Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness.
Mark Twain, author and humorist (1835-1910 )
Ink is handicapped, in a way, because you can blow up a man with gunpowder in half a second, while it may take twenty years to blow him up with a book. But the gunpowder destroys itself along with its victim, while a book can keep on exploding for centuries.
Christopher Morley, writer (1890-1957 )
A child's education should begin at least one hundred years before he is born.
Oliver Wendell Holmes, poet, novelist, essayist, and physician (1809-1894 )
What can be asserted without proof can be dismissed without proof.
Christopher Hitchens, author and journalist (b. 1949 )
We are usually convinced more easily by reasons we have found ourselves than by those which have occurred to others.
Blaise Pascal, philosopher and mathematician (1623-1662)
It is not the strongest of the species that survive, nor the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change.
Charles Darwin, naturalist and author (1809-1882 )
The most preposterous notion that Homo sapiens has ever dreamed up is that the Lord God of Creation, Shaper and Ruler of all the Universes, wants the saccharine adoration of His creatures, can be swayed by their prayers, and becomes petulant if He does not receive this flattery. Yet this absurd fantasy, without a shred of evidence to bolster it, pays all the expenses of the oldest, largest, and least productive industry in all history.
Robert A. Heinlein, science-fiction author (1907-1988 )
I never lose sight of the fact that just being is fun.
Katharine Hepburn, actress (1907-2003)
Doubt everything at least once, even the proposition that two times two equals four.
Georg Christoph Lichtenberg, scientist and philosopher (1742-1799 )
Kindness makes a fellow feel good whether it's being done to him or by him.