Every age is fed on illusions, lest men should renounce life early and the human race come to an end.
Joseph Conrad, novelist (1857-1924 )
You can preach a better sermon with your life than with your lips.
Oliver Goldsmith, writer and physician (1730-1774 )
When I can look Life in the eyes, Grown calm and very coldly wise, Life will have given me the Truth, And taken in exchange---my youth.
Sara Teasdale, poet (1884-1933 )
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 )
A king can stand people fighting but he can't last long if people start thinking.
Will Rogers, humorist (1879-1935 )
Oh, threats of hell and hopes of paradise! / One thing at least is certain -- this life flies; / One thing is certain, and the rest is lies; / The flower that once has blown forever dies.
Omar Khayyam, poet, mathematician, philosopher, astronomer, and physician (1048-1131 )
A mature person is one who does not think only in absolutes, who is able to be objective even when deeply stirred emotionally, who has learned that there is both good and bad in all people and in all things, and who walks humbly and deals charitably with the circumstances of life, knowing that in this world no one is all knowing and therefore all of us need both love and charity.
Eleanor Roosevelt, diplomat and writer (1884-1962 )
When one door of happiness closes, another opens; but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one which has been opened for us.
Helen Keller, author and lecturer (1880-1968 )
A thing is not necessarily true because a man dies for it.