I prayed for freedom for twenty years, but received no answer until I prayed with my legs.
Frederick Douglass, former slave, abolitionist, editor, and orator (1817-1895)
He who praises everybody, praises nobody.
Samuel Johnson, lexicographer (1709-1784 )
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))
Nobody made a greater mistake than he who did nothing because he could do only a little.
Edmund Burke, statesman and writer (1729-1797 )
All men are brothers, we like to say, half-wishing sometimes in secret it were not true. But perhaps it is true. And is the evolutionary line from protozoan to Spinoza any less certain? That also may be true. We are obliged, therefore, to spread the news, painful and bitter though it may be for some to hear, that all living things on earth are kindred.
Edward Abbey, naturalist and author (1927-1989 )
Words are the small change of thought.
Jules Renard, writer (1864-1910 )
He who dares not offend cannot be honest.
Thomas Paine, philosopher and writer (1737-1809 )
The highest result of education is tolerance.
Helen Keller, author and lecturer (1880-1968 )
I refuse to answer that question on the grounds that I don't know the answer.
Douglas Adams, satirist (1952-2001 )
Just as a cautious businessman avoids tying up all his capital in one concern, so, perhaps, worldly wisdom will advise us not to look for the whole of our satisfaction from a single aspiration.
Sigmund Freud, neurologist, founder of psychoanalysis (1856-1939)