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people Quotes

100+ of the best book quotes about people
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“People worry about kids playing with guns, and teenagers watching violent videos; we are scared that some sort of culture or violence will take them over. Nobody worries about kids listening to thousands - literally thousands - of songs about broken hearts and rejection and pain and misery and loss. ”
Nick Hornby
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High Fidelity
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people
childhood
guns
violent videos
culture
violence
ignorance
misunderstandings
worries
broken heart
pain
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“By bringing shame to a person, how could one expect to make him a better man?”
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“my friends don’t seem to be friends at all but people whose phone numbers I haven’t lost.”
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“You will be tripped up by people when your resolution is lax.”
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“It is bad taste to yawn in front of people.”
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“There are people who are good at manners but have no uprightness.”
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“The most important thing in life, and you can’t tell whether people have it or not. Surely this is wrong? Surely people who are happy should look happy, at all times, no matter how much money they have or how uncomfortable their shoes are or how little their child is sleeping; and people who are doing OK but have still not found their soul-mate should look, I don’t know, anxious, like Billy Crystal in When Harry Met Sally; and people who are desperate should wear something, a yellow ribbon maybe, which would allow them to be identified by similar desperate people. ”
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“Human beings can be awful cruel to one another.”
Huckleberry Finn
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behavior
people
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“I have found out that there ain’t no surer way to find out whether you like people or hate them than to travel with them.”
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“people go but how they left always stays”
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“If everybody minded their own business,” the Duchess said, in a hoarse growl, “the world would go round a deal faster than it does.”
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“And the moral of that is—’Oh, ‘tis love, ‘tis love, that makes the world go round!’” “Somebody said,” Alice whispered, “that it’s done by everybody minding their own business!” “Ah well! It means much the same thing,” said the Duchess, digging her sharp little chin into Alice’s shoulder as she added, “and the moral of that is—‘Take care of the sense, and the sounds will take care of themselves.’”
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“That’s why; he’s worried about how his life is turning out, and he’s lonely, and lonely people are the bitterest of them all”
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“Property is surely a right of mankind as real as liberty.”
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“‘The matter with human beans,’ the BFG went on, ‘is that they is absolutely refusing to believe anything unless they is actually seeing it right in front of their own schnozzles.‘”
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“Our obligations to our country never cease but with our lives.”
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“Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.”
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“I always consider the settlement of America with reverence and wonder, as the opening of a grand scene and design in providence, for the illumination of the ignorant and the emancipation of the slavish part of mankind all over the earth.”
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“The prospect is chilling, on every Side. Gloomy, dark, melancholy, and dispiriting. When and where will the light spring up?”
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“Let us tenderly and kindly cherish, therefore, the means of knowledge. Let us dare to read, think, speak, and write.”
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“Without religion this world would be something not fit to be mentioned in polite company, I mean Hell.”
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“The desperate need today is not for a greater number of intelligent people, or gifted people, but for deep people.”
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“Remember, democracy never lasts long. It soon wastes, exhausts, and murders itself. There never was a democracy yet that did not commit suicide.”
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“Let every sluice of knowledge be opened and set a-flowing.”
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“I read my eyes out and can’t read half enough.... The more one reads the more one sees we have to read.”
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“The jaws of power are always open to devour, and her arm is always stretched out, if possible, to destroy the freedom of thinking, speaking, and writing.”
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“While all other Sciences have advanced, that of Government is at a stand; little better understood; little better practiced now than three or four thousand years ago.”
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“You will never be alone with a poet in your pocket.”
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“Power always thinks... that it is doing God’s service when it is violating all his laws.”
God
John Adams
persons
people
presidents
concepts
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“Liberty, once lost, is lost forever.”
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“Old minds are like old horses; you must exercise them if you wish to keep them in working order.”
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“Let the human mind loose. It must be loose. It will be loose. Superstition and dogmatism cannot confine it.”
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“The right of a nation to kill a tyrant in case of necessity can no more be doubted than to hang a robber, or kill a flea.”
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“I, poor creature, worn out with scribbling for my bread and my liberty, low in spirits and weak in health, must leave others to wear the laurels which I have sown, others to eat the bread which I have earned. A common case.”
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“Facts are stubborn things; and whatever may be our wishes, our inclinations, or the dictates of our passions, they cannot alter the state of facts and evidence.”
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“Be wiser than other people if you can; but do not tell them so.”
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“My name is Sherlock Holmes. It is my business to know what other people do not know.”
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“If you are not in the process of becoming the person you want to be, you are automatically engaged in becoming the person you don’t want to be. ”
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“Every man has a history worth knowing, if he could tell it, or if we could draw it from him.”
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“But people themselves alter so much, that there is something new to be observed in them for ever.”
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“Sometimes when I walk down the street I bet people will say there goes Roy Hobbs, the best there ever was in the game.”
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“Angry people are not always wise.”
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″People are more important than things. A car, even a pristine gem like my new convertible, was just a thing.″
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″When you use money to fight poverty, it can be of great value, but too often, you’re working at the margins. When you’re putting people on the moon, you’re inspiring all of us to achieve the maximum of human potential, which is how our greatest problems will eventually be solved.″
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“There is, I believe, in every disposition a tendency to some particular evil—a natural defect, which not even the best education can overcome.”
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“There are few people whom I really love, and still fewer of whom I think well. The more I see of the world, the more am I dissatisfied with it; and every day confirms my belief of the inconsistency of all human characters, and of the little dependence that can be placed on the appearance of merit or sense.”
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″Jon warned me that sometimes this took great patience—even years.’But in the end,’ he said, ‘people will show you their good side. Almost everybody has a good side. Just keep waiting. It will come out.’ ″
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“Too many people go thru life complaining about their problems. I’ve always believed if you take one-tenth the energy you put into complaining and applied it to solve the problem, you’d be surprised by how well things can work out.”
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“Like all people, we perceive the version of reality that our culture communicates. Like others having or living in more than one culture, we get multiple, often opposing messages. The coming together of two self-consistent but habitually incomparable frames of reference causes un choque, a cultural collision.”
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“People are hard to hate close-up. Move in. Speak truth to bullshit. Be civil. Hold hands. With strangers. Strong back, soft front, wild heart.”
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“It was curious to think that the sky was the same for everybody, in Eurasia or Eastasia as well as here. And the people under the sky were also very much the same--everywhere, all over the world, hundreds or thousands of millions of people just like this, people ignorant of one another’s existence, held apart by walls of hatred and lies, and yet almost exactly the same--people who had never learned to think but were storing up in their hearts and bellies and muscles the power that would one day overturn the world.”
1984
book
lies
people
concepts
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“You’d be surprised how many people violate this simple principle every day of their lives and try to fit square pegs into round holes, ignoring the clear reality that Things Are As They Are.”
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“Man is the only creature that consumes without producing. He does not give milk, he does not lay eggs, he is too weak to pull the plough, he cannot run fast enough to catch rabbits. Yet he is lord of all the animals. He sets them to work, he gives back to them the bare minimum that will prevent them from starving, and the rest he keeps for himself.”
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“This is what happened to dogs who tried to live in the world without people—they became beaten down, defeated, starved.”
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“The world calls them its singers and poets and artists and storytellers; but they are just people who have never forgotten the way to fairyland.”
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“There are people, who the more you do for them, the less they will do for themselves.”
Emma
book
laziness
people
actions
concepts
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“My idea of good company...is the company of clever, well-informed people, who have a great deal of conversation; that is what I call good company.′ ‘You are mistaken,’ said he gently, ‘that is not good company, that is the best.”
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“Without realizing it, we fill important places in each other’s lives. It’s that way with a minister and congregation. Or with the guy at the corner grocery, the mechanic at the local garage, the family doctor, teachers, neighbors, co-workers. Good people, who are always “there,” who can be relied upon in small, important ways. People who teach us, bless us, encourage us, support us, uplift us in the dailiness of life. We never tell them. I don’t know why, but we don’t. And, of course, we fill that role ourselves. There are those who depend on us, watch us, learn from us, take from us. And we never know. Don’t sell yourself short. You may never have proof of your importance, but you are more important than you think.”
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“We modern, urban, educated folks yell at traffic and umpires and bills and banks and machines- especially machines. Machines and relatives get most of the yelling.”
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“I realized that today I truly understood my purpose as Ellie: not just to Find people but to save them.
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“It’s strange to think of your teachers as being people.”
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“For no matter what we achieve, if we don’t spend the vast majority of our time with people we love and respect, we cannot possibly have a great life.”
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“And were they really so different?”
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“And who decided which people wore striped pajamas and which people wore the uniforms?”
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“We don’t have the luxury of thinking ... Some people make all the decisions for us.”
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“Expending energy trying to motivate people is largely a waste of time… if you have the right people on the bus, they will be self-motivated.”
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“A magazine is simply a device to induce people to read advertising.”
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“The people we interviewed from the good-to-great companies clearly loved what they did, largely because they loved who they did it with.”
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“Groups, staring at the ground, looking horribly sad; they all had one thing in common: they were all terribly skinny and their eyes were sunken and they all had shaved heads”
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“Ninety percent of the time. It takes very little to govern good people. Very little. And bad people cant be governed at all. Or if they could I never heard of it.”
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“If I found a job, a project, an idea or a person I wanted—I’d have to depend on the whole world. Everything has strings leading to everything else. We’re all so tied together.”
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“The way to make people trust-worthy is to trust them.”
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“You never wanted me to be real. You never wanted anyone to be. But you didn’t want to show it.”
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“I wonder how many people don’t get the one they want, but end up with the one they’re supposed to be with.”
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“I don’t know what you mean when you say ‘the whole world’ or ‘generations before him.‘I thought there was only us. I thought there was only now.”
Jonas
character
people
world
concepts
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“Needing people ended in hurt.”
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“Yet, she said to herself, from the dawn of time odes have been sung to love; wreaths heaped and roses; and if you asked nine people out of ten they would say they wanted nothing but this—love”
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“It’s tiring to have to work through difficulties with people. But for what it’s worth, I’ve learned it’s way easier than starting over.”
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“But if we stop, if we accept the person we are when we fall, the journey ends. That failure becomes our destination.”
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“Most people seemed to have a hard outer shell that protected them from mean people, insults, bad memories.”
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“People like you to be something, preferably what they are.”
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“What mattered was not caring. “And the best way not to care was to surround yourself with noise and people.”
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“Good and evil are names for what people do, not for what they are.”
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“The values of the world we inhabit and the people we surround ourselves with have a profound effect on who we are.”
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“It’s easy to talk to a horse if you understand his language. Horses stay the same from the day they are born until the day they die. They are only changed by the way people treat them.”
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“But out here, down here among the people, the truer currencies come into being.”
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“The people out here were meant to go down first. We’re expendable.”
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“So many people enter and leave your life! Hundreds of thousands of people! You have to keep the door open so they can come in! But it also means you have to let them go!”
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“...There are too many idiots in this world. And having said it, I have the burden of proving it.”
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“I think all it really takes for different people to get along is a common rooting interest and a few beers.”
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“Everyone’s got some place to be. Finding God is not on the schedule.”
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“The oppressed will always believe the worst about themselves.”
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“We’re going to have to fit in as best we can with the people here for as long as we have to stay. That means we’re going to have to play the roles you gave us.”
Kevin
Dana
characters
future
to fit in
life
people
concepts
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“With each succeeding generation, the growing demand of the people that its elective officials shall not lead but merely register the popular will has steadily undermined the independence of those who derive their power from popular election. ”
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“The ease. Us, the children… I never realized how easily people could be trained to accept slavery”
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″‘There are two kinds of people in this world, son. Those who save lives, and those who take lives.’ ‘And what of those who protect and defend? Those who save lives by taking lives?’ ‘That’s like trying to stop a storm by blowing harder. Ridiculous. You can’t protect by killing.‘”
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“But now, as an examining magistrate, Ivan Ilych felt that everyone without exception, even the most important and self-satisfied, was in his power, and that he need only write a few words on a sheet of paper with a certain heading, and this or that important, self- satisfied person would be brought before him in the role of an accused person or a witness, and if he did not choose to allow him to sit down, would have to stand before him and answer his questions.”
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“There is so much good in the worst of us, and so much bad in the best of us, that it ill behaves any of us to find fault with the rest of us.”
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“Love is often nothing but a favorable exchange between two people who get the most of what they can expect, considering their value on the personality market.”
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“Reason is man’s faculty for grasping the world by thought, in contradiction to intelligence, which is man’s ability to manipulate the world with the help of thought. ”
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“Selfish persons are incapable of loving others, but they are not capable of loving themselves either.”
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“Respect is not fear and awe; it denotes, in accordance with the root of the word (respicere = to look at), the ability to see a person as he is, to be aware of his individuality and uniqueness.”
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“We do not expect people to be deeply moved by what is not unusual.”
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“These people were my relatives, my ancestors. And this place could be my refuge.”
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“What most people in our culture mean by being lovable is essentially a mixture between being popular and having sex appeal.”
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“Immature love says: “I love you because I need you.” Mature love says: “I need you because I love you.”
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“If you want to rebel, rebel from inside the system.That’s much more powerful than rebelling outside the system.”
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“Masses of the people think that feminism is always the only about women seeking to be equal to men. Their misunderstanding of feminist politics reflects the reality that most folks learn about feminism from patriarchal mass media.”
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“In love the paradox occurs that two beings become one and yet remain two.”
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“O my body, make of me always a man who questions!”
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″‘I hate meeting new people,’ she whispered. ‘Why?’ ‘Because they never like me.‘”
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“Mastery of language affords remarkable power.”
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“The regime got scared because if these opponents had reached Tehran, they would have freed those who represented a real threat to the government…”
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“Imperialism leaves behind germs of rot which we must clinically detect and remove from our land but from our minds as well.”
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“When we talk ... nothing is said. ... Communication is awful hard between people. ”
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“They realize at last that change does not mean reform, that change does not mean improvement.”
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“The basic confrontation which seemed to be colonialism versus anti-colonialism, indeed capitalism versus socialism, is already losing its importance.”
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“Everything can be explained to the people, on the single condition that you want them to understand.”
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“We are all very anxious to be understood, and it is very hard not to be. But there is one thing much more necessary.′ ‘What is that, grandmother?’ ‘To understand other people.‘”
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″ People ain’t the way they used to be. ”
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″ It shows you that when people have left a reproachful vacancy in a contract they can be as shady about it in Bibles as elsewhere.”
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“People think that a liar gains a victory over his victim. What I’ve learned is that a lie is an act of self-abdication, because one surrenders one’s reality to the person to whom one lies, making that person one’s master, condemning oneself from then on to faking the sort of reality that person’s view requires to be faked…”
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“But in the meantime, you got to remember, you can’t always judge people by the things they done. You got to judge them by what they are doing now.”
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“That night for the first time in my life I realized that it is the physical presence of people and their spirits that gives a town life. With the absence of so many people, the town became scary, the night darker, and the silence unbearably agitating.”
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“For a colonized people the most essential value, because the most concrete, is first and foremost the land: the land which will bring them bread and, above all, dignity.”
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“People must believe what they can, and those who believe more must not be hard upon those who believe less. I doubt if you would have believed it all yourself if you hadn’t seen some of it.”
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“Well, I won’t. But I gotta do something. It seems like there’s gotta be someplace without greasers or Socs, with just people. Plain, ordinary people.”
Johnny Cade
character
enemies
people
concepts
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“It’s not up to you to help other people fit you into a box.”
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“Here was another peculiar Trump attribute: an inability to see his actions the way most others saw them. Or to fully appreciate how people expected him to behave.”
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“I become hostile to people the moment they come close to me.”
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“A new subculture was born, composed of the millions of people who now devoted every free moment of their lives to searching for Halliday’s egg.”
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“He’d discovered that he liked houses. Maybe mostly because they were understandable... Houses were fair, they gave you what you deserved. Which, unfortunately, was more than one could say about people.”
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“Scripture knows nothing of a solitary Christian. People of faith are always members of a community.”
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“There are times when we’re all autumn people.”
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“Breakfast was a curious meal. Everyone was very polite…. Six people, all outwardly self-possessed and normal. And within? Thoughts that ran round in a circle like squirrels in a cage…. “What next? What next? Who? Which?”
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“Five people—five frightened people. Five people who watched each other, who now hardly troubled to hide the state of their nervous tension. There was little pretense now….They were five enemies linked together by a mutual instinct of self-preservation.”
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“When people are too well off they always begin to long for something new.”
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“Too often the people complain that they have done nothing with their lives and then they wait for somebody to tell them that this isn’t so.”
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“I could hear the voices of the other people.They filled my silent mountain”
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“One of the keys to thinking big is total focus. I think of it almost as a controlled neurosis, which is a quality I’ve noticed in many highly successful entrepreneurs. They’re obsessive, they’re driven, they’re single-minded and sometimes they’re almost maniacal, but it’s all channeled into their work. Where other people are paralyzed by neurosis, the people I’m talking about are actually helped by it.”
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“I’ve never been terribly interested in why people give, because their motivation is rarely what it seems to be, and it’s almost never true altruism.”
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“The final key to the way I promote is bravado. I play to people’s fantasies. People may not always think big themselves, but they can still get very excited by those who do. That’s why a little hyperbole never hurts. People want to believe that something is the biggest and the greatest and the most spectacular. I call it truthful hyperbole. It’s an innocent form of exaggeration, and a very effective form of promotion.”
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“We have calcium in our bones, iron in our veins, carbon in our souls, and nitrogen in our brains. 93 percent stardust, with souls made of flames, we are all just stars that have people names.”
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“Some people are born with tornadoes in their lives, but constellations in their eyes. Other people are born with stars at their feet, but their souls are lost at sea.”
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“When asked what he recalls of his first six years, Michael said, ‘Going for days having to drink water to get full. Going to other people’s houses and asking for something to eat. Sleeping outside. The mosquitoes.‘”
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″‘God gives people money to see how you’re going to handle it’ she said. And she intended to prove she knew how to handle it.”
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“Always be honest about the way someone makes you feel about yourself.”
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“Some people will always taste like fire and leave the ones that love them tasting like ash.”
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“Some people are going to love you like you are a pond, and others are going to love you like you are a river, but you are an ocean, and you should never settle for anyone who loves you for anything less than that.”
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“People are not punished for their deeds but by them”
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“You cannot convince people to love you. This is an absolute rule. No one will ever give you love because you want him or her to give it. Real love moves freely in both directions. Don’t waste your time on anything else.”
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“Ideas come from people. Therefore, people are more important than ideas.”
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“It is when people do wrong things wilfully that they are the more likely to do them again.”
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“The person who can’t change his or her mind is dangerous.”
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“Things that happen before you are born still affect you. And people who come before your time affect you as well.”
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“Are you watching closely?”
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“The unhappiest people I know, romantically speaking, are the ones who like pop music the most; and I don’t know whether pop music has caused this unhappiness, but I do know that they’ve been listening to the sad songs longer than they’ve been living the unhappy lives.”
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“There are five people you meet in heaven. Each of us was in your life for a reason. You may not have known the reason at the time, and that is what heaven is for. For understanding your life on earth.”
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“But it’s no use now,” thought poor Alice, “to pretend to be two people! Why, there’s hardly enough of me left to make one respectable person!”
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“The average man don’t like trouble and danger.”
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“I do not think, sir, you have any right to command me, merely because you are older than I, or because you have seen more of the world than I have; your claim to superiority depends on the use you have made of your time and experience.”
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“There’s such a lot of different Annes in me. I sometimes think that is why I’m such a troublesome person. If I was just the one Anne it would be ever so much more comfortable, but then it wouldn’t be half so interesting.”
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“One man’s ways may be as good as another’s, but we all like our own best.”
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“Don’t give up! I believe in you all. A person’s a person, no matter how small!”
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“Now, the Star-Belly Sneetches had bellies with stars. The Plain-Belly Sneetches had none upon thars.”
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“This goodly frame, the earth, seems to me a sterile promontory, this most excellent canopy, the air, look you, this brave o’erhanging firmament, this majestical roof fretted with golden fire, why, it appears no other thing to me than a foul and pestilent congregation of vapours. What a piece of work is a man! how noble in reason! how infinite in faculty! in form and moving how express and admirable! in action how like an angel! in apprehension how like a god! the beauty of the world! the paragon of animals! And yet, to me, what is this quintessence of dust?”
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“You ever think, Charlie, that our group is the same as any other group like the football team? And the only real difference between us is what we wear and why we wear it?”
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“It’s difficult in times like these: ideals, dreams and cherished hopes rise within us, only to be crushed by grim reality. It’s a wonder I haven’t abandoned all my ideals, they seem so absurd and impractical. Yet I cling to them because I still believe, in spite of everything, that people are truly good at heart.”
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“Then he took out his morning letters, and began to read, pretending to take no more notice of [Gandalf]. He had decided that he was not quite his sort, and wanted him to go away. But the old man did not move.”
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“Every building is like a person. Single and unrepeatable.”
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“But what can you do when you have to deal with people?”
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“People come, people go—they’ll drift in and out of your life, almost like characters in a favorite book. When you finally close the cover, the characters have told their story and you start up again with another book, complete with new characters and adventures. Then you find yourself focusing on the new ones, not the ones from the past.”
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“And you can’t always please yourself; you must sometimes please other people. That, I admit, you’re very ready to do; but there’s another thing that’s still more important--you must often displease others. You must always be ready for that--you must never shrink from it. That doesn’t suit you at all--you’re too fond of admiration, you like to be thought well of. You think we can escape disagreeable duties by taking romantic views--that’s your great illusion, my dear. But we can’t. You must be prepared on many occasions in life to please no one at all--not even yourself.”
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“She was fond of seeing great crowds and large stretches of country.”
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I see people, as they approach me, trying to make up their minds whether they’ll ‘say something about it’ or not. I hate if they do, and if they don’t.
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“Really, though, what do I know about what another person is capable of? I still don’t have a clue what I’m capable of. I keep surprising even myself.”
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“No one should flicker out or have any doubt that it matters that they are here.”
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“I’m much better at interpreting books and stories than I am at understanding the decisions made by living, breathing people.”
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“Jesus tends to his people individually. He personally sees to our needs. We all receive Jesus’ touch. We experience his care.”
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“A true freak cannot be made. A true freak must be born.”
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“Satan’s greatest success is in making people think they have plenty of time before they die to consider their eternal welfare.”
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“The duties God requires of us are not in proportion to the strength we possess in ourselves. Rather, they are proportional to the resources available to us in Christ.”
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“The person who understands the evil in his own heart is the only person who is useful, fruitful, and solid in his beliefs and obedience. ”
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“The roof over the whole of Russia has been torn off, and we and all the people find ourselves under the open sky.”
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“When you choose to be a poet, you become a place that people walk through and then leave when they are ready”
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“The most important things in your home are people.”
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“Most people have no idea that tragedy and silence often have the exact same address.”
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“People with a heart for God have a heart for people.”
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“It’s possible to hate someone, to look at them and wish you weren’t aware of their every move, and to want them more than you’ve ever wanted anything in your life.”
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“It took turns that people couldn’t foresee or even understand, leaving a long trail of regret in its wake. And almost always, those regrets led to the kinds of what if questions that could never be answered.”
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“Gods always behave like the people who make them.”
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“I think Haiti is a place that suffers so much from neglect that people only want to hear about it when it’s at its extreme. And that’s what they end up knowing about it.”
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“Some people feel love in their hearts, Julie. Some of us feel it all way into our souls. We’re the ones who can’t forget.”
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“It was a once in a lifetime thing. I hate to think it but I bet it’s true. It’s too bad for us that our once in a lifetime happened when were too young to handle it.”
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“After all, the intimations of endless love were the same now as they were thousands of years before, while normal life had changed a thousand times and in a thousand different ways. Which then, was more real?”
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“It was a once in a lifetime thing. ...
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“The only things I regret, and the only things I’ll ever regret are things I didn’t do. In the end, that’s what we mourn. The paths we didn’t take. The people we didn’t touch.”
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“Therefore we are going to pay reparations to the Haitian people.′ Then you will see the beginnings of civilization.”
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“A lot of people seem to believe in a big-daddy-God or a big-cop-God or a big-king-God.”
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“POPULATION: None. It is known that there are an infinite number of worlds, simply because there is an infinite amount of space for them to be in. However, not every one of them is inhabited. Therefore, there must be a finite number of inhabited worlds. Any finite number divided by infinity is as near to nothing as makes no odds, so the average population of all the planets in the Universe can be said to be zero. From this it follows that the population of the whole Universe is also zero, and that any people you may meet from time to time are merely the products of a deranged imagination.”
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“I’ve never met all these people you speak of. And neither, I suspect, have you. They only exist in words we hear. It is folly to say you know what is happening to other people. Only they know, if they exist. They have their own Universes of their eyes and ears.”
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“People who have experienced a certain kind of pleasure in the past will try to repeat or relive it. The deepest-rooted and most pleasurable memories are usually those from earliest childhood, and are often unconsciously associated with a parental figure. ”
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“People are more complicated than the masks they wear in society.” ...
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“Our understanding of racism is therefore shaped by the most extreme expressions of individual bigotry, not by the way in which it functions naturally, almost invisibly (and sometimes with genuinely benign intent), when it is embedded in the structure of a social system.”
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“All people make mistakes. All of us are sinners. All of us are criminals. All of us violate the law at some point in our lives. In fact, if the worst thing you have ever done is speed ten miles over the speed limit on the freeway, you have put yourself and others at more risk of harm than someone smoking marijuana in the privacy of his or her living room. Yet there are people in the United States serving life sentences for first-time drug offenses, something virtually unheard of anywhere else in the world.”
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“I had a dream about you last night... You replaced all the people in your life with kittens. It felt more like a prediction of the future.”
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“Many people only see happiness in their future.”
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“We should hope not for a colorblind society but instead for a world in which we can see each other fully, learn from each other, and do what we can to respond to each other with love. That was King’s dream—a society that is capable of seeing each of us, as we are, with love. That is a goal worth fighting for.”
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“You want to be adding value as you think about projects and people, not simply reminding yourself they exist.”
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“Our understanding of racism is therefore shaped by the most extreme expressions of individual bigotry, not by the way in which it functions naturally, almost invisibly (and sometimes with genuinely benign intent), when it is embedded in the structure of a social system.”
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“Actually, there are two kinds of people in this world: those who actually believe there are two kinds of people in this world and those who are smart enough to know better.”
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“Arguably the most important parallel between mass incarceration and Jim Crow is that both have served to define the meaning and significance of race in America. Indeed, a primary function of any racial caste system is to define the meaning of race in its time. Slavery defined what it meant to be black (a slave), and Jim Crow defined what it meant to be black (a second-class citizen).”
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“Arguably the most important parallel between mass incarceration and Jim Crow is that both have served to define the meaning and significance of race in America. Indeed, a primary function of any racial caste system is to define the meaning of race in its time. Slavery defined what it meant to be black (a slave), and Jim Crow defined what it meant to be black (a second-class citizen).”
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“A lot of people think being happy means being rich or important.”
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″ But in this enlightened age to hope to dupe the people by the arts they are practicing is still more extraordinary.”
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“The PEOPLE are the grand inquest who have a RIGHT to judge of its merits. The hideous daemon of Aristocracy has hitherto had so much influence as to bar the channels of investigation, preclude the people from inquiry and extinguish every spark of liberal information of its qualities.”
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“Too many people are living far below their potential. They have more gifts and talents, and so much more going for them.”
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“There are certain modes of governing the people which will succeed. There are others which will not. The idea of consolidation is abhorrent to the people of this country. How were the sentiments of the people before the meeting of the Convention at Philadelphia? They had only one object in view. ”
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“You cannot hang out with negative people and expect to live a positive life.”
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“I acknowledge, also, the new form of government may effectually prevent it. Yet there is another thing it will as effectually do- -it will oppress and ruin the people. Patrick Henry”
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“It is the privilege of those who fear love to murder those who do not fear it!
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“To fear love is to fear life, and those who fear life are already three parts dead.”
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“I’m not afraid to try again, I’m just afraid of getting hurt for the same reason.”
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“I’ve never fallen in love right off the bat. I get scared to say I love you too soon because it means so much. It means you’re not seeing an end to things.”
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“I disliked weekends. Everybody was out on the streets. Everybody was playing Ping-Pong or mowing their lawn or polishing their car or going to the supermarket or the beach or to the park. Crowds everywhere. Monday was my favorite day. Everybody was back on the job and out of sight.”
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“People suffer because they are caught in their views. As soon as we release those views, we are free and we don’t suffer anymore.”
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“These are the sort of things people ought to look at. Things without pretensions, satisfied to be merely themselves.”
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“Some people standby you in your darkest hour while others walk away; only a select few march towards you and become even closer friends.”
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“The fortunate people in the world--the only real fortunate people in the world, in my mind, -- are those whose work is also their pleasure.”
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“It is impossible for the whole to be happy unless all, or most or some, of its parts possess happiness.”
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“People are rarely as attractive in reality as they are in the eyes of the people who are in love with them. Which is, I suppose, as it should be.”
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“It’s as if when you love someone, they become your reason.”
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“When first love ends, most people eventually know there will be more to come. They are not through with love. Love is not through with them. It will never be the same as the first, but it will be better in different ways.”
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“Whether in a suit or in a loincloth, people are ignorant, little thorns, cutting into one another.”
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“Spaceflight, therefore, is subversive. If they are fortunate enough to find themselves in orbit, most people, after a little meditation, have similar thoughts.”
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“Sometimes God puts people exactly where they need to be. Even when they don’t know it.”
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“If the one-year-old, the five-year- old, the twelve-year-old, and the twenty-year-old all find compatible personalities in the beloved, there is a real chance to keep all of these sub-personas happy. ”
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“Whether in a suit or in a loincloth people are ignorant little thorns cutting into one another. They seem incapable of advancing beyond the violent tendencies which at one time were necessary for survival.”
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“People don’t mind doing CPR on a crisis victim, but no person is equipped to be the constant lifeline to another.”
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“Own only what you can always carry with you: know languages, know countries, know people. Let your memory be your travel bag.”
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“As the saying goes, ‘God uses people who fail—‘cause there aren’t any other kind around.‘”
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“No matter what you’ve experienced remember this: There are people who’ve had it better than you and done worse. And there are people who’ve had it worse than you and done better. ”
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“How can two people hate so much without knowing each other?”
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“People who try hard to do the right thing always seem mad.”
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“A person can’t change all at once.”
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“You couldn’t not like someone who liked the guitar.”
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“People are never perfect, but love can be.”
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“Wasn’t this what he had wanted…from this relationship? To be so indispensable to another person that that person couldn’t even comprehend his life without him? And now he had it, and the demands of the position terrified him. He had asked for responsibility without understanding completely how much damage he could do. Was he able to do this?”
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“In many parts of this world water is Scarce and precious. People sometimes have to walk A great distance Then carry heavy jugs upon their heads. Because of our wisdom, we will travel far for love.”
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“I suppose they would think it was funny. Naming a furnace after your parents. Not many people would do it I suppose. Why did you?”
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“It’s hard to get people interested. You set off the fire alarm and they just get up and go to lunch.”
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“I have inherited this burden of superstition and nonsense. I govern innumerable men but must acknowledge that I am governed by birds and thunderclaps”
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″-my people are on another. There is room in this world for both ways. But your failure to grasp this simple fact has killed many of us and it will kill many more of you. For we have been on our path longer.”
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“The Kanamit were not very pretty, it’s true. They looked something like pigs and something like people, and that is not an attractive combination. Seeing them for the first time shocked you; that was their handicap.”
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“The reason we must put on the whole armor of God is to withstand evil. We don’t war against people, but against a spiritual hierarchy of invisible power.”