QUOTEoftheDay

Tuesday
Dec062011

Tom Lehrer

All the world seems in tune
On a spring afternoon,
When we're poisoning pigeons in the park.

Oh, the Protestants hate the Catholics
And the Catholics hate the Protestants,
And the Hindus hate the Moslems,
And everybody hates the Jews.

I'd like to take you now, on wings of song as it were, and try and help you forget for a while your drab, wretched lives.

I know that there are people who do not love their fellow man, and I hate people like that!

If a person feels he can't communicate, the least he can do is shut up about it.

In my youth there were words you couldn't say in front of a girl; now you can't say 'girl.'

It is sobering to consider that when Mozart was my age he had already been dead for a year.

Life is like a piano. What you get out of it depends on how you play it.
Monday
Dec052011

Thomas Friedman

When I was growing up, my parents told me, 'Finish your dinner. People in China and India are starving.' I tell my daughters, 'Finish your homework. People in India and China are starving for your job.'

Al Qaeda is nothing more than a mutant supply chain. They're playing off the same platform as Wal-Mart and Dell. They're just not restrained by it. What is al Qaeda? It's an open source religious political movement that works off the global supply chain. That's what we're up against in Iraq. We're up against a suicide supply chain.

America needs rebooting.

Basically all the world's computer parts come from the same supply chain that runs from Korea, down through coastal China, over to Taiwan, and down to Malaysia.

By 'flat' I did not mean that the world is getting equal. I said that more people in more places can now compete, connect and collaborate with equal power and equal tools than ever before. That's why an Indian in Bangalore can take care of the office work of American doctors or read the X-rays of German hospitals.

I am hoping, though, that many of them have kids, who, when they have a moment to take a break from their iPods, Internet, or Google, will explain to their parents running the country just how the world is being flattened.  

I firmly believe that the next great breakthrough in bioscience could come from a 15-year-old who downloads the human genome in Egypt.
 
We are led by lawyers who do not understand either technology or balance sheets.

We need to become energy independent or at least aspire to that.

 
Sunday
Dec042011

Alfred North Whitehead

Familiar things happen, and mankind does not bother about them. It requires a very unusual mind to undertake the analysis of the obvious.

Fools act on imagination without knowledge, pedants act on knowledge without imagination.The guiding motto in the life of every natural philosopher should be, "Seek simplicity and distrust it."

There is a quality of life which lies always beyond the mere fact of life; and when we include the quality in the fact, there is still omitted the quality of the quality.

Civilization advances by extending the number of important operations which we can perform without thinking about them.

That knowledge which adds greatness to character is knowledge so handled as to transform every phase of immediate experience.

Consciousness is only the last and greatest of such elements by which the selective character of the individual obscures the external totality from which it originates and which it embodies.

The art of progress is to preserve order amid change, and to preserve change amid order.

Everything of importance has been said before by somebody who did not discover it.

Fundamental progress has to do with the reinterpretation of basic ideas.

Saturday
Dec032011

Jim Morrison

People are strange when you're a stranger
Faces look ugly when you're alone
Women seem wicked when you're unwanted
Streets are uneven when you're down.

You know the day destroys the night,
Night divides the day,
Tried to run —
Tried to hide —
Break on through to the other side!

This is the strangest life I’ve ever known.

This is it
no more fun
the death of all joy
has come.

I am interested in anything about revolt, disorder, chaos-especially activity that seems to have no meaning. It seems to me to be the road toward freedom... Rather than starting inside, I start outside and reach the mental through the physical.

People fear death even more than pain. It's strange that they fear death. Life hurts a lot more than death. At the point of death, the pain is over. Yeah, I guess it is a friend.

You've seen your birth, your
life and death; you might recall
all of the rest — (did you
have a good world when you
died?) — enough to base
a movie on?


Friday
Dec022011

Ogden Nash

A door is what a dog is perpetually on the wrong side of.

Candy
Is Dandy
But liquor
Is quicker.

I believe that people believe what they believe they believe.

I think that I shall never see
A billboard lovely as a tree.
Perhaps, unless the billboards fall,
I'll never see a tree at all.

People expect old men to die,
They do not really mourn old men.
Old men are different. People look
At them with eyes that wonder when...
People watch with unshocked eyes;
But the old men know when an old man dies.

We love the kindly wind and hail,
The jolly thunderbolt,
We watch in glee the fairy trail
Of ampere, watt, and volt...

 

Thursday
Dec012011

Siddhartha Gautama--Buddha

We are what we think.
All that we are arises with our thoughts.
With our thoughts we make the world.

To conquer oneself is a greater task than conquering others.

No one saves us but ourselves, no one can and no one may. We ourselves must walk the path but Buddhas clearly show the way.

To cease from evil, to do good, and to purify the mind yourself, this is the teaching of all the Buddhas.

Meditation brings wisdom; lack of meditation leaves ignorance. Know well what leads you forward and what hold you back, and choose the path that leads to wisdom.

Words have the power to both destroy and heal. When words are both true and kind, they can change our world.

Neither fire, nor moisture, nor wind can destroy the blessing of good deeds, and blessings enlighten the whole world.

Do not go by revelation;
Do not go by tradition;
Do not go by hearsay;
Do not go on the authority of sacred texts;
Do not go on the grounds of pure logic;
Do not go by a view that seems rational;
Do not go by reflecting on mere appearances. . .

 

Wednesday
Nov302011

Agatha Christie 

I have given them life instead of death, freedom instead of the cords of superstition, beauty and truth instead of corruption and exploitation.
 
An archaeologist is the best husband a woman can have. The older she gets the more interested he is in her.

Any woman can fool a man if she wants to and if he's in love with her.

One doesn't recognize the really important moments in one's life until it's too late.
 
Crime is terribly revealing. Try and vary your methods as you will, your tastes, your habits, your attitude of mind, and your soul is revealed by your actions.  

Dogs are wise. They crawl away into a quiet corner and lick their wounds and do not rejoin the world until they are whole once more.

Everything that has existed, lingers in the Eternity.

Evil is not something superhuman, it's something less than human.

 

Tuesday
Nov292011

Anais Nin

Each friend represents a world in us, a world possibly not born until they arrive, and it is only by this meeting that a new world is born.

When others asked the truth of me, I was convinced it was not the truth they wanted, but an illusion they could bear to live with.

Life is a process of becoming, a combination of states we have to go through. Where people fail is that they wish to elect a state and remain in it. This is a kind of death.

 Life is so fluid that one can only hope to capture the living moment, to capture it alive and fresh ... without destroying that moment.

All those who try to unveil the mysteries always have tragic lives. At the end they are always punished.

The poet is one who is able to keep the fresh vision of the child alive.

Life shrinks or expands according to one's courage.

I am in accord with the surrealists, searching for the marvelous.

Feelings are images, sensations are like musical sounds.

 

Monday
Nov282011

Carl Jung

Your vision will become clear only when you look into your heart ... Who looks outside, dreams. Who looks inside, awakens.

No one can flatter himself that he is immune to the spirit of his own epoch, or even that he possesses a full understanding of it.

Consciousness is a precondition of being.

The judgment of the intellect is, at best, only the half of truth, and must, if it be honest, also come to an understanding of its inadequacy.

No language exists that cannot be misused... Every Interpretation is hypothetical, for it is a mere attempt to read an unfamiliar text.

As far as we can discern, the sole purpose of human existence is to kindle a light in the darkness of mere being.

The great decisions of human life have as a rule far more to do with the instincts and other mysterious unconscious factors than with conscious will and well-meaning reasonableness.

We cannot imagine events that are connected non-causally and are capable of a non-causal explanation. But that does not mean that such events do not exist.

 

Sunday
Nov272011

Franklin D. Roosevelt

Yesterday, December 7, 1941 — a date which will live in infamy — the United States of America was suddenly and deliberately attacked by naval and air forces of the Empire of Japan.

Throughout the nation, opportunity was limited by monopoly. Individual initiative was crushed in the cogs of a great machine. The field open for free business was more and more restricted.

The country needs and, unless I mistake its temper, the country demands bold, persistent experimentation.

I pledge you, I pledge myself, to a new deal for the American people.

Human kindness has never weakened the stamina or softened the fiber of a free people. A nation does not have to be cruel to be tough.

The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much; it is whether we provide enough for those who have too little.

Throughout the world, change is the order of the day.

Democracy cannot succeed unless those who express their choice are prepared to choose wisely. The real safeguard of democracy, therefore, is education.