We know now that the soul is the body, and the body the soul. They tell us they are different because they want to persuade us that we can keep our souls if we let them make slaves of our bodies.
—George Bernard Shaw (Irish Playwright)
In putting off what one has to do, one runs the risk of never being able to do it.
—Charles Baudelaire (French Poet)
There is nobody so irritating as somebody with less intelligence and more sense than we have.
—Don Herold (American Humorist)
Freedom is man’s capacity to take a hand in his own development. It is our capacity to mold ourselves.
—Rollo May (American Philosopher)
A man goes to knowledge as he goes to war: wide-awake, with fear, with respect, and with absolute assurance. Going to knowledge or going to war in any other manner is a mistake, and whoever makes it might never live to regret it.
—Carlos Castaneda (Peruvian-born American Anthropologist)
No radiant pearl, which crested fortune wears, no gem, that twinkling hangs from beauty’s ears; not the bright stars, which night’s blue arch adorn; nor rising sun, that gilds the vernal morn; shine with such lustre as the tear that flows down virtue’s manly cheek for others’ woes.
—Charles Darwin (British Naturalist)
There is no witness so terrible and no accuser so powerful as conscience which dwells within us.
—Sophocles (Ancient Greek Dramatist)
Literature could be said to be a sort of disciplined technique for arousing certain emotions.
—Iris Murdoch (English Novelist)
Let the great world spin for ever down the ringing grooves of change.
—Alfred, Lord Tennyson (British Poet)