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Stefan Zweig
“Time to leave now, get out of this room, go somewhere, anywhere; sharpen this feeling of happiness and freedom, stretch your limbs, fill your eyes, be awake, wider awake, vividly awake in every sense and every pore.”
Stefan Zweig, The Post-Office Girl
George Carlin
“If you try to fail, and succeed, which have you done?”
George Carlin
Yves Saint-Laurent
“The most beautiful makeup of a woman is passion. But cosmetics are easier to buy.”
Yves Saint-Laurent
Galileo Galilei
“I have never met a man so ignorant that I couldn't learn something from him.”
Galileo Galilei
Paulo Coelho
“This is what we call love. When you are loved, you can do anything in creation. When you are loved, there's no need at all to understand what's happening, because everything happens within you.”
Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist
Albert Camus
“Real generosity towards the future lies in giving all to the present.”
Albert Camus, Notebooks 1935-1942
Ted Hughes
“The only calibration that counts is how much heart people invest, how much they ignore their fears of being hurt or caught out or humiliated. And the only thing people regret is that they didn't live boldly enough, that they didn't invest enough heart, didn't love enough. Nothing else really counts at all.”
Ted Hughes, Letters of Ted Hughes
Elinor Glyn
“Romance is the glamour which turns the dust of everyday life into a golden haze. ”
Elinor Glyn
Stéphane Mallarmé
“Everything in the world exists in order to end up as a book.”
Stéphane Mallarmé
Audrey Hepburn
“I believe in being strong when everything seems to be going wrong. I believe that happy girls are the prettiest girls. I believe that tomorrow is another day, and I believe in miracles”
Audrey Hepburn
Rick Riordan
“Rachel: You're a half-blood, too?
Annabeth: Shhh! Just announce it to the world, how about?
Rachel: Okay. Hey, everybody! These two aren't human! They're half Greek god!...They don't seem to care.”
Rick Riordan, The Battle of the Labyrinth
Jane Austen
“Silly things do cease to be silly if they are done by sensible people in an impudent way.”
Jane Austen, Emma
Tiffanie DeBartolo
“Did you really want to die?"
"No one commits suicide because they want to die."
"Then why do they do it?"
"Because they want to stop the pain.”
Tiffanie DeBartolo, How to Kill a Rock Star
Coco Chanel
“In order to be irreplaceacle, one must always be different.”
Coco Chanel
Natalie Babbitt
“Like all magnificent things, it's very simple.”
Natalie Babbitt, Tuck Everlasting
C.S. Lewis
“It would seem that Our Lord finds our desires not too strong, but too weak. We are half-hearted creatures, fooling about with drink and sex and ambition when infinite joy is offered us, like an ignorant child who wants to go on making mud pies in a slum because he cannot imagine what is meant by the offer of a holiday at the sea. We are far too easily pleased.”
C.S. Lewis, The Weight of Glory, and Other Addresses
Anderson Cooper
“The farther you go...the harder it is to return. The world has many edges and it's easy to fall off.”
Anderson Cooper, Dispatches from the Edge: A Memoir of War, Disasters, and Survival
Edward Lear
“And hand in hand, on the edge of the sand,
They danced by the light of the moon.”
Edward Lear, The Owl and the Pussycat
E.B. White
“I arise in the morning torn between a desire to improve (or save) the world and a desire to enjoy (or savor) the world. This makes it hard to plan the day.”
E.B. White
Stanley Fish
“The purpose of a good education is to show you that there are three sides to a two-sided story.”
Stanley Fish
Adolf Hitler
“If you win, you need not have to explain...If you lose, you should not be there to explain!”
Adolf Hitler
Rick Riordan
“Hades raised an eyebrow. When he sat forward in his throne, shadowy faces appeared in the folds of his black robes, faces of torment,as if the garment was stitched of trapped souls from the Fields of Punishment, trying to get out. The ADHD part of me wondered, off-task, whether the rest of his clothes were made the same way. What horrible things would you have to do in your life to get woven into Hades' underwear?”
Rick Riordan, The Lightning Thief
Mother Teresa
“What can you do to promote world peace? Go home and love your family.”
Mother Teresa
Charlotte Brontë
“Happiness quite unshared can scarcely be called happiness; it has no taste.”
Charlotte Brontë
Chuck Palahniuk
“Ok. You fuck me, then snub me. You love me, you hate me. You show me a sensitive side, then you turn into a total asshole. Is this a pretty accurate description of our relationship.”
Chuck Palahniuk, Fight Club
Greg Behrendt
“I'm about to make a wild, extreme and severe relationship rule: the word busy is a load of crap and is most often used by assholes. The word "busy" is the relationship Weapon of Mass Destruction. It seems like a good excuse, but in fact in every silo you uncover, all you're going to find is a man who didn't care enough to call. Remember men are never to busy to get what they want.”
Greg Behrendt
Simone de Beauvoir
“I am too intelligent, too demanding, and too resourceful for anyone to be able to take charge of me entirely. No one knows me or loves me completely. I have only myself”
Simone de Beauvoir
J.K. Rowling
“Sometimes you remind me a lot of James. He called it my 'furry little problem' in company. Many people were under the impression that I owned a badly behaved rabbit.”
J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
Henry David Thoreau
“Dreams are the touchstones of our characters.”
Henry David Thoreau
Suzanne Collins
“Yes, and I’m sure the arena will be full of bags of flour for me to chuck at people.”
Suzanne Collins, The Hunger Games
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