Thoughtful Quotes page 20

Very few beings really seek knowledge in this world. Mortal or immortal, few really ask. On the contrary, they try to wring from the unknown the answers they have already shaped in their own minds -- justifications, confirmations, forms of consolation without which they can't go on. To really ask is to open the door to the whirlwind. The answer may annihilate the question and the questioner.
Anne Rice.
When people are free to do as they please, they usually imitate each other.
Eric Hoffer
The mind is like a parachute. It doesn't work unless it's open.
Frank Zappa or Taffee Marchant
All wars arise from population pressure."

"Morals - all correct moral rules - derive from the instinct to survive; moral behavior is survival above the individual level - as in the father dying to save his children."

"I have never been able to see how a thirty-year old moron can vote more wisely than a fifteen-year old genius...

"Man is what he is, a wild animal with the will to survive [...] Unless one accepts that, anything one says about morals, war, politics - you name it - is nonsense.
Correct morals arise from knowing what Man is - not what do-gooders and well-meaning Aunt Nellies would want him to be.

(Major Reid, Moral Philosopher 7000 AD) Robert A. Heinlein, "Starship Troopers", 1959
Mankind must put an end to War, or War will put an end to Mankind.
John F. Kennedy
I know not with what weapons World War III will be fought, but World War IV will be fought with sticks and stones.
Albert Einstein
The world grows older and grows with the ageing yet more evil.
Torquato Tasso
We truly believe that even though we live in an evil world, if you can stand up with a stronger will, then you can't be beaten down.
John Woo
We have to face the fact that either all of us are going to die together or we are going to learn to live together and if we are to live together we have to talk.
Eleanor Roosevelt
The early bird gets the worm. Yes this is true, but the early worm gets eaten.
A winner listens, a loser just waits untill it is their turn to talk.
Without tradition, art is a flock of sheep without a shepherd. Without innovation, it is a corpse.
Winston Churchill
When God closes a door he opens a window... And then pushes you right out.
Nothing is impossible to the man who doesn't have to do it himself.
"We believe in optimism rather than pessimism, hope rather than despair, learning in the place of dogma, truth instead of ignorance, joy rather than guild or sin, tolerance in the place of fear, love instead of hatred, compassion over selfishness, beauty instead of ugliness and reason rather than blind faith or irrationality".
Patrocoles, Gothenburg Humanistic Studentacademy
Being all things to all people means that you're nothing to no one.
Former President Adams, Amistad
Know your enemy, and in one hundred battles you will never be defeated
Sun Tsu, Art of War
What we need is not the will to believe, but the wish to find out.
Bertrand Russel
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 Russel

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