The bicycle is the most civilized conveyance known to man. Other forms of transport grow daily more nightmarish. Only the bicycle remains pure in heart.
Iris Murdoch, writer (15 Jul 1919-1999)
We can still holler and shout but we have to light the lamps that shed the light on corruption, injustice, ineptitude and abuse of power. When we do, you will see the villains scurry into the woodwork the way roaches do when you turn on the light. -Frank Serpico, police officer and whistleblower (b. 14 Apr 1936)
Life can be perfectly satisfying without major achievements.
Alice Munro, short-story writer and Nobel Prize winner (b. 10 Jul 1931)
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Anyone entrusted with power will abuse it if not also animated with the love of truth and virtue, no matter whether he be a prince, or one of the people.
Jean de la Fontaine, poet and fabulist (8 Jul 1621-1695)
A man who is ‘ill-adjusted’ to the world is always on the verge of finding himself. One who is adjusted to the world never finds himself, but gets to be a cabinet minister.
Hermann Hesse, novelist, poet, Nobel laureate (2 Jul 1877-1962)
It’s like, at the end, there’s this surprise quiz: Am I proud of me? I gave my life to become the person I am right now. Was it worth what I paid?
Richard Bach, writer (b. 23 Jun 1936)
In our age there is no such thing as “keeping out of politics”. All issues are political issues, and politics itself is a mass of lies, evasions, folly, hatred, and schizophrenia.
George Orwell, novelist (25 Jun 1903-1950)
Man is condemned to be free; because once thrown into the world, he is responsible for everything he does.
Jean-Paul Sartre, writer and philosopher (21 Jun 1905-1980)