Interesting and/or pithy observations I've gathered, in no particular order


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prepare "In human endeavor, chance favors the prepared mind." - Louis Pasteur

prepare "The more I practice, the luckier I get." -- Tiger Woods

problems "The significant problems we face cannot be solved at the same level of thinking we were at when we created them." - Albert Einstein

prepare Vision without action is a daydream. Action without vision is a nightmare. - Ancient Japanese Proverb

prepare Never ascribe to malice that which is adequately explained by incompetence. - Napoleon Bonaparte.

cosmic "With every passing hour our solar system comes forty three thousand miles closer to globular cluster 13 in the constellation Hercules, and still there are some who continue to insist that there is no such thing as progress." - ransom k. fern

"Keep your thoughts positive because your thoughts become your words. Keep your words positive because your words become your behaviors. Keep your behaviors positive because your behaviors become your habits. Keep your habits positive because your habits become your values. Keep your values positive because your values become your destiny." -- Gandhi

"There are only two ways to live your life: as though nothing is a miracle, or as though everything is a miracle." --Albert Einstein

"When a man, great in knowledge of the Torah and reputed for his piety, does things which cause people to talk disparagingly about him, even if the acts are not express violations, he profanes the Name of God." (Rambam, Mishna Torah, Basic Torah Laws, 5:11).

Torah sage to have lived after the biblical period, wrote a letter to his student, Yosef ben-Yehudah ibn-Sham'un. One paragraph in that letter is very relevant to what is happening in our midst today. Rambam wrote: "You find it difficult that he (the Rosh Yeshivah in Baghdad) has unleashed his tongue against you.... There was no need for you to ask, 'What about fear of heaven?' For great people like him, fear of heaven means avoiding the more gross sins as the general public sees them, but they do not think that moral rectitude is one of our religious duties, nor are they as careful as regards what they say as the truly God-fearing are. Most clerics in a position of power lose all fear of heaven when something affects their hold on power."

"I wake up every morning determined both to change the world and have one hell of a good time. Sometimes this makes planning the day a little difficult." -- E. B. White

"What lies behind us and What lies before us are tiny matters When compared to What lies Within Us." - Oliver Wendell Holmes

"Anything you can do or dream..., begin it. Boldness has genius, power and magic in it." - Goethe

"The moment one definitely commits oneself, providence moves too...Things occur...that would never otherwise have occurred. A whole stream of events issues from the decision, raising...all manner of unforeseen incidents...and material assistance, which no man could have (foreseen). - WH Murray

"Not one shred of evidence supports the notion that life is serious." - A. Einstein

Pollution is nothing but the resources we are not harvesting. We allow them to disperse because we've been ignorant of their value. - Buckminster Fuller

Do I contradict myself? Well, then, I contradict myself. I am vast. I contain multitudes. - Walt Whitman

"It's better to know some of the questions than all of the answers." - James Thurber

The MacOS will always be my primary and favorite OS; Windows is a "thirty-two bit extension and graphical shell to a sixteen bit patch to an eight bit operating system originally coded for a four bit micro-processor written by a two bit company that couldn't stand one bit of competition." -- Douglas R Jacobson

"Do not undertake a program unless the goal is manifestly important and the achievement nearly impossible." - Edwin Land

The greatest danger for most of us is not that our aim is too high and we miss it, but that it is too low and we reach it. - Michelangelo

ÐDeath is only one of many ways to lose your life.[per thou] - Alvah Simon, North to the Night

"In the beginner's mind, there are many possibilities. In the expert's mind, there are few." - Suzuki Roshi

"Different isn't always better. But better is always different." - Marshall Thurber

Dream as if you'll live forever. Live as if you'll die tomorrow. -- James Dean

It's not enough to get to the future first; one must also get there for less. -- Gary Hamel and C. K. Prahadad, Competing for the Future

The problem with political jokes is they get elected. -- Henry Cate

Politics is the gentle art of getting votes from the poor and campaign funds from the rich by promising to protect each from the other. -- Oscar Ameringer

To laugh often and much; to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children; to earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends; to appreciate beauty; to find the best in others; to leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch or a redeemed social condition; to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded. -- Ralph Waldo Emerson

"The people who cast the votes don't decide an election, the people who count the votes do." -- Joseph Stalin

"You already know enough. So do I. It is not knowledge we lack. What is missing is the courage to understand what we know and to draw conclusions." - Sven Lindqvist

The minute you settle for less than you deserve, you get even less than you settled for. [integral] Maureen Dowd

It is an ironic habit of human beings to run faster when we have lost our way. - Rollo May

Money is not the most important thing in the world. Love is. Fortunately, I love money." -- Jackie Mason

Those who say it cannot be done should not interrupt the person doing it. - Chinese proverb

A man who wants to lead an orchestra must turn his back to the crowd. --Max Lucado

"If you can keep your head when all about you are losing theirs, it is just possible you haven't quite grasped the situation." --Jean Kerr, County of Marin, Office of Emergency Services

"Remember the hunger and thirst of the day of Qiyamah (Judgment) with your hunger and thirst; give alms to the needy and poor, honor your old, show kindness to the young ones, maintain relations with your blood relations; guard your tongues, close your eyes to that which is not permissible for your sight, close your ears to that which is forbidden to hear, show compassion to the orphans of people so compassion may be shown to your orphans." -- From the Koran, regarding Ramadan

"Why not go out on a limb? That's where the fruit is." - Will Rogers

"Start a large foolish project, like Noah! It makes no difference what people think of you." -- Rumi

"Belief consists in accepting the affirmations of the soul; unbelief in denying them." --Emerson

"Why use the forests which were centuries in the making and the mines which required ages to lay down, if we can get the equivalent of forest and mineral products in the annual growth of the fields?" --Henry Ford

"Sustainability means not turning resources into junk faster than nature can turn junk into resources." -- Steve Goldfinger

April First is the day we remember how we really are the other 364. --Mark Twain

If you do not think about the future, you cannot have one. --John Galsworthy

"I want to live to be a hundred minus one day, so I never have to live without you." ---Winnie the Pooh

"True friendship is like sound health; the value of it is seldom known...until it be lost." ---Charles Caleb Colton

"A real friend is one who walks in when the rest of the world walks out."

"Friendship is one mind in two bodies." ---Mencius

"Friends are God's way of taking care of us." - unknown

"If you should die before me, ask if you could bring a friend." ---Stone Temple Pilots

"I'll lean on you and you lean on me and we'll be okay." ---Dave Mathews Band

"If all my friends were to jump off a bridge, I wouldn't jump with them, I'd be at the bottom to catch them." - unknown

"Everyone hears what you say. Friends listen to what you say. Best friends listen to what you don't say." - unknown

"My father always used to say that when you die, if you've got five real friends, then you've had a great life." ---Lee Iacocca

"Hold a true friend with both your hands." ---Nigerian Proverb (I took both of Shola's hands in mine and repeated this one to him. He said, "Yes that is an old Nigerian proverb. And another is, 'It takes two hands to shake, one hand cannot shake alone'"). I am reminded that clapping requires two hands too.

"A friend is someone who knows the song in your heart and can sing it back to you when you have forgotten the words." ---unknown

Living well is a job; anyone can die. --Jack LaLane

"Before you criticize a man, walk a mile in his shoes. That way, when you criticize him, you're a mile away, plus you have his shoes." -- anon

You can walk a mile in a man's shoes, but to get inside his head you'd have to get really small and crawl up his nose. --Captain Monterey jack

"The stone age came to an end not for a lack of stones, and the oil age will end, but not for a lack of oil," -- Sheik Ahmed Zaki Yamani, Saudi Arabia's former oil minister, Reuters

Life is too short not to. -- Katie Hafner

the stillness in stillness is not the true stillness; only when there is stillness in motion does the universal rhythm manifest. -- taoist via CW

ÐOnly those who see the invisible can do the impossible.[per thou] [integral] Dr. Bernard Lown

ÐThe task is not to see what has never been seen before, but to think what has never been thought before about what you see everyday.[per thou] [integral]Erwin Schršdinger

Focus is a substitute for time -- John L. Warren

"Have a good time saving the world, or you're just going to depress yourself. People want to be part of something fun... put fun in the movement to conserve, preserve, and restore, and celebrate Earth, and people will run to sign up." -David Brower

"Rightful liberty is unobstructed action, according to our will, within limits drawn around us by the equal rights of others." -- Thomas Jefferson

"Move your fat ass, Harry, or you'll sink this boat." Actual quote from George Washington to another general in his boat as he crossed the Delaware. True story.

Your beliefs become your thoughts. Your thoughts become your words. Your words become your actions. Your actions become your habits. Your habits become your values. Your values become your destiny. ~~Mahatma Gandhi

"Three may keep a secret, if two of them are dead." -- Benjamin Franklin

"We are like tenant farmers chopping down the fence around our house for fuel when we should be using nature's inexhaustible sources of energy -- sun, wind and tide. I'd put my money on the sun and solar energy. What a source of power! I hope we don't have to wait until oil and coal run out before we tackle that." --Thomas Alva Edison

"I like to keep up my ranking, so I buy all kinds of worthless crap because other people are buying it too. It's my lifestyle. We all need one, because so few of us have lives." -- Jon Carroll

"Suppose you were an idiot... And suppose you were a member of Congress... But I repeat myself." -- Mark Twain

"The best way to predict the future is to invent it." Alan Kay

"You're only young once, but you can be immature forever" Anon.

"I don't want planning. I want plans." Jack Welch

"The are no plans. There is only planning." Dwight D. Eisenhower

"They that would give up essential liberty for temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety." -- Benjamin Franklin

"If relativity is proved right the Germans will call me a German, the Swiss call me a Swiss citizen, and the French will call me a great scientist. If relativity is proved wrong the French will call me a Swiss, the Swiss will call me a German, and the Germans will call me a Jew." -- Albert Einstein

"If the success or failure of this planet and of human beings depended on how I am and what I do, how would I be? What would I do?" -- r. buckminster fuller

"I'm not trying to counsel any of you to do anything really special except to dare to think, and to dare to go with the truth, and to dare to really love completely." -- R. Buckminster Fuller

"The challenge of integrity is to live at one with G-d, at one with all life, at one with oneself."

"My country is the world and my religion is to do good." -- Thomas Paine

"Biology has been solving hard combinatorial optimization problems for 3.8 billion years. Maybe we should pay attention to how it does it." - Stuart Kauffman, At Home in the Universe

"The need is not really for more brains. The need is for a gentler, a more tolerant people than those who won for us against the ice, the tiger, and the bear. The hand that hefted the axe, out of some old blind allegiance to the past, fondles the machine gun as lovingly. It is a habit man will have to break to survive, but the roots go very deep." -- Loren Eiseley

"How could I have expected that after a long life I would understand no more than to wake up at night and to repeat: Strange, strange, strange, O how strange, how strange, O how funny and strange." -- Czeslaw Milosz

"As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others." ~~ Nelson Mandela

"I was born not knowing and have had only a little time to change that here and there." -- Richard Feynman (1918 - 1988)

Civilization exists by geological consent, subject to change without notice. -- Will Durant

Show up. Pay attention. Speak the truth. Don't be attached to results. -- a yoga teacher

The secret of genius is to carry the spirit of childhood into maturity. -- Thomas Huxley

Strange is our situation here on earth. Each of us comes for a short visit, not knowing why, yet sometimes seeming to a divine purpose. There is one thing we do know definitively: that we are here for the sake of each other.... Many times a day I realize how much my own outer and inner life is built upon the labor of others, and how earnestly I must exert myself in order to give in return as much as I have received and am still receiving. -- Albert Einstein

The difference between a smart man and a wise one is this: A smart man can work his way out of a difficulty that the wise man will not get into in the first place. -- Saul Lieberman

"10 tons of active mass raw materials (not including construction materials) per person is extracted from U.S.territory by the economy. Roughly 75% is mineral and non-renewable while 25% is, in principle, from renewable sources. 6% of the total is embodied in durable products. The other 94% is converted into waste residuals as fast as it is extracted.... "the tonnages of waste residuals are actually greater than the tonnages of crops, timber, fuels and minerals (because air and water contribute mass to the residuals)" -- Ayres, R.U., Kneese, A.V. 1989 "Externalities, Economics, & Thermodynamics," in Archibugi & Nijkamp, eds, Economy and Ecology: Towards Sustainable Development. pp 109-117. Kluweracademie Pubs, Netherlands

I believe in god. I spell it nature. -- Frank Lloyd Wright

"It is life giving to remember that it is deep in the darkness that the light is born" -- Arthur Waskow, "Dancing with the dark"

"In the fall of your enemies you should not rejoice, and when they stumble, your heart should not be happy". Mishlei (Proverbs) chapter 24 verse 17

"The greatest discovery of my generation is that human beings can alter their lives by altering their attitudes of mind." --William James

"Judgmental people are bad." -- I. Rooney

"Loyalty to country always; loyalty to government when it deserves it." -- Mark Twain

"'Outside of a dog, a book is a man's best friend. Inside of a dog it's too dark to read.' --Groucho Marx"

"War is God's way of teaching Americans geography." -- Ambrose Bierce, writer (1842-1914)

"I am seeking. I am striving. I am in it with all my heart." - Vincent Van Gogh

"Focus is a substitute for time." -- John Warren

"Our world does not lack people willing to throw themselves into action. What we need are people who are capable of loving, of not taking sides so that they can embrace the whole of reality." -- Thich Nhat Hanh, Peace Is Every Step, p. 121

"If you want to build a ship, don't drum up the men to gather wood, divide the work, and give orders. Instead, teach them to yearn for the vast and endless sea." --Antoine de Saint-Exupery

"We live in a moment of history where change is so speeded up that we begin to see the present only when it is disappearing." --R.D. Laing

"I have never made but one prayer to God, a very short one: 'O Lord, make my enemies ridiculous.' And God granted it." -- Voltaire.

"Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man's character, give him power." -- Abraham Lincoln.

2 is not equal to 3, not even for large values of 2. -- Grabel's Law

"Every day priests minutely examine the Dharma & endlessly chant complicated sutras. Before doing that, though, they should learn how to read the love letters sent by the wind & rain, the snow & moon" -- Ikkyu

A conservative is a man who sits and thinks, mostly sits. -- Woodrow Wilson (1856 - 1924)

Liberals are very broadminded: they are always willing to give careful consideration to both sides of the same side. -- Anonymous

Under democracy one party always devotes its chief energies to trying to prove that the other party is unfit to rule -- and both commonly succeed, and are right. H. L. Mencken (1880 - 1956)

The least you can do is figure out what you hope for in life. And the most you can do is live inside that hope. ~~ Barbara Kingsolver

The nature of reality is this: it is hidden, and it is hidden, and it is hidden. -- Rumi

Two rules about integrity in public writing. It doesn't matter whether you're a pro or amateur. I think these two rules are necessary and sufficient. 1. Disclose all pertinent information about your interests. 2. Never state as fact something you know not to be true. -- Dave Winer

"If you would not be forgotten, as soon as you are dead and rotten, either write things worthy reading, or do things worth the writing." -- Ben Franklin

"All things are possible once enough human beings realize that everything is at stake." -- Norman Cousins

"There is power in glorious failure. Failure is part of the culture of innovation. Accept it and you become stronger." --Albert Yu, Intel

"The only hope for the future lies in cooperative international action, legitimized by democracy....To survive in the world we have transformed, we must learn to think in a new way. As never before, the future of each depends on the good of all." --from a statement by 100 Nobel laureates celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Nobel prize

"Everything that is wrong with humanity can be addressed by everything that is right with humanity" -- Anon

"What IF the Hokie Pokie IS what it's all about?" - Bumper sticker

"Our world does not lack people willing to throw themselves into action. What we need are people who are capable of loving, of not taking sides so that they can embrace the whole of reality." -- Thich Nhat Hanh, Peace Is Every Step, p. 121

"Everywhere is walking distance if you have the time." -- Steve Wright

"I'd give my right arm to be ambidextrous" -- Brian W. Kernighan

"Our life is what our thoughts make it." -- Marcus Aurelius (121-180)

"We currently have an unelected President, waging an undeclared war against an undefined foe with nearly unlimited funds for an indefinite amount of time." -- Shepherd Bliss

"Do the right thing. It will gratify some people and astonish the rest." ~~Mark Twain

"Even a dog knows when it's been kicked or tripped over." ~~Oliver Wendell Holmes

"Get your facts first, then you can distort them as much as you please." -- Mark Twain, 1835-1910

Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that. -- Martin Luther King, Jr.

"There's not a word yet for old friends who've just met." -- Gonzo

"You're only young once, but you can be immature forever" -- Sherri

"What's worth doing is worth doing for money." -- J. Donohue

"Only the mediocre are always at their best." -- Jean Giraudoux

"Everywhere is within walking distance if you have the time." -- Steve Wright

"We are indeed so protected from the other person, in life, in the day by day, and this millimeter of skin is thicker than the Chinese wall, in the sense that we are not willing to be exposed to all the chaos that is within the other person. Even not to the chaos of the person that is loved by us and lives with us, to the mate, and not even to our children" -- David Grossman

"Go to your bosom, knock there, and ask what it doth know." - Wm. Shakespeare

"It all comes down to this: If you want one year of happiness, grow grain. If you want 10 years of happiness, grow trees. If you want 100 years of happiness, grow people." --Harvey Mackay

"Do not wait; the time will never be 'just right.' Start where you stand, and work with whatever tools you may have at your command, and better tools will be found as you go along." --Napoleon Hill

The encounter of God and man in nature is...conceived in Judaism as a seamless web with man as the leader, and custodian, of the natural worldö. It is our Jewish responsibility to put the defense of the whole of nature at the very center of our concern. -- Rabbi Arthur Hertzberg, Vice President, World Jewish Congress

For in the true nature of things, if we rightly consider, every green tree is far more glorious than if it were made of gold and silver. -- Martin Luther

This grand show is eternal. It is always sunrise somewhere: the dew is never all dried at once: a shower is forever falling, vapor is ever rising. Eternal sunrise, eternal sunset, eternal dawn and gloaming, on sea and continents and islands, each in its turn, as the round earth rolls. -- John Muir

Earth is crammed with Heaven. And every bush aflame with God. But only those who see take off their shoes. -- Elizabeth Barrett Browning

Nature is not our mother; Nature is our sister. -- G. K. Chesterton, Orthodoxy, 1908

As scientific understanding has grown, so our world has become dehumanized. Man feels himself isolated in the cosmos, because he is no longer involved with nature and has lost his emotional "unconscious identity" with natural phenomena. -- Carl Gustav Jung, Man and His Symbols, 1964

All my life through, the new sights of Nature made me rejoice like a child. -- Marie Curie

"There are only 10 types of people in the world: those who understand binary, and those who don't." -- Dori Smith

No habr�a arcoiris para el alma si los ojos careciesen de lšgrimas. There would be no rainbow for the soul, if the eyes had no tears (Proverbio indio, via Emelina Corrales Cordero)

"Show up. Pay attention. Tell the truth. Not be attached to the outcome." -- Angeles Arrien

"The secret of genius is to carry the spirit of childhood into maturity." -- Thomas Huxley

Under capitalism, man exploits man. Under communism, it's just the opposite. -- J.K. Galbraith

"The right to search for truth implies also a duty." -- Albert Einstein

If there is no solution, why worry? If there is a solution, why worry? --The Dalai Lama

"I like the dreams of the future better than the history of the past." -- Thomas Jefferson

"I believe that education is the fundamental method of social progress and reform." -- John Dewey, 1897

``Intertwingularity is not generally acknowledged -- people keep pretending they can make things deeply hierarchical, categorizable and sequential when they can't. Everything is deeply intertwingled.'' -- Ted Nelson

Man was created last for the following reason: If he is deserving, he shall find all of nature at his service; if he is undeserving, he shall find all of nature arrayed against him. -- Pinhas Shapiro, the Zaddik of Koretz

He cannot be happy and strong until he too lives with nature in the present, above time. Ralph Waldo Emerson, 1844

"When you come to the fork in the road, take it" - L.P. Berra

"Always make new mistakes" -- Esther Dyson

"Be precise in the use of words and expect precision from others" -- Pierre Abelard

"Listen or thy tongue will keep thee deaf." -- American Indian Proverb

"I hear and I forget. I see and I remember. I do and I understand." -- Confucius

"Spoon feeding in the long run teaches us nothing but the shape of the spoon." -- E. M. Forster "I have learnt silence from the talkative, toleration from the intolerant, and kindness from the unkind; yet strange, I am ungrateful to these teachers." -- Kahlil Gibran

"Prosperity is a great teacher; adversity a greater." -William Hazlitt "The brighter you are, the more you have to learn." -- Don Herold

My advice in these days of deepening suspicion and lack of trust is simple. Double check everything. -- Walter Cronkite, June 16, 2002 (USA Today)

"Some scientists claim that hydrogen, because it is so plentiful, is the basic building block of the universe. I dispute that. I say that there is more stupidity than hydrogen, and that is the basic building block of the universe." -- Frank Zappa.

The architect must be a prophet, a prophet in the true sense of the word: if he can't see at least ten years ahead then don't all him an architect. ~~ Frank Lloyd Wright

"You are not here merely to make a living. You are here in order to enable the world to live more amply, with greater vision, with a finer spirit of hope and achievement. You are here to enrich the world, and you impoverish yourself if you forget the errand." -- Woodrow Wilson, 28th President of the United States

"Of course the people do not want war. Why would some poor slob on a farm want to risk his life in a war when the best he can get out of it is to come back home in one piece? The common people don't want war; not in Russia, not in England, not in America, not for that matter in Germany. It is the leaders who determine the policy...and the people can always be made to do the leaders' bidding. All you have to do is tell them that they are being attacked and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism. It works the same in any country." -- Herman Goering, Reichmarschall, Chief of the Luftwaffe and Adolf Hitler's designated successor

"Bush, himself the most intellectually backward American president of my political lifetime, is surrounded by advisers whose bellicosity is exceeded only by their political, military and diplomatic illiteracy." -- Gerald Kaufman, former British Labor Party Foreign Secretary, Spectator Magazine, Thursday, August 15, 2002

"The best things in life aren't things." -- anon

"Anyone who isn't confused doesn't understand what's going on." -- Dimitri Simes

My favorite user docs ( "Stare at it in incomprehension. Click on all the links. Get confused. Come back later and do it again. Repeat until aha."

"Everything should be as simple as possible -- but no simpler." -- Albert Einstein

To know a people, you need only a little patience, a quiet moment, and a place where you might listen to the whispered messages of their land... Landscape holds the key to character. One could depopulate France, resettle it with Tartars, and within a few generations find that the national characteristics had reemerged: the restless, metaphysical curiosity, the passionate individualism, the affection for good living. ... Just as landscape defines a people, culture springs from a spirit of place. -- Lawrence Durrell

Money to gain power; power to protect money. -- Motto of the Medici family

There is nothing more difficult to plan, more doubtful of success, nor more dangerous to manage than the creation of a new system. For the initiator has the enmity of all who would profit by the preservation of the old system and merely lukewarm defenders in those who would gain by the new one. -- Niccolo Machiavelli, The Prince, 1513

óa man's work is nothing but this slow trek to rediscover, through the detours of art, those two or three great and simple images in whose presence his heart first opened. -- Albert Camus

"Be fearful when others are greedy and greedy only when others are fearful." -- Warren Buffett

The nature of the Universe loves nothing so much as to change things which are and to make new things like them. For everything that exists is in a manner the seed of that which will be. -- Marcus Aurelius

Scrawled across the dorm wall were the words, "Question Everything!" A couple of days later someone added one word... "Why?"

I know that I have the best of time and space. And that I was never measured, and never will be measured. -- Walt Whitman

All of humanity now has the option to "make it" successfully and sustainably, by virtue of our having minds, discovering principles and being able to employ these principles to do more with less. -- Buckminster Fuller, In Humanity

We are most probably here for local information-gathering and local-Universe problem-solving in support of the integrity of eternally regenerative Universe. -- Buckminster Fuller, In Humanity

The things to do are: the things that need doing: that you see need to be done, and that no one else seems to see need to be done. Then you will conceive your own way of doing that which needs to be done -- that no one else has told you to do or how to do it. This will bring out the real you that often gets buried inside a character that has acquired a superficial array of behaviors induced or imposed by others on the individual. -- Buckminster Fuller, In Humanity

It is not for me to change you. The question is, how can I be of service to you without diminishing your degrees of freedom? -- Buckminster Fuller, In Humanity

Dare to be naive. -- Buckminster Fuller, In Humanity

My own working assumption of why we are here is that we are here as local-Universe information-gatherers and that we are given access to the divine design principles so that we can there from objectively invent instruments and tools -- e.g., the microscope and the telescope -- with which to extend all sensorial inquiring regarding the rest of the to-the-naked-eye-invisible, micro-macro Universe, because human beings, tiny though we are, are here for all the local-Universe information-harvesting and cosmic-principle-discovering, objective tool-inventing, and local-environment-controlling as local Universe problem-solvers in support of the integrity of eternally regenerative Universe. -- Buckminster Fuller, In Humanity

"Believe nothing, no matter where you read it or who has said it, not even if I have said it, unless it agrees with your own reason and your own common sense..." -- Buddha

"Men acquire a particular quality by constantly acting a particular way... you become just by performing just actions, temperate by performing temperate actions, brave by performing brave actions." -- Aristotle

I am a peacenik but not a pacifist. The ultimate evil is not war itself, but aggression. I would only fight for two things: life and freedom. -- Amoz Oz

I've never seen a fanatic with a sense of humor, or a person with a sense of humor become a fanatic (unless they lose their sense of humor.) -- Amoz Oz

Beware the anti-fanatic fanatic. It's very catching... -- Amoz Oz

Vision is the art of seeing things invisible. ~~Jonathan Swift

Everything you can imagine is real. ~~Pablo Picaso

"A network is nonhierarchical. It is a web of connections among equals. What holds it together is not force, obligation, material incentive, or social contract, but rather shared values and the understanding that some tasks can be accomplished together that could never be accomplished separately. One of the important purposes of a network is simply to remind its members that they are not alone." -- Donella H. Meadows

Trust in Allah... and be sure to tie your camel. -- Quran

"Far and away the best prize that life offers is the chance to work hard at work worth doing." -- Theodore Roosevelt

"It's such a fine line between stupid and clever." -- Spinal Tap's David St. Hubbins

Man is the missing link between apes and human beings. -- Konrad Lorenz, Nobel Laureate

"a man's work is nothing but this slow trek to rediscover, through the detours of art, those two or three great and simple images in whose presence his heart first opened." -- Albert Camus

We are unconcerned but not indifferent. -- Inscription on Man Ray's gravestone

"Any intelligent fool can make things bigger, more complex, and more violent. It takes a touch of genius -- and a lot of courage -- to move in the opposite direction." -- EF Schumacher

"live as if you were going to die tomorrow. learn as if you were going to live forever." -- Mahatma Gahdhi

"Too bad the only people who know how to run the country are busy driving cabs and cutting hair." -- George Burns

"Sentiment without action is the ruin of the soul." --Edward Abbey

Do you want to temp the wrath of whatever from high atop the thing? -- Toby Ziegler

"A mad city - inhabited by perfectly insane people whose women are of remarkable beauty," -- wrote the British author Rudyard Kipling of San Francisco.

The reverse side also has a reverse side. -- Japanese saying

We're all in this alone. -- Lily Tomlin

If electricity comes from electrons, does that mean morality comes from morons? -- anon

"Make the best use of what is in your power, and take the rest as it happens." -- Epictetus

"Don't flatter yourself that friendship authorizes you to say disagreeable things to your intimates. The nearer you come into relation with a person, the more necessary do tact and courtesy become. Except in cases of necessity, which are rare, leave your friend to learn unpleasant things from his enemies; they are ready enough to tell them." -- Oliver Wendell Holmes

"One must still have chaos in oneself to give birth to a dancing star." -- Friedrich Nietzsche

"They say you can't do it, but sometimes it doesn't always work." -- Casey Stengel

"This is the excellent foppery of the world, that when we are sick in fortune -- often the surfeit of our own behavior -- we make guilty of our disasters the sun, the moon, and stars." -- Edmund in King Lear.

"A human being is a part of the whole, called by us 'Universe,' a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings as something separated from the rest[integral]a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty." -- Albert Einstein

"High finance ain't burglary, an' it ain't obtaining money under false pretenses, an' it ain't manslaughter. It's what ye might call a judicious selection from th' best feature of them arts." -- Finley Peter Dunne

Food for thought: How Gandhi Defined the Seven Deadly Sins Wealth without work; Pleasure without conscience; Knowledge without character; Commerce without morality; Science without humanity;[ring] Worship without sacrifice; Politics without principle -- Ted Smith

"As people do better, they start voting like Republicans... ...unless they have too much education and vote Democratic, which proves there can be too much of a good thing. - Karl Rove, Bush's long-time political guru and White House advisor:

"When a thought is too weak to be expressed simply, simply drop it." -- Marquis de Vauvenargues

"Today, my view of time is different. Time is much different when you are managing a company. It's less important how you spend an hour here or there. What is more important is making sure that the days, weeks, and months spent working are going in the right direction. That is the wasted time I worry about. I guess I am still ruled by time but without the direct tyranny of the watch but more of the calendar." -- John Robb

"The test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposing ideas in mind at the same time and still retain the ability to function." -- F. Scott Fitzgerald (who went barking mad)

"Why does the Air Force need expensive new bombers? Have the people we've been bombing over the years been complaining?" -- George Wallace

"Far and away the best prize that life offers is the chance to work hard at work worth doing." -- Theodore Roosevelt

"I don't want any yes-men around me. I want everybody to tell me the truth even if it costs them their jobs." -- Samuel Goldwyn

"Early attention pays back way better than afterthoughts." -- Gil Friend

"Don't you wish there were a knob on the TV to turn up the intelligence? There's one marked 'Brightness,' but it doesn't work." -- Gallagher

A good plan today is better than a perfect plan next week. -Patton

"Every few hundred years throughout Western history a sharp transformation has occurred. In a matter of decades, society altogehter rearranges itself--its world view, its basic values its social and political structures, its arts, its key institutions. Fifty years later a new world exists. And the people born into that world cannot even imagine the world in which their grandparents lived and into which their own parents were born." -- Peter F. Drucker

"I'm convinced that if we are to get on the right side of the world revolution, we as a nation must undergo a radical revolution of values. We must rapidly begin the shift from a thing-oriented society to a person-oriented society. When machines and computers, profit motives and property rights are considered more important than people, the giant triplets of racism, extreme materialism, and militarism are incapable of being conquered." --Excerpt from Dr. Martin Luther King Jr's "A Time to Break Silence" address at Riverside Church in New York City on April 4, 1967

"Basic research is what I am doing when I don't know what I am doing." -- Wernher von Braun

May the long-time Sun shine upon you, all love surround you, and the clear light within you guide your way on. -- The Incredible String Band (from earlier roots)

"The measure of success is not whether you have a tough problem to deal with, but whether it is the same problem you had last year." --John Foster Dulles

There is no such thing as a neutral educational process. Education either functions as an instrument which is used to facilitate the integration of the younger generation into the logic of the present system and bring about conformity to it, or it becomes the practice of freedom - the means by which men and women deal critically and creatively with reality and discover how to participate in the transformation of their world. -- Paulo Freire

"You can no more win a war than you can win an earthquake." -- Jeanette Rankin (1880-1973) First woman elected to US Congress


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