Those who cannot forgive others break the bridge over which they themselves must pass.
Confucius, philosopher and teacher (c. 551-478 BCE )
If I were not an atheist, I would believe in a God who would choose to save people on the basis of the totality of their lives and not the pattern of their words. I think he would prefer an honest and righteous atheist to a TV preacher whose every word is God, God, God, and whose every deed is foul, foul, foul.
Isaac Asimov, scientist and writer (1920-1992 )
Forgive him, for he believes that the customs of his tribe are the laws of nature.
George Bernard Shaw, writer, Nobel laureate (1856-1950 )
What can be added to the happiness of a man who is in health, out of debt, and has a clear conscience?
Adam Smith, economist (1723-1790 )
A society that gets rid of all its troublemakers goes downhill.
Robert A. Heinlein, science-fiction author (1907-1988 )
Any fool can destroy trees. They cannot defend themselves or run away. And few destroyers of trees ever plant any; nor can planting avail much toward restoring our grand aboriginal giants. It took more than three thousand years to make some of the oldest of the Sequoias, trees that are still standing in perfect strength and beauty, waving and singing in the mighty forests of the Sierra.
John Muir, naturalist, explorer, and write (1838-1914 )
Every man is a creature of the age in which he lives, and few are able to raise themselves above the ideas of the time.
Voltaire, philosopher and writer (1694-1778 )
Familiarity is a magician that is cruel to beauty but kind to ugliness.
Ouida [pen name of Marie Louise de la Ramee], novelist (1839-1908 )
A civilized society is one which tolerates eccentricity to the point of doubtful sanity.