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