Cowardice asks the question, 'Is it safe?' Expediency asks the question, 'Is it politic?' Vanity asks the question, 'Is it popular?' But, conscience asks the question, 'Is it right?' And there comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe, nor politic, nor popular but one must take it because one's conscience tells one that it is right.
Martin Luther King, Jr., statesman, Nobel laureate (1929-1968 )
The surest way to corrupt a youth is to instruct him to hold in higher esteem those who think alike than those who think differently.
Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche, philosopher (1844-1900 )
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 )
Money often costs too much.
Ralph Waldo Emerson, writer and philosopher (1803-1882 )
Forgive him, for he believes that the customs of his tribe are the laws of nature.
George Bernard Shaw, writer, Nobel laureate (1856-1950 )
We all wear masks, and the time comes when we cannot remove them without removing some of our own skin.
Andre Berthiaume, novelist (b. 1938 )
Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness.
Mark Twain, author and humorist (1835-1910 )
We don't see things as they are, we see them as we are.
Anais Nin, writer (1903-1977 )
Perhaps the best cure for the fear of death is to reflect that life has a beginning as well as an end. There was a time when you were not: that gives us no concern. Why then should it trouble us that a time will come when we shall cease to be? To die is only to be as we were before we were born.
William Hazlitt, essayist (1778-1830 )
Some people with great virtues are disagreeable, while others with great vices are delightful.
Francois duc de La Rochefoucauld, moralist (1613-1680 )