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Happiness is that state of consciousness which proceeds from the achievement of one's values. Ayn Rand, writer
  • happiness

Never do anything against conscience even if the state demands it. Albert Einstein, physicist
  • conscience

Paradise is not a place, it's a state of mind. Frank Sonnenberg, writer
  • mind

If we ever forget that we're one nation under God, then we will be one nation gone under. Ronald Reagan, president
  • inspirational

Criticism may not be agreeable, but it is necessary. It fulfils the same function as pain in the human body. It calls attention to an unhealthy state of things. Winston Churchill, statesman
  • agreeable

Without health life is not life; it is only a state of langour and suffering - an image of death. Buddha, leader
  • death

I'm completely in favor of the separation of Church and State. My idea is that these two institutions screw us up enough on their own, so both of them together is certain death. George Carlin, comedian
  • certain

Hawaii is not a state of mind, but a state of grace. Paul Theroux, novelist
  • grace

People drain me, even the closest of friends, and I find loneliness to be the best state in the union to live in. Margaret Cho, comedian
  • best

If a nation expects to be ignorant and free, in a state of civilization, it expects what never was and never will be. Thomas Jefferson, president
  • civilization

Christmas, children, is not a date. It is a state of mind. Mary Ellen Chase, educator
  • christmas

Christmas is not a time nor a season, but a state of mind. To cherish peace and goodwill, to be plenteous in mercy, is to have the real spirit of Christmas. Calvin Coolidge, president
  • christmas

The great strength of the totalitarian state is that it forces those who fear it to imitate it. Adolf Hitler, criminal
  • fear

How can you prove whether at this moment we are sleeping, and all our thoughts are a dream; or whether we are awake, and talking to one another in the waking state? Plato, philosopher
  • another

Faith is a state of openness or trust. Alan Watts, philosopher
  • faith

The primary distinction of the artist is that he must actively cultivate that state which most men, necessarily, must avoid; the state of being alone. James Baldwin, educator
  • actively

A book, like a landscape, is a state of consciousness varying with readers. Ernest Dimnet, clergyman
  • book

I cannot allow state government to continue to be consumed by this game of political 'gotcha.' Ernie Fletcher, politician
  • allow

Failure is authentic, and because it's authentic, it's real and genuine, and because of that, it's a pure state of being. Doug Coupland, author
  • authentic

Government health care changes the relationship between the citizen and the state, and, in fact, I think it's an assault on citizenship. Mark Steyn, writer
  • assault

The reason there are two senators for each state is so that one can be the designated driver. Jay Leno, comedian
  • funny

Everything has its wonders, even darkness and silence, and I learn, whatever state I may be in, therein to be content. Helen Keller, author
  • happiness

Propaganda is to a democracy what the bludgeon is to a totalitarian state. Noam Chomsky, activist
  • bludgeon

While the State exists there can be no freedom; when there is freedom there will be no State. Lenin (Vladimir Ulyanov),
  • State

Adversity is the state in which man most easily becomes acquainted with himself, being especially free of admirers then. John Wooden, coach
  • acquainted

It is better that some should be unhappy rather than that none should be happy, which would be the case in a general state of equality. Samuel Johnson, author
  • equality

I used to go away for weeks in a state of confusion. Albert Einstein, physicist
  • confusion

I pretty much try to stay in a constant state of confusion just because of the expression it leaves on my face. Johnny Depp, actor
  • confusion

The State must follow, and not lead, the character and progress of the citizen. Ralph Waldo Emerson, poet
  • State

The State is to make what is useful. The individual is to make what is beautiful. Oscar Wilde, dramatist
  • State

Send forth the child and childish man together, and blush for the pride that libels our own old happy state, and gives its title to an ugly and distorted image. Charles Dickens, novelist
  • blush

The man who prefers his country before any other duty shows the same spirit as the man who surrenders every right to the state. They both deny that right is superior to authority. Lord Acton, historian
  • authority

Artists are the monks of the bourgeois state. Cesare Pavese, poet
  • artists

A state is not a state if it belongs to one man. Sophocles, poet
  • state

Things of this world are in so constant a flux, that nothing remains long in the same state. John Locke, philosopher
  • constant

I believe the greatest asset a head of state can have is the ability to get a good night's sleep. Harold Wilson, statesman
  • ability

Research has been called good business, a necessity, a gamble, a game. It is none of these - it's a state of mind. Martin H. Fischer,
  • business

War is an ugly thing, but not the ugliest of things. The decayed and degraded state of moral and patriotic feeling which thinks that nothing is worth war is much worse. John Stuart Mill, philosopher
  • war

The purpose of separation of church and state is to keep forever from these shores the ceaseless strife that has soaked the soil of Europe with blood for centuries. James Madison, president
  • blood

Society in every state is a blessing, but government, even in its best stage, is but a necessary evil; in its worst state an intolerable one. Thomas Paine, writer
  • best

A good stance and posture reflect a proper state of mind. Morihei Ueshiba, athlete
  • mind

The rulers of the state are the only persons who ought to have the privilege of lying, either at home or abroad; they may be allowed to lie for the good of the state. Plato, philosopher
  • abroad

In our natural state, we are glorious beings. In the world of illusion, we are lost and imprisoned, slaves to our appetites and our will to false power. Marianne Williamson, author
  • appetites

The number, the industry, and the morality of the priesthood, and the devotion of the people have been manifestly increased by the total separation of the church from the state. James Madison, president
  • church

If allowed to run free of the social system, capitalism will attempt to corrupt and undermine democracy, which is after all not a natural state. John Ralston Saul, author
  • allowed

It's our job as economic developers in the state to make sure any prospect receives all available incentives. Larry Williams, musician
  • available

I never thought I'd live to see the day that an American administration would denounce the state of Israel for rebuilding Jerusalem. Mike Pence, politician
  • administration

A human being is a being who is constantly 'under construction,' but also, in a parallel fashion, always in a state of constant destruction. Jose Saramago, writer
  • being

Nothing does more hurt in a state than that cunning men pass for wise. Francis Bacon, philosopher
  • cunning

Adversity has ever been considered the state in which a man most easily becomes acquainted with himself. Samuel Johnson, author
  • acquainted

More than 150 heads of state attended the UN Summit, giving New Yorkers a chance to get in touch with prejudices they didn't even know they had. Jon Stewart, entertainer
  • attended

The good life is a process, not a state of being. It is a direction not a destination. Carl Rogers, psychologist
  • being

In the relationship between man and religion, the state is firmly committed to a position of neutrality. Tom C. Clark, politician
  • between

Reduced to its lowest terms, the great struggle which now rocks the whole earth more and more takes on the character of a struggle of the individual versus the state. J. Reuben Clark, clergyman
  • character

A man is truly free, even here in this embodied state, if he knows that God is the true agent and he by himself is powerless to do anything. Ramakrishna, leader
  • agent

I have found adventure in flying, in world travel, in business, and even close at hand... Adventure is a state of mind - and spirit. Jacqueline Cochran, aviator
  • adventure

If nationality is consent, the state is compulsion. Henri Frederic Amiel, philosopher
  • State

The State is the altar of political freedom and, like the religious altar, it is maintained for the purpose of human sacrifice. Emma Goldman, activist
  • State

The obligation of subjects to the sovereign is understood to last as long, and no longer, than the power lasteth by which he is able to protect them. Thomas Hobbes, philosopher
  • State

In a free society the state does not administer the affairs of men. It administers justice among men who conduct their own affairs. Walter Lippmann, journalist
  • State

Oh, I realize it's a penny here and a penny there, but look at me: I've worked myself up from nothing to a state of extreme poverty. Arthur Sheekman, critic
  • extreme

Inferiors revolt in order that they may be equal, and equals that they may be superior. Such is the state of mind which creates revolutions. Aristotle, philosopher
  • creates

The tormenting dilemma of the Middle East is this: either we have one people too many, or one state too few. Afif Safieh, diplomat
  • dilemma

Birds are a miracle because they prove to us there is a finer, simpler state of being which we may strive to attain. Doug Coupland, author
  • attain

Our policy is very simple. The Jewish state was set up to defend Jewish lives, and we always reserve the right to defend ourselves. Benjamin Netanyahu, leader
  • defend

There are moments when you feel that the desire to work is fading, and the only way to bring it back is to get away from it, to put yourself in a state of frustration so you feel the need again. Emmanuelle Beart, actress
  • again

I kind of entered a flow state. I've been there before while climbing. You are not thinking ahead. You are just thinking about what is in front of you each second. Aron Ralston, celebrity
  • ahead

Anyone who attempts to generate random numbers by deterministic means is, of course, living in a state of sin. John Von Neumann, mathematician
  • science

Russia needs a strong state power and must have it. But I am not calling for totalitarianism. Vladimir Putin, statesman
  • calling

Leave the matter of religion to the family altar, the church, and the private school, supported entirely by private contributions. Keep the church and state forever separate. Ulysses S. Grant, president
  • altar

The State of the Union may look rosy from the White House balcony or the suites of George Bush's wealthiest donors. But hardworking Americans will see through this president's efforts to wrap his radical agenda with a compassionate ribbon. Howard Dean, politician
  • agenda

Justice in the life and conduct of the State is possible only as first it resides in the hearts and souls of the citizens. Plato, philosopher
  • legal

We have a long tradition in this state of caring for our neighbors - it is truly an Iowa value. Thomas Vilsack, politician
  • caring

For centuries we have been living in the society where not laws but people ruled, where there was no legal state. Nursultan Nazarbayev, politician
  • centuries

We cannot build foundations of a state without rule of law. Mahmoud Abbas, statesman
  • build

It simply cannot be disputed that for decades the Palestinian leadership was more interested in there not being a Jewish state than in there being a Palestinian state. Alan Dershowitz, lawyer
  • being

Grief is a process, not a state. Anne Grant, poet
  • grief

For two decades the state has been taking liberties, and these liberties were once ours. E. P. Thompson, historian
  • decades

The value of government to the people it serves is in direct relationship to the interest citizens themselves display in the affairs of state. William Scranton, politician
  • affairs

Those who would renegotiate the boundaries between church and state must therefore answer a difficult question: why would we trade a system that has served us so well for one that has served others so poorly? Sandra Day O'Connor, judge
  • church

The state is nothing but an instrument of opression of one class by another - no less so in a democratic republic than in a monarchy. Friedrich Engels, philosopher
  • another

Becoming a resident of a state may confer the right to get a driver's license, but it does not and should not confer citizenship. Phyllis Schlafly, lawyer
  • becoming

America has never seen itself as a national state like all others, but rather as an experiment in human freedom and democracy. Brent Scowcroft, public servant
  • america

I think I'm constantly in a state of adjustment. Patti Smith, musician
  • adjustment

First, then, State Socialism, which may be described as the doctrine that all the affairs of men should be managed by the government, regardless of individual choice. Benjamin Tucker, activist
  • affairs

A declaration of the independence of America, and the sovereignty of the United STates was drawn by the ingenious and philosophic pen of Thomas Jefferson, Esquire, a delegate from the state of Virginia. Mercy Otis Warren, playwright
  • america

In the twentieth century one of the most personal relationships to have developed is that of the person and the state. It's become a fact of life that governments have become very intimate with people, most always to their detriment. E. L. Doctorow, author
  • State

The State has but one face for me: that of the police. To my eyes, all of the State's ministries have this single face, and I cannot imagine the ministry of culture other than as the police of culture, with its prefect and commissioners. Jean Dubuffet, artist
  • State

As high as mind stands above nature, so high does the state stand above physical life. Man must therefore venerate the state as a secular deity. The march of God in the world, that is what the State is. G. W. F. Hegel,
  • State

I don't believe there is a separation of church and state. I think the Constitution is very clear. The only separation is that there will not be a government church. Tom DeLay, politician
  • believe

Marriage is the highest state of friendship. If happy, it lessens our cares by dividing them, at the same time that it doubles our pleasures by mutual participation. Samuel Richardson, novelist
  • marriage

It is often said that Poland is a country where there is anti-semitism and no Jews, which is pathology in its purest state. Bronislaw Geremek, historian
  • anti-semitism

Cheerfulness, it would appear, is a matter which depends fully as much on the state of things within, as on the state of things without and around us. Charlotte Bronte, novelist
  • appear

Most honorable are services rendered to the State; even if they do not go beyond words, they are not to be despised. Sallust, historian
  • beyond

When cerebral processes enter into sports, you start screwing up. It's like the Constitution, which says separate church and state. You have to separate mind and body. Bill Lee, athlete
  • body

She is Cuba. If you want to love her, you have to be with her, but you can't be with her in her current state. It's the point of view of all exiles - you have to leave the thing you cherish most. Andy Garcia, actor
  • cherish

We are sinful not only because we have eaten of the Tree of Knowledge, but also because we have not yet eaten of the Tree of Life. The state in which we are is sinful, irrespective of guilt. Franz Kafka, novelist
  • eaten

The first duty of a state is to see that every child born therein shall be well housed, clothed, fed and educated till it attains years of discretion. John Ruskin, writer
  • attains

When I think of a merry, happy, free young girl - and look at the ailing, aching state a young wife generally is doomed to - which you can't deny is the penalty of marriage. Queen Victoria, royalty
  • aching

A State in the grip of neo-colonialism is not master of its own destiny. It is this factor which makes neo-colonialism such a serious threat to world peace. Kwame Nkrumah, statesman
  • destiny

The drama is complete poetry. The ode and the epic contain it only in germ; it contains both of them in a state of high development, and epitomizes both. Victor Hugo, author
  • complete

The pressure of special interests, the demands of special sections of the state, the needs of friends, all must be subordinated to the good of the people as a whole. Arthur Capper, politician
  • demands

The only way into truth is through one's own annihilation; through dwelling a long time in a state of extreme and total humiliation. Simone Weil, philosopher
  • annihilation

If we are to perpetuate the state, we must not only produce citizens, but good citizens - men and women of sound bodies, clear minds and clean souls. Arthur Capper, politician
  • bodies

Iranians are very proud and don't want to become a pariah state like North Korea. Edward Luck, author
  • become

Deep, unspeakable suffering may well be called a baptism, a regeneration, the initiation into a new state. Ira Gershwin, musician
  • baptism

I would say you feel a lot more pressure at a national tournament than a state tournament. This is more of a fun weekend out with the guys. The national tournament is more business. Mike Peters, cartoonist
  • business

I don't want a lot of bureaucracy... I want to run state government the same way we run a campaign - efficient, effective and victorious. Charlie Crist, politician
  • bureaucracy

I do identify with St. Patrick, not just in name. He drove the snakes out of Ireland. I intend to drive the snakes out of the State House. Deval Patrick,
  • drive

Not since the Depression has the state been this dry, have our rivers been this low, our water table this low, and our reservoirs this low. Parris Glendening,
  • depression

We get a lot of people from out of state who come down and it's not what they expect Florida to be, the horse farms and oak trees instead of the sand and the ocean. David Jones,
  • come

I've always been supportive of the right of Israel as a state, and I've always fought against anti-Semitism, even in my own community. Harry Belafonte, musician
  • against

We see an extensive program of dismantling state institutions... These are ingredients for catastrophe. Iyad Allawi, statesman
  • catastrophe

With nearly 20 days until Iraq emerges as a free sovereign state for the first time in more than three decades, terrorists have increasingly targeted our country's infrastructure. Iyad Allawi, statesman
  • country

At the state level, we must take a careful look at what went wrong and make sure it never happens again. The buck stops here, and as your governor, I take full responsibility. Kathleen Blanco, politician
  • again

Senator Martinez is not driven by polls; he is driven by the needs of the state of Florida and its 17 million constituents. Mel Martinez, politician
  • constituents

The inconveniences we faced within this state are minor compared to... New Orleans. Richard Burr, politician
  • compared

When police or prosecutors conceal significant exculpatory or impeaching material, we hold, it is ordinarily incumbent on the state to set the record straight. Ruth Bader Ginsburg, judge
  • conceal

A lot of industry groups have said they support a federal law. They don't want to have to deal with 50 different state laws. William Jackson,
  • deal

I would never abdicate, nor would I expect any other governor to abdicate, the responsibility to protect the people of my state. Joe Manchin, politician
  • abdicate

The state is out of control, the state is on a spending binge, the state has to stop putting itself in a hole that's getting deeper and deeper and deeper. Peter Ueberroth, businessman
  • binge

Don't forget we are in a state of war and no peace. But it's very dynamic and challenging compared to the rest of the Arab world. Walid Jumblatt, politician
  • arab

The keystone of the Fascist doctrine is its conception of the State, of its essence, its functions, and its aims. For Fascism the State is absolute, individuals and groups relative. Benito Mussolini, politician
  • absolute

Little else is requisite to carry a state to the highest degree of opulence from the lowest barbarism but peace, easy taxes, and a tolerable administration of justice: all the rest being brought about by the natural course of things. Adam Smith, economist
  • administration

Lenin was the first to discover that capitalism 'inevitably' caused war; and he discovered this only when the First World War was already being fought. Of course he was right. Since every great state was capitalist in 1914. A. J. P. Taylor, historian
  • already

We worked so hard, spent so much time in weight room and in camps to be where we are today. We wanted to come out and be as good as any team in the state, to prove we could hang with any team at any time. Anthony Davis, composer
  • camps

Most of the State of the Union will not be about Iraq. Most of the State of the Union will be about improving America's economy and providing greater access to health care for millions of American people, including senior citizens. Ari Fleischer, public servant
  • access

Why would Senator Allen want to oppose saving money for the state? It's simply another example of Republicans fighting the governor tooth and nail against any measure where she might be able to turn the state's budget around. Bart Stupak, politician
  • able

I must confess that, at that time, I had absolutely no knowledge of the slowness of the relaxation processes in the ground state, processes which take place in collisions with the wall or with the molecules of a foreign gas. Alfred Kastler,
  • absolutely

Excellence, then, is a state concerned with choice, lying in a mean, relative to us, this being determined by reason and in the way in which the man of practical wisdom would determine it. Aristotle, philosopher
  • being

As Cuvier could correctly describe a whole animal by the contemplation of a single bone, so the observer who has thoroughly understood one link in a series of incidents should be able to accurately state all the other ones, both before and after. Arthur Conan Doyle, writer
  • able

The earth is ready, the time is ripe, for the authoritative expression of the feminine as well as the masculine interpretation of that common social consensus which is slowly writing justice in the State and fraternity in the social order. Anna Garlin Spencer,
  • authoritative

We need an energy revolution by breaking our dependence on fossil fuels, polluting fuels... I am very, very confident our small state will lead this. We will be noticed by the country and the world. Bernie Sanders, politician
  • breaking

We have supported state terrorism against the Palestinians and black South Africans, and now we are indignant because the stuff we have done overseas is now brought right back to our own front yards. America's chickens are coming home to roost. Jeremiah Wright, clergyman
  • against

A changing environment will affect Alaska more than any other state, because of our location. I'm not one though who would attribute it to being man-made. Sarah Palin, politician
  • affect

The key players are now all in place in Washington and in state governments across America to officially label carbon dioxide as a pollutant and enact laws that tax us citizens for our carbon footprints. John Coleman, businessman
  • america

As long as Florida remains a swing state, Cuban exiles in Florida will remain a very powerful voting bloc. Joshua A. Tucker, educator
  • bloc

Let me state what the official IPCC prediction is: Sea levels could go up as much as three-quarters of a meter in this century, but there is a reasonable probability it could be much higher than that. Steven Chu, scientist
  • century

If you believe that health care is a public good to be guaranteed by the state, then a single-payer system is the next best alternative. Unfortunately, it is fiscally unsustainable without rationing. Charles Krauthammer, journalist
  • alternative

Our top story tonight: Famous TV dolphin flipper was arrested today on prostitution ring charges. He allegedly was seen transporting two 16 year olds across state line for immoral porpoises. Colin Mochrie, actor
  • allegedly

When oil and gas prices went up dramatically and filled up the state treasury, I sent a large share of that revenue back where it belonged - directly to the people of Alaska. Sarah Palin, politician
  • alaska

Today is the day for the complaining to end and for statesmanship to begin. Today I am taking action to cut state spending and balance the budget this year. Chris Christie, politician
  • action

We have a plan that creates universal access programs at the state level which allows folks to access insurance if they're denied by their insurer. Eric Cantor, politician
  • access

The health care reform legislation passed by the U.S. House of Representatives last night clearly violates the U.S. Constitution and infringes on each state's sovereignty. Bill McCollum, politician
  • care

What the Idaho Health Freedom Act says is that the citizens of our state won't be subject to another federal mandate or turn over another part of their life to government control. Butch Otter, politician
  • act

We have to be realistic about what the state can afford, and put an end to abuses of the system that cost millions. Jerry Brown, politician
  • afford

Several unions have agreed to larger employee contributions for their members. Taxpayers are living with cuts and making sacrifices to deal with the reality of California's budget crisis, state workers are going to have to do the same. Jerry Brown, politician
  • agreed

The entitlement state has driven us into insolvency. Joe Miller, politician
  • driven

And the people who live in the southern part of my state do not have a secure environment. To wit, there are signs that the government put up that say, 'Warning. You are in a drug smuggling area and a human smuggling area.' John McCain, politician
  • area

You know, I think, people of all stripes in California, Republicans, Democrats, conservatives, liberals, frankly, as I have traveled the state, the number one issue is jobs. And they are looking for which candidate can get the economy back on track. Meg Whitman, businesswoman
  • california


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