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Canassatego Treaty of Lancaster

You who are so wise must know that different nations have different conceptions of things. You will not therefore take it amiss if our ideas of the white man’s kind of education happens not to be the same as yours. We have had some experience with it. Several of our young people were brought up in your colleges. They were instructed in all your sciences; but, when they came back to us, they were bad runners, ignorant of every means of living in the woods, unable to bear either cold or hunger. They didn’t know how to build a cabin, take a deer, or kill an enemy. They spoke our language imperfectly. They were therefore unfit to be hunters, warriors, or counselors; they were good for nothing. We are, however, not less obliged for your kind offer, though we decline accepting it. To show our gratefulness, if the gentlemen of Virginia shall send us a dozen of their sons, we will take great care with their education, instruct them in all we know, and make men of them.

Buckminster Fuller, fully Richard Buckminster "Bucky" Fuller

The end move in politics is always to pick up a gun.

Bhagavad Gītā, simply known as Gita

Action should culminate in wisdom.

W. Somerset Maugham, fully William Somerset Maugham

How strange was the relation between parents and children! When they were small the parents doted on them, passed through agonies of apprehension at each childish ailment, and the children clung to their parents with love and adoration; a few years passed, the children grew up, and persons not of their kin were more important to their happiness than father or mother. Indifference displaced the blind and instinctive love of the past. Their meetings were a source of boredom and irritation. Distracted once at the thought of a month's separation they were able now to look forward with equanimity to being parted for years.

Neil Gaiman, fully Neil Richard Gaiman

It's easy, there's a trick to it, you do it or you die.

Anne Lamott

He told me about his monster. His sounded just like mine without quite so much mascara. When people shine a little light on their monster, we find out how similar most of our monsters are.

Madeleine L’Engle

We lived on 82nd Street and the Metropolitan Museum was my short cut to Central Park. I wrote: I go into the museum and look at all the pictures on the walls. Instead of feeling my own insignificance I want to go straight home and paint. A great painting, or symphony, or play, doesn't diminish us, but enlarges us, and we, too, want to make our own cry of affirmation to the power of creation behind the universe. This surge of creativity has nothing to do with competition, or degree of talent. When I hear a superb pianist, I can't wait to get to my own piano, and I play about as well now as I did when I was ten. A great novel, rather than discouraging me, simply makes me want to write. This response on the part of any artist is the need to make incarnate the new awareness we have been granted through the genius of someone else.

Mozi or Mo-tze, Mocius or Mo-tzu, original name Mo Di, aka Master Mo

The words of malicious slander should not be allowed to enter the ear. A defensive voice should not be allowed to come out of the mouth. The want to gravely injure people should not be allowed to exist in the heart. If this is accomplished, though there be people who cynically expose others, they would be without people who would align with them.

Salman Rushdie, fully Sir Ahmed Salman Rushdie

Antediluvian, who think of homosexuality as ungodly, who have little time for real freedom of expression, who routinely express anti-Semitic views, and who, in the case of the Muslim Diaspora, are -- it has to be said -- in many ways at odds with the cultures among which they live.

Scottish Proverbs

Better a ill spuin than nae horn.

Ted Kennedy, fully Edward Moore "Ted" Kennedy

This is far more than an indictment of an individual... It is an indictment of their vindictive efforts to discredit anyone who challenge their misrepresentations.

Nathaniel Hawthorne

Be true! Be true! Be true! Show freely to the world, if not your worst, yet some trait whereby the worst may be inferred!

Howard Gardner, fully Howard Earl Gardner

The idea of multiple intelligences comes out of psychology. It's a theory that was developed to document the fact that human beings have very different kinds of intellectual strengths and that these strengths are very, very important in how kids learn and how people represent things in their minds, and then how people use them in order to show what it is that they've understood.

Simon Sinek

Quality effective leaders have the confidence to trust others to try, succeed, and sometimes to fail. We very often confuse personality with leadership. In other words, leadership is not about being a nice person or not a nice person. Some good leaders are rough around the edges and some leaders are difficult. Some have difficult personalities and some are really nice to be around, but those are not the qualifications. The qualifications are their desire to see us achieve more, their desire to push us to be the best we can be. Not for their selfish gain, but because they believe that we have something to offer. The bad leaders are the ones that push hard so they can gain, who brow beat us so that they can receive the benefit of our hard work, not so we can enjoy the success.

Wolof Proverbs

Work without pay, if it first gives birth to a long time, it finally gives birth to evil.

Simon Sinek

The challenge of the unknown future is so much more exciting than the stories of the accomplished past.

Les Brown

You must remain focused on your journey to greatness.

Sergey Brin and Larry Page

The Star Trek computer doesn't seem that interesting. They ask it random questions, it thinks for a while. I think we can do better than that. (Larry Page)

Wilkie Collins, fully William Wilkie Collins

We neither know nor judge ourselves; others may judge, but cannot know us. God alone judges and knows us.

Henri Poincaré, fully Jules Henri Poincaré

Mathematicians do not study objects, but the relations between objects; to them it is a matter of indifference if these objects are replaced by others, provided that the relations do not change. Matter does not engage their attention, they are interested in form alone.

Buddha, Gautama Buddha, or The Buddha, also Gotama Buddha, Siddhārtha Gautama Buddha and Buddha Śākyamuni

It is better to do nothing, than to do what is wrong. For whatever you do, you do to yourself.

Henry James

She is written in a foreign tongue.

Criminal Minds Opening and Closing Quotes

There are some that only employ words for the purpose of disguising their thoughts. - Voltaire

Theodor W. Adorno, born Theodor Ludwig Wiesengrund

All morality has been modeled on immorality and to this day has reinstated it at every level. The slave morality is indeed bad: it is still the master morality.

Christian Friedrich Hebbel

The motive for a deed usually changes during its performance: at least, after the deed has been done, it seems quite different.