It were better to have no opinion of God at all, than such an opinion, as is unworthy of him. For the one is unbelief, the other is contumely; and certainly superstition is the reproach of the Deity.
—Francis Bacon (English Philosopher)
A failure is like fertiliser; it stinks to be sure, but it makes things grow faster in the future.
—Denis Waitley (American Motivational Speaker)
I can be changed by what happens to me, but I refuse to be reduced by it.
—Maya Angelou (American Poet)
My belief of book writing is much the same as my belief as to shoemaking. The man who will work the hardest at it, and will work with the most honest purpose, will work the best.
—Anthony Trollope (English Novelist)
Destiny is an absolutely definite and inexorable ruler. Physical ability and moral determination count for nothing. It is impossible to perform the simplest act when the gods say “no.” I have no idea how they bring pressure to bear on such occasions; I only know that it is irresistible.
—Aleister Crowley (English Occultist)
Personality is an unbroken series of successful gestures.
—F. Scott Fitzgerald (American Novelist)
The Sun never shined on a cause of greater worth.
—Thomas Paine (American Nationalist)
It is of little use for us to pay lip-loyalty to the mighty men of the past unless we sincerely endeavor to apply to the problems of the present precisely the qualities which in other crises enabled the men of that day to meet those crises.
—Theodore Roosevelt (American Head of State)
When you go in search of honey you must expect to be stung by bees.
—Kenneth Kaunda (Zambian Statesman)
He who overlooks a fault, invites the commission of another.
—Publilius Syrus (Syrian-born Latin Writer)
If our religion is not true, we are bound to change it; if it is true, we are bound to propagate it.
—Richard Whately (English Philosopher, Theologian)
I have no ambition to govern men. It is a painful and thankless office.
—Thomas Jefferson (American Head of State)
Once to every man and nation comes the moment to decide; In the strife of Truth with Falsehood, for the good or evil side.
—James Russell Lowell (American Poet, Critic)