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"He conquers who endures."
-Aulus Persius Flaccus

"If men cease to believe that they will one day become gods then they will surely become worms."
-Henry Miller

“Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man’s character, give him power.”
-Abraham Lincoln

"Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world."
-Albert Einstein

"If you are ruled by mind you are a king; if by body, a slave."

"Maybe the brilliance of the brilliant can be understood only by the nearly brilliant."
-Anthony Smith

"Life without learning is death."

"It is a miracle that curiosity survives formal education."
-Albert Einstein

"I can't give you brains, but I can give you a diploma."
-Wizard of Oz (L. Frank Baum)

"Wit is educated insolence."

“The ability to quote is a serviceable substitute for wit.”

"There is quite definitely something or other deranged in my brain."
-Van Gogh

"No enemy is so terrible as a man of genius."
-Benjamin Disraeli

"Beware the fury of a patient man."
-John Dryden

"If a man cannot keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music he hears however measured or faraway."
-Henry David Thoreau

"Not all who wander are lost."
-J. R. R. Tolkien

"I took the one less traveled by, And that has made all the difference."
-Robert Frost

"That so few now dare to be eccentric, marks the chief danger of our time."
-John Stuart Mill

"Great spirits have always encountered violent oppositions from mediocre minds."
-Albert Einstein

"Who so would be a man must be a nonconformist."
-Ralph Waldo Emerson

"The most dangerous man to any government is the man who is able to think things out for himself, without regard to the prevailing superstitions and taboos. Almost inevitably he comes to the conclusion that the government he lives under is dishonest, insane and intolerable, and so, if he is romantic, he tries to change it. And even if he is not romantic personally he is very apt to spread discontent among those who are."
-H.L. Mencken

“A ‘No’ uttered from deepest conviction is better and greater than a ‘Yes’ merely uttered to please, or what is worse, to avoid trouble.”
-Mahatma Ghandi

"Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter."
-Martin Luther King Jr.

"Anyone in a free society where the laws are unjust has an obligation to break the law."
-Henry David Thoreau

"The strongest reason for the people to retain the right to keep and bear arms is, as a last resort, to protect themselves against tyranny in government."
-Thomas Jefferson

"The laws that forbid the carrying of arms are laws of such nature. They disarm only those who are neither inclined nor determined to commit crimes... such laws serve rather to encourage than to prevent homocides, for an unarmed man may be attacked with greater confidence than an armed man."
-Thomas Jefferson

"When the state is most corrupt, then the laws are most multiplied."

"Custom is the law of fools."

"It is better to remain silent and to be thought of as a fool, than to open your mouth and remove all doubt."

"If 50 million people say a foolish thing, it is still a foolish thing."
-Anatole France

"Fools rush in where angels fear to tread."
-Alexander Pope

"Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity; and I'm not sure about the universe."
-Albert Einstein

"It is a capital mistake to theorize before one has data. Insensibly one begins to twist facts to suit theories instead of theories to suit facts."
-Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

"The foundation of morality should not be made dependent on myth nor tied to any authority lest doubt about the myth or about the legitimacy of the authority imperil the foundation of sound judgment and action."
-Albert Einstein

"It was, of course, a lie what you read about my religious convictions, a lie which is being systematically repeated. I do not believe in a personal God and I have never denied this but have expressed it clearly. If something is in me which can be called religious then it is the unbounded admiration for the structure of the world so far as our science can reveal it."
-Albert Einstein

"I have repeatedly said that in my opinion the idea of a personal God is a childlike one..."
-Albert Einstein

"This would be the best of all possible worlds, if there were no religion in it."
-John Adams

"Question with boldness even the existence of a God; because, if there be one, he must more approve the homage of reason, than that of blind-folded fear."
-Thomas Jefferson

"The day will come when the mystical generation of Jesus, by the supreme being as his father in the womb of a virgin, will be classed with the fable of the generation of Minerva in the brain of Jupiter."
-Thomas Jefferson

"The Christian God is a being of terrific character - cruel, vindictive, capricious and unjust."
-Thomas Jefferson

"It is often said in the Bible that God spake unto Moses, but how do you know that God spake unto Moses? Because, you will say, the Bible says so. The Koran says, that God spake unto Mahomet, do you believe that too? No. Why not? Because, you will say, you do not believe it; and so because you do, and because you don't is all the reason you can give for believing or disbelieving except that you will say that Mahomet was an impostor. And how do you know Moses was not an impostor?"
-Thomas Paine

"If thou trusteth to the book called the Scriptures, thou trusteth to the rotten staff of fables and of falsehood."
-Thomas Paine

"Faith: Belief without evidence in what is told by one who speaks without knowledge, of things without parallel."
-Ambrose Bierce

"The way to see by faith is to shut the eye of reason."
-Benjamin Franklin

"Religion is the most malevolent of all mind viruses."
-Arthur C. Clarke

"I have never seen the slightest proof of the religious theories of heaven and hell, of future life for individuals, or of a personal God. If there is really any soul, I have found no evidence of it in my investigations."
-Thomas Edison

"I am a hopeless materialist. I see the soul as nothing else than the sim of activities of the organism plus personal habits -- plus inherited habits, memories, experiences, of the organism. I believe that when I am dead, I am dead. I believe that with my death I am just as much obliterated as the last mosquito you and I squashed."
-Jack London

"Science is the record of dead religions."
-Oscar Wilde

"I would love to believe that when I die I will live again, that some thinking, feeling, remembering part of me will continue. But as much as I want to believe that, and despite the ancient and worldwide cultural traditions that assert an afterlife, I know of nothing to suggest that it is more than wishful thinking."
-Carl Sagan

"All thinking men are atheists."
-Ernest Hemingway

"We must respect the other fellow's religion, but only in the sense and to the extent that we respect his theory that his wife is beautiful and his children smart."
-H. L. Mencken

"If only God would give me some clear sign! Like making a large deposit in my name in a Swiss bank."
-Woody Allen

"I don't see any god up here."
-Yuri Gagarin

"I just believe in one fewer god than you do. When you understand why you dismiss all the other gods you will understand why I dismiss yours."
-Stephen F. Roberts

"This is my simple religion. There is no need for temples; no need for complicated philosophy. Our own brain, our own heart is our temple; the philosophy is kindness."
-Dalai Lama

"So far as I can remember, there is not one word in the Gospels in praise of intelligence."
-Bertrand Russell

"Distrust and caution are the parents of security."
-Benjamin Franklin

"Money is not the root of all evil; excessive greed is the root of all evil."

"So you think that money is the root of all evil. Have you ever asked what is the root of all money?"
-Ayn Rand

"Beware of little expenses; a small leak will sink a great ship."
-Benjamin Franklin

"Never spend your money before you have it."
-Thomas Jefferson

"Money frees you from doing things you dislike. Since I dislike doing nearly everything, money is handy."
-Groucho Marx

"Work is a necessary evil to be avoided."
-Mark Twain

"There is no more fatal blunderer than he who consumes the greater part of his life getting his living."
-Henry David Thoreau

"The most utterly lost of all days, is that in which you have not once laughed."
-Sebastien Roch Nicolas Chamfort

"To lose a friend is the greatest of all losses."
-Publius Syrus

"He who hath many friends, hath none."

"I have never found a companion that was so companionable as solitude."
-Henry David Thoreau

"Whosoever is delighted in solitude is either a wild beast or a god."
-Sir Francis Bacon

"He never is alone that is accompanied with noble thoughts."
-John Fletcher

“To fall in love with yourself is the first secret of happiness. Then if you’re not a good mixer you can always fall back on your own company.”
-Robert Morley

"If it is love that makes the world go round, it is self-induction that makes electromagnetic waves go round the world."
-Oliver Heaviside

"Like an unchecked cancer, hate corrodes the personality and eats away its vital unity. Hate destroys a man's sense of values and his objectivity. It causes him to describe the beautiful as ugly and the ugly as beautiful, and to confuse the true with the false and the false with the true."
-Martin Luther King Jr

"Plato is dear to me, but dearer still is truth."

"To be honest, as this world goes, Is to be one pick'd out of ten thousand."
-William Shakespeare

"To be, or not to be, that is the question."
-William Shakespeare

"The worst is death, and death will have its day."
-William Shakespeare

"To all, to each, a fair good night, And pleasing dreams, and slumbers light."
-Sir Walter Scott

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