These are some quotations that reflect my personal philosophy. 
They are here solely for your interest and amusement.

Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better. 
Albert Einstein, physicist and major changer of the world of knowledge (1879-1955)


The function of an education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically - intelligence plus character - that is the goal of true education.  Martin Luther King, Jr, American peace advocate (1929-1968)


A mind is a fire to be kindled, not a vessel to be filled.  Plutarch, Greek philosopher (120-46 BCE)

Freedom is always and exclusively freedom for the one who thinks differently.  Rosa Luxemburg, Polish-German revolutionary (1871-1919)


A society in which men recognize no check upon their freedom soon becomes a society where freedom is the possession of only a savage few.  Learned Hand, American jurist (1872-1961)

The Bible teaches us how to go to Heaven, not how the heavens go. 
Attributed to Galileo (1564-1642), but he may have been quoting Cardinal Baronius

There is no path - the path is made by walking. 
Susan Barker, American ecologist, quoted in 2007


One should respect public opinion insofar as is necessary to avoid starvation and keep out of prison, but anything beyond this is voluntary submission to an unnecessary tyranny, and is likely to interfere with happiness in all kinds of ways.  Bertrand Russell, English mathematician and philosopher (1872-1970)


If you want to make enemies, try to change something.  Woodrow Wilson, American President (1856-1924)

Ever tried. Ever failed.  No matter.  Try again.  Fail again.  Fail better. 
Samuel Beckett, Irish author (1906-1989)

It is the greatest of all mistakes to do nothing because you can do only a little.  Do what you can.  Sydney Smith, English author (1771-1845)


You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the must do the thing you think you cannot do.  Eleanor Roosevelt, American First Lady (1884-1962)

Facing it, always facing it, that's the way to get through.  Face it.  Joseph Conrad, English author (1857-1924)


The devil is easy to identify.  He appears when you're terribly tired and makes a very reasonable request which you know you shouldn't grant.  Fiorello LaGuardia, mayor of New York City (1882-1947)

Drop the question of what tomorrow may bring, and count as profit every day that Fate allows you. 
Horace, Roman poet (65-8 BCE)

You have no idea how big the other fellow's troubles are. 
B.C. Forbes, Scottish journalist (1880-1954)

Much misconstruction and bitterness are spared to him who thinks naturally upon what he owes to others, rather than on what he ought to expect from them. 
Elizabeth de Meulan Guizot, French author (1773-1827)

Good judgment comes from experience; and experience, well, that comes from bad judgment. 

There may be Peace without Joy, and Joy without Peace, but the two combined make Happiness.  John Buchan, First Baron of Tweedsmuir and Scottish author (1875-1940)


If I have a prayer for you and for the millions who were abandoned by fathers, it is that we would not be arrogant victims, but wounded healers.  Donald Miller, American author (~1970's -)

There are no warlike peoples - just warlike leaders.
  Ralph Bunche, Nobel Peace laureate (1904-1971)

The conventional notions of happiness cannot possibly be taken seriously by anyone whose intellectual or moral development has progressed beyond that of a 3-week-old puppy.  John W. Gardner, American (1912-2002)


One day we must come to see that peace is not merely a distant goal we seek, but that it is a means by which we arrive at that goal.  Martin Luther King, Jr, American peace advocate (1929-1968)