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Those who consciousness is unified abandon all attachment to the results of action and attain supreme peace. But those whose desires are fragmented, who are selfishly attached to the results of their work, are bound in everything they do.

- Bhagavad Gita

The struggle of literature is in fact a struggle to escape from the confines of language; it stretches out from the utmost limits of what can be said; what stirs literature is the call and attraction of what is not in the dictionary.

- Calvino, Italo

The reason why so little is done, is generally because so little is attempted.

- Smiles, Samuel

A knave; a rascal; an eater of broken meats; a base, proud, shallow, beggarly, three-suited, hundred-pound, filthy, worsted-stocking knave; a lily-livered, action-taking knave, a whoreson, glass-gazing, super-serviceable finical rogue; one-trunk-inheriting slave; one that wouldst be a bawd, in way of good service, and art nothing but the composition of a knave, beggar, coward, pandar, and the son and heir of a mongrel bitch: one whom I will beat into clamorous whining, if thou deniest the least syllable of thy addition.

- Earl of Kent

For every action, there is an equal and opposite criticism.


Teachers open the door but you must walk through it yourself.

- Proverb, Chinese

The wavering multitude is divided into opposite factions.

- Virgil

It is energy -- the central element of which is will -- that produces the miracle that is enthusiasm in all ages. Everywhere it is what is called force of character and the sustaining power of all great action.

- Smiles, Samuel

Thinking is easy, acting is difficult, and to put one's thoughts into action is the most difficult thing in the world.

- Goethe, Johann Wolfgang Von

I want it said of me by those who knew me best, that I always plucked a thistle and planted a flower where I thought a flower would grow.

- Lincoln, Abraham

Only actions give life strength; only moderation gives it a charm.

- Jean Paul Richter

I ever will profess myself the greatest friend to those whose actions best correspond with their doctrine; which, I am sorry to say, is too seldom the case amongst those nations who pretend most to civilization.

- Stedman, Captain J. G.

The greatest of all mistakes is to do nothing because you can only do a little. Do what you can.

- Smith, Sydney

We cannot live only for ourselves. A thousand fibers connect us with our fellow men; and among those fibers, as sympathetic threads, our actions run as causes, and they come back to us as effects.

- Herman Melville

However brilliant an action, it should not be esteemed great unless the result of a great motive.

- Francois de La Rochefoucauld

If you think about it seriously, all the questions about the soul and the immortality of the soul and paradise and hell are at bottom only a way of seeing this very simple fact: that every action of ours is passed on to others according to its value, of good or evil, it passes from father to son, from one generation to the next, in a perpetual movement.

- Gramsci, Antonio

The great end of life is not knowledge but action.

- Thomas H. Huxley

The great attraction of fashion is that it diverted attention from the insoluble problems of beauty and provided an easy way -- which money could buy... to a simply stated, easily reproduced ideal of beauty, however temporary that ideal.

- Zeldin, Theodore

It has been an unchallengeable American doctrine that cranberry sauce, a pink goo with overtones of sugared tomatoes, is a delectable necessity of the Thanksgiving board and that turkey is uneatable without it. There are some things in every country that you must be born to endure; and another hundred years of general satisfaction with Americans and America could not reconcile this expatriate to cranberry sauce, peanut butter, and drum majorettes.

- Cooke, Alistair

The course of my long life hath reached at last in fragile bark over a tempestuous sea the common harbor, where must rendered be account for all the actions of the past.

- Longfellow, Henry Wadsworth

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