Control is an illusion. Giving in to chaos is the only way through. You don't surf by telling the waves what to do.
I have never listened to anyone who criticized my taste in space travel, sideshows or gorillas. When this occurs, I pack up my dinosaurs and leave the room.
The impulse to help and the impulse to control are the dearest and most inseparable of siblings.
“The world is rated R, and no one is checking IDs. Do not try to make it G by imagining the shadows away. Do not try to hide your children from the world forever, but do not try to pretend there is no danger. Train them. Give them sharp eyes and bellies full of laughter. Make them dangerous. Make them yeast, and when they’ve grown, they will pollute the shadows.”
To be yourself, in a world constantly trying make you something else, is the greatest accomplishment.
I think most people thing programming is cold, precise, and mechanical. It's actually creative, perplexing and deeply personal.
“True peace is not merely the absence of war, it is the presence of justice”
When one tugs at a single thing in nature, he finds it attached to the rest of the world.
“Where there is power, there is resistance.”
"A lot of parents will do anything for their kids except let them be themselves"
"To play a wrong note is insignificant; to play without passion is inexcusable"
Between the dark of trouble and the light of disaster we pass our days. And if this is our condition, it cannot be taken away. Paradox results from artificial boundaries. Experience can't be derailed.
The most astounding fact is the knowledge that the atoms that comprise life on Earth, the atoms that make up the human body, are traceable to the crucibles that cooked light elements into heavy elements in their core under extreme temperatures and pressures. These stars, the high mass ones among them went unstable in their later years. They collapsed and then exploded scattering their enriched guts across the galaxy; guts made of carbon, nitrogen, oxygen and all the fundamental ingredients of life itself. These ingredients become part of gas clouds that condense, collapse, form the next generation of solar systems stars with orbiting planets, and those planets now have the ingredients for life itself.
So that when I look up at the night sky and I know that yes, we are part of this universe, we are in this universe, but perhaps more important than both of those facts is that the Universe is in us. When I reflect on that fact, I look up – many people feel small because they’re small and the Universe is big – but I feel big, because my atoms came from those stars. There’s a level of connectivity. That’s really what you want in life, you want to feel connected, you want to feel relevant; you want to feel like a participant in the goings on of activities and events around you.
And that’s precisely what we are, just by being alive.
Poets say science takes away from the beauty of the stars— mere globs of gas atoms. Nothing is ‘mere’. I too can see the stars on a desert night, and feel them. But do I see less or more? The vastness of the heavens stretches my imagination— stuck on this carousel my little eye can catch one-million-year-old light. A vast pattern— of which I am a part… What is the pattern or the meaning or the why? It does not do harm to the mystery to know a little more about it. For far more marvelous is the truth than any artists of the past imagined it. Why do the poets of the present not speak of it? What men are poets who can speak of Jupiter if he were a man, but if he is an immense spinning sphere of methane and ammonia must be silent.
“To pursue science is not to disparage the things of the spirit. In fact, to pursue science rightly is to furnish the framework on which the spirit may rise.”
“Look again at that dot. That's here. That's home. That's us. On it everyone you love, everyone you know, everyone you ever heard of, every human being who ever was, lived out their lives. The aggregate of our joy and suffering, thousands of confident religions, ideologies, and economic doctrines, every hunter and forager, every hero and coward, every creator and destroyer of civilization, every king and peasant, every young couple in love, every mother and father, hopeful child, inventor and explorer, every teacher of morals, every corrupt politician, every "superstar," every "supreme leader," every saint and sinner in the history of our species lived there-on a mote of dust suspended in a sunbeam.
The Earth is a very small stage in a vast cosmic arena. Think of the endless cruelties visited by the inhabitants of one corner of this pixel on the scarcely distinguishable inhabitants of some other corner, how frequent their misunderstandings, how eager they are to kill one another, how fervent their hatreds. Think of the rivers of blood spilled by all those generals and emperors so that, in glory and triumph, they could become the momentary masters of a fraction of a dot.
Our posturings, our imagined self-importance, the delusion that we have some privileged position in the Universe, are challenged by this point of pale light. Our planet is a lonely speck in the great enveloping cosmic dark. In our obscurity, in all this vastness, there is no hint that help will come from elsewhere to save us from ourselves.
The Earth is the only world known so far to harbor life. There is nowhere else, at least in the near future, to which our species could migrate. Visit, yes. Settle, not yet. Like it or not, for the moment the Earth is where we make our stand.
It has been said that astronomy is a humbling and character-building experience. There is perhaps no better demonstration of the folly of human conceits than this distant image of our tiny world. To me, it underscores our responsibility to deal more kindly with one another, and to preserve and cherish the pale blue dot, the only home we've ever known.”
(And a rather nice visualization of the above at vimeo: -- I hope it plays better for you than it does for me.)
“Now I will tell you the answer to my question. It is this. The Party seeks power entirely for its own sake. We are not interested in the good of others; we are interested solely in power, pure power. What pure power means you will understand presently. We are different from the oligarchies of the past in that we know what we are doing. All the others, even those who resembled ourselves, were cowards and hypocrites. The German Nazis and the Russian Communists came very close to us in their methods, but they never had the courage to recognize their own motives. They pretended, perhaps they even believed, that they had seized power unwillingly and for a limited time, and that just around the corner there lay a paradise where human beings would be free and equal. We are not like that. We know what no one ever seizes power with the intention of relinquishing it. Power is not a means; it is an end. One does not establish a dictatorship in order to safeguard a revolution; one makes the revolution in order to establish the dictatorship. The object of persecution is persecution. The object of torture is torture. The object of power is power. Now you begin to understand me.”
“Technology is like a mirror: if an idiot looks in, you can't expect an apostle to look out.”
If Margaret Thatcher is re-elected as prime minister on Thursday, I warn you.
I warn you that you will have pain–when healing and relief depend upon payment.
I warn you that you will have ignorance–when talents are untended and wits are wasted, when learning is a privilege and not a right.
I warn you that you will have poverty–when pensions slip and benefits are whittled away by a government that won’t pay in an economy that can’t pay.
I warn you that you will be cold–when fuel charges are used as a tax system that the rich don’t notice and the poor can’t afford.
I warn you that you must not expect work–when many cannot spend, more will not be able to earn. When they don’t earn, they don’t spend. When they don’t spend, work dies.
I warn you not to go into the streets alone after dark or into the streets in large crowds of protest in the light.
I warn you that you will be quiet–when the curfew of fear and the gibbet of unemployment make you obedient.
I warn you that you will have defence of a sort–with a risk and at a price that passes all understanding.
I warn you that you will be home-bound–when fares and transport bills kill leisure and lock you up.
I warn you that you will borrow less–when credit, loans, mortgages and easy payments are refused to people on your melting income.
If Margaret Thatcher wins on Thursday–
– I warn you not to be ordinary
– I warn you not to be young
– I warn you not to fall ill
– I warn you not to get old.
“To love. To be loved. To never forget your own insignificance. To never get used to the unspeakable violence and the vulgar disparity of life around you. To seek joy in the saddest places. To pursue beauty to its lair. To never simplify what is complicated or complicate what is simple. To respect strength, never power. Above all, to watch. To try and understand. To never look away. And never, never to forget.”
“Remember: It costs nothing to encourage an artist, and the potential benefits are staggering. A pat on the back to an artist now could one day result in your favorite film, or the cartoon you love to get stoned watching, or the song that saves your life. Discourage an artist, you get absolutely nothing in return, ever.”
“We do not grow absolutely, chronologically. We grow sometimes in one dimension, and not another; unevenly. We grow partially. We are relative. We are mature in one realm, childish in another. The past, present and future mingle and pull us backward, forward, or fix us in the present. We are made up of layers, cells, constellations” — Anaïs Nin
“Yes, in a sense. I'm comfortable with the unknown, that's the point of science. There are places out there, billions of places out there that we know nothing about. And the fact that we know nothing about them excites me, and I want to go out and find out about them. And that's what science is. So I think if you're not comfortable with the unknown, then it's difficult to be a scientist. So I don't need an answer. I want to have answers to find.”
(I so wish more people got this — the answers are nowhere near as important as the questions. Questions hold focus; Questions open possibilities for search, learning, questing for understanding and knowledge. An Einstein quote to go with this is “As the circle of light expands, so does the circumference of darkness.”. Seek questions, not answers. — tamara November 01, 2012, at 10:30 PM)
“The tragedy of preparedness has scarcely been handled, save by the Greeks. Life is indeed dangerous, but not in the way morality would have us believe. It is indeed unmanageable, but the essence of it is not a battle. It is unmanageable because it is a romance, and its essence is romantic beauty.”
“People who deny the existence of dragons are often eaten by dragons. From within.”
“Feminism is the radical notion that women are people.”
“A couple hundred years ago Benjamin Franklin shared with the world the secret of his success. Never leave that 'til tomorrow, which you can do today. This is the man who discovered electricity; you'd think we'd pay more attention to what he had to say. I don't know why we put things off, but if I had to guess it has a lot to do with fear. Fear of failure, fear of pain, fear of rejection. Sometimes the fear if just of making a decision. Because... What if you're wrong? What if you make a mistake you can't undo? Whatever it is we're afraid of, one thing holds true: That by the time the pain of not doing the thing gets worse than the fear of doing it, it can feel like we're carrying around a giant tumor. And you thought I was speaking metaphorically... 'The early bird catches the worm.' 'A stitch in time saves nine.' 'He who hesitates is lost.' We can't pretend we haven't been told. We've all heard the proverbs, heard the philosophers, heard our grandparents warning us about wasted time; heard the damn poets urging us to seize the day. Still, sometimes we have to see for ourselves. We have to make our own mistakes. We have to learn our own lessons. We have to sweep today's possibility under tomorrow's rug until we can't anymore. Until we finally understand for ourselves what Benjamin Franklin meant. That knowing is better than wondering. That waking is better than sleeping. And that even the biggest failure, even the worst most intractable mistake, beats the hell out of not trying.”
“Intelligence — Not because you think you know everything without questioning, but rather because you question everything you think you know.”
“Anti-intellectualism has been a constant thread winding its way through our political and cultural life, nutured by the false notion that democracy means that my ignorance is just as good as your knowledge"
“Never waste your time tyring to explain who you are to people who are committed to misunderstanding you.”
“We do not place especial value on the possession of a virtue until we notice its total absence in our opponent.”
So no more runnin'. I aim to misbehave.
My obligation is not to the truth. Truth, like all idealized states, rests safely on the pedestal of impossibility, and my obligation is not to the impossible, it is to the real. So I am not here to tell you the Truth. That is for your priests, your poets, your children. I am here to tell you about what is real.
Bertrand Russell, in a lecture on logic, mentioned that in the sense of material implication, a false proposition implies any proposition. A student raised his hand and said “In that case, given that 1 = 0, prove that you are the Pope”. Russell immediately replied, “Add 1 to both sides of the equation: then we have 2 = 1. The set containing just me and the Pope has 2 members. But 2 = 1, so it has only 1 member; therefore, I am the Pope.”
“When I pronounce the word Future,
the first syllable already belongs to the past.
When I pronounce the word Silence,
I destroy it.”
A person often meets his destiny on the road he took to avoid it.
Open a book this minute and start reading. Don’t move until you’ve reached page fifty. Until you’ve buried your thoughts in print. Cover yourself with words. Wash yourself away. Dissolve.
You know, there are some words I’ve known since I was a schoolboy: “With the first link, the chain is forged. The first speech censured, the first thought forbidden, the first freedom denied, chains us all irrevocably.” Those words were uttered by Judge Aaron Satie [a character in the Next Gen universe] as wisdom and warning. The first time any man's freedom is trodden on we're all damaged.
A human being is a part of the whole, called by us "Universe", a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings as something separated from the rest — a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us.
Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty. Nobody is able to achieve this completely, but the striving for such achievement is in itself a part of the liberation and a foundation for inner security.
“As the circle of light expands, so does the circumference of darkness.”
The major problem -- one of the major problems, for there are several -- one of the many major problems with governing people is that of whom you get to do it; or rather of who manages to get people to let them do it to them.
To summarize: it is a well-known fact that those people who must want to rule people are, ipso facto, those least suited to do it.
To summarize the summary: anyone who is capable of getting themselves made President should on no account be allowed to do the job.
Here's to the crazy ones, the misfits, the rebels, the troublemakers, the round pegs in square holes. The ones who see things differently. They're not fond of rules, and they have no respect for the status-quo. You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them, but the only thing you can't do is ignore them because they change things. They push the human race forward, and while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius, because the ones who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do.
“The doubt of your faith is not god testing you...
... it is truth trying to emerge and free you.”
I've seen things you people wouldn't believe. Attack ships on fire off the shoulder of Orion. I've watched C-beams glitter in the dark near the Tannhauser Gate. All those moments will be lost in time, like tears in the rain.Time to die.
Until one is committed, there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back-- Concerning all acts of initiative (and creation), there is one elementary truth that ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid plans: that the moment one definitely commits oneself, then Providence moves too. All sorts of things occur to help one that would never otherwise have occurred. A whole stream of events issues from the decision, raising in one's favor all manner of unforeseen incidents and meetings and material assistance, which no man could have dreamed would have come his way. Whatever you can do, or dream you can do, begin it. Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it. Begin it now."
A Human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, die gallantly. Specialization is for insects.
Fear is a question: What are you afraid of, and why? Just as the seed of health is in illness, because illness contains information, our fears are a treasure trove of self-knowledge if we but explore them.
Real Swaraj will come, not by the acquisition of authority by a few, but by the acquisition of the capacity by all to resist authority when it is abused.
I am convinced that attitude is the key to success or failure in almost any of life's endeavors. Your attitude -- your perspective, your outlook, how you feel about yourself, how you feel about other people -- determines your priorities, your actions, your values. Your attitude determines how you interact with other people and how you interact with yourself.
Joy can be real only if people look upon their life as a service, and have a definite object in life outside themselves and their personal happiness.
Lend our voices to sounds of freedom, No longer lend our strength to that Which we would be free from. Fill your lives with love and bravery, Ane we shall lead A Life Uncommon
“Brave is not pulling the trigger.%rdquo;
May your paths be clear and bright. May your days be filled with love and light. May your every moment be a masterpiece of happiness. May your hearts beat in harmony always with the ones you love.
Never do for a group what it can do for itself.
No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.
Nothing that is worth doing can be achieved in our lifetime; therefore we must be saved by hope. Nothing which is true or beautiful or good makes complete sense in any immediate context of history; therefore we must be saved by faith. Nothing we do, however virtuous, can be accomplished alone; therefore we are saved by love. No virtuous act is quite as virtuous from the standpoint of our friends or foes as it is from our standpoint. Therefore we must be saved by the final form of love which is forgiveness.
Nurture your mind with great thoughts, for you will never go any higher that you think.
99% of organizational problems is1 managerial.
Once conform, once do what other people do because they do it, and a lethargy steals over the finer nerves and faculties of the soul. She becomes all outer show and inward emptiness; dull, callous, and indifferent.
One must learn by doing. One must learn by doing the thing, for though you think you know it -- you have no certainty until you try.
“Uncertainty is an uncomfortable position. But certainty is an absurd one.”
only the mediocre are at their best
Organizing is what you do before you do something so that when you do it, it's not all mixed up.
People only see what they are prepared to see.
Perhaps loving something is the only starting place there is for making your life your own.
Progress is impossible without change; and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything.
The reasonable man adapts himself to the world; the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore, all progress depends on the unreasonable man.
Ships are safe in harbours, but that's not where they were meant to be.
So long as children are allowed to suffer, there is no true love in this world.
Success is never final.
We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.
Taught from infancy that beauty is a woman's sceptre, the mind shapes itself to the body, and roaming around its gilt cage, only seeks to adorn its prison.
The arts are the rain forests of society. They produce the oxygen of freedom, and they are the early warning system when freedom is in danger.
The fates lead him who will; him who won't, they drag.
The job of leadership today is not just to make money. It's to make meaning.
The key to successful leadership today is influence, not authority.
The mind, once expanded to the dimensions of larger ideas, never returns to its original size.
To reach the ports of heaven we must sail, sometimes with the wind and sometimes against it--but we must sail, not drift or lie at anchor.
The power that makes grass grow, fruit ripen, and guides the bird in flight, is in us all.
The problem with defending the purity of the English language is that English is about as pure as a cribhouse whore. We don't just borrow words; on occasion, English has pursued other languages down alleyways to beat them unconscious and rifle their pockets for new vocabulary.
The quality of an organization can never exceed the quality of the minds that make it up.
The tragedy of life is in what dies inside a man while he lives-the death of genuine feeling, the death of inspired response, the awareness that makes it possible to feel the pain or the glory of other men in yourself.
The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed -- and thus clamorous to be led to safety -- by menacing it with an endless series of hobglobins, all of them imaginary.
There are two pains in life: the pain of discipline and the pain of regret.
There is nothing in a caterpillar that tells you it's going to be a butterfly.
[There is] a social burden placed on schools by poverty, drug abuse, violence and hopelessness. Troubled children carry the ills of their homes an dneighborhoods into their classrooms every day. In too many parts of the United States, teachers must feed the students' bodies and souls before they can even begin to feed their minds.
There's no limit to what can be achieved if you're willing to share the credit.
They have to convert our agenda into something aggressive. Two guys wanting to be happy together are invading their marriages. Helping a kid who's getting beaten up in school is promoting homosexuality. If you gave me a million dollars, I wouldn't know how to promote homosexuality. Do I hire Don King?
To be an innovator, you can't be worried about making mistakes.
To get people to think for themselves, don't give them all the answers.
Ultimate Recognition of Reuse “You don't build your own Internet.”
We are drowning in information and starving for knowledge.
We did not change as we grew older; we just became more clearly ourselves.
We must always begin by asking questions, not by giving answers. We must create interest in things, phenomena, and processes.
What is impossible today, that if made possible would change everything?
When a paradigm shifts everyone goes back to zero; your past guarantees nothing in the future if the rules change.
When one door closes, another opens; but we often look so long and so regretfully upon the closed door that we do not see the one which has opened for us.
Why indeed must God be a noun? Why not a verb-- the most active and dynamic of all?
Worrying about what you cannot change is a waste of energy, and creates its own problem.
You can't have a better tomorrow if you are thinking about yesterday all the time.
You cannot learn to fly by flying. First you must learn to walk, to run, to climb, to dance.
You have not lived a perfect day, even though you have earned your money, unless you have done something for someone who will never be able to repay you.
You know you've achieved perfection in design, not when you have nothing more to add, but when you have nothing more to take away.
You miss 100% of the shots you don't take.
You must learn from the mistakes of others. You can't possibly live long enough to make them all yourself.
Your Life is a Sacred Journey And it is about change, growth, discovery, movement, transformation, continuously expanding your vision of what is possible, stretching your soul, learning to see cleary & deeply, listening to you intuition, taking courageous risks, embracing challenges at every step along the way. You are on the path - exactly where you are meant to be right now... And from here, you can only go forward, shaping your life story into a magnificent tale of triumph, of healing, of courage, beauty, wisdom, power, dignity & love.
It is your duty to always take care of those who are less powerful than you and always question those who are more powerful.
There are seven sins in the world: wealth without work, pleasure without conscience, knowledge without character, commerce without morality, science without humanity, worship without faith, and politics without principle.
1 there is some debate whether this is grammatically correct. Is “99% of” an adjective, which case the verb should be “are” to match “problems”? Or is “of organizational problems” a prepositional phrase clarifying the noun “99%”, and even then is 99% singular or plural? ⇑
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