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Mencius, born Meng Ke or Ko

There is no greater delight than to be conscious of sincerity on self-examination.

Greg Lynn

Designing a virtual city online is kind of ridiculous to be making models, but when you make models you can really understand how things intersect through each other, how they move through each other ... getting a sense for the what the experience and feeling of this is like at kind of a planetary scale.

Seneca the Younger, aka Seneca or Lucius Annaeus Seneca

No man can have a peaceful life who thinks too much about lengthening it.

Stéphane Grappelli, originally Grappelly

Great improvisers are like priests. They are thinking only for their god.

William Penn

Only trust thy self and another shall not betray thee.

Neal Roese

Fifteen years of research have been combined into a list of the top four biggest regrets of the average American:
not getting more education,
career regrets,
regrets in love,
not spending enough time with kids.
The list is essentially a summary of the biggest traps, pitfalls, and mistakes into which people like you might blunder. Look over the list and try to identify areas of your life that represent the greatest vulnerability to future regret. And act now to avoid regret later.

Henry Beston

And what of Nature itself, you say ? that callous and cruel engine, red in tooth and fang? Well, it is not so much of an engine as you think. As for red in tooth and fang, whenever I hear the phrase or its intellectual echoes I know that some passer-by has been getting life from books.

Stephen Ambrose, born Stephen Edward Ambrose

The past is a source of knowledge, and the future is a source of hope. Love of the past implies faith in the future.

Thomas Jefferson

Of all exercises walking is the best.

Gabriel García Márquez, aka Gabo

The children would remember for the rest of their lives the august solemnity with which their father, devastated by his prolonged vigil and by the wraith of his imagination, revealed his discovery to them: 'The world is round, like an orange.

Wilhelm von Humboldt, fully Friedrich Wilhelm Christian Karl Ferdinand von Humboldt

Only what we have wrought into our character during life can we take away with us.

George Berkeley, also Bishop Berkeley, Bishop of Cloyne

Betwixt which and the foregoing manner of estimating distance there is this remarkable difference: that whereas there was no apparent, necessary connection between small distance and a large and strong appearance, or between great distance and a little and faint appearance, there appears a very necessary connection between an obtuse angle and near distance, and an acute angle and farther distance. It does not in the least depend upon experience, but may be evidently known by anyone before he had experienced it, that the nearer the concurrence of the optic axes, the greater the angle, and the remoter their concurrence is, the lesser will be the angle comprehended by them.

Shakti Gawain

Once you have identified the quality or qualities that bother you, ask yourself what the positive aspect or essence of that quality might be. For example, if you see them as lazy, what could be the positive aspect of laziness? It could be the ability to relax.

Mao Tse-tung, alternatively Zedong, Ze dong, aka Chairman Mao

Communism is not love. Communism is a hammer which we use to crush the enemy.

Ovid, formally Publius Ovidius Naso

Time flies.

Angela Merkel, fully Angela Dorothea Merkel, née Kasner

I have just explained my idea of how a constructive period of reflection, one that would send a clear message to the citizens of Europe: You should know what our priorities are. For Germany this means: Unemployment is one of one of our biggest problems.

Kary Mullis, fully Kary Banks Mullis

They can't pooh-pooh me now, because of who I am.

Erwin Schrödinger, fully Erwin Rudolf Josef Alexander Schrödinger

Vedanta teaches that consciousness is singular, all happenings are played out in one universal consciousness and there is no multiplicity of selves… The stages of human development are to strive for Possession (Artha), Knowledge (Dharma), Ability (Kama), Being (Moksha)… Nirvana is a state of pure blissful knowledge. It has nothing to do with individual. The ego or its separation is an illusion. The goal of man is to preserve his Karma and to develop it further – when man dies his karma lives and creates for itself another carrier.

Gerald Alexander Larue

The answer to [our social problems] lies in democratic free thought where ideas may be generated, challenged, and accepted or rejected on the basis of scientific examination and verification, and evaluated on the basis of the highest human values that emerge from the developing society.

William James

With no attempt there can be no failure; with no failure, no humiliation. So our self-feeling in this world depends entirely on what we back ourselves to be and do. . . .

English Proverbs

An ass in a lion's skin.

Bayard Taylor

Opportunity is rare, and a wise man will never let it go by him.

George Soros, Hungarian as Soros György, born Schwartz György

I made two major discoveries in the course of writing: one is a reflexive connection between credit and collateral; the other is a reflexive relationship between regulators and the economies they regulate

Rudyard Kipling

The first condition of understanding a foreign country is to smell it.

Richard Steele, fully Sir Richard Steele

I take it to be a rule, proper to be observed in all occurrences of life, but more especially in the domestic or matrimonial part of it, to preserve always a disposition to be pleased.