I've made an odd discovery. Every time I talk to a savant I feel quite sure that happiness is no longer a possibility. Yet when I talk with my gardener, I'm convinced of the opposite.
Bertrand Russell, philosopher, mathematician, author, Nobel laureate (1872-1970 )
I love deadlines. I love the whooshing noise they make as they go by.
Douglas Adams, satirist (1952-2001 )
Convictions are more dangerous enemies of truth than lies.
Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche, philosopher (1844-1900 )
If Tyranny and Oppression come to this land, it will be in the guise of fighting a foreign enemy.
James Madison, fourth us president (1751-1836 )
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)
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) ( )
If we don't believe in freedom of expression for people we despise, we don't believe in it at all.
Noam Chomsky, linguistics professor and political activist ((b. 7 Dec 1928) )
There are no passengers on spaceship earth. We are all crew.
Marshall McLuhan, educator and philosopher (1911-1980 )
The truth is that our finest moments are most likely to occur when we are feeling deeply uncomfortable, unhappy, or unfulfilled. For it is only in such moments, propelled by our discomfort, that we are likely to step out of our ruts and start searching for different ways or truer answers.
M. Scott Peck, psychiatrist and author (1936-2005 )
Irreverence is the champion of liberty and its only sure defense.