Let him who neglects to raise the fallen, fear lest, when he falls, no one will stretch out his hand to lift him up.
—Sa’Di (Musharrif Od-Din Muslih Od-Din) (Persian Poet)
If country life be healthful to the body, it is no less so to the mind.
—Giovanni Ruffini (Italian Writer)
The original writer is not he who does not imitate others, but he who can be imitated by none.
—Francois-Rene de Chateaubriand (French Writer, Statesman)
The substance of the mind is revealed through its tranquility and its function through its activity.
—Wang Yangming (Chinese Philosopher)
The very first right of every animal is the right to live. As you cannot give life to a dead creature, you do not have the right to take life away from a living one.
—Dada J. P. Vaswani (Indian Hindu Philosopher)
People entering marriage [must] enter it with a proper understanding of marriage as a God-given gift to help people grow in the virtues of love, faith and charity and to grow in unselfishness.
—A. J. Reb Materi (Canadian Clergyman)
Highly educated bores are by far the worst; they know so much, in such fiendish detail, to be boring about.
—Louis Kronenberger (American Literary Critic)
Riches are a good hand maiden, but a poor mistress.
—Francis Bacon (English Philosopher)
Dream is not a revelation. If a dream affords the dreamer some light on himself, it is not the person with closed eyes who makes the discovery but the person with open eyes lucid enough to fit thoughts together. Dream—a scintillating mirage surrounded by shadows—is essentially poetry.
—Michel Leiris (French Surrealist Writer, Ethnographer)
The lowest form of popular culture—lack of information, misinformation, disinformation, and a contempt for the truth or the reality of most people’s lives—has overrun real journalism. Today, ordinary Americans are being stuffed with garbage.
—Carl Bernstein (American Journalist)
All men’s impulses, when motivated by legitimate self-interest, fall into a harmonious social pattern.
—Frederic Bastiat (French Political Economist)
We rarely like the virtues we have not.
—William Shakespeare (British Playwright)
The punishment of desire is the agony of unfulfillment.
—Hermes Trismegistus (Greek-Egyptian Author)
Families are nothing other than the idolatry of duty.
—Ann Oakley (English Sociologist, Feminist)
Only the mediocre are always at their best.
—Jean Giraudoux (French Novelist, Playwright)
The wisdom of the ignorant somewhat resembles the instinct of animals; it is diffused only in a very narrow sphere, but within the circle it acts with vigor, uniformity, and success.
—Oliver Goldsmith (Anglo-Irish Novelist, Poet)