Authority without wisdom is like a heavy axe without an edge, fitter to bruise than to polish.
One faces the future with one's past.
Our deeds still travel with us from afar, and what we have been makes us what we are.
You must not change one thing, one pebble, one grain of sand, until you know what good and evil will follow on that act.
The beginning of compunction is the beginning of a new life.
The Pilgrims didn't have any experience when they landed here. Hell, if experience was that important, we'd never have anybody walking on the moon.
Each person has a literature inside them. But when people lose language, when they have to experiment with putting their thoughts together on the spot-that's what I love most. That's where character lives.
There is no data on the future.
The most important fact about Spaceship Earth: an instruction book didn't come with it.
Life is the only art that we are required to practice without preparation, and without being allowed the preliminary trials, the failures and botches, that are essential for the training of a mere beginner.
Time has told me less than I need to know.
Life is like playing a violin in public and learning the instrument as one goes on.
We don't have enough time to premeditate all our actions.
Every year, if not every day, we have to wager our salvation upon some prophecy based upon imperfect knowledge.
Faith ... acts promptly and boldly on the occasion, on slender evidence.
A decision is an action you must take when you have information so incomplete that the answer does not suggest itself.
She knew in her heart that to be without optimism, that core of reasonless hope in the spirit, rather than the brain, was a fatal flaw, the seed of death.
When faith is supported by facts or by logic it ceases to be faith.
How far would Moses have gone if he had taken a poll in Egypt?
Better to be without logic than without feeling.