In all ranks of life the human heart yearns for the beautiful; and the beautiful things that God makes are his gift to all alike.
—Harriet Beecher Stowe (American Abolitionist)
Every time you pray, if your prayer is sincere, there will be new feeling and new meaning in it which will give you fresh courage and you will understand that prayer is an education.
—Fyodor Dostoyevsky (Russian Novelist)
He who has not faith in others shall find no faith in them.
—Laozi (Chinese Philosopher)
Real riches are the riches possessed inside.
—B. C. Forbes (Scottish-born American Journalist)
Only a generation of readers will span a generation of writers.
—Steven Spielberg (American Film Director)
To receive applause for works which do not demand all our powers hinders our advance towards a perfecting of our spirit. It usually means that thereafter we stand still.
—Georg Christoph Lichtenberg (German Scientist)
It is impossible to underrate human intelligence—beginning with one’s own.
—Henry Adams (American Journalist)
Let us not envy some men their accumulated riches; their burden would be too heavy for us; we could not sacrifice, as they do, health, quiet, honor, and conscience, to obtain them: it is to pay so dear for them that the bargain is a loss.
—Jean de La Bruyere
Make no small plans for they have no power to stir the soul.
—Niccolo Machiavelli (Florentine Political Philosopher)
Some writers take to drink, others take to audiences.
—Gore Vidal (American Novelist)
What you see and hear depends a good deal on where you are standing; it also depends on what sort of person you are.
—C. S. Lewis (Irish-born British Children’s Books Writer)