Man is but a reed, the most feeble thing in nature; but he is a thinking reed. The entire universe need not arm itself to crush him. A vapour, a drop of water suffices to kill him. But, if the Universe were to crush him, man would still be more noble than that which killed him, because he knows that he dies and the advantage which the universe has over him; the universe knows nothing of this. Blaise Pascal, "Pensées"
Whom the gods wish to destroy they first call promising. Cyril Connolly, "Enemies of Promise"
Cannon, n. An instrument employed in the rectification of national boundaries. Ambrose Bierce, "The Devil's Dictionary"
Some play at chess, some at cards, some at the Stock Exchange. I prefer to play at Cause and Effect. Ralph Waldo Emerson, "The Journals of Ralph Waldo Emerson"
Do not handicap your children by making their lives easy. Robert A. Heinlein, "Time Enough for Love"