275 Quotes to strengthen our minds


A harvest of philosophy from different times, people and cultures can provide a supplement or alternative to guidance that’s typically sought after in religion.
A dash of humor has also been included, because after all, a little nonsense now and then is relished by the wisest men.

1. "I think, therefore I am." -- René Descartes
2. “I am what I am.” – Popeye the Sailor
3. “Know thy self, know thy enemy. A thousand battles, a thousand victories.” – Sun Tzu
4. “It is not who is right, but what is right, that is of importance.” -- Thomas H. Huxley
5. "The unexamined life is not worth living." -- Socrates
6. “Open your eyes, look within. Are you satisfied with the life you're living?” – Bob Marley
7. “It’s not whether you get knocked down, it’s whether you get up.” – Vince Lombardi
8. “Treat those who are good with goodness, and also treat those who are not good with goodness. Thus goodness is attained. Be honest to those who are honest, and be also honest to those who are not honest. Thus honesty is attained.” – Lao Tzu
9. “I've never met a genius. A genius to me is someone who does well at something he hates. Anybody can do well at something he loves - it's just a question of finding the subject.” – Clint Eastwood
10. “I prefer to be true to myself, even at the hazard of incurring the ridicule of others, rather than to be false, and to incur my own abhorrence.” - Frederick Douglass
11. “Respond intelligently even to unintelligent treatment.” – Lao Tzu
12. “Once the game is over, the king and the pawn go back into the same box.” – Italian Proverb
13. “Recognize that the very molecules that make up your body, the atoms that construct the molecules, are traceable to the crucibles that were once the centers of high mass stars that exploded their chemically rich guts into the galaxy, enriching pristine gas clouds with the chemistry of life. So that we are all connected to each other biologically, to the earth chemically and to the rest of the universe atomically… We are in the universe and the universe is in us.” – Neil deGrasse Tyson
14. “Those who have no record of what their forebears have accomplished lose the inspiration which comes from the teaching of biography and history.” - Dr. Carter G. Woodson
15. “The people have a right to the truth as they have a right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.” – Epictetus
16. “Do not consider it proof just because it is written in books, for a liar who will deceive with his tongue will not hesitate to do the same with his pen.” – Maimonides
17. “The world breaks everyone and afterward many are stronger at the broken places.” – Ernest Hemmingway
18. “Watch their actions, observe their motives, examine wherein they dwell content; won’t you know what kind of person they are?” – Confucius
19. “Truth does not become more true by virtue of the fact that the entire world agrees with it, nor less so even if the whole world disagrees with it.” – Maimonides
20. “Don’t worry about being acknowledged by others; worry about failing to acknowledge them.” – Confucius
21. “Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.” – Mahatma Gandhi
22. “Know thyself” – Socrates
23. “Try to learn something about everything and everything about something.” -- Thomas H. Huxley
24. “The beginning of wisdom is a definition of terms.” – Socrates
25. “The beginning of wisdom is to desire it.” – Solomon Ibn Gabirol
26. “Knowledge becomes evil if the aim be not virtuous.” – Plato
27. “It’s not that I’m so smart, it’s just that I stay with problems longer.” – Albert Einstein
28. “The legitimate powers of government extend to such acts only as are injurious to others. But it does me no injury for my neighbour to say there are twenty gods, or no god. It neither picks my pocket nor breaks my leg.”
Thomas Jefferson, Notes on the State of Virginia, Query 17, 1782
29. “I would like to be known as a person who is concerned about freedom and equality and justice and prosperity for all people.” – Rosa Parks
30. “The most successful people in life recognize, that in life they create their own love, they manufacture their own meaning, they generate their own motivation. For me, I am driven by two main philosophies, know more today about the world than I knew yesterday. And lessen the suffering of others. You'd be surprised how far that gets you.” – Neil deGrasse Tyson
31. “I have just three things to teach: simplicity, patience, compassion. These three are your greatest treasures.” – Lao Tzu
32. “Sometimes people hold a core belief that is very strong. When they are presented with evidence that works against that belief, the new evidence cannot be accepted. It would create a feeling that is extremely uncomfortable, called cognitive dissonance. And because it is so important to protect the core belief, they will rationalize, ignore and even deny anything that doesn’t fit in with the core belief” – Frantz Fanon
33. “We are at the very beginning of time for the human race. It is not unreasonable that we grapple with problems. But there are tens of thousands of years in the future. Our responsibility is to do what we can, learn what we can, improve the solutions, and pass them on.” -- Richard P. Feynman
34. “The punishment which the wise suffer who refuse to take part in the government, is to live under the government of worse men.” – Plato
35. “One of the tests of leadership is the ability to recognize a problem before it becomes an emergency.” – Arnold H. Glasow
36. “The less secure a man is, the more likely he is to have extreme prejudice.” – Clint Eastwood
37. “Chose a job you love, and you will never work a day in your life.” – Confucius
38. “The ideal man bears the accidents of life with dignity and grace, making the best of circumstances.” – Aristotle
39. “I will not attack your doctrines nor your creeds if they accord liberty to me. If they hold thought to be dangerous - if they aver that doubt is a crime, then I attack them one and all, because they enslave the minds of men.” – Robert Green Ingersoll
40. “During times of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act.” – George Orwell
41. “The foundation stones for a balanced success are honesty, character, integrity, faith, love and loyalty.” – Zig Ziglar
42. “The roots of education are bitter, but the fruit is sweet.” – Aristotle
43. “No great genius has ever existed without some touch of madness.” – Aristotle
44. “True individual freedom cannot exist without economic security and independence. People who are hungry and out of a job are the stuff of which dictatorships are made.” Franklin D. Roosevelt
45. “In modern business it is not the crook who is to be feared most, it is the honest man who doesn't know what he is doing.” -- William Wordsworth
46. “My future is righteousness.” – Bob Marley
47. “If you treat your wife like a thoroughbred, you'll never end up with a nag.” – Zig Ziglar
48. “The harder you work, the harder it is to surrender.” – Vince Lombardi
49. “Character is that which reveals moral purpose, exposing the class of things a man chooses or avoids.” – Aristotle
50. “The worst form of inequality is to try to make unequal things equal.” – Aristotle
51. “Death does not concern us, because as long as we exist, death is not here. And when it does come, we no longer exist.” -- Epicurus
52. “To avoid criticism, do nothing, say nothing, be nothing.” – Elbert Hubbard
53. “Some have been thought brave because they didn’t have the courage to run away.” – Proverb
54. “Have the courage to say no. Have the courage to face the truth. Do the right thing because it is right. These are the magic keys to living your life with integrity.” – W. Clement Stone
55. “When planning for a year, plant corn. When planning for a decade, plant trees. When planning for life, train and educate people.” – Chinese Proverb
56. “No bees, no honey; no work, no money.” -- Proverb
57. “Hope for the best, but prepare for the worst.” – English Proverb
58. “The greatest conqueror is he who overcomes the enemy without a blow.” – Chinese Proverb
59. “A smooth sea never made a skillful mariner.” – English Proverb
60. “Practice what you preach.” – English Proverb
61. “Take the world as it is, not as it ought to be.” – German Proverb
62. “I felt sorry for myself because I had no shoes, until I met a man who had no feet.” – Jewish Proverb
63. “Kind words are worth much and they cost little.” – Proverb
64. “Until we're educating every kid in a fantastic way, until every inner city is cleaned up, there is no shortage of things to do.” – Bill Gates
65. “The wise person has long ears and a short tongue.” – German Proverb
66. “Among the blind the one eyed is king.” – Proverb
67. “Many a true word is spoken in jest.” – English Proverb
68. “Kindness begets kindness.” – Greek Proverb
69. “Beliefs have the power to create and the power to destroy. Human beings have the awesome ability to take any experience of their lives and create a meaning that disempowers them or one that can literally save their lives.” – Tony Robbins
70. “Better to ask a question than to remain ignorant.” – Proverb
71. “Simplicity is the seal of truth.” – Proverb
72. “The just man may sin with an open chest of gold before him.” – Italian Proverb
73. “Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at twenty or eighty. Anyone who keeps learning stays young. The greatest thing in life is to keep your mind young.” – Henry Ford
74. “At a round table there is no dispute about place.” – Italian Proverb
75. “There are only three things women need in life: food, water, and compliments.” – Chris Rock
76. “Cunning surpasses strength.” – German Proverb
77. “Those who do not study are only cattle dressed up in men’s clothes.” – Chinese Proverb
78. “Milk the cow, but do not pull off the udder.” – Greek Proverb
79. “Persuasion is better than force.” – Proverb
80. “Where there’s a will, there’s a way.” – English Proverb
81. “Necessity unites.” – German Proverb
82. “Get up, stand up, Stand up for your rights. Get up, stand up, Don't give up the fight.” – Bob Marley
83. “Rebuke with soft words and hard arguments.” – Proverb
84. “Every cloud has a silver lining.” – Proverb
85. “One can easily judge the character of a person by the way they treat people who can do nothing for them.” – Proverb
86. “A man is only as faithful as his options.” – Chris Rock
87. “Die when I may, I want it said of me by those who knew me best, that I always plucked a thistle and planted a flower where I thought a flower should grow.” – Abraham Lincoln
88. “Someone's sitting in the shade today because someone planted a tree a long time ago.” – Warren Buffet
89. “Life is not fair; get used to it.” – Bill Gates
90. “Charity sees the need, not the cause.” – German Proverb
91. “Examine what is said, not him who speaks.” – Arabian Proverb
92. “A little man often casts a long shadow.” – Italian Proverb
93. “A stumble may prevent a fall.” – English Proverb
94. “As you make your bed, so you must lie in it.” – English Proverb
95. “Grey hair is a sign of age, not of wisdom.” – Greek Proverb
96. “The time to make friends is before you need them.” – Proverb
97. “He who asks is a fool for five minutes, but he who does not ask remains a fool forever.” – Chinese Proverb
98. “If a man fools me once, shame on him. If he fools me twice, shame on me.” – Chinese Proverb
99. “Knowing how to think empowers you far beyond those who know only what to think.” – Neil deGrasse Tyson
100. “The fire you kindle for your enemy often burns yourself more than him.” – Chinese Proverb
101. “Six feet of Earth make all men equal.” – Proverb
102. “By bravely enduring it, an evil which cannot be avoided is overcome.” – Proverb
103. “No answer is also an answer.” – German Proverb
104. “The art of living well and the art of dying well are one.” – Epicurus
105. “There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work, and learning from failure.” – Colin Powell
106. “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do that by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover. – Mark Twain
107. "The jawbone of an ass is just as dangerous a weapon today as in Sampson's time." -- Richard Nixon
108. “The trouble with the world is not that people know too little, but that they know so many things that ain’t so.” – Mark Twain
109. “It is a thousand times better to have common sense without education than to have education without common sense.” -- Robert Green Ingersoll
110. “The superior man is modest in his speech but exceeds in his actions.” – Confucius
111. “What you are will show in what you do.” -- Thomas Edison
112. “Order marches with weighty and measured strides. Disorder is always in a hurry.” – Napoleon Bonaparte
113. “Whatever you do may seem insignificant, but it is most important that you do it.” – Mahatma Gandhi
114. “Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Willing is not enough; we must do.” – Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
115. “Don't worry about people stealing your ideas. If your ideas are any good, you'll have to ram them down people's throats.” -- Howard Aiken
116. “Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does.” – William James
117. “The highest result of education is tolerance.” – Helen Keller
118. “If your sword’s too short, add to its length by taking one step forward.” – Unknown Source
119. “Judge each day not by the harvest you reap but by the seeds you plant.” – Robert Louis Stevenson
120. “The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.” – Martin Luther King Jr.
121. “Any intelligent fool can make things bigger and more complex... It takes a touch of genius - and a lot of courage to move in the opposite direction.” -- Albert Einstein
122. “Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn’t pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same.” – Ronald Reagan
123. “Two frogs fell into a bowl of cream. One didn’t panic, he relaxed and drowned. The other kicked and struggled so much that the cream turned into butter and he walked out.” – Unknown Source
124. “What doesn’t kill us makes us stronger.” – Friedrich Nietzsche
125. “In times of storm, the shallowness of the root structure is revealed.” – Unknown Source
126. “We see many who are struggling against adversity who are happy, and more although abounding in wealth, who are wretched.” – Publius Cornelius Tacitus
127. “Adversity is the first path to truth.” – Lord Byron
128. “Every man is the creature of the age in which he lives; very few are able to raise themselves above the ideas of the time.” – Voltaire
129. “With mirth and laughter let old wrinkles come.” – William Shakespeare
130. “Age imprints more wrinkles in the mind than it does on the face.” – Michel Eyquem de Montaigne
131. “I love argument, I love debate. I don’t expect anyone just to sit there and agree with me, that’s not their job.” – Margaret Thatcher
132. “The quality, not the longevity, of one’s life is what is important.” – Martin Luther King Jr.
133. “If art is to nourish the roots of our culture, society must set the artist free to follow his vision wherever it takes him.” – John F. Kennedy
134. “An army of sheep led by a lion would defeat an army of lions led by a sheep.” – Arab Proverb
135. “Progress is impossible without change, and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything.” – George Bernard Shaw
136. “In order to change, we must be sick and tired or being sick and tired.” – Unknown Source
137. “Men of genius are admired, men of wealth are envied, men of power are feared; but only men of character are trusted.” – Unknown Source
138. “The measure of a man’s real character is what he would do if he knew he would never be found out.” – Thomas B. Macaulay
139. “Clear conscience never fears midnight knocking.” – Chinese Proverb
140. “We should be too big to take offense and too noble to give it.” – Abraham Lincoln
141. “Dignity does not consist in possessing honors, but in deserving them.” – Aristotle
142. “People who say they don't care what people think are usually desperate to have people think they don't care what people think.” -- George Carlin
143. “Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear – not absence of fear.” – Mark Twain
144. “We need men with moral courage to speak and write their real thoughts, and to stand by their convictions, even to the very death.” – Robert Green Ingersoll
145. “We can never be certain of our courage until we have faced danger.” – Francois de La Rochefoucauld
146. “It is curious that physical courage should be so common in the world, and moral courage so rare.” – Mark Twain
147. “We must build dikes of courage to hold back the flood of fear.” – Martin Luther King Jr.
148. “Courage is rightly considered the foremost of the virtues, for upon it, all others depend.” – Winston Churchill
149. “When a resolute young fellow steps up to the great bully, the world, and takes him boldly by the beard, he is often surprised to find it comes off in his hand, and that it was only tied on to scare away the timid adventurers.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
150. “He who opens a school door, closes a prison.” Victor Hugo
151. “If a man empties his purse into his head, no man can take it away from him. An investment in knowledge always pays the best interest.” – Benjamin Franklin
152. “Those who trust us educate us.” – George Eliot
153. “There is no education like adversity.” -- Benjamin Disraeli
154. “Education is the progressive realization of our ignorance.” -- Albert Einstein
155. “Life is one big road with lots of signs. So when you riding through the ruts, don't complicate your mind. Flee from hate, mischief and jealousy. Don't bury your thoughts, put your vision to reality. Wake Up and Live!” – Bob Marley
156. “If I care to listen to every criticism, let alone act on them, then this shop may as well be closed for all other businesses. I have learned to do my best, and if the end result is good then I do not care for any criticism, but if the end result is not good, then even the praise of ten angels would not make the difference.” – Abraham Lincoln
157. “Be like water making its way through cracks. Do not be assertive, but adjust to the object, and you shall find a way round or through it. If nothing within you stays rigid, outward things will disclose themselves. Empty your mind, be formless. Shapeless, like water. If you put water into a cup, it becomes the cup. You put water into a bottle and it becomes the bottle. You put it in a teapot it becomes the teapot. Now, water can flow or it can crash. Be water my friend.” -- Bruce Lee
158. “An education isn’t how much you have committed to memory, or even how much you know. It’s being able to differentiate between what you do know and what you don’t.” -- Anatole France
159. “To educate a man in mind and not in morals is to educate a menace to society.” – Theodore Roosevelt
160. “An educational system isn’t worth a great deal if it teaches young people how to make a living but doesn’t teach them how to make a life.” – Unknown Source
161. “On the education of the people of this country the fate of the country depends.” – Benjamin Disraeli
162. “The Grecians and Romans were strongly possessed of the spirit of liberty but not the principle, for at the time they were determined not to be slaves themselves, they employed their power to enslave the rest of mankind.”
Thomas Paine, The American Crisis, No. 5, March 21, 1778
163. “Let us never negotiate out of fear but let us never fear to negotiate.” – John F. Kennedy
164. “Inaction breeds doubt and fear. Action breeds confidence and courage. If you want to conquer fear, do not sit home and think about it. Go out and get busy.” – Dale Carnegie
165. “Men fear death as children fear to go in the dark; and as that natural fear in children is increased with tales, so is the other.” – Francis Bacon
166. “In the long history of the world, only a few generations have been granted the role of defending freedom in its hour of maximum danger. I do not shrink from this responsibility – I welcome it.” – John F. Kennedy
167. “We sleep safe in our beds because rough men stand ready in the night to visit violence on those who would do us harm.” – George Orwell
168. “The improver of natural knowledge absolutely refuses to acknowledge authority, as such. For him, skepticism is the highest of duties; blind faith the one unpardonable sin.” -- Thomas H. Huxley
169. “I have been given the authority over you, and I am not the best of you. If I do well, help me; and if I do wrong, set me right. Sincere regard for truth.” – Abu Bakr
170. “Study as though you cannot catch up to it, and as though you fear you are going to lose it.” – Confucius
171. “If you have knowledge, let others light their candles with it.” – Winston Churchill
172. “My philosophy is that not only are you responsible for your life, but doing the best at this moment puts you in the best place for the next moment.” – Oprah Winfrey
173. “I am not young enough to know everything.” – Oscar Wilde
174. “Each generation imagines itself to be more intelligent than the one that went before it, and wiser than the one that comes after it.” – George Orwell
175. “I think education is power. I think that being able to communicate with people is power. One of my main goals on this planet is to encourage people to empower themselves.” – Oprah Winfrey
176. “Knowledge is power.” – Francis Bacon
177. “Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.” – Martin Luther King Jr.
178. “Certainly one of the highest duties of the citizen is a scrupulous obedience to the laws of the nation. But it is not the highest duty.” – Thomas Jefferson
179. “Law and order exist for the purpose of establishing justice and when they fail in this purpose they become the dangerously structured dams that block the flow of social progress.” – Martin Luther King Jr.
180. “Ignorance is a virus. Once it starts spreading, it can only be cured by reason. For the sake of humanity, we must be that cure.” – Neil deGrasse Tyson
181. “A jury too often has at least one member more ready to hang the panel than to hang the traitor.” – Abraham Lincoln
182. "Extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence" – Carl Sagan
183. “And in the end, it’s not the years in your life that count. It’s the life in your years.” – Abraham Lincoln
184. “In three words I can sum up everything I’ve learned about life. It goes on.” – Robert Frost
185. “I don’t want to get to the end of my life and find that I have just lived the length of it. I want to have lived the width of it as well.” – Diane Ackerman
186. “Life is short and we have never too much time for gladdening the hearts of those who are travelling the dark journey with us. Oh be swift to love, make haste to be kind.” – Henri Frederic Amiel
187. “I should have no objection to go over the same life from its beginning to the end: requesting only the advantage authors have, of correcting in a second edition the faults of the first.” – Benjamin Franklin
188. “If you think you have it tough, read history books.” – Bill Maher
189. “Even a broken clock is right twice a day.” – Unknown Source
190. “Life, an age to the miserable, and a moment to the happy.” – Francis Bacon
191. “The cost of liberty is less than the price of repression.” - W. E. B. Du Bois
192. “Better to fight for something then live for nothing.” – George S. Patton
193. “The quality of a person’s life is in direct proportion to their commitment to excellence, regardless of their chosen field of endeavor.” – Vince Lombardi
194. “No one is as angry as the person who is wrong.” – Proverb
195. “Love will find a way. Indifference will find an excuse.” – Unknown Source
196. “I have decided to stick with love. Hate is too great a burden to bear.” – Martin Luther King Jr.
197. "And remember, my sentimental friend, that a heart is not judged by how much you love, but by how much you are loved by others." --The Wizard of Oz.
198. “The strength of a nation derives from the integrity of the home.” – Confucius
199. “One cannot conceive anything so strange and so implausible that it has not already been said by one philosopher or another.” – Rene Descartes
200. “The foundation of our Empire was not laid in the gloomy age of Ignorance and Superstition, but at an Epoch when the rights of mankind were better understood and more clearly defined, than at any former period”
George Washington, Circular to the States, June 8, 1783
201. “The value of love will always be stronger than the value of hate. Any nation or group of nations which employs hatred eventually is torn to pieces by hatred.” – Franklin D. Roosevelt
202. “Love is like an hourglass, with the heart filling up as the brain empties.” – Jules Renard
203. “Government is instituted for the common good; for the protection, safety, prosperity, and happiness of the people; and not for profit, honor, or private interest of any one man, family, or class of men; therefore, the people alone have an incontestable, unalienable, and indefeasible right to institute government; and to reform, alter, or totally change the same, when their protection, safety, prosperity, and happiness require it.”
John Adams, Thoughts on Government, 1776
204. “It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men. - Frederick Douglass
205. “Where everyone despises a person, you must look into the matter carefully; where everyone celebrates a person, you must also look into it carefully.” – Confucius
206. “Freedom is not the right to do what we want, but what we ought. Let us have faith that right makes might and in that faith let us; to the end, dare to do our duty as we understand it.” – Abraham Lincoln
207. “When a man assumes a public trust he should consider himself a public property.” – Thomas Jefferson
208. “I am in politics because of the conflict between good and evil, and I believe that in the end good will triumph.” – Margaret Thatcher
209. “If God listened to the prayers of men, all men would quickly have perished: for they are forever praying for evil against one another.” – Epicurus
210. “Exemplary persons are steadfast in the face of adversity, while petty persons are engulfed by it.” – Confucius
211. “Politics is far more complicated than physics.” – Albert Einstein
212. “Politicians have the ability to foretell what is going to happen tomorrow, next week, next month and next year. And to have the ability afterward to explain why it didn’t happen.” – Winston Churchill
213. “He who pays the piper calls the tune.” – Proverb
214. “I have learned through bitter experience the one supreme lesson to conserve my anger, and as heat conserved is transmitted into energy, even so our anger controlled can be transmitted into a power that can move the world.” – Mahatma Gandhi
215. “Focusing your life solely on making a buck shows a certain poverty of ambition. It asks too little of yourself. Because it’s only when you hitch your wagon to something larger than yourself that you realize your true potential.” – Barack Obama
216. “I am only one, but still I am one. I cannot do everything, but still I can do something; and because I cannot do everything, I will not refuse to do something that I can do.” – Helen Keller
217. “Enemies are so stimulating.” – Katharine Hepburn
218. “Life is to be lived. If you have to support yourself, you had bloody well better find some way that is going to be interesting. And you don’t do that by sitting around.” – Katharine Hepburn
219. “Trying to be fascinating is an asinine position to be in.” – Katharine Hepburn
220. “If the world was perfect, it wouldn’t be.” – Yogi Berra
221. “It ain’t over till it’s over.” – Yogi Berra
222. “Be good to others, that will protect you against evil.” – Abu Bakr
223. “I see that the path of progress has never taken a straight line, but has always been a zigzag course amid the conflicting forces of right and wrong, truth and error, justice and injustice, cruelty and mercy.” – Kelly Miller
224. “Civilization began the first time an angry person cast a word instead of a rock.” – Sigmund Freud
225. “Whoever loves becomes humble. Those who love have, so to speak, pawned a part of their narcissism.” – Sigmund Freud
226. “In our society, we obey civil laws, not religious ones. To suggest otherwise is, simply put, entirely un-American.” – George Takei
227. “The promise given was a necessity of the past: the word broken is a necessity of the present.” – Niccolo Machiavelli
228. "A little nonsense now and then is relished by the wisest men." - Roald Dahl
229. “It’s a strange myth that atheists have nothing to live for. It’s the opposite. We have nothing to die for. We have everything to live for.” – Ricky Gervais
230. “It pays to know the enemy – not least because at some time you may have the opportunity to turn him into a friend.” – Margaret Thatcher
231. “To me, consensus seems to be the process of abandoning all beliefs, principles, values and policies. So it is something in which no one believes and to which no one objects.” – Margaret Thatcher
232. “In spite of everything I still believe that people are really good at heart. I simply can’t build up my hopes on a foundation consisting of confusion, misery and death.” – Anne Frank
233. “I have a foreboding of an America in my children's or grandchildren's time -- when the United States is a service and information economy; when nearly all the manufacturing industries have slipped away to other countries; when awesome technological powers are in the hands of a very few, and no one representing the public interest can even grasp the issues; when the people have lost the ability to set their own agendas or knowledgeably question those in authority; when, clutching our crystals and nervously consulting our horoscopes, our critical faculties in decline, unable to distinguish between what feels good and what's true, we slide, almost without noticing, back into superstition and darkness...” – Carl Sagan
234. “To find yourself, think for yourself.” – Socrates
235. “We are what we think. All that we are arises with our thoughts. With our thoughts, we make our world.” – Buddha
236. “It is easier to perceive error than to find truth, for the former lies on the surface and is easily seen, while the latter lies in the depth, where few are willing to search for it.“ – Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
237. “Life is what we make of it, always has been, always will be.” – Grandma Moses
238. “Politics should be the part-time profession of every citizen who would protect the rights and privileges of free people and who would preserve what is good and fruitful in our national heritage.” – Lucille Ball
239. “By working faithfully eight hours a day, you may eventually get to be a boss and work twelve hours a day.” – Robert Frost
240. “A book is made from a tree. It is an assemblage of flat, flexible parts (still called "leaves") imprinted with dark pigmented squiggles. One glance at it and you hear the voice of another person, perhaps someone dead for thousands of years. Across the millennia, the author is speaking, clearly and silently, inside your head, directly to you. Writing is perhaps the greatest of human inventions, binding together people, citizens of distant epochs, who never knew one another. Books break the shackles of time ― proof that humans can work magic.” – Carl Sagan
241. “Europe will never be like America. Europe is a product of history. America is a product of philosophy. – Margaret Thatcher
242. "It is far better to grasp the universe as it really is than to persist in delusion, however satisfying and reassuring." – Carl Sagan
243. “Most men would feel insulted if it were proposed to employ them in throwing stones over a wall, and then in throwing them back, merely that they might earn their wages. But many are no more worthily employed now.” – Henry David Thoreau
244. “The people to fear are not those who disagree with you, but those who disagree and are too cowardly to let you know.” – Napoleon Bonaparte
245. “Governing a great nation is like cooking a small fish – too much handling will spoil it.” – Lao Tzu
246. “Knowing others is wisdom, knowing yourself is Enlightenment.” – Lao Tzu
247. “I learned long ago, never to wrestle with a pig. You get dirty, and besides, the pig likes it.” – George Bernard Shaw
248. “Any fool can criticize, condemn and complain and most fools do.” – Benjamin Franklin
249. “With great power comes great responsibility.” -- Stan Lee
250. “Better to be slapped with the truth than kissed with a lie” – Russian Proverb
251. “The best advice I've ever received is, 'No one else knows what they're doing either.” – Ricky Gervais
252. “I’m not absolutely certain about anything, I’m maximally certain.” – Matt Dillahunty
253. “Why don’t you pray just in case there is a god? For the same reason you don’t cover your doorways in garlic in case there are vampires.” – Ricky Gervais
254. “A Mormon told me that they don’t drink coffee. I said, “A cup of coffee every day gives you wonderful benefits.” He said, “Like what?” I said, “Well, it keeps you from being Mormon…”” – Emo Philips
255. “There has never been words of gods. Only words of men claiming to speak for gods. And that’s a big difference.” – James Kirk Wall
256. “(If I die) I won’t even know that I’m dead. You know why? Because I’ll be dead.” – Jim Jefferies
257. “You’ve gotta respect everyone’s beliefs.” No, you don’t. That’s what gets us in trouble. Look, you have to acknowledge everyone’s beliefs, and then you have to reserve the right to go: “That is stupid. Are you kidding me?” – Patton Oswalt
258. “Who knew that the devil had a factory where he made millions of fossils, which his minions distributed throughout the earth, in order to confuse my tiny brain?” – Lewis Black
259. "What’s to stop me from raping all I want? And my answer is: I do rape all I want. And the amount I want is zero. And I do murder all I want, and the amount I want is zero. The fact that these people think that if they didn't have this person watching over them that they would go on killing, raping rampages is the most self-damning thing I can imagine." – Penn Jillette
260. “Fables should be taught as fables, myths as myths, and miracles as poetic fancies. To teach superstitions as truths is a most terrible thing. The child mind accepts and believes them, and only through great pain and perhaps tragedy can he be in after years relieved of them. In fact, men will fight for a superstition quite as quickly as for a living truth — often more so, since a superstition is so intangible you cannot get at it to refute it, but truth is a point of view, and so is changeable.” – Hypatia
261. “I was brought up an atheist and have always remained so. But at no time was I led to believe that morality was unimportant or that good and bad did not exist. I believe passionately in the need to distinguish between right and wrong and am somewhat confounded by being told I need God, Jesus or a clergyman to help me to do so.” – Nigella Lawson
262. “We ought not to be embarrassed of appreciating the truth and of obtaining it wherever it comes from, even if it comes from races distant and nations different from us. Nothing should be dearer to the seeker of truth than the truth itself” – Al-Kindi
263. “Ignorance leads to fear, fear leads to hate, and hate leads to violence. This is the equation.” – Averroes
264. “Women should be treated as human beings, not as domestic animals.” – Averroes
265. “Nature has given us two ears, two eyes, and but one tongue-to the end that we should hear and see more than we speak.” – Socrates
266. “It should not be believed that all beings exist for the sake of the existence of man. On the contrary, all the other beings too have been intended for their own sakes and not for the sake of anything else.” – Maimonides
267. “No matter what you've done for yourself or for humanity, if you can't look back on having given love and attention to your own family, what have you really accomplished?” – Lee Iacocca
268. “You must accept the truth from whatever source it comes.” – Maimonides
269. “The seeker after truth is not one who studies the writings of the ancients and, following his natural disposition, puts his trust in them," the first scientist wrote, "but rather the one who suspects his faith in them and questions what he gathers from them, the one who submits to argument and demonstration and not the sayings of human beings whose nature is fraught with all kinds of imperfection and deficiency. Thus the duty of the man who investigates the writings of scientists, if learning the truth is his goal, is to make himself an enemy of all that he reads, and, applying his mind to the core and margins of of its content, attack it from every side. he should also suspect himself as he performs his critical examination of it, so that he may avoid falling into either prejudice or leniency.” – Ibn al-Haytham
270. “The stubborn critic would say: 'What is the benefit of these sciences?' He does not know the virtue that distinguishes mankind from all the animals: it is knowledge, in general, which is pursued solely by man, and which is pursued for the sake of knowledge itself, because its acquisition is truly delightful, and is unlike the pleasures desirable from other pursuits. For the good cannot be brought forth, and evil cannot be avoided, except by knowledge. What benefit then is more vivid? What use is more abundant?” – Abu Rayhan al-Biruni
271. “Make your books your companions, let your cases and shelves be your pleasure grounds and gardens. Bask in their paradise, gather their fruit, pluck their roses, take their spices and myrrh. If your soul satiate and weary, change from garden to garden, from furrow to furrow, from prospect to prospect. Then will your desire renew itself and your soul be filled with delight.” – Samuel ibn Tibbon
272. “In seeking wisdom, the first step is silence, the second listening, the third remembering, the forth practicing, the fifth -- teaching others.” – Solomon Ibn Gabirol
273. “We can easily forgive a child who is afraid of the dark; the real tragedy of life is when men are afraid of the light.” – Plato
274. “Abstinence from sins is better than seeking help afterwards.” – Ali ibn Abi Talib
275. “The miracle is this: the more we share, the more we have.” – Leonard Nimoy

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