The men who have done big things are those who were not afraid to attempt big things, who were not afraid to risk failure in order to gain success.
* B. C. Forbes
Intellectuals can tell themselves anything, sell themselves any bill of goods, which is why they were so often patsies for the ruling classes in nineteenth-century France and England, or twentieth-century Russia and America.
* Lillian Hellman
Rational free spirits are the light brigade who go on ahead and reconnoiter the ground which the heavy brigade of the orthodox will eventually occupy.
* Georg Christoph Lichtenberg
Happiness is good health and a bad memory.
* Ingrid Bergman
I have known what the enjoyments and advantages of this life are, and what are the more refined pleasures which learning and intellectual power can bestow; and with all the experience that more than three-score years can give, I now, on the eve of my departure, declare to you, that health is a great blessing; competence obtained by honorable industry is a great blessing; and a great blessing it is, to have kind, faithful, and loving friends and relatives; but that the greatest of all blessings, as it is the most ennobling of all privileges, is to be indeed a Christian.
* Samuel Taylor Coleridge
Everyone has talent at twenty-five. The difficulty is to have it at fifty.
* Edgar Degas
Shape your heart to front the hour, but dream not that the hours will last.
* Alfred, Lord Tennyson