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"Philanthropy is almost the only virtue which is sufficiently appreciated by mankind. Nay, it is greatly overrated; and it is our selfishness which overrates it."

- Henry David Thoreau, Walden

"Relations are simply a tedious pack of people, who haven’t got the remotest knowledge of how to live, nor the smallest instinct about when to die."

- Oscar Wilde, The Importance of Being Ernest

"Out of the night that covers me,
Black as the Pit from pole to pole,
I thank whatever gods may be
For my unconquerable soul."

- William Ernest Henley, Invictus

"The power of doing anything with quickness is always prized much by the possessor, and often without any attention to the imperfection of the performance."

- Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice

"[P]olitical movements rest not so much on rational attitudes as on the fantasies, images, words and archetypes that come together to make up this or that political kitsch."

- Milan Kundera, The Unbearable Lightness of Being

"There are more things in heaven and earth […]
Than are dreamt of in our philosophy."

- William Shakespeare, The Tragedy of Hamlet

"Or maybe forgiveness is just the continual pushing aside of bitter memories, until time dulls the hurt and the anger and the wrong is forgotten."

- Veronica Roth, Allegiant

"… yes, and wasn’t it motherhood that ruined them all, that elevated them to the status of the all-knowing and all-powerful, and reduced everybody else, even grandfathers, dictators and mercenary killers, to the level of feckless children?"

- T.C. Boyle, Talk Talk

"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, The Tragedy of Hamlet

"Nations are possessed with an insane ambition to perpetuate the memory of themselves by the amount of hammered stone they leave. What if equal pains were taken to smooth and polish their manners?"

- Henry David Thoreau, Walden

"I’ll write because I love it, the way other people knit… ir scrapbook. And I’ll find some other way to make money."

- Rainbow Rowell, Fangirl

"It strikes me that this may be one of the differences between youth and age: when we are young, we invent different futures for ourselves; when we are old, we invent different pasts for others."

- Julian Barnes, The Sense of an Ending

"It’s a rule that we never listen to sad music, we made that rule early on, songs are as sad as the listener, we hardly ever listen to music."

- Jonathan Safran Foer, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close

"It was not despair, but it seemed to her as if life were passing by, leaving its promise broken and unfulfilled."

- Kate Chopin, The Awakening