Puritanism: The haunting fear that someone, somewhere may be happy.
H.L. Mencken, writer, editor, and critic (1880-1956 )
Time is the coin of your life. It is the only coin you have, and only you can determine how it will be spent. Be careful lest you let other people spend it for you.
Carl Sandburg, poet (1878-1967)
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 )
Truth never damages a cause that is just.
Mohandas K. Gandhi, statesman (1869-1948 )
A society that gets rid of all its troublemakers goes downhill.
Robert A. Heinlein, science-fiction author (1907-1988 )
One is happy as a result of one's own efforts once one knows the necessary ingredients of happiness: simple tastes, a certain degree of courage, self denial to a point, love of work, and above all, a clear conscience
-George Sand, novelist (1804-1876))
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 )
Three passions, simple but overwhelmingly strong, have governed my life: the longing for love, the search for knowledge, and unbearable pity for the suffering of mankind.
Bertrand Russell, philosopher, mathematician, author, Nobel laureate (1872-1970 )
Too many people spend money they haven't earned, to buy things they don't want, to impress people they don't like.
Will Rogers, humorist (1879-1935 )
Kindness is in our power, even when fondness is not.