We know through painful experience that freedom is never voluntarily given by the oppressor; it must be demanded by the oppressed.
Martin Luther King, Jr., statesman, Nobel laureate (1929-1968 )
No sensible decision can be made any longer without taking into account not only the world as it is, but the world as it will be.
Isaac Asimov, scientist and writer (1920-1992 )
Human beings are perhaps never more frightening than when they are convinced beyond doubt that they are right.
Laurens van der Post, explorer and writer (1906-1996 )
He who dares not offend cannot be honest.
Thomas Paine, philosopher and writer (1737-1809 )
Moderate giftedness has been made worthless by the printing press and radio and television and satellites and all that. A moderately gifted person who would have been a community treasure a thousand years ago has to give up, has to go into some other line of work, since modern communications put him or her into daily competition with nothing but world's champions.
Kurt Vonnegut, jr., writer (1922- )
What can be asserted without proof can be dismissed without proof.
Christopher Hitchens, author and journalist (b. 1949 )
If any man seeks for greatness, let him forget greatness and ask for truth, and he will find both.
Horace Mann, educational reformer (1796-1859 )
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 cannot believe in a God who wants to be praised all the time.
Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche, philosopher (1844-1900 )