“A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.”
– Winston Churchill
“Scientists need to try to be better, society needs to try to be better.”
When I see a map of the world, I am reminded of the importance of working for peace in our time.
The mind once expanded to the dimension of a larger idea never returns to its original size.
– Oliver Wendell Holmes
Anything else you’re interested in is not going to happen if you can’t breathe the air and drink the water. Don’t sit this one out. Do something.
– Carl Sagan
You won’t get anything unless you have the vision to imagine it.
– John Lennon
The most difficult thing of all is to see is what is right in front of your eyes.
If, as most of us believe, we have the power to shape the world according to our visions and desires then how come we have collectively made such a mess of it? Our social and physical world can and must be made, re-made, and, if that goes awry, re-made yet again. Where to begin and what is to be done are the key questions.
- David Harvey
To see the truth makes a huge difference in your world; to become the truth is the real goal, because that is the real you.
- Don Miguel Ruiz
You don’t have to get it perfect – you just have to get it going. Babies don’t walk the first time they try, but eventually they do.
– Mark Victor Hansen
We are confronted with insurmountable opportunities.
- Walt Kelly
Men occasionally stumble over the truth, but most of them pick themselves up and hurry off as if nothing ever happened.
- Sir Winston Churchill
The world is a dangerous place. Not because of the people who are evil, but because of the people who don’t do anything about it.
- Albert Einstein
If you think in terms of a year, plant a seed; if in terms of ten years, plant trees; if in terms of 100 years, teach the people.
First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win.
Somebody needed to do something, and it was incredibly pathetic that it had to be us.
- Jerry Garcia
After hydrogen, the most common thing in the universe is stupidity.
– Albert Einstein
The true value of energy to society is the net energy, which is that after the energy costs of getting and concentrating that energy are subtracted.
- H.T. Odum
Most people spend more time and energy going around problems than in trying to solve them.
- Henry Ford
For a successful technology, reality must take precedence over public relations, for Nature cannot be fooled.
– Richard Feynman
Most advances in science come when a person for one reason or another is forced to change fields.
- Peter Borden
The truth does not change according to our ability to stomach it.
- Flannery O’Connor
An ounce of action is worth a ton of theory.
- Friedrich Engels
It is our responsibilities, not ourselves, that we should take seriously.
- Peter Ustinov
My definition of an expert in any field is a person who knows enough about what’s really going on to be scared.
- P. J. Plauger
The will to be stupid is a very powerful force, but there are always alternatives.
– Lois McMaster Bujold
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