Various and Sundry Quotes

It is easier to build strong children than repair broken men.
- Fredrick Douglas

A being is free only when it can determine and limit its activity.
- Karl Barth

Man needs more to be reminded than instructed.
- Samuel Johnson

Nice is not the same as good.
- Little Red Riding Hood (Stephen Sondheim, Into the Woods)

Man will become better when you show him what he is like.
- Anton Chekhov

There is no greater sorrow than to recall in misery the time when we were happy.
- Dante

If there is no struggle, there is no progress.
- Fredrick Douglas

O wonder!
How many goodly creatures are there here!
How beautious mankind is!
O brave new world
That has such people in't!
-Miranda (Shakespeare, The Tempest, Act V, Scene I)

God is in the details.
- Ludwig Mies van der Rohe

Too much sanity may be madness,
but the maddest of all is to see life as it is and not as it should be.
- Don Quixote (Miguel de Cervantes)

Become the change you seek in the world.
- Gandhi

If I am not for myself, who am I?
If I am only for myself, what am I?
And if not now, when?
- Rabbi Hillel

The cry of the poor may not always be just,
but, if you don't listen to it,
you will never know what justice is.
- From Howard Zinn's A People's History of the United States.

Be patient to all that is unresolved in your heart
and try to love the questions themselves as if they were locked rooms or books written in a very foreign language.
Don't search for answers, which could not be given to you now,
because you would not be able to live them.
And the point is, to live everything.
Live the questions now.
Perhaps then, someday far in the future, you will gradually,
without evening noticing it,
live your way in the answer.
- From "Letters to a Young Poet" by Ranier Maria Rilke, 1903.