No problem can stand the assault of sustained thinking.
— Voltaire (Francois-Marie Arouet), French author, wit and philosopher (1694-1778)
We learn more from welcoming criticism than rendering judgment.
— Attributed to Jiri Jelinek, Czech chess champion
He who dares to teach must never cease to learn.
Security can only be achieved through constant change, through discarding old ideas that have outlived their usefulness and adapting others to current facts.
— William O. Douglas, American jurist, Supreme Court justice (1898-1980)
Security is a false god; begin making sacrifices to it and you are lost.
— Paul Bowles, American novelist (1910-1999)
Happiness does not depend on outward things, but on the way we see them.
— Count Leo Tolstoy, Russian novelist (1828-1910)
A belief is not true because it is useful.
— Henri Amiel, Swiss writer (1821-1881)
Believe nothing merely because you have been told it. Do not believe what your teacher tells you merely out of respect for the teacher. But whatsoever, after due examination and analysis, you find to be kind, conducive to the good, the benefit, the welfare of all beings — that doctrine believe and cling to, and take it as your guide.
— Buddha (Siddhartha Gautama), Indian philosopher and founder of Buddhism (c. 563-c. 483 B.C.)
I’m an idealist. I don’t know where I’m going but I’m on the way.
— Carl Sandburg, American poet and writer (1878-1967)
Idealism increases in direct proportion to ones distance from the problem.
— John Galsworthy, English novelist (1867-1933)
A pessimist is a man who has been compelled to live with an optimist.
— Elbert Hubbard, American entrepreneur and philosopher (founder of the Roycroft firm) (1856-1915)
In nature a repulsive caterpillar turns into a lovely butterfly. But with human beings it is the other way round: a lovely butterfly turns into a repulsive caterpillar.
— Anton Chekhov, Russian dramatist and short story writer (1860-1904)
People, like water, will run downhill, seeking their lowest level unless something interdicts them.
— Cal Thomas, American journalist (b. 1942)
It is silly to go on pretending that under the skin we are brothers. The truth is more likely that under the skin we are all cannibals, assassins, traitors, liars and hypocrites.
— Henry Miller, American novelist (1891-1980)
My Son, these maxims make a rule An lump them ay thegither: The Rigid Righteous is a fool, The Rigid Wise anither.
— Robert Burns, Scottish poet (1759-1796)
Ideology is just an escape from thought.
— John Kenneth Galbraith, North American economist, diplomat, author (b. 1908)
The proper man understands equity, the small man profits.
— Confucius (K’ung Fu-tzu), Chinese sage (551-479 B.C.)
A weak mind is like a microscope, which magnifies trifling things but cannot receive great ones.
— G.K. Chesterton, English essayist and poet (1874-1936)
Those who give too much attention to trifling things become generally incapable of great ones.
— François duc de la Rochefoucauld, French epigrammatist (1613-1680)
Our firmest convictions are apt to be the most suspect, they mark our limitations and our bounds. Life is a petty thing unless it is moved by the indomitable urge to extend its boundaries.
— Jose Ortega y Gasset, Spanish philosopher, statesman and writer (1883-1955)
The death of dogma is the birth of reality.
— Immanuel Kant, Prussian philosopher and geographer (1724-1804)
He that will not apply new remedies must expect new evils.
— Francis Bacon, English statesman, philosopher of science and author (1561-1626)
When people are least sure, they are often most dogmatic.
— John Kenneth Galbraith, North American economist, author and diplomat (b. 1908)
A fanatic is someone who can’t change his mind and won’t change the subject.
— Winston Churchill, British prime minister and war leader, Nobel Prize-winning author (1874-1965)
New opinions are always suspected, and usually opposed, without any other reason but because they are not common.
— John Locke, English empiricist philosopher (1632-1704)
Our life is what our thoughts make it.
— Marcus Aurelius, Roman emperor and Stoic philosopher (121-180 A.D.)
The whole problem with the world is that fools and fanatics are always so certain of themselves, but wiser people are so full of doubts.
— Bertrand Russell, English mathematician, philosopher, Nobel Prize-winning author (1872-1970)
Nature has given us two ears and two eyes but only one tongue, so we should hear and see more than we speak.
— Greek proverb
A wise man makes his own decisions; the ignorant goes with the crowd.
— Chinese proverb
Insanity is doing the same thing in the same way and expecting a different outcome.
— Chinese proverb
I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.
— Martin Luther King Jr., American civil rights leader (1929-1968)
The greatest evidence of demoralization is the respect paid to wealth.
— French proverb