This is what you shall do; Love the earth and sun and the animals, despise riches, give alms to everyone that asks, stand up for the stupid and crazy, devote your income and labor to others, hate tyrants, argue not concerning God, have patience and indulgence toward the people, take off your hat to nothing known or unknown or to any man or number of men, go freely with powerful uneducated persons and with the young and with the mothers of families, read these leaves in the open air every season of every year of your life, re-examine all you have been told at school or church or in any book, dismiss whatever insults your own soul, and your very flesh shall be a great poem and have the richest fluency not only in its words but in the silent lines of its lips and face and between the lashes of your eyes and in every motion and joint of your body.
— Walt Whitman

Our dear race, born without courage but very brave, born with a flickering intelligence and yet with beauty in its hands. What animal has made beauty, created it, save only we? With all our horrors and our faults, somewhere in us there is a shining. This is the most important of all facts. There is a shining.
— John Steinbeck

Live the sunshine, swim the sea, drink the wild air.
— Ralph Waldo Emerson

Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.
— Martin Luther King, Jr.

My destination is no longer a place, but a new way of seeing.
— Marcel Proust

My mind is never so pleasantly empty as when I'm chopping wood.
— Arne Fjeldson

Attack this day with an enthusiasm unknown to mankind!
— Jack Harbaugh

The only thing worth writing about is the human heart in conflict with itself.
— William Faulkner

The best way to have a great idea is to have a lot of ideas.
— Linus Pauling

Everyone who is honest is interesting.
— Stefan Sagmeister

He who laughs most, learns best.
— John Cleese

Most people are on the world, not in it — have no conscious sympathy or relationship to anything about them — undiffused, separate, and rigidly alone like marbles of polished stone, touching but separate.
— John Muir

Of all the paths you take in life, make sure some of them are dirt.
— John Muir

The mountains are calling, and I must go…
— John Muir

The power of imagination makes us infinite.
— John Muir

If the path be beautiful, let us not ask where it leads.
— Anatole France

The same people who worry about thinking machines today were certain that the introduction of calculators would usher in an era of knuckle-dragging imbecility.
— Nina Jablonski

You put your mind to it, you try to do right by people, you listen, you don't run around with the answers, eventually a door opens up. Be prepared and take advantage of it.
— Frank Martin

The sky is not my limit... I am.
— T. F. Hodge

If you don't imagine, nothing ever happens at all.
— John Green

Travel makes one modest. You see what a tiny place you occupy in the world.
— Gustave Flaubert

Hard work won't guarantee you success, but without hard work, I can guarantee you won't have success. What do you choose?
— Bruce Pearl

I've missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I've lost almost 300 games. 26 times, I've been trusted to take the game-winning shot and missed. I've failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.
— Michael Jordan

Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.
— Michael Pollan

If God created the world, where was He before Creation?... Know that the world is uncreated, as time itself is, without beginning and end.
— Mahapurana (India, ninth century)

I have lived through much, and now I think I have found what is needed for happiness. A quiet secluded life in the country, the possibility of being useful to people to whom it is easy to do good, and who are not accustomed to having it done it to them; then work which one hopes may be of some use; then rest, nature, books, music, love for one's neighbor—such is my idea of happiness. And then, on top of all that, you for a mate, and children perhaps—what more can the heart of a man desire?
— Leo Tolstoy

Go West, young man, go West and grow up with the country.
— Horace Greeley

Three passions, simple but overwhelmingly strong, have governed my life: the longing for love, the search for knowledge, and an unbearable pity for the suffering of mankind. These passions, like great winds, have blown me hither and thither, in a wayward course, over a deep ocean of anguish, reaching to the very verge of despair.
— Bertrand Russell


The wise man is one who knows what he does not know.
— Lao Tzu

All I know is that I know nothing.
— Socrates

The fool doth think he is wise, but the wise man knows himself to be a fool.
— William Shakespeare

No one will be able to read the great book of the Universe if he does not understand its language, which is that of mathematics.
— Galileo Galilei

It is my conviction that pure mathematical construction enables us to discover the concepts and the laws connecting them, which gives us the key to the understanding of nature.... In a certain sense, therefore, I hold it true that pure thought can grasp reality, as the ancients dreamed.
— Albert Einstein

If you want something you’ve never had, you have to be willing to do something you have never done.
— Thomas Jefferson

A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies. The man who never reads lives only one.
— George R.R. Martin [Jojen Reed]

Even in war’s darkest days, in most places in the world, absolutely nothing is happening.
— George R.R. Martin [Brynden Tully]

The man who does not read has no advantage over the man who cannot read.
— Mark Twain

Men do not learn very much from the lessons of history, and that is the most important of all the lessons of history.
— Aldous Huxley

We’ve all seen the movies where the hero is in trouble, and he’s surrounded by twenty people, but you know he’s going to get away because he’s the hero. So you don’t really feel any fear for him. I want my readers, and I want my viewers to be afraid when my characters are in danger.
— George R.R. Martin

The truth is a stubborn thing; it doesn't go away.
— Tom Riner

The meaning of life is to find your gift. The purpose of life is to give it away.
— Pablo Picasso

Well, I'm accidentally in the middle of the Death Star here. I should probably figure out how the thing works before I leave.
— Bryan Miller

Do we want our children one day to say to us, ‘Wait a minute, you knew this was a problem and you ignored it?’
— David Letterman, on climate change and renewable energy

When you see the world, the world sees you.
— Sebastian Maniscalco

Confidence: It's the food of the wise man but the liquor of the fool.
— Vikram [The Office]

Mathematics is the vocabulary for your own intuition.
— Dan Meyer

We still educate our children by batches. It's like the most important thing about them is their date of manufacture.
— Sir Ken Robinson

Nothing great was ever accomplished without enthusiasm.
— Ralph Waldo Emerson

Life moves pretty fast. If you don't stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.
— Ferris Bueller

I don’t know what God has in store for me—I don’t know. But I’m pretty sure when I face him, he’s not gonna ask me, ‘How many football games did you win, Larry Gilmer?’ He’s gonna say, ‘How many lives did you change?’
— Coach Larry Gilmer

If you're not ready for love, how can you be ready for life?
— Soko

Let me win, but if I cannot win let me be brave in the attempt.
— Eunice Kennedy Shriver

One of the penalties for refusing to participate in politics is that you end up being governed by your inferiors.
— Plato

Fortune favors the bold.
— Virgil

He is happy who can trace effects to their causes.
— Virgil

The core of man's spirit comes from new experiences.
— Alexander Supertramp

I had some terrific experiences in the wilderness... overpowering, overwhelming. But then, I am always being overwhelmed. I require it to sustain life.
— Everett Ruess

I have been thinking more and more that I shall always be a wanderer of the wilderness. God, how the trail lures me. You cannot comprehend it's resistless fascination for me. After all, the line trail is the best... I'll never stop wandering. And when the time comes to die, I'll find the wildest, loneliest, most desolate spot there is.
— Everett Ruess

Children are innocent and love justice, while most of us are wicked and naturally prefer mercy.
— G. K. Chesterton

The computer is incredibly fast, accurate, and stupid. Man is unbelievably slow, inaccurate, and brilliant. The marriage of the two is a force beyond calculation.
— Leo Cherne

It’s nice to be important. It’s more important to be nice.
— Larry Frisa

You are organized when you have what you need, when you need it.
— Jeannie Lally, greatest school counselor in the history of school counselors

Our system is based on creating wealth for the few, unfortunately at the expense of the health of the many.
— T. Colin Campbell

Not only humans, but also every other organism in the cosmos, as well as the planets and moons on which they thrive, would not exist but for the wreckage of stars. So you're made from detritus. Get over it. Or better yet, celebrate it. After all what nobler thought can one cherish than that the universe lives within us all?
— Neil deGrasse Tyson

It always seems impossible until it’s done.
— Nelson Mandela

It is not the mountain we conquer, but ourselves.
— Sir Edmund Hillary