Walter Scott: Willows and oaks

The willow which bends to the tempest, often escapes better than the oak which resists it; and so in great calamities, it sometimes happens that light and frivolous spirits recover their elasticity and presence of mind sooner than those of a loftier character. -Walter Scott, novelist and poet (1771-1832).

Jean-Baptiste Alphonse Karr: Three characters

Every man possesses three characters: that which he exhibits, that which he really has, and that which he believes he has. -Jean-Baptiste Alphonse Karr, novelist and journalist (1808-1890).

Jean-Baptiste Alphonse Karr: 240 x 187 mm, Kol...

Jean-Baptiste Alphonse Karr: 240 x 187 mm, Kollodium auf Glas (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Paul Auster: Only the good

Only the good doubt their own goodness, which is what makes them good in the first place. The bad know they are good, but the good know nothing. They spend their lives forgiving others, but they can’t forgive themselves. -Paul Auster, novelist and poet (b. 1947).

Alexander Solzhenitsyn: Power over people

You only have power over people as long as you don’t take everything away from them. But when you’ve robbed a man of everything, he’s no longer in your power — he’s free again. 

English: Solzhenicyn

English: Solzhenicyn (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Alexander Solzhenitsyn, novelist, Nobel laureate (1918-2008)