There is nothing as deceptive as an obvious fact.
—Arthur Conan Doyle (Scottish Writer)
Did any man, at his death, ever regret his conflicts with himself, his victories over appetite, his scorn of impure pleasure, or his sufferings for righteousness’ sake?
—William Ellery Channing (American Theologian, Poet)
In every life there comes a time when that dream you dream becomes that thing you do.
—Tom Hanks (American Film Actor)
Meditation is simply about being yourself and knowing about who that is. It is about coming to realize that you are on a path whether you like it or not, namely the path that is your life.
—Jon Kabat-Zinn (American Meditation Teacher, Writer)
Wait for it, wait for it! Anticipation is half the fun. So I’ve been told.
—Phil Collins (British Rock Musician, Singer)
Being at the center of a film is a burden one takes on with innocence—the first time. Thereafter, you take it on with trepidation.
—Daniel Day-Lewis (English Actor )
Very readily one indulges in carnal pleasures; later on, alas, come diseases of the body. Even though in the world the ultimate end is death, even then man leaves not his sinful behavior.
—Adi Shankaracharya (Indian Hindu Philosopher)
Obedience to lawful authority is the foundation of manly character.
—Robert E. Lee (American Military General)
If you really understand something, you can: 1) explain it using a clear metaphor and 2) explain the strongest counter-argument to the idea.
—Ben Casnocha (American Entrepreneur, Investor)
It is revolting to have no better reason for a rule of law than that so it was laid down in the time of Henry IV.
—Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr. (American Jurist, Author)
A bad book is as much of a labor to write as a good one; it comes as sincerely from the author’s soul.
—Aldous Huxley (English Humanist)
Although you may spend your life killing, you will not exhaust all your foes. But if you quell your own anger, your real enemy will be slain.
—Nagarjuna (Indian Buddhist Philosopher)
Life is defined by how much you do, how often you took the difficult road and were rewarded for it.
—Ryan Holiday (American Author)
It is the rule of rules, and the general law of all laws, that every person should observe the fashions of the place where he is.
—Michel de Montaigne (French Essayist)
We are drowning in information, while starving for wisdom. The world henceforth will be run by synthesizers, people able to put together the right information at the right time, think critically about it, and make important choices wisely.
—E. O. Wilson (American Zoologist )
Only a mediocre person is always at his best.
—W. Somerset Maugham (British Novelist)
A bone to the dog is not charity. Charity is the bone shared with the dog, when you are just as hungry as the dog.
—Jack London (American Novelist)