It is the weak and confused who worship the pseudo-simplicities of brutal directness.
—Marshall Mcluhan (Canadian Thinker)
It is not worth an intelligent man’s time to be in the majority. By definition, there are already enough people to do that.
—G. H. Hardy (English Mathematician)
Men are the dreams of a shadow.
—Pindar (Greek Lyric Poet)
The money you have gives you freedom; the money you pursue enslaves you.
—Jean-Jacques Rousseau (French Philosopher)
Not many people are interested in what somebody else is thinking, or what they have to say. The best you can hope for is they’ll listen to you just so you’ll have to listen to them.
—William Wharton (American Novelist, Painter)
There is a theory which states that if ever anyone discovers exactly what the Universe is for and why it is here, it will instantly disappear and be replaced by something even more bizarre and inexplicable. There is another theory mentioned, which states that this has already happened.
—Douglas Adams (British Author)
Comedy in painting as well as in writing ought to be allotted the first place.
—William Hogarth (English Painter, Engraver)
It is a mistake to imagine that potentially great men are rare. It is the conditions that permit the promise of greatness to be fulfilled that are rare. What is so difficult to achieve is the cultural background that permits potential greatness to be converted into actual greatness.
—Fred Hoyle (English Astrophysicist)
The more the world is specialized the more it will be run by generalists.
—Marcel Masse (Canadian Politician, Bureaucrat)
A good friend can tell you what is the matter with you in a minute. He may not seem such a good friend after telling.
—Arthur Brisbane (American Editor)
Style is an expression of individualism mixed with charisma. Fashion is something that comes after style.
—John Fairchild (American Publisher)
Poor is the pupil who does not surpass his master.
—Leonardo da Vinci (Italian Polymath)
Our lives carry us along in ways we cannot control, and almost nothing stays with us. It dies when we do, and death is something that happens to us every day.
—Paul Auster (American Novelist, Poet)
Don’t put limitations on yourself. Other people will do that for you. Don’t do that to yourself. Don’t bet against yourself. And take risk.
—James Cameron (Canadian Filmmaker)