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Here is the collection of the words of wisdom;  clever phrases and famous quotes and citations that you might find interesting.

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Last update: 27th of August, 2002

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SOMETHING ABOUT SPIRITUAL...
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You have not converted a man because you have silenced him.
John Morley

There are two kinds of people: those who say to God, "Thy will be done," and those to whom God says, "All right, then, have it your way!"
C. S. Lewis

When any government, or church for that matter, undertakes to say to it's subjects, this you may not read, this you must not see, this you are forbidden to know, the end result is tyranny and oppression, no matter how holy the motive.
Robert Heinlein

Any being who requires your worship and obedience is not a God.
Duane Alan Hahn

It is the deserts and high places that religions are generated. When men see nothing but bottomless infinity over their heads they have always had a driving and desperate urge to find someone to put in the way.
Terry Pratchett "Jingo"

We have just enough religion to make us hate, but not enough to make us love one another.
Jonathan Swift

Never underestimate the power of the human mind to believe, no matter the conflicting evidence.
Brian Herbert, Kevin J. Anderson "Prelude to Dune: House Harkonnen"
Being afraid something is true is accepting the possibility. Accepting the possibility is the first step to believing.
Terry Goodkind "Wizard's First Rule"

People who want to share their religious views with you almost never want you to share yours with them.

When the ego dies, the soul awakes.
Gandhi

Men of great spirit are at high risk at a time when small souls rule the world.
Robert Silverberg

When you speak of heaven, let your face light up; let it be irradiated by a heavenly gleam; let your eyes shine with reflected glory. But when you speak of hell, your ordinary expression will do.
Charles Spurgeon, 19th century preacher

We are here to remove a primary weapon from the hands of disputant religions. That weapon  the claim to possession of the one and only revelation.
Frank Herbert "Dune"

These are illusions of popular history which a successful religion must promote: evil men never prosper; only the brave deserve the fair; honesty is the best policy; actions speak louder than words; virtue always triumphs; a good deed is its own reward; any bad human can be reformed; religious talismans protect one from demon possession; only females understood the ancient mysteries; the rich are doomed to unhappiness.
Frank Herbert "Children of Dune"
SOMETHING ABOUT THE TRUTH...
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Facts do not cease to exist because they are ignored.
Aldous Huxley

All truth passes through three stages: first, it is ridiculed; second, it is violently opposed; third, it is accepted as self-evident.
Arthur Schopenhauer

They deem him their worst enemy who tells them the truth.
Plato

If you tell the truth you don't have to remember anything.
Mark Twain

The truth is rarely pure and never simple.
Oscar Wilde
It is always the best policy to speak the truth, unless of course you are an exceptionally good liar.
Jerome K. Jerome

The reason why truth is so much stranger than fiction is that there is no requirement for it to be consistent.
Mark Twain

The difference between truth and fiction: fiction has to make sense.
Mark Twain

Man will occasionally stumble over the truth, but most of the time he will pick himself up and continue on as though nothing has happened.
Winston Churchill

Fools who won't see the truth are deadly.
Terry Goodkind "Wizard's First Rule"
SOMETHING ABOUT THE UNIVERSE...
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Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I'm not sure about the former.
Albert Einstein

The basic lesson of our relativistic universe is that things change. Any power must always meet a greater power.
Frank Herbert "Children of Dune"

Sometimes I think the surest sign that intelligent life exists elsewhere in the universe is that none of it has tried to contact us.
Bill Watterson, cartoonist

There is a theory which states that if ever anyone discovers exactly what the Universe is for and why it is here, it will instantly disappear and be replaced by something even more bizarre and inexplicable. There is another theory which states that this has already happened.
Douglas Adams "The Restaurant at the End of the Universe"
Even light, which travels so fast it takes most races thousands of years to realize that it travels at all, takes time to journey between the stars.
Douglas Adams

Ancient philosophical joke:
-          Why is the Universe here?
-          Where else would it be?
Arthur C. Clarke

Deep in the human unconscious is a pervasive need for a logical universe that makes sense. But the real universe is always one step beyond logic.
Frank Herbert "Dune"

Earth is the cradle of the mind - but you cannot live in the cradle forever.
Konstantin Tsiolkovsky
SOMETHING ABOUT THE WAR...
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I do not know with what weapons World War 3 will be fought, but World War 4 will be fought with sticks and stones.
Albert Einstein

Anyone who has ever looked into the glazed eyes of a soldier dying on the battlefield will think hard before starting a war.
Otto Von Bismarck

Older men declare war. But it is youth that must fight and die.
Herbert Clark Hoover

Patriots always talk of dying for their country, never of killing for their country.
Bertrand Russell

War is delightful to those who have had no experience of it.
Desiderius Erasmus
It is easier to lead men to combat, stirring up their passion, than to restrain them and direct them toward the patient labors of peace.
Andre Gide

In those rare intervals between wars, they nursed a maniacal distrust of their neighbours, then salved their fixated nerves by stockpiling weapons of every shape and description.
Terry Pratchett

It didn't take a major excuse for them to fight; sometimes, being on the same world was enough.
Terry Pratchett "The Truth"

It is ten thousand times cheaper to pay the best spies lavishly than even a tiny army poorly.
San Tzu
SOMETHING ABOUT THE WEALTH AND THE POOR...
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I've never been poor, only broke. Being poor is a frame of mind. Being broke is a temporary situation.
Mike Todd
Money will buy you a pretty good dog, but it won't buy the wag of his tail.

Wealth is a tool of freedom. But the pursuit of wealth is the way to slavery.
Frank Herbert "God Emperor of Dune"
SOME WISE ADVISES...
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Do not lose courage in considering your own imperfections.
Saint Francis de Sales

If you believe everything you read, you better not read.
Japanese proverb

Patience is the best remedy for every trouble.
Plautus

Don't tell other people your troubles. Half of them aren't interested, and the other half will think you deserved it.

Work like you don't need the money, love like you've never been hurt and dance like no one is watching.
Randall G Leighton
Beware of the man with one book.

If you are going through hell, keep going.
Winston Churchill

In waking a tiger, use a long stick.
Mao Tse-Tung

Don't cry when the sun is gone, because the tears won't let you see the stars.

Be not afraid of going slowly; be only afraid of standing still.
Chinese proverb
SOMETHING ABOUT WISDOM AND FOOLISHNESS...
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Never underestimate the power of stupid people in large groups.

Silence is the virtue of fools.
Francis Bacon

The doors to wisdom are never shut.

Knowing others is wisdom, knowing yourself is Enlightenment.
Lao Tzu

Better to remain silent and be thought stupid than to speak and remove all doubt.

Wise men talk because they have something to say; fools, because they have to say something.
Plato
The first of April is the day we remember what we are the other 364 days of the year.
Mark Twain

Wise men learn by other men's mistakes, fools by their own.
H.G. Bohn

People are stupid: given proper motivation, almost anyone will believe almost anything.
Terry Goodkind "Wizard's First Rule"

Stupid people do stupid things, but people who are smart enough can do something really stupid.
Robert Charles Wilson "The Chronoliths"
WITH SMILE ABOUT SERIOUS...
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A doctor can bury his mistakes but an architect can only advise his clients to plant vines.
Frank Lloyd Wrigh

Sometimes I lie awake at night and I ask, 'Where have I gone wrong?' Then a voice says to me, 'This is going to take more than one night.'
Charlie Brown

We provide three types of service: Quick, Cheap & Good. You may select any two.
If it's Quick and Cheap, it won't be Good;
If it's Cheap and Good, it won't be Quick;
And if it's Good and Quick, it certainly won't be Cheap!
The Zen master steps up to the hot dog cart and says, "Make me one with everything."  The hot dog vendor fixes a hot dog and hands it to the Zen master, who pays with a $20 bill.  The hot dog vendor puts the bill in the cash drawer and closes the drawer.  "Where's my change?" asks the Zen master. The hot dog vendor responds: "Change must come from within."

Gardening requires lots of water -- most of it in the form of perspiration.

I'm on two diets. I don't get enough to eat on just one.
SOMETHING ABOUT WOMEN...
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A man wants to be a woman's first love, a woman wants to be his last.
Oscar Wilde

Women are almost always angry with men for one reason or another. It's one of things you'll have to get used to, as you get older.
David Eddings "Belgarion"

When women are depressed, they either eat or go shopping. Men invade another country. It's a whole different way of thinking.
Elaine Boosler
When women hold off from marrying men, we call it independence. When men hold off from marrying women, we call it fear of commitment.
Warren Farrell

Women and cats will do as they please, and men and dogs should relax and get used to the idea.
Robert A. Heinlein

Curiosity may have killed the cat, but her's curiosity could have massacred a pride of lions.
Terry Pratchett "The Light Fantastic"

Women are meant to be loved, not to be understood.
Oscar Wilde
SOMETHING ABOUT WORK...
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When he could not sell, he bought; when he could not buy, he traded, and when he could not trade, he dredged for gossip and information.
David Eddings "Belgarion"

The one of us who lies the best will get the better of the bargain. It's a game. A very exciting game that's played all over the world. Good players got rich, and bad players don't.
David Eddings "Belgarion"

What helps people, helps business.
Leo Burnett

Never mistake activity for achievement.
John Wooden

The person who knows HOW will always have a job. The person who knows WHY will always be his boss.
Diane Ravitch

I find that the harder I work, the more luck I seem to have.
Thomas Jefferson

Choose a job that you like and you will never have to work a day in your life.
Confucius

There are two kinds of people, those that do the work and those that take the credit. Try to be in the first group, there is less competition there.
Indira Gandhi

The trouble with doing something right the first time is that nobody appreciates how difficult it was.

The difference between the hard way and the easy way is that the hard way works.
Terry Pratchett "The Truth"
There are plenty of rules for attaining success, but none of them work unless you do!
Mark Twain

Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try gain. Fail again. Fail better.
Samuel Beckett

Do not let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do.
John Wooden

If you don't have time to do it right, when will you have time to do it over?

Never confuse motion with action.
Benjamin Franklin

If you want something you've never had, you better be willing to do something you've never done.

I love work; it fascinates me. I can sit and look at it for hours.
Jerome K. Jerome

Accomplishing the impossible ONLY means the boss will add it to your regular duties.

If everyday you do a little more than is expected of you, everyday a little more will be expected of you.

To try and fail is at least to learn; to fail to try is to suffer the inestimable loss of what might have been.
George Bernard

It is amazing what you can accomplish if you do NOT care who gets the credit.
Harry S. Truman
SOMETHING ABOUT THE WORLD AROUND US...
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To different minds, the same world is a hell, and a heaven.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

The world hates change, yet it is the only thing that has brought progress.
Charles F. Kettering

Every man takes the limits of his own field of vision for the limits of the world.
Arthur Schopenhauer

The highest function of ecology is the understanding of consequences.
Frank Herbert "Dune"
Everything has beauty, but not everyone can see it.
Confucius

Events are like horses. Sometimes they run away. After they've run for a while, though, they'll start to walk again. Then there'll be a time to put everything together.
David Eddings

A world is supported by four things: the learning of wise, the justice of great, the prayers of the righteous and the valor of the brave. But all of these are as nothing without a ruler who knows the art of ruling.
Frank Herbert "Dune"
SOMETHING ABOUT WRITING...
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A professional writer is an amateur who didn't quit.
Richard Bach

Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing.
Benjamin Franklin

Good things, when short, are twice as good.
Baltasar Gracian

The most valuable of all talents is that of never using two words when one will do.
Thomas Jefferson
The most original of authors are not so because they advance what is new, but more because they know how to say something, as if it had never been said before.
Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe

The difference between the right word and the almost right ward is the difference between lightning and a lightning bug.
Mark Twain
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