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Quotes are a very fascinating thing, although they're just a couple of words spoken or written. The words may have silenced a long time ago, but their message are kept alive.
Some words were spoken thousands of years ago in another language, yet they are still true today, 'cause human minds don't change much over a millennium.
I have tried to collect mostly wise quotes, so read slowly and hope you will find something wise. Wisdom should not be wasted... ...so if you have a wise quote, send it to me! Maybe your wise words will last a thousand years?

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Wars and Battles

"I do not know with what weapons World War III will be fought with, but World War IV will be fought with sticks and stones."
Albert Einstein
(Physicist, 1879-1955)

"Wars are not fought to decide who is right - only who is left."

Där hjärnan tar slut tar nävarna vid.
(= Where the brain ends the fists continue)

Swedish proverb

When you begin a battle you have already lost.

Unknown origin

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"Free your mind
and the rest will follow
Be color blind
don't be so shallow"

En Vogue, 1992

"It does not matter how you look on the outside or what color your skin has. Inside we all have the same color, the color of blood, the color of life."
Unknown American Indian
(Unprecise recollection of the quote)

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"Remember always: a wise man walks with his head bowed, humble like the dust."
Master Po
(from "Kung Fu - the Legend")

"All are special, so no one is special."

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Real knowledge is to know the extent of ones ignorance.
(Latin for Kong Zi or Kong Fuzi, 551-479 B.C.)

"Examinations are formidable even to the best prepared, for the greatest fool may ask more than the wisest man can answer."
Charles Caleb Colton

"Every time you stop a school, you will have to build a jail. What you gain at one end you lose at the other. It's like feeding a dog on his own tail. It won't fatten the dog."
Mark Twain
(American writer, 1835-1910)

"The theoretical without the practical is a tree without fruit."
Sa'di, 1258

"A tutor is better than any book."
Confucius, 490 B.C.
(Latin for Kong Zi or Kong Fuzi)

"I don't believe in mathematics."
Albert Einstein, 1954
(Physicist, 1879-1955)

"The secret of all good writing is sound judgement."
Horace, 13 B.C.
(Roman poet,65-8 B.C.)

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General Advice

"Quick to judge, quick to anger, slow to understand. Ignorance and prejudice and fear walk hand in hand."
Neil Peart

"It is better to keep your mouth closed and let people think you are a fool than to open it and remove all doubt."
Mark Twain
(American writer, 1835-1910)

"Be careful of reading health books; you may die of a misprint."
Mark Twain
(American writer, 1835-1910)

"A journey of a thousand miles starts under one's feet."
Tao Te Ching, chapter 64
(Literature from around 300 B.C. - 300 A.D.)

"Do not judge the book by its wrapping."

"To win at play keep your eyes on the ball."
Epictetus, 160 AD
(Greek philosopher)

A mouse who laughs has a hole nearby.
Nigerian proverb

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"Crime is common. Logic is rare."
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, 1893
(English writer, 1859-1930)
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"Do not come to the end of your life, to see that you have not lived at all."
William Shakespear

"Life is just a candle and the dream must give it flame."
Neil Peart

"Life is what happens when you're busy making other plans."
John Lennon

"Life is one big road with lots of signs, so when you're riding through the rough don't you complicate your mind."
Bob Marley
(Jamaican musician, 1945-1981)

"Today is the last day of your life so far."

"Wasting time is an important part of life."

"He who lives out his days has had a long life."
Lao Tzu
(Chinese taoistic philosopher)

"Life moves pretty fast; if you don't stop and take a look around every once in a while, you could miss it."
Ferris Bueller

"Life is like a tin of sardines: we're all looking for the key."
Alan Bennett, 1964

"At leve er ikke nok; solskin, frihet og en liten blomst maa man ha."
(= To live is not enough; you need sunshine, freedom and a little flower. ?)

H.C. Andersen
(Danish writer, 1805-1875)

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"The first cut is the deepest."
Rod Stewart, 1977
(American singer)

"Anyone can hate. It costs to love."
John Williamson

"Love is never to be defined because it grows and changes with every year of life, and each person knows it as a different miracle."
James Michener

"Love is the triumph of imagination over intelligence."
H.L. Mencken
(American journalist, 1880-1956)

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"Anyone can make mistakes, but only an idiot persists in his error."
Cicero, 44 B.C.
(Roman politician and writer)

"Napoleon learned from his mistakes how to make new ones."
AJP Taylor, 1963

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"Whenever 'A' attempts by law to impose his moral standards upon 'B', 'A' is most likely a scoundrel"
H. L. Mencken (American journalist, 1880-1956)

The existence of the leader who is wise
is barely known to those he leads.
He acts without unnecessary speech,
so that the people say,
"It happened of its own accord".

Tao Te Ching, chapter 17
(Literature from around 300 B.C. - 300 A.D.)

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"Money wouldn't be so important if everybody didn't want some."

"Money, not morality, is the principle commerce of civilized nations."
Thomas Jefferson
(American politician, 1743-1826)

"Life is worth much more than gold."
Bob Marley
(Jamaican musician, 1945-1981)

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Planet Earth

"Humankind has not woven the web of life.
We are but one thread within it.
Whatever we do to the web we do to ourselves.
All things connect."

Chief Seattle
(American Indian)

"Teach your children what we have taught our children - that the Earth is our mother."
American Indian origin (?)

"Don't go around saying the world owes you a living. The world owes you nothing. It was here first."
Mark Twain
(American writer, 1835-1910)

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