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Historically, the most terrible things - war, genocide, and slavery - have resulted not from disobedience, but from obedience.

Howard Zinn

…je le sens très bien,mais je ne sais pas l’exprimer…je n’ai à ma disposition que de pauvres mots complètement usés à force d’avoir servi à tous et à tout…

Nathalie Sarraute

Yau proposed another round, then asked: ‘Is it true that to the west of the Khalif’s domain there live white-skinned people, with blue eyes and yellow hair?’

'There can't be men like that!' Chiao Tai protested. 'Must be ghosts or devils!'

Robert van Gulik

It forced upon us a fresh realization that behind the contained and orderly lives we lead as members of the respectable middle class there’s a terrible human capacity that may one day overwhelm any of us.

Diana Trilling

People are distressed by their inability to do it. The problem, however, is simply that they don’t do it.


Great! I’ve written something stupid, but I haven’t signed a contract with anyone to produce solely wise and perfect works. I gave vent to my stupidity…and here I am, reborn.

Witold Gombrowicz

It is strange how in some things honest people can be dishonest without the slightest compunction.

James Weldon Johnson

The Only way to do all the things you’d like to do is to read

Tom Clancy

I am deathless, I am the eternal Lord
For I have spread the seed of the Word.

Abolqasem Ferdowsi

The reading of a fine book is an uninterrupted dialogue in which the book speaks and our soul replies.

André Maurois