Philosopher and Entrepreneur
The sorrow which has no vent in tears may make other organs weep.
American Journalist, Essayist,
Magazine editor, Satirist,
Critic of American Life and Culture,
And A Scholar Of American English
Known as the Sage of Baltimore
Moral certainty is always a sign of cultural inferiority. The more uncivilized the man, the surer he is that he knows precisely what is right and what is wrong. All human progress, even in morals, has been the work of men who have doubted the current moral values, not of men who have whooped them up and tried to enforce them. The truly civilized man is always skeptical and tolerant, in this field as in all others. His culture is based on "I am not too sure."
Michel de Montaigne
Was one of the most influential
Writers of the French Resistance
No matter that we may mount on stilts, we still must walk on our own legs. And on the highest throne in the world, we still sit only on our own bottom.
American Naturalist and Explorer, Author,
and Early Advocate of
Preservation of Wilderness
in the United States
The world, we are told, was made especially for man -- a presumption not supported by all the facts... Why should man value himself as more than a small part of the one great unit of creation?