Always write angry letters to your enemies. Never mail them.
—James Fallows (American Journalist)
I remain just one thing, and one thing only—and that is a clown. It places me on a far higher plane than any politician.
—Charlie Chaplin (British Actor)
As long as I have a want, I have a reason for living. Satisfaction is death.
—George Bernard Shaw (Irish Playwright)
The lion is ashamed, it’s true, when he hunts with the fox.
—Gotthold Ephraim Lessing (German Writer)
What saves a man is to take a step. Then another step.
—C. S. Lewis (Irish-born British Children’s Books Writer)
Work to connect yourself to the “allness” of life—instead of identifying with the smallness of it—and you’ll awaken to a greatness already living within you that is no more bothered by the little things in life than a mountain is made miserable by the rain that falls upon it.
Argument, as usually managed, is the worst sort of conversation, as in books it is generally the worst sort of reading.
—Jonathan Swift (Irish Satirist)
How far you go in life depends on your being tender with the young, compassionate with the aged, sympathetic with the striving, and tolerant of the weak and strong. Because someday in your life you will have been all of these.
—George Washington Carver (American Scientist)
People seldom improve, when they have no other model but themselves to copy after.
—Oliver Goldsmith (Irish Author)
The longing for certainty … is in every human mind. But certainty is generally illusion.
—Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr. (American Physician)
No man has a good enough memory to make a successful liar.
—Abraham Lincoln (American Head of State)
Prosperity, alas! is often but another name for pride.
—Lydia H. Sigourney