Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Quora Jems, #1

"We don't see the things as they are. We see the things as we are." Ursula K. Le Guin

"Most people are other people. Their thoughts are someone elses opinions, their lives a mimicry, their passions a quotation." -Oscar Wilde  

"The whole problem with the world is that fools and fanatics are always so certain of themselves, but wiser people so full of doubts -Bertrand Russell 

Jim Rohn - "Don't wish it was easier, wish you were better".

“The most beautiful people we have known are those who have known defeat, known suffering, known struggle, known loss, and have found their way out of the depths. These persons have an appreciation, a sensitivity, and an understanding of life that fills them with compassion, gentleness, and a deep loving concern. Beautiful people do not just happen.”

"If Tetris has taught me anything, it's that errors pile up and accomplishments disappear."  (You've got to keep growing).

Some people see their life as it is and ask themselves why? I see my life as it could be and ask myself why not?

If you don't build your dream yourself, somebody will hire you to build theirs'.
 Google will tell you who wrote these, should you care to know more. 

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Give Kindness for Scorn, for Scorn is of Small Minds Only

Give kindness for scorn; those who have told you mean-spirited or smug comments are of no consequence, for those of true consequence are not to be found commenting on petty things, they are too busy doing great things— it is impossible for real greatness to belittle, so know that all who sneer are little themselves. Pity, therefore, the irony of their lives, give kindness in return, and walk away realizing they have only commented on themselves.

Friday, June 7, 2013

Mind-Blow Thought Experiments

“If you were to pick yourself apart with tweezers, one atom at a time, you would produce a mound of fine atomic dust, none of which had ever been alive but all of which had once been you.”

- Bill Bryson, A Short History of Nearly Everything

"On a clear night, go lie in your back yard and gaze up the stars. At first, you will have the familiar sensation of comfortably resting on a stable earth looking up at the stars twinkling in the sky.

But keep this in mind. We're not really "down here" and the stars aren't really "up there." That's all an illusion. We're actually stuck to the side of a sphere that's hurling through space at an amazing speed.

You're not looking up at the stars, you're looking out at the vastness of space, almost as if you were in the cockpit of a gigantic spaceship."

- Read Quote of Anonymous' answer to Philosophy: What are some trippy thought experiments? on Quora

Saturday, May 18, 2013

"Where there is no light,
white is just as black as black." -Ashlie Brilliant

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

“And those who were seen dancing were thought to be insane by those who could not hear the music."

"If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together"

African Proverb


Tuesday, March 12, 2013

At 20, you are worried about how people talk about you, at 40 you are no longer worried how people talk about you. At 60, you conclude that people never talked that much about you.  -Edwin Vlems

Also, if you watch TED as avidly as I do, you would appreciate this:

Monday, March 11, 2013

In the hopes of reaching the moon men fail to see the flowers that blossom at their feet.
Albert Schweitzer

Saturday, February 23, 2013

"Nothing will benefit human health and increase chances for survival of life on earth as much as the evolution to a vegetarian diet." 
-- Albert Einstein

"The eating of meat extinguishes the seed of great compassion."
-- The Buddha (circa 563-483 B.C.)

"For as long as men massacre animals, they will kill each other. Indeed, he who sows the seed of murder and pain cannot reap joy and love."
-- Pythagoras

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Waisting Youth on the Young~

I ran across this quote which is supposedly wrongly attributed to Winston Churchill:

 “If you're not a liberal at twenty you have no heart, if you're not a conservative at forty you have no brain.”

I was actually looking for a quote my high school AP Literature teacher told us, which went something like this:

"As the Russians say— if you don't believe in communism by age 13, you have no heart, and if you haven't stopped believing in it by age 30, you have no brain." 

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

“We are here to laugh at the odds and live our lives so well that Death will tremble to take us.”

Charles Bukowski

"A Teacher's Ten Commandments"

"Perhaps the essence of the Liberal outlook could be summed up in a new decalogue, not intended to replace the old one but only to supplement it. The Ten Commandments that, as a teacher, I should wish to promulgate, might be set forth as follows:
  1. Do not feel absolutely certain of anything.
  2. Do not think it worth while to proceed by concealing evidence, for the evidence is sure to come to light.
  3. Never try to discourage thinking for you are sure to succeed.
  4. When you meet with opposition, even if it should be from your husband or your children, endeavor to overcome it by argument and not by authority, for a victory dependent upon authority is unreal and illusory.
  5. Have no respect for the authority of others, for there are always contrary authorities to be found.
  6. Do not use power to suppress opinions you think pernicious, for if you do the opinions will suppress you.
  7. Do not fear to be eccentric in opinion, for every opinion now accepted was once eccentric.
  8. Find more pleasure in intelligent dissent than in passive agreement, for, if you value intelligence as you should, the former implies a deeper agreement than the latter.
  9. Be scrupulously truthful, even if the truth is inconvenient, for it is more inconvenient when you try to conceal it.
  10. Do not feel envious of the happiness of those who live in a fool’s paradise, for only a fool will think that it is happiness."

- British philosopher, mathematician, historian, and social critic Bertrand Russell
taken from brainpickings.org