Do not commit the error, common among the young, of assuming that if you cannot save the whole of mankind, you have failed.
Jan de Hartog, playwright and novelist (1914-2002 )
In science it often happens that scientists say, "You know that's a really good argument; my position is mistaken," and then they would actually change their minds and you never hear that old view from them again. They really do it. It doesn't happen as often as it should, because scientists are human and change is sometimes painful. But it happens every day. I cannot recall the last time something like that happened in politics or religion.
Carl Sagan, astronomer and writer (1934-1996 )
In a completely rational society, the best of us would be teachers and the rest of us would have to settle for something less, because passing civilization along from one generation to the next ought to be the highest honor and the highest responsibility anyone could have.
Lee Iacocca, automobile executive (1924- )
When it's over, I want to say: all my life I was a bride married to amazement.? I was the bridegroom, taking the world into my arms.
Mary Oliver, ( )
When one door closes another door opens; but we so often look so long and so regretfully upon the closed door, that we do not see the ones which open for us.
Alexander Graham Bell, inventor (1847-1922 )
If you talk to God, you are praying. If God talks to you, you have schizophrenia.
Thomas Szasz, author, professor of psychiatry (1920- )
Only the madman is absolutely sure.
Robert Anton Wilson, novelist (1932-2007 )
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 )
Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes; art is knowing which ones to keep.
Scott Adams, cartoonist ( )
A decent provision for the poor is the true test of civilisation.