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CHARITY 


"Pregnant women and Vietnam vets,
beggin' on the freeway, bout as hard as it gets."
—Tom Waits

"Of all the preposterous assumptions of humanity,
nothing exceeds the criticisms made of the habits of the poor
by the well-housed, well-warmed, and well-fed."
—Herman Melville

"You've got to have something to eat and a little love in your life
before you can hold still for any damn body's sermon on how to behave."
—Billie Holiday

DETERMINATION 


"There is no chance, no destiny, no fate,
that can hinder or control the firm resolve
of a determined soul."
—Ella Wheeler Wilcox

"I was determined to carve out a music of my own.
I didn't want to copy anybody."
—Bill Monroe

"Determined or not, that cat must be long dead.
That's kind of a downer."
—Marge Simpson

IT'S UP TO YOU 


"Only you, only you can, you are unique at last.
Alas it is a boring song but it works every time."
—Margaret Atwood

"It's one thing to think that you're the center of the universe.
It's another thing entirely to have this confirmed
by an ancient prophecy."
—Douglas Adams

"What I want to know is, what is this it which is to him up
and which he can perhaps handle?"
—Crow T. Robot

YOU NEEK? 


"At bottom, every man knows perfectly well that he is a unique being, only once on this earth; and by no extraordinary chance will such a marvelously picturesque piece of diversity in unity as he is, ever be put together a second time."
—Friedrich Nietzsche

"Always remember that you are absolutely unique.
Just like everyone else."
—Margaret Mead

"Listen up, maggots. You are not special.
You are not a beautiful or unique snowflake.
You're the same decaying organic matter as everything else."
—Tyler Durden

MEMENTO MORI 


"The human animal is a beast that must die.
If he's got money, he buys and buys and buys
everything he can, in the crazy hope that
one of those things will be life-everlasting,
which it can never be."
—Big Daddy Pollitt

"It's too bad she won't live!
But then again, who does?"
—Gaff

"You don't need anybody
Nobody needs you
Don't cry, old man, don't cry
Everybody dies."
—Randy Newman