Most men resemble great deserted palaces: the owner occupies only a few rooms and has closed off wings where he never ventures.
François Mauriac, writer, Nobel laureate (11 Oct 1885-1970)
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 )
It is a cruel just to say to a bootless man that he ought to lift himself up by his own bootstraps.
Martin Luther King, Jr., statesman, Nobel laureate (1929-1968 )
Of all plagues with which mankind is cursed, ecclesiastic tyranny's the worst.
Daniel Defoe, novelist and journalist (1659?-1731 )
The reward for conformity was that everyone liked you except yourself.
Rita Mae Brown, writer (1944- )
Life is a long lesson in humility.
James M. Barrie, novelist and playwright (1860-1937 )
My kind of loyalty was loyalty to one's country, not to its institutions or its officeholders.
Mark Twain, author and humorist (1835-1910 )
Plenty of kind, decent, caring people have no religious beliefs, and they act out of the goodness of their hearts. Conversely, plenty of people who profess to be religious, even those who worship regularly, show no particular interest in the world beyond themselves.
John Danforth, priest, ambassador, senator (b. 1936 )
Life is like a ten-speed bike. Most of us have gears we never use.
Charles Schulz, cartoonist (1922-2000 )
Before criticizing someone, walk a mile in their shoes. Then, when you do criticize them, you will be a mile away and have their shoes.
Stuart Smalley, Saturday Night Live character (Al Franken) ( )