"When we take man as he is, we make him worse; but when we take man as if he were already what he should be, we promote him to what he can be."
"All progress depends on the unreasonable man."
---George Bernard Shaw
“Every great and deep difficulty bears in itself its own solution.”
“Only the impossible is worth research.”
“I am easily satisfied with the very best.”
"One of the symptoms of an approaching nervous breakdown is the belief that one's work is terribly important."
"You are educated when you have the ability to listen to almost anything without losing your temper or self-confidence."
"The true art of memory is the art of attention."
“The voice of intellect is a soft one, but does not rest till it has gained a hearing.
“Truth is illusion in the eye of the believer.”
“Better the illusion that helps, than 10,000 truths.”
"We do not see things as they are, we see things as we are." - The Talmud
--- The Talmud
“Free will is the only winning bet.”
“Actually it is not enough to will; it is necessary to will to will.”
“Love is an insane happiness.”
“Have you ever known anyone who was happy? and was still in his right mind, I mean...”
“If you begin by sacrificing yourself to those you love, you will end by hating those to whom you have sacrificed yourself.”
---George Bernard Shaw
“There are no great acts, only small acts of great love.”
“Love too strongly and the object of your love will escape your grasp.”
"Love does not consist in gazing at each other, but in looking outward together in the same direction."
---Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
"Live wild, love hard, die young, leave a beautiful memory."
---Ali (Friedrich) Sevin
"FANATICISM is redoubling your efforts when you've lost sight of the objective."
"In the final analysis, productivity is the most important, most crucial thing for the success of the new order."
"The inherent vice of capitalism is the unequal sharing of blessings. The inherent virtue of socialism is the equal sharing of miseries."
Asked what he thought about Western civilization, Gandhi is said to have replied: "It would be a good idea."
"If all mankind minus one were of one opinion, mankind would be no more justified in silencing that one person than he, if he had the power, would be justified in silencing mankind."
---John Stuart Mill
"Nationalism is an infantile disease, the measles of humanity."
"Patriotism is a pernicious, psychopathic form of idiocy."
---G. B. Shaw
“Insanity in individuals is something rare----but in groups, parties, nations, and epochs, it is the rule.”
"Don't walk in front of me, I may not follow; don't walk behind me, I may not lead; walk beside me, and just be my friend."
"Man is free at the moment he wishes to be."
"I haven't failed, I've found 10,000 ways that don't work."
"Men often become what they believe themselves to be. If I believe I cannot do something, it makes me incapable of doing it. But when I believe I can, then I acquire the ability to do it even if I didn't have it in the beginning."
"There's nothing remarkable about it. All one has to do is hit the right keys at the right time and the instrument plays itself."
---Johann Sebastian Bach
"Great dancers are not great because of their technique; they are great because of their passion."
"Great men are they who see that spiritual is stronger than any material force, that thoughts rule the world."
---Ralph Wlado Emerson
"A thought, even a possibility, can shatter and transform us."
"People demand the freedom of speech to make up for the freedom of thought which they avoid" --- Kierkegaard
"There is no cure for birth and death save to enjoy the interval."
"Show me somebody who doesn't have a dream about the future and I'll show you somebody who doesn't know where he is going."
"Hold fast to dreams , for if dreams die, life is like a broken winged bird that cannot fly."
"It's never to late to have a happy childhood. Neither is it ever too late to dream."
"When prosperity comes, do not use all of it."
"One who lives in the present lives in eternity."
"The past is never dead. It isn't even past."