"In my opinion, most of the great men of the past were only there for the beer—the wealth, prestige and grandeur that went with the power."
"In science one tries to tell people, in such a way as to be understood by everyone, something that no one ever knew before. But in poetry, it's the exact opposite."
"Maturity begins when we're content to feel we're right about something without feeling the necessity to prove someone else is wrong."
Sydney J. Harris
"The real test of any claim about freedom, I've decided, is how far you're willing to go in letting people be wrong about it."
"I know that God won't give me more trouble than I can handle ... but sometimes I wish he wouldn't trust me so much."
"A civilization unable to differentiate between illusion and reality is usually believed to be at the tail end of its existence. Our reality is dominated by elites who have spent much of the last two centuries, indeed of the last four, organizing society around answers and around structures designed to produce answers. These structures have fed upon expertise and that expertise upon complexity. The effect has been to render universal understanding as difficult as possible."
John Ralston Saul