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  • #1
    George Bernard Shaw
    “Both optimists and pessimists contribute to society. The optimist invents the aeroplane, the pessimist the parachute.”
    George Bernard Shaw

  • #2
    Gustave Flaubert
    “One mustn't look at the abyss, because there is at the bottom an inexpressible charm which attracts us.”
    Gustave Flaubert

  • #3
    Sy Montgomery
    “Just about every animal,” Scott says—not just mammals and birds—“can learn, recognize individuals, and respond to empathy.” Once you find the right way to work with an animal, be it an octopus or an anaconda, together, you can accomplish what even Saint Francis might have considered a miracle.”
    Sy Montgomery, The Soul of an Octopus: A Surprising Exploration into the Wonder of Consciousness

  • #4
    Antonio Machado
    “And when the day arrives for the final voyage
    and the ship of no return is set to sail,
    you’ll find me aboard, traveling light,
    almost naked, like the children of the sea.”
    Antonio Machado, Campos de Castilla

  • #5
    Thomas Jefferson
    “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed, by their Creator, with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness.

    That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles, and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.

    Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object, evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.”
    Thomas Jefferson, The Declaration of Independence

  • #6
    Samuel Beckett
    “You're on Earth. There's no cure for that.”
    Samuel Beckett

  • #7
    Thomas Paine
    “These are the times that try men's souls.”
    Thomas Paine, The American Crisis

  • #8
    H.L. Mencken
    “The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed (and hence clamorous to be led to safety) by an endless series of hobgoblins, most of them imaginary.”
    H.L. Mencken, In Defense Of Women

  • #9
    John Steinbeck
    “I was born lost and take no pleasure in being found.”
    John Steinbeck, Travels with Charley: In Search of America

  • #10
    W.B. Yeats
    “Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold
    Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world,
    The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere the ceremony of innocence is lost
    The best lack all conviction, while the worst are filled with passionate intensity.”
    W.B. Yeats
    tags: yeats

  • #11
    Edward Abbey
    “A patriot must always be ready to defend his country against his government.”
    Edward Abbey

  • #12
    Ernest Hemingway
    “Death is like an old whore in a bar--I'll buy her a drink but I won't go upstairs with her”
    Ernest Hemingway, To Have and Have Not

  • #13
    Pink Floyd
    “Wish You Were Here"

    So, so you think you can tell Heaven from Hell, blue skies from pain.
    Can you tell a green field from a cold steel rail?
    A smile from a veil?
    Do you think you can tell?

    Did they get you to trade your heroes for ghosts?
    Hot ashes for trees?
    Hot air for a cool breeze?
    Cold comfort for change?
    Did you exchange a walk on part in the war for a lead role in a cage?

    How I wish, how I wish you were here.
    We're just two lost souls swimming in a fish bowl, year after year,
    Running over the same old ground.
    What have we found?
    The same old fears.
    Wish you were here.”
    Pink Floyd

  • #14
    Stanisław Jerzy Lec
    “Is it progress if a cannibal uses a fork?”
    Stanislaw Jerzy Lec

  • #15
    H.L. Mencken
    “Every normal man must be tempted, at times, to spit on his hands, hoist the black flag, and begin slitting throats.”
    H.L. Mencken, Prejudices: First Series

  • #16
    Benjamin Franklin
    “I'd rather be a pessimist because then I can only be pleasantly surprised.”
    Ben Franklin

  • #17
    T.H. White
    “Education is experience, and the essence of experience is self-reliance.”
    T.H. White, The Once and Future King

  • #18
    Ambrose Bierce
    “Revolution - In politics, an abrupt change in the form of misgovernment.”
    Ambrose Bierce, The Devil's Dictionary and Other Works

  • #19
    Nathaniel Hawthorne
    “We dream in our waking moments, and walk in our sleep.”
    Nathaniel Hawthorne, The Scarlet Letter

  • #20
    William Shakespeare
    “Being born is like being kidnapped. And then sold into slavery.”
    William Shakespeare

  • #21
    Ernest Hemingway
    “Courage is grace under pressure.”
    ernest hemingway

  • #22
    “King of The Road

    Trailer for sale or rent
    Rooms to let, fifty cents
    No phone, no pool, no pets
    ain't got no cigarettes

    Two hours of pushin' broom
    Buys a eight by twelve four-bit room
    I'm a man of means, by no means
    King of the road

    Third boxcar, midnight train
    Destination: Bangor, Maine
    Old worn out suit and shoes
    I don't pay no union dues

    I smoke, old stogies I have found
    Short, but not too big around
    I'm a man of means, by no means
    King of the road

    I know every engineer on every train
    All of the children and all of their names
    Every handout in every town
    Every lock that ain't locked when no one's around

    They sing, trailers for sale or rent
    Rooms to let, fifty cents
    No phone, no pool, no pets
    I ain't got no cigarettes

    About two hours of pushin' broom
    Buys an eight by twelve four-bit room
    I'm a man of means, by no means
    King of the road

    Trailer for sale or rent
    Rooms to let, fifty cents
    No phone, no pool, no pets
    I ain't got no cigarettes

    About two hours of pushin' broom
    Buys an eight by twelve four-bit room
    I'm a man of means, by no means
    King of the road”
    Roger Miller

  • #23
    Vasily Grossman
    “Good men and bad men alike are capable of weakness. The difference is simply that a bad man will be proud all his life of one good deed - while an honest man is hardly aware of his good acts, but remembers a single sin for years on end.”
    Vasily Grossman, Life and Fate

  • #24
    Charles Fort
    “The Earth is a farm. We are someone else’s property.”
    Charles Fort

  • #25
    Ernest Hemingway
    “Happiness in intelligent people is the rarest thing I know.”
    Ernest Hemingway, The Garden of Eden

  • #26
    Herman Melville
    “Better to sleep with a sober cannibal than a drunk Christian.”
    Herman Melville, Moby-Dick, or, the Whale

  • #27
    Jacques Derrida
    “What cannot be said above all must not be silenced but written.”
    Jacques Derrida

  • #28
    David Foster Wallace
    “That most Substance-addicted people are also addicted to thinking, meaning they have a compulsive and unhealthy relationship with their own thinking.”
    David Foster Wallace, Infinite Jest

  • #29
    “This body, this body holding me. Be my reminder here that I am not alone in this body, this body holding me. Feeling eternal. All this pain is an illusion.”
    tags: music

  • #30
    Fabrizio de André
    “Why do I write? Out of fear. Out of fear that the memory of the people I write about might go lost. Out of fear that the memory of myself might get lost. Or even just to be shielded by a story, to slip inside a story and stop being recognizable, controllable, subject to blackmail.”
    Fabrizio De André

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