History is the recital of facts represented as true. Fable, on the other hand, is the recital of facts represented as fiction. The history of man’s ideas is nothing more than the chronicle of human error.
—Voltaire (French Philosopher)
The surest way to fail is not to determine to succeed.
—Richard Brinsley Sheridan (Irish-born British Playwright)
There is this difference between the two temporal blessings—health and money; money is the most envied, but the least enjoyed; health is the most enjoyed, but the least envied; and this superiority of the latter is still more obvious when we reflect that the poorest man would not part with health for money, but that the richest would gladly part with all his money for health.
—Charles Caleb Colton (English Angelic Priest)
Fear of becoming a ‘has-been’ keeps some people from becoming anything.
—Eric Hoffer (American Philosopher)
Never regard study as a duty but as an enviable opportunity to learn to know the liberating influence of beauty in the realm of the spirit for your own personal joy and to the profit of the community to which your later works belong.
—Albert Einstein (German-born Theoretical Physicist)
What the caterpillar calls the end, the rest of the world calls a butterfly.
—Laozi (Chinese Philosopher)
Falling out of love is chiefly a matter of forgetting how charming someone is.
—Iris Murdoch (English Novelist)