Mutual respect implies discretion and reserve even in love itself; it means preserving as much liberty as possible to those whose life we share. We must distrust our instinct of intervention, for the desire to make one's own will prevail is often disguised under the mask of solicitude.
Author: Henri Frederic Amiel (1821-1881)
Profession: Swiss Philosopher, Poet, Critic
Most of the trouble in this world has been caused by folks who can't mind their own business, because they have no business of their own to mind, any more than a smallpox virus has.
Author: William S. Burroughs (1914-1997)
Profession: American Writer
''If everybody minded their own business,'' the Duchess said in a hoarse growl, ''the world would go round a deal faster than it does.''
Author: Lewis Carroll (1832-1898)
Profession: British Writer, Mathematician
Americans think of themselves collectively as a huge rescue squad on twenty-four-hour call to any spot on the globe where dispute and conflict may erupt.
Author: Eldridge Cleaver (1935)
Profession: American Black Leader, Writer
We best avoid wars by taking even physical action to stop small ones.
Author: Sir Anthony Eden (1897-1977)
Profession: British Statesman and Prime Minister (1955--7)
Everything intercepts us from ourselves.
Author: Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)
Profession: American Poet, Essayist
Those who in quarrels interpose, must often wipe a bloody nose.
Author: John Gay (1688-1732)
Profession: British Playwright, Poet
All of Western tradition, from the late bloom of the British Empire right through the early doom of Vietnam, dictates that you do something spectacular and irreversible whenever you find yourself in or whenever you impose yourself upon a wholly unfamiliar situation belonging to somebody else. Frequently it's your soul or your honor or your manhood, or democracy itself, at stake.
Author: June Jordan (1939)
Profession: American Poet, Civil Rights Activist