Better a diamond with a flaw than a pebble without.
—Confucius (Chinese Philosopher)
If I like chocolate it won’t surprise you that I have a few chocolates in my fridge, but if you find out I’ve got 16 warehouses full of chocolate, you’d think I was insane. All these rich guys are insane, obsessive compulsive twits obsessed with money—money is all they think about—they’re all nuts.
—John Cleese (British Comic Actor, Writer)
The day will come when, after harnessing space, the winds, the tides and gravitation, we shall harness for God the energies of love. And on that day, for the second time in the history of the world, we shall have discovered fire.
—Pierre Teilhard de Chardin (French Jesuit Scientist)
Freedom is the right to question and change the established way of doing things.
—Ronald Reagan (American Head of State)
To be a revolutionary you have to be a human being. You have to care about people who have no power.
—Jane Fonda (American Actress)
Love is the last relay and ultimate outposts of eternity.
—Dante Gabriel Rossetti (British Poet, Artist)
But I like not these great successes of yours; for I know how jealous are the gods.
—Herodotus (Ancient Greek Historian)
The sure conviction that we could if we wanted to is the reason so many good minds are idle.
—Georg Christoph Lichtenberg (German Philosopher, Physicist)
When you overpay small people you frighten them. They know that their merits or activities entitle them to no such sums as they are receiving. As a result their boss soars out of economic into magic significance. He becomes a source of blessings rather than wages. Criticism is sacrilege, doubt is heresy.
—Ben Hecht (American Screenwriter)
I shall devote only a few lines to the expression of my belief in the importance of science … it is by this daily striving after knowledge that man has raised himself to the unique position he occupies on earth, and that his power and well-being have continually increased.
—Marie Curie (Polish-born French Physicist)
Good writing excites me, and makes life worth living.
—Harold Pinter (British Playwright)
Children show scars like medals. Lovers use them as secrets to reveal. A scar is what happens when the word is made flesh.
—Leonard Cohen (Canadian Musician, Author)
Nobody can be kinder than the narcissist while you react to life in his own terms.
—Elizabeth Bowen (Irish Novelist)
I never did anything by accident, nor did any of my inventions come by accident; they came by work.
—Thomas Edison (American Inventor)