What do you call a boomerang that doesn't work? A stick!
Some laws of state aimed at curbing crime are even more criminal.
By the time your life is finished, you will have learned just enough to begin it well.
More men have become great through practice than by nature.
The art of living well and the art of dying well are one.
Science is organized knowledge. Wisdom is organized life.
What is tolerance? -- it is the consequence of humanity. We are all formed of frailty and error; let us pardon reciprocally each other's folly -- that is the first law of nature.
Man is what he eats.
The men of the future will yet fight their way to many a liberty that we do not even miss.
To be governed is to be watched over, inspected, spied on, directed, legislated at, regulated, docketed, indoctrinated, preached at, controlled, assessed, weighed, censored, ordered about, by men who have neither the right nor the knowledge nor the virtue.
Pierre Joseph Proudhon
The freedom of all is essential to my freedom.
Labor was the first price, the original purchase-money that was paid for all things. It was not by gold or by silver, but by labor, that all wealth of the world was originally purchased.
As high as mind stands above nature, so high does the state stand above physical life. Man must therefore venerate the state as a secular deity. The march of God in the world, that is what the State is.
I don't know what is truth,but I can tell you how to find it!
J J Rousseau
And, indeed, there could not be any other grouping among our students, because they are the most responsive section of the intelligentsia, and the intelligentsia are so called just because they most consciously, most resolutely and most accurately reflect and express the development of class interests and political groupings in society as a whole.
Vladimir Ilyich Lenin
If we had had more time for discussion, we probably would have made a great many more mistakes.
To read too many books is harmful.
Ideas are more powerful than guns. We would not let our enemies have guns, why should we let them have ideas.
Man's main task in life is to give birth to himself.
The people recognize themselves in their commodities; they find their soul in their automobile, hi-fi set, split-level home, kitchen equipment.
One day the years of struggle will strike you as the most beautiful.
No sociologist should think himself too good, even in his old age, to make tens of thousands of quite trivial computations in his head and perhaps for months at a time. One cannot with impunity try to transfer this task entirely to mechanical assistants if one wishes to figure something, even though the final result is often small indeed.
We can see that in putting the question "what is man?" what we mean is: what can man become? That is, can man dominate his own destiny, can he "make himself," can he create his own life? We maintain therefore that man is a process and, more exactly, the process of his actions. If you think about it, the question itself "what is man?" is not an abstract or "objective" question. It is born of our reflection about ourselves and about others, and we want to know, in relation to what we have thought and seen, what we are and what we can become; whether we really are, and if so to what extent, "makers of our own selves," of our life and of our destiny. And we want to know this "today," in the given conditions of today, the conditions of our daily life, not of any life or any man
Opinions are a private matter. The public has an interest only in judgments.
The real danger from advertising is that it helps to shatter and ultimately destroy our most precious non-material possessions the confidence in the existence of meaningful purposes of human activity and respect for the integrity of man.
Words ought to be a little wild for they are the assault of thoughts on the unthinking.
John Maynard Keynes
Engineering is the professional and systematic application of science to the efficient utilization of natural resources to produce wealth.
T J Hoover
The history of science, like the history of all human ideas, is a history of irresponsible dreams, of obstinacy, and of error. But science is one of the very few human activities - perhaps the only one - in which errors are systematically criticized and fairly often, in time, corrected. This is why we can say that, in science, we often learn from our mistakes, and why we can speak clearly and sensibly about making progress there.
"It is no crime to be ignorant of economics, which is, after all, a specialized discipline and one that most people consider to be a 'dismal science.' But it is totally irresponsible to have a loud and vociferous opinion on economic subjects while remaining in this state of ignorance."
Poorly paid labor is inefficient labor, the world over
A man who cannot make mistakes cannot do anything.
The meaning of the word "true" here is similar to the word Amen said after a blessing. It is an act of affirmation and ratification, reminding us that the Shema is less a prayer than a declaration of faith.
Rabbi Sir Jonathan Sacks
From each according to their ability, to each according to their need.
To understand is to perceive patterns.
Sir Isaiah Berlin
The mind has exactly the same power as the hands: not merely to grasp the world, but to change it.
The facts of nature are what they are, but we can only view them through the spectacles of our mind. Our mind works largely by metaphor and comparison, not always (or often) by relentless logic. When we are caught in conceptual traps, the best exit is often a change in metaphor—not because the new guideline will be truer to nature (for neither the old nor the new metaphor lies “out there” in the woods), but because we need a shift to more fruitful perspectives, and metaphor is often the best agent of conceptual transition.