Aforisme samling - del 40

I think it would be a good idea

Mahatma Ghandi (1869-1948), when asked what he thought of Western civilization

Democracy does not guarantee equality of conditions - it only guarantees equality of opportunity

Irving Kristol

After I'm dead I'd rather have people ask why I have no monument than why I have one

Cato the Elder (234-149 BC)

The man who does not read good books has no advantage over the man who cannot read them

Mark Twain (1835-1910)

The search for truth is more precious than its possession

Albert Einstein

Man is equally incapable of seeing the nothingness from which he emerges and the infinity in which he is engulfed

Blaise Pascal

Frigjøringen av mennesket består kun i dette: han underordner seg naturlovene fordi han han har erkjent dem for det de er, og ikke fordi de er blitt påtvunget ham av en ekstern vilje, gudommelig eller menneskelig, kollektiv eller individuell

Mikhail Bakunin

Lidelse er det eneste opphav til bevissthet

Fyodor Dostoevsky

The shortest and surest way of arriving at real knowledge is to unlearn the lessons we have been taught, to mount the first principles, and take nobody's word about them

Henry Bolingbroke

The essence of knowledge is, having it, to apply it; not having it, to confess your ignorance


Viljen til å forberede er vikigere enn viljen til å vinne

Levell Edwards

Learning carries within itself certain dangers because out of necessity one has to learn from one's enemies

Leon Trotsky

Never become so much of an expert that you stop gaining expertise. View life as a continuous learning experience

Denis Waitley

Ingenting viser en manns karakter bedre enn det han ler av

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Don't be afraid of death so much as an inadequate life

Bertolt Brecht

On life's journey faith is nourishment, virtuous deeds are a shelter, wisdom is the light by day and right mindfulness is the protection by night. If a man lives a pure life, nothing can destroy him


The golden moments in the stream of life rush past us, and we see nothing but sand; the angels come to visit us, and we only know them when they are gone

George Eliot

People ask the difference between a leader and a boss. . . . The leader works in the open, and the boss in covert. The leader leads, and the boss drives

Theodore Roosevelt

The end of labor is to gain leisure


The poor man is not he who is without a cent, but he who is without a dream


The best fortune that can fall to a man is that which corrects his defects and makes up for his failings

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

The beginning of wisdom is to call things by their right names

Chinese Proverb

Trifles make perfection, and perfection is no trifle


It is no use saying, "We are doing our best." You have got to succeed in doing what is necessary

Sir Winston Churchill

Hence to fight and conquer in all your battles is not supreme excellence; supreme excellence consists in breaking the enemy's resistance without fighting

Sun Tzu

Kjennskap om andre er kunnskap, kjennskap til seg selv er ekte visdom. Å herske over andre er styrke, og herske over seg selv er virkelig makt


Never look down to test the ground before taking your next step; only he who keeps his eye fixed on the far horizon will find the right road

Dag Hammarskjold

Weakness of attitude becomes weakness of character

Albert Einstein

One way of getting an idea of our fellow-countrymen's miseries is to go and look at their pleasures

George Eliot

Intellectuals solve problems, geniuses prevent them.


When you are content to be simply yourself and don’t compare or compete, everybody will respect you


War is an ugly thing, but not the ugliest thing: The decayed and degraded state of moral and patriotic feeling which thinks nothing worth a war is worse. A man who has nothing for which he is willing to fight, nothing he cares about more than his personal safety, is a miserable creature who has no chance of being free, unless made and kept so by the exertions of better men than himself

John Stuart Mill

The thinking that we are has brought us to where we have already been. In order to go somewhere else, we must think in a different way

Albert Einstein

Art should never try to be popular. The public should try to make itself artistic

Oscar Wilde

No library is complete that contains the works of Jane Austen

Mark Twain

Reporter: A writer who guesses his way to the truth and dispels it with a tempest of words

Ambrose Bierce

Any idiot can face a crisis; it is this day-to-day living that wears you out


The hardest thing to learn in life is which bridge to cross and which to burn

David Russell

To the atheist, death is the end; to the believer, the beginning; to the agnostic, the sound of silence

Dr. Laurence J. Peter

A man's ethical behavior should be based effectually on sympathy, education, and social ties; no religious basis is necessary. Man would indeed be in a poor way if he had to be restrained by fear and punshiment and hope of reward after death

Albert Einstein

No man steps in the same river twice, for it's not the same river, and he's not the same man


I have recently been examining all the known superstitions of the world, and do not find in our particular superstition [Christianity] one redeeming feature. They are all alike founded on fables and mythology

Thomas Jefferson

Ask yourself whether you are happy, and you cease to be so

John Stuart Mill

Ah, women. They make the highs higher and the lows more frequent

Friedrich Nietzsche

I also believe that academic freedom should protect the right of a professor or student to advocate Marxism, socialism, communism, or any other minority viewpoint -- no matter how distasteful to the majority

Richard M. Nixon

De konservative definerer ikke medlidenhet som det antall personer som mottar statlig støtte i en eller annen form, men det antall mennesker som ikke har behov for det

Jack Kemp

Men religion består i en ydmyk beundring for det uninnskrenkede overlegende sinn som åpenbarer segselv i de små detaljer som vi fornemmer med våre skrøplige og svake sinn

Albert Einstein

You can tell the ideals of a nation by its advertisements

Norman Douglas