These are some quotes from some of the people I look up to. Hope you get something out of it or whatever.
Experience teaches only the teachable.
There's only one corner of the universe you can be certain of improving, and that's your own self.
After silence, that which comes nearest to expressing the inexpressible is music.
Experience is not what happens to a man; it is what a man does with what happens to him.
A long habit of not thinking a thing wrong gives it a superficial appearance of being right.
Belief in a cruel God makes a cruel man.
Government, even in its best state, is but a necessary evil; in its worst state, an intolerable one.
He that rebels against reason is a real rebel, but he that in defence of reason rebels against tyranny has a better title to Defender of the Faith, than George the Third.
Human nature is not of itself vicious.
I love the man that can smile in trouble, that can gather strength from distress, and grow brave by reflection. 'Tis the business of little minds to shrink, but he whose heart is firm,
and whose conscience approves his conduct, will pursue his principles unto death.
If there must be trouble, let it be in my day, that my child may have peace.
These are the times that try men's souls.
My mind is my own church.
Time makes more converts than reason.
We can only reason from what is; we can reason on actualities, but not on possibilities.
We have it in our power to begin the world over again.
Being entirely honest with oneself is a good exercise.
The first human who hurled an insult instead of a stone was the founder of civilization.
Everywhere I go I find that a poet has been there before me.
I have found little that is "good" about human beings on the whole. In my experience most of them are trash, no matter whether they publicly subscribe to this or that ethical doctrine or to none at all. That is something that you cannot say aloud, or perhaps even think.
If youth knew; if age could.
Men are more moral than they think and far more immoral than they can imagine.
Men are strong so long as they represent a strong idea they become powerless when they oppose it.
Religion is an illusion and it derives its strength from the fact that it falls in with our instinctual desires.
The voice of the intellect is a soft one, but it does not rest until it has gained a hearing.
What a distressing contrast there is between the radiant intelligence of the child and the feeble mentality of the average adult.
What progress we are making. In the Middle Ages they would have burned me. Now they are content with burning my books.
Whoever loves becomes humble. Those who love have, so to speak, pawned a part of their narcissism.
An intelligent man is sometimes forced to be drunk to spend time with his fools.