Courage for truth

During times of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act.

wisdom

Unterstanding

Our intellect extends to the infinite in understanding.

Intellectus noster ad infinitum in intelligendo extenditur.

Thomas of Aquin- Italian philosopher and theologian (1224/25-1274), from “Summa contra Gentiles” I, cap. 43, n. 10 (circa 1260)

Education

Education is the passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to those who prepare for it today.

attributed to Malcolm X zugeschrieben – born Malcolm Little; American Muslim preacher and civil rights activist (1925-1965)

Change

Chances are, things have changed enough so that whatever made you a success thirty years ago doesn’t work anymore.

Ralph Wanger – American fund manager (b. 1934)

Truth

It is very hard to lie, if one doesn’t know the truth.

Kutya nehéz úgy hazudni, ha az ember nem ösmeri az igazságot.

Péter Esterházy – Hungarian writer (1950-2016), from “Harmonia Caelestis” (2000)

L’intuizione

L’intuizione, è l’intelligenza che commette un eccesso di velocità.

proverbio italiano

Think first

The wise man ought not to think afterwards but rather to think beforehand.

Oὐ μετανοεῖν ἀλλὰ προνοεῖν χρὴ τὸν ἄνδρα τὸν σοφόν.

Axiopistos – Greek forger (ca. 4th century BC), who published two books under the name of the Sicilian comedy poet Epicharmus (ca. 540-460 BC), noted as “Fragmenta Pseudepicharmea 280”

Learn

In a time of drastic change it is the learners who inherit the future. The learned usually find themselves equipped to live in a world that no longer exists.

Eric Hoffer – American writer and philosopher (1898/1902-1983), from “Reflections on the Human Condition” (1973)

Memories

To be able to enjoy one’s past life is to live twice.

Hoc est vivere bis vita posse priore frui.

Marcus Valerius Martialis – Roman poet (c. 40-103), from “Epigrammaton libri duodecim”, book X, epigramme 23 (c. 85-103)

Try

You need to fill your mind with various competing thoughts and decide which make sense.

Warren Buffett – American value investor, Chairman of Berkshire Hathaway (b. 1930), at the BRK Annual Meeting (May 2007)

Think for yourself

You have to think for yourself.

Warren Buffett – American value investor, Chairman of Berkshire Hathaway (b. 1930), in U.S. News and World Report (June 1994)

Learn

It’s a good idea to review past mistakes before committing new ones.

Warren Buffett – American value investor, Chairman of Berkshire Hathaway (b. 1930), from “Warren Buffett on Business: Principles from the Sage of Omaha”, Chapter 15 (2009)

Knowledge is power

Never assume! Ask, analyse, test, implement!

Bernd Keller – German company founder, CEO “tRUE STANDARD” (b. 1966)

Learn

You can observe a lot just by watching.

Lawrence Peter “Yogi” Berra – American baseball player and -manager (1925-2015)

Wisdom

How much better to get wisdom than gold, to get insight rather than silver.

The Bible, Proverbs 16:16 (NIV)

Learn

You can learn a lot just by asking.

Warren Buffett – American value investor, Chairman of Berkshire Hathaway (b. 1930)

Decide brave

Most decisions should probably be made with somewhere around 70% of the information you wish you had. If you wait for 90%, in most cases, you’re probably being slow.

Jeffrey P. “Jeff” Bezos – American company founder: Amazon (b. 1964), in his letter to the shareholders (2016)

Interview question

Tell me something that’s true, that almost nobody agrees with you on.

Peter A. Thiel – German-born American investor and company founder: PayPal (b. 1967), in a discussion with entrepreneur and LinkedIn’s co-founder Reid Hoffman (2012), Quotations book 2019

Wisdom and knowledge

A wise man has great power. A man who has knowledge increases his strength.

The Bible, Proverbs 24:5 (NIRV) – Quotations book 2019

Progress

Today progress happens so fast that when someone declares a problem to be completely impracticable and unsolvable in the next moment he is interrupted by someone else who has already solved and realized the Problem.

attributed to Albert Einstein – German physicist, Nobel prize in Physics 1921 (1879-1955)

Savoir et voir

Il faut savoir et voir, et il faut voir et savoir.

Claude Lanzmann – réalisateur et documentaire français (1925-2018), d’après une interview dans “Cahiers du cinéma”, n ° 374, (juillet / août 1985)

Open-minded

Minds are like parachutes – they function only when they are open.

wisdom, often attributed to Thomas Dewar, 1st Baron Dewar – Scottish entrepreneur and Whisky destiller (1864-1930), Quotations book 2018

Travel

Travel improves the mind wonderfully, and does away with all one’s prejudices.

Oscar Wilde – Irish writer (1854-1900), from his fairytale “The Remarkable Rocket”, published in “Der The Happy Prince and Other Stories” (1888), Quotations book 2018

Understanding

Never delegate understanding.

Eames Demetrios – American artist and photographer (b. 1962), from “An Eames Primer” (2001), a book about his grandparents, the designer couple Charles and Ray Eames, Quotations book 2019

Learning from the world

What the pupil must learn, if he learns anything at all, is that the world will do most of the work for you, provided you cooperate with it by identifying how it really works and aligning with those realities. If we do not let the world teach us, it teaches us a lesson.

attributed to Joseph Tussman – American philosopher and educator (1914-2005)

The three sieves

Someone came to the wise Socrates and said: “Listen Socrates, I have to tell you something!”
“Hold on!”, the wise man stopped him. “Did you put through the three sieves what you want to tell me?”
“Three sieves?”, the other one asked in amazement.
“Yes, my friend! Let’s try if this, you want to tell me, passes through the three sieves: The first sieve is the one of truth. Did you examine whether what you were about to tell me was true?”
“Well, no, not really. I just overheard the Story …”
“Ah! Well, then you must have used the second sieve, the sieve of good? Is it something good that you are about to tell me?”
The other man said hesitantly: “Hm, no … on the contrary …”
“Hm …”, the wise man interrupted him. “Let us use the third sieve then, the sieve of necessity. Is it absolutely necessary for you to tell me what you are so exited about?”
“No, not really necessary …”
“Well”, Socrates said with a smile. “If the story you are about to tell me isn’t true, good, or necessary, just forget it and don’t bother me with it anymore.”

anecdote about Socrates – Greek philosopher (469-399 B.C), some sources cite Plato (Greek philosopher, c. 428-348 v. Chr.) or “the young Polimus” as other Person, Quotations book 2018

Simplicity

Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.

wisdom, often attributed to Leonardo da Vinci – Italian polymath (1452 – 1519), Quotations book 2018

Knowledge is power

For Knowledge itself is power.

Nam et ipsa scientia potestas est.

Sir Francis Bacon – English philosopher, politician and writer (1561-1626), from “De Haeresibus” (“Of Heresies”) in “Meditationes sacrae” (1597)

Trust

The greatest trust between man and man is the trust of giving counsel.

Summa quae intercedit inter homines fides, et illa consilium impertiendi.

Sir Francis Bacon – English philosopher, politician and writer (1561-1626), from his essay “De Consilio” (“Of Counsils”) in “Essayes: Religious Meditations. Places of Perswasion and Disswasion. Seene and Allowed” (1625), Quotations book 2018

Perseverance.

Genius I cannot claim nor even extra brightness, but perseverance all can have.

Woodrow Wilson – American politician, 1913-21 28th president, Nobel Peace prize 1919 (1856-1924), from his shorthand diary of 1876

Free Press

The free press is a cornerstone of democracy.
People have a need to know.
Journalists have a right to tell.
Finding the facts can be difficult.
Reporting the story can be dangerous.
Freedom includes the right to be outrageous.
Responsibility includes the duty to be fair.
News is history in the making.
Journalists provide the first draft of history.
A free press, at its best, reveals the truth.

slogan at the Newseum in Washington D.C. – Quotations book 2018

Expert

An expert is a man who has made all the mistakes which can be made in a very narrow field.

Niels Bohr – Danish physician, Nobel Prize in physics 1922 (1885-1962), in a conversation with the German physicists and Nobel Prize laureates of 1932 and 1945, Werner Heisenberg (1901-1976) and Wolfgang Pauli (1900-1958), at the edge of a physics session in Copenhagen (1952)

En ekspert er en person, som har begået alle de fejl, som det er muligt at begå inden for et begrænset område.

Niels Bohr – danske fysiker, Nobelprisen i fysik 1922 (1885-1962), i et interview med den tyske fysikere og nobelpristagere fra 1932 og 1945, Werner Heisenberg (1901-1976) og Wolfgang Pauli (1900-1958) på randen af fysikere mødes i København (1952)

Critics

Criticism is the fertilizer of learning.

attributed to Sir John Marks Templeton – British value investor and philanthropist (1912-2008), Quotations book 2018

Invert

Invert, always invert.

Maxim of Carl Gustav Jacob Jacobi – born Jacques Simon, German methematician, founder of the mathematical and physical seminar in Königsberg (1804-1851)

Perseverance

It’s not that I’m so smart; it’s just that I stay with problems longer.

attributed to Albert Einstein – German physicist, Nobel prize in physics 1921 (1879-1955)

Brilliance

Brilliance is the ability to simplify a mass amount of information into a simple yes/no decision.

Warren Buffett – American value investor, Chairman of Berkshire Hathaway (b. 1930), Quotations book 2017

Education

Education is important, especially when it comes to dismantling prejudices. You can’t help being a prisoner within your own mind, but the least you can do is ensure that the cell is decently furnished.

Sir Peter Ustinov – English actor and writer (1921-2004), Quotations book 2017

Realize

It’s hardest to see what’s wrong about what seems normal.

Jane S. Fonda – American actress and writer (b. 1937), in “My Life So Far”, act two, chapter 1 “1968” (2010)

Listen

When you talk you are only repeating what you already know,
but when you listen you may learn something.

Wisdom – Quotations book 2017

Wisdom

Scientiam non ut possessio habeatur, sed sicut aliquid ab eo mutuatum.

Wisdom is not held by men as a possession, but as something on loan .

Thomas of Aquin – Italian philosopher and theologian (c. 1225-1274), from his comment on Aristotle’s Metaphysics “Sententia libri Metaphysicae” (lib. 1 l. 3 n. 13)

Yes and No

The oldest, shortest words, “yes” and “no”, are those which require the most thoughts.

attributed to Pythagoras of Samos – Greek philosopher and mathematician (c. 570-501 B.C.), Quotations book 2017

Doing well

Thinking well is wise; planning well, wiser;
doing well wisest and best of all.

Persian proverb – Quotations book 2017

Ask good

The better the question. The better the answer. The better the world works.

Slogan by Ernst & Young, business consulting company

Changing our thinking

The world as we have created it is a process of our thinking. It cannot be changed without changing our thinking.

following Albert Einstein – German physicist, Nobel prize in physics 1921 (1879-1955)

Questions

Nothing shapes our lives so much as the questions we ask, refuse to ask, or never dream of asking.

Sam Keen – American philosopher (b. 1931), Quotations book 2015

Facts

Facts do not cease to exist just because they are ignored.

Aldous Leonard Huxley – British writer (1894-1963), from “Proper Studies” (1927), Quotations book 2014

Wisdom

By wisdom a house is built; by understanding it is established. By knowledge rooms are filled with all precious and pleasant wealth.

The Bible, Proverbs 24:3-4 (CEB) – Quotations book 2014

Think until it hurts

As a young man, I was told by Lord Thomson of Fleet that you have to think until it hurts before making a decision.

Paul Desmarais Jr. – Canadian entrepreneur (b. 1954) [Lord (Kenneth) Thomson of Fleet: Canadian publisher (1923-2006)], Quotations book 2014

Education

Education is what remains, when the last Dollar is spent.

Proverb, falsely attributed to Mark Twain – born Samuel Langhorne Clemens, American writer (1835-1910), could not be verified by the Mark Twain library, Quotations book 2014

Great company

Surround yourself with people smarter than you.

Slogan of George M. “The Boss” Steinbrenner III – American entrepreneur (1930-2010), known as owner of the New York Yankees, Quotations book 2014

Patientia

Patientia comes est sapientiae.

Patience is the companion of wisdom.

Augustine of Hippo – known as Aurelius Augustinus, early Christian theologian and philosopher, one of the four Latin Doctors of Church (354-430), from “De patientia” (c. 418), Quotations book 2014

Be wiser

Spend each day trying to be a little wiser than you were when you woke up.

Charlie Munger – Vice Chairman of Berkshire Hathaway (b. 1924), Quotations book 2014

Readers

Not all readers become leaders. But all leaders must be readers.

Harry S. Truman – American politician, 1945-52 33rd president (1884-1972), Quotations book 2014

Ignorance

The voice of intelligence…is drowned out by the roar of fear. It is ignored by the voice of desire. It is contradicted by the voice of shame. It is biased by hate and extinguished by anger. Most of all it is silenced by ignorance.

Dr. Karl Augustus Menninger – American pyschiatrist, co-founder of Menninger clinic (1893-1990)

Seeking the truth

In seeking truth you have to get both sides of a story.

Walter Cronkite – American journalist (1916-2009)

The seven national crimes

I don’t think.
I don’t know.
I don’t care.
I am too busy.
I leave well enough alone.
I have no time to read and find out.
I am not interested.

William H. J. Boetcker – American presbyterian clergyman, born in Hamburg (1873-1962), published 1916

Wisdom

There are many things of which a wise man might wish to be ignorant.

Ralph Waldo Emerson – American writer (1803-1882), from “Demonology” (1877)

Opportunities

A wise man will make more opportunities than he finds.

Sir Francis Bacon – English philosopher, politician and writer (1561-1626), from his essay “Of Adversity” (1625)

Education

Education is the most powerfull weapon we can use to change the world.

Nelson Mandela – South African anti apartheid activist and politician, 1994-99 president, Nobel Peace Prize (1918-2013)

Insight

The best vision is insight.

Malcolm S. Forbes – American publisher, Forbes Magazine (1919-1990)

Learn from mistakes

It’s good to learn from mistakes. It’s better to learn from other people’s mistakes.

Warren Buffett – American Value investor, Chairman of Berkshire Hathaway (b. 1930), Quotations book 2016

Infamy

The technique of infamy is to start two lies at once and get people arguing which is the truth.

Ezra W. L. Pound – American poet and critic  (1885-1972)

La pensée

Notre tête est ronde pour permettre à la pensée de changer de direction.

Francis Picabia – peintre, graphiste et écrivain français (1879-1953), Brochure de citation 2013

Information

The most successful person is usually the one with the best information.

Benjamin Disraeli – English writer and politician, 1868 and 1874-80 Prime Minister (1804-1881), Quotations book 2013

Reality

Face reality, even when doing so is uncomfortable, and communicate candidly, even when doing so may sting.

Jack Welch – born John Francis Welch jr., legendary Anerican manager (General Electric), Fortune 1999: Manager of the Century (b. 1935)

Truth wins

Lies run sprints but the truth runs marathons.

Michael Jackson – American musician and singer (1958-2009), Quotations book 2013

Doubts

We would accomplish many more things if we did not think of them as impossible.

Chrétien-Guillaume de Lamoignon de Malesherbes – French politician and minister (1721-1794), from”Pensées et Maximes” (1802), Quotations book 2013

Miracles

Miracles are not contrary to nature only contrary to what we know about nature.

in the style of Augustine of Hippo – known as Aurelius Augustinus, early Christian theologian and philosopher, one of the four Latin Doctors of Church (354-430), Quotations book 2012

Behave wisely

History teaches us that men and nations behave wisely once they have exhausted all other alternatives.

Abba Eban – born Aubrey Solomon Eban, Irsaeli politician and diplomat (1915-2002), in a speech in London on December 16th, 1970, Quotations book 2012

Change your mind

When the facts change, I change my mind. What do you do, Sir?

attributed to John Maynard Keynes – British economist and investor (1883-1946), as a reaction on the critics, he would change his mind very often, Quotations book 2012

Experience

The things we really know are not the things we have merely read about or heard about, but the things we have lived, have experienced, have been sensible of.

Calvin Milton Woodward – American professor for mathematics and mechanical engineering (1837-1915), introduced practical project working at the Washington University, Quotations book 2012

Best Investment

The best investment with the least risk and the greatest dividend is giving.

Sir John Marks Templeton – British value investor and philanthropist (1912-2008), Quotations book 2012

Learning

The beautiful thing about learning is nobody can take it away from you.

attributed to B.B. King – American blues musician (1925-2015), Quotations book 2011

Lifelong Learning

I constantly see people rise in life who are not the smartest, sometimes not even the most diligent, but they are learning machines. They go to bed every night a little wiser than they were when they got up and boy, does that help, particularly when you have a long run ahead of you. Nothing has served me better in my long life than continuous learning.

Charlie Munger – Vice Chairman of Berkshire Hathaway (b. 1924), Quotations book 2011

Consistent

Experience is not enough in itself – it has to be weighed, ordered and digested, and we have to draw the right conclusions from it.

Michel de Montaigne – French writer and philosopher (1533-1592), Quotations book 2010

Journalists

The smarter the journalists are, the better off society is. For to a degree, people read the press to inform themselves and the better the teacher, the better the student body.

Warren Buffett – American value investor, Chairman of Berkshire Hathaway (b. 1930), Quotations book 2010

Past

Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.

George Santayana – born Jorge Augustín Nicolás Ruiz de Santayana, Spanish philosopher (1863-1952), from “Reason in Common Sense” (1906), the first book of “The Life of Reason”, Quotations book 2010

Individuality

During my eighty-seven years I have witnessed a whole succession of technological revolutions. But none of them has done away with the need for character in the individual or the ability to think.

Bernard M. Baruch – American financier, adviser to several American presidents (1870-1965)

Correctness

Every man has a right to be wrong in his opinions. But no man has a right to be wrong about his facts.

attributed to Bernard M. Baruch – American financier, adviser to several American presidents (1870-1965)

Lies

A lie will fly around the whole world while the truth is getting its boots on.

attributed to Mark Twain – Born Samuel Langhorne Clemens, American writer (1835-1910)

Standard of knowledge

If we become increasingly humble about how little we know, we may be more eager to search.

Sir John Marks Templeton – British value investor and philanthropist (1912-2008)

Starting minds

Mr. Drucker ist one of those writers to whom almost anything can be forgiven because he not only has a mind of his own, but has the gift of starting other minds along a stimulating line of thought.

Sir Winston L. Churchill – British politician, 1940-45 and 1951-55 Prime Minister, Nobel Prize in literature 1953 (1874-1965), about Peter F. Drucker, Austrian-born management expert (1909-2005)

Wisdom and diligence

Those who are wise won’t be busy, and those who are too busy can’t be wise.

Lin Yutang – Chinese philosopher (1895-1976), from “The Importance of Living” (1937)

Spiritually poor

This country cannot afford to be materially rich and spiritually poor.

John F. Kennedy – American politician, 1961-63 35th president (1917-1963), from his State of the Union Address on January 14th, 1963

Wisdom

A wise man seeks Wisdom; a madman thinks that he has found it.

Persian proverb

Back to the roots

“Doc, I have an earache.”
2000 B.C. “Here, eat this root.”
1000 B.C. “That root is heathen, say this prayer.”
1850 A.D. “Prayer is superstition, drink this potion.”
1930 “That potion is snake oil, swallow this pill.”
1970 “That pill is ineffective, take this antibiotic.”
2000 “That antibiotic is artificial, here, eat this root.”

Anonymus – “History of Medicine”, spread on the Internet between 1997 and 1998, source: 106 utne reader, http://www.hsc.stonybrook.edu/som/fammed/newsletters/VOL1398F.htm, Quotations book 2009

The lesson of the Samurai

Many are those who will give advice, but few are those who will accept it with gratitude, and even fewer are those who will follow it. After the age of 30, man becomes generally impermeable to guidance. And when guidance no longer reaches him, he rapidly becomes full of pride and self-interest. For the rest of his days, he adds impudence to foolishness, which causes his irreversible fall. This is why it is indispensable to find someone capable of discernment, and to bind yourself to him in order to receive his teachings..

from the Hagakure (spiritual guide for the Samurai, written between 1709 and 1716)

Risk

Risk comes from not knowing what you’re doing.

Warren Buffett – American value investor, Chairman of Berkshire Hathaway (b. 1930), Quotations book 2002

Knowledge worker

The most important, and indeed the truly unique, contribution of management in the 20th century was the fifty-fold increase in the productivity of the manual worker in manufacturing. The most important contribution management needs to make in the 21st century is similarly to increase the productivity of knowledge work and the knowledge worker..

Peter F. Drucker – Austrian-born American management expert (1909-2005), Quotations book 2006

Experience

Nobody ever learned anything from the second hit of a horse.

attributed to R. Philip Hanes – American entrepreneur and author (1926-2011)

Community

In a knowledge economy, a good business is a community with a purpose, not a piece of property.

Charles Handy – Irish author and management expert (b. 1932), Quotations book 2007

Thought

A public-opinion poll is no substitute for thought.

Warren Buffett – American value investor, chairman of Berkshire Heathaway (b. 1930), Quotations book 2007

Americas true greatness

It was not until I went into the churches of America, and I heard her pulpits aflame with righteousness did I understand the secret of her genious and power.

Attributed to Alexis de Tocqueville – Franch publicist and politician (1805-1859), Quotations book 2007

Statistics

Most economists use statistics like drunks use lampposts: for support rather than for light.

attributed in a similar Version to Andrew Lang (1844-1912) and falsely to Sir Winston L. Churchill (1874-1964), Quotations book 2008

Majority

Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect.

Mark Twain – born Samuel Langhorne Clemens, American writer (1835-1910), Quotations book 2008

Care

People don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care.

Wisdom – Quotations book 2008

Questions

Who questions much, shall learn much, and retain much.

Sir Francis Bacon – English philosopher, politician and writer (1561-1626), Quotations book 2008

Focus

Behold, the fool saith, “Put not all thine eggs in the one basket” – which is but a manner of saying, “Scatter your money and your attention”;

but the wise man saith, “Put all your eggs in the one basket and – watch the basket!”

Mark Twain – born Samuel Langhorne Clemens, American writer (1835-1910), Quotations book 2008

Experience

Experience is not what happens to a man;
it is what a man does with what happens to him.

Aldous Leonard Huxley – British writer (1894-1963), Quotations book 2008

Explaining the world with words or with mathematical formulas

Since the mathematicians have invaded the theory of relativity, I do not understand it myself anymore.

attributed to Albert Einstein – German physicist, Nobel Prize in physics 1921 (1879-1955), Quotations book 2008

Knowledge

Knowledge is like a baobab tree – one person’s arms are not enough to encompass it.

African proverb

Experts

Even when the experts all agree, they may well be mistaken.

Bertrand Russell – British philosopher and mathematician, Nobel Prize in literature 1950 (1872-1970), from “On the Value of Scepticism” (first page), in “Sceptical Essays” (London 1924)

Being right

You are neither right nor wrong because the crowd disagrees with you. You are right because your data and reasoning are right.

Benjamin Graham – born Benjamin Großbaum, American investor and inventor of systematic stocks analysis (1894-1976)

Preparation

I will study, I will prepare, and my opportunity will come.

attributed to Abraham Lincoln – American politician, 1861-65 16th president (1809-1865)

Wisdom and wealth

Wisdom outweighs any wealth.

Sophocles – Greek poet (496 – 406/405 BC)

Profit from advice

Many receive advice, only the wise profit from it.

Publilius Syrus – Roman poet (1st century BC)

Experience

All experience is an arch to build upon.

Henry Brooks Adams – American historian (1838-1918)

Expert

If you wish to know the road up the mountain, ask the man who goes back and forth on it..

from the Zenrin Kushu – collection of Zen quotes from the 15th century

Question mark

The question mark is more powerful than the exclamation point.

Dale Carnegie – born Dale Carnagey, American author and personality coach (1888-1955)

Listen

Wenn Sie jemandem eine Frage stellen, warten Sie auf die Antwort.

Business-philosophy of Edward Valenti (b. 1948) and Barry Becher (1941-2012) – American infomercial pioneers (Ginsu knives)

Listen

I never learned anything while I was talking.

Larry King – born Lawrence Harvey Zeiger, American journalist (b. 1933), Quotations book 2007

Wise

When a wise man points to the moon, the fool looks at the finger.

Chinese proverb – Quotations book 2007

Do it

Most organizations spend all their time looking for the next new management concept rather than following up on what everyone just learned.

Dr. Ken Blanchard – American management expert and author (b. 1939), Quotations book 2007

Role model

Don’t worry that children never listen to you; worry that they are always watching you.

Robert Fulghum – American theologian and author (b. 1937), Quotations book 2007

Evaluation

A fool often fails because he thinks what is difficult is easy, a wise man because he thinks what is easy is difficult.

John Churton Collins – British writer (1848-1908), Quotations book 2007

Statistics

He uses statistics as a drunken man uses lamp posts – for support rather than illumination.

Andrew Lang – Scottish writer (1844-1912)

Myth as the enemy of truth

For the great enemy of truth is very often not the lie – deliberate, contrived and dishonest – but the myth – persistent, persuasive and unrealistic. Too often we hold fast to the cliches of our forebears. We subject all facts to a prefabricated set of interpretations. We enjoy the comfort of opinions without the discomfort of thougt.

John F. Kennedy – American politician, 1961-63 35th president (1917-1963), during a speech at the Yale University on June 11th, 1962, Quotations book 2005

Learning

You cannot teach a man anything; you can only help him to discover it in himself.

Galileo Galilei – Italian astronomist und physicist (1564-1642), Quotations book 2005

Knowledge

Knowledge is of no value unless you put it into practice.

Proverb

Learning

Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at twenty or eighty.

Henry Ford – American engineer and industrialist (1863-1947), Quotations book 2006

Knowledge

Investment in knowledge pays the best interest.

Benjamin Franklin – American politician, writer and scientist (1706-1790), Quotations book 2002

Wisdom

Where is the wisdom we have lost in knowledge?

Where is the knowledge we have lost in information?

Thomas Stearns Eliot – English-born American writer, Nobel Prize in literature 1948 (1888-1965)

Minne

Ett gott samvete beror ofta på dåligt minne.

Swedish proverb, published in a collection by Gunnel (b. 1941) and Kjell Swärd (b. 1937)

Crocodiles

Don’t think there are no crocodiles because the waters are calm.

Malaysian proverb – Quotations book 2003