A man of sense may love like a madman, but not as a fool.
—Francois de La Rochefoucauld (French Writer)
But whoever gives birth to useless children, what would you say of him except that he has bred sorrows for himself, and furnishes laughter for his enemies.
—Sophocles (Ancient Greek Dramatist)
Physical fitness is not only one of the most important keys to a healthy body, it is the basis of dynamic and creative intellectual activity.
—John F. Kennedy (American Head of State)
The very strength that protects the heart from injury is the strength that prevents the heart from enlarging to its intended greatness within. The song of the voice is sweet, but the song of the heart is the pure voice of heaven.
—Khalil Gibran (Lebanese-born American Philosopher)
To kill a relative of whom you are tired is something. But to inherit his property afterwards, that is genuine pleasure.
—Honore de Balzac (French Novelist)
There is nothing nobler or more admirable than when two people who see eye to eye keep house as man and wife, confounding their enemies and delighting their friends.
—Homer (Ancient Greek Poet)
The really frightening thing about middle age is the knowledge that you’ll grow out of it.
—Doris Day (American Actor)
He who has never learned to obey cannot be a good commander.
—Aristotle (Ancient Greek Philosopher)
Knowledge, like food, must be taken within limits. You must know only as much as you need, and not more.
—R. K. Narayan (Indian Novelist, Short-story Writer)
Life is obstinate and clings closest where it is most hated.
—Mary Shelley (English Novelist)
The only God resides within us: It is our wisest attitudes and actions.
—Marty Nemko (American Career Coach, Author)
A nation or civilization that continues to produce soft-minded men purchases its own spiritual death on an installment plan.
—Martin Luther King, Jr. (American Civil Rights Leader)
Happiness is a butterfly, which, when pursued, is always just beyond your grasp, but which, if you will sit down quietly, may alight upon you.
—Nathaniel Hawthorne (American Novelist)
We are the offspring of approval-seekers. We want approval so badly that we vacillate between conforming to get it and standing out (being outstanding) to get it.
—Warren Farrell (American Educator, Activist)
I count religion but a childish toy, and hold there is no sin but innocence.
—Christopher Marlowe (English Playwright)