Each man takes care that his neighbor shall not cheat him. But a day comes when he begins to care that he does not cheat his neighbor. Then all goes well -- he has changed his market-cart into a chariot of the sun.
Ralph Waldo Emerson, writer and philosopher (1803-1882 )
There is not less wit nor less invention in applying rightly a thought one finds in a book, than in being the first author of that thought.
Pierre Bayle, philosopher and writer (1647-1706 )
There is nothing worse than a sharp image of a fuzzy concept.
Ansel Adams, photographer (1902-1984 )
Some people walk in the rain, others just get wet.
Roger Miller, musician (1936-1992 )
The man who prefers his country before any other duty shows the same spirit as the man who surrenders every right to the state. They both deny that right is superior to authority.
Lord Acton, historian (1834-1902 )
It takes a certain maturity of mind to accept that nature works as steadily in rust as in rose petals.
Esther Warner Dendel, writer and artist (1910-2002 )
Intolerance of ambiguity is the mark of an authoritarian personality.
Theodor Adorno, philosopher and composer (1903-1969 )
If the doors of perception were cleansed everything would appear to man as it is, infinite.
William Blake, poet, engraver, and painter (1757-1827 )
What can be asserted without proof can be dismissed without proof.
Christopher Hitchens, author and journalist (b. 1949 )
The things we admire in men, kindness and generosity, openness, honesty, understanding and feeling are the concomitants of failure in our system. And those traits we detest, sharpness, greed, acquisitiveness, meanness, egotism and self-interest are the traits of success. And while men admire the quality of the first they love the produce of the second.
John Steinbeck, novelist, Nobel laureate (1902-1968 )