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1. "Life seems to be a process of replacing one anxiety with another and substituting one desire for another--which is not to say that we should never strive to overcome any of our anxieties or fulfil any of our desires, but rather to suggest that we should perhaps build into our strivings an awareness of the way our goals promise us a respite and a resolution that they cannot, by definition, deliver."
Author: Alain De Botton
2. "The religious idea of God cannot do full duty for the metaphysical infinity."
Author: Alan Wilson Watts
3. "There cannot exist in the future an economy which is still mercantile but which isn't capitalist anymore. Before capitalism there were economies which were partially mercantile, but capitalism is the last of this genre."
Author: Amadeo Bordiga
4. "I have heard that, with some persons, temperance – that is, moderation – is almost impossible; and if abstinence be an evil (which some have doubted), no one will deny that excess is a greater. Some parents have entirely prohibited their children from tasting intoxicating liquors; but a parent's authority cannot last for ever; children are naturally prone to hanker after forbidden things; and a child, in such a case, would be likely to have a strong curiosity to taste, and try the effect of what has been so lauded and enjoyed by others, so strictly forbidden to himself – which curiosity would generally be gratified on the first convenient opportunity; and the restraint once broken, serious consequences might ensue."
Author: Anne Brontë
5. "If I was harsh with you, it was because I cannot bear to see you treat yourself as if you are worth nothing. Whatever part you might act to the contrary, I see you as you really are, my blood brother. Not just better than you pretend to be, but better than most people could hope to be."
Author: Cassandra Clare
6. "You cannot save every fallen bird," said Woosley, leaning back against the wall and crossing his arms. "Even the handsome ones." "One will do," said Magnus, and, as Will was no longer within his sight, he let the front door fall shut."
Author: Cassandra Clare
7. "I cannot cure myself of that most woeful of youth's follies-thinking that those who care about us will care for the things that mean much to us."
Author: D.H. Lawrence
8. "Theology has not advanced an inch in the last 1,000 years. How much respect does a profession deserve if it cannot add to the knowledge and understanding of man?"
Author: Darrel Ray
9. "I will tell these stories...because to do anything else would be something less than human. I speak to these people, and I speak to you because I cannot help it. It gives me strength, almost unbelievable strength, to know that you are there. I covet your eyes, your ears, the collapsible space between us. How blessed are we to have each other? I am alive and you are alive so we must fill the air with our words. I will fill today, tomorrow, every day until I am taken back to God. I will tell stories to people who will listen and to people who don't want to listen, to people who seek me out and to those who run. All the while I will know that you are there. How can I pretend that you do not exist? It would be almost as impossible as you pretending that I do not exist."
Author: Dave Eggers
10. "Societies need heroes. So we travel to places where the revisionists cannot dismantle the great."
Author: David Gemmell
11. "But something cannot be made out of nothing. Dust rose in the air, caught the rays of the sun for a brief moment and sparkled, and then returned to the earth as mere dust."
Author: David Klass
12. "For we cannot speak of the beginning; where the beginning begins our thinking stops, it comes to an end."
Author: Dietrich Bonhoeffer
13. "In demonstrating that humans behave with justice, tolerance, reason, love toward other forms of life, we are doing no more than demanding that humans be human -- that is, be true to the best aspects of human nature. Humans being human, therefore, cannot consider themselves morally superior to, say, bears being bear-like, eagles being eagle-like, etc."
Author: Edward Abbey
14. "You cannot stoke the fires of prejudice against German people and then not find that somewhere, sometime down the road it doesn't discharge."
Author: Ernst Zundel
15. "There is no spot of ground, however arid, bare or ugly, that cannot be tamed into such a state as may give an impression of beauty and delight."
Author: Gertrude Jekyll
16. "Unless you make yourself equal to God, you cannot understand God: for the like is not intelligible save to the like. Make yourself grow to a greatness beyond measure, by a bound free yourself from the body; raise yourself above all time, become Eternity; then you will understand God. Believe that nothing is impossible for you, think yourself immortal and capable of understanding all, all arts, all sciences, the nature of every living being. Mount higher than the highest height; descend lower than the lowest depth. Draw into yourself all sensations of everything created, fire and water, dry and moist, imagining that you are everywhere, on earth, in the sea, in the sky, that you are not yet born, in the maternal womb, adolescent, old, dead, beyond death. If you embrace in your thought all things at once, times, places, substances, qualities, quantities, you may understand God."
Author: Giordano Bruno
17. "Democracies, unlike dictatorships, are forgiving and generous, but they cannot survive unless they fight."
Author: Jalal Talabani
18. "HUDSON TAYLOR – THE PROGRESSION OF A MISSIONARY CALL:As child, at age 5: When I am a man, I mean to be a missionary and go to China.As a young man:I feel I cannot go on living unless I do something for China.Late in life, as a veteran missionary:If I had 1,000 lives, I'd give them all for China."
Author: James Hudson Taylor
19. "I maintain that Truth is a pathless land, and you cannot approach it by any path whatsoever, by any religion, by any sect."
Author: Jiddu Krishnamurti
20. "It is the dirt within men's hearts that is most offensive; the filth you cannot see."
Author: Jocelyn Murray
21. "A lovely, pure, noble, and most moral nature, without the strength of nerve which forms a hero, sinks beneath a burden which it cannot bear, and must not cast away. All duties are holy for him; the present is too hard. Impossibilities have been required of him; not in themselves impossibilities, but such for him. He winds, and turns, and torments himself; he advances and recoils, is ever put in mind, ever puts himself in mind; at last does all but lose his purpose from his thoughts; yet still without recovering his peace of mind."
Author: Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
22. "A good idea plus capable men cannot fail; it is better than money in the bank."
Author: John Berry
23. "Again I repeat, no man can consistently accept the doctrine of the evolutionist and also believe in the divine mission of our Redeemer. The two thoughts are in absolute conflict. You cannot harmonize them and serve both masters."
Author: Joseph Fielding Smith
24. "I do not admire young actresses whose foreheads cannot move."
Author: Kathleen Turner
25. "When gold and jade fill the hall, their possessor cannot keep them safe."
Author: Lao Tzu
26. "Faith and prayer are the vitamins of the soul; man cannot live in health without them."
Author: Mahalia Jackson
27. "To recognize our bias toward error should teach us modesty and reflection, and to forgive it should help us avoid the inhumanity of thinking we ourselves are not as fallible as those who, in any instance, seem most at fault. Science can give us knowledge, but it cannot give us wisdom. Nor can religion, until it puts aside nonsense and distraction and becomes itself again."
Author: Marilynne Robinson
28. "Handfuls of frosty water can make almost anyone smile, but it cannot make them forget."
Author: Markus Zusak
29. "A third reason scientists are reluctant to examine paranormal phenomena is that they appear to contradict known physical laws. What is the point of studying the impossible? Only a fool would waste his time. The problem of data in conflict with existing theory cannot be overstated. Arthur Eddington once said you should never believe any experiment until it has been confirmed by theory, but this humorous view has a reality that cannot be discounted."
Author: Michael Crichton
30. "One's dignity may be assaulted, vandalized and cruelly mocked, but cannot be taken away unless it is surrendered."
Author: Michael J. Fox
31. "You cannot talk when you first arrive. It helps you to listen."
Author: Mitch Albom
32. "Many skills, as every successful entrepreneur knows, cannot be taught in school. They require doing. Sometimes a life of doing. And where money-making is concerned, nothing compresses the time frame needed to leap from my-shit-just-sits-there-until-it-rains poverty to which-of-my-toilets-shall-I-use affluence like an apprenticeship with someone who already has the angles all figured out."
Author: Mohsin Hamid
33. "We too are called to withdraw at certain intervals into deeper silence and aloneness with God, together as a community as well as personally; to be alone with Him — not with our books, thoughts, and memories but completely stripped of everything — to dwell lovingly in His presence, silent, empty, expectant, and motionless. We cannot find God in noise or agitation."
Author: Mother Teresa
34. "By adherence to a special set of rules, the child of the shabby-genteel can sometimes leap across the time which has passed by his family and function in the real world without doing violence to the hopes his mother held out for him. But those who cannot live within this pattern are the freaks and poets, and they travel a different road to peace."
Author: Murray Kempton
35. "I love you forever. I am sorry I cannot love you now."
Author: Nick Harkaway
36. "You cannot survive if you do not know the past."
Author: Oriana Fallaci
37. "Let us forget with generosity those who cannot love us"
Author: Pablo Neruda
38. "You cannot be who and what you are unless you have a lifestyle, both internally and externally, that is designed to support that definition of self."
Author: Phillip C. McGraw
39. "In this life there's a thing that hard to explain, and some things that definately cannot be even you tried so hard."
Author: Redzel Romulo
40. "All of us, whether guilty or not, whether old or young, must accept the past. It is not a case of coming to terms with the past. That is not possible. It cannot be subsequently modified or undone."
Author: Richard Von Weizsaecker
41. "One cannot fashion a credible deterrent out of an incredible action."
Author: Robert McNamara
42. "I cannot simply abandon a comrade"
Author: Sawada Tsunayoshi
43. "You cannot force someone to think like you, and why would you want to? It would be like having a conversation with yourself. How boring is that?"
Author: Shelley K. Wall
44. "Some fifteen to twenty Burgess species cannot be allied with any known group, and should probably be classified as separate phyla. Magnify some of them beyond the few centimeters of their actual size, and you are on the set of a science-fiction film..."
Author: Stephen Jay Gould
45. "Why is it that a woman can see from a distance what a man cannot see close?"
Author: Thomas Hardy
46. "When anything in life is an absolute requirement for your happiness and self-worth, it is essentially an ‘idol,' something you are actually worshiping. When such a thing is threatened, your anger is absolute. Your anger is actually the way the idol keeps you in its service, in its chains. Therefore if you find that, despite all the efforts to forgive, your anger and bitterness cannot subside, you may need to look deeper and ask, ‘What am I defending? What is so important that I cannot live without?' It may be that, until some inordinate desire is identified and confronted, you will not be able to master your anger."
Author: Timothy Keller
47. "Let us admit, without bitterness, that the individual has his distinct interests and can, without felony, stipulate for those interests and defend them. The present has its pardonable amount of egotism; momentary life has its claims, and cannot be expected to sacrifice itself incessantly to the future. The generation which is in its turn passing over the earth is not forced to abridge its life for the sake of the generations, its equals after all, whose turn shall come later on."
Author: Victor Hugo
48. "The reality cuts across our minds like a wound whose edges crave to heal, but cannot. Thus, one of the great sins, perhaps the great sin, is to say: It will heal; it has healed; there is no wound. There is nothing more important than this wound."
Author: Whittaker Chambers
49. "There's not the smallest orb which thou behold'stBut in his motion like an angel sings,Still quiring [making music] to the young-eyed cherubins; Such harmony is in immortal souls,But whilst this muddy vesture of decayDoth grossly close us in, we cannot hear it."
Author: William Shakespeare
50. "Alas, poor country, almost afraid to know itself! It cannot be called our mother, but our grave."
Author: William Shakespeare

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He laughed and I did too, it was funny and horribly painful and deeply aching all at once. Like the laughter echoed and because of that you knew you were hollow."
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