Sympathy is two hearts tugging at one load.
—Charles Henry Parkhurst (American Clergyman)
‘Tis better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all.
—Alfred, Lord Tennyson (British Poet)
What is conceived well is expressed clearly.
—Nicolas Boileau-Despreaux (French Literary Critic)
An ordinary man can surround himself with two thousand books and thenceforward have at least one place in the world in which it is possible to be happy.
—Augustine Birrell (English Politician, Essayist)
Waiting with hope is very difficult, but true patience is expressed when we must even wait for hope. I will have reached the point of greatest strength once I have learned to wait for hope.
—George Matheson (Scottish Theologian)
Flattery is like chewing gum. Enjoy it but don’t swallow it.
—Hank Ketcham (American Cartoonist)
The most worthwhile form of education is the kind that puts the educator inside you, as it were, so that the appetite for learning persists long after the external pressure for grades and degrees has vanished. Otherwise you are not educated; you are merely trained.
—Sydney J. Harris (American Essayist, Drama Critic)
Say not that this or that thing came to thwart you; it only came to test you.
—Muriel Strode (American Author, Businesswoman)
A specialist is someone who does everything else worse.
—Ruggiero Ricci (American Violinist)
Three outstanding qualities make for success: judgement, industry, health. And the greatest of these is judgement.
—Max Aitken, 1st Baron Beaverbrook (British Politician, Journalist)
The life of the creative man is lead, directed and controlled by boredom. Avoiding boredom is one of our most important purposes.
—Saul Steinberg (American Cartoonist)
I think we have to own the fears that we have of each other, and then, in some practical way, some daily way, figure out how to see people differently than the way we were brought up to.
—Alice Walker (American Novelist, Activist)
The superior man is aware of Righteousness, the inferior man is aware of advantage.
—Confucius (Chinese Philosopher)
To insist on purity is to baptize instinct, to humanize art, and to deify personality.
—Guillaume Apollinaire (Italian-born French Poet)
I would feel more optimistic about a bright future for man if he spent less time proving that he can outwit Nature and more time tasting her sweetness and respecting her seniority.
—E. B. White (American Essayist, Humorist)
It’s the willing horse they saddle the most.
As insanity in a higher sense, is the beginning of all wisdom, so is schizophrenia the beginning of all art, all fantasy.
—Hermann Hesse (Swiss Novelist, Poet)