"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

"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

"I don't want to be a tree; I want to be its meaning."
— Orhan Pamuk
Turkish-American author, born June 7, 1952

"Those who can laugh without cause have either found the true meaning of happiness or have gone stark raving mad."
— Norm Papernick

"Whenever a song is born and wherever it is sung, it belongs to everyone. That, really, is the reason why music exists: so that it cannot be fenced in by frontiers."
— Yiannis Parios
Greek singer, born March 8, 1946

"I don’t care what is written about me so long as it isn’t true."
— Dorothy Parker
American poet, born August 22, 1893
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