The Flower Girl:
The Tramp:
     (He nods in assent and smiles shyly,
     and then points to his eyes)
     You can see now?
The Flower Girl:
     (She nods and her smile widens)
     Yes, I can see now.

Charles Chaplin
Final scene of City Lights

We have developed speed
but we have shut ourselves in:
machinery that gives abundance
has left us in want.
Our knowledge has made us cynical,
our cleverness hard and unkind.
We think too much and feel too little:
more than machinery
we need humanity;
more than cleverness
we need kindness and gentleness.

Charles Chaplin
Speech of 'The Great Dictator'

Morar em Nova Iorque é bom,
mas é uma merda.
Morar no Rio é uma merda,
mas é bom.

Tom Jobim

Eles tinham a Bíblia e nós tínhamos a terra.
E eles nos disseram: fechem os olhos e rezem.
E quando abrimos os olhos,
eles tinham a terra e nós tínhamos a Bíblia.

Eduardo Galeano

Convictions are more dangerous
enemies of truth than lies.


Not the intensity but the duration
of high feelings makes high men.


Plato saw Diogenes the Cynic washing lettuces,
came up to him and quietly said:
- Had you paid court to Dionysius, you wouldn’t now be washing lettuces.
With equal calmness Diogenes answered:
- If you had washed lettuces, you wouldn’t have paid court to Dionysius.

Diogenes Laertius, around 300BC

Choose not to be harmed
and you won’t feel harmed.
Don’t feel harmed
and you haven’t been.

Marcus Aurelius

It is a ridiculous thing
for a man not to fly from his own badness,
which is indeed possible,
but to fly from other men's badness,
which is impossible.

Marcus Aurelius

It is within our power
not to make a judgement about something,
and so not disturb our minds;
for nothing in itself possesses the power
to form our judgements.

Marcus Aurelius

No one loses any other life
than the one he now lives,
nor does one live any other life
than that which he will lose.

Marcus Aurelius

We are more often frightened than hurt;
and we suffer more from imagination than from reality.


It is not the accident that distresses this man
- because it does not distress another man -
but the judgement he makes about it.

It's not what happens to you,
but how you react to it that matters.


Freedom is the only worthy goal in life.
It is won by disregarding things
that lie beyond our control.


To accuse others for one's own misfortune
is a sign of want of education.
To accuse oneself
shows that one's education has begun.
To accuse neither oneself nor others
shows that one's education is complete.


Virtue is insufficient temptation.

George Bernard Shaw

The reasonable man
adapts himself to the world;
the unreasonable man
persists in trying to adapt the world to himself.
Therefore all progress depends
on the unreasonable man.

George Bernard Shaw

Ao que não sabe, qualquer um engana.
Ao que não tem, qualquer um compra.

Simón Rodríguez, 1826

They first came for the communists,
and I didn't speak up because I wasn't a communist.
Then they came for the Jews,
and I didn't speak up because I wasn't a Jew.
Then they came for the trade unionists,
and I didn't speak up because I wasn't a trade unionist.
Then they came for the Catholics,
and I didn't speak up because I was a Protestant.
Then they came for me.
And by that time no one was left to speak up.

Martin Niemoeller

Arguing that
you don't care about the right to privacy
because you have nothing to hide
is no different than saying
you don't care about free speech
because you have nothing to say.

Edward Snowden

All of us have heard this term 'preventive war'
since the earliest days of Hitler.
I don't believe there is such a thing;
and, frankly, I wouldn't even listen to anyone seriously
that came in and talked about such a thing.

Dwight Eisenhower, 1953

We bomb your country,
creating a humanitarian nightmare,
then lock you inside.
That's a horror movie,
not a foreign policy.

Sen. Chris Murphy, 2017

If you want to go fast, go alone.
If you want to go far, go together.

African proverb

It is not the false what limits the true,
but the insignificant.

René Thom

Take care, theologians, that in wishing to make matters of faith of the propositions attendant on the motion and stillness of the Sun and the Earth, in time you probably risk the danger of condemning for heresy those who assert the Earth stands firm and the Sun moves; in time, I say, when sensately or necessarily it will be demonstrated that the Earth moves and the Sun stands still.

Galileo Galilei

Cuanto más inútiles son los profesores,
tanto más elevados son sus salarios.

Galileo Galilei

To call on them to give up
their illusions about their condition
is to call on them to give up
a condition that requires illusions.

Karl Marx

Those are my principles,
and if you don't like them...
well, I have others.

Groucho Marx

Of course, there are many mathematicians
who are more or less honest.
But almost all of them are conformists.
They are more or less honest,
but they tolerate those who are not honest.

Gregory Perelman

After a few years under the spotlights,
renowned and famous artists and scientists
should be compelled to change their names
to see whether they are still any good.