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    From Fiction 
"An empire toppled by its enemies can rise again, but one which crumbles from within? That's dead... forever."

"Artists use lies to tell the truth"
Evey Hammond, V for Vendetta

"Bitterness is a paralytic. Love is much more vicious motivator"

"Brevity is the soul of wit"
Polonius, Hamlet: Act 2 Scene 2

"Childhood is short, and maturity is forever."

"Criminals thrive on the indulgence of society's understanding."
Henri Ducard, Batman Begins

"Everything that has a beginning, has an end"
The Oracle, The Matrix Revolutions

"Good deed's like pissing yourself in dark pants. Warm feeling, but no one notices."
Jacob, Mass Effect 2

"I have experience... and patience. A man can do anything if he has those."

"If it is justice that you want, be smart about it."
Petyr "Littlefinger" Baelish, Game of Thrones S2E5: The Ghost of Harrenhal

"If you can't say something nice, don't say nothing at all"
Thumper, Bambi

"It is a capital mistake to theorize before one has data. Insensibly one begins to twist facts to suit theories, instead of theories to suit facts."
Sherlock Holmes, A Scandal In Bohemia

"Incompetence should not be rewarded with blind loyalty!"

"It's like in the great stories, Mr. Frodo. The ones that really mattered. Full of darkness and danger, they were. And sometimes you didn't want to know the end. Because how could the end be happy? How could the world go back to the way it was when so much bad had happened? But in the end, it's only a passing thing, this shadow. Even darkness must pass. A new day will come! And when the sun shines it'll shine out the clearer!"

"It seems strange that my life should end in such a terrible place. But for three years I had roses - and apologised to no-one. I shall die here. Every last inch of me shall perish. Except one."
Valerie Page, V for Vendetta

"Lesson number one: Never attack in anger"
Diego de la Vega, The Mask of Zorro

"People need dramatic examples to shake them out of apathy"

"People want Me to do everything for them, but what they don't realize is, they have the power. You want to see a miracle, son? Be the miracle."

"Please! No more 'splaining!"
Amelia, The Tick S1E09: The Tick vs Brainchild

"Sometimes truth isn't good enough; sometimes people deserve more. Sometimes people deserve to have their faith rewarded."

"Telling someone like me he can't do a thing just ensures he will...without your oversight"

"That's your story, all one hundred percent of it. That one hundred percent is all in your head. [...] Once you get it down on paper, maybe only fifty to seventy-five percent of the original story makes it down there. And when the reader reads the story, they'll probably only get about fifty percent of even that. Get it? [...]
This is because you as a writer... when you read your own story, that story is already all in your head, so as you read, you unconsciously fill in all the gaps, all the plot holes, but your reader doesn't have that convenience, does she? [...]
To make up for that, you gotta put that missing percentage of the story that the reader doesn't get the first time through by stylistic writing that subtly impacts their emotions!"

"The past makes you who you are. It shouldn't be your burden!"
Zhang Junbao, Tai Chi Master

"There is neither happiness nor misery in the world; there is only the comparison of one state with another, nothing more [...]
Live, then, and be happy, beloved children of my heart, and never forget that until the day when God shall deign to reveal the future to man, all human wisdom is summed up in these two words, — Wait and hope"
Edmond Dantes, The Count of Monte Cristo

"There's always one guaranteed weak link in any security set up: The human heart"

"Traditional storytelling is setting up a character, sending them on their journey, and learning more about them through their journey. The Last Airbender is just chess piece storytelling: Character goes here, character goes there, character says this, pawn to king four."

"We are oft to blame in this,
'Tis too much proved, that with devotion's visage
And pious action we do sugar o'er
The devil himself.
Polonius, Hamlet: Act 3 Scene 1

"We don't get to choose how or who we fall for, and we don't get to choose if or when those feelings go away. But if they do and you find yourself alone, that shouldn't take away the good times you did have together and that shouldn't take away the things you learned about yourself. It's okay to be sad about what you lost, but eventually you should try to be thankful for what you gained from the experience. And, maybe, with enough time, and enough understanding, you'll find that you're not alone, but rather that you traded a romance for a friend. A friend that still wants the best for you, even if they had to hurt you by saying they weren't the best for you nor you for them."

"What we do in life... echoes in eternity"
Maximus, Gladiator

"When a man says he has principles, what he means is he can't be bought cheap"
Chester Hoenicker, Flubber

"When you make somebody work to get a piece of information, they'll believe it that much more because it's hard to get."

    Real Life 
"A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step"

"A man’s character is most evident by how he treats those who are not in a position either to retaliate or reciprocate."
Paul Eldridge (Novelist, 1897–1972)

"A professional enjoys what he does, but knows at the end of the day that he has to keep what he does about business."

"Adults are only kids grown up, anyway"

"Art takes hours to produce and seconds to consume so don't act surprised when artists get upset when their posts only get likes and no reblogs. Similarly, a piece of writing that takes a few minutes to read could have weeks of work behind it…
Don't take creativity for granted when you're getting it for free"

"Be kind to everyone on the way up. You’ll meet the same people on your way down."
— Attr. to Walter Winchell (Gossip Columnist, 1897–1972)

"Be the change you want to see happen"
Arleen Lorrance (Author and School Teacher), The Love Principles

"Character is What You Are in the Dark"
— Attr. to Dwight L. Moody (American Evangelist, 1837–1899)

"Complaining is finding faults. Wisdom is finding solutions."
Ajahn Brahm (Theravada Buddhist monk)

"Don’t noun people, verb them"

"Everyone is entitled to his own opinion, but not to his own facts."
Daniel Patrick Moynihan (American Politician and Sociologist, 1927-2003)

"Everything in moderation, including moderation"

"If you want to find out what a man is to the bottom, give him power. Any man can stand adversity–only a great man can stand prosperity." alternatively 

"I fear not the man who has practiced 10,000 kicks once, but I fear the man who has practiced one kick 10,000 times."

"I've failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed"

"If hard work were such a wonderful thing, surely the rich would have kept it all to themselves."
Lane Kirkland (AFL-CIO union leader, 1922-1999)

"If wealth was the inevitable result of hard work and enterprise, every woman in Africa would be a millionaire."
George Monbiot, The Self-Attribution Fallacy

"If you can't explain it to a six year old, you don't understand it yourself"
— Attr. to Albert Einstein

"If you don't love me at my worst, then you don't deserve me at my best."

"It's easier to ask forgiveness than it is to get permission."
Grace Hopper (Rear admiral, 1906-1992)

"It’s easier to fool someone than it is to convince them they’ve been fooled."

"Learn the rules before you break them"
The Bookman, Volume 60 (Attr. to Pablo Picasso)

"No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin, or his background, or his religion. People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite."
Nelson Mandela, Long Walk to Freedom

"People who demand respect get the bare minimum.
People who command respect get that and more."

"Sacrifice must come with a purpose. There has to be a good reason for it."

"The brick walls are not there to keep us out. The brick walls are there to give us a chance to show how badly we want something. Because the brick walls are there to stop the people who don’t want it badly enough."

"The effect you have on others is the most valuable currency there is"

"The master has failed more times than the beginner has even tried"
Stephen McCranie (Cartoonist)

"The object of war is not to die for your country but to make the other bastard die for his."

"The old law of an eye for an eye leaves everybody blind."

"The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing"
— Attr. to Edmund Burke (Irish statesman, 1730–1797)

"Those who 'abjure' violence can do so only because others are committing violence on their behalf."

"Whether it be better to be loved than feared or feared than loved? A prince ought to inspire fear in such a way that, if he does not win love, he avoids hatred"

"You can fail at what you don’t want, so you might as well take a chance on doing what you love"

"You don’t get to grow up when you’re born poor, you get dragged up by circumstance."

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Actions have consequences

Blessed is he who sits on a bee for he shall rise again

"Deprive someone of their creature comforts—and you’ll see what kind of creature they really are."

Don't be a jerk

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

Don't wrestle with a pig in the mud. You both get dirty and the pig likes it

Equal rights for everyone does not meant fewer rights for you

Finish what you start

Freedom of speech does not mean freedom from criticism/consequences

Go until you get a No

God must have loved the common people: He made so many of them.
— Misattr. to Abraham Lincoln

Growth is just outside your comfort zone

Guns don't kill people. People kill people. People with guns kill more people.

"If you become expendable, you cannot negotiate"

Infatuation is selfish. Love is selfless

It's easy to forgive when you're not the victim

It's expensive to be poor

The only person you need to be better than is the person you were yesterday

Loyalty and Respect go both ways. If they don't return it, they don't deserve it. / Respect is a two-way street

Measure seven times, cut once
Russian proverb

Money isn't everything, but everything needs money

"Never lift a hand to strike someone; it leaves your lower parts vulnerable"

"Never play leapfrog with a unicorn"

Out of sight, out of mind

"Smile; Tomorrow will be worse"
The Murphy Philosophy

Two wrongs do not make a right

What Goes Online, Stays Online Forever

Work Smarter, not harder

Thoughts and prayers are only insulting when they replace needed action.

بعد از هر تاریکی روشنایی است (After every darkness there is light)
Afghan proverb

Quotes by me or my friends (but mostly my friends)

"Any direction is a direction. The only way to go nowhere is by staying still"

"Give a man a fire and you keep him warm for a day. Set a man on fire and you keep him warm for the rest of his life"

"Once a king, always a king. Once a (k)night, enough!"

"Too much of a good thing is a bad thing. Too much of a bad thing...EVEN WORSE!"

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