Random Quotes

Author    Subject    Text     Filter
2088 quotes found  
Author Text Subject
6289Karl PopperThere is an almost universal tendency, perhaps an inborn tendency, to suspect the good faith of a man who holds opinions that differ from our own opinions. … It obviously endangers the freedom and the objectivity of our discussion if we attack a person instead of attacking an opinion or, more precisely, a theory.Miscellaneous
5949Alan GreenspanUnder the gold standard, a free banking system stands as the protector of an economy's stability and balanced growth... The abandonment of the gold standard made it possible for the welfare statists to use the banking system as a means to an unlimited expansion of credit... In the absence of the gold standard, there is no way to protect savings from confiscation through inflation. Economy
2872Bertrand RussellA stupid man's report of what a clever man says can never be accurate, because he unconsciously translates what he hears into something he can understand.Stupidity
2682Dr. Jack ElwoodThe number one failure of leaders is their failure to reproduce other leaders.Failure
2381Woody AllenIs sex dirty? Only when it's being done right.Sex
4608AristoteleThe secret to humor is surprise.Humour
9903Jacques MonodThe ancient covenant is in pieces; man knows at last that he is alone in the universe's unfeeling immensity, out of which he emerged only by chance. His destiny is nowhere spelled out, nor is his duty. The kingdom above or the darkness below: it is for him to choose.Miscellaneous
5000Piero ScaruffiWe always underestimate the ingenuity of idiots.Stupidity
3546Werner von BraunOur sun is one of 100 billion stars in our galaxy. Our galaxy is one of the billions of galaxies populating the universe. It would be the height of presumption to think that we are the only living things in that enormous immensity.Universe
6307Karl PopperWe all remember how many religious wars were fought for a religion of love and gentleness; how many bodies were burned alive with the genuinely kind intention of saving souls from the eternal fire of hell. Only if we give up our authoritarian attitude in the realm of opinion, only if we establish the attitude of give and take, of readiness to learn from other people, can we hope to control acts of violence inspired by piety and duty.Religion
9853Gregory BatesonIt is of first-class importance that our answer to the Riddle of the Sphinx should be in step with how we conduct our civilisation, and this should in turn be in step with the actual workings of living systems.Miscellaneous
5562Steve JobsI think it’s brought the world a lot closer together, and will continue to do that. There are downsides to everything; there are unintended consequences to everything. The most corrosive piece of technology that I’ve ever seen is called television — but then, again, television, at its best, is magnificent.Television
2978John Kenneth GalbraithThere are times in politics when you must be on the right side and lose.Politics
8536Sam HarrisTheology is now little more than a branch of human ignorance.Religion
4434Victor HugoAn invasion of armies can be resisted, but not an idea whose time has come.Ideas
8227Dalai Lama (Tenzin Gyatso)There is no need for temples, no need for complicated philosophies. My brain and my heart are my temples; my philosophy is kindness.Miscellaneous
8613Alfred KorzybskiWhatever we may say will not be the objective level, which remains fundamentally un-speakable. Thus, we can sit on the object called 'a chair', but we cannot sit on the noise we made or the name we applied to that object.Miscellaneous
9433Emil CioranIt is not worth the bother of killing yourself, since you always kill yourself too late.Suicide
9904Jacques MonodWhat I have tried to show is that the scientific attitude implies what I call the postulate of objectivity - that is to say, the fundamental postulate that there is no plan, that there is no intention in the universe.Miscellaneous
3202ThiruvalluvarThe only gift is giving to the poor; all else is exchange.Generosity
4821Elbert HubbardDo not take life too seriously. You will not get out of it alive.Life
6882Jiddu KrishnamurtiFear is the destructive energy in man. It withers the mind, it distorts thought, it leads to all kinds of extraordinarily clever and subtle theories, absurd superstitions, dogmas, and beliefs.Fear
2697VoltaireLet us read and let us dance - two amusements that will never do any harm to the world.Fun
6303Karl PopperNo rational argument will have a rational effect on a man who does not want to adopt a rational attitude.Rationality
8341Dalai Lama (Tenzin Gyatso)Concern yourselves more with the needs of others, with the needs of all humanity, and you'll have peace of mind.Miscellaneous
8322Dalai Lama (Tenzin Gyatso)When you talk you are only repeating something you already know. But, if you listen you may learn something new.Miscellaneous
4329Peter DruckerThe productivity of work is not the responsibility of the worker but of the manager.Management
5956Arthur SchopenhauerMostly it is loss which teaches us about the worth of things.Human values
7775William James Anything you may hold firmly in your imagination can be yours.Miscellaneous
10205Ludwig von BertalanffyGeneral system theory, therefore, is a general science of "wholeness...The meaning of the somewhat mystical expression, "The whole is more that the sum of its parts" is simply that constitutive characteristics are not explanable from the characteristics of the isolated parts. The characteristics of the complex, therefore, appear as "new" or "emergent.Miscellaneous
5003Piero ScaruffiThere is a limit to human intelligence, but there is no limit to human stupidityStupidity
9832Gregory BatesonWe can never be quite clear whether we are referring to the world as it is or to the world as we see it.Miscellaneous
6918Jiddu KrishnamurtiWhat is the point of being educated, of learning to read and write, if you are just going to carry on like a machine? But that is what your parents want, and it is what the world wants. The world does not want you to think, it does not want you to be free to find out, because then you would be a dangerous citizen, you would not fit into the established pattern. A free human being can never feel that he belongs to any particular country, class, or type of thinking. Freedom means freedom at every level, right through, and to think only along a particular line is not freedom.Freedom
5881Fran LebowitzPolite conversation is rarely either.Conversation
8453Sam Harris120 million of us place the big bang 2,500 years after the Babylonians and Sumerians learned to brew beer.Religion
5106AnonymousProgramming today is a race between software engineers striving to build bigger and better idiot-proof programs, and the universe trying to produce bigger and better idiots. So far, the universe is winning.Information technology
4211Antonio PorchiaSuffering is above, not below. And everyone thinks that suffering is below. And everyone wants to rise.Suffering
5737Maya AngelouI don't trust anyone who doesn't laugh.Laughing
9868Gregory BatesonMultiple descriptions are better than one.Miscellaneous
4433Henry David ThoreauIn times when the government imprisons any unjustly, the true place for a just man is also the prison.Justice
4244Joseph JoubertThe poet must not cross an interval with a step when he can cross it with a leap.Poetry
6311Karl PopperScience must begin with myths, and with the criticism of myths.Science
4686François de La RochefoucauldHope, deceitful as it is, serves at least to lead us to the end of our lives by an agreeable route.Hope
8505Sam HarrisIslam, at the moment, is the motherlode of bad ideas.Religion
2246Caskie StinnettA diplomat is a person who can tell you to go to hell in such a way that you actually look forward to the trip.Diplomacy
7325Anaïs NinThe truly faithless one is the one who makes love to only a fraction of you. And denies the rest.Love
8223Dalai Lama (Tenzin Gyatso)The purpose of our lives is to be happy.Miscellaneous
6852Jiddu KrishnamurtiThe more you know yourself, the more clarity there is. Self-knowledge has no end - you don't come to an achievement, you don't come to a conclusion. It is an endless river.Self-knowledge
2220George Bernard ShawThe fact that a believer is happier than a skeptic is no more to the point than the fact than a drunken man is happier than a sober one.Religion
8329Dalai Lama (Tenzin Gyatso)Never give up. No matter what is happening, no matter what is going on around you, never give up.Miscellaneous
2266Henry FordIt is not the employer who pays the wages. Employers only handle the money. It is the customer who pays the wages.Economy
4500Sydney WebbMarriage is the waste-paper basket of the emotions.Marriage
2458R. Alec MacKenzieNothing is easier than being busy - and nothing more difficult than being effective.Effectiveness
8509Sam HarrisWhat would our world be like if we ceased to worry about 'right' and 'wrong,' or 'good' and 'evil,' and simply acted so as to maximize well-being, our own and that of others? Would we lose anything important?Ethics
8286Dalai Lama (Tenzin Gyatso)I will not propose to you that my way is best. The decision is up to you. If you find some point which may be suitable to you, then you can carry out experiments for yourself. If you find that it is of no use, then you can discard it.Miscellaneous
4057John PowellBlessed is he who has learned to laugh at himself, for he shall never cease to be entertained.Humour
5780Woody AllenMasturbation is having sex with someone you love.Humour
6033Jean-Paul SartreOnly the guy who isn't rowing has time to rock the boat.Miscellaneous
9838Gregory BatesonWe create the world that we perceive, not because there is no reality outside our heads, but because we select and edit the reality we see to conform to our beliefs about what sort of world we live in. The man who believes that the resources of the world are infinite, for example, or that if something is good for you then the more of it the better, will not be able to see his errors, because he will not look for evidence of them. For a man to change the basic beliefs that determine his perception - his epistemological premises - he must first become aware that reality is not necessarily as he believes it to be. Sometimes the dissonance between reality and false beliefs reaches a point when it becomes impossible to avoid the awareness that the world no longer makes sense. Only then is it possible for the mind to consider radically different ideas and perceptions.Miscellaneous
2966Alistair CookeA professional is someone who can do his best work when he doesn't feel like it. Work
8308Dalai Lama (Tenzin Gyatso)When we meet real tragedy in life, we can react in two ways–either by losing hope and falling into self-destructive habits, or by using the challenge to find our inner strength.Miscellaneous
8838BanksyArt should comfort the disturbed and disturb the comfortable.Art
2255Bill Gates640K ought to be enough for anybody.Computer
8001Dan MillmanWhen you release your expectations that the world should fulfill you, your disappointments vanish.Miscellaneous
6594Albert CamusThe only way to deal with an unfree world si to become so absolutely free that your very existence is an act of rebellion. Freedom
9905Jacques MonodChance alone is at the source of all novelty, all creation in the biosphere.Miscellaneous
5011Piero ScaruffiAt times I want to be found.Miscellaneous
3460Bertrand RussellMen fear thought as they fear nothing else on earth -- more than ruin -- more even than death.... Thought is subversive and revolutionary, destructive and terrible, thought is merciless to privilege, established institutions, and comfortable habit. Thought looks into the pit of hell and is not afraid. Thought is great and swift and free, the light of the world, and the chief glory of man.Thinking
6295Karl PopperWhen I speak of reason or rationalism, all I mean is the conviction that we canlearn through criticism of our mistakes and errors, especially through criticism by others, and eventually also through self-criticism. The genuine rationalist does not think that he or anyone else is in possession of the truth; nor does he think that mere criticism as such helps us achieve new ideas. But he does think that, in the sphere of ideas, only critical discussion can help us sort the wheat from the chaff. He is well aware that acceptance or rejection of an idea is never a purely rational matter; but he thinks that only critical discussion can give us the maturity to see an idea from more and more sides and to make a correct judgement of it.Reason
8002Dan MillmanWillpower is the key to success. Successful people strive no matter what they feel by applying their will to overcome apathy, doubt or fear.Miscellaneous
3980AnonymousIn strong wind, even turkeys can fly.Ability
2630Henry Louis MenckenThe truly civilized man is always skeptical and tolerant, in this field as in all others. His culture is based on "I am not too sure." Doubting
5576Steve JobsYour time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma — which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.Miscellaneous
6515Thomas CarlyleHappy the people whose annals are blank in history books!History
6283Karl PopperYou can choose whatever name you like for the two types of government. I personally call the type of government which can be removed without violence "democracy", and the other "tyranny". Politics
4740Ambrose BierceSWEATER: A garment worn by child when it's mother is feeling chilly. Miscellaneous
4524AnonymousHeaven is where the police are British, the chefs Italian, the mechanics German, the lovers French and is all organized by the Swiss.
Hell is where the police are German, the chefs British, the mechanics French, the lovers Swiss is all organized by the Italians.
2752Bertrand RussellMany people would rather die than think; in fact, most do.Thinking
4701John BuchanATHEIST: A man who has no invisible means of support.Atheism
4794Peter DruckerOne cannot manage change. One can only be ahead of it.Changing
6660AristoteleAnyone can become angry —that is easy. But to be angry with the right person, to the right degree, at the right time, for the right purpose, and in the right way —this is not easy.Anger
2412William Butler YeatsThe best lack all conviction, while the worst are full of passionate intensity.Miscellaneous
3222George WashingtonIt is better to offer no excuse than a bad one.Apology
9899Jacques MonodThe fundamental biological variant is DNA. That is why Mendel's definition of the gene as the unvarying bearer of hereditary traits, its chemical identification by Avery (confirmed by Hershey), and the elucidation by Watson and Crick of the structural basis of its replicative invariance, are without any doubt the most important discoveries ever made in biology. To this must be added the theory of natural selection, whose certainty and full significance were established only by those later theories.Miscellaneous
2796AnonymousHalf of the people in the world are below average.Statistics
2143Martin LutherReason should be destroyed in all Christians.Reason and Feeling
2709Luc de VauvenarguesMen's maxims reveal their characters.Maxims
2239Mario M CuomoYou campaign in poetry. You govern in prose. Politics
3271Oscar WildeThe pure and simple truth is rarely pure and never simple.Truth
2583VoltaireWe will leave this world stupid and evil as we have found it upon our arrival.Mankind
3936Arthur C. ClarkeIt has yet to be proven that intelligence has any survival value.Intelligence
7324Tom WaitsI used to want to be an old man when I was a kid. Now I'm an old man and my kids are growing, I think I want to be a kid.Ageing
8521Sam HarrisWe must continually remind ourselves that there is a difference between what is natural and what is actually good for us.Miscellaneous
8555Mark TwainI've lived through some terrible things in my life, some of which actually happened.Miscellaneous
5610AnonymousPlay the music, not the instrument.Music
8237Dalai Lama (Tenzin Gyatso)More compassionate mind, more sense of concern for other's well-being, is source of happiness.Miscellaneous
5871Fran LebowitzRomantic love is mental illness. But it's a pleasurable one. It's a drug. It distorts reality, and that's the point of it. It would be impossible to fall in love with someone that you really saw.Love
8260Dalai Lama (Tenzin Gyatso)The true hero is one who conquers his own anger and hatred.Miscellaneous
3812Portuguese ProverbVisits always give pleasure--if not the arrival, the departure.Hospitality
7596AnonymousMy words will either attract a strong mind or offend a weak one.Miscellaneous
2088 quotes found