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Wolfgang Pauli

There can never be two or more equivalent electrons in an atom, for which in a strong field the values of all the quantum numbers n, k1, k2 and m are the same. If an electron is present, for which these quantum numbers (in an external field) have definite values, then this state is 'occupied.'

Wade Davis

To raise consumption of energy and materials throughout the world to Western levels, given current population projections, would require the resources of four planet Earths by the year 2100. To do so with the one world we have would imply so severely compromising the biosphere that the Earth would be unrecognizable. Given the values that drive most decisions in the international community, this is not about to happen. In reality, development for the vast majority of the peoples of the world has been a process in which the individual is torn from his past, propelled into an uncertain future, only to secure a place on the bottom rung of an economic ladder that goes nowhere.We too are ethnocentric and we often forget that we represent not the absolute wave of history but merely a worldview, and that modernity -- whether you identify it by the monikers Westernization, globalization, or free trade -- is but an expression of our cultural values. It is not some objective force removed from the constraints of culture. And it is certainly not the true and only wave of history. It is merely a constellation of beliefs, convictions, economic paradigms that represent one way of doing things, of going about the complex process of organizing human activities.

German Proverbs

Truth creeps not into corners.

Alfred Zimmern, fully Sir Alfred Eckhard Zimmern

Europe is sick, and the experts are
busy with remedies for her healing.
Conference and consortium, deflation
and disarmament, an imposed customs
union and a disguised protectorate, are
among the proffered prescriptions.
Some of her advisers, notably those
from Great Britain and the United
States, who have strong reasons of their
own for desiring rapidly to increase
Europe's buying power, see the whole
Continent sinking into disintegration,
and bid us despair of all but the most drastic remedies.

Baron de Montesquieu, fully Charles-Louis de Secondat, Baron de La Brède et de Montesquieu

Human laws made to direct the will ought to give precepts, and not counsels.

Emma Goldman

Whether our reformers admit it or not, the economic and social inferiority of women is responsible for prostitution.

Thomas Goetz

It seems kind of obsessive. There has long been a niche of people who want to know how many seconds a song is going to last or how long a file will take to download. But it's interesting now that it's kind of being catapulted into the public sphere, that our governments, even, are now heeding the same kind of restlessness.

Neil deGrasse Tyson

Nobody knows how life got started. Most of the evidence from that time was destroyed by impact and erosion. Science works on the frontier of knowledge and ignorance. We?re not afraid to admit what we don?t know. There?s no shame in that. The only shame is to pretend that we have all the answers. Maybe someone watching this, will be the first to solve the mystery of how life on Earth began.

Lu Xun, or Lu Hsün, pen name of Zhou Shuren

Soviet Union is under dictatorship of the proletariat, the intelligentsia class is going to be starved to death."... a well- known reporter had so warned me. Yes, I am afraid I might lost some sleep. But then, dictatorship of the proletariat (at present), isn't it for the fourth coming of the classless society? As long as you do not murder it, naturally it's success will arrive soon, the elimination of classes will arrive soon, then no one will be "starved to death"....But now, the imperialists and their running dogs, still trying to tell us the Soviet Union's shortcomings, as if they really wish that Soviet Union would become heaven overnight, and all of its people would enjoy life. Now, it turns out to be like that, it (imperialist) is disappointed, and feel uneasy.....This is really the tears of the devil.

Florence Scovel Shinn

I deny debt, there is no debt in Divine Mind, no man owes me anything, all is squared. I send forth love and forgiveness… All obligations are now wiped out under grace in a miraculous way.

Gary Zukav

Pain by itself is merely pain, but the experience of pain couples with an understanding that the pain serves a worthy purpose as suffering. Suffering can be endured because there is a reason for it that is worth the effort. What is more worthy of your pain than the evolution of your soul?

Samuel Adams

For true patriots to be silent is dangerous.

John Adams

There is nothing in which mankind have been more unanimous [founding nations upon superstition]; yet nothing can be inferred from it more than this, that the multitudes have always been credulous, and the few artful. The United States of America have exhibited, perhaps, the first example of governments erected on the simple principles of nature: and if men are now sufficiently enlightened to disabuse themselves of artifice, imposture, hypocrisy, and superstition, they will consider this event as an era in their history... [T]he detail of the formation of the American governments... may hereafter become an object of curiosity. It will never be pretended that any persons employed in that service had any interviews with the gods, or were in any degree under the inspiration of heaven... it will forever be acknowledged that these governments were contrived merely by the use of reason and the senses... Thirteen governments thus founded on the natural authority of the people alone, without a pretense of miracle or mystery, which are destined to spread over the northern part of that whole quarter of the globe, are a great point gained in favor of the rights of mankind.

J. R. R. Tolkien, fully John Ronald Reuel Tolkien

For you do not yet know the strengths of your hearts, and you cannot foresee what each may meet on the road.

John Gay

Envy is a kind of praise.

Madame de Staël, Anne Louise Germaine de Staël-Holstein, born Anne Louise Germaine Necker, Madame Necker

We are wrong to fear superiority of mind and soul; this superiority is very moral, for understanding everything makes a person tolerant and the capacity to feel deeply inspires great goodness.

Vernon Howard, fully Vernon Linwood Howard

Human opinions are formed by accident and hardened by repetition. We cling to acquired opinions only because they give the illusion of being wise opinions.

English Proverbs

The voice of one man is the voice of no one.

Ghanaian Proverbs

He who seems to be for you may be working against you.

Nicholas of Cusa, also Nicholas of Kues and Nicolaus Cusanus

The intellect alone has an eye for viewing an essence, which it cannot see except in the true Cause, which is the Fount of all desire. Moreover, since all things seek to exist, then in all things there is desire from the Fount-of-desire, wherein being and desire coincide in the Same.

Maurice Nicoll

Only when we realise that we have no self can we seek ourselves. Only through a flash of truth can one understand ignorance.

Will Rogers, fully William Penn Adair “Will” Rogers

Spinnin' a rope is fun, if your neck ain't in it.

Vedas, The Vedas

We should always try to follow that virtuous path, which is free from obstacles and hurdles because this is necessary for the successful accomplishment of the work. This also leads to progress and prosperity. - Yajur Veda

Mike Pence, formally Michael Richard "Mike" Pence

Let's win the peace and democracy the good people of Iraq so richly deserve after decades of tyranny.

Nisargadatta Maharaj, fully Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj, born Maruti Shivrampant Kambli

Now what is it that we are concerned with? We are dealing with the physical form, which is made up of, and fed by, the five elements. In that form are operating the life force (the vital breath) and this consciousness that is, the knowledge ‘I am’ or the sense of being, the sense of existence. The latter is the ‘sentience’, which is the gift of the consciousness.