The beauty of the cosmos derives not only from unity in variety, but also from variety in unity.
-Umberto Eco [The Name of the Rose]

You may force men, by interest or punishment, to say or swear they believe, and to act as if they believe: You can go no further. Every man, as a member of the commonwealth, ought to be content with the possession of his own opinion in private, without perplexing his neighbor or disturbing the public.
- Jonathan Swift [Thoughts on Religion]

When we our betters see bearing our woes,
We scarcely think our miseries our foes.
Who alone suffers, suffers most i’ the mind,
Leaving free things and happy shows behind.
But then the mind much sufferance doth o’er skip,
When grief hath mates, and bearing fellowship.
- William Shakespeare [King Lear 3.6.102-7]

If I want to be the best, I have to take risks others would avoid, always optimizing the learning potential of the moment and turning adversity to my advantage.
- Josh Waitzkin [The Art of Learning: A Journey in the Pursuit of Excellence]

What is a teacher? I'll tell you: it isn't someone who teaches something, but someone who inspires the student to give of her best in order to discover what she already knows.
- Paulo Coelho [The Witch of Portobello]

Without divine inspiration, no one is great.
- Heinrich Khunrath [Amphitheatrum sapientiae aeternae]

The general ORDER, since the whole began,
Is kept in Nature, and is kept in man.
- Alexander Pope [An Essay on Man]

Though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil.
- Psalm 23:4

When you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it.
- Paulo Coelho [The Alchemist]

Other dictionaries in other languages took longer to make; but none was greater, grander, or had more authority than this.
- Simon Winchester [The Professor and the Madman: A Tale of Murder, Insanity, and the Making of the Oxford English Dictionary]

If you have formed a Circle to go into
Go into it yourself & see how you would do
-William Blake [To God]

- 老子 [道德經]

He withers all in silence, and his hand
Unclothes the earth, and freezes up frail life.
- William Blake [To Winter]

Until they become conscious they will never rebel, and until after they have rebelled they can not become conscious.
- George Orwell [1984]

The allegory of Adam and Eve eating of the tree of evil, and entailing upon their posterity the wrath of God, and the loss of everlasting life, admits of no other explanation, than the disease and crime that have flowed from unnatural diet.
- Percy Bysshe Shelley [A Vindication of Natural Diet]


In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. the same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by him; and without him was not anything made that was made.
-John 1:1

The fox condemns the trap, not himself.
- William Blake [Proverbs of Hell]

The world is full of things like that: old postcards, theater programs...greeting cards, photograph albums, holiday brochures, instruction booklets for machine tools, maps, catalogs, railway timetables...all kinds of things that once served a real and useful purpose, but have now become cut adrift from the things and the people they relate to.
- Philip Pullman [Lyra's Oxford]

"I will honour Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year. I will live in the Past, the Present, and the Future. The Spirits of all Three shall strive within me. I will not shut out the lessons that they teach. Oh, tell me I may sponge away the writing on this stone!"
-Charles Dickens [A Christmas Carol]

'Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house Not a creature was stirring, not even 'little Angelino'
-adapted from Clement Clark Moore [A Visit from Saint Nick]

[Beethoven] felt himself victorious, and knew that he belonged to the world only as a free man.  The world had to take him as he was.
-Richard Wagner


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