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Sometimes when one person is missing, the whole world seems depopulated."

"The deepest experience of the creator is feminine, for it is experience of receiving and bearing."
~Rainer Maria Rilke

“We are not the same persons this year as last; nor are those we love. It is a happy chance if we, changing, continue to love a changed person.”  ~Maugham

"I find I always have to write SOMETHING on a steamed mirror."  ~Elaine Dundy

"Where is the justice of political power if it executes the murderer and jails the plunderer, and then itself marches upon neighboring lands, killing thousands and pillaging the very hills?"
-Kahlil Gibran, "The Voice of the Poet"

"He who establishes his argument by noise and command shows that his reason is weak."
-Michel de Montaigne

"To announce that there must be no criticism of the president, or that we are to stand by the president right or wrong, is not only unpatriotic and servile, but is morally treasonable to the American public."
~Theodore Roosevelt

"The concentrating [of powers] in the same hands is precisely the definition of despotic government. It will be no alleviation that these powers will be exercised by a plurality of hands, and not by a single one."
~Thomas Jefferson

"The greatest danger that a long period of peace offers to a nation is that of [creating] effeminate tendencies in young men."
~Maurice Thompson, 1898

"You just can't spend a lifetime on the road, there's something I finally faced.  I finally think I come from someplace."
~Dar Williams, "Road Buddy"

"I have to conclude that fiction is better at 'the truth' than a factual record."
~Doris Lessing

"I know too well what can really be going on when women are silent."
~Joanna Russ, On Strike Against God

"If we weren't so afraid to let go, we wouldn't feel so free when we did."
~Dawson (that's right, from the show)

"They say that the truth will set you free, but then so will a lie.  It depends if you're trying to get to the promised land, or you're just trying to get by."

"I do not feel obliged to believe that the same God who has endowed us with sense, reason, and intellect has intended us to forgo their use."
~Galileo Galilei

"There is never a better measure of what a person is than what [s]he does when [s]he is absolutely free to choose."
~William M. Bulger

"It is my philosophy of life that difficulties vanish when faced boldly."
~Isaac Asimov

"Heretics, not infrequently, are prophets ahead of our clarification curve."
~Pastor Fred Lyon

"...You could safely stretch against your life.  It would grow larger, not break at the seams"
~Deirdre McNamer
"The unexamined life is not worth living."
-Socrates  (I need Socrates to validate me and my habit of over-analyzing :))

"Our individual lives cannot, generally, be works of art unless the social order is also."
~Charles Horton Cooley

"Weakness of attitude becomes weakness of character." ~Albert Einstein

"If you can't get rid of the skeleton in your closet, you best teach it to dance."
~George Bernard Shaw

"As soon as I arrived in the Indies, on the first Island which I found, I took some of the natives by force in order that they might learn and might give me information of whatever there is in these parts."
~Christopher Columbus (Gosh, I'm so glad our country dedicates a whole day to him!!!!)

"I look into their eyes, shake their hand, pat their back, and wish them luck, but I am thinking, 'I am going to bury you.'"
-Seve Ballesteros  (heh heh.  I just like it.)

"With or without religion, good people can behave and bad people can do evil; but for good people to do evil--that takes religion."
~Steven Weinberg

"What you do speaks so loudly that I cannot hear what you say."
~Ralph Waldo Emerson

"Nothing invokes speculation more than the sight of a woman enjoying herself."
~Susan Sarandon, Little Women

"Anyone can escape into sleep, we are all geniuses when we dream, the butcher's the poet's equal there." ~E. M. Cioran

"All limitations are self-imposed."
~Single Gun Theory

"i beg have patience with everything unresolved in your heart and try to love the questions themselves as if they were locked rooms or books written in a very foreign language. don't search for the answers, which couldn't not be given you now, because you would not be able to live them. and the point is, to live everything. live the questions now. perhaps then, someday far in the future, you will gradually, without ever noticing it, live your way into the answer... "
~rainer maria rilke

"Whatever you can do, or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power and magic in it." ~Goethe

"All know the way. Few actually walk it."
~ Bodhidharma

"In the spider-web of facts, many a truth is strangled."
~Paul Eldridge

"Humor distorts nothing, and only false gods are laughed off their earthly pedestals."
~Agnes Repplier

"And when man faces destiny, destiny ends and [wo]man comes into [her] own."
-André Malraux, The Voices of Silence

"It is my opinion that everything must be based on an extrememly simple idea.  And it is my opinion that this idea, once we have finally discovered it, will be so compelling, so beautiful, that we will say to one another, yes, how could it have been any different."
~John Wheeler