Quotations of Wisdom

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Michel de Montaigne

Nothing is so firmly believed as what we least know. [Q2018]

Virgil

From my example learn to be just, and not to despise the gods. [Q1578]

Leo Tolstoy

War on the other hand is such a terrible thing, that no man, especially a Christian man, has the right to assume the responsibility of starting it. [Q1063]

Barbara Deming
 

The longer we listen to one another - with real attention - the more commonality we will find in all our lives. That is, if we are careful to exchange with one another life stories and not simply opinions. [Q379]

Oliver Goldsmith

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

Amanda Palmer

Everyones got to stop thinking there's an answer. The answer is there's an infinite number of answers. — The Dresdon Dolls [Q301]

Akhenaton

Those who gave thee a body, furnished it with weakness; but He who gave thee Soul, armed thee with resolution. Employ it, and thou art wise; be wise and thou art happy. [Q1257]

Grover Cleveland
 

What is the use of being elected or re-elected unless you stand for something? Trust the people, trust their good sense, their decency, their fortitude, their faith. Trust them with the facts. Trust them with the great decisions. ... What wins is more important than who wins. [Q1843]

Ralph Waldo Emerson

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

Adlai Stevenson

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

Epictetus

To accuse others for one's own misfortunes is a sign of want of education. To accuse oneself shows that one's education has begun. To accuse neither oneself nor others shows that one's education is complete. [Q825]

Dr. Zaius

I have always known about man. From the evidence, I believe his wisdom must walk hand and hand with his idiocy. His emotions must rule his brain. He must be a warlike creature who gives battle to everything around him, even himself. [Q1602]

Theodore Roosevelt

I am a part of everything that I have read. [Q504]

Blaise Pascal

It is not good to be too free. It is not good to have everything one wants. [Q591]

Mohandas Gandhi

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

Leonardo da Vinci

Blinding ignorance does mislead us. O! Wretched mortals, open your eyes! [Q695]

Alan Greenspan

The true measure of a career is to be able to be content, even proud, that you succeeded through your own endeavors without leaving a trail of casualties in your wake. — June 1999 — Harvard University Commencement Address [Q459]

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]

Saul Alinsky

Life is a corrupting process from the time a child learns to play his mother off against his father in the politics of when to go to bed; he who fears corruption fears life. [Q989]

John F. Kennedy

With such a peace, there will still be quarrels and conflicting interests, as there are with families and nations. World peace, like community peace, does not require that each man love his neighbor - it requires only that they live together in mutual tolerance, submitting their disputes to a just and peaceful settlement. And history teaches us that enmities between nations, as between individuals, do not last forever. [Q1277]

René Descartes

I think; therefore I am. [Q1117]

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]

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]

The Rum Diaries

The race is not to the swift, nor the battle to the strong, but to those who can see it coming and jump aside. [Q2047]

Theodore Roosevelt

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

Plato

Twice and thrice over, as they say, good is it to repeat and review what is good. [Q909]

Hypatia

Life is an unfoldment, and the further we travel the more truth we can comprehend. To understand the things that are at our door is the best preparation for understanding those that lie beyond. [Q1236]

Senator Paul Simon

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

Margaret Mead

I have a respect for manners as such, they are a way of dealing with people you don't agree with or like. [Q1420]

Marshall McLuhan

The printing press was at first mistaken for an engine of immortality by everybody except Shakespeare. [Q1481]

Voltaire

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

T.S. Elliot

I don't believe one grows older. I think that what happens early on in life is that at a certain age one stands still and stagnates. [Q337]

Václav Havel

There are no exact guidelines. There are probably no guidelines at all. The only thing I can recommend at this stage is a sense of humor, an ability to see things in their ridiculous and absurd dimensions, to laugh at others and at ourselves, a sense of irony regarding everything that calls out for parody in this world. In other words, I can only recommend perspective and distance. Awareness of all the most dangerous kinds of vanity, both in others and in ourselves. A good mind. A modest certainty about the meaning of things. Gratitude for the gift of life and the courage to take responsibility for it. Vigilance of spirit. [Q1770]

René Descartes

I am indeed amazed when I consider how weak my mind is and how prone to error. [Q1115]

George Washington Carver

Where there is no vision, there is no hope. [Q317]

Adlai Stevenson III

Today's politics tends to focus on popularity and the games: who is supporting whom, the polls and the money, personalities over truth, substitutes for Reason. [Q1844]

Marshall McLuhan

Politics will eventually be replaced by imagery. The politician will be only too happy to abdicate in favor of his image, because the image will be much more powerful than he could ever be. [Q1470]

Dennis Prager

Our scientific age demands that we provide definitions, measurements, and statistics in order to be taken seriously. Yet most of the important things in life cannot be precisely defined or measured. Can we define or measure love, beauty, friendship, or decency, for example? [Q453]

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]

Wendell Berry

We Americans are not usually thought to be a submissive people, but of course we are. Why else would we allow our country to be destroyed? Why else would we be rewarding its destroyers? [Q1318]

Epictetus

Unless we place our religion and our treasure in the same thing, religion will always be sacrificed. [Q826]

Herbert Simon

Technology may create a condition, but the questions are what do we do about ourselves. We better understand ourselves pretty clearly and we better find ways to like ourselves. [Q647]

Adlai Stevenson III

While informative news programs often supported by foundations can be found on PBS, C-Span, BBC World and a few cable channels, television leaves most Americans uninformed or misinformed about public issues even as the world becomes a more complex and volatile place, the complexities of issues ever larger, requiring conscientious reporting, interpretation and honest gate keepers. [Q1858]

Senator Paul Simon

My Christian heritage and beliefs are part of me, but through the years I have become more sensitive to the great harm that religious beliefs can cause as well as the great good they can create. [Q1687]

Napoleon Hill

Desire is the starting point of all achievement, not a hope, not a wish, but a keen pulsating desire which transcends everything. [Q683]

Virgil

Myself acquainted with misfortune, I learn to help the unfortunate. [Q1585]

William Lyon Phelps

The belief that youth is the happiest time of life is founded on a fallacy. The happiest person is the person who thinks the most interesting thoughts, and we grow happier as we grow older. [Q1054]

Freeman Dyson

I believe global warming is grossly exaggerated as a problem. It's a real problem, but it's nothing like as serious as people are led to believe. The idea that global warming is the most important problem facing the world is total nonsense and is doing a lot of harm. It distracts people's attention from much more serious problems. [Q1915]

Oscar Romero

Peace is not the product of terror or fear. Peace is not the silence of cemeteries. Peace is not the silent result of violent repression. Peace is the generous, tranquil contribution of all to the good of all. Peace is dynamism. Peace is generosity. It is right and it is duty. [Q574]

Meister Eckhart

God is at home, it's we who have gone out for a walk. [Q1626]

Marshall McLuhan

Obsolescence never meant the end of anything, it's just the beginning. [Q1467]

Stephen Hadely

Initial reports are encouraging. In the end of the day, it's going to be deeds, not words, that matter. [Q1201]

John Steinbeck

Ideas are like rabbits. You get a couple and learn how to handle them, and pretty soon you have a dozen. [Q1368]

Galileo Galilei

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

René Descartes

The senses deceive from time to time, and it is prudent never to trust wholly those who have deceived us even once. [Q1124]

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]

Daniela Schiller

If you want to keep a memory as is, you carve it into a story. It’s not only keeping the content, it’s keeping the feeling alive. The best part is, you’re not the only one remembering it. [Q2040]

Howard Zinn

Americans have been taught that their nation is civilized and humane. But, too often, U.S. actions have been uncivilized and inhumane. [Q383]

John D Barrow

People assume that because you have graced the same stage as the star act, in front of thousands, you must be reaping similar financial rewards. This is a complete fallacy. [Q1050]

Buckminster Fuller

What usually happens in the educational process is that the faculties are dulled, overloaded, stuffed and paralyzed so that by the time most people are mature they have lost their innate capabilities. [Q116]

Václav Havel

Despite all the political misery I am confronted with every day, it still is my profound conviction that the very essence of politics is not dirty; dirt is brought in only by wicked people. I admit that this is an area of human activity where the temptation to advance through unfair actions may be stronger than elsewhere, and which thus makes higher demands on human integrity. But it is not true at all that a politician cannot do without lying or intriguing. That is sheer nonsense, often spread by those who want to discourage people from taking an interest in public affairs. [Q1765]

Wendell Berry

If we are serious about peace, then we must work for it as ardently, seriously, continuously, carefully, and bravely as we have ever prepared for war. [Q1335]

Noam Chomsky

States are not moral agents, people are, and can impose moral standards on powerful institutions. [Q158]

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]

Woodrow Wilson

Let me inside the government and I will tell you what is going on there. [Q2027]

Cullen Hightower

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

Mohandas Gandhi

First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win. [Q563]

Albert Einstein

I fear the day that technology will surpass our human interaction. The world will have a generation of idiots. [Q2091]

Marshall McLuhan

Diaper backward spells repaid. Think about it. [Q1456]

Noam Chomsky

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

Dalai Lama

Where ignorance is our master, there is no possibility of real peace. [Q691]

Miles Davis

I know what I've done for music, but don't call me a legend. Just call me Miles Davis. [Q2058]

Wendell Berry

Today, local economies are being destroyed by the "pluralistic," displaced, global economy, which has no respect for what works in a locality. The global economy is built on the principle that one place can be exploited, even destroyed, for the sake of another place. [Q1317]

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]

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]

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]

Voltaire

Every man is guilty of all the good he did not do. [Q63]

Marshall McLuhan

Anyone who tries to make a distinction between education and entertainment doesn't know the first thing about either. [Q1451]

Episode 109 Snap Judgement

Blind obedience to authority is critical because all of our training as children is in fact to be blindly obedient to authority. The problem is that not all authority deserves our respect. [Q1529]

Thor Heyerdahl

Civilization grew in the beginning from the minute that we had communication - particularly communication by sea that enabled people to get inspiration and ideas from each other and to exchange basic raw materials. [Q1532]

Vincent Bugliosi

If you're honest with yourself, you're going to find out whether you truly love America, or whether your primary allegiance is to the Republican party. [Q2066]

Saint Francis of Assisi

While you are proclaiming peace with your lips, be careful to have it even more fully in your heart. [Q1402]

Michel de Montaigne

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

Barbara Deming

We learn best to listen to our own voices if we are listening at the same time to other women whose stories for all our differences turn out, if we listen well, to be our stories also. [Q1397]

Thomas Jefferson

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

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]

Bruce Schneier

It is poor civic hygiene to install technologies that could someday facilitate a police state. [Q2043]

Epictetus

Whenever you are angry, be assured that it is not only a present evil, but that you have increased a habit. [Q830]

Thomas Jefferson

Preach... a crusade against ignorance; establish and improve the law for educating the common people. Let our countrymen know that the people alone can protect us against these evils [of monarchial government]. [Q540]

Edward Sapir

A common allegiance to form of expression that is identified with no single national unit is likely to prove one of the most potent symbols of the freedom of the human spirit that the world has yet known. [Q2065]

Socrates

A system of morality which is based on relative emotional values is a mere illusion, a thoroughly vulgar conception which has nothing sound in it and nothing true. [Q759]

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Harder still it has proved to rule the dragon Money... A whole generation adopted false principles, and went to their graves in the belief they were enriching the country they were impoverishing. [Q2034]

Edward de Bono

In our legal system we make a sharp distinction between 'guilty' and 'innocent'. If guilty there is punishment to follow. In Japan half the arrested offenders are released by the prosecutor, who has power to let them go if they apologize and seem intent on behaving better in the future. The emphasis in the Japanese system is not on judgement category but on what comes next. The crime rate in Japan is very low. There is one lawyer for 9,000 people compared to one lawyer for 400 in the USA. — Page 9, Chapter: Introduction: The New Renaissance - I am Right You are Wrong. [Q1992]

Plato

Opinion is the medium between knowledge and ignorance. [Q693]

Guglielmo Marconi

Every day sees humanity more victorious in the struggle with space and time. [Q324]

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]

Mustafa Kemal

Today, our most important and most productive task is the national education [unification and modernization] affairs. We have to be successful in national education affairs and we shall be. The liberation of a nation is only achieved through this way. [Q1930]

Thomas Jefferson

This I hope will be the age of experiments in government, and that their basis will be founded in principles of honesty, not of mere force [Q541]

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]

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]

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