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  • #1
    A.A. Milne
    “People say nothing is impossible, but I do nothing every day.”
    A.A. Milne, Winnie-the-Pooh


  • #2
    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


  • #3
    Mark Twain
    “I have seen slower people than I am and more deliberate... and even quieter, and more listless, and lazier people than I am. But they were dead.”
    Mark Twain
    tags: humor


  • #4
    Harper Lee
    “You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view... Until you climb inside of his skin and walk around in it.”
    Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird


  • #5
    Kurt Vonnegut
    “And I urge you to please notice when you are happy, and exclaim or murmur or think at some point, 'If this isn't nice, I don't know what is.”
    Kurt Vonnegut, A Man Without a Country


  • #6
    Albert Camus
    “I leave Sisyphus at the foot of the mountain. One always finds one's burden again. But Sisyphus teaches the higher fidelity that negates the gods and raises rocks. He too concludes that all is well. This universe henceforth without a master seems to him neither sterile nor futile. Each atom of that stone, each mineral flake of that night-filled mountain, in itself, forms a world. The struggle itself toward the heights is enough to fill a man's heart. One must imagine Sisyphus happy.”
    Albert Camus


  • #7
    Tom Stoppard
    “Words... They're innocent, neutral, precise, standing for this, describing that, meaning the other, so if you look after them you can build bridges across incomprehension and chaos. But when they get their corners knocked off, they're no good any more... I don't think writers are sacred, but words are. They deserve respect. If you get the right ones in the right order, you can nudge the world a little or make a poem which children will speak for you when you're dead.”
    Tom Stoppard, The Real Thing: A Play


  • #8
    Howard Zinn
    “TO BE HOPEFUL in bad times is not just foolishly romantic. It is based on the fact that human history is a history not only of cruelty, but also of compassion, sacrifice, courage, kindness.
    What we choose to emphasize in this complex history will determine our lives. If we see only the worst, it destroys our capacity to do something. If we remember those times and places—and there are so many—where people have behaved magnificently, this gives us the energy to act, and at least the possibility of sending this spinning top of a world in a different direction.
    And if we do act, in however small a way, we don’t have to wait for some grand utopian future. The future is an infinite succession of presents, and to live now as we think human beings should live, in defiance of all that is bad around us, is itself a marvelous victory.”
    Howard Zinn


  • #9
    Sherman Alexie
    “I used to think the world was broken down by tribes,' I said. 'By Black and White. By Indian and White. But I know this isn't true. The world is only broken into two tribes: the people who are assholes and the people who are not.”
    Sherman Alexie, The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian


  • #10
    Abraham Lincoln
    “There are no bad pictures; that's just how your face looks sometimes.”
    Abraham Lincoln


  • #11
    Betty  Smith
    “As she read, at peace with the world and happy as only a little girl could be with a fine book and a little bowl of candy, and all alone in the house, the leaf shadows shifted and the afternoon passed. ”
    Betty Smith, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn


  • #12
    Betty  Smith
    “Was that a bad lady, Papa?" Francis asked eagerly.
    "No."
    "But she looked bad."
    "There are very few bad people. There are just a lot of people who are unlucky.”
    Betty Smith, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn


  • #13
    Kurt Vonnegut
    “1492. As children we were taught to memorize this year with pride and joy as the year people began living full and imaginative lives on the continent of North America. Actually, people had been living full and imaginative lives on the continent of North America for hundreds of years before that. 1492 was simply the year sea pirates began to rob, cheat, and kill them.”
    Kurt Vonnegut


  • #14
    Dwight D. Eisenhower
    “Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired signifies in the final sense, a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed. This world in arms is not spending money alone. It is spending the sweat of its laborers, the genius of its scientists, the hopes of its children. This is not a way of life at all in any true sense. Under the clouds of war, it is humanity hanging on a cross of iron.”
    Dwight D. Eisenhower


  • #15
    George Carlin
    “Something is wrong here. War, disease, death, destruction, hunger, filth, poverty, torture, crime, corruption, and the Ice Capades. Something is definitely wrong. This is not good work. If this is the best God can do, I am not impressed. Results like these do not belong on the résumé of a Supreme Being. This is the kind of shit you'd expect from an office temp with a bad attitude. And just between you and me, in any decently-run universe, this guy would've been out on his all-powerful ass a long time ago. And by the way, I say "this guy", because I firmly believe, looking at these results, that if there is a God, it has to be a man.
    No woman could or would ever fuck things up like this. So, if there is a God, I think most reasonable people might agree that he's at least incompetent, and maybe, just maybe, doesn't give a shit. Doesn't give a shit, which I admire in a person, and which would explain a lot of these bad results.”
    George Carlin


  • #16
    Franklin D. Roosevelt
    “The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much; it is whether we provide enough for those who have too little.”
    Franklin D. Roosevelt


  • #17
    Barack Obama
    “Focusing your life solely on making a buck shows a poverty of ambition. It asks too little of yourself. And it will leave you unfulfilled.”
    Barack Obama


  • #18
    Herman Melville
    “We cannot live only for ourselves. A thousand fibers connect us with our fellow men; and among those fibers, as sympathetic threads, our actions run as causes, and they come back to us as effects.”
    Herman Melville


  • #19
    Herman Melville
    “I would prefer not to.”
    Herman Melville, Bartleby, the Scrivener


  • #20
    Herman Melville
    “Of all the preposterous assumptions of humanity over humanity, nothing exceeds most of the criticisms made on the habits of the poor by the well-housed, well- warmed, and well-fed.”
    Herman Melville


  • #21
    Herman Melville
    “...and Heaven have mercy on us all - Presbyterians and Pagans alike - for we are all somehow dreadfully cracked about the head, and sadly need mending.”
    Herman Melville, Moby Dick


  • #22
    Dorothy Parker
    “Heterosexuality is not normal, it's just common.”
    Dorothy Parker


  • #23
    Kurt Vonnegut
    “No good at life, but very funny sometimes with the commentary.”
    Kurt Vonnegut


  • #24
    Fred Rogers
    “At the center of the Universe is a loving heart that continues to beat and that wants the best for every person. Anything that we can do to help foster the intellect and spirit and emotional growth of our fellow human beings, that is our job. Those of us who have this particular vision must continue against all odds. Life is for service.”
    Fred Rogers


  • #25
    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


  • #26
    Fred Rogers
    “Anyone who has ever been able to sustain good work has had at least one person--and often many--who have believed in him or her. We just don't get to be competent human beings without a lot of different investments from others.”
    Fred Rogers


  • #27
    David Foster Wallace
    “I do things like get in a taxi and say, "The library, and step on it.”
    David Foster Wallace, Infinite Jest


  • #28
    Harper Lee
    “Sometimes the Bible in the hand of one man is worse than a whisky bottle in the hand of (another)... There are just some kind of men who - who're so busy worrying about the next world they've never learned to live in this one, and you can look down the street and see the results.”
    Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird


  • #29
    Harper Lee
    “People in their right minds never take pride in their talents.”
    Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird


  • #30
    Harper Lee
    “Pass the damn ham, please.”
    Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird




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