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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

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

— Aesop

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

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

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 cooperation. 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

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

Dreams are necessary to life.

— Anaïs Nin

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

— Anaïs Nin

Age does not protect you from love. But love, to some extent, protects you from age.

— Anaïs Nin

I, with a deeper instinct, choose a man who compels my strength, who makes enormous demands on me, who does not doubt my courage or my toughness, who does not believe me naive or innocent, who has the courage to treat me like a woman.

— Anaïs Nin

An education isn’t how much you have committed to memory, or even how much you know. It’s being able to differentiate between what you know and what you don’t.

— Anatole France

We all wear masks, and the time comes when we cannot remove them without removing some of our own skin.

— Andre Berthiaume

As for courage and will—we cannot measure how much of each lies within us, we can only trust there will be sufficient to carry through trials which may lie ahead.

— Andre Norton

The cardinal doctrine of a fanatic’s creed is that his enemies are the enemies of God.

— Andrew Dickson White

Reading a book is like rewriting it for yourself. You bring to a novel, anything you read, all your experience of the world. You bring your history and you read it in your own terms.

— Angela Carter
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