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    So why do they have such a short working week and more national holidays than most EU countries?

    I include GB at the current juncture.

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    We can endure any truth, however destructive, provided it replace everything, provided it affords as much vitality as the hope for which is substitutes.

    It sounds even better in original:

    On peut supporter n'importe quelle vérité, si destructrice soit-elle, à condition qu'elle tienne lieu de tout, qu'elle compte autant de vitalité que l'espoir auquel elle s'est substituée.

    E.M. Cioran, De l'inconvénient d'être né

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    Hello everybody,
    I want to share with you the first paragraph of one of my favourite novels, The Egyptian by Mika Waltari.
    "I, SINUHE, the son of Senmut and of his wife Kipa, write this. I donot write it to the glory of the gods in the land of Kem, for I am weary of gods, nor to the glory of the Pharaohs, for I am weary of their deeds. I write neither from fear nor from any hope of the future but for myself alone. During my life I have seen, known, and lost too much to be theprey of vain dread; and, as for the hope of immortality, I am as weary of that as I am of gods and kings. For my own sake only I write this; andherein I differ from all other writers, past and to come."

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    "Impossible is a word to be found only in the dictionary of fools." Bonaparte

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    Never let success get to your head. Never let failure get to your heart.

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    "The Soul selects her own Society - then - Shuts the door to her divine majority" - Emily Dickinson

    It had me write this song : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v1v7...&feature=share

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    "Good teaching is 1/4 preparation and 3/4 theatre." Gail Godwin

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    Favorite quote in what category? I'm rather fond of (this is regarding directing Theatre) "90% of directing, is correcting the mistakes you made in casting." Pablo Neruda from THE CAPTAIN'S VERSES Letter on the Road: ...' and in the midst of life I shall be
    always
    beside the friend, facing the enemy,
    with your name on my mouth
    and a kiss that never
    broke away from yours. ' ...
    And KING LEAR has several:
    ...' As flies to wanton boys are we to th' gods,
    They kill us for their sport.' ...

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    “Don't judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds that you plant.” Robert Louis Stevenson

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    "I am not crying," said Miss Pross; "you are."
    - A Tale of Two Cities, Book II, Chapter XVIII. Nine Days.

    "I'm not crying. You are." is a popular internet meme, but nobody is crediting Dickens for this. It is possible someone thought of this apart from A Tale of Two Cities, but Dickens should still get the credit.

    Any other Internet memes from classics?

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    The villainy you teach me/ I will execute

    From Shylock in Shakespeare's Merchant of Venice. So many ways to read it, but I tend to go with the way you treat me is how I will treat you. It's helped me get through some fairly hideous stuff.

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