In fighting and in everyday life you should be determined though calm. Meet the situation without tenseness yet not recklessly, your spirit settled yet unbiased. An elevated spirit is weak and a low spirit is weak. Do not let the enemy see your spirit.
—Miyamoto Musashi (Japanese Samurai Warrior, Artist)
Those are the same stars, and that is the same moon, that look down upon your brothers and sisters, and which they see as they look up to them, though they are ever so far away from us, and each other.
—Sojourner Truth (African-American Abolitionist)
There is not a man of us who does not at times need a helping hand to be stretched out to him, and then shame upon him who will not stretch out the helping hand to his brother.
—Theodore Roosevelt (American Head of State)
There is always a heavy demand for fresh mediocrity. In every generation the least cultivated taste has the largest appetite.
—Paul Gauguin (French Painter)
Too humble is half proud.
Race hate isn’t human nature; race hate is the abandonment of human nature.
—Orson Welles (American Film Director, Actor)
The historian must have some conception of how men who are not historians behave. Otherwise he will move in a world of the dead. He can only gain that conception through personal experience, and he can only use his personal experiences when he is a genius.
—E. M. Forster (English Novelist)
One man can be a crucial ingredient on a team, but one man cannot make a team.
—Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (American Basketball Player)
If you want to know the taste of a pear, you must change the pear by eating it yourself. If you want to know the theory and methods of revolution, you must take part in revolution. All genuine knowledge originates in direct experience.
—Mao Zedong (Chinese Statesman)
When under attack, no country is obligated to collect permission slips from allies to strike back.
—Charles Krauthammer (American Political Columnist)
What luck for the rulers that men do not think.
—Adolf Hitler (German Fascist Dictator)
Life is like an onion: You peel it off one layer at a time, and sometimes you weep.
—Carl Sandburg (American Poet, Historian)
Success, in a generally accepted sense of the term, means the opportunity to experience and to realize to the maximum the forces that are within us.
—David Sarnoff (American Broadcaster, Businessman )
Wise is the person at either end. Who can in due measure spare as well as spend.
—Lucian (Greek Satirical Writer)
Lasting peace is sought, it is essential to adopt international measures to improve the lot of the masses. The welfare of the entire human race must replace hunger and oppression. People of the world must be taught to give up envy, avarice and rancor.
—Mustafa Kemal Ataturk (Founder of the Turkish Republic)