Human beings, who are almost unique in having the ability to learn from the experience of others, are also remarkable for their apparent disinclination to do so.
The whole art of teaching is only the art of awakening the natural curiosity of young minds for the purpose of satisfying it afterwards.
--Anatole France, (1844-1924)
Be slow in choosing a friend, slower in changing.
I can't go back to yesterday, because I was a different person then.
--Lewis Carroll (1832-1898)
The difference between perseverance and obstinacy is that one comes from a strong will, and the other from a strong won't.
--Henry Ward Beecher
When you live in the shadow of insanity, the appearance of another mind that thinks and talks as yours does is something close to a blessed event.
What is laid down, ordered, factual is never enough to embrace the whole truth: life always spills over the rim of every cup.
The whole motivation for any performer is 'Look at me, Ma.'
It is a very lonely life that a man leads, who becomes aware of truths before their times.
--Thomas Brackett Reed, politician (1839-1902)
The key to being a good manager is keeping the people who hate me away from those who are still undecided.
-- Casey Stengel,
Classic: a book people praise but don't read.
-- Mark Twain, (1835-1910)
It is well to remember that the entire universe, with one trifling exception, is composed of others.
--John Andrew Holmes
A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds, adored by little statesmen and philosophers and divines.
--Ralph Waldo Emerson, (1803-1882)
If money be not thy servant, it will be thy master. The covetous man cannot so properly be said to possess wealth, as that may be said to possess him.
-Francis Bacon, (1561-1626)
We should not pretend to understand the world only by the intellect. The judgment of the intellect is only part of the truth.
--Carl Gustav Jung
The real danger is not that computers will begin to think like men, but that men will begin to think like computers.
--Sydney J. Harris
The pursuit of truth and beauty is a sphere of activity in which we are permitted to remain children all our lives.
--Albert Einstein, (1879-1955)
Examinations are formidable even to the best prepared, for the greatest fool may ask more than the wisest man can answer.
--Charles Caleb Colton, (1780-1832)
The actions of men are the best interpreters of their thoughts.
--John Locke, philosopher (1632-1704)
Writing is like driving a car at night. You can only see as far as the headlights, but you make the whole trip that way.
--E.L. Doctorow, (1931- )
Many a man's reputation would not know his character if they met on the street.