Not getting what you want is sometimes a wonderful stroke of luck.
The Dalai Lama
If we long for our planet to be important, there is something we can do about it. We make our world significant by the courage of our questions and by the depth of our answers.
Carl Sagan, Cosmos
Make a career of humanity, commit yourself to the noble struggle for equal rights. You will make a greater person of yourself, a greater nation of your country, and a finer world to live in.
Martin Luther King, Jr., District of Columbia 1959
Research? University? Philosophy? Get a real job son, America needs more consumer behavior data mining.
So when you run make sure you run to something and not away from, cause lies don’t need an aeroplane to chase you anywhere.
The Avett Brothers, "The Weight of Lies"
A cultivated mind finds sources of inexhaustible interest in all that surrounds it: in the objects of nature, the achievements of art, the imaginations of poetry, the incidents of history, the ways of mankind, past and present, and their prospects in the future.
John Stuart Mill, Utilitarianism
Anyone unable to understand how a useful religion can be founded on lies will not understand this book.
Kurt Vonnegut, Cat's Cradle
Either I’m dead and I haven’t done anything that I want, or I’m still alive and there’s nothing I want to do.
They Might Be Giants, "Dead"
Development is working yourself out of a job.
The great temptation of modern man is not physical solitude but immersion in the mass of other men, not escape to the mountains or the desert (would that more men were so tempted!) but escape into the great formless sea of irresponsibility which is the crowd. There is actually no more dangerous solitude than that of the man who is lost in a crowd, who does not know he is alone and who does not function as a person in a community either. He does not face the risks of true solitude or its responsibilities, and at the same time the multitude has taken all other responsibilities off his shoulders. Yet he is by no means free of care; he is burdened by the diffuse, anonymous anxiety, the nameless fears, the petty itching lusts and the all pervading hostilities which fill mass society the way water fills the ocean.
Thomas Merton, New Seeds of Contemplation
The biggest thing that thematically [The Social Network] missed is the concept that you would have to want to do something — date someone or get into some final club — in order to be motivated to do something like this. It just like completely misses the actual motivation for what we’re doing, which is, we think it’s an awesome thing to do.
It is an axiom, in political science, that unless a people are educated and enlightened it is idle to expect the continuance of civil liberty, or the capacity for self-government.
Declaration of Independence of the Republic of Texas
To laugh often and much; to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children; to earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends; to appreciate beauty; to find the best in others; to leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch or a redeemed social condition; to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
The meaning of life is to find your gift. The purpose of life is to give it away.