When you can’t have anything else, you can have virtue.
—Don Marquis (American Humorist)
There are two modes of establishing our reputation—to be praised by honest men, and to be abused by rogues. It is best, however, to secure the former, because it will invariably be accompanied by the latter.
—Charles Caleb Colton (English Angelic Priest)
Your readiest desire is your path to joy even if it destroys you.
—Holbrook Jackson (British Journalist)
I think knowing what you cannot do is more important than knowing what you can do. In fact, that’s good taste.
—Lucille Ball (American Actor)
Right is its own defense.
—Bertolt Brecht (German Poet)
It is a truth but too well known, that rashness attends youth, as prudence does old age.
—Cicero (Roman Philosopher)
In the future, instead of striving to be right at a high cost, it will be more appropriate to be flexible and plural at a lower cost. If you cannot accurately predict the future then you must flexibly be prepared to deal with various possible futures.
—Edward de Bono (Maltese Physician)
Morale is the greatest single factor in successful wars.
—Dwight D. Eisenhower (American Head of State)
Honest differences are often a healthy sign of progress.
—Mohandas K. Gandhi (Indian Hindu Political leader)
A dog is not considered a good dog because he is a good barker. A man is not considered a good man because he is a good talker.
—Zhuang Zhou (Chinese Philosopher)
A man’s memory may almost become the art of continually varying and misrepresenting his past, according to his interest in the present.
—George Santayana (Spanish Philosopher)
There is no greater impediment to progress in the sciences than the desire to see it take place too quickly.
—Georg Christoph Lichtenberg (German Scientist)
The search for truth is more precious than its possession.
—Albert Einstein (German-born Theoretical Physicist)
Absence of occupation is not rest; a mind quite vacant is a mind distressed.
—William Cowper (English Anglican Poet)
It has been a thousand times observed, and I must observe it once more, that the hours we pass with happy prospects in view are more pleasing than those crowned with fruition.
—Oliver Goldsmith (Irish Author)
The hallmark of courage in our age of conformity is the capacity to stand on one’s convictions not obstinately or defiantly (these are gestures of defensiveness, not courage) nor as a gesture of retaliation, but simply because these are what one believes.
—Rollo May (American Philosopher)
The only truly affluent are those who do not want more than they have.
—Erich Fromm (German Psychologist)