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The actual God of many Americans… is simply the current of American life. C. H. Cooley

All created things are impermanent. Strive on with diligence. Buddha, Last words before his death

Give up your relentless moralizing, the continual pinpricks which pierce the skin of your fellows. The distinction between good and evil is the sickness of the mind. Give up your morals, and the people will regain a love of their fellows. Lao Tse, In a discussion with Confucious about the true nature of humanity. ……….. short inspirational quotes

Ignorance is preferable to error, and he is less remote from the truth who believes nothing than he who believes what is wrong. Thomas Jefferson, (Notes on Virginia, 1782)

It becomes a bore doing imaginative books that do not touch imaginations, and at length one stops even planning them. H. G. Wells, Preface of “The Complete Science-Fiction Treasury of H.G. Wells”

The test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposed ideas in the mind at the same time, and still retain the ability to function. F. Scott Fitzgerald

Art is a lie that tells the truth. Pablo Picasso ………. short inspirational quotes

A photograph is a secret about a secret. The more it tells you the less you know. Diane Arbus, (1923-1971)

He loved humankind dearly and with all his heart, but he disliked most human beings. David Guterson, Snow Falling on Cedars

Battles are won by iron hearts in wooden ships. Ernst J?nger, In Stahlgewittern (The Storm of Steel)

You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough. Joe Lewis ……….. short inspirational quotes

Against stupidity the gods themselves struggle in vain.<br> (Mit der Dummheit kaempfen Goetter selbst vergebens) Friedrich von Schiller, Cohen & Cohen 1960, The Penguin dictionary of quotations

To build may have to be the slow and laborious task of years. To destroy can be the thoughtless act of a single day. Sir Winston Churchill

Freedom is nothing else but a chance to be better. Albert Camus ………. short inspirational quotes

I would rather be exposed to the inconveniences attending too much liberty than to those attending too small a degree of it. Thomas Jefferson, to Archibald Stuart, 1791

You can either hold yourself up to the unrealistic standards of others, or ignore them and concentrate on being happy with yourself as you are. J. Jacques, Questionable Content webcomic, #352, 05-04-05

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Dignity comes not from control, but from understanding who you are and taking your rightful place in the world. Real Live Preacher, Real Live Preacher weblog, 05-01-05

Some of my friends support the measure, and some of my friends oppose it. I support my friends. Everett Dirksen, Answering a question about a controversial senate bill. Quoted on a political talk show on WBEZ FM in Chicago.

I am a man of principle, and one of my basic principles is flexibility. Everett Dirksen

[Humanity] has unquestionably one really effective weapon?laughter. Power, money, persuasion, supplication, persecution?these can lift at a colossal humbug?push it a little?weaken it a little, century by century; but only laughter can blow it to rags and atoms at a blast. Against the assault of laughter nothing can stand. Mark Twain, The Mysterious Stranger, chapter 10 (1916)

Those who can laugh without cause have either found the true meaning of happiness or have gone stark raving mad. Norm Papernick ………… short inspirational quotes

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Man is fond of counting his troubles, but he does not count his joys. If he counted them up as he ought to, he would see that every lot has enough happiness provided for it. Fyodor Dostoevsky

Older men declare war, but it is the youth that must fight and die. Herbert Hoover

The democracy will cease to exist when you take away from those who are willing to work and give to those who would not. Thomas Jefferson

We in America do not have government by the majority. We have government by the majority who participate. Thomas Jefferson

I have never been especially impressed by the heroics of people who are convinced they are about to change the world. I am more awed by those who struggle to make one small difference after another. Ellen Goodman …………… short inspirational quotes

The central struggle of parenthood is to let our hopes for our children outweigh our fears. Ellen Goodman

All in all, I am not surprised that the people who want to unravel the social contract start with young adults. Those who are urged to feel afraid, very afraid, have both the greatest sense of independence and the most finely honed skepticism about government. Ellen Goodman

In journalism, there has always been a tension between getting it first and getting it right. Ellen Goodman ……….. short inspirational quotes

You can teach someone who cares to write columns, but you can?t teach someone who writes columns to care. Ellen Goodman

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