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Every sur­vival kit should include a sense of humor.

Learn­ing makes a man fit com­pa­ny for himself.

When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be. When I let go of what I have, I receive what I need.

— Tao Te Ching

Don’t ever for­get that you’re a cit­i­zen of this world, and there are things you can do to lift the human spir­it, things that are easy, things that are free, things that you can do every day. Civil­i­ty, respect, kind­ness, character.

— Aaron Sorkin

His­to­ry teach­es us that men and nations behave wise­ly once they have exhaust­ed all oth­er alternatives.

— Abba Eban

These are times in which a genius would wish to live. It is not in the still calm of life, or in the repose of a pacif­ic sta­tion, that great char­ac­ters are formed. The habits of a vig­or­ous mind are formed in con­tend­ing with dif­fi­cul­ties. Great neces­si­ties call out great virtues.

— Abi­gail Adams, Let­ter to John Quin­cy Adams, 19 Jan­u­ary 1780

If par­tic­u­lar care and atten­tion is not paid to the ladies, we are deter­mined to foment a rebel­lion, and will not hold our­selves bound by any laws in which we have no voice or representation.

— Abi­gail Adams

Nations have recent­ly been led to bor­row bil­lions for war; no nation has ever bor­rowed large­ly for edu­ca­tion. Prob­a­bly, no nation is rich enough to pay for both war and civ­i­liza­tion. We must make our choice; we can­not have both.

— Abra­ham Flexner

Just to be is a bless­ing. Just to live is holy.

— Abra­ham Heschel

All progress has result­ed from peo­ple who took unpop­u­lar posi­tions. All change is the result of a change in the con­tem­po­rary state of mind. Don’t be afraid of being out of tune with your envi­ron­ment, and above all pray God that you are not afraid to live, to live hard and fast. To my way of think­ing it is not the years in your life but the life in your years that count in the long run. You’ll have more fun, you’ll do more and you’ll get more, you’ll give more sat­is­fac­tion the more you know, the more you have worked, and the more you have lived. For yours is a great adven­ture at a stir­ring time in the annals of men.

— Adlai Steven­son

War is an absolute fail­ure of imag­i­na­tion, sci­en­tif­ic and political.

— Adri­enne Rich

Life on the plan­et is born of woman.

— Adri­enne Rich

When a woman tells the truth she is cre­at­ing the pos­si­bil­i­ty for more truth around her.

— Adri­enne Rich

The seri­ous rev­o­lu­tion­ary, like the seri­ous artist, can’t afford to lead a sen­ti­men­tal or self-deceiv­ing life.

— Adri­enne Rich

No act of kind­ness, no mat­ter how small, is ever wasted.

— Aesop

When deeds speak, words are nothing.

— African Proverb

Under­stand this, I mean to arrive at the truth. The truth, how­ev­er ugly in itself, is always curi­ous and beau­ti­ful to seek­ers after it.

— Agatha Christie, The Mur­der of Roger Ack­royd, char­ac­ter Her­cule Poirot

I like liv­ing. I have some­times been wild­ly, despair­ing­ly, acute­ly mis­er­able, racked with sor­row, but through it all I still know quite cer­tain­ly that just to be alive is a grand thing.

— Agatha Christie

An archae­ol­o­gist is the best hus­band a woman can have. The old­er she gets the more inter­est­ed he is in her.

— Agatha Christie

Good advice is always cer­tain to be ignored, but that’s no rea­son not to give it.

— Agatha Christie

Liv­ing is a form of not being sure, not know­ing what next or how…We guess. We may be wrong, but we take leap after leap in the dark.

— Agnes de Mille

The cre­ative is the place where no one else has ever been. You have to leave the city of your com­fort and go into the wilder­ness of your intuition.

— Alan Alda

Not every­thing that counts can be count­ed. Not every­thing that can be count­ed counts.

— Albert Ein­stein

It is a very grave mis­take to think that the enjoy­ment of see­ing and search­ing can be pro­mot­ed by means of coer­cion and a sense of duty.

— Albert Ein­stein

It is lit­tle short of a mir­a­cle that mod­ern meth­ods of instruc­tion have not already com­plete­ly stran­gled the holy curios­i­ty of inquiry, because what this del­i­cate lit­tle plant needs most, apart from ini­tial stim­u­la­tion, is free­dom; with­out that it is sure­ly destroyed … I believe that one could even deprive a healthy beast of prey of its vora­cious­ness, if one could force it with a whip to eat con­tin­u­ous­ly whether it were hun­gry or not.

— Albert Ein­stein

Every­body is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its abil­i­ty to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believ­ing that it is stupid.

— Albert Ein­stein

To sense that behind any­thing that can be expe­ri­enced there is a some­thing that our mind can­not grasp and whose beau­ty and sub­lim­i­ty reach­es us only indi­rect­ly and as a fee­ble reflec­tion, this is reli­gious­ness. In this sense I am religious.

— Albert Ein­stein

It was, of course, a lie what you read about my reli­gious con­vic­tions, a lie which is being sys­tem­at­i­cal­ly repeat­ed. I do not believe in a per­son­al God and I have nev­er denied this but have expressed it clear­ly. If some­thing is in me which can be called reli­gious then it is the unbound­ed admi­ra­tion for the struc­ture of the world so far as our sci­ence can reveal it.

— Albert Ein­stein

A man’s eth­i­cal behav­ior should be based effec­tu­al­ly on sym­pa­thy, edu­ca­tion, and social ties; no reli­gious basis is nec­es­sary. Man would indeed be in a poor way if he had to be restrained by fear of pun­ish­ment and hope of reward after death.

— Albert Ein­stein

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

— Albert Ein­stein

If most of us are ashamed of shab­by clothes and shod­dy fur­ni­ture, let us be more ashamed of shab­by ideas and shod­dy philoso­phies… It would be a sad sit­u­a­tion if the wrap­per were bet­ter than the meat wrapped inside it.

— Albert Ein­stein

What we have done for our­selves alone dies with us. What we have done for oth­ers and the world remains immortal.

— Albert Pine

There are two means of refuge from the mis­ery of life — music and cats.

— Albert Schweitzer

Even if it’s a lit­tle thing, do some­thing for those who need help, some­thing for which you get no pay but the priv­i­lege of doing it.

— Albert Schweitzer

Expe­ri­ence is not what hap­pens to a man. It is what a man does with what hap­pens to him.

— Aldous Hux­ley

If your object is to secure lib­er­ty, you must learn to do with­out author­i­ty and com­pul­sion. If you intend to live in peace and har­mo­ny with your fel­low-men, you and they should cul­ti­vate broth­er­hood and respect for each oth­er. If you want to work togeth­er with them for your mutu­al ben­e­fit, you must prac­tice coöperation. The social rev­o­lu­tion means much more than the reor­ga­ni­za­tion of con­di­tions only: it means the estab­lish­ment of new human val­ues and social rela­tion­ships, a changed atti­tude of man to man, as of one free and inde­pen­dent to his equal; it means a dif­fer­ent spir­it in indi­vid­ual and col­lec­tive life, and that spir­it can­not be born overnight. It is a spir­it to be cul­ti­vat­ed, to be nur­tured and reared, as the most del­i­cate flower it is, for indeed it is the flower of a new and beau­ti­ful existence.

— Alexan­der Berkman

Lit­er­a­ture becomes the liv­ing mem­o­ry of a nation.

— Alexan­der Solzhenitsyn

The prin­ci­ple of equal­i­ty does not destroy the imag­i­na­tion, but low­ers its flight to the lev­el of the earth.

— Alex­is de Tocqueville

Every­body has a part of their body that she doesn’t like, but I’ve stopped com­plain­ing about mine because I don’t want to cri­tique nature’s handiwork…My job is sim­ply to allow the light to shine out of the masterpiece.

— Alfre Woodard

If you don’t have sol­id beliefs you can­not build a sta­ble life. Beliefs are like the foun­da­tion of a build­ing, and they are the foun­da­tion to build your life upon.

— Alfred A. Montapert

I am part of all that I have met.

— Alfred, Lord Tennyson

Gen­uine for­give­ness does not deny anger but faces it head-on.

— Alice Duer Miller

Music is the lit­er­a­ture of the heart; it com­mences where speech ends.

— Alphonse de Lamartine

There is noth­ing new under the sun but there are lots of old things we don’t know.

— Ambrose Bierce

All inti­ma­cy is rare — that’s what makes it precious.

— Amy Bloom

Go to where the silence is and say something.

— Amy Good­man

We all lose friends… we lose them in death, to dis­tance and over time. But even though they may be lost, hope is not. The key is to keep them in your heart, and when the time is right, you can pick up the friend­ship right where you left off. Even the lost find their way home when you leave the light on.

— Amy Marie Walz

We all lose friends… we lose them in death, to dis­tance and over time. But even though they may be lost, hope is not. The key is to keep them in your heart, and when the time is right, you can pick up the friend­ship right where you left off. Even the lost find their way home when you leave the light on.

— Amy Marie Walz

Dreams are nec­es­sary to life.

— Anaïs Nin

Life shrinks or expands in pro­por­tion to one’s courage.

— Anaïs Nin
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