If I were not an atheist, I would believe in a God who would choose to save people on the basis of the totality of their lives and not the pattern of their words. I think he would prefer an honest and righteous atheist to a TV preacher whose every word is God, God, God, and whose every deed is foul, foul, foul.
Isaac Asimov, scientist and writer (1920-1992 )
We all wear masks, and the time comes when we cannot remove them without removing some of our own skin.
Andre Berthiaume, novelist (b. 1938 )
Poetry is the art of saying what you mean but disguising it.
Diane Wakoski, poet (b. 1937 )
Poverty is the worst form of violence.
Mohandas K. Gandhi, statesman (1869-1948 )
If there is a sin against life, it consists perhaps not so much in despairing of life as in hoping for another life and in eluding the implacable grandeur of this life.
Albert Camus, writer, philosopher, Nobel laureate (1913-1960 )
Art is the elimination of the unnecessary.
Pablo Picasso, painter and sculptor (1881-1973 )
I find it difficult to feel responsible for the suffering of others. That's why I find war so hard to bear. It's the same with animals: I feel the less harm I do, the lighter my heart. I love a light heart. And when I know I'm causing suffering, I feel the heaviness of it. It's a physical pain. So it's self-interest that I don't want to cause harm.
Alice Walker, author (b. 1944 )
All changes, even the most longed for, have their melancholy; for what we leave behind us is a part of ourselves; we must die to one life before we can enter another.
Anatole France, novelist, essayist, Nobel laureate (1844-1924)
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 )
Only mediocrity can be trusted to be always at its best. Genius must always have lapses proportionate to its triumphs
Max Beerbohm, essayist, parodist, and caricaturist (1872-1956)