Monday, April 11, 2011

Some citations

Life doesn't imitate art, it imitates bad television Isaac Asimov Violence is the last refuge of the incompetent J.S. Bell No theory of reality compatible with quantum theory can require spatially separate events to be independent Claude Bernard Man can learn nothing except by going from the known to the unknown Niels Bohr Whoever talks about Planck's constant and does not feel at least a little giddy obviously doesn't appreciate what he is talking about Niels Bohr How wonderful that we have met with a paradox. Now we have some hope of making progress Niels Bohr The opposite of a fact is falsehood, but the opposite of one profound truth may very well be another profound truth Niels Bohr Your theory is crazy, but it's not crazy enough to be true Niels Bohr If quantum mechanics hasn't profoundly shocked you, you haven't understood it yet Antoine Bourdelle The secret of art is love Giordano Bruno It is proof of a base and low mind for one to wish to think with the masses or majority, merely because the majority is the majority. Truth does not change because it is, or is not, believed by a majority of the people Buddha Thousands of candles can be lighted from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases by being shared Buddha Beings are owners of their action, heirs of their action Lord Byron The power of Thought, the magic of the Mind ! Albert Camus Don't walk in front of me, I may not follow. Don't walk behind me, I may not lead. Just walk beside me and be my friend Dale Carnegie It isn't what you have, or who you are, or where you are, or what you are doing that makes you happy or unhappy. It is what you think about Lewis Carroll Sometimes I've believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast Lewis Carroll Curiouser and curiouser ! Castaneda We choose only once. We choose either to be warriors or to be ordinary men. A second choice does not exist. Not on this earth Chang-Tzu The birth of a man is the birth of his sorrow. The longer he lives, the more stupid he becomes, because his anxiety to avoid unavoidable death becomes more and more acute. What bitterness! He lives for what is always out of reach! His thirst for survival in the future makes him incapable of living in the present Winston Churchill The truth is incontrovertible, malice may attack it, ignorance may deride it, but in the end, there it is Winston Churchill I never worry about action, but only about inaction Winston Churchill Man will occasionally stumble over the truth, but usually manages to pick himself up, walk over or around it, and carry on Winston Churchill Success is not final, failure is not fatal : it is the courage to continue that counts Confucius By three methods we may learn wisdom : first, by reflection, which is the noblest. Second, by imitation, which is the easiest. And third by experience, which is the bitterest Confucius The superior man acts before he speaks, and afterwards speaks according to his action Confucius When it is obvious that the goals cannot be reached, don't adjust the goals, adjust the action steps Confucius To put the world in order, we must first put the nation in order. To put the nation in order, we must put the family in order. To put the family in order, we must cultivate our personal life. And to cultivate our personal life, we must first set our hearts right Copernicus To know that we know what we know, and to know that we do not know what we do not know, that is true knowledge Sir William Crookes We have actually touched the Borderland where Matter and Force seem to merge into one another, the shadowy realm between the Known and Unknown ... I venture to think that the greatest scientific problems of the future will find their solution in this Borderland, and even beyond. Here, it seems to me, lie Ultimate Realities, subtle, far-reaching, wonderful Dalai Lama We can live without religion and meditation, but we cannot survive without human affection Dalai Lama I believe that the very purpose of our life is to seek happiness. That is clear. Whether one believes in religion or not, whether one believes in this religion or that religion, we all are seeking something better in life. So, I think, the very motion of our life is towards happiness Leonardo da Vinci Art is never finished, only abandoned Leonardo da Vinci Where the spirit does not work with the hand there is no art Leonardo da Vinci Why does the eye see a thing more clearly in dreams than the imagination when awake ? Democritus of Abdera Nothing exists except atoms and empty space. Everything else is opinion Taisen Deshimaru Time is not a line, but a series of now points Emily Dickinson The truth dazzles gradually, or else the world would be blind Dogen Cease from practice based on intellectual understanding, pursuing words, and following after speech, and learn the backward step that turns your light inward to illuminate your self. Body and mind of themselves will drop away, and your original face will be manifest Freeman Dyson Mind and intelligence are woven into the fabric of our universe in a way that altogether surpasses our understanding Thomas Edison Many of life's failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up Albert Einstein Matter is Energy. Energy is Light. We are all Light Beings Albert Einstein Whoever is careless with the truth in small matters cannot be trusted with important matters Albert Einstein I have yet to meet a single person from our culture, no matter what his or her educational background, IQ, and specific training, who had powerful transpersonal experiences and continues to subscribe to the materialistic monism of Western science Albert Einstein The gift of fantasy has meant more to me than my talent for absorbing knowledge Albert Einstein Unthinking respect for authority is the greatest enemy of truth Albert Einstein Few people are capable of expressing with equanimity opinions which differ from the prejudices of their social environment. Most people are even incapable of forming such opinions Albert Einstein There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle Albert Einstein Only a life lived for others is worth living Albert Einstein Science without religion is lame, religion without science is blind Albert Einstein I want to know how God created this world. I am not interested in this or that phenomenon, in the spectrum of this or that element. I want to know His thoughts, the rest are details Albert Einstein He who joyfully marches in rank and file has already earned my contempt. He has been given a large brain by mistake, since for him the spinal cord would suffice Albert Einstein I am convinced that He (God) does not play dice Albert Einstein The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mystical. It is the source of all true art and science Albert Einstein Imagination is more important than knowledge Albert Einstein Two things are infinite : the universe and human stupidity... and I'm not sure about the universe Albert Einstein A hundred times every day I remind myself that my inner and outer life depend upon the labors of other men, living and dead, and that I must exert myself in order to give in the measure as I have received and am still receiving Albert Einstein Do you remember how electrical currents and "unseen waves" were laughed at ? The knowledge about man is still in its infancy Albert Einstein The significant problems we face cannot be solved at the same level of thinking we were at when we created them T. S. Eliot We shall not cease from exploration. And the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started and know the place for the first time Ralph Waldo Emerson The invariable mark of wisdom is to see the miraculous in the common Ralph Waldo Emerson Truth is beautiful, without doubt. But so are lies Ralph Waldo Emerson What lies behind us and what lies before us are small matters to what lies within us Ralph Waldo Emerson Always do what you are afraid to do Ralph Waldo Emerson God enters by a private door into every individual Ralph Waldo Emerson ...the sense of being which in calm hours arises, we know not how, in the soul, is not diverse from things, from space, from light, from time, from man, but one with them and proceeds obviously from the same source.... Here is the fountain of action and of thought.... We lie in the lap of immense intelligence Epictetus There is only one way to happiness and that is to cease worrying about things which are beyond the power of our will Epicurus It is not so much our friends' help that helps us as the confident knowledge that they will help us William Faulkner I believe that man will not merely endure : he will prevail. He is immortal, not because he alone among creatures has an inexhaustible voice, but because he has a soul, a spirit capable of compassion and sacrifice and endurance Benjamin Franklin Democracy must be something more than two wolves and a sheep voting on what to have for dinner Galileo Galilei I do not feel obliged to believe that the same God who has endowed us with sense, reason, and intellect has intended us to forget their use Gandhi We must become the change we want to see Gandhi Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever Gandhi God has no religion Gandhi You may never know what results come of your action, but if you do nothing there will be no result Gandhi When I despair, I remember that all through history the ways of truth and love have always won. There have been tyrants, and murderers, and for a time they can seem invincible, but in the end they always fall. Think of it - always Khalil Gibran Truth is a deep kindness that teaches us to be content in our everyday life and share with the people the same happiness Khalil Gibran Yesterday is but today's memory, tomorrow is today's dream Johann Wolfgang von Goethe Thinking is easy, acting is difficult, and to put one's thoughts into action is the most difficult thing in the world

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