Quotations

The danger of the past was that men became slaves. The danger of the future is that man may become robots.

To forgive is to set a prisoner free and discover that the prisoner was you.

Today the world changes so quickly that in growing up we take leave not just of youth but of the world we were young in.

Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment.

Buddha

The main purpose of dharma practice is to transform your mind.

To all of us who hold the Christian belief that God is truth, anything that is true is a fact about God, and mathematics is a branch of theology.

Life does not cease to be funny when people die any more than it ceases to be serious when people laugh.

The first condition of progress is the removal of censorship.

Today, in the age of standardized testing, thinking and acting, reason and judgment have been thrown out the window just as teachers are increasingly being deskilled and forced to act as semi-robotic technicians good for little more than teaching for the test...

The real and lasting victories are those of peace, and not of war.

Political language is designed to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable, and to give the appearance of solidity to pure wind.

Action is the antidote to despair.

If all the economists were laid end to end, they'd never reach a conclusion.

For the bureaucrat, the world is a mere object to be manipulated by him.

I like to pay taxes. With them, I buy civilization.

Society is one vast conspiracy for carving one into the kind of statue likes, and then placing it in the most convenient niche it has.

You will build a body of work, but you will also build a body of affection, with the people you’ve helped who’ve helped you back. This is the era of Friends in Low Places. The ones you meet now, who will notice you, challenge you, work with you, and watch your back. Maybe they will be your strength.

Our highest endeavor must be to develop free human beings who are able themselves to impart purpose and direction to their lives.

Democracy substitutes election by the incompetent many for appointment by the corrupt few.

But in your perishing you will shine brightly, fired by the strength of the God who brought you to this land and for some special purpose gave you dominion over this land and over the red man. That destiny is a mystery to us, for we do not understand when the buffalo are all slaughtered, the wild horses are tamed, the secret corners of the forest heavy with scent of many men and the view of the ripe hills blotted by talking wires. Where is the thicket? Gone. Where is the eagle? Gone. The end of living and the beginning of survival.

If you can do it in your sleep, why do it.

To impose taxes when the public exigencies require them is an obligation of the most sacred character, especially with a free people.

The most effective way to restrict democracy is to transfer decision-making from the public arena to unaccountable institutions: kings and princes, priestly castes, military juntas, party dictatorships, or modern corporations.

Today’s so-called ‘conservatives’ don’t even know what the word means. They think I’ve turned liberal because I believe a woman has a right to an abortion. That’s a decision that’s up to the pregnant woman, not up to the pope or some do-gooders or the Religious Right. It’s not a conservative issue at all.

[T]he different branches of Arithmetic - Ambition, Distraction, Uglification, and Derision.

The Nicaraguan Contras are the moral equivalent of our Founding Fathers.

If the American consumer did a thorough cost-benefit analysis on every purchase before it was made, 90% of it would stay in the store. This is why Christmas is so important to our economy. As easy as it is to buy ourselves things we don't need, it's even easier to buy them for someone else.

I do not agree with what you have to say, but I'll defend to the death your right to say it.

Political language is designed to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable, and to give the appearance of solidity to pure wind.

great doubt; great awakening, little doubt; little awakening, no doubt; no awakening

Most people do not pray; they only beg.

To be idle is a short road to death and to be diligent is a way of life; foolish people are idle, wise people are diligent.

Buddha

Beginning with World War II all wars have been wars against civilians. Today the macho threats that nations hurl at each other can be translated as: ‘if you kill my women and children I'll kill your women and children,’which doesn't quite have the heroic ring of ancient battle challenges.

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.

As Mankind becomes more liberal, they will be more apt to allow that all those who conduct themselves as worthy members of the community are equally entitled to the protections of civil government. I hope ever to see America among the foremost nations of justice and liberality.

The principal goal of education is to create men who are capable of doing new things, not simply of repeating what other generations have done.

Not only our future economic soundness but the very soundness of our democratic institutions depends on the determination of our government to give employment to idle men.

All sciences are now under the obligation to prepare the ground for the future task of the philosopher, which is to solve the problem of value, to determine the true hierarchy of values.

Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.

The world is governed more by appearance than realities so that it is fully as necessary to seem to know something as to know it.

What we want is to see the child in pursuit of knowledge, and not knowledge in pursuit of the child.

When I considered what people generally want in calculating, I found that it always is a number.

Very few people can afford to be poor.

You must not lose faith in humanity. Humanity is an ocean; if a few drops of the ocean are dirty, the ocean does not become dirty.

We may have democracy, or we may have wealth concentrated in the hands of a few, but we cannot have both.

Whatever befalls the earth befalls the sons of the earth.

There was a blithe certainty that came from first comprehending the full Einstein field equations, arabesques of Greek letters clinging tenuously to the page, a gossamer web. They seemed insubstantial when you first saw them, a string of squiggles. Yet to follow the delicate tensors as they contracted, as the superscripts paired with subscripts, collapsing mathematically into concrete classical entities - potential; mass; forces vectoring in a curved geometry - that was a sublime experience. The iron fist of the real, inside the velvet glove of airy mathematics.

Consider animals as beings who seek happiness, love, individuality, and soul growth, just as humans seek a life of fulfillment.

You see things; and you say "Why?" But I dream things that never were; and I say "Why not?"

Men are free when they are obeying some deep, inward voice of religious belief. Obeying from within. Men are free when they belong to a living, organic, believing community, active in fulfilling some unfulfilled, perhaps unrealized purpose. Not when they are escaping to some wild west. The most unfree souls go west, and shout of freedom.