"Very few beings really seek knowledge in this world. Few really ask. On the contrary, they try to wring from the unknown the answers they have already shaped in their own minds -- justification, confirmation, forms of consolation without which they can't go on. To really ask is to open the door to a whirlwind. The answer may annihilate the question and the questioner."
- Anne Rice
"Of all tyrannies a tyranny exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It may be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron's cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end for they do so with the approval of their own conscience .... To be 'cured' against one's will and cured of states which we may not regard as disease is to be put on a level with those who have not yet reached the age of reason ... You start being 'kind' to people before you have considered their rights, and then force upon them supposed kindnesses which they in fact had a right to refuse, and finally kindnesses which no one but you will recognize as kindnesses and which the recipient will feel as abominable cruelties." -
- C.S. Lewis
"All truth passes through 3 stages: First, it is ridiculed; Second, it is violently opposed; Third, it is accepted as self-evident."
- Arthur Schopenhauer
"The only factor becoming scarce in a world of abundance is human attention."
- Kevin Kelly
"Infinite patience produces immediate results."
- Helen Schucman
"Doubt is often the beginning of wisdom."
- M. Scott Peck
"We write our own destiny. We become what we do."
- Madame Chiang Kai-Shek
"It is not the oath that makes us believe the man, but the man the oath. "
- Aeschylus
"The unexamined life is not worth living."
- Socrates
"Integrity is telling myself the truth. And honesty is telling the truth to other people."
Spencer Johnson
"Integrity is doing the right thing, even if nobody is watching."
- Jim Stovall
"It isn't a mistake to have strong views. The mistake is to have nothing else."
- Anthony Weston
"The hottest places in hell are reserved for those, who in times of great moral crisis, maintain neutrality."
"Character - the willingness to accept responsibility for one's own life -- is the source from which springs"
-Joan Didion