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  • #1
    Jalaluddin Mevlana Rumi
    “Your task is not to seek for love, but merely to seek and find all the barriers within yourself that you have built against it.”
    Jalaluddin Mevlana Rumi

  • #2
    Sharon Salzberg
    “You yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection”
    Sharon Salzberg

  • #3
    J.K. Rowling
    “It takes a great deal of bravery to stand up to our enemies, but just as much to stand up to our friends.”
    J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone

  • #4
    Howard Thurman
    “Don’t ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive, and go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.”
    Howard Thurman

  • #5
    Lisa Alther
    “I happen to feel that the degree of a person's intelligence is directly reflected by the number of conflicting attitudes she can bring to bear on the same topic.”
    Lisa Alther

  • #6
    Brandon Sanderson
    “You see, that is the sad, sorry, terrible thing about sarcasm.

    It's really funny.”
    Brandon Sanderson, Alcatraz Versus the Evil Librarians

  • #7
    Marilynne Robinson
    “I’m writing this in part to tell you that if you ever wonder what you’ve done in your life, and everyone does wonder sooner or later, you have been God’s grace to me, a miracle, something more than a miracle. You may not remember me very well at all, and it may seem to you to be no great thing to have been the good child of an old man in a shabby little town you will no doubt leave behind. If only I had the words to tell you.”
    Marilynne Robinson, Gilead

  • #8
    Cleveland Amory
    “As anyone who has ever been around a cat for any length of time well knows cats have enormous patience with the limitations of the human kind.”
    Cleveland Amory, The Cat Who Came for Christmas
    tags: cats

  • #9
    Augustine of Hippo
    “Complete abstinence is easier than perfect moderation.”
    Augustine of Hippo

  • #10
    W. Somerset Maugham
    “His habit of reading isolated him: it became such a need that after being in company for some time he grew tired and restless; he was vain of the wider knowledge he had acquired from the perusal of so many books, his mind was alert, and he had not the skill to hide his contempt for his companions' stupidity. They complained that he was conceited; and, since he excelled only in matters which to them were unimportant, they asked satirically what he had to be conceited about. He was developing a sense of humour, and found that he had a knack of saying bitter things, which caught people on the raw; he said them because they amused him, hardly realising how much they hurt, and was much offended when he found that his victims regarded him with active dislike. The humiliations he suffered when he first went to school had caused in him a shrinking from his fellows which he could never entirely overcome; he remained shy and silent. But though he did everything to alienate the sympathy of other boys he longed with all his heart for the popularity which to some was so easily accorded. These from his distance he admired extravagantly; and though he was inclined to be more sarcastic with them than with others, though he made little jokes at their expense, he would have given anything to change places with them.”
    W. Somerset Maugham, Of Human Bondage

  • #11
    Thornton Wilder
    “It’s when you’re safe at home that you wish you were having an adventure. When you’re having an adventure you wish you were safe at home.”
    Thornton Wilder

  • #12
    Carlos Castañeda
    “The aim is to balance the terror of being alive with the wonder of being alive.”
    Carlos Castañeda

  • #13
    Mumia Abu-Jamal
    “Elie Wiesel says that the greatest evil in the world is not anger or hatred, but indifference. If that is true, then the opposite is also true: that the greatest love we can show our children is the attention we pay them, the time we take for them. Maybe we serve children the best simply by noticing them.”
    Mumia Abu-Jamal, Death Blossoms: Reflections from a Prisoner of Conscience

  • #14
    Zhuangzi
    “I cannot tell if what the world considers ‘happiness’ is happiness or not. All I know is that when I consider the way they go about attaining it, I see them carried away headlong, grim and obsessed, in the general onrush of the human herd, unable to stop themselves or to change their direction. All the while they claim to be just on the point of attaining happiness.”
    Zhuangzi

  • #15
    W.E.B. Du Bois
    “For education among all kinds of men always has had, and always will have, an element of danger and revolution, of dissatisfaction and discontent.”
    W.E.B. Du Bois

  • #16
    Mike Carey
    “They used to call the devil the father of lies. But for someone whose sin is meant to be pride, you'd think that lying would leave something of a sour taste. So my theory is that when the devil wants to get something out of you, he doesn't lie at all. He tells you the exact, literal truth. And he lets you find your own way to hell.”
    Mike Carey

  • #17
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky
    “There is something at the bottom of every new human thought, every thought of genius, or even every earnest thought that springs up in any brain, which can never be communicated to others, even if one were to write volumes about it and were explaining one's idea for thirty-five years; there's something left which cannot be induced to emerge from your brain, and remains with you forever; and with it you will die, without communicating to anyone perhaps the most important of your ideas.”
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky, The Idiot

  • #18
    Michael Chabon
    “All male friendships are essentially quixotic: they last only so long as each man is willing to polish the shaving-bowl helmet, climb on his donkey, and ride off after the other in pursuit of illusive glory and questionable adventure.”
    Michael Chabon, Wonder Boys

  • #19
    Aldous Huxley
    “It’s embarrassing to tell you this, but it seems to come down mostly to just learning to be kinder.”
    Aldous Huxley

  • #20
    David Carr
    “I now inhabit a life I don't deserve, but we all walk this earth feeling we are frauds. The trick is to be grateful and hope the caper doesn't end any time soon”
    David Carr, The Night of the Gun

  • #21
    H. Jackson Brown Jr.
    “Your religion is what you do when the sermon is over.”
    H. Jackson Brown Jr.

  • #22
    Robert Southey
    “No distance of place or lapse of time can lessen the friendship of those who are thoroughly persuaded of each other's worth.”
    Robert Southey

  • #23
    “Statistics are no substitue for judgement.”
    Henry Clay

  • #24
    Werner Heisenberg
    “We have to remember that what we observe is not nature in itself but
    nature exposed to our method of questioning.

    Werner Heisenberg

  • #25
    Italo Calvino
    “Who are we, who is each one of us, if not a combination of experiences, information, books we have read, things imagined? Each life is an encyclopedia, a library, an inventory of objects, a series of styles, and everything can be constantly shuffled and reordered in every way conceivable.”
    Italo Calvino, Six Memos For The Next Millennium

  • #26
    Pascal Mercier
    “I would not like to live in a world without cathedrals. I need their beauty and grandeur. I need their imperious silence. I need it against the witless bellowing of the barracks yard and the witty chatter of the yes-men. I want to hear the rustling of the organ, this deluge of ethereal notes. I need it against the shrill farce of marches.”
    Pascal Mercier, Night Train to Lisbon

  • #27
    Cormac McCarthy
    “The carrion birds sat about the topmost corners of the houses with their wings outstretched in attitudes of exhortation like dark little bishops.”
    Cormac McCarthy

  • #28
    Friedrich Hölderlin
    “What has always made the state a hell on earth has been precisely that man has tried to make it heaven.”
    Friedrich Hölderlin



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