Snobs talk as if they had begotten their own ancestors.
—Herbert Agar (American Journalist, Historian)
Take away love and our earth is a tomb.
—Robert Browning (English Poet)
It is far more important to me to preserve an unblemished conscience than to compass any object however great.
—William Ellery Channing (American Theologian, Poet)
A noble heart, like the sun, showeth its greatest countenance in its lowest estate.
—Philip Sidney (English Soldier, Poet, Courtier)
We would be able neither to remember nor to reflect nor to compare nor to think, indeed, we would not even be the person who we were a moment ago, if our concepts were divided among many and were not to be encountered somewhere together in their most exact combination.
—Moses Mendelssohn (German Jewish Philosopher)
Human happiness seems to consist in three ingredients; action, pleasure, and indolence. And though these ingredients ought to be mixed in different proportions, according to the disposition of the person, yet no one ingredient can be entirely wanting without destroying in some measure the relish of the whole composition.
—David Hume (Scottish Philosopher, Historian)
We all remember how many religious wars were fought for a religion of love and gentleness; how many bodies were burned alive with the genuinely kind intention of saving souls from the eternal fire of hell
—Karl Popper (Austrian-born British Philosopher)
The essence of knowledge is, having it, to apply it; not having it, to confess your ignorance.
—Confucius (Chinese Philosopher)
The most valuable of all talents is never using two words when one will do.
—Thomas Jefferson (American Head of State)
Misfortunes tell us what fortune is.
—Thomas Fuller (English Cleric, Historian)
The rich would have to eat money if the poor did not provide food.
Can anything be sadder than work unfinished? Yes; work never begun.
—Christina Rossetti (English Poet)
Circumstances don’t make the man, they only reveal him to himself.
—Epictetus (Ancient Greek Philosopher)
The more sand that has escaped from the hourglass of our life, the clearer we should see through it.
—Jean-Paul Sartre (French Philosopher)
During times of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act.
—George Orwell (English Novelist, Essayist, Journalist)
My weakness is wearing too much leopard print.
—Jackie Collins (English Romance Novelist)