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Author unknown ( 21 )
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Random quotes

Counter-positions
All the religious wars that have caused blood to be shed for centuries arise from passionate feelings and facile counter-positions, such as Us and Them, good and bad, white and black.
Umberto Eco | war and peace

When one is so sad
You see, one loves the sunset when one is so sad.
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An insincere and evil friend
An insincere and evil friend is more to be feared than a wild beast; a wild beast may wound your body, but an evil friend will wound your mind.
Buddha | friendship

How to begin each day
Begin each day by telling yourself: Today I shall be meeting with interference, ingratitude, insolence, disloyalty, ill-will, and selfishness – all of them due to the offenders’ ignorance of what is good or evil.
Marcus Aurelius | inspirational

The meaning of beauty
Beauty?... To me it is a word without sense because I do not know where its meaning comes from nor where it leads to.
Pablo Picasso | beauty

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