The root of all superstition is that men observe when a thing hits, but not when it misses.
Francis Bacon, essayist, philosopher, and statesman (1561-1626 )
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 )
Puritanism: The haunting fear that someone, somewhere may be happy.
H.L. Mencken, writer, editor, and critic (1880-1956 )
Be regular and orderly in your life so that you may be violent and original in your work.
Gustave Flaubert, novelist (1821-1880 )
It is not what we do, but also what we do not do, for which we are accountable.
Moliere, actor and playwright (1622-1673)
The church says: The body is a sin. Science says: The body is a machine. Advertising says: The body is a business. The body says: I am a fiesta.
Eduardo Galeano, journalist and novelist (b. 1940)
The pain passes but the beauty remains. [responding to Matisse on why he painted in spite of his painful arthritis]
Pierre-Auguste Renoir, artist ((1841-1919))
What religion a man shall have is a historical accident, quite as much as what language he shall speak.
George Santayana, philosopher (1863-1952 )
Twin Mystery: To many people artists seem / undisciplined and lawless. / Such laziness, with such great gifts, / seems little short of crime. / One mystery is how they make / the things they make so flawless; / another, what they're doing with / their energy and time.
Piet Hein, poet and scientist (1905-1996 )
I wanted a perfect ending. Now I've learned, the hard way, that some poems don't rhyme, and some stories don't have a clear beginning, middle, and end. Life is about not knowing, having to change, taking the moment and making the best of it, without knowing what's going to happen next. Delicious ambiguity.