Nothing is less important than which fork you use. Etiquette is the science of living. It embraces everything. It is ethics. It is honor.
—Emily Post (American Writer, Socialite)
A spoonful of honey will catch more flies than a gallon of vinegar.
—Benjamin Franklin (American Founding Father, Inventor)
Those who will not reason, are bigots, those who cannot, are fools, and those who dare not, are slaves.
—Lord Byron (George Gordon Byron) (English Romantic Poet)
All of life and human relations have become so incomprehensibly complex that, when you think about it, it becomes terrifying and your heart stands still.
—Anton Chekhov (Russian Short Story Writer)
A boy carries out suggestions more wholeheartedly when he understands their aim.
—Robert Baden-Powell, 1st Baron Baden-Powell (Founder of the Boy Scouts)
Without a Sabbath, no worship; without worship, no religion; and without religion, no permanent freedom.
—Charles Forbes Rene de Montalembert (French Historian, Politician)
Having one child makes you a parent; having two makes you a referee.
—David Frost (English Broadcaster, Writer)
Beware of heartless knowledge, of artificial piety, and of dogmatic religiosity… Beware of it all!
—Adel Bestavros (Egyptian Lawyer, Preacher)
All works are being done by the energy and power of nature, but due to delusion of ego people assume themselves to be the doer.
—The Bhagavad Gita (Hindu Scripture)
To be happy is not the purpose of our being, but to deserve happiness.
—Immanuel Hermann Fichte (German Philosopher)
How often people speak of art and science as though they were two entirely different things, with no interconnection… That is all wrong. The true artist is quite rational as well as imaginative and knows what he is doing; if he does not, his art suffers. The true scientist is quite imaginative as well as rational, and sometimes leaps to solutions where reason can follow only slowly; if he does not, his science suffers.
—Isaac Asimov (American Novelist, Critic, Popular Scientist)
In an age of speed, nothing could be more invigorating than going slow. In an age of distraction, nothing could feel more luxurious than paying attention. And in an age of constant movement, nothing is more urgent than sitting still.
—Pico Iyer (British-born Essayist, Novelist of Indian Origin)
The birth of thought in the depths of the spirit, the shaping and ordering of it into periods, the translation into signs, and above all the transference of it from one spirit to another, the communication that is, if only for an instant, the meeting of two beings, with the unforeseeable consequences that such a meeting always causes, is in fact a miracle; except that the moment one stops to think about it one can’t even write a letter.
—Salvatore Satta (Italian Jurist, Novelist)