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Words of Wisdom—John Stuart Mill

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John Stuart Mill (May 20, 1806 – May 7, 1873) was an English economist, philosopher, politician and civil servant. The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy called him “the most influential English-speaking philosopher of the nineteenth century.” He greatly influenced classical liberalism and championed the freedom of the individual.

Below we list some words of wisdom from John Stuart Mill.

“In the long-run, the best proof of a good character is good actions.”

“There are many truths of which the full meaning cannot be realized until personal experience has brought it home.”

“Truths are known to us in two ways: some are known directly, and of themselves; some through the medium of other truths. The former are the subject of Intuition, or Consciousness; the latter, of Inference; the latter of Inference. The truths known by Intuition are the original premises, from which all others are inferred.”

“All good things which exist are the fruits of originality.”

“It is better to be a human being dissatisfied than a pig satisfied; better to be Socrates dissatisfied than a fool satisfied. And if the fool, or the pig, are of a different opinion, it is because they only know their own side of the question.”

“There is always hope when people are forced to listen to both sides.”

“I have learned to seek my happiness by limiting my desires, rather than in attempting to satisfy them.”

“Those only are happy who have their minds fixed on some object other than their own happiness.”

“Ask yourself whether you are happy and you cease to be so. The only chance is to treat not happiness, but some end external to it, as the purpose of life.”

“Most persons have but a very moderate capacity of happiness. Expecting…in marriage a far greater degree of happiness than they commonly find, and knowing not that the fault is in their own scanty capability of happiness.”

“Solitude in the presence of natural beauty and grandeur is the cradle of thought and aspirations which are not only good for the individual, but which society can ill do without.”

“Strong impulses are but another name for energy. Energy may be turned to bad uses; but more good may always be made of an energetic nature, than of an indolent and impassive one.”

“So Long as we do not harm others we should be free to think, speak, act, and live as we see fit, without molestation from individuals, law, or government.”

“Popular opinions, on subjects not palpable to sense, are often true, but seldom or never the whole truth.”

“All attempts by the State to bias the conclusions of its citizens on disputed subjects, are evil.”

“The sole end for which mankind are warranted, individually or collectively, in interfering with the liberty of action of any of their number, is self-protection…The only purpose for which power can be rightfully exercised over any member of a civilized community, against his will, is to prevent harm to others. His own good, either physical or moral, is not a sufficient warrant.”

“Persons of genius, it is true, are, and are always likely to be, a small minority; but in order to have them, it is necessary to preserve the soil in which they grow.”

“The love of power and the love of liberty are in eternal antagonism.”

“The amount of eccentricity in a society has generally been proportional to the amount of genius, mental vigor, and moral courage it contained. That so few now dare to be eccentric marks the chief danger of the time.”

“All ideas need to be heard, because each idea contains one aspect of the truth. By examining that aspect, we add to our own idea of the truth. Even ideas that have no truth in them whatsoever are useful because by disproving them, we add support to our own ideas.”

“Whatever crushes individuality is despotism.”

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Words of Wisdom— David Hume

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David Hume (May 7th, 1711 – August 25th 1776) was a Scottish Enlightenment philosopher, economist, historian, essayist, and librarian. He is best known for his system of philosophical empiricism, skepticism, and naturalism.

Below we list some words of wisdom from David Hume.

“There is no such thing as freedom of choice unless there is freedom to refuse.”

“A wise man proportions his belief to the evidence.”

“The difference between a man who is led by opinion or emotion and one who is led by reason. The former, whether he will or not, performs things of which he is entirely ignorant; the latter is subordinate to no one, and only does those things which he knows to be of primary importance in his life, and which on that account he desires the most; and therefore I call the former a slave, but the latter free.”

“It is harder to avoid censure than to gain applause.”

“When men are most sure and arrogant they are commonly most mistaken.”

“All knowledge degenerates into probability.”

“Beauty is no quality in things themselves: It exists merely in the mind which contemplates them; and each mind perceives a different beauty.”

“Nothing is more surprising than the easiness with which the many are governed by the few.”

“A little philosophy makes a man an Atheist: a great deal converts him to religion”

“To hate, to love, to think, to feel, to see; all this is nothing but to perceive.”

“Reason is, and ought only to be the slave of the passions, and can never pretend to any other office than to serve and obey them.”

“I do not have enough faith to believe there is no god.”

“Human happiness seems to consist in three ingredients: action, pleasure and indolence.”

“It’s when we start working together that the real healing takes place… it’s when we start spilling our sweat, and not our blood.”

“The life of man is of no greater importance to the universe than that of an oyster.”

“Mankind are so much the same, in all times and places, that history informs us of nothing new or strange in this particular. Its chief use is only to discover the constant and universal principles of human nature.”

“Anticipation of pleasure is, in itself, a very considerable pleasure.”

“No amount of observations of white swans can allow the inference that all swans are white, but the observation of a single black swan is sufficient to refute that conclusion.”

“Eloquence, when in its highest pitch, leaves little room for reason or reflection.”

“Truth springs from argument amongst friends.”

“The sweetest path of life leads through the avenues of learning, and whoever can open up the way for another, ought, so far, to be esteemed a benefactor to mankind.”

“Be a philosopher but, amid all your philosophy be still a man.”

“The unhappy of all men is he who believes himself to be so.”

“The mind is a kind of theater, where several perceptions successively make their appearance; pass, re-pass, glide away, and mingle in an infinite variety of postures and situations.”

“Men often act knowingly against their interest.”

“I never asserted such an absurd thing as that things arise without a cause.”

“The corruption of the best things gives rise to the worst.”

“The greater part of mankind may be divided into two classes; that of shallow thinkers who fall short of the truth; and that of abstruse thinkers who go beyond it.”

“What a peculiar privilege has this little agitation of the brain which we call ‘thought’.”

“Morals excite passions, and produce or prevent actions. Reason of itself is utterly impotent in this particular. The rules of morality, therefore, are not conclusions of our reason.”

“When we reflect on the shortness and uncertainty of life, how despicable seem all our pursuits of happiness.”

“Examine the religious principles which have, in fact, prevailed in the world. You will scarcely be persuaded that they are other than sick men’s dreams.”

“He is happy whom circumstances suit his temper; but he Is more excellent who suits his temper to any circumstance.”

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Words of Wisdom—Claude Monet

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Claude Monet (November 14, 1840 – December 5, 1926) was a French painter and originator of impressionist painting. The term “Impressionism” stems from the title of his painting Impression, soleil levant. His early works of seascapes, landscapes, and portraits didn’t attract much attention, but he eventually became successful. By the late 20th century, he was one of the world’s most famous painters. He was so devoted to his method of painting the same scene multiple times to capture changes in light and the seasons that he spent the final 20 years of his life focused on paintings of water lilies in his garden.

Below we list some words of wisdom from Claude Monet.

“The light constantly changes, and that alters the atmosphere and beauty of things every minute.”

“To see we must forget the name of the thing we are looking at.”

“These landscapes of water and reflection have become an obsession.”

“Everyone discusses my art and pretends to understand, as if it were necessary to understand, when it is simply necessary to love.”

“It is a tragedy that we live in a world where physical courage is so common, and moral courage is so rare.”

“I want the unobtainable. Other artists paint a bridge, a house, a boat, and that’s the end. They are finished. I want to paint the air which surrounds the bridge, the house, the boat, the beauty of the air in which these objects are located, and that is nothing short of impossible.”

“Everything changes, even stone.”

“Listening only to my instincts, I discovered superb things.”

“The richness I achieve comes from nature, the source of my inspiration.”

“I’m not performing miracles, I’m using up and wasting a lot of paint.”

“My only desire is an intimate infusion with nature, and the only fate I wish is to have worked and lived in harmony with her laws.”

“My eyes were finally opened and I understood nature. I learned at the same time to love it.”

“Nature won’t be summoned to order and won’t be kept waiting. It must be caught, well caught.”

“My work is always better when I am alone and follow my own impressions.”

“It’s the hardest thing to be alone in being satisfied with what one’s done.”

“It was at home I learned the little I know. Schools always appeared to me like a prison, and never could I make up my mind to stay there, not even for four hours a day, when the sunshine was inviting, the sea smooth, and when it was joy to run about the cliffs in the free air, or to paddle in the water.”

“I haven’t many years left ahead of me and I must devote all my time to painting, in the hope of achieving something worthwhile in the end, something if possible that will satisfy me.”

“Colors pursue me like a constant worry. They even worry me in my sleep.”

“What can be said about a man who is interested in nothing but his painting? It’s a pity if a man can only interest himself in one thing. But I can’t do any thing else. I have only one interest.”

“Think of me getting up before 6, I’m at work by 7 and I continue until 6.30 in the evening, standing up all the time, nine canvases. It’s murderous.”

“What is it that’s taken hold of me, for me to carry on like this in relentless pursuit of something beyond my powers?”

“I have once more taken up things that can’t be done: water with grasses weaving on the bottom. But I’m always tackling that sort of thing!”

“I insist upon ‘doing it alone’… I have always worked better alone and from my own impressions.”

“As for myself, I met with as much success as I ever could have wanted. In other words, I was enthusiastically run-down by every critic of the period.”


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Words of Wisdom—Thomas Hobbes

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Thomas Hobbes (April 5th, 1588 – December 20th, 1679) was an English philosopher. He is best known for his 1651 book Leviathan about social contract theory. Hobbes also contributed to ethics, history, geometry, and theology. He’s frequently considered to be one of the founders of modern political philosophy.

Below we list words of wisdom from Thomas Hobbes.

“The world is governed by opinion.”

“Prudence is a presumption of the future, contracted from the experience of time past.”

“It’s not the pace of life I mind. It’s the sudden stop at the end.”

“Passions unguided are for the most part mere madness.”

“For if all things were equally in all men, nothing would be prized.”

“Silence is sometimes an argument of Consent.”

“The Present only has a being in Nature; things Past have a being in the Memory only, but things to come have no being at all; the Future but a fiction of the mind.”

“Leisure is the Mother of Philosophy.”

“Nature itself cannot err.”

“Life in the state of nature is solitary, poor, nasty, brutish, and short.”

“Hell is Truth Seen Too Late.”

“It is not wisdom but Authority that makes a law.”

“The original of all great and lasting societies consisted not in the mutual good will men had toward each other, but in the mutual fear they had of each other.”

“Unnecessary laws are not good laws, but traps for money.”

“If nobody makes you do it, it counts as fun.”

“Wisdom, properly so called, is nothing else but this: the perfect knowledge of the truth in all matters whatsoever.”

“The passions of men are commonly more potent than their reason.”

“There is no such thing as perpetual tranquility of mind while we live here; because life itself is but motion, and can never be without desire, nor without fear, no more than without sense.”

“Curiosity is the lust of the mind.”

“For there are very few so foolish who would not rather govern themselves than be governed by others.”

“Fear of things invisible is the natural seed of that which everyone in himself calleth religion.”

“Curiosity draws a man from consideration of the effect, to seek the cause.”

“Do not that to another, which thou wouldst not have done to thyself.”

“Words are the counters of wise men, but the money of fools.”

“A man’s conscience and his judgment is the same thing; and as the judgment, so also the conscience, may be erroneous.”

“By this we may understand, there be two sorts of knowledge, whereof the one is nothing else but sense, or knowledge original (as I have said at the beginning of the second chapter), and remembrance of the same; the other is called science or knowledge of the truth of propositions, and how things are called, and is derived from understanding.”

“The source of every crime, is some defect of the understanding; or some error in reasoning; or some sudden force of the passions. Defect in the understanding is ignorance; in reasoning, erroneous opinion.”

“The privilege of absurdity; to which no living creature is subject, but man only.”

“Appetite, with an opinion of attaining, is called hope; the same, without such opinion, despair.”

“Laughter is nothing else but sudden glory arising from some sudden conception of some eminency in ourselves, by comparison with the infirmity of others, or with our own formerly.”

“Faith is a gift of God, which man can neither give nor take away by promise of rewards or menace of torture.”

“As soon as a thought darts, I write it down.”

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Words of Wisdom—Francis Ford Coppola

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Francis Ford Coppola (April 7, 1939–) is an American film director, producer and screenwriter. He is considered one of the greatest directors of all time, having received five Academy Awards and six Golden Globes. Patton, The Godfather series, Apocalypse Now, The Cotton Club, Peggy Sue Got Married, and The Rainmaker are some of his most celebrated films.

Below we list some words of wisdom from Francis Ford Coppola.

“My talent is that I just try and try and try and try again and little by little it comes to something.”

“I became quite successful very young, and it was mainly because I was so enthusiastic and I just worked so hard at it.”

“An essential element of any art is risk. If you don’t take a risk then how are you going to make something really beautiful, that hasn’t been seen before?”

“I think cinema, movies, and magic have always been closely associated. The very earliest people who made film were magicians.”

“I don’t think there’s any artist of any value who doesn’t doubt what they’re doing.”

“You have to really be courageous about your instincts and your ideas. Otherwise you’ll just knuckle under, and things that might have been memorable will be lost.”

“I was the kind of kid that had some talents or ability, but it never came out in school.”

“One thing that I’m sure of is the real pleasure of life – it’s not being known, it’s not having your own jet plane, it’s not having a mansion the pleasure is to learn something.”

“I think it’s better to be overly ambitious and fail than to be underambitious and succeed in a mundane way. I have been very fortunate. I failed upward in my life!”

“You ought to love what you’re doing because, especially in a movie, over time you really will start to hate it.”

“I was never sloppy with other people’s money. Only my own. Because I figure, well, you can be.”

“But who said art has to cost money? And therefore, who says artists have to make money?”

“I associate my motion picture career more with being unhappy and scared, or being under the gun, than with anything pleasant.”

“I was excited to discover, in this tale by Eliade, the key themes that I most hope to understand better – time, consciousness and the dream-like basis of reality.”

“I believe that filmmaking – as, probably, is everything – is a game you should play with all your cards, and all your dice, and whatever else you’ve got. So, each time I make a movie, I give it everything I have. I think everyone should, and I think everyone should do everything they do that way.”

“Listen, if there’s one sure-fire rule that I have learned in this business, it’s that I don’t know anything about human nature.”

“Some critics are stimulating in that they make you realize how you could do better, and those are valued.”

“I have always credited the writer of the original material above the title: Mario Puzo’s The Godfather, Bram Stoker’s Dracula, or John Grisham’s The Rainmaker. I felt that I didn’t have the right to Francis Coppola’s anything unless I had written the story and the screenplay.”

“If you’re a person who says yes most of the time, you’ll find yourself in the hotel business and the restaurant business.”

“If you’re not allowed to experiment anymore for fear of being considered self-indulgent or pretentious or what have you, then everyone’s going to just stick to the rules – there’s not going to be any additional ideas.”

“Of all the human evils, of which we have thousands of years of record and our own contemporary experiences, the most horrible evil of all is hypocrisy. It’s this idea that there are those who do bad and there are those who do good, when, in fact, even the people who supposedly do good are saying they do good to mask the fact that they do evil.”

“I had a number of teachers who hated me. I didn’t do well in school.”

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Words of Wisdom— Elizabeth Taylor

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Elizabeth Taylor (February 27th, 1932 – March 23rd, 2011) was a British-American actress. She was one of the most popular stars of Hollywood in the 1950s, became the world’s highest paid movie star in the 1960s, and remained a well-known public figure.

Taylor was one of the first celebrities to take part in HIV/AIDS activism, and from the early 1990s until her death, she dedicated her time to philanthropy, receiving several awards. She was also known for being married eight times, surviving several serious illnesses, and owning one of the most expensive private jewelry collections in the world.

Below we list words of wisdom from Elizabeth Taylor:

“I don’t have a short temper, I just have a quick reaction to bullshit”

“It’s all about hope, kindness and a connection with one another.”

“You are who you are. All you can do in this world is help others to be who they are and better themselves.”

“I call upon you to draw from the depths of your being – to prove that we are a human race, to prove that our love outweighs our need to hate, that our compassion is more compelling than our need to blame.”

“All of my life I’ve spent a lot of time with gay men – Montgomery Clift, Jimmy Dean, Rock Hudson – who are my colleagues, coworkers, confidantes, my closest friends, but I never thought of who they slept with! They were just the people I loved. I could never understand why they couldn’t be afforded the same rights and protections as all of the rest of us. There is no gay agenda, it’s a human agenda”

“Without homosexuals there’d be no Hollywood.”

“I used to think that drinking would help my shyness, but all it did was exaggerate all the negative qualities.”

“I have never felt more alive than when I watched my children delight in something, never more alive than when I have watched a great artist perform, and never richer than when I have scored a big check to fight AIDS.”

“My mother says I didn’t open my eyes for eight days after I was born, but when I did, the first thing I saw was an engagement ring. I was hooked.”

“Pour yourself a drink, put on some lipstick, and pull yourself together.”

“Give. Remember always to give. That is the one thing that will make you grow.”

“You just do it. You force yourself to get up. You force yourself to put one foot before the other, and God damn it, you refuse to let it get to you. You fight. You cry. You curse. Then you go about the business of living. That’s how I’ve done it. There’s no other way.”

“I hate the idea of always having to interpret other people’s ideas and thoughts and words, because I’m very independent and, I guess, a free thinker.”

“I believe in the difference between men and women. In fact, I embrace the difference.”

“A belly laugh increases the ability of your immune system to fight infections.”

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Words of Wisdom—Baron de Montesquieu

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Baron de Montesquieu (January 18, 1689 – February 10 1755), was a French historian, judge, and political philosopher. He originated the theory of separation of powers, fought against despotism, and greatly influenced the Founding Fathers of the United States of America. He was the most frequently quoted authority on politics and government in pre-revolutionary British America, cited more by the Founding Fathers than any other source, besides the Bible. One of Montesquieu’s main philosophies was “government should be set up so that no man need be afraid of another.”

Below we list some words of wisdom from Baron de Montesquieu.

“I should like to abolish funerals; the time to mourn a person is at his birth, not his death.”

“We receive three educations, one from our parents, one from our school-masters, and one from the world. The third contradicts all that the first two teach us.”

“You have to study a great deal to know a little.”

“If we only wanted to be happy, it would be easy; but we want to be happier than other people, and that is almost always difficult, since we think them happier than they are.”

“To succeed in the world we must look foolish but be wise.”

“The less men think, the more they talk.”

“There is no crueler tyranny than that which is perpetuated under the shield of law and in the name of justice.”

“It is necessary from the very nature of things that power should be a check to power.”

“There is a very good saying that if triangles invented a god, they would make him three-sided.”

“Religious wars are not caused by the fact that there is more than one religion, but by the spirit of intolerance… the spread of which can only be regarded as the total eclipse of human reason.”

“It is not the young people that degenerate; they are not spoiled till those of mature age are already sunk into corruption.”

“Wonderful maxim: not to talk of things any more after they are done.”

“Liberty… is there only when there is no abuse of power.”

“Never create by law what can be accomplished by morality.”

“It is always the adventurous who accomplish great things.”

“The life of man is but a succession of vain hopes and groundless fears.”

“They who love to inform themselves, are never idle. Though I have no business of consequence to take care of, I am nevertheless continually employed. I spend my life in examining things: I write down in the evening whatever I have remarked, what I have seen, and what I have heard in the day: every thing engages my attention, and every thing excites my wonder: I am like an infant, whose organs, as yet tender, are strongly affected by the slightest objects.”

“Not to be loved is a misfortune, but it is an insult to be loved no longer.”

“This punishment of death is the remedy, as it were, of a sick society.”

“Trade is the best cure for prejudice.”

“There is no one, says another, whom fortune does not visit once in his life; but when she does not find him ready to receive her, she walks in at the door, and flies out at the window.”

“Talent is a gift which God has given us secretly, and which we reveal without perceiving it.”

“Laws, in their most general signification, are the necessary relations arising from the nature of things. In this sense all beings have their laws: the Deity His laws, the material world its laws, the intelligences superior to man their laws, the beasts their laws, man his laws.”

“False happiness renders men stern and proud, and that happiness is never communicated. True happiness renders them kind and sensible, and that happiness is always shared.”

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Words of Wisdom—Marilyn Monroe

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Marilyn Monroe (June 1st, 1926 – August 4th, 1962) was an American actress, model, and singer. She was one of the most popular sex symbols of the 1950s and early 1960s and remains an icon decades after her death. She was a top-billed actress and in 1999, the American Film Institute ranked her as the sixth-greatest female screen legend from the Golden Age of Hollywood.

The academic Sarah Churchwell studied narratives about Monroe and wrote: “The biggest myth is that she was dumb. The second is that she was fragile. The third is that she couldn’t act. She was far from dumb, although she was not formally educated, and she was very sensitive about that. But she was very smart indeed—and very tough. She had to be both to beat the Hollywood studio system in the 1950s. The dumb blonde was a role—she was an actress, for heaven’s sake! Such a good actress that no one now believes she was anything but what she portrayed on screen.”

Marilyn’s troubled private life received a lot of attention. She allegedly struggled with addiction and mood disorders. She died at age 36 from an overdose of barbiturates. Her death was ruled a probable suicide, but some evidence indicates homicide.

Below we list some words of wisdom from Marilyn Monroe.

“I don’t forgive people because I’m weak, I forgive them because I am strong enough to know people make mistakes.”

“People had a habit of looking at me as if I were some kind of mirror instead of a person. They didn’t see me, they saw their own lewd thoughts, then they white-masked themselves by calling me the lewd one.”

“If I’d observed all the rules, I’d never have got anywhere.” 

“The more I think of it, the more I realize there are no answers. Life is to be lived.”

“Just because you fail once, doesn’t mean you’re gonna fail at everything. Keep trying, hold on, and always, always, always believe in yourself, because if you don’t, then who will, sweetie? So keep your head high, keep your chin up, and most importantly, keep smiling, because life’s a beautiful thing and there’s so much to smile about.” 

“I’ve never fooled anyone. I’ve let people fool themselves. They didn’t bother to find out who and what I was. Instead they would invent a character for me. I wouldn’t argue with them. They were obviously loving somebody I wasn’t.” 

“The worst thing that happens to people when they dress up and go to a party is that they leave their real selves at home.”

“I restore myself when I’m alone.” 

“It takes a smart brunette to play a dumb blonde.” 

“This life is what you make it. Not matter what, you’re going to mess up sometimes, it’s a universal truth.” 

“Sex is a part of nature. I go along with nature.” 

“A friend tells you what you want to hear; a best friend tells you the truth.” 

“It’s better being completely ridiculous than unbelievably boring.” 

“Don’t stop when you’re tired; stop when you’re done.” 

“The sky is not the limit. Your mind is.”

“Within crisis, are the seeds of opportunity.” 

“I believe that everything happens for a reason. People change so that you can learn to let go, things go wrong so that you appreciate them when they’re right, you believe lies so you eventually learn to trust no one but yourself, and sometimes good things fall apart so better things can fall together.”

“A wise girl knows her limits, a smart girl knows that she has none.” 

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Words of Wisdom—John Locke

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John Locke (August 29, 1632–October 28, 1704) was an English philosopher and physician, and known as the “father of liberalism.” Liberalism was originally defined as a political and moral philosophy based on the right to private property and personal liberty, basic human rights, and equality under the law. John Locke was one of the most important philosophers of the Enlightenment and his contributions are reflected in the United States Declaration of Independence.

Below we list some words of wisdom from John Locke.

“The most precious of all possessions is power over ourselves.”

“There are two sides, two players. One is light, the other is dark.”

“There are a thousand ways to Wealth, but only one way to Heaven.”

“Knowledge is grateful to the understanding, as light to the eyes.”

“Reason is natural revelation, whereby the eternal father of light, and fountain of all knowledge, communicates to mankind that portion of truth which he has laid within the reach of their natural faculties: revelation is natural reason enlarged by a new set of discoveries communicated by God.”

“Good and evil, reward and punishment, are the only motives to a rational creature”

“Reason must be our last judge and guide in everything.”

“Nothing is in the intellect that was not first in the senses.”

“It is one thing to show a man that he is in an error, and another to put him in possession of the truth.”

“But there is only one thing which gathers people into seditious commotion, and that is oppression”

“What worries you, masters you.”

“To love our neighbor as ourselves is such a truth for regulating human society, that by that alone one might determine all the cases in social morality.”

“A father would do well, as his son grows up, and is capable of it, to talk familiarly with him; nay, ask his advice, and consult with him about those things wherein he has any knowledge or understanding. By this, the father will gain two things, both of great moment. The sooner you treat him as a man, the sooner he will begin to be one; and if you admit him into serious discourses sometimes with you, you will insensibly raise his mind above the usual amusements of youth, and those trifling occupations which it is commonly wasted in.”

“With books we stand on the shoulders of giants.”

“The business of education is not to make the young perfect in any one of the sciences, but so to open and dispose their minds as may best make them – capable of any, when they shall apply themselves to it.”

“Curiosity in children, is but an appetite for knowledge. The great reason why children abandon themselves wholly to silly pursuits and trifle away their time insipidly is, because they find their curiosity balked, and their inquiries neglected.”

“Who lies for you will lie against you.”

“What if everything that happened here, happened for a reason?”

“The Bible is one of the greatest blessings bestowed by God on the children of men. It has God for its author; salvation for its end, and truth without any mixture for its matter. It is all pure.”

“For where is the man that has incontestable evidence of the truth of all that he holds, or of the falsehood of all he condemns; or can say that he has examined to the bottom all his own, or other men’s opinions? The necessity of believing without knowledge, nay often upon very slight grounds, in this fleeting state of action and blindness we are in, should make us more busy and careful to inform ourselves than constrain others.”

“The great question which, in all ages, has disturbed mankind, and brought on them the greatest part of their mischiefs … has been, not whether be power in the world, nor whence it came, but who should have it.”

“Wherever law ends, tyranny begins.”

“All men by nature are equal in that equal right that every man hath to his natural freedom, without being subjected to the will or authority of any other man; being all equal and independent, no one ought to harm another in his life, health, liberty or possessions.”

“Those are not at all to be tolerated who deny the being of God. Promises, covenants, and oaths, which are the bonds of human society, can have no hold upon an atheist. The taking away of God, though but even in thought, dissolves all.”

“I have no reason to suppose that he, who would take away my Liberty, would not when he had me in his Power, take away everything else.”

“I pretend not to teach, but to inquire.”

“Whoever uses force without Right … puts himself into a state of War with those, against whom he uses it, and in that state all former Ties are canceled, all other Rights cease, and every one has a Right to defend himself, and to resist the Aggressor.”

“The only fence against the world is a thorough knowledge of it.”

“It is practice alone that brings the powers of the mind, as well as those of the body, to their perfection.”

“God is the place of spirits, as spaces are the places of bodies.”

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Words of Wisdom—Immanuel Kant

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Immanuel Kant (April 22nd, 1724 – February 12th, 1804) was a German philosopher and one of the central Enlightenment thinkers. His comprehensive and systematic works in epistemology, metaphysics, ethics, and aesthetics made him one of the most influential thinkers in modern Western philosophy.

Below we list some words of wisdom by Immanuel Kant.

“Most men use their knowledge only under guidance from others because they lack the courage to think independently using their own reasoning abilities. It takes intellectual daring to discover the truth.”

“Genius is the ability to independently arrive at and understand concepts that would normally have to be taught by another person.”

“You only know me as you see me, not as I actually am.”

“Patience is the strength of the weak, impatience is the weakness of the strong.”

“Great minds think for themselves.”

“But a lie is a lie, and in itself intrinsically evil, whether it be told with good or bad intents.”

“Ingratitude is the essence of vileness.”

“If you punish a child for being naughty, and reward him for being good, he will do right merely for the sake of the reward; and when he goes out into the world and finds that goodness is not always rewarded, nor wickedness always punished, he will grow into a man who only thinks about how he may get on in the world, and does right or wrong according as he finds advantage to himself.”

“Rules for Happiness: something to do, someone to love, something to hope for.”

“We are not rich by what we possess but by what we can do without.”

“Do the right thing because it is right.”

“Science is organized knowledge. Wisdom is organized life.”

“The only thing permanent is change.”

“There are two things that don’t have to mean anything, one is music and the other is laughter.”

“The wise man can change his mind; the stubborn one, never.”

“Look closely. The beautiful may be small.”

“If justice perishes, human life on Earth has lost its meaning.”

“All perception is colored by emotion.”

“For peace to reign on Earth, humans must evolve into new beings who have learned to see the whole first.”

“Act in such a way that you will be worthy of being happy.”

“Enlightenment is man’s leaving his self-caused immaturity. Immaturity is the incapacity to use one’s intelligence without the guidance of another. Such immaturity is self-caused if it is not caused by lack of intelligence, but by lack of determination and courage to use one’s intelligence without being guided by another. Sapere Aude! Have the courage to use your own intelligence! is therefore the motto of the enlightenment.”

“Laziness and cowardice explain why so many men. . . remain under a life-long tutelage and why it is so easy for some men to set themselves up as the guardians of all the rest. . . If I have a book which understands for me, a pastor who has a conscience for me, a doctor who decides my diet, I need not trouble myself. If I am willing to pay, I need not think. Others will do it for me.”

“Heaven has given human beings three things to balance the odds of life: hope, sleep, and laughter.”

“All our knowledge begins with the senses, proceeds then to the understanding, and ends with reason. There is nothing higher than reason.”

“We can judge the heart of a man by his treatment of animals.”

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