“There is no hope in individualism for egotism. When a man is at last brought face to face with himself by a brave Individualism, he finds himself face to face, not with an individual, but with a species, and knows that to save himself, he must save the race. He can have no life except a share in the life of the community; and if that life is unhappy and squalid, nothing that he can do to paint and paper and upholster and shut off his little corner of it can really rescue him from it.”

– George Bernard Shaw, The Quintessence of Ibsenism (1891)

“Pain is temporary. It may last a minute, or an hour, or a day, or a year, but eventually it will subside and something else will take its place. If I quit, however, it lasts forever.”

– Lance Armstrong

“There are thoughts which are prayers. There are moments when, whatever the posture of the body, the soul is on its knees.”

– Victor Hugo quote

In other news, Woopie Goldberg gives an interview on the meaning of words from her September 28th interview at the Oxonian Society. http://fora.tv/2008/09/25/Whoopi_Goldberg_Defends_the_N_Word

For those interested, Fora.tv’s got a whole archive of intriguing chats by authors here: