• Human beings have an inalienable right to invent themselves; when that right is preempted it is called brain-washing. [Germaine Greer: The Times 1 Feb 1986]
  • The Peter Principle: In a hierarchy every employee tends to rise to his level of incompetence [Laurence J Peter: The Peter Principle]
  • Two things fill the mind with every increasing wonder and awe... The stary heavens above me and the moral law within me. [Immanuel Kant]
  • It is one thing to show a man that he is in error, and another to put him in posession of the truth. [John Locke: Essay concerning Human Understanding]
  • Grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change,
    The courage to change the things I cannot accept,
    And the wisdom to hide the bodies of those people
    I had to kill today because they pissed me off.
    Also, help me to be careful of the toes I step on today,
    as they may be connected to the ass that I may have to kiss tomorrow.
  • Give me fruitful error anytime full of seeds, bursting with its own corrections. You can keep your sterile truth for yourself. [Vilfredo Pareto: The Mind and Society]
  • Philosophy is the product of wonder [Alfred North Whitehead: Nature and Life ch1]
  • I go to seek a great perhaps. [Rabelais: Attributed remark on his deathbed]
  • There is only one religion, though there are a hundred versions of it. [George Bernard Shaw: Arms and the Man]
  • Why sex is better than religion: There are laws against forcing sex on minors who can't think for themselves.
  • One Religion is as true as another. [Robert Burton: Anatomy of Melancholy]
  • And Moses looked upon the Lord and said: 'We are your chosen people and you want us to cut the tips off our WHAT?!'
  • Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable. [John F Kennedy: Speech at White House, Mar 1962]
  • Do all the good you can, in all the ways you can, in all the places you can, at all the times you can, to all the people you can, as long as you ever can.
  • Three passions, simple but overwhelmingly strong, have governed my life; the longing for love, the search for knowledge, and unbearable pity for the suffering of mankind. [Bertrand Russell, 3rd Earl Russell: Autobiography]
  • All science is either physics or stamp-collecting. [Ernest Rutherford]
  • All things excellent are as difficult as they are rare. [Benedict Spinoza: The Ethics V]
  • Those who cannot remember the past, are condemned to repeat it. [George Santayana: The Life of Reason]
  • To ere is human, to forgive divine. [Alexander Pope: Essay on Criticism]
  • Nothing can harm a good man, either in life or death. [Socrates: Plato's Apology 42]
  • Small people talk of other people, Average people talk of things, Great people talk of ideas
  • All sins are attempts to fill voids. [Simone Weil: Gravity and Grace]
  • Chi va piano, va sano e lontano = He who goes slowly, goes safely and far!
  • Carpe Diem = Seize the Day
  • veni, vidi, vici = I came, I saw, I conquered
  • What we see depends mainly on what we look for. [John Lubbock]
  • God is dead, and we have killed him. [Nietzsche, Friedrich - Beyond Good and Evil]
  • Nietzsche is dead. [God]
  • Live as if to die tomorrow. Learn as if to live forever. [Ghandi]
  • When I picture a perfect reader, I always picture a monster of courage and curiosity, also something supple, cunning, cautious, a born adventurer and discoverer... [Friedreich Nietzsche]