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Quotations by Others 

Most of us will trade anything we have for a good false sense of control. 
-Brad Blanton in Radical Honesty

When you say you will or won't do something, do you notice parts of you never got the message?
-Brad Brown

Shut your eyes and change to and wake another way of seeing, which everyone has but few use.

While the firelight's aglow strange shadows in the flames will grow till things we've never seen will seem familiar. 
-Robert Hunter

Those who write against vanity want the glory of having written well, and their readers the glory of reading well, and I who write this have the same desire, as perhaps those who read this have also. 
-Blaise Pascal (1623-1662)

I never did a day's work in my life; it was all fun. 
-Thomas Edison 

I cannot judge my work while I am doing it. I have to do as painters do, stand back and view it from a distance, but not too great a distance. 
-Blaise Pascal (1623-1662)

An education isn't how much you have committed to memory, or even how much you know. It's being able to differentiate between what you know and what you don't. 
-Anatole France

Few men speak humbly of humility, chastely of chastity, skeptically of skepticism. 
-Blaise Pascal (1623-1662)

Well-timed silence is the most commanding expression. 
-Mark Helprin

We often forgive those who bore us, but we cannot forgive those whom we bore. 
-Francois, Duc de La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680)

The mind has exactly the same power as the hands; not merely to grasp the world, but to change it. 
-Colin Wilson

There are no passengers on spaceship earth. We are all crew. 
-Marshall McLuhan (1911-1980)

It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it. 

I have only made this letter longer because I have not had the time to make it shorter. 
-Blaise Pascal (1623-1662)

If you would lift me up you must be on higher ground. 
-Ralph Waldo Emerson 

If there is anything we wish to change in the child, we should first examine it and see whether it is not something that could better be changed in ourselves. 
-Carl Gustav Jung, Swiss psychiatrist (1875-1961)

Adding manpower to a late software project makes it later. 
-Frederick P. Brooks, Jr. [The Mythical Man-Month]

To those who do not know mathematics it is difficult to get across a real feeling as to the beauty, the deepest beauty of nature. If you want to learn about nature, to appreciate nature, it is necessary to understand the language that she speaks in. 
-Richard Feynman (1918-1988)

Hofstadter's Law: The time and effort required to complete a project are always more than you expect, even when you take into account Hofstadter's Law.

When you say that you agree to a thing in principle, you mean that you have not the slightest intention of carrying it out. 
-Otto von Bismarck

Nothing is at last sacred but the integrity of your own mind. 
-Ralph Waldo Emerson

The refusal to choose is a form of choice; disbelief is a form of belief. 
-Frank Barron

Experience is not what happens to a man; it is what a man does with what happens to him. 
-Aldous Huxley

Success is not measured by the position one has reached in life, rather by the obstacles overcome while trying to succeed. 
-Booker T. Washington

The mind cannot long act the role of the heart. 
-Francois de la Rochefoucauld

Everyday language is a part of the human organism and is no less complicated than it. 
-Ludwig Wittgenstein (1889-1951) [Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus, 

Love your enemies because they bring out the best in you. 
-Friedrich Nietzsche

This time, like all times, is a very good one, if we but know what to do with it. 
-Ralph Waldo Emerson

The best index to a person's character is how he treats people who can't do him any good, and how he treats people who can't fight back. 
-Abigail Van Buren

You cannot shake hands with a clenched fist. 
-Indira Gandhi 

As long as a man stands in his own way, everything seems to be in his way. 
-Ralph Waldo Emerson, American writer and philosopher (1803-1882)

If you think education is expensive, try ignorance. 
-Derek Bok

My idea of education is to unsettle the minds of the young and inflame their intellects. 
-Robert Maynard Hutchins

The best educated human being is the one who understands most about the life in which he is placed. 
-Helen Keller

The object of education is to prepare the young to educate themselves throughout their lives. 
-Robert Maynard Hutchins

The one real object of education is to have a man in the condition of continually asking questions. 
-Bishop Mandell Creighton

Most people are mirrors, reflecting the moods and emotions of the times; few are windows, bringing light to bear on the dark corners where troubles fester. The whole purpose of education is to turn mirrors into windows. 
-Sydney J. Harris

An honest man speaks the truth, though it may give offence; a vain man, in order that it may. 
-William Hazlitt (1778-1830)

All our words are but crumbs that fall down from the feast of the mind. 
-Kahlil Gibran (1883-1931) [Sand and Foam]

The secret of education is respecting the pupil. 
-Ralph Waldo Emerson

Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Willing is not enough; we must do. 
-Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749-1832)

Each of us must make his own true way, and when we do, that way will express 
the universal way. 
-Suzuki Roshi

You can be a teacher and a student, but you cannot be just a teacher.
-Leslie Karsner

The reason that angels can fly is they take themselves so lightly.

You HAVE to choose from among the goods."
-Brad Brown

If you must fear something, fear mental and spiritual blindness. 
However, fear will not make you see.
-Brad Brown

Life does not begin at 40. It begins the moment the mind says "Now!" and the heart skips a beat in assent.
-Brad Brown

When I am I, and you are you, we resonate like a tuning fork.
-Brad Brown

The overarching question for each day: What is Life going to make me admit today?
-Brad Brown

It has been said that half of what we eat keeps us alive -- the other half keeps the doctors alive. 

There is a point beyond which even justice becomes unjust. 
-Sophocles, Greek dramatist (495?-406 BC)

The older I grow, the more I distrust the familiar doctrine that age brings wisdom. 
-H.L. Mencken

He that would be a leader must be a bridge.
-Welsh proverb

To love and be loved is to feel the sun from both sides. 
-David Viscott

Nobody can be exactly like me. Sometimes even I have trouble doing it. 
-Tallulah Bankhead, actress (1903-1968)

He who asks of life nothing but the improvement of his own less liable than anyone else to miss and waste life. 
-Henri Frederic Amiel (1821-1881)

 Yesterday is history.. 
 Tomorrow a mystery.. 
 Today is a gift.. 
 That's why it's called the present!

Only put off until tomorrow what you are willing to die having left undone. 
-Pablo Picasso (1881-1973)

A man does not have to be an angel in order to be saint. -Albert Schweitzer 

To be satisfied with what one has; that is wealth. As long as one sorely needs 
a certain additional amount, that man isn't rich. -Mark Twain (1835-1910)

We succeed in enterprises which demand the positive qualities we possess, but we excel in those which can also make use of our defects.
-Alexis de Tocqueville (1805-1859)

For example, in Year 1 that useless letter "c" would be dropped to be replased either by "k" or "s", and likewise "x" would no longer be part of the alphabet. The only kase in which "c" would be retained would be the "ch" formation, which will be dealt with later. Year 2 might reform "w" spelling, so that "which" and "one" would take the same konsonant, wile Year 3 might well abolish "y" replasing it with "i" and Iear 4 might fiks the "g/j" anomali wonse and for all. 
Jenerally, then, the improvement would kontinue iear bai iear with iear 5 doing awai with useless double konsonants, and Iears 6-12 or so modifaiing vowlz and the rimeining voist and unvoist konsonants. Bai iear 15 or sou, it wud fainali bi posibl tu meik ius ov thi ridandant letez "c", "y" and "x" -- bai now jast a memori in the maindz ov ould doderez -- tu riplais "ch", "sh", and "th" rispektivli. 
Fainali, xen, aafte sam 20 iers ov orxogrefkl riform, wi wud hev a lojikl, kohirnt speling in ius xrewawt xe Ingliy-spiking werld. 
-Mark Twain 

In all affairs it's a healthy thing now and then to hang a question mark on 
the things you have long taken for granted.
-Bertrand Russell (1872-1970)

When you want to test the depths of a stream, don't use both feet.

The words of truth are always paradoxical.
-Lao Tzu

To teach is to learn twice.
-Joseph Joubert (1754-1824)

Nothing can bring you peace but yourself.
-Ralph Waldo Emerson

There are two ways to slide easily through life: to believe everything or to 
doubt everything; both ways save us from thinking. -Theodore Rubin

A man too busy to take care of his health is like a mechanic too busy to take 
care of his tools.
-Spanish proverb

I shut my eyes in order to see.
-Paul Gauguin (1848-1903)

They called me mad, and I called them mad, and damn them, they outvoted me. 
-Nathaniel Lee (on being consigned to a mental institution, circa 17th c.)

A great deal of intelligence can be invested in ignorance when the need for 
illusion is deep.
-Saul Belloe

The fates lead those who will. Those who won't, they drag. 
-Old Roan saying,

Far better it is to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs even though 
checkered by failure, than to rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy nor suffer much 
because they live in the gray twilight that knows neither victory nor defeat. 
-Theodore Roosevelt

An inconvenience is only an adventure wrongly considered; an adventure is 
only an inconvenience rightly considered.
-G.K. Chesterton 

He who does not attempt to make peace / When small discords arise, / Is like 
the bee's hive which leaks drops of honey / Soon, the whole hive collapses. 
-Nagarjuna (c. 100-200 A.D.)

We shape our buildings; thereafter they shape us.
- Winston Churchill

As scarce as truth is, the supply has always been in excess of the demand. 
-Josh Billings

Every now and then go away, have a little relaxation, for when you come back 
to your work your judgment will be surer. Go some distance away because then 
the work appears smaller and more of it can be taken in at a glance and a 
lack of harmony and proportion is more readily seen.
- Leonardo Da Vinci

The man who thinks he can do without the world is indeed mistaken; but the 
man who thinks the world cannot do without him is mistaken even worse. 
-Francois, duc de La Rochefoucauld

Know that the outward form passes away, 
but the world of reality remains forever. 
How long will you play at loving the shape of the jug? 
Leave the jug; so, seek the water!
- Rumi

'There is more to life than increasing its speed."
- Gandhi

"The wrong things the sinful self does are clear: 
being sexually unfaithful, not being pure, taking part in sexual sins, 
worshiping gods, doing witchcraft, hating, making trouble, being jealous, 
being angry, being selfish, making people angry with each other, causing 
divisions among people, feeling envy, being drunk, having wild and wasteful 
parties, and doing other things like these. I warn you now as I warned you 
before: Those who do these things will not inherit God's kingdom." 
-Galatians 5:19-21, the Bible


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