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Wednesday, August 30, 2023

August 2023 Quotations (51)

"Never tell a young person that something can not be done. God may have been waiting for centuries for somebody ignorant enough of the impossible to do that thing."
~~ Dr. John Andrew Holmes [1874-1937]

"Stupidity is not the lack of knowledge, it is the illusion of having it."
~~ Grigore Lilian

"In the very end, civilizations perish because they listen to their politicians and not to their poets." ~~ indep filmmaker Jonas Mekas [1922-2019]

"One of the most beautiful qualities of true friendship is to understand and be understood."
~~ Seneca the Younger [4? B.C.E. - 65 A.D.]

"Frequently consider the connection of all things in the universe."
~~ Marcus Aurelius [121-180 C.E.]

"Aartificial intelligence is as revolutionary as mobile phones and the internet."
~~ Bill Gates

“I think about nuclear war not because I find it fascinating but because I want to prevent it, to make it unthinkable."
~~ Daniel Ellsberg [1931-2023] - in 2023

“Mercy to the guilty is cruelty to the innocent." ~~ philosopher-economist Adam Smith [1723-90]

“The child is educated by what the adult is and not by all his talk."
~~ Carl Jung [1875-1961]

“Here cometh April again, and as far as I can see, the world hath more fools in it than ever."
~~ Charles Lamb [1775-1834]

“In communism, man exploits man. But with capitalism, it’s the other way around."
~~ Mark Russell [1932-2023]

“Really to believe in something is the greatest boon, I think, and to believe wholeheartedly in it and to serve it with all your strength and might is salvation."
~~ architect Frank Lloyd Wright [1867-1959] - in 1958

“I would rather be a rebel than a slave."
~~ British suffragist Emmeline Pankhurst [1858-1928]

“I like living. I have sometimes been wildly, despairingly, acutely miserable, racked with sorrow; but through it all I still know quite certainly that just to be alive is a grand thing."
~~ Agatha Christie [1890-1976]

“To be stupid, selfish, and have good health are three requirements for happiness, though if stupidity is lacking, all is lost." ~~ Gustave Flaubert [1821-80]

“It is spring again. The earth is like a child that knows poems by heart."
~~ Rainer Maria Rilke [1875-1926]

“The art of being happy lies in the power to extract happiness from common things."
~~ Henry Ward Beecher [1813-87]

“Robert Kennedy, Jr. is the Marjorie Taylor Greene of the Democratic Party. Both are batsh!t crazy." ~~ G.E. Nordell

“Let us try to recognize the precious nature of each day."
~~ Tenzin Gyatso, 14th Dalai Lama

“If you would be a real seeker after truth, it is necessary that at least once in your life you doubt, as far as possible, all things."
~~ René Descartes [1596-1650] Page

“Intellect is invisible to the man who has none."
~~ German philosopher Arthur Schopenhauer [1788-1860]

“Writing a long novel is like survival training. Physical strength is as necessary as artistic sensitivity." ~~ Japanese writer Haruki Murakami

“Painting is just another way of keeping a diary."
~~ artist Pablo Picasso [1881-1973]

“Never be afraid to raise your voice for honesty and truth and compassion against injustice and lying and greed. If people all over the world ... would do this, it would change the earth."
~~ William Faulkner [1897-1962]

“The Supreme Court is looking less like a bench and more like an auction house."
~~ Cong. Alexandria 'A.O.C.' Ocasio-Cortez [Dem NY-14]

“When you get beyond the symbols and beliefs about now, beyond thinking about it, beyond efforting or working at it, when you get even beyond merely feeling it, when you get all the way up to observing it, being with it, and finally up to totally experiencing it, the uncertainty about living goes away, because you know the truth in the only way in which a being ever knows the truth – by direct experience."
~~ philosopher Werner Erhard

“A real friend is one who walks in when the rest of the world walks out."
~~ Walter Winchell [1897-1972]

“It's the friends you can call up at 4 a.m. that matter."
~~ Marlene Dietrich [1901-92]

“At the center of your being you have the answer; you know who you are and you know what you want."
~~ Chinese philosopher Lao-Tzu [IVth Century BCE]

“Age does not protect you from love. But love, to some extent, protects you from age."
~~ Anaïs Nin [1903-77]

“Happiness is the settling of the soul into its most appropriate spot."
~~ Greek philosopher Aristotle [384-322 B.C.E.] - in his "Nicomachean Ethics"

“Live life as a verb, not as a noun." ~~ abstract painter Agnes Martin [1912-2004]

“And then, one fairy night / May became June." ~~ F. Scott Fitzgerald [1896-1940]

“Green was the silence, wet was the light, the month of June trembled like a butterfly."
~~ poet Pablo Neruda [1904-73]

“At midnight, in the month of June, I stand beneath the mystic moon."
~~ Edgar Allan Poe [1809-49]

“This is the smell of June, she wanted to write to Christopher . . . honeysuckle, green hay, wet linen hung out to dry . . ."
~~ Lisa Kleypas, in 2010 novel "Love In The Afternoon"

“naming lunatics and shaming poltroons is essential to a healthy democracy."
~~ Tom Nichols, staff writer at The Atlantic Magazine

“Some people never go crazy. What truly horrible lives they must lead."
~~ Charles Bukowski [1920-94]

“The psychology of the mature human being is an unfolding, emergent, oscillating, spiraling process marked by progressive subordination of older, lower-order behavior systems to newer higher-order system's as man's existential problems change."
~~ Dr. Clare W. Graves [1914-86]

“We must write where we stand. An imitation of the life we know, however narrow, is our only ground." ~~ author John Updike [1932-2009] - in 1974

“Sometimes I'm consistent and sometimes I'm not." ~~ Pickles daily comic strip [est. 1990]

“You know I believe true balance lies somewhere between rage and serenity."
~~ Professor X, aka Charles Xavier - from X-Men

“There is no greater education than one that is self-driven."
~~ astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson

“You are what you do, not what you say [that] you will do." ~~ Carl Jung [1875-1961]

“Sometimes your job as an artist is to be invited somewhere and ensure that they never invite you back." ~~ source not found

“The intelligent man finds almost everything ridiculous, the sensible man hardly anything."
~~ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe [1749-1832]

“The atomic bomb was the turn of the screw. It made the prospect of future war unendurable. It has led us up those last few steps to the mountain pass, and beyond that there is a different country." ~~ J. Robert Oppenheimer [1904-67]

“Strength comes from choosing your own path and living with the consequences."
~~ fantasy author Jennifer Armintrout

“August rain: the best of the summer gone, and the new fall not yet born. The odd uneven time." ~~ writer Sylvia Plath [1932-63]

“It never hurts to keep looking for sunshine."
~~ Pooh character Eeyore, as written by A.A. Milne [1882-1956]

“For Business Opportunity Sellers, ‘A.I.’ Stands for ‘Allegedly Inaccurate’"
~~ U.S. Federal Trade Commission blog post headline, 8/2023

{each set of posted quotations are then posted at the Working Minds website, alphabetical by author}

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