"Live innocently; God is here." Linnaeus (Carl vonLinne) (1707-1778), inscribed above the door of his bedroom
"Aristotle explicitly assures us that man, insofar as he is a natural being and belongs to the species of mankind, possesses immortality; through the recurrent cycle of life, nature assures the same kind of being-forever to things that are born and die as to things that are and do not change." Hannah Arendt (1906-1975), 'Between Past and Future', ch. 2
"Wherever there is a human being, I see God-given rights inherent in that being, whatever may be the sex or complexion." William Lloyd Garrison (1805-1879), 'W. P. and F. J. T. Garrison, William Lloyd Garrison', vol. III
"The Infinite Goodness has such wide arms that it takes whatever turns to it." Dante Alighieri (1265-1321), 'The Divine Comedy'
"Like to the greatness of God is the greatness within." Sidney Lanier (1842-1881), 'The Marches of Glynn'
"Know thyself." Inscription at the Delphic Oracle, from Plutarch's 'Morals' (ca. 650-550 bce)
"What is hateful to you do not do to your neighbor. That is the whole Torah. The rest is commentary." Hillel (fl. 30 bce – 10 ad), from the Talmud
"We are the world, we are the children, we are the ones to make a better day." Lionel Richie (b. 1950), 'We Are the World'
"What is (the earth) most like?.....It is most like a single cell." Lewis Thomas (b. 1913), 'The Lives of a Cell'
"Virtue extends our days: he lives two lives who relives his past with pleasure." Marcus Valerius Martialis (ca. 40-104), 'Epigrams', k. X, 23
"Peace… is a virtue, a state of mind, a disposition for benevolence, confidence, justice." Benedict (Baruch) Spinoza (1632-1677), 'Theological-Political Treatise'
"The future enters into us, in order to transform itself in us, long before it happens." Rainer Maria Rilke (1875-1926), 'Letters to a Young Poet'
"If you were to destroy in mankind the belief in immortality, not only love but every living force maintaining the life of the world would at once be dried up." Fedor Mikhailovich Dostoevski (1821-1881), 'The Brothers Karamazov', bk. II, ch. 6
"He prays well who loves well, both man and bird and beast." Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772-1834), 'The Eolian Harp'
"There is no feeling in a human heart which exists in that heart alone – which is not, in some for or degree, in every heart." George Macdonald (1824-1905), 'Unspoken Sermons'
"Let each one think himself an act of God, his life a breath of God." Philip James Bailey (1816-1902), 'Festus'
"The wave of the future is not the conquest of the world by a single dogmatic creed but the liberation of the diverse energies of free nations and free men." John F. Kennedy (1917-1963), Address at the University of California, Berkeley, March 23, 1962
"Couples are wholes and not wholes, what agrees disagrees, the concordant is discordant. From all things one and from one all things." Heraclitus (540-480 bce), from 'Diogenes Laertius, 'Lives of Eminent Philosophers'
"Creator uncreated, sole one, unique one, who traverses eternity…with millions under his care; Your splendor is like heaven's splendor." Suti and Hor (15th to 14th centuries bce), architects to Amenhotep III, 'First Hymn to the Sun God'
"There is but one unconditional commandment, which is that we should seek incessantly so to act as to bring about the very largest total universe of good which we can see." William James (1842-1910), 'The Moral Philosopher and the Moral Life'
"We are spinning our own fates, good or evil, and never to be undone. Every smallest stroke of virtue or of vice leaves its never so little scar….Nothing we ever do is, in strict scientific literalness, wiped out." William James (1842-1910), 'The Principles of Psychology'
"Veracity is the heart of morality." Thomas H. Huxley (1825-1895), 'Universities, Actual and Ideal'
"There are no dead." Maurice Maeterlinck (1862-1949), 'The Blue Bird', act IV, sc. ii
"Tiny differences in input could quickly become overwhelming differences in output….In weather, for example, this translates into what is only half-jokingly known as the Butterfly Effect – the notion that a butterfly stirring the air today in Peking can transform storm systems next month in New York." James Gleick (b. 1954), 'Chaos', prologue
"There is something beyond the grave; death does not end all." Sextus Propertius (ca. 54 bce – 2 ad), 'Elegies', IV, vii