“Art is a collaboration between God an the artist, and the less the artist does the better.” (André Gide)

“Art is a marriage of the conscious and the unconscious.” (Jean Cocteau)

“People discuss my art and pretend to understand as if it were necessary to understand, when it’s simply necessary to love.” (Claude Monet)

“Those who love life do not read. Nor do they go to the movies, actually. No matter what might be said, access to the artistic universe is more or less entirely the preserve of those who are a little fed up with the world.” (Michel Houellebecq, H.P. Lovecraft: Against Nature, Against Life)

“The holder of authority is like the rider of a lion – he is envied of his position but he well knows his position.” (Ali bin Abi Talib, the Fourth Caliph of Islam)

“Conflict builds character. Crisis defines it.” (Steven V. Thulon)

“If people bring so much courage to this world the world has to kill them to break them, so of course it kills them. The world breaks every one and afterward many are strong at the broken places. But those that will not break it kills. It kills the very good and the very gentle and the very brave impartially. If you are none of these you can be sure it will kill you too but there will be no special hurry.” (Ernest Hemingway, A Farewell To Arms)

“Out of clutter, find simplicity. From discord, find harmony. In the middle of difficulty, lies opportunity.” (Albert Einstein)

“When life gives you urine, make urinade.” (Anonymous, from a ThinkGeek.com customer)

“Most people love you for who you pretend to be … To keep their love, you keep pretending–performing. You get to love your pretense … It’s true, we’re locked in an image, an act. And, the sad thing is, people get so used to their image–they grow attached to their masks. They love their chains. They forget all about who they really are. And, if you try to remind them, they hate you for it. They feel like you’re trying to steal their most precious possession.” (James Douglas Morrison, lead singer of The Doors)

“In every gathering of thirteen, expect one guest will turn out to be a Judas.” (Aleister Crowley)

“Be the change that you want to see in the world.” (Mohandas Gandhi)

“Every act of creation is first an act of destruction.” (Pablo Picasso)

“I don’t understand why people are frightened of new ideas. I’m frightened of the old ones.” (John Cage)

“The meeting of two personalites is like the contact of two chemical substances. If there is any reaction, both are transformed.” (Carl Gustav Jung)

“There is nothing like returning to a place that remains unchanged to find the ways in which you yourself have altered.” (Nelson Mandela, A Long Walk to Freedom)

“The depth and strength of a human character are defined by its moral reserves. People reveal themselves completely only when they are thrown out of the customary conditions of their life, for only then do they have to fall back on their reserves.” (Leon Trotsky)

“What you do speaks so loudly that I cannot hear what you say.” (Ralph Waldo Emerson)

“When wealth is lost, nothing is lost; when health is lost, something is lost; when character is lost, all is lost.” (Billy Graham)

“Charity begins at home.” (English proverb)

“It is easier to forgive an enemy than to forgive a friend.” (William Blake)

“A little nonsense now and then is relished by the wisest men.” (Roald Dahl)

“It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it.” (Aristotle)

“Le sens commun n’est pas si commun. [Common sense is not so common.]” (Francois Marie Arouet Voltaire, 1694-1778)

“In the End, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.” (Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.)

“I have no special gift; I am only passionately curious.” (Albert Einstein)

“To avoid criticism: do nothing, say nothing, be nothing.” (Elbert Hubbard, American author, 1856-1915)

“Courage is not the absence of fear, but rather the judgement that something else is more important than fear.” (Ambrose Redmoon)

“We have to be able to criticise what we love, to say what we have to say ’cause if your not trying to make something better, than as far as I can tell, you are just in the way.” (Ani Difranco)

“Who servers two masters has to lie to one.” (Anonymous, Twents Spreukenkalendar)

“The cruelest lies are often told in silence.” (Robert Louis Stevenson)

“If you do not know where you are going, any road will take you there.” (Sterling Holloway, voice of Chesire Cat, Alice in Wonderland)”

All that we see or seem is but a dream within a dream.” (Edger Allen Poe)

“Dreams are the touchstones of our personality.” (Henry David Thoreau)

“A man of genius makes no mistakes; his errors are volitional and are the portals of discovery.” (James Joyce)

“Inside of a ring or out, ain’t nothing wrong with going down. It’s staying down that’s wrong.” (Muhammad Ali)

“The road of excess leads to the palace of wisdom.” (William Blake)

“Experience is not what happens to a man. It is what a man does with what happens to him.” (Aldous Huxley)

“Your children are not your children. They are sons and daughters of life’s longing for itself. They come through you but not from you. And though they are with you, they belong not to you. You may give them your love but not your thoughts, for they have their own thoughts. You may house their bodies but not their souls. For their souls dwell in the house of tomorrow, which you cannot visit, not even in your dreams. You may strive to be like them, but strive not to make them like you. For life goes not backward nor tarries with yesterday.” (Kahlil Gibran)

“Forgiveness does not change the past, but it does enlarge the future.” (Paul Boese)

“A true friend stabs you in the front.” (Oscar Wilde)

“Love is blind; friendship closes its eyes.” (Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche)

“He who has so little knowledge of human nature as to seek happiness by changing anything but his own disposition will waste his life away in fruitless efforts.” (Samuel Johnson)

“Until one is committed, there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back, always ineffectiveness. Concerning all acts of initiative (and creation) there is one elementary truth, the ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid plans: that the moment one definitely commits oneself, then providence moves too.” (Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, 1749-1832)

“Always do right; this will gratify some and astonish the rest.” (Mark Twain)”Here the ways of men part: if you wish to strive for peace of soul and pleasure, then believe; if you wish to be a devotee of truth, then inquire.” (Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche)

“It’s discourging to think how many people are shocked by honesty and how few by deceit.” (Sir Noël Coward)

“As long as you can laugh at yourself you will never cease to be amused.” (Shirley MacLaine)

“Laughter is the shortest distance between two people.” (Victor Borge)

“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)

“Not everything that can be counted, counts. And not everything that counts can be counted.” (Albert Einstein)

“He who desires but acts not, breeds pestilence.” (William Blake)

“I’ve always wanted to sell out. The problem is nobody wanted to buy me.” (John Waters)

“No two people on earth are alike, and it’s got to be that way in music or it isn’t music.” (Billie Holiday)

“There is no need for temples, no need for complicated philosophies. My brain and my heart are my temples; my philosophy is kindness.” (The Dalai Lama)

“Little knowledge is a dangerous thing.” (Anonymous)

“To know someone with whom you can feel there is understanding in spite of distances or thoughts unexpressed … that can make this life a garden.” (Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, 1749-1832)

“The fewer the facts, the stronger the opinion.” (Arnold Glasow)

“We don’t see things as they are, we see them as we are.” (Anais Nin)

“Not all who wander are lost.” (John Ronald Reuel Tolkien)

“To feel today what one felt yesterday isn’t to feel – it’s to remember today what was felt yesterday, to be today’s living corpse of what yesterday was lived and lost.” (Fernando Pessoa, The Book of Disquiet)

“A man is only as faithful as his opportunity.” (Chris Rock)

“Women might be able to fake orgasms. But men can fake whole relationships.” (Sharon Stone)

“The easiest kind of relationship is with ten thousand people, the hardest is with one.” (Joan Baez)

“All gods are homemade, and it is we who pull their strings, and so, give them the power to pull ours.” (Aldous Huxley)

“I once asked a Jesuit priest what was the best short prayer he knew. He said, ‘Fuck it,’ as in ‘Fuck it; it’s in God’s hands.'” (Sir Anthony Hopkins)

“Religion has caused more harm than any other idea since the beginning of time. There’s nothing good I can say about it. People use it as a crutch.” (Larry Flynt)

“Dreaming of the person you want to be is wasting the person you already are.” (Kurt Cobain)

“A man’s head is his castle.” (Joseph Heller, Something Happened)

“Life isn’t about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.” (George Bernard Shaw)

“Masturbation: the primary sexual activity of mankind. In the nineteenth century it was a disease; in the twentieth, it’s a cure.” (Dr. Thomas Szasz)

“What does one want when one is engaged in the sexual act? That everything around you give you its utter attention, think only of you, care only for you … every man wants to be a tyrant when he fornicates.” (The Marquis de Sade)

“Much unhappiness has come into this world because of things left unsaid.” (Fyodor Dostoevsky)

“Was mich nicht umbringt, macht mich starker. Transl: Whatever does not destroy me makes me stronger.” (Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche, Twilight of the Idols, 1889)

“Our scientific power has outrun our spiritual power. We have guided missiles and misguided men.” (Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.)

“Thought can make you; thought can break you.” (Swami Sukhabodhananda)

“I confess, I do not believe in time.” (Vladimir Nabokov, Speak Memory)

“The years are too short, the days are too long.” (Joseph Heller, Something Happened)

“I have nothing to declare except my genius.” (Oscar Wilde, at the New York Customs House)

“The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and all science. He to whom this emotion is a stranger, who can no longer pause to wonder and stand rapt in awe, is as good as dead: his eyes are closed.” (Albert Einstein)

“Fighting for peace is like screwing for virginity.” (Anonymous, Marine Corps saying)

“Maybe this world is another planet’s hell.” (Aldous Huxley)

“It is better to be judged by twelve than carried by six.” (Anonymous)

“All writers are vain, selfish and lazy, and at the very bottom of their motives lies a mystery. Writing a book is a long, exhausting struggle, like a long bout of some painful illness. One would never undertake such a thing if one were not driven by some demon whom one can neither resist nor understand.” (George Orwell, “Why I Write”)

“I was recently asked what it takes to become a writer. Three things, I answered: first, one must cultivate incompetence at almost every other form of profitable work. This must be accompanied, second, by a haughty contempt for all the forms of work that one has established one cannot do. To these two must be joined, third, the nuttiness to believe that other people can be made to care about your opinions and views and be charmed by the way you state them. Incompetence, contempt, lunacy — once you have these in place, you are set to go.” (Joseph Epstein)

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