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  • #1
    Oscar Wilde
    “We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars.”
    Oscar Wilde, Lady Windermere's Fan

  • #2
    Alexandre Dumas
    “There is neither happiness nor misery in the world; there is only the comparison of one state with another, nothing more. He who has felt the deepest grief is best able to experience supreme happiness. We must have felt what it is to die, Morrel, that we may appreciate the enjoyments of life.
    " Live, then, and be happy, beloved children of my heart, and never forget, that until the day God will deign to reveal the future to man, all human wisdom is contained in these two words, 'Wait and Hope.”
    Alexandre Dumas

  • #3
    Gautama Buddha
    “There is nothing more dreadful than the habit of doubt. Doubt separates people. It is a poison that disintegrates friendships and breaks up pleasant relations. It is a thorn that irritates and hurts; it is a sword that kills.”
    Buddha Siddhartha Guatama Shakyamuni

  • #4
    Albert Einstein
    “I am enough of an artist to draw freely upon my imagination. Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world.”
    Albert Einstein

  • #5
    John Milton
    “The mind is its own place, and in itself can make a heaven of hell, a hell of heaven..”
    John Milton, Paradise Lost

  • #6
    Samuel Beckett
    “The tears of the world are a constant quantity. For each one who begins to weep somewhere else another stops. The same is true of the laugh.”
    Samuel Beckett, Waiting for Godot

  • #7
    Henry Miller
    “Everyone has his own reality in which, if one is not too cautious, timid or frightened, one swims. This is the only reality there is.”
    Henry Miller, Stand Still Like the Hummingbird

  • #8
    C.S. Lewis
    “[The decay of Logic results from an] untroubled assumption that the particular is real and the universal is not.”
    C.S. Lewis

  • #9
    Friedrich Nietzsche
    “Without music, life would be a mistake.”
    Friedrich Nietzsche, Twilight of the Idols

  • #10
    John Waters
    “I've had it with being nice, understanding, fair and hopeful. I feel like being negative all day. The chip on my shoulder could sink the QE2. I've got an attitude problem and nobody better get in my way...I'm in a bad mood and the whole stupid little world is gonna pay!”
    John Waters, Crackpot: The Obsessions of John Waters

  • #11
    Pablo Picasso
    “Everything you can imagine is real.”
    Pablo Picasso

  • #12
    Ernest Hemingway
    “All thinking men are atheists.”
    Ernest Hemingway, A Farewell to Arms

  • #13
    Ralph Waldo Emerson
    “A hero is no braver than an ordinary man, but he is brave five minutes longer.”
    Ralph Waldo Emerson

  • #14
    Gustave Flaubert
    “Be steady and well-ordered in your life so that you can be fierce and original in your work.”
    Gustave Flaubert

  • #15
    Edgar Allan Poe
    “It is by no means an irrational fancy that, in a future existence, we shall look upon what we think our present existence, as a dream.”
    Edgar Allan Poe

  • #16
    Christopher Hitchens
    “I have met some highly intelligent believers, but history has no record to say that [s]he knew or understood the mind of god. Yet this is precisely the qualification which the godly must claim—so modestly and so humbly—to possess. It is time to withdraw our 'respect' from such fantastic claims, all of them aimed at the exertion of power over other humans in the real and material world.”
    Christopher Hitchens, The Portable Atheist: Essential Readings for the Nonbeliever

  • #17
    Ayn Rand
    “Do not let your fire go out, spark by irreplaceable spark in the hopeless swamps of the not-quite, the not-yet, and the not-at-all. Do not let the hero in your soul perish in lonely frustration for the life you deserved and have never been able to reach. The world you desire can be won. It exists.. it is real.. it is possible.. it's yours.”
    Ayn Rand, Atlas Shrugged

  • #18
    J.R.R. Tolkien
    “The world is indeed full of peril, and in it there are many dark places; but still there is much that is fair, and though in all lands love is now mingled with grief, it grows perhaps the greater.”
    J.R.R. Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring

  • #19
    William Blake
    “A man can't soar too high, when he flies with his own wings.”
    William Blake

  • #20
    Samuel Taylor Coleridge
    “Language is the armory of the human mind, and at once contains the trophies of its past and the weapons of its future conquests.”
    Samuel Taylor Coleridge

  • #21
    Ray Bradbury
    “If we listened to our intellect we'd never have a love affair. We'd never have a friendship. We'd never go in business because we'd be cynical: "It's gonna go wrong." Or "She's going to hurt me." Or,"I've had a couple of bad love affairs, so therefore . . ." Well, that's nonsense. You're going to miss life. You've got to jump off the cliff all the time and build your wings on the way down.”
    Ray Bradbury

  • #22
    Bob Marley
    “None but ourselves can free our minds.”
    Bob Marley

  • #23
    J.R.R. Tolkien
    “Criticism - however valid or intellectually engaging - tends to get in the way of a writer who has anything personal to say. A tightrope walker may require practice, but if he starts a theory of equilibrium he will lose grace (and probably fall off).”
    J.R.R. Tolkien, The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien

  • #24
    Stephen King
    “Fault always lies in the same place: with him weak enough to lay blame.”
    Stephen King

  • #25
    Walt Whitman
    “Argue not concerning God,…re-examine all that you have been told at church or school or in any book, dismiss whatever insults your soul…”
    Walt Whitman

  • #26
    Martin Luther King Jr.
    “If a man is called to be a street sweeper, he should sweep streets even as a Michaelangelo painted, or Beethoven composed music or Shakespeare wrote poetry. He should sweep streets so well that all the hosts of heaven and earth will pause to say, 'Here lived a great street sweeper who did his job well.”
    Martin Luther King Jr.

  • #27
    T.S. Eliot
    “If you haven’t the strength to impose your own terms upon life, then you must accept the terms it offers you.”
    T.S. Eliot

  • #28
    Ralph Waldo Emerson
    “No law can be sacred to me but that of my nature. Good and bad are but names very readily transferable to that or this; the only right is what is after my constitution; the only wrong is what is against it.”
    Ralph Waldo Emerson

  • #29
    Maimonides
    “Truth does not become more true by virtue of the fact that the entire world agrees with it, nor less so even if the whole world disagrees with it.”
    Maimonides, The Guide for the Perplexed

  • #30
    Martin Luther King Jr.
    “If you can't fly then run, if you can't run then walk, if you can't walk then crawl, but whatever you do you have to keep moving forward.”
    Martin Luther King Jr.



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