Robert J. Shiller The ability to focus attention on important things is a defining characteristic of intelligence.
La Rochefoucald Absence diminishes small loves and increases great ones, as the wind blows out the candle and fans the bonfire.
Arthur Stringer Society, my dear, is like salt water, good to swim in but hard to swallow.
Franz Kafka Every revolution evaporates and leaves behind only the slime of a new bureaucracy
Francis Marion Promises that you make to yourself are often like the Japanese plum tree - they bear no fruit.
Philip Crosby The great discoveries are usually obvious.
Voltaire We never live; we are always in the expectation of living.
Otavio Paz Love is an attempt at penetrating another being, but it can only succeed if the surrender is mutual.
Pindar Words have a longer life than deeds.
Erik H. Erikson Hope is both the earliest and the most indispensable virtue inherent in the state of being alive. If life is to be sustained hope must remain, even where confidence is wounded, trust impaired.
John Steinbeck It seems to me that if you or I must choose between two courses of thoughts or action we should remember our dying and try so to live, that our death brings no pleasure on the world.
Jerome K. Jerome It is always the best policy to speak the truth--unless, of course, you are an exceptionally good liar.
W.H. Auden In times of joy, all of us wished we possessed a tail we could wag.
Confucius He who exercises government by means of his virtue may be compared to the north polar star, which keeps its place and all the stars turn towards it.
Laurens Van der Post Human beings are perhaps never more frightening than when they are convinced beyond doubt that they are right.
Jean Cocteau The extreme limit of wisdom-- that is what the public calls madness.
Robertson Davies Many a promising career has been wrecked by marrying the wrong sort of woman. The right sort of woman can distinguish between Creative Lassitude and plain shiftlessness.
Dudley Field Malone I have never in my life learned anything from any man who agreed with me.
Dolly Parton If you want the rainbow, you gotta put up with the rain.
Jewish Proverb A mother understands what a child does not say.
Mark Gooley After several minutes of utterly dull conversation I began to think of her not as a woman but as a human, then not as a human but as an animal, then not as an animal but as a source of high-grade protein.
Marie Curie Life is not easy for any of us, but what of that? We must have perseverance and, above all, confidence in ourselves.
Sir Winston Churchill The British nation is unique in this respect. They are the only people who like to be told how bad things are, who like to be told the worst.
Tracy Morgan I can't watch American Idol... it's like karaoke without the booze.
Aldous Huxley Words form the thread on which we string our experiences.