People are often unreasonable and self-centered. Forgive them anyway. If you are kind, people may accuse you of ulterior motives. Be kind anyway. If you are honest, people may cheat you. Be honest anyway. If you find happiness, people may be jealous. Be happy anyway. The good you do today may be forgotten tomorrow. Do good anyway. Give the world the best you have and it may never be enough. Give your best anyway.
—  Mother Teresa

*wistful sigh*

Imagine if Early Childhood Education were a widely-offered high school elective.  Not just the exercise where they make you carry around a sack of sugar to scare you out of having sex.  An actual multi-month instruction on the care babies and toddlers need, physically and emotionally.  How much better would the world be?

The Patrician disliked the word ‘dictator’. It affronted him. He never told anyone what to do. He didn’t have to, that was the wonderful part. A large part of his life consisted of arranging matters so that this state of affairs continued.

Of course, there were various groups seeking his overthrow, and this was right and proper and the sign of a vigorous and healthy society. No-one could call him unreasonable about the matter. Why, hadn’t he founded most of them himself? And what was so beautiful was the way in which they spent nearly all their time bickering with one another.

Human nature, the Patrician always said, was a marvellous thing. Once you understood where its levers were.

—  Terry Pratchett, Guards! Guards!