In some ways, you know, people that don't exist, are much nicer than people that do.
(Lewis Carroll [Charles Lutwidge Dodgson] (1832-1898), British author, mathematician, clergyman. Letter, May 22, 1891, to Sydney Bowles. The Letters of Lewis Carroll, vol. II, ed. Morton N. Cohen, Oxford University Press (1979).)
Life does not cease to be funny when people die any more than it ceases to be serious when people laugh.
(George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950), Anglo-Irish playwright, critic. (First produced 1906). Dr. Colenso Ridgeon, in The Doctor's Dilemma, act 5, The Bodley Head Bernard Shaw: Collected Plays with their Prefaces, vol. 3, ed. Dan H. Laurence (1971).)
Don't talk to the people until you've listened to the people.
(Ann Klein (1923-1986), U.S. politician. Originally quoted in the Morristown (New Jersey) Daily Record (May 1, 1974). As quoted in Past and Promise, part 4, by Noel Robinson (1990).
Klein, a New Jersey Democrat, held various political posts and advocated such causes as abortion rights, improved Medicaid, the rights of institutionalized people, and opposition to child abuse.)
This people must cease to hold slaves, and to make war on Mexico, though it cost them their existence as a people.
(Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862), U.S. philosopher, author, naturalist. "Civil Disobedience," originally published as "Resistance to Civil Government" (1849), in The Writings of Henry David Thoreau, vol. 4, p. 362, Houghton Mifflin (1906).)
(Thomas Carlyle (1795-1881), Scottish essayist, historian. History of the French Revolution, vol. 1, bk. 2, ch. 1 (1837).
Quoting "a paradoxical philosopher" in reply to an aphorism of Montesquieu's, "Happy the people whose annals are tiresome.")