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The universe is a big place, perhaps the biggest.
 Kurt Vonnegut

"A strong nation, like a strong person, can afford to be gentle, firm, thoughtful, and restrained. It can afford to extend a helping hand to others. It is a weak nation, like a weak person, that must behave with bluster and boasting and rashness and other signs of insecurity."Jimmy Carter

I am neither especially clever nor especially gifted. I am only very, very curious. Albert Einstein

My mother said to me, "If you are a soldier, you will become a general. If you are a monk, you will become the Pope." Instead, I was a painter, and became Picasso. Pablo Picasso

My life has no purpose, no direction, no aim, no meaning, and yet I'm happy. I can't figure it out. What am I doing right? Charles Schulz

I was walking home one night and a guy hammering on a roof called me a paranoid little weirdo. In morse code. Emo Phillips

The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes. Marcel Proust

Tragedy is when I cut my finger. Comedy is when you fall into an open sewer and die. Mel Brooks

If you can walk you can dance. If you can talk you can sing. Zimbabwe Proverb

Achievement of your happiness is the only moral purpose of your life, and that happiness, not pain or mindless self-indulgence, is the proof of your moral integrity, since it is the proof and the result of your loyalty to the achievement of your values. Ayn Rand

If Al Gore invented the Internet, I invented spell check. Dan Quayle

You want a friend in Washington? Get a dog. Harry S. Truman

Architecture in general is frozen music. Nietzsche

Writers are a little below clowns and a little above trained seals. John Steinbeck

There is nothing in a caterpillar that tells you it's going to be a butterfly. R. Buckminster Fuller

You wouldn't have won if we'd beaten you. Yogi Berra

I never said most of the things I said. Yogi berra

No amount of experimentation can ever prove me right; a single experiment can prove me wrong.
 Albert Einstein

You're only as young as the last time you changed your mind. Timothy Leary

Superman don't need no seat belt. Muhammad Ali

I feel sorry for people who don't drink. When they wake up in the morning, that's as good as they're going to feel all day. Frank Sinatra

Give me the luxuries of life and I will willingly do without the necessities. Frank Lloyd Wright

The most exciting attractions are between two opposites that never meet. Andy Warhol

Knowledge of the self is the mother of all knowledge. So it is incumbent on me to know my self, to know it completely, to know its minutiae, its characteristics, its subtleties, and its very atoms. Kahlil Gibran

Even if there is only one possible unified theory, it is just a set of rules and equations. What is it that breathes fire into the equations and makes a universe for them to describe? Stephen W. Hawking

The opposite of a fact is falsehood, but the opposite of one profound truth may very well be another profound truth. Niels Bohr

If quantum mechanics hasn't profoundly shocked you, you haven't understood it yet. Niels Bohr

Early in life I had to choose between honest arrogance and hypocritical humility. I chose the former and have seen no reason to change. Frank Lloyd Wright

The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and science. He to whom this emotion is a stranger, who can no longer pause to wonder and stand rapt in awe, is as good as dead: his eyes are closed. This insight into the mystery of life, coupled though it be with fear, has also given rise to religion. To know that what is impenetrable to us really exists, manifesting itself as the highest wisdom and the most radiant beauty which our dull faculties can comprehend only in their most primitive forms - this knowledge, this feeling, is at the center of true religiousness. In this sense, and in this sense only, I belong in the ranks of devoutly religious men. Albert Einstein

Artists can color the sky red because they know it's blue. Those of us who aren't artists must color things the way they really are or people might think we're stupid. Jules Feiffer

Good friends, good books and a sleepy conscience: this it the ideal life. Mark Twain

To me, it's a good idea to always carry two sacks of something when you walk around. That way, if anybody says, "Hey, can you give me a hand?" You can say, "Sorry, got these sacks." Jack Handy

It's not true that I had nothing on. I had the radio on. Marilyn Monroe

Mothers all want their sons to grow up to be president, but they don't want them to become politicians in the process. John F. Kennedy

The most incomprehensible thing about the world is that it is comprehensible. Albert Einstein

Are you really sure that a floor can't also be a ceiling? M. C. Escher

A primary function of art and thought is to liberate the individual from the tyranny of his culture in the environmental sense and to permit him to stand beyond it in an autonomy of perception and judgment. Beverly Sills

An apology? Bah! Disgusting! Cowardly! Beneath the dignity of any gentleman, however wrong he might be. Steve Martin

If there's anything unsettling to the stomach, it's watching actors on television talk about their personal lives. Marlon Brando

The hardest thing to understand in the world is the income tax. Albert Einstein

Let the rain kiss you. Let the rain beat upon your head with silver liquid drops. Let the rain sing you a lullaby. Langston Hughes

Like many members of the uncultured, Cheez-It consuming public, I am not good at grasping modern art. Dave Barry

Is it ignorance or apathy? Hey, I don't know and I don't care. Jimmy Buffet

I hate cameras. They are so much more sure than I am about everything. John Steinbeck

I often think that the night is more alive and more richly colored than the day. Vincent Van Gogh

I cannot give any scientist of any age better advice than this: the intensity of a conviction that a hypothesis is true has no bearing over whether it is true or not.
Peter Medawar

Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication. Leonardo da Vinci

An ounce of action is worth a ton of theory. Ralph Waldo Emerson

One thing kids like is to be tricked. For instance, I was going to take my little nephew to Disneyland, but instead I drove him to an old burned-out warehouse. 'Oh, no,' I said. 'Disneyland burned down.' He cried and cried, but I think that deep down, he thought it was a pretty good joke. I started to drive over to the real Disneyland, but it was getting pretty late. Jack Handey

Nothing is a waste of time if you use the experience wisely. Auguste Rodin

I sometimes wonder if two thirds of the globe is covered in red carpet. Prince Charles

I've been doing a lot of abstract painting lately, extremely abstract. No brush, no paint, no canvas, I just think about it. Steven Wright

Actually, my artistic knowledge is so tiny it could fit into the brain of an art critic. Michael Kilian

When my daughter was about seven years old, she asked me one day what I did at work. I told her I worked at the college - that my job was to teach people how to draw. She stared at me, incredulous, and said, "You mean they forget?" Howard Ikemoto

There are some days when I think I'm going to die from an overdose of satisfaction. Salvador Dali

Why, I just shake the buildings out of my sleeves. Frank Lloyd Wright

It always rains on tents. Rainstorms will travel thousands of miles, against prevailing winds for the opportunity to rain on a tent. Dave Barry

When I was very young and the urge to be someplace was on me, I was assured by mature people that maturity would cure this itch. When years described me as mature, the remedy prescribed was middle age. In middle age I was assured that greater age would calm my fever and now that I am fifty-eight perhaps senility will do the job. Nothing has worked... In other words, I don't improve, in further words, once a bum always a bum. I fear the disease is incurable. John Steinbeck

Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired, signifies, in the final sense, a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed. Dwight D. Eisenhower

Many a trip continues long after movement in time and space have ceased. John Steinbeck

An intellectual is a person who has discovered something more interesting than sex. Aldous Huxley

Like anybody, I would like to live a long life. Longevity has its place. But I'm not concerned about that now. I just want to do God's will. And He's allowed me to go up to the mountain. And I've looked over. And I've seen the Promised Land. I may not get there with you. But I want you to know tonight, that we, as a people, will get to the Promised Land! MLK Jr., the day before he was assassinated.

I figure when you buy beer, you're buying too much tare. Take 8 percent beer - why you're spending your dough for 92 percent water and color and hops and stuff like that. Steinbeck from Cannery Row

It is desirable that a man be clad so simply that he can lay his hands on himself in the dark, and that he live in all respects so compactly and preparedly that, if an enemy take the town, he can, like the old philosopher, walk out the gate empty-handed without anxiety. Thoreau from Walden

There is nothing more powerful than the made up mind. Lewis Pugh

Anyway, I keep picturing all these little kids playing some game in this big field of rye and all. Thousands of little kids, and nobody's around - nobody big, I mean - except me. And I'm standing on the edge of some crazy cliff. What I have to do, I have to catch everybody if they start to go over the cliff - I mean if they're running and they don't look where they're going I have to come out from somewhere and catch them. That's all I do all day. I'd just be the catcher in the rye and all. I know it's crazy, but that's the only thing I'd really like to be. J.D. Salinger from The Catcher in the Rye

Imagine this design assignment: design something that makes oxygen, sequesters carbon, fixes nitrogen, distills water, accrues solar energy as fuel, makes complex sugars and food, creates microclimates, changes colors with the seasons and self replicates…. Why don’t we knock that down and write on it? W. McDonough

I arise in the morning torn between a desire to improve the world and a desire to enjoy the world. This makes it hard to plan the day. E.B. White

the only people for me are the mad ones, the ones who are mad to live, mad to talk, mad to be saved, desirous of everything at the same time, the ones who never yawn or say a commonplace thing, but burn, burn, burn, like fabulous yellow roman candles exploding like spiders across the stars and in the middle you see the blue centerlight pop and everybody goes 'Awww!' Jack Kerouac from On The Road