Perhaps the best cure for the fear of death is to reflect that life has a beginning as well as an end. There was a time when you were not: that gives us no concern. Why then should it trouble us that a time will come when we shall cease to be? To die is only to be as we were before we were born.
William Hazlitt, essayist (1778-1830 )
The most preposterous notion that Homo sapiens has ever dreamed up is that the Lord God of Creation, Shaper and Ruler of all the Universes, wants the saccharine adoration of His creatures, can be swayed by their prayers, and becomes petulant if He does not receive this flattery. Yet this absurd fantasy, without a shred of evidence to bolster it, pays all the expenses of the oldest, largest, and least productive industry in all history.
Robert A. Heinlein, science-fiction author (1907-1988 )
The only fence against the world is a thorough knowledge of it.
John Locke, philosopher (1632-1704 )
Forget not that the earth delights to feel your bare feet and the winds long to play with your hair.
Kahlil Gibran, mystic, poet, and artist (1883-1931 )
This is my living faith, an active faith, a faith of verbs: to question, explore, experiment, experience, walk, run, dance, play, eat, love, learn, dare, taste, touch, smell, listen, argue, speak, write, read, draw, provoke, emote, scream, sin, repent, cry, kneel, pray, bow, rise, stand, look, laugh, cajole, create, confront, confound, walk back, walk forward, circle, hide, and seek. To seek: to embrace the questions, be wary of answers.
Terry Tempest Williams, naturalist and author (1955- )
Neither a man nor a crowd nor a nation can be trusted to act humanely or to think sanely under the influence of a great fear.
Bertrand Russell, philosopher, mathematician, author, Nobel laureate (1872-1970 )
If Tyranny and Oppression come to this land, it will be in the guise of fighting a foreign enemy.
James Madison, fourth us president (1751-1836 )
The world is a story we tell ourselves about the world.
Vikram Chandra, novelist (b. 1961 )
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 )
Beauty is truth, truth beauty, that is all Ye know on earth, and all ye need to know.