Recently I noticed the following quotes from a series on the NYC subway called “Train of Thought”:

Out of the crooked timber of humanity, no straight thing was ever made. – Immanuel Kant

I do not know what I may appear to the world, but to myself I seem to have been only like a boy playing on the sea-shore, and diverting myself in now and then finding a smoother pebble or a prettier shell than ordinary, whilst the great ocean of truth lay all undiscovered before me. – Isaac Newton

I couldn’t help but feel encouraged by the humility of these quotes; the low, Bibliophilic view of humanity they present, which led to my next question:

Why were they chosen?

Thinking a bit further about how these words made me feel, I stumbled upon something: coming to terms with the truth about ourselves leads to humility, and humility leads to tolerance and patience, two emotions which are indispensable for a violence-free commute!