Wikiquote:Quote of the day/February 2013
|Any concepts or words which have been formed in the past through the interplay between the world and ourselves are not really sharply defined with respect to their meaning: that is to say, we do not know exactly how far they will help us in finding our way in the world. … It will never be possible by pure reason to arrive at some absolute truth.|
|~ Werner Heisenberg ~|
|I'm a god — I'm not the God.
I don't think.
|~ "Phil" ~
~ Groundhog Day ~
|Whenever one tries to suppress doubt, there is tyranny.|
|~ Simone Weil ~|
|I know myself as mortal, but this raises the question: "What is I?" Am I an individual, or am I an evolving life stream composed of countless selves? … As one identity, I was born in AD 1902. But as AD twentieth-century man, I am billions of years old. The life I consider as myself has existed though past eons with unbroken continuity. Individuals are custodians of the life stream — temporal manifestations of far greater being, forming from and returning to their essence like so many dreams.|
|~ Charles Lindbergh ~|
|We travel together, passengers on a little spaceship, dependent on its vulnerable reserves of air and soil; all committed, for our safety, to its security and peace; preserved from annihilation only by the care, the work and the love we give our fragile craft.|
|~ Adlai Stevenson ~|
|Never do today what you can put off till tomorrow. Delay may give clearer light as to what is best to be done.|
|~ Aaron Burr ~|
|The men who learn endurance, are they who call the whole world brother.|
|~ Charles Dickens ~|
|An unimaginative person can neither be reverent nor kind.|
|~ John Ruskin ~|
|It is not as a child that I believe and confess Jesus Christ. My hosanna is born of a furnace of doubt.|
|~ Fyodor Dostoyevsky ~|
|Behold, I send you forth as sheep in the midst of wolves: be ye therefore wise as serpents, and harmless as doves.|
|~ Jesus Christ ~|
|It is not necessary to succeed in order to persevere. As long as there is a margin of hope, however narrow, we have no choice but to base all our action on that margin.|
|~ Leó Szilárd ~|
|As I would not be a slave, so I would not be a master. This expresses my idea of democracy. Whatever differs from this, to the extent of the difference, is no democracy.|
|~ Abraham Lincoln ~|
|In love there are no penalties and no payments, and what is given is indistinguishable from what is received.|
|~ Eleanor Farjeon ~|
|If thou must love me, let it be for nought
Except for love's sake only. Do not say
"I love her for her smile — her look — her way
Of speaking gently, — for a trick of thought
That falls in well with mine, and certes brought
A sense of pleasant ease on such a day" —
For these things in themselves, Beloved, may
Be changed, or change for thee, — and love, so wrought,
May be unwrought so. Neither love me for
Thine own dear pity's wiping my cheeks dry, —
A creature might forget to weep, who bore
Thy comfort long, and lose thy love thereby!
But love me for love's sake, that evermore
Thou may'st love on, through love's eternity.
|~ Elizabeth Barrett Browning ~|
|It is the business of the future to be dangerous; and it is among the merits of science that it equips the future for its duties.|
|~ Alfred North Whitehead ~|
|No one means all he says, and yet very few say all they mean, for words are slippery and thought is viscous.|
|~ Henry Adams ~|
|Time is the father of truth, its mother is our mind.|
|~ Giordano Bruno ~|
|Life is not a goal; it is also an instrument, like death, like beauty, like virtue, like knowledge. Whose instrument? Of that God who fights for freedom.
We are all one, we are all an imperiled essence.
|~ Nikos Kazantzakis ~|
|Everyone must dream. We dream to give ourselves hope. To stop dreaming — well, that’s like saying you can never change your fate. Isn’t that true?|
|~ Amy Tan ~|
|I don’t believe in the “supernatural,” I believe in the “supernormal.” To me there is nothing that goes against nature. If it seems incomprehensible, it’s because we haven’t been able to understand it yet.|
|~ Richard Matheson ~|
|~ W. H. Auden ~|
|My candle burns at both ends;
It will not last the night;
But, ah, my foes, and, oh, my friends —
It gives a lovely light.
|~ Edna St. Vincent Millay ~|
|It is the search for the truth, not possession of the truth which is the way of philosophy. Its questions are more relevant than its answers, and every answer becomes a new question.|
|~ Karl Jaspers ~|
|Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven't found it yet, keep looking. Don't settle. As with all matters of the heart, you'll know when you find it. And, like any great relationship, it just gets better and better as the years roll on. So keep looking. Don’t settle.|
|~ Steve Jobs ~|
|My best friend is he who rights my wrongs or reproaches my mistakes.|
|~ José de San Martín ~|
|Such is the privilege of genius; it perceives, it seizes relations where vulgar eyes see only isolated facts.|
|~ François Arago ~|
|Life is real! Life is earnest!
And the grave is not its goal;
Dust thou art, to dust returnest,
Was not spoken of the soul.
|~ Henry Wadsworth Longfellow ~|
|My single pair of eyes
Contain the universe they see;
Their mirrored multiplicity
Is packed into a hollow body
Where I reflect the many, in my one.
|~ Stephen Spender ~|