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"A belief is not merely an idea the mind possesses;
it is an idea that possesses the mind."
—Robert Oxton Bolt

"For those who believe, no proof is necessary.
For those who don't believe, no proof is possible."
—Stuart Chase

"The world is divided into two classes:
those who believe the incredible,
and those who do the improbable."
—Oscar Wilde


"It is better to remain silent and be thought a fool
than to open one's mouth and remove all doubt."
—Mark Twain

"Tis better to hit an air ball,
than to force a note
that don't wanna come out."
—Nicholas Payton

"Even a bad cup of coffee is better
than no coffee at all."
—David Lynch


"I have loved to the point of madness;
That which is called madness,
That which to me, is the only sensible way to love."
—Françoise Sagan

"Love is an irresistible desire
to be irresistibly desired."
—Robert Frost

"Love all, trust a few,
do wrong to none."
—William Shakespeare

"When love is in excess, it brings a man
no honor nor worthiness."

"I have found the paradox, that if you love until it hurts,
there can be no more hurt, only more love."
—Mother Theresa

"The ultimate choice for a man,
in as much as he is given to transcend himself,
is to create or destroy, to love or to hate."
—Erich Fromm

"I love lamp."
—Brick Tamland


Hemingway On Literature

All good books have one thing in common.
They are truer than if they had really happened.

On Living & Dying
Every man's life ends the same way.
It is only the details of how he lived
and how he died that distinguish
one man from another.

On Company
The only thing that could spoil a day was people.
People were always the limiters of happiness
except for the very few that were
as good as spring itself.

On Action
The shortest answer
is doing the thing.

On Happiness
Happiness in intelligent people
is the rarest thing I know.

On Greatness
Let him think I am more man
than I am and I will be so.


"An outsider longing to be on the inside is the same as the soloist longing to work in an ensemble. I get great satisfaction in being a part of the proper -- for me -- community. I'm uncomfortable with various social groupings and clusterings. But when I'm in the right group, doing the right thing, I get as much satisfaction out of that as anyone who does it all the time.
Maybe more."
—George Carlin

“What should young people do with their lives today? Many things, obviously. But the most daring thing is to create stable communities in which the terrible disease of loneliness can be cured.”
—Kurt Vonnegut

"Gooble-gobble, gooble-gobble!
We accept her! We accept her!
One of us! One of us!"
—Johnny Eck


"It's a cliché that's been used to death,
but there is a family feeling when you
work with people on an artistic project."
—George Carlin

"You can't leave, 'cause your heart is there
It's a family affair, it's a family affair."
—Sly Stone

"A man that doesn't spend time with his family
can never be a real man."
—Vito Corleone


"What really raises one's indignation against suffering
is not suffering intrinsically, but the
senselessness of suffering."
—Friedrich Nietzsche

"A sad soul can kill you quicker,
far quicker, than a germ."
—John Steinbeck

"It has been said, 'time heals all wounds.'
I do not agree.  The wounds remain.
In time, the mind, protecting its sanity,
covers them with scar tissue and the pain lessens.
But it is never gone."
—Rose Kennedy

"When a good man is hurt, all who would be called good
must suffer with him."

"Although the world is full of suffering,
it is also full of overcoming it."
—Helen Keller

"The most authentic thing about us is our capacity to create,
to overcome, to endure, to transform, to love and
to be greater than our suffering."
—Ben Okri

"Out of suffering have emerged the strongest souls;
the most massive characters are seared with scars."
—Kahlil Gibran


"An artist is always alone, if he is an artist.
What the artist needs is loneliness."
—Henry Miller

"Loneliness adds beauty to life.
It puts a special burn on sunsets
and makes night air smell better."
—Henry Rollins

"Just a castaway, an island lost at sea, oh
Another lonely day, with no one here but me, oh
More loneliness than any man could bear
Rescue me before I fall into despair, oh."