Ignorance, allied with power, is the most ferocious enemy justice can have. James Baldwin, "The Price of the Ticket"
Imagination is not an empirical or superadded power of consciousness, it is the whole of consciousness as it realizes its freedom. Jean-Paul Sartre, "Imagination: A Psychological Critique"
Imagine yourself as a living house. God comes in to rebuild that house. At first, perhaps, you can understand what He is doing. He is getting the drains right and stopping the leaks in the roof and so on: you knew that those jobs needed doing and so you are not surprised. But presently He starts knocking the house about in a way that hurts abominably and does not seem to make sense. What on earth is He up to? The explanation is that He is building quite a different house from the one you thought of - throwing out a new wing here, putting on an extra floor there, running up towers, making courtyards. You thought you were going to be made into a decent little cottage: but He is building a palace. He intends to come and live in it Himself. Clive Staples Lewis, "Mere Christianity"
Immortality without eternity is a rope with only one end. Multatuli (Eduard Douwer Dekker), "The Oyster and the Eagle"
In a hierarchy every employee tends to rise to his level of incompetence. Laurence J. Peter, "The Peter Principle"
In America few people will trust you unless you are irreverent. Norman Mailer, "The Presidential Papers"