I think some of these lines will inspire you, whether it's for your work, family, life or friendships:

Most things are forgotten over time. Even the war itself, the life-and-death struggle people went through is now like something from the distant past. We’re so caught up in our everyday lives that events of the past are no longer in orbit around our minds. There are just too many things we have to think about everyday, too many new things we have to learn. But still, no matter how much time passes, no matter what takes place in the interim, there are some things we can never assign to oblivion, memories we can never rub away. They remain with us forever, like a touchstone. (Haruki Murakami, Kafka on the Shore)

I have this strange feeling that I'm not myself anymore. It's hard to put into words, but I guess it's like I was fast asleep, and someone came, disassembled me, and hurriedly put me back together again. That sort of feeling. (Haruki Murakami, Sputnik Sweetheart)

I have a million things to talk to you about. All I want in this world is you. I want to see you and talk. I want the two of us to begin everything from the beginning. (Haruki Murakami, Norwegian Wood)

All of us are imperfect human beings living in an imperfect world. (Haruki Murakami, Norwegian Wood)

Friends don't need the intervention of a third party. Friendship's a voluntary thing. At least that's the way I know it. (Haruki Murakami, Dance Dance Dance)

In everybody's life there's a point of no return. And in a very few cases, a point where you can't go forward anymore. And when we reach that point, all we can do is quietly accept the fact. That's how we survive. (Haruki Murakami, Kafka on the Shore)

Memories warm you up from the inside. But they also tear you apart. (Haruki Murakami, Kafka on the Shore)

Whatever it is you're seeking won't come in the form you're expecting. (Kafka on the Shore, Haruki Murakami) I walk, afraid, expectant. Perhaps I have not traveled far enough into the interior. (Haruki Murakami, Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World)

If you can love someone with your whole heart, even one person, then there's salvation in life. Even if you can't get together with that person. (Haruki Murakami, Aomame, 1Q84)

I would say that before accepting immigrants or refugees we need to have more activities by women, by elderly people and we must raise (the) birth rate. There are many things that we should do before accepting immigrants. (Prime Minister Shinzo Abe)

We need many years until we understand how valuable moments can be. (Ernst Ferstl)

The trumpets of the apocalypse have been sounding at our gates for years now, but we still stop up our ears. We do, however, have four new horsemen: overpopulation (the leader, the one waiving the flag), science, technology, and the media. All the other evils in the world are merely consequences of these. I’m not afraid to put the press in the front rank, either. The last screenplays I worked on, for a film I’ll never make, deal with a triple threat: science, terrorism, and the free press. The last, which is usually seen as a victory, a blessing, a ‘right,’ is perhaps the most pernicious of all, because it feeds on what the three other horsemen leave behind. (Luis Bunuel, My Last Sigh)

Die Trompeten der Apokalypse ertönen schon lange vor unseren Toren, und wir verstopfen uns die Ohren. Diese neue Apokalypse galoppiert, wie die alte, in Gestalt von vier Reitern heran, die Überbevölkerung - als erstem, als dem Anführer, der das schwarze Banner schwenkt - der Wissenschaft, der Technik und der Medien. All die anderen Übel, die über uns herein brechen, sind nur deren Folgen. Die Medien rechne ich ohne Zögern zu den apokalyptischen Reitern. Sie sind der bösartigste der vier Reiter, denn er folgt den drei anderen auf dem Fuße und ernährt sich von dem, was sie hinterlassen. Würde ein Pfeil ihn niederstrecken, so würde der Ansturm, der uns erwartet, bestimmt noch etwas aufgeschoben werden. (Luis Bunuel, Mein letzter Seufzer)

To live at all is miracle enough. Mervyn Laurence Peake, The Glassblower (1950)

Anybody who claims to have objective knowledge about anything is trying to control and dominate the rest of us. . . There are no objective facts. All supposed facts' are contaminated with theories, and all theories are infested with moral and political doctrines . . . Therefore, when some guy in a lab coat tells you that such and such is an objective fact . .. he must have a political agenda up his starched white sleeve. 'Oppressed by evolution'. Discover magazine (1998)

Credulity is the man's weakness, but the child's strength. Charles Lamb, Essays of Elia (1823)

Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don't matter, and those who matter don't mind. (Bernard Mannes Baruch)

There has never been a just [war], never an honorable one--on the part of the instigator of the war. I can see a million years ahead, and this rule will never change in so many as half a dozen instances. The loud little handful--as usual--will shout for the war. The pulpit will--warily and cautiously--object--at first; the great, big, dull bulk of the nation will rub its sleepy eyes and try to make out why there should be a war, and will say, earnestly and indignantly, 'It is unjust and dishonorable, and there is no necessity for it.' Then the handful will shout louder. A few fair men on the other side will argue and reason against the war with speech and pen, and at first will have a hearing and be applauded; but it will not last long; those others will outshout them, and presently the anti-war audiences will thin out and lose popularity. Before long you will see this curious thing: the speakers stoned from the platform, and free speech strangled by hordes of furious men who in their secret hearts are still at one with those stoned speakers--as earlier--but do not dare say so. And now the whole nation--pulpit and all--will take up the war-cry, and shout itself hoarse, and mob any honest man who ventures to open his mouth; and presently such mouths will cease to open. Next the statesmen will invent cheap lies, putting the blame upon the nation that is attacked, and every man will be glad of those conscience-soothing falsities, and will diligently study them, and refuse to examine any refutations of them; and thus he will by and by convince himself the war is just, and will thank God for the better sleep he enjoys after this process of grotesque self-deception. (Mark Twain, The Mysterious Stranger and Other Stories)

As the family goes, so goes the nation and so goes the whole world in which we live. (Pope John Paul II) Freedom consists not in doing what we like, but in having the right to do what we ought. (Pope John Paul II)

The one who does not remember history is bound to live through it again. (George Santayana)

There are darknesses in life and there are lights, and you are one of the lights, the light of all lights. (Abraham "Bram" Stoker, Dracula)

We know what we are, but not what we may be. (Hamlet, William Shakespeare) Civilisations die from suicide, not murder. (Arnold Joseph Toynbee)

Nature has made up her mind that what cannot defend itself shall not be defended. (Society and Solitude, Ralph Waldo Emerson)

And he dreamed, and behold a ladder set up on the earth, and the top of it reached to heaven: and behold the angels of God ascending and descending on it. (Genesis 28:12)

Don't walk behind me; I may not lead. Don't walk in front of me; I may not follow. Just walk beside me and be my friend. (Albert Camus)

Consider your origins: you were not made to live as brutes, but to follow virtue and knowledge. (Dante Alighieri)

How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world. (Anne Frank, The Diary of a Young Girl)

The best remedy for those who are afraid, lonely or unhappy is to go outside, somewhere where they can be quite alone with the heavens, nature and God. Because only then does one feel that all is as it should be and that God wishes to see people happy, amidst the simple beauty of nature. As longs as this exists, and it certainly always will, I know that then there will always be comfort for every sorrow, whatever the circumstances may be. And I firmly believe that nature brings solace in all troubles. (Anne Frank, The Diary of a Young Girl)

I lived in countries that had no democracy... so I don't find myself in the same luxury as you do. You grew up in freedom, and you can spit on freedom because you don't know what it is not to have freedom. (Ayaan Hirsi Ali)

A room without books is like a body without a soul. (Marcus Tullius Cicero)

Man has gone out to explore other worlds and other civilizations without having explored his own labyrinth of dark passages and secret chambers, and without finding what lies behind doorways that he himself has sealed. (Stanislaw Lem, Solaris)

There is more and more people in the world, but less and less humanity. (Edward Stachura)

The best moments in reading are when you come across something - a thought, a feeling, a way of looking at things - which you had thought special and particular to you. And now, here it is, set down by someone else, a person you have never met, someone even who is long dead. And it is as if a hand has come out, and taken yours. (Alan Bennett, The History Boys)

He who fights with monsters should look to it that he himself does not become a monster. And when you gaze long into an abyss the abyss also gazes into you. (Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche, Beyond Good and Evil)

There is no unique picture of reality. (Sir Stephen William Hawking)

Without liberty all else is dead. (From Russian Tsarina Catherine the Great)

Power without a nation's confidence is nothing. (From Russian Tsarina Catherine the Great)

A great wind is blowing, and that gives you either imagination or a headache. (From Russian Tsarina Catherine the Great)

If the freedom of speech is taken away then dumb and silent we may be led, like sheep to the slaughter. (George Washington)

When the people fear government, that is TYRANNY. When government fears the people, that is FREEDOM. (Thomas Jefferson)

I prefer dangerous freedom over peaceful slavery. (Thomas Jefferson)

When it comes to controlling human beings, there is no better instrument than lies. Because you see, humans live by beliefs. And beliefs can be manipulated. The power to manipulate beliefs is the only thing that counts. (Michael Ende, The Neverending Story)

People never seemed to notice that, by saving time, they were losing something else. No one cared to admit that life was becoming ever poorer, bleaker and more monotonous. The ones who felt this most keenly were the children, because no one had time for them any more. But time is life itself, and life resides in the human heart. And the more people saved, the less they had. (Michael Ende, Momo)

The soul can shrivel from am excess of critical distance, and if I don't want to remain in arid internal exile for the rest of my life, I have to find a way to lose alienation without losing my self. (Eva Hoffman, Lost in Translation: A Life in a New Language)

All that is necessary for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing (Edmund Burke)

Although they like to call themselves journalists, that's a myth even they don't really believe anymore. They're mutts on short leashes. (Jon Rappoport)

The business of the journalists is to destroy the truth, to lie outright, to pervert, to vilify, to fawn at the feet of Mammon, and to sell his country and his race for his daily bread. You know it and I know it, and what folly is this toasting an independent press? (John Swinton)

The people will believe what the media tells them they believe. (George Orwell)

Early in life I had noticed that no event is ever correctly reported in a newspaper. (George Orwell)

Don't you see the whole aim of Newspeak is to narrow the language of thought? In the end we shall make thought crime literally impossible because there will be no words in which to express it. (George Orwell, 1984)

Twinkle, twinkle, little star, How I wonder what you are! Up above the world so high, Like a diamond in the sky! Twinkle, twinkle, little star, How I wonder what you are! (Jane Taylor, 1783-1827)

People think that a liar gains a victory over his victim. What I’ve learned is that a lie is an act of self-abdication, because one surrenders one’s reality to the person to whom one lies, making that person one’s master, condemning oneself from then on to faking the sort of reality that person’s view requires to be faked…The man who lies to the world, is the world’s slave from then on…There are no white lies, there is only the blackest of destruction, and a white lie is the blackest of all. (Ayn Rand, Atlas Shrugged)

Everybody’s got values . . . The thing that frightens me is the way that an eroding public school system . . . and television on all over the place is leading to a steady dumbing down of the American public and a corrosion of basic critical thinking in the population. (Jamie Raskin, American University law professor, November 2004)

We deal in illusions, man. None of it is true. But you people sit there day after day, night after night, all ages, colors, creeds. We're all you know. You're beginning to believe the illusions we're spinning here. You're beginning to think that the tube is reality and that your own lives are unreal. You do whatever the tube tells you. You dress like the tube. You eat like the tube. You raise your children like the tube. You even think like the tube. This is mass madness -- you maniacs! In God's name you people are the real thing, WE are the illusion. So turn off your television sets. Turn them off now. Turn them off right now. Turn them off and leave them off. Turn them off right in the middle of the sentence I am speaking to you now. Turn them off!! (Howard Beale, as played by Peter Finch, during his live studio broadcast of the Network News Hour)

There is one purpose to life and one only: to bear witness to and understand as much as possible of the complexity of the world - its beauty, its mysteries, its riddles. The more you understand, the more you look, the greater is your enjoyment of life and your sense of peace. That's all there is to it. If an activity is not grounded in 'to love' or 'to learn,' it does not have value. (Anne Rice, born Howard Allen O'Brien)

One of the critical issues that we have to confront is illegal immigration, because this is a multi-headed Hydra that affects our economy, our health care, our health care, our education systems, our national security, and also our local criminality. (Allen Bernard West)

We believe in humility and integrity, the spirit of one people, bound together under God. We understand that the Constitution was written to control and regulate the government, not the people. (Allen Bernard West)

In Russia live Russians. Any minority, from anywhere, if it wants to live in Russia, to work and eat in Russia, should speak Russian, and should respect the Russian laws. If they prefer Sharia Law, then we advise them to go to those places where that's the state law. Russia does not need minorities. Minorities need Russia, and we will not grant them special privileges, or try to change our laws to fit their desires, no matter how loud they yell 'discrimination'. We better learn from the suicides of America, England, Holland and France, if we are to survive as a nation. The Russian customs and traditions are not compatible with the lack of culture or the primitive ways of most minorities. When this honorable legislative body thinks of creating new laws, it should have in mind the national interest first, observing that the minorities are not Russians. (Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin)

The purpose of Newspeak was not only to provide a medium of expression for the [Party's] world-view and mental habits ... , but to make all other modes of thought impossible. It was intended that when Newspeak had been adopted once and for all and Oldspeak forgotten, a heretical thought - that is, a thought diverging from the principles of [the Party] - should be literally unthinkable, at least so far as thought is dependent on words. Its vocabulary was so constructed as to give exact and often very subtle expression to every meaning that a Party member could properly wish to express, while excluding all other meanings and also the possibility of arriving at them by indirect methods. This was done partly by the invention of new words, but chiefly by eliminating undesirable words, and by stripping such words as remained of unorthodox meanings... .Newspeak was designed not to extend but to diminish the range of thought... (George Orwell, 1984 "The Principles of Newspeak")

We don’t need a list of rights and wrongs, tables of dos and don’ts: we need books, time, and silence. Thou shalt not is soon forgotten, but Once upon a time lasts forever. (Philip Pullman)

Many were the evenings when... she would sit by herself in the middle of the old stoe amphitheatre, with the sky's starry vault overhead, and simply listen to the great silence around her. Whenever she did this, she felt she was sitting at the centre of a giant ear, listening to the world of the Stars... On nights like these, she always had the most beautiful dreams. (Momo, by Michael Ende)

Even when people have a great many friends, there are always one or two they love best of all, and Momo was no exception. She had two very special friends who came to see her every day and shared what little they had with her. One was young and the other old, and Momo could not have said which of them she loved more. (Momo, by Michael Ende)

There are countless ingredients that make up the human body and mind, like all the components that make up me as an individual with my own personality. Sure I have a face and voice to distinguish myself from others, but my thoughts and memories are unique only to me, and I carry a sense of my own destiny. Each of those things are just a small part of it. I collect information to use in my own way. All of that blends to create a mixture that forms me and gives rise to my conscience. I feel confined, only free to expand myself within boundaries. (Motoko Kusanagi)

The fact that we have not yet found the slightest evidence for life — much less intelligence — beyond this Earth does not surprise or disappoint me in the least. Our technology must still be laughably primitive, we may be like jungle savages listening for the throbbing of tom-toms while the ether around them carries more words per second than they could utter in a lifetime. (Arthur Charles Clarke)

Power is not a means; it is an end.... Do you begin to see, then, what kind of world we are creating? It is the exact opposite of the stupid hedonistic Utopias that the old reformers imagined. A world of fear and treachery and torment, a world of trampling and being trampled upon, a world which will grow not less but more merciless as it refines itself.... The old civilizations claimed that they were founded on love or justice. Ours is founded upon hatred. In our world there will be no emotions except fear, rage, triumph, and self-abasement. Everything else we shall destroy - everything.... No one dares trust a wife or a child or a friend any longer. But in the future there will be no wives and no friends.... We shall abolish the orgasm. Our neurologists are at work upon it now. There will be no loyalty, except loyalty towards the Party. There will be no love, except the love of Big Brother. There will be no laughter, except the laugh of triumph over a defeated enemy. There will be no art, no literature, no science.... There will be no curiosity, no enjoyment of the process of life. All competing pleasures will be destroyed. But always - do not forget this, Winston - always there will be the intoxication of power, constantly increasing and constantly growing subtler. Always, at every moment, there will be the thrill of victory, the sensation of trampling on an enemy who is helpless.... If you want a picture of the future, imagine a boot stamping on a human face - forever. (George Orwell, born Eric Arthur Blair)

If somebody likes me, I want them to like the real me, not what they think I am. And I don’t want them to carry it around inside. I want them to show me, so I can feel it, too. I want them to be able to do whatever they want around me. (Stephen Chbosky, The Perks of Being a Wallflower)

Have your adventures, make your mistakes, and choose your friends poorly - all these make for great stories. (Chuck Palahniuk)

Moral indignation is jealousy with a halo. (Herbert George Wells)

Human history becomes more and more a race between education and catastrophe. (Herbert George Wells)

Political correctness is tyranny with manners. (Charlton Heston/John Charles Carter)

And those who were seen dancing were thought to be insane by those who could not hear the music. (Nietzsche)

Every situation, every moment — is of infinite worth; for it is the representative of a whole eternity. (Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, as quoted in Conversations of Goethe with Eckermann)

My philosophy, in essence, is the concept of man as a heroic being, with his own happiness as the moral purpose of his life, with productive achievement as his noblest activity, and reason as his only absolute. (Ayn Rand, Atlas Shrugged)

The mind is an attribute of the individual. There is no such thing as a collective brain. There is no such thing as a collective thought. An agreement reached by a group of men is only a compromise or an average drawn upon many individual thoughts. It is a secondary consequence. The primary act - the process of reason - must be performed by each man alone. (The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand)

The world is a dangerous place to live in; not because of the people who are evil, but because of the people who don’t do anything about it. (Albert Einstein)

Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I'm not sure about the former. (Albert Einstein)

Make everything as simple as possible, but not simpler. (Albert Einstein)

In the End, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends. (Martin Luther King Jr.)

I don't know why we are here, but I'm pretty sure that it is not in order to enjoy ourselves. (Ludwig Josef Johann Wittgenstein)

We all agree that your theory is crazy, but is it crazy enough? (Niels Henrik David Bohr)

The difference between fiction and reality? Fiction has to make sense. (Thomas Leo "Tom" Clancy, Jr.)

Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic. (Sir Arthur Charles Clarke)

I am fed up with being under the thumb of this population which is destroying us, destroying our country and imposing its acts. (Brigitte Bardot)

Objects in history may be closer than they appear. (Eeyore for Vlad, Vlad Tepes)

Like a lecherous stud suddenly stricken with impotence, we are humiliated at the very heart of our faith in ourselves. For all our knowledge, our intelligence, our power, we can no longer do what the animals do without thought. (The Children Of Men, Phyllis Dorothy James)

So where will the children of the future come from? Increasingly they will come from people who are at odds with the modern world. Such a trend, if sustained, could drive human culture off its current market-driven, individualistic, modernist course, gradually creating an anti-market culture dominated by fundamentalism - a new dark ages. (The Empty Cradle, Philip Longman)

No matter how big the lie; repeat it often enough and the masses will regard it as the truth. (John Fitzgerald Kennedy)

We must find time to stop and thank the people who make a difference in our lives. (John Fitzgerald Kennedy)

Conformity is the jailer of freedom and the enemy of growth. (John Fitzgerald Kennedy)

Mankind MUST put an end to war, or war WILL put and end to mankind. (John Fitzgerald Kennedy)

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