Indolence and stupidity are first cousins.
—Antoine de Rivarol (French Writer)
Where the heart is full of kindness which seeks no injury to another, either in act or thought or wish, this full love creates an atmosphere of harmony, whose benign power touches with healing all who come within its influence. Peace in the heart radiates peace to other hearts, even more surely than contention breeds contention.
—Patanjali (Indian Hindu Philosopher)
What is here is also there; what is there, is also here. Who sees multiplicity but not the one indivisible Self must wander on and on from death to death.
—The Upanishads (Sacred Books of Hinduism)
Ideas are the real substance of human life. Ideas guide our actions and even control our movements. It is just as well to put them in order first and then to display their anatomy.
—Jonathan Miller (English Stage Director)
Children read to learn—even when they are reading fantasy, nonsense, light verse, comics or the copy on cereal packets, they are expanding their minds all the time, enlarging their vocabulary, making discoveries: it is all new to them.
—Joan Aiken (British Fantasy Writer)
On the neck of a young man sparkles no gem so gracious as enterprise.
—Hafez (Persian Poet)
The most popular labor-saving device is still money.
—Phyllis George (American Sportscaster)
Disease is the tax which the soul pays for the body, as the tenant pays house-rent for the use of the house.
—Ramakrishna Paramahamsa (Indian Hindu Philosopher)
A masterpiece of a game can be ruined by insensitivity to the feelings of an adversary.
—Yasunari Kawabata (Japanese Novelist, Short Story Writer)
Egotism is the art of seeing in yourself what others cannot see.
—George V. Higgins (American Novelist)
If you are not willing to take pain to live by your principles, there is no point in having principles.
—Marvin Bower (American Business Consultant)
Applause that comes thundering with such force you might think the audience merely suffers the music as an excuse for its ovations.
—Greil Marcus (American Music Journalist)
Only those who are asleep make no mistakes.
—Ingvar Kamprad (Swedish Businessman)