Trust that man in nothing who has not a conscience in everything.
— Laurence Sterne, English novelist (1713-1768)
Most men sell their souls and live with a good conscience on the proceeds.
— Logan Pearsall Smith, American-British editor and essayist (1865-1946)
Reason often makes mistakes but conscience never does.
— Josh Billings (Henry Wheeler Shaw), American writer and humorist (1818-1885)
Conscience is thoroughly well-bred and soon leaves off talking to those who do not wish to hear it.
— Samuel Butler, English poet (1612-1680)
The difficulty is to know conscience from self-interest.
— William Dean Howells, American journalist and novelist (1837-1920)
When your intelligence don’t tell you something ain’t right, your conscience gives you a tap you on the shoulder and says ‘Hold on’. If it don’t, you’re a snake.
— Elvis Presley, American rock ‘n’ roll icon (1935-1977)
Grub first, then ethics.
— Bertolt Brecht, German dramatist (1898-1956)
All bad precedents begin as justifiable measures.
— Julius Caesar, Roman general, statesman and writer (100-44 B.C.)
If we only wanted to be happy it would be easy; but we want to be happier than other people, which is almost always difficult, since we think them happier than they are.
— Charles-Louis de Secondat Baron de Montesquieu, French jurist and political philosopher (1689-1755)
A man can refrain from wanting what he has not and cheerfully make the best of a bird in the hand.
— Seneca, Roman statesman and author (4 B.C.-65 A.D.)
A great obstacle to happiness is expecting too much happiness.
— Bernard de Fontanelle, French author (1657-1757)
The house of delusions is cheap to build but drafty to live in.
— A.E. Housman, British poet and scholar (1859-1936)
Somebody does somethin’ stupid, that’s human. They don’t stop when they see it’s wrong, that’s a fool.
— Elvis Presley, American rock ‘n’ roll icon (1935-1977)
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)
The delusion that individual advancement is made by crushing others The tendency to worry about things that cannot be changed or corrected Insisting that a thing is impossible because we cannot accomplish it Refusing to set aside trivial preferences Neglecting development and refinement of the mind and not acquiring the habit of reading and studying Attempting to compel other persons to believe and live as we do.
— Ciceros Six Mistakes of Man (according to Arthur F. Lenehan)
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)
So convenient a thing it is to be a reasonable creature, since it enables one to find or make a reason for everything one has a mind to do.
— Benjamin Franklin, American Founding Father, inventor and statesman (1706-1790), from his Autobiography
The hottest places in Hell are reserved for those who remain neutral in time of great moral crisis.
— Dante Alighieri, Italian poet (1265-1321), from the Divine Comedy
Indifference is the essence of inhumanity.
— George Bernard Shaw, Anglo-Irish dramatist and wit (1856-1950)
Man’s basic vice, the source of all his evils, is the act of unfocusing his mind, the suspension of his consciousness, which is not blindness, but the refusal to see, not ignorance, but the refusal to know.
— Ayn Rand, Russian/American author and philosopher (1905-1982)
The greatest of faults, I should say, is to be conscious of none.
— Thomas Carlyle, Scots-English historian and author (1795-1881)
Few men think, yet all will have opinions.
— George Berkeley, Irish bishop and empirical philosopher (1685-1753)
Most of ones life. . . is one prolonged effort to prevent oneself thinking.
— Aldous Huxley, English novelist (1894-1963)
It is difficult to get a man to understand something when his salary depends upon his not understanding it.
— Upton Sinclair, American author and politician (1878-1968)
Necessity is an interpretation, not a fact.
— Friedrich Nietzsche, German philosopher (1844-1900)
Integrity without knowledge is weak and useless, and knowledge without integrity is dangerous and dreadful.
— Samuel Johnson, English writer and lexicographer (1709-1784)
We are here to awaken from the illusion of our separateness.
— Thich Nhat Hanh, French-based Vietnamese Buddhist monk, peace activist and author (b. 1926)
Such is the moral construction of the world that no national crime passes unpunished in the long run… Were present oppressors to reflect on the same truth, they would spare to their own countries the penalties on their present wrongs which will be inflicted on them in future times. The seeds of hatred and revenge which they [sow] with a large hand will not fail to produce their fruits in time. Like their brother robbers on the highway, they suppose the escape of the moment a final escape and deem infamy and future risk countervailed by present gain.
— Thomas Jefferson, American Founding Father and U.S. president (1743-1826), letter to Francois de Marbois, 1817
Thoughts lead on to purposes; purposes go forth in action; actions form habits; habits decide character; and character fixes our destiny.
Any man will usually get from other men just what he is expecting of them. If he is looking for friendship he will likely receive it. If his attitude is that of indifference, it will beget indifference. And if a man is looking for a fight, he will in all likelihood be accommodated in that.
— John Richelsen
A man’s memory may almost become the art of continually varying and misrepresenting his past, according to his interest in the present.
— George Santayana, American philosopher (1863-1952)
Men live by forgetting. Women live on memories.
— Men live by forgetting. Women live on memories.
The past is a foreign country. They do things differently there.
— L. P. Hartley, British novelist (1895-1972)
The intention makes the crime.
— Aristotle, Greek philosopher (384-322 B.C.)
The streets are safe in Philadelphia. It’s only the people that make them unsafe.
— Frank Rizzo, Philadelphia mayor and police commissioner (1920-1991)
He that’s cheated twice by the same man is an accomplice with the cheater.
— Thomas Fuller, English divine and author (1608-1661)
Responsibility is to keep the ability to respond
— Robert Duncan, American poet (1919-1988)
The question for each man to settle is not what he would do if he had the means, time, influence and educational advantages, but what he will do with the things he has.
— Hamilton Wright Mabee
Anger is never without a reason, but seldom a good one.
— Benjamin Franklin, American Founding Father, inventor and statesman (1706-1790)
When a man is wrong and wont admit it, he always gets angry.
— Thomas Haliburton, Canadian writer (1796-1865)
One man practicing good sportsmanship is far better than 50 others preaching it.
— Knute Rockne, football coach
Most of our faults are more pardonable than the means we use to conceal them.
— François duc de la Rochefoucauld, French epigrammatist (1613-1680)
Nature never deceives us; it is always we who deceive ourselves.
— Jean-Jacques Rousseau, French philosopher (1712-1778)
When dealing with people, remember you are not dealing with creatures of logic, but with creatures bristling with prejudice and motivated by pride and vanity.
— Dale Carnegie, American motivational writer (1888-1955)
Our virtues are most often praised but our vices disguised.
— François duc de la Rochefoucauld, French memoirist and philosopher (1613-1680)
To many people, virtue consists chiefly in repenting faults, not in avoiding them.
— Georg Christoph Lichtenberg
If you can’t explain what you’re doing in simple English, you’re probably doing something wrong.
— Alfred Kazin, American critic and author (1915-1998)
A person will stand on a hill with his mouth open for a very long time before a roast duck flies in.
— Spanish proverb
The world is not dangerous because of those who do harm, but because of those who look at it without doing anything.
— Albert Einstein, German-born physicist, philosopher (1879-1955)
The greatness of a nation can be judged by the way its animals are treated.
— Mohandas Gandhi, Indian nonviolent civil rights leader (1869-1948)
Bad officials are elected by poor citizens who do not vote.
— African proverb