Do not believe in anything simply because

Do not believe in anything simply because you have heard it.  Do not believe in anything simply because it is spoken and rumored by many.  Do not believe in anything simply because it is found written in your religious books.  Do not believe in anything merely on the authority of your teachers and elders.  Do not believe in traditions because they have been handed down for many generations.  But after observation and analysis, when you find that anything agrees with reason and is conducive to the good and benefit of one and all, then accept it and live up to it.  ~Buddha

I have never looked upon ease and

I have never looked upon ease and happiness as ends in themselves – such an ethical basis I call more proper for a herd of swine.  The ideals which have lighted me on my way and time after time given me new courage to face life cheerfully, have been Truth, Goodness, and Beauty.  ~Albert Einstein, "What I Believe," Forum and Century, 1930

There is no man so good that

There is no man so good that if he placed all his actions and thought under the scrutiny of the laws, he would not deserve hanging ten times in his life.  ~Michel de Montaigne, Essays, 1595, book 3; PMB; There is no man so good, who, were he to submit all his thoughts and actions to the laws, would not deserve hanging ten times in his life.  ~Michel de Montaigne, translation by Charles Cotton, revised by Hazlitt and Wight; Works. Book III, chap.9, Of Vanity; BMC