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There are many humorous things in the world, among them the white man's notion that he is less savage than the other savages. [Following the Equator, 1897] - Mark Twain


The world is full of people whose notion of a satisfactory future is, in fact, a return to the idealised past. - Robertson Davies


The notion of looking on at life has always been hateful to me. What am I if I am not a participant? In order to be, I must participate. - Antoine de Saint-Exupery


Four years was enough of Harvard. I still had a lot to learn, but had been given the liberating notion that now I could teach myself. - John Updike


Democracy arises out of the notion that those who are equal in any respect are equal in all respects; because men are equally free, they claim to be absolutely equal. - Aristotle [Aristoteles]


The only thing I was fit for was to be a writer, and this notion rested solely on my suspicion that I would never be fit for real work, and that writing didn't require any. - Russell Wayne Baker


Once you touch the biographies of human beings, the notion that political beliefs are logically determined collapses like a pricked balloon. - Walter Lippmann


We must recover the element of quality in our traditional pursuit of equality. We must not, in opening our schools to everyone, confuse the idea that all should have equal chance with the notion that all have equal endowments. - Adlai Ewing Stevenson