A wise man will make haste to forgive, because he knows the full value of time and will not suffer it to pass away in unnecessary pain.
—Samuel Johnson (British Essayist)
The man who questions opinion is wise; the man who quarrels with fact is a fool.
—Frank A. Garbutt (American Inventor, Movie Pioneer)
Failure is, in a sense, the highway to success, inasmuch as every discovery of what is false leads us to seek earnestly after what is true, and every fresh experience points out some form of error which we shall afterward carefully avoid.
—John Keats (English Poet)
Rarely do more than three or four variables really count. Everything else is noise.
—Marty Whitman (American Investment Advisor)
The problem in this world is to avoid concentration of power—we must have a dispersion of power.
—Milton Friedman (American Economist)
Really, in the end, the only thing that can make you a writer is the person that you are, the intensity of your feeling, the honesty of your vision, the unsentimental acknowledgment of the endless interest of the life around and within you. Virtually nobody can help you deliberately-many people will help you unintentionally.
—Santha Rama Rau (Indian-American Novelist, Travel Writer)
Three things you can be judged by, your voice, your face and your disposition.
—Ignaz Bernstein (Russian-Jewish Bibliophile, Philanthropist)
It is far better to know our own weaknesses and failings than to point out those of another.
—Jawaharlal Nehru (Indian Head of State)
Hope is like a road in the country; there was never a road, but when many people walk on it, the road comes into existence.
—Lu Xun (Chinese Writer)
Ideas are somewhat like babies—they are born small, immature, and shapeless. They are promise rather than fulfillment. In the innovative company executives do not say, “This is a damn-fool idea.” Instead they ask, “What would be needed to make this embryonic, half-baked, foolish idea into something that makes sense that is an opportunity for us?”
—Peter Drucker (Austrian-born Management Consultant)
I detest that man, who hides one thing in the depths of his heart, and speaks forth another.
—Homer (Ancient Greek Poet)
A vigorous five-mile walk will do more good for an unhappy but otherwise healthy adult than all the medicine and psychology in the world.
—Paul Dudley White (American Cardiologist)
On the outside one is a star. But in reality, one is completely alone, doubting everything. To experience this loneliness of soul is the hardest thing in the world.
—Brigitte Bardot (French Film Star)
When the ox is down, many are the butchers.
—The Talmud (Sacred Text of the Jewish Faith)
The capacity of man himself is only revealed when, under stress and responsibility, he breaks through his educational shell, and he may then be a splendid surprise to himself no less than to his teachers.
—Harvey Williams Cushing (American Neurosurgeon, Biographer)