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You know what the greatest tragedy is in the whole world? … It’s all the people who never find out what it is they really want to do or what it is they’re really good at. It’s all the sons who become blacksmiths because their fathers were blacksmiths. It’s all the people who could be really fantastic flute players who grow old and die without ever seeing a musical instrument, so they become bad plowmen instead. It’s all the people with talents who never even find out. Maybe they are never even born in a time when it’s even possible to find out. It’s all the people who never get to know what it is that they can really be. It’s all the wasted chances.

Terry Pratchett (1948-2015) English author
Moving Pictures (1990)
 
Added on 15-Dec-20 | Last updated 15-Dec-20
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The fashion wears out more apparel than the man.

William Shakespeare (1564-1616) English dramatist and poet
Much Ado About Nothing, Act 3, sc. 3, l. 139ff [Conrade] (1598)
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Added on 19-Apr-17 | Last updated 29-Jun-22
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I am afraid. Not of life, or death, or nothingness, but of wasting it as if I had never been.

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Daniel F. Keyes (1927-2014) American author
Flowers for Algernon (novel) (1966)
 
Added on 26-Oct-15 | Last updated 26-Oct-15
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Just as the commandment “Thou shalt not kill” sets a clear limit in order to safeguard the value of human life, today we also have to say “thou shalt not” to an economy of exclusion and inequality. Such an economy kills. How can it be that it is not a news item when an elderly homeless person dies of exposure, but it is news when the stock market loses two points? This is a case of exclusion. Can we continue to stand by when food is thrown away while people are starving? This is a case of inequality. Today everything comes under the laws of competition and the survival of the fittest, where the powerful feed upon the powerless. As a consequence, masses of people find themselves excluded and marginalized: without work, without possibilities, without any means of escape.

Francis I (b. 1936) Argentinian Catholic Pope (2013- ) [b. Jorge Mario Bergoglio]
Evangelii Gaudium, sec. 53 (24 Nov 2013)
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Added on 6-Aug-14 | Last updated 6-Aug-14
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It is a mortifying reflection for any man to consider what he has done with what he might have done.

Samuel Johnson (1709-1784) English writer, lexicographer, critic
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Quoted by Rev. Dr. Maxwell (1770), in James Boswell, The Life of Samuel Johnson (1791).
 
Added on 31-Dec-13 | Last updated 1-Jan-14
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Some things that provoke yong men to wed in haste,
Show after wedding that haste maketh waste.

John Heywood (1497?-1580?) English playwright and epigrammist
Proverbes, Part 2, ch. 2 (1546)
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Added on 24-Nov-10 | Last updated 13-Jul-20
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Lending to a spendthrift is like pelting a trespassing dog with meat dumplings.

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Chinese proverb
 
Added on 1-Feb-04 | Last updated 11-Feb-20
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