Journalism is printing what someone else does not want printed: everything else is public relations.
Read no history—nothing but biography, for that is life without theory.
Any plan conceived in moderation, must fail when circumstances are set in extremes
Many men go fishing all their lives, not knowing it is not fish they are after.
~ Henry David Thoreau
If you wish to make an apple pie from scratch, you must first invent the universe.
Carl Sagan, Cosmos (1980)
A common mistake that people make when trying to design something completely foolproof is to underestimate the ingenuity of complete fools.
Douglas Adams, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
Finish each day and be done with it; you have done what you could. Some blunders and absurdities have crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day. You shall begin it serenely and with too high a spirit to be encumbered with your old nonsense.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
I saw the angel in the marble and carved until I set him free.
The rush and pressure of modern life are a form, perhaps the most common form, of innate violence. To allow oneself to be carried away by a multitude of conflicting concerns, to surrender to too many demands, to commit oneself to too many projects, to want to help everyone in everything is to succumb to violence. The frenzy of the activist neutralizes his work for peace. It destroys her own inner capacity for peace. It kills the root of inner wisdom which makes work fruitful.