Oh, would that my mind could let fall its dead ideas, as the tree does its withered leaves!
Andre Gide, author, Nobel laureate (1869-1951 )
I may be a despicable person, but when Truth speaks through me I am invincible.
Mohandas K. Gandhi, statesman (1869-1948 )
The day the child realizes that all adults are imperfect, he becomes an adolescent; the day he forgives them, he becomes an adult; the day he forgives himself, he becomes wise.
Alden Nowlan, poet, novelist, and playwright (1933-1983)
It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it.
Aristotle, philosopher (384-322 BCE )
It is not the strongest of the species that survive, nor the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change.
Charles Darwin, naturalist and author (1809-1882 )
All of life is a foreign country.
Jack Kerouac, author (1922-1969)
After you have exhausted what there is in business, politics, conviviality, and so on -- have found that none of these finally satisfy, or permanently wear -- what remains? Nature remains.
Walt Whitman, poet (1819-1892 )
There are two ways of being happy: We may either diminish our wants or augment our means - either will do - the result in the same; and it is for each man to decide for himself, and do that which happens to be the easiest. If you are idle or sick or poor, however hard it may be to diminish your wants, it will be harder to augment your means. If you are active and prosperous or young and in good health, it may be easier for you to augment your means than to diminish your wants. But if you are wise, you will do both at the same time, young or old, rich or poor, sick or well; and if you are very wise you will do both in such a way as to augment the general happiness of society.
Benjamin Franklin, statesman, author, and inventor (1706-1790 )
Time is the coin of your life. It is the only coin you have, and only you can determine how it will be spent. Be careful lest you let other people spend it for you.
Carl Sandburg, poet (1878-1967)
Kindness is in our power, even when fondness is not.