Quotations of Wisdom

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A tragedy is a representation of an action that is whole and complete and of a certain magnitude. A whole is what has a beginning and middle and end. [Q835]


Reserve your right to think, for even to think wrongly is better than not to think at all. [Q1234]

Buckminster Fuller

The youth of humanity all around our planet are intuitively revolting from all sovereignties and political ideologies. The youth of Earth are moving intuitively toward an utterly classless, raceless, omnicooperative, omniworld humanity. Children freed of the ignorantly founded educational traditions and exposed only to their spontaneously summoned, computer-stored and -distributed outflow of reliable-opinion-purged, experimentally verified data, shall indeed lead society to its happy egress from all misinformedly conceived, fearfully and legally imposed, and physically enforced customs of yesterday. They can lead all humanity into omnisuccessful survival as well as entrance into an utterly new era of human experience in an as-yet and ever-will-be fundamentally mysterious Universe. — The Wellspring of Reality [Q180]

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]

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]

Dar Williams

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

Clarence Darrow

I have suffered from being misunderstood, but I would have suffered a hell of a lot more if I had been understood. [Q1099]

Jeanne DuPrau

There is so much darkness in Ember, Lina. It's not just outside, it's inside us, too. Everyone has some darkness inside. It's like a hungry creature. It wants and wants and wants with a terrible power. And the more you give it, the bigger and hungrier it gets. — The City of Ember [Q1039]

Bob Marley

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

Ward Cunningham

With wiki, you have to trust people more than you have any reason to trust them. In 1995, it was a safer environment, don’t know if I could have launched wiki today. [Q1014]


Do not spoil what you have by desiring what you have not; remember that what you now have was once among the things you only hoped for. [Q795]

Kurt Gödel

Analysis, clarity and precision all are of great value, especially in philosophy. Just because a misapplied clarity is current or the wrong sort of precision is stressed, that is no reason to give up clarity of precision. Without precision, one cannot do anything in philosophy. [Q1966]

Herbert Simon

The engineer, and more generally the designer, is concerned with how things ought to be - how they ought to be in order to attain goals, and to function. [Q648]

Woodrow Wilson

By 'radical,' I understand one who goes too far; by 'conservative,' one who does not go far enough; by 'reactionary,' one who won't go at all. [Q743]

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]

Antonio Damasio

The autobiographical self is built on the basis of past memories and memories of the plans that we have made; it’s the lived past and the anticipated future. [Q1978]

Alexander Fleming

One sometimes finds what one is not looking for. [Q314]

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]

Scott Nesler

The world is not flat nor is an argument. [Q129]


Question everything. Learn something. Answer nothing. [Q96]

Issac Asimov

Never let your sense of morals prevent you from doing what's right. [Q1605]

Marshall McLuhan

Mass transportation is doomed to failure in North America because a person's car is the only place where he can be alone and think. [Q1465]

Jean-Luc Picard

You can commit no mistake and still lose. That is not a weakness. That is life. [Q172]

Henry Buckle

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

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]

Thomas Jefferson

May it be to the world, what I believe it will be, (to some parts sooner, to others later, but finally to all,) the signal of arousing men to burst the chains under which monkish ignorance and superstition had persuaded them to bind themselves, and to assume the blessings and security of self-government. All eyes are opened, or opening, to the rights of man. The general spread of the light of science has already laid open to every view the palpable truth, that the mass of mankind has not been born with saddles on their backs, nor a favored few booted and spurred, ready to ride them legitimately, by the grace of God. [Q542]

Henry David Thoreau

If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. [Q1614]

Paul Krugman

The Washington Post quotes an unnamed Republican adviser who compared what happened to Mr. Cain, when he suddenly found himself leading in the polls, to the proverbial tale of the dog who had better not catch that car he’s chasing. “Something great and awful happened, the dog caught the car. And of course, dogs don’t know how to drive cars. So he had no idea what to do with it.”

The same metaphor, it seems to me, might apply to the G.O.P. pursuit of the White House next year. If the dog actually catches the car — the actual job of running the U.S. government — it will have no idea what to do, because the realities of government in the 21st century bear no resemblance to the mythology all ambitious Republican politicians must pretend to believe. And what will happen then? [Q1709]


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


Men should pledge themselves to nothing; for reflection makes a liar of their resolution. [Q1255]

René Descartes

Divide each difficulty into as many parts as is feasible and necessary to resolve it. [Q1113]


No man is free who is not master of himself. [Q818]

Abraham Joshua Heschel

Racism is man's gravest threat to man - the maximum of hatred for a minimum of reason. [Q661]

Hodding Carter Jr.

There are two lasting bequests we can give our children: One is roots. The other is wings. [Q2103]

Meister Eckhart

The price of inaction is far greater than the cost of making a mistake. [Q1631]

Aldous Huxley

After silence, that which comes nearest to expressing the inexpressible is music. [Q633]

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]


I have hardly ever known a mathematician who was capable of reasoning. [Q884]

Isaac Newton

To every action there is always opposed an equal reaction. [Q370]

Scott Nesler

Never let go of your dream and don't assume someone will develop the essence of your thought. Until you see your idea in reality, keep pushing forward. [Q665]

Henry Poincaré

A sane mind should not be guilty of a logical fallacy, yet there are very fine minds incapable of following mathematical demonstrations [Q1045]

Neil deGrasse Tyson

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

George Orwell

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

René Descartes

I think; therefore I am. [Q1117]

Marie Curie

I am one of those who think like Nobel, that humanity will draw more good than evil from new discoveries. [Q327]

Ward Cunningham

Top down hierarchies make communication work when it is expensive, I hope that wiki can be a flagship in this move in the industry to produce computer support for this kind of work and evolve organizational forms. [Q1012]


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

Milton Friedman

The only relevant test of the validity of a hypothesis is comparison of prediction with experience. [Q281]

David Hume

To hate, to love, to think, to feel, to see; all this is nothing but to perceive. [Q1363]

Thomas E Mann

In addition to the decline in competition, American politics today is characterized by a growing ideological polarization between the two major political parties. [Q430]

Benjamin Franklin

Anger is never without a reason, but seldom with a good one. [Q30]

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]

Meister Eckhart

There exists only the present instant... a Now which always and without end is itself new. There is no yesterday nor any tomorrow, but only Now, as it was a thousand years ago and as it will be a thousand years hence. [Q1632]

Galileo Galilei

By denying scientific principles, one may maintain any paradox. [Q931]


Excellence is an art won by training and habituation. We do not act rightly because we have virtue or excellence, but we rather have those because we have acted rightly. We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act but a habit. [Q843]

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. [Q2059]

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]

Abraham Joshua Heschel

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


No man ever steps in the same river twice, for it's not the same river and he's not the same man. [Q918]

Walter Cronkite

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

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]


Prosperity is no just scale; adversity is the only balance to weigh friends. [Q783]

Kurt Gödel

It is a mistake to argue rather than report. This is the same mistake the positivists make: to prove everything from nothing. A large part is not to prove but to call attention to certain immediately given but not provable facts. It is futile to try to prove what is given. [Q1964]

Craig Calhoun

Science challenges authority, because knowledge is based on logic and evidence. We should not believe simply what we are taught, but should use evidence and argument. — Paraphrase from the book Classical Sociological Theory [Q1130]

Senator Paul Simon

I did not oppose closing any and all postal offices, but I believed strongly — and still believe — that small communities need encouragement, that the flight from rural areas to the cities is often not healthy either for the rural areas or the cities. [Q1727]


The essence of philosophy is that a man should so live that his happiness shall depend as little as possible on external things. [Q821]

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Enthusiasm is the mother of effort, and without it nothing great was ever achieved. [Q409]

Senator Paul Simon

With flawed understanding, I try to reach reality in religion. But I know my understanding is flawed, and that helps to avoid excessively dogmatic assertions. [Q1696]

Michel de Montaigne

We only labor to stuff the memory, and leave the conscience and the understanding unfurnished and void. [Q2102]

Thomas Jefferson

The object [of my education bill was] to bring into action that mass of talents which lies buried in poverty in every country for want of the means of development, and thus give activity to a mass of mind which in proportion to our population shall be the double or treble of what it is in most countries. [Q530]

Marvin Minsky

If you “understand' something in only one way, then you scarcely understand it at all—because when you get stuck, you'll have nowhere to go. But if you represent something in several ways, then when you get frustrated enough, you can switch among different points of view, until you find one that works for you! — The Emotion Machine, Introduction, page 6. [Q2031]

Nikola Tesla

The scientists from Franklin to Morse were clear thinkers and did not produce erroneous theories. The scientists of today think deeply instead of clearly. One must be sane to think clearly, but one can think deeply and be quite insane. [Q1675]

Krista Tippett

Moses, Jesus, Buddha, St. Francis of Assisi, Gandhi; These kind of people are geniuses of the art of living, more necessary to the dignity, security, and joy of humanity than the discoverers of objective knowledge. — TED - Reconnecting with Compassion - Paraphrasing Albert Einstein. [Q1399]

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]

Margaret Mead

Prayer does not use up artificial energy, doesn't burn up any fossil fuel, doesn't pollute. Neither does song, neither does love, neither does the dance. [Q955]

Mohandas Gandhi

A small body of determined spirits fired by an unquenchable faith in their mission can alter the course of history. [Q554]

John Steinbeck

No man really knows about other human beings. The best he can do is to suppose that they are like himself. [Q1370]

Michel de Montaigne

The ceaseless labour of your life is to build the house of death. [Q1175]

Miles Davis

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

Albert Einstein

Times such as these have always bred defeatism and despair. But there remain, nonetheless, some few among us who believe man has within him the capacity to meet and overcome even the greatest challenges of this time. If we want to avoid defeat, we must wish to know the truth and be courageous enough to act upon it. If we get to know the truth and have the courage, we need not despair. [Q1874]

George Orwell

Early in life I had noticed that no event is ever correctly reported in a newspaper. [Q1662]

Mohandas Gandhi

Constant development is the law of life, and a man who always tries to maintain his dogmas in order to appear consistent drives himself into a false position. [Q559]

Adlai Stevenson II

Only men who confuse themselves with God would dare to pretend in this anguished and bloody era that they know the exact road to the Promised Land. [Q1856]

Wendell Berry

It is wrong to condemn people for doing a thing and then offer no alternative but failure. A person could get mad about that. [Q1328]

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]


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

Buckminster Fuller

Quite clearly, our task is predominantly metaphysical, for it is how to get all of humanity to educate itself swiftly enough to generate spontaneous social behaviors that will avoid extinction. — — The Wellspring of Reality [Q177]

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]

Charles Schulz

There's a difference between a philosophy and a bumper sticker. [Q56]

Leonardo da Vinci

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

Galileo Galilei

Facts which at first seem improbable will, even on scant explanation, drop the cloak which has hidden them and stand forth in naked and simple beauty. [Q932]

Theodore Roosevelt

The most practical kind of politics is the politics of decency. [Q1288]

Ivar Giaever

Every valuable creative idea must always be logical in hindsight. Scientific papers are good examples of this; they are written in a wonderfully logical way, but the progress of real science that precedes the papers depends on hunches, accidents, imagination and luck — Prologue to Edward de Bono's, I am Right You are Wrong [Q1987]

Václav Havel

It is not true that people of high principles are ill-suited for politics. High principles have only to be accompanied by patience, consideration, a sense of measure and understanding for others. It is not true that only coldhearted, cynical, arrogant, haughty or brawling persons succeed in politics. Such people are naturally attracted by politics. In the end, however, politeness and good manners weigh more. [Q1768]


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

Galileo Galilei

It is surely harmful to souls to make it a heresy to believe what is proved. [Q945]

Adlai Stevenson

All progress has resulted from people who took unpopular positions. [Q1644]

Thomas Jefferson

Books constitute capital. A library book lasts as long as a house, for hundreds of years. It is not, then, an article of mere consumption but fairly of capital, and often in the case of professional men, setting out in life, it is their only capital. [Q1192]


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]

Charles Darwin

Ignorance more frequently begets confidence than does knowledge: it is those who know little, and not those who know much, who so positively assert that this or that problem will never be solved by science. [Q698]

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