“I am only resolved to act in that manner, which will, in my own opinion, constitute my happiness, without reference to you, or to any person so wholly unconnected with me”
~~ Elizabeth Bennet, Pride & Prejudice (Jane Austen)

“Trying to avoid offending someone who is determined to be offended is like trying to pick up a turd by the clean end.”
~~ Unknown

“I contend that we are both atheists. I just believe in one fewer god than you do. When you understand why you dismiss all the other possible gods, you will understand why I dismiss yours.”
~~ Steven Roberts

“The idea that God is an oversized white male with a flowing beard who sits in the sky and tallies the fall of every sparrow is ludicrous. But if by God one means the set of physical laws that govern the universe, then clearly there is such a God. This God is emotionally unsatisfying… it does not make much sense to pray to the law of gravity.”
~~ Carl Sagan

“To be is to do” ~~ Socrates
“To do is to be” ~~ Sartre
“Do be do be do” ~~ Sinatra
“To me, to you” ~~ Chuckle

“War does not determine who is right – only who is left.”
~~ Bertrand Russell

~~ Leeloo Dallas

“The closer to the truth, the better the lie, and the truth itself, when it can be used, is the best lie.”
~~ Isaac Asimov (author), Foundation’s Edge

“The ultimate weakness of violence is that it is a descending spiral begetting the very thing it seeks to destroy. Instead of diminishing evil, it multiplies it. Through violence you may murder the liar, but you cannot murder the lie, nor establish the truth. Through violence you may murder the hater, but you do not murder hate. In fact, violence merely increases hate. Returning violence for violence multiplies violence, adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars. Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.”
~~ Martin Luther King Jnr.

“All governments suffer a recurring problem: Power attracts pathological personalities. It is not that power corrupts but that it is magnetic to the corruptible.”
~~ Frank Herbert (author), Chapterhouse: Dune

“Change is the lifeblood of mankind. Everything we today accept as normal was at one time an innovation.”
~~ Harry Harrison, SENSE OF OBLIGATION (short story)