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- harry emerson fosdick consider the past and you shall know the future. - chinese proverb you can't get where you want to go if you don't know where you are. to many time we confuse motion with progress. - cyclops if i wished to punish a province, i would have it governed by philosophers. frederick ii, the great the best way to predict your future is to create it. if you don't know where you're going, any road will take you there. the goal of the works of a genius' existance lies only in itself. pleasure and joy are deceptive analytic and romantic understanding should be united at a basic level. reassimilate the passions from which the rational mind fled. - r.m.pirsig fear is the mind killer. - paul muad'ib to have and to want more that is life. - f. nietzsche all our wanting comes from needs, thus we continiously suffer. the intellect teaches free will, free from suffering. - arthur schopenhauer knowing others is wisdom, knowing yourself is enlightenment. - laotzu the truth is realized in an instant; the act is practiced step by step. - zen saying if you work on your mind with your mind, how can you avoid immense confusion? seng-ts'an do not seek to follow in the footsteps of the men of old; seek what they sought. - basho teachers open the door, but you must enter by yourself. - chinese proverb knock on the sky and listen to the sound! - zen saying anarchism is founded on the observation that since few men are wise enough to rule themselves, even fewer are wise enough to rule others. - edward abbey smooth seas do not make skillful sailors. - african proverb the man who has no imagination has no wings. - muhammad ali the man who views the world at 50 the same as he did at 20 has wasted 30 years of his life. - muhammad ali there are two types of people in this world, good and bad. the good sleep better, but the bad seem to enjoy the waking hours much more. - woody allen i have yet to see any problem, however complicated, which, when you looked at it in the right way, did not become still more complicated. - poul anderson the most exciting phrase to hear in science, the one that heralds new discoveries, is not eureka! (i found it!) but rather, 'hmm.... that's funny...'. - isaac asimov history does not repeat itself. historians repeat each other. - arthur balfour behind every great fortune there is a crime. - honore de balzac ...the myth of socialism is far stronger than the reality of capitalism. that is because capitalism is not really an ism at all. it is what people do if you leave them alone. - arnold beichmen, hoover institute fellow happiness is good health and a bad memory. - ingrid bergman (1917-1982) there's nothing new under the sun, but there are lots of old things we don't know. - ambrose bierce never express yourself more clearly than you think. - n. bohr the opposite of a correct statement is a false statement. but the opposite of a profound truth may well be another profound truth. - niels bohr you are not thinking. you are merely being logical. - neils bohr to albert einstein ability is nothing without opportunity. - napoleon bonaparte in politics an absurdity is not a handicap. - napoleon bonaparte if you are not an idealist by the time you are twenty you have no heart, but if you are still an idealist by the time you are thirty, you don't have a head. randolph bourne there's no government like no government. - bumper sticker, seen in berkeley, ca absence is to love what wind is to fire; it extinguishes the small, it enkindles
the great. - comte de bussy-rabutin whenever man comes up with a better mousetrap, nature immediately comes up with a better mouse. - james carswell how many cares one loses when one decides not to be something but to be someone. coco chanel one sees great things from the valley, only small things from the peak. - g. k. chesterton a journey of a thousand miles starts with a single step. - chinese proverb behind an able man there are always other able men. - chinese proverb in shallow waters, shrimps make fools of dragons. - chinese proverb judge not the horse by his saddle. - chinese proverb the palest ink is better than the best memory. - chinese proverb the wise man learns more from his enemies than a fool does from his friends. chinese proverb when you want to test the depths of a stream, don't use both feet. - chinese proverb i like a man who grins when he fights. - winston churchill i like pigs. dogs look up to us. cats look down on us. pigs treat us as equals. winston churchill the best argument against democracy is a five minute talk with the average voter. - winston churchill politicians should read science fiction, not westerns and detective stories. arthur c clarke hear and you forget; see and you remember; do and you understand. - confucius our greatest glory is not in never failing, but in rising every time we fail. confucius the superior man is distressed by the limitation of his ability; he is not distressed by the fact that men do not recognize the ability he has. - confucius love may not make the world go round, but i must admit that it makes the ride worthwhile. - sean connery love is a fire. but whether it is going to warm your hearth or burn down your house, you can never tell. - joan crawford nothing in life is to be feared. it is only to be understood. - marie curie a man who dares to waste an hour of time has not discovered the value of life. charles darwin there's nothing i like less than bad arguments for a view that i hold dear. daniel dennett if there are no stupid questions, then what sort of questions do stupid people ask? - dogbert everybody is somebody else's weirdo. - dykstra i'm interested in the fact that the less secure a man is, the more likely he is to have extreme prejudice. - - clint eastwood results! why man, i have gotten a lot of results. i know several thousand things that won't work. - thomas alva edison anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new. - albert einstein great spirits have often encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds. albert einstein (1879-1955) if i had my life to live over again, i'd be a plumber. - albert einstein put your hand on a hot stove for a minute, and it seems like an hour. sit with a pretty girl for an hour, and it seems like a minute. that's relativity. - albert einstein an intellectual is a man who takes more words than necessary to tell more than he knows. - dwight d. eisenhower the only way to have a friend is to be one. - ralph waldo emerson scitum est inter caecos luscum regnare posse. (it is well known, that among the blind the one-eyed man is king.) - gerard didier erasmus it is never too late to be what you might have been. - farmer's almanac, 1995
it takes a big man to admit when he's wrong, and an even bigger one to keep his mouth shut when he's right. - jim fiebig if you understand, things are as they are. if you do not understand, things are as they are. - gensha, zen master the dogmatist within is always worse than the enemy without. - s.j. gould the market is not an invention of capitalism. it has existed for centuries. it is an invention of civilization. - mikhail gorbachev when a man's knowledge is deep, he speaks well of an enemy. instead of seeking revenge, he extends unexpected generosity. he turns insult into humor, ... and astonishes his adversary who finds no reason not to trust him. - baltasar gracian knowledge is power. - thomas hobbes a person's maturity consists in having found again the seriousness one had as a child, at play. - friedrich wilhelm nietzsche it is my ambition to say in ten sentences what others say in a whole book. friedrich nietzsche a little government and a little luck are necessary in life, but only a fool trusts either of them. - p.j. o'rourke the democrats are the party that says government will make you smarter, taller, richer, and remove the crabgrass on your lawn. the republicans are the party that says government doesn't work and then they get elected and prove it. - p.j. o'rourke most people get a fair amount of fun out of their lives, but on balance life is suffering, and only the very young or very foolish imagine otherwise. - george orwell one of the symptoms of an approaching nervous breakdown is the belief that one's work is terribly important. - bertrand russell all great truths begin as blasphemies. - george bernard shaw a pessimist thinks everybody is as nasty as himself, and hates them for it. george bernard shaw there is no love sincerer than the love of food. - george bernard shaw logic is a tweeting bird in a green meadow. - mr. spock the more corrupt the state, the more numerous the laws. - cornelius tacitus for i am a bear of very little brain, and big words bother me. - winnie the pooh you can build a throne with bayonets, but you can't sit on it for long. - boris yeltsin murphy's first law: nothing is as easy as it looks. murphy's second law: everything takes longer than you think. murphy's third law: in any field of scientific endeavor, anything that can go wrong will go wrong. murphy's fourth law: if there is a possibility of several things going wrong, the one that will cause the most damage will be the one to go wrong. murphy's fifth law: if anything just cannot go wrong, it will anyway. murphy's sixth law: if you perceive that there are four possible ways in which a procedure can go wrong and circumvent these, then a fifth way, unprepared for, will promptly develop. murphy's seventh law: left to themselves, things tend to go from bad to worse. o'toole's commentary on murphy's law: murphy was an optimist. youth and skill are no match for experience and treachery.
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