The most important point, perhaps, is a meta one: A reminder that no specific routine guarantees success, and the only thing that matters is having a routine and the persistence implicit to one. Showing up day in and day out, without fail, is the surest way to achieve lasting success.

This we know. All things are connected like blood which unites one family. All things are connected.

Tolerance implies no lack of commitment to one’s own beliefs. Rather it condemns the oppression or persecution of others.

Science without religion is lame, religion without science is blind.

I quite agree that it may be several weeks or even months before I shall ask you to drench Germany with poison gas, and if we do it, let us do it one hundred per cent. In the meanwhile, I want the matter studied in cold blood by sensible people and not by that particular set of psalm-singing uniformed defeatists which one runs across now here now there.

Mathematics is not a careful march down a well-cleared highway, but a journey into a strange wilderness, where the explorers often get lost. Rigour should be a signal to the historian that the maps have been made, and the real explorers have gone elsewhere.

At least the robber barons of old built railroads and steel mills, whereas Goldman Sachs makes its money placing bets on people losing their homes.

Wht is the use of a house if you haven't got a tolerable planet to put it on?

The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for the "good" to do nothing.

So we will consider your offer to buy our land. If we decide to accept, I will make one condition: The white man must treat the beasts of this land as his brothers.

The world has achieved brilliance without wisdom, power without conscience. Our's is a world of nuclear giants and ethical infants.

Only when we allow our thinking to work does reality first acquire true characterization. Reality, which before was mute, now speaks a clear language.

You can teach students a lesson for a day but if you can teach them to learn by creating curiosity they will continue the learning process as long as they live.

In a controversy the instant we feel anger we have already ceased striving for the truth, and have begun striving for ourselves.


Peace is not merely a distant goal that we seek, but a means by which we arrive at that goal.

Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable.

Many people would sooner die than think. In fact they do.

Do what you can and then improvise.


In November of 2008 we thought we had turned the corner on the Bush fascism and torture chambers, but Brad Manning's detention serves to remind us that this is not our government. This is not what was represented as change and it is not what we voted for. The courage and patriotism of Manning should be a guiding light for us to finally begin the arduous task of truly taking our country back from the oligarchs who own our Congress and President. God Bless You Bradley Manning.

Action may not always bring happiness, but there is no happiness without action.

Success does not consist in never making mistakes but in never making the same one a second time.

Every man for himself would be a (more or less) rational approach to life ... if men and women were merely economic creatures. But there is also such a thing as moral man. And it is moral man (and woman) who confront the necessity of protecting the commons and preventing a tragedy brought on by greed.

Society honors its living conformists and its dead troublemakers.

Equality and interdependence are both basic principles underlying our existence as human beings. When we fail to recognize this, we end up subjecting our relations with our fellow human beings to business principles: If you give me something, I'll care for you. If I get nothing from you, I won't care. We seem to have lost the sense that we can freely and happily extend ourselves for others.

People were frustrated watching helicopters fly overhead without stopping to pick anyone up, and sometimes people felt threatened rather than comforted by police patrolling with M-16s.

So if a man's wit be wandering, let him study the mathematics; for in demonstrations, if his wit be called away ever so little, he must begin again.

Our habitual tendency is to always be busy, doing something, changing something, or cultivating something. Therefore when somebody asks us to just relax, to just be natural, it is very difficult for us to actually understand how to do that.

Taxes, after all, are dues that we pay for the privileges of membership in an organized society.

If capitalism is fair then unionism must be. If men have a right to capitalize their ideas and the resources of their country, then that implies the right of men to capitalize their labor.

The best way to have a good idea is to have lots of ideas.

There remains something subtle, intangible and inexplicable. Veneration for this force beyond anything that we can comprehend is my religion.

If equations are trains threading the landscape of numbers, then no train stops at pi.

No one has realized the wealth of sympathy, the kindness and generosity hidden in the soul of a child. The effort of every true education should be to unlock that treasure.

Where there are problems, there is life.

The hardest arithmetic to master is that which enables us to count our blessings.

Although he may not always recognize his bondage, modern man lives under a tyranny of numbers.

Perhaps in time the so-called Dark Ages will be thought of as including our own.

Let our model be to act as the agents of principles rather than the subjects of laws.

There is only one religion, though there are a hundred versions of it.

Well done is better than well said.

How can a society that exists on instant mashed potatoes, packaged cake mixes, frozen dinners, and instant cameras teach patience to its young?

One of the definitions of sanity is the ability to tell real from unreal. Soon we'll need a new definition.

It is no measure of health to be well adjusted to a profoundly sick society.

We could use up two Eternities in learning all that is to be learned about our own world and the thousands of nations that have arisen and flourished and vanished from it. Mathematics alone would occupy me eight million years.

Fashions, after all, are only induced epidemics.

If the world seems cold to you, kindle fires to warm it.

You can always tell an old soldier by the inside of his holsters and cartridge boxes. The young ones carry pistols and cartridges; the old ones, grub.

It had never occurred to me before that music and thinking are so much alike. In fact you could say music is another way of thinking, or maybe thinking is another kind of music.

Pure mathematics is the world's best game. It is more absorbing than chess, more of a gamble than poker, and lasts longer than Monopoly. It's free. It can be played anywhere - Archimedes did it in a bathtub.

I never see what has been done; I only see what remains to be done.