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Warning:Mine are going to Mostly be Milan Kundera.

"Two people in love, alone, isolated from the world, that's beautiful."
— Milan Kundera

"Making love with a woman and sleeping with a woman are two separate passions, not merely different but opposite. Love does not make itself felt in the desire for copulation (a desire that extends to an infinite number of women) but in the desire for shared sleep (a desire limited to one woman)."
— Milan Kundera (The Unbearable Lightness of Being)

"He suddenly recalled from Plato's Symposium: People were hermaphrodites until God split then in two, and now all the halves wander the world over seeking one another. Love is the longing for the half of ourselves we have lost."
— Milan Kundera (The Unbearable Lightness of Being)

"She had an overwhelming desire to tell him, like the most banal of women. Don't let me go, hold me tight, make me your plaything, your slave, be strong! But they were words she could not say.

The only thing she said when he released her from his embrace was, "You don't know how happy I am to be with you." That was the most her reserved nature allowed her to express."
— Milan Kundera (The Unbearable Lightness of Being)

Once upon a time there was a girl I knew, who lived across the street. Brown hair, brown eyes. When she smiled, I smiled. When she cried, I cried. Every single thing that ever happened to me that mattered, in some way had to do with her. That day Winnie and I promised each other that no matter what, that we’d always be together. It was a promise full of passion and truth and wisdom. It was the kind of promise that can only come from the hearts of the very young."
-the wonder years

Growing up is never easy. You hold on to things that were. You wonder what’s to come. But that night, I think we knew it was time to let go of what had been, and look ahead to what would be. Other days. New days. Days to come. The thing is, we didn’t have to hate each other for getting older. We just had to forgive ourselves… for growing up."
-The wonder years

I believe that you control your destiny, that you can be what you want to be. You can also stop and say, No, I won't do it, I won't behave his way anymore. I'm lonely and I need people around me, maybe I have to change my methods of behaving and then you do it.
Leo Buscaglia

I still get wildly enthusiastic about little things... I play with leaves. I skip down the street and run against the wind.
Leo Buscaglia

Love is always open arms. If you close your arms about love you will find that you are left holding only yourself.
Leo Buscaglia

Love is life. And if you miss love, you miss life.
Leo Buscaglia

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"Language, ... just communicating on a daily basis, I feel like I am trying to put an ocean through a straw." -- Björk

"One is certain of nothing but the truth of one's own emotions." -- E.M. Forster

"From birth to death it's just like this!" -- ancient Zen guy

"The meaning of life is just to be alive. It is so plain and so obvious and so simple. And yet, everybody rushes around in a great panic as if it were necessary to achieve something beyond themselves." -- Alan Watts

"I do a job I really, really love and I kind of have fun with. People think you can't be grown up unless you're moaning about your job." -- Robert Smith (The Cure)

""Here shall I make my dwelling,
In the summer and the winter,
And in the rainy season."
So the fool makes his plans,
Sparing not a thought for his death.

Death overtakes the man
Who, giddy and distracted by the world,
Cares only for his flocks and his children.
Death fetches him away
As a flood carries off a sleeping village.

His family cannot save him,
Nor his father nor his sons.

Know this.
Seek wisdom, and purity.
Quickly clear the way." -- Buddha

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To laugh often and much
To win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children;
To earn the appreciation of honest critics
And endure the betrayal of false friends;
To appreciate beauty, to find the best in others;
To leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child,
a garden patch or a redeemed social condition;
To know that even one life has breathed easier because you have lived.
This is to have succeeded.

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"The longest way round is the shortest way home" - proverb?

"Modesty is the highest form of arrogance" - German proverb

"Imagination and memory are but one thing, which for diverse considerations hath diverse names" - Hobbes

"The greatest thing in the world is to know how to belong to oneself" - Montaigne

"Those are liars or enervated people who boast of having nothing but pure fundamental principles and curse inclinations, from which alone true fundamental principles arise!" - Herder

"The rational is the real, and the real is the rational." - Hegel

"To be free is nothing, to become free is everything." - Hegel

"He who can say how he burns, burns little." - Petrarch

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Warning: Most if not all of these will probably be Anne Frank quotes.

This is probably a little cliche, but I think at their very core this is what all INFPs believe: "It's difficult in times like these: ideals, dreams and cherished hopes rise within us, only to be crushed by grim reality. It's a wonder I haven't abandoned all my ideals, they seem so absurd and impractical. Yet I cling to them because I still believe, in spite of everything, that people are truly good at heart. I simply can't build my hopes on a foundation of confusion, misery, and death...and yet...I think...this cruelty will end, and that peace and tranquility will return again."
-Anne Frank
"I hear the approaching thunder that, one day, will destroy us too, I feel the suffering of millions. And yet, when I look up at the sky, I somehow feel that this cruelty too shall end, that peace and tranquility will return once more."
-Anne Frank
"People can tell you to keep your mouth shut, but it doesn't stop you having your own opinions. Even if people are still very young, they shouldn't be prevented from saying what they think."
-Anne Frank
"I don't want to have lived in vain like most people. I want to be useful or bring enjoyment to people, even those I've never met. I want to go on living even after my death! And that's why I'm grateful to God for having given me this gift, which I can use to develop and to express all that's inside me!"
-Anne Frank
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"I am not deceitful: if I were, I should say I loved you; but I declare I do not love you: I dislike you the worst of anybody in the world." - Jane Eyre.

"Do not let your fire go out, spark by irreplaceable spark in the hopeless swaps of the not-quite, the not-yet, and the not-at-all. Do not let the hero in your soul perish in lonely frustration for the life you deserve and have never been able to reach. The world you desire can be won. It exists... it is real... it is possible... it is yours." - Atlas Shrugged.

"... for a girl with eyes like hers has a will and is not ruled by anyone but a lover." - A Long Fatal Love Chase

“For that couple of minutes she symbolized everything that is wrong with how we perceive beauty as a society, she was the store-bought ideal that drives girls to bulimia and anorexia. She was the skinny thinspiration that helps thirteen year olds put off eating for just one more day, and so I walked over and punched her.” - Lockpick Pornography

“He knew her, he believed. He would teach her that she was not his possession, he would show her she was free, he would see her flash her wings.” - Posession

"There's no middle ground with you. Either you don't care at all, or you care one hundred and crazy percent." - Better Off Ted

"Thou art to me a delicious torment." - Ralph Waldo Emerson.

"You know that when I hate you, it is because I love you to a point of passion that unhinges my soul." - Julie-Jeanne-Elenore de Lespinasse.

"Where passion is not found, no virtue ever dwelt." - Maria Brooks.

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~"Early to rise, and early to bed, makes a man healthy but socially dead."

~"F u cn rd ths, u cn gt a gd jb n cmptr prgrmmng." (I can read it...should I be ashamed or proud?)

~"Freedom of speech is wonderful – right up there with the freedom not to listen."

~"I don’t mean to sound bitter, cold, or cruel, but I am, so that’s how it comes out." — Bill Hicks

~"Give a jackass an education and you get a smartass."

~"If at first you don’t succeed, failure may be your style."

~"It is better to keep your mouth shut and appear stupid than to open it and remove all doubt."

~"Don't argue with a fool. People might not know the difference."

~"Sometimes a majority only means that all the fools are on the same side."

~"There are two types of people – those who divide people into two types, and those who don’t."

~"Today is the tomorrow you worried about yesterday."

~"Never let your sense of morals prevent you from doing what is right."

~"Most people would rather be certain they’re miserable than risk being happy."

~"The ability to quote is a serviceable substitute for wit."

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"Whenever someone says, I'm not book smart, but I'm street smart, all I hear is I'm not real smart but I'm imaginary smart."

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Clementine: This is it, Joel. It's going to be gone soon.
Joel: I know.
Clementine: What do we do?
Joel: Enjoy it.

--Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

"I have lived through much, and now I think I have found what is needed for happiness. A quiet secluded life in the country, with the possibility of being useful to people to whom it is easy to do good, and who are not accustomed to have it done to them; then work which one hopes may be of some use; then rest, nature, books, music, love for one's neighbour-such is my idea of happiness. And then, on top of all that, you for a mate, and children, perhaps-what more can the heart of a man desire?"

--'Sergey Mikhaylych from Family Happiness by Leo Tolstoy

Ahhh. I hate this thread. I have too many awesome quotes in mind :confused:

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"What should I do about the wild and the tame? The wild heart that wants to be free, and the tame heart that wants to come home. I want to be held. I don't want you to come too close. I want you to scoop me up and bring me home at nights. I don't want to tell you where I am. I want to keep a place among the rocks where no one can find me. I want to be with you." —Jeanette Winterson

"Just remember, the same as a spectacular Vogue magazine, remember that no matter how close you follow the jumps: Continued on page whatever. No matter how careful you are, there's going to be the sense you missed something, the collapsed feeling under your skin that you didn't experience it all. There's that fallen heart feeling that you rushed right through the moments where you should've been paying attention. Well, get used to that feeling. That's how your whole life will feel some day. This is all practice. None of this matters. We're just warming up." —Chuck Palahniuk

"I can only feel the now." —Anaïs Nin

"After what I revealed to Henry about my life, I was in despair. It was as if I were a criminal, had been in jail, and were at last free and willing to work honestly and hard. But as soon as people discover your past they will not give you work and expect you to act like a criminal again." —Anaïs Nin

"He who fights with monsters might take care lest he thereby become a monster. And if you gaze for long into an abyss, the abyss gazes also into you." — Friedrich Nietzsche

"Don’t ever tell anybody anything. If you do, you start missing everybody." — J. D. Salinger

"I wonder how many people I’ve looked at all my life and never seen." —John Steinbeck

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"Sometimes the things that may or may not be true are the things a man needs to believe in the most. That people are basically good; that honor, courage, and virtue mean everything; that power and money, money and power mean nothing; that good always triumphs over evil; and I want you to remember this, that love... true love never dies. You remember that, boy. You remember that. Doesn't matter if it's true or not. You see, a man should believe in those things, because those are the things worth believing in." --Secondhand Lions

"You can safely assume you've created God in your own image when it turns out that God hates all the same people you do."

"The best moments in reading are when you come across something - a thought, a feeling, a way of looking at things - which you had thought special and particular to you. And now, here it is, set down by someone else, a person you have never met, someone even who is long dead. And it is as if a hand has come out, and taken yours." --The History Boys

"There is a sacredness in tears. They are not the mark of weakness, but of power. They speak more eloquently than ten thousand tongues. They are the messengers of overwhelming grief, of deep contrition, and of unspeakable love." -- Washington Irving

"The way I see it, every life is a pile of good things and bad things. The good things don’t always soften the bad things, but vice versa -- the bad things don’t always spoil the good things or make them unimportant. " --Doctor Who

"Life is about the journey, not the destination! 'Cause the destination is death, and life isn't about death; that would make no sense..." --Andrew (my friend :p)

"Hate is baggage. Life's too short to be pissed off all the time. It's just not worth it." --American History X
"We versus Them. No such thing. There’s only We. 'We' includes every messed up human on the planet (and if there happen to be any on the space station or in a space shuttle, they’re included too.) Every human who needs to be connected to God. That’s ALL of us! So, some are further along than others. Big deal. There’s no Them. We are Them. Humans. Needy humans." --Chris Rice

"I think that if I ever have kids, and they are upset, I won't tell them that people are starving in China or anything like that because it wouldn't change the fact that they were upset. And even if somebody else has it much worse, that doesn't really change the fact that you have what you have." --The Perks of Being a Wallflower

"It seems strange that my life should end in such a terrible place, but for three years I had roses and apologized to no one. I shall die here. Every inch of me shall perish. Every inch, but one. An inch. It is small and it is fragile and it is the only thing in the world worth having. We must never lose it or give it away. We must NEVER let them take it from us. I hope that whoever you are, you escape this place. I hope that the world turns, and that things get better. But what I hope most of all is that you understand what I mean when I tell you that, even though I do not know you, and even though I may never meet you, laugh with you, cry with you, or kiss you, I love you. With all my heart, I love you." --V for Vendetta

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But the raven still beguiling all my sad soul into smiling,
Straight I wheeled a cushioned seat in front of bird and bust and door;
Then, upon the velvet sinking, I betook myself to linking
Fancy unto fancy, thinking what this ominous bird of yore -
What this grim, ungainly, ghastly, gaunt, and ominous bird of yore
Meant in croaking `Nevermore.'

Edgar Ellen Poe - The Raven

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"We do not recommend the practice of eating cheese with a knife and forkin one hand, and a spoon and wineglass in the other; there is a kind of awkwardness in the action which no amount of practice can entirely dispel." -Lewis Carroll

As a general rule, do not kick the shins of the opposite gentleman under the table, if personally unacquainted with him; your pleasentry is liable to be misunderstood-a circumstance at all times unpleasent. -Lewis Carroll

Love keeps the cold out better than a cloak.
- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Reporter: What do you call that hairstyle you're wearing?
George Harrison: Arthur.

Love is patient, love is kind.
It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.
It is not rude, it is not self-seeking.
It is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.
............................................Love never fails. - Bible

The possession of knowledge does not kill the sense of wonder and mystery. There is always more mystery.

- Anais Nin

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''You are a child of the universe
no less than the trees and the stars;
you have a right to be here.
And whether or not it is clear to you,
no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should.'' - Desiderata

''Do you think I am an automaton? A machine without feelings?...Do you think, because I am poor, obscure, plain, and little, I am soulless and heartless? You think wrong — I have as much soul as you, — and full as much heart.'' - Jane Eyre, Charlotte bronte

''We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars'' Oscar Wilde

''O dreadful is the check--intense the agony--
When the ear begins to hear, and the eye begins to see;
When the pulse begins to throb--the brain to think again--
The soul to feel the flesh, and the flesh to feel the chain.'' - Excerpt from The Prisoner, Emily Bronte

''I ought to be thy Adam, but I am rather the fallen angel, whom thou drivest from joy for no misdeed. Everywhere I see bliss, from which I alone am irrevocablt excluded. I was benevolent and good; misery made me a fiend'' - Frankenstein, Mary Shelley

''There will be no revolution in England while there are aspidistras in windows.'' Keep the Aspidistra Flying, Orwell

"If you have built castles in the air, your work need not be lost; that is where they should be. Now put the foundations under them." - Walden, Henry Thoreau

Just to lighten the mood - ''Baldrick! Who gave you permission to turn into an Alsation?!'' - Blackadder.

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" As soon as we're born
And as soon as we're breathing
We begin to end " - ArchangelAki

" Did you hear about the rose that grew
from a crack in the concrete?
Proving nature's law is wrong it
learned to walk with out having feet.
Funny it seems, but by keeping it's dreams,
it learned to breathe fresh air.
Long live the rose that grew from concrete
when no one else ever cared. " - Tupac Shakur

" Almost always, the creative dedicated minority has made the world better. " - Martin Luther King, Jr.

“ Peace is not merely a distant goal that we seek, but a means by which we arrive at that goal.” -Martin Luther King, Jr.
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