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  • #1
    Peter David
    “That was when it was all made painfully clear to me. When you are a child, there is joy. There is laughter. And most of all, there is trust. Trust in your fellows. When you are an adult...then comes suspicion, hatred, and fear. If children ran the world, it would be a place of eternal bliss and cheer. Adults run the world; and there is war, and enmity, and destruction unending. Adults who take charge of things muck them up, and then produce a new generation of children and say, "The children are the hope of the future." And they are right. Children are the hope of the future. But adults are the damnation of the present, and children become adults as surely as adults become worm food.
    Adults are the death of hope.”
    Peter David, Tigerheart


  • #2
    “I'm not ready to let the youthful part of myself go yet. If maturity means becoming a cynic, if you have to kill the part of yourself that is naive and romantic and idealistic - the part of you that you treasure most - to claim maturity, is it not better to die young but with your humanity intact?”
    Kenneth Cain, EMERGENCY SEX: AND OTHER DESPERATE MEASURES


  • #3
    Hermann Hesse
    “Youth ends when egotism does; maturity begins when one lives for others.”
    Hermann Hesse, Gertrude


  • #4
    Julia Karr
    “I couldn't shake the impulse to help him. It seemed that the older I got the more I believed that everyone, homeless or not, deserved to be treated at least like a human.”
    Julia Karr, XVI


  • #5
    Virginia Woolf
    “One of the signs of passing youth is the birth of a sense of fellowship with other human beings as we take our place among them.”
    Virginia Woolf


  • #6
    “If you’re any good at all, you know you can be better.”
    Lindsay Buckingham


  • #7
    “To the immature, other people are not real.”
    Harry Overstreet


  • #8
    Abraham Joshua Heschel
    “When I was young, I admired clever people. Now that I am old, I admire kind people. -Abraham Joshua Heschel, theology professor (1907-1972)”
    Abraham Joshua Heschel


  • #9
    “Being a reader has brought me much joy, laughter, and rich experience. But reading has also wounded me. The sacrament of reading has plowed me open and sown seeds of empathy that have taken root in deep soil. Over the years, reading has caused me to grow from a shallow, self-absorbed youth to one who seeks out the pain of the world. Reading has burdened me with the welfare of my fellow human, but sometimes the burden proves too heavy for my narrow shoulders.”
    Steve Kendall


  • #10
    Mark Twain
    “Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect.”
    Mark Twain


  • #11
    Mark Twain
    “In a good bookroom you feel in some mysterious way that you are absorbing the wisdom contained in all the books through your skin, without even opening them.”
    Mark Twain


  • #12
    Confucius
    “By three methods we may learn wisdom: First, by reflection, which is noblest; Second, by imitation, which is easiest; and third by experience, which is the bitterest.”
    Confucius


  • #13
    Abigail Van Buren
    “The best index to a person's character is how he treats people who can't do him any good, and how he treats people who can't fight back.”
    Abigail Van Buren


  • #14
    H.L. Mencken
    “The older I grow, the more I distrust the familiar doctrine that age brings wisdom.”
    H.L. Mencken


  • #15
    Albert Einstein
    “The measure of intelligence is the ability to change.”
    Albert Einstein


  • #16
    Robert A. Heinlein
    “Anybody can look at a pretty girl and see a pretty girl. An artist can look at a pretty girl and see the old woman she will become. A better artist can look at an old woman and see the pretty girl that she used to be. But a great artist-a master-and that is what Auguste Rodin was-can look at an old woman, protray her exactly as she is...and force the viewer to see the pretty girl she used to be...and more than that, he can make anyone with the sensitivity of an armadillo, or even you, see that this lovely young girl is still alive, not old and ugly at all, but simply prisoned inside her ruined body. He can make you feel the quiet, endless tragedy that there was never a girl born who ever grew older than eighteen in her heart...no matter what the merciless hours have done to her. Look at her, Ben. Growing old doesn't matter to you and me; we were never meant to be admired-but it does to them.”
    Robert A. Heinlein


  • #17
    Abraham Lincoln
    “Whenever I hear anyone arguing for slavery, I feel a strong impulse to see it tried on him personally.”
    Abraham Lincoln


  • #18
    C.S. Lewis
    “Of all tyrannies, a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It would be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron's cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end for they do so with the approval of their own conscience.”
    C.S. Lewis


  • #19
    Jim Morrison
    “That's what real love amounts to - letting a person be what he really is. Most people love you for who you pretend to be. To keep their love, you keep pretending - performing. You get to love your pretence. It's true, we're locked in an image, an act - and the sad thing is, people get so used to their image, they grow attached to their masks. They love their chains. They forget all about who they really are. And if you try to remind them, they hate you for it, they feel like you're trying to steal their most precious possession.”
    Jim Morrison


  • #20
    Martin Luther King Jr.
    “We must live together as brothers or perish together as fools.”
    Martin Luther King Jr.


  • #21
    Maya Angelou
    “I've learned that you shouldn't go through life with a catcher's mitt on both hands; you need to be able to throw some things back.”
    Maya Angelou


  • #22
    Scott Westerfeld
    “Perhaps the logical conclusion of everyone looking the same is everyone thinking the same.”
    Scott Westerfeld, Uglies


  • #23
    Stephen Colbert
    “Remember, you cannot be both young and wise. Young people who pretend to be wise to the ways of the world are mostly just cynics. Cynicism masquerades as wisdom, but it is the farthest thing from it. Because cynics don’t learn anything. Because cynicism is a self-imposed blindness, a rejection of the world because we are afraid it will hurt us or disappoint us. Cynics always say no. But saying “yes” begins things. Saying “yes” is how things grow. Saying “yes” leads to knowledge. “Yes” is for young people. So for as long as you have the strength to, say “yes'.”
    Stephen Colbert


  • #24
    “Sanity calms, but madness is more interesting.”
    John Russell


  • #25
    Eric Idle
    “Life doesn't make any sense, and we all pretend it does. Comedy's job is to point out that it doesn't make sense, and that it doesn't make much difference anyway.”
    Eric Idle


  • #26
    Ernest Hemingway
    “Madame, all stories, if continued far enough, end in death, and he is no true-story teller who would keep that from you.”
    Ernest Hemingway


  • #27
    Terry Pratchett
    “In fact, the mere act of opening the box will determine the state of the
    cat, although in this case there were three determinate states the cat
    could be in: these being Alive, Dead, and Bloody Furious.”
    Terry Pratchett, Lords and Ladies


  • #28
    H.L. Mencken
    “Moral certainty is always a sign of cultural inferiority. The more uncivilized the man, the surer he is that he knows precisely what is right and what is wrong. All human progress, even in morals, has been the work of men who have doubted the current moral values, not of men who have whooped them up and tried to enforce them. The truly civilized man is always skeptical and tolerant.”
    H.L. Mencken


  • #29
    Coco Chanel
    “The most courageous act is still to think for yourself. Aloud.”
    Coco Chanel


  • #30
    Virginia Woolf
    “Lock up your libraries if you like; but there is no gate, no lock, no bolt that you can set upon the freedom of my mind.”
    Virginia Woolf, A Room of One's Own




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