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  • #1
    William Ernest Henley
    “Out of the night that covers me,
    Black as the Pit from pole to pole,
    I thank whatever gods may be
    For my unconquerable soul.

    In the fell clutch of circumstance
    I have not winced nor cried aloud.
    Under the bludgeonings of chance
    My head is bloody, but unbowed.

    Beyond this place of wrath and tears
    Looms but the Horror of the shade,
    And yet the menace of the years
    Finds, and shall find, me unafraid.

    It matters not how strait the gate,
    How charged with punishments the scroll,
    I am the master of my fate:
    I am the captain of my soul.”
    William Ernest Henley, Invictus


  • #2
    J.R.R. Tolkien
    “All that is gold does not glitter,
    Not all those who wander are lost;
    The old that is strong does not wither,
    Deep roots are not reached by the frost.

    From the ashes a fire shall be woken,
    A light from the shadows shall spring;
    Renewed shall be blade that was broken,
    The crownless again shall be king.”
    J.R.R. Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring


  • #3
    Rudyard Kipling
    “If you can keep your head when all about you
    Are losing theirs and blaming it on you,
    If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,
    But make allowance for their doubting too;

    If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,
    Or being lied about, don't deal in lies,
    Or being hated, don't give way to hating,
    And yet don't look too good, nor talk too wise

    If you can dream - and not make dreams your master;
    If you can think - and not make thoughts your aim;
    If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster
    And treat those two impostors just the same;

    If you can bear to hear the truth you've spoken
    Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,
    Or watch the things you gave your life to, broken,
    And stoop and build 'em up with worn-out tools

    If you can make one heap of all your winnings
    And risk it on one turn of pitch-and-toss,
    And lose, and start again at your beginnings
    And never breathe a word about your loss;

    If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew
    To serve your turn long after they are gone,
    And so hold on when there is nothing in you
    Except the will which says to them: 'Hold on!'

    If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,
    Or walk with Kings - nor lose the common touch,
    If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you,
    If all men count with you, but none too much;

    If you can fill the unforgiving minute
    With sixty seconds' worth of distance run,
    Yours is the Earth and everything that's in it,
    And - which is more - you'll be a Man, my son!”
    Rudyard Kipling, If: A Father's Advice to His Son


  • #4
    Gore Vidal
    “As societies grow decadent, the language grows decadent, too. Words are used to disguise, not to illuminate, action: you liberate a city by destroying it. Words are to confuse, so that at election time people will solemnly vote against their own interests.”
    Gore Vidal


  • #5
    Mark Twain
    “Reader, suppose you were an idiot. And suppose you were a member of Congress. But I repeat myself.”
    Mark Twain


  • #6
    Mahatma Gandhi
    “Seven Deadly Sins

    Wealth without work
    Pleasure without conscience
    Science without humanity
    Knowledge without character
    Politics without principle
    Commerce without morality
    Worship without sacrifice.”
    Mahatma Gandhi


  • #7
    Mark Twain
    “Loyalty to country ALWAYS. Loyalty to government, when it deserves it.”
    Mark Twain


  • #8
    Napoleon
    “History is a set of lies agreed upon.”
    Napoleon


  • #9
    Malcolm X
    “You're not to be so blind with patriotism that you can't face reality. Wrong is wrong, no matter who does it or says it.”
    Malcolm X, By Any Means Necessary


  • #10
    Winston Churchill
    “Tact is the ability to tell someone to go to hell in such a way that they look forward to the trip.”
    Winston Churchill


  • #11
    John Steinbeck
    “All war is a symptom of man's failure as a thinking animal.”
    John Steinbeck


  • #12
    Ayn Rand
    “The smallest minority on earth is the individual. Those who deny individual rights cannot claim to be defenders of minorities.”
    Ayn Rand


  • #13
    Richelle Mead
    “The greatest and most powerful revolutions often start very quietly, hidden in the shadows. Remember that.”
    Richelle Mead, Vampire Academy


  • #14
    Plato
    “The heaviest penalty for declining to rule is to be ruled by someone inferior to yourself.”
    Plato, The Republic


  • #15
    John F. Kennedy
    “The rights of every man are diminished when the rights of one man are threatened.”
    John F. Kennedy


  • #16
    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


  • #17
    David Foster Wallace
    “If you are bored and disgusted by politics and don't bother to vote, you are in effect voting for the entrenched Establishments of the two major parties, who please rest assured are not dumb, and who are keenly aware that it is in their interests to keep you disgusted and bored and cynical and to give you every possible reason to stay at home doing one-hitters and watching MTV on primary day. By all means stay home if you want, but don't bullshit yourself that you're not voting. In reality, there is no such thing as not voting: you either vote by voting, or you vote by staying home and tacitly doubling the value of some Diehard's vote.”
    David Foster Wallace, Up, Simba!


  • #18
    John F. Kennedy
    “Ask not what your country can do for you; ask what you can do for your country.”
    John F. Kennedy


  • #19
    Milan Kundera
    “People are always shouting they want to create a better future. It's not true. The future is an apathetic void of no interest to anyone. The past is full of life, eager to irritate us, provoke and insult us, tempt us to destroy or repaint it. The only reason people want to be masters of the future is to change the past.”
    Milan Kundera


  • #20
    Thomas Jefferson
    “I would rather be exposed to the inconveniences attending too much liberty than to those attending too small a degree of it.”
    Thomas Jefferson


  • #21
    Pericles
    “Just because you do not take an interest in politics doesn't mean politics won't take an interest in you. ”
    Pericles


  • #22
    Mark Twain
    “In the beginning of a change the patriot is a scarce man, and brave, and hated and scorned. When his cause succeeds, the timid join him, for then it costs nothing to be a patriot.”
    Mark Twain


  • #23
    José Martí
    “The first duty of a man is to think for himself”
    José Martí


  • #24
    Carl Sagan
    “In science it often happens that scientists say, 'You know that's a really good argument; my position is mistaken,' and then they would actually change their minds and you never hear that old view from them again. They really do it. It doesn't happen as often as it should, because scientists are human and change is sometimes painful. But it happens every day. I cannot recall the last time something like that happened in politics or religion.”
    Carl Sagan


  • #25
    Edward R. Murrow
    “A nation of sheep will beget a government of wolves.”
    Edward R. Murrow


  • #26
    Frank Herbert
    “Absolute power does not corrupt absolutely, absolute power attracts the corruptible.”
    Frank Herbert


  • #27
    Bruce Lee
    “Be like water making its way through cracks. Do not be assertive, but adjust to the object, and you shall find a way around or through it. If nothing within you stays rigid, outward things will disclose themselves.

    Empty your mind, be formless. Shapeless, like water. If you put water into a cup, it becomes the cup. You put water into a bottle and it becomes the bottle. You put it in a teapot, it becomes the teapot. Now, water can flow or it can crash. Be water, my friend.”
    Bruce Lee


  • #28
    George Carlin
    “Now, there's one thing you might have noticed I don't complain about: politicians. Everybody complains about politicians. Everybody says they suck. Well, where do people think these politicians come from? They don't fall out of the sky. They don't pass through a membrane from another reality. They come from American parents and American families, American homes, American schools, American churches, American businesses and American universities, and they are elected by American citizens. This is the best we can do folks. This is what we have to offer. It's what our system produces: Garbage in, garbage out. If you have selfish, ignorant citizens, you're going to get selfish, ignorant leaders. Term limits ain't going to do any good; you're just going to end up with a brand new bunch of selfish, ignorant Americans. So, maybe, maybe, maybe, it's not the politicians who suck. Maybe something else sucks around here... like, the public. Yeah, the public sucks. There's a nice campaign slogan for somebody: 'The Public Sucks. F*ck Hope.”
    George Carlin


  • #29
    Plato
    “One of the penalties of refusing to participate in politics is that you end up being governed by your inferiors.”
    Plato


  • #30
    Winston Churchill
    “An appeaser is one who feeds a crocodile, hoping it will eat him last.”
    Winston Churchill




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