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  • #1
    Wallace Stevens
    “Death is the mother of beauty. Only the perishable can be beautiful, which is why we are unmoved by artificial flowers.”
    Wallace Stevens

  • #2
    Eleanor Roosevelt
    “A woman is like a tea bag; you never know how strong it is until it's in hot water.”
    Eleanor Roosevelt

  • #3
    Oscar Wilde
    “Always forgive your enemies; nothing annoys them so much.”
    Oscar Wilde

  • #4
    Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
    “If you treat an individual as he is, he will remain how he is. But if you treat him as if he were what he ought to be and could be, he will become what he ought to be and could be.”
    Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

  • #5
    Doris Lessing
    “Ideally, what should be said to every child, repeatedly, throughout his or her school life is something like this: 'You are in the process of being indoctrinated. We have not yet evolved a system of education that is not a system of indoctrination. We are sorry, but it is the best we can do. What you are being taught here is an amalgam of current prejudice and the choices of this particular culture. The slightest look at history will show how impermanent these must be. You are being taught by people who have been able to accommodate themselves to a regime of thought laid down by their predecessors. It is a self-perpetuating system. Those of you who are more robust and individual than others will be encouraged to leave and find ways of educating yourself — educating your own judgements. Those that stay must remember, always, and all the time, that they are being moulded and patterned to fit into the narrow and particular needs of this particular society.”
    Doris Lessing, The Golden Notebook

  • #6
    Theodore Roszak
    “Nature composes some of her loveliest poems for the microscope and the telescope.”
    Theodore Roszak, Where the Wasteland Ends

  • #7
    G.K. Chesterton
    “He wondered why the pelican was the symbol of charity, except it was that it wanted a good deal of charity to admire a pelican.”
    G.K. Chesterton, The Man Who Was Thursday

  • #8
    Henry David Thoreau
    “Not till we are lost, in other words not till we have lost the world, do we begin to find ourselves, and realize where we are and the infinite extent of our relations.”
    Henry David Thoreau

  • #9
    Henry David Thoreau
    “If we will be quiet and ready enough, we shall find compensation in every disappointment.”
    Henry David Thoreau, I to Myself: An Annotated Selection from the Journal of Henry D. Thoreau

  • #10
    Henry David Thoreau
    “All good things are wild and free.”
    Henry David Thoreau

  • #11
    Benjamin Franklin
    “Beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy.

    [misquote of a letter about wine, see quotes/831031]”
    Benjamin Franklin

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