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"Lately, I've been thinking we should get a written guarantee that our country will last forever before we buy "Forever" stamps."
"My wallet is like an onion. Whenever I open it, it makes me cry!
"Most of us Hillary voters still have a soft spot for this crazy mixed-up country of ours.
"It's where we first learned to ride a bike and first ran after the ice cream truck. It's where we served as an altar boy in our church and later sued the church for what happened when we were altar boys."
"Next year at this time, someone else will be standing here in this very spot, and it's anyone's guess who she will be."
"I have more kids at a birthday party in my backyard than that. Come on, that's ridiculous."
"Roses are red
Violets are blue
Your candidate sucks
And mine does, too."
"You know what? I'm going to tell you something. You just watched two people get their skulls bashed in...so, if you have a problem with the F word...Fuck you."
"Look, you can be anti-Trump and not pro-Hillary. Just because I hate diarrhea doesn't mean I love constipation."
"He doesn't know the meaning of the word 'fear.' In fact, I just saw his grades, and he doesn't know the meaning of a lot of words."
-Ohio State's Urban Meyer (regarding one of his players)
"My dad is from Iceland, and my mom is from Cuba. I guess I'm an ice cube."
"The only reason I'm fat is because a tiny body couldn't store all this personality."
"I'm 40, but I feel like I'm 20...Until I hang out with some 20 year-olds. Then I'm like, 'No, never mind. I'm 40.'"
"Facial recognition software can pick a person out of a crowd, but the vending machine at work can't recognize a dollar bill with a bent corner."
"Take the Richard Allen chain of schools in Ohio, whose president is one of Jeannette Harris. They were overseen by Kids Count, a non-profit, founded by Jeanette Harris, which oversaw the schools as they spent a million tax dollars on management and consulting firms founded by, wait for it, Jeanette 'Fucking' Harris.
"Now Harris denies a conflict of interest because she claims she wasn't directly involved in decision making, and maybe, maybe the schools just chose Kids Count because it had a proven track record of great oversight. So, let's just check in on one of the other schools they oversaw..."
"A local charter school padded it's attendance records resulting in more than a million dollars in extra money."
"State auditors interviewed students and staff. Their findings showed that on any given day there would only be about 30 students in the building. A fraction of the reported 459 enrolled there."
"Oh, it gets worse because when an auditor looked into it, they found Kids Count had done the legal minimum oversight required, which I would argue suggests a problem with the legal minimum. Because 30 showed up and the school claims they had 450, which doesn't speak well of an oversight group calling itself 'Kids Count!'"
"I declare that anyone who says, 'It is what it is,' shall be hit with 'it' and not be told what 'it' was."
"Her opinions of her opponent's foreign policy are about as valid as a child molester's opinions about babysitting."
"I tell ya, if he needs help deleting computer records, she knows a guy."
"@HillaryClinton If anyone knows how to use a delete key, it's you."
-Reince Priebus (@Reince)
"Have you ever just looked at someone and knew the wheel was turning, but the hamster was dead?"
"I have never seen a tombstone that said, 'Died because I didn't forward a message to ten people.'"
"I've met some pricks in my time, but you, Sir, are a fucking cactus."
"My boss told me to have a good day...so, I went home."
"...I mean it doesn't get any better than that, Gordon. That's what makes this team so lethal; look at that shot. Gord, I say this with respect; if I gave you ten pucks from there, you wouldn't hit that shot once."
"My friend thinks he's smart. He said onions are the only food that make you cry. So, I threw a coconut at his face."
"When I die, I want my last words to be, 'I left a million dollars under the...'"
"Some interesting news was just revealed about TSA technology; at some checkpoints, passengers are selected for screening by one of the TSA folks tapping an iPad like this, which randomly generates an arrow that tells passengers to go in the left lane or the right lane. "Okay, left or right. Well, it was revealed yesterday that this app cost $1.4-million dollars. Yes, and naturally people are upset about that. "So, right now I want to help by offering the TSA an exclusive contract with me to supply a much cheaper, advanced, random binary choice generator; the 'Flip-o-matic 5400.' I have one with me right now. "Okay. TSA, the Flip-o-matic could be yours for the low-low price of just 1.3-million dollars. And remember, the Flip-o-matic comes pre-programmed having two sides, only one of which can be up at a time. This technology is already in use by the NFL. They're highly portable, durable, and there are 50 different designs, one for each state the TSA operates in. And it's not just for random number generation; they are dual use. In addition to randomly computing left or right, you can also use them to scratch off lotto tickets, which you might need given how much money you've blown on that app."
"But now he's been turned on the terrorists; the Belgians–famous for their fries–have also turned a Burger King ad to a defiant french fry finger. As Belgians wield their wit, world leaders promise unity." "We need to stand in soliditary with them..."
"We need to stand together..." "Meanwhile the kid stands alone–only 24-inches tall–but with a message that doesn't miss."
"They say a balanced meal is a beer in both hands."
-Daryl "Razor" Reaugh
"But last night the name on everyone's lips was Bernie Sanders, unless you're Chris Hayes." "You see that play out in different ways, in Trump's, particularly closing message, railing against pharmaceutical companies and the like, and Bernie Sandwiches..." "That's right. That's right, Bernie Sandwiches. A name everyone can get behind, because he's not a member of the old boy's club, he fights the rich guys on behalf of the poboy, someone with a trusting open face, and will surely win Florida by appealing to Cubans, and err, this is a french dip, ah, he is au jus-ish candidate, plus he has a long history of supporting the LG-BLT community, sure, the democratic establishment may have a beef with him now, because he has been ruben them the wrong way, and I know it may sound hoagie, and he doesn't have it all wrapped up yet, but in times like this, his supporters believe we need a gyro."
"Yes, a coin toss in six precincts; the democrats picked the winner last night the same way roommates decide the who has to drive to Taco Bell. "...And Hillary won all six of the coin tosses. With of that kind of coin-flipping prowess, forget the Democrats. The Broncos should draft Hillary for the Super Bowl on Sunday. "...I tell you what I think happened here. Bernie's trash-talking of money and politics so much that now the coins have turned against him."
"Why would you not [run for president]?" "I just don't think I really have the inclination to do it; I love what I am doing, I really like it." "Oh, so it doesn't pay as well?"
-Oprah Winfrey interviewing Donald Trump
"The ISIS Faithful are realizing why they Hate Hogs......Warthogs that is!!!"
"I can't profess to understand God's plan. Christ promised a resurrection of the dead, I just thought he had something a little different in mind."
-Scott Wilson, Hershel Greene, "The Walking Dead"
"Seriously, if Jeb Bush is Mexican, then I am Afro-Asian, okay? I don't understand how that works. Yeah, he was like, 'There was no box for 'Super White.'"
"The deal that we have out there in my view, from what I know of it thus far, is unacceptable. If in fact that it is as bad a deal as I think it is at this moment, we will do everything we can to stop it." "Wait, 'as bad as you think it is,' that is a clear sign that you didn't do the reading. It's like starting a book report, 'Some of us are of mice while others of course of men. There have been many good Gatsbys in history, but only one I would call The Great Gatsby.' "And the thing is, how can you not read this deal before commenting; it's only 159-pages long, and much of that is lists and preamble. The actual meat of the agreement is about 90 pages, making it about half the length of 'The Baby Sitters Club, Number One; Kristy's Great Idea.' And look, I'm not saying the deal is perfect, I'm just saying think of the nuclear agreement with Iran as a calzone; it could contain a lot of things from cheese and marinara sauce to a dead mouse. But the point is that you don't get to complain about what might be inside unless you have fucking looked."
"A computer once beat me at chess, but it was no match for me at kickboxing."
"4:54 p.m. begin autopsy on one white male, age 60, who is arguably having a worse time in Texas than I am...although not by much."
-Gillian Anderson, Dana Scully, "The X-Files"
"Obama said raising the debt limit does not increase debt - you know, like raising the speed limit does not increase speed."
"Ron Reagan, lifelong atheist, not afraid of burning in hell."
"What's the use of being god if every run-down schmuck with a two-dollar prayer book can come along and fuck up your plan?"
"If at first you don't succeed...So much for skydiving."
"The last time Hilary had a meaningful job, she outsourced it to Monica Lewinsky... "And Monica blew it."
"Sweat is fat crying."
"When your vocation is your vacation, you've got a good thing going!"
"Any ass can fart an opinion."
"When I die, I want to die like my grandmother, who died peacefully in her sleep. Not screaming like all the passengers in her car."
"Heaven won't take me, and hell's afraid I'll take over."
"Old aunts used to come up to me at weddings, poke me in the ribs and cackle, telling me, 'You're next.' They stopped after I started doing the same thing to them at funerals."
"I was standing in the park wondering why frisbees got bigger as they get closer. Then it hit me."
"Don't believe everything you see on the Internet."
"Success is having to worry about every damn thing in the world, except money."
"Corporations are people, but they are sociopaths."
"I went to a bookstore and asked the saleswoman, 'Where's the self-help section?' She said if she told me, it would defeat the purpose."
"The main reason Santa is so jolly is because he knows where all the bad girls live."
"There's a lot of things blamed on me that never happened. But then, there's a lot of things that I did that I never got caught at."
"So, the hashtag ThanksMichelleObama is for teenagers with $400 smartphones complaining about their free school lunches?"
"Success is having to worry about every damn thing in the world, except money."
"Corporations are people, but they are sociopaths."
"I went to a bookstore and asked the saleswoman, 'Where's the self-help section?' She said if she told me, it would defeat the purpose."
"The main reason Santa is so jolly is because he knows where all the bad girls live."
"Being on top does not necessarily make you better. Turds can float to the top, too."
"I don't use drugs, my dreams are frightening enough."
"Giving money and power to government is like giving whiskey and car keys to teenage boys."
-P. J. O'Rourke
"Too bad you can't buy a voodoo globe so that you could make the earth spin real fast and freak everybody out."
"Folks, George P. is not alone. 'I'm not qualified to debate the science over climate change.' 'I'm not a scientist.' 'I'm not a scientist.' 'What I have said repeatedly is I'm not a scientist.' "Yes, everyone who denies man-made climate change has the same stirring message–'we don't know what the fuck we're talking about.'"
"White people, you have to understand: We all in this together. As black people, we didn't know what the fuck was gonna appen. All we knew was it was time for some shit to happen; that's all we knew. You have to forgive us in the fact that we voted for a nigga to be a superhero and forgot to ask the nigga, 'could he fly?'"
"Why can't you hear a psychoanalyst use the bathroom? Because the 'p' is silent, and also, the voices in my head won't shut up."
"I mean, Obama said he wouldn't put boots on the ground, alright. But that was a total croc, okay, because now he's flip-flopping, alright, which makes the American people say, 'Ugg!' and 'fuck me.' I've always said that Obama is a loafer, but with his constant golfing, now he just looks like some kind of clown. Because he knows boots on the ground are a slipper-y slope. And the last thing he needs is another wedge issue. He needs to stop converse-ing with our allies, and just do it, cowboy! Otherwise, the country is going to be taking it in the bootie."
"Calling Obama a warrior for the middle class is like calling Lindsay Lohan a spokeswoman for sobriety."
"We're cutting programs left 'n right, talking about cutting pay, and we want to invest in an iron man suit for which the technology isn't ready to make work.
"We need to rethink this legalized weed thing because our military planners appear to be smoking it."
"I wish my evaluation form had a line item for 'tolerating psycho'–in which case I have exceeded expectations."
"I joined the Mars One advisory board because I plan to retire on Mars...but not too soon! I want to help send some healthy settlers on ahead to get the place ready for me."
-Esther Dyson (USA), angel investor and chairman of EDventure Holdings
"That's right, the NSA is spying on Second Life; a game for people who don't have a first one."
"But America is defined by it's resilience; no matter what mistakes we make, we pick ourselves up, we dust ourselves off and come together with the courage to deny that we ever made a mistake."
"Strike one was Davis's mentioning of planned parenthood, which Republicans said was off topic. Strike two came when a colleague offered Davis a back brace. ... And the final strike came when Davis mentioned the state's 2011 sonogram law–again, off topic."
"Wait, what?? This is a debate about abortion restrictions. How are planned parenthood and forced sonograms off topic? That's like saying, 'Talk to me about White Castle, but don't mention diarrhea. Don't you do that. Those are two different things.'
"That joke landed hard with people here."
"Forty years ago, the government put a man on the moon. Now, they can't even build a Web site."
"I'm all in favor of raising standards. If we can help even one kid do better in school, we will help all the kids who copy off that kid."
"'Killing Jesus,' now it's on bookshelves; are you sure it wasn't just bought by hotels to stick next to bibles?"
"I mean the ultimate goal is, complete self-sufficiency, but without a lot of money, you know, the best you can hope to do is to offset your carbon footprint. You know, I care about my carbon footprint, but most people out there are making carbon snow angels! "You know Earth Day was last week?" "I haven't been." "Hilarious. Earth gets one day. All right, the other 364, we're cranking the a/c in our Hummer, and then, one day a year, 'Ooh, we'll separate the plastic.' You know what I think? I think that once we die out a couple hundred years, Earth is going to have a 'People Day.' You know, to remember us. One day a year, she is going to laugh and laugh and shake our bones. "Recycled urine?"
-Steven Kepler, Dollhouse
"I want to know where to get a palm tree like that one. How to offend your neighbors in 3, 2, 1..."
-Len Winduptoy Nelson
"So, thanks to a bespectacled whistleblower, we now know the government has been actively collecting an unprecedented amount of information on that small, select group of us who even make phone calls or use the Internet. I've gotta say, I bet the Amish are feeling pretty fucking smug right now...or they would be feeling that way if they had any idea that this story was happening."
"Physicists are getting closer to finding the so-called 'God-particle,' the elusive Higgs Boson whose existence is clearly theoretical. I read it in today's New York Times, whose continued existence is also purely theoretical."
"A man arrested for shooting at the White House says he was upset over U.S. marijuana laws. Man, if only there was some way to mellow that guy out."
"Know what? I'm beginning to realize that autoerotic asphyxiation isn't really the right metaphor for the sequester. Because Congress did rig it up, and if they had pulled off the compromise, I guess it would've felt amazing for them. But as usual, they did it wrong, and yet somehow we're the ones blacking out while they're all still jerking off."
"Why would you word-war with a legendary word warrior like Woodward?"
"Eriksson [Loui] gave it away; there is Brassard in the corner...out to the line for Erixon, Tim Erixon...E-r-i-x-o-n. Back of the net, it's Oleksiak...I'm not gonna spell it."
"We will survive the day."
-Neil deGrasse Tyson
"Before you accuse Romney of not caring about the unemployed, keep in mind he's been trying to get a new job for a YEAR."
"Folks, I believe this is a great, fiscally responsible answer, but we can do more. I mean we might be cutting arts programs, but one tab of acid, and your kid will be seeing colours you can't find in a Crayola box!"
"Folks, we must require voter ID before anyone can buy a cup of Joe. I am sure 7-11 will be just as rigorous about checking ID for cups as they are for beer and cigarettes."
"Hey, Microsoft, the '90s called and wants their ideas back."
-Mike La Rose
"I suggest they attempt to find intelligent life here on earth before launching this glorified roller skate to mars!"
"Hey Microsoft, the 90s called and wants their ideas back."
-Mike La Rose
"The galaxies won't be annihilated. They will merge. The distance between individual stars is huge–bigger than Donald Trump's ego–so the vast majority of individual solar systems and planets will continue on their merry way unchanged by this cosmic event."
"This weekend, Karl Pilkington, right, he was doing some building work because he was selling his house, okay. And he needed to get with an emergency builder, and he was going, 'I can't find a carpenter, I can't find a carpenter, none of them will come out.' I went, 'Karl, it's Good Friday.' And he went, 'How did Jesus ever get fucking crucified?'"
"Yes, Michigan is proud of their tree height. I mean look at that maple; totally nailed it height-wise. Short enough to put a treehouse in, yet tall enough to hang yourself when you lose your state's primary."
"M.I.A. didn't flip us all off. She just had a middle finger malfunction."
"Who were the beta testers for Preparations A through G?"
"As a friend of mine in Texas says, he will believe that corporations are people when Texas executes one."
"At a time when America is trillions of dollars in debt it is totally irresponsible to be wasting taxpayer money looking for evidence of life elsewhere. We can't even find life in the US Congress, let alone intelligent life!!"
"And some have criticized pepper spraying a pregnant woman, but don't forget the cops were spraying for two. And I don't see why they didn't cuff that tiny protester occupying her womb. Just another lazy-do-nothing mooching off of the system. Free room, free board and free Mozart for the next nine months. Get a job! I say you got time to gestate, you got time to collate."
"I was a farm kid. All the practice that I had shoveling manure helped me prepare for my current position."
"Single-planet species don't last. Ask a dinosaur."
-Dr. Kevin Grazie
"According to the web site of the Powerball lottery, a player's odds of winning the big kahuna are one in 195,249,054. By contrast, the odds of dying from an meteorite striking the earth is one in 700,000. In other words, you're more likely to be killed by a meteor than you are to hit the power-mega-whatever jackpot."
-Martha C. White
"They should've used code name 'Waldo.'"
"It defies logic for a shuttle to go to New York City, a place with no connection to NASA. It's like putting the Statue of Liberty in Omaha."
-Rep. Ted Poe, R-Texas
"I was watching Al Gore on CNN. He was talking and talking and talking, and then...out of boredom my pet polar bear shot himself."
"Oh, and by the way, poetic talent is really easy to fake when thy sentences doth no fucking sense make."
"Saying guns are the problem is like saying spoons are what make people fat."
"Loui Eriksson who also sleeps on a Hästen's bed, I do as well; we thank Hästens for providing this second intermission interview. By the way, we don't sleep on those beds together."
"My opinion is a view I hold until...well, until I find something that changes it."
"Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results."
"No kid likes being told they can't do something. Just try telling Joran van der Sloot he can't make women disappear anymore; it's not gonna happen."
"The Times' Standards Editor, Phil Corbett, has stated that, 'Tweet may fade into oblivion.' Well, that's not very nice. Twitter hasn't banned the word 'newspaper,' and those have already faded into oblivion."
"I'm terrified this is what young people are going to think adults are supposed to be like. It makes me feel like I actually am a good influence on kids."
"Tonight, in conjunction with the Baton Rouge Area Foundation, I am proud to announce that we will use that hundred-grand to set up the Colbert Nation Gulf of America Fund. I don't think we can call it the Gulf of Mexico anymore...we broke it; we bought it."
"Sports psychology has a long history, folks. In 1938, Coleman Griffith became the first psychologist hired by a professional sports team when he went to work for the Chicago Cubs who hadn't won a World Series in thirty years. Through weeks of careful observation and behavioural modifications, Griffith was able to turn that number into one-hundred-and-two."
"If you're over the age of 18 and you twitter you A) still live at home and have no motivation to move anytime soon B) are a pedophile looking for some young booty C) have severe social anxiety disorder D) are retarded."
"I got a text from my girlfriend from the year 2016. Apparently in the future I still haven't cleaned out the hallway closet."
"Get hit by a hundred-mile-an-hour slap shot there and not even wince...get tapped by a stick and go down like somebody just cut your belly open."
"I am at a place where I am wandering across these empty hills devoid of trails. I've seen nothing that looks like a Mayan monument. I feel like I'm...I'm Sancho Panza trailing behind this wide-eyed archaeologist Donkey Xote who is chasing his impossible dream, and I don't know if we are going to find a windmill or a Mayan monument."
-Jeff Salz, Apocalypse Island
"The only thing that's impossible is trying to dribble a football."
"When one of the pilots tried to use the bathroom before a bomb-sniffing dog had finished checking all the carry-on bags, an officer ordered him to sit down, according to passenger Alain Ghonda, who thought it odd. 'He was the pilot. If he wanted to do anything, he could've crashed the plane.' It was a metaphor for the rest of the country: Thank you for saving the day."
"Everyone in the world is born right-handed. Only the best overcome it."
"Sure, God made man before woman, but you always make a rough draft before your final masterpiece."
"Just because you're not paranoid doesn't mean they're not after you."
"A lot of fellows nowadays have a B.A., M.D. or Ph.D. Unfortunately they don't have a J.O.B."
"The surest sign that intelligent life exists elsewhere in the universe is that it has never tried to contact us."
"A psychiatrist asks a lot of expensive questions your wife asks for nothing."
"I don't make jokes. I just watch the government and report the facts."
"Why does Sea World have a seafood restaurant? I'm halfway through my fishburger and I realize, 'Oh my God...I could be eating a slow learner.'"
"Did you ever notice when you blow in a dog's face he gets mad at you? But when you take him in a car he sticks his head out the window."
"Have you ever noticed? Anybody going slower than you is an idiot, and anyone going faster than you is a maniac."
"You have to stay in shape. My grandmother, she started walking five miles a day when she was 60. She's 97 today and we don't know where the hell she is."
"I'm not into working out. My philosophy: No pain, no pain."
"The reason most people play golf is to wear clothes they would not be caught dead in otherwise."
"I'm desperately trying to figure out why kamikaze pilots wore helmets."
"Anytime four New Yorkers get into a cab together without arguing, a bank robbery has just taken place."
"It's not hard to tell we was poor when you saw the toilet paper dryin' on the clothesline."
"I voted for the Democrats because I didn't like the way the Republicans were running the country. Which is turning out to be like shooting yourself in the head to stop your headache."
"I have six locks on my door all in a row. When I go out, I lock every other one. I figure no matter how long somebody stands there picking the locks, they are always locking three."
"Ever wonder if illiterate people get the full effect of alphabet soup?"
"I had a linguistics professor who said that it's man's ability to use language that makes him the dominant species on the planet. That may be. But I think there's one other thing that separates us from animals. We aren't afraid of vacuum cleaners."
"The statistics on sanity are that one out of every four Americans is suffering from some form of mental illness. Think of your three best friends. If they are okay, then it's you."
-Rita Mae Brown
"Now they show you how detergents take out bloodstains, a pretty violent image there. I think if you've got a T-shirt with a bloodstain all over it, maybe laundry isn't your biggest problem. Maybe you should get rid of the body before you do the wash."
"I ask people why they have deer heads on their walls. They always say because it's such a beautiful animal. There you go. I think my mother is attractive, but I have photographs of her."
"A lady came up to me on the street and pointed at my suede jacket. 'You know a cow was murdered for that jacket?' she sneered. I replied in a psychotic tone, 'I didn't know there were any witnesses. Now I'll have to kill you too.'"
"I always wanted to be somebody, but I should have been more specific."
"The number of people staring in shocked disbelief at you is always directly proportionate to the stupidity of your act."
-Daryl "Razor" Reaugh
"Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak up and remove all doubt."
"If you think you're too small to make a difference, you haven't been in bed with a mosquito."
"Anyone can make a mistake. A fool insists on repeating it."
"True that the thinker thinks, and the prover proves; however, the prover must think about what he is going to prove beforehand. If not, then we would have a bunch of 'Al Gores' proving who knows what."
"Trying to determine what is going on in the world by reading newspapers is like trying to tell the time by watching the second hand of a clock."
"The difference between genius and stupidity is that genius has its limits."
"If all the world's a stage, I want to operate the trap door."
"The best cure for insomnia is a Monday morning."
"For fast-acting relief, try slowing down."
"Chess is the most elaborate waste of human intelligence outside of an advertising agency."
"First, the doctor told me the good news: I was going to have a disease named after me."
"I'm always amazed to hear of air crash victims so badly mutilated that they have to be identified by their dental records. What I can't understand is, if they don't know who you are, how do they know who your dentist is?"
"Whoever said money can't buy happiness simply didn't know where to go shopping."
"I can't understand why I flunked American history. When I was a kid there was so little of it."
"I created the Internet."
"I was thrown out of college for cheating on the metaphysics exam; I looked into the soul of the boy next to me."
"What's another word for thesaurus?"
"I never forget a face, but in your case I'll be glad to make an exception."
"Build a man a fire, and he'll be warm for a day. Set a man on fire, and he'll be warm for the rest of his life."
"If you're going to do something tonight that you will be sorry for tomorrow morning, sleep late."
"Everything that can be invented has been invented."
"There is no reason anyone would want a computer in their home."
"I am not a vegetarian because I love animals; I am a vegetarian because I hate plants."
-A. Whitney Brown
"'Always' and 'never" are two words you should always remember never to use."
"Downtown there are only two types of pedestrians...the quick and the dead."
"Do not meddle in the affairs of dragons because, to them, you are crunchy and taste good with ketchup."
"It is never too late to be what you might have been."
"The death of my husband shook me awake and made me realize I needed to make lots of changes.
"The 365 days of selfies was one of the first things I did, it started during my mourning period...
"...I looked so lost and broken."
"Peace cannot be kept by force; it can only be achieved by understanding."
The happiest people don't have the best of everything, they make the best of everything."
"Give yourself enough respect to walk away from anyone who doesn't see your worth."
"The secret of change is to focus all of your energy, not on fighting the old but on building the new."
"Being inspired, encouraged, brave, bold and active into the progress of your own future—and everyone’s future—depends on you. That's in your circle of influence and I won't be uninspired by this. I'm not going to say 'If I lose, the whole thing has been a waste of time.' That's stupid, in my opinion.
"I say, that no matter what—because we're all going to lose no matter what—it is the journey that counts and how we collaborate with each other to each other's mutual benefit that counts. In the course of this, I was so excited about a woman being president, I went and looked at that movie 'Norma Rae' again. It's about a woman who finds her power. You know the music that comes at the beginning and the end of that movie, I'm going to sing a little snippet of it: 'It goes and it goes how the river flows / And time it rolls right on / And maybe what's good gets a little bit better / And maybe what's bad gets gone.' I like that."
"I am not a hero, I am only an ordinary Iraqi who wants to defeat his country from criminals and killers."
"I like that everybody hates him. All the career politicans hate him. He's going to shake things up. I voted for Obama twice, and look where we're at. It's scary."
"I would like to be a doctor when I grow up. With all my experiences and the doctors who helped me and saved my life, I can't think of a better way to repay them than helping other people and possibly saving another person's life."
"We are all faced with a series of great opportunities brilliantly disguised as impossible situations."
-Charles R. Swindoll
"In order to be irreplaceable, one must always be different."
"The present is theirs; the future, for which I have really worked, is mine."
"If you're ever having a bad day, just remember that in 1976 Ronald Wayne sold his 10% stake in Apple for $2,300. It's now worth $70,000,000,000."
"You've surived 100% of everything in your life so far, so thre's a pretty good chance that you'll survive whatever is next!"
"The reality is that violence towards LGBT people is...this is a common thing. You know, hate crimes toward LGTB people–extremely anti-gay, anti-bi, anti-trans rhetoric is constantly creating a poisonous environment, which leads towards people hating themselves, it leads to people being violent towards one another, towards bullying and abuse, and it really needs to stop. People are really, really struggling, and they deserve to live freely and love freely and not be afraid."
"Supreme excellence consists in breaking the enemy's resistance without fighting."
"It's like the one friend he has in the world. I mean, I heard a phrase once; somebody was talking about their wife. This was a person who was very
inept, socially, not the wife but the man. There were many things said about him that weren't kind, and he said, 'My wife was lovely and social and everything like that as my human credential.' Like makes him a human being because people think if she can stand him, he must have some humanity within him, and I think sometimes Scully is Mulder's credential. It's the only thing that makes him not crazy in many ways."
"Being transgender is not a disease but a human variation—more like being left-handed than schizophrenic."
"But luck is only part of my success; it takes courage, determination, honesty and integrity to pursue your dreams.
"As for words of advice: Look back to the past, and use it to draw lessons and strength, but do not let it determine your future."
"Men do not quit playing because they grow old; they grow old because they quit playing."
-Oliver Wendell Holmes
"You need a target — however big or small — and to build your health and fitness towards it...If there was no goal, I'm sure I would still be bedridden or in a wheelchair after I broke my pelvis. But I had that goal to climb Mount Everest. I got fit, and I got to the top."
"The power of love—it really is so powerful. From love, you can have faith; you can have hope; you can have peace."
"Love is a superpower. It makes the bad guys good."
"Look at my blood. It's not different from anyone's blood. We're humans at the end of the day. It doesn't matter what we believe in and what our name is; that's what we are at the end of the day."
"#GaysBreakTheInternet I won't live in fear bc of some stupid homophobic people.I'm proud of who I am &always will be"
-Emeli Avaloz (@FrickenEmeliCx)
"Regardless of your sexuality, religion, ethnicity... a human with a beating heart does not deserve to die for being who they are. Just because I do not share the same beliefs as the person beside me doesn't mean I love them any less.
"These people went to a place where they knew they could live, full of freedom, laughter, love and happiness... and their innocent and beautiful lives were taken. Love is love and hate can take us down... but love will bring us back up again!! This tragedy broke my heart and my thoughts and prayers are with Orlando during this time. The world needs to change."
-Bailey Burk (@baileyburk14)
"Look at my blood. It's not different from anyone's blood. We're humans at the end of the day. It doesn't matter what we believe in and what our name is that's what we are at the end of the day."
"You may be disappointed if you fail, but you are doomed if you do not try."
"This is our fucking city, and nobody's gonna dictate our freedom."
"Oh, no. No, no, no, young man, no. I am not a hero. No. I did what I had to do, because it was the right thing to do. That is all. But even an ordinary secretary or a housewife or a teenager can, within their own small ways, turn on a small light in a dark room. Yeah? "I have read your letters, and your teacher has been telling me many things about your experiences. You are the heroes; you are heroes every day. Your faces are engraved on my heart."
"You know, I've been through a lot personally, and there are families who have gone through a lot more than what I've gone through with heart problems. And I've reached out to families in Minnesota and Ontario who have lost their sons or daughters to heart incidents while playing hockey, and you know if there is a positive I want to take out of this, it's that you know I'm here, and I'm a positive story, and I can be a father, I can be a husband. I want to move forward in my life, I don't like to look back, but if we can take a positive out of it and what we've done is that we've tried to start a charity in Dallas where we are going to start a heart awareness center on March 12. We've teamed up with the American Heart Association hoping we can bring awareness to you know heart problems and finding ways to prevent these things; if it's screening or if it's a defibulator, instructions, just things that we could do to help going forward. You know if we can get this going maybe we can get the whole League to jump on our backs and do this. I think that'd be great for us and the team and the American Heart Association."
"It was a scary decision to make as no one in my sport, no one in action sports and very few men in sport in general had come out before me. "So I didn't know if people were going to receive it positively or if I was going to kind of be pushed aside because of it. "I'm allowed to feel comfortable now, and I feel as if I've given myself room to just be me. "I don't have to worry about this other aspect of my life and can just let my skiing speak for itself."
"Very few burdens are heavy if everyone lifts."
"We grieve and mourn the loss, but this is for those still here. We need to show those still here before they end up in the news, before they become hashtags and memes ... Trans youth need to know that their lives matter while they're still living them."
"So, I don't want to hear about what we're all concerned about, terrorism now and things that are going on. This is the legacy. You guys. What message does it send to our first responders if once we're done as a nation with them helping us, that we forget about them? That's unacceptable to me."
"People ask me what I've lost, but I don't feel that I've lost anything. I have my son and daughter the way they should be.�
"I want them to know that they aren't alone. The more we talk and the more we share, the less frightening and taboo having a trans child becomes. Education and support are key. We need to stop being so invisible so that others can be less afraid."
"When I discover who I am, I'll be free."
-Ralph Ellison, "Invisible Man"
"Niemand ist mehr Sklave, als der sich für frei hält, ohne es zu sein."
"None are more hopelessly enslaved than those who falsely believe they are free."
-Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
"Liberty has never come from the government. Liberty has always come from the subjects of it. The history of liberty is a history of resistance."
"If we train our minds to be in constant gratitude and appreciation, good comes into our lives. Miracles seem to happen, and happiness becomes a daily part of life."
-Dr. Wendy Nickerson
"I am so looking forward to that day when we finally know there is life outside the Earth. And I do not care whether it is a tiny bacteria or whether it's a civilization we can talk to. For the first time we will know that we're not alone, and that's going to change everything."
"Realizing now how comfortable I am in my own skin, or how I am getting more comfortable as I transition, I've kind of had the mind-set of maybe risking my career so that other people can have a chance–maybe that's what I'm supposed to do."
-First Sergeant Ochoa
"The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen, heard or even touched. They must be felt with the heart."
"When we walk to the edge of all the light we have and take the step into the darkness of the unknown, we must believe that one of two things will happen. There will be something solid for us to stand on, or we will be taught to fly."
"At the end of life, what really matters is not what we bought but what we built; not what we got but what we shared; not our competence but our character; and not our success but our significance. Live a life that matters. Live a life of love."
"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."
"Although the world is full of suffering, it is also full of overcoming it."
"You must make a decision that you are going to move on. It won't happen automatically. You will have to rise up and say, 'I don't care how hard this is, I don't care how disappointed I am; I'm not going to let this get the best of me. I'm moving on with my life.'"
"There are some people out there who put you down in life, mock your dreams and challenge your personality; they look like winners. But in actual fact, they are only voicing out thieir insecurities and jealousy. Do not let them pull you down. Believe and accept yourself, and hold on to what you believe in."
"If you could do tomorrow over again, would you?"
"The person who says something is impossible should not interrupt the person who is doing it."
"The best teachers are those wo show us where to look, but don't tell you what to see."
"Stop being afraid of what could go wrong and start being positive about what could go right."
"Life is fragile. We're not guaranteed a tomorrow, so give it everything you've got."
"You must be the change that your wish to see in the world."
"The battles that count aren't the ones for gold medals. The struggles within yourself–the invisible battles inside all of us–that's where it's at."
"Pain is temporary. It may last a minute, or an hour, or a day, or a year, but eventually it will subside and something else will take its place. If I quit, however, it lasts forever."
"Find out who you are and be that person. That's what your soul was put on this Earth to be. Find that truth, live that truth and everything else will come."
"Never tell me the sky's the limit when there are footprints on the moon."
"If you have made mistakes...there's always a chance for you...You may have a fresh start any moment you choose, for this thing we call 'failure' is not falling down but staying down."
"The greatness comes not when things go always good for you. But the greatness comes when you're really tested, when you take some knocks, some disappointments, when sadness comes. Because only if you've been in the deepest valley can you ever know how magnificent it is to be on the highest mountain."
"When I was five years old, my mother always told me that happines 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."
"We all make mistakes, have struggles and even regret things in our past. But you are not your mistakes, you are not your struggles, and you are here NOW with the power to shape your day and your future.
"Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life."
"Everything has beauty, but not everyone sees it."
"To be a champion, I think you have to see the big picture. It's not about winning and losing; it's about every day hard work and about thriving on a challenge. It's about embracing the pain that you'll experience at the end of a race and not being afraid. I think people think too hard and get afraid of a certain challenge."
"I have had dreams, and I have had nightmares; but I have conquered my nightmares because of my dreams."
"You build on failure. You use it as a stepping stone. Close the door on the past. You don't try to forget the mistakes, but you don't dwell on it. You don't let it have any of your energy or any of your time or any of your space."
"Much of your pain is the bitter potion by which the physician within you heals your sick self."
"No person has the right to rain on your dreams."
-Marian Wright Edelman
"Yesterday is not ours to recover, but tomorrow is ours to win or lose."
-Lyndon B. Johnson
"The way positive reinforcement is carried out is more important than the amount."
-B. F. Skinner
"Dream small dreams. If you make them too big, you get overwhelmed, and you don't do anything. If you make small goals and accomplish them, it gives you the confidence to go on to higher goals."
-John H. Johnson
"Correction does much, but encouragement does more."
-Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
"Delete the negative; accentuate the positive!"
"Perpetual optimism is a force multiplier."
"The joy of life comes from our encounter with new experiences, and hence there is no greater joy than to have an endlessly changing horizon, for each day to have a new and different sun."
"There are powers inside of you which, if you could discover and use, would make of you everything you ever dreamed or imagined you could become."
-Orison Swett Marden
"It's not the situation, but whether we react negative or respond positive to the situation that is important."
"Do not spoil what you have by desiring what you have not; but remember that what you now have was once among the things you only hoped for."
"Dream and give yourself permission to envision a You that you choose to be."
"Consult not your fears but your hopes and your dreams. Think not about your frustrations but about all your unfulfilled potential. Concern yourself not with what you tried and failed in but with what it is still possible for you to do."
-Pope John XXII
"Your time is limited, so don't waste it living someone else's life. Don't be trapped by dogma–which is living with the results of other people's thinking. Don't let the noise of others' opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition."
"Trust your own instincts, go inside, follow your heart. Right from the start. go ahead and stand up for what you believe in. As I've learned, that's the path to happiness."
-Lesley Ann Warren
"No matter what happens, or how bad it seems today, life does go on, and it will be better tomorrow."
"The more I want to get something done, the less I call it work."
"Even if you fall on your face, you're still moving foward."
"Believe and act as if it were impossible to fail."
"The first step toward success is taken when you refuse to be a captive of the environment which you find yourself in."
"It's hard to wait around for something you know might never happen; but it's even harder to give up when you know it's everything you want."
"The probability that we may fail in the struggle ought not to deter us from the support of a cause we believe to be just."
"Just because one cannot see, doesn't mean he has no vision. And just because one cannot walk, doesn't mean he can't go the distance."
-Steveland Morris, aka Stevie Wonder
"Normally, to break a Navy SEAL, you have to kill us. That's why we make it into our training, that's why we make ourselves SEALS because the only way to break us is to kill us. "...I was in bad shape. I was dying. I didn't know what to do. And I was laying in this tree, looking at the moon, feeling sorry for myself. My brother's a Navy SEAL, too, my twin brother, and I was thinking about him and my teammates, and all the training that I had been through. I laid there and I was like, 'You're being a bitch. Get up, let's go.' That's exactly what I said. What was I going to do, lay down there and die? I wasn't going to do that. I definitely wasn't going to feel sorry for myself. And I kept thinking, 'Okay, I'm alive, man. I'm alive. They fought and died, I'm still alive, so the mission's still on. Let's go.' "So I reached out and I grabbed a rock. And I reached out as far as I could and I drew a line in the dirt in front of me. I was like, 'I'm going to crawl to that till my feet hit it. If I'm still alive, I'm going to do it again.' And that's what I did. I'd draw a line and crawl 'til my feet hit it. I'd fall down a hill, I'd crawl up another hill, and I'd draw another line. And I did that for seven miles. "Somebody was like, 'Well, why didn't you quit?' That's not an option. That's what I am... Basically, I'm not going to stop, ever, period, until you take everything away from me, you strip it all away. That's how we're trained. From the day you go into training, they take away everything that you are and that you ever were, and they mold you back up to what they want you to be."
-Marcus Luttrell, U.S. Navy SEAL
"Think about winning the day ... If you are worried about the mountain in the distance, you might trip over the molehill right in front of you."
"Your value doesn't decrease based on someone's inability to see your worth."
"All great things are simple, and many can be expressed in single words: Freedom; Justice; Honour; Duty; Mercy; Hope."
"In order to succeed, your desire for success should be greater than your fear of failure."
"I'm not going into hiding. I know I'm fortunate enough to live in a country where law and order prevail and people can't take matters into their own hands, and affords me the freedom to speak. And I want to use that privilege to defend what we have in Australia and to keep it."
-Dr. Jamal Rifi
"Don't let your limitations overshadow your talents"
"A compass, I learnt when I was surveying, it'll point you True North from where you are standing, but it's got no advice about the swamps and deserts and chasms you'll encounter along the way. If in pursuit of your destination you plunge ahead, heedless of obstacles, and achieve nothing more than to sink in a swamp, what's the use of knowing True North?"
"Look again at that dot. That's here; that's home; that's us. On it everyone you love, everyone you know, everyone you ever heard of, every human being who ever was, lived out their lives. The aggregate of our joy and suffering, thousands of confident religions, ideologies, and economic doctrines, every hunter and forager, every hero and coward, every creator and destroyer of civilization, every king and peasant, every young couple in love, every mother and father, hopeful child, inventor and explorer, every teacher of morals, every corrupt politician, every 'superstar,' every 'supreme leader,' every saint and sinner in the history of our species lived there–on a mote of dust suspended in a sunbeam.
"The Earth is a very small stage in a vast cosmic arena. Think of the endless cruelties visited by the inhabitants of one corner of this pixel on the scarcely distinguishable inhabitants of some other corner, how frequent their misunderstandings, how eager they are to kill one another, how fervent their hatreds.
"Think of the rivers of blood spilled by all those generals and emperors so that, in glory and triumph, they could become the momentary masters of a fraction of a dot.
"Our posturings, our imagined self-importance, the delusion that we have some privileged position in the Universe, are challenged by this point of pale light. Our planet is a lonely speck in the great enveloping cosmic dark. In our obscurity, in all this vastness, there is no hint that help will come from elsewhere to save us from ourselves.
"The Earth is the only world known so far to harbor life. There is nowhere else, at least in the near future, to which our species could migrate. Visit, yes. Settle, not yet. Like it or not, for the moment the Earth is where we make our stand.
"It has been said that astronomy is a humbling and character-building experience. There is perhaps no better demonstration of the folly of human conceits than this distant image of our tiny world. To me, it underscores our responsibility to deal more kindly with one another, and to preserve and cherish the pale blue dot, the only home we've ever known."
"Every flower must grow through dirt."
"Do not underestimate yourself by comparing yourself with others.
"It's our differences that make us unique and define just how special we are."
"To err is human. To blame it on somebody else shows management potential."
"Don't sacrifice your peace trying to point out someone's true colours. Lack of character always reveals itself in the end."
"I am happy to support the Mars One effort. Mars is the first test of how humans will expand beyond the Earth."
-Christopher P. McKay, PhD (USA), Planetary Scientist with the Space Science Division of NASA Ames
"To be part of this Advisory Team for Mars One is both an honour and a challenge. I think this is an exciting and cutting-edge project that will impact our society and the way we view the world. History has been made when the impossible is made possible and where the struggle is the impetus to change."
-Prof. Raye Kass, PhD (Canada), Professor of Applied Human Sciences at Concordia University, Montreal
"...Man, if we could go somewhere near the equator of Mars on a summer Mars day and look at some slushy, super-salty ice and find molybdenum dioxide-enabled Martian microbes, it would change the world. And there's one way to make sure you never find them; that's to not go looking. It's so inexpensive, everybody. I'm telling you, this is a worthy pursuit."
-Bill Nye the Science Guy
"Make the most of yourself, for that is all there is of you."
-Ralph Waldo Emerson
"Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don't matter, and those who matter don't mind."
-Bernard M. Baruch
"It is foolish and wrong to mourn the men who died. Rather, we should thank God that such men lived."
-General George S. Patton, Jr.
"Determination not to change our lifestyle, not to give in to the intimidation that is at the heart of all terrorist acts. Terrorism is about creating fear and making you change the way you live, and we will not do that; I refuse to do it.
"The day after the Seven/Seven bombings, Piers, I rode the tube. And today I walked throughout the back bay up and down–obviously Boylston Street, that section was sealed off–but there are people doing the same thing. There was one guy playing a lovely alto sax who was walking up and down Newbridge Street, playing "Over the Rainbow" and some great jazz standards. And that was sort of the attitude, the best way I could give it; Boston, we gave the middle finger to those guys whoever they are. We're not gonna change, we refuse to change."
"You know, we take only three things seriously here, and that's: sports; politics; and revenge. I think it's gonna take a lot more than what was done yesterday to knock a town like Boston out.
"I really sensed that across the city today because people were angry, and people were absolutely determined–you know I was in Omagh in Northern Ireland in 1998 three hours after that bomb went off, and I was in London within eight hours after the Seven/Seven bombings, and what I experienced in Omagh and London after those atrocities I experienced today in my home town; and it was a deep sadness followed by a resoluteness that these people will not get to us. We will not let them win, and I will predict, Piers, next year, we will have the biggest Boston marathon ever. They'll have to turn people away because people will come from all over the world as they always do, but they will come even in greater numbers next year because we need to show whoever did this, they did not win one thing."
"You watch the videos of the carnage and there are people running TOWARDS the destruction to help out...This is a giant planet and we're lucky to live on it but there are prices and penalties incurred for the daily miracle of existence. One of them is, every once in awhile, the wiring of a tiny sliver of the species gets snarled and they're pointed towards darkness.
"But the vast majority stands against that darkness and, like white blood cells attacking a virus, they dilute and weaken and eventually wash away the evil doers and, more importantly, the damage they wreak. This is beyond religion or creed or nation. We would not be here if humanity were inherently evil. We'd have eaten ourselves alive long ago.
"So when you spot violence, or bigotry, or intolerance or fear or just garden-variety misogyny, hatred or ignorance, just look it in the eye and think, 'The good outnumber you, and we always will.'"
"Yesterday morning, I sat and read the news with a cup of coffee in hand. The headline read: 'Lance Armstrong's tarnished legacy.' Tarnished? His records may be tarnished, his racing image may be tarnished, and his trophies may now be tarnished. But his legacy? Never. His legacy lives on in the cancer survivors, and their families, whose lives were saved because of the Livestrong Foundation. And it lives on in people like me who get up and run – no matter what. We will all 'Livestrong' forever, together, bonded by a simple yellow band and a common mentality."
"What happened, it's part of me, part of my life and it's all the time in my mind and with me. But I have to live, and I have to love."
"Sometimes you value least the people who love you most...until you remember that without them, your life is worth nothing."
"There is a flickering spark in each of us, which if struck at just the right age, will light up ther rest of our lives."
"Some may try and tell us that this is the end of an era. But what they overlook is that in America every day is a new beginning, and every sunset is merely the latest milestone on a voyage that never ends."
"Having him is like having a battle buddy with you, somebody who is going to watch your back–knowing if you don't see it, he will."
-David Angel Leos
"This is our future. What you're doing here to help train those folks is absolutely superb, and you should be proud."
-Gen. Keith Alexander
"When one door of happiness closes, another opens; but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one which has been opened for us."
"A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty."
"The best way to find out if you can trust somebody is to trust them."
"When a veteran trains their own service dog, there are immediate benefits right off the bat. They have a mission and a purpose again. It gives them something to focus on and to complete. It gives them a sense of security and safety. ... They know they're not alone. They've always got their buddy at the end of the leash."
"All you nay-sayers are astounding me.
"You're all the same type of person who called Columbus an idiot because he was going to sail off the edge of the flat earth."
"What is captured on the pages can be printed again. If they burn 1,000, we can print 10,000. What's the big deal? A NATO soldier killing innocent people is far more painful than the burning of a Quran. I would rather they burn 100 Qurans than to hurt one woman or man or child."
-Sheikh Ibrahim Mogra
"Always remember you're unique, just like everyone else."
"Statistics show that about every Taliban a sniper takes down saves about three Marines' lives. So, that's really–at the end of the day–that's what our job is all about, it's saving Marines' lives. And it's something I take very seriously."
-Sgt Shane Gibney
"Do you not get the joke? I'm making fun of people who take the bracelets too literally; they're not magical. They are a reminder to be a better person, to live a better life. And if you need a rubber band around your wrist to be that, here's an idea: take it off and snap yourself in the eye, and see if that wakes you."
"If the situation were to arise, and it was my turn to give my life so that other people might live, I'm prepared to do so. My life was saved, and I'm prepared to give back."
-Rick Bryan, World Trade Center survivor (89th floor, north tower)
"I can hear you. The rest of the world hears you. And the people who knocked these buildings down will hear from all of us soon."
-George W. Bush
"It has finally rumored that the United States has an active campaign of launching drone missiles uhh, in the tribal areas-that this is something, which has never been acknowledged by the CIA or the U.S. government. But it is a clear fact there are a significant number of individuals associated with Al Qaeda who have disappeared in a puff of smoke."
"The resolve of our great nation is being tested. Make no mistake, we will show the world we will pass this test."
-George W. Bush
"Hope is the thing with feathers, that perches in the soul, and sings the tune without words, and never stops at all."
"I cannot envision all of humanity remaining on this planet. Humanity's destination is in space."
-Dr. Franklin Chang-Diaz
"Arrow goes forward only after pulling it backward. Bullet goes forward only after pressing the trigger backward. Every human being will get happy only after facing the difficulties in their life path...So be not afraid to face your difficulties. They will push you forward."
"I am sure somebody out there in our country's saying, 'My life is miserable. Why me?' – and I hope they take a look at one of these vets and say, 'Hey, that person can do it; I can overcome my difficulty.'"
-George W. Bush
"That's the difference between people like me and heroes who stop and say, 'Is there anybody I can help get out?' I don't know. You know, heroism is someone maybe who is so afraid, who's so frightened that gets fed up and says, 'Dammit, I'm not going to let this happen not only to me but to somebody else.'"
-Louis Lesce, World Trade Center survivor (north tower, 86th floor)
"It just goes to show the disconnect between those we elect to represent us and those that get out there and do the work because I am here to say that you won't find a single New York City firefighter who considers it a sign of disrespect to work in a New York City firehouse on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day."
-Kenny Speck, FDNY
"If we give someone more freedom and more opportunities to use their imagination, then they will deliver beyond your wildest dreams. But they have got to have the opportunity to explore, the opportunity to face fear because it's through all of those things that we learn what's the next level."
"It is easy to give up when something seems impossible, but trying your best to overcome something is rewarding. Challenging the impossible is something only humans can do, and it is something we should do."
-Tatsuya Okabe, Ph.D.
"People always say to me, 'Where do you draw the line?' I say, 'Well, there is no line – it's whatever is inside of you.'"
"Ideas are like stars; you will not succeed in touching them with your hands. But like the seafaring man on the desert of waters, you choose them as your guides, and following them you will reach your destiny."
"My strength lies solely in my tenacity."
"We need to tackle the challenge of connecting 93 million Americans to our broadband future. In the 21st century, a digital divide is an opportunity divide. To bolster American competitiveness abroad and create the jobs of the future here at home, we need to make sure that all Americans have the skills and means to fully participate in the digital economy."
-Julius Genachowski, FCC Chairman
"I also feel like when I am getting a massage that's when they're going to find 'the lump.' Like do you know how I feel like somebody will be manipulating and say, 'Hey, did you know...?' 'Nope!' Because if you don't know, you don't know. If you don't do any self-examinations or see a doctor ever, you'll live forever. That's how you do it. The diagnosis is what gets you. You just have a 'don't ask, don't tell' policy with any and all bodily functions."
"But terrorism is waged by individuals. We saw these young, peasant boys who had little education and no prospects in their country; they are the ones who enlist for the Jihad. So we have political and ideological forces on one hand and the simple despair of young men on the other. The two have combined to create a deadly mix. The only way this movie will end well is if we tackle both sides of this problem, and we need to get the military-informed policy right. But we also need to change the sense of hopelessness and the culture of hate that exists in these societies. We need to help these young men you just watched embrace life rather than death."
-Fareed Zakaria, Terror in Mumbai
"The chief enemy of creativity is good taste."
"Always play the melody, man. Look at them, see their age group, play their love songs, and you'll carry all the money to the bank."
"What lies behind us and what lies before us is nothing compared to what lies within us."
"In each of us there burns a flame of independence that must never be allowed to go out. That as long as it exists within us cannot be destroyed."
"Everything looks impossible for the people who never try anything."
"Knowledge becomes wisdom only after it has been put to practical use."
"Mistakes are a fact of life. It is the response to error that counts."
"The only way to kill time is to work it to death."
"He who asks a question may be a fool for five minutes, but he who never asks a question remains a fool forever."
-Tom J. Connelly
"I never make stupid mistakes. Only very, very clever ones."
"There are two ways of spreading light: to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it."
"Experience is that marvelous thing that enables you to recognize a mistake when you make it again."
-Franklin P. Jones
"Failure is not falling down but refusing to get up."
"We aim above the mark to hit the mark."
-Ralph Waldo Emerson
"Every day I get up and look through the Forbes list of the richest people in America. If I'm not there, I go to work."
"Do, or do not;–there is no 'try.'"
"If opportunity doesn't knock, build a door."
"In youth we learn; in age we understand."
"Problems cannot be solved on the same level of awareness which created them."
"Our greatest glory is not in never failing, but in rising up every time we fail."
-Ralph Waldo Emerson
"The illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn and relearn."
"Fallacies do not cease to be fallacies because they become fashions."
-G. K. Chesterton
"Experience is what you got by not having it when you need it."
"In nature there are neither rewards nor punishments; there are consequences."
"There are a lot of ways to become a failure, but never taking a chance is the most successful."
"You may delay, but time will not."
"Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep."
"If you can't make a mistake, you can't make anything."
"You can't control the wind, but you can adjust your sails."
"Facts do not cease to exist because they are ignored."
"You'll always miss 100% of the shots you don't take."
"Many ideas grow better when transplanted into another mind than in the one where they sprang up."
-Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.
"If you think it's expensive to hire a professional to do the job, wait until you hire an amateur."
"Trust your hunches. They're usually based on facts filed away just below the conscious level."
-Dr. Joyce Brothers
"The most important thing in communication is to hear what isn't being said."
-Peter F. Drucker
"The difference between the impossible and the possible lies in a person's determination."
"The greatest gifts you can give your children are roots of responsibility and wings of independence."
"Always listen to experts. They'll tell you what can't be done and why. Then do it."
-Robert A. Heinlein
"What counts is not necessarily the size of the dog in the fight – it's the size of the fight in the dog."
-Dwight D. Eisenhower
"Discoveries are often made by not following instructions, by going off the main road, by trying the untried."
"People are like stained-glass windows. They sparkle and shine when the sun is out, but when the darkness sets in, their true beauty is revealed only if there is a light from within."
-Elizabeth Kubler Ross
"Imagination is more important than knowledge."
"That which we persist in doing becomes easier–not that the nature of the task has changed, but our abilities have increased."
"Look up and not down, look forward and not back, look out and not in. Lend a hand."
-Edward Everett Hale
"The greatest test of courage on earth is to bear defeat without losing heart."
-Robert Green Ingersoll
"There is a close connection between getting up in the world and getting up in the morning."
"We each have only enough strength to complete those assignments that we are fully convinced are important."
"It is what a man thinks of himself that really determines his fate."
-Henry David Thoreau
"No one can give you better advice than yourself."
"There is nothing good or bad, but thinking makes it so."
"If you don't invest much, then defeat doesn't hurt very much and winning is not very exciting."
"Success is not built on what we accomplish for ourselves. Its foundation lies in what we do for others."
"The great man is he, who in the midst of the crowd, keeps with perfect sweetness the independence of solitude."
"Remember that someone, somewhere, is practicing, and when you meet him he will win."
"When the time to perform arrives, the time to prepare has past."
"When you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth."
-Arthur Conan Doyle
"The principal mark of genius is not perfection but originality, the opening of new frontiers."
"One who fears limits his activities. Failure is only the opportunity to more intelligently begin again."
"To think is easy. To act is hard. But the hardest thing in the world to do is to act in accordance with your thinking."
"Don't be a fool and die for your country. Let the other son-of-a-bitch die for his."
-George S. Patton
"Change is the law of life. And those who look only to the past or present are certain to miss the future."
"You can't depend on your judgment when your imagination is out of focus."
"If you don't stand for something, you'll fall for anything."
"Responsible leaders confront problems–they don't pass them along to others. Leaders are never content with the status quo–they look down the road, anticipate and prepare for new challenges and new opportunities. And good leaders create a climate of honesty and integrity."
-George W. Bush
"If you have been voting for politicians who promise to give you goodies at someone else's expense, then you should have no right to complain when they take your money and give it to someone else, including themselves."
"...It's time to load our elected officials on troop planes and send them to Camp Shelby, Mississippi. Put them in tents with no air conditioning, have Army drill sergeants teach them teamwork and physical sacrifice. When they recognize their responsibility to the people of America, they can return to D.C., their upscale restaurants and military plane trips, as though they were royalty. And if they can't? Better that they should fail to learn what an 18-year-old Army private understands than continue to fail America."
-Lt. Gen. Russel Honoré (Ret)
"One of the penalties for refusing to participate in politics is that you end up being governed by your inferiors."
"I can give you a six-word formula for success: Think things through – then follow through."
-Captain Edward V. Rickenbacker
"The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy."
-Martin Luther King, Jr.
"If the rate of change on the outside exceeds the rate of change on the inside, the end is near."
"A leader is a man who has the ability to get people to do what they don't want to do and like it."
-Harry S Truman
"You have achieved excellence as a leader when people will follow you everywhere if only out of curiosity."
"The secret of success in life is for a man to be ready for his time when it comes."
"The best executive is the one who has sense enough to pick good men to do what he wants done, and self-restraint enough to keep from meddling with them while they do it."
"'What is our aim?' I answer in one word: Victory–victory at all costs, victory in spite of all terror, victory however long and hard the road may be; for without victory, there is no survival."
"There are many things that will catch my eye, but there are only a few things that will catch my heart."
"For everything you have missed, you have gained something else; and for everything you gain, you lose something."
"The final test of a leader is that he leaves behind in others the conviction and will to carry on."
"A true relationship is someone who accepts your past, supportys your present, loves you and encourages your future.
"A relationship without trust is like having a phone with no service. And what do you do with a phone with no service? You play games."
"I'm a good enough person to forgive you but not stupid enough to trust you again."
"A relationship isn't a test, so why cheat?"
"Sometimes there are things in your life that aren't meant to stay. Sometimes change may not be what we want. Sometime change is what we really need. And sometimes saying goodbye is the hardest thing you think you'll ever have to do, but saying, 'Hello again,' that breaks you down and makes you the most vulnerable person you will ever know. Sometimes change is too much to bear, but most of the time, change is the only thing saving your life."
"One day someone will walk into your life and make you see why it never worked out with anyone else."
"Now thanks to you...I'm scared to fall in love again. "First of all, you broke my heart when I expected you to be the last one to do it. And now I'm left with my heart broken and in pieces, and you don't even bother to notice. It's sad because all along I thought you knew me better than everyone else...but now I am starting to wonder if you even knew me at all."
"Friendship is like standing on wet cement. The longer you stay, the harder it's to leave, and you can never go without leaving your footprints behind."
"Friendship isn't about whom you have known the longest...It's about who came and never left your side."
"A friend is someone who knows the song in your heart and can sing it back to you when you have forgotten the words."
"Never explain yourself. Your friends don't need it, and your enemies won't believe it."
"I can't promise to solve all your problems, but I can promise you won't have to face them alone."
"I may not get to see you as often as I like. I may not get to hold you in my arms all through the night. But deep in my heart I truly know, you're the one that I love, and I can't let you go."
"I've learned that things change, people change, and it doesn't mean you forget the past or try to cover it up. It simply means that you move on and treasure the memories. Letting go doesn't mean giving up...it means accepting that some things weren't meant to be."
"If you love someone, tell them...because hearts are often broken by words left unspoken."
"If you asked me how many times you have crossed my mind, I would say once because you never really left."
"If I could give you one thing in life, I would give you the ability to see yourself through my eyes, only then would you realize how special you are to me..."
"If you can't get someone off your mind, they are probably supposed to be there."
"Find a guy who calls you beautiful instead of hot, who calls you back when you hang up on him, who will lie under the stars and listen to your heartbeat, or will stay awake just to watch you sleep...wait for the boy who kisses your forehead, who wants to show you off to the world when you are in track pants, who holds your hand in front of his friends, who thinks you're just as pretty without makeup on. One who is constantly reminding you of how much he cares and how lucky he is to have YOU...The one who turns to his friends and says, "thats her..."
"Meeting you was fate, becoming your friend was a choice, but falling in love with you was beyond my control."
"You know you're in love when you can't fall asleep because reality is finally better than your dreams."
"I believe that everything happens for a reason. People change so that you can learn to let go; things go wrong so that you can appreciate them when they're right; you believe lies so you eventually learn to trust no one but yourself; and sometimes good things fall apart so better things can fall together."
"Not from my heart, for I have not forgotten. We are all the pieces of what we remember. We hold in ourselves the hopes and fears of those who love us. As long as there is love and memory, there is no true loss."
-Cassandra Clare, "City of Heavenly Fire"
"When it hurts to look back, and you're scared to look ahead, you can look beside you, and your best friend will be there."
"Walking with a friend in the dark is better than walking alone in the light."
"Don't say you love me unless you mean it because I might do something stupid...like believe it!"
"When it hurst to look back, and you're scared to look ahead, you can look beside you, and your best friend will be there."
"Walking with a friend in the dark is better than walking alone in the light."
"I'm not crying because of you; you're not worth it. I'm crying because of my delusion of who you were was shattered by the truth of who you are."
-Dr. Steve Maraboli
"Sometimes you will never know the true value of a moment until it becomes a memory."
"True friends ar those who came into your life, saw the most negative part of you, but are not ready to leave you no matter how contagious you are to them."
-Michael Bassey Johnson
"Our chief want is someone who will inspire us to be what we know what we could be."
-Ralph Waldo Emerson
"No person has the right to rain on your dreams."
-Marian Wright Edelman
"I believe that two people are connected at the heart, and it doesn't matter what you do, or who you are or where you live; there are no boundaries or barriers if two people are destined to be together."
"There is a magnet in your heart that will attract true friends. That magnet is unselfishness, thinking of others first; when you learn to live for others, they will live for you."
"The human heart has hidden treasures, In secret kept, in silence sealed; The thoughts, the hopes, the dreams, the pleasures, Whose charms were broken if revealed."
"If you find it in your heart to care for somebody else, you will have succeeded."
"Letting go means to come to the realization that some people are a part of your history but not part of your destiny."
"The person in life that you will always be with the most, is yourself. Because even when you are with others, you are still with yourself, too! When you wake up in the morning, you are with yourself, laying in bed at night you are with yourself, walking down the street in the sunlight you are with yourself. What kind of person do you want to walk down the street with? What kind of person do you want to wake up in the morning with? What kind of person do you want to see at the end of the day before you fall asleep? Because that person is yourself, and it's your responsibility to be that person you want to be with. I know I want to spend my life with a person who knows how to let things go, who's not full of hate, who's able to smile and be carefree. So that's who I have to be."
-C. JoyBell C.
"A relationship with no arguments is a relationship with a lot of secrets."
"Stay single until someone actually compliments your life in a way that makes it better than to not be single. Otherwise, it's not worth it."
"It isn't about having a perfect relationship. It's about finding someone who will be there through everything without giving up."
"Find someone who can change your life, and not just your relationship status."
"A great relationship isn't when a perfect couple comes together, but when an imperfect couple learns to enjoy their differences."
"A true friend is that one which takes your hand but touches your heart."
"The more connections you and your lover make, not just between your bodies, but between your minds, your hearts and your souls, the more you will strengthen the fabric of your relationship, and the more real moments you will experience together."
-Barbara De Angelis
"Some people come into our lives and leave footprints on our hearts, and we are never ever the same."
"To succeed with the opposite sex, tell her you're impotent. She can't wait to disprove it."
"When you struggle with your partner, you are struggling with yourself. Every fault you see in them touches a denied weakness in yourself."
"Are we not like two volumes of one book?"
"If you succeed in cheating someone, don't think that the person is a fool. Realize that the person trusted you much more than you deserved..."-Unknown
"When people hurt you over and over, think of them as sandpaper. They scratch and hurt you. But later you'll be shining and polished, while they end up useless."
"The couples that are meant to be are the ones who go through everything that is designed to tear them apart and come out even stronger than they were before."
"My girlfriend told me that she was seeing another man. I told her to rub her eyes."
"A relationship is not based on the time you've spent together, but the foundation you've built together."
"He's not your prince charming if he doesn't make sure you know that you're his princess."
"An eye for eye only ends up making the whole world blind."
"A real friend is one who walks in when the rest of the world walks out."
"Some of the biggest challenges in relationships come from the fact that most people enter a relationship in order to get something: they're trying to find someone who's going to make them feel good. In reality, the only way a relationship will last is if you see your relationship as a place that you go to give, and not a place that you go to take."
"Don't walk in front of me; I may not follow. Don't walk behind me; I may not lead. Just walk beside me and be my friend."
"The way to love anything is to realize that it may be lost."
-Gilbert K. Chesterton
"Never take a person for granted; hold every person close to your heart 'cause you might wake up one day and realize that you've lost a diamond while you were too busy collecting stones."
"One day, someone is going to hug you so tight that all of your broken pieces will stick back together."
"The way people treat you is a statement about who they are as a human being. It is not a statement about you."
"From childhood's hour I have not been. As others were, I have not seen. As others saw, I could not awaken. My heart to joy at the same tone. And all I loved, I loved alone."
-Edgar Allan Poe
"I am a hypocrite, I've talked many of people out of suicide before, but yet here I am. Or, here I was."
"Life i very complicated. Don't try to find answers because when you find answers, life changes the questions."
"And how do you do that? You used this word, 'chameleon,' right? That is how you adapted?" "Yeah, that's what you do, and you do by listening. You know, that is essentially what a chameleon is doing&mdashfor all intents and purposes, it is listening to it's environment and adapting accordingly. You know, if a chameleon is not aware of the colour of the leaf it is on, then how will it know what colour to turn to?"
"Well, you know America is a strange country; all you need to keep them pacified is give them a dozen doughnuts and a gun! They don't seem to have the capacity, the intellectual capacity to think of their own self interests in any other way than the next five minutes."
"When a person tells you that you hurt them, you don't get to decide that you didn't."
"You can do 99 things for someone, and all they'll remember is the one thing you didn't do."
"Some people are better left unknown."
"Why should I apologize for the monster I've become? No one ever apologized for making me this way."
"If there are no dogs in heaven, then when I die I want to go where they went."
"I used to look at my dog and think, 'If you were a little smarter, you could tell me what you were thinking.' And he looked at me like he was saying, 'If you were a little smarter, I wouldn't have to.'"
"There's a saying: the pessimist looks down and hits his head; the optimist looks up and loses his footing; the realist looks forward and adjusts his path accordingly."
-Khary Payton, King Ezekiel, "The Walking Dead"
"I always say one thing: the ocean is not republican, it is not democrat; all it knows how to do is rise."
-Philip Levine, Miami Mayor
"I've voted in every election since I was old enough to vote, and these are absolutely the worst choices we've ever had, for sure."
"Those who vote decide nothing; those who count the votes decide everything."
"To be born free is an accident. To live free is a privilege. To die free is a responsibility."
-Brigadier General James Sehorn, AFRES/DO (Vietnam POW 1967-1973)
"If you only knew the magnificence of the 'three,' 'six' and 'nine,' then you would have a key to the universe."
"I'm only responsible for what I say not for what you understand."
"When people tell me, 'You're going to regret that in the morning'–I sleep in until noon because I'm a problem solver."
"If you tell a big enough lie and tell it frequently enough, it will be believed."
"Words build bridges into unexplored regions."
"Integrity is doing the right thing, even when no one is watching."
"I'm scared for my life. She let 4 people die and mishandled classified information, and there are morons out there who actually say it's a good idea to have her in office."
"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."
"It frustrates me (that) they lack empathy about how we just want to live our lives. We're the ones who feel unsafe."
-Rowan Elijah Feldhaus
"This is an interesting world I find myself in-an interesting hole I find myself in-fits me rather neatly, doesn't it? In fact it fits me staggeringly well; must have been made to have me in it!"
"I'm an atheist, and that's it. I believe there's nothing we can know except that we should be kind to each other and do what we can for each other."
"It’s bad when you get betrayed by someone else; it’s worse when you do it to yourself."
"Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it."
"Don't worry about the people in your past; there's a reason they didn't make it to your future."
"If you can't explain it simply, you don't understand it well enough."
"Do not go gentle into that good night, Old age should burn and rave at close of day; Rage, rage against the dying of the light.
"Though wise men at their end know dark is right, Because their words had forked no lightning they Do not go gentle into that good night.
"Good men, the last wave by, crying how bright Their frail deeds might have danced in a green bay, Rage, rage against the dying of the light.
"Wild men who caught and sang the sun in flight, And learn, too late, they grieved it on its way, Do not go gentle into that good night.
"Grave men, near death, who see with blinding sight Blind eyes could blaze like meteors and be gay, Rage, rage against the dying of the light.
"And you, my father, there on the sad height, Curse, bless, me now with your fierce tears, I pray. Do not go gentle into that good night. Rage, rage against the dying of the light."
"I'm a capitalist, and have no problem with business and profit. But there's a line. Raising the price of a drug by 3000% overnight isn't just crossing a line...it's inhuman."
"A fur coat is just a second-hand garment that looked better on the original owner."
"I have two kinds of problems, the urgent and the important. The urgent are not important, and the important are never urgent."
-President Dwight D. Eisenhower (1954) inspired by the quote of Dr. J. Roscoe Miller, President of Northwestern University
"If you will defeat ISIS, and you–didn't defeat the ideology of ISIS, maybe after two months or three months or a year you will find a new ISIS."
-Abdul-Aziz al Hamza
"Who do I think should be knocked out? Should? Here is what I would say. The United States has never, with the exception of two generals, has never, Grant and Eisenhower, as far as I can tell, I think, has never elected anyone with as little political experience as Donald Trump and Ben Carson currently have, and I think there is a reason for that. I mean–You know, look, Ben Carson is a manifestly accomplished, smart guy, right? But in the same way I think Bernie Sanders is a smart guy. I don't want him to operate on my brain tomorrow."
"The universe could undergo catastrophic vacuum decay, with a bubble of the true vacuum expanding at the speed of light. This could happen at any time, and we wouldn't see it coming." Not to worry too much. It was added that such a scenario would require a "particle accelerator that ... would be larger than Earth, and is unlikely to be funded in the present economic climate."
"These things happen over and over again, and we are naturally horrified and shocked when we hear about them. But then we change nothing, and we pretend that it won't happen again. Some say the answer is stricter gun laws, others say mental health care that we need better treatment, or just keep the guns out of the hands of the insane. Maybe it's both; I honestly don't know. But I do know that one of the definitions of insanity is changing nothing, and then pretending that something will change."
"The only way to survive a mad world is to embrace the madness."
-Colman Domingo, Victor Strand, "Fear the Walking Dead"
"I'd rather be a failure at something I enjoy than be a success at something I hate."
"It is better to deserve honours and not have them than to have them and not deserve them."
"Intelligence could be very rare even if life is ubiquitous. In that case, maybe we can consider ourselves more precious than before."
-Lawrence M. Krause
"Self-awareness is a beautiful thing. You should try it sometime."
-Lawrence Gilliard, Jr., Bob Stookey, "The Walking Dead"
"Anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new."
"Slumps are like a soft bed. They're easy to get into and hard to get out of."
"I am not afraid to do this, I used to be, but I'm not anymore. So, tell me why not, why I shouldn't make it all stop have the pain go away, you tell me. I'm listening; my ears are open, and my heart is ready. Tell me. Go ahead, I'm, I'm right here, and I'm sitting right across from you. And I am an open vessel so fill me in. I'm ready, and I'm waiting I am. I really am. It's all up to you now."
-Amy Madigan (« Narrated by...)
"Some of us think holding on makes us strong, but sometimes it is letting go."
"Never think that war, no matter how necessary, nor how justified, is not a crime."
"What good are ethics if you aren't alive to live by them?"
-James Spader, Raymond Reddington, "The Blacklist"
"We must be willing to get rid of the life we've planned, so as to have the life waiting for us."
"We all die. The goal isn't to live forever; the goal is to create something that will."
"I understand that everybody is upset, I understand that tension is brewing ... I'm here, I get it. But there are better ways that we can handle our frustration. And they can't hear us when we're behaving this way."
"Some people like to call me arrogant or cocky, but I just think, 'How dare you assume I should think less of myself.'"
"People seldom do what they believe in. They do what is convenient, then repent."
"How does one become a butterfly? You must want to fly so much that you are willing to give up being a caterpillar."
"Throughout life people will make you mad, disrespect you and treat you bad. Let God deal with the things they do, cause hate in your heart will consume you, too."
"Always be a first-rate version of yourself, instead of a second-rate version of somebody else."
"Watch your thoughts; they become words. "Watch your words; they become actions. "Watch your actions; they become habits. "Watch your habits; they become character. "Watch your character; it becomes your destiny."
"In the end, it's not going to matter how many breaths you took, but how many moments took your breath away."
"When life gives you a hundred reasons to cry, show life that you have a thousand reasons to smile."
"Advice is what we ask for when we already know the answer but wish we didn't."
"Well, I don't think he deserves the breathe that I am about to give, but I'll just say, Michael Moore, he wasn't there in Afghanistan, and the last time I checked, he's never shot anybody with a scoped rifle, so I really don't think he deserves the breathe that comes out of him right now."
-Nick Irving, former Army Ranger sniper
"Let's be clear here: Baptists are not beheading journalists; Lutherans are not stoning women; Catholics are not slaughtering cartoonists. The president may not declare war on radical islam, but radical islam has declared war on us, and here is the cold, hard reality: we're fighting those so - called junior varsity terrorists with a little league president."
"Thoughts make sense not really with the beautiful rhyming on the words part, but with their real meaning touching a beautiful person's heart."
"That's when you realize the most of it–life, the relentless mechanism of existing–isn't about you. It doesn't include you at all. It will thrust onward even after you've jumped the edge. Even after you're dead."
-Lauren Oliver, "Delirium"
"You can't fix yourself by breaking someone else."
"If you don't know where you are going, any road will get you there."
"What screws us up most in life is the picture in our head of how it is supposed to be."
"Without work, all life goes rotten, but when work is soulless, life stifles and dies."
"Don't be afraid of missing opportunities. Behind every failure is an opportunity somebody wishes they had missed.
"The way positive reinforcement is carried out is more important than the amount."
-B. F. Skinner
"People with nothing to hide don't usually feel the need to say so."
-Danai Guirira, Michonne, "The Walking Dead"
"To avoid criticism, do nothing, say nothing, be nothing."
"It is never too late to be what you might have been."
"Don't count the days, make the days count."
"Every exit is an entry somewhere else."
"You will never become who you want to be if you keep blaming everyone else for who you are."
"The fact that a believer is happier than a skeptic is no more to the point than the fact that a drunken man is happier than a sober one. The happiness of credulity is a cheap and dangerous quality."
-George Bernard Shaw
"If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away.
-Henry David Thoreau
"Mama, you don't understand. It's all a matter of ideas, and God is one idea I don't accept. It's not important. I am not going out and be immoral or commit crimes because I don't believe in God. I don't even think about it. It's just that I get tired of him getting credit for all the things the human race achieves through its own stubborn effort. There simply is no God–there is only man, and it is he who makes miracles!"
-Beneatha, "A Raisin in the Sun" by Lorraine Hansberry
"But better to get hurt by the truth than comforted with a lie."
"What you allow is what will continue."
"Where do mosquitoes go for God's sake?"
"If we want to keep our nation's secrets a SECRET, then we need to store them where Obama stores his college transcripst and birth certificate."
"Reality continues to ruin my life."
"The mystery of human existence lies not in just staying alive but in finding something to live for."
"You don't see faith healers working in hospitals for the same reason you don't see psychics winning the lottery."
"Sometimes good people make bad choices. It doesn't mean they are bad people; it means they're human."
"People always miss you more when they see how much happier you are without them."
"Adversity is like a strong wind. It tears away from us all but the things that cannot be torn, so that we see ourselves as we really are."
"serve yourself no one else can do for you like you and no one else fails like me in the eyes I burn alive fly like a bird no more words just you and I high in the sky"
"Find a place inside where there's joy, and the joy will burn out the pain."
"Once science has been established, once a scientific truth emerges from a consensus of experiments and observations, it is the way of the world. What I'm saying is, when different experiments give you the same result, it is no longer subject to your opinion. That's the good thing about science: It's true whether or not you believe in it. That's why it works."
-Neil deGrasse Tyson
"A woman who knows her value will only put up with a man's nonsense for so long."
"So, it's OK for a Moslem to blow themselves up in a market place crowded with women and children, but pioneering interplanetary space travel is a no-go. Got it."
"Americans always do the right thing eventually after they've exhausted all other alternatives."
"I never make the same mistake twice. I make it five or six times, you know, just to be sure."
"We complain about the level of education in this country, then sit down and turn on Honey Boo-Boo and Snooki."
"To be scientifically literate is to empower yourself to know when someone else is full of shit."
-Neil deGrasse Tyson
"I will always choose a lazy person to do a difficult job. Because, he will find an easy way to do it."
"The truth is people now try to cram their politics into everything...we saw it just recently," 'With all the attention that's been lavished this week on the royal baby, this seems like this a good moment to take a look at the issue of infant mortality here in the United States.' "Does it? Does it seem like a good opportunity? Because I don't know, it actually seems like an even better opportunity to NOT bring that up. But look, that's just one guy, I'm sure everyone else was respectful on a universally happy occasion." 'Even though we do not cast babies as future figure heads in this country the fact is that the accident of where and to whom we are born determines a tremendous amount of our life outcomes.' 'We don't know who is going to break the baby the news if it becomes an American citizen, which could happen what Obamacare is going to mean to him.' "It's a baby! It's a baby! You shouldn't have talking points about a person before that person can talk."
"You cannot truly live if you cannot live as your true self."
"Say one thing for Congress–no matter how bad you thought they were, they will always find a way to show you they're even worse."
"'I am not a crook' 'I did not have sex with that woman' 'No one is listening to your phone calls' Nuff said..."
"No matter which fork in the road you take, it doesn't matter because it's already going to happen tomorrow."
"We're born alone, we live alone, we die alone. Only through our love and friendship can we create the illusion for a moment that we're not alone."
"It was more important to be successful than it was to be loved."
"'If one life is saved it will be worth it.' What a self-serving non-comment. It means nothing, because you can never validate it."
"All throughout Europe, American cemeteries remind us of the young boys who never made it home, and whose memory we cherish. My generation does not own this freedom; we are merely its custodians."
"Just because it works doesn't mean it is necessarily right."
"You know it's so frustrating for us over there because you got a guy like me that's on the ground–if you're going to send me out on a patrol, and you're going to trust me enough to go on a patrol without you coming with me then let me make my own decisions. And if you're not there–if you want to make the decision then how 'bout you get up and get on the patrol with me because you will make a different decision when you're getting shot at than when you're sitting in a room drinking coffee."
"If it is a Miracle, any sort of evidence will answer, but if it is a Fact, proof is necessary."
"Rush is the only speed a Lamborghini has, proud techie dweeb over and out. Yeah."
"I'm not afraid of death. I just don't want to be there when it happens."
"The more you know who you are and what you want, the less you let things upset you."
-Bob Harris, Lost In Translation
"First step in solving any problem is recognizing there is one. America is not the greatest country in the world anymore."
-Will McAvoy, The Newsroom
"Anyone who doesn't take truth seriously in small matters cannot be trusted in large ones either."
"You have your way. I have my way. As for the right way, the correct way, and the only way, it does not exist."
"I suggest they attempt to find intelligent life here on earth before launching this glorified roller skate to mars!"
"One person's craziness is another person's reality."
"You don't have to attend every argument you're invited to."
"...Because you know how dreams are the engine of society and community in general. If people's dreams are crushed, then there is no hope. There are no great economies with people with crushed dreams. That's the truth."
"Sometimes my best choice is to keep silent. Because I know if I try to explain myself, people wouldn't get it anyways."
"Three kinds of people: Those who can count and those who can't."
"Be nice to your kids. They'll choose your nursing home."
"Never argue with an idiot. They drag you down to their level and then beat you with experience."
"Trying to argue against faith with logic is like trying to nail jelly (Jell-O to the 'merkins) to the ceiling; it's using the wrong tools for an ultimately pointless task."
"We like to say it's a good economic indicator when people are willing to pay for empty boxes."
"I may not like the guy, but if I were to ever gain such supreme power, I would appreciate someone watching my six (and that not being through a scope)..."
"Give a man a fish, and you've fed him for a day. Teach a man to fish, and you've fed him for a lifetime. Give a man religion, and he'll pray for a fish and starve to death."
"I think it's pretty rude. If you think about what I'm doing, I'm pointing out a flaw that would affect everybody and that the bad guys could use to install malware. And they're not paying me – I'm just doing it to be nice."
"If people want to argue, that's fine with us. It only helps build anticipation."
"The media has, as it's always done, done a terrible job reporting on this. They have seen the fire and they've decided to throw gasoline on it. I'm sure they're proud of themselves as they always are. And that is a misplaced pride."
"We cooperate and we fight as hard as we can because there will perhaps be disappointment, but there will be no shame."
-Young specialist from 655th TC
"I beg to ask, when will FT Hood qualify as a combat tour?"
-Col Chris Wells
"I don't care enough about what people think of me to conform to anything."
"Right now if you want nutritional therapy and you go to your doctor and ask for it, it's sort of like ordering Chow mein in a French restaurant; it's not on the menu, and they don't know how to make it, and you're not going to get it."
-Andrew Saul, Ph.D.
"Texas is not only a state of mind, it's a state of heart, state of soul. There's a sense of bigger than life here...People here are tough and rugged but know how to have a good time. They work hard but they know how to have a good time, and I think they enjoy the very simplest things in life."
"The Lion of Jihad was killed in a fierce firefight? No, more like the Jackyl of Jihad was killed hiding behind a woman."
"I cannot imagine a God who rewards and punishes the objects of his creation, whose purposes are modeled after our own – a God, in short, who is but a reflection of human frailty. Neither can I believe that the individual survives the death of his body, although feeble souls harbor such thoughts through fear or ridiculous egotisms."
"Americans deserve better, and we should demand better, especially from our elected representatives. Empowering ignorance for political gain is unacceptable."
-John P. Avlon
If you're not offending somebody, you're not making good art."
"Monsters are real, and ghosts are real, too. They live inside us, and sometimes they win."
"I'll be using Tor a lot more than I ever did – and I used it a lot. I have become one of the people I have spent the last several years of my life protecting. I better take my own advice."
"For those that will fight for it...FREEDOM...has a flavor the protected shall never know."
-L/Cpl Edwin L. "Tim" Craft
"It's a proven fact, Ralph. Profanity does help you deal with pain; it's scientifically proven."
-Daryl "Razor" Reaugh
"I do think that socializing on the Internet is to socializing what reality TV is to reality."
"The most fatal illusion is the settled point of view. Since life is growth and motion, a fixed point of view kills anybody who has one."
"I believe if the Red cross wants to do that they can. I understand the arguments from all sides. But for me being a American and the Taliban is our enemy. Note: making plans to attack the US. I can not give aid and comfort to the enemy. The Red Cross will not get another dime from me, and illl pass the word around."
"This is absurd. According to the IRC, their stance on neutrality requires them to aid and abet terrorists. Don't they feel a sense of responsibility for the death and destruction they are supporting? When they help patient X get better, and then the patient builds a bomb that detonates near a school bus full of children, doesn't the IRC understand they are partly responsible for the piles of burning childern, mangled limbs, and snuffed out dreams and lives? Can they be that callous and uncaring? Apparently so. You can bet I'm cutting off all my donations to this group. If they are stupid enough to due this and so oblivious as to the harm they are committing to continue it, then my money will be better spent by others."
"When they took the Fourth Amendment, I was silent because I don't deal drugs. When they took the Sixth Amendment, I kept quiet because I know I'm innocent. When they took the Second Amendment, I said nothing because I don't own a gun. Now they've come for the First Amendment, and I can't say anything at all."
"Never interrupt your enemy when he is making a mistake."
"The purpose of valor is to make up for someone else's stupidity."
-Daryl "Razor" Reaugh
"It's society that disables an individual by not investing in enough creativity to allow for someone to show us the quality that makes them rare and valuable and capable."
"I've known plenty of people with high IQs that were book smart and dumb as a box of rocks. Most of them were liberals who couldn't form a cohesive thought without someone else giving it to them....Conservatives are in the same boat. CNN finds ANYTHING to push government propaganda. Pathetic journalism at best..."
"Sending condolences via twitter is like proposing to your girlfriend via an answering machine message – 'manners' is 100% right. Every step we take forward in technology is sometimes accompanied by a step backward in common human respect."
"That is a tactical and strategic mistake. If you're playing chess, do you tell your opponent your next move? To broadcast that for the sake of politics, to me, that is very wrong."
"My role in society, or any artist's or poet's role, is to try and express what we all feel. Not to tell people how to feel. Not as a preacher, not as a leader, but as a reflection of us all."
"I'm the one that's got to die when it's time for me to die, so let me live my life the way I want to."
"To live is to suffer; to survive is to find some meaning in the suffering."
"The more I see, the less I know for sure."
"I think it's a desire to sort of say ...'We won't have to worry about the future, because there is no future.' And so therefore, we can do what we want now, and all the debts are put off, and all the responsibilities are avoided."
-Wheeler Winston Dixon
"He's already prayed to Allah. I'll let Allah take care of him. I'm praying for my people, the good people here."
"Nirvana: the state of place or state of oblivion to care, pain or external reality."
"Doing an injury puts you below your enemy; revenging one makes you but even with him; forgiving it sets you above him."
"Justice don't mean the bad guy goes to jail; it just means somebody pays for the crime."
-Andre, Freedom Writers
"To get maximum attention, it's hard to beat a good, big mistake."
"If we could sell our experiences for what they cost us, we'd all be millionaires."
-Abigail Van Buren
"Problems worthy of attack prove their worth by hitting back."
"You can tell whether a man is clever by his answers. You can tell whether a man is wise by his questions."
"There is nothing wrong with making mistakes. Just don't respond with encores."
"There is no point in being exact if you don't know what you are talking about."
-John von Neumann
"It is not the strongest of the species that survive, nor the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change."
"Middle age is when your broad mind and narrow waist begin to change places."
-E. Joseph Cossman
"Don't ever take a fence down until you know the reason it was put up."
"If you can't be a good example, then you'll just have to be a horrible warning."
"There are three kinds of lies: lies; damned lies; and statistics."
"Time is the scarcest resource, and unless it is managed nothing else can be managed."
-Peter F. Drucker
"All change is not growth, as all movement is not forward."
"The only place you find success before work is in the dictionary."
-May V. Smith
"Difficulty is the excuse history never accepts."
-Edward R. Murrow
"A man may die, nations may rise and fall, but an idea lives on."
"Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards."
"We are born as noble savages only to be warped by our own society."
-Jean Jacques Rousseau
"Hatred, which could destroy so much, failed to kill the man who hated."
"Cowards die many times before their deaths; The valiant never taste of death but once. Of all the wonders that I yet have heard, It seems to me most strange that men should fear; Seeing that death, a necessary end, Will come when it will come."
-Julius Caesar, The Tragedy of Julius Caesar
"The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing."
"Whenever I climb I am followed by a dog called 'Ego.'"
"Human history becomes more and more a race between education and catastrophe."
-H. G. Wells
"I do not consider it an insult, but rather a compliment to be called an agnostic. I do not pretend to know where many ignorant men are sure – that is all that agnosticism means."
"I have come to believe that the whole world is an enigma; a harmless enigma that is made terrible by our own mad attempt to interpret it as though it had an underlying truth."
"Wit is educated insolence."
"Copy from one, it's plagiarism; copy from two, it's research."
"Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I'm not sure about the former."
"Life is pleasant. Death is peaceful. It's the transition that's troublesome."
"Education is a progressive discovery of our own ignorance."
"I have often regretted my speech, never my silence."
"Men are disturbed not by things, but by the view they take of things."
"I contend that we are both atheists. I just believe in one fewer god than you do. When you understand why you dismiss all the other possible gods, you will understand why I dismiss yours."
-Sir Stephen Henry Roberts
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