This page is really only here for my personal reference. These are just quotes that have struck or inspired me in some way. I used to have a little book I wrote quotes in, but it seemed logical for me to create this page just to keep the quotes close to hand, because in truth, the moment I got a computer I pretty much stopped actually using pens on a regular basis right then and there.

"To see a world in a grain of sand and heaven in a wild flower. Hold infinity in the palms of your hand and eternity in an hour."
  William Blake.

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"Dreamer of dreams, born out of my due time, Why should I strive to set the crooked straight?"
  William Morris.

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"We think caged birds sing, when indeed they cry."
  John Webster.

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"Beware you be not swallowed up in books! An ounce of love is worth a pound of knowledge."
  John Wesley.

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"All that we see or seem, Is but a dream within a dream."
  Edgar Allan Poe.

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"Like as the waves make towards the pebbled shore, So do our minutes hasten to their end."
  William Shakespeare.

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"Life's but a walking shadow, a poor player, that struts and frets his hour upon the stage, and then is heard no more; it is a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing."
  William Shakespeare.

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"Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds."
  Albert Einstein.

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"Sell not virtue to purchase wealth, nor Liberty to purchase power."
  Benjamin Franklin.

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"They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety."
  Often attributed to Benjamin Franklin, but thought to actually be the words of Richard Jackson [more].

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"Patriotism means to stand by the country. It does not mean to stand by the president or any other public official, save exactly to the degree in which he himself stands by the country. It is patriotic to support him insofar as he efficiently serves the country. It is unpatriotic not to oppose him to the exact extent that by inefficiency or otherwise he fails in his duty to stand by the country. In either event, it is unpatriotic not to tell the truth, whether about the president or anyone else."
  Theodore Roosevelt, 26th President of the United States.

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"Our liberty depends on the freedom of the press, and that cannot be limited without being lost."
  Thomas Jefferson, 3rd President of the United States.

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"He that would make his own liberty secure, must guard even his enemy from oppression; for if he violates this duty, he establishes a precedent that will reach to himself."
  Thomas Paine.

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"Beware lest you lose the substance by grasping at the shadow."
  Aesop.

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"A lie can travel halfway around the world while the truth is still putting on its shoes."
  Mark Twain.

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"Now this is not the end. It is not even the beginning of the end. But it is, perhaps, the end of the beginning."
  Sir Winston Churchill.

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"future isn't what it used to be."
  Anonymous.

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"The sands of time are almost up, we have but a grain to go ."
  Anonymous.

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"In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends."
  Martin Luther King Jr.

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"Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere."
  Martin Luther King Jr.

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"Our scientific power has outrun our spiritual power. We have guided missiles and misguided men."
  Martin Luther King Jr.

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"He who passively accepts evil is as much involved in it as he who helps to perpetrate it."
  Martin Luther King Jr.

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"Show me a hero and I will write you a tragedy."
  F. Scott Fitzgerald.

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"You need faith for the same reasons that it's so hard to find."
  Josh Ritter.

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"Give me a firm place to stand and I will move the earth."
  Archimedes.

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"When once you have tasted flight, you will forever walk the earth with your eyes turned skyward, for there you have been, and there you will always long to return."
  Leonardo da Vinci.

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"I long for scenes where man has never trod,
A place where woman never smil'd or wept,
There to abide with my creator, God,
And sleep as I in childhood sweetly slept."

  John Clare. (From the poem 'I am')

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"The prevention of free enquiry is unavoidable so long as the purpose of education is to produce belief rather than thought, to compel the young innocent minds, to hold positive opinions on doubtful matters rather than to let them see the doubtfulness and be encouraged to independence of mind. Education ought to foster the wish for truth and not the conviction that some particular creed is truth."
  Bertrand Russell

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"Getting it wrong is part of getting it right."
  Charles Handy

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"Minds are like parachutes: they only function when open."
  Thomas Robert Dewar

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"This intelligence-testing business reminds me of the way they used to weigh hogs in Texas. They would get a long plank, put it over a cross-bar, and somehow tie the hog on one end of the plank. They'd search all around till they'd found a stone that would balance the weight of the hog and they'd put that on the other end of the plank. Then they'd guess the weight of the stone."

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"Nobody grew taller by being measured"
  Phillip Gammagee

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"The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others."
  Mahatma Gandhi