My Favorite Quotes

by Placerville Newswire / Jan 11, 2017 / comments

The irrationality of a thing is not an argument against its existence, rather a condition of it. - Nietzsche

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A belief is not merely an idea the mind possesses; it is an idea that possesses the mind. - Robert Oxton Bolt

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Unfortunately, a super abundance of dreams is paid for by a growing potential for nightmares. - Sir Peter Ustinov

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The bitterest tears shed over graves are for words left unsaid and deeds left undone. - Harriet Beecher Stowe

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In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act. - George Orwell

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Man is least himself when he talks in his own person. Give him a mask, and he will tell you the truth. - Oscar Wilde

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Although the world is full of suffering, it is also full of overcoming it. - Helen Keller

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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. - Plato

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All secrets are deep. All secrets become dark. That’s in the nature of secrets. - Cory Doctorow

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There can be no good without evil. - Russian proverb

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Nothing is permanent in this wicked world - not even our troubles. - Charlie Chaplin

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Nothing is easier than denouncing the evildoer. Nothing more difficult than understanding him. - Dostoevsky

Fairy tales do not tell children that dragons exist. Children already know that dragons exist. Fairy tales tell children that dragons can be killed. - G. K. Chesterton

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Fantasy abandoned by reason produces impossible monsters. - Francisco Goya

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Love all, trust a few, do wrong to none. - William Shakespeare

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For we pay a price for everything we get or take in this world, and although ambitions are well worth having, they are not to be cheaply won. - Lucy Maud Montgomery

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If we knew each other’s secrets, what comforts we should find. - John Churton Collins

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The past is our definition. We may strive with good reason to escape it, or to escape what is bad in it, but we will escape it only by adding something better to it. - Wendell Berry

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Reason is not automatic. Those who deny it cannot be conquered by it. - Ayn Rand

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A fool’s paradise is a wise man’s hell. - Thomas Fuller

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Things are not always what they seem; the first appearance deceives many. The intelligence of a few perceives what has been carefully hidden. - Phaedrus

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There is no refuge from memory and remorse in this world. The spirits of our foolish deeds haunt us, with or without repentance.- Gilbert Parker

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Let us consider that we are all insane. It will explain us to each other; it will unriddle many riddles… - Mark Twain

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We are all brothers under the skin, and I, for one, would be willing to skin humanity to prove it. - Ayn Rand

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… for he today who sheds his blood with me shall be my brother.- William Shakespeare

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Delay is the deadliest form of denial. - C. Northcote Parkinson

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The strength of a family, like the strength of an army, is in its loyalty to each other. - Mario Puzo

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For those who believe, no proof is necessary. For those who don’t believe, no proof is possible. - Stuart Chase

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He who does not punish evil, commands it to be done. - Leonardo da Vinci

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Men heap together the mistakes of their lives, and create a monster they call destiny. - John Hobbes

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We all live in a house on fire, no fire department to call; no way out. - Tennessee Williams

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Light thinks it travels faster than anything, but it is wrong. No matter how fast light travels, it finds the darkness has always gotten there first, and is waiting for it. - Terry Pratchett

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Monsters are real, and ghosts are real too. They live inside us, and sometimes they win. - Stephen King

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In order for the light to shine so brightly, the darkness must be present. - Francis Bacon

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No matter how dark the moment, love and hope are always possible. - George Chakiris

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The human voice can never reach the distance that is covered by the still, small voice of conscience. - Mahatma Gandhi

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Security is mostly a superstition. It does not exist in nature, nor do the children of men as a whole experience it. - Helen Keller

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Justice without force is powerless; force without justice is tyrannical. - Blaise Pascal

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These violent delights have violent ends. - William Shakespeare

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He who fights with monsters might take care lest he thereby become a monster. And if you gaze for long into an abyss, the abyss gazes also into you. - Nietzsche

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What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us. - Ralph Waldo Emerson

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Men are more ready to repay an injury than a benefit, because gratitude is a burden and revenge a pleasure. - Tacitus

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There is a sacredness in tears. They are not the mark of weakness but of power. They are messengers of overwhelming grief and of unspeakable love. - Washington Irving

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Anything you cannot relinquish when it has outlived its usefulness, possesses you. And in this materialistic age, a great many of us are possessed by our possessions. - Mildred Lisette Norman

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In life, unlike chess, the game continues after checkmate. -  Isaac Asimov

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Experience is a brutal teacher. But you learn – my God, do you learn. - C. S. Lewis

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Hope is the worst of evils, for it prolongs the torment of man. - Nietzsche

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Yes, there are monsters, and it’s okay to be afraid of them, but it’s not okay to let them win, and it’s not okay to be one. - (Criminal Minds)

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No man chooses evil because it is evil; he only mistakes it for happiness, the good he seeks. - Mary Shelley

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What really raises one’s indignation against suffering is not suffering intrinsically, but the senselessness of suffering. - Nietzsche

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What happened in the past that was painful has a great deal to do with what we are today. - William Glasser

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It’s hard to fight an enemy who has outposts in your head. - Sally Kempton

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Tomorrow you promise yourself will be different, yet tomorrow is too often a repetition of today. - James T. McCay

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When I let go of what I am I become what I might be. - Lao Tzu

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Confession is always weakness. The grave soul keeps its own secrets and takes its own punishment in silence. - Dorothy Dix

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And yet to every bad, there’s a worse. - Thomas Hardy

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What lies in our power to do, lies in our power not to do. - Aristotle

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The past cannot be cured. - Queen Elizabeth I

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If it is a miracle, any sort of evidence will answer, but if it is a fact, proof is necessary. - Mark Twain

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Nothing inspires forgiveness quite like revenge. - Scott Adams

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All things truly wicked start from an innocence. - Ernest Hemingway

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To die is poignantly bitter, but the idea of having to die without having lived is unbearable. - Erich Fromm

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The timing of death, like the ending of a story, gives a changed meaning to what preceded it. - Mary Catherine Bateson

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Things do not change; we do. - Henry David Thoreau

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Some of us think holding on makes us strong but sometimes it is letting go. - Hermann Hesse

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A gambler with a system must be, to a greater or lesser extent, insane. - George Augustus Sala

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You may be deceived if you trust too much, but you will live in torment if you do not trust enough. - Frank Crane

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Equality may, perhaps, be a right, but no power on Earth can ever turn it into a fact. - Honoré de Balzac

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I’m for truth, no matter who tells it. I’m for justice, no matter who it’s for or against. - Malcom X

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Live so that when your children think of fairness and integrity, they think of you. - H. Jackson Brown Jr.

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For every good reason there is to lie, there is a better reason to tell the truth. - Bo Bennett

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We are each our own devil, and we make this world our own hell. - Oscar Wilde

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Worse than telling a lie is spending your whole life staying true to a lie. - Robert Brault

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To the living we owe respect, but to the dead we owe only the truth. - Voltaire

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One of the deep secrets of life is that all that is really worth doing is what we do for others. - Lewis Carroll

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I became insane with long intervals of horrible sanity. - Edgar Allen Poe

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The greatest good you can do for another is not just to share your own riches, but to reveal to him his own. - Benjamin Disraeli

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You never find yourself, until you face the truth. - Pearl Bailey

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It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men. - Fredrick Douglass

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A great deal of talent is lost to the world for the want of a little courage. - Sydney Smith

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The mystery of human existence lies not in just staying alive but in finding something to live for. - Dostoyevsky

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The world breaks everyone, and afterward, many are stronger at the broken places. - Ernest Hemingway

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I am dead. Only vengeance can restore me. - Terry Goodkind

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For darkness restores what light cannot repair. - Joseph Brodsky

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After all, what is man but a hoard of ghosts? Oaks, that were acorns, that were oaks. - Walter de la Mere

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Fear is pain arising from the anticipation of evil. - Aristotle

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We are all in the gutter, but some of us look at the stars. - Oscar Wilde

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If we open a quarrel between the past and the present, we shall find that we have lost the future. - Winston Churchill

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False face must hide what false heart doth know. - William Shakespeare

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I cherished hope, it is true, but it vanished when my person reflected.  - Mary Shelley

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If we really want to live, we’d better start at once to try. - W. H. Auden

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If you’re going through hell, keep going. - Winston Churchill

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