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Melt Banana is the perfect chillout music for after too much wiki.

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The first man to use abusive language instead of his fists was the founder of civilization.

-- Sigmund Freud

All the historical books which contain no lies are extremely tedious.

-- Anatole France, Le Crime de Sylvestre Bonnard

When smashing monuments, save the pedestals -- they always come in handy.

-- Stanisław Jerzy Lec, Unkempt Thoughts

The man who never alters his opinion is like standing water, and breeds reptiles of the mind.

-- William Blake, The Marriage of Heaven and Hell

For the credit of human nature, I am always pleased to discover some good qualities in those men whom party has represented as tyrants and monsters.

-- Edward Gibbon, The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, XXI

Ever since poets have written and women have read them (for which the poets should be most deeply grateful) women have been called angels so many times that, in very truth, in their simplicity of soul, they have believed the compliment, forgetting that, for money, the same poets have glorified Nero as a demigod.

-- Mikhail Lermontov, A Hero of Our Time

Make your friends from Lego
Cause Lego make a wall
Write your love letters on rice paper
At least you'll feed the poor

-- The Beautiful South, Foundations

Independence? That's middle class blasphemy. We are all dependent on one another, every soul of us on earth.

-- George Bernard Shaw, Pygmalion

Sentimentality is a superstructure covering brutality.

-- Carl Jung, Reflections

If your morals make you dreary, depend upon it they are wrong. I do not say "give them up," for they may be all you have; but conceal them like a vice, lest they should spoil the lives of better and simpler people.

-- Robert Louis Stevenson, Across The Plains

I think, for the rest of my life, I shall refrain from looking up things. It is the most ravenous time-snatcher I know. You pull one book from the shelf, which carries a hint or a reference that sends you posthaste to another book, and that to successive others..

-- Carolyn Wells, The Rest of My Life

Indeed, you cannot receive a shock unless you have an electric affinity for that which shocks you.

-- Henry David Thoreau, A Week on the Concord and Merrimack Rivers
ask for me to-morrow, and you shall find me a grave man.

The wise learn many things from their foes.

-- Aristophanes, The Birds

I write what I would never dare tell anyone.

-- Primo Levi, If This Is a Man

Reality is a bitch. And that is hardly surprising, since it is the product of stupidity's fornication with the spirit of calculation — the dregs of the sacred illusion offered up to the jackals of science.

-- Jean Baudrillard, The Perfect Crime

The phrases men are accustomed to repeat incessantly, end by becoming convictions and ossify the organs of intelligence.

-- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

An idea isn't responsible for the people who believe in it.

-- Don Marquis, New York Sun

The best lack all conviction, while the worst are full of passionate intensity.

-- W.B. Yeats, The Second Coming

There's room at the top they are telling you still,
But first you must learn how to smile as you kill,

-- John Lennon, Working Class Hero

In every work of genius we recognize our own rejected thoughts: they come back to us with a certain alienated majesty.

-- Ralph Waldo Emerson, Self-Reliance

If you want a happy ending that depends, of course, on where you stop your story.

-- Orson Welles
Something to trim your nasal hair.

Any movement in history which attempts to perpetuate itself, becomes reactionary.

-- Josip Broz Tito

Well might the Dead who struggled in the slime
Rise and deride this sepulchre of crime.

-- Siegfried Sassoon, On Passing the New Menin Gate'

So they bought us freedom, not at little cost
therefore we must watch for kings, lest our gain be lost
Over all things certain, this is sure indeed
Suffer not the old king, for we know the breed.

-- Rudyard Kipling, The Old Issue
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