Quotations of Wisdom

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James Madison

Knowledge will forever govern ignorance; and a people who mean to be their own governors must arm themselves with the power which knowledge gives. [Q696]


We must face the truth, however great the cost. — "Kung Fu" The Passion of Chen Yi — 1974 Episode 34 [Q632]

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]


When, therefore, we accomplish an act of reminiscence, we pass through a certain series of precursive movements, until we arrive at a movement on which the one we are in quest of is habitually consequent. Hence, too, it is that we hunt through the mental train, excogitating from the present or some other, and from similar or contrary or coadjacent. Through this process reminiscence takes place. For the movements are, in these cases, sometimes at the same time, sometimes parts of the same whole, so that the subsequent movement is already more than half accomplished. [Q1440]

Brad Paisley

It's less about politics for me, but more about things that seem right and wrong. [Q1711]

Scott Nesler

The lack of a common language is a barrier. Even with the same dialect, each technology contains its own obtrusive jargon. Joining together a diverse group in a common language requires time and resources which many are not motivated to provide. [Q378]


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


You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. [Q915]

Brenda Laurel

The wind chime maker invites nature into collaboration [Q667]

Roger von Oech

Most people think of success and failure as opposites, but they both are products of the same process. [Q581]

Adlai III Stevenson

The small daughter of a famous divine was busy with her crayon and pencil, and her mother asked her whose picture she was drawing. "God's," she replied. "But, dear, nobody knows how He looks," her mother admonished. "They will when I'm finished," said the child. [Q1841]

Dale Carnegie

Your purpose is to make your audience see what you saw, hear what you heard, feel what you felt. Relevant detail, couched in concrete, colorful language, is the best way to recreate the incident as it happened and to picture it for the audience. [Q282]


What each man feared would happen to himself, did not trouble him when he saw that it would ruin another. [Q1592]

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]

Robert Pirsig

The truth knocks on your door and you say, go away I'm looking for the truth, and it goes away. Puzzling. [Q373]

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]

L. Frank Baum

Imagination has brought mankind through the dark ages to its present state of civilization. Imagination led Columbus to discover America. Imagination led Franklin to discover electricity. [Q502]

Michael Korda

The freedom to fail is vital if you're going to succeed. Most successful people fail from time to time, and it is a measure of their strength that failure merely propels them into some new attempt at success. [Q457]

Jonas Salk

Nothing happens quite by chance. It's a question of accretion of information and experience ... it's just chance that I happened to be here at this particular time when there was available and at my disposal the great experience of all the investigators who plodded along for a number of years. [Q485]

Richard P. Feynman

In this age of specialization men who thoroughly know one field are often incompetent to discuss another. The great problems of the relations between one and another aspect of human activity have for this reason been discussed less and less in public. [Q968]

Senator Paul Simon

We gain from listening to others, not that we accept all assertions of truth as equally valid. [Q1702]

Saul Alinsky

Change means movement. Movement means friction. Only in the frictionless vacuum of a nonexistent abstract world can movement or change occur without that abrasive friction of conflict. [Q990]

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]


Wonder is the feeling of the philosopher, and philosophy begins in wonder. [Q914]

David Ogilvy

I don't know the rules of grammar... If you're trying to persuade people to do something, or buy something, it seems to me you should use their language, the language they use every day, the language in which they think. We try to write in the vernacular. [Q2087]

Marshall McLuhan

I wouldn't have seen it if I hadn't believed it. [Q1460]

Yunus Emre

Ask those who know...

Ask those who know, what's this soul within the flesh? Reality's own power. What blood fills these veins?

Thought is an errand boy, fear a mine of worries. These sighs are love's clothing. Who is the Khan on the throne?

Give thanks for His unity. He created when nothing existed. And since we are actually nothing, what are possessions, houses, shops?

God sent us here to come and see the world. This world itself is not everlasting. What are all of Solomon's riches?

Ask Yunus and Taptuk what the world means to them. The world won't last. What are You? What am I


Master Kan

To suppress a truth is to give it force beyond endurance. [Q521]

John Maynard Keynes

Ideas shape the course of history. [Q94]

Alberto Giacometti

In every work of art the subject is primordial, whether the artist knows it or not. The measure of the formal qualities is only a sign of the measure of the artist's obsession with his subject; the form is always in proportion to the obsession. [Q445]

Thomas Paine

The most formidable weapon against errors of every kind is reason. [Q274]


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

Ken Kesey

Take what you can use and let the rest go by. [Q1506]


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


After this event there was contention for a long time between the upper classes and the populace. Not only was the constitution at this time oligarchical in every respect, but the poorer classes, men, women, and children, were the serfs of the rich. They were known as Pelatae and also as Hectemori, because they cultivated the lands of the rich at the rent thus indicated. The whole country was in the hands of a few persons, and if the tenants failed to pay their rent they were liable to be haled into slavery, and their children with them. All loans secured upon the debtor's person, a custom which prevailed until the time of Solon, who was the first to appear as the champion of the people. But the hardest and bitterest part of the constitution in the eyes of the masses was their state of serfdom. Not but what they were also discontented with every other feature of their lot; for, to speak generally, they had no part nor share in anything. — The Athenian Constitution — Section 1 Part 2 [Q1620]

Carl Sagan

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

Cullen Hightower

A true measure of your worth includes all the benefits others have gained from your success. [Q431]

Thor Heyerdahl

One learns more from listening than speaking.And both the wind and the people who continue to live close to nature still have much to tell us which we cannot hear within university walls. [Q1538]

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Speak what you think now in hard words and to-morrow speak what to-morrow thinks in hard words again, though it contradict every thing you said to-day. [Q426]

Jack Kerouac

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

Battle of Belief in World War II American Radio Works

Wherever authoritarian regimes, political conflict or civil wars exist, there is black radio. [Q652]

Henry Ford

The fear of loosing what you have blocks all avenues of innovation and advancement. [Q28]

Michel de Montaigne

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


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

Clarence Darrow

Justice has nothing to do with what goes on in a courtroom; Justice is what comes out of a courtroom. [Q1103]

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]

Dante Alighieri

The darkest places in hell are reserved for those who maintain their neutrality in times of moral crisis. [Q1514]

Scott Nesler

The time to change the minds of a herd is not during a stampede toward a cliff. [Q135]

Scott Nesler

The problem is not our governance, it is that the vast majority of the citizens don't know how to play the game. Ideologies serving a minuscule point of view have figured out how to pull their resources to gain favor in the system. There is no single ideology representative of the populace. Until the whole starts intelligently collaborating towards a common good expect to continue interpreting the system as irrational. Internet technology can alter this irrational exuberance of power. [Q346]

George S Patton

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

John Boyd Orr

Our civilization has evolved through the continuous adjustment of society to the stimulus of new knowledge. [Q1149]

Albert Einstein

Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. [Q1367]

Winston Churchill

History will be kind to me for I intend to write it. [Q89]

Nikola Tesla

Today's scientists have substituted mathematics for experiments, and they wander off through equation after equation, and eventually build a structure which has no relation to reality. [Q1677]

Albert Einstein

Great spirits have often encountered violent opposition from weak minds. [Q21]


Freedom is not procured by a full enjoyment of what is desired, but by controlling the desire. [Q812]

Swami Vivekananda

Truth can be stated in a thousand different ways, yet each one can be true. [Q1144]


It is not known precisely where angels dwell whether in the air, the void, or the planets. It has not been God's pleasure that we should be informed of their abode. [Q2100]

Adlai Stevenson

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

Tryon Edwards

Mystery is but another name for ignorance; if we were omniscient, all would be perfectly plain! [Q712]

Marshall McLuhan

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

Ralph Waldo Emerson

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

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]

Nursultan Nazarbayev

As of today, we do not need expert reports by the authoritative analytical institutions to realize that the reasons for such a situation in our community lie in global inequality, poverty and illiteracy. [Q1200]

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]

Marshall McLuhan

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

Stephen Jay Gould

The more important the subject and the closer it cuts to the bone of our hopes and needs, the more we are likely to err in establishing a framework for analysis. [Q1808]

Northwest Ordinance of 1787

Religion, morality, and knowledge, being necessary to good government and the happiness of mankind, schools and the means of education shall forever be encouraged. [Q1833]

Julia Robinson

We aren't pushing a particular agenda, but we're opening a dialogue on how we need to be doing something different. We think it is positive to talk about ideas. We selected the university to do that because the university is intended to be a place where you can debate ideas without being polarized. [Q1643]

Henry David Thoreau

Books are the carriers of civilization. Without books, history is silent, literature dumb, science crippled, thought and speculation at a standstill. [Q146]

John Kenneth Galbraith

The modern conservative is engaged in one of man's oldest exercises in moral philosophy; that is the search for a superior moral justification for selfishness. [Q1595]

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]


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

Scott Nesler

You can't force a point of view. You can only guide it with the clarity of your perspective. [Q181]

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]

Julius Rosenberg

There had to be a hysteria and a fear sent through America in order to get increased war budgets. [Q1546]


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

Richard M Nixon

The press is the enemy. [Q307]


It's not what happens to you, but how you react to it that matters. [Q816]

Benjamin Franklin

If you would not be forgotten as soon as you are dead, either write something worth reading or do things worth writing. [Q1880]

Richard M Nixon

Solutions are not the answer. [Q306]

Buckminster Fuller

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


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

Ludwig van Beethoven

Music is a higher revelation than all wisdom and philosophy. [Q636]

Buckminster Fuller

You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete. [Q128]

Thomas Jefferson

Every folly must run its round; and so, I suppose, must that of self-learning and self-sufficiency: of rejecting the knowledge acquired in past ages, and starting on the new ground of intuition. When sobered by experience, I hope our successors will turn their attention to the advantages of education. I mean of education on the broad scale. [Q539]

G. K. Chesterton

He who strikes the first blow confesses that he has run out of ideas. The mere proposal to set the politician to watch the capitalist has been disturbed by the rather disconcerting discovery that they are both the same man. We are past the point where being a capitalist is the only way of coming a politician, and we are dangerously newer the point where being a politician is much the quickest way of becoming a capitalist. [Q1848]


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

Buckminster Fuller

Faith is much better than belief. Belief is when someone else does the thinking. [Q107]

Adlai Stevenson

Those who corrupt the public mind are just as evil as those who steal from the public purse. [Q1654]

Edward de Bono

Here we find 'argument', which is the basis of our search for truth and the basis of our adversarial system in science, law and politics. Here we have absolutes and finality and judgement — and the confidence (sometimes arrogance) which comes from these. Here we have the mutually exclusive incompatibility which is the very essence of our logic. Each party cannot be both right and wrong at the same time. The essence of logic is identity and contradiction. In language we deliberately create mutually exclusive categories such as right/wrong and friend/enemy in order to operate this logic of contradiction. In language we deliberately create mutually exclusive categories such as right/wrong and friend/enemy in order to operate this logic of contradiction. Yet there are cultures — as I shall show in this book — which find no contradiction in a person being both friend and enemy at the same time. — Page 5, Chapter, "Introduction: The New Renaissance" — I am Right You are Wrong [Q1991]

Price David

Our country's political discourse and debate are enriched by discussions of the political implications of our faith traditions, whether they are taking place in our communities, at our dinner tables, or in our places of worship. [Q1377]

John Trenchard

Very great riches in private men are always dangerous to states, because they create greater dependence than can be consistent with the security of any sort of government whatsoever; they place subjects upon too near a level with their sovereigns; make the nobility stand upon too great an inequality in respect of one another; destroy, amongst the Commons, that balance of property and power, which is necessary to a democracy... [Q1905]

Albert Einstein

Intellectuals solve problems. Geniuses prevent them. [Q1956]


Happiness resides not in possessions, and not in gold, happiness dwells in the soul. [Q767]

Edward de Bono

The to-and-fro of political argument has little constructive or creative force. This is because argument was never intended to be creative or constructive. Argument is meant to reveal the truth, not create it. Argument can oppose a bad idea and can modify, and thereby improve, a good idea. But it does not design new ideas any more than garden shears grow a garden. Politicians, however, do not have to be creative. For ideas they listen to their advisers and analysts. (from the book, I am Right, you are wrong. Page 22. [Q2002]

Edward Thorndike

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

Ward Cunningham

The decisions I made designing wiki were very much inspired by my desire to create a model for the collaborative process I thought should happen in large code bases. I wanted wiki to mimic that. [Q1010]

Bill Gates

The Internet is becoming the town square for the global village of tomorrow. [Q1292]

John Boyd Orr

After the First World War the economic problem was no longer one of production. It was the problem of finding markets to get the output of industry and agriculture dispersed and consumed. [Q1150]

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