"He conquers who endures."
-Aulus Persius Flaccus
"If men cease to believe that they will one day become gods then
they will surely become worms."
“Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want
to test a man’s character, give him power.”
"Imagination is more important than knowledge.
Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world."
"If you are ruled by mind you are a king; if by body, a slave."
"Maybe the brilliance of the brilliant can be
understood only by the nearly brilliant."
"Life without learning is death."
"It is a miracle that curiosity survives formal education."
"I can't give you brains, but I can give you a diploma."
-Wizard of Oz (L. Frank Baum)
"Wit is educated insolence."
“The ability to quote is a serviceable substitute for wit.”
"There is quite definitely something or other deranged in my brain."
"No enemy is so terrible as a man of genius."
"Beware the fury of a patient man."
"If a man cannot keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is
because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the
music he hears however measured or faraway."
-Henry David Thoreau
"Not all who wander are lost."
-J. R. R. Tolkien
"I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference."
"That so few now dare to be eccentric, marks the chief danger
of our time."
-John Stuart Mill
"Great spirits have always encountered violent oppositions
from mediocre minds."
"Who so would be a man must be a nonconformist."
-Ralph Waldo Emerson
"The most dangerous man to any government is the man who is able
to think things out for himself, without regard to the prevailing
superstitions and taboos. Almost inevitably he comes to the conclusion
that the government he lives under is dishonest, insane and intolerable,
and so, if he is romantic, he tries to change it. And even if he is not
romantic personally he is very apt to spread discontent among those who are."
“A ‘No’ uttered from deepest conviction is better and greater than a
‘Yes’ merely uttered to please, or what is worse, to avoid trouble.”
"Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter."
-Martin Luther King Jr.
"Anyone in a free society where the laws are unjust has an
obligation to break the law."
-Henry David Thoreau
"The strongest reason for the people to retain the right to keep
and bear arms is, as a last resort, to protect themselves against
tyranny in government."
"The laws that forbid the carrying of arms are laws of such nature.
They disarm only those who are neither inclined nor determined to
commit crimes... such laws serve rather to encourage than to prevent
homocides, for an unarmed man may be attacked with greater confidence
than an armed man."
"When the state is most corrupt, then the laws are most multiplied."
"Custom is the law of fools."
"It is better to remain silent and to be thought of as a fool,
than to open your mouth and remove all doubt."
"If 50 million people say a foolish thing, it is still a foolish thing."
"Fools rush in where angels fear to tread."
"Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity;
and I'm not sure about the universe."
"It is a capital mistake to theorize before one has data. Insensibly
one begins to twist facts to suit theories instead of theories
to suit facts."
-Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
"The foundation of morality should not be made dependent on myth nor
tied to any authority lest doubt about the myth or about the legitimacy
of the authority imperil the foundation of sound judgment and action."
"It was, of course, a lie what you read about my religious
convictions, a lie which is being systematically repeated. I do
not believe in a personal God and I have never denied this but
have expressed it clearly. If something is in me which can be
called religious then it is the unbounded admiration for the
structure of the world so far as our science can reveal it."
"I have repeatedly said that in my opinion the idea of a personal
God is a childlike one..."
"This would be the best of all possible worlds, if there were no religion in it."
"Question with boldness even the existence of a God; because, if
there be one, he must more approve the homage of reason, than
that of blind-folded fear."
"The day will come when the mystical generation of Jesus, by
the supreme being as his father in the womb of a virgin, will
be classed with the fable of the generation of Minerva in the
brain of Jupiter."
"The Christian God is a being of terrific character - cruel,
vindictive, capricious and unjust."
"It is often said in the Bible that God spake unto Moses, but how
do you know that God spake unto Moses? Because, you will say, the
Bible says so. The Koran says, that God spake unto Mahomet, do you
believe that too? No. Why not? Because, you will say, you do not
believe it; and so because you do, and because you don't is all
the reason you can give for believing or disbelieving except that
you will say that Mahomet was an impostor. And how do you know
Moses was not an impostor?"
"If thou trusteth to the book called the Scriptures, thou trusteth
to the rotten staff of fables and of falsehood."
"Faith: Belief without evidence in what is told by one who speaks
without knowledge, of things without parallel."
"The way to see by faith is to shut the eye of reason."
"Religion is the most malevolent of all mind viruses."
-Arthur C. Clarke
"I have never seen the slightest proof of the religious theories
of heaven and hell, of future life for individuals, or of a
personal God. If there is really any soul, I have found no
evidence of it in my investigations."
"I am a hopeless materialist. I see the soul as nothing else than
the sim of activities of the organism plus personal habits -- plus
inherited habits, memories, experiences, of the organism. I believe
that when I am dead, I am dead. I believe that with my death I am
just as much obliterated as the last mosquito you and I squashed."
"Science is the record of dead religions."
"I would love to believe that when I die I will live again, that
some thinking, feeling, remembering part of me will continue.
But as much as I want to believe that, and despite the ancient
and worldwide cultural traditions that assert an afterlife, I know
of nothing to suggest that it is more than wishful thinking."
"All thinking men are atheists."
"We must respect the other fellow's religion, but only in the
sense and to the extent that we respect his theory that his
wife is beautiful and his children smart."
-H. L. Mencken
"If only God would give me some clear sign! Like making a large
deposit in my name in a Swiss bank."
"I don't see any god up here."
"I just believe in one fewer god than you do. When you understand
why you dismiss all the other gods you will understand why I
-Stephen F. Roberts
"This is my simple religion. There is no need for temples; no
need for complicated philosophy. Our own brain, our own heart
is our temple; the philosophy is kindness."
"So far as I can remember, there is not one word in the
Gospels in praise of intelligence."
"Distrust and caution are the parents of security."
"Money is not the root of all evil; excessive greed
is the root of all evil."
"So you think that money is the root of all evil. Have you ever
asked what is the root of all money?"
"Beware of little expenses; a small leak will sink a great ship."
"Never spend your money before you have it."
"Money frees you from doing things you dislike. Since I
dislike doing nearly everything, money is handy."
"Work is a necessary evil to be avoided."
"There is no more fatal blunderer than he who consumes the greater
part of his life getting his living."
-Henry David Thoreau
"The most utterly lost of all days,
is that in which you have not once laughed."
-Sebastien Roch Nicolas Chamfort
"To lose a friend is the greatest of all losses."
"He who hath many friends, hath none."
"I have never found a companion that was so companionable as solitude."
-Henry David Thoreau
"Whosoever is delighted in solitude is either a wild beast or a god."
-Sir Francis Bacon
"He never is alone that is accompanied with noble thoughts."
“To fall in love with yourself is the first secret of happiness. Then
if you’re not a good mixer you can always fall back on your own company.”
"If it is love that makes the world go round, it is self-induction
that makes electromagnetic waves go round the world."
"Like an unchecked cancer, hate corrodes the personality and
eats away its vital unity. Hate destroys a man's sense of
values and his objectivity. It causes him to describe the
beautiful as ugly and the ugly as beautiful, and to confuse
the true with the false and the false with the true."
-Martin Luther King Jr
"Plato is dear to me, but dearer still is truth."
"To be honest, as this world goes,
Is to be one pick'd out of ten thousand."
"To be, or not to be, that is the question."
"The worst is death, and death will have its day."
"To all, to each, a fair good night,
And pleasing dreams, and slumbers light."
-Sir Walter Scott