Quotations of Wisdom

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Voltaire

We have a natural right to make use of our pens as of our tongue, at our peril, risk and hazard. [Q1306]

Adlai Stevenson

Every age needs men who will redeem the time by living with a vision of the things that are to be. [Q1647]

Wendell Berry

If you can control a people’s economy, you don’t need to worry about its politics; its politics have become irrelevant. [Q1330]

Oliver Wendell Holmes

The world is always ready to receive talent with open arms. Very often it does not know what to do with genius. [Q1086]

Herbert Simon

One finds limits by pushing them. [Q646]

Dr. Zaius

The Forbidden Zone was once a paradise. Your breed made a desert of it, ages ago. [Q1604]

Margaret Mead

I was brought up to believe that the only thing worth doing was to add to the sum of accurate information in the world. [Q949]

Debra Smith TED - Can we question the great thinkers

If it feels impossible it may be because you have not yet marshalled a compelling case/argument or presented it in an approachable fashion. There are times, however, that the mind you need to change has already made a decision based on limited knowledge it has. At this point that self-reflection should click in and you need to be asking yourself if they know something you do not. [Q1960]

Senator Paul Simon

While I am a Democrat, and proud of the affiliation, most problems do not involve political philosophy. They are nuts-and-bolts problems for which people of good will should sit around a table and find solutions. [Q1730]

Epictetus

The greater the difficulty the more glory in surmounting it. Skillful pilots gain their reputation from storms and tempests. [Q822]

Lenny Bruce

If Jesus had been killed twenty years ago, Catholic school children would be wearing little electric chairs around their necks instead of crosses. [Q333]

Ibni Sina

The world is divided into men who have wit and no religion and men who have religion and no wit. [Q1922]

Hippocrates

Everything in excess is opposed to nature. [Q1026]

Stephen Hawking

One cannot really argue with a mathematical theorem. [Q731]

Theodore Roosevelt

It is hard to fail, but it is worse never to have tried to succeed. [Q505]

Hideki Tōjō

In the shadow of the prosperity of Europe and America, the colored peoples of East Asia and Africa have been sacrificed and forced into a state of semi-colonization. I would point out that the cultural advance of these people has been suppressed in the past and continues to be suppressed in the present by policies designed to keep them in ignorance. [Q1070]

Woody Guthrie

All you can write is what you see. [Q1042]

Jimmy Wales

Imagine a world in which every single person on the planet is given free access to the sum of all human knowledge. That's what we're doing. [Q216]

Dante Alighieri

He listens well who takes notes. [Q1509]

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]

Ovid

An anthill increases by accumulation. Medicine is consumed by distribution. That which is feared lessens by association. This is the thing to understand. [Q1189]

René Descartes

It is not enough to have a good mind; the main thing is to use it well. [Q1119]

J. Robert Oppenheimer

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

Galileo Galilei

Nature is relentless and unchangeable, and it is indifferent as to whether its hidden reasons and actions are understandable to man or not. [Q940]

Phil Jackson

Wisdom is always an overmatch for strength. [Q206]

Unattributed

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

Caine

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

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]

Senator Paul Simon

[One solution to the trade deficit is to] train our workforce better. How many US-based corporations have moved plants to other countries because of our inadequately trained workforce? No one knows, but the numbers are large. That does not mean Americans have less inherent ability than people in Japan or Germany or Singapore. But privately, and sometimes publicly, industrial leaders are candid about the inadequacy of the educational background of too many Americans. [Q2060]

Elbert Hubbart

It is easy to get everything you want, provided you first learn to do without the things you cannot get. [Q1384]

Woodrow Wilson

Since I have entered politics I have chiefly had men's views confided to me privately. Some of the biggest men in the United States are afraid of something. They know there is a power somewhere. A power so subtle, so organised, so complete and pervasive that they better not speak above their breath when they speak in condemnation of it. [Q1971]

René Descartes

One cannot conceive anything so strange and so implausible that it has not already been said by one philosopher or another. [Q1120]

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]

Aristotle

I count him braver who overcomes his desires than him who conquers his enemies; for the hardest victory is over self. [Q846]

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]

Thomas Paine

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

Douglas Haig

The idea that a war can be won by standing on the defensive and waiting for the enemy to attack is a dangerous fallacy, which owes its inception to the desire to evade the price of victory. [Q1055]

Thomas Jefferson

All tyranny needs to gain a foothold is for people of good conscience to remain silent. [Q1242]

Richard P. Feynman

We are at the very beginning of time for the human race. It is not unreasonable that we grapple with problems. But there are tens of thousands of years in the future. Our responsibility is to do what we can, learn what we can, improve the solutions, and pass them on. [Q737]

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]

Aristotle

It is clearly better that property should be private, but the use of it common; and the special business of the legislator is to create in men this benevolent disposition. [Q851]

John J. Sweeney

For globalization to work for America, it must work for working people. We should measure the success of our economy by the breadth of our middle class, and the scope of opportunity offered to the poorest child to climb into that middle class. [Q439]

Carl Jung

Your vision will become clear only when you can look into your own heart. Who looks outside, dreams; who looks inside, awakes. [Q259]

Pete Seeger

I still call myself a communist, because communism is no more what Russia made of it than Christianity is what the churches make of it. [Q350]

Thurgood Marshall

Today's Constitution is a realistic document of freedom only because of several corrective amendments. Those amendments speak to a sense of decency and fairness that I and other Blacks cherish. [Q757]

Michel de Montaigne

I do not speak the minds of others except to speak my own mind better. [Q1167]

Julius Rosenberg

I feel that the majority of people should decide for themselves what kind of government they want. [Q1545]

Caine

I seek not to know all the answers but to understand the questions. — Kung Fu Television Series 1972 - Episode # 14 [Q528]

Blaise Pascal

Even those who write against fame wish for the fame of having written well, and those who read their works desire the fame of having read them. [Q586]

Marshall McLuhan

In this electronic age we see ourselves being translated more and more into the form of information, moving toward the technological extension of consciousness. [Q1461]

Henry Lawson

We shall never be understood or respected by the English until we carry our individuality to extremes, and by asserting our independence, become of sufficient consequence in their eyes to merit a closer study than they have hitherto accorded us. [Q429]

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]

Carl Sagan

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

Plato

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

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]

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]

Clarence Darrow

Even if you do learn to speak correct English, whom are you going to speak it to? [Q1095]

Virgil

Happy is he who can trace effects to their causes. [Q1579]

René Descartes

Whenever anyone has offended me, I try to raise my soul so high that the offense cannot reach it. [Q1128]

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]

Virgil

The only safety for the conquered is to expect no safety. [Q1588]

Herbert Simon

There are no morals about technology at all. Technology expands our ways of thinking about things, expands our ways of doing things. If we're bad people we use technology for bad purposes and if we're good people we use it for good purposes. [Q651]

Adlai Stevenson

An Independent is someone who wants to take the politics out of politics. [Q1645]

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]

Ken Robinson
 

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

Oscar Wilde

It is absurd to divide people into good and bad. People are either charming or tedious. [Q656]

Alexis de Tocqueville

The main business of religions is to purify, control, and restrain that excessive and exclusive taste for well-being which men acquire in times of equality. [Q963]

Óscar Romero

I have often been threatened with death. If they kill me, I shall arise in the Salvadoran people. If the threats come to be fulfilled, from this moment I offer my blood to God for the redemption and resurrection of El Salvador. Let my blood be a seed of freedom and the sign that hope will soon be reality. [Q1073]

Plutarch

Those who aim at great deeds must also suffer greatly. [Q789]

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]

Oliver Wendell Holmes

Why can't somebody give us a list of things that everybody thinks and nobody says, and another list of things that everybody says and nobody thinks. [Q1091]

David S Allen

Discourse democracy seeks to identify ways to make possible an open dialogue among citizen through the creation of public space absent governmental and corporate interference. — Democracy, Inc. Introduction (Page 2) [Q189]

Senator Paul Simon

Religion is a powerful force for evil — and a powerful force for good. Religion kills, and religion heals. [Q1688]

Enrico Fermi

It is no good to try to stop knowledge from going forward. Ignorance is never better than knowledge. [Q319]

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]

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]

Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer
 

Look at that document, read it carefully, nothing in human life brings us perfection... What is the alternative for 308 million who think different things trying to live together. It can't be war among men and therefore it is law among them ... You don't like what is going on, I can't tell you what to do, if I had a shot at it, I would say go out and participate. Try to persuade people, try to understand, and when you can't persuade people to your point of view, then you try again ... I can't tell you what kind of life to lead, but I can tell you this because I've worked with this document, the Constitution for seventeen years in the Supreme Court. If you don't participate in your communities and get out there and try to persuade people. If you don't do that, this document won't work. [Q1600]

Hiram Johnson

The first casualty of war is truth. [Q1860]

John F. Kennedy

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

Socrates

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

Buckminster Fuller

When I am working on a problem, I never think about beauty but when I have finished, if the solution is not beautiful, I know it is wrong. [Q117]

Plutarch

Perseverance is more prevailing than violence; and many things which cannot be overcome when they are together, yield themselves up when taken little by little. [Q782]

Clarence Darrow

No other offense has ever been visited with such severe penalties as seeking to help the oppressed. [Q1105]

René Descartes

When it is not in our power to follow what is true, we ought to follow what is most probable. [Q1127]

Dalai Lama

The roots of all goodness lie in the soil of appreciation for goodness. [Q543]

Mustafa Kemal

In the face of knowledge, science, and of the whole extent of radiant civilization, I cannot accept the presence in Turkey's civilized community of people primitive enough to seek material and spiritual benefits in the guidance of sheiks. The Turkish republic cannot be a country of sheiks, dervishes, and disciples. The best, the truest order is the order of civilization. To be a man it is enough to carry out the requirements of civilization. The leaders of dervish orders will understand the truth of my words, and will themselves close down their lodges [tekke] and admit that their disciplines have grown up. [Q1931]

Nikola Tesla

The scientific man does not aim at an immediate result. He does not expect that his advanced ideas will be readily taken up. His work is like that of the planter — for the future. His duty is to lay the foundation for those who are to come, and point the way. He lives and labors and hopes. [Q1680]

Kenneth Anger

I have a problem with censorship by the lawyer - by legal people by the publishing firm, and I may be changing publishers. They don't seem to want to take too many risks with living people. [Q1198]

Thor Heyerdahl

In my experience, it is rarer to find a really happy person in a circle of millionaires than among vagabonds. [Q1536]

John Boyd Orr

When the Industrial Revolution of the nineteenth century brought a rapid increase in wealth, the demand of workers for a fair share of the wealth they were creating was conceded only after riots and strikes. [Q1159]

Oliver Wendell Holmes

To reach the port of heaven, we must sail sometimes with the wind and sometimes against it. [Q1412]

Senator Paul Simon

I also came face to face with real people and real problems and it gradually occurred to me that these difficult human situations don't fit into neat order. [Q1827]

Albert Einstein

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

Frederick Douglass

Where justice is denied, where poverty is enforced, where ignorance prevails, and where any one class is made to feel that society is an organized conspiracy to oppress, rob and degrade them, neither persons nor property will be safe. [Q697]

Edward de Bono

Experience has shown that reason and logic can never change perception, emotions, prejudices, and beliefs. Yet we continue in the pious hope that if everyone would 'see reason' the world would be so much better. As we shall see later, there are very good reasons why logic will never affect emotions and beliefs. The only way to do this is through perception. But we have totally failed to develop an understanding of perception. (from the book, I am Right, you are Wrong. Pg 40) [Q2009]

Pablo Picasso

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

Hippocrates

Healing in a matter of time, but it is sometimes also a matter of opportunity. [Q1027]

Socrates

Employ your time in improving yourself by other men's writings, so that you shall gain easily what others have labored hard for. [Q760]

Woodrow Wilson

I have long enjoyed the friendship and companionship of Republicans because I am by instinct a teacher, and I would like to teach them something. [Q745]

E. M. Forster

The fact is we can only love what we know personally. And we cannot know much. In public affairs, in the rebuilding of civilization, something less dramatic and emotional is needed, namely tolerance. [Q1502]

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