Success is not the result of spontaneous combustion. You must set yourself on fire.
What we call failure is not the falling down but the staying down.
Quality means doing it right when no one is looking.
Do not pray for easy lives. Pray to be stronger men.
Here’s to cheating, lying, fighting and drinking.
If you cheat, may you cheat death.
If you lie, may you lie beside your lover.
If you fight, may you fight for what you believe in.
And if you drink, may you drink with me.
The goal of life is living in agreement with nature.
Eccentricity is not, as dull people would have us believe, a form of madness. It is often a kind of innocent pride, and the man of genius and the aristocrat are frequently regarded as eccentrics because genius and aristocrat are entirely unafraid of and uninfluenced by the opinions and vagaries of the crowd.
Shake off all the fears of servile prejudices, under which weak minds are servilely crouched. Fix reason firmly in her seat, and call on her tribunal for every fact, every opinion. Question with boldness even the existence of a God; because, if there be one, he must more approve of the homage of reason than that of blindfolded fear.
We are all atheists about most of the gods that societies have ever believed in. Some of us just go one god further.
The opposite of the religious fanatic is not the fanatical atheist but the gentle cynic who cares not whether there is a god or not.
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