The only books that influence us are those for which we are ready, and which have gone a little farther down our particular path than we have yet got ourselves.
E. M. (Edward Morgan) Forster, in the essay “A Book That Influenced Me” in Two Cheers for Democracy (1951).
It is quite true what philosophy says: that life must be understood backwards. But then one forgets the other principle: that it must be lived forwards.
Soren Kierkegaard, The Journals of Soren Kierkegaard, Volume IV (1843). The quotation is often paraphrased: Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards.
But words are things, and a small drop of ink,
Falling, like dew, upon a thought produces
That which makes thousands, perhaps millions think.
Lord Byron, Don Juan (written between 1818 to 1824), Canto III, Stanza 88.
In every life, no matter how full or empty one’s purse
there is tragedy.
It is the one promise life always fulfills.
Thus, happiness is a gift
and the trick is not to expect it, but to delight in it when it comes
and to add to other people’s store of it.
What happens if, too early
we lose a parent
that party on whom we rely for only everything?
What did these people do when their families shrank?
They cried their tears, but then they did the vital thing:
They built a new family, person by person.
They came to see that family need not be defined
merely as those with whom they share blood
but as those for whom they would give their blood.
A wedding toast delivered by Mr. Crummles in the film Nicholas Nickleby (2002) written and directed by Douglas McGrath.
The idea that there is one people in possession of the truth, one answer to the world’s ills, or one solution to humanity’s needs, has done untold harm throughout history – especially in the last century.
Kofi Annan, Secretary-General of the United Nations (1997-2006) and winner of the Nobel Peace Prize (2001), from his lecture at the Nobel Prize ceremony in Oslo, Norway on December 10, 2001
The great thinker Said Nursi, from the village of Nurs, in Bitlis had a wise saying: “Mankind has three problems: Discrimination, poverty and ignorance. Discrimination can be solved with love and compassion, poverty with sharing, and ignorance can only be resolved by education.”
Spoken by Hadji Gumus in the film Five Minarets in New York also released as Act of Vengeance (2010) written and directed by Mahsun Kirmizigul.