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Favorite Quotations:

Oh, threats of Hell and Hopes of Paradise!
One thing at least is certain--This Life flies;
One thing is certain and the rest is Lies;
The Flower that once has blown for ever dies.

Strange, is it not? that of the myriads who
Before us pass'd the door of Darkness through,
Not one returns to tell us of the Road,
Which to discover we must travel too.
-- The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam, 1120 A.C.E.
رباعیات عمر خیام

Knowledge of the spirit-world is to be obtained by divination; information in natural science may be sought by inductive reasoning; the laws of the universe can be verified by mathematical calculation: but the dispositions of the enemy are ascertainable through spies and spies alone.
-- Mei Yao-Ch'en 1002-1060, commenting on Sun Tzu's Art of War (600 B.C.E.) 孫子兵法

One must give value to their existence by behaving as if one's very existence were a work of art.
-- Friedrich Nietzsche, 1844-1900 (on overcoming nihilism)

Peace: It does not mean to be in a place where there is no noise, trouble or hard work. It means to be in the midst of those things and still be calm in your heart.
-- Author unknown

A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, die gallantly. Specialization is for insects.
-- Robert Heinlein, 1973, Time Enough For Love

Be silly. Be honest. Be kind.
-- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Richard Feynman, Bruce Lee, Jane Goodall, Warren Buffet, Mark Twain