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No man is above the law and no man is below it: nor do we ask any man's permission when we ask him to obey it.
There are old heads in the world who cannot help me by their example or advice to live worthily and satisfactorily to myself; but I believe that it is in my power to elevate myself this very hour above the common level of my life.
Henry David Thoreau
Be above it! Make the world serve your purpose, but do not serve it.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
The one permanent emotion of the inferior man is fear - fear of the unknown, the complex, the inexplicable. What he wants above everything else is safety.
H. L. Mencken
Faith certainly tells us what the senses do not, but not the contrary of what they see; it is above, not against them.
Whoever thinks that he alone has speech, or possesses speech or mind above others, when unfolded such men are seen to be empty.
To be a minister means above all to become powerless, or in more precise terms, to speak with our powerlessness to the condition of powerlessness which is so keenly felt but so seldom expressed by the people of our age.
Three years ago, this week, a newly elected President Obama faced the American people and he said, look, if I can't turn this economy around in three years, I'll be looking at a one-term proposition, and we're here to collect! You know the results. It's been 35 months of unemployment above 8 percent.
When I think of vision, I have in mind the ability to see above and beyond the majority.
Charles R. Swindoll
It seems that entertainment is what most excites us and what we value above everything else.
The descent to the infernal regions is easy enough, but to retrace one's steps, and reach the air above, there's the rub.
Be amusing: never tell unkind stories; above all, never tell long ones.
Thought is a key to all treasures; the miser's gains are ours without his cares. Thus I have soared above this world, where my enjoyment have been intellectual joys.
Honore de Balzac
I love that for Barack, there is no such thing as 'us' and 'them' - he doesn't care whether you're a Democrat, a Republican, or none of the above... he knows that we all love our country... and he's always ready to listen to good ideas... he's always looking for the very best in everyone he meets.
I would cap the amount of federal government can spend at 20 percent of the economy. Bring it back to 20 percent or lower. And say, we are not going to spend above that level. Democrats, they want to raise your taxes and spend more and more and turn us into an economy which is no longer driven by the private sector.
Writers are a little below clowns and a little above trained seals.
I hope that no more groans of wounded men and women will ever go to the ear of the Great Spirit Chief above, and that all people may be one people.
If you would hit the mark, you must aim a little above it.
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Peace, above all things, is to be desired, but blood must sometimes be spilled to obtain it on equable and lasting terms.
Above all, this country is our own. Nobody has to get up in the morning and worry what his neighbors think of him. Being a Jew is no problem here.
Men of integrity, by their very existence, rekindle the belief that as a people we can live above the level of moral squalor. We need that belief; a cynical community is a corrupt community.
John W. Gardner
I have never felt salvation in nature. I love cities above all.
This above all, to refuse to be a victim.
Human nature is above all things lazy.
Harriet Beecher Stowe
Mediocrity is now, as formerly, dangerous, commonly fatal, to the poet; but among even the successful writers of prose, those who rise sensibly above it are the very rarest exceptions.
William E. Gladstone
C. S. Lewis
Leonardo da Vinci
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