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“I cut it and cut it and it’s still too short.”
–Old Carpenter Joke

“My friends tell me I’m asking for a lot. Are you a lot?”
–A line in a personals ad

“Everything not forbidden is compulsory.”
–Sign on the wall of the ant hive in Merlyn’s den

“You don’t paint objects, you paint the way the light strikes them. Paint the light.”
–Bertram Abramson

“A thing can be explained only by what is more subtle than itself: there is nothing subtler than love; by what then, shall love be explained?”
–Abu ‘L–Hasan Sumnun (As related in Al-Hujwiri’s Kasfh Al-Mahjub –The Revelation of the Mystery–Circa 1100 A.D.)

“O Lord! You are the guide of those who are passing through the Valley of Bewilderment. If I am a heretic, enlarge my heresy.”
–Mansur al-Hallaj

“There is a sect of heretics called Sophists, who believe that nothing can be known and that knowledge itself does not exist. I say to them, ‘You think that nothing can be known; is your opinion correct or not?” If they answer ‘it is correct,‘ they thereby affirm the reality of knowledge; and if they reply ‘it is not correct,’ then to argue against an avowedly incorrect assertion is absurd.”

“In Hollywood, it’s worse than dog eat dog. It’s dog doesn’t return dog’s phone calls . . .”
–Woody Allen

“I distinctly remember having forgotten about that.”
–Marion Anderson (When reminded of the transgression of a friend)

“God created porpoises to dispel the pesky rumors of the porpoiselessness of creation.”

“All the news that’s fit to print, and more!”
–Anonymous, (Suggesting this for the masthead
of the National Enquirer)

“Sometimes you just have to submit to what’s good for you.”

“I distrust those people who know so well what God wants them to do to their fellows, because it always coincides with their own desires.”
–Susan B. Anthony

“The pursuit of perfection, then, is the pursuit of sweetness and light…. ”
–Matthew Arnold

“Love God, then do as you please.”
–Saint Augustine

“It’s not necessary for a leaf to believe in photosynthesis for it to turn green.”
–Author unknown

“Don’ t take life so seriously, it’s only a temporary condition.”
–Author unkown

“I’ve never seen a smiling face that was not beautiful.”
–Author Unknown

“It’s even better when you help.”
–Lauren Bacall (The second time she kissed Humphrey Bogart)

“If you would learn a thing, straightway declare yourself a professor of it!”
–John Barth (as Henry Burlingame in the Sotweed Factor)

“When you come to a fork in the road, take it!”
–Yogi Berra

“Okay you guys! Pair off in threes!”
–Yogi Berra

“You can observe a lot by just watching.”
–Yogi Berra

“Nobody goes to Toots Shor’s (restaurant in Manhattan) anymore. It’s too crowded.”
–Yogi Berra

“She tried to sit on my lap when I was standing up.”
–Humphrey Bogart (The Big Sleep)

“I have seen the future! Go back!”
–Ashleigh Brilliant

“I will always love the false image I had of you.”
–Ashleigh Brilliant

“It pains me to speak of God in the third person.”
–Martin Buber

“In Hollywood what matters is sincerity. If you can fake that, you’ve got it made.”
–George Burns

“Where were you when I needed you?”
–Michael Caine (asked his message to the myriad women who wanted him)

“The Greeks, it will be recalled, regarded Eros, the god of love, as the eldest of the gods; but also as the youngest, born fresh and dewy-eyed in every living heart.”
–Joseph Campbell (Myths to Live By)

“The Persian poets have asked, ‘By what power is Satan sustained?’ and the answer that they have found is this: ‘By his memory of the sound of God’s voice, when He said, ‘Be gone!’”
–Joseph Campbell (Myths to Live By)

“In the Orient the ultimate divine mystery is sought beyond all human categories of thought and feeling, beyond names and forms, and absolutely beyond any such concept as of a merciful or wrathful personality, chooser of one people over another, comforter of folk who pray, and destroyer of those who do not. Such anthropomorphic attributions of human sentiments and thoughts to a mystery beyond thought is–from the point of view of Indian thought–a style of religion for children.”
–Joseph Campbell

“Follow your bliss.”
–Joseph Campbell

“However beautiful the strategy, you should occasionally look at the results.”
–Winston Churchill

“When will politicians realize that George Orwell’s 1984 was a warning, not an instruction manual?”
–Derek Clark

“Let me see your beauty broken down,
as you would do for one you love.”
–Leonard Cohen (Take This Longing)

“Your faith was strong, but you needed proof.”
–Leonard Cohen (Hallelujah)

“We must rise to ever higher and higher platitudes.”
–Mayor Richard Daley (Sr.)

“There is a certain ecstasy in wanting things you can’t get.”
–Bette Davis (Old Acquaintance)

What if that sacred heart is not, after all, about sacrifice?
Imagine it is about joy, barefoot and foolhardy,
something unasked for, something unearned.
–Rebecca Del Rio

“Just put one foot in front of the other.”
–Lud Dimpfl, Sufi preceptor

“Eric, your problem is that you had an expectation.”
–Lud Dimpfl, Sufi preceptor

“Eric, you have the damnedest time knowing the difference between a friendship and a romance.”
–Lud Dimpfl, Sufi preceptor

“Ask me something difficult.”
–Lud Dimpfl (When asked if he would obey an order from Meher Baba to jump off a cliff)

“The way to learn intuition is to start trusting it and learning from your mistakes.”
–Lud Dimpfl, Sufi Preceptor

“Well, I’ll be darned!”
–Lud Dimpfl (When asked the proper attitude if one has apparently been let down by God)

“I don’t worry about people judging me. They are looking through the wrong end of the telescope.”
–Lud Dimpfl

“Nothing worthwhile is easy.”
–Lud Dimpfl

“Failure never let anybody down.”
–Murshida Ivy Duce

“And so who are you? You are the one who wills.
–Murshida Ivy Duce

“My love is like some raven at my window with a broken wing.”
–Bob Dylan

“He understands your orphan with his gun.”
–Bob Dylan

“When you got nothing, you got nothing to lose.”
–Bob Dylan

“He not busy being born is busy dying.”
–Bob Dylan

“Things always look different from higher up.”
–Clint Eastwood (A Fistful of Dollars)

“Things are more like they are today than they have ever been before.”
–Dwight Eisenhower

“Hitch your wagon to a star.”
–Ralph Waldo Emerson

“If I am the devil’s child, I will live then, by the devil.”
–Ralph Waldo Emerson (Self Reliance)

“A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds. Speak today what today thinks in words as hard as cannonballs, and tomorrow speak what tomorrow thinks, in hard words again, though it contradict everything you said today!”
–Ralph Waldo Emerson (Self Reliance)

“It is in the middle of misery that so much becomes clear. The one who says, ‘Nothing good came of this’ is not yet listening.”
–Clarissa Pinkola Estés

“The past is never dead. It’s not even past.”
–William Faulkner

“It’s not that Eric never gave me anything, it’s just that he found it all in the street.”
–Roberta Fiering (Eric Halliwell’s first girlfriend)

“What is to give light must endure burning.”
–Viktor Frankl

“In reality, there is, perhaps, no one of our natural passions so hard to subdue as pride. Disguise it, struggle with it, beat it down, stifle it, mortify it as much as one pleases, it is still alive, and will every now and then peep out and show itself; you will see it, perhaps, often in this history; for, even if I could conceive that I had completely overcome it, I should probably be proud of my humility.”
–Benjamin Franklin

“I think it would be a good idea.””
–Mahatma Gandhi (Asked what he thought of Western civilization)

“Love takes tears. I hope someday you’ll be able to cry again.”
–James Garner (36 Hours)

“The teacher who is indeed wise does not bid you to enter the house of his wisdom but rather leads you to the threshold of your mind.”
–Khalil Gibran

“Doubt is a pain too lonely to know that faith is his twin brother.”
–Khalil Gibran

“In the sweetness of friendship let there be laughter, and sharing of pleasures. For in the dew of little things the heart finds its morning and is refreshed.”
–Khalil Gibran

“Faith is a knowledge within the heart, beyond the reach of proof.”
–Khalil Gibran

“When you are joyous, look deep into your heart and you shall find it is only that which has given you sorrow that is giving you joy. When you are sorrowful look again in your heart, and you shall see that in truth you are weeping for that which has been your delight.”
–Khalil Gibran

“Forget not that the earth delights to feel your bare feet and the winds long to play with your hair.”
–Khalil Gibran

“Truth is a deep kindness that teaches us to be content in our everyday life and share with the people the same happiness.”
–Khalil Gibran

“Generosity is giving more than you can, and pride is taking less than you need.”
–Khalil Gibran

“Art is a step from what is obvious and well-known toward what is arcane and concealed.”
–Khalil Gibran

“Advance, and never halt, for advancing is perfection. Advance and do not fear the thorns in the path, for they draw only corrupt blood.”
–Khalil Gibran

“Perplexity is the beginning of knowledge.”
–Khalil Gibran

“If the other person injures you, you may forget the injury; but if you injure him you will always remember.”
–Khalil Gibran

“Love and doubt have never been on speaking terms.”
–Khalil Gibran

“Much of your pain is the bitter potion by which the physician within you heals your sick self.”
–Khalil Gibran

“To be able to look back upon ones life in satisfaction, is to live twice.”
–Khalil Gibran

“You pray in your distress and in your need; would that you might also pray in the fullness of your joy and in your days of abundance.”
–Khalil Gibran

“The lust for comfort, that stealthy thing that enters the house a guest, and then becomes a host, and then a master.”
–Khalil Gibran

“All that spirits desire, spirits attain.”
–Khalil Gibran

“There are those who give with joy, and that joy is their reward.”
–Khalil Gibran

“Your friend is your needs answered.”
–Khalil Gibran

“The eye of a human being is a microscope, which makes the world seem bigger than it really is.”
–Khalil Gibran

“Say not, ‘I have found the truth,’ but rather, ‘I have found a truth.’ ”
–Khalil Gibran

“The obvious is that which is never seen until someone expresses it simply.”
–Khalil Gibran

“The just is close to the people’s heart, but the merciful is close to the heart of God.”
–Khalil Gibran

“Be valiant and powerful forces will come to your aid.”

“More light”
–Goethe (His last words)

“I don’t want any yes men around me. I want everybody to tell me the truth,
even if it costs them their jobs.”
–Samuel Goldwyn

“Colonel Lawrence has an abhorrence to violence. With me it is merely bad manners. You may judge which is the more reliable.”
–Alec Guinness as Prince Faisal (Lawrence of Arabia)

Behind the curtain a secret game is being played
that you know not,
So do not give up, nor be dismayed–nor grieved.
–Hafiz (Be Not Grieved; translated by Francis Brabazon)

“The sun never says to the earth, ‘You owe me.’ Look what happens with a love like that. It lights up the whole sky.”

Power is safest in a poet’s hands thus for the artist
God will
–Hafiz (Translated by Daniel Ladinsky)

“God made me a counter offer
I couldn’t defuse: I was kissed
By a lunar eclipse”
–Eric Halliwell

“Sometimes when I’m angry
It’s hard to keep a straight face.”
–Eric Halliwell

“I may not agree with what you say but I’ll stay up late defending your right to say it.”
–Eric Halliwell

“What is the sound of one tooth gnashing?”
–Eric Halliwell

“It’s in Sacramental, the gold country”
–Eric Halliwell

“You may already be a whiner!”
–Eric Halliwell

“Planets—easy come, easy go!”
–Eric Halliwell

“I suffer from dilutions of grandeur.”
–Eric Halliwell

“How long has this been going on?”
–Jim Halliwell (Age six, on being told about sex)

“This food is really good, but I’ve had better.”
–Jim Halliwell (Age five, explaining his compliment was thereby more believable)

“We’ve got some adversity, there’s no question about it. And we’ll also have the rare opportunity of staring adversity in the face and whipping it.”
–Jim Harbaugh

“Frankly, I’d like to see the government get out of war altogether and leave the whole field to private individuals.”
–Joseph Heller

And yet you wíll weep and know why.
Now no matter, child, the name:
Sórrow’s spríngs áre the same.
–Gerard Manley Hopkins

“Even if he is mediocre, there are a lot of mediocre judges and people and lawyers. They are entitled to a little representation, aren’t they?”
–Roman Hruska (Senator from Nebraska–Defending Nixon’s “mediocre” nomination of G. Harrold Carswell, to the Supreme court)

“Indeed I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just, that His justice cannot sleep forever.”
–Thomas Jefferson

“Judge not, lest ye be judged.”

“You need to raise less corn and more hell!”
–Mother Jones, to Kansas farmers

“Freedom is another word for nothing left to lose”
–Janis Joplin (Me and Bobby McGee)

“I drank to drown my sorrows, but the damned things learned how to swim.”
–Frida Kahlo

“The higher segments are not only blind atheists but can justify their godlessness with strange words; for example, those of Virchow–so unworthy of a learned man—’I have dissected many corpses, but never yet discovered a soul in any of them.’ ”
–Wassily Kandinsky (Concerning the Spiritual in Art)

“I am convinced of only two things: the sanctity of the heart’s affections, and the truth of the imagination.”
–John Keats

Beauty is truth, truth beauty
that is all ye know on earth,
and all ye need to know.
–John Keats

“I bear an awesome responsibility: I am the last man standing between Richard Nixon and the presidency.”
–John F. Kennedy

“If you face a man’s job, find a woman!”
–John F. Kennedy

In cahoots with thoughts,
they practice tyranny
–Alice Klein

“There are two kinds of people: one who says ‘I AM HERE!’ and the other who says ‘Oh, YOU are here!’”
–Gary Kleiner

“In order to eliminate the negative influences, simply ignore them.”

“What will survive of us is love.”
–Philip Larken

“It is royalty that call each other brother, sister.”
–Ursula Kroeber Le Guin

“Life is what happens while you are making other plans.”
–John Lennon

“Go to the truth beyond the mind. Love is the bridge.”
–Stephen Levine

“You don’t have a soul. You are a Soul. You have a body.”
–C.S. Lewis

“A highwayman holds a pistol to my ear and mutters through his teeth, ‘Stand and deliver, or I shall kill you—and then you will be a murderer!’ ”
–Abaham Lincoln

“Discomfort is a very underrated feeling.”
–Julia Louis-Dreyfus

. . . Martin Luther and, behind him, the long line of Church Fathers
Who draped their prurience like a dirty cloth
About the naked majesty of God.
–Amy Lowell (The Sisters)

“Resentment is like taking poison and waiting for the other person to die.”
–Malachy McCourt

“Who are you going to believe, me, or your lying eyes?”
–Chico Marx (Duck Soup)

“Time flies like the wind. Fruit flies like bananas.”
–Groucho Marx

“I, too, would like to weep.”
–Princess Norina Matchabelli, (Informed there was a holy man–Meher Baba–in the neighborhood, upon meeting whom, people wept.)

“There is no such thing as evil. Only relative degrees of good.”
–Meher Baba

“Live more and more in the present which is ever beautiful and stretches way beyond the past and the future.”
–Meher Baba

“I only know one yoga: ‘You Go.’ ”
–Meher Baba (Referring to the ego)

“You must make bold experiments in life!”
–Meher Baba

“Ýou can worry or I can worry for you. There is no room for us both to worry. My advice? Let me worry. I am better at it.”
–Meher Baba

“Real happiness lies in making others happy.”
–Meher Baba

“Science has told of matter being composed of energy. But future scientists will discover that energy is composed of mind.”
–Meher Baba

“No–my only concern is concern.”
–Meher Baba (Asked if he was concerned someone had died)

“What you see, once you begin seeing in this way, you will never forget. You will know what you are and where you are going. You will be like a rock — you will know where you stand.”
–Meher Baba (Giving meditation instructions)

“To penetrate into the essence of all being and significance and to release the fragrance of that inner attainment for the guidance and benefit of others, by expressing, in the world of forms, truth, love, purity and beauty–this is the sole game which has intrinsic and absolute worth. All other happenings, incidents and attainments in themselves can have no lasting importance.”
–Meher Baba

“It’s a divine art to be cheerful.”
–Meher Baba

“To ask for a purely intellectual proof of the existence of God is like asking for the privilege of being able to see with your ears!”
–Meher Baba

”Light can penetrate any amount of darkness but no amount of darkness can penetrate light.”
–Meher Baba

“(God has) to be temporarily cruel in order to be permanently kind.”
–Meher Baba

“I don’t go too fast, but I go pretty far.”
–Melanie (Brand New Key)

“I’m sorry I saw you. I meant to stay blind.”
–Melanie (Steppin’)

“Piglet noticed that even though he had a Very Small Heart, it could hold a rather large amount of Gratitude.”
–A. A. Milne (Winnie the Pooh)

“How lucky I am to have something that makes saying goodbye so hard.”
–A. A. Milne (Winnie the Pooh)

Look homeward Angel now, and melt with ruth.
–John Milton (Lycidas)

“Die before death.”

“The lover of God does not expect his life to go in any particular direction.”
Narada, Bhakti Sutras

“I need the sea because it teaches me.”
–Pablo Neruda

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

“Any attempt to do something about your problems is bound to fail, for what is caused by desire can be undone only in freedom from desire. You have enclosed yourself in time and space, squeezed yourself into the span of a lifetime and the volume of a body and thus created the innumerable conflicts of life and death, pleasure and pain, hope and fear. You cannot be rid of problems without abandoning illusions.”
–Sri Nisagardatta, (I AM THAT)

“The important thing is that we maintain plausible deniability.”
–Richard Milhouse Nixon

What you held in your hand,
what you counted and carefully saved,
all this must go so you know
how desolate the landscape can be
between the regions of kindness.
–Naomi Shihab Nye (“Kindness”)

“I have already settled it for myself so flattery and criticism go down the same drain and I am quite free.”
–Georgia O’Keeffe

“To see what is in front of one’s nose needs a constant struggle.”
–George Orwell

“When did I realize I was God? Well, I was praying and I suddenly realized I was talking to myself.”
–Peter O’Toole

“Apathy’s a problem but who cares?”
–Michael Parenti

“It ran the gamut from A to B.”
–Dorothy Parker

“The heart has its reasons which reason knows not.”
–Blaise Pascal

“Men never do evil so completely and cheerfully as when they do it from religious conviction.”
–Blaise Pascal

“All men seek happiness. This is without exception. Whatever different means they employ, they all tend to this end. The cause of some going to war, and of others avoiding it, is the same desire in both, attended with different views. The will never takes the least step but to this object. This is the motive of every action of every man, even of those who hang themselves.”
–Blaise Pascal

“In faith there is enough light for those who want to believe and enough shadow for those who don’t.”
–Blaise Pascal

“To ridicule philosophy is really to philosophize.”
–Blaise Pascal

“People almost invariably arrive at their beliefs not on the basis of proof but on the basis of what they find attractive.”
–Blaise Pascal

“When one does not love too much, one does not love enough.”
–Blaise Pascal

“Clarity of mind means clarity of passion, too; this is why a great and clear mind loves ardently and sees distinctly what it loves.”
–Blaise Pascal

“If we submit everything to reason our religion will be left with nothing mysterious or supernatural. If we offend the principles of reason our religion will be absurd and ridiculous . . . There are two equally dangerous extremes: to exclude reason, to admit nothing but reason.”
–Blaise Pascal

“The last function of reason is to recognize that there are an infinity of things which surpass it.”
–Blaise Pascal

“Since we cannot know all there is to be known about anything, we ought to know a little about everything.”
–Blaise Pascal

“The more I see of Mankind, the more I prefer my dog.
–Blaise Pascal

“In difficult times carry something beautiful in your heart.”
–Blaise Pascal

“We run carelessly over the precipice after having put something in front of us to prevent us seeing it.”
–Blaise Pascal

“The weather and my mood have little connection. I have my foggy and my fine days within me; my prosperity or misfortune has little to do with the matter.”
–Blaise Pascal

“It is superstitious to put one’s hope in formalities, but arrogant to refuse to submit to them.”
–Blaise Pascal

“I have discovered that all the unhappiness of men arises from one single fact, that they cannot stay quietly in their own chamber.”
–Blaise Pascal

“Love has no age; always it is being born.”
–Blaise Pascal

“Do they think that they have given us great pleasure by telling us that they hold our soul to be no more than wind or smoke, and saying it moreover in tones of pride and satisfaction? Is this then something to be said gaily? Is it not on the contrary something to be said sadly, as being the saddest thing in the world?”
–Blaise Pascal

“God forbid that we should ever have to bear all that we are capable of bearing.”
–Old Jewish Proverb posted over the door at the old Sufism Reoriented in San Francisco

“If you would sup with the devil you had better have a long spoon.”

“Let go or be dragged.”
–Zen proverb

“One chord is fine. Two chords are pushing it. Three chords and you’re into jazz.”
–Lou Reed

“A Mafia guy in Vegas gave me this advice: ‘Run your own race, put on your blinders.’ ”
–Joan Rivers

“How did you get to be so smart? I bet it was the hard way!”
–Julia Roberts (Eat, Pray, Love)

“God dwells within me. As me.”
–Julia Roberts (Eat, Pray, Love)

What’s freedom for? To know eternity.
I swear she cast a shadow white as stone.
–Theodore Roethke

clean out this cup
of yearning
let it shine with hunger
and emptiness
–Katie Rose

Come, come, whoever you are.
Wanderer, worshipper, lover of leaving — it doesn’t matter,
Ours is not a caravan of despair.
Come, even if you have broken your vow a hundred times,
Come, come again, come.
–Jalal ad-Din Rumi

“Things that you have hated will become helpers.”

Who are you? The inner vision of consciousness?
The heart? A sacred half-light, are you that?

“The miracle of Jesus is himself, not what he said or did.”
–Jalal ad-Din Rumi

“I can’t stop pointing to the beauty.”
–Jalal ad-Din Rumi

“God (in His mercy) accepts false coin.”
–Jalal ad-Din Rumi

“In the middle of my heart, a star appeared, and the seven heavens were lost in its brilliance.”
–Jalal ad-Din Rumi

“Sell your cleverness and buy bewilderment. Cleverness is mere opinion, bewilderment is intuition.”
–Jalal ad-Din Rumi

“Let the beauty of what you love be what you do.”
–Jalal ad-Din Rumi

“When I am silent, I fall into the place where everything is music.”
–Jalal ad-Din Rumi

“Silence is an ocean. Speech is a river.”
–Jalal ad-Din Rumi

“You are not a drop in the ocean, you are an entire ocean in a drop.”
–Jalal ad-Din Rumi

“Wherever you stand, be the soul of that place.”
–Jalal ad-Din Rumi

“He has afflicted you from every direction in order to pull you back to the directionless …”

“Let yourself be silently drawn by the strange pull of what you really love. It will not lead you astray.”

“He alone has the right to break, for He alone has the power to mend.”

“Your task is not to seek for love, but merely to seek and find all the barriers within yourself that you have built against it.”
–Jalal ad-Din Rumi

“Open your hands if you want to be held.”
–Jalal ad-Din Rumi

“The wound is where light enters.”
–Jalal ad-Din Rumi

“Silence is the language of God, all else is poor translation.”
–Jalal ad-Din Rumi

“The glance of Love is crystal clear.”
–Jalal ad-Din Rumi

“Lovely days don’t come to you, you should walk to them.”
–Jalal ad-Din Rumi

“Love is nothing other than finding the truth.”
–Jalal ad-Din Rumi

“Life is a balance of holding on and letting go.”
–Jalal ad-Din Rumi

“I can’t stop pointing to the beauty. Every moment and place says, ‘Put This Design In Your Carpet.’ ”
–Jalal ad-Din Rumi

“God (in His mercy) accepts false coin.”

“I am yours. Don’t give myself back to me.”
–Jalal ad-Din Rumi

“I belong to no religion. My religion is Love. Every heart is my temple.”
–Jalal ad-Din Rumi

“Do not feel lonely, the entire universe is inside you.”
–Jalal ad-Din Rumi

“Come out of the circle of time and into the circle of Love.”
–Jalal ad-Din Rumi

“Although I may try to describe love, when I experience it, I am speechless.”
–Jalal ad-Din Rumi

“The trouble with the world is that the stupid are cocksure, and the intelligent are full of doubt.”
–Bertrand Russell

“The sun, the moon, the planets, the air, the water and the earth are all serving you, aiding life’s purpose and preparing your food. Yet you regard all this unthankfully, absorbed in your own little troubles which are as nothing before the great forces of nature, always working, night and day.”

“You’re beautiful, but you’re empty…One couldn’t die for you. Of course, an ordinary passerby would think my rose looked just like you. But my rose, all on her own, is more important than all of you together, since she’s the one I’ve watered. Since she’s the one I put under glass, since she’s the one I sheltered behind the screen. Since she’s the one for whom I killed the caterpillars (except the two or three butterflies). Since she’s the one I listened to when she complained, or when she boasted, or even sometimes when she said nothing at all. Since she’s my rose.”
–Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, (The Little Prince)

“Into the darkness they go, the wise and the lovely.”
–Edna St. Vincent Millay

“I’m not afraid of work. I can lie down right next to it, and go to sleep.”
–Art Satterfield

“No, but I can keep the world from changing me.”
–Pete Seeger (Asked if he thought he could change the world)

“If you would stick to the concrete, and put your discoveries in the form of entertaining anecdotes about your adventures with women, your conversation would be easier to follow.”
–George Bernard Shaw (As The Statue, in Don Juan in Hell)

“He is a purpose and nothing else.”
–George Bernard Shaw (asked if God has a “conscious purpose”)

“Creation is a miracle of daily recurrence. “A miracle a minute” would not be a bad slogan for God.”
–George Bernard Shaw

“This is the true joy in life, being used for a purpose recognized by yourself as a mighty one. Being a force of nature instead of a feverish, selfish little clod of ailments and grievances, complaining that the world will not devote itself to making you happy. I am of the opinion that my life belongs to the whole community and as long as I live, it is my privilege to do for it what I can. I want to be thoroughly used up when I die, for the harder I work, the more I live. I rejoice in life for its own sake. Life is no brief candle to me. It is a sort of splendid torch which I have got hold of for the moment and I want to make it burn as brightly as possible before handing it on to future generations.”
–George Bernard Shaw

“Oh! and I might have been so much wickeder! All my good deeds wasted! It is unjust.”
–Donna Ana (Don Juan in Hell, by George Bernard Shaw. After discovering that after a lifetime of sacrifice, she ends up in hell anyway.)

“The liar’s punishment is not in the least that he is not believed. It is that he can believe no one.”
–George Bernard Shaw

“A ship is safe in harbor, but that’s not what ships are for.”
–William Greenough Thayer Shedd

Not waving but drowning
–Stevie Smith

“The only true wisdom is in knowing that you know nothing.”

Little Jack Horner sat in the corner
Extracting cube roots to infinity
–Space Child’s Mother Goose

“Women make the best psychiatrists. And when they get married, they make the best patients.”
–Spellbound (Alfred Hitchkock)

“It is always a mistake to be plain-spoken.”
–Gertrude Stein

“You’re a godless woman, Lily! Ain’t you tired?”
–Kathryn Stockett (The Help)

“God told me to tell you that it’s flat none of your business.”
–Jimmy Swaggart (On being asked by reporters about his sex scandal)

“It is useless to attempt to reason a man out of a thing he was never reasoned into.”
–Jonathan Swift

“Men are afraid to rock the boat in which they hope to drift safely through life’s currents, when, actually, the boat is stuck on a sandbar. They would be better off to rock the boat and try to shake it loose, or, better still, jump in the water and swim for the shore.”
–Thomas Szasz

Flower in the crannied wall,
I pluck you out of the crannies,
I hold you here, root and all, in my hand,
Little flower –but if I could understand
What you are, root and all, and all in all,
I should know what God and man is.
–Alfred, Lord Tennyson

“It’s the job as never gets started as takes the longest to finish.”
–J. R. R. Tolkien (Sam Gamgee quoting his father, in Lord of the Rings)

“…life was impossible like that, and that he must either interpret life so that it would not present itself to him as the evil jest of some devil, or shoot himself.”
–Leo Tolstoy (Anna Karenina, Garnett translation)

“This was a lofty, mysterious religion connected with a whole series of noble thoughts and feelings, which one could do more than merely believe because one was told to, which one could love.”
–Leo Tolstoy (Anna Karenina, Garnett translation)

“I always wanted to be somebody. Now I realize I should have been more specific.”
–Lily Tomlin (The Search for Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe)

“Every day I read the newspapers, and no matter how cynical I get, it’s imposssible to keep up.”
–Lily Tomlin

“I’m taking all my dolls! The dead ones too!”
–Tootie (Meet Me in Saint Louis)

“I have only one moral precept; never smoke more than five cigars at a time.”
–Mark Twain

“I have never let my schooling interfere with my education.”
–Mark Twain

“There is no sadder sight than a young pessimist.”
–Mark Twain

“Give a man a reputation as an early riser and he can sleep ’til noon.”
― Mark Twain

“I am not young enough to know everything.”
–Mark Twain

“The voters have spoken. The bastards.”
–Mo (Big Mo) Udall

“Life is uncertain. Eat dessert first.”
–Ernestine Ulmer

“One should worship with the thought that he is oneself, for therein all these become one. This Self is the footprint of that All, for by it one knows the all—just as, verily, by following a footprint one finds cattle that have been lost. . . .”
–Brihadaronyaka Upanishad

“I can’t believe there’s a watch but no watchmaker.”

“Lancelot becomes a hermit and dies a hermit. His last miracle was making the room that he died in smell like heaven.”
–Wikipedia’s plot summary of T. H. White’s posthumously published, The Book of Merlyn

“An engagement should come upon a young girl as a surprise, pleasant or unpleasant as the case may be.”
–Oscar Wilde (Lady Bracknell, in The Importance of Being Earnest)

“I can resist anything but temptation.”
–Oscar Wilde

“The nicest feeling in the world is to do a good deed anonymously–and have somebody find out.”
― Oscar Wilde

“Fashion is a form of ugliness so intolerable that we have to alter it every six months.”
–Oscar Wilde

“If you want to tell people the truth, make them laugh. Otherwise they’ll kill you.”
–Oscar Wilde

“If something smells bad, why put your nose in it?”
–Billy Wilder (from supposed polish proverb in Ninotchka, with Greta Garbo)

“You’re pretty enough for all normal purposes.”
–Thornton Wilder (Our Town—a mother’s reply to her daughter’s query about her beauty)

“The public for which masterpieces are intended is not on this earth.”
–Thornton Wilder

“Words are probes. Some reach very deep, some only to a little depth.”
–Ludwig Wittgenstein

“Happiness is neither virtue nor pleasure nor this thing nor that but simply growth, We are happy when we are growing.”
–William Butler Yeats

“Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.”
–William Butler Yeats

“If it appears as though they are howling at the moon, it’s because they feel all earthly options have been exhausted.”
–Gary Younge

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