Happiness is beneficial for the body but it is grief that develops the powers of the mind.
—Marcel Proust (French Novelist)
For one human being to love another human being: that is perhaps the most difficult task that has been entrusted to us, the ultimate task, the final test and proof, the work for which all other work is merely preparation … Loving does not at first mean merging, surrendering, and uniting with another person—it is a high inducement for the individual to ripen … to become world in himself for the sake of another person; it is a great, demanding claim on him, something that chooses him and calls him to vast distances.
—Rainer Maria Rilke (Austrian Poet)
The hottest places in hell are reserved for those who, in a period of moral crises, maintain their neutrality.
—Dante Alighieri (Italian Political leader)
The people who cast the votes don’t decide an election, the people who count the votes do.
—Joseph Stalin (Soviet Leader)
Successful investing is about having people agree with you … later.
—James Grant (American Writer, Publisher)
We can tell how well we’ve lived by how much hope we’ve left behind.
—Bob Goff (American Philanthropist)
My main life lesson from investing: self-interest is the most powerful force on earth, and can get people to embrace and defend almost anything.
—Jesse Lauriston Livermore (American Investor)
Even the clearest and most perfect circumstantial evidence is likely to be at fault, after all, and therefore ought to be received with great caution. Take the case of any pencil, sharpened by any woman: if you have witness, you will find she did it with a knife; but if you take simply the aspect of the pencil, you will say she did it with her teeth.
—Mark Twain (American Humorist)
All ambitions are lawful except those which climb upward on the miseries or credulities of mankind.
—Joseph Conrad (Polish-born British Novelist)
You must intensify and render continuous by repeatedly presenting with suggestive ideas and mental pictures of the feast of good things, and the flowing fountain, which awaits the successful achievement or attainment of the desires.
—Robert Collier (American Self-Help Author)
We shouldn’t be looking for heroes, we should be looking for good ideas.
—Noam Chomsky (American Linguist, Social Critic)
We’re all of us sentenced to solitary confinement inside our own skins, for life!
—Tennessee Williams (American Playwright)
Most of what matters in your life takes place in your absence.
—Salman Rushdie (Indian-born British Novelist)
To create is to resist, to resist is to create.
—Stephane Hessel (French Diplomat, Writer)
No human being is constituted to know the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth; and even the best of men must be content with fragments, with partial glimpses, never the full fruition.
—William Osler (Canadian Physician)
If you wish to avoid seeing a fool you must first break your mirror.
—Francois Rabelais (French Humanist, Satirist)
In solitude, where we are least alone.
—Lord Byron (George Gordon Byron) (English Romantic Poet)
Through loving devotion, their ego evaporates.
—The Guru Granth Sahib (Sacred Text of Sikhism)
The gods even envy him whose senses, like horses well broken in by the driver, have been subdued, who is free from pride, and free from appetites.
—The Dhammapada (Buddhist Anthology of Verses)