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“Quotation is a serviceable substitute for wit.” ― Oscar Wilde

I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it.
—— Nelson Mandela
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Nobody deserves your tears, but whoever deserves them will not make you cry.
—— Gabriel Garcí­a Márquez
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Like so many Americans, she was trying to construct a life that made sense from things she found in gift shops.
—— Kurt Vonnegut, Slaughterhouse 5
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And day to day, life’s a hard job, you get tired, you lose the pattern. You need distance, interval. The way to see how beautiful the earth is, is to see it as the moon. The way to see how beautiful life is, is from the vantage point of death.
—— Ursula K. Le Guin, The Dispossessed
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Words! Mere words! How terrible they were! How clear, and vivid, and cruel! One could not escape from them. And yet what a subtle magic there was in them! They seemed to be able to give a plastic form to formless things, and to have a music of their own as sweet as that of viol or of lute. Mere words! Was there anything so real as words?
—— Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray
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Behind every exquisite thing that existed, there was something tragic.
—— Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray
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People think dreams aren’t real just because they aren’t made of matter, of particles. Dreams are real. But they are made of viewpoints, of images, of memories and puns and lost hopes.
—— Neil Gaiman
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It matters not how strait the gate,
     How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate,
     I am the captain of my soul.
—— William Ernest Henley
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I tell you, we are here on Earth to fart around, and don’t let anybody tell you different.
—— Kurt Vonnegut, A Man Without a Country 
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A true friend is the one who holds your hand and touches your heart.
—— Gabriel García Márquez
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Build a man a fire, and he’ll be warm for a day. Set a man on fire, and he’ll be warm for the rest of his life.
—— Terry Pratchett
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America is the wealthiest nation on Earth, but its people are mainly poor, and poor Americans are urged to hate themselves… It is in fact a crime for an American to be poor, even though America is a nation of poor. Every other nation has folk traditions of men who were poor but extremely wise and virtuous, and therefore more estimable than anyone with power and gold. No such tales are told by the American poor. They mock themselves and glorify their betters.
—— Kurt Vonnegut, Slaughterhouse 5
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One of the saddest things in life, is the things one remembers.
—— Agatha Christie
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Most books on witchcraft will tell you that witches work naked. This is because most books on witchcraft were written by men.
—— Neil Gaiman
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There’s something wrong in not appreciating one’s own special abilities, my girl. Find your own limitations, yes, but don’t limit yourself with false modesty.
—— Anne McCaffrey, Dragonsinger
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The past was erased, the erasure was forgotten, the lie became the truth.
—— George Orwell, 1984
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It’s enough for me to be sure that you and I exist at this moment.
—— Gabriel García Márquez, One Hundred Years of Solitude
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“My name is Ozymandias, king of kings:
Look on my works, ye Mighty, and despair!”
Nothing beside remains: round the decay
Of that colossal wreck, boundless and bare,
The lone and level sands stretch far away.
—— Percy Bysshe Shelley, Ozymandias 
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It is a curious thought, but it is only when you see people looking ridiculous that you realise just how much you love them.
—— Agatha Christie, An Autobiography
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Fantasy is escapist, and that is its glory. If a soldier is imprisoned by the enemy, don’t we consider it his duty to escape?… If we value the freedom of mind and soul, if we’re partisans of liberty, then it’s our plain duty to escape, and to take as many people with us as we can!
—— J.R.R. Tolkien
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