Excerpts from The Sayings of Muhammad, Compiled by Abdullah Al-Mamun Al-Suhrawardy

Shall I not inform you of a better act than fasting, alms, and prayers? Making peace between one another: enmity and malice tear up heavenly rewards by the roots.

He who trieth to remove the want of his brother, whether he be successful or not, God will forgive his sins.

Seek knowledge from the cradle to the grave.

Say what is true, although it may be bitter and displeasing to people.

Do not exceed bounds in praising me, as the Christians do in praising Jesus, the son of Mary, by calling him God, and the Son of God; I am only the Lord’s servant; then call me the servant of God, and His messenger.

The ink of the scholar is more holy than the blood of the martyr.

Obamanukes

The Sean Hannity Show, April 6th, 2010
Sean Hannity: Now comes president Obama who has turned a blind eye to the lessons of history and embraced a dangerous draw-down in America’s defense.

Newt Gingrich: I think this is the most unrealistic diplomacy since the 1920s…. So, you have the President over here in a fantasy…. It just doesn’t fit this particular planet.
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PBS News Hour, April 6, 2010
JEFFREY BROWN: Among other changes, a declaration that the U.S. will neither use nor threaten to use nuclear weapons against non-nuclear countries.

But the U.S. reserves the right to make any adjustment to this policy in the case of biological weapons threats. And the new policy doesn’t apply to any countries out of compliance with the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, or NPT.

ROBERT GATES: If there is a message for Iran and North Korea here, it is that, if you’re going to play by the rules, if you’re going to join the international community, then we will undertake certain obligations to you, and — and that’s covered in the NPR. But if you’re not going to play by the rules, if you’re going to be a proliferator, then all options are on the table in terms of how we deal with you.
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Elton John on Collaborating with Bernie Taupin

Interview in October 4th, 1997 issue of Billboard magazine:
Timothy White: What was the inspiration for the title track of “Madman Across the Water”?
Elton John: Bernie comes up with these ideas first, and I never know, I never ask him. He just gives me the lyrics, we never bother to discuss it. [Chuckles] That’s why we’ve lasted these years, we don’t get on each other’s nerves. We don’t dissect each other! I have no idea, and that’s the honest truth.