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A fool without fear is sometimes wiser than an angel
Cruelty and fear shake hands together. An unfulfilled
vocation drains the color from a man's entire existence.
Courage is fear that has said its prayers.
The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall
I fear? the Lord is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be
Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow
of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and
thy staff they comfort me.
He who fears being conquered is sure of defeat.
Who is all-powerful should fear everything.
Fear is a question: What are you afraid of, and why?
Just as the seed of health is in illness, because illness contains
information, your fears are a treasure house of self-knowledge if
you explore them.
I have not ceased being fearful, but I have ceased
to let fear control me.
Grab the broom of anger and drive off the beast of
We invent what we love, and what we fear.
The constant assertion of belief is an indication
Fear is nature's warning signal to get busy.
The oldest and strongest emotion of mankind is fear,
and the oldest and strongest kind of fear is fear of the unknown.
It's the heart afraid of dying, that never learns
to dance; It's the dream afraid of waking, that never takes the
chance; It's the one who won't be taken, who cannot seem to give;
And the soul afraid of dying, that never learns to live.
Fear is the mother of morality.
Nay, fly to altars; there they'll talk you dead; For
fools rush in where angels fear to tread.
Fear is that little darkroom where negatives are developed.
We gain strength, and courage, and confidence by
each experience in which we really stop to look fear in the face...
we must do that which we think we cannot.
Fear is the main source of superstition, and one of
the main sources of cruelty.
Be wary then; best safety lies in fear.
Valor grows by daring, fear by holding back.
Once a government is committed to the principle of
silencing the voice of opposition, it has only one way to go, and
that is down the path of increasingly repressive measures, until
it becomes a source of terror to all its citizens and creates a
country where everyone lives in fear.
Fear is a slinking cat I find Beneath the lilacs of
Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear, not
absence of fear.
I like a look of agony
On the outskirts of every agony sits some observant
fellow who points.
Never forget what a man has said to you when he was
There is a great deal of unmapped country within us
which would have to be taken into account in an explanation of our
gusts and storms.
Anger makes dull men witty, but it keeps them poor.
For every minute you are angry you lose sixty seconds
When angry, count ten before you speak; if very angry,
Anger is as a stone cast into a wasp's nest.
When angry, count four; when very angry, swear.
Bigotry dwarfs the soul by shutting out the truth.
Bigotry murders religion to frighten fools with her
The mind of the bigot is like the pupil of the eye;
the more light you pour upon it, the more it will contract.
You can cage the singer but not the song.
Every burned book or house enlightens the world; every
suppressed or expunged word reverberates through the earth from
side to side.
Political correctness is the natural continuum from
the party line. What we are seeing once again is a self-appointed
group of vigilantes imposing their views on others. It is a heritage
of communism, but they don't seem to see this.
For sweetest things turn sourest by their deeds;
Roses have thorns, and silver fountains mud;
Mourn not the dead that in the cool earth lie -- .
Cowardice, as distinguished from panic, is almost
always simply a lack of ability to suspend the functioning of the
Pacifism is simply undisguised cowardice.
The coward threatens when he is safe.
When all the blandishments of life are gone,
Aside from the murders, DC has one of the lowest crime rates in the country. .
- - - Marion Barry (while mayor of Washington, D. C.)
It is worse than a crime, it is a blunder.
Society prepares the crime; the criminal commits it.
Whenever man commits a crime heaven finds a witness.
The worst crime is faking it.
Commit a crime and the earth is made of glass.
Not failure, but low aim, is crime.
Seek roses in December, ice in June;
Hope constancy in wind, or corn in chaff;
Believe a woman or an epitaph,
Or any other thing that 's false, before
You trust in critics.
- - - George Gordon, Lord Byron "English Bards and Scotch Reviewers"
Do not remove a fly from your friend's forehead with
They have vilified me, they have crucified me. Yes,
they have even criticized me.
People can be divided into two classes: those who
go ahead and do something, and those who sit still and inquire,
'Why wasn't it done the other way?'
To avoid criticism do nothing, say nothing, be nothing.
When a man points a finger at someone else, he should
remember that four of his fingers are pointing at himself.
In our brief national history we have shot four of
our presidents, worried five of them to death, impeached one and
hounded another out of office. And when all else fails, we hold
an election and assassinate their character.
A critic is one who leaves no turn unstoned.
He who slings mud generally loses ground.
May your every wish be granted.
May your left ear wither and fall into your right
May those that love us, love us;
May you wander over the face of the earth forever,
never sleep twice in the same bed, never drink water twice from
the same well, and never cross the same river twice in a year.
May the grass grow at your door and the fox build
his nest on your hearthstone.
It is the greatest art of the devil to convince us
he does not exist.
An apology for the Devil: It must be remembered that
we have only heard one side of the case. God has written all the
The devil is an angel too.
In all systems of theology, the devil figures as a
Does the devil know he is a devil?
God is in my head, but the devil is in my pants.
When there is no enemy within, the enemies outside
cannot hurt you.
Choose your friends carefully. Your enemies will choose
The wise learn many things from their enemies.
You shall judge of a man by his foes as well as by
A wise man gets more use from his enemies than a fool
from his friends.
One should forgive one's enemies, but not before they
One enemy is too much.
The Greatest Happiness is to scatter your enemy and
drive him before you. To see his cities reduced to ashes. To see
those who love him shrouded and in tears. And to gather to your
bosom his wives and daughters.
It's far easier to forgive an enemy after you've got
even with him.
The sweeter the apple, the blacker the core -
To have a good enemy, choose a friend; he knows where
If the enemy leaves a door open, you must rush in.
I have never made but one prayer to God, a very short
one: Oh Lord, make my enemies ridiculous. And God granted it.
Always forgive your enemies, nothing annoys them so
I choose my friends for their good looks, my acquaintances
for their good characters, and my enemies for their good intellects.
A man cannot be too careful in the choice of his enemies.
If you want to make enemies, try to change something.
When your enemy falls, don't rejoice -- but don't
pick him up either.
He who ascends to mountain-tops shall find
The loftiest peaks most wrapt in clouds and snow;
He who surpasses or subdues mankind
Must look down on the hate of those below.
- - - George Gordon, Lord Byron "Childe Harold's Pilgrimage"
Do you know the hallmark of the second-rater? It's
resentment of another man's achievement.
How bitter a thing it is to look into happiness through
another man's eyes!
The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.
- - - Edmund Burke
Those that set in motion the forces of evil cannot
always control them afterwards.
Between two evils, choose neither; between two goods,
In battling evil, excess is good; for he who is moderate
in announcing the truth is presenting half-truth. He conceals the
other half out of fear of the people's wrath.
Don't let us make imaginary evils, when you know we
have so many real ones to encounter.
You are alone my evil and my good With you I have
everything - without you nothing
Evil often triumphs, but never conquers.
By the prickling of my thumbs, Something wicked this
Evil comes to all us men of imagination wearing as
its mask all the virtues.
A man may fail many times, but he isn't a failure until he begins to blame somebody else.
- - - John Burroughs
Half the failures in life arise from pulling in one's
horse as he is leaping.
The probability that we may fail in the struggle ought
not to deter us from the support of a cause we believe to be just.
There are few pains so grievous as to have seen, divined,
or experienced how an exceptional man has missed his way and deteriorated.
This thing that we call 'failure' is not the falling
down, but the staying down.
Failures are divided into two classes -- those who
thought and never did, and those who did and never thought.
I don't know the formula for success, but I know the
formula for failure -trying to please everybody.
When you are down and out something always turns up
- and it's usually the noses of your friends.
Of all the objects of hatred, a woman once loved is
the most hateful.
Love, friendship, respect, will never unite people
as much as a common hatred for something.
The price of hating other human beings is loving oneself
Hatred - The anger of the weak.
What do you despise? By this are you truly known.
We must hate - hatred is the basis of communism. Children
must be taught to hate their parents if they are not communists.
Hatred is gained as much by good works as by evil.
Few people can be happy unless they hate some other
person, nation, or creed.
Hatred is the coward's revenge for being intimidated.
Hate and mistrust are the children of blindness.
If you board the wrong train, it is no use running along the corridor in the other direction.
- - - Dietrich Bonhoeffer "The Way to Freedom"
There is no mistake so great as that of being always
A man who has committed a mistake and does not correct
it is committing another mistake.
Of course I shall go astray often...for who does not
make mistakes? But I cannot go far wrong for I have seen the truth.
Errors, like straws, upon the surface flow; He who
would search for pearls must dive below.
To err is human, but when the eraser wears out ahead
of the pencil, you're overdoing it.
Everybody makes mistakes; look at Hitler.
The physician can bury his mistakes but the architect
can only advise his client to plant vines.
If once a man indulges himself in murder, very soon
he comes to think little of robbing; and from robbing he comes next
to drinking and Sabbath-breaking, and from that to incivility and
And so, to the end of history, murder shall breed
murder, always in the name of right and honor and peace, until the
gods are tired of blood and create a race that can understand.
It is forbidden to kill; therefore all murderers are
punished unless they kill in large numbers and to the sound of trumpets.
Murder is always a mistake. One should never do anything
that one cannot talk about after dinner.
Never murder a man who is committing suicide.
If I can stop one heart from breaking
In the country of pain we are each alone.
Pain and pleasure, like light and darkness, succeed
Nothing begins, and nothing ends,
We are kept keen on the grindstone of pain and necessity.
Violence is the ultimate human degradation.
Not only do most people accept violence if it is perpetuated
by legitimate authority, they also regard violence against certain
kinds of people as inherently legitimate, no matter who commits
In violence, we forget who we are.
Men create war to compete with women, who create life.
Men love war because it allows them to look serious.
Because it is the one thing that stops women laughing at them.
War is death's feast.
Older men declare war. But it is the youth that must
fight and die.
Now the trumpet summons us again - not as a call to
bear arms, though arms we need; not as a call to battle, though
embattled we are; but a call to bear the burden of a long twilight
struggle, year in and year out, 'rejoicing in hope, patient in tribulation',
a struggle against the common enemies of man: tyranny, poverty,
disease and war itself.
If any question why we died,
War is peace. Freedom is slavery. Ignorance is strength.
You can no more win a war than you can win an earthquake.
I have seen war. I have seen war on land and sea.
I have seen blood running from the wounded. I have seen men coughing
out their gassed lungs. I have seen the dead in the mud. I have
seen cities destroyed . . .I have seen children starving. I have
seen the agony of mothers and wives. I hate war.
What if they gave a war and nobody came?
Man has no right to kill his brother. It is no excuse
that he does so in uniform: he only adds the infamy of servitude
to the crime of murder.
It is only those who have neither fired a shot nor
heard the shrieks and groans of the wounded who cry aloud for blood,
more vengeance, more desolation. War is hell.
To be prepared for war is one of the most effective
means of preserving peace.
As long as war is regarded as wicked, it will always
have its fascination. When it is looked upon as vulgar, it will
cease to be popular.
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