A few of my favourite quotations. New additions are highlighted in blue.

Until lions have their historians, tales of the hunt shall always glorify the hunters.

– African Proverb

It is not power that corrupts but fear. Fear of losing power corrupts those who wield it and fear of the scourge of power corrupts those who are subject to it.

– Aung San Suu Kyi

I think, therefore I am.

– René Descartes

We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.

– Will Durant, in summarising Aristotle’s ideas

Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.”

– Albert Einstein

Education is a better safeguard of liberty than a standing army.

– Edward Everett

Quality means doing it right when no one is looking

– Henry Ford

Character is not made in a crisis, it is only exhibited.

– Robert Freeman

Concentrated power is not rendered harmless by the good intentions of those who create it.

– Milton Friedman

Excellence costs. But in the long run mediocrity costs far more.

A Nation at Risk (1983)

Once you label me, you negate me.

– Søren Kierkegaard

That which does not kill us makes us stronger.

– Friedrich Nietzche

Art is a lie that makes us realize truth.

– Pablo Picasso

I do not agree with what you say, but I will defend to death your right to say it.

– Voltaire

Always forgive your enemies; nothing annoys them so much.

– Oscar Wilde


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