"There is but one unconditional commandment, which is that we should seek incessantly so to act as to bring about the very largest total universe of good which we can see." William James (1842-1910), 'The Moral Philosopher and the Moral Life'
"Observe good faith and justice toward all nations. Cultivate peace and harmony with all." George Washington (1732-1799), 1st American President, Farewell address, September 17, 1796
"Is virtue a thing remote? I wish to be virtuous, and lo! Virtue is at hand." Confucius (551-479 bce), 'The Confucian Analects', bk. 7:29
"Earth, with her thousand voices, praises God." Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772-1834), 'The Eolian Harp'
"The history of the world is none other than the progress of the consciousness of freedom." Georg Hegel (1770-1831), 'Philosophy of Right'
"I see on an immense scale, and as clearly as in a demonstration in a laboratory, that good comes out of evil; that the impartiality of the Nature Providence is best; that we are made strong by what we overcome." John Burroughs (1837-1921), 'Accepting the Universe'
"Full of Zeus are all streets and all gathering places, and full are the sea and harbors. Everywhere we all have need of Zeus. For we are also his offspring." Aratus (ca. 315-240 bce), 'Phaenomena, sec. 1
"There is no feeling in a human heart which exists in that heart alone – which is not, in some for or degree, in every heart." George Macdonald (1824-1905), 'Unspoken Sermons'
"Opposites are cures for opposites." Hippocrates (460-377 bce), 'Breaths', bk. 1
"The God who gave us life, gave us liberty at the same time." Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826), 'Summary View of the Rights of British America'
"Tiny differences in input could quickly become overwhelming differences in output….In weather, for example, this translates into what is only half-jokingly known as the Butterfly Effect – the notion that a butterfly stirring the air today in Peking can transform storm systems next month in New York." James Gleick (b. 1954), 'Chaos', prologue
"He who has courage and faith will never perish in misery." Anne Frank (1929-1945), 'The Diary of a Young Girl', March 7, 1944
"God is and all is well." John Greenleaf Whittier (1807-1892), 'Snowbound'
"Man is one name belonging to every nation upon earth. In them all is one soul though many tongues." Tertullian (ca. 160-240), 'Testimony of the Soul'
"Virtue extends our days: he lives two lives who relives his past with pleasure." Marcus Valerius Martialis (ca. 40-104), 'Epigrams', k. X, 23
"Benevolence, righteousness, propriety, and knowledge are not infused into us from without." Mencius (372-289 bce), 'Works', bk. 1:6.7
"Would it be too bold to imagine, that in the great length of time, since the earth began to exist, perhaps millions of ages before the commencement of the history of mankind, would it be too bold to imagine, that all warm-blooded animals have arisen from one living filament which the Great First Cause endued with animality….and thus possessing the faculty of continuing to improve by its own inherent activity, and of delivering down those improvements by generation to its posterity, world without end? Erasmus Darwin (1731-1802), grandfather of Charles Darwin, 'Zoonomia'
"Know thyself." Inscription at the Delphic Oracle, from Plutarch's 'Morals' (ca. 650-550 bce)
"We are spinning our own fates, good or evil, and never to be undone. Every smallest stroke of virtue or of vice leaves its never so little scar….Nothing we ever do is, in strict scientific literalness, wiped out." William James (1842-1910), 'The Principles of Psychology'
"Hold faithfulness and sincerity as first principles." Confucius (551-479 bce), 'The Confucian Analects', bk. 1:3
"Aristotle explicitly assures us that man, insofar as he is a natural being and belongs to the species of mankind, possesses immortality; through the recurrent cycle of life, nature assures the same kind of being-forever to things that are born and die as to things that are and do not change." Hannah Arendt (1906-1975), 'Between Past and Future', ch. 2
"One principle must make the universe a single complex living creature, one from all." Plotinus (205-270), 'Enneads', bk. II, treatise iii, sec. 8
"All good things which exist are the fruits of originality." John Stuart Mill (1806-1873), 'On Liberty'
"To be loved, be lovable." Ovid (43 bce – 18 ad), 'Ars Amatoria', bk. II, 107