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    “A rogue does not laugh in the same way that an honest man does; a hypocrite does not shed the tears of a man of good faith. All falsehood is a mask; and however well made the mask may be, with a little attention we may always succeed in distinguishing it from the true face.”

    ― Alexandre Dumas, The Three Musketeers

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    This above all: to thine own self be true,
    And it must follow, as the night the day,
    Thou canst not then be false to any man.

    ― William Shakespeare, Hamlet

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    "This cannot mean a return to the failed policies of the past. The days of Britain and America intervening in sovereign countries in an attempt to remake the world in our own image are over. "

    Theresa May - January 26, 2017

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    “He was going to live forever, or die in the attempt.”

    ― Joseph Heller, Catch-22

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    “Just because you're paranoid doesn't mean they aren't after you.”

    ― Joseph Heller, Catch-22

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    "There was only one catch and that was Catch-22, which specified that a concern for one's safety in the face of dangers that were real and immediate was the process of a rational mind. Orr was crazy and could be grounded. All he had to do was ask; and as soon as he did, he would no longer be crazy and would have to fly more missions. Orr would be crazy to fly more missions and sane if he didn't, but if he was sane he had to fly them. If he flew them he was crazy and didn't have to; but if he didn't want to he was sane and had to. Yossarian was moved very deeply by the absolute simplicity of this clause of Catch-22 and let out a respectful whistle.

    "That's some catch, that Catch-22," he observed.

    "It's the best there is," Doc Daneeka agreed.”

    ― Joseph Heller, Catch-22

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    “They're trying to kill me," Yossarian told him calmly.
    No one's trying to kill you," Clevinger cried.
    Then why are they shooting at me?" Yossarian asked.
    They're shooting at everyone," Clevinger answered. "They're trying to kill everyone."
    And what difference does that make?”

    ― Joseph Heller, Catch 22

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    "The mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation. What is called resignation is confirmed desperation. From the desperate city you go into the desperate country, and have to console yourself with the bravery of minks and muskrats. A stereotyped but unconscious despair is concealed even under what are called the games and amusements of mankind. There is no play in them, for this comes after work. But it is a characteristic of wisdom not to do desperate things...”

    ― Henry David Thoreau, Civil Disobedience and Other Essays

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    “She learns, after she finishes the job, that she programmed very well the specifications as delivered to her, but that they were deficient. If she had only known the purpose of the program, she could have done it right for the purpose, even though the specifications were deficient.”

    ― W. Edwards Deming, Out of the Crises

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    “No one has all the answers. Fortunately, it is not necessary to have all the answers for good management.”

    ― W. Edwards Deming, Out of the Crises

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    “She wasn't doing a thing that I could see, except standing there leaning on the balcony railing, holding the universe together.”

    ― J.D. Salinger

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    Take a look at my girlfriend
    She's the only one I got
    Not much of a girlfriend
    Never seem to get along

    - Supertramp

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    “She could not conceive of a husband better than hers had been, and yet when she recalled their life she found more difficulties than pleasures, too many mutual misunderstandings, useless arguments, unresolved angers. Suddenly she sighed: "It is incredible how one can be happy for so many years in the midst of so many squabbles, so many problems, damn it, and not really know if it was love or not.”

    ― Gabriel García Márquez

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    “We don't always have a choice how we get to know one another. Sometimes, people fall into our lives cleanly--as if out of the sky, or as if there were a direct flight from Heaven to Earth--the same sudden way we lose people, who once seemed they would always be part of our lives”

    ― John Irving, Last Night in Twisted River

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    Elegy

    Oh destiny of Borges
    to have sailed across the diverse seas of the world
    or across that single and solitary sea of diverse
    names,
    to have been a part of Edinburgh, of Zurich, of the
    two Cordobas,
    of Colombia and of Texas,
    to have returned at the end of changing generations
    to the ancient lands of his forebears,
    to Andalucia, to Portugal and to those counties
    where the Saxon warred with the Dane and they
    mixed their blood,
    to have wandered through the red and tranquil
    labyrinth of London,
    to have grown old in so many mirrors,
    to have sought in vain the marble gaze of the statues,
    to have questioned lithographs, encyclopedias,
    atlases,
    to have seen the things that men see,
    death, the sluggish dawn, the plains,
    and the delicate stars,
    and to have seen nothing, or almost nothing
    except the face of a girl from Buenos Aires
    a face that does not want you to remember it.
    Oh destiny of Borges,
    perhaps no stranger than your own.

    - Jorge Luis Borges

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    The free bird thinks of another breeze
    and the trade winds soft through the sighing trees
    and the fat worms waiting on a dawn bright lawn
    and he names the sky his own
    But a caged bird stands on the grave of dreams
    his shadow shouts on a nightmare scream
    his wings are clipped and his feet are tied
    so he opens his throat to sing.

    - Maya Angelou

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    “The shortest distance between two points is often unbearable.”

    ― Charles Bukowski

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    "But don't you see that the whole trouble lies here? In words, words. Each one of us has within him a whole world of things, each man of us his own special world. And how can we ever come to an understanding if I put in the words I utter the sense and value of things as I see them; while you who listen to me must inevitably translate them according to the conception of things each one of you has within himself. We think we understand each other, but we never really do.”

    ― Luigi Pirandello, Six Characters In Search of an Author

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    “You have not lived today until you have done something for someone who can never repay you.”

    ― John Bunyan

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    "Prudence inquired, "And what is it that makes you desirous to go to Mount Zion?"
    Christian replied, "Why, it is there that I hope to see alive my Savior who hung dead on the cross. It is there that I hope to be rid of all those things that to this day are an annoyance to me. They say that in that place there is no death, and I will dwell there with the company that I like best.' For, to tell you the truth, I love Him because He eased me of my burden. I am weary of my inward sickness. I desire to be where I will die no more, with a company that will continually cry, `Holy, holy, holy!”

    ― John Bunyan, The Pilgrim's Progress: From This World to That Which Is to Come

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    “A man who starts imagining that others think good because he does is simply out of his mind. I've helped bury a few who did think that way... nice, peaceful men who wanted no trouble and made none.

    When feeding time comes around there's nothing a hawk likes better than a nice, fat, peaceful dove.”

    ― Louis L'Amour, Galloway

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    “I can’t do nothing for you either, Billy. You know that. None of us can. You got to understand that as soon as a man goes to help somebody, he leaves himself wide open. He has to be cagey, Billy, you should know that as well as anyone. What could I do? I can’t fix your stuttering. I can’t wipe the razorblade scars off your wrists or the cigarette burns off the back of your hands. I can’t give you a new mother. And as far as the nurse riding you like this, rubbing your nose in your weakness till what little dignity you got left is gone and you shrink up to nothing from humiliation, I can’t do anything about that, either.”

    ― Ken Kesey, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

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    “After your death, you will be what you were before your birth.”

    ― Arthur Schopenhauer

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    “For a few minutes, maybe, life lingers in the tissues of some outlying regions of the body. Then, one by one, the lights go out and there is total blackness. And if some part of the non-entity we called George has indeed been absent at this moment of terminal shock, away out there on the deep water, then it will return to find itself homeless.”

    ― Christopher Isherwood, A Single Man

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    He Is Not Dead

    I cannot say, and I will not say
    That he is dead. He is just away.
    With a cheery smile, and a wave of the hand,
    He has wandered into an unknown land
    And left us dreaming how very fair
    It needs must be, since he lingers there.
    And you—oh you, who the wildest yearn
    For an old-time step, and the glad return,
    Think of him faring on, as dear
    In the love of There as the love of Here.
    Think of him still as the same. I say,
    He is not dead—he is just away.

    ― James Whitcomb Riley

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