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Added by Felipe Unger on 28 Dec 2012 10:54
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People Quotes - Part 3

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Average listal rating (2 ratings) 5.5 IMDB Rating 0
“Of all the things I am not very good at, living in the real world is perhaps the most outstanding.”
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“Look at the masterpiece, and not at the frame — and not at the faces of other people looking at the frame.”
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Average listal rating (57 ratings) 8.4 IMDB Rating 0
“God, how I ricochet between certainties and doubts.”

“Remember, remember, this is now, and now, and now. Live it, feel it, cling to it. I want to become acutely aware of all I’ve taken for granted.”

“It is so much safer not to feel, not to let the world touch me.”

“If I didn’t think, I’d be much happier.”
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“You may think the past has something to tell you. You may think that you should listen, should strain to make out its whispers, should bend over backward, stop down low to hear its voice breathed up from the ground, from the dead places. You may think there’s something in it for you, something to understand or make sense of.
But I know the truth: I know from the nights of coldness. I know the past will drag you backward and down, have you snatching at whispers of wind and the gibberish of trees rubbing together, trying to decipher some code, trying to piece together what was broken. Its hopeless. The past is nothing but a weight. It will build up inside of you like a stone.
Take it from me, if you hear the past speaking to you, feel it tugging at your back and running its fingers up your spine, the best thing to do —the only thing— is run.”
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“The real things haven’t changed. It is still best to be honest and truthful; to make the most of what we have; to be happy with simple pleasures; and have courage when things go wrong.”
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Average listal rating (69 ratings) 8.7 IMDB Rating 0
“The greatest crimes in the world are not committed by people breaking the rules but by people following the rules. It’s people who follow orders that drop bombs and massacre villages.”
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Average listal rating (1354 ratings) 7.2 IMDB Rating 0
“I think too much. I think ahead. I think behind. I think sideways. I think it all. If it exists, I’ve fucking thought of it.”
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“There is only one difference between a madman and me. The madman thinks he is sane. I know I am mad.”
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“I should be driven desperate if I knew who I was. I meet somebody who says “you’re this or that”, and I feel like I don’t want to be anything.”
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Average listal rating (22 ratings) 7.3 IMDB Rating 0
“It’s discouraging to think how many people are shocked by honesty and how few by deceit.”
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“Birds born in a cage think flying is an illness.”
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“The truly creative mind in any field is no more than this: A human creature born abnormally, inhumanly sensitive. To him… a touch is a blow, a sound is a noise, a misfortune is a tragedy, a joy is an ecstasy, a friend is a lover, a lover is a god, and failure is death. Add to this cruelly delicate organism the overpowering necessity to create, create, create — so that without the creating of music or poetry or books or buildings or something of meaning, his very breath is cut off from him. He must create, must pour out creation. By some strange, unknown, inward urgency he is not really alive unless he is creating.”
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“You were not surprised to feel yourself ill adapted to the world, but it did surprise you that the world had produced a being who now lived in it as a foreigner. Do plants commit suicide? Do animals die of hopelessness? They either function or disappear. You were perhaps a weak link, an accidental evolutionary dead end, a temporary anomaly not destined to burgeon again.”
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Average listal rating (20 ratings) 8.6 IMDB Rating 0
“For last year’s words belong to last year’s language. And next year’s words await another voice. And to make an end is to make a beginning.”
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“Almost everything you do in life will be insignificant, but it is very important that you do it”
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Average listal rating (67 ratings) 7.6 IMDB Rating 0
“People will kill you over time, and how they’ll kill you is with tiny, harmless phrases, like “be realistic.”
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“He who jumps into the void owes no explanation to those who stand and watch.”
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Average listal rating (70 ratings) 8.5 IMDB Rating 0
“To seek, always to seek...”
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“I avoid looking down at my body, not so much because it’s shameful or immodest but because I don’t want to see it. I don’t want to look at something that determines me so completely.”

“What is your favorite word?”
“And. It is so hopeful.”

“Last year I abstained
this year I devour
without guilt
which is also an art.”

“I’m not sure which is worse: intense feeling, or the absence of it.”
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“I have no right to call myself one who knows. I was one who seeks, and I still am, but I no longer seek in the stars or in books; I’m beginning to hear the teachings of my blood pulsing within me. My story isn’t pleasant, it’s not sweet and harmonious like the invented stories; it tastes of folly and bewilderment, of madness and dream, like the life of all people who no longer want to lie to themselves.”
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Average listal rating (3 ratings) 8.3 IMDB Rating 0
“Neither will the horse be adjudged to be generous, that is sumptuously adorned, but the horse whose nature is illustrious; nor is the man worthy who possesses great wealth, but he whose soul is generous.”

“Know that death comes to everyone, and that wealth will sometimes be acquired, sometimes lost. Whatever griefs mortals suffer by divine chance, whatever destiny you have, endure it and do not complain. But it is right to improve it as much as you can, and remember this: Fate does not give very many of these griefs to good people.”
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“Your children are not your children, they are the sons and daughters of life's longing for itself, they come through you but not from you, and though they are with you, they belong not to you.”
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Average listal rating (67 ratings) 9.1 IMDB Rating 0
“The greater danger for most of us lies not in setting our aim too high and falling short; but in setting our aim too low, and achieving our mark.”
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“There is a pleasure in the pathless woods;
There is a rapture on the lonely shore;
There is society, where none intrudes;
By the deep sea, and music in its roar:
I love not man the less, but Nature more…”
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“Sometimes it takes darkness and the sweet confinement of your aloneness to learn that anything or anyone that does not bring you alive is too small for you.”
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“To be left alone is the most precious thing one can ask of the modern world.”
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Average listal rating (49 ratings) 6.7 IMDB Rating 0
“Surround yourself with people who make you happy. People who make you laugh, who help you when you’re in need. People who genuinely care. They are the ones worth keeping in your life. Everyone else is just passing through.”
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“We are dying from overthinking. We are slowly killing ourselves by thinking about everything. Think. Think. Think. You can never trust the human mind anyway. It’s a death trap.”
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Average listal rating (16 ratings) 8.1 IMDB Rating 0
“It’s important in life to conclude things properly. Only then can you let go. Otherwise you are left with words you should have said but never did, and your heart is heavy with remorse.”
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“I don’t want to live in a world where every expression of creativity or love or friendship is recorded.”
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“Out of your vulnerabilities will come your strength.”
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Average listal rating (82 ratings) 4.2 IMDB Rating 0
“You are water. I’m water. We’re all water in different containers. That’s why it’s so easy to meet. Someday we’ll evaporate together.”

“Be silent in a group of people
See what they reveal to you.”
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Average listal rating (1 ratings) 9 IMDB Rating 0
“To limit power is to protect society.”
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“I wanted the American public to know that not everyone in Iraq and Afghanistan were targets that needed to be neutralized, but rather people who were struggling to live”
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Average listal rating (248 ratings) 7.6 IMDB Rating 0
“Don’t plant your bad days. They grow into weeks. The weeks grow into months. Before you know it, you got yourself a bad year. Take it from me - choke those little bad days. Choke ‘em down to nothing.”
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Average listal rating (4 ratings) 7.8 IMDB Rating 0
“One morning
the fox came down the hill, glittering and confident,
and didn’t see me—and I thought:

so this is the world.
I’m not in it.
It is beautiful.”
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“People put locks on their bedroom and bathroom doors and passwords on their e-mail and social media accounts and they adopt pseudonyms for online activity and they do things in private like sing songs and say things that they wouldn’t do if people are watching, and that’s because privacy is where we get to experiment with who we are as human beings. That’s essentially the realm in which freedom and creativity and exploration and dissent reside … when you are always being watched, the range of options that you have as a human being significantly diminishes because you will only then do things that you think other people will approve of.

That’s the purpose of a surveillance state, to keep people in line by communicating to them that ‘anything you do at any moment is susceptible to being monitored’ and therefore your choices should be confined to only those things society would want you to do … The freedom that we have as human beings is obliterated when we live in a world where we are constantly monitored or can be monitored.”
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Average listal rating (14 ratings) 8.4 IMDB Rating 0
“We must take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented. Sometimes we must interfere. When human lives are endangered, when human dignity is in jeopardy, national borders and sensitivities become irrelevant. Wherever men and women are persecuted because of their race, religion, or political views, that place must - at that moment - become the center of the universe.”
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“I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.”
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“I like flaws and feel more comfortable around people who have them. I myself am made entirely of flaws, stitched together with good intentions.”
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Average listal rating (40 ratings) 8 IMDB Rating 0
“You must have the devil in you to succeed in the arts.”
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“You shouldn’t try to stop everything from happening. Sometimes you’re supposed to feel awkward. Sometimes you’re supposed to be vulnerable in front of people. Sometimes it’s necessary because it’s all part of you getting to the next part of yourself, the next day.”
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“Time is tricky. You have whole months, even years, when nothing changes a speck, when you don’t go anywhere or do anything or think one new thought. And then you can get hit with a day, or an hour, or a half a second when so much happens it’s almost like you got born all over again into some brand-new person you for damn sure never expected to meet.”
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“It’s not worth doing something unless someone, somewhere, would much rather you weren’t doing it.”
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“There is no discovery without risk and what you risk reveals what you value.”
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“It was like when you make a move in chess and just as you take your finger off the piece, you see the mistake you’ve made, and there’s this panic because you don’t know yet the scale of disaster you’ve left yourself open to.”
— Never Let Me Go
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“Spend your free time the way you like, not the way you think you’re supposed to. Stay home on New Year’s Eve if that’s what makes you happy. Skip the committee meeting. Cross the street to avoid making aimless chitchat with random acquaintances. Read. Cook. Run. Write a story.”
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“And silence, like darkness, can be kind; it, too, is a language.”
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“When people don’t express themselves, they die one piece at a time.”
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Average listal rating (58 ratings) 8.6 IMDB Rating 0
“There is in every one of us, even those who seem to be most moderate, a type of desire that is terrible, wild, and lawless.”
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