It is impossible to defeat an ignorant man in argument.
William G. McAdoo, lawyer and politician (1863-1941 )
Politeness is the art of choosing among your thoughts.
Madame de Stael, writer (1766-1817 )
Human beings are perhaps never more frightening than when they are convinced beyond doubt that they are right.
Laurens van der Post, explorer and writer (1906-1996 )
And the day came when the risk it took to remain tight inside the bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.
Anais Nin, writer (1903-1977 )
One of my greatest pleasures in writing has come from the thought that perhaps my work might annoy someone of comfortably pretentious position. Then comes the saddening realization that such people rarely read.
John Kenneth Galbraith, economist (1908-2006 )
When one door of happiness closes, another opens; but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one which has been opened for us.
Helen Keller, author and lecturer (1880-1968 )
Live a good life. If there are gods and they are just, they will not care how devout you have been, but will welcome you based on the virtues you have lived by. If there are gods, but unjust, then you should not want to worship them. If there are no gods, then you will be gone, but will have lived a noble life that will live on in the memories of your loved ones.
Marcus Aurelius, philosopher (121-180 )
I need someone to protect me from all the measures they take in order to protect me.
Banksy, street artist (b. 1974 )
Writing for a penny a word is ridiculous. If a man really wanted to make a million dollars, the best way to do it would be start his own religion.
L. Ron Hubbard, science fiction author who later started the Church of Scientology (1911-1986)
You desire to know the art of living, my friend? It is contained in one phrase: make use of suffering.
Henri Frederic Amiel, philosopher and writer (1821-1881 )