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In most of our abilities we differ not at all from the animals.  We are in fact behind many in swiftness and strength and other resources.  But because there is born in us the power to persuade each other and to show ourselves whatever we wish, we not only have escaped from living as brutes, but also by coming together have founded cities and set up laws and invented arts, and speech has helped us to attain practically all of the things we have devised.
   —  Isocrates
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One ought, every day at least, to hear a little song, read a good poem, see a fine picture, and, if it were possible, to speak a few reasonable words.
   —   Johan Wolfgang Goethe
[…Eat a tasty meal and go for a walk or jog!  —  KMAB]
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Remember, democracy never lasts long.  It soon wastes, exhausts, and murders itself.  There never was a democracy yet that did not commit suicide.
  —  John Adams
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What is written without effort is, in general, read without pleasure.
  —  Dr. Samuel Johnson
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There is an artist imprisoned in each one of us.  Let him loose to spread joy everywhere!
  —  Bertrand Russell
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If you would not be forgotten, as soon as you are dead & rotten, either write things worth reading, or do things worth the writing.
  —  Benjamin Franklin
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The great are not solitary; out of the night come the voices of those who have gone before, clear and courageous; and so through the ages they march, a mighty procession, proud, undaunted, unconquerable.  To join in this glorious company, to swell the immortal person of those whom fate could not subdue – this may not be happiness; but what is happiness to those whose souls are filled with that celestial music?  To them is given what is better than happiness: to know the fellowship of the great, to live in the inspiration of lofty thoughts, and to be illumined in every perplexity by the fire of nobility and truth.
   —  Bertrand Russell
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