Quotations of Wisdom

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Kurt Gödel

Intuition is not proof; it is the opposite of proof. We do not analyze intuition to see a proof but by intuition we see something without a proof. [Q1963]

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Genius always finds itself a century too early. [Q413]

Hippocrates

If we could give every individual the right amount of nourishment and exercise, not too little and not too much, we would have found the safest way to health. [Q1028]

Confucius

To see what is right, and not to do it, is want of courage or of principle. [Q15]

Thomas Jefferson

Promote in every order of men the degree of instruction proportioned to their condition and to their views in life. [Q538]

Ronald Reagan

There you go again. [Q2015]

Voltaire

We have a natural right to make use of our pens as of our tongue, at our peril, risk and hazard. [Q1306]

George Orwell

Early in life I had noticed that no event is ever correctly reported in a newspaper. [Q1662]

Christopher Alexander

The difference between prose and poetry is not that different languages are used, but that the same language is used differently. In an ordinary English sentence, each word has one meaning, and the sentence too, has one simple meaning. In a poem, the meaning is far more dense. Each word carries several meanings; and the sentence as a whole carries an enormous density of interlocking meanings, which together illuminate the whole. [Q666]

Thor Heyerdahl

I don't believe in war as a solution to any kind of conflict, nor do I believe in heroism on the battlefield because I have never seen any. [Q1534]

Yunus Emre

Ask those who know...

Ask those who know, what's this soul within the flesh? Reality's own power. What blood fills these veins?

Thought is an errand boy, fear a mine of worries. These sighs are love's clothing. Who is the Khan on the throne?

Give thanks for His unity. He created when nothing existed. And since we are actually nothing, what are possessions, houses, shops?

God sent us here to come and see the world. This world itself is not everlasting. What are all of Solomon's riches?

Ask Yunus and Taptuk what the world means to them. The world won't last. What are You? What am I

[Q1924]

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]

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]

Robert N. Charrette

Not admitting what you don't know, as well as not being able to reverse decisions in the face of refuting information, are the call signs of imminent project failure. — Sowing the Seeds of Failure [Q1131]

Benjamin Franklin

An investment in knowledge always pays the best interest. [Q70]

Epicurus

If thou wilt make a man happy, add not unto his riches but take away from his desires. [Q799]

Noam Chomsky

States are not moral agents, people are, and can impose moral standards on powerful institutions. [Q158]

Clarence Darrow

Chase after the truth like all hell and you'll free yourself, even though you never touch its coat tails. [Q1093]

Thomas Huxley

Science is simply common sense at its best, that is, rigidly accurate in observation, and merciless to fallacy in logic. [Q1051]

Virgil

Yield not to calamity, but face her boldly. [Q1594]

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]

Master Kan

When you can take the pebble from my hand, it will be time for you to leave. — Kung Fu Television Series 1972 [Q507]

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]

Agile Programming as described on Wikipedia

There are many specific agile development methods. Most promote development iterations, teamwork, collaboration, and process adaptability throughout the life-cycle of the project. [Q249]

Unattributed

Don't take life too seriously. Noone gets out alive. [Q1066]

Hypatia

In fact men will fight for a superstition quite as quickly as for a living truth often more so, since a superstition is so intangible you cannot get at it to refute it, but truth is a point of view, and so is changeable. [Q1405]

Albert Camus

One may long, as I do, for a gentler flame, a respite, a pause for musing. But perhaps there is no other peace for the artist than what he finds on the heat of combat. ... Great ideas, it has been said, come into the world as gently as doves. Perhaps then, if we listen attentively, we shall hear, amid the uproar of empires and nations, a faint flutter of wings, the gently stirring of life and hope. Some will say that this hope lies in a nation; others, in a man. I believe rather that it is awakened, revived, nourished by millions of solitary individuals whose deeds and works every day negate frontiers and the crudest implications of history. As a result, there shines forth fleetingly the ever threatened truth that each and every man, on the foundation of his own sufferings and joys builds for all [Q1875]

Alice in Wonder Land

If you drink much from a bottle marked 'poison' it is almost certain to disagree with you, sooner or later. [Q1980]

Robert Fuller

When we're unable to stand up to put-downs, we hate those who diminish us; those who, assuming their own superiority, condescend to us or presume to know what's best for us. When we find ourselves without resources or allies, we despise those who take us for nobodies. [Q1348]

Wendell Berry

Today, local economies are being destroyed by the "pluralistic," displaced, global economy, which has no respect for what works in a locality. The global economy is built on the principle that one place can be exploited, even destroyed, for the sake of another place. [Q1317]

Epicurus

There is no such thing as justice in the abstract; it is merely a compact between men. [Q807]

Virgil

Come what may, all bad fortune is to be conquered by endurance. [Q1572]

Al Gore

Our democracy, our constitutional framework is really a kind of software for harnessing the creativity and political imagination for all of our people. The American democratic system was an early political version of Napster. [Q1245]

Henry Brooks Adams

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

George Carlin

Inside every cynical person, there is a disappointed idealist. [Q7]

George S Patton

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

Theodore Roosevelt

Probably the greatest harm done by vast wealth is the harm that we of moderate means do ourselves when we let the vices of envy and hatred enter deep into our own natures. [Q1285]

Ralph Waldo Emerson

A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds. [Q1217]

Werner Heisenberg

The problems of language here are really serious. We wish to speak in some way about the structure of the atoms. But we cannot speak about atoms in ordinary language. [Q725]

Alan Guth

It is said that there’s no such thing as a free lunch. But the universe is the ultimate free lunch. [Q1071]

Carl Sagan

Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known. [Q227]

Marshall McLuhan

Madison Avenue is a very powerful aggression against private consciousness. A demand that you yield your private consciousness to public manipulation. [Q1464]

Galileo Galilei

It vexes me when they would constrain science by the authority of the Scriptures, and yet do not consider themselves bound to answer reason and experiment. [Q939]

Marshall McLuhan

We drive into the future using only our rearview mirror. [Q1487]

Woodrow Wilson

The government, which was designed for the people, has got into the hands of the bosses and their employers, the special interests. An invisible empire has been set up above the forms of democracy. [Q497]

Saint Augustine

Seek not to understand that you may believe, but believe that you may understand. [Q1695]

Scott Nesler

Science is a method of study using approximation. Typically there are more than one answer. Truth or right are not as important as understanding the winner is chosen based on a thorough knowledge of available information and the quest to explore new frontiers. [Q1608]

Enrico Fermi

It is no good to try to stop knowledge from going forward. Ignorance is never better than knowledge. [Q319]

Ward Cunningham

I’m not a fan of classification. It’s very difficult to come up with a classification scheme that’s useful when what you’re most interested in is things that don’t fit in, things that you didn’t expect. But some people decided that every page should carry classification. They came up with a scheme, based on page names, to establish a classification structure for a wiki. And these people who care about classification maintain it. [Q1009]

Edward de Bono

The false dichotomies we constructed in order to operate the logic principles of contradiction have been so especially disastrous. (from the book, I am right, you are wrong. page 37) [Q2007]

Thurgood Marshall

In recognizing the humanity of our fellow beings, we pay ourselves the highest tribute. [Q753]

Elbert Hubbart

Every man is a damn fool for at least five minutes every day; wisdom consists in not exceeding the limit. [Q1383]

Epicurus

I never desired to please the rabble. What pleased them, I did not learn; and what I knew was far removed from their understanding. [Q797]

Matt Drudge

I didn't go to the right schools, didn't come from a well-known family, nor was I even remotely connected to a powerful publishing dynasty. [Q1196]

Plato

The curse of me and my nation is that we always think things can be bettered by immediate action of some sort, any sort rather than no sort. [Q895]

Noam Chomsky

The intellectual tradition is one of servility to power, and if I didn't betray it I'd be ashamed of myself. [Q159]

Václav Havel

The deeper the experience of an absence of meaning - in other words, of absurdity - the more energetically meaning is sought. [Q1753]

Senator Paul Simon

It was great to see many long-time friends, including Dick Cheney who had his office next to mine when we were House members. He has served the nation superbly in several capacities. He now heads the Halliburton Corporation. (From Simon's Autobiography published in 1999 prior to the George W. Bush / Dick Cheney presidency). [Q1831]

Meister Eckhart

The more we have the less we own. [Q1630]

Buckminster Fuller

I just invent, then wait until man comes around to needing what I've invented. [Q108]

Thomas Jefferson

An association of men who will not quarrel with one another is a thing which has never yet existed, from the greatest confederacy of nations down to a town meeting or a vestry. [Q1372]

Lucretius

In the midst of the fountain of wit there arises something bitter, which stings in the very flowers. [Q1559]

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Speak what you think now in hard words and to-morrow speak what to-morrow thinks in hard words again, though it contradict every thing you said to-day. [Q426]

Adlai Stevenson

As citizens of this democracy, you are the rulers and the ruled, the law-givers and the law-abiding, the beginning and the end. [Q1646]

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]

Robert J Gula

Before one can use one's reason, one should know the traps that are always awaiting the untutored mind. — Nonsense, Red Herrings, Straw Men and Sacred Cows: How We Abuse Logic in Our Everyday Language. [Q1184]

Plato

I have hardly ever known a mathematician who was capable of reasoning. [Q884]

Daniel H. Pink

We know from statisticians that demographics is destiny. And we know from the Rolling Stones that you can't always get what you want. What we don't know is what happens when these two indomitable principles sit down, pour themselves a drink, and get to know each other better. [Q492]

Ward Cunningham

There is a programming smell here… which is kind of like the smell in your refrigerator, you know. There's a sign that there's something wrong, but you can't quite put your finger on it. But you know if you leave it there, its only going to get worse. [Q221]

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]

Virgil

Happy the man who has been able to learn the causes of things. [Q1580]

Will Rogers

When ignorance gets started it knows no bounds. [Q694]

Charles Schulz

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

Margaret Sanger

Diplomats make it their business to conceal the facts. [Q1667]

Price David

Our country's political discourse and debate are enriched by discussions of the political implications of our faith traditions, whether they are taking place in our communities, at our dinner tables, or in our places of worship. [Q1377]

Margaret Mead

I have a respect for manners as such, they are a way of dealing with people you don't agree with or like. [Q1420]

Bertrand Russell

The fundamental concept in social science is Power, in the same sense in which Energy is the fundamental concept in physics. [Q214]

Voltaire

The best is the enemy of the good. [Q64]

Aristotle

Excellence is an art won by training and habituation. We do not act rightly because we have virtue or excellence, but we rather have those because we have acted rightly. We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act but a habit. [Q843]

Marshall McLuhan

The medium is the message. [Q1475]

Bill Gates

The Internet is becoming the town square for the global village of tomorrow. [Q1292]

Edward Teller

A fact is a simple statement that everyone believes. It is innocent, unless found guilty. A hypothesis is a novel suggestion that no one wants to believe. It is guilty, until found effective. [Q738]

Senator Paul Simon

Paul Simon on Newt Gingrich, "When Newt is good he is very, very good and when he is bad, he is horrid." [Q1729]

Oliver Wendell Holmes

Every idea is an incitement... Eloquence may set fire to reason. [Q1077]

Charles Lindbergh

I believe that for permanent survival, man must balance science with other qualities of life, qualities of body and spirit as well as those of mind - qualities he cannot develop when he lets mechanics and luxury insulate him too greatly from the earth to which he was born. [Q1942]

Buckminster Fuller

If humanity does not opt for integrity we are through completely. It is absolutely touch and go. Each one of us could make the difference. [Q109]

George Mobus

If we are such a clever species, why is the world the way it is, and heading in a bad direction? [Q1842]

Herbert Simon

Maybe we ought to have a world in which things are divided between people kind of fairly. [Q644]

Wendell Berry

In the effort to tell a whole story, to see it whole and clear, I have had to imagine more than I have known. [Q1339]

Edward B Titchener

Empathy [Q2048]

Oliver Wendell Holmes

Pretty much all the honest truth-telling there is in the world is done by children. [Q1081]

Winston Smith

A hierarchical society is only possible on the basis of poverty and ignorance. In principle, the war effort is always planned to keep society on the brink of starvation. The war is waged by the ruling group against its own subjects. And its object is not victory over Eurasia or Eastasia, but to keep the very structure of society intact. — George Orwell's 1984 [Q297]

George Washington

Overgrown military establishments are under any form of government inauspicious to liberty, and are to be regarded as particularly hostile to Republican liberty. — His Farewell Address, 1796 [Q1867]

Ward Cunningham

Often as you move comments around and have similar comments adjacent to each other, you find that half of the words can be cut out. Because a sentence says it all if the sentence is in just the right place. On wiki, the process has been called “refactoring,” which is what we call the process in software. Wiki is about software and it has software people on it, so they call it refactoring. Anyplace else it would probably be called editing. So on wiki, refactoring is an ongoing process. The assumption is that when something turns out to not be ideal, it will be refactored again. Everything is subject to refactoring. [Q1004]

Edward de Bono

We almost need a new term — 'provolution' — to imply change that is more radical than evolution but more gradual than revolution. It is change of this sort that I intended in my book Positive Revolution for Brazil. The weapons are not bullets but perceptions and values. The steps are small but cumulative. There is a steady working towards making something better, not towards destruction of an enemy. It is based on water logic not rock logic. (From the book, I am Right, you are wrong, page 21) [Q1998]

Henry David Thoreau

If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. [Q1614]

Isaac Newton

Tact is the art of making a point without making an enemy. [Q369]

René Descartes

The senses deceive from time to time, and it is prudent never to trust wholly those who have deceived us even once. [Q1124]

René Descartes

One cannot conceive anything so strange and so implausible that it has not already been said by one philosopher or another. [Q1120]

Ronald Reagan

Democracy is worth dying for, because it's the most deeply honorable form of government ever devised by man. [Q1222]

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