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A father is a man who expects his children to be as good as he meant to be.

A sad thing about life is meeting someone who means a lot to you, only to find out in the end that it was never bound to be and you just have to let go.

All parts should go together without forcing. You must remember that the parts you are reassembling were disassembled by you. Therefore, if you can't get them together again, there must be a reason. By all means, do not use a hammer.

Anyone who attempts to generate random numbers by deterministic means is, of course, living in a state of sin.
-- John von Neumann

At the heart of all beauty lies something inhuman, and these hills, the softness of the sky, the outline of these trees at this very minute lose the illusory meaning with which we had clothed them, henceforth more remote than a lost paradise. . .that denseness and that strangeness of the world is absurd.
-- Albert Camus

Being politically correct means always having to say you're sorry.

Being unknown does not mean being inferior.

Big doesn't necessarily mean better. Sunflowers aren't better than violets.

By trying we can easily endure adversity. Another man's, I mean.
-- Mark Twain

Conquering any difficulty always gives one a secret joy, for it means pushing back a boundary-line and adding to one's liberty.
-- Henri Frederic Amiel

Don't listen to what I say; listen to what I mean.

Even a happy life cannot be without a measure of darkness, and the word happy would lose its meaning if it were not balanced by sadness. It is far better to take things as they come along with patience and equanimity.
-- Carl Jung

Even if I'm not asleep, that doesn't mean I'm awake.

Friendship is the hardest thing in the world to explain. It's not something you learn in school. But if you haven't learned the meaning of friendship, you really haven't learned anything.
-- Muhammad Ali

Happiness, that grand mistress of the ceremonies in the dance of life, impels us through all its mazes and meanderings, but leads none of us by the same route.
-- Charles Caleb Colton

Having no secrets means you have lived in isolation.

Having the right to do it, doesn't mean it is right to do it.

I have approximate answers and possible beliefs and different degrees of certainty about different things, but I'm not absolutely sure of anything, and many things I don't know anything about, such as whether it means anything to ask why we're here, and what the question might mean. I might think about it a little bit, but if I can't figure it out, then I go on to something else. But I don't have to know an answer. I don't have to. . .I don't feel frightened by not knowing things, by being lost in the mysterious universe without having any purpose, which is the way it really is, as far as I can tell, possibly. It doesn't frighten me.
-- Richard Feynman

I have to remind myself that some birds weren't meant to be caged. Their feathers are just too bright. And when they fly away, the part of you that knew it was a sin to lock them up does rejoice. But your world is just that much colder and emptier that they're gone. I don't know. . .maybe I just miss my friend.
-- Stephen King

If I am given a formula, and I am ignorant of its meaning, it cannot teach me anything, but if I already know it what does the formula teach me?
-- St. Augustine

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