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  1. History is a vast early warning system.


  2. The eternal quest of the individual human being is to shatter his loneliness.


  3. Death is not the greatest loss in life. The greatest loss is what dies inside us while we live.


  4. Wisdom consists of the anticipation of consequences.




  5. A library, to modify the famous metaphor of Socrates, should be the delivery room for the birth of ideas a place where history comes to life.


  6. Free will and determinism are like a game of cards. The hand that is dealt you is determinism. The way you play your hand is free will.


  7. Why are people more appalled at what they term an unnatural form of dying than by an unnatural form of living?


  8. Hearty laughter is a good way to jog internally without having to go outdoors.


  9. A library is the delivery room for the birth of ideas, a place where history comes to life.

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  10. Optimism doesn't wait on facts. It deals with prospects. Pessimism is a waste of time.


  11. Drugs are not always necessary, but belief in recovery always is.


  12. All this sensory input, which begins in the brain, has its effect throughout the body.


  13. What was most significant about the lunar voyage was not that men set foot on the moon but that they set eye on the earth.


  14. Hope is independent of the apparatus of logic.


  15. He who keeps his cool best wins.


  16. We have learned to live in a world of mistakes and defective products as if they were necessary to life. It is time to adopt a new philosophy in America.


  17. The way a book is read, which is to say, the qualities a reader brings to a book can have as much to do with its worth as anything the author puts into it.


  18. Life is an adventure in forgiveness.


  19. The tragedy of life is in what dies inside a man while he lives - the death of genuine feeling, the death of inspired response, the awareness that makes it possible to feel the pain or the glory of other men in yourself.


  20. A human being fashions his consequences as surely as he fashions his goods or his dwelling his goods or his dwelling. Nothing that he says, thinks or does is without consequences.


  21. The human body experiences a powerful gravitational pull in the direction of hope. That is why the patient's hopes are the physician's secret weapon. They are the hidden ingredients in any prescription.


  22. People are never more insecure than when they become obsessed with their fears at the expense of their dreams.


  23. A book is like a piece of rope; it takes on meaning only in connection with the things it holds together.

    • book

  24. The sense of paralysis proceeds not so much out of the mammoth size of the problem but out of the puniness of the purpose.


  25. Your heaviest artillery will be your will to live. Keep that big gun going.


  26. Just as there is no loss of basic energy in the universe, so no thought or action is without its effects, present or ultimate, seen or unseen, felt or unfelt.


  27. Where is the indignation about the fact that the US and USSR have thirty thousand pounds of destructive force for every human being in the world?


  28. No one really knows enough to be a pessimist...


  29. We in America have everything we need except the most important thing of all-time to think and the habit of thought.


  30. Government in the U.S. today is a senior partner in every business in the country.


  31. War is an invention of the human mind. The human mind can invent peace with justice.


  32. Respect for the fragility and importance of an individual life is still the mark of an educated man.

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  33. The individual is capable of both great compassion and great indifference. He has it within his means to nourish the former and outgrow the latter.


  34. The justification for those actions was that we were living in a very hard, predatory, cloak-and-dagger world and that the only way to deal with a totalitarian enemy was to intimidate him. The trouble with this theory was that while we live in a world of plot and counterplot, we also live in a world of cause and effect. Whatever the cause for the decision to legitimize and regularize deceit abroad, the inevitable effect was the practice of deceit at home.


  35. The capacity for hope is the most significant fact of life. It provides human beings with a sense of destination and the energy to get started.

    • purpose

  36. The only security for the American people today, or for any people, is to be found through the control of force rather than the use of force.


  37. The main failure of education is that it has not prepared people to comprehend matters concerning human destiny.


  38. It is reasonable to expect the doctor to recognize that science may not have all the answers to problems of health and healing.


  39. If the United Nations is to survive, those who represent it must bolster it; those who advocate it must submit to it; and those who believe in it must fight for it.


  40. If something comes to life in others because of you, then you have made an approach to immortality.


  41. Laughter is inner jogging.

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  42. We will not have peace by afterthought.


  43. It makes little difference how many university courses or degrees a person may own. If he cannot use words to move an idea from one point to another, his education is incomplete.


  44. Cynicism is intellectual treason.


  45. My reason nourishes my faith and my faith my reason.


  46. Man is not imprisoned by habit. Great changes in him can be wrought by crisis - once that crisis can be recognized and understood.



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Nationality American
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Birthday October 16
Top topics life, people, library, birth, ideas

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