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- Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat
Jean Paul Sartre
- Every nation ridicules other nationsand all are
- To conceal a want of real ideas, many make for themselves
an imposing apparatus of long compound words, intricate flourishes and phrases, new and
unheard-of expressions, all of which together furnish an extremely difficult jargon that
sounds very learned. Yet with all this they sayprecisely nothing.
- Universal compassion is the only guarantee of morality.
- Our perceiving self is nowhere to be found in
the world-picture, because it itself is the world-picture.
- The essential feature of statistics is a prudent and
systematic ignoring of details. [in Science, Theory, and Man]
- Any darn fool can make something complex; it takes a genius
to make something simple.
- He who injured you was either stronger or weaker. If weaker, spare him; if stronger,
George Bernard Shaw
- Disobedience, the rarest and most courageous of the
virtues, is seldom distinguished from neglect, the laziest and commonest of the vices.
- If you tell people the truth, make them laugh or they'll
- It is dangerous to be sincere unless you are also stupid.
- The fact that a believer is happier than a skeptic is no more to the point than the fact
that a drunken man is happier than a sober one.
- The longer I live the more I see that I am never wrong
about anything and that all the pains I have taken to verify my notions have only wasted
- The power of acccurate observation is commonly called
cynicism by those who have not got it.
- The reasonable man adapts himself to the world; the unreasonable one persists in trying
to adapt the world to himself. Therefore, all progress depends on the unreasonable man.
- Virtue consists, not in abstaining from vice, but in not
- We live in an atmosphere of shame. We are ashamed of everything that is real about
us; ashamed of ourselves, of our relatives, of our incomes, of our accents, of our
opinion, of our experience, just as we are ashamed of our naked skins.
John A. Shedd
- A ship is safe in harbor, but that's not what ships are for.
- If you dont love your mother you go straight to hell.
[3/15/99, a week after his mother died, on the Jay Leno show]
information consumes is rather obvious: it consumes the attention of its recipients.
Hence, a wealth of information creates a poverty of attention and a need to allocate that
attention efficiently among the overabundance of information sources that might consume
- Once made equal to man, woman becomes superior.
- The shortest and surest way to live with honor in the world
is to be in reality what we would appear to be.
- The unexamined life is not worth living.
all things there are three choices: yes, no and no choice, except in thisI either choose the truth or I am deceit.
Francis Cardinal Spellman
- Pray as if everything depended on God, and work as if
everything depended on man.
- The things we admire in men, kindness and generosity, openness, honesty, understanding
and feeling are the concomitants of failure in our system. And those traits we detest,
sharpness, greed, acquisitiveness, meanness, egotism and self-interest are the traits of
success. And while men admire the quality of the first they love the produce of the
Ralph W. Stockman
- Ninety percent of everything is crud. (Sturgeon's Law)
Note: Sturgeon's Law is usually misquoted, "Ninety percent of everything is
crap." I met Theodore Sturgeon through science fiction fandom and when I first heard
of the law around 1960 people in fandom were still quoting it correctly. I guess
"crud" isn't "grown-up" enough for the folks who heard about it later.
Harry Stack Sullivan
- [O]ne of the greatest difficulties encountered in bringing
about favorable change is this almost inescapable illusion that there is a perduring,
unique, simple existent self, [which is] in some strange fashion, the patients, or
the subject persons, private property.
Baroness Edith Summerskill
- Nagging is the repetition of unpalatable truths.
- In the beginner's mind there are many possibilities, but in the expert's mind there are
- When a true genius appears in the world, you may know him
by this sign, that the dunces are all in confederacy against him.
- You cannot reason a person out of a position he did not
reason himself into in the first place.
- Two can live as cheaply as onefor half as long.
- A discovery is an accident meeting a prepared mind.
The Gospel According to Thomas
- Know what is in thy sight, and what is hidden from thee
will be revealed to thee.
- Whoever knows the All but fails to know himself lacks
Henry David Thoreau
- Any man more right than his neighbor constitutes a majority
- If I knew for a certainty that a man was coming to my house
with the conscious design of doing me good, I should run for my life.
- There are thousands hacking at the branches of evil to one
who is striking at the root.
- We have just enough religion to make us hate, but not
enough to make us love one another.
- What I need to do is to see, at any rate, that I do not
lend myself to the wrong which I condemn.
- You can fool too many of the people too much of the time.
- I never did give anybody hell. I just told the truth and
they thought it was hell.
- Make no little plans. Make the biggest one you can think
of, and spend the rest of your life carrying it out.
- Always do right. This will gratify some people and astonish
- Faith is believing in something you know aint so.
- Few things are harder to put up with than the annoyance of a good example.
- Get your facts first and then you can distort them as much
as you wish.
breeding consists of concealing how much we think of ourselves and how little we think of
the other person.
- History may not repeat iself, but it sure does rhyme.
- I believe I have no prejudices whatsoever. All I need to
know is that a man is a member of the human race. That's bad enough for me.
- I can live for two months on a good compliment.
- If you pick up a starving dog and make him prosperous, he
will not bite you; that is the principal difference between a dog and a man.
- It is better to deserve honors and not have them than to
have them and not deserve them.
- Nothing is so in need of reforming as other peoples
- One of the striking differences between a cat and a lie is
that a cat has only nine lives.
- Strange is the man who practices his religion.
- There has been only one Christian. They caught him and
crucified him--early. [Notebook, 1898 ]
- Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it
is time to pause and reflect.
- It is wisdom to know others; it is enlightenment to know
- Seeing is forgetting the name of what one sees.
Leonardo da Vinci
- If you are alone you belong entirely to yourself. If you
are accompanied by even another companion you belong only half to yourself, or even less.
- Anything too stupid to be spoken is sung.
- A slave to everything that surrounds me, chained to a
single point, and surrounded with immensity, I begin by searching into myself.
- If you wish to converse with me, define your terms.
- I have never made but one prayer to God, a very short one:
"O Lord, make my enemies ridiculous." And God granted it.
- Illusion is the first of all the pleasures.
- In the midst of all the doubts which we have discussed for
over four thousand years in four thousand ways, the safest course is still to do nothing
against ones conscience.
- To succeed in the world it is not enough to be stupid, you
must also be well-mannered.
Wernher von Braun
Albert von Szent-Gyorgyi
- Discovery consists of seeing what everybody has seen and
thinking what nobody has thought.
- If you can't be content with what you have received, be thankful for what you have
- Life is hard. It's harder if you're stupid.
- The difference between more or less intelligent men is like
the difference between criminals condemned to life imprisonment in smaller or larger
cells. The intelligent man who is proud of his intelligence is like a condemned man who is
proud of his large cell.
- Good people will do good things. Evil people will do evil
things. But for good people to do evil things, that takes religion.
- The more the universe seems comprehensible, the more it
also seems pointless.
- A language is a dialect with an army and a navy.
Alfred North Whitehead
- A clash of doctrines is not a disasterit is an
- Civilization advances by extending the number of operations
we can perform without thinking about them.
- Seek simplicity and distrust it.
- The Universe is vast. Nothing is more curious than the self-satisfied dogmatism with
which mankind at each period of its history cherishes the delusion of the finality of
existing modes of knowledge. Skeptics and believers are alike. At this moment scientists
and skeptics are the leading dogmatists. Advance in detail is admitted; fundamental
novelty is barred. This dogmatic common sense is the death of philosophic adventure.
- A true friend stabs you in the front.
- I have found that all ugly things are made by those who
strive to make something beautiful, and that all beautiful things are made by those who
strive to make something useful.
- The worst vice of the fanatic is his sincerity.
- Never murder a man while hes busy committing suicide.
- The aspects of things that are most important for us are hidden because of their
simplicity and familiarity.
- Whereof one cannot speak, thereof one must remain silent.
- When you believe in things that you dont understand
then you suffer. [in Superstition]
Frank Lloyd Wright
- Love of an idea is the love of God.
- The truth is more important than the facts.
- Besides the noble art of getting things done, there is the noble art of leaving things
undone. The wisdom of life consists in the elimination of non-essentials.
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