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Nothing exists except atoms and empty space; everything else is opinion. ~Democritus

To force a man to pay for the violation of his own liberty is indeed an addition of insult to injury. ~Benjamin Tucker, Instead of a Book

Perhaps we are looking at this from a wrong perspective; this search for the truth, the meaning of life, the reason of God. We all have this mindset that the answers are so complex and so vast that it is almost impossible to comprehend. I think, on the contrary, that the answers are so simple; so simple that it is staring us straight in the face, screaming its lungs out, and yet we fail to notice it. We're looking through a telescope, searching the stars for the answer, when the answer is actually a speck of dirt on the telescope lens. ~Jason Q., from

The cigarette does the smoking - you're just the sucker. ~Author Unknown

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He who has imagination without learning has wings but no feet. ~Joseph Joubert

Sudden resolutions, like the sudden rise of the mercury in the barometer, indicates nothing but the changeableness of the weather. ~Augustus William Hare and Julius Charles Hare, Guesses at Truth, by Two Brothers, 1827

Coolidge was known for his terse speech and reticence. A woman bet her friend that she could get Coolidge to speak to her, which was something he was reluctant to do. She went up to him and said: "Hello, Mr. President, I bet my friend that I could get you to say three words to me." "You lose," Coolidge replied dryly, and walked away. ~Author Unknown

What good is having someone who can walk on water if you don't follow in his footsteps? ~Author Unknown

It is better to fail in originality than to succeed in imitation. ~Herman Melville

Long, beautiful, gleaming, steaming, flaxen, waxen... I adore hair! ~James Rado and Gerome Ragni, Hair

To those with ears to hear, libraries are really very noisy places. On their shelves we hear the captured voices of the centuries-old conversation that makes up our civilization. ~Timothy Healy

If we all, mountain bikers, cyclists, multinational companies, Jo Public, respected the land like old civilizations we wouldn't get so many punctures. Earth's revenge. ~Jo Burt (Thanks, Jacquie)

Nine-tenths of the people were created so you would want to be with the other tenth. ~Horace Walpole

Those who deny freedom to others, deserve it not for themselves; and, under a just God, can not long retain it. ~Abraham Lincoln

He stands in history as the completer of the globe. ~John Sterling

Everything I know I learned from my cat: When you're hungry, eat. When you're tired, nap in a sunbeam. When you go to the vet's, pee on your owner. ~Gary Smith

Love is an ocean of emotions entirely surrounded by expenses. ~Lord Dewar

Astrology furnishes a splendid proof of the contemptible subjectivity of men. It refers the course of celestial bodies to the miserable ego: it establishes a connection between the comets in heaven and squabbles and rascalities on earth. ~Arthur Schopenhauer

History is concerned primarily with human phenomena, not with natural; and history is doubly human because, as an idea, it is man's creation, challenging him to transcend the limits of information about himself and to discover what he is by finding meaning in what he has done. In short, it is man's commentary on man. ~John Barker, The Superhistorians