Curious Quotes

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We have to remember that what we observe is not nature in itself but nature exposed to our method of questioning .- Werner Heisenberg Nothing is easier than self-deceit. For what each man wishes, that he also believes to be true. ~Demosthenes The two most important questions for society, according to the Greek philosopher Plato, are these: What will we teach our children? And who will teach them? 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. Nikola Tesla,US (Serbian-born) electrical inventor (1857 – 1943), Modern Mechanics and Inventions. July, 1934 A motion to adjourn is always in order. Robert Heinlein (1907 – 1988), Lazarus Long: Time Enough For Love Aim at heaven and you will get earth thrown in. Aim at earth and you get neither. I believe in Christianity as I believe that the sun has risen: not only because I see it, but because by it I see everything else. ~C. S. Lewis If you don’t know where you are going, any road will get you there. ~Lewis Carroll I do not feel obliged to believe that the same God who has endowed us with sense, reason, and intellect has intended us to forgo their use. ~Galileo Galilei Opportunities are usually disguised as hard work, so most people don’t recognize them. ~Ann Landers It’s the job that’s never started that takes longest to finish. ~J.R.R. Tolkien And in the end, it’s not the years in your life that count. It’s the life in your years. Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe. ~Abraham Lincoln I like your Christ, I do not like your Christians. Your Christians are so unlike your Christ. ~Mohandas Gandhi One cannot reflect in streaming water. Only those who know internal peace can give it to others. ~Lao Tzu If you can’t, you must. If you must, you can. ~Anthony Robbins If men swear that they want to harm you when you are asleep, you can go to sleep. If women say so, stay awake. ~African Proverb Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity; and I’m not sure about the universe. ~Albert Einstein You can safely assume that you’ve created God in your own image when it turns out that God hates all the same people you do. ~Anne Lamott Perseverance is the hard work you do after you get tired of doing the hard work you already did. ~Newt Gingrich One of the consequences of such notions as “entitlements” is that people who have contributed nothing to society feel that society owes them something, apparently just for being nice enough to grace us with their presence. ~Thomas Sowell (1930- )

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“Comrades! We must abolish the cult of the individual decisively, once and for all.” (Nikita Khrushchev, February 25, 1956, 20th Congress of the Communist Party) “We must stop thinking of the individual and start thinking about what is best for society.” (Hillary Clinton, 1993) “A government big enough to give you everything you want is a government big enough to take from you everything you have” President Gerald Ford 1974 By justice a king gives stability to the land, but one who makes heavy exactions ruins it. Solomon: Proverbs 29:4 Happiness depends upon ourselves. We are what we repeatedly do.Excellence then, is not an act, but a habit. Pleasure in the job puts perfection in the work. It is in justice that the ordering of society is centered. ~Aristotle
Hat tip to Brian Shannon for some of these gems.

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