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Never forget that it is the spirit with which you endow your work that makes it useful or futile.
Time travel is complicated, or so we think, since we have not yet managed to actually figure out how to do it.
Pierre Choderlos De Laclos
A man enjoys the pleasure he feels, a woman the pleasure she bestows.
In the quest for power, truth is always the first thing left behind.
There is something cathartic about what has happened to me during this stay in hospital. I’ve heard others say that coming face to face with your own mortality can have this effect. You look with harsh, savage eyes at the life you are living and resolve to make the best of the time you have left, if you can be allowed the luxury of a few extra years to fulfill your plans. Around me, I see an urgency creep into the lives of friends once they have an AIDS diagnosis: they rush out and try to complete as many life projects as they can, before their health deteriorates.
[...] e que se faça como os arqueiros sensatos, os quais, diante de um alvo demasiado distante, e conhecendo até onde vai a potência de seu arco, alçam a mira muito mais alta que o ponto de destino, não para alcançar com suas flechas tanta altura, mas para poder, com o auxílio de tão alta mira, atingir sua meta.
And so, when she heard if Hare Krishnas, she didn't hear right. She heard "Hairless Christians", and that is what they were to her for many years. When I corrected her, I told her in fact she was not so wrong; that Hindus, in their capacity for love, are indeed hairless Christians, just as Muslims, in the way they see God in everything, are bearded Hindus, and Christians in their devotion to God, are hat-wearing Muslims.
If you don't see yourself as a winner, then you cannot perform as a winner.
What you do in this world is a matter of no consequence, the question is what you can make people believe that you have done.
People don't usually think about the meaning of the words they say. It seems to them that words convey truth. That when someone hears the word "red" he will think of a ripe raspberry and not a pool of blood. That the word "love" will evoke Shakespeare's sonnets and not the erotic films of Playboy. And they find themselves baffled when the word they've spoken doesn't evoke the right response.
Everyone’s perception is different; we all see different things. I personally think you see what you want to see.
Half of all marriages end in divorce- and then there are the really unhappy ones.
Ali Ibn Abi Talib
Greed is permanent slavery
Some of the people who hate me love some of the sentences that I have written, until they get to the name of the person to whom the sentences are attributed.
I don’t think I would ever want to be a writer of detective stories - but I would like to be a detective and there is a large deal of detection in the short story.
We need to call what is happening out of Washington, D.C., what it is: Bureaucratic terrorism: If you want a list of stories, I could go through a bunch of them, and I could highlight a few: One of them was the IRS audit of my good friend Phil Hart, he's sitting in the audience today. That was bureaucratic terrorism.
Honor is kind of what you get when you weaponize manners ...
A premature death does not only rob one of the countless instances where one would have experienced pleasure, it also saves one from the innumerable instances where one would have experienced pain.
If you're wanting me to besmirch somebody's reputation so that there would be some sort of division created out of it, I'm not going to do that ... If you're asking if I believe my opponent is a fake conservative, the answer to that question is yes, 100 percent.
True freedom is in not having a master, but in making the master your slave
The real challenge is for each of us to determine where we feel we can make the most impact.
The kind of lies that someone tells us gives us an idea of how stupid, knowledgeable, intelligent, or ignorant they are … or they think we are.
Being bored is the price we pay for not being insane.
It is the working man who is the happy man. It is the idle man who is the miserable man.
Young, animated, entirely off your guard, and thoughtless of consequences, Imagination took the reins; and Reason, slow-paced, though sure-footed, was unequal to the race of so eccentric and flighty a companion. How rapid was then my Evelina's progress through those regions of fancy and passion whither her new guide conducted her!-She saw Lord Orville at a ball,-and he was the most amiable of men! -She met him again at another,-and he had every virtue under Heaven!
It is absolutely beyond a shadow of a doubt that more firearms in a society actually cuts the amount of crime in that same society.
Anybody who's been through a divorce will tell you that at one point. they've thought murder. The line between thinking murder and doing murder isn't that major.
I'll give you the whole secret to short story writing. Here it is. Rule 1: Write stories that please yourself. There is no Rule 2.
A truly compassionate man gives a poor woman a portion of his meal before he eats, not after he has eaten.
You dare quarrel with me Doerwyne? She wrinkled her nose. "It's not quarreling to express an opinion'" "Women don't have opinions." "Then I must be a man, because I have plenty.
Ugliness is in a way superior to beauty because it lasts.
It is the 'follow through' that makes the great difference between ultimate success and failure, because it is so easy to stop.
What are the years from twenty to forty? Fettered and bound by personal and emotional relationships. That's bound to be. That's living. But later there's a new stage. You can think, observe life, discover something about other people and the truth about yourself. Life becomes real--significant. You see it as a whole. Not just one scene--the scene you, as an actor, are playing. No man or woman is actually himself (or herself) till after forty-five. That's when individuality has a chance.
It’s funny, isn’t it?” he said, something odd in his voice. “It’s funny how some people show they love people with dramatic proclamations and huge displays and romantic gestures…but for some people, it’s in the small things. Like the small things you do for him.
Living a good life is like flipping pancakes. If you hesitate, it splatters all over the place.
The question isn't at what age I want to retire, it's at what income.
There's a fine line between career criminals and career professionals because most of us fall somewhere in between.
You once told me that the human eye is god's loneliest creation. How so much of the world passes through the pupil and still it holds nothing. The eye, alone in its socket, doesn't even know there's another one, just like it, an inch away, just as hungry, as empty.
Greed is a contagious mental illness without which civilization as we know it would not have been possible.
Some might have referred to Vince, Buck and Calvin as "ordinary fellows" or "salt of the earth". Such terms are merely code for men who've led lives in which boyhood dreams become a luxury, a whim, before boyhood even comes to an end.
There's some ill planet reigns: I must be patient till the heavens look With an aspect more favourable. Good my lords, I am not prone to weeping, as our sex Commonly are; the want of which vain dew Perchance shall dry your pities: but I have That honourable grief lodged here which burns Worse than tears drown: beseech you all, my lords, With thoughts so qualified as your charities Shall best instruct you, measure me; and so The king's will be perform'd!
I try to buy stock in businesses that are so wonderful that an idiot can run them. Because sooner or later, one will.
A masterfully written text for the M&A student and professional: clear, concise, comprehensive, practical, and insightful.
A. J. Ayer
No moral system can rest solely on authority.
You can’t ever really know someone else’s mind or someone else’s heart, what someone else is capable of.
Interest makes some people blind and others quick-sighted.
Antoine De Saint-exupery
Experiences teaches us that to love is not to gaze at one another but to gaze together in the same direction.
Mason knew what it was like to say things you didn’t mean, to just have them vomit out, and then feel that crushing ache when you realized you could never pull them back.
Why lamenting Nature, for you have done on Earth and high Heavens the most adorned works,your hues spread the jocund rainbow shine,and blissful thoughts of breeze are awakened,yet like a tainted maid,you droop and wept, sad below the bleak, barren fields, concealed from the steep views,that human kept,and a white cloud of peace in you dissolved.
Choose your friends wisely-they will make or break you.