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Edward Abbey

"Men come and go, cities rise and fall, whole civilizations appear and disappear- the earth remains, slightly modified. The earth remains, and the heartbreaking beauty where there are no hearts to break."

"If we allow the freedom of the hills and the last of the wilderness to be taken from us, then the very idea of freedom may die with it."

"The American Indians had no word for what we call "wilderness." For them, the wilderness was home."

"Our worst fantasies have an alarming way of becoming realities."

"May your trails be crooked, winding, lonesome, dangerous, leading to the most amazing view. May your mountains rise into and above the clouds."

"Wilderness is not a luxury but a necessity of the human spirit, and as vital to our lives as water and good bread."

Peter Abelard

"The first key to wisdom is this- constant and frequent questioning... for by doubting we are led to question and by questioning we arrive at the truth."

Chinua Achebe

"Real tragedy is never resolved. It goes on hopelessly for ever."

Douglas Adams

"Human beings, who are almost unique in having the ability to learn from the experience of others, are also remarkable for their apparent disinclination to do so."

Henry Adams

"Chaos often breeds life, where order breeds habit."

Henry Brooks Adams

"No man means all he says, and yet very few say all they mean, for words are slippery and thought is viscous."

Phillip Adams

"Unless you're willing to have a go, fail miserably, and have another go, success won't happen."

Scott Adams

"Stupidity is like nuclear power, it can be used for good or evil."

Thomas Adams

"The ambitious climb high and perilous stairs, and never care how to come down; the desire of rising hath swallowed up their fear of a fall."

Joseph Addison

"Friendship improves happiness, and abates misery, by doubling our joys, and dividing our grief."

"Three grand essentials to happiness in this life are something to do, something to love, and something to hope for."

Alfred Adler

"Trust only movement. Life happens at the level of events not of words. Trust movement."

Aeschylus

"Better to die on your feet than live on your knees."

"No man can go through life and reach the end unharmed."

Aesop

"No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted."

"An oak and a reed were arguing about their strength. When a strong wind came up, the reed avoided being uprooted by bending and learning with the gusts of wind. But the oak stood firm and was torn up by the roots."

"Appearances often are deceiving."

Herbert Agar

"Civilization rests on a set of promises; if the promises are broken too often, the civilization dies, no matter how rich it may be, or how mechanically clever. Hope and faith depend on the promises; if hope and faith go, everything goes."

James Agee

"A mother never realizes that her children are no longer children."

Akhenaton

"The ambitious will always be first in the crowd; he presseth forward, he looketh not behind him. More anguish is it to his mind to see one before him, than joy to leave thousands at a distance."

Al-Ghazali

"The happiness of the drop is to die in the river."

Amos Bronson Alcott

"The true teacher defends his pupils against his own personal influence... He guides their eyes from himself to the spirit that quickens him."

Louisa May Alcott

"I'm not afraid of storms for I'm learning how to sail my ship."

Alan Alda

"Be brave enough to live life creatively. The creative is the place where no one else has ever been. You have to leave the city of your comfort and go into the wilderness of your intuition. You can't get there by bus, only by hard work and risk and by not quite knowing what you're doing. What you'll discover will be wonderful. What you'll discover will be yourself."

Alexander the Great

"There is nothing impossible to him who will try."

Muhammad Ali

"He who is not courageous enough to take risks will accomplish nothing in life."

"Hating people because of their color is wrong. And it doesn't matter which color does the hating. It's just plain wrong."

Cathy Allen

"Life brings simple pleasures to us every day. It is up to us to make them wonderful memories."

Fred Allen

"A celebrity is a person who works hard all his life to become known, then wears dark glasses to avoid being recognized."

George Allen

"A day you waste is one you can never make up."

Gracie Allen

"When I was born I was so surprised I didn't talk for a year and a half. "

James Allen

"You are today where your thoughts have brought you; you will be tomorrow where your thoughts take you."

Fred Van Amburgh

"Dream big dreams, then put on your overalls and go out and make the dreams come true."

Yehuda Amichai

"Behind all this, some great happiness is hiding."

Henri-Frederic Amiel

"Doing easily what others find difficult is talent; doing what is impossible for talent is genius."

"Perfect happiness is the absence of the striving for happiness."

"The great artist is the simplifier."

"True humility is contentment. There is no respect for others without humility in one's self."

Martin Amis

"Bullets cannot be recalled. They cannot be uninvented. But they can be taken out of the gun."

Greg Anderson

"Let us be about setting high standards for life, love, creativity, and wisdom. If our expectations in these areas are low, we are not likely to experience wellness. Setting high standards makes every day and every decade worth looking forward to."

Maya Angelou

"We may encounter many defeats but we must not be defeated."

"Nothing will work unless you do."

Jean Anouilh

"The object of art is to give life a shape."

Robert Anthony

"Most people would rather be certain they're miserable, than risk being happy."

Deborah Aquila

"Keep spiritually sound and be persistent. Persistence is the key. Just never stop believing in your dream."

St. Thomas Aquinas

"There is nothing on this earth more to be prized than true friendship."

Archimedes

"Give me a lever long enough, and a prop strong enough, I can single-handed move the world."

Hannah Arendt

"Forgiveness is the key to action and freedom."

"Nothing we use or hear or touch can be expressed in words that equal what we are given by the senses."

Aristophanes

"Your lost friends are not dead, but gone before, advanced a stage or two upon that road which you must travel in the steps they trod."

Aristotle

"What we have to learn to do, we learn by doing."

"There was never a genius without a tincture of insanity."

"For what is the best choice, for each individual is the highest it is possible for him to achieve."

"We make war that we may live in peace."

"In the arena of human life the honors and rewards fall to those who show their good qualities in action."

"In all things of nature there is something of the marvelous."

"In poverty and other misfortunes of life, true friends are a sure refuge."

"All human actions have one or more of these seven causes: chance, nature, compulsions, habit, reason, passion, desire."

"Change in all things is sweet."

Louis Armstrong

"What we play is life."

Neil Armstrong

"That's one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind."

"I believe every human has a finite number of heartbeats. I don't intend to waste any of mine running around doing exercises."

Arthur Ashe

"One important key to success is self-confidence. An important key to self-confidence is preparation."

Isaac Asimov

"Never let your sense of morals keep you from doing what's right."

St. Francis of Assisi

"Remember that when you leave this earth, you can take with you nothing that you have received - only what you have given: a full heart enriched by honest service, love, sacrifice and courage."

"Don't change the world, change worlds."

W.H. Auden

"Our claim to our own bodies and our world is our catastrophe..."

John H. Aughey

"God brings men into deep waters not to drown them, but to cleanse them."

St. Augustine

"God provides the wind, but man must raise the sails."

"People travel to wonder at the height of the mountains, at the huge waves of the sea, at the long course of rivers, at the vast compass of the ocean, at the circular motion of the stars; and they pass by themselves without wondering."

Marcus Aurelius

"Everything is but what we think it."

"Because your own strength is unequal to the task, do not assume that it is beyond the powers of man; but if anything is within the powers and province of man, believe that it is within your own compass also."

"The first rule is to keep an untroubled spirit. The second is to look things in the face and know them for what they are."

"It is not death that a man should fear, but he should fear never beginning to live."

"The universe is change; our life is what our thoughts make it."

"He who sees what is now has seen all things, whatsoever comes to pass from everlasting and whatsoever shall be unto everlasting time."

"Accept the things to which fate binds you, and love the people with whom fate brings you together, but do so with all your heart."

"To live each day as though one's last, never flustered, never apathetic, never attitudinizing, is perfection of character."

"Nothing befalls a man except what is in his nature to endure."

"Love only what befalls you and is spun for you by fate."

"Nowhere can man find a quieter or more untroubled retreat than in his own soul."

"All that happens is usual and familiar as the rose in spring and the crop in summer."

Sri Aurobindo

"True knowledge is not attained by thinking. It is what you are; it is what you become."

Jane Austen

"Friendship is certainly the finest balm for the pangs of disappointed love."

"Why not seize the pleasure at once? How often is happiness destroyed by preparation, foolish preparation?"

Alfred Austin

"Tears are the summer showers to the soul."

St. Teresa of Avila

"Thank God for the things that I do not own."

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