You ask, in lips of men what 'truth' may be; 'Tis speech from every taint of evil free." (Explanation: Honesty is that, which that does not harm anyone) - Kural:291,From 'Thirukkural, by Tamil poet Thiruvalluvar, who wrote down philosophy in 1330 concise haikkus. (English translation by Rev.Dr.G U Pope)
"Sectarianism, bigotry, and its horrible, descendant, fanaticism, have long possessed this beautiful earth. They have filled the earth with violence, drenched it often with human blood, destroyed civilization, and sent whole nations to despair. Had it not been for these horrible demons, human society would be far more advanced than it is now." -From Swami Vivekanda's speech, at the World Parliament of Religions, Chicago, 1893
"This world and all our powers in it are far more awful and beautiful than even we know until some accident reminds us." - From G.K.Chesterton's essay, 'The Advantages of having one leg'
"...when you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth." - oft-used quote with variations, from "The Sherlock Holmes stories", by Arthur Conan Doyle
"Let all my songs, gather together their diverse strains, into a single current and flow to a sea of silence, in one salutation to thee." - From Rabindranath Tagore's 'Gitanjali'
"Almost all the prose works I have written are biographies of the soul", Hermann Hesse has written, "monologues, in which a single individual is observed in relation to the world and to his own ego." -From the dust-jacket of "Peter Camenzind/Hermann Hesse"
"What he had said to the Buddha - that the Buddha's wisdom and secret was not teachable, that it was inexpressible and incommunicable-..."-From "Siddhartha" by Hermann Hesse, translated by Hilda Rosner
"Apes don't read philosophy." "Yes, they do Otto, they just don't understand it..." -Dialogue between Otto(Kevin Kline) and Wanda(Jaime Lee Curtis) from the movie,'A Fish called Wanda'
"Once one has permitted oneself to lower an ideal to one's own weakness, one can no longer discern the limits beyond which one should not go."- Leo Tolstoy writes this in "Post-face to Kreutzer Sonata"
"I discovered that in most cases the intellectual fervor was directed at analyzing the conditions and the structure of society and the state, at the sciences, the arts and at teaching methods. Yet only a small minority seemed aware of the need to develop their own selves and to clarify their personal relationship to time and eternity." - From Hermann Hesse's 'Peter Camenzind', Translated by Michael Roloff'