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You may have to fight a battle more than once to win it.

--Margaret Thatcher

We should try to be the parents of our future rather than the offspring of our past.

--Miguel de Unamuno, (1864-1936)

Politics as battle has given way to politics as spectacle.

--Ronald Steel

The foolish and the dead alone never change their opinions.

--James Russell Lowell, (1819-1891)

Almost everything that distinguishes the modern world from earlier centuries is attributable to science, which achieved its most spectacular triumphs in the seventeenth century.

--Bertrand Russell, (1872-1970)

Science is the refusal to believe on the basis of hope.

--Carrie P. Snow

History buffs probably noted the reunion at a Washington party a few weeks ago of three ex-presidents: Carter, Ford and Nixon - See No Evil, Hear No Evil and Evil.

--Bob Dole

An important scientific innovation rarely makes its way by gradually winning over and converting its opponents: What does happen is that the opponents gradually die out.

--Maxwell Planck

The most violent element in society is ignorance.

--Emma Goldman

There is no greater mistake than the hasty conclusion that opinions are worthless because they are badly argued.

--Thomas Huxley, biologist and writer (1825-1895)

The charm of history and its enigmatic lesson consist in the fact that, from age to age, nothing changes and yet everything is completely different.

--Aldous Huxley

This is the way the world ends / Not with a bang but a whimper. 

--T.S. Eliot, (1888-1965)

The whole history of science has been the gradual realization that events do not happen in an arbitrary manner, but that they reflect a certain underlying order, which may or may not be divinely inspired.

--Stephen W. Hawking

The grand aim of all science is to cover the greatest number of empirical facts by logical deduction from the smallest number of hypotheses or axioms.

--Albert Einstein

If we could read the secret history of our enemies we should find in each man's life sorrow and suffering enough to disarm all hostility.

--Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

I am no more humble than my talents require. 

--Oscar Levant, composer (1906-1972)

The greatest task before civilization at present is to make machines what they ought to be, the slaves, instead of the masters of men.

--Henry Havelock Ellis

Art is made to disturb. Science reassures.

--Georges Braque

An American can have a Ford in any color so long as its black.

--Henry Ford

If you want total security, go to prison. There you're fed, clothed, given medical care and so on. The only thing lacking... is freedom. 

--Dwight D. Eisenhower,  (1890-1969)

He who asks is a fool for five minutes, but he who does not ask remains a fool forever. 

--Chinese proverb

When one tugs at a single thing in nature, he finds it attached to the rest of the world. 

--John Muir, (1838-1914)

If the rich could hire someone else to die for them, the poor would make a wonderful living. 

--Jewish Proverb

Category: Aphorisms | Added by: Ктулху (18.05.2011)
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