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Regina Dugan

I do think that speed is part of the innovation process. If ideas aren't built on with a sense of urgency, timecan pass you by.

Bill Joy, formally William Nelson Joy

I think the hard thing about all these tools is that it takes a fair amount of effort to become proficient.

Thomas Browne, fully Sir Thomas Browne

It is a brave act of valor to condemn death, but where life is more terrible than death it is then the truest valor to dare to live.

George Orwell, pen name of Eric Arthur Blair

Autobiography is only to be trusted when it reveals something disgraceful. A man who gives a good account of himself is probably lying, since any life when viewed from the inside is simply a series of defeats.

Woody Allen, formally Heywood "Woody" Allen, born Allan Stewart Konigsberg

There's nothing like the discovery of an unknown work by a great thinker to set the intellectual community atwitter and cause academics to dart about like those things one sees when looking at a drop of water under a microscope.

Jon Rappoport

The CIA mind-control apparatus has been well known since 1975, when 10 large boxes of documents were released pursuant to Freedom of Information Act requests. Several good books were then written on the subject of the CIA program known as MK-ULTRA. Officially spanning ten years from 1952-62, MK-ULTRA involved the use of LSD on unwitting military and civilian subjects in the United States. LSD and more powerful compounds were given under duress as brainwashing and truth serum drugs. The program?s aim was to find drugs which would irresistibly bring out deep confessions or wipe a subject?s mind clean and program him or her as ?a robot agent.? In experimental test situations, people were given acid without their knowledge, then interrogated under bright lights with doctors sitting in the background taking notes. Threats would be made. The test subjects were told that their LSD ?downer trips? would be extended indefinitely if they refused to reveal their closely-guarded military secrets. The people being interrogated in this way were CIA employees, U.S. military personnel and, abroad, agents suspected of working for the other side in the Cold War. Long-term severe debilitation and several documented deaths resulted. Much, much more could be said about MK-ULTRA. None of this prepared people for the explosive testimony made on March 15, 1995, in Washington, D.C., before the President?s Committee on Radiation, however. In unpublicized sessions, New Orleans therapist Valerie Wolf introduced two of her patients who had uncovered memories of being part of extensive CIA brainwashing programs as young children (in one case, starting at age seven). Their brainwashing included torture, rape, electroshock, powerful drugs, hypnosis and death threats. According to their testimony, the CIA then induced amnesia to prevent their recalling these terrifying sessions.

R. H. Tawney, fully Richard Henry Tawney

It is questionable... whether economists shall call it "Property" at all, and not rather, as Mr. Hobson has suggested, "Improperty."

Spanish Proverbs

If you are not good for yourself, how can you be good for others?

Chinese Proverbs

Rich men spend their time on books; after pigs a poor man looks.

Nassim Nicholas Taleb

My biggest problem with modernity may lie in the growing separation of the ethical and the legal.

François de La Rochefoucauld, François VI, Duc de La Rochefoucauld, Prince de Marcillac, Francois A. F. Rochefoucauld-Liancourt

Sometimes there are accidents in our lives the skillful extrication from which demands a little folly.

Graham Greene

Unfortunately the innocent are always involved in any conflict. Always, everywhere, there is some voice crying from a tower.

Quintilian, fully Marcus Fabius Quintilianus, also Quintillian and Quinctilian

Reading is the least laborious of all the tasks that fall to the student's lot.

Zelda Fitzgerald, born Zelda Sayre

They hadn't much faith in travel, nor a great belief in a change of scene as a panacea for spiritual ills; they were simply glad to be going.

Muriel James and Dorothy Jongeward

Each human being is born as something new, something that never
existed before. Each is born with the capacity to win at life. Each
person has a unique way of seeing, hearing, touching, tasting, and
thinking. Each has his or her own unique potentials -- capabilities and
limitations. Each can be a significant, thinking, aware, and creative
being -- a productive person, a winner.

Ramdas, fully Swami Ramdas, born Vittal Rao, aka Beloved Papa

Do not forget the truth that nothing here belongs to you. All, including yourself, belong to the supreme Lord of the universe. The sense of possession is one of the main characteristics of the ego-sense.

Peter Diamandis, fully Peter H. Diamandis

The point is this: In today?s hyperlinked world, solving problems anywhere, solves problems everywhere.

William Shakespeare

ROMEO: There is thy gold, worse poison to men's souls, doing more murders in this loathsome world, than these poor compounds that thou mayst not sell. I sell thee poison; thou hast sold me none. Farewell: buy food, and get thyself in flesh. Come, cordial and not poison, go with me to Juliet's grave; for there must I use thee.

Thomas Carlyle

Trust not the heart of that man for whom old clothes are not venerable.

Edwin Hubbell Chapin

Impatience never commanded success.

Robert Louis Stevenson, fully Robert Louis Balfour Stevenson

Pieces of eight, pieces of eight, pieces of eight!

Steven Pinker, fully Steven Arthur Pinker

Nothing invests life with more meaning than the realisation that every moment of sentience is a precious gift

Wolof Proverbs

Fame does not bring peace to the famous.

Saint Vincent de Paul

With God's help, you will continue to succeed in your leadership and in your duties, because Our Lord's work is accomplished not so much by the multitude of workers as by the fidelity of the small number whom He calls.

German Proverbs

Fair hair may hae foul roots.