The surest way to corrupt a youth is to instruct him to hold in higher esteem those who think alike than those who think differently.
Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche, philosopher (1844-1900 )
Never confuse motion with action.
Benjamin Franklin, statesman, author, and inventor (1706-1790 )
Wit is educated insolence.
Aristotle, philosopher (384-322 BCE )
A neurosis is a secret that you don't know you're keeping.
Kenneth Tynan, critic and writer (1927-1980)
To be nobody but myself—in a world which is doing its best, night and day, to make you everybody else—means to fight the hardest battle which any human being can fight, and never stop fighting.
E.E. Cummings, poet (1894-1962)
Civilization is the encouragement of differences.
Mohandas K. Gandhi, statesman (1869-1948 )
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 )
No one is useless in this world who lightens the burden of it for anyone else.
Charles Dickens, novelist (1812-1870 )
What a strange machine man is! You fill him with bread, wine, fish, and radishes, and out comes sighs, laughter, and dreams.
Nikos Kazantzakis, poet and novelist (1883-1957)
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.