Sensitiveness is closely allied to egotism. Indeed, excessive sensitiveness is only another name for morbid self-consciousness. The cure for it is to make more of our objects, and less of ourselves.
—Christian Nestell Bovee
If the will is fixed on the purpose it sets itself to accomplish, then circumstances will suggest the right course; but the schemer finds himself always tripped up by the unexpected.
—Sri Aurobindo (Indian Yogi, Nationalist)
The truth that makes men free is for the most part the truth which men prefer not to hear.
The older I get, the more centered I become and the more I think I really know about myself. What I know is that what other people do doesn’t really have any effect on me.
—Oprah Winfrey (American TV Personality)
At thirty a man should know himself like the palm of his hand, know the exact number of his defects and qualities … And above all, accept these things.
—Albert Camus (Algerian-born French Philosopher)
Time destroys the speculation of men, but it confirms nature.
—Cicero (Roman Philosopher)
Laughter and tears are both responses to frustration and exhaustion … . I myself prefer to laugh, since there is less cleaning up to do afterward.
—Kurt Vonnegut (American Novelist)
Fools take to themselves the respect that is given to their office.
—Aesop (Greek Fabulist)
Our heritage and ideals, our codes and standards – the things we live by and teach our children – are preserved or diminished by how freely we exchange ideas and feelings.
—Walt Disney (American Entrepreneur)