My dad believes in God, I think. I'm not sure if my mom does. I don't.
It has long been a grave question whether any government, not too strong for the liberties of its people, can be strong enough to maintain its existence in great emergencies
I always thought that I might retire from any form of sexuality by the age of 40 and just become a dignified older person.
God is one, greatest of gods and men, not like mortals in body or thought.
Talent is God given. Be humble. Fame is man-given. Be grateful. Conceit is self-given. Be careful.
That's why when major badasses greet each other in movies they don't say anything they just nod. The nod means 'I am a badass and I recognize that you too are a badass ' but they don't say anything because they're Wolverine and Magneto and it would mess up their vibe to explain.
My inspiration was my mom. She's a great cook, and she still cooks, and we still banter back and forth about cooking. Growing up in a mostly Portuguese community, food was important and the family table was extremely important. At a very young age I understood that.
A laugh, to be joyous, must flow from a joyous heart, for without kindness, there can be no true joy.
Pale death, with impartial step, knocks at the hut of the poor and the towers of kings.
No matter how you travel, it's still you going.
Justice is justice though it's always delayed and finally done only by mistake
George Bernard Shaw
I remember a great America where we made everything. There was a time when the only thing you got from Japan was a really bad cheap transistor radio that some aunt gave you for Christmas.
We hear and apprehend only what we already half know.
Henry David Thoreau
I've always written, all my life, and when I was very young I developed an interest in poetry.
Stories you read when you're the right age never quite leave you. You may forget who wrote them or what the story was called. Sometimes you'll forget precisely what happened, but if a story touches you it will stay with you, haunting the places in your mind that you rarely ever visit.
All that I am or hope to be I owe to my angel mother. I remember my mother's prayers and they have always followed me. They have clung to me all my life.
Don't say the old lady screamed. Bring her on and let her scream.
I find the fact that billionaires are quoted as if the fact that they are billionaires gives them some kind of wisdom is outrageous.
Of all noises, I think music is the least disagreeable.
The reason women don't play football is because 11 of them would never wear the same outfit in public.
You speak metaphorically, I hope, said Peggy. I hope not, said Becca. Metaphors have a way of holding the most truth in the least space.
Orson Scott Card
Almost all Iraqis with any previous experience in the intelligence business are Sunni Arab, increasing the risk of penetration of the new intelligence apparatus by the insurgency.
The art of living is more like wrestling than dancing.
Mon Dieu, la vie est par trop moche.
I have a feeling that being in love sometimes means the projection of your desires onto another person. The important thing is that you like the other person, respect the other person and want to raise children with the other person.
From thought to doubt to idea to doubt to pitch to doubt to acceptance to doubt to preparation to doubt to execution...
Her voice was now so shrill only bats would be able to hear it soon, but she had reached a level of indignation that rendered her temporarily speechless..
I have sometimes been wildly, despairingly, acutely miserable, racked with sorrow, but through it all I still know quite certainly that just to be alive is a grand thing.
This is an important book, the critic assumes, because it deals with war. This is an insignificant book because it deals with the feelings of women in a drawing-room.
The best effort of a fine person is felt after we have left their presence.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Our necessities never equal our wants
There are worse crimes than burning books. One of them is not reading them.
He who does not feel his friends to be the world to him, does not deserve that the world should hear of him.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
I could tell my parents hated me. My bath toys were a toaster and a radio.
I could not tell you if I loved you the first moment I saw you, or if it was the second or third or fourth. But I remember the first moment I looked at you walking toward me and realized that somehow the rest of the world seemed to vanish when I was with you.
I can't sing but I can understand wanting to keep a balance, trying to pursue dreams, while creating a stable environment for my children.
I don't believe in the kind of magic in my books. But I do believe something very magical can happen when you read a good book.
I have encouraged my kids to eat well from day one. I add flavor - herbs and spices - to everything because I don't want them getting used to starchy, bland food. I also want them to experiment - they don't have to love everything, but they do have to try it.
And without thinking, without planning it, without worrying about the fact that fifty people were watching, Harry kissed her.
This world of ours... must avoid becoming a community of dreadful fear and hate, and be, instead, a proud confederation of mutual trust and respect.
Dwight D. Eisenhower
I could be happy doing something like architecture. It would involve another couple of years of graduate school, but that's what I studied in college. That's what I always wanted to do.
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