Quotations of Wisdom

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Courage stands halfway between cowardice and rashness, one of which is a lack, the other an excess of courage. [Q775]


Keep a watch also on the faults of the patients, which often make them lie about the taking of things prescribed. [Q1030]

Franklin Roosevelt

It is common sense to take a method and try it; if it fails, admit it frankly and try another. But above all, try something. [Q359]

Blaise Pascal

Even those who write against fame wish for the fame of having written well, and those who read their works desire the fame of having read them. [Q586]

Swami Vivekananda

Truth can be stated in a thousand different ways, yet each one can be true. [Q1144]


Every man makes a god of his own desire. [Q1576]

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]

Martin Luther King Jr.

This hour in history needs a dedicated circle of transformed nonconformists. Our planet teeters on the brink of atomic annihilation; dangerous passions of pride, hatred and selfishness are enthroned in our lives; and men do reverence before false gods of nationalism and materialism. The saving of our world from pending doom will come, not through the complacent adjustment of the conforming majority, but through the creative maladjustment of a nonconforming minority. [Q2041]

Nikola Tesla

What we now want most is closer contact and better understanding between individuals and communities all over the earth and the elimination of that fanatic devotion to exalted ideals of national egoism and pride, which is always prone to plunge the world into primeval barbarism and strife. No league or parliamentary act of any kind will ever prevent such a calamity. These are only new devices for putting the weak at the mercy of the strong. [Q1686]


We are each of us angels with only one wing, and we can only fly by embracing one another. [Q1567]

The Rum Diaries

No matter how much I wanted all those things that I needed money to buy, there was some devilish current pushing me off in another direction -- toward anarchy and poverty and craziness. That maddening delusion that a man can lead a decent life without hiring himself out as a Judas Goat. [Q2046]

A. J. Muste

We cannot have peace if we are concerned only with war. War is not an accident. It is the logical outcome of a certain way of life. If we want to attack war, we have to attack that way of life. [Q1868]

Martin Luther King

We must develop and maintain the capacity to forgive. He who is devoid of the power to forgive is devoid of the power to love. There is some good in the worst of us and some evil in the best of us. [Q40]

Meister Eckhart

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

George C. Williams

The moment-of-conception fallacy implies that fertilization is a simple process with never a doubt as to whether it has or has not happened. [Q1056]

Seneca the Younger

Religion is regarded by the common people as true, by the wise as false, and by the rulers as useful. [Q1857]


Democracy arises out of the notion that those who are equal in any respect are equal in all respects; because men are equally free, they claim to be absolutely equal. [Q1290]

Henry David Thoreau

There are a thousand hacking at the branches of evil to one who is striking at the root. [Q1904]

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]

Richard Stallman

The desire to be rewarded for one's creativity does not justify depriving the world in general of all or part of that creativity. [Q1246]

Freeman Dyson

There is no such thing as a unique scientific vision, any more than there is a unique poetic vision. Science is a mosaic of partial and conflicting visions. But there is one common element in these visions. The common element is rebellion against the restrictions imposed by the locally prevailing culture, Western or Eastern as the case may be. It is no more Western than it is Arab or Indian or Japanese or Chinese. Arabs and Indians and Japanese and Chinese had a big share in the development of modern science. And two thousand years earlier, the beginnings of science were as much Babylonian and Egyptian as Greek. One of the central facts about science is that it pays no attention to East and West and North and South and black and yellow and white. It belongs to everybody who is willing to make the effort to learn it. [Q1912]

Albert Einstein

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

Julian Assange

And to some degree it is of such scope that it eclipses the economic ability of the press to go through it. It’s going to require not just the press but all interested parties to understand this material. [Q1209]

Swami Vivekananda

The will is not free - it is a phenomenon bound by cause and effect - but there is something behind the will which is free. [Q1143]

The Rum Diaries

The race is not to the swift, nor the battle to the strong, but to those who can see it coming and jump aside. [Q2047]

Wendell Berry

One cannot reduce terror by holding over the world the threat of what it most fears. [Q1332]

J William Fulbirght

There are many respects in which America, if it can bring itself to act with the magnanimity and the empathy appropriate to its size and power, can be an intelligent example to the world. [Q2020]

Albert Einstein

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

Galileo Galilei

The Bible shows the way to go to heaven, not the way the heavens go. [Q941]

Marshall McLuhan

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

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]

Senator Paul Simon

The first academic offer came from Southern Illinois University, where I would teach many years later. I explained to them that while I had written a number of books and had more honorary doctorates than I deserved, I had not finished college. They said that would be no problem. They had another faculty member named Buckminster Fuller who did not have a bachelor's degree. [Q1726]

Thomas Jefferson

This I hope will be the age of experiments in government, and that their basis will be founded in principles of honesty, not of mere force [Q541]


The beginning of reform is not so much to equalize property as to train the noble sort of natures not to desire more, and to prevent the lower from getting more. [Q859]


The best friend is the man who in wishing me well wishes it for my sake. [Q860]

Lisa Nesler

I have now discovered where children learn strategy, sharing, bargaining, bartering, sales, verbal, non-verbal, and social skills. It has very little to do with home life, and everything to do with the lunchroom. I witnessed bargaining and bartering while sitting silently at lunch in an elementary school. Had I not known better, I would have thought I was in Soulard Market on a Saturday morning. At least you know that when you send lunch to school. SOMEONE is eating it. And really, your kids DO eat....something....maybe Grace's PB & J, or Charlie's carrots. [Q1812]

Henry David Thoreau

Read the best books first, or you may not have a chance to read them at all. [Q491]

Carl Bernstein

The lowest form of popular culture - lack of information, misinformation, disinformation, and a contempt for the truth or the reality of most people's lives - has overrun real journalism. Today, ordinary Americans are being stuffed with garbage. [Q625]

Abraham Joshua Heschel

Self-respect is the fruit of discipline; the sense of dignity grows with the ability to say no to oneself. [Q662]

Albert Einstein

Great spirits have often encountered violent opposition from weak minds. [Q21]

Woodrow Wilson

I have long enjoyed the friendship and companionship of Republicans because I am by instinct a teacher, and I would like to teach them something. [Q745]

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


René Descartes

I think; therefore I am. [Q1117]

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Our best thoughts come from others. [Q416]

Edward de Bono

Perception does have its own logic. This logic is based directly on the behavior of self-organizing patterning systems totally different from the table-top logic of traditional reason and language. Perceptual truth is different from constructed truth. (from the book, I am Right, you are Wrong. pg 42) [Q2010]

Noël Coward

It's discouraging to think how many people are shocked by honesty and how few by deceit. [Q2025]

Bill McCartney

All coaching is, is taking a player where he can't take himself. [Q473]

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]

Joseph and Owen Lovejoy

What right have five hundred or five thousand to interfere with the lawful expression of a free man's sentiments because they happen to number more than those who think with him. We spurn the base tyranny—this utter denial of all rights, save as the tender mercies of a mob shall vouchsafe them. If Mr. Lovejoy's views were erroneous, let them be refuted; if his motives were corrupt, (but this is not pretended,) let them be exposed and contemned; if his actions were unlawful, let them be lawfully punished. But, right or wrong, none of these were better or worse for the fact that they were unacceptable to the majority. He had as perfect and absolute a right to proclaim and defend his sentiments in Illinois, where nine-tenths may be opposed to them, as though all were enthusiastic in their favour; and he who would deny or in the least degree abridge this right, is an enemy to freedom, and a hypocrite if he dare pretend to republicanism. — The New Yorker [Q1890]

Václav Havel

If every day a man takes orders in silence from an incompetent superior, if every day he solemnly performs ritual acts which he privately finds ridiculous, if he unhesitatingly gives answers to questionnaires which are contrary to his real opinions and is prepared to deny his own self in public, if he sees no difficulty in feigning sympathy or even affection where, in fact, he feels only indifference or aversion, it still does not mean that he has entirely lost the use of one of the basic human senses, namely, the sense of humiliation. [Q1761]

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]

Margaret Mead

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

Scott Nesler

Hindsight is 20/20. Forethought needs not corrective lenses. [Q51]

Senator Paul Simon

We have two major flaws — and a number of minor ones — in our political process: first, our system of financing campaigns, and second, the scientific pandering through polls that has come to dominate decision-making. [Q1818]

Senator Paul Simon

While the United States has many international students studying here, only about seven-tenths of one percent of our students study abroad. The only nation that has a lower percentage is North Korea. Part of the reason for provincialism in the United States Congress and too often in the White House is that at the grass roots level in our nation we are too myopic, seeing only to the edge of our national borders, and sometimes not seeing those much closer who live in our inner cities and rural areas of poverty. Higher education has to take part of the blame when our nation fails to act responsibly in international affairs. [Q1716]

Alcee Hastings

Not just Christians and Jews, but also Muslims, Buddhists, Hindus and the followers of many other religions believe in values like peace, respect, tolerance and dignity. These are values that bring people together and enable us to build responsible and solid communities. [Q1499]


I need a sign to let me know you're here, cause my TV set just keeps it all from being clear. I want a reason for the way things have to be. I need a hand to help build up some kind of hope inside of me — Calling All Angels [Q2039]

Napoleon Hill

Reduce your plan to writing. The moment you complete this, you will have definitely given concrete form to the intangible desire. [Q685]


To do nothing is also a good remedy. [Q1034]


The time when most of you should withdraw into yourself is when you are forced to be in a crowd. [Q806]

George Orwell

War is Peace; Freedom is Slavery; Ignorance is Strength. 1984 [Q1231]

Thomas Jefferson

Preach... a crusade against ignorance; establish and improve the law for educating the common people. Let our countrymen know that the people alone can protect us against these evils [of monarchial government]. [Q540]


There are two things a person should never be angry at, what they can help, and what they cannot. [Q901]

Swami Vivekananda

All differences in this world are of degree, and not of kind, because oneness is the secret of everything. [Q1135]

Thomas Jefferson

Democrats consider the people as the safest depository of power in the last resort: they cherish them, therefore, and wish to leave in them all the powers to the exercise of which they are competent. [Q1851]

Marshall McLuhan

Innumerable confusions and a feeling of despair invariably emerge in periods of great technological and cultural transition. [Q1462]

Wendell Berry

National defense through war always involves some degree of national defeat. [Q1336]

Senator Paul Simon

The day I stop searching for truth should be my last. [Q1705]

Václav Havel

Classical modern science described only the surface of things, a single dimension of reality. And the more dogmatically science treated it as the only dimension, as the very essence of reality, the more misleading it became. Today, for instance, we may know immeasurably more about the universe than our ancestors did, and yet, it increasingly seems they knew something more essential about it than we do, something that escapes us. [Q1802]

Marshall McLuhan

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

R Jeffrey Lustig

Since ancient times statesmen have attempted to create a policy that could harness private interests to the public welfare. The corporation succeeds, by contrast, in harnessing the vast public to a private interest. It subordinates plurality to singularity, the many to the few. — David S. Allen, Democracy, Inc. (Page 4), Reference to R. Jeffrey Lustig, Corporate Liberalism: The Origins of Modern American Political Theory 1890-1920. [Q236]

Phil Jackson

Wisdom is always an overmatch for strength. [Q206]

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]

Scott Nesler

A spelling mistake should not diminish a valid argument. [Q1252]

Scott Nesler

The fault nor the solution is with the two party system. The solution resides in the pragmatic and generous spirit of a populace armed with the tools and the media to express their point of view in a respectful and intelligent light. [Q125]


Men create gods after their own image, not only with regard to their form but with regard to their mode of life. [Q854]

I Am The Movie

The basis of nature is cooperation and democracy, it's in our DNA. [Q2033]

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Trust your instinct to the end, though you can render no reason. [Q424]

Swami Vivekananda

Our duty is to encourage every one in his struggle to live up to his own highest idea, and strive at the same time to make the ideal as near as possible to the Truth. [Q1139]

Elijah P. Lovejoy

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

Kurt Gödel

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

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]

Mario Cuomo

Poll watching politicians respond with Pavlovian sureness. The touch every button, satisfy every rabid carving with swift passage of draconian and regressive measures. They serve up a binge of new death penalty statutes as though there had suddenly been discovered proof that the death penalty can save lives. [Q1822]


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

Margaret Mead

A small group of thoughtful people could change the world. Indeed, it's the only thing that ever has. [Q946]

Albert Einstein

Anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new. [Q20]

Napolean Hill

Action is the real measure of intelligence. [Q432]

Marshall McLuhan

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

Senator Paul Simon

There are times when decisions may be difficult and when there may be no reasons to take a position. But there are also times, like this one, when to be neutral in a fight between right and wrong is to be on the side of the wrong. — (In Reference to the mob murder of Elijia Lovejoy) [Q1892]


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

Galileo Galilei

I do not feel obliged to believe that the same God who has endowed us with sense, reason, and intellect has intended us to forgo their use. [Q933]

Margaret Mead

I must admit that I personally measure success in terms of the contributions an individual makes to her or his fellow human beings. [Q1421]

Octavio Paz

Social criticism begins with grammar and the re-establishing of meanings. [Q2081]

Clarence Darrow

I do not consider it an insult, but rather a compliment to be called an agnostic. I do not pretend to know where many ignorant men are sure - that is all that agnosticism means [Q1098]

Wendell Berry

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

Henry Ford

The one aim of these financiers is world control by the creation of inextinguishable debt. [Q1970]

John Steinbeck

Ideas are like rabbits. You get a couple and learn how to handle them, and pretty soon you have a dozen. [Q1368]


Healing in a matter of time, but it is sometimes also a matter of opportunity. [Q1027]

Dorothy Parker

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

Scott Nesler

Complex problems are not guilty or innocent. [Q118]

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