"Wise men speak because they have something to say; fools because they have to say something."
- Plato (and my corollary thought: determine which you are listening to before you take what is being said to heart)
"Imagination is the beginning of creation. You imagine what you desire, you will what you imagine and at last you create what you will."
- George Bernard Shaw
"Everything that is really great and inspiring is created by the individual who can labor in freedom."
– Albert Einstein
"I was dyslexic, I had no understanding of schoolwork whatsoever. I certainly would have failed IQ tests. And it was one of the reasons I left school when I was 15 years old. And if I - if I'm not interested in something, I don't grasp it."
- Multi-Billionaire Richard Branson
"That is not dead which can eternal lie,
And with strange aeons even death may die."
- H.P. Lovecraft, The Nameless City
"Somebody who only reads newspapers and at best books of contemporary authors looks to me like an extremely near-sighted person who scorns eyeglasses. He is completely dependent on the prejudices and fashions of his times, since he never gets to see or hear anything else."
- Albert Einstein
"Absorb what is useful. Discard what is not. Add what is uniquely your own."
- Bruce Lee
"Simple can be harder than complex: You have to work hard to get your thinking clean to make it simple. But it's worth it in the end because once you get there, you can move mountains."
- Steve Jobs
"If you are going to achieve excellence in big things, you develop the habit in little matters. Excellence is not an exception, it is a prevailing attitude."
- Colin Powell
"Myths are public dreams, dreams are private myths."
"Never cut what you can untie."
- Joseph Joubert
"Frederick Douglass taught that literacy is the path from slavery to freedom. There are many kinds of slavery and many kinds of freedom. But reading is still the path."
- Carl Sagan
"The trouble with the world is not that people know too little, but that they know so many things that ain't so."
- Mark Twain
"We learn more from questioning answers than we do from answering questions."
- Martin Jacobsen
"Great minds are related to the brief span of time during which they live as great buildings are to a little square in which they stand: you cannot see them in all their magnitude because you are standing too close to them."
- Arthur Schopenhauer
"In youth we learn; in age we understand."
- Marie von Ebner-Eschenbach
"An epigram often flashes light into regions where reason shines but dimly."
- Edwin P. Wipple
"If the brain were so simple that we could understand it, we would be so simple we couldn't."
- Emerson M. Pugh
"The speed of the human mind is remarkable. So is its inability to face the obvious."
- Simon Mawer
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