Q – William Wordsworth

William Wordsworth 1770 – 1850 was an English Romantic poet, who served as England’s Poet Laureate from 1843 until his death.

 

‘For I have learned to look on nature, not as in the hour of thoughtless youth, but hearing oftentimes the still, sad music of humanity’

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‘The best portion of a good man’s life: his little, nameless unremembered acts of kindness and love’

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‘Come forth into the light of things, Let Nature be your teacher’

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‘Life is divided into three terms – that which was, which is, and which will be. Let us learn from the past to profit by the present, and from the present, to live better in the future’

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‘Poetry is the spontaneous overflow of powerful feelings: it takes its origin from emotion recollected in tranquillity’

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‘Pictures deface walls more often than they decorate them’

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‘Nature never did betray, the heart that loved her’

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‘A mind forever voyaging through strange seas of thought, alone’

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‘Wisdom is oftentimes nearer when we stoop than when we soar’

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‘Fill your paper with the breathing of your heart’

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‘The flower that smells the sweetest is shy and lowly’

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‘From the body of one guilty deed a thousand ghostly fears and haunting thoughts proceed’

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‘The mind of man is a thousand times more beautiful than the earth on which he dwells’

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‘The music in my heart I bore, long after it was heard no more’

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‘Poetry is the image of man and nature’

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‘Wild is the music of autumnal winds, Amongst the faded woods’

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‘The good die first, and they whose hearts are dry as summer dust, burn to the socket’

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‘With an eye made quiet by the power of harmony, and the deep power of joy, we see into the life of things’

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‘Then my heart with pleasure fills, And dances with the daffodils’

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‘Delight and liberty, the simple creed of childhood’

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‘Every gift of noble origin is breathed upon by Hope’s perpetual breath’

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‘But hushed be every thought that springs from out the bitterness of things’

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‘My heart leaps up when I behold a rainbow in the sky: So was it when my life began; so it is now I am a man’

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‘Poetry is the first and last of all knowledge; it is as immortal as the heart of man’

Q – W B Yeats

William Butler Yeats 1865 – 1939 was an Irish poet at the forefront of English language 20th Century literature. Late in his life, he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1923.

 

‘Do not wait to strike till the iron is hot; but make it hot by striking’

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‘Too long a sacrifice can make a stone of the heart’

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‘I have spread my dreams under your feet; Tread softly, because you tread on my dreams’

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‘Those that I fight I do not hate. Those that I guard I do not love’

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‘Think like a wise man but communicate in the language of the people’

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‘Man can embody truth but he cannot know it’

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‘There are no strangers here, only friends you have not met yet’

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‘Life is a long preparation for something that never happens’

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‘The best lack all conviction, while the worst are full of passionate intensity’

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‘Hearts are not had as a gift, hearts are to be earned’

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‘All empty souls tend toward extreme opinions’

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‘How far away the stars seem, and how far is our first kiss, and ah, how old my heart’

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‘Literature is always personal, always one man’s vision of the world, one man’s experience, and it can only be popular when men are ready to welcome the visions of others’

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‘Choose your companions from the best, who draws a bucket with the rest soon topples down the hill’

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‘An aged man is but a paltry thing. A tattered coat upon a stick’

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‘Education is not the filling of a pail but the lighting of a fire’

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‘Sometimes my feet are tired and my hands are quiet, but there is no quiet in my heart’

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‘The innocent and the beautiful have no enemy but time’

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‘Everything exists, everything is true and the earth is just a bit of dust beneath our feet’

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‘Happiness is neither virtue nor pleasure nor this thing or that but simply growth. We are happy when we are growing’

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‘In dreams begin responsibilities’

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‘I think you can leave the arts, superior or inferior, to the conscience of mankind’

Q – Virginia Woolf

Adeline Virginia Woolf 1882 – 1941 was an English writer, essayist, publisher and critic, who along with her husband founded the Hogarth Press which published much of her own work.

 

‘What does the brain matter, compared with the heart?’

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‘My mind works in idleness. To do nothing is often my most profitable day’

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‘Books are the mirrors of the soul’

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‘If you do not tell the truth about yourself you cannot tell it about other people’

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‘Rigid, the skeleton of habit alone upholds the human frame’

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‘To read a novel is a difficult and complex art. You must be capable not only of great fineness of perception, but of great boldness of imagination’

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‘You cannot find peace by avoiding life’

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‘He who robs us of our dreams robs us of our life’

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‘It is a thousand pities never to say what one feels!’

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‘No passion is stronger in the breast of a man than the desire to make others believe as he believes. Nothing so cuts at the root of his happiness and fills him with rage as the sense that another rates low what he prizes high’

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‘Fiction must stick to facts, the truer the facts the better the fiction’

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‘A perfect treat must include a trip to a second-hand bookshop’

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‘I thought how unpleasant it is to be locked out; and I thought how it is worse perhaps, to be locked in’

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‘Incessant company is as bad as solitary confinement’

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‘Growing up is losing some illusions, in order to acquire others’

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‘Until we can comprehend the beguiling beauty of a single flower, we are woefully unable to grasp the meaning and potential of life itself’

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‘It is fatal to be a man or woman pure and simple: One must be a woman manly or a man womanly’

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‘I have a deeply hidden and inarticulate desire for something beyond the daily life’

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‘The great revelation perhaps never did come. Instead there were little daily miracles, illuminations, matches struck unexpectedly in the dark’

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‘The only advice… that one person can give about reading is to take no advice, to follow your own instincts, to use your own reason, to come to your own conclusions’

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‘Illusions are to the soul what atmosphere is to the earth’

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‘I am in the mood to dissolve in the sky’

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‘A self that goes on changing is a self that goes on living’

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‘No need to hurry. No need to sparkle. No need to be anybody but oneself’

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‘Marvellous are the innocent’

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‘The mind which is most capable of receiving impressions is very often the least capable of drawing conclusions’

Q – Leon Uris

Leon Uris 1924 – 2003 was an American author of historical fiction.

 

‘It is extremely important to know what you don’t want to find’

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‘You aren’t a true husband/man until you’ve done the work of a wife/woman’

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‘To be homeward bound, no matter what tragic memories you have harboured, is unlike any voyage a man can ever make’

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‘Often we have no time for our friends but all the time in the world for our enemies’

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‘Anyone who goes into writing has to find out somewhere along the line, he’s either naïve or insane’

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‘I do not write for an audience’

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‘All you have the right to ask of life is to choose a battle in this war, make the best you can, and leave the field with honour’

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‘Love can’t mature in one room. It has to come out of the full sharing of everything: joys, aspirations, downfalls, all of it. That’s the only real path to love’

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‘After all the only thing that is going to save mankind is if enough people live their lives for something or someone other than themselves’

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‘Research to me is as important or more important than the writing. It is the foundation upon which the book is built’

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‘Life hinges on many factors we cannot control. Two of the most important factors, we can control.
We can manage our relationships, and what is life but a series of relationships? and we can correct our mistakes, here on earth within our life span’

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‘A soldier has one item that cannot be neglected. His feet. They are his wheels, his mechanised warfare’

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‘One of the cheapest commodities in the world is unfulfilled genius. All of us want to be known as a unique individual, the one who broke out of the pack. So, you offer yourself up as a sacrifice and what you’re afraid of is losing and being thrown back in the pack. One question taunts you. Do you want to have or do you want to be?’

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‘I was too heavy to be a jockey, and too honest to be a producer, so I became a writer’

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‘Pride is a fool’s fortress’

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‘The ability of a person to atone has always been the most remarkable of human features’

Q – Leon Trotsky

Lev Davidovich Bronstein, better known as Leon Trotsky 1879 – 1940 was a Russian revolutionary and politician. He was a major figure in the Russian Civil War 1918 – 1922.

 

‘Ideas that enter the mind under fire remain there securely and forever’

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‘The historic ascent of humanity, taken as a whole may be summarised as a succession of victories of consciousness over blind forces – in nature, in society, in man himself’

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‘Where force is necessary, there it must be applied boldly, decisively and completely’

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‘You are pitiful isolated individuals; you are bankrupts; your role is played out. Go where you belong from now on – into the dustbin of history!’

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‘When one runs with the wolves, one must howl with the pack’

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‘If we had more time for discussion we should probably have made a great many more mistakes’

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‘The creative union of the conscious with the unconscious is what one usually calls ‘inspiration’

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‘One of the more surprising things in life is the sudden realisation that one has become old’

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‘Learning carries within itself certain dangers because out of necessity one has to learn from one’s enemies’

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‘The depth and strength of a human character is defined by its moral reserves. People reveal themselves completely only when they are thrown out of the customary conditions of their life, for only then do they have to fall back on their reserves’

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‘Old age is the most unexpected of all things that happen to a man’

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‘He who slanders the victim aids the executioner’

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‘There are no absolute rules of conduct, either in peace or war. Everything depends on circumstances’

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‘Tell me anyway – Maybe I can find the truth by comparing the lies’

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‘If one cannot get along without a mirror, even in shaving oneself, how can one reconstruct oneself or one’s life, without seeing oneself in the ‘mirror’ of literature?’

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‘Life is beautiful. Let the future generations cleanse it of all evil, oppression, and violence, and enjoy it to the full’

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‘Not believing in force is the same as not believing in gravity’

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‘Technique is noticed most markedly in the case of those who have not mastered it’

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‘Life is not an easy matter… You cannot live through it without falling into frustration and cynicism unless you have before you a great idea which raises you above personal misery, above weakness, above all kinds of perfidy and baseness’

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‘The end may justify the means as long as there is something that justifies the end’

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‘As long as I breathe I hope. As long as I breathe I shall fight for the future, that radiant future, in which man, strong and beautiful, will become master of the drifting stream of his history and will direct it towards the boundless horizons of beauty, joy and happiness’

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‘You may not be interested in strategy, but strategy is interested in you’

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‘Everything is relative in this world, where change alone endures’

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‘The history of a revolution is for us first of all a history of the forcible entrance of the masses into the realm of rulership over their own destiny’

Q – Jane Austen

Jane Austen 1775 – 1817 was an English novelist known mainly for her six famous works ‘Pride and Prejudice’, ‘Emma’, ‘Persuasion’, ‘Sense and Sensibility’, ‘Northanger Abbey’ and ‘Mansfield Park’.

 

‘A lady’s imagination is very rapid; it jumps from admiration to love, from love to matrimony in a moment’

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‘Every savage can dance’

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‘It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife’

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‘For what do we live, but to make sport for our neighbours, and laugh at them in our turn’

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‘I declare after all there is no enjoyment like reading! How much sooner one tires of any thing than of a book! When I have a house of my own, I shall be miserable if I have not an excellent library’

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‘To be fond of dancing was a certain step towards falling in love’

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‘Good opinion once lost, is lost forever’

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‘Think only of the past as its remembrance gives you pleasure’

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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’

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‘None of us want to be in calm waters all our lives’

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‘The person, be it gentleman or lady, who has not pleasure in a good novel must be intolerably stupid’

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‘Vanity and pride are different things, though the words are often used synonymously. A person may be proud without being vain. Pride relates more to our opinion of ourselves: vanity, to what we would have others think of us’

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‘There is nothing I would not do for those who are really my friends. I have no notion of loving people by halves, it is not my nature’

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‘If adventures will not befall a young lady in her own village, she must seek them abroad’

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‘If I loved you less, I might be able to talk about it more’

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‘Happiness in marriage is entirely a matter of chance. If the dispositions of the parties are ever so well known to each other or ever so similar beforehand it does not advance their felicity in the least. They always continue to grow sufficiently unlike afterwards to have their share of vexation; and it is better to know as little as possible of the defects of the person with whom you are to pass your life’

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‘I do not want people to be agreeable as it saves me the trouble of liking them a great deal’

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‘It isn’t what we say or think that defines us, but what we do’

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‘One half of the world cannot understand the pleasures of the others’

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‘We none of us expect to be in smooth water all our days’

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‘Loss of virtue in a female is irretrievable; that one false step involves her in endless ruin; that her reputation is no less brittle than it is beautiful and that she cannot be too much guarded in her behaviour towards the undeserving of the other sex’

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‘Silly things do cease to be silly if they are done by sensible people in an impudent way’

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‘Family connexions are always worth preserving, good company always worth seeking’

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‘Everybody likes to go their own way – to choose their own time and manner of devotion’

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‘Facts or opinions which are to pass through the hands of so many, to be misconceived by folly in one, and ignorance in another, can hardly have much truth left’

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‘Friendship is certainly the finest balm for the pangs of disappointed love’

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‘There is no charm equal to tenderness of heart’

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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 I am 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’

Q – H G Wells

Herbert George Wells 1866 – 1946 was an English writer of both novels and short-stories. Although he wrote in many genre’s he is best remembered for his Science Fiction stories including ‘The Time Machine’ and ‘The War of the Worlds’.

 

‘In politics, strangely enough, the best way to play your cards is to lay them face upwards on the table’

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‘The crisis of today is the joke of tomorrow’

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‘Man is the unnatural animal, the rebel child of nature, and more and more does he turn himself against the harsh and fitful hand that reared him’

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‘The past is the beginning of the beginning and all that is and has been is but the twilight of the dawn’

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‘If you fell down yesterday stand up today’

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‘Human History is a race between education and catastrophe’

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‘The path of social advancement is and must be, strewn with broken friendships’

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‘The path of least resistance is the path of the loser’

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‘If we don’t end war, war will end us’

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‘Affliction comes to us not to make us sad but sober; not to make us sorry but wise’

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‘Crime and bad lives are the measure of a state’s failure, all crime in the end is the crime of the community’

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‘Fools make researches and wise man exploit them’

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‘We must not allow the clock and the calendar to blind us to the fact that each moment of life is a miracle and mystery’

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‘A downtrodden class… will never be able to make an effective protest until it achieves solidarity’

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‘Once the command of the air is obtained by one of the contending armies, the war becomes a conflict between a seeing host and one that is blind’

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‘Human History in essence is the history of ideas’

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‘Every time I see an adult on a bicycle. I no longer despair for the future of the human race’

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‘Heresies are experiments in man’s unsatisfied search for truth’

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‘Some people bear three kinds of trouble; the ones they’ve had, the ones they have, and the ones they expect to have’

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‘There’s nothing wrong in suffering, if you suffer for a purpose. Our revolution didn’t abolish danger or death. It simply made danger and death worthwhile’

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‘I must confess that my imagination refuses to see any sort of submarine doing anything but suffocating its crew and floundering at sea’

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‘Beauty is in the heart of the beholder’

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‘After people have repeated a phrase a great number of times, they begin to realize it has meaning and may even be true’

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‘Sometimes, you have to step outside of the person you’ve been and remember the person you were meant to be. The person you want to be. The person you are’

Q – George Orwell

Eric Arthur Blair 1903 – 1950 always wrote under the pen-name of George Orwell. He wrote both fiction and non-fiction and is best known for his works ‘Animal Farm’ and ‘Nineteen Eighty-Four’.

 

‘In a time of universal deceit – telling the truth is a revolutionary act’

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‘Men can only be happy when they do not assume that the object of life is happiness’

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‘Progress is not an illusion, it happens, but it is slow and invariably disappointing’

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‘All animals are equal but some animals are more equal than others’

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‘Enlightened people seldom or never possess a sense of responsibility’

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‘Myths which are believed in, tend to come true’

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‘On the whole human beings want to be good, but not too good and not quite all the time’

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‘But if thought corrupts language, language can also corrupt thought’

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‘If liberty means anything at all, it means the right to tell people what they do not want to hear’

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‘To see what is in front of one’s nose needs a constant struggle’

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‘The quickest way of ending a war is to lose it’

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‘Reality exists in the human mind, and nowhere else’

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‘In the face of pain there are no heroes’

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‘Who controls the past controls the future. Who controls the present controls the past’

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‘Every generation imagines itself to be more intelligent than the one that went before it, and wiser than the one that comes after it’

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‘The essence of being human is that one does not seek perfection’

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‘War is peace. Freedom is slavery. Ignorance is strength’

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‘The best books… are those that tell you what you know already’

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‘Happiness can exist only in acceptance’

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‘Whoever is winning at the moment will always seem to be invincible’

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‘Saints should always be judged guilty until they are proved innocent’

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‘If people cannot write well, they cannot think well, and if they cannot think well, others will do their thinking for them’

Q – Franz Kafka

Franz Kafka 1883 – 1924 was a German speaking Jewish novelist and short story writer, who is considered to be one of the most influential writers of the 20th Century.

 

‘Youth is happy because it has the ability to see beauty. Anyone who keeps the ability to see beauty never grows old’

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‘From a certain point onward there is no longer any turning back. That is the point that must be reached’

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‘Believing in progress does not mean believing that any progress has yet been made’

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‘The history of mankind is the instant between two strides taken by a traveller’

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‘Don’t despair, not even over the fact that you don’t despair’

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‘Anything that has real and lasting value is always a gift from within’

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‘You do not need to leave your room. Remain sitting at your table and listen. Do not even listen, simply wait, be quiet, still and solitary. The world will freely offer itself to you to be unmasked, it has no choice, it will roll in ecstasy at your feet’

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‘It is often safer to be in chains than to be free’

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‘I have the true feeling of myself only when I am unbearably unhappy’

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‘You are free, and that is why you are lost’

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‘Don’t bend; don’t water it down; don’t try to make it logical; don’t edit your own soul according to the fashion. Rather, follow your most intense obsessions mercilessly’

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‘So long as you have food in your mouth, you have solved all questions for the time being’

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‘One must not cheat anyone, not even the world of its victory’

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‘If you find someone who makes you smile who checks up on you often to see if you’re okay. Who watches out for you and wants the best for you. Who loves and respects you. Don’t let them go. People like that are hard to find’

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‘Start with what is right rather than what is acceptable’

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‘The right understanding of any matter and a misunderstanding of the same matter do not wholly exclude each other’

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‘I am a cage, in search of a bird’

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‘First impressions are always unreliable’

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‘Many a book is like a key to unknown chambers within the castle of one’s own self’

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‘The true word leads, the untrue misleads’

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‘Do not waste your time looking for an obstacle; maybe there is none’

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‘Life’s splendour forever lies in wait about each one of us in all its fullness, but veiled from view, deep down, invisible, far off. It is there, though, not hostile, not reluctant, not deaf. If you summon it by the right word, but its right name, it will come’

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‘A book must be the axe for the frozen sea within us’

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‘I can love only what I can place so high above me that I cannot reach it’

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‘Love is a drama of contradictions’

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‘Better to have, and not need; than to need, and not have’

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‘All that you are seeking is also seeking you’

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‘It is only because of their stupidity that they’re able to be so sure of themselves’

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‘You can hold yourself back from the sufferings of the word, that is something you are free to do and it accords with your nature, but perhaps this very holding back is the one suffering you could avoid’

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‘By believing passionately in something that still does not exist, we create it. The non-existent is whatever we have not sufficiently desired’

Q – Elizabeth Barrett Browning

Elizabeth Barrett Browning 1806 – 1861 was an English poet during the Victorian period of history.

 

‘What is genius but the power of expressing a new individuality’

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‘He lives most life whoever breathes most air’

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‘I love thee to the depth and breadth and height my soul can reach’

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‘Measure not the work until the days out and the labour done’

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‘A woman’s always younger than a man at equal years’

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‘You’re something between a dream and a miracle’

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‘Who so loves believes the impossible’

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‘No man can be called friendless who has God and the companionship of good books’

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‘I love you not only for what you are, but for what I am when I am with you’

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‘True knowledge comes only through suffering’

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‘Two human loves make one divine’

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‘The beautiful seems right by force of beauty and the feeble wrong because of weakness’

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‘I should not dare to call my soul my own’

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‘Books succeed; and lives fail’

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‘Two much beauty, I reckon, is nothing but too much sun’

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‘The devil’s most devilish when respectable’

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‘Whatever’s lost, it first was won’

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‘Folded eyes see brighter colours than the open ever do’

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‘Whoever lives true life, will love true love’

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‘Love doesn’t make the world go round, love is what makes the ride worthwhile!’

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‘Silence is the best response to a fool’

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‘An ignorance of means may minister to greatness, but an ignorance of aims make it impossible to be great at all’

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‘You were made perfectly to be loved – and surely I have loved you, in the idea of you, my whole life long’

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‘With stammering lips and insufficient sound, I strive and struggle to deliver right the music of my nature’

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‘Utterance is the evidence of foregone study’

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‘Never say No when the world says Aye’