Common sense is anything but common.
—Voltaire (French Philosopher, Author)
A person who knows little likes to talk, and one who knows much mostly keeps silent. This is because a person who knows little thinks that everything he knows is important, and wants to tell everyone. A person who knows much also knows that there is much more he doesn’t know. That’s why he speaks only when it is necessary to speak, and when he is not asked questions, he keeps his silence.
—Jean-Jacques Rousseau (French Philosopher)
The more you adapt, the more interesting you are.
—Martha Stewart (American Businesswoman)
It’s the heart afraid of breaking that never learns to dance.
—Bette Midler (American Actress, Singer)
The most powerful weapon to conquer the devil is humility. For, as he does not know at all how to employ it, neither does he know how to defend himself from it.
—Vincent de Paul (French Catholic Saint)
Talking and eloquence are not the same.—To speak and to speak well are two things.—A fool may talk, but a wise man speaks.
—Ben Jonson (English Dramatist)
In a choice between bad company and loneliness, the second is preferable.
The more we sweat in peace the less we bleed in war.
—Vijaya Lakshmi Pandit (Indian Politician, Diplomat)
My definition of a philosopher is of a man up in a balloon, with his family and friends holding the ropes which confine him to earth and trying to haul him down
—Louisa May Alcott (American Novelist)
Investors have very short memories.
—Roman Abramovich (Russian-Israeli Businessman)
Rarely promise, but, if lawful, constantly perform.
—William Penn (American Entrepreneur)
Destroy the seed of evil, or it will grow up to your ruin.
—Aesop (Greek Fabulist)
Whatever you may be sure of, be sure of this: That you are dreadfully like other people.
—James Russell Lowell (American Poet, Critic)
Better to die than to live on with a bad reputation.
Science is but an image of the truth.
—Francis Bacon (English Philosopher)
By all means let’s be open-minded, but not so open-minded that our brains drop out.
—Richard Dawkins (British Ethologist, Atheist)
Religion is a byproduct of fear. For much of human history, it may have been a necessary evil, but why was it more evil than necessary? Isn’t killing people in the name of God a pretty good definition of insanity?
—Arthur C. Clarke (English Science-fiction Writer)