The day after Edison died, the New York Times contained extensive coverage of Edison's life, with the only negative opinion coming from Tesla who was quoted as saying:
“He had no hobby, cared for no sort of amusement of any kind and lived in utter disregard of the most elementary rules of hygiene” and that, “His method was inefficient in the extreme, for an immense ground had to be covered to get anything at all unless blind chance intervened and, at first, I was almost a sorry witness of his doings, knowing that just a little theory and calculation would have saved him 90% of the labour. But he had a veritable contempt for book learning and mathematical knowledge, trusting himself entirely to his inventor's instinct and practical American sense.”
“The religion of one age is the literary entertainment of the next.” -Ralph Waldo Emerson
This is a fantastic quote in my opinion, throwing our major political issues(mostly the US issues) into perspective.
“There is no possible way to avoid criticism in this world. Every person has an opinion and there is always another person with the opposition to that opinion. If you wish to avoid criticism then do nothing, say nothing and be nothing, because that empty existence is the only way to achieve such a feat.”
As a philosophy major, and someone who hopes to one day become a philosophy professor, this quote reminds me that philosophy is a lived practice first and an academic practice second. It reminds me that life is beautiful, despite its absurdity. Hope you guys enjoy.
EDIT: It's Albert Camus, by the way. He's perhaps one of the greatest existential philosophers in my opinion.
“Psychedelics are illegal not because a loving government is concerned that you may jump out of a third story window. Psychedelics are illegal because they dissolve opinion structures and culturally laid down models of behaviour and information processing. They open you up to the possibility that everything you know is wrong.” ― Terence McKenna