— Emil M. Cioran Romanian philosopher and essayist 1911 - 1995
— Arthur Schopenhauer German philosopher 1788 - 1860
Personality; or, What a Man Is
— Anatole France French writer 1844 - 1924
— Georges Charpak ukrainian-born french physicist 1924 - 2010
Context: History of science played a very important role for me. Before I knew well how to do an experiment, I knew why Joliot has missed the neutron, why his wife missed the fission, why they succeeded in having artificial radioactivity, and even why they almost missed the other things, by doing very nice experiments, but didn't come to the conclusion. That is science. Science is doubt, is research. It is not something which is – and that is the danger of teaching – which is too academic and which the people explain you it is like the logic thing that comes out of the computer, which is not true. You have intuition, you have passion. Nobel interview http://nobelprize.org/mediaplayer/index.php?id=425 with Professor Georges Charpak by Joanna Rose, science writer, 6 December 2001.
— Josh Billings American humorist 1818 - 1885
— Dave Barry American writer 1947
— Mircea Eliade Romanian historian of religion, fiction writer and philosopher 1907 - 1986
Context: The History of Religions is destined to play an important role in contemporary cultural life. This is not only because an understanding of exotic and archaic religions will significantly assist in a cultural dialogue with the representatives of such religions. It is more especially because … the history of religions will inevitably attain to a deeper knowledge of man. It is on the basis of such knowledge that a new humanism, on a world-wide scale, could develop. The Quest: History and Meaning in Religion (1969), p. 3.
— Benjamin N. Cardozo United States federal judge 1870 - 1938
Context: I do not underrate the yearning for mechanical and formal tests. They are possible and useful in zones upon the legal sphere. The pain of choosing is the pain of marking off such zones from others. It is a pain we must endure, for uniformity of method will carry us upon the rocks. The curse of this fluidity, of an ever shifting approximation, is one the law must bear, or other curses yet more dreadful will be invited in exchange. Pages 67 – 68
— Robert Louis Stevenson Scottish novelist, poet, essayist, and travel writer 1850 - 1894
An Apology for Idlers.
„Patience and boredom are closely related. Boredom, a certain kind of boredom, is really impatience. You don't like the way things are, they aren't interesting enough for you, so you deccide- and boredom is a decision-that you are bored.“
— Bertrand Russell logician, one of the first analytic philosophers and political activist 1872 - 1970
— Franklin D. Roosevelt 32nd President of the United States 1882 - 1945
Context: The democratic aspiration is no mere recent phase in human history. It is human history. It permeated the ancient life of early peoples. It blazed anew in the Middle Ages. It was written in Magna Charta.