Archive | Quotation

Is There in Truth No Beauty?

Count Lev Nikolayevich Tolstoy (1828–1910), usually referred to in English as Leo Tolstoy, was a Russian writer who is regarded as one of the greatest authors of all time. Tolstoy’s ideas on nonviolent resistance, expressed in such works as The Kingdom of God Is Within You (1894), had a profound impact on such pivotal 20th-century […]

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The Search for Truth

Or, as I usually put it, we need to teach people how to think, not what to think. Bertrand Arthur William Russell was a British philosopher, logician, mathematician, historian, writer, social critic, political activist, and Nobel laureate (Literature, 1950).

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The Advantage You Never Had?

The quote is from Heinlein’s 1973 book Time Enough for Love, which has another gem that’s right up my alley: “Never underestimate the power of human stupidity.” Illustration: Heinlein’s portrait from the April-May 1953 issue of Amazing Stories (unknown artist).

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Look Higher

I’ve always thought this quote was profound. When I posted it, I commented: It’s often attributed to “Paul Brandt” — but it’s not clear if that refers to Canadian country music artist Paul Rennée Belobersycky (Brandt is his stage name), or someone less famous. I searched music lyric sites to see if it’s in one of […]

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You Still Just Sitting There?

Burroughs (1837–1921) was an American bank examiner, writer, and naturalist. It’s true: you can either go back and spend another five hours surfing Facebook, or you can actually get out and do something to improve the world. What will it be?

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The Wisdom of Ronald Reagan 2

They were signing the (take a deep breath) Treaty Between the United States of America and the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics on the Elimination of Their Intermediate-Range and Shorter-Range Missiles. The easier-to-remember “INF Treaty” was ratified by the U.S. Senate on 27 May 1988, and came into force on 1 June 1988. By May […]

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Just a Small Thing

You might remember Rowe from the Discovery series Dirty Jobs (2003-2012). He also has an excellent podcast called The Way I Heard It (“short mysteries for the curious mind with a short attention span.”) His podcasts are usually around 10 minutes. This special one is 30, and worth it if you like Rowe — or music. It’s about how […]

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