voltaire

  • #5
    Upton Sinclair
    “It is impossible to get a man to understand something if his livelihood depends on him not understanding.”
    Upton Sinclair


  • #6
    Abraham Lincoln
    “When I do good, I feel good. When I do bad, I feel bad. That's my religion.”
    Abraham Lincoln


  • #7
    Winston S. Churchill
    “If you are going through hell, keep going.”
    Winston S. Churchill


  • #8
    Kurt Vonnegut
    “Hello babies. Welcome to Earth. It's hot in the summer and cold in the winter. It's round and wet and crowded. On the outside, babies, you've got a hundred years here. There's only one rule that I know of, babies-"God damn it, you've got to be kind.”
    Kurt Vonnegut


  • #9
    Bertrand Russell
    “Do not fear to be eccentric in opinion, for every opinion now accepted was once eccentric.”
    Bertrand Russell


  • #10
    Bertrand Russell
    “The fundamental cause of the trouble is that in the modern world the stupid are cocksure while the intelligent are full of doubt.”
    Bertrand Russell


  • #11
    Mark Twain
    “Go to heaven for the climate and hell for the company.”
    Mark Twain


  • #12
    Bertrand Russell
    “My desire and wish is that the things I start with should be so obvious that you wonder why I spend my time stating them. This is what I aim at because the point of philosophy is to start with something so simple as not to seem worth stating, and to end with something so paradoxical that no one will believe it.”
    Bertrand Russell, The Philosophy of Logical Atomism


  • #13
    Mark Twain
    “If you tell the truth, you don't have to remember anything.”
    Mark Twain


  • #14
    Kurt Vonnegut
    “We are what we pretend to be, so we must be careful about what we pretend to be.”
    Kurt Vonnegut, Mother Night


  • #15
    Bertrand Russell
    “That is the idea -- that we should all be wicked if we did not hold to the Christian religion. It seems to me that the people who have held to it have been for the most part extremely wicked. You find this curious fact, that the more intense has been the religion of any period and the more profound has been the dogmatic belief, the greater has been the cruelty and the worse has been the state of affairs. In the so-called ages of faith, when men really did believe the Christian religion in all its completeness, there was the Inquisition, with all its tortures; there were millions of unfortunate women burned as witches; and there was every kind of cruelty practiced upon all sorts of people in the name of religion.

    You find as you look around the world that every single bit of progress in humane feeling, every improvement in the criminal law, every step toward the diminution of war, every step toward better treatment of the colored races, or every mitigation of slavery, every moral progress that there has been in the world, has been consistently opposed by the organized churches of the world. I say quite deliberately that the Christian religion, as organized in its churches, has been and still is the principal enemy of moral progress in the world.

    You may think that I am going too far when I say that that is still so. I do not think that I am. Take one fact. You will bear with me if I mention it. It is not a pleasant fact, but the churches compel one to mention facts that are not pleasant. Supposing that in this world that we live in today an inexperienced girl is married to a syphilitic man; in that case the Catholic Church says, 'This is an indissoluble sacrament. You must endure celibacy or stay together. And if you stay together, you must not use birth control to prevent the birth of syphilitic children.' Nobody whose natural sympathies have not been warped by dogma, or whose moral nature was not absolutely dead to all sense of suffering, could maintain that it is right and proper that that state of things should continue.

    That is only an example. There are a great many ways in which, at the present moment, the church, by its insistence upon what it chooses to call morality, inflicts upon all sorts of people undeserved and unnecessary suffering. And of course, as we know, it is in its major part an opponent still of progress and improvement in all the ways that diminish suffering in the world, because it has chosen to label as morality a certain narrow set of rules of conduct which have nothing to do with human happiness; and when you say that this or that ought to be done because it would make for human happiness, they think that has nothing to do with the matter at all. 'What has human happiness to do with morals? The object of morals is not to make people happy.”
    Bertrand Russell, Why I Am Not a Christian and Other Essays on Religion and Related Subjects


  • #16
    Bertrand Russell
    “Fear is the main source of superstition, and one of the main sources of cruelty. To conquer fear is the beginning of wisdom.”
    Bertrand Russell, Unpopular Essays


  • #17
    Bertrand Russell
    “Really high-minded people are indifferent to happiness, especially other people's.”
    Bertrand Russell, The Impact of Science on Society


  • #18
    Mark Twain
    “Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect.”
    Mark Twain


  • #19
    Mark Twain
    “Never put off till tomorrow what may be done day after tomorrow just as well".

    From: "More Maxims of Mark”
    Mark Twain


  • #20
    Mark Twain
    “The man who does not read has no advantage over the man who cannot read.”
    Mark Twain


  • #21
    Mark Twain
    “Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great.”
    Mark Twain


  • #22
    Bertrand Russell
    “There are two motives for reading a book; one, that you enjoy it; the other, that you can boast about it.”
    Bertrand Russell


  • #23
    Kurt Vonnegut
    “True terror is to wake up one morning and discover that your high school class is running the country.”
    Kurt Vonnegut


  • #24
    Bertrand Russell
    “Most people would sooner die than think; in fact, they do so.”
    Bertrand Russell


  • #25
    Robert F. Kennedy
    “There are those that look at things the way they are, and ask why? I dream of things that never were, and ask why not?”
    Robert F. Kennedy, Robert Kennedy in His Own Words: The Unpublished Recollections of the Kennedy Years


  • #26
    Robert F. Kennedy
    “Fear not the path of Truth for the lack of People walking on it.”
    Robert F. Kennedy


  • #27
    Bertrand Russell
    “Our great democracies still tend to think that a stupid man is more likely to be honest than a clever man, and our politicians take advantage of this prejudice by pretending to be even more stupid than nature made them.”
    Bertrand Russell, New Hopes for a Changing World


  • #28
    Robert F. Kennedy
    “People say I am ruthless. I am not ruthless. And if I find the man who is calling me ruthless, I shall destroy him.”
    Robert F. Kennedy


  • #29
    Abraham Lincoln
    “Whatever you are, be a good one.”
    Abraham Lincoln


  • #30
    Abraham Lincoln
    “Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man's character, give him power.”
    Abraham Lincoln




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