Apart from a few friends and many routines, the problematic pursuit of literature constituted the whole of his life; like every writer, he measured other men's virtues by what they had accomplished, yet asked that other men measure him by what he planned someday to do.
~Jorge Luis Borges, "The Secret Miracle"
Jahmah said to the Holy Prophet, "O Messenger of Allah, I desire to go on a military expedition and I have come to consult you." He asked him if he had a mother, and when he replied that he had, he said, "Stay with her because Paradise lies beneath her feet."
~An-Nasai, Muslim scholar (ca. 829-915)
A mother is a school, Empower her, and you empower a great nation.
~Hafez Ibrahim, Egyptian poet (1872-1932)
There it is a definite social relation between men, that assumes, in their eyes, the fantastic form of a relation between things.
~Karl Marx, Das Kapital