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The Trojans lost the war because they fell for a really dumb trick. hey, there's a gigantic wooden horse outside and all the Greeks have left. Let's bring it inside! Not a formula for long-term survival. Now if they had formed a task force to study the Trojan Horse and report back to a committee, everyone wouldn't have been massacred.. Who says middle management is useless?

This is a war universe. War all the time. That is its nature. There may be other universes based on all sorts of other principles, but ours seems to be based on war and games.
When placed in command -- take charge.
The first and the best victory is to conquer self.
Who controls the past controls the future: who controls the present controls the past.
The will to conquer is the first condition of victory.
It is not the mountain we conquer, but ourselves.
He who fears being conquered is sure of defeat.
Those who endure conquer.
Rank imposes obligation.
Leadership is the wise use of power. Power is the capacity to translate intention into reality and sustain it.
The abuse of greatness is when it disjoins remorse from power.
The history of free men is never really written by chance but by choice; their choice!
The multitude which is not brought to act as a unity, is confusion. That unity which has not its origin in the multitude is tyranny.
Don't walk in front of me, I may not follow; Don't walk behind me, I may not lead; Walk beside me, and just be my friend.
True love is like ghosts, which everybody talks about and few have seen.
It is with true love as it is with ghosts; everyone talks about it, but few have seen it.
The consciousness of being deemed dead, is next to the presumable unpleasantness of being so in reality. One feels like his own ghost unlawfully tenanting a defunct carcass.
The past but lives in written words: a thousand ages were blank if books had not evoked their ghosts, and kept the pale unbodied shades to warn us from fleshless lips.
So you think you can tell heaven from hell blue skies from pain. Can you tell a green field from a cold steel rail, a smile from a veil? Do you think you can tell? Did they get you to trade your heroes for ghosts hot ashes for trees, hot air for a cool breeze, cold comfort for change? Did you exchange a walk on part in a war for a lead role in a cage?
You must pre-live the future... not re-live the past... and savor the moment.
How can we live without our lives? How will we know its us without our past?
To do nothing evil is good; to wish nothing evil is better.
Whatever women do they must do twice as well as men to be thought half as good. Luckily, this is not difficult.
There is nothing that fear and hope does not permit men to do.
The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.
Ghosts only exist for those who wish to see them.
To go too far is as bad as to fall short.
Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.
A man who has committed a mistake and doesn't correct it is committing another mistake.
The strength of a nation derives from the integrity of the home.
America and its demons, Europe and its ghost.
For the strength of the Pack is the Wolf, and the strength of the Wolf is the Pack.
Reincarnation: People coming back to life at quitting time.
A generation which ignores history has no past and no future.
Do not follow where the path may lead. Go, instead, where there is no path and leave a trail.
Progress is impossible without change, and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything.
He who conquers himself is the mightiest warrior.
I venture to say no war can be long carried on against the will of the people.
The most vital quality a soldier can possess is self-confidence.
The patriot volunteer, fighting for country and his rights, makes the most reliable soldier on earth.
I am not willing to risk the lives of German soldiers for countries whose names we cannot spell properly.
Do you know what a soldier is, young man? He's the chap who makes it possible for civilized folk to despise war.
Honor to the Soldier, and Sailor everywhere, who bravely bears his countrys cause. Honor also to the citizen who cares for his brother in the field, and serves, as he best can, the same causehonor to him, only less than to him, who braves, for the common good, the storms of heaven and the storms of battle.
I praise loudly, I blame softly.
Shadows fall on even the brightest hours.
If a little dreaming is dangerous, the cure for it is not to dream less but to dream more, to dream all the time.
Deep into that darkness peering, long I stood there, wondering, fearing, doubting, dreaming dreams no mortal ever dared to dream before.
Dreams are real as long as they last. Can we say more of life?
You are never given a dream without also being given the power to make it true. You may have to work for it, however.
Who so regardeth dreams is like him that catcheth at a shadow, and followeth after the wind. [Ecclesiasticus 34:2]
There couldn't be a society of people who didn't dream. They'd be dead in two weeks.
A people always ends by resembling its shadow.
Shadow owes its birth to light.
Men are the dreams of a shadow.
Man is a substance clad in shadows.
Death is a shadow that always follows the body.
When walking through the valley of shadows, remember, a shadow is cast by a Light.
Beautiful light is born of darkness, so the faith that springs from conflict is often the strongest and the best.
There are two kinds of light -- the glow that illumines, and the glare that obscures.
The light shines in the darkness and the darkness comprehended it not.
Nothing is as real as a dream. The world can change around you, but your dream will not. Responsibilities need not erase it. Duties need not obscure it. Because the dream is within you, no one can take it away.
Hope is a waking dream.
What is life? A frenzy. What is life? An illusion, a shadow, a fiction. And the greatest good is trivial; for all life is a dream and all dreams are dreams.
Reality can destroy the dream; why shouldn't the dream destroy reality?
It's not what the dream is but what the dream does.
Myths are public dreams, dreams are private myths.
All that we see or seem, is but a dream within a dream.
All human beings are also dream beings. Dreaming ties all mankind together.
Hold fast to dreams, for if dreams die, life is a broken winged bird that cannot fly.
A man's dreams are an index to his greatness.
When your heart is in your dream, no request is too extreme.
Dream as if you'll live forever. Live as if you'll die tomorrow.
Dreaming permits each and everyone of us to be quietly and safely insane every night of our lives.
No person has the right to rain on your dreams.
When we can't dream any longer, we die.
When you cease to dream you cease to live.
Reading is a basic tool in the living of a good life.
Books like friends, should be few and well-chosen.
Books, like friends, should be few and well chosen. Like friends, too, we should return to them again and again for, like true friends, they will never fail us -- never cease to instruct -- never cloy.
A good book is the best of friends, the same today and for ever.
The things I want to know are in books; my best friend is the man who'll get me a book I ain't read.
There is no friend as loyal as a book
Next to acquiring good friends, the best acquisition is that of good books.
Education is the progressive realization of our ignorance.
Space isn't remote at all. It's only an hour's drive away if your car could go straight upwards.
Space is almost infinite. As a matter of fact, we think it is infinite.
The eternal silence of these infinite spaces fills me with dread.
The sky is no longer the limit.
No matter how vast, how total, the failure of man here on earth, the work of man will be resumed elsewhere. War leaders talk of resuming operations on this front and that, but man's front embraces the whole universe.
In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity.
The only source of knowledge is experience.
I never think of the future. It comes soon enough.
Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I'm not sure about the former.
Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity; and I'm not sure about the universe.
God does not play dice with the universe.
I can't believe that God plays dice with the universe.
If the facts don't fit the theory, change the facts.
Youth is the time to go flashing from one end of the world to the other to try the manners of different nations; to hear the chimes at midnight; to see the sunrise in town and country; to be converted at a revival; to circumnavigate the metaphysics, write halting verses, run a mile to see a fire, and wait all day long in the theatre to applaud Hernani.
To give real service you must add something which cannot be bought or measured with money, and that is sincerity and integrity.
Absence diminishes little passions and increases great ones, as wind extinguishes candles and fans a fire.
The young do not know enough to be prudent, and therefore they attempt the impossible -- and achieve it, generation after generation.
Painful as it may be, a significant emotional event can be the catalyst for choosing a direction that serves us--and those around us -- more effectively. Look for the learning.
Some of mankind's most terrible misdeeds have been committed under the spell of certain magic words or phrases.
Magic is believing in yourself, if you can do that, you can make anything happen.
The magic of the pen lies in the concentration of your thoughts upon one object.
Black magic operates most effectively in preconscious, marginal areas. Casual curses are the most effective.
The universe is full of magical things patiently waiting for our wits to grow sharper.
Every day use your magic to be of service to others.
Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.
The power of thought, the magic of the mind.
We must not let daylight in upon the magic.
When a man is wrong and won't admit it, he always gets angry.
Examine what is said, not him who speaks.
There are two things which cannot be attacked in front: ignorance and narrow-mindedness. They can only be shaken by the simple development of the contrary qualities. They will not bear discussion.
I saw the best minds of my generation destroyed by madness, starving hysterical naked.
Great music is that which penetrates the ear with facility and leaves the memory with difficulty. Magical music never leaves the memory.
Its the little things that matter, that add up in the end, with the priceless thrilling magic found only in a friend.
Cats are smarter than dogs. You can not get eight cats to pull a sled through snow.
Of all God's creatures there is only one that cannot be made the slave of the lash. That one is the cat. If man could be crossed with a cat it would improve man, but it would deteriorate the cat.
Cats always seem so very wise, when staring with their half-closed eyes. Can they be thinking, I'll be nice, and maybe she will feed me twice?
Authors like cats because they are such quiet, lovable, wise creatures, and cats like authors for the same reasons.
Dogs come when they are called; cats take a message and get back to you.
I said something which gave you to think I hated cats. But gad, sir, I am one of the most fanatical cat lovers in the business. If you hate them, I may learn to hate you. If your allergies hate them, I will tolerate the situation to the best of my ability.
Cats exercise... a magic influence upon highly developed men of intellect. This is why these long-tailed Graces of the animal kingdom, these adorable, scintillating electric batteries have been the favorite animal of a Mohammed, Cardinal Richlieu, Crebillon, Rousseau, Wieland.
A great attitude does much more than turn on the lights in our worlds; it seems to magically connect us to all sorts of serendipitous opportunities that were somehow absent before the change.
There is no real teacher who in practice does not believe in the existence of the soul, or in a magic that acts on it through speech.
Better beware of notions like genius and inspiration; they are a sort of magic wand and should be used sparingly by anybody who wants to see things clearly.
A few can touch the magic string, and noisy fame is proud to win them: Alas for those that never sing, but die with all their music in them!
Until it is kindled by a spirit as flamingly alive as the one which gave it birth a book is dead to us. Words divested of their magic are but dead hieroglyphs.
Have the courage to say no. Have the courage to face the truth. Do the right thing because it is right. These are the magic keys to living your life with integrity.
A library is but the soul's burying ground. It is a land of shadows.
Good as it is to inherit a library, it is better to collect one.
An hour spent in the library is worth a month in the laboratory.
A library is thought in cold storage.
My library was dukedom large enough.
A library implies an act of faith.
The words of the world want to make sentences.
There are seventy million books in American libraries, but the one you want is always out.
If truth is beauty, then how come no one has their hair done in a library?
If the doctor told me I had six minutes to live, I'd type a little faster.
A professional writer is an amateur who didn't quit.
A book should be luminous not voluminous.
Be a little careful about your library. Do you foresee what you will do with it? Very little to be sure. But the real question is, What it will do with you? You will come here and get books that will open your eyes, and your ears, and your curiosity, and turn you inside out or outside in.
The greatest part of a writer's time is spent in reading, in order to write; a man will turn over half a library to make one book.
The books we read should be chosen with great care, that they may be, as an Egyptian king wrote over his library, The medicines of the soul.
Everything you need for better future and success has already been written. And guess what? All you have to do is go to the library.

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