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"The function of education, therefore, is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. But education which stops with efficiency may prove the greatest menace to society. The most dangerous criminal may be the man gifted with reason, but with no morals…We must remember that intelligence is not enough. Intelligence plus character — that is the goal of true education. The complete education gives one not only power of concentration, but worthy objectives upon which to concentrate…"
– Martin Luther King Jr, The Purpose of Education


"Among those points of self-education which take up the form of mental discipline, there is one of great importance, and, moreover, difficult to deal with, because it involves an internal conflict, and equally touches our vanity and our ease. It consists in the tendency to deceive ourselves regarding all we wish for, and the necessity of resistance to these desires."
– Michael Faraday


"Mistakes are, after all, the foundations of truth, and if a man does not know what a thing is, it is at least an increase in knowledge if he knows what it is not."
– Carl Jung


"The greatest and most important problems of life are all fundamentally insoluble. They can never be solved but only outgrown."
– Carl Jung


"Do the difficult things while they are easy and do the great things while they are small. A journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step."
– Lao Tzu


"Care about people's approval, and you will be their prisoner. Do your work, then step back."
– Lao Tzu


"It is not enough to be busy. So are the ants. The question is: What are we busy about? "
– Henry David Thoreau


"Any man who knows a thing knows he knows not a damn, damn thing at all. "
– K'Naan


"Our minds must relax: they will rise better and keener after rest. Just as you must not force fertile farmland, as uninterrupted productivity will soon exhaust it, so constant effort will sap our mental vigour, while a short period of rest and relaxation will restore our powers. Unremitting effort leads to a kind of mental dullness and lethargy."
– Seneca


"If one... struggles for what is beyond the most proper, doing not in accordance with one's natural ability, acting not with one's genuine feeling, one will surely get into trouble..."
– Kuo Hsiang


"In antiquity men studied for their own sake; nowadays men study for the sake of others."
– Confucius


"In order to be irreplaceable one must always be different."
– Coco Chanel


"The master in the art of living makes little distinction between his work and his play, his labor and his leisure, his mind and his body, his information and his recreation, his love and his religion. He hardly knows which is which. He simply pursues his vision of excellence at whatever he does, leaving others to decide whether he is working or playing. To him he's always doing both."
– L. P. Jacks


"Honor your errors. A trick will only work for a while, until everyone else is doing it. To advance from the ordinary requires a new game, or a new territory. But the process of going outside the conventional method, game, or territory is indistinguishable from error. Even the most brilliant act of human genius, in the final analysis, is an act of trial and error."
– Kevin Kelly, Whole Earth Catalog, Spring 1994


"Remember - the value of time, the success of perserverence, the pleasure of working, the dignity of simplicity, the worth of character, the power of kindness, the influence of example, the obligation of duty, the wisdom of economy, the virtue of patience, the improvement of talent, the joy of originating."
– Marshall Field


"Here are my rules: what can be done with one substance must never be done with another. No two materials are alike. No two sites on earth are alike. No two buildings have the same purpose. The purpose, the site, the material determine the shape. Nothing can be reasonable or beautiful unless it's made by one central idea, and the idea sets every detail. A building is alive, like a man. Its integrity is to follow its own truth, its one single theme, and to serve its own single purpose. A man doesn't borrow pieces of his body. A building doesn't borrow hunks of its soul. Its maker gives it the soul and every wall, window, and stairway to express it."
– Ayn Rand, excerpt from The Fountainhead


"Any intelligent fool can make things bigger and more complex ... It takes a touch of genius - and a lot of courage - to move in the opposite direction."
– Albert Einstein


"True art and true science possess two unmistakable marks: the first, an inward mark, which is this, that the servitor of art and science will fulfil his vocation, not for profit but with self- sacrifice; and the second, an external sign, his productions will be intelligible to all the people whose welfare he has in view."
– Leo Tolstoy, On the Significance of Science and Art


"A man is like a fraction whose numerator is what he is and whose denominator is what he thinks of himself. The larger the denominator, the smaller the fraction."
– Leo Tolstoy


"Research rather than exposition is the keynote, and our critical thresholds should be raised. Authors should submit only their best efforts, and these only after careful criticism by themselves and their colleagues. A few first rate research papers are preferable to a large number that are poorly conceived or half-finished. The latter are no credit to their writers and a waste of time to their readers."
– Claude E. Shannon, excerpt from "The Bandwagon," IRE Transactions, 1956


"All happiness or unhappiness solely depends upon the quality of the object to which we are attached by love."
– Baruch Spinoza


"The important thing, once you have enough to eat and a nice house, is what you can do for others, what you can contribute to the enterprise as a whole."
– Donald Knuth