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A few that I like:

"Happiness depends upon ourselves." - Aristotle

"There is nothing to fear but fear itself." - Franklin D. Roosevelt

"We make a living by what we get, we make a life by what we give." - Sir Winston Churchill

"Every cloud has a silver lining."

"Just do it." - Nike

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My favorite quote is "Deal with it". Ironically from someone who I despised, but I've actually used this is trying situations, and (for me) it actually helps. Simple - yet effective.

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This a very sad one, for when there's a loss of life...

"Fear no more the heat o' the sun

Nor the furious winter's rages.

Thou thy worldly task hast done.

Home art gone, and ta'en thy wages"

~ Shakespeare from Cymbeline

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I love Shakespeare.

How about some Oscar Wilde, his wit was unmatched by anyone of his time. One quote I constantly use from him when asked why I am single is:

"By persistently remaining single a man converts himself into a permanent public temptation."

- The Importance of Being Earnest

I absolutely love that quote and that play. Here are a few more quotes from that great writer:

"I could deny myself the pleasure of talking, but not to others the pleasure of listening."

"Art is where immitation ends"

"Young men want to be faithful, and are not; old men want to be faithless, and cannot!"

"There is always more books than brains in an aristocracy"

"Intellect is in itself a mode of exaggeration, and destroys the harmony of any face."

"I adore simple pleasures. They are the last refuge of the complex."

"There is no sin except stupidity"

"A typical Englishman, always dull and usually violent." :lol:

"If one could only teach the English how to talk, and the Irish how to listen, society would be quite civilised."

"I am told that pork-packing is the most lucrative profession in America, after politics."

"Beer, the Bible, and the seven deadly virtues have made our England what she is."

"American youths are pale and precocious, or sallow and supercilious, but American girls are pretty and charming - little oases of pretty unreasonableness in a vast desert of practical common-sense."

That will do for now, it is hard copying out of a book. :lol:

Hope you like them.


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I"m not sure whom to credit, but "Insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results" or similarly, "If you keep on doing what you've always done, you'll keep on getting what you've always got."

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If you want to really hurt your parents, and you don't have the nerve to be gay, the least you can do is go into the arts. I'm not kidding. The arts are not a way to make a living. They are a very human way of making life more bearable. Practicing an art, no matter how well or badly, is a way to make your soul grow, for heaven's sake. Sing in the shower. Dance to the radio. Tell stories. Write a poem to a friend, even a lousy poem. Do it as well as you possibly can. You will get an enormous reward. You will have created something.

- K. Vonnegut

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Who are you? he said

I am the Happy Prince.

Why are you weeping then? asked the Swalow;

you have quite drenched me...

The Happy Prince - Oscar Wilde =)

:) Beautiful story, el mago! Thanks for the link. It reminds me of several wonderful pieces. This being one of them: (Dickinson's poem)


Not In Vain

by Emily Dickinson

If I can stop one heart from breaking,

I shall not live in vain;

If I can ease one life the aching,

Or cool one pain,

Or help one fainting robin

Unto his nest again,

I shall not live in vain.


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Wow, these are great! Keep them coming.

Now to share two of my favorite poems:

Still I Rise by Maya Angelou

You may write me down in history

With your bitter, twisted lies,

You may trod me in the very dirt

But still, like dust, I'll rise.

Does my sassiness upset you?

Why are you beset with gloom?

'Cause I walk like I've got oil wells

Pumping in my living room.

Just like moons and like suns,

With the certainty of tides,

Just like hopes springing high,

Still I'll rise.

Did you want to see me broken?

Bowed head and lowered eyes?

Shoulders falling down like teardrops.

Weakened by my soulful cries.

Does my haughtiness offend you?

Don't you take it awful hard

'Cause I laugh like I've got gold mines

Diggin' in my own back yard.

You may shoot me with your words,

You may cut me with your eyes,

You may kill me with your hatefulness,

But still, like air, I'll rise.

Does my sexiness upset you?

Does it come as a surprise

That I dance like I've got diamonds

At the meeting of my thighs?

Out of the huts of history's shame

I rise

Up from a past that's rooted in pain

I rise

I'm a black ocean, leaping and wide,

Welling and swelling I bear in the tide.

Leaving behind nights of terror and fear

I rise

Into a daybreak that's wondrously clear

I rise

Bringing the gifts that my ancestors gave,

I am the dream and the hope of the slave.

I rise

I rise

I rise.

And the classic:

The Road Not Taken by Robert Frost

Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,

And sorry I could not travel both

And be one traveler, long I stood

And looked down one as far as I could

To where it bent in the undergrowth;

Then took the other, as just as fair,

And having perhaps the better claim,

Because it was grassy and wanted wear;

Though as for that the passing there

Had worn them really about the same,

And both that morning equally lay

In leaves no step had trodden black.

Oh, I kept the first for another day!

Yet knowing how way leads on to way,

I doubted if I should ever come back.

I shall be telling this with a sigh

Somewhere ages and ages hence:

Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—

I took the one less traveled by,

And that has made all the difference.

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"Sometimes the questions are complicated and the answers are simple." ~Dr Seuss

I love you Dr. Seuss :wub::wub::wub:

"Even a brocken clock is right twice a day." ~Polish Proverb

"I'd love to change the world, but i don't know what to do, so I'll leave it up to you" ~Alvin Lee

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:lol: haha no worries. Oscar Rocks!

Some cool quotes coming along people...enjoyed reading them.

:) He certainly does! Hmmm...I wonder who he reminds me of in the chalkstripes. haha. A certain guitarist with presence. :whistling:


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If you want the rainbow, you've gotta put up with the rain - do you know which philosopher said that? Dolly Parton. And people say she's just a big pair of tits.

David Brent

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Two sayings...

1. "Those who can do, do. Those who can't, teach." ~ George Bernard Shaw

2. "Those who can't do, teach. And those who can't teach, teach gym. And of course, those who couldn't do anything, I think were assigned to our school." ~ Woody Allen (from Annie Hall)


jk! no offense to gym teachers or any teachers of course! :P

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Edgard Allan Poe

Pomps of the marble, black anatomy

that outraged the burial worms,

of the triumph of death glacial

symbols he join. Was not affraid.

Was afraid the other shade, the loving,

the joint venture of the people;

Not blinded by glowing metal,

pink marble, but the rose.

Like as the other side of the mirror

was delivered to his solitary destination

of complex nightmares inventor.

Perhaps, on the other side of death,

continue building strong and lonely

appalling and magnificent wonders.

(Jorge Luis Borges) a blind man...

I cannot find a translation in english, perhaps missing some he. =)

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Instruct me, for Thou know'st; Thou from the first

Wast present, and with mighty wings outspread

Dove-like satst brooding on the vast Abyss

And mad'st it pregnant: What in me is dark

Illumin, what is low raise and support;

That to the highth of this great Argument

I may assert Eternal Providence,

And justifie the wayes of God to men.

Paradise Lost - John Milton another blind man =/

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If you want the rainbow, you've gotta put up with the rain - do you know which philosopher said that? Dolly Parton. And people say she's just a big pair of tits.

David Brent

The first famous pair I fell in love with when I was 13 year's old!

Here is a classic ....

"When in Rome, do as the Roman's do"

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