"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
"The final forming of a person's character lies in their own hands." Anne Frank (1929-1945), 'The Diary of a Young Girl', July 15, 1944
"Virtue extends our days: he lives two lives who relives his past with pleasure." Marcus Valerius Martialis (ca. 40-104), 'Epigrams', k. X, 23
"Veracity is the heart of morality." Thomas H. Huxley (1825-1895), 'Universities, Actual and Ideal'
"Would it be too bold to imagine, that in the great length of time, since the earth began to exist, perhaps millions of ages before the commencement of the history of mankind, would it be too bold to imagine, that all warm-blooded animals have arisen from one living filament which the Great First Cause endued with animality….and thus possessing the faculty of continuing to improve by its own inherent activity, and of delivering down those improvements by generation to its posterity, world without end? Erasmus Darwin (1731-1802), grandfather of Charles Darwin, 'Zoonomia'
"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'
"The God who gave us life, gave us liberty at the same time." Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826), 'Summary View of the Rights of British America'
"I lived in everything; everything entered and lived in me." George Macdonald (1824-1905), 'Lilith'
"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
"A man lives not only his personal life, as an individual, but also, consciously or unconsciously, the life of his epoch and his contemporaries." Thomas Mann (1875-1955), 'The Magic Mountain', ch. 2
"He is Father. Even more, God is Mother." Pope John Paul I (1912-1978), Sunday Angelus blessing, St. Peter's Square, September 17, 1978
"Is virtue a thing remote? I wish to be virtuous, and lo! Virtue is at hand." Confucius (551-479 bce), 'The Confucian Analects', bk. 7:29
"God is Love – I dare say." Samuel Butler (1835-1902), 'God Is Love',
"Great emegencies and crises show us how much greater our vital resources are than we had supposed." William James (1842-1910), 'The Letters of William James'
"O the one life within us and abroad, which meets all motion and becomes its soul, a light in sound, a sound-like power in light, rhythm in all thought, and joyance everywhere." Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772-1834), 'The Eolian Harp'
"In spite of everything, I still believe that people are really good at heart." Anne Frank (1929-1945), 'The Diary of a Young Girl', July 15, 1944
"Religion…is a great instinctive truth, sensed by the people, expressed by the people." Ernest Renan (1823-1892), 'Les Apotres'
"There is something beyond the grave; death does not end all." Sextus Propertius (ca. 54 bce – 2 ad), 'Elegies', IV, vii
"There is strong shadow where there is much light." Johann Wolfgang vonGoethe (1749-1832), 'Gotz von Berlichingen', act 1
"Earth, with her thousand voices, praises God." Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772-1834), 'The Eolian Harp'
"He prays well who loves well, both man and bird and beast." Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772-1834), 'The Eolian Harp'
"Zeus, first cause, prime mover; for what thing without Zeus is done among mortals?" Aeschylus (525-456 bce), 'Agamemnon', 1.1485
"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'
"To be loved, be lovable." Ovid (43 bce – 18 ad), 'Ars Amatoria', bk. II, 107