Quotations of Wisdom

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Aristotle

The roots of education are bitter, but the fruit is sweet. [Q863]

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]

Noam Chomsky

Unlimited economic growth has the marvelous quality of stilling discontent while maintaining privilege, a fact that has not gone unnoticed among liberal economists. [Q163]

Senator Paul Simon

Religion is the only field where many leaders assume all truth has been revealed. In chemistry and mathematics and all other areas, truths are build upon truths. In mathematics, for example, whoever came up with the formula that two and two are four did not say, "I have found the truth. Let's stop here." The search for the truth is continued, building on the base of knowledge already acquired. [Q1698]

Miles Davis

I'll play it first and tell you what it is later. [Q2056]

Thurgood Marshall

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

George Washington

The great rule of conduct for us, in regard to foreign nations, is in extending our commercial relations, to have with them as little political connection as possible. See Non-Interventionist. [Q1995]

Isaac Asimov

Suppose that we are wise enough to learn and know - and yet not wise enough to control our learning and knowledge, so that we use it to destroy ourselves? Even if that is so, knowledge remains better than ignorance. [Q702]

Albert Einstein

One thing I have learned in a long life: All our science, measured against reality, is primitive and childlike - and yet it is the most precious thing we have. [Q145]

Caine and Master Kan

Master, do we seek victory in contention? Seek rather not to contend. But shall we not then be defeated? We know that where there is no contention, there is neither defeat nor victory. The supple willow does not contend against the storm, yet it survives. — Kung Fu television series 1972 [Q518]

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]

Bill Clinton

We can't afford to double down on trickle down. [Q2014]

Thomas Jefferson

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

Plato

There will be no end to the troubles of states, or of humanity itself, till philosophers become kings in this world, or till those we now call kings and rulers really and truly become philosophers, and political power and philosophy thus come into the same hands. [Q904]

Mohandas Gandhi

An ounce of practice is worth more than tons of preaching. [Q557]

Michel de Montaigne

Ignorance is the softest pillow on which a man can rest his head. [Q1172]

Plato

Rhetoric is the art of ruling the minds of men. [Q891]

Mohandas Gandhi

It is unwise to be too sure of one's own wisdom. It is healthy to be reminded that the strongest might weaken and the wisest might err. [Q566]

Kurt Gödel

To be overcritical and reluctant to use what is given hampers success. To reach the highest degree of clarity and general philosophy, empirical concepts are also important. [Q1965]

Plato

Tyranny naturally arises out of democracy. [Q910]

Ralph Waldo Emerson

This time, like all times, is a very good one, if we but know what to do with it. [Q422]

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]

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]

Molière

Grammar, which knows how to control even kings. [Q2086]

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]

Thomas Paine

Reason obeys itself; and ignorance submits to whatever is dictated to it. [Q271]

Alexis de Tocqueville

All those who seek to destroy the liberties of a democratic nation ought to know that war is the surest and shortest means to accomplish it. [Q956]

Václav Havel

Let us teach ourselves and others that politics should be an expression of a desire to contribute to the happiness of the community rather than of a need to cheat or rape the community. [Q1793]

Oliver Wendell Holmes

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

Andy Kaufman

What's real? What's not? That's what I do in my act, test how other people deal with reality. [Q233]

Arlo Guthrie

Everyone has a responsibility to not only tolerate another person's point of view, but also to accept it eagerly as a challenge to your own understanding. And express those challenges in terms of serving other people. [Q352]

George S Patton

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

Meister Eckhart

A human being has so many skins inside, covering the depths of the heart. We know so many things, but we don't know ourselves! Why, thirty or forty skins or hides, as thick and hard as an ox's or bear's, cover the soul. Go into your own ground and learn to know yourself there. [Q1623]

Milton Friedman

Most economic fallacies derive from the tendency to assume that there is a fixed pie, that one party can gain only at the expense of another. [Q1057]

Virgil

Fear is proof of a degenerate mind. [Q1577]

Tammy Faye Bakker

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

Saint Francis of Assisi

Start by doing what's necessary; then do what's possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible [Q1400]

Walter Cronkite

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

Sir Francis Bacon

Practical men, like owls, see clearly in the dim twilight of their preconceptions and are blinded by the bright light of truth. [Q1871]

Stephen Hawking

Intelligence is the ability to adapt to change. [Q728]

St. Francis of Assisi

It was easy to love God in all that was beautiful. The lessons of deeper knowledge, though, instructed me to embrace God in all things. [Q2036]

Thomas Paine

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

Margaret Mead

One of the oldest human needs is having someone to wonder where you are when you don't come home at night. [Q1427]

Carl Jung

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

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]

John Lennon

You better recognize your brothers, in everyone you meet — From the Lyrics of Instant Karma [Q1206]

Marie Curie

Nothing in life is to be feared, it is only to be understood. Now is the time to understand more, so that we may fear less. [Q330]

Tupac Shakur

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

Christopher Alexander

The difference between prose and poetry is not that different languages are used, but that the same language is used differently. In an ordinary English sentence, each word has one meaning, and the sentence too, has one simple meaning. In a poem, the meaning is far more dense. Each word carries several meanings; and the sentence as a whole carries an enormous density of interlocking meanings, which together illuminate the whole. [Q666]

Henry Ford (Attributed To)

If I had asked people what they wanted, they would have said a faster horse. [Q1669]

Bill Clinton

Because primarily of the power of the Internet, people of modest means can band together and amass vast sums of money that can change the world for some public good if they all agree. [Q1293]

Albert Einstein

The important thing is not to stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existing. [Q25]

Unattributed

In a fearful nation the king is law. [Q1176]

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]

André Gide

Believe in those who seek the truth; doubt those who find it. [Q1522]

Clarence Darrow

I am an agnostic; I do not pretend to know what many ignorant men are sure of. [Q1097]

Clarence Darrow

The law does not pretend to punish everything that is dishonest. That would seriously interfere with business. [Q1108]

Bill Withers

I feel that it is healthier to look out at the world through a window than through a mirror. Otherwise, all you see is yourself and whatever is behind you. [Q1948]

Martin Frost

The level of discourse in this country is falling to a depth that cannot be sustained. [Q1378]

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]

Ed Hobbs

You've got a gift Roy... but it's not enough - you've got to develop yourself. If you rely too much on your own gift... then... you'll fail. — The Natural [Q1216]

Meister Eckhart

God expects but one thing of you, and that is that you should come out of yourself in so far as you are a created being made and let God be God in you. [Q1625]

Buckminster Fuller

Search others for their virtue, and yourself for your vices. [Q112]

George Canning

I can prove anything by statistics except the truth. [Q363]

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]

Virgil

Cease to think that the decrees of the gods can be changed by prayers. [Q1571]

David S Allen

Discourse is viewed as necessary for citizens to come together and realize what problems they have in common without losing individual identity, to resist forces within society that seeks to divide people, and to begin treating others with respect and dignity. The democracy we live in today is fundamentally at odds with those beliefs. One only needs to listen to political talk shows in the United States to realize that concept such as understanding, respect, and civility are not central elements of political culture. Perhaps the never have been. But if we are serious about revitalizing public live in the United States, we have to give people a reason and opportunity to get involved. — Democracy, Inc — Introduction — Page 8. [Q239]

Blaise Pascal

I have discovered that all human evil comes from this, man's being unable to sit still in a room. [Q588]

Senator Paul Simon

One of the things I have learned in life is that violence breeds violence. Just as citizens should exercise self-restraint, so should government. Those who represent a threat to society should be jailed, but don't incarcerate our consciences with the death penalty. [Q1722]

Diogenes Laërtius

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

Margaret Mead

As long as any adult thinks that he, like the parents and teachers of old, can become introspective, invoking his own youth to understand the youth before him, he is lost. [Q1417]

Jay Inslee

Tolerance is carved into the rostrum of the U.S. House of Representatives and intolerance should not be carved into the U.S. Constitution. [Q1504]

Dante Alighieri

No one thinks of how much blood it costs. [Q1511]

Buckminster Fuller

Today's news consists of aggregates of fragments. Anyone who has taken part in any event that has subsequently appeared in the news is aware of the gross disparity between the actual and the reported events. The insistence by reporters upon having advance "releases" of what, for instance, convocation speakers are supposedly going to say but in fact have not yet said, automatically discredits the value of the largely prefabricated news. We also learn frequently of prefabricated and prevaricated events of a complex nature purportedly undertaken for purposes either of suppressing or rigging the news, which in turn perverts humanity's tactical information resources. All history becomes suspect. Probably our most polluted resource is the tactical information to which humanity spontaneously reflexes. — The Wellspring of Reality [Q179]

Robert J Gula

Before one can use one's reason, one should know the traps that are always awaiting the untutored mind. — Nonsense, Red Herrings, Straw Men and Sacred Cows: How We Abuse Logic in Our Everyday Language. [Q1184]

Franklin Roosevelt

Repetition does not transform a lie into a truth. [Q362]

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]

prot

Dr. Mark Powell: What if I were to tell you that according to a man who lived on our planet, named Einstein, that nothing can travel faster than the speed of light?

prot: I would say that you misread Einstein, Dr. Powell. May I call you Mark? You see Mark, what Einstein actually said was that nothing can accelerate to the speed of light because its mass would become infinite. Einstein said nothing about entities already traveling at the speed of light or faster.

[Q1225]

Epictetus

The world turns aside to let any man pass who knows where he is going. [Q823]

Senator Paul Simon

But when people in the name of any religion claims to have the sole possession of truth, they have crossed the line from faith to arrogance. [Q1701]

Plato

Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle. [Q876]

Thomas Paine

Suspicion is the companion of mean souls, and the bane of all good society. [Q272]

David Hume

The rules of morality are not the conclusion of our reason. [Q1362]

Contact the Movie

Because I can't. I... had an experience... I can't prove it, I can't even explain it, but everything that I know as a human being, everything that I am tells me that it was real! I was given something wonderful, something that changed me forever... — Ellie Arroway [Q1410]

Miles Davis

Sometimes you have to play a long time to be able to play like yourself. [Q2053]

Woodrow Wilson

The man who is swimming against the stream knows the strength of it. [Q748]

Marshall McLuhan

The name of a man is a numbing blow from which he never recovers. [Q1478]

Plato

All the gold which is under or upon the earth is not enough to give in exchange for virtue. [Q873]

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Doing well is the result of doing good. That's what capitalism is all about. [Q408]

Milton S Hershey

We should deal with one another not as classes but as persons, as brothers. The more closely we work together, the more effectively can we contribute to the better health of all mankind; this should be our common objective and its achievement would make the world a happier place in which to live. [Q1390]

Isaac Asimov

To surrender to ignorance and call it God has always been premature, and it remains premature today. [Q701]

John F. Kennedy

Tolerance implies no lack of commitment to one's own beliefs. Rather it condemns the oppression or persecution of others. [Q1503]

Jean-Luc Picard

If we're going to be damned, let's be damned for what we really are. [Q171]

Robert Krulwich

When a cousin, or an uncle, or a buddy comes up and asks you, "so what are you working on?" even if it's hard to explain, even if you know they don't really want to hear it - not really - I urge you to give it a try. Because talking about science, telling stories to regular folks is not a trivial thing. Scientists need to tell stories to non-scientists because science stories - and you know this - have to compete with other stories about how the universe works and how the universe came to be. And some of those other stories - Bible stories, movie stories, myths - can be very beautiful and very compelling. But to protect science, and scientists - this is not a gentle competition - you've got to get in there and tell yours, your version of how things are and why things came to be. [Q724]

J. Robert Oppenheimer

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

John Steinbeck

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

Wendell Berry

When it becomes merely an intellectual "position" confronting what is not empirically known or knowable, then it becomes very quickly absurd, and also grossly desensitizing and false. [Q1331]

Albert Einstein

Imagination is more important than knowledge. [Q1273]

J. Robert Oppenheimer

There are children playing in the streets who could solve some of my top problems in physics, because they have modes of sensory perception that I lost long ago. [Q322]

Thomas Jefferson

I have indeed two great measures at heart, without which no republic can maintain itself in strength: 1. That of general education, to enable every man to judge for himself what will secure or endanger his freedom. 2. To divide every county into hundreds, of such size that all the children of each will be within reach of a central school in it. [Q529]

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