Quotations of Wisdom

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Albert Einstein

May the conscience and the common sense of the peoples be awakened, so that we may reach a new stage in the life of nations, where people will look back on war as an incomprehensible aberration of their forefathers! [Q583]

Marshall McLuhan

An administrator in a bureaucratic world is a man who can feel big by merging his non-entity in an abstraction. A real person in touch with real things inspires terror in him. [Q1449]

Samuel Adams

He who is void of virtuous attachments in private life is, or very soon will be, void of all regard for his country. There is seldom an instance of a man guilty of betraying his country, who had not before lost the feeling of moral obligations in his private connections. [Q2101]

Thomas Jefferson

We are not afraid to follow truth wherever it may lead, nor to tolerate any error so long as reason is left free to combat it. [Q196]

Louis Pasteur

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

Ralph Waldo Emerson

All life is an experiment. The more experiments you make the better. [Q404]

T.S. Elliot

It's strange that words are so inadequate. Yet, like the asthmatic struggling for breath, so the lover must struggle for words. [Q338]

Plato

The beginning is the most important part of the work. [Q893]

George Taylor

If this is the best they've got around here, in six months we'll be running this planet. [Q1603]

Albert Einstein

Heroism on command, senseless violence, and all the loathsome nonsense that goes by the name of patriotism — how passionately I hate them! [Q67]

Plato

Wonder is the feeling of the philosopher, and philosophy begins in wonder. [Q914]

Martin Frost

The level of discourse in this country is falling to a depth that cannot be sustained. [Q1378]

Thurgood Marshall

If the First Amendment means anything, it means that a state has no business telling a man, sitting alone in his house, what books he may read or what films he may watch. [Q752]

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]

Stephen Jay Gould

The more important the subject and the closer it cuts to the bone of our hopes and needs, the more we are likely to err in establishing a framework for analysis. [Q1808]

Master Kan

Do not see yourself as the center of the universe wise and good and beautiful. Seek rather wisdom, goodness and beauty that you may honor them everywhere. — Kung Fu television series, 1972 [Q548]

Frederick Douglass

Find out just what any people will quietly submit to and you have the exact measure of the injustice and wrong which will be imposed on them. [Q438]

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]

Noam Chomsky

As soon as questions of will or decision or reason or choice of action arise, human science is at a loss. [Q149]

Blaise Pascal

Imagination disposes of everything; it creates beauty, justice, and happiness, which are everything in this world. [Q590]

Ovid

An anthill increases by accumulation. Medicine is consumed by distribution. That which is feared lessens by association. This is the thing to understand. [Q1189]

Wayne Dyer

The highest form of ignorance is when you reject something you don't know anything about. [Q692]

Bible - Timothy 6:6

But godliness with contentment is great gain. [Q916]

Andy Kaufman

What's real? What's not? That's what I do in my act, test how other people deal with reality. [Q233]

John Boyd Orr

The increase of territory and power of empires by force of arms has been the policy of all great powers, and it has always been possible to get the approval of their state religion. [Q1154]

Noam Chomsky

Everybody's worried about stopping terrorism. Well, there's a really easy way: stop participating in it. [Q155]

Woodrow Wilson

Generally young men are regarded as radicals. This is a popular misconception. The most conservative persons I ever met are college undergraduates. The radicals are the men past middle life. [Q744]

William James Durant

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

Aristotle

I have gained this from philosophy: that I do without being commanded what others do only from fear of the law. [Q847]

Mark Twain

A lie can travel halfway around the world while the truth is putting on its shoes. [Q1278]

Isaac Newton

If I have done the public any service, it is due to my patient thought. [Q601]

René Descartes

If you would be a real seeker after truth, it is necessary that at least once in your life you doubt, as far as possible, all things. [Q1118]

Friedrich Hayek

If most people are not willing to see the difficulty, this is mainly because, consciously or unconsciously, they assume that it will be they who will settle these questions for the others, and because they are convinced of their own capacity to do this. [Q1975]

Senator Paul Simon

In the slave state the church has as a body gone heartily into the business of buying and selling their fellow men, and their ministers generally have gone with them. [Q1885]

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]

Plato

Twice and thrice over, as they say, good is it to repeat and review what is good. [Q909]

Barry Goldwater

To be successful, representative government assumes that elections will be controlled by the citizenry at large, not by those who give the most money. Electors must believe their votes count. Elected officials must owe there allegiance to the people, not to their own wealth or to the wealth of interest groups who speak only for the selfish fringes of the whole community. (Attributed to Barry Goldwater in Paul Simon's Autobiography, page 307) [Q1819]

George Bancroft

The exact measure of the progress of civilization is the degree in which the intelligence of the common mind has prevailed over wealth and brute force. [Q455]

John F. Kennedy

With such a peace, there will still be quarrels and conflicting interests, as there are with families and nations. World peace, like community peace, does not require that each man love his neighbor - it requires only that they live together in mutual tolerance, submitting their disputes to a just and peaceful settlement. And history teaches us that enmities between nations, as between individuals, do not last forever. [Q1277]

Sargent Shriver

Respect for another man's opinion is worthy. It is the realization that any opinion is valuable, for it is the sign of a rational being. [Q289]

Miles Davis

I know what I've done for music, but don't call me a legend. Just call me Miles Davis. [Q2058]

Scott Nesler

We must guard against the tenacity of arguments with hidden agendas. [Q50]

Marshall McLuhan

Where the whole man is involved there is no work. Work begins with the division of labor. [Q1489]

Buckminster Fuller

The youth of humanity all around our planet are intuitively revolting from all sovereignties and political ideologies. The youth of Earth are moving intuitively toward an utterly classless, raceless, omnicooperative, omniworld humanity. Children freed of the ignorantly founded educational traditions and exposed only to their spontaneously summoned, computer-stored and -distributed outflow of reliable-opinion-purged, experimentally verified data, shall indeed lead society to its happy egress from all misinformedly conceived, fearfully and legally imposed, and physically enforced customs of yesterday. They can lead all humanity into omnisuccessful survival as well as entrance into an utterly new era of human experience in an as-yet and ever-will-be fundamentally mysterious Universe. — The Wellspring of Reality [Q180]

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]

Marshall McLuhan

Diaper backward spells repaid. Think about it. [Q1456]

Blaise Pascal

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

James Q Wilson

Order exists because a system of beliefs and sentiments held by members of a society sets limits to what those members can do. [Q1908]

Václav Havel

Many people hardly ever see a politician as a person anymore. Instead, a politician is a shadow they watch on television, not knowing whether he is speaking impromptu or reading a text written for him by anonymous advisers or experts from a screen hidden behind the cameras. Citizens no longer perceive their politician as a living human being, for they never have and will never see him that way. They see only his image, created for them by TV, radio and newspaper commentators. [Q1796]

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]

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]

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

The clever reader who is capable of reading between the lines what does not stand written in them but is nevertheless implied will be able to form some conception. [Q1181]

Carl Sagan

We are born to delight in this world. We are taught to distinguish our preconceptions from the truth. Then new worlds are discovered as we decipher the mysteries of the cosmos. Science is a collective enterprise that embraces many cultures and spans the generations in every age and sometimes in the most unlikely places there are those who wish with a great passion to understand the world. There is noway of knowing where the next discovery will come from. What dream of the minds eye will remake the world. — Cosmos [Q1238]

Caine

The cobra seeks to fix the eye of the bird before it strikes. In that moment of looking at each other each accepts his role, predictor and prey. Fear creates the victim. Yet something in the bird makes it seek the eye of the cobra. — Kung Fu television series 1972 [Q523]

Marshall McLuhan

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

Jimmy Wales

Imagine a world in which every single person on the planet is given free access to the sum of all human knowledge. That's what we're doing. [Q216]

Robert W McChesney

The number one lobby that opposes campaign finance reform in the United States is the National Association of Broadcasters. [Q167]

Mark Twain

There is no tragedy so horrible as that of a beautiful myth being murdered by an ugly fact. [Q1853]

Marshall McLuhan

For tribal man space was the uncontrollable mystery. For technological man it is time that occupies the same role. [Q1458]

Anonymous Professor Stanford University

The only advice I might offer to your design process is to imitate nature: use evolution. By this I mean to design many experiments, test your assumptions and designs with those you are designing for, and iteratively improve your designs based upon what you learn. [Q483]

Alexis de Tocqueville

There are two things which a democratic people will always find very difficult - to begin a war and to end it. [Q965]

Edgar Allan Poe

The boundaries which divide Life from Death are at best shadowy and vague. Who shall say where the one ends, and where the other begins? [Q2038]

Joan Didion

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

Epictetus

We are not to give credit to the many, who say that none ought to be educated but the free; but rather to the philosophers, who say that the well-educated alone are free. [Q827]

Carl Sagan

Skeptical scrutiny is the means, in both science and religion, by which deep thoughts can be winnowed from deep nonsense. [Q226]

Christopher Alexander

The structure of life I have described in buildings - the structure which I believe to be objective - is deeply and inextricably connected with the human person, and with the innermost nature of human feeling. [Q672]

Xenophanes

No human being will ever know the Truth, for even if they happen to say it by chance, they would not even known they had done so. [Q928]

Isaac Newton

If I have seen further than others, it is by standing upon the shoulders of giants. [Q368]

Aristotle

Youth is easily deceived because it is quick to hope. [Q870]

Scott Nesler

Those who control the media have a monopoly in the debate. [Q95]

Václav Havel

We have to accept this legacy as a sin we committed against ourselves. If we accept it as such, we will understand that it is up to us all, and up to us alone to do something about it. We cannot blame the previous rulers for everything, not only because it would be untrue, but also because it would blunt the duty that each of us faces today: namely, the obligation to act independently, freely, reasonably and quickly. Let us not be mistaken: the best government in the world, the best parliament and the best president, cannot achieve much on their own. And it would be wrong to expect a general remedy from them alone. Freedom and democracy include participation and therefore responsibility from us all. [Q1789]

Aristotle

Inferiors revolt in order that they may be equal, and equals that they may be superior. Such is the state of mind which creates revolutions. [Q850]

Douglas Rushkoff

Programming is the sweet spot, the high leverage point in a digital society. If we don’t learn to program, we risk being programmed ourselves. [Q1291]

Hippocrates

Whenever a doctor cannot do good, he must be kept from doing harm. [Q1035]

René Descartes

Travelling is almost like talking with those of other centuries. [Q1126]

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]

Edward Thorndike

Psychology helps to measure the probability that an aim is attainable. [Q454]

Cullen Hightower

The true measure of your worth includes all the benefits others have gained from your success . [Q460]

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]

Mohandas Gandhi

All the religions of the world, while they may differ in other respects, unitedly proclaim that nothing lives in this world but Truth. [Q555]

Henry Ford

The fear of loosing what you have blocks all avenues of innovation and advancement. [Q28]

Democritus

Raising children is an uncertain thing; success is reached only after a life of battle and worry. [Q771]

Marshall McLuhan

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

Václav Havel

The real test of a man is not how well he plays the role he has invented for himself, but how well he plays the role that destiny assigned to him. [Q1774]

Karl Menninger

The voice of the intelligence is drowned out by the roar of fear. It is ignored by the voice of desire. It is contradicted by the voice of shame. It is biased by hate and extinguished by anger. Most of all it is silenced by ignorance. [Q707]

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]

Marie Curie

There are sadistic scientists who hurry to hunt down errors instead of establishing the truth. [Q331]

Dalai Lama

The ultimate authority must always rest with the individual's own reason and critical analysis. [Q544]

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]

Nikos Kazantzakis

By believing passionately in something that still does not exist, we create it. The nonexistent is whatever we have not sufficiently desired. [Q302]

Thomas Jefferson

Never spend your money before you have it. [Q201]

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]

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]

Ward Cunningham

With wiki, you have to trust people more than you have any reason to trust them. In 1995, it was a safer environment, don’t know if I could have launched wiki today. [Q1014]

Clarence Darrow

In spite of all the yearnings of men, no one can produce a single fact or reason to support the belief in God and in personal immortality. [Q1101]

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]

Senator Paul Simon

Little by little the newspaper advocated improvements, and working with others, we obtained them. A newspaper can be a powerful force for good, even when operated by someone with almost no experience. [Q1718]

Hannah Arendt

Economic growth may one day turn out to be a curse rather than a good, and under no conditions can it either lead into freedom or constitute a proof for its existence. [Q1519]

Michel de Montaigne

If ordinary people complain that I speak too much of myself, I complain that they do not even think of themselves. [Q1171]

Bill Withers

I feel that it is healthier to look out at the world through a window than through a mirror. Otherwise, all you see is yourself and whatever is behind you. [Q1948]

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