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  • #1
    “Mother put on her serious face. "I can't stand idly by and watch the country go down the Swannee. The political arena is the only logical and reasonable course left open to any decent Irish patriot. Besides, last night the cumann nominated me to contest the seat left vacant by the death of Dinny Blackstone who has represented the area in the Dail for twenty years. Who am I to argue?"
    "Sure he's been dead for at least ten years," Rory said. "It's a wonder that anyone finally noticed.”
    Ferdia MacAnna, The Ship Inspector

  • #2
    Katherine Mansfield
    “The pleasure of all reading is doubled when one lives with another who shares the same books.”
    Katherine Mansfield

  • #3
    Robert Louis Stevenson
    “Don't judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds that you plant.”
    Robert Louis Stevenson

  • #4
    Edward Abbey
    “One final paragraph of advice: do not burn yourselves out. Be as I am - a reluctant enthusiast....a part-time crusader, a half-hearted fanatic. Save the other half of yourselves and your lives for pleasure and adventure. It is not enough to fight for the land; it is even more important to enjoy it. While you can. While it’s still here. So get out there and hunt and fish and mess around with your friends, ramble out yonder and explore the forests, climb the mountains, bag the peaks, run the rivers, breathe deep of that yet sweet and lucid air, sit quietly for a while and contemplate the precious stillness, the lovely, mysterious, and awesome space. Enjoy yourselves, keep your brain in your head and your head firmly attached to the body, the body active and alive, and I promise you this much; I promise you this one sweet victory over our enemies, over those desk-bound men and women with their hearts in a safe deposit box, and their eyes hypnotized by desk calculators. I promise you this; You will outlive the bastards.”
    Edward Abbey

  • #5
    Maeve Binchy
    “I don't have ugly ducklings turning into swans in my stories. I have ugly ducklings turning into confident ducks.”
    Maeve Binchy

  • #6
    Erasmus
    “When I have a little money, I buy books; and if I have any left, I buy food and clothes.”
    Desiderius Erasmus Roterodamus

  • #8
    Calvin Coolidge
    “We cannot do everything at once, but we can do something at once.”
    Calvin Coolidge

  • #9
    Carl Sagan
    “The universe is a pretty big place. If it's just us, seems like an awful waste of space.”
    Carl Sagan, Contact

  • #11
    Carl Sagan
    “The nitrogen in our DNA, the calcium in our teeth, the iron in our blood, the carbon in our apple pies were made in the interiors of collapsing stars. We are made of starstuff.”
    Carl Sagan, Cosmos

  • #11
    Homer Hickam
    “I had discovered that learning something, no matter how complex, wasn't hard when I had a reason to want to know it.”
    Homer Hickam, Rocket Boys

  • #12
    “Here's to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The troublemakers. The round pegs in the square holes. The ones who see things differently. They're not fond of rules. And they have no respect for the status quo. You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them. About the only thing you can't do is ignore them. Because they change things. They push the human race forward. And while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius. Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do.”
    Rob Siltanen

  • #12
    Robert Bly
    “We are bees then; our honey is language.”
    Robert Bly

  • #13
    Robert Baden-Powell
    “A week of camp life is worth six months of theoretical teaching in the meeting room.”
    Robert Baden-Powell

  • #14
    You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new
    “You never change things by fighting the existing reality.
    To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete.”
    Buckminster Fuller

  • #16
    Julian Assange
    “Opponents past and present have the same essential weakness about them: first they want to use you, then they want to be you, then they want to snuff you out.”
    Julian Assange, Julian Assange - The Unauthorised Autobiography

  • #17
    Benjamin Franklin
    “For the best return on your money, pour your purse into your head.”
    Benjamin Franklin

  • #18
    “Keep in mind that when we limit our exposure to information, or when information itself is scarce, our picture of reality suffers. We become oblivious to both opportunities and hazards. Trends become invisible. History disappears. It's really just two sides of the same coin: the first commitment is as much a commitment to gathering information, from as many sources and in as much volume as can constructively be used, as it is a commitment to facing the facts.”
    John Salka, First In, Last Out: Leadership Lessons from the New York Fire Department

  • #18
    Charles T. Munger
    “In my whole life, I have known no wise people (over a broad subject matter area) who didn't read all the time -- none, zero. You'd be amazed at how much Warren reads--and at how much I read. My children laugh at me. They think I'm a book with a couple of legs sticking out.”
    Charles T. Munger, Poor Charlie's Almanack: The Wit and Wisdom of Charles T. Munger

  • #19
    R.B. Cunninghame Graham
    “God forbid I go to any Heaven in which there are no horses.”
    R.B. Cunninghame Graham

  • #20
    Haruki Murakami
    “If you only read the books that everyone else is reading, you can only think what everyone else is thinking.”
    Haruki Murakami, Norwegian Wood

  • #21
    Cleveland Amory
    “One of the ways in which cats show happiness is by sleeping.”
    Cleveland Amory, The Cat Who Came for Christmas

  • #22
    Colm Tóibín
    “Ending a novel is almost like putting a child to sleep—it can't be done abruptly.”
    Colm Tóibín

  • #23
    Robert Baden-Powell
    “Boy Scout is not merely to give you fun and adventure but that, like the backwoodsmen, explorers, and frontiersmen whom you are following, you will be fitting yourself to help your country and to be of service to other people who may be in need of help. That is what the best men are out to do.”
    Robert Baden-Powell, Robert Baden-Powell: Scouting for Boys, The Original

  • #24
    Anna Sewell
    “We call them dumb animals, and so they are, for they cannot tell us how they feel, but they do not suffer less because they have no words.”
    Anna Sewell, Black Beauty

  • #25
    Eleanor Roosevelt
    “Do what you feel in your heart to be right – for you’ll be criticized anyway.”
    Eleanor Roosevelt

  • #26
    Émile Zola
    “One forges one's style on the terrible anvil of daily deadlines.”
    Émile Zola

  • #27
    W.B. Yeats
    “I have spread my dreams under your feet.
    Tread softly because you tread on my dreams.”
    W.B. Yeats

  • #28
    Naomi Novik
    “Temeraire said, 'It is very nice how many books there are, indeed. And on so many subjects!”
    Naomi Novik, His Majesty's Dragon

  • #29
    “Set your goals high, and don’t stop till you get there.”
    Bo Jackson

  • #31
    Calvin Coolidge
    “There is no dignity
    quite so impressive,
    and no independence
    quite so important,
    as living within your means.”
    Calvin Coolidge



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