If you hate a person, you hate something in him that is part of yourself. What isn't part of ourselves doesn't disturb us.
I never think of the future. It comes soon enough.
--Albert Einstein (1879-1955)
The value of the average conversation could be enormously improved by the constant use of four simple words: "I do not know."
The study of error is not only in the highest degree prophylactic, but it serves as a stimulating introduction to the study of truth.
--Walter Lippmann, (1889-1974)
Our plans miscarry because they have no aim. When a man does not know what harbor he is making for, no wind is the right wind.
The highest reward for a man's toil is not what he gets for it but what he becomes by it.
The worth of a book is to be measured by what you can carry away from it.
The gem cannot be polished without friction, nor man perfected without trials.
They are happy men whose natures sort with their vocations.
--Francis Bacon, essayist, philosopher, and statesman (1561-1626)
You can't always get what you want. But if you try, sometimes you'll find what you need.
The large print giveth, and the small print taketh away.
Accustomed to the veneer of noise, to the shibboleths of promotion, public relations, and market research, society is suspicious of those who value silence.
There is nothing so agonizing to the fine skin of vanity as the application of a rough truth.
--Edward Bulwer-Lytton, writer (1803-1873)
Live in such a way that you would not be ashamed to sell your parrot to the town gossip.
The spirit of democracy cannot be imposed from without. It has to come from within.
--Mohandas K. Gandhi (1869-1948)
Whenever books are burned men also in the end are burned.
Faced with the choice between changing one's mind and proving that there is no need to do so, almost everyone gets busy on the proof.
Oh, how small a portion of earth will hold us when we are dead, who ambitiously seek after the whole world while we are living!
--Philip of Macedon, father of Alexander the Great (382-336 BCE)
An expert is a person who avoids small error as he sweeps on to the grand fallacy.
After the game, the king and pawn go into the same box.
It is one of the commonest of mistakes to consider that the limit of our power of perception is also the limit of all there is to perceive.
Boredom is a vital problem for the moralist, since at least half of the sins of mankind are caused by the fear of it.
--Bertrand Russell, (1872-1970)