QUOTEoftheDay

Tuesday
Oct182011

John Lennon

The thing the sixties did was to show us the possibilities and the responsibility that we all had. It wasn't the answer. It just gave us a glimpse of the possibility.

Imagine there's no countries,
It isnt hard to do,
Nothing to kill or die for,
No religion too,
Imagine all the people
living life in peace...

Living is easy with eyes closed, misunderstanding all you see.
It's getting hard to be someone but it all works out.
It doesn't matter much to me.

Surrealism had a great effect on me because then I realised that the imagery in my mind wasn't insanity. Surrealism to me is reality.

The more I see the less I know for sure.

There's nothing you can do that can't be done
Nothing you can sing that can't be sung
Nothing you can say but you can learn how to play the game It's easy. All you need is love.

There are places I remember
All my life though some have changed
Some forever not for better
Some have gone and some remain

 

 

 

Monday
Oct172011

William Butler Yeats

Man is in love and loves what vanishes,
What more is there to say?

In dreams begin responsibilities.

O heart, be at peace, because
Nor knave nor dolt can break
What's not for their applause…

Man can embody truth but he cannot know it.

Come away, O human child!
To the waters and the wild
With a faery, hand in hand,
For the world's more full of weeping than you can understand.

Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.

I have known more men destroyed by the desire to have wife and child and to keep them in comfort than I have seen destroyed by drink and harlots.

Everything that's lovely is but a brief, dreamy, kind of delight.

Sunday
Oct162011

Oscar Wilde

Life is never fair, and perhaps it is a good thing for most of us that it is not.

I have the simplest tastes. I am always satisfied with the best.

A man can be happy with any woman, as long as he does not love her.

America is the only country that went from barbarism to decadence without civilization in between.

Bigamy is having one wife too many. Monogamy is the same.

Education is an admirable thing, but it is well to remember from time to time that nothing that is worth knowing can be taught.

I am not young enough to know everything.

The world is a stage, but the play is badly cast.

Life imitates art far more than art imitates Life.

Disobedience, in the eyes of any one who has read history, is man's original virtue. It is through disobedience that progress has been made, through disobedience and through rebellion.

 



Saturday
Oct152011

Lao Tzu

If you realize that all things change, there is nothing you will try to hold on to. If you are not afraid of dying, there is nothing you cannot achieve.

A good traveler has no fixed plans, and is not intent on arriving.

Silence is a source of great strength.

The words of truth are always paradoxical.

At the center of your being you have the answer; you know who you are and you know what you want.

Do the difficult things while they are easy and do the great things while they are small. A journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step.

He who is contented is rich.

Health is the greatest possession. Contentment is the greatest treasure. Confidence is the greatest friend. Non-being is the greatest joy.


Friday
Oct142011

Pythagoras

A thought is an idea in transit.

There is geometry in the humming of the strings, there is music in the spacing of the spheres.

As long as man continues to be the ruthless destroyer of lower living beings he will never know health or peace. For as long as men massacre animals, they will kill each other.

Do not say a little in many words but a great deal in a few.

Virtue is harmony.

Educate the children and it won't be necessary to punish the men.

Number is the ruler of forms and ideas, and the cause of gods and daemons.

Friends are as companions on a journey, who ought to aid each other to persevere in the road to a happier life.

Reason is immortal, all else mortal.


Thursday
Oct132011

Frederick Soddy

Chemistry has been termed by the physicist as the messy part of physics, but that is no reason why the physicists should be permitted to make a mess of chemistry when they invade it.

In the first place, the preparation of the Nobel lecture which I am to give has shown me, even more clearly than I knew before, how many others share with me, often, indeed, have anticipated me, in the discoveries for which you have awarded me the prize.

Man cannot influence in this respect the atomic forces of Nature.

Nature is in austere mood, even terrifying, withal majestically beautiful.

Scientific men can hardly escape the charge of ignorance with regard to the precise effect of the impact of modern science upon the mode of living of the people and upon their civilisation.

With all our mastery over the powers of Nature we have adhered to the view that the struggle for existence is a permanent and necessary condition of life.

The pure air and dazzling snow belong to things beyond the reach of all personal feeling, almost beyond the reach of life. Yet such things are a part of our life, neither the least noble nor the most terrible.

Wednesday
Oct122011

Alexis de Tocqueville

A democratic government is the only one in which those who vote for a tax can escape the obligation to pay it.

As one digs deeper into the national character of the Americans, one sees that they have sought the value of everything in this world only in the answer to this single question: how much money will it bring in?

History is a gallery of pictures in which there are few originals and many copies.

No protracted war can fail to endanger the freedom of a democratic country.

When the past no longer illuminates the future, the spirit walks in darkness.

Laws are always unstable unless they are founded on the manners of a nation; and manners are the only durable and resisting power in a people.

We are sleeping on a volcano... A wind of revolution blows, the storm is on the horizon.

Tuesday
Oct112011

Tennessee Williams

We all live in a house on fire, no fire department to call; no way out, just the upstairs window to look out of while the fire burns the house down with us trapped, locked in it.

A vacuum is a hell of a lot better than some of the stuff that nature replaces it with.

I am the opposite of a stage magician. He gives you illusion that has the appearance of truth. I give you truth in the pleasant disguise of illusion.

In memory everything seems to happen to music.

Death is one moment, and life is so many of them.

There is a time for departure even when there's no certain place to go.

Hell is yourself and the only redemption is when a person puts himself aside to feel deeply for another person.

Life is an unanswered question, but let's still believe in the dignity and importance of the question.



Monday
Oct102011

Aldous Huxley

Maybe this world is another planet's hell.

A belief in hell and the knowledge that every ambition is doomed to frustration at the hands of a skeleton have never prevented the majority of human beings from behaving as though death were no more than an unfounded rumor.

All gods are homemade, and it is we who pull their strings, and so, give them the power to pull ours.

Beauty is worse than wine, it intoxicates both the holder and beholder.

The charm of history and its enigmatic lesson consist in the fact that, from age to age, nothing changes and yet everything is completely different.

Every man who knows how to read has it in his power to magnify himself, to multiply the ways in which he exists, to make his life full, significant and interesting.

To his dog, every man is Napoleon; hence the constant popularity of dogs.

Facts do not cease to exist because they are ignored.

If human beings were shown what they're really like, they'd either kill one another as vermin, or hang themselves.



Sunday
Oct092011

Arthur Eddington

The law that entropy always increases, holds, I think, the supreme position among the laws of Nature. If someone points out to you that your pet theory of the universe is in disagreement with Maxwell's equations — then so much the worse for Maxwell's equations. If it is found to be contradicted by observation — well, these experimentalists do bungle things sometimes. But if your theory is found to be against the second law of thermodynamics I can give you no hope; there is nothing for it but to collapse in deepest humiliation.

Physics has in the main contented itself with studying the abridged edition of the book of nature.

The stuff of the world is mind-stuff.

We have found a strange footprint on the shores of the unknown.

The idealistic tinge in my conception of the physical world arose out of mathematical researches on the relativity theory. In so far as I had any earlier philosophical views, they were of an entirely different complexion.

From the beginning I have been doubtful whether it was desirable for a scientist to venture so far into extra-scientific territory. The primary justification for such an expedition is that it may afford a better view of his own scientific domain.