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Top 100 Quotes About Monks

#1. Workers are on the streets today with a clear message to Europe's leaders. There is a great danger that workers are going to pay the price for the reckless speculation that took place in financial markets. - Author: John Monks
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#2. I remember there was this one lady shaman who said that having children puts a hole in your soul. And the only way to get it back is for your children to die. And, you know, monks don't have families. - Author: Larkin Grimm
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#3. All is lost. Monks, monks, monks! - Author: Henry VIII Of England
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#4. He became a poet the way other men become monks: as a devotional practice, as an act of love, and as a lifelong commitment to the search for grace and transcendence. - Author: Elizabeth Gilbert
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#5. The very sort of smile that makes decent folk want to slap Buddhist monks in the face, - Author: Fredrik Backman
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#6. But it has often happened that I have found the most seductive depictions of sin in the pages of those very men of incorruptible virtue who condemned their spell and their effects. - Author: Umberto Eco
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#7. Most of the methods for measuring the lapse of time have, I believe, been the contrivance of monks and religious recluses, who, finding time hang heavy on their hands, were at some pains to see how they got rid of it. - Author: William Hazlitt
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#8. When composing a verse let there not be a hair's breath separating your mind from what you write; composition of a poem must be done in an instant, like a woodcutter felling a huge tree or a swordsman leaping at a dangerous enemy. - Author: Matsuo Basho
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#9. Technological change is discontinuous. The monks in their scriptoria did not invent the printing press, horse breeders did not invent the motorcar, and the music industry did not invent the iPod or launch iTunes. - Author: Jason Epstein
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#10. Three things refuse to obey my will: the waters of the Kamo River, the fall of the backgammon dice, and the monks of the Enryakuji Temple. - Author: Shirakawa
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#11. When I became a novice monk, I lived in a temple where the atmosphere was quite like in a family. The abbot is like a father and other monks are like your big brothers, your small, younger brothers. It is a kind of family. - Author: Nhat Hanh
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#12. Shall we be destined to the days of eternity, on holy-days, as well as working-days, to be showing the relics of learning, as monks do the relics of their saints - without working one - one single miracle with them? - Author: Laurence Sterne
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#13. The Vikings certainly didn't write anything about themselves; it was not a literate, but rather a pagan, culture. So what we get was written later by Christian monks. But there were occasional reportings and recordings of people who had traded usually with the Vikings. - Author: Michael Hirst
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#14. There is, monks, an unborn, unbecome, unmade, unconditioned. If, monks, there were no unborn ... no escape would be discerned from what is born, become, made, conditioned. But because there is an unborn ... , therefore an escape is discerned from what is born, become, made, conditioned. - Author: Gautama Buddha
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#15. I bet when you hold hands with a girl that cool you wonder if it's possible you're going to levitate like that one of them monks I saw on a TV commercial once, which don't you wish that was real?
- Mack - Author: Paul Griffin
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#16. I was educated by monks - I thank them dearly for the education they gave me, but I am no longer a Catholic. - Author: Antony Gormley
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#17. I was 17, and all I wanted to do was to get away from England and the awful, boring boarding schools I'd been going to there. The last one was taught by monks, and I couldn't wait to get out. - Author: Jared Harris
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#18. Worshipped was that of Mammon. It is difficult to estimate the size of monastic occupation. At the time it was believed that the clergy owned one third of the land, but it may be safe to presume that the monks controlled one sixth of English territory. - Author: Peter Ackroyd
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#19. Monks realize well that when the consciousness of one person is raised, the whole of humanity is raised; when the quality of life of one improves, all improve. Or, to put it in another, more biblical, way, the increased health and vitality of any one cell vitalizes the whole Body of Christ. 38 - Author: M. Basil Pennington
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#20. When I go visit my brother monks in Japan and sit down with other Zen Masters, they look at my crazy clothes and my strange expression, but they feel the power that emanates from my dedication to the practice. So they are comfortable with me, yet they're very uncomfortable. - Author: Frederick Lenz
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#21. Two monks sit facing, playing chess on the mountain, The bamboo shadow on the board is dark and clear. Not a person sees the bamboo's shadow, One sometimes hears the pieces being moved. - Author: Bai Juyi
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#22. From my own personal encounters and studies with both Tantric and Zen Buddhist monks, I have found them to be humorous, warm, charming, and compassionate. - Author: Frederick Lenz
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#23. What! Have you no monks to teach, to dispute, to govern, to intrigue and to burn people who do not agree with them? - Author: Voltaire
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#24. Of course, three classes is full time, so they'd have to give me the benefits package which would kill them. Screw the adjuncts, right? We're the monks of higher education. How much do you make? - Author: Wally Lamb
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#25. In both Surfing the Himalayas and Snowboarding to Nirvana, I have tried to transmit as best I could the spirit of humor, and the sense of humor of the monks I have encountered. - Author: Frederick Lenz
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#26. No-one can own our Lord Buddha. That would be a foolish claim, but the roads that lead to him, the Way... That is a different matter. They are all filled with toll-gates, like the roads of Japan, and the monks collect the fees. - Author: Erik Christian Haugaard
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#27. I like prostitution. My heart has never failed to pound at the sight of one of those provocatively dressed women walking in the rain under the gaslamps, just as the sight of monks in their robes and girdles touches some ascetic, hidden corner of my soul. - Author: Gustave Flaubert
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#28. Men in excess of happiness or misery are equally inclined to severity. Witness conquerors and monks! It is mediocrity alone, and a mixture of prosperous and adverse fortune that inspire us with lenity and pity. - Author: Baron De Montesquieu
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#30. Kung fu was made so the monks could train their bodies and move their bodies with strength, so they could be physical enough to gain mental enlightenment. Before that, they kept falling asleep when [masters] were trying to teach them. - Author: RZA
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#31. The Mullahs and monks, they must worship you instead of empty rooms. - Author: M.F. Moonzajer
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#32. It is well known how the monks wrote silly lives of Catholic Saints over the manuscripts on which the classical works of ancient heathendom had been written. - Author: Karl Marx
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#33. This is not a dress. This is a sacred robe of the ancient psychedelic monks. - Author: Noel Fielding
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#34. It was reassuring to know that far away, whales swam untroubled in Baltic waters and monks in arcane time zones chanted ceaselessly for the salvation of the world. - Author: Donna Tartt
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#35. Haiku is not a shriek, a howl, a sigh, or a yawn; rather, it is the deep breath of life. - Author: Santoka Taneda
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#36. We don't want our players to be monks. We want them to be better football players because a monk doesn't play football at this level. - Author: Bobby Robson
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#37. He felt God the same way arthritic monks felt rain coming in their joints. He felt only a hint of him. - Author: Sue Monk Kidd
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#38. Perhaps the old monks were right when they tried to root love out; perhaps the poets are right when they try to water it. It is a blood-red flower, with the color of sin; but there is always the scent of a god about it. - Author: Olive Schreiner
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#39. Cut yourself some slack. Remember, one hundred years from now, all new people. - Message tacked to a tree by monks at Wat Umong, a 700-year-old temple in Thailand - Author: Jenny Blake
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#40. None of us became monks to be nursemaids." To which the child Lazlo replied, with fire in his soul, "And none of us became children to be orphans." But - Author: Laini Taylor
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#41. I climbed the ditch, walked out into the middle of the prayer stones and stared across to the monks' island. If you stood there and thought you heard mass when it wasn't being sung, how would it be different to standing there when it was being sung? Would the mass in your head be any less real? - Author: Jane Rogers
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#42. I'm indebted to the teachers who shaped me - from the Sisters of St. Joseph at St. Croix Catholic elementary to the monks of St. John's in Minnesota to my professors at Georgetown. - Author: Denis McDonough
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#43. We have wasted our spirit in the regions of the abstract and general just as the monks let it wither in the world of prayer and contemplation. - Author: Alexander Herzen
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#44. The road to Hell is paved with the bones of priests and monks, and the skulls of bishops are the lamp posts that light the path. - Author: Saint John Chrysostom
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#45. Monks are not expected to speak about themselves; the message is important, not the person. - Author: Maharishi Mahesh Yogi
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#46. The least among the sadhus, saints and monks and other people of God is worthier than you. Never speak ill of them - Author: Radhe Maa
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#47. Children, we must cultivate reverence towards all great masters, monks and gurus. - Author: Mata Amritanandamayi
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#48. Who is secure in all his basic needs? Who has work, spiritual care, medical care, housing, food, occasional entertainment, free clothing, free burial, free everything? The answer might be nuns and monks, but the standard reply is 'prisoners'. - Author: Erik Von Kuehnelt-Leddihn
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#49. Monks will have three begging bowls for their food: one for water, one for liquid food, one for dry food. - Author: Satish Kumar
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#50. There is, Oh Monks, a not-born, a not-become, a not-made, a not-compounded. Monks, if that unborn, not-become, not-made, not-compounded were not, there would be no escape from this here that is born, become, made and compounded. - Author: Gautama Buddha
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#51. Cynicism leads to despair, while fixating on the efforts that seemed to work in the past makes an idol out of spiritual states. - Author: Monks Of New Skete
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#52. All is lost! Monks, Monks, Monks! So, now all is gone - Empire, Body, and Soul!. - Author: Henry VIII Of England
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#53. The night! When the outside world is hiding in darkness, you have to turn on the light within in order to see where you put your steps. - Author: Irina Serban
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#54. As you know, the Inquisition is an admirable and wholly Christian invention to make the pope and the monks more powerful and turn a whole kingdom into hypocrites. - Author: Voltaire
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#55. She loved everything around, turquoise blue sky and calm sea, and the holy mountain, and fragrant woods on it, and monasteries and hermitages, and herbs, and flowers, and monks and pilgrims, and children. And him? She asked herself and almost said "yes" inwardly... - Author: Osyp Nazaruk
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#56. Many people, including Buddhist monks, spend thousands of hours sitting in what they call meditation. In reality, what they're doing is thinking and ruminating upon their problems. - Author: Frederick Lenz
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#57. My house was a guest house of many Jaina saints, Hindu monks, Sufi mystics, because my grandfather was interested in all of these people. - Author: Rajneesh
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#58. Take the example of people who are being most unrealistic - people who are beating monks to death and torturing them. Why shouldn't you be angry or hate that person? Well, the person who is doing that is very unhappy. They are being ordered by a higher-up. - Author: Robert Thurman
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#59. When you visit the Zen Monasteries, one of the first things required is that you bring a donation. They have to pay for those monasteries. The upkeep is fantastic. The monks have to be fed, and so on. - Author: Frederick Lenz
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#60. Everything in excess! To enjoy the flavor of life, take big bites. Moderation is for monks. - Author: Robert A. Heinlein
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#61. Darkness is a kind of visual silence, and monks love it. - Author: Matthew Kelty
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#62. How anyone could endure three or four hours of chanting monks and ranting priests was beyond my understanding, just as it was beyond my understanding to know why bishops needed thrones. They would be demanding crowns next. - Author: Bernard Cornwell
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#63. Indeed. But I was not thinking of his immortal soul, Matilda. I was thinking that history is chronicled by monks. - Author: Sharon Kay Penman
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#64. One of the the loveliest lines I have ever read comes from Brother Roger, the Prior of the Protestant monks of Taize, France: 'Assured of your salvation by the unique grace of our Lord Jesus Christ.' It is still difficult for me to read these words without tears filling my eyes. It is wonderful. - Author: Brennan Manning
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#65. I've always thought a good whodunnit needed vampires, monks, and gods. P.G. Holyfield has created an engaging world that both fantasy and mystery fans will enjoy. - Author: Mur Lafferty
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#66. If monks are crazy to live the way they do, maybe the world needs more such craziness, what Matthew Kelty has termed 'the madness of great love.' My narrow world had just opened wide, and I had glimpsed such a love. - Author: Kathleen Norris
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#67. Now this, monks, is the noble truth of suffering: birth is suffering, aging is suffering, illness is suffering, death is suffering; union with what is displeasing is suffering; seperation from what is pleasing is suffering ... in brief, the five aggregates subject to clinging are suffering. - Author: Gautama Buddha
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#68. You know, I preferred you as an evil monk. Would have made killing you a whole lot easier. - Author: Chris D'Lacey
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#69. There are a lot of people who had past lives where they were monks and nuns and all their needs were provided for them. I feel like most people in the new age had this as their most recent lifetime experience, that kind of communal living. - Author: Doreen Virtue
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#70. One of the monks was doing something incomprehensible at the altar, and the others would occasionally chant a few phrases of mumbo jumbo. - Author: Ken Follett
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#71. The monks' response was to climb into their curraghs and row off toward Greenland. They were drawn across the storm-racked ocean, drawn west past the edge of the known world, by nothing more than a hunger of the spirit, a yearning of such queer intensity that it beggars the modern imagination. - Author: Jon Krakauer
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#72. What did Dom Perignon say to fellow monks after he invented champagne? ... Come quickly, I am tasting the stars. - Author: John Green
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#73. Once we got closer to the origins of these Eastern practices, we found that the monks and swamis were just as dogmatic and paternalistic, just as literal and conservative in their approach to spirituality as the Christian priests and ministers we were trying to get away from. - Author: Gudjon Bergmann
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#74. If monks and nuns do not cherish their time of practice, they will have nothing to offer the world. - Author: Thich Nhat Hanh
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#75. Soldiers fear the frontier post, monks fear the Surangama Dharani! - Author: Thich Nhat Hanh
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#76. What do you think spies are: priests, saints, and martyrs? They're a squalid procession of vain fools, traitors too, yes; pansies, sadists, and drunkards, people who play cowboys and Indians to brighten their rotten lives. Do you think they sit like monks in London balancing the rights and wrongs? - Author: John Le Carre
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#77. A bit self-conscious. "I used to wear mine long as well. It's short now because the monks had to shave the back of my head and it's had but a few months to grow again." He bent forward at the waist, inviting me - Author: Diana Gabaldon
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#78. Monks, nuns, long-term spinsters and bachelors and permanent homosexuals are all, in a reproductive sense, aberrant. Society has bred them, but they have failed to return the compliment. - Author: Desmond Morris
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#79. At the museum a troubled woman destroys a sand painting meticulously created over days by Tibetan monks. The monks are not disturbed. The work is a meditation. They simply begin again. - Author: Susan Griffin
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#80. [The monks'] minds were inaccessible to reason or mercy ... - Author: Edward Gibbon
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#81. A lot of the powerful religious leaders, from Jesus to Buddha to Tibetan monks, they're really talking about the same things: love and acceptable, and the value of friendship, and respecting yourself so you can respect others. - Author: Jena Malone
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#82. If the world is crazy, maybe it needs a few sane people in the middle of it. Why do monks lock themselves up in monasteries? What's the good of solving your personal suffering if the solution keeps you isolated from everyone else's suffering? - Author: Tim Ward
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#83. All hoods make not monks. - Author: William Shakespeare
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#84. I grew with it, and I used to go to see the monks, who had no possessions, even more extreme than my mother. - Author: Satish Kumar
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#85. It may be fashionable to assert that all is holy, but not many are willing to haul ass to church four or five times a day to sing about it. It's not for the faint of heart. - Author: Kathleen Norris
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#86. They wrapped themselves in animal skins and furs which Ford Prefect acquired by a technique he once learned from a couple of ex-Pralite monks running a mind-surfing resort in the Hills of Hunian. - Author: Douglas Adams
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#87. The best performers in Europe are those who use their welfare states to help people adjust to change. - Author: John Monks
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#89. I envy them, those monks of old; Their books they read, and their beads they told. - Author: George Payne Rainsford James
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#90. Some of the best love poems have been written by monks and nuns ... - Author: John Geddes
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#91. [ ... ] The monks sped up the process up for us laowai who have less time, less patience for basics, and a greater need for external markers of our accomplishments. - Author: Matthew Polly
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#92. Maybe I am just your priest - or a churl - perhaps you mistrust me the way the medievals mistrusted monks ... - Author: John Geddes
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#93. [The monks'] credulity debased and vitiated the faculties of the mind: they corrupted the evidence of history; and superstition gradually extinguished the hostile light of philosophy and science. - Author: Edward Gibbon
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#94. We know what the birth of a revolution looks like: A student stands before a tank. A fruit seller sets himself on fire. A line of monks link arms in a human chain. Crowds surge, soldiers fire, gusts of rage pull down the monuments of tyrants, and maybe, sometimes, justice rises from the flames. - Author: Nancy Gibbs
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#95. O cowardly amd tyrannous race of monks, persecutors of the bard, and the gleemen, haters of life and joy! O race that does not draw the sword and tell the truth! O race that melts the bones of the people with cowardice and with deceit! ("The Crucifixion Of The Outcast") - Author: W.B.Yeats
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#96. Now is the time to recall the enthusiasm of our first fervor, the determination to offer ourselves unreservedly, and at the same time to let go of the craving for emotional consolation, - Author: Monks Of New Skete
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#97. Old tires and large clay conduit pipes make excellent, safe obstacles and tunnels for the pups to explore. They will play for hours with big cardboard boxes; clean, used, large gallon plastic bottles; old tennis balls; and squeak toys. - Author: Monks Of New Skete
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#98. somber-looking monks. They sipped a watery soup from wooden spoons. No one spoke. The abbot pointed to a lone table against the far - Author: Eliza Knight
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#99. Monks committed all the same sins that ordinary people did. He had just been shocked by the woman's shamelessness. The sight of her nakedness remained with him, the way the hot heart of a candle flame, stared at for a few moments, would burn on behind closed eyelids. - Author: Ken Follett
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#100. The thing with darts players is they have always appeared available. They don't have to live like monks. I've only ever met one dry player in 35 years. - Author: Sid Waddell
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