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¿Que es la vida? Un frenesi.
¿Que es la vida? Una ilusion,
una sombra, una ficcion,
y el mayor bien es pequeno;
que toda la vida es sueno,
y los suenos, suenos son.

--Calderon de la Barca (La vida es sueno).

Perfection is reached, not when there is nothing else to add, but when there is nothing else to take out.
--Antoine de Saint-Exupery (The Little Prince).

Love does not consist in gazing at each other but in looking outward in the same direction.
--Antoine de Saint-Exupery (The Little Prince).

'Formerly all the world was insane' - say the subtlest of them, and blink thereby.
--Friedrich Nietzsche (Thus Spake Zarathustra).

But then to what end was this world formed? To drive us mad.
--Voltaire (Candide).

But we, people of today, we know all too well that dreaming is a serious mental disease.
--Eugene Zamiatin (We).

How primitive was the taste of the ancients, since their poets were always inspired by these senseless, formless, stupidly rushing accumulations of vapor.
--Eugene Zamiatin (We).

Maddest of all is to see life as it is and not as it should be.
--Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra (Don Quijote; El ingenioso hidalgo Don Quijote de la Mancha).

What is optimism? Alas! It is the mania of maintaining that all is well when we are miserable.
--Voltaire (Candide).

Quoth the Raven: 'Nevermore.'
--Edgar Allan Poe (The Raven).

Persons attempting to find a motive in this narrative will be prosecuted; persons attempting to find a moral in it will be banished; persons attempting to find a plot in it will be shot. By Order of the Author.
--Mark Twain (Tom Sawyer).

The year's at the spring
And day's at the morn;
Morning's at seven;
The hill-side's dew-pearled
The lark's on the wing;
The snail's on the thorn;
God's in his Heaven-
All's right with the world!

--Robert Browning (Pippa Passes).

The adjuration to be "normal" seems shockingly repellent to me; I see neither hope nor comfort in sinking to that low level. I think it is ignorance that makes people think of abnormality only with horror and allows them to remain undismayed at the proximity of "normal" to average and mediocre. For surely anyone who achieves anything is, essentially, abnormal.
--Dr. Karl Menninger (The Human Mind).

There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio, than are dreamt of in your philosophy.
--William Shakespeare (Hamlet).

Support means not letting your friends do stupid things.
--Sara Ryan (Empress of the world).

Carpe carpem. Sieze the crap!
--Sara Ryan (Empress of the world).

Don't waste your time with fear. Fear won't keep you safe from being hurt.
--Tiffanie DeBartolo (God-shaped hole).

[Artemis studied] their prisoner. Definitely a girl. Pretty too. In a pointy sort of way.
--Eoin Colfer (Artemis Fowl).

Don't worry, Foaly. I'm still running red hot. And I'll make up for my age with a really big gun.
--Eoin Colfer (Commander Root; Artemis Fowl).

We who think we are about to die will laugh at anything.
--Terry Pratchett (Night Watch).

When you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth. It is stupidity rather than courage to refuse to recognize danger when it is close upon you.
--Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (Sherlock Holmes).

All animals are equal— but some animals are more equal than others.
--George Orwell (Animal Farm).

I found one day in school a boy of medium size ill-treating a smaller boy. I expostulated, but he replied: 'The bigs hit me, so I hit the babies; that's fair.' In these words he epitomized the history of the human race.
--Bertrand Russell (Education and the Social Order).

One half of the world cannot understand the pleasures of the other.
--Jane Austen (Emma).

Certain old men prefer to rise at dawn, taking a cold bath and a long walk with an empty stomach and otherwise mortifying the flesh. They then point with pride to these practices as the cause of their sturdy health and ripe years; the truth being that they are hearty and old, not because of their habits, but in spite of them. The reason we find only robust persons doing this thing is that it has killed all the others who have tried it.
--Ambrose Bierce (The Devil's Dictionary).

Our chiefs said 'Done,' and I did not deem it;
Our seers said 'Peace,' and it was not peace;
Earth will grow worse till men redeem it,
And wars more evil, ere all wars cease.

--Gilbert Keith Chesterton (A Song of Defeat).

One can promise actions, but not feelings, for the latter are involuntary. He who promises to love forever or hate forever or be forever faithful to someone is promising something that is not in his power.
--Friedrich Nietzsche (Human, All Too Human).

We shall not cease from exploration
And the end of all our exploring
Will be to arrive where we started
And know the place for the first time.

--T. S. Eliot (The Four Quartets).

Jackie Biskupski is running for a seat in the Utah Legislature, and she's attracting a lot of attention because she's a lesbian. Her Republican opponent, Dan Alderson, is a staunch Mormon, and is running a negative ad campaign calling her lifestyle abnormal and deviant. His six wives agree.
--Rick Mercer (This Hour Has 22 Minutes).

Jealousy is a disease, love is a healthy condition. The immature mind often mistakes one for the other, or assumes that the greater the love, the greater the jealousy; in fact, they are almost incompatible; one emotion hardly leaves room for the other.
--Robert Heinlein (Stranger In A Strange Land).

Deep in the human unconscious is a pervasive need for a logical universe that makes sense. But the real universe is always one step beyond logic.
--Frank Herbert (Dune).

All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us.
--J. R. R. Tolkien (The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring).

Misunderstandings and neglect occasion more mischief in the world than even malice and wickedness. At all events, the two latter are of less frequent occurrence.
--Goethe (The Sorrows of Young Werther).

When there is no more room in Hell, the dead will walk the Earth.
--George Romero (Dawn of the Dead).

Education: That which discloses to the wise and disguises from the foolish their lack of understanding.
--Ambrose Bierce (The Devil's Dictionary).

Have you ever been in love? Horrible isn't it? It makes you so vulnerable. It opens your chest and it opens up your heart and it means that someone can get inside you and mess you up. You build up all these defenses, you build up a whole suit of armor, so that nothing can hurt you, then one stupid person, no different from any other stupid person, wanders into your stupid life...You give them a piece of you. They didn't ask for it. They did something dumb one day, like kiss you or smile at you, and then your life isn't your own anymore.
--Neil Gaiman (The Sandman).

After all these years, I see that I was mistaken about Eve in the beginning; it is better to live outside the Garden with her than inside it without her.
--Mark Twain (Adam; Adam's Diary).