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Ludwig Mies van der Rohe photo

„Symmetry is the aesthetics of the stupid.“

—  Ludwig Mies van der Rohe German architect 1886 - 1969

An early appearance is "Symmetry is the aesthetics of the little man," which appears in the 1965 book Bauen auf dem Lande (Building in the Countryside), volumes 16-17. However, the quote has also variously been attributed to Picasso, Salvatore Dali and Friedensreich Hundertwasser.
Disputed
Source: "Symmetry is the aesthetics of the stupid." Mies van der Rohe (allegedly), 2018-01-21, 2017-11-12 http://falschzitate.blogspot.com/2017/11/symmetrie-ist-die-asthetik-der-dummen.html,

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„If you look at the darkness, not light, every day, your life will be filled with darkness.“

—  Miyuru Amarasiri Artist 2002

Coos, "Miyuru Amarasiri," https://www.coos.com/quotes/if-you-look-at-the-darkness-not-light-every-day-your-life-will-be-filled-with-darkness-%E2%80%95-miyuru-bhashitha-amarasiri June 10, 2021,

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„I don't trust people who don't love themselves and tell me "I love you."“

—  Maya Angelou American author and poet 1928 - 2014

The Distinguished Annie Clark Tanner Lecture, 16th-annual Families Alive Conference, Weber State University, May 8, 1997 - Full text online at weber.edu http://departments.weber.edu/chfam/familiesalive/angelouspeech.html3
Context: I don't trust people who don't love themselves and tell me "I love you." … There is an African saying which is: "Be careful when a naked person offers you a shirt."

Maya Angelou photo

„At the end of the day people won't remember what you said or did, they will remember how you made them feel.“

—  Maya Angelou American author and poet 1928 - 2014

This is a very close paraphrase of a quotation attributed to Carl Buehner in a book published many years earlier - “They may forget what you said — but they will never forget how you made them feel.” quoted in Richard Evans' Quote Book, 1971, Publisher's Press, ASIN: B000TV5WBW, although it is widely (mis)attributed to Angelou in her book Worth Repeating: More Than 5,000 Classic and Contemporary Quotes (2003) by Bob Kelly, p. 263,
Misattributed
Variant: People will forget what you said. People will forget what you did. But people will never forget how you made them feel.

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„A few months ago I told the American people I did not trade arms for hostages. My heart and my best intentions still tell me that's true, but the facts and the evidence tell me it is not.“

—  Ronald Reagan American politician, 40th president of the United States (in office from 1981 to 1989) 1911 - 2004

television address (4 March 1987)
1980s, Second term of office (1985–1989)

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Anthony Fauci photo

„You don't want to go to war with a president [...] There's a temptation that you have to fight to tell the president what you think he wants to hear. I’ve seen really good people do that.“

—  Anthony Fauci American immunologist and head of the U.S. National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases 1940

Quoted in 'You don't want to go to war with a president' https://www.politico.com/news/2020/03/03/anthony-fauci-trump-coronavirus-crisis-118961, 3 March 2020, Politico

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Alfred, Lord Tennyson photo

„Death is the end of life; ah, why
Should life all labour be?“

—  Alfred, Lord Tennyson, The Lotos-Eaters

Choric Song, st. 4
The Lotos-Eaters (1832)
Context: Death is the end of life; ah, why
Should life all labour be?
Let us alone. Time driveth onward fast,
And in a little while our lips are dumb.
Let us alone. What is it that will last?
All things are taken from us, and become
Portions and parcels of the dreadful past.
Let us alone. What pleasure can we have
To war with evil? Is there any peace
In ever climbing up the climbing wave?
All things have rest, and ripen toward the grave
In silence; ripen, fall and cease:
Give us long rest or death, dark death, or dreamful ease.

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„Life's pretty good, and why wouldn't it be? I'm a pirate, after all“

—  Johnny Depp American actor, film producer, and musician 1963

Variant: Life's pretty good, and why wouldnt it be? I'm a pirate, after all.

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„If you love two people, pick the second, because if you truly loved the first, you wouldn't have fallen for the second.“

—  Johnny Depp American actor, film producer, and musician 1963

Variant: if you love two people at the same time, choose the second. Because if you really loved the first one, you wouldn't have fallen for the second.

„Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetuer adipiscing elit. Etiam egestas wisi a erat. Morbi imperdiet, mauris ac auctor dictum.“

Today anniversaries
Stephen King photo
Stephen King730
American author 1947
Suman Pokhrel photo
Suman Pokhrel41
Nepali poet, lyricist, playwright, translator and artist 1967
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Arthur Schopenhauer260
German philosopher 1788 - 1860
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Chief Joseph16
Nez Percé Chieftain 1840 - 1904
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