The man who goes alone can start today; but he who travels with another must wait till that other is ready.
--Henry David Thoreau
I have made this letter longer than usual because I lack the time to make it shorter.
When I come upon anything - in Logic or in any other hard subject - that entirely puzzles me, I find it a capital plan to talk it over, aloud, even when I am all alone. One can explain things so clearly to one's self! And then, you know, one is so patient with one's self: one never gets irritated at one's own stupidity!
But, after all, it is the leaders of the country who determine the policy and it is always a simple matter to drag the people along, whether it is a democracy or a fascist dictatorship or a parliament or a communist dictatorship ... That is easy. All you have to do is tell them they are being attacked and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. It works the same way in any country.
--Nazi Reichsmarshall Hermann Goering
In science it often happens that scientists say, You know that's a really good argument; my position is mistaken, and then they would actually change their minds and you never hear that old view from them again. They really do it. It doesn't happen as often as it should, because scientists are human and change is sometimes painful. But it happens every day. I cannot recall the last time something like that happened in politics or religion.
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Do not let yourself be guided by the authority of the sacred texts, nor by simple logic, nor by appearance or opinion, nor even by the teachings of your master; when you know in yourself that something is bad, then give it up, and accept the good and follow it.
I wish I would have a real tragic love affair and get so bummed out that I'd just quit my job and become a bum for a few years, because I was thinking about doing that anyway.
--Deep Thoughts by Jack Handey
Being responsible sometimes means pissing people off.
--Colin Powell, U.S. Secretary of State
Being positive is like going up a mountain. Being negative is like sliding down a hill. So many people want to take the easy way out.
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