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  • #1
    George Carlin
    “We're so self-important. So arrogant. Everybody's going to save something now. Save the trees, save the bees, save the whales, save the snails. And the supreme arrogance? Save the planet! Are these people kidding? Save the planet? We don't even know how to take care of ourselves; we haven't learned how to care for one another. We're gonna save the fuckin' planet? . . . And, by the way, there's nothing wrong with the planet in the first place. The planet is fine. The people are fucked! Compared with the people, the planet is doin' great. It's been here over four billion years . . . The planet isn't goin' anywhere, folks. We are! We're goin' away. Pack your shit, we're goin' away. And we won't leave much of a trace. Thank God for that. Nothing left. Maybe a little Styrofoam. The planet will be here, and we'll be gone. Another failed mutation; another closed-end biological mistake.”
    George Carlin

  • #2
    Henry Miller
    “If we are always arriving and departing, it is also
    true that we are eternally anchored. One's destination
    is never a place but rather a new way of looking at things.”
    Henry Miller, Big Sur and the Oranges of Hieronymus Bosch

  • #3
    George Eliot
    “It is a narrow mind which cannot look at a subject from various points of view.”
    George Eliot, Middlemarch

  • #4
    Whoopi Goldberg
    “Art and life are subjective. Not everybody's gonna dig what I dig, but I reserve the right to dig it.”
    Whoopi Goldberg

  • #5
    Muhammad Ali
    “Often it isn't the mountains ahead that wear you out, it's the little pebble in your shoe.”
    Muhammad Ali

  • #6
    William W. Purkey
    “You've gotta dance like there's nobody watching,
    Love like you'll never be hurt,
    Sing like there's nobody listening,
    And live like it's heaven on earth.”
    William W. Purkey

  • #7
    Anaïs Nin
    “We don't see things as they are, we see them as we are.”
    Anaïs Nin

  • #8
    Henri J.M. Nouwen
    “When we honestly ask ourselves which person in our lives mean the most to us, we often find that it is those who, instead of giving advice, solutions, or cures, have chosen rather to share our pain and touch our wounds with a warm and tender hand. The friend who can be silent with us in a moment of despair or confusion, who can stay with us in an hour of grief and bereavement, who can tolerate not knowing, not curing, not healing and face with us the reality of our powerlessness, that is a friend who cares.”
    Henri J.M. Nouwen, Out of Solitude: Three Meditations on the Christian Life

  • #9
    Friendship ... is born at the moment when one man says to another What! You
    “Friendship ... is born at the moment when one man says to another "What! You too? I thought that no one but myself . . .”
    C.S. Lewis, The Four Loves

  • #10
    Friedrich Nietzsche
    “It is not a lack of love, but a lack of friendship that makes unhappy marriages.”
    Friedrich Nietzsche

  • #11
    C.S. Lewis
    “Friendship is unnecessary, like philosophy, like art.... It has no survival value; rather it is one of those things which give value to survival.”
    C.S. Lewis, The Four Loves

  • #12
    Muhammad Ali
    “Friendship is the hardest thing in the world to explain. It's not something you learn in school. But if you haven't learned the meaning of friendship, you really haven't learned anything.”
    Muhammad Ali

  • #13
    Shel Silverstein
    “How many slams in an old screen door? Depends how loud you shut it. How many slices in a bread? Depends how thin you cut it. How much good inside a day? Depends how good you live 'em. How much love inside a friend? Depends how much you give 'em.”
    Shel Silverstein

  • #14
    Charles Lamb
    “Tis the privilege of friendship to talk nonsense, and to have her nonsense respected.”
    Charles Lamb, The Life, Letters and Writings of Charles Lamb

  • #15
    Jalaluddin Rumi
    “Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing
    and rightdoing there is a field.
    I'll meet you there.

    When the soul lies down in that grass
    the world is too full to talk about.”
    Jalaluddin Rumi

  • #16
    Dean Koontz
    “Never leave a friend behind. Friends are all we have to get us through this life--and they are the only things from this world that we could hope to see in the next.”
    Dean Koontz, Fear Nothing

  • #17
    Friedrich Nietzsche
    “The man of knowledge must be able not only to love his enemies but also to hate his friends.”
    Friedrich Nietzsche

  • #18
    Ally Condie
    “Growing apart doesn't change the fact that for a long time we grew side by side; our roots will always be tangled. I'm glad for that.”
    Ally Condie, Matched

  • #19
    Fred Rogers
    “When I say it's you I like, I'm talking about that part of you that knows that life is far more than anything you can ever see or hear or touch. That deep part of you that allows you to stand for those things without which humankind cannot survive. Love that conquers hate, peace that rises triumphant over war, and justice that proves more powerful than greed.”
    Fred Rogers

  • #20
    Barbara Kingsolver
    “The friend who holds your hand and says the wrong thing is made of dearer stuff than the one who stays away.”
    Barbara Kingsolver

  • #21
    Aristotle
    “Wishing to be friends is quick work, but friendship is a slow ripening fruit.”
    Aristotle

  • #22
    Bette Midler
    “The worst part of success is trying to find someone who is happy for you.”
    Bette Midler

  • #23
    Jim Henson
    “There's not a word yet, for old friends who've just met.”
    Jim Henson, Favorite Songs from Jim Henson's Muppets

  • #24
    Emilie Autumn
    “It gives me strength to have somebody to fight for; I can never fight for myself, but, for others, I can kill.”
    Emilie Autumn, The Asylum for Wayward Victorian Girls

  • #25
    Stieg Larsson
    “Friendship- my definition- is built on two things. Respect and trust. Both elements have to be there. And it has to be mutual. You can have respect for someone, but if you don't have trust, the friendship will crumble.”
    Stieg Larsson, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

  • #26
    Jim Butcher
    “Sure, we'd faced some things as children that a lot of kids don't. Sure, Justin had qualified for his Junior de Sade Badge in his teaching methods for dealing with pain. We still hadn't learned, though, that growing up is all about getting hurt. And then getting over it. You hurt. You recover. You move on. Odds are pretty good you're just going to get hurt again. But each time, you learn something.

    Each time, you come out of it a little stronger, and at some point you realize that there are more flavors of pain than coffee. There's the little empty pain of leaving something behind - gradutaing, taking the next step forward, walking out of something familiar and safe into the unknown. There's the big, whirling pain of life upending all of your plans and expecations. There's the sharp little pains of failure, and the more obscure aches of successes that didn't give you what you thought they would. There are the vicious, stabbing pains of hopes being torn up. The sweet little pains of finding others, giving them your love, and taking joy in their life they grow and learn. There's the steady pain of empathy that you shrug off so you can stand beside a wounded friend and help them bear their burdens.

    And if you're very, very lucky, there are a very few blazing hot little pains you feel when you realized that you are standing in a moment of utter perfection, an instant of triumph, or happiness, or mirth which at the same time cannot possibly last - and yet will remain with you for life.

    Everyone is down on pain, because they forget something important about it: Pain is for the living. Only the dead don't feel it.

    Pain is a part of life. Sometimes it's a big part, and sometimes it isn't, but either way, it's a part of the big puzzle, the deep music, the great game. Pain does two things: It teaches you, tells you that you're alive. Then it passes away and leaves you changed. It leaves you wiser, sometimes. Sometimes it leaves you stronger. Either way, pain leaves its mark, and everything important that will ever happen to you in life is going to involve it in one degree or another.”
    Jim Butcher

  • #27
    Jim Butcher
    “Time after time, history demonstrates that when people don't want to believe something, they have enormous skills of ignoring it altogether.”
    Jim Butcher, Dead Beat

  • #28
    Jim Butcher
    “There’s nothing that makes you more insane than family. Or more happy. Or more exasperated. Or more . . . secure.”
    Jim Butcher, Vignette

  • #29
    Kahlil Gibran
    “We are all like the bright moon, we still have our darker side.”
    Kahlil Gibran



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