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Socrates

If the immortal is also imperishable, the soul when attacked by death cannot perish; for the preceding argument shows that the soul will not admit of death, or even be dead, any more than three or the odd number will admit of the even.

Richard Hooker

Who the guide of nature, but only the God of nature? In him we live, move, and are. Those things which nature is said to do are by divine art performed, using nature as an instrument: nor is there any such knowledge divine in nature herself working, but in the guide of nature?s work.

JK Rowling, formally Joanne "Jo" Rowling

Honestly, woman, you call yourself our mother?

Vimala Thakar

In the dimension of dhyan (meditation) you have let the activities of the mind come to an end

Plautus, full name Titus Maccius Plautus

It is the nature of the unfortunate to be spiteful, and to envy those who are well to do.

Milan Kundera

The bloody massacre in Bangladesh quickly covered over the memory of the Russian invasion of Czechoslovakia, the assassination of Allende drowned out the groans of Bangladesh, the war in the Sinai Desert made people forget Allende, the Cambodian massacre made people forget Sinai, and so on and so forth until ultimately everyone lets everything be forgotten.

William F. Buckley, Jr.

The largest cultural menace in America is the conformity of the intellectual cliques which, in education as well as the arts, are out to impose upon the nation their modish fads and fallacies, and have nearly succeeded in doing so. In this cultural issue, we are, without reservations, on the side of excellence (rather than "newness") and of honest intellectual combat (rather than conformity).

Leonard Susskind

I was going to engineering school but fell in love with physics.

Author 193954

Anaximander, a friend and possibly a student of Thales, argued that since human infants are helpless at birth, if the first human had somehow appeared on earth as an infant, it would not have survived. In what may have been humanity's first inkling of evolution, people, Anaximander reasoned, must therefore have evolved from other animals whose young are hardier.

Socrates

Our youth now love luxury. They have bad manners, contempt for authority; they show disrespect for their elders and love chatter in place of exercise; they no longer rise when elders enter the room; they contradict their parents, chatter before company; gobble up their food and tyrannize their teachers.

Russian Proverbs

Everything is good in its season.

Upanishads or The Upanishads

When [in the world] one sees nothing else, hears nothing else, recognizes nothing else: that is [participation in] the Infinite. But when one sees, hears, and recognizes only otherness: that is smallness. The Infinite is the immortal. That which is small is mortal.

Bauvard Bauvard

The only way to tell a fable is to introduce a human. The only way to tell a proverb is to introduce your grandfather.

Nassim Nicholas Taleb

Don?t complain too loud about wrongs done you; you may give ideas to your less imaginative enemies.

P. J. O'Rourke

Children live in the only successful Marxist state ever created: the family. 'From each according to his ability, to each according to his need' is the family's practice as well as its theory. Even with today's scattershot patterns of marriage and parenting, a family is collectivist to a more than North Korean degree.

Michael Sandel

Philosophy is a distancing, if not debilitating, activity.

David Foster Wallace

Nothing brings you together like a common enemy.

Mustapha Mahmoud

The sins that cry to be a right, not on any abandoned; or any parting; or any other disease; or any death; and if so, who estimated the right of God.

Wilhelm von Humboldt, fully Friedrich Wilhelm Christian Karl Ferdinand von Humboldt

If we would indicate an idea which, throughout the whole course of history, has ever more and more widely extended its empire, or which, more than any other, testifies to the much-contested and still more decidedly misunderstood perfectibility of the whole human race, it is that of establishing our common humanity — of striving to remove the barriers which prejudice and limited views of every kind have erected among men, and to treat all mankind, without reference to religion, nation, or color, as one fraternity, one great community, fitted for the attainment of one object, the unrestrained development of the physical powers. This is the ultimate and highest aim of society.

Jarrett J. Krosoczka

I use my imagination for my full time job; my imagination saved my life.

Manly P. Hall, fully Manly Palmer Hall

The alchemical tradition assumes that every physical art or science is a body of knowledge which exists only because it is en-souled by invisible powers and processes. Physical chemistry, as it is practiced in the modern world, is concerned principally with pharmaceutical or industrial research projects. It is confined within the boundaries of an all-pervading materialism, which binds labor to the advancement of physical objectives.

Alan Watts, fully Alan Wilson Watts

We have made a problem for ourselves by confusing the intelligible with the fixed. We think that making sense out of life is impossible unless the flow of events can somehow be fitted into a framework of rigid forms. To be meaningful, life must be understandable in terms of fixed ideas and laws, and these in turn must correspond to unchanging and eternal realities behind the shifting scene. But if this what making sense out of life means, we have set ourselves the impossible task of making fixity out of flux.

Warren Buffett, fully Warren Edward Buffett, aka Oracle of Omaha

Our stay-put behavior reflects our view that the stock market serves as a relocation center at which money is moved from the active to the patient.

Alain de Botton

Art was the very antithesis of crass moralism.

Leo Tolstoy, aka Count Lev Nikolayevich Tolstoy or Tolstoi

Remember then: there is only one time that is important-- Now! It is the most important time because it is the only time when we have any power. The most necessary man is he with whom you are, for no man knows whether he will ever have dealings with any one else: and the most important affair is, to do him good, because for that purpose alone was man sent into this life!