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A bunch of quotes I like. Some of them are inspirational, others I just find interesting, and several are cool in part because of historical significance. I hate to say it, but many of them I quote to validate my own personal beliefs. The quotes are in no particular order, but quotes from the same source are grouped together. Read if you like.


You know of the disease in Central Africa called sleeping sickness... There also exists a sleeping sickness of the soul. Its most dangerous aspect is that one is unaware of its coming. That is why you have to be careful. As soon as you notice the slightest sign of indifference, the moment you become aware of the loss of certain seriousness, of longing, of enthusiasm and zest, take it as a warning. You should realize your soul suffers if you live superficially.

— Albert Schweitzer

The Bank, Mr. Van Buren, is trying to kill me, but I shall kill it.

— Andrew Jackson

Evil preaches tolerance until it is dominant, then it tries to silence good.

— Archbishop Charles J. Chaput

Those who cannot conceive of Friendship as a substantive love but only as a disguise or elaboration of Eros betray the fact that they have never had a Friend.

— C. S. Lewis

I do not feel obliged to believe that the same God who has endowed us with sense, reason, and intellect has intended us to forgo their use.

— Galileo Galilei

If there be time to expose through discussion the falsehood and fallacies, to avert the evil by the processes of education, the remedy to be applied is more speech, not enforced silence.

— Justice Louis Brandeis

Waste no more time arguing about what a good man should be. Be one.

— Marcus Aurelius

Soon you will have forgotten all things, and soon all things will have forgotten you.

— Marcus Aurelius

Read at every wait; read at all hours; read within leisure; read in times of labor; read as one goes in; read as one goes out. The task of the educated mind is simply put: read to lead.

— Marcus Tullius Cicero

A room without books is like a body without a soul.

— Marcus Tullius Cicero

When nothing in society deserves respect, we should fashion for ourselves in solitude new, silent loyalties.

— Nicólas Gómez Dávila

And those who were seen dancing were thought insane by those who could not hear the music.

— Nietzsche

A man's maturity consists in having found again the seriousness one had as a child at play.

— Nietzsche

Wishes don't come true unless you wish them out loud.

— Oumae Kumiko

Greatness is the perception that virtue is enough.

— Ralph Waldo Emerson

Reverently to preserve the old is even better than building afresh.

— Theodoric the Great

Pay heed to the tales of old wives. It may well be that they alone keep in memory what it was once needful for the wise to know.

— J.R.R. Tolkien

The Shadow that bred them can only mock, it cannot make: not real new things of its own.

— J.R.R. Tolkien

...accomplishing things, taking credit—choose one.

— Gwern.net

You can have a second computer once you've shown you know how to use the first one.

— Paul Barham

An idiot admires complexity, a genius admires simplicity.

— Terry A. Davis

In academia, if it's good you publish it. In industry, if it's good you keep it secret.

— Terry A. Davis

Just man up and learn what malloc and free are.

— Terry A. Davis

Maybe I'm just a bizarre little person who walks back and forth.

— Terry A. Davis


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