The root of all superstition is that men observe when a thing hits, but not when it misses.
Francis Bacon, essayist, philosopher, and statesman (1561-1626 )
If the world were merely seductive, that would be easy. It it were merely challenging, that would be no problem. But I arise in the morning torn between a desire to improve the world and a desire to enjoy the world. This makes it hard to plan the day.
E.B. White, writer (1899-1985 )
Political history is largely an account of mass violence and of the expenditure of vast resources to cope with mythical fears and hopes.
Murray Edelman, professor, author (1919-2001 )
A child's education should begin at least one hundred years before he is born.
Oliver Wendell Holmes, poet, novelist, essayist, and physician (1809-1894 )
What a strange machine man is! You fill him with bread, wine, fish, and radishes, and out comes sighs, laughter, and dreams.
Nikos Kazantzakis, poet and novelist (1883-1957)
When two opposite points of view are expressed with equal intensity, the truth does not necessarily lie exactly halfway between them. It is possible for one side to be simply wrong.
Richard Dawkins, biologist and author (b. 1941 )
It does me no injury for my neighbor to say there are twenty gods or no God.
Thomas Jefferson, third us president, architect and author (1743-1826 )
The trouble with the world is that the stupid are cocksure and the intelligent are full of doubt.
Bertrand Russell, philosopher, mathematician, author, Nobel laureate (1872-1970 )
The worst kind of people are those who confuse kindness for weakness
Werner Makowski, banker (b. 1929)
The only real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes.