"Forgiveness does not change the past, but it does enlarge the future."
"The authority of government can have no pure right over my person or property but what I concede to it."
"The best advice I ever came across on the subject of concentration is: Wherever you are, be there. When you work, work. When you play, play. Don't mix the two."
"We can be absolutely certain only about things we do not understand."
"Live as if your were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever."
"I used to think that the brain was the most wonderful organ in my body. Then I realized who was telling me this."
"The society which scorns excellence in plumbing as a humble activity and tolerates shoddiness in philosophy because it is an exalted activity, will have neither good plumbing nor good philosophy: neither its pipes nor its theories will hold water."
John W. Gardner
"Experience should teach us to be most on our guard to protect liberty when the government's purposes are beneficial. Men born to freedom are naturally alert to repel invasion of their liberty by evil-minded rulers. The greatest dangers to liberty lurk in insidious encroachment by men of zeal, well-meaning but without understanding."
Justice Louis Brandeis
We are fast approaching the stage of the ultimate inversion: the stage where the government is free to do anything it pleases, while the citizens may act only by permission; which is the stage of the darkest periods of human history,the stage of rule by brute force.