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Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.

We live on the leash of our senses.
like a global terrarium, cutthroat, tart and self-absorbed.
The past should be a springboard, not a hammock.
If you want to kill any idea in the world today, get a committee working on it.
You will never stub your toe standing still. The faster you go, the more chance there is of stubbing your toe, but the more chance you have of getting somewhere.
Progress is impossible without change, and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything.
Help others achieve their dreams and you will achieve yours.
The dew of compassion is a tear.
I know the compassion of others is a relief at first. I don't despise it. But it can't quench pain, it slips through your soul as through a sieve. And when our suffering has been dragged from one pity to another, as from one mouth to another, we can no longer respect or love it.
The historian of science may be tempted to exclaim that when paradigms change, the world itself changes with them.
To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.
One of the indictments of civilizations is that happiness and intelligence are so rarely found in the same person.
An inefficient virus kills its host. A clever virus stays with it.
There are two kinds of adventurers: those who go truly hoping to find adventure and those who go secretly hoping they won t.
Compassion has no place in the natural order of the world which operates on the basis of necessity. Compassion opposes this order and is therefore best thought of as being in some way supernatural.
Understand that sexuality is as wide as the sea. Understand that your morality is not law. Understand that we are you. Understand that if we decide to have sex whether safe, safer, or unsafe, it is our decision and you have no rights in our lovemaking.
I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation when they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.
All this talk about equality. The only thing people really have in common is that they are all going to die.
The worst form of inequality is to try to make unequal things equal.
We cannot feel strongly toward the totally unlike because it is unimaginable, unrealizable; nor yet toward the wholly like because it is stale -- identity must always be dull company. The power of other natures over us lies in a stimulating difference which causes excitement and opens communication, in ideas similar to our own but not identical, in states of mind attainable but not actual.
Equality consists in the same treatment of similar persons.
The Earth is a very small stage in a vast cosmic arena. Think of the rivers of blood spilled by all those generals and emperors so that, in glory and triumph, they could become the momentary masters of a fraction of a dot.
You are ninety-eight cents' worth of cosmic star dust floating at the obscure edge of an ordinary galaxy, and yet you are the center of your own world; to friends and family, you may be precious beyond all worth. On one day, humanity seems the apex of all things beautiful, generous, mindful; another day, it seems a stupid beast.
A man who dares to waste one hour of his life has not discovered the value of life.
If you are the master be sometimes blind, if you are the servant be sometimes deaf.
If you want to make enemies, try to change something.
I have believed the best of every man. And find that to believe is enough to make a bad man show him at his best, or even a good man swings his lantern higher.
Boredom is the dream bird that hatches the egg of experience. A rustling in the leaves drives him away.
The most important outcome of education is to help students become independent of formal education.
If winds are the spirit of the sky's ocean, the clouds are the texture. Their is easily the most uninhibited dominion of the earth. Nothing in physical shape is too fantastic for them. They can be round as apples or as fine as string, as dense as a jungle, as wispy as a whiff of down, as mild as puddle water or as potent as the belch of a volcano. Some are thunderous anvils formed by violent up drafts from the warm earth. Some are ragged coattails of storms that have passed. Some are stagnant blankets of warm air resting on cold. I have seen clouds in the dawn that looked like a pink Sultan with his pale harem maidens and a yellow slob of eunuch lolling impotent in the background.
I look down into the bubbling cauldron of clouds, pierced by an occasional unfriendly mountain peak. We seem to be skimming the surface of an angry sea, and I think it unbelievable that delicate life-forms can exist down there...
How rich are we that we can look on these worlds with the perspective of modern science ... that we do not have to wonder as did former men whether stars are jewels hanging from celestial drapery or peepholes in the astral skin of creation!
Tolerance becomes a crime when applied to evil.
In the visible world, the Milky Way is a tiny fragment; within this fragment, the solar system is an infinitesimal speck, and of this speck our planet is a microscopic dot. On this dot, tiny lumps of impure carbon and water, of complicated structure, with somewhat unusual physical and chemical properties, crawl about for a few years, until they are dissolved again into the elements of which they are compounded. They divide their time between labour designed to postpone the moment of dissolution for themselves and frantic struggles to hasten it for others of their kind.

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