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Amy's Quote Montage

Quotes from books

 "I like too many things and get all confused and hung up running from one falling star to another till I drop. This is the night, what it does to you. I had nothing to offer anybody except my own confusion." - Jack Kerouac, On The Road

"I hope it is true that a man can die and yet not only live in others but give them life, and not only life but that great consciousness of life." - Jack Kerouac

"Great things are not accomplished by those who yield to trends and fads and popular opinion."- Jack Kerouac

"What is that feeling when you're driving away from people and they recede on the plain till you see their specks disappearing? - It's the too-huge world vaulting us, and it's goodbye. But we lean forward to the next crazy venture beneath the skies."-On the Road, Jack Kerouac

"We turned at a dozen paces, for love is a duel, and looked at each other for the last time." - Jack Kerouac, On The Road

The world breaks us all. Afterward, some are stronger at the broken places." Ernest Hemingway- Farewell To Arms

"And when you look directley at an insane man all you see is a reflection of your own knowledge that he's insane, which is not to see him at all.  To see him you must see what he saw..." Robert M. Pirsig, Zen and the Art of Motercycle Maintence

"The second item in the liberal creed, after self-righteousness, is unaccountability. Liberals have invented whole college majors--psychology, sociology, women's studies--to prove that nothing is anybody's fault. No one is fond of taking responsibility for his actions, but consider how much you'd have to hate free will to come up with a political platform that advocates killing unborn babies but not convicted murderers. A callous pragmatist might favor abortion and capital punishment. A devout Christian would sanction neither. But it takes years of therapy to arrive at the liberal view. P.J. ORourke Give War A Chance

"Just because you're paranoid doesn't mean they aren't after you."- Joseph Heller- Catch 22

"Actual happiness always looks pretty squalid in comparison with the overcompensations for misery. And of course stability isn't nearly so spectacular as instability. And being contented has none of the glamour of a good fight against misfortune, none of the picturesqueness of a struggle with temptation, or a fatal overthrow by passion or doubt. Happiness is never grand." Aldous Huxley, Brave New World

"Promise me you'll always remember: you're braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think." A.A. Milne, Winne the Pooh

"The sun will set without ones assistance." -The Talmud

"If you really want to hurt your parents, and you don't have the nerve to be a homosexual, the least you can do is go into the arts." - Kurt Vonnegut

"In Italy for thirty years under the Borgias they had warfare, terror, murder and bloodshed but they produced Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci and the Renaissance. In Switzerland, they had brotherly love; they had five hundred years of democracy and peace and what did that produce? The cuckoo clock." Graham Greene , The Third Man

"Funny business, a woman's career: the things you drop on the way up the ladder so you can move faster. You forget you'll need them again when you get back to being a woman. It's one career all females have in common, whether we like it or not: being a woman. Sooner or later, we've got to work at it, no matter how many other careers we've had or wanted." Joseph P. Mankiewicz, All About Eve

"America in the 21st century is full of stupid people and ridiculous situations." Bill OReilly, The OReily Factor

"...a purpose of human life, no matter who is controlling it, is to love whoever is around to be loved"- Kurt Vonnegut- Cat's Cradle

"I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life and see if I could not learn what they had to teach; and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived." -Henry David Thoreau, Walden

"Show me a man or a woman alone and I'll show you a saint. Give me two and they'll fall in love. Give me three and they'll invent that charming thing we call 'society.' Give me four and they'll build a pyramid. Give me five and they'll make one an outcast. Give me six and they'll reinvent prejudice. Give me seven and in seven years they'll reinvent warfare." - Stephen King, The Stand

"There comes a time when you look into the mirror and you realize that what you see is all that you will ever be. And then you accept it. Or you kill yourself. Or you stop looking in mirrors.-- Tennessee Williams

A lie told often enough becomes the truth. -Lenin

 "Most plain girls are virtuous because of the scarcity of opportunity to be otherwise." - Maya Angelou, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

"Religion is the opiate of the masses." Karl Marx , Comunist Manifesto

"Become illiterate, save a tree" - Darryl Henriques, 50 Simple Things You Can Do to Pave the Earth

"The world is full of people running" -Elizabeth Swados, Runaways

Anyone who cannot cope with mathematics is not fully human. At best he is a tolerable subhuman who has learned to wear shoes, bathe and not make messes in the house. -- Robert Heinlein, Time Enough For Love

Why do we trust one another so little? I know there must be a reason, but still I sometimes think it's horrible that you find you can never really confide in people, even in those who are nearest to you.-- Anne Frank

"Because in spite of everything I still believe that people are really good at heart." -Anne Frank

"Love is only a dirty trick played on us to achieve continuation of the species." -W. Somerset Maugham, A Writer's Notebook

"The knack of flying is learning how to throw yourself at the ground and miss." - The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy

 "All that we are is the result of what we have thought. The mind is everything. What we think, we become." -Buddha

Happiness in intelligent people is the rarest thing I know. -Ernest Hemmingway

"As flies to wanton boys, are we to the gods; they kill us for their sport." Shakespeare- King Lear

"At eighteen our convictions are hills from which we look; at forty-five they are caves in which we hide." F. Scott Fitzgerald

"Let us learn to show our friendship for a man when he is alive and not after he is dead," he suggested. "After that my own rule is to let everything alone." F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby

"Life is anything that dies when you stomp on it." Dave Barry

"The modern definition of "racist" is "someone who is winning an argument with a liberal." -Peter Brimelow

"Mothers are all slightly insane" - J. D. Salinger, Catcher in the Rye

"Generally, by the time you are Real, most of your hair has been loved off, and your eyes drop out and you get loose in the joints and very shabby. But these things don't matter at all, because once you are Real you can't be ugly, except to people who don't understand." - Margery Williams, The Velveteen Rabbit

"Greater indeed than the creation of humankind is the creation of the heavens and the earth. Yet, most of humanity does not understand." Qur'an 40:57

"...and so, from little sleep and much reading, his brain shrivelled up and he lost his wits." -Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra

"Remember that to change your mind and follow him who sets you right is to be none the less free than you were before." -Meditations, Marcus Aurelius

"Smoking crack is a way for people who couldn't afford college to study the works of Charles Darwin." P.J. ORourke

"No explanation, no mix of words or music or memories can touch that sense of knowing that you were there and alive in that corner of time and the world. Whatever it meant."- Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas

"With a bit of luck, his life was ruined forever. Always thinking that just behind some narrow door in all of his favorite bars, men in red woolen shirts are getting incredible kicks from things he'll never know." -Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas

"But our trip was different. It was to be a classic affirmation of everything right and true in the national character. A gross physical salute to the fantastic possibilities of life in this country. But only for those with true grit." Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas

"What was I doing here? What was the meaning of this trip? Was I just roaming around in a drug frenzy of some kind? Or had I really come out here to Las Vegas to work on a story? Who are these people, these faces? Where do they come from? They look like caricatures of used car dealers from Dallas, and sweet Jesus, there were a hell of a lot of them at 4:30 on a Sunday morning, still humping the American dream, that vision of the big winner somehow emerging from the last minute pre-dawn chaos of a stale Vegas casino." Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas

"In dreams the links of life are united: we forget that our friends are dead; we know them as of old." Thoreau,  Journal