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"I was born to speak all mirth and no matter." (Wm. Shakespeare [Much Ado About Nothing])

And, in the "wisdom's where you find it" category:

"Tolerance becomes a crime when applied to evil."
--Thomas Mann

"Those who expect to reap the blessings of freedom must, like men, undergo the fatigue of supporting it."
--Thomas Paine

"To read well is to master the ages."
--Professor Isaac Flagg

"That's how nations die -- not by war or conquest, but by a thousand trivial concessions, until one day you wake up and you don't need to sign a formal instrument of surrender because you did it piecemeal."
-- Mark Steyn

"He conquers who endures."
-- Persius

"The sign of a good heart is a cheerful countenance."
-- Sirach 13:25

"America is...the land of the free and the home of the brave (bravery being the actual manifestation, in difficult times, of the state of freedom)..."
-- Bruce Peters

"Peace cannot be attained by begging. War cannot be avoided by yielding."
--Hua Kuo-feng

"...If we are to survive, we must first purge ourselves from this foolish yet destructive liberal political- correctness, as it is the rope being used to hang us."
--Rabbi Aryeh Spero

"A nation can survive its fools, and even the ambitious. But it cannot survive treason from within. An enemy at the gates is less formidable, for he is known and carries his banner openly. But the traitor moves amongst those within the gate freely, his sly whispers rustling through all the alleys, heard in the very halls of government itself. For the traitor appears not a traitor; he speaks in accents familiar to his victims, and he wears their face and their arguments, he appeals to the baseness that lies deep in the hearts of all men. He rots the soul of a nation, he works secretly and unknown in the night to undermine the pillars of the city, he infects the body politic so that it can no longer resist."
--Marcus Tullius Cicero

"In the midst of winter I finally learned that there was in me invincible summer."

"And why does it make you sad to see how everything hangs by such thin and whimsical threads? Because you're a dreamer, an incredible dreamer, with a tiny spark hidden somewhere inside you which cannot die, which even you cannot kill or quench and which tortures you horribly because all the odds are against its continual burning. In the midst of the foulest decay and putrid savagery, this spark speaks to you of beauty, of human warmth and kindness, of goodness, of greatness, of heroism, of martyrdom, and it speaks to you of love."
--Eldridge Cleaver (Soul on Ice)

"Nurture your mind with great thoughts. To believe in the heroic makes heroes."
-- Benjamin Disraeli

"I love the man that can smile in trouble, that can gather strength from distress, and grow brave by reflection. 'Tis the business of little minds to shrink; but he whose heart is firm, and whose conscience approves his conduct, will pursue his principles unto death."
-- Thomas Paine

"The good life sometimes can be lost quite unexpectedly and abruptly when people demand rights more than they accept responsibilities, or live for present consumption rather than sacrifice for future investment, or feel their own culture is not so exceptional and therefore in no need of constant support and defense."
-- Victor Davis Hanson

"Love has nothing to do with what you are expecting to get, only what you are expecting to give - which is everything."
-- Katherine Hepburn

"Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success. If you love what you are doing, you will be successful."
-- Herman Cain

"Prayer is helplessness casting itself on Power, infirmity leaning on Strength, misery reaching to Mercy, and a prisoner clamoring for Relief."
-– Fulton J Sheen