lyrics and quotations.

I hope I never ridicule what is wise and good. Follies and nonsense, whims and inconsistencies, do divert me, I own, and I laugh at them whenever I can.
 -- Elizabeth Bennett, from Pride and Prejudice

Associate with the noblest people you can find; read the best books; live with the mighty, but learn to be happy alone. Rely upon your own energies, and so not wait for, or depend on other people.
 -- Thomas Davidson

Who gives them the right to decide who can and cannot get married? This is America...right? The land of the free? ... Why not call it the land of the 'ehhh we'll see'?
 -- from a comment on

Don't apologize. I love it when you're human.
 -- Phil Dunphy, from Modern Family

I will accept any rules that you feel necessary to your freedom. I am free, no matter what rules surround me. If I find them tolerable, I tolerate them; if I find them too obnoxious, I break them. I am free because I know that I alone am morally responsible for everything I do.
 --Robert A. Heinlein, from The Moon is a Harsh Mistress

And I think when you grow up surrounded
By willful ignorance
You have to believe that mercy has its own country
And that it's round and borderless
And then you just grow wings
And rise above it all
 -- Ani DiFranco, from "Animal"

Hate is baggage. Life's too short to be pissed off all the time. It's just not worth it.
 -- Danny Vinyard, from American History X

People are always blaming their circumstances for what they are. I don't believe in circumstances. The people who get on in this world are the people who get up and look for the circumstances they want, and, if they can't find them, make them.
 -- George Bernard Shaw

What is success? 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 even one life has breathed easier because you have lived; This is to have succeeded.
 -- Ralph Waldo Emerson

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