Art is one of the means whereby man seeks to redeem a life which is experienced as chaotic, senseless, and largely evil.
- Aldous Huxley
You do not need to be loved, not at the cost of yourself. The single relationship that is truly central and crucial in a life is the relationship to the self. Of all the people you will know in a lifetime, you are the only one you will never lose.
- Jo Coudert, "Advice From A Failure"
There are two things to aim at in life first, to get what you want and, after that, to enjoy it. Only the wisest of mankind achieve the second.
- Logan Pearsall Smith
The mystery of life isn?t a problem to solve, but a reality to experience.
- Frank Herbert, Dune (Reverend Mother Mohiam)
Live your life so that whenever you lose, you are ahead.
- Will Rogers
The man whose whole life is spent in performing a few simple operations, of which the effects are perhaps always the same, or very nearly the same, has no occasion to exert his understanding or to exercise his invention in finding out expedients for removing difficulties which never occur. He naturally loses, therefore, the habit of such exertion, and generally becomes as stupid and ignorant as it is possible for a human creature to become.
- Adam Smith
Hold fast to dreams for if dreams die, life is a broken winged bird that cannot fly.
- Langston Hughes
The effort to understand the universe is one of the very few things that lifts human life a little above the level of farce, and gives it some of the grace of tragedy.
- Steven Weinberg