“The wisdom of the wise, and the experience of the ages may be preserved by quotation”

– Isaac D’Israeli

Non Fictional Characters

J.R.R Tolkein

I “All that is gold does not glitter, not all those who wander are lost; The old that is strong does not wither, deep roots are not reached by the frost”

II “Faithless is he that says farewell when the road darkens”

III “If more of us valued food and cheer above hoarded gold, it would be a much merrier world”

IV “It’s a job that’s never started that takes the longest to finish”

Albert Einstein

I “Stay away from negative people, they have a problem for every solution”

II “Not everything that counts can be counted and not everything that’s counted truly counts”

Friedrich Nietzsche

I “He who has a why to live can bear almost any how”

II “The man who seeks wit, has no wit”

III “Shared joy, not compassion, makes a friend”

IIV “I have often laughed at the weaklings who thought themselves good because they had no claws”

Viktor Frankl

“An abnormal reaction to an abnormal situation is normal behaviour”

George Orwell

I “Fascism is an extreme form of class rule paradoxically expressed through socialist ideology” (paraphrase)

II “People appreciate power at the level which they understand it”

Yuval Noah Harari

I “Monotheism explains order but is mystified by evil. Dualism expects mans evil but is puzzled by order”

II “Reality is composed by many threads”

Phil Knight

I “The single easiest way to find out how you feel about someone, say goodbye”

II “The cowards never strayed, the weak died along the way – that leaves us”

Abraham Lincoln

I “Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man’s character, give him power”

Ray Dalio

I “Listening to uninformed people is worse than having no answers at all”

II “Pain + Reflection = Progress”

III “The happiest people discover their own nature and match their life to it”

Christopher Hitchens

I “Nationalism is most prominent at its periphery”

II “What can be asserted without evidence can also be dismissed without evidence”

III “Human decency is not dervied from religion. It precedes it”

IV “The essence of the idependent mind lies not in what it thinks, but in how it thinks”

V “High moral character is not a precondition for great moral accomplishments” 

VI “You have to choose your future regrets”

VII “The finest fury is the most controlled’

VIII “Everybody does have a book in them, but in most cases that’s where it should stay”

IX “Cheap booze is a false economy”

X “He accused me of trying to assassinate his character and I had to remind him, no, i’m afraid your character committed suicide a long time ago”

XI “I most respect Jesus for being able to turn water into wine, I can only turn water into piss”

XII “He seems to be chewing far more than he bites off”

XIII “I hate not to write though I’m not sure I enjoy it. The real pleasure comes much later when you see it in print”

XIV “I think it’s positively immoral to teach morality by means of lies and threats”

XV “For me, to remember friendship is to recall those conversations that it seemed a sin to break off: the ones that made the sacrifice of the following day a trivial one.”

XVI “The four most over-rated things in life are champagne, lobster, anal sex, and picnics”

Sigmund Freud

“The future of evolution will continue, as long as you are afraid of death”

Winston Churchill

I “The best argument against democracy is a five minute conversation with the average voter”

II “A lie gets half way across the world before the truth has a chance to get its pants on”

III “History will be kind to me for I intend to write it”

IV “A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity, an optimist sees an opportunity in every difficulty”

V “Kites ride highest against the wind, not with it”

VI “However beautiful the strategy, you should occasionally look at the results”

VII “Democracy is the worst form of government, except for all the other ones”

VIII “You put two economists in a room, you get two opinions, unless one of them is Lord Keynes, in which case you get three opinions.”

VIV “The faintest ink is better than the best memory” Japanese Proverb

Ernest Hemingway

“There is nothing noble in being superior to your fellow man, true nobility is being superior to your former self”

Charles Dickens

“Noone is useless in this world who lightens the burden of another”

Warren Buffett

I “Someone is sitting in the shade today, because someone planted a tree a long time ago”

II “It takes 20 years to build a reputation and 5 minutes to ruin it”

III “Debt is like driving a car at 100 miles and hour down a hill with no seatbelt with a dagger taped to the middle of the steering wheel”

David Foster Wallace

I “Blind certainty – a close mindedness that amounts to an imprisonment so total that the prisoner doesn’t even know he’s locked up”

II “Everybody is identical in their secret unspoken belief that way deep down they are different from everyone else”

III “On surviving the day to day trenches of adult existence”

IV “The so-called ‘psychotically depressed’ person who tries to kill herself doesn’t do so out of quote ‘hopelessness’ or any abstract conviction that life’s assets and debits do not square. And surely not because death seems suddenly appealing. The person in whom Its invisible agony reaches a certain unendurable level will kill herself the same way a trapped person will eventually jump from the window of a burning high-rise. Make no mistake about people who leap from burning windows. Their terror of falling from a great height is still just as great as it would be for you or me standing speculatively at the same window just checking out the view; i.e. the fear of falling remains a constant. The variable here is the other terror, the fire’s flames: when the flames get close enough, falling to death becomes the slightly less terrible of two terrors. It’s not desiring the fall; it’s terror of the flames. And yet nobody down on the sidewalk, looking up and yelling ‘Don’t!’ and ‘Hang on!’, can understand the jump. Not really. You’d have to have personally been trapped and felt flames to really understand a terror way beyond falling.”

Joseph Stalin

I “It doesn’t matter who votes, it only matters who counts the votes”

II “One death is a tragedy, one million is a statistic”

Oscar Wilde

I “A cynical person is one who knows the price of everything but the value of nothing”

II “A map of the world that does not include Utopia is not worth glancing at”

III “Everything in the world is about sex, except sex. Sex is about power”

IV “To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people just exist”

Bernard Arnault

“Luxury goods are the only area in which it is possible to make luxury margins”

Thomas Sowell

I “It takes considerable knowledge just to realise the extent of your own ignorance

II “You will never understand bureaucracies until you understand that for bureaucrats procedure is everything and outcomes are nothing


I “Wise men speak because they have something to say, fools because they have to say something”

Jack Ma

“Never give up. Today is hard, tomorrow will be worse, but the day after tomorrow will be sunshine”

Will Durant

“Education has spread, but intelligence is perpetually retarted by the fertility of the simple”

Naval Ravikant

I “Money has a steep discount rate”

II “The mark of a charlatan is to explain simple things in a complicated way and the mark of a genius is to explain complicated things in a simple way”

III “Anger is a hot coal you hold in your hand waiting to throw it at somebody”

IV “Everyman has two lives and his second starts when he realises he has one”

V “Bankers raped society and the rest of us are suffering for it. They’ve taken huge risks where they privatised the gains and socialised the losses”

Blaise Pascal

“All of humanity’s problems stem from man’s inability to sit quietly in a room alone”

Carl Jung

“Until you make the unconscious conscious, it will direct your life and you will call it fate”

“The kernel of all jealousy is a lack of love”

“No tree, it is said, can grow to heaven unless its roots reach down to hell”

Roald Dahl

“Life is made up of a great number of small incidents and a small number of great ones”

Eduardo Galeano

“England and Holland are gold and slave contrabandists”

Tom Petty

“She was a part of my heart and now she’s just a line on my face”

Søren Kierkegaard

“Life can be understood backwards, but it must be lived forwards”


“We will see what today looks like tomorrow”

“Don’t eat spicy food the night before a big hike”

“Yesterday’s tomorrow doesn’t look like today”

“I’m not stoic enough to survive upraised”

“You are unique, just like everybody else”

“A man must be certain of some things, but uncertain about most”

“Never assume something that something which is obvious to you, is obvious to others”


I “Getting a few coins at any price” Siberian Man


II “She’s rasing your kids while she’s swallowing mine” J. Cole


III “On a long enough timeline the survival rate for everything drops to zero” Tyler Durdin


IV “The difference between 2% and 3% isn’t 1%, it’s 50%” Nasim Taleb


V “There’s a thin line between heaven and here” Bubbles


VI “Love does not consist in gazing at each other, but in looking outward together in the same direction” Antoine de Saint-Exupery”


VII “If the government were put in charge of the Sahara dessert, within in 5 years they would have a shortage of sand” Milton Friedman


IIX “Amorality is acting in interest, with no regard to good or evil” Unmodern


IX “If you’re twenty-two, physically fit, hungry to learn and be better, I urge you to travel – as far and as widely as possible. Sleep on floors if you have to. Find out how other people live and eat and cook. Learn from them – wherever you go.” Anthony Bourdain


X “These are my principles, and if you don’t like them… I have others” Gaucho Marx


XI ” The largest arm, the greatest charm, doing all the harm” Chael Sonnen


XII “One hopes the prose will give a sort of pleasure without you being able to tell why” Martin Amis

XII “If you think adventure is dangerous, try routine. It’s lethal” Paulo Cohello

XIV “Rockbottom is a solid foundation upon which to build your life” J.K Rowling

XV “Democracy is two wolves and a sheep voting on what to eat” Socrates

XVI “On travel, the invigorating embrace of risk, the engrossing immersion in the totally unkown, and the etnoxicating copmany of foreign woman” James Holman

Sherlock Holmes

“If you are going to do something amazing, you are certainly underqualified to do it” Watson

The Talented Mr Ripley

“This is what I like, sitting at a table and watching people go by. It does something to your outlook on life” Tomas Ripley


I “All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given to us”

II “All good stories deserve embellishment”

III “I will not say do not weep, for not all tears are an evil”

IV “He that breaks a thing to find out what it is has left the path of wisdom”

Bilbo Baggins

“All that is gold does not glitter, not all those who wander are lost”


“Deeds will not be less valiant because they are unpraised”

The Count of Monte Cristo

I “One does a bit of everything, a man must live” 

II “Vague plans, they are founded on sand which blows away in the first breeze” 


“The best way to bond with someone is’nt doing them a favour, it’s asking for one” Chuck Roades


“You can’t play god without being acquainted by the devil” Dr Robert Ford


“The best advice is worthless if you don’t take it” Icarus

Pride and Prejudice

I “It is my intention, if i may so bold, to remain close to you throughout the evening” Mr Collins

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