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There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio,
Than are dreamt of in your philosophy.

—William Shakespeare, Hamlet

My God—life! Who can understand even one little bit of it?

—Kurt Vonnegut, Cat’s Cradle

Sometimes the magic works, sometimes it doesn’t.

—from the film Little Big Man

When ye be an anvil, lay ye very still;
When ye be a hammer, strike with all thy will.

—apparently Goethe, by way of John L. Lewis

A conclusion is the place where you got tired of thinking.

—Steven Wright

Are birds free from the chains of the skyway?

—Bob Dylan, Ballad in Plain D

One may say the eternal mystery of the world is its comprehensibility.

—Albert Einstein

Nothing so needs reforming as other people’s habits.

—Mark Twain

Censorship reflects a society’s lack of confidence in itself. It is a hallmark of an authoritarian regime.

—Justice Potter Stewart

Liberty lies in the hearts of men and women; when it dies there, no constitution, no law, no court can save it; no constitution, no law, no court can even do much to help it.

—Judge Learned Hand

If there is no struggle, there is no progress. Those who profess to favor freedom, and yet deprecate agitation, are men who want crops without plowing the ground.... Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did and never will.

—Frederick Douglass

Civil liberties victories never stay won, but must be fought for over and over again.

—Ira Glasser

One man can make a difference, and every man should try.

—John F. Kennedy

Be ashamed to die until you have won some victory for humanity.

—Horace Mann

Tiger got to hunt;
Bird got to fly;
Man got to sit and wonder, “Why, why, why?”
Tiger got to sleep;
Bird got to land;
Man got to tell himself he understand.

—Kurt Vonnegut, Cat’s Cradle