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German Proverbs

Must is a hard nut.

Joan Didion

I promised myself that I would maintain momentum. Maintain momentum was the imperative that echoed all the way downtown. In fact I had no idea what would happen if I lost it. In fact I had no idea what it was.

Harry S. Truman

Justice remains the greatest power on earth. To that tremendous power alone will we submit.

William Dean Howells

If he has not enjoyed writing no one will enjoy reading.

Max More

Although seamless and reliable technologies deserve a place as a goal for transhumanists, the ideas of perfection and paradise do not. We find those concepts in religious thinking but not in transhumanism. There are one or two possible exceptions: Some Singularitarians may be more prone to a kind of magical thinking in the sense that they see the arrival of greater than human intelligence almost instantly transforming the world beyond recognition. But even they are acutely aware of the dangers of super-intelligent AI. In contrast to Ihde?s straw man characterization, most transhumanists?and certainly those who resonate with the transhumanist philosophy of extropy?do not see utopia or perfection as even a goal, let alone an expected future posthuman world. Rather, transhumanism, like Enlightenment humanism, is a meliorist view. Transhumanists reject all forms of apologism?the view that it is wrong for humans to attempt to alter the conditions of life for the better.

Marshall McLuhan, fully Herbert Marshall McLuhan

Cultural dominance by either the left or the right hemisphere is largely dependent upon environmental factors.

Christopher Morley, fully Christopher Darlington Morley

Remorse is surgical in action; it cuts away foul tissues of the mind.

Italian Proverbs

The worst pig gets the best pear.

Leonard Cohen, fully Leonard Norman Cohen

Breavman knows a girl named Shell whose ears were pierced so she could wear the long filigree earrings. The punctures festered and now she has a tiny scar in each earlobe. He discovered them behind her hair.

Groucho Marx, Pseudonym for Julius Henry Marx

I'm leaving because the weather is too good. I hate London when it's not raining.

William Shakespeare

Promise me life, and I'll confess the truth.

Milton Friedman, fully John Milton Friedman

Why has there been so great a shift in the attitudes of the public [toward accepting free market ideas]? I’m sorry to confess that I do not believe it occurred because of the persuasive power of such books as Friedrich Hayek’s Road to Serfdom or Ayn Rand’s Fountainhead or Atlas Shrugged or our own Capitalism and Freedom. Such books certainly played a role, but I believe the major reason for the change is the extraordinary force of factual evidence.…The great hopes that had been placed in Russia and China by the collectivists and socialists turned into ashes.…Similarly, the hopes that were placed in Fabian socialism and the welfare state in Britain or the New Deal in the United States were disappointed. One major government program after another started with the very best aims and with noble objectives and turned out not to deliver the goods.…Ideas played their part. But they played their part not by producing a reaction against the spread of government but by determining the form that that reaction took. The role we play as intellectuals is not to persuade anybody but to keep options open and to provide alternative policies that can be adopted when people decide they have to make a change.

Seth Godin

The current (educational) structure, which seeks low-cost uniformity that meets minimum standards, is killing our economy, our culture, and us.

John Hodgman

There's a tradition in American fiction that is deadly serious and earnest - like the Steinbeckian social novel.

Evelyn Glennie, fully Evelyn Elizabeth Ann Glennie

Hearing is a form of touch. You feel it through your body, and sometimes it almost hits your face.

George Santayana

A body seriously out of equilibrium, either with itself or with its environment, perishes outright. Not so a mind. Madness and suffering set themselves no limit.


Such as thy words are, such will thy affections be esteemed; and such will thy deeds as thy affections, and such thy life as thy deeds.

William Cowper

Would I describe a preacher… I would express him simple, grave, sincere; in doctrine uncorrupt; in language plain, and plain in manner; decent, solemn, chaste, and natural in gesture; much impress'd himself, as conscious of his awful charge, and anxious mainly that the flock he feeds may feel it too; affectionate in look, and tender in address, as well becomes a messenger of grace to guilty men.

Henry H. Haskins

Tradition is a prison with majority opinion the modern jailer.

Martin Amis, fully Martin Louis Amis

These are the Seven Deadly Sins: Avarice, Envy, Pride, Gluttony, Lust, Anger, Sloth. These are the seven deadly sins: venality, paranoia, insecurity, excess, carnality, contempt, boredom.

Ayn Rand, born Alisa Zinovyevna Rosenbaum

Wealth is the product of man's ability to think.

David Attenborough, fully Sir David Frederick Attenborough

It's about cherishing the woodland at the bottom of your garden or the stream that runs through it. It affects every aspect of life.

Vivekananda, fully Sri or Swami Vivekananda, born Narendra Nath Datta

We may worship anything by seeing God in it, if we can forget the idol and see God there. We must not project any image upon God. But we may fill any image with that Life which is God. Only forget the image, and you are right enough---for out of Him comes everything. He is everything. We may worship a picture as God, but not God as the picture. God in the picture is right, but the picture as God is wrong. God in the image is perfectly right. There is no danger there. This is the real worship of God.

Bill Bradley, fully William Warren "Bill" Bradley

The game is still full of joy and the lessons learned from it stay with you . . . even though the game has changed, the old values still flow through it.

Georges Bernanos

She [Chantal] did not understand him [Fiodor]. She never could and never would understand him, being as invulnerable in her truthfulness as he in his falseness. And yet, she hated him unconsciously with a jealous hatred — for what other name, alas, could be given to that revolt of her pure conscience, so well-armed and, at the same time, so defenseless? She hated him instinctively as though he already possessed the incomparable secret with which to menace her, to menace God Himself.