To be able under all circumstances to practice five things constitutes perfect virtue; these five things are gravity, generosity of soul, sincerity, earnestness and kindness.
Confucius, philosopher and teacher (c. 551-478 BCE )
What can be asserted without proof can be dismissed without proof.
Christopher Hitchens, author and journalist (b. 1949 )
Not being able to govern events, I govern myself.
Michel de Montaigne, essayist (1533-1592 )
Whenever people say, 'We mustn't be sentimental,' you can take it they are about to do something cruel. And if they add, 'We must be realistic,' they mean they are going to make money out of it.
Brigid Brophy, writer, (1929-1995 )
Animals have these advantages over man: they never hear the clock strike, they die without any idea of death, they have no theologians to instruct them, their last moments are not disturbed by unwelcome and unpleasant ceremonies, their funerals cost them nothing, and no one starts lawsuits over their wills.
Voltaire, philosopher and writer (1694-1778 )
It does me no injury for my neighbor to say there are twenty gods or no God.
Thomas Jefferson, third us president, architect and author (1743-1826 )
Truth, in matters of religion, is simply the opinion that has survived.
Oscar Wilde, writer (1854-1900 )
We are not the same persons this year as last; nor are those we love. It is a happy chance if we, changing, continue to love a changed person.
William Somerset Maugham, writer (1874-1965 )
Until you dig a hole, you plant a tree, you water it and make it survive, you haven't done a thing. You are just talking.
Wangari Muta Maathai, activist and Nobel laureate (b. 1940 )
No sooner is the rage of hunger appeased than it becomes difficult to comprehend the meaning of starvation. It is only when you suffer that you really understand.