Quotations of Wisdom

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John Maynard Keynes

Ideas shape the course of history. [Q94]

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]

Nikola Tesla

What we now want most is closer contact and better understanding between individuals and communities all over the earth and the elimination of that fanatic devotion to exalted ideals of national egoism and pride, which is always prone to plunge the world into primeval barbarism and strife. No league or parliamentary act of any kind will ever prevent such a calamity. These are only new devices for putting the weak at the mercy of the strong. [Q1686]

Edward Kennedy

Some men see things as they are and say ‘why?’. I dream things that never were and say ‘why not? — In eulogy to his brother Robert Kennedy. [Q205]

Bob Woodward

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


From a single action, you draw an entire universe. Could you not see I had nothing to protect? — Kung Fu television series 1972 [Q519]

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]

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]

John Steinbeck

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

Thomas Paine

We have it in our power to begin the world over again. [Q279]

Marie Curie

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


Unless we place our religion and our treasure in the same thing, religion will always be sacrificed. [Q826]

Theodore Roosevelt

Far and away the best prize that life has to offer is the chance to work hard at work worth doing. [Q1282]

Scott Nesler

Democracy requires civility, not a donation. [Q1601]

Dmitri Mendeleev

It is the function of science to discover the existence of a general reign of order in nature and to find the causes governing this order. And this refers in equal measure to the relations of man - social and political - and to the entire universe as a whole. [Q446]


Don't take life too seriously. Noone gets out alive. [Q1066]


Whenever a doctor cannot do good, he must be kept from doing harm. [Q1035]

Thor Heyerdahl

Civilization grew in the beginning from the minute that we had communication - particularly communication by sea that enabled people to get inspiration and ideas from each other and to exchange basic raw materials. [Q1532]

Benjamin Franklin

Thinking aloud is a habit which is responsible for most of mankind's misery. — HBO Mini Series John Adams [Q1112]

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]


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

Theodore Roosevelt

I am a part of everything that I have read. [Q504]

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]


I never did anything worth doing by accident, nor did any of my inventions come by accident; they came by work. [Q885]

Oliver Wendell Holmes

Most people are willing to take the Sermon on the Mount as a flag to sail under, but few will use it as a rudder by which to steer. [Q1079]

Hiram Johnson

The first casualty of war is truth. [Q1860]

Clarence Darrow

The world is made up for the most part of morons and natural tyrants, sure of themselves, strong in their own opinions, never doubting anything. [Q1109]


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

John Steinbeck

Ideas are like rabbits. You get a couple and learn how to handle them, and pretty soon you have a dozen. [Q1368]

Albert Einstein

Equations are more important to me, because politics is for the present, but an equation is something for eternity. [Q428]

William Howard Taft

Don't worry over what the newspapers say. I don't. Why should anyone else? I told the truth to the newspaper correspondents - but when you tell the truth to them they are at sea. [Q1214]

Adlai Stevenson III

The air waves are in the public domain; but the government increasingly represents the private domain. [Q1859]

Albert Einstein

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

Herbert Simon

What information consumes is rather obvious: it consumes the attention of its recipients. Hence a wealth of information creates a poverty of attention, and a need to allocate that attention efficiently among the overabundance of information sources that might consume it. [Q641]

Robert Pirsig

The truth knocks on your door and you say, go away I'm looking for the truth, and it goes away. Puzzling. [Q373]

David Hume

Belief is nothing but a more vivid, lively, forcible, firm, steady conception of an object, than what the imagination alone is ever able to attain. [Q1355]

Dante Alighieri

Consider your origins: you were not made to live as brutes, but to follow virtue and knowledge. [Q1508]

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]

Carl Sagan

Science and learning in general would preserve the privileged few, the vast population of the city had not the vaguest notion of the great discoveries being made within these walls ... The discovery in mechanics, say, or steam technology, many were applied to the perfection of weapons, to the encouragement of superstition, to the amusement of kings. Scientist never seemed to grasp the enormous potential of machines to free people from arduous and repetitive labor. The great intellectual achievements of antiquity had few practical applications. Science never captured the imagination of the multitude. There was no counter balance to stagnation, pessimism, the most abject surrender to mysticism. So when, at long last the mob came to burn the place down, there was noone to stop them. — Cosmos - (The fall of the of the great library of Alexandria) [Q1233]

George Washington

Overgrown military establishments are under any form of government inauspicious to liberty, and are to be regarded as particularly hostile to Republican liberty. — His Farewell Address, 1796 [Q1867]

Thomas Jefferson

Never spend your money before you have it. [Q201]

David Hume

Everything in the world is purchased by labor. [Q1357]

Mohandas Gandhi

I object to violence because when it appears to do good, the good is only temporary; the evil it does is permanent. [Q66]

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]

Tracy Chapman

We are the spirit the collective conscience. — From the lyrics of "Heaven's Here on Earth, Album New Beginning" [Q1493]

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]

Thomas Jefferson

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

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]

Jesse Jackson

No one should negotiate their dreams. Dreams must be free to fly high. No government, no legislature, has a right to limit your dreams. You should never agree to surrender your dreams. [Q1551]

Micheal Kinsley

In any event, the proper question isn't what a journalist thinks is relevant but what his or her audience thinks is relevant. Denying people information they would find useful because you think they shouldn't find it useful is censorship, not journalism. [Q621]


Perhaps the day may come when we shall remember these sufferings with joy. [Q1586]

Noam Chomsky

Either you repeat the same conventional doctrines everybody is saying, or else you say something true, and it will sound like it's from Neptune. [Q154]

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]

Buckminster Fuller

I just invent, then wait until man comes around to needing what I've invented. [Q108]

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]

Henry David Thoreau

There are a thousand hacking at the branches of evil to one who is striking at the root. [Q1904]

Stephen Jay Gould

The most erroneous stories are those we think we know best - and therefore never scrutinize or question. [Q1809]


When there is an income tax, the just man will pay more and the unjust less on the same amount of income. [Q912]

Miles Davis and Dizzy Gillispie

(MD) Why can't I play like you? (DG) Because you don't hear it that way. [Q17]


The time when most of you should withdraw into yourself is when you are forced to be in a crowd. [Q806]


Justice in the life and conduct of the State is possible only as first it resides in the hearts and souls of the citizens. [Q887]


There is no such thing as justice in the abstract; it is merely a compact between men. [Q807]

Dante Alighieri

He listens well who takes notes. [Q1509]


Inferiors revolt in order that they may be equal, and equals that they may be superior. Such is the state of mind which creates revolutions. [Q850]

Richard P. Feynman

It is in the admission of ignorance and the admission of uncertainty that there is a hope for the continuous motion of human beings in some direction that doesn't get confined, permanently blocked, as it has so many times before in various periods in the history of man. [Q735]

David Schweickart

In Capitalist societies ordinary people are deemed competent enough to select their political leaders-but not their bosses. Contemporary capitalism celebrates democracy, yet denies us our democratic rights at precisely the point where they might be utilized most immediately and concretely: at the place where we spend most of the active and alert hours of our adult lives. [Q2070]

Louis Pasteur

When I approach a child, he inspires in me two sentiments; tenderness for what he is, and respect for what he may become. [Q1023]

Scott Nesler

The lack of a common language is a barrier. Even with the same dialect, each technology contains its own obtrusive jargon. Joining together a diverse group in a common language requires time and resources which many are not motivated to provide. [Q378]

Donald Norman

I think there is a tendency in science to measure what is measurable and to decide that what you cannot measure must be uninteresting. [Q442]

Marshall McLuhan

Diaper backward spells repaid. Think about it. [Q1456]

Alexander Fleming

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

Thomas Jefferson

I hope we shall… crush in its birth the aristocracy of our moneyed corporations, which dare already to challenge our government to a trial of strength and bid defiance to the laws of our country. — wrote Jefferson (to George Logan, 1816. FE 10:69) [Q304]

Senator Paul Simon

The Illinois State Journal some time ago carried an editorial titled 'The Right to Know' suggesting Illinois enact a law similar to one in California requiring actions and deliberations of government bodies of that state be conducted in public ... I stressed over and over that the public had the right to know what decisions a public body reached and how they reached it. [Q1721]

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]

Jared Diamond

We study the injustices of history for the same reason that we study genocide, and for the same reason that psychologists study the minds of murderers and rapists... to understand how those evil things came about. [Q2019]


We are not to give credit to the many, who say that none ought to be educated but the free; but rather to the philosophers, who say that the well-educated alone are free. [Q827]

Samuel Adams

He who is void of virtuous attachments in private life is, or very soon will be, void of all regard for his country. There is seldom an instance of a man guilty of betraying his country, who had not before lost the feeling of moral obligations in his private connections. [Q2101]

Agile Programming as described on Wikipedia

There are many specific agile development methods. Most promote development iterations, teamwork, collaboration, and process adaptability throughout the life-cycle of the project. [Q249]

Typical Father

If you're not part of the solution, you're part of the problem. [Q185]

Margaret Mead

I have a respect for manners as such, they are a way of dealing with people you don't agree with or like. [Q1420]

Walter Kirn

Literally, while I was writing, the town eccentrics were looking over my shoulder, asking about what I was writing, listening to my explanations, offering their two cents. It had gotten around town pretty quickly that what Walter was doing inside his house could be viewed easily on a computer. I thought, 'This is more interactivity than I can stand!' But it was interesting too. [Q1267]

Milton S Hershey

One is only happy in proportion as he makes others feel happy and only useful as he contributes his influences for the finer callings in life. [Q1391]

Anna Quindlen

Ignorant free speech often works against the speaker. That is one of several reasons why it must be given rein instead of suppressed. [Q995]

Mustafa Kemal

To the women: Win for us the battle of education and you will do yet more for your country than we have been able to do. It is to you that I appeal.

To the men: If henceforward the women do not share in the social life of the nation, we shall never attain to our full development. We shall remain irremediably backward, incapable of treating on equal terms with the civilizations of the West.


George Taylor

If this is the best they've got around here, in six months we'll be running this planet. [Q1603]

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]

Coretta Scott King

Hate is too great a burden to bear. It injures the hater more than it injures the hated. [Q38]

Ward Cunningham

I can’t tell you how much time is spent worrying about decisions that don’t matter. To just be able to make a decision and see what happens is tremendously empowering, but that means you have to set up the situation such that when something does go wrong, you can fix it. [Q1006]


What each man feared would happen to himself, did not trouble him when he saw that it would ruin another. [Q1592]

Bell Hooks

I will not have my life narrowed down. I will not bow down to somebody else's whim or to someone else's ignorance. [Q710]

Ralph Waldo Emerson

People seem not to see that their opinion of the world is also a confession of character. [Q418]

Leo Tolstoy

The changes in our life must come from the impossibility to live otherwise than according to the demands of our conscience not from our mental resolution to try a new form of life. [Q1256]

Thurgood Marshall

What is the quality of your intent? [Q758]

Jonas Salk

Neither wisdom nor good will is now dominant. Hope lies in dreams, in imagination and in the courage of those who dare to make dreams into reality. [Q486]

Graham Nelson

Writing a really general parser is a major but different undertaking, by far the hardest points being sensitivity to context and resolution of ambiguity. [Q1260]

Václav Havel

We had all become used to the totalitarian system and accepted it as an unchangeable fact and thus helped to perpetuate it. In other words, we are all — though naturally to differing extents — responsible for the operation of the totalitarian machinery. None of us is just its victim. We are all also its co-creators. [Q1788]

Theodore Roosevelt

It is essential that there should be organization of labor. This is an era of organization. Capital organizes and therefore labor must organize. [Q1283]

Louis Pasteur

Let me tell you the secret that has led me to my goal. My strength lies solely in my tenacity. [Q1021]

Charles Lindbergh

Decades spent in contact with science and its vehicles have directed my mind and senses to areas beyond their reach. I now see scientific accomplishments as a path, not an end; a path leading to and disappearing in mystery. [Q1941]

J. Robert Oppenheimer

When you see something that is technically sweet, you go ahead and do it and you argue about what to do about it only after you have had your technical success. That is the way it was with the atomic bomb. [Q323]

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