True greatness is measured by how much freedom you give to others, not by how much you can coerce others to do what you want.
''Larry Wall, Creator of Perl
A drunk person's words are a sober person's thoughts.
Those who are possessed by nothing possess everything.
The three most harmful addictions are heroin, carbohydrates, and a monthly salary.
Nassim Nicholas Taleb
Reality is that which, when you stop believing in it, doesn't go away.
Philip K. Dick, "How to Build a Universe That Doesn't Fall Apart Two Days Later", 1978
The painter has only to create one masterpiece, himself, constantly.
The man who says it cannot be done should not interrupt the man who is trying to do it.
The quieter you become, the more you are able to hear.
L'art est ce qui rend la vie plus interessante que l'art.
No, it's not a record, not really. It's working.
You have to work on paper, and this is the paper. Okay?
Richard Feynman in his discussion with Charles Weiner (Gleick, 1992)
Discovered in Supersizing the Mind by Andy Clark
The most potent weapon in the hands of the oppressor is the mind of the oppressed.
Nous sommes les seuls chez qui la réflexion n'inhibe pas l'action.
discours aux Athéniens de Périclès
To secure ourselves against defeat lies in our own hands,
but the opportunity of defeating the enemy is provided by the enemy himself.
It is by acts and not by ideas that people live.
When I suggest that working hours should be reduced to four,
I am not meaning to imply that all the remaining time should necessarily be spent in pure frivolity.
Reading, after a certain age, diverts the mind too much from its creative pursuits. Any man who reads too much and uses his own brain too little falls into lazy habits of thinking.
Virtue is the root;
wealth is the result.
The Great Learning by Confucius
Nothing is so dangerous to the progress of the human mind than
to assume our views of science are ultimate,
that there no mysteries in nature,
that our triumphs are complete
and that there are no new worlds to conquer.
The cure for boredom is curiosity.
There is no cure for curiosity.
Discovery consists in seeing what everyone else has seen,
and thinking what no one else has thought
Trees swingin' free
Buses float and buildings dangle:
Now and then it's nice to see
The world - from a different angle.
Shel Silverstein, New World
No matter how far down the wrong road you've gone, turn back.
Le bon ouvrier a toujour le bons outils
Politics have common threads wherever you go.
Travell from Stargate SG1 Season 5 episode 9 (screenplay)
Le tableau est fini quand il a effacé l'idée.
On ne s'appuie que sur ce qui résiste.
Ceux qui ne bougent pas ne sentent pas leurs chaînes.
Comfort comes first as a guest,
Then becomes your host,
And eventually your master.
It is best to keep comfort as a guest.
Je ne suis pas d'accord avec ce que vous dites mais je me battrai jusqu'à la mort pour que vous ayez le droit de le dire.
François-Marie Arouet alias Voltaire
Soyez résolus de ne servir plus, et vous serez libres.
Etienne de La Boétie extrait du Discours de la servitude volontaire
I must create a system, or be enslaved by another man's.
No price is too high to pay for the privilege of owning yourself.
As the births of living creatures are at first ill-shapen,
so are all innovations, which are the births of time.
L'intelligence, ça n'est pas ce que l'on sait mais ce que l'on fait quand on ne sait pas.
These days people seek knowledge, not wisdom. Knowledge is of the past, wisdom is of the future.
Creativity comes from trust. Trust your instincts. And never hope more than you work.
Rita Mae Brown
The pessimist sees difficulty in every opportunity.
The optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.
If you lose hope, somehow you lose the vitality that keeps life moving, you lose that courage to be, that quality that helps you go on in spite of it all. And so today I still have a dream.
Martin Luther King, jr. in The Trumpet of Conscience
The natural flights of the human mind are not from pleasure to pleasure but from hope to hope.
If you want to build a ship, don't herd people together to collect wood and don't assign them tasks and work, but rather teach them to long for the endless immensity of the sea.
Antoine de Saint-Exupery
One faces the future with one's past.
Pearl S. Buck
Good judgment comes from experience, and often experience comes from bad judgment.
Rita Mae Brown
Facts, or what a man believes to be facts, are delightful... Get your facts first, and then you can distort them as much as you please.
Go to Heaven for the climate, Hell for the company.
Les ordinateurs sont inutiles : ils ne donnent que les reponses.
Believe those who are seeking the truth;
doubt those who find it.
Truth is the first casualty of war.
You can also have a look at Surfacing wisdom, my own aphorisms.