The fact that we live at the bottom of a deep gravity well, on the surface of a gas covered planet going around a nuclear fireball 90 million miles away and think this to be normal is obviously some indication of how skewed our perspective tends to be.
Douglas Adams, satirist (1952-2001 )
To the complaint, 'There are no people in these photographs,' I respond, 'There are always two people: the photographer and the viewer.'
Ansel Adams, photographer (1902-1984 )
Say not, 'I have found the truth,' but rather, 'I have found a truth.'
Kahlil Gibran, mystic, poet, and artist (1883-1931 )
Every man's memory is his private literature.
Aldous Huxley, novelist (1894-1963 )
Politeness is the art of choosing among your thoughts.
Madame de Stael, writer (1766-1817 )
It has always seemed strange to me that in our endless discussions about education so little stress is laid on the pleasure of becoming an educated person, the enormous interest it adds to life. To be able to be caught up into the world of thought -- that is to be educated.
Edith Hamilton, educator and writer (1867-1963 )
Doubt everything at least once, even the proposition that two times two equals four.
Georg Christoph Lichtenberg, scientist and philosopher (1742-1799 )
To fully understand a grand and beautiful thought requires, perhaps, as much time as to conceive it.
Joseph Joubert, essayist (1754-1824 )
The real index of civilization is when people are kinder than they need to be.
Louis de Berniere, novelist (b. 1954 )
It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it.