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By: alagbe003 (M) |Time : August 10, 2016, 03:07:39 PM
A man is great by deeds, not by birth - Chanakya

God never ends anything on a negative; God always ends on a positive. - Edwin Louis Cole

 You can do anything, but not everything. — David Allen

But if thought is to become the possession of many, not the privilege of the few, we must have done with fear. It is fear that holds men back — fear lest their cherished beliefs should prove delusions, fear lest the institutions by which they live should prove harmful, fear lest they themselves should prove less worthy of respect than they have supposed themselves to be.

 ~ Bertrand Russell (Principles of Social Reconstruction)

Perfection is achieved, not when there is nothing more to add, but when there is nothing left to take away.
—Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

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By: alagbe003 (M) |Time : August 10, 2016, 03:08:49 PM
You assist an evil system most effectively by obeying its orders and decrees. An evil system never deserves such allegiance. Allegiance to it means partaking of the evil. A good person will resist an evil system with his or her whole soul.
  ~ Mahatma Gandhi

The richest man is not he who has the most, but he who needs the least.
—Unknown Author

You miss 100 percent of the shots you never take.
—Wayne Gretzky

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By: alagbe003 (M) |Time : August 10, 2016, 03:10:13 PM
During times of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act.
   ~ George Orwell

Big Government and Big Business ... will try to impose social and cultural uniformity upon adults and their children. To achieve this they will (unless prevented) make use of all the mind-manipulating techniques at their disposal and will not hesitate to reinforce these methods of non-rational persuasion by economic coercion and threats of physical violence. If this kind of tyranny is to be avoided, we must begin without delay to educate ourselves and our children for freedom and self-government. Such an education for freedom should be ... first of all in facts and in values — the facts of individual diversity and genetic uniqueness and the values of freedom, tolerance and mutual charity, which are the ethical corollaries of these facts.

   ~ Aldous Huxley: (Brave New World Revisited)

Courage is not the absence of fear, but rather the judgement that something else is more important than fear.
—Ambrose Redmoon

The voice of protest, of warning, of appeal is never more needed than when the clamor of fife and drum, echoed by the press and too often by the pulpit, is bidding all men fall in and keep step and obey in silence the tyrannous word of command. Then, more than ever, it is the duty of the good citizen not to be silent.
   ~ Charles Eliot Norton

The trouble with the world is that the stupid are cocksure and the intelligent are full of doubt.
   ~ Bertrand Russell

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By: alagbe003 (M) |Time : August 10, 2016, 03:11:43 PM
History is the version of past events that people have decided to agree upon. -  Napoleon Bonaparte

You must be the change you wish to see in the world.

The propagandist’s purpose is to make one set of people forget that certain other sets of people are human.
   ~ Aldous Huxley

The shepherd always tries to persuade the sheep that their interests and his own are the same.
   ~ Stendhal

The great masses of the people…will more easily fall victims to a big lie than to a small one.

   ~ Adolf Hitler, Mein Kampf, 1933

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By: alagbe003 (M) |Time : August 10, 2016, 03:13:56 PM
The torment of precautions often exceeds the dangers to be avoided. It is sometimes better to abandon one's self to destiny. - Napoleon Bonaparte

Any formal attack on ignorance is bound to fail because the masses are always ready to defend their most precious possession – their ignorance.
   ~ Hendrik Van Loon

The trouble with most folks isn’t so much their ignorance, as knowing so many things that ain’t so.
   ~ Josh Billings

I have sworn upon the altar of God eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man.
   ~ Thomas Jefferson

I am mortified to be told that, in the United States of America, the sale of a book can become a subject of inquiry, and of criminal inquiry too.
   ~ Thomas Jefferson

Without censorship, things can get terribly confused in the public mind.

   ~ General William Westmoreland

When hungry, eat your rice; when tired, close your eyes. Fools may laugh at me, but wise men will know what I mean.

So long as a man rides his hobbyhorse peaceably and quietly along the King’s highway, and neither compels you or me to get up behind him – pray, Sir, what have either you or I to do with it?
   ~ Laurence Sterne, 1759

Men become civilized, not in proportion to their willingness to believe, but in their readiness to doubt.
   ~ H. L. Mencken

The will of the people is the only legitimate foundation of any government, and to protect its free expression should be our first object.

   ~ Thomas Jefferson, First Inaugural Address, 1801

It is not only vain, but wicked, in a legislator to frame laws in opposition to the laws of nature, and to arm them with the terrors of death. This is truly creating crimes in order to punish them.

   ~ Thomas Jefferson, 1779

We are all tolerant enough of those who do not agree with us, provided only they are sufficiently miserable.
   ~ David Grayson

We learn from history that we do not learn from history.
   ~ George Wilhelm Hegel

Patriotism is your conviction that this country is superior to all other countries because you were born in it.
   ~ George Bernard Shaw

There is no slavery but ignorance. Liberty is the child of intelligence.
   ~ Robert G. Ingersoll

The highest result of education is tolerance.
   ~ Helen Keller

Education’s purpose is to replace an empty mind with an open one.
   ~ Malcolm S. Forbes

Hastiness and superficiality are the psychic diseases of the twentieth century, and more than anywhere else this disease is reflected in the press.

   ~ Alexander Solzhenitsyn

The means by which we live have outdistanced the ends for which we live. Our scientific power has outrun our spiritual power. We have guided missiles and misguided men.

   ~ Martin Luther King, Jr.

He that would make his own liberty secure must guard even his enemy from oppression.
   ~ Thomas Paine, 1795

The hottest places in hell are reserved for those who in a period of moral crisis maintain their neutrality.
   ~ John F. Kennedy

We think so because other people all think so; or because – or because – after all we do think so; or because we were told so, and think we must think so; or because we once thought so, and think we still think so; or because, having thought so, we think we will think so…

   ~ Henry Sidgwick

To every complex question there is a simple answer and it is wrong…

   ~ H.L. Mencken

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By: alagbe003 (M) |Time : August 10, 2016, 03:15:55 PM
 The third-rate mind is only happy when it is thinking with the majority. The second-rate mind is only happy when it is thinking with the minority. The first-rate mind is only happy when it is thinking.
—A. A. Milne

 To the man who only has a hammer, everything he encounters begins to look like a nail.
—Abraham Maslow

 We are what we repeatedly do; excellence, then, is not an act but a habit.

 A wise man gets more use from his enemies than a fool from his friends.
—Baltasar Gracian

 Do not seek to follow in the footsteps of the men of old; seek what they sought.

 Watch your thoughts; they become words.
Watch your words; they become actions.
Watch your actions; they become habits.
Watch your habits; they become character.
Watch your character; it becomes your destiny.

 Everyone is a genius at least once a year. The real geniuses simply have their bright ideas closer together.
—Georg Christoph Lichtenberg

 What we think, or what we know, or what we believe is, in the end, of little consequence. The only consequence is what we do.
—John Ruskin

 The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new lands but seeing with new eyes.
—Marcel Proust

Work like you don’t need money, love like you’ve never been hurt, and dance like no one’s watching
—Unknown Author

 Try a thing you haven’t done three times. Once, to get over the fear of doing it. Twice, to learn how to do it. And a third time, to figure out whether you like it or not.
—Virgil Garnett Thomson

 Even if you’re on the right track, you’ll get run over if you just sit there.
—Will Rogers

 People often say that motivation doesn’t last. Well, neither does bathing – that’s why we recommend it daily.
—Zig Ziglar

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By: alagbe003 (M) |Time : August 10, 2016, 03:18:56 PM
The person who reads too much and uses his brain too little will fall into lazy habits of thinking.
—Albert Einstein

 Believe those who are seeking the truth. Doubt those who find it.
—André Gide

 It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it.

 I’d rather live with a good question than a bad answer.
—Aryeh Frimer

 We learn something every day, and lots of times it’s that what we learned the day before was wrong.
—Bill Vaughan

 I have made this letter longer than usual because I lack the time to make it shorter.
—Blaise Pascal

Don’t ever wrestle with a pig. You’ll both get dirty, but the pig will enjoy it.
—Cale Yarborough

 An inventor is simply a fellow who doesn’t take his education too seriously.
—Charles F. Kettering

Asking a working writer what he thinks about critics is like asking a lamppost how it feels about dogs.
—Christopher Hampton

 Better to write for yourself and have no public, than to write for the public and have no self.
—Cyril Connolly

 Never be afraid to laugh at yourself, after all, you could be missing out on the joke of the century.
—Dame Edna Everage

 I am patient with stupidity but not with those who are proud of it.
—Edith Sitwell

 Normal is getting dressed in clothes that you buy for work and driving through traffic in a car that you are still paying for – in order to get to the job you need to pay for the clothes and the car, and the house you leave vacant all day so you can afford to live in it.
—Ellen Goodman

 The cure for boredom is curiosity. There is no cure for curiosity.
—Ellen Parr

 Advice is what we ask for when we already know the answer but wish we didn’t.
—Erica Jong

Some people like my advice so much that they frame it upon the wall instead of using it.
—Gordon R. Dickson

 The trouble with the rat race is that even if you win, you’re still a rat.
—Lily Tomlin

 Never ascribe to malice, that which can be explained by incompetence.
—Napoleon (Hanlon’s Razor)

 Imagination was given to man to compensate him for what he is not, and a sense of humor was provided to console him for what he is.
—Oscar Wilde

When a person can no longer laugh at himself, it is time for others to laugh at him.
—Thomas Szasz

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By: y0ifcf (M) |Time : August 10, 2016, 09:42:53 PM
Damn! The best thread so far on this board!  :)

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By: alagbe003 (M) |Time : August 11, 2016, 05:35:11 PM
Your post are good too
Damn! The best thread so far on this board!  :)

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By: alagbe003 (M) |Time : August 12, 2016, 05:39:49 PM
“Be not afraid of greatness. Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and others have greatness thrust upon them.”
― William Shakespeare, Twelfth Night

“Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great.”
― Mark Twain

“Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds.”
― Albert Einstein

“Is it so bad, then, to be misunderstood? Pythagoras was misunderstood, and Socrates, and Jesus, and Luther, and Copernicus, and Galileo, and Newton, and every pure and wise spirit that ever took flesh. To be great is to be misunderstood.”
― Ralph Waldo Emerson, Self Reliance

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By: alagbe003 (M) |Time : August 12, 2016, 05:43:05 PM
“Always be a first rate version of yourself and not a second rate version of someone else.”
― Judy Garland

“Harry - you're a great wizard, you know."
"I'm not as good as you," said Harry, very embarrassed, as she let go of him.
"Me!" said Hermione. "Books! And cleverness! There are more important things - friendship and bravery and - oh Harry - be careful!”
― J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone

“Men have called me mad; but the question is not yet settled, whether madness is or is not the loftiest intelligence– whether much that is glorious– whether all that is profound– does not spring from disease of thought– from moods of mind exalted at the expense of the general intellect.”
― Edgar Allan Poe, Complete Tales and Poems

“Simplicity is the keynote of all true elegance.”
― Coco Chanel

“A great man is always willing to be little.”
― Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Wherever you find a great man, you will find a great mother or a great wife standing behind him -- or so they used to say. It would be interesting to know how many great women have had great fathers and husbands behind them.”
― Dorothy L. Sayers, Gaudy Night

“Great men are not born great, they grow great . . .”
― Mario Puzo, The Godfather

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By: alagbe003 (M) |Time : August 12, 2016, 05:45:01 PM
“I used to walk down the street like I was a fucking star... I want people to walk around delusional about how great they can be - and then to fight so hard for it every day that the lie becomes the truth.”
― Lady Gaga

“To be great is to be misunderstood.”
― Ralph Waldo Emerson

“You were born with potential.
You were born with goodness and trust. You were born with ideals and dreams. You were born with greatness.
You were born with wings.
You are not meant for crawling, so don't.
You have wings.
Learn to use them and fly.”
― Rumi

“You were put on this earth to achieve your greatest self, to live out your purpose, and to do it courageously.”
― Steve Maraboli, Life, the Truth, and Being Free

“Be careful not to mistake insecurity and inadequacy for humility! Humility has nothing to do with the insecure and inadequate! Just like arrogance has nothing to do with greatness!”
― C. JoyBell C.

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By: alagbe003 (M) |Time : August 12, 2016, 05:47:27 PM
“Its hard to be a diamond in a rhinestone world.”
― Dolly Parton

“It takes a great man to be a good listener.”
― Calvin Coolidge

f we revert to history, we shall find that the women who have distinguished themselves have neither been the most beautiful nor the most gentle of their sex.”
― Mary Wollstonecraft, A Vindication of the Rights of Woman

“Today is a new day. Don't let your history interfere with your destiny! Let today be the day you stop being a victim of your circumstances and start taking action towards the life you want. You have the power and the time to shape your life. Break free from the poisonous victim mentality and embrace the truth of your greatness. You were not meant for a mundane or mediocre life!”
― Steve Maraboli

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By: alagbe003 (M) |Time : August 12, 2016, 05:51:34 PM
“I was never afraid of failure; for I would sooner fail than not be among the greatest.”
― John Keats

“Until you're ready to look foolish, you'll never have the possibility of being great.

― Cher

“The mark of a great man is one who knows when to set aside the important things in order to accomplish the vital ones.”
― Brandon Sanderson, The Alloy of Law

“The greatness of humanity is not in being human, but in being humane.”
― Mahatma Gandhi

“Greatness is a transitory experience. It is never consistent. It depends in part upon the myth-making imagination of humankind. The person who experiences greatness must have a feeling for the myth he is in. He must reflect what is projected upon him. And he must have a strong sense of the sardonic. This is what uncouples him from belief in his own pretensions. The sardonic is all that permits him to move within himself. Without this quality, even occasional greatness will destroy a man.”
― Frank Herbert, Dune

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By: alagbe003 (M) |Time : August 12, 2016, 05:56:11 PM
“Nothing is more simple than greatness; indeed, to be simple is to be great.”
― Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Don't set your goals by what other people deem important.”
― Jaachynma N.E. Agu, The Prince and the Pauper

“Few individuals significantly alter the course of history. Fewer still modify the map of the world. Hardly anyone can be credited with creating a nation-state. Mohammad Ali Jinnah did all three.”
― Stanley Wolpert, Jinnah of Pakistan

“Paine suffered then, as now he suffers not so much because of what he wrote as from the misinterpretations of others...

He disbelieved the ancient myths and miracles taught by established creeds. But the attacks on those creeds - or on persons devoted to them - have served to darken his memory, casting a shadow across the closing years of his life.

When Theodore Roosevelt termed Tom Paine a 'dirty little atheist' he surely spoke from lack of understanding. It was a stricture, an inaccurate charge of the sort that has dimmed the greatness of this eminent American. But the true measure of his stature will yet be appreciated. The torch which he handed on will not be extinguished. If Paine had ceased his writings with 'The Rights of Man' he would have been hailed today as one of the two or three outstanding figures of the Revolution. But 'The Age of Reason' cost him glory at the hands of his countrymen - a greater loss to them than to Tom Paine.

I was always interested in Paine the inventor. He conceived and designed the iron bridge and the hollow candle; the principle of the modern central draught burner. The man had a sort of universal genius. He was interested in a diversity of things; but his special creed, his first thought, was liberty.

Traducers have said that he spent his last days drinking in pothouses. They have pictured him as a wicked old man coming to a sorry end. But I am persuaded that Paine must have looked with magnanimity and sorrow on the attacks of his countrymen. That those attacks have continued down to our day, with scarcely any abatement, is an indication of how strong prejudice, when once aroused, may become. It has been a custom in some quarters to hold up Paine as an example of everything bad.

The memory of Tom Paine will outlive all this. No man who helped to lay the foundations of our liberty - who stepped forth as the champion of so difficult a cause - can be permanently obscured by such attacks. Tom Paine should be read by his countrymen. I commend his fame to their hands.

{The Philosophy of Paine, June 7, 1925}”
― Thomas A. Edison, Diary and Sundry Observations of Thomas Alva Edison

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