In youth we feel richer for every new illusion; in maturer years, for every one we lose.
Madame Anne Sophie Swetchine, mystic (1782-1857 )
If you want to make peace with your enemy, you have to work with your enemy. Then he becomes your partner.
Nelson Mandela, activist, south African president, Nobel laureate (b. 1918 )
To do nothing is sometimes a good remedy.
Hippocrates, physician (460-c.377 BCE )
There is as much difference between us and ourselves as between us and others.
Michel de Montaigne, essayist (1533-1592 )
In science it often happens that scientists say, "You know that's a really good argument; my position is mistaken," and then they would actually change their minds and you never hear that old view from them again. They really do it. It doesn't happen as often as it should, because scientists are human and change is sometimes painful. But it happens every day. I cannot recall the last time something like that happened in politics or religion.
Carl Sagan, astronomer and writer (1934-1996 )
You desire to know the art of living, my friend? It is contained in one phrase: make use of suffering.
Henri Frederic Amiel, philosopher and writer (1821-1881 )
The art of being wise is the art of knowing what to overlook.
William James, psychologist and philosopher (1842-1910)
People change and forget to tell each other.
Lillian Hellman, playwright (1905-1984)
Vocations which we wanted to pursue, but didn't, bleed, like colors, on the whole of our existence.
Honore de Balzac, novelist (1799-1850 )
The saddest aspect of life right now is that science gathers knowledge faster than society gathers wisdom.