You’re not to be so blind with patriotism that you can’t face reality. Wrong is wrong, no matter who does it or says it.
— El-Hajj Malik el-Shabazz (formerly Malcolm X), By Any Means Necessary
How can one better magnify the Almighty than by sniggering with him at his little jokes, particularly the poorer ones.
— Samuel Beckett, Happy Days
The world is a globe - the further you sail, the closer to home you are.
— Terry Pratchett, Nation
War began — that is, an event took place contrary to human reason and to the whole of human nature.
— Leo Tolstoy, War and Peace
It is much easier for men to act than to refrain from acting. We will continue to do good and to do evil.
— Ursula K. LeGuin, The Farthest Shore
All that lives must die, passing through nature to eternity.
— William Shakespeare, Hamlet
She’s let religion go to her head, but we all know that religion is for the heart, not for the head.
— Ralph Ellison, Invisible Man
‘The lords of war despise scholars and schoolmasters,’ said Medra. ‘I think they fear them too,’ said Veil.
— Ursula K. LeGuin, Tales from Earthsea