Quotations of Wisdom

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Thomas Jefferson

The less wealthy people,... by the bill for a general education, would be qualified to understand their rights, to maintain them, and to exercise with intelligence their parts in self-government; and all this would be effected without the violation of a single natural right of any one individual citizen. [Q533]

Václav Havel

A year ago, we all were united in the joy over having broken free of totalitarianism. Today we all are made somewhat nervous by the burden of freedom. Our society is still in a state of shock. This shock could have been expected, but none of us expected it to be so profound. The old system collapsed, and a new one so far has not been built. Our social life is marked by a subliminal uncertainty over what kind of system we are going to build, how to build it, and whether we are able to build it at all. [Q1795]

Senator Paul Simon

Freedom in a community dies a little when public officials are willing to take money for votes or favors; freedom is diminished when school boards and city councils hold secret meetings, keeping out the public who elected them; freedom is eroded when law enforcement officials want to stop crime by using methods that violate freedoms given to us in our Constitution; freedom suffers a defeat when a teacher or a member of the clergy or anyone in a community is not permitted to express an unpopular opinion. And freedom is set back when any citizen does not have an equal opportunity for a job. Because the battle will always go on, there must be citizens who are willing to match each defeat with a victory. [Q1897]

Dorothy Parker

You can lead a horticulture but you can't make her think. [Q2030]

Senator Paul Simon

The media often determine priorities for policymakers. If an issue gets big play it captures the attention of those who determine the course of a community, state, or nation; first, because the issue is in the news, it creates public attention and frequently concern; and second, because those in public life know that the oxygen of political survival is attention from the media, and the seldom expressed but widely understood maxim for officeholders is "If they're covering it, I'll comment on it." [Q1733]

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]

Franklin Roosevelt

Theirs were not the gods of things as they were, but of the gods of things as they ought to be. — Speaking of Thomas Jefferson. — Monticello - Studio 360 [Q1147]

Meister Eckhart

What a man takes in by contemplation, that he pours out in love. [Q1635]

John Steinbeck

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

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]

Albert Einstein

May the conscience and the common sense of the peoples be awakened, so that we may reach a new stage in the life of nations, where people will look back on war as an incomprehensible aberration of their forefathers! [Q583]

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]

Lenny Bruce

The liberals can understand everything but people who don't understand them. [Q336]

Václav Havel

The history of the human race has generated several papers articulating basic moral imperatives, or fundamental principles, of human coexistence that — maybe in association with concurring historical events — substantially influenced the fate of humanity on this planet. Among these historic documents, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights — adopted fifty years ago today — holds a very special, indeed, unique position. It is the first code of ethical conduct that was not a product of one culture, or one sphere of civilization only, but a universal creation, shaped and subscribed to by representatives of all humankind. Since its very inception, the Declaration has thus represented a planetary, or global commitment, a global intention, a global guideline. For this reason alone, this exceptional document — conceived as a result of a profound human self-reflection in the wake of the horrors of World War II, and retaining its relevance ever since — deserves to be remembered today. [Q1769]

Senator Paul Simon

There are times when right is right and wrong is wrong — when you have to stand up, even though it may be unpopular. Had Lincoln taken a poll, he never would have issued his then unpopular Emancipation Proclamation. [Q1894]

Oscar Wilde

The difference between literature and journalism is that journalism is unreadable and literature is not read. [Q624]

Woody Guthrie

Life has got a habit of not standing hitched. You got to ride it like you find it. You got to change with it. If a day goes by that don't change some of your old notions for new ones, that is just about like trying to milk a dead cow. [Q355]

The Jungle
 

It was all so painfully obvious to Jurgis! It was so incomprehensible how a man could fail to see it! Here were all the opportunities of the country, the land, and the buildings upon the land, the railroads, the mines, the factories, and the stores, all in the hands of a few private individuals, called capitalists, for whom the people were obliged to work for wages. The whole balance of what the people produced went to heap up the fortunes of these capitalists, to heap, and heap again, and yet again – and that in spite of the fact that they, and every one about them, lived in unthinkable luxury! And was it not plain that if the people cut off the share of those who merely "owned," the share of those who worked would be much greater? That was as plain as two and two makes four; and it was the whole of it, absolutely the whole of it; and yet there were people who could not see it, who would argue about everything else in the world. They would tell you that governments could not manage things as economically as private individuals; they would repeat and repeat that, and think they were saying something! They could not see that "economical" management by masters meant simply that they, the people, were worked harder and ground closer and paid less! They were wage-earners and servants, at the mercy of exploiters whose one thought was to get as much out of them as possible; and they were taking an interest in the process, were anxious lest it should not be done thoroughly enough! Was it not honestly a trial to listen to an argument such as that? - Chapter 30 - Page 387 of 428 - Published 1906 [Q1901]

Typical Father

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

Marshall McLuhan

Affluence creates poverty. [Q1447]

Eoghan Harris

Factualism is fancy foreplay, it rarely penetrates the truth. Factualism is media masturbation. [Q140]

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]

Charles Kuralt

I think all those people I did stories about measured their own success by the joy their work was giving them. [Q477]

Kurt Gödel

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

Winston Churchill

History is written by the victors. [Q90]

Senator Paul Simon

The words of Jesus about helping the hungry, the naked, those in prison, and others desperate seem to me to ring true and are so contrary to the actions taken over the centuries by so many in the name of Jesus. [Q1700]

Benjamin Franklin

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

Jeremy Bentham

As to the evil which results from a censorship, it is impossible to measure it, for it is impossible to tell where it ends. [Q435]

Kathryn Schulz

Most of us will do anything to avoid being wrong. But what if we're wrong about that? [Q1398]

Tupac Shakur

I'm a reflection of the community. [Q1308]

Carl Jung

The healthy man does not torture others - generally it is the tortured who turn into torturers. [Q258]

Swami Vivekananda

You have to grow from the inside out. None can teach you, none can make you spiritual. There is no other teacher but your own soul. [Q1146]

Italo Calvino

The inferno of the living is not something that will be; if there is one, it is what is already here, the inferno where we live every day, that we form by being together. There are two ways to escape suffering it. The first is easy for many: accept the inferno and become such a part of it that you can no longer see it. The second is risky and demands constant vigilance and apprehension: seek and learn to recognize who and what, in the midst of the inferno, are not inferno, then make them endure, give them space. — Invisible Cities [Q389]

John Steinbeck

It has always seemed strange to me... the things we admire in men, kindness and generosity, openness, honesty, understanding and feeling, are the concomitants of failure in our system. And those traits we detest, sharpness, greed, acquisitiveness, meanness, egotism and self-interest, are the traits of success. And while men admire the quality of the first they love the produce of the second. [Q1369]

Henry David Thoreau

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

John C Calhoun

A power has risen up in the government greater than the people themselves, consisting of many and various and powerful interests, combined into one mass, and held together by the cohesive power of the vast surplus in the banks. [Q751]

Ralph Waldo Emerson

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

Henry R. Luce

I became a journalist to come as close as possible to the heart of the world. [Q476]

Benjamin Franklin

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

Richard P. Feynman

If I could explain it to the average person, I wouldn't have been worth the Nobel Prize. [Q976]

Robert Fuller

Anger congeals to hate when people fear domination and experience the indignity of being discounted. No one, conservative or progressive, likes being taken for a nobody. Hatred takes root when fears remain unaddressed and dignity is disregarded. Imagined indignities can feel as injurious as real ones, and suffice to incite people to commit mayhem and murder. [Q1346]

Alexander Fleming

When I woke up just after dawn on September 28, 1928, I certainly didn't plan to revolutionize all medicine by discovering the world's first antibiotic, or bacteria killer. But I guess that was exactly what I did. [Q312]

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]

Václav Havel

The real test of a man is not how well he plays the role he has invented for himself, but how well he plays the role that destiny assigned to him. [Q1774]

Ward Cunningham

There is a programming smell here… which is kind of like the smell in your refrigerator, you know. There's a sign that there's something wrong, but you can't quite put your finger on it. But you know if you leave it there, its only going to get worse. [Q221]

Galileo Galilei

It vexes me when they would constrain science by the authority of the Scriptures, and yet do not consider themselves bound to answer reason and experiment. [Q939]

Plato

The good is the beautiful. [Q898]

Julia Robinson

We aren't pushing a particular agenda, but we're opening a dialogue on how we need to be doing something different. We think it is positive to talk about ideas. We selected the university to do that because the university is intended to be a place where you can debate ideas without being polarized. [Q1643]

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]

J. Robert Oppenheimer

No man should escape our universities without knowing how little he knows. [Q321]

Jack Kerouac

Offer them what they secretly want and they of course immediately become panic-stricken. [Q2099]

David Lynch

Absurdity is what I like most in life, and there's humor in struggling in ignorance. If you saw a man repeatedly running into a wall until he was a bloody pulp, after a while it would make you laugh because it becomes absurd. [Q708]

Socrates

I am the wisest man alive, for I know one thing, and that is that I know nothing. [Q761]

Marshall McLuhan

We become what we behold. We shape our tools and then our tools shape us. [Q1486]

Tracy Chapman

Truth is Divinity — From the lyrics of "Heaven's Here on Earth, Album New Beginning" [Q1490]

Marshall McLuhan

As the unity of the modern world becomes increasingly a technological rather than a social affair, the techniques of the arts provide the most valuable means of insight into the real direction of our own collective purposes. [Q1455]

Gabrielle Gifford

For example, we're on Sarah Palin's targeted list, but the thing is, that the way that she has it depicted has the crosshairs of a gun sight over our district. When people do that, they have to realize that there are consequences to that action. [Q1261]

Woodrow Wilson

Let me inside the government and I will tell you what is going on there. [Q2027]

Master Kan

Remember always that a wise man walks with his head bowed; humble like the dust. — Kung Fu television series 1972 [Q513]

Thomas Jefferson

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

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]

Steven Weinberg

An expert is a person who avoids the small errors while sweeping on to the grand fallacy. [Q1047]

Margaret Sanger

No woman can call herself free who does not own and control her body. No woman can call herself free until she can choose consciously whether she will or will not be a mother. [Q1668]

Leo Tolstoy

The two most powerful warriors are patience and time. [Q1061]

Edgar Allan Poe

The boundaries which divide Life from Death are at best shadowy and vague. Who shall say where the one ends, and where the other begins? [Q2038]

Aristotle

Suffering becomes beautiful when anyone bears great calamities with cheerfulness, not through insensibility but through greatness of mind. [Q858]

Marshall McLuhan

Art at its most significant is a Distant Early Warning System that can always be relied on to tell the old culture what is beginning to happen to it. [Q1453]

Eduardo Galeano

I am astonished each time I come to the U.S. by the ignorance of a high percentage of the population, which knows almost nothing about Latin America or about the world. It's quite blind and deaf to anything that may happen outside the frontiers of the U.S. [Q717]

Richard M Nixon

We do not learn by inference and deduction and the application of mathematics to philosophy, but by direct intercourse and sympathy. [Q309]

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]

Aristotle

Homer has taught all other poets the art of telling lies skillfully. [Q845]

Mark Twain

A lie can travel halfway around the world while the truth is putting on its shoes. [Q1278]

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Our best thoughts come from others. [Q416]

René Descartes

Each problem that I solved became a rule, which served afterwards to solve other problems. [Q1114]

Ovid

Let your hook always be cast. In the pool where you least expect it, there will be fish. [Q671]

Carl Sagan

We have also arranged things so that almost no one understands science and technology. This is a prescription for disaster. We might get away with it for a while, but sooner or later this combustible mixture of ignorance and power is going to blow up in our faces. [Q230]

Erwin Schrödinger

The world is given to me only once, not one existing and one perceived. Subject and object are only one. The barrier between them cannot be said to have broken down as a result of recent experience in the physical sciences, for this barrier does not exist. [Q1437]

Ken Robinson
 

If a man speaks his mind in a forest, and no woman hears him, is he still wrong? [Q1951]

Sarah's Key

Sometimes our own stories are the ones we can never tell. But if a story isn't told it becomes something else; forgotten. [Q1878]

Plato

Excess generally causes reaction, and produces a change in the opposite direction, whether it be in the seasons, or in individuals, or in governments. [Q881]

Virgil

The world cares very little about what a man or woman knows; it is what a man or woman is able to do that counts. [Q1589]

Comte de Lautréamont

Arithmetic! Algebra! Geometry! Grandiose trinity! Luminous triangle! Whoever has not known you is without sense! [Q260]

Ward Cunningham

Wiki helped define the category of social software. [Q1016]

Scott Nesler

What is at conflict is an inner turmoil preventing the expression of a personal oppression. The media thrust conflict upon us and we gravitate to it as it is our own. We must see the tangency of these arguments and utilize them to express a broader solution. [Q1303]

Gregor Mendel

My scientific studies have afforded me great gratification; and I am convinced that it will not be long before the whole world acknowledges the results of my work. [Q1429]

Franklin Roosevelt

It is common sense to take a method and try it; if it fails, admit it frankly and try another. But above all, try something. [Q359]

George McGovern

Let the opposition collect their $10 million in secret money from the privileged few and let us find one million ordinary Americans who will contribute $25 each to this campaign, a Million Member Club with members who will not expect special favors for themselves but a better land for us all. — 1972 Democratic Convention, Miami Florida [Q2026]

Bruce Sterling

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

Brian Kernigan

Controlling complexity is the essence of computer programming. [Q673]

Alan Guth

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

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]

Václav Havel

I have had direct experience of this myself. Often, what the press wrote, or did not write, about a remark I made somewhere proved to be of a far greater consequence than the remark itself. Democratic choice in such cases ceases to be a choice between alternatives people are familiar with, and have personally tried, and becomes a choice between alternatives offered by those who run the media. [Q1798]

René Descartes

I hope that posterity will judge me kindly, not only as to the things which I have explained, but also to those which I have intentionally omitted so as to leave to others the pleasure of discovery. [Q1116]

Orison Swett Marden

You cannot measure a man by his failures. You must know what use he makes of them. What did they mean to him. What did he get out of them. [Q467]

Herbert Hoover

It is a paradox that every dictator has climbed to power on the ladder of free speech. Immediately on attaining power each dictator has suppressed all free speech except his own. [Q997]

Democritus

By desiring little, a poor man makes himself rich. [Q1163]

Adlai III Stevenson

The small daughter of a famous divine was busy with her crayon and pencil, and her mother asked her whose picture she was drawing. "God's," she replied. "But, dear, nobody knows how He looks," her mother admonished. "They will when I'm finished," said the child. [Q1841]

Michel de Montaigne

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

Adlai Stevenson III

While informative news programs often supported by foundations can be found on PBS, C-Span, BBC World and a few cable channels, television leaves most Americans uninformed or misinformed about public issues even as the world becomes a more complex and volatile place, the complexities of issues ever larger, requiring conscientious reporting, interpretation and honest gate keepers. [Q1858]

Bible - Timothy 6:6

But godliness with contentment is great gain. [Q916]

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