"‘You mustn’t worry too much about politicians, you know,’ he says. ‘Kings, presidents, prime ministers, emperors, dictators come and go. It’s the teachers who are important. The people you remember are Moses, Jesus, Mohammed, Buddha, Galileo, Darwin, Marx, Freud. Teachers explain the world and movements change it, so I think we much overestimate the importance of leaders.’"
Tony Benn, in an interview with Mary Wakefield of The Spectator, 2009 (via olisaurusrex)
"Of all the weapons of destruction that man could invent, the most terrible - and the most powerful - was the word. Daggers and spears left traces of blood; arrows could be seen at a distance. Poisons were detected in the end and avoided. But the word managed to destroy without leaving clues."
Paulo Coelho
"It is not the mountain we conquer but ourselves."
Sir Edmund Hilary
"Physical fitness is not only one of the most important keys to a healthy body, it is the basis of dynamic and creative intellectual activity."
John F. Kennedy
"There is nothing quite so gentle, deep, and irrational as our running - and nothing quite so savage, and so wild."
Bernd Heinrich