Do not teach your children never to be angry; teach them how to be angry.

Do not teach your children never to be angry; teach them how to be angry.

Speak when you are angry and you will make the best speech you will ever regret.

Personally, I would not give a fig for any man’s religion whose horse, cat and dog do not feel its benefits. Life in any form is our perpetual responsibility.

Personally, I would not give a fig for any man's religion whose horse, cat and dog do not feel its benefits. Life in any form is our perpetual responsibility.

Wild animals never kill for sport.  Man is the only one to whom the torture and death of his fellow-creatures is amusing in itself.

People must have renounced, it seems to me, all natural intelligence to dare to advance that animals are but animated machines…. It appears to me, besides, that [such people] can never have observed with attention the character of animals, not to have distinguished among them the different voices of need, of suffering, of joy, of pain, of love, of anger, and of all their affections.  It would be very strange that they should express so well what they could not feel.

November 16, 2012 Voltaire ,

Most people are other people.  Their thoughts are someone else’s opinions, their lives a mimicry, their passions a quotation.

Most people are other people.  Their thoughts are someone else’s opinions, their lives a mimicry, their passions a quotation.

I once had a sparrow alight upon my shoulder for a moment, while I was hoeing in a village garden, and I felt that I was more distinguished by that circumstance that I should have been by any epaulet I could have worn.

A birth control pill for men, that’s fair.  It makes more sense to take the bullets out of the gun than to wear a bulletproof vest.

November 16, 2012 Anonymous ,

The true meaning of life is to plant trees, under whose shade you do not expect to sit.

The true meaning of life is to plant trees, under whose shade you do not expect to sit.

To live content with small means, to seek elegance rather than luxury, and refinement rather than fashion, to be worthy, not respectable, and wealthy, not rich, to study hard, think quietly, talk gently, act frankly, to listen to stars and birds, to babes and sages, with open heart, to bear all cheerfully, do all bravely, await occasions, hurry never, in a word to let the spiritual, unbidden and unconscious, grow up through the common, this is to be my symphony.

To live content with small means, to seek elegance rather than luxury, and refinement rather than fashion, to be worthy, not respectable, and wealthy, not rich, to study hard, think quietly, talk gently, act frankly, to listen to stars and birds, to babes and sages, with open heart, to bear all cheerfully, do all bravely, await occasions, hurry never, in a word to let the spiritual, unbidden and unconscious, grow up through the common, this is to be my symphony.