Quotations of Wisdom

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Oscar Wilde

It is absurd to divide people into good and bad. People are either charming or tedious. [Q656]

Václav Havel

Today's world, as we all know, is faced with multiple threats. From whichever angle I look at this menace, I always come to the conclusion that salvation can only come through a profound awakening of man to his own personal responsibility, which is at the same time a global responsibility. Thus, the only way to save our world, as I see it, lies in a democracy that recalls its ancient Greek roots: democracy based on an integral human personality personally answering for the fate of the community. [Q1800]

Scott Nesler

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

Walter Cronkite

Objective journalism and an opinion column are about as similar as the Bible and Playboy magazine. [Q623]

Caine

To know nature is to put oneself in perfect harmony with the universe. Heaven and earth are one. So must we seek a discipline of mind and body within ourselves. — Kung Fu television series 1972 [Q522]

Napoleon Hill

Desire is the starting point of all achievement, not a hope, not a wish, but a keen pulsating desire which transcends everything. [Q683]

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]

Plato

Apply yourself both now and in the next life. Without effort, you cannot be prosperous. Though the land be good, You cannot have an abundant crop without cultivation. [Q875]

Winston Churchill

Great and good are seldom the same man. [Q12]

Narcissism

Narcissism is the personality trait of egotism, vanity, conceit, or simple selfishness. Applied to a social group, it is sometimes used to denote elitism or an indifference to the plight of others. [Q664]

Nikola Tesla

Money does not represent such a value as men have placed upon it. All my money has been invested into experiments with which I have made new discoveries enabling mankind to have a little easier life. [Q1678]

Scott Nesler

In the world of discourse objectivity is little more than subjective consensus. [Q655]

Robert W McChesney

As the mainstream media has become increasingly dependent on advertising revenues for support, it has become an anti-democratic force in society. [Q165]

Albert Einstein

If we knew what we were doing, it wouldn't be called research, would it? [Q387]

Democritus

By desiring little, a poor man makes himself rich. [Q1163]

Virgil

It is easy to go down into Hell; night and day, the gates of dark Death stand wide; but to climb back again, to retrace one's steps to the upper air - there's the rub, the task. [Q1582]

Gordan Vidal

We live here in the United States of Amnesia. No one remembers anything before Monday morning. Everything is a blank. We have no history. [Q1274]

Enrico Fermi

There are two possible outcomes: if the result confirms the hypothesis, then you've made a measurement. If the result is contrary to the hypothesis, then you've made a discovery. [Q320]

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]

Swami Vivekananda

You have to grow from the inside out. None can teach you, none can make you spiritual. There is no other teacher but your own soul. [Q1146]

Marshall McLuhan

I don't necessarily agree with everything I say. [Q1459]

Seneca the Younger

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

Jacob Burckhardt

Save us from the simplifiers. [Q4]

Abraham Joshua Heschel

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

Senator Paul Simon

There are times when right is right and wrong is wrong — when you have to stand up, even though it may be unpopular. Had Lincoln taken a poll, he never would have issued his then unpopular Emancipation Proclamation. [Q1894]

Genghis Khan

It is not sufficient that I succeed - all others must fail. (The antithesis of the Do Good Gauge) [Q141]

Miles Davis

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

Bono

Music can change the world because it can change people. [Q635]

Thor Heyerdahl

Therefore, I feel convinced that any political picture can be changed to suit the needs of the powers that be. [Q1541]

Ralph Waldo Emerson

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

Richard P. Feynman

We've learned from experience that the truth will come out. Other experimenters will repeat your experiment and find out whether you were wrong or right. Nature's phenomena will agree or they'll disagree with your theory. And, although you may gain some temporary fame and excitement, you will not gain a good reputation as a scientist if you haven't tried to be very careful in this kind of work. And it's this type of integrity, this kind of care not to fool yourself, that is missing to a large extent in much of the research in cargo cult science. [Q975]

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]

Adlai Stevenson II

Another lesson that we shall have to learn is that we cannot deal with questions of foreign policy in terms of moral absolutes. Compromise is not immoral or treasonable. It is the objective of negotiation and negotiation is the means of resolving conflict peacefully. But when we negotiate we have to have something to negotiate with as well as for. If rigidity and absolutist attitudes deprive our representatives of anything to negotiate with, then there is nothing they can negotiate for. [Q1866]

John Lennon

You better recognize your brothers, in everyone you meet — From the Lyrics of Instant Karma [Q1206]

Dar Williams

And where does magic come from? I think that magic's in the learning. [Q1958]

Adlai Stevenson

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

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]

Lenny Bruce

The "what should be" never did exist, but people keep trying to live up to it. There is no "what should be," there is only what is. [Q335]

Franklin Roosevelt

Theirs were not the gods of things as they were, but of the gods of things as they ought to be. — Speaking of Thomas Jefferson. — Monticello - Studio 360 [Q1147]

Galileo Galilei

Where the senses fail us, reason must step in. [Q944]

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]

Oliver Wendell Holmes

Beware how you take away hope from another human being. [Q1075]

Stephen Bantu Biko

The most powerful weapon in the hands of the oppressor is the mind of the oppressed. [Q1544]

Sir Francis Bacon

Scientia potentia est. "Knowledge is Power". [Q1495]

Marshall McLuhan

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

Wendell Berry

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

Samuel Taylor Coleridge

The first duty of a wise advocate is to convince his opponents that he understands their arguments and sympathizes with their just feelings. [Q1852]

Robert Benchley

Behind every argument is someone's ignorance. [Q703]

Socrates

A system of morality which is based on relative emotional values is a mere illusion, a thoroughly vulgar conception which has nothing sound in it and nothing true. [Q759]

Václav Havel

The exercise of power is determined by thousands of interactions between the world of the powerful and that of the powerless, all the more so because these worlds are never divided by a sharp line: everyone has a small part of himself in both. [Q1754]

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]

John Maynard Keynes

The biggest problem is not to let people accept new ideas, but to let them forget the old ones. [Q34]

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]

Gabrielle Gifford

My position ... is to listen to my constituents; it's to learn from the best information that's available; and then ultimately make sound, rational decisions that's going to be beneficial for the people of the eighth congressional district. That's my job. [Q1263]

John Boyd Orr

When the fabric of society is so rigid that it cannot change quickly enough, adjustments are achieved by social unrest and revolutions. [Q1158]

Ward Cunningham

The blogosphere is a community that might produce a work. Whereas a wiki is a work that might produce a community. It’s all just people communicating. [Q1002]

Grover Cleveland
 

What is the use of being elected or re-elected unless you stand for something? Trust the people, trust their good sense, their decency, their fortitude, their faith. Trust them with the facts. Trust them with the great decisions. ... What wins is more important than who wins. [Q1843]

Kathleen Parker

Politics - Even when you win an argument based on half-truths, the people lose. [Q1665]

Isaac Newton

We build too many walls and not enough bridges. [Q602]

William Gibson

The future is already here – it's just not evenly distributed. [Q678]

prot

Dr. Mark Powell: What if I were to tell you that according to a man who lived on our planet, named Einstein, that nothing can travel faster than the speed of light?

prot: I would say that you misread Einstein, Dr. Powell. May I call you Mark? You see Mark, what Einstein actually said was that nothing can accelerate to the speed of light because its mass would become infinite. Einstein said nothing about entities already traveling at the speed of light or faster.

[Q1225]

Herbert Simon

There are no morals about technology at all. Technology expands our ways of thinking about things, expands our ways of doing things. If we're bad people we use technology for bad purposes and if we're good people we use it for good purposes. [Q651]

Wole Soyinka

See, even despite pious statements to the contrary, much of the industrialized world has not yet come to terms with the recognition of the fallacy of what I call the strong man syndrome. [Q1052]

James Bovard

With attention deficit democracy, I am trying to wake up people to how the combination of mass ignorance, fear mongering by the government, and lying politicians is putting our entire system of government to a death spiral. [Q721]

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Men love to wonder, and that is the seed of science. [Q415]

Albert Einstein

Imagination is more important than knowledge. [Q1273]

Hippocrates

Prayer indeed is good, but while calling on the gods a man should himself lend a hand. [Q1031]

Václav Havel

The worst thing is that we live in a contaminated moral environment. We fell morally ill because we became used to saying something different from what we thought. We learned not to believe in anything, to ignore one another, to care only about ourselves. Concepts such as love, friendship, compassion, humility or forgiveness lost their depth and dimension, and for many of us they represented only psychological peculiarities, or they resembled gone-astray greetings from ancient times, a little ridiculous in the era of computers and spaceships. [Q1786]

Freeman Dyson

A good scientist is a person with original ideas. A good engineer is a person who makes a design that works with as few original ideas as possible. There are no prima donnas in engineering. [Q1001]

Senator Paul Simon

In February 1942, President Franklin Roosevelt ordered 120,000 Japanese Americans living in California, Oregon, and Washington, none of whom had committed a crime, from their home. They had from one to three days to sell all of their property and put all their possessions into one suitcase before the federal government sent them to camps in Idaho and other inland states ... While the action of our government cannot be compared to Hitler's Holocaust, it is illustration of the reality that the passion of a nation can be aroused against a minority if leadership is irresponsible ... There needs to be restraining voices defending the rights of minorities or those expressing unpopular views. [Q1715]

Senator Paul Simon

We gain from listening to others, not that we accept all assertions of truth as equally valid. [Q1702]

Andy Kaufman

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

Jawaharlal Nehru

A moment comes, which comes but rarely in history, when we step out from the old to the new; when an age ends; and when the soul of a nation long suppressed finds utterance. [Q991]

Barbara Deming

We believe, in fact, that the one act of respect has little force unless matched by the other, in balance with it. The acting out of that dual respect I would name as precisely the source of our power. [Q1394]

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]

Virgil

Mind moves matter. [Q1584]

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]

Henry Buckle

Society prepares the crime; the criminal commits it. [Q1864]

Adlai Stevenson III

While informative news programs often supported by foundations can be found on PBS, C-Span, BBC World and a few cable channels, television leaves most Americans uninformed or misinformed about public issues even as the world becomes a more complex and volatile place, the complexities of issues ever larger, requiring conscientious reporting, interpretation and honest gate keepers. [Q1858]

Jonas Salk

Nothing happens quite by chance. It's a question of accretion of information and experience ... it's just chance that I happened to be here at this particular time when there was available and at my disposal the great experience of all the investigators who plodded along for a number of years. [Q485]

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]

Kurt Gödel

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

Elie Wiesel

The opposite of love is not hate, it's indifference. [Q1877]

Václav Havel

People have passed through a very dark tunnel at the end of which there was a light of freedom. Unexpectedly they passed through the prison gates and found themselves in a square. They are now free and they don't know where to go. [Q1762]

John Boyd Orr

Though the general principles of statecraft have survived the rise and fall of empires, every increase in knowledge has brought about changes in the political, economic, and social structure. [Q1157]

John Boyd Orr

After the First World War the economic problem was no longer one of production. It was the problem of finding markets to get the output of industry and agriculture dispersed and consumed. [Q1150]

Brian David Josephson

Logical thinking is thinking based on propositions and on consideration of the truth or falsity of propositions. Its primary usefulness is in situations where facts can be relied on to remain facts — in other words, in circumstances where nothing really new or unexpected is likely to happen. — Prologue to Edward de Bono's I am Right You are Wrong [Q1988]

Diogenes Laërtius

Wise kings generally have wise counselors; and he must be a wise man himself who is capable of distinguishing one. [Q833]

Epictetus

If thy brother wrongs thee, remember not so much his wrong-doing, but more than ever that he is thy brother. [Q813]

Molière

Grammar, which knows how to control even kings. [Q2086]

Alexis de Tocqueville

The greatness of America lies not in being more enlightened than any other nation, but rather in her ability to repair her faults. [Q961]

Woodrow Wilson

There is no higher religion than human service. To work for the common good is the greatest creed. [Q750]

Winston Churchill

It is a good thing for an uneducated man to read books of quotations. [Q13]

Master Kan

Weakness prevails over strength. Gentleness conquers. Become the calm and restful breeze that tames the violent sea. [Q520]

Mark Twain

Get your facts first, then you can distort them as you please. [Q61]

Master Po

Never assume because a man has no eyes he cannot see. —- Kung Fu Television series 1972 [Q509]

Epicurus

Of all the things which wisdom provides to make us entirely happy, much the greatest is the possession of friendship. [Q803]

Oliver Wendell Holmes

We do not quit playing because we grow old, we grow old because we quit playing. [Q1090]

Konrad Lorenz

We had better dispense with the personification of evil, because it leads, all too easily, to the most dangerous kind of war: religious war. [Q1433]

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]

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