There are two ways of being happy: We may either diminish our wants or augment our means - either will do - the result in the same; and it is for each man to decide for himself, and do that which happens to be the easiest. If you are idle or sick or poor, however hard it may be to diminish your wants, it will be harder to augment your means. If you are active and prosperous or young and in good health, it may be easier for you to augment your means than to diminish your wants. But if you are wise, you will do both at the same time, young or old, rich or poor, sick or well; and if you are very wise you will do both in such a way as to augment the general happiness of society.
Benjamin Franklin, statesman, author, and inventor (1706-1790 )
The thing that makes you exceptional, if you are at all, is inevitably that which must also make you lonely.
Lorraine Hansberry, playwright and painter (1930-1965 )
To fall in love is to create a religion that has a fallible god.
Jorge Luis Borges, writer (1899-1986 )
Power always thinks it has a great soul and vast views beyond the comprehension of the weak; and that it is doing God's service when it is violating all his laws.
John Adams, 2nd us president (1735-1826 )
More than any other time in history, mankind faces a crossroads. One path leads to despair and utter hopelessness. The other, to total extinction. Let us pray we have the wisdom to choose correctly.
Woody Allen, author, actor, and filmmaker (1935- )
To do nothing is sometimes a good remedy.
Hippocrates, physician (460-c.377 BCE )
Poetry is the clear expression of mixed feelings.
W.H. Auden, poet (1907-1973 )
Nothing is at last sacred but the integrity of your own mind. Absolve you to yourself, and you shall have the suffrage of the world.
Ralph Waldo Emerson, writer and philosopher (1803-1882 )
There is no surer way to misread any document than to read it literally.
Learned Hand, jurist (1872-1961 )
A free society is a place where it's safe to be unpopular.