"I always tell the truth. Even when I lie."
— Al Pacino
American film and stage actor, born April 25, 2013

"No one I have ever heard of has ever died in the middle of writing a poem, just as birds never die in mid-flight."
— Ron Padgett
American poet, essayist, fiction writer, born June 17, 1942

"What we call chaos are patterns we haven't recognized. What we can’t understand we call nonsense. What we call random are just patterns we can’t decipher. What we can’t decipher we call gibberish."
— Chuck Pahlaniuk
American novelist, born February 21, 1962

"The real man smiles in trouble, gathers strength from distress, and grows brave by reflection."
— Thomas Paine
English-American activist, died June 8, 1809

"An army of principles can penetrate where an army of soldiers cannot."
— Thomas Paine
English-American activist, born February 9, 1737

"Give me liberty, or give me death."
— Thomas Paine
English-American political revolutionary, publishes Common Sense, January 10, 1776

"In the early ages of the world, according to the scripture chronology, there were no kings; the consequence of which was there were no wars; it is the pride of kings which throws mankind into confusion."
— Thomas Paine
English-American political revolutionary, publishes Common Sense, January 10, 1776

"Common sense will tell us, that the power which hath endeavored to subdue us, is of all others, the most improper to defend us."
— Thomas Paine
English-American political revolutionary, publishes Common Sense, January 10, 1776

"It is not in numbers, but in unity, that our great strength lies; yet our present numbers are sufficient to repel the force of all the world."
— Thomas Paine
English-American political revolutionary, publishes Common Sense, January 10, 1776

"Let us go forth with fear and courage and rage to save the world."
— Grace Paley
American poet, died August 22, 2007

"Waves, once they land on the beach, are not reversible."
— Grace Paley
American poet, born December 11, 1922

"I remember talking with a friend who has worked for many years at the catholic worker, a ministry to the poor in New York City. Daily she tries to respond to waves of human misery that are as ceaseless as surf in that community. Out of my deep not-knowing, I asked her how she could keep doing a work that never showed any results, work in which the problem keep getting worse instead of better. I will never forget her enigmatic answer. "The thing you don't understand, Parker, is that just because something is impossible doesn't mean you shouldn't do it.""
— Parker j. Palmer
American activist, born February 28, 1939
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