Quotations of Wisdom

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Phil Jackson

Always keep an open mind and a compassionate heart. [Q209]

Aristotle

The one exclusive sign of thorough knowledge is the power of teaching. [Q862]

Saint Francis of Assisi

While you are proclaiming peace with your lips, be careful to have it even more fully in your heart. [Q1402]

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]

Clarence Darrow

As long as the world shall last there will be wrongs, and if no man objected and no man rebelled, those wrongs would last forever. [Q1092]

Václav Havel

We have to accept this legacy as a sin we committed against ourselves. If we accept it as such, we will understand that it is up to us all, and up to us alone to do something about it. We cannot blame the previous rulers for everything, not only because it would be untrue, but also because it would blunt the duty that each of us faces today: namely, the obligation to act independently, freely, reasonably and quickly. Let us not be mistaken: the best government in the world, the best parliament and the best president, cannot achieve much on their own. And it would be wrong to expect a general remedy from them alone. Freedom and democracy include participation and therefore responsibility from us all. [Q1789]

Václav Havel

Work for something because it is good, not just because it stands a chance to succeed. [Q1760]

Robert Bárány

The interpretation of facts in a certain way stimulates other scientists' thoughts. [Q1435]

Epicurus

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

Marshall McLuhan

Politics will eventually be replaced by imagery. The politician will be only too happy to abdicate in favor of his image, because the image will be much more powerful than he could ever be. [Q1470]

Caine

Faced with two evils, must not every man choose? [Q138]

Clarence Darrow

In spite of all the yearnings of men, no one can produce a single fact or reason to support the belief in God and in personal immortality. [Q1101]

Mohandas Gandhi

Anger and intolerance are the enemies of correct understanding. [Q558]

Scott Nesler

Can we fathom more than a subatomic point of view? [Q144]

Ramana Maharshi

The degree of freedom from unwanted thoughts and the degree of concentration on a single thought are the measures to gauge spiritual progress. [Q1041]

Napoleon Hill

Think twice before you speak, because your words and influence will plant the seed of either success or failure in the mind of another. [Q686]

Clarence Darrow

Justice has nothing to do with what goes on in a courtroom; Justice is what comes out of a courtroom. [Q1103]

Train

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]

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]

Will Rogers

When ignorance gets started it knows no bounds. [Q694]

Bob Woodward

I think journalism gets measured by the quality of information it presents, not the drama or the pyrotechnics associated with us. [Q619]

Lao Tzu

Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage. [Q1618]

Alexis de Tocqueville

I cannot help fearing that men may reach a point where they look on every new theory as a danger, every innovation as a toilsome trouble, every social advance as a first step toward revolution, and that they may absolutely refuse to move at all. [Q959]

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]

Leonardo da Vinci

Blinding ignorance does mislead us. O! Wretched mortals, open your eyes! [Q695]

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]

Wendell Berry

As soon as the generals and the politicos can predict the motions of your mind, lose it. Be like the fox who makes more tracks than necessary, some in the wrong direction. Practice resurrection. [Q1344]

Albert Einstein

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

Buckminster Fuller

Dare to be naive. [Q132]

Woodrow Wilson

The government, which was designed for the people, has got into the hands of the bosses and their employers, the special interests. An invisible empire has been set up above the forms of democracy. [Q497]

Abraham Joshua Heschel

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

Hippocrates

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

Johannes Stark

Many scientists will have to contribute to the solution of the great problem; they will have to follow up and measure all those phenomena in which the atomic structure is directly expressed. [Q449]

Walt Disney

There is more treasure in books than in all the pirate's loot on Treasure Island. [Q1193]

Titus Maccius Plautus

Modus omnibus in rebus - In everything the middle course is best, all things in excess brings contention. — Poenulus [Q1218]

Lord Henry Brougham

Education makes a people easy to lead but difficult to drive, easy to govern, but impossible to enslave. [Q1861]

Marshall McLuhan

The more the data banks record about each one of us, the less we exist. [Q1477]

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]

Mohandas Gandhi

My religion is based on truth and non-violence. Truth is my God. Non-violence is the means of realising Him. [Q567]

Todd Jealous

We do not owe allegiance to any candidate because they share our party or our color, but because they share our principles and our conscience. [Q2067]

Ward Cunningham

A wiki is like a party that doesn’t have to stop. It’s a party that doesn’t get crowded because new rooms appear when needed. It’s a timeless party where you can try each conversation over and over until you get it right. [Q1007]

Senator Paul Simon

A better-prepared workforce means higher productivity. Higher productivity results in a lower unit cost to manufacture an item. Lower costs increase the likelihood of successfully competing with products manufactured overseas. This leads to higher sales, which results in higher profits. Everyone wins-labor, management, stockholders, the government, and the dollar. [Q2061]

Christopher Hitchens

Human decency is not derived from religion. It precedes it. [Q1248]

Alexis de Tocqueville

There are two things which a democratic people will always find very difficult - to begin a war and to end it. [Q965]

Murray Gell-Mann

We are driven by the usual insatiable curiosity of the scientist, and our work is a delightful game. [Q981]

Hippocrates

Everything in excess is opposed to nature. [Q1026]

Nikola Tesla

What has the future in store for this strange being, born of a breath, of perishable tissue, yet Immortal, with his powers fearful and Divine? What magic will be wrought by him in the end? What is to be his greatest deed, his crowning achievement? [Q1684]

Václav Havel

Human beings are compelled to live within a lie, but they can be compelled to do so only because they are in fact capable of living in this way. Therefore not only does the system alienate humanity, but at the same time alienated humanity supports this system as its own involuntary masterplan, as a degenerate image of its own degeneration, as a record of people's own failure as individuals. [Q1780]

Marie Curie

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

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]

Marshall McLuhan

Everybody experiences far more than he understands. Yet it is experience, rather than understanding, that influences behavior. [Q1457]

George Carlin

They don’t want a population of citizens capable of critical thinking. They don’t want well-informed, well-educated people capable of critical thinking. They’re not interested in that. That doesn’t help them. That’s against their interests. That’s right. They don’t want people who are smart enough to sit around a kitchen table and think about how badly they’re getting f#@ked by a system that threw them overboard 30 f@#$%n’ years ago. They don’t want that. You know what they want? They want obedient workers. Obedient workers, people who are just smart enough to run the machines and do the paperwork. And just dumb enough to passively accept all these increasingly shittier jobs with the lower pay, the longer hours, the reduced benefits, the end of overtime and vanishing pension that disappears the minute you go to collect it. And now they’re coming for your Social Security money. They want your f@#$%n' retirement money. They want it back so they can give it to their criminal friends on Wall Street. And you know something? They’ll get it. [Q1642]

Plato

Ignorance, the root and stem of all evil. [Q886]

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]

Michel de Montaigne

Ignorance is the softest pillow on which a man can rest his head. [Q1172]

Jonas Salk

Our greatest responsibility is to be good ancestors. [Q487]

Neil deGrasse Tyson

When ignorance lurks, so too do the frontiers of discovery and imagination. [Q232]

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]

Plato

Wise men speak because they have something to say; Fools because they have to say something. [Q913]

Michel de Montaigne

I do not speak the minds of others except to speak my own mind better. [Q1167]

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]

Saint Augustine

Seek not to understand that you may believe, but believe that you may understand. [Q1695]

Marie Curie

There are sadistic scientists who hurry to hunt down errors instead of establishing the truth. [Q331]

Abraham Joshua Heschel

A religious man is a person who holds God and man in one thought at one time, at all times, who suffers harm done to others, whose greatest passion is compassion, whose greatest strength is love and defiance of despair. [Q659]

Harry Woodburn Chase

Our only hope of making the atom servant rather than master lies in education, in a broad education where each student within his capacity can free himself from trammels of dogmatic prejudice and apply his education accoutrement to besetting social and human problems. [Q1862]

Louis Pasteur

Science knows no country, because knowledge belongs to humanity, and is the torch which illuminates the world. Science is the highest personification of the nation because that nation will remain the first which carries the furthest the works of thought and intelligence. [Q1022]

René Descartes

The two operations of our understanding, intuition and deduction, on which alone we have said we must rely in the acquisition of knowledge. [Q1125]

Pete Seeger

I have sung for Americans of every political persuasion, and I am proud that I never refuse to sing to an audience, no matter what religion or color of their skin, or situation in life. [Q347]

Michel de Montaigne

I write to keep from going mad from the contradictions I find among mankind - and to work some of those contradictions out for myself. [Q1170]

Virgil

Mind moves matter. [Q1584]

Carl Jung

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

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]

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]

Theodore Roosevelt

The best executive is one who has sense enough to pick good people to do what he wants done, and self-restraint enough to keep from meddling with them while they do it. [Q1286]

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]

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]

Napoleon Hill

Cherish your visions and your dreams as they are the children of your soul, the blueprints of your ultimate achievements. [Q682]

Alexis de Tocqueville

As one digs deeper into the national character of the Americans, one sees that they have sought the value of everything in this world only in the answer to this single question: how much money will it bring in? [Q957]

Ibni Sina

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

Stephen Hawking

It is not clear that intelligence has any long-term survival value. [Q730]

Napoleon Hill

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

Stephen Hawking

One cannot really argue with a mathematical theorem. [Q731]

Jerry Garcia

He used to be a gambling man just like you until he sank so low that there was nothing that no one could do. &mdash Old & In The Way – The Hobo Song [Q2069]

Albert Einstein

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

Herman Hesse

In Germany I have been acknowledged again since the fall of Hitler, but my works, partly suppressed by the Nazis and partly destroyed by the war; have not yet been republished there. [Q996]

Senator Paul Simon

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

Stephen Jay Gould

Nothing is more dangerous than a dogmatic worldview - nothing more constraining, more blinding to innovation, more destructive of openness to novelty. [Q1807]

Simon and Garfunkel

People talking without speaking. People hearing without listening. People writing songs that voices never share. And no one dared disturb the sound of silence. — The Sound of Silence [Q575]

Voltaire

Every man is guilty of all the good he did not do. [Q63]

Galileo Galilei

I think that in the discussion of natural problems we ought to begin not with the Scriptures, but with experiments, and demonstrations. [Q935]

David Hume

The advantages found in history seem to be of three kinds, as it amuses the fancy, as it improves the understanding, and as it strengthens virtue. [Q1360]

Adlai Stevenson

We travel together, passengers on a little spaceship, dependent on it's vulnerable reserves of air and soil, all committed, for our safety, to it's security and peace. Preserved from annihilation only by the care, the work and the love we give our fragile craft. [Q1656]

Scott Nesler

I would like to think we're all placed on this planet with the task to do good. Each one of us is given the opportunity to achieve the success of Budda, Plato, Jesus Christ, Michelangelo, Galileo, Benjamin Franklin, Albert Einstein, or Jimmy Wales. [Q1178]

Cesar Chavez

If you really want to make a friend, go to someone's house and eat with him... the people who give you their food give you their heart. [Q2073]

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]

Buckminster Fuller

The earth is like a spaceship that didn't come with an operating manual. [Q113]

Aristotle

Youth is easily deceived because it is quick to hope. [Q870]

Thomas Paine

When men yield up the privilege of thinking, the last shadow of liberty quits the horizon. [Q280]

Swami Vivekananda

Take up one idea. Make that one idea your life - think of it, dream of it, live on idea. Let the brain, muscles, nerves, every part of your body, be full of that idea, and just leave every other idea alone. This is the way to success. [Q1140]

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