The more sand that has escaped from the hourglass of our life, the clearer we should see through it.
Jean-Paul Sartre, writer and philosopher (1905-1980)
Civilization is the encouragement of differences.
Mohandas K. Gandhi, statesman (1869-1948 )
Whenever books are burned men also in the end are burned.
Heinrich Heine, poet, journalist, and essayist (1797-1856)
It's not the genius who is 100 years ahead of his time but average man who is 100 years behind it.
Robert Musil, novelist (1880-1942 )
Beware the irrational, however seductive. Shun the 'transcendent' and all who invite you to subordinate or annihilate yourself. Distrust compassion; prefer dignity for yourself and others. Don't be afraid to be thought arrogant or selfish. Picture all experts as if they were mammals. Never be a spectator of unfairness or stupidity. Seek out argument and disputation for their own sake; the grave will supply plenty of time for silence
Christopher Hitchens, author and journalist (b. 1949 )
Doubt everything at least once, even the proposition that two times two equals four.
Georg Christoph Lichtenberg, scientist and philosopher (1742-1799 )
In youth we feel richer for every new illusion; in maturer years, for every one we lose.
Madame Anne Sophie Swetchine, mystic (1782-1857 )
The things we admire in men, kindness and generosity, openness, honesty, understanding and feeling are the concomitants of failure in our system. And those traits we detest, sharpness, greed, acquisitiveness, meanness, egotism and self-interest are the traits of success. And while men admire the quality of the first they love the produce of the second.
John Steinbeck, novelist, Nobel laureate (1902-1968 )
Only the madman is absolutely sure.
Robert Anton Wilson, novelist (1932-2007 )
It does me no injury for my neighbor to say there are twenty gods or no God.
Thomas Jefferson, third us president, architect and author (1743-1826 )