‘Beware of the man who works hard to learn something, learns it, and finds himself no wiser than before.’ – Kurt Vonnegut, Cat’s Cradle.
‘Whatever it is you’re seeking won’t come in the form you’re expecting.’ – Haruki Murakami, Kafka on the Shore.
‘Words mean more than what is set down on paper. It takes the human voice to infuse them with deeper meaning.’ – Maya Angelou (May she rest in peace).
‘I have hated the words and I have loved them, and I hope I have made them right.’ – Markus Zusak, The Book Thief.
‘Sapere aude! Have the courage to use your own intelligence.’ – Immanuel Kant.
‘Dogs are our link to paradise. They don’t know evil or jealousy or discontent. To sit with a dog on a hillside on a glorious afternoon is to be back in Eden, where doing nothing was not boring–it was peace.’ – Milan Kundera, The Unbearable Lightness of Being.
‘The most effective way to destroy people is to deny and obliterate their own understanding of their history.’ – George Orwell.
‘No single event can awaken within us a stranger whose existence we had never suspected. To live is to be slowly born.’ – Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, Flight to Arras.
‘When you realise there is something you don’t understand, then you’re generally on the right path to understanding all kinds of things.’ – Jostein Gaarder, The Solitaire Mystery.
‘The struggle of man against power is the struggle of memory against forgetting.’ – Milan Kundera, The Book of Laughter and Forgetting.
‘It is books, poems and paintings which often give us the confidence to take seriously feelings in ourselves that we might otherwise never have thought to acknowledge.’ – Alain de Botton, The Architecture of Happiness.