Quotations of Wisdom

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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]

Thomas Jefferson

This [bill] on education would [raise] the mass of the people to the high ground of moral respectability necessary to their own safety and to orderly government, and would [complete] the great object of qualifying them to secure the veritable aristoi for the trusts of government, to the exclusion of the pseudalists... I have great hope that some patriotic spirit will... call it up and make it the keystone of the arch of our government. [Q531]

Woodrow Wilson

If you want to make enemies, try to change something. [Q747]

John Boyd Orr

When the Industrial Revolution of the nineteenth century brought a rapid increase in wealth, the demand of workers for a fair share of the wealth they were creating was conceded only after riots and strikes. [Q1159]

Heraclitus

Opposition brings concord. Out of discord comes the fairest harmony. [Q919]

Charles Schulz

Life is like a ten speed bicycle. Most of us have gears we never use. [Q1640]

Noam Chomsky

Any dictator would admire the uniformity and obedience of the U.S. media. [Q151]

Saul Alinsky

Life is a corrupting process from the time a child learns to play his mother off against his father in the politics of when to go to bed; he who fears corruption fears life. [Q989]

Scott Nesler

If your desire is stagnation, finding an argument which is 180 degrees opposed to yours will help. If your desire is to move your argument in a specified direction, finding a similar argument within 15 degrees of separation is a better pool to recruit from. [Q142]

Pythagoras

A thought is an idea in transit. [Q921]

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]

Theodore Roosevelt

Behind the ostensible government sits enthroned an invisible government owing no allegiance and acknowledging no responsibility to the people. [Q1281]

Voltaire

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

Adlai Stevenson III

4700 years ago this was written on an Assyrian tablet: "Our earth is degenerate in these latter days; there are signs that the world is speedily coming to an end; bribery and corruption are common; children no longer obey their parents; every man wants to write a book, and the end of the world is evidently approaching." [Q1872]

John Wooden

Don't measure yourself by what you have accomplished, but by what you should have accomplished with your ability. [Q474]

Dwight Eisenhower

America is great because she is good, and if America ceases to be good, America will cease to be great. [Q1845]

Lucretius

It is great wealth to a soul to live frugally with a contented mind. [Q1560]

J. William Fulbright

Our elected representatives ... study and analyze public attitude by sophisticated new techniques, but their purpose has little to do with leadership. ... Their purpose, it seems, is to discover what people want and fear and dislike, and then to identify themselves with those sentiments. They seek to discover which issues can be safely emphasized and which are more prudently avoided. This approach to politics is the opposite of leadership; it is followership, for purpose of self-advancement. ... [Q1821]

Confucius

Study the past if you would define the future. [Q610]

Whitney A Brown

The past actually happened but history is only what someone wrote down. [Q91]

Orrin G. Hatch

In the current climate of today's United States Senate it is rare to find opportunities where both sides can come together and work in the middle to craft a solution for our country's problems. Ted Kennedy, with all of his ideological verbosity and idealism was a rare person who at times could put aside differences and look for common solutions. Not many ever got to see that side of him, but as peers and colleagues we were able to share some of those moments. [Q285]

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]

Noam Chomsky

Unlimited economic growth has the marvelous quality of stilling discontent while maintaining privilege, a fact that has not gone unnoticed among liberal economists. [Q163]

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]

Oliver Wendell Holmes

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

David Foster Wallace

For these cultures, getting rid of the pain without addressing the deeper cause would be like shutting off a fire alarm while the fire's still going. [Q982]

Plutarch

It is part of a good man to do great and noble deeds, though he risk everything. [Q778]

Wendell Berry

Do not think me gentle because I speak in praise of gentleness, or elegant because I honor the grace that keeps this world. I am a man crude as any, gross of speech, intolerant, stubborn, angry, full of fits and furies. That I may have spoken well at times, is not natural. A wonder is what it is. [Q1341]

William Gibson

Cyberspace. A consensual hallucination experienced daily by billions of legitimate operators, in every nation, by children being taught mathematical concepts. [Q679]

Phil Jackson

Approach the game with no preset agendas and you'll probably come away surprised at your overall efforts. [Q208]

Albert Einstein

Nationalism is an infantile disease. It is the measles of mankind. [Q552]

Charles Lindbergh

If one took no chances, one would not fly at all. Safety lies in the judgment of the chances one takes. [Q1944]

Kurt Gödel

There would be no danger of an atomic war if advances in history, the science of right and of state, philosophy, psychology, literature, art, etc. were as great as in physics. But instead of such progress, one is struck by significant regresses in many of the spiritual sciences. [Q1962]

John Lennon

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

Mohandas Gandhi

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

Thomas Paine

If we do not hang together, we shall surely hang separately. [Q266]

Robert Fuller

When we're unable to stand up to put-downs, we hate those who diminish us; those who, assuming their own superiority, condescend to us or presume to know what's best for us. When we find ourselves without resources or allies, we despise those who take us for nobodies. [Q1348]

Charles-Louis de Secondat Montesquieu

If triangles made a god they would give him three sides. [Q1527]

Clarence Darrow

History repeats itself, and that's one of the things that's wrong with history. [Q1096]

Thomas Jefferson

The truth is that the want of common education with us is not from our poverty, but from the want of an orderly system. More money is now paid for the education of a part than would be paid for that of the whole if systematically arranged. [Q535]

Stephen Hawking

We are just an advanced breed of monkeys on a minor planet of a very average star. But we can understand the Universe. That makes us something very special. [Q733]

Freeman Dyson

I believe global warming is grossly exaggerated as a problem. It's a real problem, but it's nothing like as serious as people are led to believe. The idea that global warming is the most important problem facing the world is total nonsense and is doing a lot of harm. It distracts people's attention from much more serious problems. [Q1915]

Lucretius

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

Oliver Wendell Holmes

The world's great men have not commonly been great scholars, nor its great scholars great men. [Q1087]

Buckminster Fuller

Synergy means behavior of whole systems unpredicted by the behavior of their parts taken separately. [Q204]

Theodore Roosevelt

The most important single ingredient in the formula of success is knowing how to get along with people. [Q1287]

Thomas Jefferson

He who knows nothing is closer to the truth than he whose mind is filled with falsehoods and errors. [Q199]

Richard P. Feynman

For a successful technology, reality must take precedence over public relations, for Nature cannot be fooled. [Q734]

Buckminster Fuller

It's never too late for the truth. [Q133]

Meister Eckhart

Words derive their power from the original word. [Q1639]

James William

The community stagnates without the impulse of the individual. The impulse dies away without the sympathy of the community. [Q1309]

Galileo Galilei

Measure what is measurable, and make measurable what is not so. [Q450]

Bob Marley

One good thing about music, when it hits you, you feel no pain. [Q639]

Margaret Mead

I was brought up to believe that the only thing worth doing was to add to the sum of accurate information in the world. [Q949]

Dante Alighieri

O conscience, upright and stainless, how bitter a sting to thee is a little fault! [Q1512]

Yunus Emre

Ask those who know...

Ask those who know, what's this soul within the flesh? Reality's own power. What blood fills these veins?

Thought is an errand boy, fear a mine of worries. These sighs are love's clothing. Who is the Khan on the throne?

Give thanks for His unity. He created when nothing existed. And since we are actually nothing, what are possessions, houses, shops?

God sent us here to come and see the world. This world itself is not everlasting. What are all of Solomon's riches?

Ask Yunus and Taptuk what the world means to them. The world won't last. What are You? What am I

[Q1924]

Caine

You think wisdom is a flower for you to pluck. It is a mountain and it must be climbed. — Kung Fu Television Series - Season Two Episode # 23 - The Tong [Q578]

Albert Einstein

A man should look for what is, and not for what he thinks should be. [Q361]

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]

Dennis Prager

Our scientific age demands that we provide definitions, measurements, and statistics in order to be taken seriously. Yet most of the important things in life cannot be precisely defined or measured. Can we define or measure love, beauty, friendship, or decency, for example? [Q453]

Thomas Mann

Opinions cannot survive if one has no chance to fight for them. [Q1528]

Bill McCartney

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

Sinclair Lewis

When fascism comes to America, it will be wrapped in the flag and carrying the cross. — Summarization of his book It Can't Happen Here. [Q658]

Epictetus

Neither should a ship rely on one small anchor, nor should life rest on a single hope. [Q817]

Stephen Hawking

Intelligence is the ability to adapt to change. [Q728]

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]

William Gibson

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

Mary McAleese

The extent to which all people in our society are made to count, and believe that they count, is not just a measure of decency; it makes sound economic sense. [Q456]

Duke Fightmaster

You can't just put your head down and soldier on for two and a half years, at some point you have to look up and if you see you that say your wife, sidekick isn't in the audience you correct your course - Act Two, This American Life, Last Man Standing [Q1205]

Alex Todorov

There is a certain trajectory to human evolution and whether we understand it or not it will unravel in due course over the time it takes: we cannot speed it up; we can only be manifestation of it as it happens. [Q1835]

Clarence Darrow

Some of you say religion makes people happy. So does laughing gas. [Q1106]

Edward de Bono

We prefer to put our trust in evolution. This is because evolution is gradual and allows the pressure of needs, values, reactions and events to mould ideas. It allows the shaping force of criticism. Bad ideas will die. Good ideas will survive and become even better. We really like the method of evolution because it fits our traditional thinking habits. Change has its own energy and we can modify and control this by the use of our critical faculties because criticism is the basis of our thinking tradition. Evolution is also collective and seems democratic, whereas design always seems autocratic. (From the book, I am Right, you are Wrong, page 19) [Q1997]

Mohandas Gandhi

First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win. [Q563]

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]

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]

Epicurus

If God listened to the prayers of men, all men would quickly have perished: for they are forever praying for evil against one another. [Q798]

John Steinbeck

Power does not corrupt. Fear corrupts... perhaps the fear of a loss of power. [Q1371]

Murray Gell-Mann

Of course the word chaos is used in rather a vague sense by a lot of writers, but in physics it means a particular phenomenon, namely that in a nonlinear system the outcome is often indefinitely, arbitrarily sensitive to tiny changes in the initial condition. [Q980]

Václav Havel

People who live in the post-totalitarian system know only too well that the question of whether one or several political parties are in power, and how these parties define and label themselves, is of far less importance than the question of whether or not it is possible to live like a human being. [Q1781]

Margaret Mead

Always remember that you are absolutely unique. Just like everyone else. [Q1415]

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]

Confucius

To see what is right, and not to do it, is want of courage or of principle. [Q15]

Robert Pirsig

One geometry cannot be more true than another; it can only be more convenient. Geometry cannot be true, it can only be advantageous. [Q374]

Bruce Sterling

The level of ignorance is declining, and the ability to accumulate data and manipulate it for various ends is increasing. [Q1740]

Henry David Thoreau
 

However mean your life is, meet it and live it: do not shun it and call it hard names. Cultivate poverty like a garden herb, like sage. Do not trouble yourself much to get new things, whether clothes or friends. Things do not change, we change. Sell your clothes and keep your thoughts. God will see that you do want society. [Q653]

Peter Coyote

Everyone knows that our current system is kind of like legalized prostitution. The corporate sector completely controls the civic sector. [Q2044]

David Foster Wallace

This diagnosis can be done in about two lines. It doesn't engage anybody. [Q984]

Miles Davis

Do not fear mistakes. There are none. [Q2055]

Meister Eckhart

When you are thwarted, it is your own attitude that is out of order. [Q1637]

Marie Curie

Life is not easy for any of us. But what of that? We must have perseverance and above all confidence in ourselves. We must believe that we are gifted for something and that this thing must be attained. [Q329]

Meister Eckhart

A human being has so many skins inside, covering the depths of the heart. We know so many things, but we don't know ourselves! Why, thirty or forty skins or hides, as thick and hard as an ox's or bear's, cover the soul. Go into your own ground and learn to know yourself there. [Q1623]

Alberto Giacometti

In every work of art the subject is primordial, whether the artist knows it or not. The measure of the formal qualities is only a sign of the measure of the artist's obsession with his subject; the form is always in proportion to the obsession. [Q445]

Virgil

Come what may, all bad fortune is to be conquered by endurance. [Q1572]

Ralph Waldo Emerson

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

Ken Kesey

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

John D Barrow

People assume that because you have graced the same stage as the star act, in front of thousands, you must be reaping similar financial rewards. This is a complete fallacy. [Q1050]

David S. Allen

Reliance on expert knowledge does not come without cost, however. Not only does it devalue the role of the public in democracy, it also leads to the formation of powerful occupational groups that attempt to secure for themselves an area of knowledge that will insure their power. — Democracy, Inc (Page 52) [Q290]

Mustafa Kemal

Today, our most important and most productive task is the national education [unification and modernization] affairs. We have to be successful in national education affairs and we shall be. The liberation of a nation is only achieved through this way. [Q1930]

John Charles Polanyi

It is this, at its most basic, that makes science a humane pursuit; it acknowledges the commonality of people's experience. [Q380]

George S Patton

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

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