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Georg Christoph LichtenbergIf you are going to build something in the air it is always better to build castles than houses of cards.

—  Georg Christoph Lichtenberg, 1742-1799, German author of maxims

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Julia ChildFind something you're passionate about and keep tremendously interested in it

—  Julia Child, 1912-2004, American chef, author & TV personality.

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NapoleonIt is the cause, not the death, that makes the martyr.

—  Napoleon, 1769-1821, French Emperor

George Bernard ShawIf there was nothing wrong in the world, there wouldn't be anything for us to do.

—  George Bernard Shaw, 1856-1950, Irish writer, Nobel 1925

Mahatma GandhiThere are many causes I would die for. There is not a single cause I would kill for.

—  Mahatma Gandhi, 1869-1948, Indian leader of independence

Mahatma GandhiTruth never damages a cause that is just.

—  Mahatma Gandhi, 1869-1948, Indian leader of independence

H.L. MenckenThe urge to save humanity is almost always only a false-face for the urge to rule it.

—  H.L. Mencken, 1880-1956, American columnist & cultural critic

Wolfgang GoetheI love those who yearn for the impossible.

—  Wolfgang Goethe, 1749-1832, German poet & philosopher

H.L. MenckenTo die for an idea; it is unquestionably noble. But how much nobler it would be if men died for ideas that were true!

—  H.L. Mencken, 1880-1956, American columnist & cultural critic

Eric HofferIn every passionate pursuit, the pursuit counts more than the object pursued.

—  Eric Hoffer, 1902-1983, American writer & philosopher

Lord ByronThey never fail who die in a great cause.

—  Lord Byron, 1788-1824, British poet

Albert CamusThe struggle itself toward the heights is enough to fill a man's heart. One must imagine Sisyphus happy.

—  Albert Camus, 1913-1960, French writer, Nobel 1957

G. K. ChestertonThere are no rules of architecture for a castle in the clouds.

—  G. K. Chesterton, 1874-1936, English writer & critic

Will DurantTo give life a meaning, one must have a purpose larger than self.

—  Will Durant, 1885-1981, American historian & philosopher

Martin Luther KingAlmost always, the creative dedicated minority has made the world better.

—  Martin Luther King, 1929-1968, American leader in the Civil Rights Movement

Martin Luther KingIf a man has not discovered something that he will die for, he isn't fit to live.

—  Martin Luther King, 1929-1968, American leader in the Civil Rights Movement

Martin Luther KingNo one really knows why they are alive until they know what they'd die for.

—  Martin Luther King, 1929-1968, American leader in the Civil Rights Movement

Fyodor DostoyevskyEverybody wants to change the world, but nobody thinks about changing himself.

—  Fyodor Dostoyevsky, 1821-1881, Russian writer

Karl KrausLife is an effort that deserves a better cause.

—  Karl Kraus, 1874-1936, Austrian writer

NapoleonDestiny urges me to a goal of which I am ignorant. Until that goal is attained I am invulnerable, unassailable. When Destiny has accomplished her purpose in me, a fly may suffice to destroy me.

—  Napoleon, 1769-1821, French Emperor


Latin Quotes

Wolfgang GoetheLiving by the power of truth I conquered the universe.

Vi Veri Veniversum Vivus Vici.

—  Wolfgang Goethe, 1749-1832, German poet & philosopher


Movie Quotes

Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939)Dad always used to say the only causes worth fighting for were the lost causes.

—  from the film Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939)

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