"This is my simple religion. There is no need for temples; no need for complicated philosophy. Our own brain, our own heart is our temple; the philosophy is kindness."
"If I had no sense of humor, I would long ago have committed suicide."
"The chances of each of us coming into existence are infinitesimally small, and even though we shall all die some day, we should count ourselves fantastically lucky to get our decades in the sun."
"Holding on to anger is like drinking poison and expecting the other person to die."
"There is nothing like returning to a place that remains unchanged to find the ways in which you yourself have altered."
"The secret of happiness is: Find something more important than you are and dedicate your life to it."
"In a quiet revolution in thought and argument that hardly anybody could have foreseen only two decades ago, God is making a comeback. Most intriguingly, this is happening not among theologians or ordinary believers, but in the crisp intellectual circles of academic philosophers, where the consensus had long banished the Almighty from fruitful discourse."
Time Magazine (April 7, 1980)
"Whatever a man may be, there is a future to be forged, a virgin future before him."
Jean-Paul Sartre (Existentialism and Human Emotion)
"If we don’t believe in freedom of expression for people we despise, we don’t believe in it at all."
"I can calculate the motion of heavenly bodies, but not the madness of people."
"Music is the pleasure the human mind experiences from counting without being aware that it is counting."
Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz
"The key to wisdom is this - constant and frequent questioning, for by doubting we are led to question and by questioning we arrive at the truth."