Quotations of Wisdom

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Noam Chomsky

If we don't believe in freedom of expression for people we despise, we don't believe in it at all. [Q156]

Meister Eckhart

You may call God love, you may call God goodness. But the best name for God is compassion. [Q1638]

Stephen Hawking

It is no good getting furious if you get stuck. What I do is keep thinking about the problem but work on something else. Sometimes it is years before I see the way forward. In the case of information loss and black holes, it was 29 years. [Q729]

Pythagoras

Begin thus from the first act, and proceed; and, in conclusion, at the ill which thou hast done, be troubled, and rejoice for the good. [Q923]

Plato

Death is not the worst that can happen to men. [Q877]

Thomas Paine

Belief in a cruel God makes a cruel man. [Q262]

Scott Nesler

In the non answer is the answer. [Q1953]

H. L. Mencken

A newspaper is a device for making the ignorant more ignorant and the crazy crazier. [Q1213]

Woodrow Wilson

Our great industrial nation is not controlled by conviction and the vote of the majority, but a government by the opinion and duress of a small group of dominant men…Our great industrial nation is controlled by its system of credit. Our system of credit is privately centered. The growth of the nation, therefore, and all our activities are in the hands of a few men…Who necessarily by very reason of their own limitations chill and check and destroy genuine economic freedom. We have become one of the worst ruled, one of the most completely controlled and dominated governments in the civilized world. [Q1972]

Epictetus

Be careful to leave your sons well instructed rather than rich, for the hopes of the instructed are better than the wealth of the ignorant. [Q810]

Buckminster Fuller

While it takes but meager search to discover that many well-known concepts are false, it takes considerable search and even more careful examination of one's own personal experiences and inadvertently spontaneous reflexing to discover that there are many popularly and even professionally unknown, yet nonetheless fundamental, concepts to hold true in all cases and that already have been discovered by other as yet obscure individuals. That is to say that many scientific generalizations have been discovered but have not come to the attention of what we call the educated world at large, thereafter to be incorporated tardily within the formal education processes, and even more tardily, in the ongoing political-economic affairs of everyday life. Knowledge of the existence and comprehensive significance of these as yet popularly unrecognized natural laws often is requisite to the solution of many of the as yet unsolved problems now confronting society. Lack of knowledge of the solution's existence often leaves humanity confounded when it need not be. — The Wellspring of Reality [Q178]

James Q Wilson

Order exists because a system of beliefs and sentiments held by members of a society sets limits to what those members can do. [Q1908]

Epicurus

The misfortune of the wise is better than the prosperity of the fool. [Q805]

Ward Cunningham

A wiki is like a party that doesn’t have to stop. It’s a party that doesn’t get crowded because new rooms appear when needed. It’s a timeless party where you can try each conversation over and over until you get it right. [Q1007]

Jim Morrison

Whoever controls the media, controls the mind. [Q723]

Edward de Bono

Computers will give us dangerously logical answers based on our faulty perceptions. (from the book, I am right, you are wrong. Pg 44) [Q2011]

Aristotle

Those that know, do. Those that understand, teach. [Q867]

Karl Menninger

The voice of the intelligence is drowned out by the roar of fear. It is ignored by the voice of desire. It is contradicted by the voice of shame. It is biased by hate and extinguished by anger. Most of all it is silenced by ignorance. [Q707]

David Hume

Belief is nothing but a more vivid, lively, forcible, firm, steady conception of an object, than what the imagination alone is ever able to attain. [Q1355]

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]

Marshall McLuhan

We drive into the future using only our rearview mirror. [Q1487]

Isaac Newton

If I have seen further than others, it is by standing upon the shoulders of giants. [Q368]

Mohandas Gandhi

Truth is by nature self-evident. As soon as you remove the cobwebs of ignorance that surround it, it shines clear. [Q570]

Aristotle

Of all the varieties of virtues, liberalism is the most beloved. [Q856]

Benjamin Franklin

Do good to your friends to keep them, to your enemies to win them. [Q29]

Buckminster Fuller

Ninety-nine percent of who you are is invisible and untouchable. [Q110]

Plato

When the tyrant has disposed of foreign enemies by conquest or treaty, and there is nothing more to fear from them, then he is always stirring up some war or other, in order that the people may require a leader. [Q911]

Ralph Waldo Emerson

To be great is to be misunderstood. [Q423]

Aristotle

A tragedy is a representation of an action that is whole and complete and of a certain magnitude. A whole is what has a beginning and middle and end. [Q835]

Aristotle

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

George Washington Carver

When you can do the common things of life in an uncommon way, you will command the attention of the world. [Q316]

Abbie Hoffman

You measure a democracy by the freedom it gives its dissidents, not the freedom it gives its assimilated conformists. [Q468]

Al Gore

Our democracy, our constitutional framework is really a kind of software for harnessing the creativity and political imagination for all of our people. The American democratic system was an early political version of Napster. [Q1245]

Uncle Tom's Cabin

The capitalist and aristocrat of England cannot feel that as we do, be­cause they do not mingle with the class they degrade as we do. — Page 151 [Q1899]

Epicurus

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

Douglas Adams

A common mistake that people make when trying to design something completely foolproof is to underestimate the ingenuity of complete fools. [Q1000]

Virgil

Every man makes a god of his own desire. [Q1576]

Bill Withers

The thing I always tell my kids—it's ok to head out for wonderful, but on your way to wonderful you are going to have to pass through alright. Take a good look around at alright and get used to it because that may be as far as you are going to go. Most people don't know or don't care who you are. Kinda like pennies—you have them in your pocket but you don't know they are there. [Q1947]

Heraclitus

No man ever steps in the same river twice, for it's not the same river and he's not the same man. [Q918]

Woodrow Wilson

By 'radical,' I understand one who goes too far; by 'conservative,' one who does not go far enough; by 'reactionary,' one who won't go at all. [Q743]

Thomas Jefferson

My partiality for that division [of every county into wards] is not founded in views of education solely, but infinitely more as the means of a better administration of our government, and the eternal preservation of its republican principles. The example of this most admirable of all human contrivances in government, is to be seen in our Eastern States; and its powerful effect in the order and economy of their internal affairs, and the momentum it gives them as a nation, is the single circumstance which distinguishes them so remarkably from every other national association. [Q532]

Ward Cunningham

You are always taught to do as much as you can. Always put checks in. Always look for exceptions. Always handle the most general case. Always give the user the best advice. Always print a meaningful error message. Always this. Always that. You have so many things in the background that you’re supposed to do, there’s no room left to think. I say, forget all that and ask yourself, “What’s the simplest thing that could possibly work?” I think the advice got turned into a command: “Do the simplest thing that could possibly work.” That’s a little more confusing, because there isn’t this notion that as soon as you’ve done it, we’ll evaluate it. [Q1013]

Will Rogers

It isn't what we don't know that gives us trouble, it's what we know that ain't so. [Q1374]

Mustafa Kemal

We must liberate our concepts of justice, our laws and our legal institutions from the bonds which, even though they are incompatible with the needs of our century, still hold a tight grip on us. [Q1932]

Søren Kierkegaard

There are two ways to be fooled. One is to believe what isn't true; The other is to refuse to accept what is true. [Q1985]

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]

Robert Bárány

The incorrectness and weaknesses of a theory cause other minds to formulate the problems more exactly and in this way scientific progress is made. [Q1434]

St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Sometimes the role of government is to save capitalism from capitalists. [Q1876]

Isaac Newton

Tact is the art of making a point without making an enemy. [Q369]

Jesus Christ

But woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye shut up the kingdom of heaven against men: for ye neither go in yourselves, neither suffer ye them that are entering to go in. — Matthew 23-13 YouTube [Q1610]

Tim O'Reilly

Empowerment of individuals is a key part of what makes open source work, since in the end, innovations tend to come from small groups, not from large, structured efforts. [Q546]

Margaret Mead

Never believe that a few caring people can't change the world. For, indeed, that's all who ever have. [Q1425]

Clarence Darrow

The first half of our lives are ruined by our parents and the second half by our children. [Q1107]

Theodore Roosevelt

The most practical kind of politics is the politics of decency. [Q1288]

Typical Father

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

Jesus Christ

Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven. — Matthew 5:16 [Q1227]

Titus Maccius Plautus

Modus omnibus in rebus - In everything the middle course is best, all things in excess brings contention. — Poenulus [Q1218]

George S Patton

No poor bastard ever won a war by dying for his country. He won it by making other bastards die for their country. [Q1301]

Dalai Lama

There is no need for temples, no need for complicated philosophies. My brain and my heart are my temples; my philosophy is kindness. [Q545]

Meister Eckhart

If the only prayer you ever say in your entire life is thank you, it will be enough. [Q1627]

Master Po

Who among us is without flaw? — Kung Fu television series 1972 [Q512]

John Boyd Orr

There can be no peace in the world so long as a large proportion of the population lack the necessities of life and believe that a change of the political and economic system will make them available. World peace must be based on world plenty. [Q1156]

Meister Eckhart

The price of inaction is far greater than the cost of making a mistake. [Q1631]

Plutarch

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

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]

Nikola Tesla

The scientists from Franklin to Morse were clear thinkers and did not produce erroneous theories. The scientists of today think deeply instead of clearly. One must be sane to think clearly, but one can think deeply and be quite insane. [Q1675]

Tupac Shakur

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

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]

Carl Sagan

Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known. [Q227]

Lucretius

From the very fountain of enchantment there arises a taste of bitterness to spread anguish amongst the flowers. [Q1558]

Václav Havel

Self-confidence is not pride. Just the contrary: only a person or a nation that is self-confident, in the best sense of the word, is capable of listening to others, accepting them as equals, forgiving its enemies and regretting its own guilt. [Q1791]

Senator Paul Simon

There are times when decisions may be difficult and when there may be no reasons to take a position. But there are also times, like this one, when to be neutral in a fight between right and wrong is to be on the side of the wrong. — (In Reference to the mob murder of Elijia Lovejoy) [Q1892]

Scott Nesler

Certainty needs not faith, doubt has faith of mistakes. [Q48]

Marshall McLuhan

The spoken word was the first technology by which man was able to let go of his environment in order to grasp it in a new way. [Q1484]

Adlai Stevenson

All progress has resulted from people who took unpopular positions. [Q1644]

Abraham Lincoln

Am I not destroying my enemies when I make friends of them? [Q1295]

Thomas Jefferson

The will of the people is the only legitimate foundation of any government, and to protect its free expression should be our first object. [Q194]

Carl Sagan

We humans long to be connected with our origins, so we create rituals. Science is another way to express this longing. It also connects us with our origins. It too has its rituals and commandments. Its only sacred truth is that there are no sacred truths. All assumptions must be critically examined. Arguments from authority are worthless. Whatever is inconsistent with the facts, no matter how fond of it we are, must be discarded or revised. Science is not perfect. It is often misused. It's only a tool, but its the best tool we have. Self correcting, ever changing, applicable to everything. With this tool we vanquish the impossible. With the methods of science we have begun to explore the cosmos. For the first time, scientific discoveries are widely accessible. [Q1239]

Saul Alinsky

Once you accept your own death, all of a sudden you're free to live. You no longer care about your reputation. You no longer care except so far as your life can be used tactically to promote a cause you believe in. [Q988]

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]

Simon and Garfunkel

"Fools", said I, "You do not know. Silence like a cancer grows. Hear my words that I might teach you. Take my arms that I might reach you". But my words, like silent raindrops fell and echoed in the wells of silence. — The Sound of Silence [Q577]

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]

Woodrow Wilson

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

Noam Chomsky

The intellectual tradition is one of servility to power, and if I didn't betray it I'd be ashamed of myself. [Q159]

Carl Sagan

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

Mohandas Gandhi

A religion that takes no account of practical affairs and does not help to solve them is no religion. [Q553]

David Foster Wallace

For these cultures, getting rid of the pain without addressing the deeper cause would be like shutting off a fire alarm while the fire's still going. [Q982]

Václav Havel

Sometimes I wonder if suicides aren't in fact sad guardians of the meaning of life. [Q1751]

George Bernard Shaw

Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance. [Q699]

David S Allen

... the values of corporations, which emphasize efficiency, maximizing profits, scientific reasoning, and winning as opposed to understanding, have become the values of the public sphere. — Democracy, Inc Introduction (Page 2) [Q190]

Diogenes Laërtius

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

Scott Nesler

We must move beyond zero to vague solutions provided in a campaign season. [Q1658]

Edward Levi

The concept of reason itself appears as an artificial attempt to separate intellectual powers from the frustrations, emotions, and accidents which cause events; the concept of reason is viewed as facade to prevent change. [Q212]

John Stuart Mill

It is better to be a human being dissatisfied than a pig satisfied. Better to be Socrates dissatisfied than a fool satisfied. And if the fool or the pig are of a different opinion, it is because they only know their side of the question. [Q1949]

Buckminster Fuller

While my contemporaries were looking how to make a living, I decided to focus on what needed to be done for society. [Q130]

Henry David Thoreau

Any fool can make a rule, and any fool will mind it. [Q299]

Michel de Montaigne

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

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]

Ralph Johnson

Before software can be reusable it first has to be usable. [Q247]

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]

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