No matter what side of the argument you are on, you always find people on your side that you wish were on the other.
Jascha Heifetz, violinist (1901-1987 )
How can they say my life is not a success? Have I not for more than sixty years got enough to eat and escaped being eaten?
Logan Pearsall Smith, essayist (1865-1946 )
God must have loved the people in power, for he made them so much like their own image of him.
Kenneth Patchen, poet and novelist (1911-1972 )
The most tyrannical of governments are those which make crimes of opinions, for everyone has an inalienable right to his thoughts.
Baruch Spinoza, philosopher (1632-1677 )
Most men resemble great deserted palaces: the owner occupies only a few rooms and has closed off wings where he never ventures.
François Mauriac, writer, Nobel laureate (11 Oct 1885-1970)
The life of every man is a diary in which he means to write one story, and writes another, and his humblest hour is when he compares the volume as it is with what he vowed to make it.
James M. Barrie, novelist and playwright (1860-1937 )
Plenty of kind, decent, caring people have no religious beliefs, and they act out of the goodness of their hearts. Conversely, plenty of people who profess to be religious, even those who worship regularly, show no particular interest in the world beyond themselves.
John Danforth, priest, ambassador, senator (b. 1936 )
A man said to the universe: "Sir I exist!" "However," replied the universe, "The fact has not created in me A sense of obligation."
Stephen Crane, writer (1871-1900 )
A free society is a place where it's safe to be unpopular.
Adlai Stevenson, governor, ambassador (1900-1965)
Ignorance, allied with power, is the most ferocious enemy justice can have.