Writing free verse is like playing tennis with the net down.
As long as people believe in absurdities they will continue to commit atrocities.
Voltaire (FranÃ§oisMarie Arouet)
Exaggeration is the inseparable companion of greatness.
Courage is contagious. When a brave man takes a stand, the spines of others are often stiffened.
I am a passionate traveler, and from the time I was a child, travel formed me as much as my formal education.
Chance is a word void of sense; nothing can exist without a cause.
The great consolation in life is to say what one thinks.
It is hard to free fools from the chains they revere.
Liberty, then, about which so many volumes have been written is, when accurately defined, only the power of acting.
The true character of liberty is independence, maintained by force.
May God defend me from my friends; I can defend myself from my enemies.
Every man is the creature of the age in which he lives; very few are able to raise themselves above the ideas of the time.
Do well and you will have no need for ancestors.
God is always on the side of the heaviest battalions.
Both the American people and nations that censor the internet should understand that our government is committed to helping promote internet freedom.
Governments need to have both shepherds and butchers.
It is dangerous to be right when the government is wrong.
I went to college at the University of Kansas, where I got a degree in political science.
Science goes from question to question big questions, and little, tentative answers. The questions as they age grow ever broader, the answers are seen to be more limited.
When they call the slightest spending reductions 'painful', we will say 'If government spending prevents pain, why are we suffering so much of it?' And 'If you want to experience real pain, just stay on the track we are on.'
Great doubts deep wisdom. Small doubts little wisdom.
I feel like I don't watch that many shows with death.
Shortly thereafter, some friends encouraged me to try out for the Miss South Carolina World beauty pageant. To my surprise, I won - and was sent to New York City to compete nationally.
Riches: A dream in the night. Fame: A gull floating on water.
All people are your relatives, therefore expect only trouble from them.
Govern a family as you would cook a small fish -- very gently.
In a broken nest there are few whole eggs.
Man is the head of the family, woman the neck that turns the head.
Much education today is monumentally ineffective. All too often we are giving young people cut flowers when we should be teaching them to grow their own plants.
John W. Gardner
Better a diamond with a flaw than a pebble without one.
Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me.
A great fortune depends on luck, a small one on diligence.
There's such an array of brilliant roles for young women. You read all these amazing young women going through different stages in their life - different stages, different fascinations, different textualities, different friendships.
When a positive exchange between a brand and customers becomes quantifiable metrics, it encourages brand to provide better service, customer service to do a better job, and consumers to actively show their gratitude.
Islam is a violent, I was going to say religion, but it's not a religion. It's a political system. It's a violent political system bent on the overthrow of the governments of the world and world domination. That is the ultimate aim.
Forgiveness says you are given another chance to make a new beginning.
'Dr. Strangelove' was and is one of my favorite movies ever, and I just can't believe they actually blew up the world after that.
Growing up, I was encouraged to get a good education, get a real job doing something I enjoyed, and, should the opportunity present itself, consider public service as just that: a chance to serve, not an end in itself.
I don't believe that if I came out as bisexual the world will change. But it's really important for people to be truthful about who they are and fight for equality. We need to help the world usher itself into the next phase.
Architecture is my work, and I've spent my whole life at a drawing board, but life is more important than architecture. What matters is to improve human beings.
Poetry is at the centre of my life, too, emotionally speaking, and intellectually speaking - it's just that I'm one of those people who enjoy doing other stuff as well.
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