Random Quotes

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

If desires are not uprooted, sorrows grow again in you.

Julian Jaynes

The terms theory and model, incidentally, are sometimes used interchangeably. But really they should not be. A theory is a relationship of the model to the things the model is supposed to represent... A theory is thus a metaphor between a model and data. And understanding in science is the feeling of similarity between complicated data and a familiar model.

M. Scott Peck, fully Morgan Scott Peck

Problems are the cutting edge that distinguishes between success and failure. Problems call forth our courage and our wisdom; indeed, they create our courage and our wisdom. It is only because of problems that we grow mentally and spiritually.

Chinese Proverbs

Mountains do not hinder a journey so much as rivers.

Osho, born Chandra Mohan Jain, also known as Acharya Rajneesh and Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh

Existence is only in the present. Mind is never in the present. In fact, the moment you are in the present, there is no mind in you, there is great silence. The whole sky of your inner being is without thoughts, without clouds. I call this the state of no-mind. Only in this state of no-mind do you meet existence. And that meeting is the ultimate ecstasy. Once you have tasted it, you will never bother about the future.

Tom Wolfe, fully Thomas Kennerly "Tom" Wolfe

I think of myself as a seer!

Émile Souvestre

So much confidence at first, so much doubt at last.

Scottish Proverbs

Empty barrels make the most noise.

Chinese Proverbs

An ignorant doctor is no better than a murderer.

Francis Bacon

They that deny a God destroy man’s nobility; for certainly man is of kin to the beasts by his body; and, if he be not of kin to God by his spirit, he is a base and ignoble creature.

Mohamed Iqbal or Sir Muhammad Iqbal, aka Allama Iqbal

Become dust - and they will throw thee in the air; Become stone - and they will throw thee on glass.

Virginia Woolf, nee Stephen, fully Adeline Virginia Woolf

Anything may happen when womanhood has ceased to be a protected occupation.

Adrienne Rich, fully Adrienne Cecil Rich

She shaves her legs until they gleam like petrified mammoth-tusk.

Maltese Proverbs

He who doesn?t fart, lets out silent ones.

Milan Kundera

The brain appears to possess a special area which we might call poetic memory and which records everything that charms or touches us, that makes our lives beautiful... Love begins with a metaphor. Which is to say, love begins at the point when a woman enters her first word into our poetic memory.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

We cannot describe the natural history of the soul, but we know that it is divine.

Sa'di (or Saadi), pen name of Abū-Muḥammad Muṣliḥ al-Dīn bin Abdallāh Shīrāzī, born Muslih-uddin

Nothing is so good for an ignorant man as silence; and if he was sensible of this he would not be ignorant.

Cicero, fully Marcus Tullius Cicero, anglicized as Tully

Fortune favors the bold.

Joseph Addison

What can that man fear who takes care to please a Being that is so able to crush all his adversaries? A Being that can divert any misfortune from befalling him, or turn any such misfortune to his advantage?

Saint Thomas Aquinas, aka Thomas of Aquin or Aquino, Doctor Angelicus, Doctor Communis or Doctor Universalis

Three things are needed for beauty; wholeness, harmony and radiance.

Evgeny Morozov

We need to start seeing privacy as a commons - as some kind of a public good that can get depleted as too many people treat it carelessly or abandon it too eagerly. What is privacy for? This question needs an urgent answer.

Ulysses S. Grant, fully Ulysses Simpson Grant, born Hiram Ulysses Grant

In accordance with the substance of my letter to you of the 8th inst., I propose to receive the surrender of the Army of N. Va. on the following terms, to wit: Rolls of all the officers and men to be made in duplicate. One copy to be given to an officer designated by me, the other to be retained by such officer or officers as you may designate. The officers to give their individual paroles not to take up arms against the Government of the United States until properly exchanged, and each company or regimental commander sign a like parole for the men of their commands. The arms, artillery and public property to be parked and stacked, and turned over to the officer appointed by me to receive them. This will not embrace the side-arms of the officers, or their private horses or baggage. This done, each officer and man will be allowed to return to their homes, not to be disturbed by United States authority so long as they observe their paroles and the laws in force where they may reside.

Thomas Edison, fully Thomas Alva Edison

I do not believe in the God of the theologians; but that there is a Supreme Intelligence I do not doubt.

Richard Tarnas, fully Richard Theodore Tarnas

Given current assumptions about the cosmos, it is a scandal for a professor of philosophy to come out with a book that is in any way supportive of astrology. I think it's safe to say that of all perspectives, astrology is the one most subject to automatic rejection and scorn in the modern intellectual world. I myself was skeptical until I conducted my own research. But the evidence is very compelling: There is an astonishingly consistent correlation between planetary alignments and the patterns of human experience. "Cosmos and Psyche" sets out that evidence in a way that readers new to this perspective can examine and assess for themselves. It's a little like Galileo's telescope: Anyone could look through it to see the new universe it revealed, but it was a scandal at the time.

Talmud or The Talmud

This is the punishment of a liar: he is not believed, even when he speaks the truth.