"The laws are based on Magna Carta, habeas corpus, the Petition of Right and others. Without this foundation there can be no freedom or civilisation, anyone being at the mercy of officials and liable to be spied upon and betrayed even in his own home."
(Panel by Steve Ditko, Stan Lee et al, from 1965’s Amazing Spider-Man #20.)
"The absurd hero’s refusal to hope becomes his singular ability to live in the present with passion."
(Panels by John Romita, Stan Lee, Don Heck et al, from 1966’s “Amazing Spider-Man King Sized Special” # 3)
"The sudden disappointment of a hope leaves a scar which the ultimate fulfillment of that hope never entirely removes."
(Panel by Ross Andru, Gerry Conway et al, from Amazing Spider-Man #144, 1975)
"We have a saying in the movement that we don’t trust anybody over 30."
Jack Weinberg, San Francisco Chronicle, 1964
(Panels by Gil Kane, Stan Lee, John Romita et al, from Amazing Spider-Man #96, 1971)
"I don’t preach patience to you but cynicism; it is the most comforting of philosophies. You will get over your present difficulties, only to run into something worse, and so on until the last sad scene. Make up your mind to it - and then make the best of it. That is, do the best that you can within the limits of your chance."
H L Mencken
(Page by John Romita, Stan Lee et al, from Spider-Man #50, 1967)