The gem cannot be polished without friction, nor a man perfected without trials.
– Chinese proverb


In these days, a man who says a thing cannot be done is quite apt to be interrupted by some idiot doing it.
– Elbert Green Hubbard
A great pleasure in life is doing what people say you cannot do.
– Walter Gagehot
There are no rules here – we’re trying to accomplish something!
– Thomas Alva Edison


In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity.
– Albert Einstein
Life’s challenges are not supposed to paralyze you, they’re supposed to help you discover who you are.
– Bernice Johnson Reagon
I thank God for my handicaps, for through them, I have found myself, my work and my God.
– Helen Keller
The gem cannot be polished without friction, nor a man perfected without trials.
– Chinese proverb
It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God.
– Mark 10:25


The first casualty of war is the truth.
– Unknown
A lie can travel halfway around the world while the truth is putting on its shoes.
– Jonathan Swift
Truth draws strength from itself and not from the number of votes in its favour.
– Pope Benedict XVI
All truth passes through three stages. First, it is ridiculed. Second, it is violently opposed. Third, it is accepted as being self-evident.
– Arthur Schopenhauer


One must not mistake majority for the truth.
– Albert Einstein
An important scientific innovation rarely makes its way by gradually winning over and converting its opponents. What does happen is that its opponents gradually die out, and that the growing generation is familiarized with the ideas from the beginning.
– Max Planck
Science is not formal logic, it needs the free play of the mind in as great a degree as any other creative art. It is true that this is a gift which can hardly be taught, but its growth can be encouraged in those who already possess it.
– Max Born
Science without religion is lame, religion without science is blind.
– Albert Einstein


Reason is a very light rider, and easily shook off.
– Jonathan Swift


Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds.
– Albert Einstein


All religions, arts and sciences are branches of the same tree. All these aspirations are directed toward ennobling man’s life, lifting it from the sphere of mere physical existence and leading the individual towards freedom.
– Albert Einstein


Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts.
– Mark Twain


Some things need to be believed to be seen.
– Guy Kawasaki


Power is no blessing in itself, except when it is used to protect the innocent.
– Jonathan Swift


By definition, a government has no conscience. Sometimes it has a policy, but nothing more.
– Albert Camus


When a man wants to murder a tiger he calls it sport; when the tiger wants to murder him he calls it ferocity.
– George Bernard Shaw


The word of man is the most durable of all material.
– Arthur Schopenhauer


Books are like a mirror. If an ass looks in, you can’t expect an angel to look out.
– Arthur Schopenhauer


Wicked thoughts and worthless efforts gradually set their mark on the face, especially the eyes.
– Arthur Schopenhauer


Custom will reconcile people to any atrocity; and fashion will drive them to acquire any custom.
– George Bernard Shaw


The miracle is this – the more we share, the more we have.
– Leonard Nimoy


Weeping bride, laughing wife, laughing bride, weeping wife.
– German proverb


Whoever gossips to you will gossip about you.
– Spanish proverb


Maņana is often the busiest day of the week.
– Spanish proverb


That which grows slowly grows well.
– Spanish Proverb


What a lot of things there are a man can do without.
– Socrates


Sex is God’s joke on human beings.
– Bette Davis


God gives the nuts, but he does not crack them.
– German proverb


I searched for God and found only myself. I searched for myself and found only God.
– Sufi proverb


Astrology seems destined to lead all other branches of knowledge out of the blind alley of unspiritual rationalism and materialism.
– Dr Cunibert Mohlberg, Vatican Institute of Archaeology


Character is destiny.
– Heraclitus


Man can do as he will, but not will as he will.
– Arthur Schopenhauer

The End

The end of life is to be like God, and the soul following God will be like Him.
– Socrates