We have, as human beings, a storytelling problem. We’re a bit too quick to come up with explanations for things we don’t really have an explanation for.
—Malcolm Gladwell (Canadian Journalist, Author)
Fullness of knowledge always and necessarily means some understanding of the depths of our ignorance, and that is always conducive to both humility and reverence.
—Robert Andrews Millikan (American Physicist)
God has so made the mind of man that a peculiar deliciousness resides in the fruits of personal industry.
—William Wilberforce (English Social Reformer)
What you lose as you age is witnesses, the ones that watched from early on and cared, like your own little grandstand.
—John Updike (American Author)
Go on—but don’t think you can kill my confidence. I’ve had experts doing it for years.
—John Osborne (English Playwright, Actor)
The one predominant duty is to find one’s work and do it.
—Charlotte Perkins Gilman (American Feminist, Writer)
Self esteem is the reputation we acquire with ourselves.
—Nathaniel Branden (American Psychotherapist)
So great is the effect of cleanliness upon man, that it extends even to his moral character.—Virtue never dwelt long with filth; nor do I believe there ever was a person scrupulously attentive to cleanliness who was a consummate villain.
—Benjamin Thompson (American-British Scientist)
An “unemployed” existence is a worse negation of life than death itself.
—Jose Ortega y. Gasset (Spanish Philosopher)
Persecution was at least a sign of personal interest. Tolerance is composed of nine parts of apathy to one of brotherly love.
—Frank Moore Colby (American Writer, Editor)
Persevering mediocrity is much more respectable, and unspeakably more useful, than talented inconstancy.
—James Hamilton (Scottish Protestant Minister)
You will never change your life until you change something you do daily. The secret of your success is found in your daily routine.
—Darren Hardy (American Author)
Human memory is a marvelous but fallacious instrument. The memories which lie within us are not carved in stone; not only do they tend to become erased as the years go by, but often they change, or even increase by incorporating extraneous features.
—Primo Levi (Italian Novelist, Poet)
The criterion of simplicity requires that the minimum number of assumptions be postulated.
—Albert Low (Canadian Zen Master)