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  • #1
    Robert A. Heinlein
    “How you behave toward cats here below determines your status in Heaven.”
    Robert A. Heinlein

  • #2
    Robert A. Heinlein
    “Never try to outstubborn a cat.”
    Robert A. Heinlein, Time Enough for Love

  • #3
    “Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.”
    Anonymous, Holy Bible: King James Version

  • #4
    George Gordon Byron
    “I have not loved the world, nor the world me, but let us part fair foes; I do believe, though I have found them not, that there may be words which are things, hopes which will not deceive, and virtues which are merciful, or weave snares for the failing: I would also deem o'er others' griefs that some sincerely grieve; that two, or one, are almost what they seem, that goodness is no name, and happiness no dream.”
    George Gordon Byron

  • #5
    George Gordon Byron
    “They never fail who die in a great cause.”
    George Gordon Byron

  • #6
    Jean-Jacques Rousseau
    “I prefer liberty with danger than peace with slavery.”
    Jean-Jacques Rousseau

  • #7
    Jean-Jacques Rousseau
    “People who know little are usually great talkers, while men who know much say little.”
    Jean-Jacques Rousseau

  • #8
    Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel
    “Nothing great in the world was accomplished without passion.”
    Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel

  • #9
    Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel
    “We learn from history that we do not learn from history”
    Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel

  • #10
    Galileo Galilei
    Sì perché l'autorità dell'opinione di mille nelle scienze non val per una scintilla di ragione di un solo, sì perché le presenti osservazioni spogliano d'autorità i decreti de' passati scrittori, i quali se vedute l'avessero, avrebbono diversamente determinato.

    For in the sciences the authority of thousands of opinions is not worth as much as one tiny spark of reason in an individual man. Besides, the modern observations deprive all former writers of any authority, since if they had seen what we see, they would have judged as we judge.”
    Galileo Galilei, Frammenti e lettere

  • #11
    Søren Kierkegaard
    “The Bible is very easy to understand. But we Christians are a bunch of scheming swindlers. We pretend to be unable to understand it because we know very well that the minute we understand, we are obliged to act accordingly.”
    Søren Kierkegaard, Provocations: Spiritual Writings of Kierkegaard

  • #12
    Frank Sinatra
    “Alcohol may be man's worst enemy, but the bible says love your enemy.”
    Frank Sinatra

  • #13
    Robert A. Heinlein
    “Don't handicap your children by making their lives easy.”
    Robert A. Heinlein

  • #14
    Robert A. Heinlein
    “Progress isn't made by early risers. It's made by lazy men trying to find easier ways to do something.”
    Robert A. Heinlein

  • #15
    Robert A. Heinlein
    “Always listen to experts. They'll tell you what can't be done, and why. Then do it.”
    Robert A. Heinlein, Time Enough for Love

  • #16
    Robert A. Heinlein
    “There ain't no such thing as a free lunch.”
    Robert A. Heinlein, The Moon is a Harsh Mistress

  • #17
    Robert A. Heinlein
    “There is no such thing as "Just a cat.”
    Robert A. Heinlein

  • #18
    Robert A. Heinlein
    “A dying culture invariably exhibits personal rudeness. Bad manners. Lack of consideration for others in minor matters. A loss of politeness, of gentle manners, is more significant than is a riot.”
    Robert A. Heinlein, Friday

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    Robert A. Heinlein
    “Being right too soon is socially unacceptable.”
    Robert A. Heinlein

  • #20
    Robert A. Heinlein
    “Climate is what you expect, weather is what you get.”
    Robert A. Heinlein

  • #21
    Robert A. Heinlein
    “Be wary of strong drink, it can make you shoot at the tax collector...and miss.”
    Robert A. Heinlein, Time Enough for Love

  • #22
    “You can't process me with a normal brain.”
    Charlie Sheen

  • #23
    Ronald Reagan
    “If we ever forget that we're one nation under God, then we will be one nation gone under.”
    Ronald Reagan

  • #24
    Charlotte Brontë
    “Oh, mention it! If I storm, you have the art of weeping."

    "Mr. Rochester, I must leave you."

    "For how long, Jane? For a few minutes, while you smooth your hair — which is somewhat dishevelled; and bathe your face — which looks feverish?"

    "I must leave Adele and Thornfield. I must part with you for my whole life: I must begin a new existence among strange faces and strange scenes."

    "Of course: I told you you should. I pass over the madness about parting from me. You mean you must become a part of me. As to the new existence, it is all right: you shall yet be my wife: I am not married. You shall be Mrs. Rochester — both virtually and nominally. I shall keep only to you so long as you and I live. You shall go to a place I have in the south of France: a whitewashed villa on the shores of the Mediterranean. There you shall live a happy, and guarded, and most innocent life. Never fear that I wish to lure you into error — to make you my mistress. Why did you shake your head? Jane, you must be reasonable, or in truth I shall again become frantic."

    His voice and hand quivered: his large nostrils dilated; his eye blazed: still I dared to speak.

    "Sir, your wife is living: that is a fact acknowledged this morning by yourself. If I lived with you as you desire, I should then be your mistress: to say otherwise is sophistical — is false."

    "Jane, I am not a gentle-tempered man — you forget that: I am not long-enduring; I am not cool and dispassionate. Out of pity to me and yourself, put your finger on my pulse, feel how it throbs, and — beware!"

    He bared his wrist, and offered it to me: the blood was forsaking his cheek and lips, they were growing livid; I was distressed on all hands. To agitate him thus deeply, by a resistance he so abhorred, was cruel: to yield was out of the question. I did what human beings do instinctively when they are driven to utter extremity — looked for aid to one higher than man: the words "God help me!" burst involuntarily from my lips.

    "I am a fool!" cried Mr. Rochester suddenly. "I keep telling her I am not married, and do not explain to her why. I forget she knows nothing of the character of that woman, or of the circumstances attending my infernal union with her. Oh, I am certain Jane will agree with me in opinion, when she knows all that I know! Just put your hand in mine, Janet — that I may have the evidence of touch as well as sight, to prove you are near me — and I will in a few words show you the real state of the case. Can you listen to me?"

    "Yes, sir; for hours if you will.”
    Charlotte Brontë, Jane Eyre

  • #25
    Aeschylus
    “Wisdom comes through suffering.
    Trouble, with its memories of pain,
    Drips in our hearts as we try to sleep,
    So men against their will
    Learn to practice moderation.
    Favours come to us from gods.”
    Aeschylus, Agamemnon

  • #26
    Chinua Achebe
    “The white man is very clever. He came quietly and peaceably with his religion. We were amused at his foolishness and allowed him to stay. Now he has won our brothers, and our clan can no longer act like one. He has put a knife on the things that held us together and we have fallen apart.”
    Chinua Achebe, Things Fall Apart

  • #27
    Chinua Achebe
    “We cannot trample upon the humanity of others without devaluing our own. The Igbo, always practical, put it concretely in their proverb Onye ji onye n'ani ji onwe ya: "He who will hold another down in the mud must stay in the mud to keep him down.”
    Chinua Achebe, The Education of a British-Protected Child: Essays

  • #28
    Chinua Achebe
    “Mr. Brown had thought of nothing but numbers. He should have known that the kingdom of God did not depend on large crowds. Our Lord Himself stressed the importance of fewness. Narrow is the way and few the number. To fill the Lord's holy temple with an idolatrous crowd clamoring for signs was a folly of everlasting consequence. Our Lord used the whip only once in His life - to drive the crowd away from His church.”
    Chinua Achebe, Things Fall Apart

  • #29
    Chinua Achebe
    “Charity . . . is the opium of the privileged.”
    Chinua Achebe, Anthills of the Savannah

  • #30
    Chinua Achebe
    “Oh, the most important thing about myself is that my life has been full of changes. Therefore, when I observe the world, I don’t expect to see it just like I was seeing the fellow who lives in the next room. There is this complexity which seems to me to be part of the meaning of existence and everything we value.”
    Chinua Achebe



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