Speech is human, silence is divine, yet also brutish and dead: therefore we must learn both arts.
—Thomas Carlyle (Scottish Writer)
Genius is present in every age, but the men carrying it within them remain benumbed unless extraordinary events occur to heat up and melt the mass so that it flows forth.
—Denis Diderot (French Philosopher)
If a little dreaming is dangerous, the cure for it is not to dream less but to dream more, to dream all the time.
—Marcel Proust (French Novelist)
No man is justified in doing evil on the ground of expediency.
—Theodore Roosevelt (American Head of State)
Friendship is the privilege of private men; for wretched greatness knows no blessing so substantial.
People say they love truth, but in reality they want to believe that which they love is true.
—Robert Ringer (American Entrepreneur)
I do not like heroes; they make too much noise in the world. The more radiant their glory, the more odious they are.
—Voltaire (French Philosopher)
Wisdom consists of the anticipation of consequences.
—Norman Cousins (American Journalist)
One cannot weep for the entire world, it is beyond human strength. One must choose.
Faith must trample under foot all reason, sense, and understanding.
—Martin Luther (German Protestant Theologian)
Happiness is not a reward—it is a consequence. Suffering is not a punishment—it is a result.
—Robert G. Ingersoll (American Atheist Politician)