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Epictatus

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Military

“Tentative efforts lead to tentative outcomes. Decide to construct your 
character through excellent actions and determine to pay the price of a worthy goal. The trials you encounter will introduce you to your strengths. Remain steadfast…and one day you will build something that endures: something worthy of your potential.”

"Do not laugh much or often or unrestrainedly" 

"If you wish to be a writer, write" 

"Difficulties are things that show a person what they are." 

"First learn the meaning of what you say, and then speak."

"If you desire to be good, begin by believing that you are wicked."

"Only the educated are free." 

"Silence is safer than speech."

"Hit First, Hit Hard, and Keep on Hitting"
-- First Lord of the Admiralty Sir Jackie Fisher

"Chaos is Self-Induced"
-- Sun-Tzu, 'The Art of War'

"In case signals can neither be seen nor perfectly understood, no 
captain can do very wrong if he places his ship alongside that of an 
enemy"
-- Admiral Lord Horatio Nelson

"Engage the enemy more closely"
--Admiral Lord Horatio Nelson

"Surrender? I have not yet begun to fight"
--John Paul Jones

"Think, Key, Speak"
--Navy Wisdom


"The essence of war is violence. Moderation in war is imbecility."
-- First Lord of the Admiralty Sir Jackie Fisher

"Captain, I'm 100% sure you're propably not going to like what I have to tell you."
--LTJG Dave Collier, USN, Damage Control Assistant, when telling the Commanding Officer that the $50K comunutor was ruined by two quarters.

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Authors

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Malcolm X

"A man's character may be learned from the adjectives which he habitually uses in conversation."

-- Mark Twain

 

"A person who won't read has no advantage over one who can't read."

-- Mark Twain

 

"You don't have to burn books to destroy a culture. Just get people to stop reading them."

-- Ray Bradbury

 

“I am so clever that sometimes I don't understand a single word of what I am saying.” 
― Oscar Wilde

 

“In three words I can sum up everything I've learned about life: it goes on.” 
― Robert Frost

"You're not to be so blind with patriotism that you can't face reality. Wrong is wrong, no matter who does it or says it."

 

"If you have no critics you'll likely have no success."

 

"In all our deeds, the proper value and respect for time determines success or failure."

 

"Stumbling is not falling."

 

"You're not supposed to be so blind with patriotism that you can't face reality. Wrong is wrong, no matter who says it."

 

 

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Politics and History

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Other

"If you're going through hell, keep going." 
Winston Churchill
 
"Fast is fine, but accuracy is everything."
Xenophon

"We are fast approaching the state of the ultimate inversion: the state where the government is free to do anything it pleases, while the citizens may act only by permission; which is the state of the darkest periods of human history, the state of rule by brute force."
Ayn Rand

“So many books, so little time.” 

-- Frank Zappa

 

“Without music, life would be a mistake.” 

-- Friedrich Nietzche

 

“Outside of a dog, a book is man's best friend. Inside of a dog it's too dark to read.” 

-- Groucho Marx

 

“Some day I'm gonna call me up on the phone, so when I answer, I can tell myself to shut up.”

-- Miles Davis 

 

"Try? There is no try. Do, or do not!"
-- Yoda

Neid zu fühlen ist menschlich, Schadenfreude zu genießen teuflisch
-- "To feel envy is human, to savor schadenfreude is devilish."