Quotations of Wisdom

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Dante Alighieri

I love to doubt as well as know. [Q1510]

Václav Havel

Modern man must descend the spiral of his own absurdity to the lowest point; only then can he look beyond it. It is obviously impossible to get around it, jump over it, or simply avoid it. [Q1749]

St. Francis of Assisi

It was easy to love God in all that was beautiful. The lessons of deeper knowledge, though, instructed me to embrace God in all things. [Q2036]

T.S. Elliot

There is not a more repulsive spectacle than on old man who will not forsake the world, which has already forsaken him. [Q341]

Marshall McLuhan

Antipathy, dissimilarity of views, hate, contempt, can accompany true love. [Q1450]

Ralph Johnson

Software is not limited by physics, like buildings are. It is limited by imagination, by design, by organization. In short, it is limited by properties of people, not by properties of the world. [Q248]

William James Durant

It is good that new ideas should be heard, for the sake of the few that can be used; but it is also good that new ideas should be compelled to go through the mill of objection, opposition, and contumely; this is the trial heat which innovation must survive before being allowed to enter the human race. It is good that the old should resist the young, and that the young should press the old ... Out of the strife ... comes a creative tensile strength. [Q1725]

Ken Kesey

You don't lead by pointing and telling people some place to go. You lead by going to that place and making a case. [Q1507]

Democritus

I'd rather understand one cause than be King of Persia. [Q1132]

Richard Feynman

I wonder why, I wonder why,
I wonder why I wonder.
I wonder why, I wonder why,
I wonder why I wonder! [Q1903]

Stephen Hawking

The whole history of science has been the gradual realization that events do not happen in an arbitrary manner, but that they reflect a certain underlying order, which may or may not be divinely inspired. [Q732]

Albert Einstein

The health of society thus depends quite as much on the independence of the individuals composing it as on their close political cohesion. [Q305]

Andy Warhol

The most exciting attractions are between two opposites that never meet. [Q580]

Albert Einstein

I fear the day that technology will surpass our human interaction. The world will have a generation of idiots. [Q2091]

Epicurus

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

Ibni Sina

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

Albert Einstein

The bigotry of the nonbeliever is for me nearly as funny as the bigotry of the believer. [Q18]

Senator Paul Simon

The position of Paul Nyholm and my brother is that the Bible is inspired and an accurate guide on Christ's life and mission and on issues of faith and morals, but does not require that a person accept creation in six days or that Methuselah lived to be 969 years old. [Q1690]

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]

Kurt Gödel

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

Margaret Mead

It is utterly false and cruelly arbitrary to put all the play and learning into childhood, all the work into middle age, and all the regrets into old age. [Q1423]

Senator Paul Simon

[One solution to the trade deficit is to] train our workforce better. How many US-based corporations have moved plants to other countries because of our inadequately trained workforce? No one knows, but the numbers are large. That does not mean Americans have less inherent ability than people in Japan or Germany or Singapore. But privately, and sometimes publicly, industrial leaders are candid about the inadequacy of the educational background of too many Americans. [Q2060]

Adlai Stevenson

He who slings mud generally loses ground. [Q1648]

Sam Ewing

When you finally go back to your old home, you find it wasn't the old home you missed but your childhood. [Q2076]

Voltaire

As long as people believe in absurdities they will continue to commit atrocities. [Q62]

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]

Thor Heyerdahl

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

Senator Paul Simon

When radio-evangelist Jerry Falwell's Moral Majority gave me a zero rating and Dick Kelly a 100 percent rating, and Dick was subsequently indicted and convicted, I used his rating to defend myself. When asked about my Moral Majority rating, I told reporters, "I knew I was morally imperfect, I just didn't realize the extent of my imperfection." One of the "immoral" votes I cast, according to the Moral Majority, was one for foreign aid to help poor and hungry people. [Q1731]

Jeanne DuPrau

The trouble with anger is, it gets hold of you. And then you aren't the master of yourself anymore. Anger is. And when anger is the boss, you get unintended consequences. — The City of Ember [Q1038]

Douglas Adams

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

Jesse Jackson

Your children need your presence more than your presents. [Q1552]

Dennis Kucinich

This is a struggle for the soul of the Democratic Party, which in too many cases has become so corporate and identified with corporate interests that you can't tell the difference between Democrats and Republicans. [Q1598]

Maurice Strong

One of the things that I've always thought I would like to do is to develop an environmental index. Then people can measure their own environmental performance on an index as they do in other ways. [Q452]

George S Patton

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

Arthur Miller

A good newspaper, I suppose, is a nation talking to itself. [Q1660]

David S Allen

... the values of corporations, which emphasize efficiency, maximizing profits, scientific reasoning, and winning as opposed to understanding, have become the values of the public sphere. — Democracy, Inc Introduction (Page 2) [Q190]

Carl Jung

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

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]

Todd Solondz

When part of what you're trying to get at is the truth hidden under a taboo, or when you want to nail a hypocrisy, laughter is a very useful tool. I want to show the painful side of existence, but there is no question I also want to make people laugh. [Q478]

Adlai Stevenson

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

Barack Obama

There is not a liberal America and a conservative America. There is the United States of America. [Q53]

Ward Cunningham

The decisions I made designing wiki were very much inspired by my desire to create a model for the collaborative process I thought should happen in large code bases. I wanted wiki to mimic that. [Q1010]

Ann Landers

Keep in mind that the true measure of an individual is how he treats a person who can do him absolutely no good. [Q448]

Clarence Darrow

No other offense has ever been visited with such severe penalties as seeking to help the oppressed. [Q1105]

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]

Albert Einstein

Ethical axioms are found and tested not very differently from the axioms of science. Truth is what stands the test of experience. [Q493]

Galileo Galilei

The sun, with all those planets revolving around it and dependent on it, can still ripen a bunch of grapes as if it had nothing else in the universe to do. [Q942]

Václav Havel

They are periods when there is a tendency to quote, to imitate, and to amplify, rather than to state with authority or integrate. New meaning is gradually born from the encounter, or the intersection, of many different elements. [Q1801]

Noam Chomsky

To some degree it matters who's in office, but it matters more how much pressure they're under from the public. [Q162]

Carl Jung

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

Charles Lindbergh

It is the greatest shot of adrenaline to be doing what you have wanted to do so badly. You almost feel like you could fly without the plane. [Q1938]

René Descartes

You just keep pushing. You just keep pushing. I made every mistake that could be made. But I just kept pushing. [Q1129]

David Brooks

When you cover politics, you realize that knowing how to talk about character matters more and more. The way we hold ideas is more important than the ideas. [Q470]

Daniela Schiller

If you want to keep a memory as is, you carve it into a story. It’s not only keeping the content, it’s keeping the feeling alive. The best part is, you’re not the only one remembering it. [Q2040]

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]

Hippocrates

Everything in excess is opposed to nature. [Q1026]

Anne Rice
 

Morality is what matters to me, it's being a good person and when you put forward a religion that says belief in Christ alone saves and has nothing to do with morality, well to me that is immoral. [Q1911]

Cullen Hightower

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

Kathleen Parker

Hubris is no one’s friend, and irony is a nag. — The Tea Fragger Party [Q1497]

Epicurus

You don't develop courage by being happy in your relationships everyday. You develop it by surviving difficult times and challenging adversity. [Q808]

Mohandas Gandhi

The moment there is suspicion about a person's motives, everything he does becomes tainted. [Q569]

Bill Withers

The thing I always tell my kids—it's ok to head out for wonderful, but on your way to wonderful you are going to have to pass through alright. Take a good look around at alright and get used to it because that may be as far as you are going to go. Most people don't know or don't care who you are. Kinda like pennies—you have them in your pocket but you don't know they are there. [Q1947]

David Hume

Accuracy is, in every case, advantageous to beauty, and just reasoning to delicate sentiment. In vain would we exalt the one by depreciating the other. [Q1354]

Caine

The years have been good. Quiet and measured. Flowing slowly like water. — Kung Fu television series 1972 [Q514]

Walter Koenig

Religious tolerance is something we should all practice; however, there have been more persecution and atrocities committed in the name of religion and religious freedom than anything else. [Q1501]

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]

Oliver Wendell Holmes

It is the province of knowledge to speak, and it is the privilege of wisdom to listen. [Q1078]

Isaac Asimov

Suppose that we are wise enough to learn and know - and yet not wise enough to control our learning and knowledge, so that we use it to destroy ourselves? Even if that is so, knowledge remains better than ignorance. [Q702]

Plato

Music is a moral law. It gives soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, and charm and gaiety to life and to everything. [Q637]

Marshall McLuhan

Television brought the brutality of war into the comfort of the living room. Vietnam was lost in the living rooms of America - not on the battlefields of Vietnam. [Q1473]

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]

Michel de Montaigne

I prefer the company of peasants because they have not been educated sufficiently to reason incorrectly. [Q1168]

Albert Einstein

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

Scott Nesler

The problem is not our governance, it is that the vast majority of the citizens don't know how to play the game. Ideologies serving a minuscule point of view have figured out how to pull their resources to gain favor in the system. There is no single ideology representative of the populace. Until the whole starts intelligently collaborating towards a common good expect to continue interpreting the system as irrational. Internet technology can alter this irrational exuberance of power. [Q346]

Italo Calvino

For these ports I could not draw a route on the map or set a date for the landing. At times all I need is a brief glimpse, an opening in the midst of an incongruous landscape, a glint of lights in the fog, the dialogue between two passersby meeting in the crowd, and I think that setting out from there, I will put together, piece by piece, the perfect city made of fragments mixed with the rest, of instants separated by intervals, of signals one sends out, not knowing who receives them. If I tell you that the city toward which my journey tends is discontinuous in space and time, now scattered, now more condensed, you must not believe that the search for it can stop. Perhaps while we speak, it is rising, scattered, within the confines of your empire; you can hunt for it, but only in the way I have said. — Invisible Cities [Q388]

Loris Harrow

Notice what no one else notice, and you'll see what no one else knows, What you get is what you get, what you do with what you get, that's more the point. — City of Ember [Q296]

Edward B Titchener

Empathy [Q2048]

Oscar Wilde

Man is a rational animal who always loses his temper when called upon to act in accordance with the dictates of reason. [Q287]

Senator Paul Simon

In a presidential race, who is losing or gaining three points in the latest polls receives much more coverage than where the candidates stand on poverty or foreign policy. It is easy to cover the trivial. A drop in the polls will receive more attention than an in-depth speech on national health care. The average sound bite on network TV news for the Republican presidential primary of 1996 was 7.2 seconds. Almost half the second bites were less than five seconds. Try to say something of substance on any issue in 7.2 seconds! The media should be here not simply to make money, but also to serve, and that service can be improved. [Q1814]

Thurgood Marshall

Today's Constitution is a realistic document of freedom only because of several corrective amendments. Those amendments speak to a sense of decency and fairness that I and other Blacks cherish. [Q757]

Mustafa Kemal

In the face of knowledge, science, and of the whole extent of radiant civilization, I cannot accept the presence in Turkey's civilized community of people primitive enough to seek material and spiritual benefits in the guidance of sheiks. The Turkish republic cannot be a country of sheiks, dervishes, and disciples. The best, the truest order is the order of civilization. To be a man it is enough to carry out the requirements of civilization. The leaders of dervish orders will understand the truth of my words, and will themselves close down their lodges [tekke] and admit that their disciplines have grown up. [Q1931]

Thurgood Marshall

Our whole constitutional heritage rebels at the thought of giving government the power to control men's minds. [Q756]

Benjamin Franklin

Do good to your friends to keep them, to your enemies to win them. [Q29]

Marshall McLuhan

When producers want to know what the public wants, they graph it as curves. When they want to tell the public what to get, they say it in curves. [Q1488]

Caine

When words are no better than silence, one should remain silent. - Kung Fu Television Series 1972 [Q508]

Edward de Bono

Experience has shown that reason and logic can never change perception, emotions, prejudices, and beliefs. Yet we continue in the pious hope that if everyone would 'see reason' the world would be so much better. As we shall see later, there are very good reasons why logic will never affect emotions and beliefs. The only way to do this is through perception. But we have totally failed to develop an understanding of perception. (from the book, I am Right, you are Wrong. Pg 40) [Q2009]

Alan Guth

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

Socrates

Employ your time in improving yourself by other men's writings, so that you shall gain easily what others have labored hard for. [Q760]

Albert Schweitzer

To the question whether I am a pessimist or an optimist, I answer that my knowledge is pessimistic, but my willing and hoping are optimistic. [Q69]

Thomas Jefferson

Nothing gives a person so much advantage over another as to remain always cool and unruffled under all circumstances. [Q202]

Bryant H. McGill

One column of truth cannot hold an institution of ideas from falling into ignorance. It is wiser that a person of prudence and purpose save his strength for battles that can be won. [Q716]

Barbara Deming

The injunction that we should love our neighbors as ourselves means to us equally that we should love ourselves as we love our neighbors. [Q1396]

The Jungle

After reading the Jungle, President Theodore Roosevelt ordered an investigation of the meat-packing industry. Meeting with Upton Sinclair Roosevelt told him that while he disapproved how the book preached socialism he agreed that "radical action must be taken to do away with the efforts of arrogant and selfish greed on the part of the capitalist." Roosevelt followed-up by passing the Pure Food and Drugs Act of 1906 and the Meat Inspection Act of 1906. In his book, Sinclair illustrated how a novelist could help with social improvement. [Q1902]

Bruce Sterling

You don't get to cut that chain of evidence and start over. You're always going to be pursued by your data shadow, which is forming from thousands and thousands of little leaks and tributaries of information. [Q1739]

Arthur Erickson

Our incapacity to comprehend other cultures stems from our insistence on measuring things in our own terms. [Q283]

Master Po

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

Frederick Douglass

Where justice is denied, where poverty is enforced, where ignorance prevails, and where any one class is made to feel that society is an organized conspiracy to oppress, rob and degrade them, neither persons nor property will be safe. [Q697]

Alexander Fleming
 

It is the lone worker who makes the first advance in a subject; the details may be worked out by a team, but the prime idea is due to enterprise, thought, and perception of an individual. [Q313]

Jeremy Bentham

The said truth is that it is the greatest happiness of the greatest number that is the measure of right and wrong. [Q458]

Pablo Picasso

You mustn't always believe what I say. Questions tempt you to tell lies, particularly when there is no answer. [Q607]

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