Quotations of Wisdom

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Joseph Franklin Rutherford

If you are kept in ignorance of the true way and permit yourself to rely upon and be guided by the opinion of imperfect man, you can never gain the riches that will bring you peace and lasting happiness. [Q720]

Richard P. Feynman

The idea is to try to give all the information to help others to judge the value of your contribution; not just the information that leads to judgment in one particular direction or another. [Q736]

Friedrich Nietzsche

"Faith" means not wanting to know what is true. [ [Q1525]

Albert Einstein

The health of society thus depends quite as much on the independence of the individuals composing it as on their close political cohesion. [Q305]

George Orwell

Doublethink means the power of holding two contradictory beliefs in one's mind simultaneously, and accepting both of them. [Q2016]

Plato

The good is the beautiful. [Q898]

Epictetus

Wealth consists not in having great possessions, but in having few wants. [Q829]

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]

Plato

No law or ordinance is mightier than understanding. [Q888]

Jay Inslee

Third issue, and again I think it is important to note, anyone can make a mistake and any administration can make a mistake once in a while, but this is just a long train of abuses, an unbroken chain of following special interests rather than the health of the American people. [Q1737]

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]

Henry A. Wallace

This dullness of vision regarding the importance of the general welfare to the individual is the measure of the failure of our schools and churches to teach the spiritual significance of genuine democracy. [Q463]

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]

Thor Heyerdahl

Progress is man's ability to complicate simplicity. [Q1539]

Gabrielle Gifford

And what is seen in the last couple of weeks is that people want to have created for them a form where they can be disruptive rather than actually providing the information in a way that's going to give me their perspective and educate me on their point of view. [Q1262]

Dante Alighieri

I love to doubt as well as know. [Q1510]

Saint Francis of Assisi

Where there is charity and wisdom, there is neither fear nor ignorance. [Q1401]

Robert W McChesney

Basically what they're saying is, if you want to be on TV, if you want to be a credible candidate, you've got to buy ads. And if you're not buying ads, you're not a credible candidate, we don't cover you. [Q166]

Woodrow Wilson

If you want to make enemies, try to change something. [Q747]

Meister Eckhart

God is at home, it's we who have gone out for a walk. [Q1626]

René Descartes

The first precept was never to accept a thing as true until I knew it as such without a single doubt. [Q1121]

Eric Raymond

Computer science education cannot make anybody an expert programmer any more than studying brushes and pigment can make somebody an expert painter. [Q675]

Woody Guthrie

Life has got a habit of not standing hitched. You got to ride it like you find it. You got to change with it. If a day goes by that don't change some of your old notions for new ones, that is just about like trying to milk a dead cow. [Q355]

H. L. Mencken

A newspaper is a device for making the ignorant more ignorant and the crazy crazier. [Q1213]

Douglas Adams

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

Galileo Galilei

If I were again beginning my studies, I would follow the advice of Plato and start with mathematics. [Q936]

Barbara Deming

We learn best to listen to our own voices if we are listening at the same time to other women whose stories for all our differences turn out, if we listen well, to be our stories also. [Q1397]

Jimmy Wales

The goal is to give people a free encyclopedia to every person in the world, in their own language. Not just in a 'free beer' kind of way, but also in the free speech kind of way. [Q219]

Richard P. Feynman

In this age of specialization men who thoroughly know one field are often incompetent to discuss another. The great problems of the relations between one and another aspect of human activity have for this reason been discussed less and less in public. [Q968]

Swami Vivekananda

We are what our thoughts have made us; so take care about what you think. Words are secondary. Thoughts live; they travel far. [Q1145]

Adlai Stevenson

An Independent is someone who wants to take the politics out of politics. [Q1645]

Simon and Garfunkel

"Fools", said I, "You do not know. Silence like a cancer grows. Hear my words that I might teach you. Take my arms that I might reach you". But my words, like silent raindrops fell and echoed in the wells of silence. — The Sound of Silence [Q577]

Scott Nesler

We must move beyond zero to vague solutions provided in a campaign season. [Q1658]

John Maynard Keynes

The difficulty lies not so much in developing new ideas as in escaping from old ones. [Q35]

Todd Jealous

We do not owe allegiance to any candidate because they share our party or our color, but because they share our principles and our conscience. [Q2067]

Carl Sagan

Our species needs, and deserves, a citizenry with minds wide awake and a basic understanding of how the world works. [Q223]

Plato

Excess generally causes reaction, and produces a change in the opposite direction, whether it be in the seasons, or in individuals, or in governments. [Q881]

Brian Greene

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

Epictetus

You may be always victorious if you will never enter into any contest where the issue does not wholly depend upon yourself. [Q831]

Albert Einstein

The important thing is not to stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existing. [Q25]

Oscar Wilde

Man is a rational animal who always loses his temper when called upon to act in accordance with the dictates of reason. [Q287]

Lao Tzu

The people are hungry: It is because those in authority eat up too much in taxes. [Q2074]

Woody Allen

A relationship, I think, is like a shark. You know? It has to constantly move forward or it dies. — From the movie Annie Hall [Q1177]

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]

Napoleon Bonaparte

History is the version of past events that people have decided to agree upon. [Q92]

Senator Paul Simon

Beecher and two others had been tried for heresy in the local presbytery in 1833 for "their liberal theology." Central to the charge was their antislavery stand. [Q1887]

Carl Jung

Your vision will become clear only when you can look into your own heart. Who looks outside, dreams; who looks inside, awakes. [Q259]

Thomas Mann

Opinions cannot survive if one has no chance to fight for them. [Q1528]

Margaret Mead

Always remember that you are absolutely unique. Just like everyone else. [Q1415]

Robert Fuller

Anger congeals to hate when people fear domination and experience the indignity of being discounted. No one, conservative or progressive, likes being taken for a nobody. Hatred takes root when fears remain unaddressed and dignity is disregarded. Imagined indignities can feel as injurious as real ones, and suffice to incite people to commit mayhem and murder. [Q1346]

Stephen Jay Gould

The most important scientific revolutions all include, as their only common feature, the dethronement of human arrogance from one pedestal after another of previous convictions about our centrality in the cosmos. [Q1810]

Herbert Simon

The world is vast, beautiful, and fascinating, even awe-inspiring - but impersonal. It demands nothing of me, and allows me to demand nothing of it. [Q650]

Wendell Berry

Much protest is naive; it expects quick, visible improvement and despairs and gives up when such improvement does not come. [Q1326]

Freeman Dyson

I believe global warming is grossly exaggerated as a problem. It's a real problem, but it's nothing like as serious as people are led to believe. The idea that global warming is the most important problem facing the world is total nonsense and is doing a lot of harm. It distracts people's attention from much more serious problems. [Q1915]

Maurice Strong

One of the things that I've always thought I would like to do is to develop an environmental index. Then people can measure their own environmental performance on an index as they do in other ways. [Q452]

Pablo Picasso

An idea is a point of departure and no more. As soon as you elaborate it, it becomes transformed by thought. [Q603]

Marshall McLuhan

Anyone who tries to make a distinction between education and entertainment doesn't know the first thing about either. [Q1451]

David Foster Wallace

For these cultures, getting rid of the pain without addressing the deeper cause would be like shutting off a fire alarm while the fire's still going. [Q982]

Ward Cunningham

I wouldn't think to start a program from first principles. If I want to make a program, I want to find the people who know kind of how to do it, and say, come sit with me, come help me get started. Let's talk to each other. [Q220]

George Canning

I can prove anything by statistics except the truth. [Q363]

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

The law does not pretend to punish everything that is dishonest. That would seriously interfere with business. [Q1108]

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]

Robert Bárány

The incorrectness and weaknesses of a theory cause other minds to formulate the problems more exactly and in this way scientific progress is made. [Q1434]

Albert Einstein

The bigotry of the nonbeliever is for me nearly as funny as the bigotry of the believer. [Q18]

Jim Walts
 

Your presentation of the very tool you hope will help people present their ideas, well, it needs your tool. — In reference to the Do Good Gauge. [Q1659]

Napoleon Hill

Think twice before you speak, because your words and influence will plant the seed of either success or failure in the mind of another. [Q686]

Bill Withers

The thing I always tell my kids—it's ok to head out for wonderful, but on your way to wonderful you are going to have to pass through alright. Take a good look around at alright and get used to it because that may be as far as you are going to go. Most people don't know or don't care who you are. Kinda like pennies—you have them in your pocket but you don't know they are there. [Q1947]

Senator Paul Simon

Those who practice rigidity and absolutism in the name of religion, whether simply by word or with arms, will not persuade. [Q1703]

Aristotle

A tragedy is a representation of an action that is whole and complete and of a certain magnitude. A whole is what has a beginning and middle and end. [Q835]

J. Robert Oppenheimer

No man should escape our universities without knowing how little he knows. [Q321]

Gauis Verres

Ridicule is often the only weapon remaining to conscious inferiority. [Q1182]

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]

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]

Steven Spielberg

We have to realize that people are not born with hatred. They acquire it. We have the responsibility to listen to the voices of history so that future generations never forget what so few lived to tell! [Q1221]

Gabrielle Gifford

For example, we're on Sarah Palin's targeted list, but the thing is, that the way that she has it depicted has the crosshairs of a gun sight over our district. When people do that, they have to realize that there are consequences to that action. [Q1261]

Senator Paul Simon

Perhaps being born the year before the Great Depression of 1929 made me fiscally conservative, and the misery faced by so many people made me socially liberal. [Q1671]

Carl Sagan

The universe seems neither benign nor hostile, merely indifferent to the concerns of such creatures as we. [Q229]

Orrin G. Hatch

In the current climate of today's United States Senate it is rare to find opportunities where both sides can come together and work in the middle to craft a solution for our country's problems. Ted Kennedy, with all of his ideological verbosity and idealism was a rare person who at times could put aside differences and look for common solutions. Not many ever got to see that side of him, but as peers and colleagues we were able to share some of those moments. [Q285]

Todd Solondz

When part of what you're trying to get at is the truth hidden under a taboo, or when you want to nail a hypocrisy, laughter is a very useful tool. I want to show the painful side of existence, but there is no question I also want to make people laugh. [Q478]

Dennis Kucinich

We have weapons of mass destruction we have to address here at home. Poverty is a weapon of mass destruction. Homelessness is a weapon of mass destruction. Unemployment is a weapon of mass destruction. [Q1599]

Aristotle

Different men seek after happiness in different ways and by different means, and so make for themselves different modes of life and forms of government. [Q839]

Óscar Romero

I would like to make an appeal in a special way to the men of the army, to the police, to those in the barracks. Brothers, you are part of our own people. You kill your own campesino brothers and sisters. And before an order to kill that a man may give, the law of God must prevail that says: Thou shalt not kill! No soldier is obliged to obey an order against the law of God. No one has to fulfill an immoral law. It is time to recover your consciences and to obey your consciences rather than the orders of sin. The church, defender of the rights of God, of the law of God, of human dignity, the dignity of the person, cannot remain silent before such abomination. We want the government to take seriously that reforms are worth nothing when they come about stained with so much blood. In the name of God, and in the name of this suffering people whose laments rise to heaven each day more tumultuously, I beg you, I ask you, I order you in the name of God: Stop the repression! [Q1074]

Abraham Joshua Heschel

Wonder rather than doubt is the root of all knowledge. [Q663]

Dr. Seuss (Theodore Seuss Geisel)

Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don't matter, and those who matter don't mind. [Q1555]

Caine

Can anyone be truly free who serves only himself? — "Kung Fu" Elixir — 1973 Season 2, Episode 11 [Q598]

Louis Pasteur

Did you ever observe to whom the accidents happen? Chance favors the prepared mind. [Q1020]

Albert Einstein

Truth is what stands the test of experience. [Q300]

Claude Pepper

Life is like riding a bicycle; you don't fall off unless you stop pedaling. [Q1641]

Václav Havel

There appear to be no integrating forces, no unified meaning, no true inner understanding of phenomena in our experience of the world. Experts can explain anything in the objective world to us, yet we understand our own lives less and less. In short, we live in the postmodern world, where everything is possible and almost nothing is certain. [Q1803]

Wendell Berry

If we are serious about peace, then we must work for it as ardently, seriously, continuously, carefully, and bravely as we have ever prepared for war. [Q1335]

Thomas Jefferson

The will of the people is the only legitimate foundation of any government, and to protect its free expression should be our first object. [Q194]

Thomas Paine

To say that any people are not fit for freedom, is to make poverty their choice, and to say they had rather be loaded with taxes than not. [Q276]

Henry Ford (Attributed To)

If I had asked people what they wanted, they would have said a faster horse. [Q1669]

Václav Havel

As soon as man began considering himself the source of the highest meaning in the world and the measure of everything, the world began to lose its human dimension, and man began to lose control of it. [Q434]

Milton Friedman

Most economic fallacies derive from the tendency to assume that there is a fixed pie, that one party can gain only at the expense of another. [Q1057]

Carl Sagan

Where we have strong emotions, we're liable to fool ourselves. [Q630]

Adlai Stevenson III

Today's politics tends to focus on popularity and the games: who is supporting whom, the polls and the money, personalities over truth, substitutes for Reason. [Q1844]

Aristotle

Even when laws have been written down, they ought not always to remain unaltered. [Q841]

Amanda Palmer

Everyones got to stop thinking there's an answer. The answer is there's an infinite number of answers. — The Dresdon Dolls [Q301]

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