The essential ingredient in politics is timing.
—Pierre Trudeau (Canadian Statesman)
I think innocence is something that adults project upon children that’s not really there.
—Donna Tartt (American Novelist)
An orator without judgment is a horse without a bridle.
—Theophrastus (Greek Philosopher)
Authority without wisdom is like a heavy axe without an edge, fitter to bruise than polish.
—Anne Bradstreet (American Poet)
I think isolation is one of the greatest problems, an ever-growing obstacle to political solidarity.
—Elfriede Jelinek (Austrian Author)
Seek not to follow in the footsteps of men of old; seek what they sought.
—Matsuo Basho (Japanese Poet)
If one benefits tangibly from the exploitation of others who are weak, is one morally implicated in their predicament? Or are basic rights of human existence confined to the civilized societies that are wealthy enough to afford them? Our values are defined by what we will tolerate when it is done to others.
—William Greider (American Journalist)
Good men prefer to be accountable.
—Michael Edwardes (British Business Executive)
It is at night that faith in light is admirable.
—Edmond Rostand (French Dramatist)
It is necessary to relax your muscles when you can. Relaxing your brain is fatal.
—Stirling Moss (English Motor-Racing Driver)
Freedom, morality, and the human dignity of the individual consists precisely in this; that he does good not because he is forced to do so, but because he freely conceives it, wants it, and loves it.
—Mikhail Bakunin (Russian Anarchist)
Pray to God, at the beginning of all thy works, that so thou mayest bring them all to a good ending.
—Xenophon (Ancient Greek Philosopher)
When you put your hand to the plow, you can’t put it down until you get to the end of the row.
—Alice Paul (American Suffragist)
You can either grow old gracefully or begrudgingly. I chose both.
—Roger Moore (English Actor)
Gardening is the art that uses flowers and plants as paint, and the soil and sky as canvas.
—Elizabeth Murray (American Artist)
Beginnings are apt to be shadowy and so it is the beginnings of the great mother life, the sea.
—Rachel Carson (American Biologist)