“The effect of words on the mind is equal to the effect of drugs on the body”-Gorgias
As mentioned before, I often feel that the best way to understand someone is to, well first, check out their bookshelf, and second see what quotes are meaningful for them. You will find here a list of quotes that are, to me, influential.
“I raise up my voice-not so I can shout but so that those without a voice can be heard. We cannot succeed when half of us are held back.”-Malala Yousafzai
“This is the true joy of life, the being used up for a purpose recognized by yourself as a mighty one.” -George Bernard Shaw
“We must learn to regard people less in the light of what they do or omit to do, and more in the light of what they suffer.” -Dietrich Bonhoeffer
“It’s a awfully risky thing to live” -Carl Rogers
“In order to be irreplaceable one must always be different-Life isn’t about finding yourself, it’s about creating yourself.” -Coco Chanel
“This isn’t just an epigram-life is much more successfully looked at from a single window after all.” -F. Scott Fitzgerald
“True compassion is more than flinging a coin to a beggar. It comes to see that an edifice which produces beggars needs restructuring.”-Martin Luther King Jr.
“What lies behind you and what lies in front of you, pales in comparison to what lies inside of you”-Ralph Waldo Emerson
“Oh, it’s a mystery to me, we have a greed with which we have agreed, and you think you have to want more than you need, until you have it all, you won’t be free” -Eddie Vedder
“Through others we become ourselves.” -Lev Vygotsky
“This looks like the end of the story; but it isn’t” -Beatrix Potter
“Activism is the rent I pay for living on this planet”-Alice Walker
“Silence in the face of evil is itself evil: God will not hold us guiltless. Not to speak is to speak. Not to act is to act.”-Dietrich Bonhoeffer