Every creature in the world is like a book and a picture, to us, and a mirror.

- Alain de Lille, c. 1200

All modern revolutions have ended in a reinforcement of the power of the state.

- Albert Camus, 1951

To ensure the adoration of a theorem for any length of time, faith is not enough; a police force is needed as well.

- Albert Camus, 1951

I sometimes think of what future historians will say of us. A single sentence will suffice for modern man: he fornicated and read the papers.

- Albert Camus, 1957

Mother died today. Or maybe it was yesterday, I don’t know. 

- Albert Camus, 1942

Real generosity toward the future lies in giving all to the present.

- Albert Camus, 1951

The most beautiful emotion we can experience is the mysterious. It is the fundamental emotion that stands at the cradle of all true art and science.

- Albert Einstein, 1930

Nationalism is an infantile disease, the measles of mankind.

- Albert Einstein, 1929

Possessions, outward success, publicity, luxury—to me these have always been contemptible. I believe that a simple and unassuming manner of life is best for everyone, best both for the body and the mind.

- Albert Einstein, 1931

I went [to war] because I couldn’t help it. I didn’t want the glory or the pay; I wanted the right thing done.

- Louisa May Alcott, 1863

Feasts must be solemn and rare, or else they cease to be feasts. 

- Aldous Huxley, 1929

I’m afraid of losing my obscurity. Genuineness only thrives in the dark. Like celery.

- Aldous Huxley, 1925

A large city cannot be experientially known; its life is too manifold for any individual to be able to participate in it.

- Aldous Huxley, 1934