A man is known by the company he avoids.
—Muriel Strode (American Author, Businesswoman)
Do to others as you would have others do to you, inspires all men with that other maxim of natural goodness a great deal less perfect, but perhaps more useful: Do good to yourself with as little prejudice as you can to others.
—Jean-Jacques Rousseau (French Philosopher)
Honesty is a gift we can give to others. It is also a source of power and an engine of simplicity. Knowing that we will attempt to tell the truth, whatever the circumstances, leaves us with little to prepare for. We can simply be ourselves.
—Sam Harris (American Neuroscientist, Atheist, Author)
Curiosity in children, is but an appetite for knowledge.
—John Locke (English Philosopher)
The secret to humor is surprise.
—Aristotle (Ancient Greek Philosopher)
My deepest feeling about politicians is that they are dangerous lunatics to be avoided when possible and carefully humored; people, above all, to whom one must never tell the truth.
—W. H. Auden (British-born American Poet)
I’d rather regret the things I have done than the things that I haven’t.
—Lucille Ball (American Actor)
It is the eye of ignorance that assigns a fixed and unchangeable color to every object; beware of this stumbling block.
—Paul Gauguin (French Painter)
Man while he loves is never quite depraved.
—Charles Lamb (British Essayist, Poet)
Mental fight means thinking against the current, not with it. It is our business to puncture gas bags and discover the seeds of truth.
—Virginia Woolf (English Novelist)
Learning is like mercury, one of the most powerful and excellent things in the world in skillful hands; in unskillful, the most mischievous.
—Alexander Pope (English Poet)
Emulation is a noble and just passion, full of appreciation.
—Friedrich Schiller (German Poet)
Satisfaction linked with dishonor or with harm to others is a prison for the seeker.
—Zoroaster (Persian Religious Leader, Prophet)
Wealth is like sea-water; the more we drink, the thirstier we become; and the same is true of fame.
—Arthur Schopenhauer (German Philosopher)