There is nothing like returning to a place that remains unchanged to find the ways in which you yourself have altered.
Nelson Mandela, activist, south African president, Nobel laureate (b. 1918 )
The religion of one age is the literary entertainment of the next.
Ralph Waldo Emerson, writer and philosopher (1803-1882 )
Wanting to meet an author because you like his work is like wanting to meet a duck because you like pat?.
Margaret Atwood, novelist and poet (b. 1939 )
In those parts of the world where learning and science have prevailed, miracles have ceased; but in those parts of it as are barbarous and ignorant, miracles are still in vogue.
Ethan Allen, revolutionary (1738-1789 )
I contend that we are both atheists. I just believe in one fewer god than you do. When you understand why you dismiss all the other possible gods, you will understand why I dismiss yours.
Stephen Roberts, database architect (b. 1967 )
Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.
Leonardo da Vinci, painter, engineer, musician, and scientist (1452-1519)
By the age of six the average child will have completed the basic American education. ... From television, the child will have learned how to pick a lock, commit a fairly elaborate bank holdup, prevent wetness all day long, get the laundry twice as white, and kill people with a variety of sophisticated armaments.
Russell Baker, columnist and author (1925- )
In nature there are neither rewards nor punishments; there are consequences.
Robert Green Ingersoll, lawyer and orator (1833-1899 )
Between truth and the search for truth, I opt for the second.
Bernard Berenson, art historian (1865-1959 )
We in America do not have government by the majority. We have government by the majority who participate.
Thomas Jefferson, third us president, architect and author (1743-1826 )