Collected Quotations

"It is our choices that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities." ~ A. P. W. B. Dumbledore

"The Truth is a beautiful and terrible thing." ~ A. P. W. B. Dumbledore

"Yesterday is History, Tomorrow is a Mystery, but Today is a Gift. That's why it is called the Present." ~ Master Oogway

The Night is at its darkest just before the Dawn.

"The true mind can weather all the lies and illusions without being lost. The true heart can touch the poison of hatred without being harmed. Since beginning-less time, darkness thrives in the void, but always yields to purifying light." ~ From Avatar, The Last Airbender

"I'm telling you this because you don't get it. You think you get it, which is not the same as actually getting it. Get it?" ~ Kakashi Sensei

"Greatness inspires envy, envy engenders spite, spite spawns lies. You must know this, Dumbledore." ~ Lord Voldemort

"If you want to know what a man's like, take a good look at how he treats his inferiors, not his equals." ~ S. Black

"A ninja must see through deception." ~ Kakashi Sensei

"What a drag!" ~ Shikamaru

"Sorry I'm late, I'm afraid I got lost on the path of life." ~ Kakashi Sensei

"We are not permitted to choose the frame of our destiny. But what we put into it is ours." ~ Dag Hammarskjold

"This is not the end. It is not even the beginning of the end. But it is, perhaps, the end of the beginning." ~ Winston Churchill

"Sometimes, the only way to take down a to become an even bigger monster." ~ Random Naruto Fanfiction

"Sometimes, the best and cleanest way to deal with a problem is to simply remove it." Random Naruto Fanfiction

Time does not heal, it only suppresses...

Laugh... and the world laughs with you. Laugh hysterically, for no apparent reason, and they leave you alone.

"It is our hope that all the world’s oceans be joined in peace. So why do the winds and waves now rise up in angry rage?" ~ Emperor Meiji

Si vis pacem, para bellum

...For they have sown the wind, and they shall reap the whirlwind...

A genius isn’t the one who ran the fastest in the race, he’s the one who found the shortcut.

If ignorant both of your enemy and yourself, you are certain to be in peril.

The world works the way it does, not the way we would like it to. The rain falls on the just and unjust alike.

Do what you can. Learn from your mistakes. And understand there will always be limits.

The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.

"Nothing is too big to fail..." ~ L. Smith, Fall 2010

Life is good for only two things, discovering mathematics and teaching mathematics.

Rise and rise again, until lambs become lions.

In life, things don't always turn out the way you planned.
But sometimes that's just for the best.

It is possible to take bravery to the point where it becomes insanity.

"Me and my fluid have been separated. There will be a slight interruption..." ~ L. Smith, Winter 2011

"But again, truth be told, if you're looking for the guilty, you need only look into a mirror..." ~ V in V for Vendetta

"VoilĂ ! In view, a humble vaudevillian veteran, cast vicariously as both victim and villain by the vicissitudes of Fate. This visage, no mere veneer of vanity, is a vestige of the vox populi, now vacant, vanished. However, this valorous visitation of a by-gone vexation, stands vivified and has vowed to vanquish these venal and virulent vermin vanguarding vice and vouchsafing the violently vicious and voracious violation of volition... The only verdict is vengeance; a vendetta, held as a votive, not in vain, for the value and veracity of such shall one day vindicate the vigilant and the virtuous... Verily, this vichyssoise of verbiage veers most verbose, so let me simply add that it's my very good honor to meet you and you may call me V." ~ V in V for Vendetta

"Ladies & Gentlemen, Warrior Training Is Concluded..." ~ L. Smith, Fall 2011

"I'm stronger because of my hard times, wiser because of my mistakes, happier because of my sad experiences, and smarter because of my moments of confusion..." ~ Unknown

"Alone is what I have. Alone protects me." ~ Sherlock

"What do real people have, then, in their "real" lives?" ~ Sherlock

"Professor-like photographer by day, cut-throat, curb-stomping sharpshooter by night..." ~ N. Horvath

"People don't realize this, but loneliness is underrated." ~ Tom Hansen

"The chief cause of failure and unhappiness is trading what I want most for what I want now." ~ Zig Ziglar

"In a world of compromise, some don't." ~ Heckler & Koch

"The healthy human mind doesn't wake up in the morning thinking this is its last day on earth. But I think that's a luxury, not a curse. To know you're close to the end is a kind of freedom. Good time to take... inventory. Outgunned. Outnumbered. Out of our minds. On a suicide mission. But the sand and rocks here stained with thousands of years of warfare... they will remember us. For this. Because out of all our vast array of nightmares this is the one we choose for ourselves. We go forward like a breath exhaled from the earth. With vigor in our hearts and one goal in sight: We. Will. Kill him." ~ Captain Price

"Now what we considered going door to door with a bag of parts, and we would've loved to meet you, uh, we're software guys and actually kind of shy, so we decided to do with some code!" ~ Craig Federighi, speaking about Mac hardware upgrade at the Apple October 2013 Keynote

"In the long run, we are all dead." ~ John M. Keynes

"Given enough eyeballs, all bugs are shallow." ~ Linus's Law, Eric Raymond

"In fiction: we find the predictable boring. In real life: we find the unpredictable terrifying." ~ Mokokoma Mokhonoana

"A vigilante is just a man lost in the scramble for his own gratification. He can be destroyed, or locked up. But if you make yourself more than just a man, if you devote yourself to an ideal, and if they can't stop you, then you become something else entirely." ~ Ra's al Ghul, Batman Begins

"You can't connect the dots looking forward you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something: your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. Because believing that the dots will connect down the road will give you the confidence to follow your heart, even when it leads you off the well worn path." ~ Steve Jobs