I find it difficult to feel responsible for the suffering of others. That's why I find war so hard to bear. It's the same with animals: I feel the less harm I do, the lighter my heart. I love a light heart. And when I know I'm causing suffering, I feel the heaviness of it. It's a physical pain. So it's self-interest that I don't want to cause harm.
Alice Walker, author (b. 1944 )
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 )
They are happy men whose natures sort with their vocations.
Francis Bacon, essayist, philosopher, and statesman (1561-1626 )
On the mountains of truth you can never climb in vain: either you will reach a point higher up today, or you will be training your powers so that you will be able to climb higher tomorrow.
Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche, philosopher (1844-1900 )
One has a moral responsibility to disobey unjust laws.
Martin Luther King, Jr., statesman, Nobel laureate (1929-1968 )
To profess to be doing God's will is a form of megalomania.
Joseph Prescott, aphorist (1913-2001 )
Against my will, in the course of my travels, the belief that everything worth knowing was known at Cambridge gradually wore off. In this respect my travels were very useful to me.
Bertrand Russell, philosopher, mathematician, author, Nobel laureate (1872-1970 )
Those who cannot forgive others break the bridge over which they themselves must pass.
Confucius, philosopher and teacher (c. 551-478 BCE )
They know enough who know how to learn.
Henry Adams, (1838-1918 )
They laughed when I said I was going to be a comedian. They're not laughing now.