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Arthur Schopenhauer

If a person is stupid, we excuse him by saying that he cannot help it; but if we attempted to excuse in precisely the same way the person who is bad, we should be laughed at.

Man can do what he wills but he cannot will what he wills.


René Descartes

If you would be a real seeker after the truth, it is necessary that at least once in your life you doubt, as far as possible, all things.


Christopher Columbus

You can never cross the ocean until you have the courage to lose sight of the shore.

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Maya Angelou

I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.


Vincent Van Gogh

If you hear a voice within you say “you cannot paint,” then by all means paint and that voice will be silenced.



We can easily forgive a child who is afraid of the dark; the real tragedy of life is when men are afraid of the light.

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John Lennon

When I was 5 years old, my mother always told me that happiness was the key to life.  When I went to school, they asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up.  I wrote down ‘happy’.  They told me I didn’t understand the assignment, and I told them they didn’t understand life.


Anne Frank

How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.


Lady Gaga

They say that this country is equal, but it is not equal if it is sometimes.

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There is only one way to avoid criticism: do nothing, say nothing, and be nothing.

Men are the kinds of individuals they are as a result of their character; but they become happy or miserable as a result of their actions.

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Mahatma Gandhi

First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win.

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Albert Einstein

The world is a dangerous place to live; not because of the people who are evil, but because of the people who don’t do anything about it.

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John F. Kennedy

Change is the law of life. And those who look only to the past or present are certain to miss the future.


Marianne Williamson

People hear you on the level you speak to them from. Speak from your heart, and they will hear with theirs.

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Tom Smothers

There’s no way in the world—if anything is meaningful and truthful—that you’re not going to offend someone. You got to be able to say what it is, say it how it is, and take the consequences.

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Steve Jobs

Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life.

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John Maynard Keynes

By a continuous process of inflation, governments can confiscate, secretly and unobserved, an important part of the wealth of their citizens. By this method, they not only confiscate, but they confiscate arbitrarily; and while the process impoverishes many, it actually enriches some….The process engages all of the hidden forces of economic law on the side of destruction, and does it in a manner that not one man in a million can diagnose.

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Michael K. Williams

When the system fails you, you create your own system.


Theodore J. Kaczynski

Those who are most sensitive about “politically incorrect” terminology are not the average black ghetto-dweller, Asian immigrant, abused woman or disabled person, but a minority of activists, many of whom do not even belong to any “oppressed” group but come from privileged strata of society.

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Joseph Campbell

If you want to understand what’s most important to a society, don’t examine its arts or literature, simply look at its biggest buildings.


Noam Chomsky

It’s a pretense that we live in democracies.

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Franklin D. Roosevelt

They(who) seek to establish systems of government based on the regimentation of all human beings by a handful of individual rulers… Call this a new order. It is not new and it is not order.

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Martin Luther King, Jr.

In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.

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Wayne Gretzky

You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.

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Pablo Picasso

Every child is an artist.  The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up.

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Dalai Lama

Remember that not getting what you want is sometimes a wonderful stroke of luck.

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Oprah Winfrey

If you look at what you have in life, you’ll always have more. If you look at what you don’t have in life, you’ll never have enough.

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Teddy Roosevelt

Do what you can, where you are, with what you have.

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Norman Vincent Peale

Change your thoughts and you change your world.

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Benjamin Franklin

Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing.

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Vladimir Lenin

Under socialism all will govern in turn and will soon become accustomed to no one governing.


Alexis de Tocqueville

Democracy and socialism have nothing in common but one word, equality. But notice the difference: while democracy seeks equality in liberty, socialism seeks equality in restraint and servitude.

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William Howard Taft

Socialism proposes no adequate substitute for the motive of enlightened selfishness that today is at the basis of all human labor and effort, enterprise and new activity.

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Hugo Chavez

The only way to save the world is through socialism, but a socialism that exists within a democracy; there’s no dictatorship here.


Allan G. Johnson

Subordinate groups are often pitted against one another in ways that draw attention away from the system of privilege that hurts them all.

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David Brin

Admit that there is some level that would make even you call yourself the victim of class war.

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John Kenneth Galbraith

The modern conservative is engaged in one of man’s oldest exercises in moral philosophy; that is, the search for a superior moral justification for selfishness.

The conventional view serves to protect us from the painful job of thinking.

All of the great leaders have had one characteristic in common: it was the willingness to confront unequivocally the major anxiety of their people in their time. This, and not much else, is the essence of leadership.

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Karl Marx

All that is solid melts into air, all that is holy is profaned, and man is at last compelled to face with sober senses, his real conditions of life, and his relations with his kind.

Workers of the world unite; you have nothing to lose but your chains.

Religion is the sigh of the oppressed creature, the heart of a heartless world, and the soul of soulless conditions. It is the opium of the people.

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Everything has beauty, but not everyone can see.

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Richard D. Wolff

In America, we debate everything except capitalism. If there’s an institution in your society that’s above criticism, you’re giving it a free pass to indulge all of its weaknesses and darker tendencies.


Michael Jackson

What one wishes is to be touched by truth and to be able to interpret that truth so that one may use what one is feeling and experiencing, be it despair or joy, in a way that will add meaning to one’s life and will hopefully touch others as well. This is art in its highest form. Those moments of enlightenment are what I continue to live for. 

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