Distrust all those who love you extremely upon a very slight acquaintance and without any visible reason.
—Earl of Chesterfield (English Statesman, Man of Letters)
The important thing is not what they think of me, but what I think of them.
—Queen Victoria (British Royal)
Amazing moments—when you seem to know something beyond what you know and to understand things you don’t understand—can’t be understood in this life.
—Jane Goodall (British Ethologist)
Example is the greatest of all seducers.
To keep your secret is wisdom; but to expect others to keep it is folly.
—Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr. (American Physician, Essayist)
There are persons who, when they cease to shock us, cease to interest us.
—F. H. Bradley (British Idealist Philosopher)
If we would just support each other—that’s ninety percent of the problem.
—Howard Gardner (American Psychologist)
The fact is always obvious much too late, but the most singular difference between happiness and joy is that happiness is a solid and joy a liquid.
—J. D. Salinger (American Novelist, Short-story Writer)
When everything has to be right, something isn’t.
—Stanislaw Jerzy Lec (Polish Aphorist, Poet)
In life, as in restaurants, we swallow a lot of indigestible stuff just because it comes with the dinner.
—Mignon McLaughlin (American Journalist)
When we see ourselves in a situation which must be endured and gone through, it is best to make up our minds to meet it with firmness, and accommodate everything to it in the best way practical. This lessons the evil, while fretting and fuming only serve to increase your own torments.
—Thomas Jefferson (American Head of State)
And for a long time yet, led by some wondrous power, I am fated to journey hand in hand with my strange heroes and to survey the surging immensity of life, to survey it through the laughter that all can see and through the tears unseen and unknown by anyone.
—Nikolai Gogol (Russian Novelist, Dramatist)
We will miss everything beautiful in our own lives, because we were too busy hunting something else, losing touch.
—Henry David Thoreau (American Philosopher)
Those who act as if they know more than their boss seldom do.
—Malcolm S. Forbes (American Publisher)
This is one of the miracles of love: It gives a power of seeing through its own enchantments and yet not being disenchanted.
—C. S. Lewis (Irish-born Author, Scholar)