Quotations of Wisdom

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Issac Asimov

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

Ralph Waldo Emerson

We but half express ourselves, and are ashamed of that divine idea which each of us represents. [Q471]

Caine

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

Lucretius

What is food to one man is bitter poison to others. [Q1568]

Charles Dudley Warner

It is fortunate that each generation does not comprehend its own ignorance. We are thus enabled to call our ancestors barbarous. [Q722]

Senator Paul Simon

Paul Simon on Newt Gingrich, "When Newt is good he is very, very good and when he is bad, he is horrid." [Q1729]

Matt Drudge

I didn't go to the right schools, didn't come from a well-known family, nor was I even remotely connected to a powerful publishing dynasty. [Q1196]

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]

Epictetus

There is only one way to happiness and that is to cease worrying about things which are beyond the power of our will. [Q824]

Oscar Wilde

Man is a rational animal who always loses his temper when called upon to act in accordance with the dictates of reason. [Q287]

Theodore Roosevelt

A man who is good enough to shed his blood for the country is good enough to be given a square deal afterwards. [Q1279]

Hippocrates

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

Lucretius

Pleasant it is, when over a great sea the winds trouble the waters, to gaze from shore upon another's great tribulation; not because any man's troubles are a delectable joy, but because to perceive you are free of them yourself is pleasant. [Q1561]

Neil deGrasse Tyson

After all, what nobler thought can one cherish than that the universe lives within us all? [Q231]

Anne Lamott

You can safely assume that you've created God in your own image when it turns out that God hates all the same people you do. [Q42]

Mitch Smith

I point to popular dichotomies as falsifications – the true vectors lie elsewhere. So you can’t say “Republican Vs Democrat” that’s a false dichotomy based on mistaken perception of the underlying structure of policy. When you strip that away, the true dichotomy is revealed – Empathy vs Apathy – and it exists all the way across the false map. Similar is Capital Vs Labour – there would be no labour as we know it without currency(capital) – just as there is no such thing as cold – there is only heat. [Q1983]

Senator Paul Simon

... the rigidity and piousness and the unwillingness to face fundamental facts by some of the pro-life people offends me. If our aim is to stop abortion, then we should be encouraging family planning and sex education, both of which reduces the abortion rate, but many in their ranks oppose the measures. They say that sex education in the public schools will require that certain moral judgements have to made in the process, and even teaching about this as a mechanistic amoral process involves teaching choices. There is truth to that, so are their churches providing sex education classes? With rare exceptions the answer is no.

Jeanne and I once made our home available for a teenager so that she could carry a baby to term, and a family in California then adopted the baby. How many of the pro-life zealots have done something practical like that, something more difficult than carrying signs and booing those who you disagree?

[Q1828]

George S Patton

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

Virgil

Confidence cannot find a place wherein to rest in safety. [Q1573]

Óscar Romero

If God accepts the sacrifice of my life, may my death be for the freedom of my people ... A bishop will die, but the Church of God, which is the people, will never perish. [Q1072]

Jack Kerouac

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

Tammy Faye Bakker

If you're asking God for a Winnebago, you may as well tell him what color. [Q1523]

Michel de Montaigne

Nothing is so firmly believed as what we least know. [Q2018]

Andy Kaufman

I just want real reactions. I want people to laugh from the gut, be sad from the gut-or get angry from the gut. [Q234]

Václav Havel

There's always something suspect about an intellectual on the winning side. [Q1757]

Nikola Tesla

To conquer by sheer force is becoming harder and harder every day. Defensive is getting continuously the advantage of offensive, as we progress in the satanic science of destruction. [Q1681]

Theodore Roosevelt

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

Paul Douglas

Just remember this, Paul, the substantial things you do in public life receive very little attention, but the trivial receive attention. You introduce your resolution and then I will introduce it here. Our names will be in every newspaper in the state. It won't pass, but no one will be angry with us, and you will have done something to survive the politics. (In a conversation with Paul Simon about a legislative bill to make the corn tassel the national flower in Illinois) [Q1813]

Buckminster Fuller

People should think things out fresh and not just accept conventional terms and the conventional way of doing things. [Q111]

King of Jordan Hussein I

Let me say this loud and clear. There is a world of difference between terrorist acts and the Islamic Shari'a. Islam is not only a religion, but a way of life. And at its heart lie the sacred principles of tolerance and dialogue. [Q1498]

Edward Thorndike

Psychology helps to measure the probability that an aim is attainable. [Q454]

John Maynard Keynes

Words ought to be a little wild, for they are the assaults of thoughts on the unthinking. [Q37]

Václav Havel

Even a purely moral act that has no hope of any immediate and visible political effect can gradually and indirectly, over time, gain in political significance. [Q1742]

Bruce Sterling

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

Buckminster Fuller

I see what has to be done and noone is attending to then I dedicate my self to doing it. As soon as I see someone doing what I'm doing, I walk away from it. All that matter is that it is being attended to. [Q131]

Euripides

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

Carl Sagan

Where we have strong emotions, we're liable to fool ourselves. [Q630]

Michael Sandel
 

One thing the world needs, one thing this country desperately needs is a better way of conducting our political debates. We need to rediscover the lost art of democratic argument. [Q1950]

Epicurus

Not what we have, but what we enjoy constitutes our abundance. [Q802]

Charles Lindbergh

To a person in love, the value of the individual is intuitively known. Love needs no logic for its mission. [Q1933]

Jesse Jackson

It is time for us to turn to each other, not on each other. [Q1550]

Pythagoras

Do not talk a little on many subjects, but much on a few. [Q925]

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]

Aristotle

Every art and every inquiry, and similarly every action and choice, is thought to aim at some good; and for this reason the good has rightly been declared to be that at which all things aim. [Q842]

Adlai Stevenson II

This is one of those intervals in our history when the press, money, business, and government have coalesced. These are important forces in our national life, and as the tendency to concentration of power and influence grows, the power of coercion grows, too... We see dissent and criticism diminishing. And conformity is always the easiest way. [Q1850]

Thomas Paine

A long habit of not thinking a thing wrong gives it a superficial appearance of being right. [Q261]

David Hume

It's when we start working together that the real healing takes place... it's when we start spilling our sweat, and not our blood. [Q1358]

Woodrow Wilson

There can be no equality or opportunity if men and women and children be not shielded in their lives from the consequences of great industrial and social processes which they cannot alter, control, or singly cope with. [Q749]

Master Kan

If we have the wisdom to learn, all may teach us their virtues. — Kung Fu television series 1972 [Q517]

Edward de Bono

The sheer ability of journalist to comprehend different fields is usually limited, so they have to fall back on three basics: the human angle; some gimmick aspect; attack. The prime purpose is not exposition of the subject but journalistic 'interest'. The ludecy is clear. Commercial democracy has its own ludecy. The larger the readership or the viewership the higher the advertising rates, so the search for the mass market is necessary. Clash and controversy are intrinsically more interesting than agreement, so disagreements have to be played up and emphasized. Scandals are fun, so personalities rate more than substance. — Page 266, Chapter titled, "Communication", I Am Right You are Wrong [Q2032]

Lucretius

We are each of us angels with only one wing, and we can only fly by embracing one another. [Q1567]

Blaise Pascal

We sail within a vast sphere, ever drifting in uncertainty, driven from end to end. [Q592]

Clarence Darrow

Depressions may bring people closer to the church but so do funerals. [Q1094]

Senator Paul Simon

In a presidential race, who is losing or gaining three points in the latest polls receives much more coverage than where the candidates stand on poverty or foreign policy. It is easy to cover the trivial. A drop in the polls will receive more attention than an in-depth speech on national health care. The average sound bite on network TV news for the Republican presidential primary of 1996 was 7.2 seconds. Almost half the second bites were less than five seconds. Try to say something of substance on any issue in 7.2 seconds! The media should be here not simply to make money, but also to serve, and that service can be improved. [Q1814]

Abdullah Ibrahim

When time and space and change converge, we find place. We arrive in Place when we resolve things. Place is peace of mind and understanding. Place is knowledge of self. Place is resolution. [Q1259]

Edmund Burke

All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing. [Q1870]

Thor Heyerdahl

I don't believe in war as a solution to any kind of conflict, nor do I believe in heroism on the battlefield because I have never seen any. [Q1534]

Epictetus

To accuse others for one's own misfortunes is a sign of want of education. To accuse oneself shows that one's education has begun. To accuse neither oneself nor others shows that one's education is complete. [Q825]

Mohandas Gandhi

All the religions of the world, while they may differ in other respects, unitedly proclaim that nothing lives in this world but Truth. [Q555]

Carl Sagan

Skeptical scrutiny is the means, in both science and religion, by which deep thoughts can be winnowed from deep nonsense. [Q226]

Jean-Paul Marat

God has always been hard on the poor. [Q1520]

Maya Angelou

My mother said I must always be intolerant of ignorance but understanding of illiteracy. That some people, unable to go to school, were more educated and more intelligent than college professors. [Q688]

Albert Einstein

It is a scale of proportions which makes the bad difficult and the good easy. [Q358]

Democritus

Raising children is an uncertain thing; success is reached only after a life of battle and worry. [Q771]

Galileo Galilei

We cannot teach people anything; we can only help them discover it within themselves. [Q943]

Ronald Reagan

Democracy is worth dying for, because it's the most deeply honorable form of government ever devised by man. [Q1222]

Master Kan

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

Gautama Buddha

There has to be evil so that good can prove its purity above it. [Q2]

Scott Nesler

The song He Stopped Loving Her Today by George Jones reminded me of teenage heartbreak. I thought of what people do with fame. Fame comes by chance. It's used for good or not at all. We gauge fame from a triggered emotion. George Jones shared an unbridled empathy divorced from negative emotion. What a rare gift this man provided his admirers. [Q2072]

Plato

Tyranny naturally arises out of democracy. [Q910]

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]

Contact the Movie

You wanna hear something really nutty? I heard of a couple guys who wanna build something called an "airplane," you know you get people to go in, and fly around like birds, it's ridiculous, right? And what about breaking the sound barrier, or rockets to the moon, or atomic energy, or a mission to Mars? Science fiction, right? Look, all I'm asking, is for you to just have the tiniest bit of vision. You know, to just sit back for one minute and look at the big picture. To take a chance on something that just might end up being the most profoundly impactful moment for humanity, for the history... of history. — Ellie Arroway [Q1409]

Anaxagoras

Men would live exceedingly quiet if these two words, mine and thine, were taken away. [Q793]

Thor Heyerdahl

I also believe that when one dies, one may wake up to the reality that proves that time does not exist. [Q1533]

Thomas Jefferson

The bill for establishing religious freedom... I had drawn in all the latitude of reason and right. It still met with opposition; but with some mutilations in the preamble, it was finally passed; and a singular proposition proved that it's protection of opinion was meant to be universal. Where the preamble declares that coercion is a departure from the plan of the holy author of our religion, an amendment was proposed, by inserting the word 'Jesus Christ,' so that it should read 'a departure from the plan of Jesus Christ, the holy author of our religion.' The insertion was rejected by a great majority, in proof that they meant to comprehend, within the mantle of its protection, the Jew and the Gentile, the Christian and Mahometan, the Hindoo, and infidel of every denomination. [Q609]

Marshall McLuhan

Obsolescence never meant the end of anything, it's just the beginning. [Q1467]

Winston Churchill

History is written by the victors. [Q90]

Pablo Picasso

The world today doesn't make sense, so why should I paint pictures that do? [Q606]

Senator Paul Simon

If this American bloodshed in the defense of freedom of the press and the right of every American citizen to think, speak, and print his own honest opinions — be not signally vindicated, our representative institutions, our boasted freedom ... will become and deserves to become, the scoff and derision of the world. — The New York American (Op-Ed addressing the mob murder of Elijah Lovejoy) [Q1889]

Alexis de Tocqueville

Those that despise people will never get the best out of others and themselves. [Q966]

David Hume

Nothing is more surprising than the easiness with which the many are governed by the few. [Q1359]

Hermann Hesse

Our mind is capable of passing beyond the dividing line we have drawn for it. Beyond the pairs of opposites of which the world consists, other, new insights begin. [Q579]

Václav Havel

If every day a man takes orders in silence from an incompetent superior, if every day he solemnly performs ritual acts which he privately finds ridiculous, if he unhesitatingly gives answers to questionnaires which are contrary to his real opinions and is prepared to deny his own self in public, if he sees no difficulty in feigning sympathy or even affection where, in fact, he feels only indifference or aversion, it still does not mean that he has entirely lost the use of one of the basic human senses, namely, the sense of humiliation. [Q1761]

Aristotle

Anybody can become angry - that is easy, but to be angry with the right person and to the right degree and at the right time and for the right purpose, and in the right way - that is not within everybody's power and is not easy. [Q838]

Voltaire

Of all religions, the Christian should of course inspire the most tolerance, but until now Christians have been the most intolerant of all men. [Q1500]

Loris Harrow

Notice what no one else notice, and you'll see what no one else knows, What you get is what you get, what you do with what you get, that's more the point. — City of Ember [Q296]

Aristotle

Dignity does not consist in possessing honors, but in deserving them. [Q840]

Lucretius

Pleasant it to behold great encounters of warfare arrayed over the plains, with no part of yours in peril. [Q1562]

Epicurus

If thou wilt make a man happy, add not unto his riches but take away from his desires. [Q799]

Jonas Salk

When things get bad enough, then something happens to correct the course. And it is that sense I speak of evolution as an error-making and error-correctiong process. And if we can be ever so much better — ever so much slightly better — at error correcting than at error making, then we'll make it. [Q489]

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]

Herbert Simon

Technology may create a condition, but the questions are what do we do about ourselves. We better understand ourselves pretty clearly and we better find ways to like ourselves. [Q647]

Albert Einstein

Peace cannot be kept by force. It can only be achieved by understanding. [Q23]

Václav Havel

The dissident does not operate in the realm of genuine power at all. He is not seeking power. He has no desire for office and does not gather votes. He does not attempt to charm the public, he offers nothing and promises nothing. He can offer, if anything, only his own skin — and he offers it solely because he has no other way of affirming the truth he stands for. His actions simply articulate his dignity as a citizen, regardless of the cost. [Q1779]

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]

Steven Spielberg

We have to realize that people are not born with hatred. They acquire it. We have the responsibility to listen to the voices of history so that future generations never forget what so few lived to tell! [Q1221]

Comte de Lautréamont

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

William Hall

We go on and on about our differences. But, you know, our differences are less important than our similarities. People have a lot in common with one another, whether they see that or not. [Q1204]

Woodrow Wilson

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

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Shallow men believe in luck. Strong men believe in cause and effect. [Q419]

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