A leader is best when people barely know he exists, when his work is done, his aim fulfilled, they will say: we did it ourselves. Lao Tzu
Laozi (literally “Old Master”), also rendered as Lao Tzu and Lao-Tze was an ancient Chinese philosopher and writer. He is the reputed author of the Tao Te Ching, the founder of philosophical Taoism, and a deity in religious Taoism and traditional Chinese religions.
The great advantage of a novel is you can put in whatever comes into your head – it has the same shape as the human brain. Michel Houellebecq
Michel Houellebecq, original name Michel Thomas, (born February 26, 1956 or 1958, Réunion, France), French writer, satirist, and provocateur whose work exposes his sometimes darkly humorous, often offensive, and thoroughly misanthropic view of humanity and the world. He was one of the best-known, if not always best-loved, French novelists of the early 21st century.
Active people don’t change the world profoundly; ideas do. Napoleon is less important in world history than Jean-Jacques Rousseau. Michel Houellebecq
Michel Houellebecq (born Michel Thomas; 26 February 1956 or 1958) is a French author, known for his novels, poems and essays, as well as an occasional actor, filmmaker and singer. His first book was a biographical essay on the horror writer H. P. Lovecraft. Houellebecq published his first novel, Whatever, in 1994. His next novel, Atomised, published in 1998, brought him international fame as well as controversy. Platform followed in 2001. He published several books of poetry, including The Art of Struggle in 1996. After an offhand remark about Islam during a publicity tour for Platform led to his being taken to court for inciting racial hatred (he was eventually cleared of all charges), he moved to Ireland for several years. He then moved back to France, where he currently resides. He has been described as “France’s biggest literary export and, some say, greatest living writer.”
If you do a good job for others, you heal yourself at the same time, because a dose of joy is a spiritual cure. It transcends all barriers. Ed Sullivan
Edward Vincent Sullivan (September 28, 1901 – October 13, 1974) was an American television personality, impresario, sports and entertainment reporter, and syndicated columnist for the New York Daily News and the Chicago Tribune New York News Syndicate. He is principally remembered as the creator and host of the television variety program The Toast of the Town, later popularly—and, eventually, officially—renamed The Ed Sullivan Show. Broadcast for 23 years from 1948 to 1971, it set a record as the longest-running variety show in US broadcast history. “It was, by almost any measure, the last great TV show,” said television critic David Hinckley. “It’s one of our fondest, dearest pop culture memories.”
From my limited reading of Mr. Sullivan he does not come off as a philanthropic type of guy but hey whatever, still a nice sentiment.