“The law condemns and punishes only actions within certain definite and narrow limits; it thereby justifies, in a way, all similar actions that lie outside those limits. “

— Leo Tolstoy

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“It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us — that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave their last full measure of devotion — that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain—that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom—and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.”

— Abraham Lincoln, The Gettysburg Address (November 19, 1863)

“Between the idea and the reality, between the motion and the act, falls the Shadow.” 
 — T. S. Eliot, The Hollow Men (1925)

 

“Language is the only homeland.”

— Czeslaw Milosz

 

“Everything flows, everything changes. You cannot step into the same river twice.”

— Heraclitus

 

“Everything begins in mysticism and ends in politics.”

— Charles Péguy, Ève (1913)

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“If you tell the truth, you do not need a good memory.”

— Mark Twain, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (1885)

“ … she had a history, but she had no past … .”

— Nick Cave, Jubilee Street (2013)

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“Who controls the past, controls the future; who controls the present controls the past.”

— George Orwell, Nineteen Eighty-Four (1949)

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“The vocation of being a “protector”, however, is not just something involving us Christians alone; it also has a prior dimension which is simply human, involving everyone. It means protecting all creation, the beauty of the created world, as the Book of Genesis tells us and as Saint Francis of Assisi showed us. It means respecting each of God’s creatures and respecting the environment in which we live. It means protecting people, showing loving concern for each and every person, especially children, the elderly, those in need, who are often the last we think about. It means caring for one another in our families: husbands and wives first protect one another, and then, as parents, they care for their children, and children themselves, in time, protect their parents. It means building sincere friendships in which we protect one another in trust, respect, and goodness. In the end, everything has been entrusted to our protection, and all of us are responsible for it. Be protectors of God’s gifts!”

― Pope Francis, Inauguration Mass (2013)

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“To a linguist, language is everything; to a poet, not so much.”

— WSM

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‎”Who are you gonna believe, me or your own eyes?

― Chico Marx, Duck Soup (1933)

“Every story reveals itself in its own time.”

— WSM

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“The state of nature has a law of nature to govern it, which obliges every one: and reason, which is that law, teaches all mankind, who will but consult it, that being all equal and independent, no one ought to harm another in his life, health, liberty or possessions … .”

— John Locke, The Second Treatise of Civil Government (1690)

“Behind the ostensible government sits enthroned an invisible government owing no allegiance and acknowledging no responsibility to the people. “

— Theodore Roosevelt

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“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”

Thomas Jefferson, The Declaration of Independence (July 4, 1776)

“Nothing spoils a good story like the arrival of an eyewitness.”

— Mark Twain

 

“I think of the trees and how simply they let go, let fall the riches of a season, how without grief (it seems) they can let go and go deep into their roots for renewal and sleep … . Imitate the trees.”
— May Sarton

 

“Everything alters me, but nothing changes me.”

— Salvador Dali