Quotations of Wisdom

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Plutarch

Those who aim at great deeds must also suffer greatly. [Q789]

William Lyon Phelps

The belief that youth is the happiest time of life is founded on a fallacy. The happiest person is the person who thinks the most interesting thoughts, and we grow happier as we grow older. [Q1054]

Charles Lindbergh

Life is a culmination of the past, an awareness of the present, an indication of a future beyond knowledge, the quality that gives a touch of divinity to matter. [Q1937]

Scott Nesler

My hope is in the average citizen's desire for freedom and democracy. It is within these individuals true patriotism exist and where the voice of humanity can be heard. [Q1553]

Douglas Adams

A common mistake that people make when trying to design something completely foolproof is to underestimate the ingenuity of complete fools. [Q1000]

Virgil

Cease to think that the decrees of the gods can be changed by prayers. [Q1571]

Senator Paul Simon

My Christian heritage and beliefs are part of me, but through the years I have become more sensitive to the great harm that religious beliefs can cause as well as the great good they can create. [Q1687]

Barbara Deming

We believe, in fact, that the one act of respect has little force unless matched by the other, in balance with it. The acting out of that dual respect I would name as precisely the source of our power. [Q1394]

Woodrow Wilson

Let me inside the government and I will tell you what is going on there. [Q2027]

E. M. Forster

The fact is we can only love what we know personally. And we cannot know much. In public affairs, in the rebuilding of civilization, something less dramatic and emotional is needed, namely tolerance. [Q1502]

Konrad Lorenz

We had better dispense with the personification of evil, because it leads, all too easily, to the most dangerous kind of war: religious war. [Q1433]

Heraclitus

No man ever steps in the same river twice, for it's not the same river and he's not the same man. [Q918]

Marshall McLuhan

Appetite is essentially insatiable, and where it operates as a criterion of both action and enjoyment (that is, everywhere in the Western world since the sixteenth century) it will infallibly discover congenial agencies (mechanical and political) of expression. [Q1452]

Blaise Pascal

It is not good to be too free. It is not good to have everything one wants. [Q591]

Albert Einstein

Nationalism is an infantile disease. It is the measles of mankind. [Q552]

Pythagoras

As soon as laws are necessary for men, they are no longer fit for freedom. [Q922]

Adlai Stevenson III

Nineteen men armed with box cutters could not bring all America down. Only its government can do that. [Q1869]

Galileo Galilei

Facts which at first seem improbable will, even on scant explanation, drop the cloak which has hidden them and stand forth in naked and simple beauty. [Q932]

Alexis de Tocqueville

As one digs deeper into the national character of the Americans, one sees that they have sought the value of everything in this world only in the answer to this single question: how much money will it bring in? [Q957]

Meister Eckhart

Truly, it is in darkness that one finds the light, so when we are in sorrow, then this light is nearest of all to us. [Q1634]

Senator Paul Simon

Not too many years ago cynics and many religious leaders said that slavery has always existed and will always be part of humanity's history and it is folly to pretend otherwise. Somehow we moved away from slavery. Key leaders and a small number of dedicated citizens asked us to do better. [Q1830]

Jesus Christ

He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone... [Q1226]

Galileo Galilei

I think that in the discussion of natural problems we ought to begin not with the Scriptures, but with experiments, and demonstrations. [Q935]

Charles Schulz

Life is like a ten speed bicycle. Most of us have gears we never use. [Q1640]

Aristotle

A tyrant must put on the appearance of uncommon devotion to religion. Subjects are less apprehensive of illegal treatment from a ruler whom they consider god-fearing and pious. On the other hand, they do less easily move against him, believing that he has the gods on his side. [Q836]

Jim Lehrer

Best I can do for them is to give them every piece of information I can find and let them make the judgments. That's just my basic view of my function as a journalist. [Q475]

Ward Cunningham

One’s words are a gift to the community. For the wiki nature to take whole, you have to let go of your words. You have to be okay with that. This goes into the name, called refactoring. To collaborate on a work, one must trust. The reason the cooperation happens is we are people and it is deep in our nature to do things together. [Q1015]

Henry Brooks Adams

Nothing in education is so astonishing as the amount of ignorance it accumulates in the form of inert facts. [Q711]

Margaret Mead

Life in the twentieth century is like a parachute jump: you have to get it right the first time. [Q1424]

Richard Bach

Your conscience is the measure of the honesty of your selfishness. Listen to it carefully. [Q469]

Eric Schmidt

When the Internet publicity began, I remember being struck by how much the world was not the way we thought it was, that there was infinite variation in how people viewed the world. [Q1294]

Cesar Chavez

If you really want to make a friend, go to someone's house and eat with him... the people who give you their food give you their heart. [Q2073]

Dan Dennet

The secret of happiness: Find something more important than you are and dedicate your life to it. [Q1984]

Andrew Cohen

It is not enough to be well-intentioned; one must strive to put those intentions into action in a capable way. One must consider the effect his actions will have on others. Looked at like this, to persist in ignorance is itself dishonorable. [Q719]

Caine

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

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]

Lucretius

Thus the sum of things is ever being reviewed, and mortals dependent one upon another. Some nations increase, others diminish, and in a short space the generations of living creatures are changed and like runners pass on the torch of life. [Q1566]

Confucius

Men's natures are alike, it is their habits that carry them far apart. [Q14]

Nikola Tesla

Our senses enable us to perceive only a minute portion of the outside world. Our hearing extends to a small distance. Our sight is impeded by intervening bodies and shadows. To know each other we must reach beyond the sphere of our sense perceptions. We must transmit our intelligence, travel, transport the materials and transfer the energies necessary for our existence. [Q1683]

Don Draper

People tell you who they are, but we ignore it. Because we want them to be who we want them to be. [Q1556]

Edward de Bono

Sometimes it is not enough just to be against something. Pressure groups can be powerful in bringing something to an end. But in many cases there is also a need for constructive ideas. (from the book, I am Right, you are wrong. page 22) [Q2000]

Tupac Shakur

I'm a reflection of the community. [Q1308]

Jeremy Taylor

It is impossible to make people understand their ignorance, for it requires knowledge to perceive it; and, therefore, he that can perceive it hath it not. [Q718]

Dorothy Parker

You can lead a horticulture but you can't make her think. [Q2030]

David Hume

Eloquence, at its highest pitch, leaves little room for reason or reflection, but addresses itself entirely to the desires and affections, captivating the willing hearers, and subduing their understanding. [Q1356]

Hypatia

All formal dogmatic religions are fallacious and must never be accepted by self-respecting persons as final. [Q1237]

Arlo Guthrie

I'd rather have friends who care than friends who agree with me. [Q353]

prot

Dr. Mark Powell: What if I were to tell you that according to a man who lived on our planet, named Einstein, that nothing can travel faster than the speed of light?

prot: I would say that you misread Einstein, Dr. Powell. May I call you Mark? You see Mark, what Einstein actually said was that nothing can accelerate to the speed of light because its mass would become infinite. Einstein said nothing about entities already traveling at the speed of light or faster.

[Q1225]

Richard P. Feynman

I'll never make that mistake again, reading the experts' opinions. Of course, you only live one life, and you make all your mistakes, and learn what not to do, and that's the end of you. [Q978]

Hiram Johnson

The first casualty of war is truth. [Q1860]

Brian Greene

Sometimes attaining the deepest familiarity with a question is our best substitute for actually having the answer. [Q740]

Ramana Maharshi

The degree of freedom from unwanted thoughts and the degree of concentration on a single thought are the measures to gauge spiritual progress. [Q1041]

Thomas J. Watson

The toughest thing about the power of trust is that it's very difficult to build and very easy to destroy. The essence of trust building is to emphasize the similarities between you and the customer. [Q1203]

Buckminster Fuller

Synergy means behavior of whole systems unpredicted by the behavior of their parts taken separately. [Q204]

Albert Einstein

If you are out to describe the truth, leave elegance to the tailor. [Q121]

Dante Alighieri

The darkest places in hell are reserved for those who maintain their neutrality in times of moral crisis. [Q1514]

Noam Chomsky

All over the place, from the popular culture to the propaganda system, there is constant pressure to make people feel that they are helpless, that the only role they can have is to ratify decisions and to consume. [Q150]

Aristotle

Of all the varieties of virtues, liberalism is the most beloved. [Q856]

Ralph Waldo Emerson

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

Michel de Montaigne

Not being able to govern events, I govern myself. [Q1173]

Democritus

Our sins are more easily remembered than our good deeds. [Q770]

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]

Henry Drummond

Realizing that I may prejudice the case of my client, I must tell you that right has no meaning for me whatsoever, but truth has meaning as a direction. — Inherit the Wind [Q101]

Joan Didion

Grammar is a piano I play by ear. All I know about grammar is its power. [Q2079]

Václav Havel

Without free, self-respecting, and autonomous citizens there can be no free and independent nations. Without internal peace, that is, peace among citizens and between the citizens and the state, there can be no guarantee of external peace. [Q1759]

John Wooden

Don't measure yourself by what you have accomplished, but by what you should have accomplished with your ability. [Q474]

Albert Einstein

If I give you a pfennig, you will be one pfennig richer and I'll be one pfennig poorer. But if I give you an idea, you will have a new idea, but I shall still have it, too. [Q120]

Buckminster Fuller

At the present cosmic moment, muscle, cunning, fear, and selfishness are in powerful control of human affairs. We humans are here in Universe to exercise the Universe-functioning mind. Only mind can apprehend, abide by, and be led by truth. If human mind comes into control of human affairs, the first thing it will do is exercise our option to "make it". [Q127]

Virgil

A fault is fostered by concealment. [Q1569]

Barack Obama

There is not a liberal America and a conservative America. There is the United States of America. [Q53]

Dalai Lama

There is no need for temples, no need for complicated philosophies. My brain and my heart are my temples; my philosophy is kindness. [Q545]

Donald Norman

I think there is a tendency in science to measure what is measurable and to decide that what you cannot measure must be uninteresting. [Q442]

Jack Kerouac

All human beings are also dream beings. Dreaming ties all mankind together. [Q2096]

Thurgood Marshall

Mere access to the courthouse doors does not by itself assure a proper functioning of the adversary process. [Q754]

Abraham Lincoln

When I do good, I feel good. When I do bad, I feel bad. That's my religion. [Q1241]

John Adams (HBO Miniseries)

I fear our revolution will have been in vain if a Virginia farmer is to be held in hock to a New York stock jobber, who in turn is in hock to a London banker. The opportunities for avarice and corruption would certainly prove irresistible. — (Unite or Die[5]) Thomas Jefferson [Q1133]

Marshall McLuhan

Politics will eventually be replaced by imagery. The politician will be only too happy to abdicate in favor of his image, because the image will be much more powerful than he could ever be. [Q1470]

Senator Paul Simon

A better-prepared workforce means higher productivity. Higher productivity results in a lower unit cost to manufacture an item. Lower costs increase the likelihood of successfully competing with products manufactured overseas. This leads to higher sales, which results in higher profits. Everyone wins-labor, management, stockholders, the government, and the dollar. [Q2059]

Václav Havel

I really do inhabit a system in which words are capable of shaking the entire structure of government, where words can prove mightier than ten military divisions. [Q1746]

Kurt Gödel

The more I think about language, the more it amazes me that people ever understand each other at all. [Q1961]

Marshall McLuhan

As the unity of the modern world becomes increasingly a technological rather than a social affair, the techniques of the arts provide the most valuable means of insight into the real direction of our own collective purposes. [Q1455]

David Hume

Everything in the world is purchased by labor. [Q1357]

Woodrow Wilson

The man who is swimming against the stream knows the strength of it. [Q748]

F. Scott Fitzgerald

The idea that to make a man work you've got to hold gold in front of his eyes is a growth, not an axiom. We've done that for so long that we've forgotten there's any other way. [Q1881]

Marshall McLuhan

A point of view can be a dangerous luxury when substituted for insight and understanding. [Q1445]

Albert Einstein

Any fool can know. The point is to understand. [Q396]

Theodore Roosevelt

The most important single ingredient in the formula of success is knowing how to get along with people. [Q1287]

David Mitchell

Belief, like fear or love, is a force to be understood as we understand the theory of relativity and principals of uncertainty. Phenomena that determine the course of our lives. Yesterday, my life was headed in one direction. Today, it is headed in another. Yesterday, I believe I would never have done what I did today. These forces that often remake time and space, that can shape and alter who we imagine ourselves to be, begin long before we are born and continue after we perish. Our lives and our choices, like quantum trajectories, are understood moment to moment. That each point of intersection, each encounter, suggest a new potential direction. Proposition, I have fallen in love with Luisa Rey. Is this possible? I just met her and yet, I feel like something important has happened to me. — Cloud Atlas [Q2094]

Fredrik Bajer

To read the report of a discussion in which arguments for and against are presented, in which a subject has been covered from different points of view, with new ideas advanced - this is far more instructive than to read a brief account of the resolution passed on the matter. [Q1258]

Abraham Joshua Heschel

Racism is man's gravest threat to man - the maximum of hatred for a minimum of reason. [Q661]

Miles Davis

You can dominate a game if you dominate on the line... We're just going to have to go out there and work hard and blow people off the ball, and let our runners do what they do best. [Q2057]

Herbert Simon

Most of us really aren't horribly unique. There are 6 billion of us. Put 'em all in one room and very few would stand out as individuals. So maybe we ought to think of worth in terms of our ability to get along as a part of nature, rather than being the lords over nature. [Q645]

Caine

To fight for yourself is right. To die vainly without hope of winning is the act of stupid men. — Kung Fu Television Series 1972 [Q511]

Kurt Gödel

Learn to act correctly: everybody has shortcomings, believes in something wrong, and live to carry out his mistakes. [Q1967]

Tracy Chapman

Truth is Divinity — From the lyrics of "Heaven's Here on Earth, Album New Beginning" [Q1490]

Swami Vivekananda

As different streams having different sources all mingle their waters in the sea, so different tendencies, various though they appear, crooked or straight, all lead to God. [Q1136]

Václav Havel

If we are to change our world view, images have to change. The artist now has a very important job to do. He's not a little peripheral figure entertaining rich people, he's really needed. [Q1747]

William Gibson

The future is already here – it's just not evenly distributed. [Q678]

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]

Franklin Roosevelt

Repetition does not transform a lie into a truth. [Q362]

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