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Published Tuesday, March 01, 2016 @ 3:39 PM EST
Mar 01 2016

In a world filled with hate, we must still dare to hope. In a world filled with anger, we must still dare to comfort. In a world filled with despair, we must still dare to dream. And in a world filled with distrust, we must still dare to believe.
-Michael Jackson

In a world full of audio visual marvels, may words matter to you and be full of magic. (In a letter to his new grandchild, published in his Sunday Times column (July 5, 1987))
-Godrey Smith

In a world so redolent with wonder, how can we allow ourselves to conduct our daily lives with so little insight, such absence of dignity?
-Bruce Sterling

In a world that daily disconnects further from truth, more and more people accept the virtual in place of the real, and all things virtual are also malleable.
-Dean Koontz

In a world that is constantly changing, there is no one subject or set of subjects that will serve you for the foreseeable future, let alone for the rest of your life. The most important skill to acquire now is learning how to learn.
-John Naisbitt

In a world that operates largely at random, coincidences are to be expected, but any one of them must always be mistrusted.
-Rex Stout

In a world we find terrifying, we ratify that which doesn't threaten us.
-David Mamet

In a world where everything is ridiculous, nothing can be ridiculed. You cannot unmask a mask.
-G.K. Chesterton

In a world where we are forced to conform to society, it is necessary to have personal chaos.
-Thomas Armstrong

A person who thinks all the time has nothing to think about except thoughts. So he loses touch with reality, and lives in a world of illusion.
-Alan Watts

A sense of humor is a measurement of the extent to which we realize that we are trapped in a world almost totally devoid of reason. Laughter is how we express the anxiety we feel at this knowledge.
-Dave Barry

As honest as you can expect a man to be in a world where it's going out of style.
-Raymond Chandler

At the core, the American citizen soldiers knew the difference between right and wrong, and they didn't want to live in a world in which wrong prevailed. So they fought, and won, and we all of us, living and yet to be born, must be forever profoundly grateful.
-Stephen Ambrose

Every day I am asked to be a magician in a world where magic doesn't exist. (posting on postsecret.blogspot.com)
-Variously attributed

Here we are living in a world of 'identity crises,' and most of us have no idea what an identity is.
-Madeleine L'Engle

Humor in a world of waning beliefs remains like Hope still left at the bottom of Pandora's box when all the evils of the Gods flew out from it upon the world.
-Stephen Leacock

Hunger is inexcusable in a world where grain rots in silos and butter turns rancid while being held for favorable commodity indices.
-Frank Sinatra

I believe that one of the great problems for us as individuals is the depression and the tension resulting from existence in a world which is increasingly less pleasing to the eye.
-Lady Bird Johnson

I don't know what more to say. I mean, we're all going to die in a world that is worse than when we entered it.
-Daniel Berrigan

I went to a doctor and told him I felt normal on acid, that I was a light bulb in a world of moths. That is what the manic state is like.
-Carrie Fisher

I would rather live in a world where my life is surrounded by mystery than live in a world so small that my mind could comprehend it.
-Harry Emerson Fosdick

In a time of drastic change it is the learners who inherit the future. The learned usually find themselves equipped to live in a world that no longer exists.
-Eric Hoffer

Living in a world that worships swiftness and success no longer means living in a world of new things. Rather it means living in a world of old things; of things that very swiftly grow old.
-G.K. Chesterton

Man lives in a world of meaning.
-George Herbert Mead

Man lives in a world of surmise, of mystery, of uncertainties.
-John Dewey

Melancholy is at the bottom of everything, just as at the end of all rivers is the sea. Can it be otherwise in a world where nothing lasts, where all that we have loved or shall love must die? Is death, then, the secret of life?
-Henri Frédéric Amiel

No one can estimate the power of authority among poor and uneducated people in a world whose problems confuse even the wisest.
-Joyce Carey

Nothing too long imagined can be perfect in a worldly way.
-Anaïs Nin

Of what use is a titanic intellect in a world full of icebergs?
-Variously attributed

Possibly the only dismaying aspect of excellence is that it makes living in a world of mediocrity an ongoing prospect of a living Hell.
-Harlan Ellison

Religion. It's given people hope in a world torn apart by religion. If America leads a blessed life, then why did God put all of our oil under people who hate us?
-Jon Stewart

Short of changing human nature, therefore, the only way to achieve a practical, livable peace in a world of competing nations is to take the profit out of war.
-Richard M. Nixon

The genius of the Constitution rests not in any static meaning it might have had in a world that is dead and gone, but in the adaptability of its great principles to cope with current problems and current needs.
-William J. Brennan, Jr.

The rule of law in place of force, always basic to my thinking, now takes on a new relevance in a world where, if war is to go, only law can replace it.
-Roger Nash Baldwin

To be nobody but yourself in a world that's doing its best to make you somebody else, is to fight the hardest battle you are ever going to fight. Never stop fighting.
-E.E. Cummings

To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.
-Ralph Waldo Emerson

Tolerance, good temper and sympathy are no longer enough in a world where ignorance rules, and Science, which ought to have ruled, plays the pimp.
-E.M. Forster

Unilateral tolerance in a world of intolerance is like unilateral disarmament in a world of armed camps: it regards hope as a better basis for policy than reality.
-Theodore Dalrymple

We cannot play innocents abroad in a world that is not innocent.
-Ronald Reagan

We have to abandon the idea that schooling is something restricted to youth. How can it be, in a world where half the things a man knows at 20 are no longer true at 40- and half the things he knows at 40 hadn't been discovered when he was 20?
-Arthur C. Clarke

We live in a world in which politics has replaced philosophy.
-Martin L. Gross

We live in a world in which we need to share responsibility. It's easy to say 'It's not my child, not my community, not my world, not my problem.' Then there are those who see the need and respond. I consider those people my heroes.
-Fred Rogers

We live in a world where emissions from our refrigerators have caused the ozone layer to evaporate and we'll get skin cancer if we sunbathe. If that's not a science fiction scenario, I don't know what is.
-William Gibson

We live in a world where joy and empathy and pleasure are all around us, there for the noticing.
-Ira Glass

We live in a world which respects power above all things. Power, intelligently directed, can lead to more freedom. Unwisely directed, it can be a dreadful, destructive force.
-Mary McLeod Bethune

We're living in a world where Google beats Gallup.
-Nate Silver

Why should we tolerate a diet of weak poisons, a home in insipid surroundings, a circle of acquaintances who are not quite our enemies, the noise of motors with just enough relief to prevent insanity? Who would want to live in a world which is just not quite fatal?
-Rachel Carson

You have no choice but to operate in a world shaped by globalization and the information revolution. There are two options: adapt or die.
-Andrew Grove


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