As far as we can discern, the sole purpose of
human existence is to kindle a light of meaning in the darkness of mere
I get up every morning determined both to change the world and to have one
hell of a good time. Sometimes this makes planning the day difficult.
The highest form of morality is not to feel
at home in one's own home.
The whole problem with the world is that fools
and fanatics are always so certain of themselves, and wiser people so
full of doubts.
Nature can provide for the needs of people; [she] can't provide for the
greed of people.
Mohandas K. Gandhi (1869-1948)
Life's just a mood ring we're not allowed to
They Might Be Giants
A positive attitude may not solve all of your
problems, but it will annoy enough people to make it worth the effort.
The angels fly because they take themselves lightly.
G. K. Chesterton
Behind the door of every contented, happy man there ought to be someone standing with a little hammer and continually reminding him with a knock that there are unhappy people.
When I despair, I remember that all through history,
the way of truth and love has always won. There have been murderers and
tyrants, and for a time they can seem invincible. But in the end they
always fall. Think of it, always.
All unuttered truths turn poisonous.
We are what we do. Excellence, then, is not an
act, but a habit.
Should the nation's wealth be redistributed?
It has been and continues to be redistributed to a few people in a manner
If only there were evil people somewhere insidiously
committing evil deeds and it were necessary only to separate them from
the rest of us and destroy them. But the line dividing good and evil cuts
through the heart of every human being. And who is willing to destroy
a piece of his own heart?
Alexander Solzhenitsyn, novelist & Nobel laureate
There are only two worthwhile things to leave
behind when we depart this world of ours: children and art.
Stephen Sondheim, Sunday In The Park With George
The only people for me are the mad ones, the
ones who are mad to live, mad to talk, mad to be saved, desirous of everything
at the same time, the ones who never yawn or say a commonplace thing,
but burn, burn, burn like fabulous yellow roman candles exploding like
spiders across the stars and in the middle you see the blue centerlight
pop and everyone goes "Awww!"
Nothing gives one person so much advantage over
another as to remain always cool and unruffled under all circumstances.
The opposite of love is not hate, it's indifference.
The opposite of art is not ugliness, it's indifference. The opposite of
faith is not heresy, it's indifference. And the opposite of life is not
death, it's indifference.
Elie Wiesel, author
No man is an Island, entire of itself; every
man is a piece of the Continent, a part of the main; if a clod be washed
away by the sea, Europe is the less, as well as if a promontory were,
as well as if a manor of thy friends or of thine own were; any man's death
diminishes me, because I am involved in Mankind; And therefore never send
to know for whom the bell tolls; It tolls for thee.
John Donne, poet (1573-1631)
You have heard that it was said, 'An eye for
an eye and a tooth for a tooth.' But I say to you, Do not resist one who
is evil. But if any one strikes you on the right cheek, turn to him the
other also; and if any one would sue you and take your coat, let him have
your cloak as well; and if any one forces you to go one mile, go with
him two miles. Give to him who begs from you, and do not refuse him who
would borrow from you. You have heard that it was said, 'You shall love
your neighbor and hate your enemy.' But I say to you, Love your enemies
and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be sons of your
Father who is in heaven; for He makes His sun rise on the evil and on
the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust.
Matthew 5:38:45 RSV
How is it that hardly any major religion has looked at science and concluded,
"This is better than we thought! The Universe is much bigger than our
prophets said, grander, more subtle, more elegant?" Instead, they say,
"No, no, no! My god is a little god, and I want him to stay that way."
A religion, old or new, that stressed the magnificence of the Universe
as revealed by modern science might be able to draw forth reserves of
reverence and awe hardly tapped by the conventional faiths. Sooner or
later, such a religion will emerge.
Carl Sagan, astronomer and writer (1934-1996)
The only devils in this world are those running around in our own hearts,
and that is where all our battles should be fought.
Mohandas Gandhi (1869-1948)