To judge human character rightly, a man may sometimes have very small experience, provided he has a very large heart.
—Edward Bulwer-Lytton, 1st Baron Lytton (English Poet)
Writing makes no noise, except groans, and it can be done everywhere, and it is done alone.
—Ursula K. Le Guin (Science-fiction writer)
Faith may be defined briefly as an illogical belief in the occurrence of the improbable.
—H. L. Mencken (American Journalist)
The goal should not be to make money or acquire things, but to achieve the consciousness through which the substance will flow forth when and as you need it.
None are more taken in by flattery than the proud, who wish to be the first and are not.
—Baruch Spinoza (Dutch Philosopher)
Let a fool hold his tongue and he will pass for a sage.
—Publilius Syrus (Syrian-born Latin Writer)
The happiest is he who suffers the least pain; the most miserable, he who enjoys the least pleasure.
—Jean-Jacques Rousseau (Swiss Philosopher)
Luck can often mean simple taking advantage of a situation at the right moment; it is possible to “make” your luck by being always prepared.
The greatest analgesic, soporific, stimulant, tranquilizer, narcotic, and to some extent even antibiotic –in short, the closest thing to a genuine panacea –known to medical science is work.
—Thomas Szasz (Hungarian Psychiatrist)
A teacher of fear can’t bring peace on earth. We have been trying to do it that way for thousands of years. The person who turns inner violence around, the person who finds peace inside and lives it, is the one who teaches what true peace is. We are waiting for just one teacher. You’re the one.
—Byron Katie (American Speaker)
Where legitimate opportunities are closed, illegitimate opportunities are seized. Whatever opens opportunity and hope will help to prevent crime and foster responsibility.
—Lyndon B. Johnson (American Head of State)
Nothing you do for children is ever wasted. They seem not to notice us, hovering, averting our eyes, and they seldom offer thanks, but what we do for them is never wasted.
—Garrison Keillor (American Author)
Few will have the greatness to bend history itself; but each of us can work to change a small portion of events, and in the total of all those acts will be written the history of this generation.
—Robert F. Kennedy (American Politician)