If there is a sin against life, it consists perhaps not so much in despairing of life as in hoping for another life and in eluding the implacable grandeur of this life.
Albert Camus, writer, philosopher, Nobel laureate (1913-1960 )
I don't need time. What I need is a deadline.
Duke Ellington, jazz pianist, composer, and conductor (1899-1974)
If any question why we died, Tell them, because our fathers lied.
Rudyard Kipling, author, Nobel laureate (1865-1936 )
Every one is a moon, and has a dark side which he never shows to anybody.
Mark Twain, author and humorist (1835-1910 )
There is nothing so agonizing to the fine skin of vanity as the application of a rough truth.
Edward Bulwer-Lytton, writer (1803-1873 )
What we think, or what we know, or what we believe, is in the end, of little consequence. The only thing of consequence is what we do.
John Ruskin, author, art critic, and social reformer (1819-1900 )
If people are good only because they fear punishment, and hope for reward, then we are a sorry lot indeed.
Albert Einstein, physicist, Nobel laureate (1879-1955 )
The tragedy in the lives of most of us is that we go through life walking down a high-walled land with people of our own kind, the same economic situation, the same national background and education and religious outlook. And beyond those walls, all humanity lies, unknown and unseen, and untouched by our restricted and impoverished lives.
Florence Luscomb, architect and suffragist (1887-1985)
No sensible decision can be made any longer without taking into account not only the world as it is, but the world as it will be.
Isaac Asimov, scientist and writer (1920-1992 )
Say not, 'I have found the truth,' but rather, 'I have found a truth.'
Kahlil Gibran, mystic, poet, and artist (1883-1931 )