Quotations of Wisdom

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Blaise Pascal

Imagination disposes of everything; it creates beauty, justice, and happiness, which are everything in this world. [Q590]

Plato

Those who intend on becoming great should love neither themselves nor their own things, but only what is just, whether it happens to be done by themselves or others. [Q906]

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]

I Am The Movie

The basis of nature is cooperation and democracy, it's in our DNA. [Q2033]

Plato

There's a victory, and defeat; the first and best of victories, the lowest and worst of defeats which each man gains or sustains at the hands not of another, but of himself. [Q905]

Ken Kesey

You don't lead by pointing and telling people some place to go. You lead by going to that place and making a case. [Q1507]

Mustafa Kemal

...by complete independence, we mean of course complete economic, financial, juridical, military, cultural independence and freedom in all matters. Being deprived of independence in any of these is equivalent to the nation and country being deprived of all its independence. [Q1928]

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]

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]

Plutarch

The real destroyer of the liberties of the people is he who spreads among them bounties, donations and benefits. [Q787]

Jack Bowman

I believe that I understand gangs better than others. Because they're formed out of necessity. They're formed by people to keep from being suppressed. [Q994]

Isaac Newton

I can calculate the motion of heavenly bodies, but not the madness of people. [Q367]

George Washington

... there is nothing which can better deserve your patronage, than the promotion of science and literature. Knowledge is, in every country, the surest basis of public happiness. In one in which the measures of government receive their impression so immediately from the sense of the community as in ours, it is proportionably essential. To the security of a free constitution it contributes in various ways: by convincing those who are entrusted with the public administration, that every valuable end of government is best answered by the enlightened confidence of the people; and by teaching the people themselves to know and to value their own rights; to discern and provide against invasions of them; to distinguish between oppression and the necessary exercise of lawful authority; between burthens proceeding from a disregard to their convenience, and those resulting from the inevitable exigences of society; to discriminate the spirit of liberty from that of licentiousness—cherishing the first, avoiding the last; and uniting a speedy but temperate vigilance against encroachments, with an inviolable respect to the laws. [Q1834]

Julian Assange

It is the role of good journalism to take on powerful abuses. [Q1211]

Plato

Good people do not need laws to tell them to act responsibly, while bad people will find a way around the laws. [Q882]

Wendell Berry

Ask the questions that have no answers. [Q1343]

John Maynard Keynes

The biggest problem is not to let people accept new ideas, but to let them forget the old ones. [Q34]

George Orwell

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

Gautama Buddha

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

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]

Plutarch

An imbalance between rich and poor is the oldest and most fatal ailment of all republics. [Q773]

Nikola Tesla

Fights between individuals, as well as governments and nations, invariably result from misunderstandings in the broadest interpretation of this term. Misunderstandings are always caused by the inability of appreciating one another's point of view. This again is due to the ignorance of those concerned, not so much in their own, as in their mutual fields. The peril of a clash is aggravated by a more or less predominant sense of combativeness, posed by every human being. To resist this inherent fighting tendency the best way is to dispel ignorance of the doings of others by a systematic spread of general knowledge. With this object in view, it is most important to aid exchange of thought and intercourse. [Q1682]

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]

Epicurus

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

Senator Paul Simon

He has the right to form his opinions and the right to express them — and the day the right freely to express our own thoughts is taken from us, that day will be the last of our religious and political freedom. Alton Telegraph, Aug 10, 1836 in response to Elijah's first press thrown into the Mississippi River. [Q1884]

Eric Raymond

Computer science education cannot make anybody an expert programmer any more than studying brushes and pigment can make somebody an expert painter. [Q675]

Aristotle

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

Robert J Gula

Men and woman may be rational animals, but they are not by nature reasoning animals. Careful and clear thinking requires a certain rigor; it is a skill, and, like all skills, it requires training, practice, and vigilance. [Q1183]

Master Po

Even one of the royal house, should not punish an old man twice for the same offense. — Kung Fu television series 1972 [Q515]

Cullen Hightower

The true measure of your worth includes all the benefits others have gained from your success . [Q460]

Plato

The greatest wealth is to live content with little. [Q899]

Maurice Strong

One of the things that I've always thought I would like to do is to develop an environmental index. Then people can measure their own environmental performance on an index as they do in other ways. [Q452]

Scott Nesler

The human species lives in a world where understanding partners with conflict. [Q594]

Oliver Goldsmith

Let schoolmasters puzzle their brain, With grammar, and nonsense, and learning, good liquor, I stoutly maintain, gives genius a better discerning. [Q2089]

Walt Disney

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

Archimedes

Give me a lever long enough and a fulcrum on which to place it, and I shall move the world. [Q929]

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]

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]

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]

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]

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Men love to wonder, and that is the seed of science. [Q415]

Plato

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

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.

[Q1926]

Noam Chomsky

Censorship is never over for those who have experienced it. It is a brand on the imagination that affects the individual who has suffered it, forever. [Q152]

Aristotle

It is not once nor twice but times without number that the same ideas make their appearance in the world. [Q852]

Marshall McLuhan

As technology advances, it reverses the characteristics of every situation again and again. The age of automation is going to be the age of 'do it yourself.' [Q1454]

Ivar Giaever

There are many stories circulating about scientists who have sudden flashes of insight seemingly coming from nowhere. The fact is that scientists often become so engrossed in their ideas that they constantly turn them over in their minds whether they drive, eat, sleep, or make love. This ruminating process allows unrelated impulses to trigger associations in the brain, and eureka — An unexpected solution suddenly appears. In 'lateral thinking' this haphazard way of gaining insight is replaced by a deliberate method that, in prescribed and systematic way, solves the problem. — Prologue to Edward de Bono's, I am Right You are Wrong. [Q1986]

Diogenes Laërtius

Wise kings generally have wise counselors; and he must be a wise man himself who is capable of distinguishing one. [Q833]

Will Rogers

A man only learns in two ways, one by reading, and the other by association with smarter people. [Q1188]

Ralph Waldo Emerson

All life is an experiment. The more experiments you make the better. [Q404]

Galileo Galilei

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

Freeman Dyson

Heretics who question the dogmas are needed... I am proud to be a heretic. The world always needs heretics to challenge the prevailing orthodoxies. [Q344]

Lao Tzu

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

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]

Brian Greene

The boldness of asking deep questions may require unforeseen flexibility if we are to accept the answers. [Q741]

Charles Lindbergh

Man must feel the earth to know himself and recognize his values... God made life simple. It is man who complicates it. [Q1934]

Thurgood Marshall

None of us got where we are solely by pulling ourselves up by our bootstraps. [Q755]

Herbert Simon

One finds limits by pushing them. [Q646]

Clarence Darrow

To think is to differ. [Q1110]

Adlai Stevenson

On this shrunken globe, men can no longer live as strangers. [Q1649]

Wendell Berry

One cannot reduce terror by holding over the world the threat of what it most fears. [Q1332]

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]

Michel de Montaigne

Nothing is so firmly believed as what we least know. [Q1174]

The Jungle

After reading the Jungle, President Theodore Roosevelt ordered an investigation of the meat-packing industry. Meeting with Upton Sinclair Roosevelt told him that while he disapproved how the book preached socialism he agreed that "radical action must be taken to do away with the efforts of arrogant and selfish greed on the part of the capitalist." Roosevelt followed-up by passing the Pure Food and Drugs Act of 1906 and the Meat Inspection Act of 1906. In his book, Sinclair illustrated how a novelist could help with social improvement. [Q1902]

Socrates

The unexamined life is not worth living. [Q762]

Václav Havel

Hope is definitely not the same thing as optimism. It is not the conviction that something will turn out well, but the certainty that something makes sense, regardless of how it turns out. [Q1745]

Lily Tomlin

Forgiveness means giving up all hope for a better past. [Q1945]

Van Morrison

You can't stay the same. If you're a musician and a singer, you have to change, that's the way it works. [Q640]

Plutarch

We ought not to treat living creatures like shoes or household belongings, which when worn with use we throw away. [Q791]

Neil deGrasse Tyson

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

Democritus

Nothing exists except atoms and empty space; everything else is opinion. [Q769]

Tracy Chapman

You can look to the stars in search of the answers. Look for God and life on distant planets. Have your faith in the ever after. While each of us holds inside the map to the labyrinth. And heaven's here on earth. — From the lyrics of "Heaven's Here on Earth, Album New Beginning" [Q1492]

Steven Weinberg

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

Václav Havel

Our country is not flourishing. The enormous creative and spiritual potential of our nations is not being used sensibly. Entire branches of industry are producing goods that are of no interest to anyone, while we are lacking the things we need. A state which calls itself a workers' state humiliates and exploits workers. Our obsolete economy is wasting the little energy we have available. [Q1785]

David Mitchell

Belief, like fear or love, is a force to be understood as we understand the theory of relativity and principals of uncertainty. Phenomena that determine the course of our lives. Yesterday, my life was headed in one direction. Today, it is headed in another. Yesterday, I believe I would never have done what I did today. These forces that often remake time and space, that can shape and alter who we imagine ourselves to be, begin long before we are born and continue after we perish. Our lives and our choices, like quantum trajectories, are understood moment to moment. That each point of intersection, each encounter, suggest a new potential direction. Proposition, I have fallen in love with Luisa Rey. Is this possible? I just met her and yet, I feel like something important has happened to me. — Cloud Atlas [Q2094]

Margaret Mead

Our humanity rests upon a series of learned behaviors, woven together into patterns that are infinitely fragile and never directly inherited. [Q1428]

Scott Nesler

Those who control the media have a monopoly in the debate. [Q95]

Blaise Pascal

He that takes truth for his guide, and duty for his end, may safely trust to God's providence to lead him aright. [Q587]

Flannery O'Connor

I preach there are all kinds of truth, your truth and somebody else's. But behind all of them there is only one truth and that is that there's no truth. [Q613]

George Mitchell

Why do they believe as they do? Why do they act as they do? Is there something to their position that I don't understand or that I've been wrong about? The most disturbing thing now is the rigidity of some - you know, 'We are right, we are 100 percent right, and if you disagree with us, you're not just wrong, you're not an American.' [Q2013]

Jack Kerouac

Great things are not accomplished by those who yield to trends and fads and popular opinion. [Q2098]

Aristotle

Democracy is when the indigent, and not the men of property, are the rulers. [Q495]

John Steinbeck

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

Lucretius

It is great wealth to a soul to live frugally with a contented mind. [Q1560]

Pete Seeger

I like to say I'm more conservative than Goldwater. He just wanted to turn the clock back to when there was no income tax. [Q349]

Oliver Wendell Holmes

The main part of intellectual education is not the acquisition of facts but learning how to make facts live. [Q1084]

Margaret Mead

Anthropology demands the open-mindedness with which one must look and listen, record in astonishment and wonder that which one would not have been able to guess. [Q947]

Josh Billings

As scarce as truth is, the supply is always greater than the demand. [Q1854]

Master Kan

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

Epictetus

If you want to improve, be content to be thought foolish and stupid. [Q815]

Michel de Montaigne

Not being able to govern events, I govern myself. [Q1173]

Wendell Berry

Let us have the candor to acknowledge that what we call “the economy” or “the free market” is less and less distinguishable from warfare. [Q1337]

Aristotle

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]

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]

Marshall McLuhan

Affluence creates poverty. [Q1447]

Mohandas Gandhi

The moment there is suspicion about a person's motives, everything he does becomes tainted. [Q569]

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]

James Joyce

Mistakes are the portals of discovery. [Q49]

Václav Havel

Our civilization has essentially globalized only the surfaces of our lives. But our inner self continues to have a life of its own. And the fewer answers the era of rational knowledge provides to the basic questions of human Being, the more deeply it would seem that people, behind its back as it were, cling to the ancient certainties of their tribe. Because of this, individual cultures, increasingly lumped together by contemporary civilization, are realizing with new urgency their own inner autonomy and the inner differences of others. [Q1804]

Plutarch

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

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