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Let me not to the marriage of true minds
Admit impediments. Love is not love
Which alters when it alteration finds,
Or bends with the remover to remove.
O no! It is an ever-fixed mark
That looks on tempests, and is never shaken;
It is the star to every wandering bark,
Whose worth's unknown, although his height be taken.
Love's not Time's fool, though rosy lips and cheeks
Within his bending sickle's compass come;
Love alters not with his brief hours and weeks,
But bears it out even to the edge of doom.
If this be error and upon me proved,
I never writ, nor no man ever loved. --- William Shakespeare, Sonnet CXVI

One frequently only finds out how really beautiful a really beautiful woman is after considerable acquaintence with her, and the rule applies to Niagara Falls, to majestic mountains, and to mosques --- especially to mosques. --- Mark Twain, The Innocents Abroad

If you have built castles in the air, your work need not be lost. That is where they should be. Now put the foundations under them. --- Henry David Thoreau

Government wants to control your language because that's how you control thought... which is basically the game they're in. --- George Carlin

The expert judgement of an institution, when the matters involve continuation of the institution's operations, is totally predictable, and hence the finding is totally worthless. --- Robert N. Kharasch

The function of the press is very high. It is almost holy. It ought to serve as a forum for the people, through which the people may know freely what is going on. To misstate or suppress the news is a breach of trust. --- Louis D. Brandeis

Truth is the greatest of all national possessions. A state, a people, a system which suppresses the truth or fears to publish it, deserves to collapse. --- Kurt Eisner

Had I interfered in the manner which I admit, and which I admit has been fairly proved --- (for I admire the truthfulness and candor of the greater portion of the witnesses who have testified in this case) --- had I so interfered in behalf of the rich, the powerful, the intelligent, the so-called great, or in behalf of their children, or any of that class, and suffered and sacrificed what I have in this interference, it would have been all right, and every man in this Court would have deemed it an act worthy of reward rather than punishment. --- John Brown, abolitionist, November 2, 1859 (Brown was hung December 2, 1859)

Thus I am led to my first axiom: the quest of international security involves the unconditional surrender by every nation, in a certain measure, of its liberty of action, its sovereignty that is to say, and it is clear beyond all doubt that no other road can lead to such security... [but] the craving for power which characterizes the governing class in every nation is hostile to any limitation of the national sovereignty. --- Albert Einstein, in a letter to Freud, July 30, 1932

"Hush! You are as ignorant as cats, both of you, and you don't know what you are talking about. You are like all the rest of the moral moles: you lie from morning till night, but because you don't do it with your mouths, but only with your lying eyes, your lying inflections, your deceptively misplaced emphasis, and your misleading gestures, you turn up your complacent noses and parade before God and the world as saintly and unsmirched Truth-Speakers, in whose cold-storage souls a lie would freeze to death if it got there! Why will you humbug yourselves with that foolish notion that no lie is a lie except a spoken one? What is the difference between lying with your eyes and lying with your mouth? There is none; and if you would reflect a moment you would see that it is so. There isn't a human being that doesn't tell a gross of lies every day of his life; and you -- why, between you, you tell thirty thousand; yet you flare up here in a lurid hypocritcal horror because I tell that child a benevolent and sinless lie to protect her from her imagination, which would get to work and warm up her blood to a fever in an hour, if I were disloyal enough to my duty to let it. Which I should probably do if I were interested in saving myself by such disreputable means." --- Mark Twain, "Was It Heaven? or Hell?"

Somewhere in the distance, when we fall in love again
The planets will be dancing as the moon plays violin
And we'll laugh at all the silly things that we've both said and done
And step into forever on the bright side of the sun. ---Men Without Hats, "Bright Side of the Sun"

 

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