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"When you come right down to it," says religion writer Rabbi Marc Gellman, "there are only four basic prayers. Gimme! Thanks! Oops! and Wow!"

All contributions by corporations to any political committee or for any political purpose should be forbidden by law.
Theodore Roosevelt

If religion were true, its followers would not try to bludgeon their young into an artificial conformity; but would merely insist on their unbending quest for truth, irrespective of artificial backgrounds or practical consequences.
H. P. Lovecraft

We privileged few, who won the lottery of birth against all odds, how dare we whine at our inevitable return.
Richard Dawkins

Humility does not mean you think less of yourself. It means you think of yourself less.
Ken Blanchard

For fast-acting relief, try slowing down.
Lily Tomlin

A gun gives you the body, not the bird.
Thoreau

Life is hard; it's harder if you're stupid.
John Wayne

If you seek some special life outside of daily activities, that is like brushing aside waves to look for water.
Wu-chun

Reexamine all you have been told. Dismiss what insults your soul.
Walt Whitman

It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent that survives. It is the one that is most adaptable to change.
Charles Darwin

This planet is run by crazy people. Remember what they have to do to get where they are. Their perspective is so narrow, so brief, a few years. In the best of them a few decades. They care only about the time they are in power.
Carl Sagan, Contact

I am against religion because it teaches us to be satisfied with not understanding the world.
Richard Dawkins

It is the first responsibility of every citizen to question authority.
Benjamin Franklin

During times of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act.
George Orwell

People are fed by the food industry, which pays no attention to health, and are treated by the health industry, which pays no attention to food.
Wendell Berry

Love is not consolation. It is light.
Nietzsche

Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.
Leonardo da Vinci

We may congratulate ourselves that this cruel war is nearing its end. It has cost a vast amount of treasure and blood. . . .It has indeed been a trying hour for the Republic; but I see in the near future a crisis approaching that unnerves me and causes me to tremble for the safety of my country. As a result of the war, corporations have been enthroned and an era of corruption in high places will follow, and the money power of the country will endeavor to prolong its reign by working upon the prejudices of the people until all wealth is aggregated in a few hands and the Republic is destroyed. I feel at this moment more anxiety for the safety of my country than ever before, even in the midst of war. God grant that my suspicions may prove groundless.
Lincoln, letter to (Col.) William F. Elkins, Nov. 21, 1864.

Fables should be taught as fables, myths as myths, and miracles as poetic fantasies. To teach superstitions as truths is a most terrible thing. The child mind accepts and believes them, and only through great pain and perhaps tragedy can he be in after years relieved of them.
Hypatia of Alexandria

One for whom the pebble has value will be surrounded by treasures wherever he goes.
Par Lagerkvist

Don't cry because it's over. Smile because it happened.
Dr. Seuss

Two percent of the people think. Three percent of the people Think they think. And ninety-five percent of the people would rather die than think.
George Bernard Shaw

There is pleasure in the pathless woods
There is rapture on the lonely shore
There is society where none intrudes
By the deep sea, and music in its roar
I love not man the less but nature more.
Lord Byron

Do unto others 20% better than you would expect them to do unto you, to correct for subjective error.
Linus Pauling

The fact that millions of people share the same vices does not make these vices virtues, the fact that they share so many errors does not make the errors to be truths, and the fact that millions of people share the same form of mental pathology does not make these people sane.
Eric Fromm

We have bigger houses but smaller families:
We have more degrees but less sense;
more knowledge but less judgements;
more experts but more problems;
more medicines, but less healthiness.
We've been all the way to the moon and back,
but we have trouble crossing the street
to meet the new neighbor.
We build more computers
to hold more information,
to produce more copies than ever,
but we have less communication.
We have become long on quantity
but short on quality.
These are times of fast foods,
but slow digestion;
tall man, but short character;
steep profits, but shallow relationships.
It is time when there is much in the window
but nothing in the room.
H. H. the Dalai Lama

Holding onto anger is like drinking poison and expecting the other person to die.
Attributed to the Buddha

A nation that continues year after year to spend more money on military defense than on programs of social uplift is approaching spiritual death.
Martin Luther King

The illusion of freedom will continue as long as it's profitable to continue the illusion. At the point where the illusion becomes too expensive to maintain, they will just take down the scenery, they will pull back the curtains, they will move the tables and chairs out of the way and you will see the brick wall at the back of the theater.
Frank Zappa

Loving someone who doesn't love you is like waiting for a ship at the airport.
Unknown

You can know the name of a bird in all the languages of the world, but when you're finished, you'll know absolutely nothing about the bird. So let's take a look at the bird and see what it's doing.
Richard Feynman

It's an incredible con job when you think about it, to believe something now in exchange for something after death. Even corporations with their reward systems don't try to make it posthumous.
Gloria Steinham

Religion is like a blind man looking in a black room for a black cat that isn't there, and finding it.
Oscar Wilde

“Another area of fuzzy thinking out there is the movement called Intelligent Design. It asserts that somethings are too marvelous or too intricate to explain. The contention is that these things defy common scientific accounts for cause and effect, and so they’re ascribed to an intelligent, purposeful designer… . So let’s start a movement called Stupid Design, and we’ll see where that takes us. For example, what’s going on with your appendix? It’s much better at killing you than it is at anything else. That’s definitely a stupid design. What about your pinky toenail? You can barely put nail polish on it; there’s no real estate there. how about bad breath, or the fact that you breathe and drink through the same hole in your body, causing some fraction of us to choke to death every year? And here’s my last one. Ready? Down there between our legs, it’s like an entertainment complex system in the middle of a sewage system. Who designed that?”
Neil DeGrasse Tyson

Once you start down the dark path, forever will it dominate your destiny. Consume you it will.
Yoda

Size matters not.
Yoda

You must unlearn what you have learned.
Yoda

Named must be your fear before banish it you can.
Yoda



"BE KIND - for everyone you meet is fighting a great battle". Philo of Alexandria

"There is nothing better than a friend, unless it is a friend with chocolate."
— Charles Dickens

"I hate women because they always know where things are." Voltaire

"Common Sense is not all that common" Voltaire


“(on why she called everyone "darling") Because all my life I've been terrible at remembering people's names. Once I introduced a friend of mine as 'Martini'. Her name was actually 'Olive'.
— Tallulah Bankhead

“(on seeing a former lover for the first time in years) I thought I told you to wait in the car.”
— Tallulah Bankhead


“You can drag a horticulture, but you can't make her think.”
- on being challenged to use the word Horticulture in a sentence.
— Tallulah Bankhead


“It serves me right for putting all my eggs in one bastard.”
Dorothy Parker

“The first thing I do in the morning is brush my teeth and sharpen my tongue.”
Dorothy Parker

“Too fucking busy, and vice versa. [Reply to her editor who was bugging her for her belated work while she was on her honeymoon]”
Dorothy Parker

America is a melting pot, the people at the bottom get burned while all the scum floats to the top.
- - - Charlie King

The main reason people don't have their "prayers" answered, is because they do not really believe that they will. Don't have "faith" in our Infinite Creator, have Trust in him. The most Powerful form of "prayer", is Thanksgiving. "For even before you ask, I have already given it unto you". Thanksgiving, is knowing that our Infinite Creator has provided for you as he promised, and being thankful for that, even before you see the results. The more we trust in our Creator, the more results we get.

Life gives us what we expect we'll receive. (Because all thought is Creative). If we get up, and expect to have a bad day, more often than not, that's exactly what we'll get.

But remember, that it works both ways.




45 Life Lessons, written by a 90 year old

1. Life isn’t fair, but it’s still good.

2. When in doubt, just take the next small step.

3. Life is too short not to enjoy it.

4. Your job won’t take care of you when you are sick. Your friends and family will.

5. Don’t buy stuff you don’t need.

6. You don’t have to win every argument. Stay true to yourself.

7. Cry with someone. It’s more healing than crying alone.

8. It’s OK to get angry with God. He can take it.

9. Save for things that matter.

10. When it comes to chocolate, resistance is futile.

11. Make peace with your past so it won’t screw up the present.

12. It’s OK to let your children see you cry.

13. Don’t compare your life to others. You have no idea what their journey is all about.

14. If a relationship has to be a secret, you shouldn’t be in it.

15. Everything can change in the blink of an eye… But don’t worry; God never blinks.

16. Take a deep breath. It calms the mind.

17. Get rid of anything that isn’t useful. Clutter weighs you down in many ways.

18. Whatever doesn’t kill you really does make you stronger.

19. It’s never too late to be happy. But it’s all up to you and no one else.

20. When it comes to going after what you love in life, don’t take no for an answer.

21. Burn the candles, use the nice sheets, wear the fancy lingerie. Don’t save it for a special occasion. Today is special.

22. Overprepare, then go with the flow.

23. Be eccentric now. Don’t wait for old age to wear purple.

24. The most important sex organ is the brain.

25. No one is in charge of your happiness but you.

26. Frame every so-called disaster with these words, ‘In five years, will this matter?’

27. Always choose Life.

28. Forgive but don’t forget.

29. What other people think of you is none of your business.

30. Time heals almost everything. Give Time time.

31. However good or bad a situation is, it will change.

32. Don’t take yourself so seriously. No one else does.

33. Believe in miracles.

34. God loves you because of who God is, not because of anything you did or didn’t do.

35. Don’t audit life. Show up and make the most of it now.

36. Growing old beats the alternative — dying young.

37. Your children get only one childhood.

38. All that truly matters in the end is that you loved.

39. Get outside every day. Miracles are waiting everywhere.

40. If we all threw our problems in a pile and saw everyone else’s, we’d
grab ours back.

41. Envy is a waste of time. Accept what you already have, not what you think you need.

42. The best is yet to come…

43. No matter how you feel, get up, dress up and show up.

44. Yield.

45. Life isn’t tied with a bow, but it’s still a gift.


Groucho Marx

“Outside of a dog, a book is man's best friend. Inside of a dog it's too dark to read.”
― Groucho Marx, The Essential Groucho: Writings For By And About Groucho Marx

“I find television very educating. Every time somebody turns on the set, I go into the other room and read a book.”
― Groucho Marx

“When you're in jail, a good friend will be trying to bail you out. A best friend will be in the cell next to you saying, 'Damn, that was fun'.”
― Groucho Marx

“Time flies like an arrow; fruit flies like a banana.”
― Groucho Marx

“From the moment I picked your book up until I laid it down, I convulsed with laughter. Someday I intend on reading it.”
― Groucho Marx

“Humor is reason gone mad.”
― Groucho Marx

“I never forget a face, but in your case I'll be glad to make an exception.”
― Groucho Marx

“I sent the club a wire stating, "PLEASE ACCEPT MY RESIGNATION. I DON'T WANT TO BELONG TO ANY CLUB THAT WILL ACCEPT ME AS A MEMBER.”
― Groucho Marx, Groucho and Me

“The secret of life is honesty and fair dealing. If you can fake that, you've got it made.”
― Groucho Marx

“Learn from the mistakes of others. You can never live long enough to make them all yourself.”
― Groucho Marx

“I've had a perfectly wonderful evening, but this wasn't it.”
― Groucho Marx

“Those are my principles, and if you don't like them...well I have others.”
― Groucho Marx

“Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it everywhere, diagnosing it incorrectly and applying the wrong remedies.”
― Groucho Marx

“One morning I shot an elephant in my pajamas. How he got in my pajamas I'll never know.”
― Groucho Marx

“Well, art is art, isn't it? Still, on the other hand, water is water! And east is east and west is west and if you take cranberries and stew them like applesauce they taste much more like prunes than rhubarb does. Now, uh... now you tell me what you know.”
― Groucho Marx

“Yesterday is dead, tomorrow hasn't arrived yet. I have just one day, and I'm going to be happy in it.”
― Groucho Marx

“If you're not having fun, you're doing something wrong.”
― Groucho Marx

“I'm not crazy about reality, but it's still the only place to get a decent meal.”
― Groucho Marx

“Blessed are the cracked, for they shall let in the light.”
― Groucho Marx

“I have nothing but respect for you -- and not much of that.”
― Groucho Marx

“He may look like an idiot and talk like an idiot but don't let that fool you. He really is an idiot.”
― Groucho Marx

“Some people claim that marriage interferes with romance. There's no doubt about it. Anytime you have a romance, your wife is bound to interfere.”
― Groucho Marx

“Anyone who says he can see through women is missing a lot.”
― Groucho Marx

“If a black cat crosses your path, it signifies that the animal is going somewhere.”
― Groucho Marx

“I, not events, have the power to make me happy or unhappy today. I can choose which it shall be. Yesterday is dead, tomorrow hasn't arrived yet. I have just one day, today, and I'm going to be happy in it.”
― Groucho Marx


“A child of five could understand this. Send someone to fetch a child of five.”
― Groucho Marx

“Whatever it is, I'm against it.”
― Groucho Marx

“Just give me a comfortable couch, a dog, a good book, and a woman. Then if you can get the dog to go somewhere and read the book, I might have a little fun.”
― Groucho Marx

“Life is a whim of several billion cells to be you for a while”
― Groucho Marx

“While money can't buy happiness, it certainly lets you choose your own form of misery.”
― Groucho Marx

“I intend to live forever, or die trying.”
― Groucho Marx

“She got her looks from her father. He's a plastic surgeon.”
― Groucho Marx

“Age is not a particularly interesting subject. Anyone can get old. All you have to do is live long enough.”
― Groucho Marx

“Why, look at me. I've worked my way up from nothing to a state of extreme poverty.”
― Groucho Marx

“I was married by a judge. I should have asked for a jury.”
― Groucho Marx

“Either this man is dead or my watch has stopped.”
― Groucho Marx

“Only one man in a thousand is a leader of men -- the other 999 follow women.”
― Groucho Marx

“Room service? Send up a larger room.”
― Groucho Marx

“Quote me as saying I was mis-quoted.”
― Groucho Marx

“Time wounds all heels.”
― Groucho Marx


“If you've heard this story before, don't stop me, because I'd like to hear it again”
― Groucho Marx

“The trouble with writing a book about yourself is that you can’t fool around. If you write about someone else, you can stretch the truth from here to Finland. If you write about yourself the slightest deviation makes you realize instantly that there may be honor among thieves, but you are just a dirty liar.”
― Groucho Marx

“Marriage is a wonderful institution...but who wants to live in an institution?”
― Groucho Marx

“I am free of all prejudices. I hate every one equally.”
― Groucho Marx

“I don’t have a photograph, but you can have my footprints. They’re upstairs in my socks.”
― Groucho Marx

“Military intelligence is a contradiction in terms.”
― Groucho Marx

“Do you mind if I don't smoke?”
― Groucho Marx

“Groucho: You know I think you're the most beautiful woman in the world?
Woman: Really?
Groucho: No, but I don't mind lying if it gets me somewhere.”
― Groucho Marx

“Next time I see you, remind me not to talk to you.”
― Groucho Marx

“We'll meet at the theater tonight. I'll hold your seat 'til you get there. Once you get there; you're on your own.”
― Groucho Marx

“Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.”
― Confucius

“By three methods we may learn wisdom: First, by reflection, which is noblest; Second, by imitation, which is easiest; and third by experience, which is the bitterest.”
― Confucius

“Everything has beauty, but not everyone sees it.”
― Confucius

“If you make a mistake and do not correct it, this is called a mistake.”
― Confucius

“Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.”
― Confucius

“He who knows all the answers has not been asked all the questions.”
― Confucius

“Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated.”
― Confucius

“It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop.”
― Confucius

“Wherever you go, go with all your heart.”
― Confucius

“The man who moves a mountain begins by carrying away small stones.”
― Confucius, Confucius: The Analects

“Before you embark on a journey of revenge, dig two graves.”
― Confucius

“Silence is a true friend who never betrays.”
― Confucius

“To be wronged is nothing, unless you continue to remember it.”
― Confucius

“The funniest people are the saddest ones”
― Confucius

“It is not the failure of others to appreciate your abilities that should trouble you, but rather your failure to appreciate theirs.”
― Confucius

“Study the past if you would define the future.”
― Confucius

“What the superior man seeks is in himself; what the small man seeks is in others.”
― Confucius

“You cannot open a book without learning something.”
― Confucius

“I hear and I forget. I see and I remember. I do and I understand.”
― Confucius

“The man of wisdom is never of two minds;
the man of benevolence never worries;
the man of courage is never afraid.”
― Confucius

“Everything has its beauty but not everyone sees it.”
― Confucius

“The man who asks a question is a fool for a minute, the man who does not ask is a fool for life.”
― Confucius

“Attack the evil that is within yourself, rather than attacking the evil that is in others.”
― Confucius

“The way out is through the door. Why is it that no one will use this method?”
― Confucius

“Only the wisest and stupidest of men never change.”
― Confucius

“Respect yourself and others will respect you.”
― Confucius, Sayings of Confucius

“The gem cannot be polished without friction, nor man perfected without trials.”
― Confucius

“When you see a good person, think of becoming like her/him. When you see someone not so good, reflect on your own weak points.”
― Confucius

“And remember, no matter where you go, there you are.”
― Confucius

“Music produces a kind of pleasure which human nature cannot do without.”
― Confucius

“If what one has to say is not better than silence, then one should keep silent.”
― Confucius

“The hardest thing of all is to find a black cat in a dark room, especially if there is no cat.”
― Confucius

“Give a bowl of rice to a man and you will feed him for a day. Teach him how to grow his own rice and you will save his life.”
― Confucius

“When it is obvious that the goals cannot be reached, don't adjust the goals, adjust the action steps.”
― Confucius

“Forget injuries, never forget kindnesses.”
― Confucius

“Real knowledge is to know the extent of one's ignorance.”
― Confucius

“Do unto others what you want done unto you.”
― Confucius

“A lion chased me up a tree, and I greatly enjoyed the view from the top.”
― Confucius

“To put the world in order, we must first put the nation in order; to put the nation in order, we must first put the family in order; to put the family in order; we must first cultivate our personal life; we must first set our hearts right.”
― Confucius

“Better a diamond with a flaw than a pebble without.”
― Confucius

“To see what is right and not do it is the worst cowardice.”
― Confucius

“To know that we know what we know, and that we do not know what we do not know, that is true knowledge. ”
― Confucius

“Hold faithfulness and sincerity as first principles.”
― Confucius, The Analects

“Time flows away like the water in the river. ”
― Confucius

“Don’t complain about the snow on your neighbor’s roof when your own doorstep is unclean.”
― Confucius

“In a country well governed, poverty is something to be ashamed of. In a country badly governed, wealth is something to be ashamed of.”
― Confucius

“Shall I teach you what knowledge?
When you know a thing, say that you know it;
when you do not know a thing,
admit that you do not know it.
That is knowledge”
― Confucius

“It is more shameful to distrust our friends than to be deceived by them.”
― Confucius

“If your plan is for one year plant rice. If your plan is for ten years plant trees. If your plan is for one hundred years educate children. ”
― Confucius

“The superior man thinks always of virtue; the common man thinks of comfort.”
― Confucius

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