“Men rarely (if ever) managed to dream up a god superior to themselves. Most gods have the manners and morals of a spoiled child.”
—-Robert A. Heinlein.
“It is almost impossible to carry the torch of truth through a crowd without singeing somebody’s beard.” -Georg Christoph Lichtenberg
“In a room where people unanimously maintain a conspiracy of silence, one word of truth sounds like a pistol shot.”
— -Czeslaw Milosz.
“A body of men holding themselves accountable to nobody ought not to be trusted by anybody.”
“People change and forget to tell each other.”
“The thing that makes you exceptional, if you are at all, is inevitably that which must also make you lonely.”
“Sin is geographical.”
“In small matters trust the mind, in large ones the heart.”
“Lots of times you have to pretend to join a parade in which you’re not really interested in order to get where you’re going.” -Christopher Morley.
“Do not think of knocking out another person’s brains because he differs in opinion from you. It would be as rational to knock yourself on the head because you differ from yourself ten years ago.”
“Man can be the most affectionate and altruistic of creatures, yet he’s potentially more vicious than any other. He is the only one who can be persuaded to hate millions of his own kind whom he has never seen and to kill as many as he can lay his hands on in the name of his tribe or his God.”
—- -Benjamin Spock.
“Neither great poverty nor great riches will hear reason.”
“All religions united with government are more or less inimical to liberty. All, separated from government, are compatible with liberty.”
“The best portion of a good man’s life is his little, nameless, unremembered acts of kindness and of love.”
“Few things can help an individual more than to place responsibility on him, and to let him know that you trust him.”
—Booker T. Washington.
“Perhaps travel cannot prevent bigotry, but by demonstrating that all peoples cry, laugh, eat, worry, and die, it can introduce the idea that if we try and understand each other, we may even become friends.”
“Had we but world enough, and time, / This coyness, Lady, were no crime.”
“We take our bearings, daily, from others. To be sane is, to a great extent, to be sociable.”
“Religions are not revealed: they are evolved. If a religion were revealed by God, that religion would be perfect in whole and in part, and would be as perfect at the first moment of its revelation as after ten thousand years of practice. There has never been a religion that fulfills those conditions.”
“You can sometimes count every orange on a tree but never all the trees in a single orange.”
“Fight for the things that you care about, but do it in a way that will lead others to join you.”
—-Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
“Nature’s laws affirm instead of prohibit. If you violate her laws, you are your own prosecuting attorney, judge, jury, and hangman.”
“Concentrate all your thoughts upon the work at hand. The sun’s rays do not burn until brought to a focus.”
—Alexander Graham Bell.
“Not being able to govern events, I govern myself.”
—-Michel de Montaigne.
“I look at the world and I notice it’s turning / While my guitar gently weeps / With every mistake we must surely be learning / Still my guitar gently weeps.”
“It seems that for success, in science or art, a dash of autism is essential. For success the necessary ingredients may be an ability to turn away from the everyday world, from the simple practical, an ability to rethink a subject with originality so as to create in new untrodden ways.”
“The opportunity for creativity begins the moment we don’t know what we’re doing.”
“Hofstadter’s Law: It always takes longer than you expect, even when you take into account Hofstadter’s Law.”
“It doesn’t have to be beautiful, it doesn’t have to be perfect, it just has to be done.”
“Trees fall with spectacular crashes. Planting is silent and growth invisible.”