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The cure for boredom is curiosity. There is no cure for curiosity.
~Ellen Parr
The public is wonderfully tolerant. It forgives everything except genius.
~Oscar Wilde (1854 - 1900), The Critic as Artist, 1891
Creativity is...seeing something that doesn't exist already. You need to find out how you can bring it into being and that way be a playmate with God.
~Michele Shea
The empires of the future are the empires of the mind.
~Sir Winston Churchill (1874 - 1965), Speech at Harvard University, September 6, 1943
So you see, imagination needs moodling - long, inefficient, happy idling, dawdling and puttering.
~Brenda Ueland
If liberty and equality, as is thought by some are chiefly to be found in democracy, they will be best attained when all persons alike share in the government to the utmost.
~Aristotle (384 BC - 322 BC), Politics
Work while you have the light. You are responsible for the talent that has been entrusted to you.
~Henri-Frédéric Amiel
A small rock holds back a great wave.
~Homer, The Odyssey
Having once decided to achieve a certain task, achieve it at all costs of tedium and distaste. The gain in self-confidence of having accomplished a tiresome labor is immense.
~Arnold Bennett
Whoso neglects learning in his youth, loses the past and is dead for the future.
~Euripides (484 BC - 406 BC), Phrixus
The man of virtue makes the difficulty to be overcome his first business, and success only a subsequent consideration.
~Confucius (551 BC - 479 BC), The Confucian Analects
A coward turns away, but a brave man's choice is danger.
~Euripides (484 BC - 406 BC), Iphigenia in Tauris, circa 412 B.C.
When you know a thing, to hold that you know it; and when you do not know a thing, to allow that you do not know it - this is knowledge.
~Confucius (551 BC - 479 BC), The Confucian Analects
Death is not the worst that can happen to men.
~Plato
To err is human, but to really foul things up requires a computer.
~Farmers' Almanac, 1978
I do not fear computers. I fear the lack of them.
~Isaac Asimov (1920 - 1992)
Love truth, and pardon error.
~Voltaire (1694 - 1778)
Suppose you were an idiot and suppose you were a member of Congress. But I repeat myself.
~Mark Twain (1835 - 1910)
Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.
~Arthur C. Clarke (1917 - ), "Technology and the Future"
America's greatest strength and its greatest weakness is our belief in second chances, our belief that we can always start over, that things can be made better.
~Anthony Walton
Believe in yourself! Have faith in your abilities! Without a humble but reasonable confidence in your own powers you cannot be successful or happy.
~Norman Vincent Peale (1898 - 1993)
The soul of man is immortal and imperishable.
~ Plato, The Republic
It is in justice that the ordering of society is centered.
~Aristotle (384 BC - 322 BC)
The chief business of the American people is business.
~Calvin Coolidge (1872 - 1933), Speech in Washington, Jan. 17, 1925
A hero is no braver than an ordinary man, but he is braver five minutes longer.
~Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803 - 1882)
Knowledge is power.
~Sir Francis Bacon (1561 - 1626), Religious Meditations, Of Heresies, 1597
All truth passes through three stages. First, it is ridiculed. Second, it is violently opposed. Third, it is accepted as being self-evident.
~Arthur Schopenhauer (1788 - 1860)
I don't mind what Congress does, as long as they don't do it in the streets and frighten the horses.
~Victor Hugo (1802 - 1885)
To live a creative life, we must lose our fear of being wrong.
~Joseph Chilton Pearce
The only good is knowledge and the only evil is ignorance.
~Socrates (469 BC - 399 BC)
It is possible to fail in many ways...while to succeed is possible only in one way.
~Aristotle (384 BC - 322 BC), Nichomachean Ethics
Men of genius do not excel in any profession because they labor in it, but they labor in it because they excel.
~William Hazlitt (1778 - 1830)
The wisest mind has something yet to learn.
~George Santayana (1863 - 1952)
The best way to predict the future is to invent it.
~Alan Kay
Be great in act, as you have been in thought.
~William Shakespeare
Concentration comes out of a combination of confidence and hunger.
~Arnold Palmer (1929 -2016)
If you are not criticized, you may not be doing much.
~Donald H. Rumsfeld (1932 - ), Secretary of Defense
To accomplish great things, we must dream as well as act.
~Anatole France (1844 - 1924)
You always pass failure on the way to success.
~Mickey Rooney (1920 -2014)
You have to have confidence in your ability, and then be tough enough to follow through.
~Rosalynn Carter (1927 - )
Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed is more important than any one thing.
~Abraham Lincoln (1809 - 1865)
There is no revenge so complete as forgiveness.
~Josh Billings (1818 - 1885)
The life which is unexamined is not worth living.
~Plato, Dialogues, Apology
There is no security on this earth, there is only opportunity.
~General Douglas MacArthur (1880 - 1964)
We need men who can dream of things that never were.
~John F. Kennedy (1917 - 1963), speech in Dublin, Ireland, June 28, 1963
Where a calculator on the ENIAC is equipped with 18,000 vacuum tubes and weighs 30 tons, computers in the future may have only 1,000 vacuum tubes and perhaps weigh 1.5 tons.
~unknown, Popular Mechanics, March 1949
I too shall lie in the dust when I am dead, but now let me win noble renown.
~Homer, The Iliad
Americans are overreachers; overreaching is the most admirable of the many American excesses.
~George F. Will (1941 - ), Statecraft as Soulcraft
Drive thy business or it will drive thee.
~Benjamin Franklin (1706 - 1790)
They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.
~Benjamin Franklin (1706 - 1790), Historical Review of Pennsylvania, 1759
Truth is truth.
~William Shakespeare (1564 - 1616), "Measure for Measure", Act 5 scene 1
There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies, and statistics.
~Benjamin Disraeli (1804 - 1881)
A wise man will make more opportunities than he finds.
~Sir Francis Bacon (1561 - 1626)
The creation of something new is not accomplished by the intellect but by the play instinct acting from inner necessity. The creative mind plays with the objects it loves.
~Carl Jung (1875 - 1961)
There are admirable potentialities in every human being. Believe in your strength and your youth. Learn to repeat endlessly to yourself, 'It all depends on me.'
~Andre Gide (1869 - 1951)
There is no great genius without some touch of madness.
~Seneca (5 BC - 65 AD), Epistles
Creative work is play. It is free speculation using materials of one's chosen form.
~Stephen Nachmanovitch
To avoid criticism do nothing, say nothing, be nothing.
~Elbert Hubbard (1856 - 1915)
He who knows others is wise; he who know himself is enlightened.
~Lao-tzu, The Way of Lao-tzu
A journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step.
~Lao-tzu, The Way of Lao-tzu
The peace of heaven is theirs that lift their swords, in such a just and charitable war.
~William Shakespeare (1564 - 1616)
When you know a thing, to hold that you know it; and when you do not know a thing, to allow that you do not know it - this is knowledge.
~Confucius (551 BC - 479 BC), The Confucian Analects
Courage and perseverance have a magical talisman before which difficulties disappear and obstacles vanish into air.
~John Quincy Adams (1767 - 1848)
This England never did, nor never shall, lie at the proud foot of a conqueror.
~William Shakespeare (1564 - 1616), "King John", Act 5 scene 7
The universe is change; our life is what our thoughts make it.
~Marcus Aurelius Antoninus (121 AD - 180 AD), Meditations
It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it.
~Aristotle (384 BC - 322 BC)
Fortune favors the brave.
~Virgil (70 BC - 19 BC), Aeneid
People demand freedom of speech as a compensation for the freedom of thought which they seldom use.
~Soren Kierkegaard (1813 - 1855)