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  • #1
    Mark Twain
    “The human race has only one really effective weapon and that is laughter.”
    Mark Twain

  • #2
    Mark Twain
    “It is curious that physical courage should be so common in the world and moral courage so rare.”
    Mark Twain

  • #3
    Mark Twain
    “Always acknowledge a fault. This will throw those in authority off their guard and give you an opportunity to commit more.”
    Mark Twain

  • #4
    Mark Twain
    “Never argue with stupid people, they will drag you down to their level and then beat you with experience.”
    Mark Twain

  • #5
    Mark Twain
    “The radical of one century is the conservative of the next. The radical invents the views. When he has worn them out, the conservative adopt.”
    Mark Twain

  • #6
    Mark Twain
    “Against the assault of laughter, nothing can stand.”
    Mark Twain, The Mysterious Stranger and Other Curious Tales

  • #7
    Mark Twain
    “Good judgement is the result of experience and experience the result of bad judgement.”
    Mark Twain

  • #8
    Mark Twain
    “There has never been a just [war], never an honorable one--on the part of the instigator of the war. I can see a million years ahead, and this rule will never change in so many as half a dozen instances. The loud little handful--as usual--will shout for the war. The pulpit will--warily and cautiously--object--at first; the great, big, dull bulk of the nation will rub its sleepy eyes and try to make out why there should be a war, and will say, earnestly and indignantly, 'It is unjust and dishonorable, and there is no necessity for it.' Then the handful will shout louder. A few fair men on the other side will argue and reason against the war with speech and pen, and at first will have a hearing and be applauded; but it will not last long; those others will outshout them, and presently the anti-war audiences will thin out and lose popularity. Before long you will see this curious thing: the speakers stoned from the platform, and free speech strangled by hordes of furious men who in their secret hearts are still at one with those stoned speakers--as earlier--but do not dare say so. And now the whole nation--pulpit and all--will take up the war-cry, and shout itself hoarse, and mob any honest man who ventures to open his mouth; and presently such mouths will cease to open. Next the statesmen will invent cheap lies, putting the blame upon the nation that is attacked, and every man will be glad of those conscience-soothing falsities, and will diligently study them, and refuse to examine any refutations of them; and thus he will by and by convince himself the war is just, and will thank God for the better sleep he enjoys after this process of grotesque self-deception.”
    Mark Twain, The Mysterious Stranger and Other Stories
    tags: war

  • #9
    Mark Twain
    “Explaining humor is a lot like dissecting a frog, you learn a lot in the process, but in the end you kill it.”
    Mark Twain

  • #10
    Mark Twain
    “Age is an issue of mind over matter. If you don’t mind, it doesn’t matter.”
    Mark Twain
    tags: age

  • #11
    Mark Twain
    “Anger is an acid that can do more harm to the vessel in which it is stored than to anything on which it is poured.”
    Mark Twain

  • #12
    Mark Twain
    “Wrinkles should merely indicate where the smiles have been.”
    Mark Twain
    tags: age

  • #13
    Mark Twain
    “God created war so that Americans would learn geography.”
    Mark Twain

  • #14
    Leslie Marmon Silko
    “But as long as you remember what you have seen, then nothing is gone. As long as you remember, it is part of this story we have together.”
    Leslie Marmon Silko, Ceremony

  • #15
    Emmett F. Fields
    “Atheism is more than just the knowledge that gods do not exist, and that religion is either a mistake or a fraud. Atheism is an attitude, a frame of mind that looks at the world objectively, fearlessly, always trying to understand all things as a part of nature.”
    Emmett F. Fields

  • #16
    “It's an interesting combination: Having a great fear of being alone, and having a desperate need for solitude and the solitary experience. That's always been a tug of war for me.”
    Jodie Foster

  • #17
    Carl Sagan
    “Science is not only compatible with spirituality; it is a profound source of spirituality.”
    Carl Sagan, The Demon-Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark

  • #18
    Joanne Fluke
    “The secret of high finance...if you really need a loan, you won't qualify. And if you don't need a loan, all the lenders will line up to give you money.”
    Joanne Fluke, Peach Cobbler Murder
    tags: truth

  • #19
    Oscar Wilde
    “Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.”
    Oscar Wilde

  • #20
    Mylo Carbia
    “The biggest difference between writing a movie and writing a novel? No one ever tries to sleep with me to get into one of my novels.”
    Mylo Carbia, The Raping of Ava DeSantis

  • #21
    Dr. Seuss
    “You know you're in love when you can't fall asleep because reality is finally better than your dreams.”
    Dr. Seuss

  • #22
    Frank Zappa
    “So many books, so little time.”
    Frank Zappa

  • #23
    Groucho Marx
    “Outside of a dog, a book is man's best friend. Inside of a dog it's too dark to read.”
    Groucho Marx, The Essential Groucho: Writings For By And About Groucho Marx

  • #24
    Albert Camus
    “Don’t walk in front of me… I may not follow
    Don’t walk behind me… I may not lead
    Walk beside me… just be my friend”
    Albert Camus

  • #25
    Ralph Waldo Emerson
    “It is one of the blessings of old friends that you can afford to be stupid with them.”
    Ralph Waldo Emerson, Emerson in His Journals

  • #26
    Walt Whitman
    “Sure as Life holds all parts together, Death holds all parts together.”
    Walt Whitman

  • #27
    Anne Frank
    “In spite of everything I still believe that people are really good at heart. I simply can’t build up my hopes on a foundation consisting of confusion, misery, and death. I see the world gradually being turned into a wilderness, I hear the ever approaching thunder, which will destroy us too, I can feel the sufferings of millions and yet, if I look up into the heavens, I think that it will all come right, that this cruelty too will end, and that peace and tranquility will return again.”
    Anne Frank, The Diary of a Young Girl

  • #28
    John Updike
    “It is easy to love people in memory; the hard thing is to love them when they are there in front of you.”
    John Updike, My Father's Tears and Other Stories

  • #29
    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

  • #30
    Jonathan Franzen
    “…the novel is a liberal form…and the act of fiction writing is a performance of sympathy with people you are not .”
    Jonathan Franzen



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