"Freedom is the alone unoriginated birthright of man, and belongs to him by force of his humanity; and is independence on the will and co-action of every other in so far as this consists with every other person’s freedom."
"Every contribution to human progress on record has been made by some individual who differed sharply from the general, and was thus, almost ipso facto, superior to the general. Perhaps the palpably insane must be excepted here, but I can think of no others. Such exceptional individuals should be permitted, it seems to me, to enjoy every advantage that goes with their superiority.
Who are A’s betters? They are all persons whom he envies, and with whom he would willingly change places. The essence of the superior man is that he is free of such envy. Conscious of his capacity to survive and prosper within his own field, he has no desire to change places with anyone else, and hence he is incapable of envying anyone else. Thus he is inevitably a bad democrat, for democracy as a practical matter is based mainly and perhaps almost wholly on envy."
— H.L. Mencken
"You see now how little nature requires to be satisfied. Felicity, the companion of content, is rather found in our own breasts than in the enjoyment of external things; And I firmly believe it requires but a little philosophy to make a man happy in whatsoever state he is. This consists in a full resignation to the will of Providence; and a resigned soul finds pleasure in a path strewed with briars and thorns."
— Daniel Boone
"Valor grows by daring, fear by holding back."
— Publilius Syrus
"Moral excellence comes about as a result of habit. We become just by doing just acts, temperate by doing temperate acts, brave by doing brave acts."
"At the root of our civilization, there is the freedom of each person of thought, of belief, of opinion, of work, of leisure."
— Charles de Gaulle
"I don’t like work - no man does - but I like what is in the work - the chance to find yourself. Your own reality - for yourself not for others - what no other man can ever know. They can only see the mere show, and never can tell what it really means.
It’s only those who do nothing that make no mistakes, I suppose."
— Joseph Conrad
"Being against evil doesn’t make you good."
— Ernest Hemingway
"True glory strikes root, and even extends itself; all false pretensions fall as do flowers, nor can anything feigned be lasting."
"There is much truth in the Italian saying, ‘Make yourselves sheep, and the wolves will eat you.’"
— Benjamin Franklin
"Something you want badly enough can always be gained. No matter how fierce the enemy, how remote the beautiful lady, or how carefully guarded the treasure, there is always a means to the goal for the earnest seeker."
"What counts most is holding on. The growth of a train of thought is not a direct forward flow. There is a succession of spurts separated by intervals of stagnation, frustration, and discouragement. If you hold on, there is bound to come a certain clarification. The unessential components drop off and a coherent, lucid whole begins to take shape."
— Eric Hoffer
"You cannot push anyone up the ladder unless he is willing to climb."
— Andrew Carnegie
"Skepticism is not irrefutable, but obviously nonsensical, when it tries to raise doubts where no questions can be asked. For doubt can exist only where a question exists, a question only where an answer exists, and an answer only where something can be said."
— Ludwig Wittgenstein
"If one rejects laissez faire on account of man’s fallibility and moral weakness, one must for the same reason also reject every kind of government action."
— Ludwig von Mises