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Ralph Waldo Emerson
“It is easy in the world to live after the world's opinion; it is easy in solitude to live after our own; but the great man is he who in the midst of the crowd keeps with perfect sweetness the independence of solitude.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson, The Complete Prose Works Of Ralph Waldo Emerson

Ishmael Beah
“Some nights the sky wept stars that quickly floated and disappeared into the darkness before our wishes could meet them. ”
Ishmael Beah, A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier

Kurt Vonnegut Jr.
“No matter how corrupt, greedy, and heartless our government, our corporations, our media, and our religious & charitable institutions may become, the music will still be wonderful.”
kurt vonnegut, A Man Without a Country

Peter B. Forster
“Just a middle-age man with all the privilege that unasked for gift affords. When in truth it seems, we see suffering as the province of children, mothers, wives and lovers. Broken, struck by the hand of a man’s blind ambition, brutish strength. What of the gentle-man with the soft voice…”
Peter B. Forster, More Than Love, A Husband's Tale

Thomas M. Cirignano
“Each of us is a book waiting to be written, and that book, if written, results in a person explained.”
Thomas M. Cirignano, The Constant Outsider

Taylor Rhodes
“blessed be
who is
Taylor Rhodes, calloused: a field journal

Will Rogers
“You know, everybody's ignorant, just on different subjects.”
Will Rogers

George Macaulay Trevelyan
“Education...has produced a vast population able to read but unable to distinguish what is worth reading.”
George Macaulay Trevelyan

David Richo
“The foundation of adult trust is not "You will never hurt me." It is "I trust myself with whatever you do.”
David Richo, Daring to Trust: Opening Ourselves to Real Love and Intimacy

Bruno Bettelheim
“The child intuitively comprehends that although these stories are unreal, they are not untrue ...”
Bruno Bettelheim, The Uses of Enchantment: The Meaning and Importance of Fairy Tales

Loung Ung
“I think how the world is still somehow beautiful even when I feel no joy at being alive within it. ”
Loung Ung, First They Killed My Father: A Daughter of Cambodia Remembers

Elbert Hubbard
“So long as governments set the example of killing their enemies, private individuals will occasionally kill theirs.”
Elbert Hubbard, Elbert Hubbard's Scrap Book

Jennifer Elisabeth
“Starting over can be the scariest thing in the entire world, whether it’s leaving a lover, a school, a team, a friend or anything else that feels like a core part of our identity but when your gut is telling you that something here isn’t right or feels unsafe, I really want you to listen and trust in that voice.”
Jennifer Elisabeth, Born Ready: Unleash Your Inner Dream Girl

Siddhartha Mukherjee
“Freaks become norms, and norms become extinct. Monster by monster, evolution advanced”
Siddhartha Mukherjee, The Gene: An Intimate History

David Richo
“When we feel unsafe with someone and still stay with him, we damage our ability to discern trustworthiness in those we will meet in the future.”
David Richo

Thomas De Quincey
“But my way of writing is rather to think aloud, and follow my own humours, than much to consider who is listening to me; and, if I stop to consider what is proper to be said to this or that person, I shall soon come to doubt whether any part at all is proper.”
Thomas De Quincey, Confessions of an English Opium Eater

Max Lucado
“Focus on giants - you stumble.
Focus on God - Giants tumble.”
Max Lucado, Cast of Characters: Common People in the Hands of an Uncommon God

Todd Strasser
“The story you are about to read is a work of fiction. Nothing - and everything - about it is real.”
Todd Strasser

David Richo
“Our higher needs include making full use of our gifts, finding and fulfilling our calling, being loved and cherished just for ourselves, and being in relationships that honor all of these. Such needs are fulfilled in an atmosphere of the five A’s by which love is shown: attention, acceptance, appreciation, affection, and allowing.”
David Richo

Arnold Henry
“Your limits are somewhere up there, waiting for you to reach beyond infinity.”
Arnold Henry

Yuval Noah Harari
“Consistency is the playground of dull minds”
Yuval Noah Harari, Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind

Bethenny Frankel
“Life is an obstacle course. You succeed at one thing and then you move on to the next. When an obstacle is tough, you try harder. When an obstacle is insurmountable, you change course. But you never sit down and refuse to finish.”
Bethenny Frankel, A Place of Yes: 10 Rules for Getting Everything You Want Out of Life

Dave Eggers
“He must trust, and he must have faith. And so he builds, because what is building, and rebuilding and rebuilding again, but an act of faith?”
Dave Eggers

Hanif Abdurraqib
“Home is where the heart begins, but not where the heart stays.”
Hanif Abdurraqib, They Can't Kill Us Until They Kill Us

Trevor Noah
“—a knowledgeable man is a free man, or at least a man who longs for freedom.”
Trevor Noah, Born a Crime: Stories From a South African Childhood

Malcolm Gladwell
“Some people look like they sound better than they actually sound, because they look confident and have good posture," once musician, a veteran of many auditions, says. "Other people look awful when they play but sound great. Other people have that belabored look when they play, but you can't hear it in the sound. There is always this dissonance between what you see and hear" (p.251).”
Malcolm Gladwell, Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking

Loung Ung
“I am six years old and instead of celebrating with birthday cakes, I chew on a piece of charcoal. ”
Loung Ung

Dave Cullen
“from the Basement tapes

Eric outdid Dylan with the apologies. To the untrained eye, he seemed sincere. The psychologists on the case found Eric less convincing. They saw a psychopath. Classic. He even pulled the stunt of self-diagnosing to dismiss it. "I wish I was a fucking sociopath so I didn't have any remorse," Eric said. "But I do."
Watching that made Dr. Fuselier angry. Remorse meant a deep desire to correct a mistake. Eric hadn't done it yet. He excused his actions several times on the tapes. Fuselier was tough to rattle, but that got to him.
"Those are the most worthless apologies I've ever heard in my life," he said. It got more ludicrous later, when Eric willed some of his stuff to two buddies, "if you guys live."
"If you live?" Fuselier repeated. "They are going to go in there and quite possibly kill their friends. If they were the least bit sorry they would not do it!”
Dave Cullen, Columbine

Erik Larson
“No one cared what St. Louis thought, although the city got a wink for pluck.”
Erik Larson, The Devil in the White City

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