We know through painful experience that freedom is never voluntarily given by the oppressor; it must be demanded by the oppressed.
Martin Luther King, Jr., statesman, Nobel laureate (1929-1968 )
To fall in love is to create a religion that has a fallible god.
Jorge Luis Borges, writer (1899-1986 )
Intolerance of ambiguity is the mark of an authoritarian personality.
Theodor Adorno, philosopher and composer (1903-1969 )
We are for the most part more lonely when we go abroad among men than when we stay in our chambers. A man thinking or working is always alone, let him be where he will.
Henry David Thoreau, naturalist and author (1817-1862 )
People change and forget to tell each other.
Lillian Hellman, playwright (1905-1984)
Nothing which does not transport is poetry. The lyre is a winged instrument.
Joseph Joubert, essayist (1754-1824 )
Life is an adventure in forgiveness.
Norman Cousins, author and editor (1915-1990)
Patience is also a form of action.
Auguste Rodin, sculptor (1840-1917 )
The real index of civilization is when people are kinder than they need to be.
Louis de Berniere, novelist (b. 1954 )
The truth is that our finest moments are most likely to occur when we are feeling deeply uncomfortable, unhappy, or unfulfilled. For it is only in such moments, propelled by our discomfort, that we are likely to step out of our ruts and start searching for different ways or truer answers.
M. Scott Peck, psychiatrist and author (1936-2005 )