"In the world I am always a stranger. I do not understand its language. It does not understand my silence."
— Bei Dao
Chinese poet, born August 2, 1949

"It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent that survives. It is the one that is most adaptable to change."
— Charles Darwin
English naturalist, born February 12, 1809

"An American monkey, after getting drunk on brandy, would never touch it again, and thus is much wiser than most men."
— Charles Darwin
English scientist, died April 19, 1882

"If the misery of the poor be caused not by the laws of nature, but by our institutions, great is our sin."
— Charles Darwin
English scientist, born February 12, 1809

"I have tried lately to read Shakespeare, and found it so intolerably dull that it nauseated me."
— Charles Darwin
English scientist, born February 12, 1809

"A moral being is one who is capable of reflecting on his past actions and their motives - of approving of some and disapproving of others."
— Charles Darwin
English scientist, born February 12, 1809

"I see no good reasons why the views given in this volume should shock the religious views of anyone."
— Charles Darwin
English scientist, publishes 'On the Origin of Species', November 24, 1859

"They who quarrel with others, instead of quarreling with their own hearts, waste their lives."
— Guru Amar Das
Indian 3rd Sikh Guru, died September 1, 1574

"He Himself makes the mortals anxious, and He Himself takes the anxiety away."
— Guru Amar Das
Indian 3rd Sikh Guru, born May 5, 1479

"We're all just walking each other home."
— Ram Dass
American contemporary spiritual teacher, born April 6, 1931

"It is important to take every experience, including the negative ones, as merely steps on the path, and to proceed."
— Ram Dass
American contemporary spiritual teacher, born April 6, 1931

"Treat everyone you meet as if they are God in drag."
— Ram Dass
American contemporary spiritual teacher, born April 6, 1931

"The stroke has given me another way to serve people."
— Ram Dass
American contemporary spiritual teacher, born April 6, 1931

"The burdens of a woman are more than the average man could ever endure."
— Honore Daumier
French painter, born February 26, 1808

"In the arts the way in which an idea is rendered, and the manner in which it is expressed, is much more important than the idea itself."
— Jacques-Louis David
French painter, born August 30, 1748

"Too much in photography is shoot and leave."
— Bruce Davidson
American photographer, born September 5, 1933

"Thousands upon thousands of persons have studied disease. Almost no one has studied health."
— Adelle Davis
American author and nutritionist, born February 25, 1904

"We are indeed much more than what we eat, but what we eat can nevertheless help us to be much more than what we are."
— Adelle Davis
American nutritionist, died May 31, 1974

"I am doomed to an eternity of compulsive work. No set goal achieved satisfies. Success only breeds a new goal. The golden apple devoured has seeds. It is endless."
— Bette Davis
American actress, born April 5, 1908

"Without wonder and insight, acting is just a trade. With it, it becomes creation."
— Bette Davis
American actress, died October 6, 1989