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But pain... seems to me an insufficient reason not to embrace life. Being dead is quite painless. Pain, like time, is going to come on regardless. Question is, what glorious moments can you win from life in addition to the pain?
– Lois McMaster Bujold, "Barrayar", 1991
But peace does not rest in the charters and covenants alone. It lies in the hearts and minds of all people. So let us not rest all our hopes on parchment and on paper, let us strive to build peace, a desire for peace, a willingness to work for peace in the hearts and minds of all of our people. I believe that we can. I believe the problems of human destiny are not beyond the reach of human beings.
– John F. Kennedy
But penance need not be paid in suffering...It can be paid in forward motion. Correcting the mistake is a positive move, a nurturing move.
– Barbara Hall
But pride only helps us to be generous; it never makes us so, any more than vanity makes us witty.
– George Eliot, Middlemarch, Ch 8
But psychoanalysis has taught that the dead—a dead parent, for example—can be more alive for us, more powerful, more scary, than the living. It is the question of ghosts.
– Jacques Derrida, Quoted in New York Times, January 23, 1994
But respect yourself most of all.
– Golden verses of the Pythagoreans
But screw up your courage to the sticking place, And we'll not fail.
– Mary Bertone
But search the land of living men,
Wher wilst thou find their like again.

– Walter Scott
But somewhere, beyond Space and Time, is wetter water, slimier slime! And there (they trust) there swimmeth one who swam ere rivers were begun, immense of fishy form and mind, squamous omnipotent, and kind.
– Rupert Brooke
But such an affection for what doesn't fit and won't comport, reality out of place...
– Clifford Geertz
But the animal has no veil. Dogs better treated than Afghan women. (Même l'animal n'a de voile. Chien mieux traité que l'afghane ?)
– Charles de LEUSSE
But the body is deeper than the soul and its secrets inscrutable.
– E. M. Forster
But the dog who is rabid is not by bowl attracted. (Mais le chien qui est enragé n'est par gamelle attiré)
– Charles de LEUSSE
But the fact that some geniuses were laughed at does not imply that all who are laughed at are geniuses. They laughed at Columbus, they laughed at Fulton, they laughed at the Wright brothers. But they also laughed at Bozo the Clown.
– Carl Sagan
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. Against such things, there is no law.
– The Apostle Paul (Saul of Tarsus), The Bible- Galations 5:22-23 NIV
But the greatest menace to our civilization today is the conflict between giant organized systems of self-righteousness -- each system only too delighted to find that the other is wicked -- each only too glad that the sins give it the pretext for still deeper hatred and animosity.
– Herbert Butterfield
But the iniquity of oblivion blindly scattereth her poppy, and deals with the memory of men without distinction to merit of perpetuity.
– Thomas Browne
But the life that no longer trust another human being and no longer forms ties to the political community is not a human life any longer.
– Martha Nussbaum
But the only way of discovering the limits of the possible is to venture a little way past them into the impossible.
– Arthur C. Clarke
But the thing that I saw in your face no power can disinherit: No bomb that ever burst shatters the crystal spirit.
– George Orwell
But the truth was that he died from solitude, the enemy known but to few on this Earth, and whom only the simplest of us are fit to withstand. The brilliant Costaguanaro of the boulevards had died from solitude and want of faith in himself and others.
– Joseph Conrad, Nostromo (on the death of Decoud)
But then I sigh, and with a piece of scripture,Tell them that God bids us do good for evil.And thus I clothe my naked villainyWith odd old ends stolen forth of holy writ,And seem I a saint, when most I play the Devil.
– William Shakespeare
But then peace, peace I am so mistrustful of it so much afraid that it means a sort of weakness and giving in.
– D. H. Lawrence
But then there's a moment like tonight, a profound and transcendent experience, the feeling as if a door has opened, and it's all because of that instrument, that incredible, magical instrument.
– Andrew Schneider
But this I know; the writer who possesses the creative gift owns something of which he is not always master -- something that at times strangely wills and works for itself. If the result be attractive, the World will praise you, who little deserve praise; if it be repulsive, the same World will blame you, who almost as little deserve blame.
– Charlotte Brontë

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