We have enslaved the rest of the animal creation, and have treated our distant cousins in fur and feathers so badly that beyond doubt, if they were able to formulate a religion, they would depict the Devil in human form.
--William R. Inge (1860-1954)
Distrust all in whom the impulse to punish is powerful.
--Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche, (1844-1900)
Everything that irritates us about others can lead us to an understanding of ourselves.
--Carl Jung, (1875-1961)
I never found the companion that was so companionable as solitude.
--Henry David Thoreau, (1817-1862)
"The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing."
-- Edmund Burke
The function of wisdom is to discriminate between good and evil.
Science may have found a cure for most evils; but it has found no remedy for the worst of them all -- the apathy of human beings.
-- Helen Keller
The world is a dangerous place to live, not because of the people who are evil, but because of the people who don't do anything about it.
-- Albert Einstein
When you choose the lesser of two evils, always remember that it is still an evil.
-- Max Lerner
Man had always assumed that he was more intelligent than dolphins because he had achieved so much... the wheel, New York, wars, and so on, whilst all the dolphins had ever done was muck about in the water having a good time. But conversely the dolphins believed themselves to be more intelligent than man for precisely the same reasons.
-- Douglas Adams
Happiness is not a goal; it is a by-product.
--Eleanor Roosevelt, diplomat and author (1884-1962)
When choosing between two evils I always like to take the one I've never tried before.
-- Mae West
To defeat them, first we must understand them.
-- Elie Wiesel
Education is the ability to listen to almost anything without losing your temper or your self-confidence.
Not only does the English Language borrow words from other languages, it sometimes chases them down dark alleys, hits them over the head, and goes through their pockets.
The more powerful and original a mind, the more it will incline towards the religion of solitude.
--Aldous Huxley, (1894-1963)
The bamboo that bends is stronger than the oak that resists.
If it keeps up, man will atrophy all his limbs but the push-button finger.
--Frank Lloyd Wright
When a population becomes distracted by trivia, when cultural life is redefined as a perpetual round of entertainments, when serious public conversation becomes a form of baby-talk, when, in short, a people become an audience and their public business a vaudeville act, then a nation finds itself at risk; culture-death is a clear possibility.
--Neil Postman, Amusing Ourselves to Death
The universe is a big place, perhaps the biggest.
Whenever a separation is made between liberty and justice, neither, in my opinion, is safe.
Cry, "Havoc!" and let slip the dogs of war.
--William Shakespeare, Julius Caesar III.i.270