The law, in its majestic equality, forbids the rich as well as the poor to sleep under bridges, to beg in the streets, and to steal bread.
Anatole France, novelist, essayist, Nobel laureate (1844-1924)
Any fool can destroy trees. They cannot defend themselves or run away. And few destroyers of trees ever plant any; nor can planting avail much toward restoring our grand aboriginal giants. It took more than three thousand years to make some of the oldest of the Sequoias, trees that are still standing in perfect strength and beauty, waving and singing in the mighty forests of the Sierra.
John Muir, naturalist, explorer, and write (1838-1914 )
It has always seemed strange to me that in our endless discussions about education so little stress is laid on the pleasure of becoming an educated person, the enormous interest it adds to life. To be able to be caught up into the world of thought -- that is to be educated.
Edith Hamilton, educator and writer (1867-1963 )
The greatest obstacle to discovering the shape of the earth, the continents, and the oceans was not ignorance but the illusion of knowledge.
Daniel J. Boorstin, historian, professor, attorney, and writer (1914-2004)
Now understand me well—it is provided in the essence of things that from any fruition of success, no matter what, shall come forth something to make a greater struggle necessary.
Walt Whitman, poet (1819-1892 )
Puritanism: The haunting fear that someone, somewhere may be happy.
H.L. Mencken, writer, editor, and critic (1880-1956 )
He who praises everybody, praises nobody.
Samuel Johnson, lexicographer (1709-1784 )
Poetry is the clear expression of mixed feelings.
W.H. Auden, poet (1907-1973 )
The only thing one can give an artist is leisure in which to work. To give an artist leisure is actually to take part in his creation.
Ezra Pound, poet (1885-1972 )
They are happy men whose natures sort with their vocations.
Francis Bacon, essayist, philosopher, and statesman (1561-1626 )