Quotations of Wisdom

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Senator Paul Simon

Issues rise and fall in public attention. Records from my state government years at the Illinois State Historical Library archive show correspondence on 336 issues from 1954 through 1972, and neither guns nor abortion made the top 336. That has changed!

I am not sure what made the gun issue suddenly erupt on the national scene. It could be that the rise in the crime rate caused people to look at our gun laws, and then the relatively quite National Rifle Association became more militant.

Sometimes the NRA people are obnoxious. In Godfrey, Illinois, the NRA members stacked a town meeting. ... One woman rose and said her daughter had been killed by teenagers with guns in St. Louis. ... one jumped up and shouted, "They could have killed her with a baseball bat." ... Give me a choice of someone coming at me with a baseball bat or a gun and I can make the choice easily!.

[Q1826]

M. Scott Peck

Share our similarities, celebrate our differences. [Q1202]

Buckminster Fuller

While it takes but meager search to discover that many well-known concepts are false, it takes considerable search and even more careful examination of one's own personal experiences and inadvertently spontaneous reflexing to discover that there are many popularly and even professionally unknown, yet nonetheless fundamental, concepts to hold true in all cases and that already have been discovered by other as yet obscure individuals. That is to say that many scientific generalizations have been discovered but have not come to the attention of what we call the educated world at large, thereafter to be incorporated tardily within the formal education processes, and even more tardily, in the ongoing political-economic affairs of everyday life. Knowledge of the existence and comprehensive significance of these as yet popularly unrecognized natural laws often is requisite to the solution of many of the as yet unsolved problems now confronting society. Lack of knowledge of the solution's existence often leaves humanity confounded when it need not be. — The Wellspring of Reality [Q178]

Katherine Anne Porter

Human life itself may be almost pure chaos, but the work of the artist is to take these handfuls of confusion and disparate things, things that seem to be irreconcilable, and put them together in a frame to give them some kind of shape and meaning. [Q524]

Plato

He was a wise man who invented beer. [Q883]

Aristotle

Those who educate children well are more to be honored than they who produce them; for these only gave them life, those the art of living well. [Q868]

John Searle

Where questions of style and exposition are concerned I try to follow a simple maxim: if you can't say it clearly you don't understand it yourself. [Q1187]

Epictetus

The essence of philosophy is that a man should so live that his happiness shall depend as little as possible on external things. [Q821]

Louis Pasteur

Let me tell you the secret that has led me to my goal. My strength lies solely in my tenacity. [Q1021]

George Washington Carver

When you can do the common things of life in an uncommon way, you will command the attention of the world. [Q316]

Ralph Waldo Emerson

It is said that the world is in a state of bankruptcy, that the world owes the world more than the world can pay. [Q414]

Senator Paul Simon

He has the right to form his opinions and the right to express them — and the day the right freely to express our own thoughts is taken from us, that day will be the last of our religious and political freedom. Alton Telegraph, Aug 10, 1836 in response to Elijah's first press thrown into the Mississippi River. [Q1884]

Meister Eckhart

When you are thwarted, it is your own attitude that is out of order. [Q1637]

Blaise Pascal

He that takes truth for his guide, and duty for his end, may safely trust to God's providence to lead him aright. [Q587]

Master Kan

Deal with evil through strength - but affirm the good in man through trust. In this way we are prepared for evil, but we encourage good. [Q68]

Senator Paul Simon

There are times when right is right and wrong is wrong — when you have to stand up, even though it may be unpopular. Had Lincoln taken a poll, he never would have issued his then unpopular Emancipation Proclamation. [Q1894]

Blaise Pascal

Contradiction is not a sign of falsity, nor the lack of contradiction a sign of truth. [Q585]

Master Kan

Beware of judgements of others. In this imperfect world in which we live, perfection is an illusion. And so the standards by which we seek to measure it are also, themselves, illusions. If perfection is measured by age, grace, color of skin, color of hair, physical or mental prowess, then we are all lacking. And it is well to remember that the harshest judgements are reserved for ourselves. — "Kung Fu" Night of the Owls Day of the Dove 1974 Season 2 [Q627]

Edward de Bono

The to-and-fro of political argument has little constructive or creative force. This is because argument was never intended to be creative or constructive. Argument is meant to reveal the truth, not create it. Argument can oppose a bad idea and can modify, and thereby improve, a good idea. But it does not design new ideas any more than garden shears grow a garden. Politicians, however, do not have to be creative. For ideas they listen to their advisers and analysts. (from the book, I am Right, you are wrong. Page 22. [Q2002]

Sir Francis Bacon

Practical men, like owls, see clearly in the dim twilight of their preconceptions and are blinded by the bright light of truth. [Q1871]

John C Calhoun

A power has risen up in the government greater than the people themselves, consisting of many and various and powerful interests, combined into one mass, and held together by the cohesive power of the vast surplus in the banks. [Q751]

Henry Drummond

As long as the pre-requisite for that shining paradise is ignorance, bigotry, and hate.....I say to Hell with it! — Inherit the Wind [Q100]

William Shakespeare

If music be the food of love, play on. [Q1613]

Stanisław Jerzy Lec

The weakest link in a chain is the strongest because it can break it. [Q1736]

Isaac Newton

We build too many walls and not enough bridges. [Q602]

Meister Eckhart

The knower and the known are one. Simple people imagine that they should see God as if he stood there and they here. This is not so. God and I, we are one in knowledge. [Q1629]

Aristotle

Democracy is when the indigent, and not the men of property, are the rulers. [Q495]

Max Born

I am now convinced that theoretical physics is actually philosophy. [Q1268]

Ralph Johnson

Before software can be reusable it first has to be usable. [Q247]

Brian David Josephson

Logical thinking is thinking based on propositions and on consideration of the truth or falsity of propositions. Its primary usefulness is in situations where facts can be relied on to remain facts — in other words, in circumstances where nothing really new or unexpected is likely to happen. — Prologue to Edward de Bono's I am Right You are Wrong [Q1988]

Ralph Waldo Emerson

The faith that stands on authority is not faith. [Q420]

Thor Heyerdahl

It is also rarer to find happiness in a man surrounded by the miracles of technology than among people living in the desert of the jungle and who by the standards set by our society would be considered destitute and out of touch. [Q1537]

Diogenes Laërtius

Wise kings generally have wise counselors; and he must be a wise man himself who is capable of distinguishing one. [Q833]

Plato

The excessive increase of anything causes a reaction in the opposite direction. [Q896]

Hippocrates

It is more important to know what sort of person has a disease than to know what sort of disease a person has. [Q1029]

Thor Heyerdahl

Surrounded by military airplanes and warships from the world's most civilized and developed nations, we have been denied permission by friendly governments, for reasons of security, to land anywhere, but in the tiny, and still neutral, Republic of Djibouti. [Q1540]

Saul Alinsky

Once you accept your own death, all of a sudden you're free to live. You no longer care about your reputation. You no longer care except so far as your life can be used tactically to promote a cause you believe in. [Q988]

Freeman Dyson

A good scientist is a person with original ideas. A good engineer is a person who makes a design that works with as few original ideas as possible. There are no prima donnas in engineering. [Q1001]

Abbie Hoffman

You measure a democracy by the freedom it gives its dissidents, not the freedom it gives its assimilated conformists. [Q468]

John Steinbeck

Power does not corrupt. Fear corrupts... perhaps the fear of a loss of power. [Q1371]

Meister Eckhart

Only the hand that erases can write the true thing. [Q1628]

Ibni Sina

The knowledge of anything, since all things have causes, is not acquired or complete unless it is known by its causes. [Q1921]

Dwight D. Eisenhower

Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired signifies, in the final sense, a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed. This world in arms is not spending money alone. It is spending the sweat of laborers, the genius of it scientists, and the hopes of its children. [Q1219]

Swami Vivekananda

Take up one idea. Make that one idea your life - think of it, dream of it, live on idea. Let the brain, muscles, nerves, every part of your body, be full of that idea, and just leave every other idea alone. This is the way to success. [Q1140]

Virgil

What each man feared would happen to himself, did not trouble him when he saw that it would ruin another. [Q1592]

Herbert Simon

What information consumes is rather obvious: it consumes the attention of its recipients. Hence a wealth of information creates a poverty of attention, and a need to allocate that attention efficiently among the overabundance of information sources that might consume it. [Q641]

Charles Lindbergh

If one took no chances, one would not fly at all. Safety lies in the judgment of the chances one takes. [Q1944]

Mustafa Kemal

Today, our most important and most productive task is the national education [unification and modernization] affairs. We have to be successful in national education affairs and we shall be. The liberation of a nation is only achieved through this way. [Q1930]

Aloysius P. Martinich

A philosopher once said, 'Half of good philosophy is good grammar.' [Q2088]

Leonardo da Vinci

Blinding ignorance does mislead us. O! Wretched mortals, open your eyes! [Q695]

Robert Pirsig

The truth knocks on your door and you say, go away I'm looking for the truth, and it goes away. Puzzling. [Q373]

Napoleon Hill

Cherish your visions and your dreams as they are the children of your soul, the blueprints of your ultimate achievements. [Q682]

Martin Luther King

I have almost reached the regrettable conclusion that the Negro's great stumbling block in his stride toward freedom is not the White Citizen's Counciler or the Ku Klux Klanner, but the white moderate, who is more devoted to 'order' than to justice; who prefers a negative peace which is the absence of tension to a positive peace which is the presence of justice. [Q1893]

Thomas Jefferson

He who knows nothing is closer to the truth than he whose mind is filled with falsehoods and errors. [Q199]

Nikola Tesla

To conquer by sheer force is becoming harder and harder every day. Defensive is getting continuously the advantage of offensive, as we progress in the satanic science of destruction. [Q1681]

Plato

There is no harm in repeating a good thing. [Q902]

Dennis Kucinich

This is a struggle for the soul of the Democratic Party, which in too many cases has become so corporate and identified with corporate interests that you can't tell the difference between Democrats and Republicans. [Q1598]

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Fine manners need the support of fine manners in others. [Q412]

Oliver Wendell Holmes

We do not quit playing because we grow old, we grow old because we quit playing. [Q1090]

Pete Seeger

I still call myself a communist, because communism is no more what Russia made of it than Christianity is what the churches make of it. [Q350]

Dalai Lama

The roots of all goodness lie in the soil of appreciation for goodness. [Q543]

Grover Cleveland
 

What is the use of being elected or re-elected unless you stand for something? Trust the people, trust their good sense, their decency, their fortitude, their faith. Trust them with the facts. Trust them with the great decisions. ... What wins is more important than who wins. [Q1843]

Lucretius

So potent was religion in persuading to evil deeds. [Q1563]

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Bad times have a scientific value. These are occasions a good learner would not miss. [Q405]

Blaise Pascal

I have discovered that all human evil comes from this, man's being unable to sit still in a room. [Q588]

Isaac Asimov

If knowledge can create problems, it is not through ignorance that we can solve them. [Q700]

William James Durant

A great civilization is not conquered from without until it has destroyed itself from within. [Q1554]

Jonas Salk

Nothing happens quite by chance. It's a question of accretion of information and experience ... it's just chance that I happened to be here at this particular time when there was available and at my disposal the great experience of all the investigators who plodded along for a number of years. [Q485]

William Hall

We go on and on about our differences. But, you know, our differences are less important than our similarities. People have a lot in common with one another, whether they see that or not. [Q1204]

Clarence Darrow

Even if you do learn to speak correct English, whom are you going to speak it to? [Q1095]

René Descartes

The two operations of our understanding, intuition and deduction, on which alone we have said we must rely in the acquisition of knowledge. [Q1125]

Stephen Leacock

In ancient times they had no statistics so they had to fall back on lies. [Q364]

Ward Cunningham

Top down hierarchies make communication work when it is expensive, I hope that wiki can be a flagship in this move in the industry to produce computer support for this kind of work and evolve organizational forms. [Q1012]

Marshall McLuhan

The spoken word was the first technology by which man was able to let go of his environment in order to grasp it in a new way. [Q1484]

Senator Paul Simon

Time is the most valuable gift any of us has been given, other than good health, I tell my student, use it ... to help others. I try to do that.

I am grateful to you as a reader for taking your valuable time to follow this personal journey, which continues. I wish you well in your journey

[Q1832]

John Maynard Keynes

Words ought to be a little wild, for they are the assaults of thoughts on the unthinking. [Q37]

Epicurus

I have never wished to cater to the crowd; for what I know they do not approve, and what they approve I do not know. [Q796]

John Boyd Orr

Though the general principles of statecraft have survived the rise and fall of empires, every increase in knowledge has brought about changes in the political, economic, and social structure. [Q1157]

Carl Jung

Mistakes are, after all, the foundations of truth, and if a man does not know what a thing is, it is at least an increase in knowledge if he knows what it is not. [Q257]

Erwin Schrödinger

The scientist only imposes two things, namely truth and sincerity, imposes them upon himself and upon other scientists. [Q1436]

Václav Havel

Human beings are compelled to live within a lie, but they can be compelled to do so only because they are in fact capable of living in this way. Therefore not only does the system alienate humanity, but at the same time alienated humanity supports this system as its own involuntary masterplan, as a degenerate image of its own degeneration, as a record of people's own failure as individuals. [Q1780]

Buckminster Fuller

A trimtab is a nautical device that acts as a small rudder used to turn the larger rudder of giant ships, offering tremendous leverage in terms of steering and changing the direction of the ship. Fuller, drawing upon his naval experience, saw the trimtab as a powerful metaphor for effective individual leadership: small and strategically placed interventions can cause large-scale and profound change. — Leadership By Design: How One Individual Can Change the World. The Leadership Principles of Buckminster Fuller. Medard Gabel and Jim Walker, 2006. [Q191]

Jim Morrison

I'm interested in anything about revolt, disorder, chaos, especially activity that appears to have no meaning. It seems to me to be the road toward freedom. [Q525]

Thomas Jefferson

Advertisements contain the only truths to be relied on in a newspaper. [Q1661]

Ward Cunningham

A wiki is like a party that doesn’t have to stop. It’s a party that doesn’t get crowded because new rooms appear when needed. It’s a timeless party where you can try each conversation over and over until you get it right. [Q1007]

Edward de Bono

We must also remember that sometimes value changes can be harmful. Apparent value changes gave power and cohesion to Nazi Germany. the encouragement of hostility and warlike values has been responsible for much aggression. Prejudice and persecution have also arisen in the past from encouraged values. (From the book, I am Right, you are Wrong, Page 21) [Q1999]

Robert Nozick

I think philosophers can do things akin to theoretical scientists, in that, having read about empirical data, they too can think of what hypotheses and theories might account for that data. So there's a continuity between philosophy and science in that way. [Q1269]

Ludwig van Beethoven

Music is a higher revelation than all wisdom and philosophy. [Q636]

Buckminster Fuller

When I am working on a problem, I never think about beauty but when I have finished, if the solution is not beautiful, I know it is wrong. [Q117]

Alexis de Tocqueville

All those who seek to destroy the liberties of a democratic nation ought to know that war is the surest and shortest means to accomplish it. [Q956]

Lawrence Krauss (Quantum Man)

I'd rather not understand things than be certain of something which is wrong. — Attributed to Richard Feynman [Q1366]

Scott Nesler

The best argument of an average individual is better than the average argument of the best op-ed journalist. [Q187]

Socrates

Beware the barrenness of a busy life. [Q1315]

Herbert Simon

The social sciences, I thought, needed the same kind of rigor and the same mathematical underpinnings that had made the "hard" sciences so brilliantly successful. [Q649]

Caine

We must face the truth, however great the cost. — "Kung Fu" The Passion of Chen Yi — 1974 Episode 34 [Q632]

Democritus

Men should strive to think much and know little. [Q768]

Steve Nash

I am a huge believer in giving back and helping out in the community and the world. Think globally, act locally I suppose. I believe that the measure of a person's life is the affect they have on others. [Q441]

Carl Sagan

We reach a point where there can be on more special interest or special cases. Nuclear arms threaten every person on the earth. Fundamental changes in society are sometimes labeled impractical or contrary to human nature, as if nuclear war was practical or if there was only one human nature. But fundamental changes can clearly be made, we're surrounded by them. — Cosmos [Q1232]

Kurt Gödel

There would be no danger of an atomic war if advances in history, the science of right and of state, philosophy, psychology, literature, art, etc. were as great as in physics. But instead of such progress, one is struck by significant regresses in many of the spiritual sciences. [Q1962]

George S Patton

If everyone is thinking alike, then somebody isn't thinking. [Q501]

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