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  • #1
    Thomas Jefferson
    “Our civil rights have no dependence on our religious opinions any more than our opinions in physics or geometry...”
    Thomas Jefferson, Virginia Statute for Religious Freedom

  • #2
    Charles Dickens
    “A wonderful fact to reflect upon, that every human creature is constituted to be that profound secret and mystery to every other.”
    Charles Dickens, A Tale of Two Cities

  • #3
    Charles Dickens
    “There is nothing in the world so irresistibly contagious as laughter and good humor.”
    Charles Dickens, A Christmas Carol

  • #4
    Thomas Jefferson
    “If we could believe that he [Jesus] really countenanced the follies, the falsehoods, and the charlatanism which his biographers [Gospels] father on him, and admit the misconstructions, interpolations, and theorizations of the fathers of the early, and the fanatics of the latter ages, the conclusion would be irresistible by every sound mind that he was an impostor... We find in the writings of his biographers matter of two distinct descriptions. First, a groundwork of vulgar ignorance, of things impossible, of superstitions, fanaticisms and fabrications... That sect [Jews] had presented for the object of their worship, a being of terrific character, cruel, vindictive, capricious and unjust... Jesus had to walk on the perilous confines of reason and religion: and a step to right or left might place him within the gripe of the priests of the superstition, a blood thirsty race, as cruel and remorseless as the being whom they represented as the family God of Abraham, of Isaac and of Jacob, and the local God of Israel. They were constantly laying snares, too, to entangle him in the web of the law... That Jesus did not mean to impose himself on mankind as the son of God, physically speaking, I have been convinced by the writings of men more learned than myself in that lore.

    [Letter to William Short, 4 August, 1820]”
    Thomas Jefferson, Letters of Thomas Jefferson

  • #5
    Charles Dickens
    “My meaning simply is, that whatever I have tried to do in life, I have tried with all my heart to do well; that whatever I have devoted myself to, I have devoted myself to completely; that in great aims and in small, I have always been thoroughly in earnest.”
    Charles Dickens, David Copperfield

  • #6
    Charles Dickens
    “There is a wisdom of the head, and... there is a wisdom of the heart.”
    Charles Dickens, Hard Times

  • #7
    Charles Dickens
    “You are fettered," said Scrooge, trembling. "Tell me why?"
    "I wear the chain I forged in life," replied the Ghost. "I made it link by link, and yard by yard; I girded it on of my own free will, and of my own free will I wore it.”
    Charles Dickens, A Christmas Carol

  • #8
    Thomas Jefferson
    “What a stupendous, what an incomprehensible machine is man! Who can endure toil, famine, stripes, imprisonment and death itself in vindication of his own liberty, and the next moment . . . inflict on his fellow men a bondage, one hour of which is fraught with more misery than ages of that which he rose in rebellion to oppose.”
    Thomas Jefferson, Letters of Thomas Jefferson

  • #9
    Oscar Wilde
    “Always forgive your enemies; nothing annoys them so much.”
    Oscar Wilde

  • #10
    Charles Dickens
    “You have been the last dream of my soul.”
    Charles Dickens, A Tale of Two Cities

  • #11
    Charles Dickens
    “Family not only need to consist of merely those whom we share blood, but also for those whom we'd give blood.”
    Charles Dickens

  • #12
    Charles Dickens
    “The unqualified truth is, that when I loved Estella with the love of a man, I loved her simply because I found her irresistible. Once for all; I knew to my sorrow, often and often, if not always, that I loved her against reason, against promise, against peace, against hope, against happiness, against all discouragement that could be. Once for all; I love her none the less because I knew it, and it had no more influence in restraining me, than if I had devoutly believed her to be human perfection.”
    Charles Dickens, Great Expectations

  • #13
    Bernard M. Baruch
    “Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don't matter, and those who matter don't mind.”
    Bernard M. Baruch

  • #14
    Charles Dickens
    “It is a pleasant world we live in, sir, a very pleasant world. There are bad people in it, Mr. Richard, but if there were no bad people, there would be no good lawyers.”
    Charles Dickens, The Old Curiosity Shop

  • #15
    Charles Dickens
    “The unqualified truth is, that when I loved Estella with the love of a man, I loved her simply because I found her irresistible. Once for all; I knew to my sorrow, often and often, if not always, that I loved her against reason, against promise, against peace, against hope, against happiness, against all discouragement that could be. Once for all; I love her none the less because I knew it, and it had no more influence in restraining me, than if I had devoutly believed her to be human perfection .”
    Charles Dickens, Great Expectations

  • #16
    Groucho Marx
    “I've been looking for a girl like you - not you, but a girl like you.”
    Groucho Marx

  • #17
    Charles Dickens
    “Whether I shall turn out to be the hero of my own life, or whether that station will be held by anybody else, these pages must show.”
    Charles Dickens, David Copperfield

  • #18
    Charles Dickens
    “Out of my thoughts! You are part of my existence, part of myself. You have been in every line I have ever read, since I first came here, the rough common boy whose poor heart you wounded even then. You have been in every prospect I have ever seen since – on the river, on the sails of the ships, on the marshes, in the clouds, in the light, in the darkness, in the wind, in the woods, in the sea, in the streets. You have been the embodiment of every graceful fancy that my mind has ever become acquainted with. The stones of which the strongest London buildings are made, are not more real, or more impossible to displace with your hands, than your presence and influence have been to me, there and everywhere, and will be. Estella, to the last hour of my life, you cannot choose but remain part of my character, part of the little good in me, part of the evil. But, in this separation I associate you only with the good, and I will faithfully hold you to that always, for you must have done me far more good than harm, let me feel now what sharp distress I may. O God bless you, God forgive you!”
    Charles Dickens, Great Expectations
    tags: love

  • #19
    Groucho Marx
    “I never forget a face, but in your case I'll be glad to make an exception.”
    Groucho Marx

  • #20
    Groucho Marx
    “Just give me a comfortable couch, a dog, a good book, and a woman. Then if you can get the dog to go somewhere and read the book, I might have a little fun.”
    Groucho Marx

  • #21
    Elbert Hubbard
    “A friend is someone who knows all about you and still loves you.”
    Elbert Hubbard

  • #22
    Groucho Marx
    “I find television very educating. Every time somebody turns on the set, I go into the other room and read a book.”
    Groucho Marx

  • #23
    Charles Dickens
    “Sadly, sadly, the sun rose; it rose upon no sadder sight than the man of good abilities and good emotions, incapable of their directed exercise, incapable of his own help and his own happiness, sensible of the blight on him, and resigning himself to let it eat him away.”
    Charles Dickens, A Tale of Two Cities

  • #24
    Groucho Marx
    “If you're not having fun, you're doing something wrong.”
    Groucho Marx

  • #25
    Groucho Marx
    “Groucho: You know I think you're the most beautiful woman in the world?
    Woman: Really?
    Groucho: No, but I don't mind lying if it gets me somewhere.”
    Groucho Marx

  • #26
    Charles Dickens
    “Although a skillful flatterer is a most delightful companion if you have him all to yourself, his taste becomes very doubtful when he takes to complimenting other people.”
    Charles Dickens

  • #27
    Groucho Marx
    “The secret of life is honesty and fair dealing. If you can fake that, you've got it made.”
    Groucho Marx

  • #28
    Groucho Marx
    “He may look like an idiot and talk like an idiot but don't let that fool you. He really is an idiot.”
    Groucho Marx

  • #29
    Charles Dickens
    “Trifles make the sum of life. ”
    Charles Dickens, David Copperfield

  • #30
    Charles Dickens
    “Pause you who read this, and think for a moment of the long chain of iron or gold, of thorns or flowers, that would never have bound you, but for the formation of the first link on one memorable day.”
    Charles Dickens, Great Expectations



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