A mature person is one who does not think only in absolutes, who is able to be objective even when deeply stirred emotionally, who has learned that there is both good and bad in all people and in all things, and who walks humbly and deals charitably with the circumstances of life, knowing that in this world no one is all knowing and therefore all of us need both love and charity.
Eleanor Roosevelt, diplomat and writer (1884-1962 )
Puritanism: The haunting fear that someone, somewhere may be happy.
H.L. Mencken, writer, editor, and critic (1880-1956 )
I wanted a perfect ending. Now I've learned, the hard way, that some poems don't rhyme, and some stories don't have a clear beginning, middle, and end. Life is about not knowing, having to change, taking the moment and making the best of it, without knowing what's going to happen next. Delicious ambiguity.
Gilda Radner, actress and comedian (1946-1989 )
To freely bloom - that is my definition of success.
Gerry Spence, lawyer (1929- )
Now understand me well—it is provided in the essence of things that from any fruition of success, no matter what, shall come forth something to make a greater struggle necessary.
Walt Whitman, poet (1819-1892 )
I speak the truth not so much as I would, but as much as I dare, and I dare a little more as I grow older.
Michel de Montaigne, essayist (1533-1592 )
The tragedy of modern war is not so much that young men die but that they die fighting each other, instead of their real enemies back home in the capitals.
Edward Abbey, naturalist and author (1927-1989 )
Truth never damages a cause that is just.
Mohandas K. Gandhi, statesman (1869-1948 )
Every great advance in natural knowledge has involved the absolute rejection of authority.
Thomas Henry Huxley, biologist and writer (1825-1895 )
Live a good life. If there are gods and they are just, they will not care how devout you have been, but will welcome you based on the virtues you have lived by. If there are gods, but unjust, then you should not want to worship them. If there are no gods, then you will be gone, but will have lived a noble life that will live on in the memories of your loved ones.