The most important scientific revolutions all include, as their only common feature, the dethronement of human arrogance from one pedestal after another of previous convictions about our centrality in the cosmos.
Stephen Jay Gould, paleontologist, biologist, author (1941-2002 )
Never confuse motion with action.
Benjamin Franklin, statesman, author, and inventor (1706-1790 )
Nothing is so firmly believed as what is least known.
Michel de Montaigne, essayist (1533-1592 )
I long to accomplish a great and noble task, but it is my chief duty to accomplish humble tasks as though they were great and noble. The world is moved along, not only by the mighty shoves of its heroes, but also by the aggregate of the tiny pushes of each honest worker.
Helen Keller, author and lecturer (1880-1968 )
A cult is a religion with no political power.
Tom Wolfe, author and journalist (b. 1931)
My greatest skill has been to want but little.
Henry David Thoreau, naturalist and author (1817-1862 )
Wandering in a vast forest at night, I have only a faint light to guide me. A stranger appears and says to me: 'My friend, you should blow out your candle in order to find your way more clearly.' The stranger is a theologian.
Denis Diderot, philosopher (1713-1784)
Question with boldness even the existence of a God; because, if there be one, he must more approve of the homage of reason, than that of blindfolded fear.
Thomas Jefferson, third us president, architect and author (1743-1826 )
Words are the small change of thought.
Jules Renard, writer (1864-1910 )
Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.
Leonardo da Vinci, painter, engineer, musician, and scientist (1452-1519)