Quotations of Wisdom

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Swami Vivekananda

The more we come out and do good to others, the more our hearts will be purified, and God will be in them. [Q1141]

Pablo Picasso

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

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]

Will Rogers

A man only learns in two ways, one by reading, and the other by association with smarter people. [Q1188]

Adlai Stevenson

Public confidence in the integrity of the Government is indispensable to faith in democracy; and when we lose faith in the system, we have lost faith in everything we fight and spend for. [Q1650]

Meister Eckhart

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

Douglas Adams

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

Edward Tufte

The commonality between science and art is in trying to see profoundly - to develop strategies of seeing and showing. [Q381]

Michel de Montaigne

He who establishes his argument by noise and command shows that his reason is weak. [Q1165]

Scott Nesler

Complex problems are not guilty or innocent. [Q118]

Hodding Carter Jr.

There are two lasting bequests we can give our children: One is roots. The other is wings. [Q2103]

Richard M Nixon

Solutions are not the answer. [Q306]

Václav Havel

The law is only one of several imperfect and more or less external ways of defending what is better in life against what is worse. By itself, the law can never create anything better... Establishing respect for the law does not automatically ensure a better life for that, after all, is a job for people and not for laws and institutions. [Q1783]

Archimedes

Give me a lever long enough and a fulcrum on which to place it, and I shall move the world. [Q929]

Senator Paul Simon

A group of farmers came to see me, suggesting that a good way to save money would be to cut back on welfare payments for poor people, and then a few minutes later asked for larger farm subsidies, obviously not labelling them as welfare for farmers. Bankers who preach about the free enterprise system fought hard to get high guaranteed interest rates for banks written into the law in the student loan program. Every group is guilty of this. [Q1723]

Voltaire

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

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]

Scott Nesler

Shoot, ready, aim is not a formula for success. [Q84]

Oliver Goldsmith

Let schoolmasters puzzle their brain, With grammar, and nonsense, and learning, good liquor, I stoutly maintain, gives genius a better discerning. [Q2089]

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]

Phil Jackson

Wisdom is always an overmatch for strength. [Q206]

Ralph Waldo Emerson

The invariable mark of wisdom is to see the miraculous in the common. [Q421]

Socrates

The children now love luxury. They have bad manners, contempt for authority, they show disrespect to their elders.... They no longer rise when elders enter the room. They contradict their parents, chatter before company, gobble up dainties at the table, cross their legs, and are tyrants over their teachers. — Attributed to by Plato — 380 BC [Q1388]

Oliver Wendell Holmes

To reach the port of heaven, we must sail sometimes with the wind and sometimes against it. [Q1412]

Vincent Bugliosi

If you're honest with yourself, you're going to find out whether you truly love America, or whether your primary allegiance is to the Republican party. [Q2066]

Epictetus

If you desire to be good, begin by believing that you are wicked. [Q814]

Marvin Minsky

In science, one can learn the most by studying what seems the least. — Page 20, Prologue, The Society of Mind [Q1993]

Marie Curie

I am one of those who think like Nobel, that humanity will draw more good than evil from new discoveries. [Q327]

Sarah's Key

Sometimes our own stories are the ones we can never tell. But if a story isn't told it becomes something else; forgotten. [Q1878]

Will Rogers

It isn't what we don't know that gives us trouble, it's what we know that ain't so. [Q1374]

Marie Curie

Be less curious about people and more curious about ideas. [Q326]

Sim Van der Ryn

The best design experience occur when no one can claim credit for the solution – when the solution grows and evolves organically out a particular situation, process, and pattern of communication. [Q345]

Carl Jung

Knowledge rests not upon truth alone, but upon error also. [Q256]

Mohandas Gandhi

Honest disagreement is often a good sign of progress. [Q32]

Ken Kesey

Take what you can use and let the rest go by. [Q1506]

Noam Chomsky

Propaganda is to a democracy what the bludgeon is to a totalitarian state. [Q157]

Adlai Stevenson

On this shrunken globe, men can no longer live as strangers. [Q1649]

Franklin Roosevelt

Let me assert my firm belief that the only thing we have to fear is fear itself - nameless, unreasoning, unjustified terror which paralyzes needed efforts to convert retreat into advance. [Q472]

Wendell Berry

The most alarming sign of the state of our society now is that our leaders have the courage to sacrifice the lives of young people in war, but have not the courage to tell us that we must be less greedy and less wasteful. [Q1329]

Abdullah Ibrahim

When time and space and change converge, we find place. We arrive in Place when we resolve things. Place is peace of mind and understanding. Place is knowledge of self. Place is resolution. [Q1259]

Margaret Sanger

No woman can call herself free who does not own and control her body. No woman can call herself free until she can choose consciously whether she will or will not be a mother. [Q1668]

Ibni Sina

The world is divided into men who have wit and no religion and men who have religion and no wit. [Q1922]

Abraham Joshua Heschel

God is not a hypothesis derived from logical assumptions, but an immediate insight, self-evident as light. He is not something to be sought in the darkness with the light of reason. He is the light. [Q660]

Plutarch

For to err in opinion, though it be not the part of wise men, is at least human. [Q776]

Virginia Nygard

Someone I know wrote that when he attended Harvard, his business school professor said success in business demanded an entrepreneur to start a business, a manager to develop the business, and a manager to run the day-to-day business; and that very rarely was one person capable of performing his best in all three areas. I think that's true of writing, too. I love the writing, the creating, and hate the business of selling. Sure, I'd love to have my 'fifteen minutes of fame'...but for now, a minute at a time is okay by me. [Q1044]

Wendell Berry

Let us have the candor to acknowledge that what we call “the economy” or “the free market” is less and less distinguishable from warfare. [Q1337]

Carl Jung

If one does not understand a person, one tends to regard him as a fool. [Q254]

Buckminster Fuller

Humans have learned scientifically that the exact truth can never be attained or told. We can reduce the degree of tolerated error, but we have learned physically, as Heisenberg discovered, that exactitude is prohibited, because most exquisite physical experiment has shown that "the act of measuring always alters that which is measured". [Q126]

Plutarch

Perseverance is more prevailing than violence; and many things which cannot be overcome when they are together, yield themselves up when taken little by little. [Q782]

Bo Derek

It's really difficult for me. Language, I am sorry that I haven't. I think I just always expected that you learn a word in place of a word and when I discovered how difficult the grammar was and learning that was very discouraging for me. [Q2080]

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]

Thomas Paine

It is necessary to the happiness of man that he be mentally faithful to himself. Infidelity does not consist in believing, or in disbelieving, it consists in professing to believe what he does not believe. [Q268]

Lucretius

Such are the heights of wickedness to which men are driven by religion. [Q1564]

Jack Kerouac

Great things are not accomplished by those who yield to trends and fads and popular opinion. [Q2098]

Virgil

Veiling truth in mystery. [Q1591]

Antonio Damasio

The autobiographical self is built on the basis of past memories and memories of the plans that we have made; it’s the lived past and the anticipated future. [Q1978]

Oliver Wendell Holmes

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

Elijah P. Lovejoy

I have sworn eternal opposition to slavery, and by the blessing of God I will never turn back. [Q2050]

Milton S Hershey

If I ever become rich, I am going to use my money to build schools to give every boy and girl an opportunity to get an education. [Q1393]

Richard M Nixon

You've got to learn to survive a defeat. That's when you develop character. [Q310]

Ward Cunningham

The code might be organized in a hierarchy, but the solution has more dimensions than will fit in a hierarchy. So when you discover a solution in a dimension that crosses across the hierarchy, you just have to go where the solution takes you and put the solution in. [Q1017]

Upton Sinclair

It is difficult to get a man to understand something when his salary depends upon his not understanding it. [Q57]

Václav Havel

The history of the human race has generated several papers articulating basic moral imperatives, or fundamental principles, of human coexistence that — maybe in association with concurring historical events — substantially influenced the fate of humanity on this planet. Among these historic documents, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights — adopted fifty years ago today — holds a very special, indeed, unique position. It is the first code of ethical conduct that was not a product of one culture, or one sphere of civilization only, but a universal creation, shaped and subscribed to by representatives of all humankind. Since its very inception, the Declaration has thus represented a planetary, or global commitment, a global intention, a global guideline. For this reason alone, this exceptional document — conceived as a result of a profound human self-reflection in the wake of the horrors of World War II, and retaining its relevance ever since — deserves to be remembered today. [Q1769]

Thomas Jefferson

Such a degree of learning [should be] given to every member of the society as will enable him to read, to judge and to vote understandingly on what is passing. [Q537]

George Bernard Shaw

Periods of increasing tensions end to become periods of increasing repressions. Soon freedom of speech may become only freedom to say acceptable things. Even thinking, except for the orthodox, may become precarious. [Q1849]

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]

Adlai Stevenson III

The human costs of Social Darwinism are expressed in comparatively low levels of educational achievement and motivation, a widening gap between the haves and have-nots, and a divided people. [Q1865]

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]

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]

Benjamin Franklin

How few there are who have courage enough to own their faults, or resolution enough to mend them. [Q1254]

Albert Einstein

Any intelligent fool can make things bigger, more complex, and more violent. It takes a touch of genius - and a lot of courage - to move in the opposite direction. [Q482]

Henry Drummond

Then why did God plaint us with the power to think? Mr. Brady, why do you deny the one faculty of man that raises him above the other creatures of the earth: the power of his brain to reason? — Inherit the Wind [Q105]

Noam Chomsky

You never need an argument against the use of violence, you need an argument for it. [Q164]

Master Po

Who among us is without flaw? — Kung Fu television series 1972 [Q512]

Václav Havel

The attempt to devote oneself to literature alone is a most deceptive thing, and often, paradoxically, it is literature that suffers for it. [Q1752]

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]

Woody Guthrie

All you can write is what you see. [Q1042]

Freeman Dyson

My first heresy says that all the fuss about global warming is grossly exaggerated. Here I am opposing the holy brotherhood of climate model experts and the crowd of deluded citizens who believe the numbers predicted by the computer models. Of course, they say, I have no degree in meteorology and I am therefore not qualified to speak. But I have studied the climate models and I know what they can do. The models solve the equations of fluid dynamics, and they do a very good job of describing the fluid motions of the atmosphere and the oceans. They do a very poor job of describing the clouds, the dust, the chemistry and the biology of fields and farms and forests. They do not begin to describe the real world that we live in. The real world is muddy and messy and full of things that we do not yet understand. It is much easier for a scientist to sit in an air-conditioned building and run computer models, than to put on winter clothes and measure what is really happening outside in the swamps and the clouds. That is why the climate model experts end up believing their own models. [Q1914]

Paul Krugman

If hypocrisy is the tribute vice pays to virtue, conservatives often seem inclined to accept that tribute, voting for candidates who publicly espouse conservative moral principles whatever their personal behaviour. [Q1706]

Nikola Tesla

Today's scientists have substituted mathematics for experiments, and they wander off through equation after equation, and eventually build a structure which has no relation to reality. [Q1677]

Bertrand Russell

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

Thomas Jefferson

If a nation expects to be ignorant and free, in a state of civilization, it expects what never was and never will be. [Q193]

Wendell Berry

It is wrong to condemn people for doing a thing and then offer no alternative but failure. A person could get mad about that. [Q1328]

Jean-Luc Picard

You can commit no mistake and still lose. That is not a weakness. That is life. [Q172]

Orison Swett Marden

You cannot measure a man by his failures. You must know what use he makes of them. What did they mean to him. What did he get out of them. [Q467]

Carl Jung

Everything that irritates us about others can lead us to an understanding of ourselves. [Q252]

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]

Wendell Berry

Ask the questions that have no answers. [Q1343]

Blaise Pascal

We sail within a vast sphere, ever drifting in uncertainty, driven from end to end. [Q592]

Orrin G. Hatch

For almost two decades we alternated as Chairman and Ranking Members of the Senate Labor Committee, now called the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee. During this time we were able to come together in a bipartisan fashion to craft some of this nation's most important health legislation. — Referring to Ted Kennedy. [Q284]

Dante Alighieri

The secret of getting things done is to act! [Q1516]

Woodrow Wilson

At every crisis in one's life, it is absolute salvation to have some sympathetic friend to whom you can think aloud without restraint or misgiving. [Q742]

Aristotle

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

Benjamin Franklin

Thinking aloud is a habit which is responsible for most of mankind's misery. — HBO Mini Series John Adams [Q1112]

Yunus Emre

If I told you about a land of love, friend, would you follow me and come? [Q1923]

Plato

All the gold which is under or upon the earth is not enough to give in exchange for virtue. [Q873]

Eugene McCarthy

Saying we should keep the two-party system simply because it is working is like saying the Titanic voyage was a success because a few people survived on life rafts. [Q2028]

Steven Weinberg

An expert is a person who avoids the small errors while sweeping on to the grand fallacy. [Q1047]

Voltaire

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

Edward de Bono

Computers will give us dangerously logical answers based on our faulty perceptions. (from the book, I am right, you are wrong. Pg 44) [Q2011]

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