We act as though comfort and luxury were the chief requirements of life, when all that we need to make us really happy is something to be enthusiastic about.
To my utter despair I have discovered, and discover every day anew, that there is in the masses no revolutionary idea or hope or passion.
I don't regret the painful times; I bare my scars as if they were medals.
We are all ready to be savage in some cause. The difference between a good man and a bad one is the choice of the cause.
Sorrows gather around great souls as storms do around mountains but, like them, they break the storm and purify the air of the plain beneath them.
On leaf of palm, on sedge-wrought roll; on plastic clay and leather scroll, man wrote his thoughts; the ages passed, and lo! the Press was found at last!
John Greenleaf Whittier
My personal conviction is that science is concerned wholly with truth, not with ethics.
We need cancer because, by the very fact of its insurability, it makes all other diseases, however virulent, not cancer.
I don't even get an allowance.
Your aim will be knowledge and wisdom, not the reflected glamour of fame.
Abbott L. Lowell
If you put down a list of jobs, doctor, lawyer, janitor, teacher or movie star, everybody would pick the movie star. And why? So you could lie around the pool, drink margaritas and send money to your parents. So that's what I did.
Whoever fights monsters should see to it that in the process he does not become a monster. And if you gaze long enough into an abyss, the abyss will gaze back into you.
Surfing is such an amazing concept. You're taking on Nature with a little stick and saying, 'I'm gonna ride you!' And a lot of times Nature says, 'No you're not!' and crashes you to the bottom.
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