"Beauty in things exist in the mind which contemplates them."
David Hume
"He who does not desire power is fit to hold it."
"The man least dependent upon the morrow goes to meet the morrow most cheerfully."
"Now as a rule it is no sign of ill-breeding to be easy in the use of language and take no particular care in one’s choice of words; it is rather the opposite that gives a man away. But such exactness is sometimes necessary; and it is necessary here, for example, to fasten upon something in your answer that is not correct. Think now."
"Human beings are born into this little span of life of which the best thing is its friendship and intimacies, and soon their places will know them no more, and yet they leave their friendships and intimacies with no cultivation, to grow as they will by the roadside, expecting them to “keep” by force of inertia."
William James
"Reserve your right to think, for even to think wrongly is better than not to think at all."
Hypatia of Alexandria
"He who lets the world, or his own portion of it, choose his plan of life for him, has no need of any other faculty than the ape-like one of imitation. He who chooses his plan for himself, employs all his faculties. He must use observation to see, reasoning and judgment to foresee, activity to gather materials for decision, discrimination to decide, and when he has decided, firmness and self-control to hold to his deliberate decision."
John Stuart Mill
"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."
"Think not those faithful who praise all thy words and actions; but those who kindly reprove thy faults."
"Pleasure in the job puts perfection in the work."
"Rest satisfied with doing well, and leave others to talk of you as they please."
"You are young, my son, and, as the years go by, time will change and even reverse many of your present opinions. Refrain therefore awhile from setting yourself up as a judge of the highest matters."