There is nothing in a caterpillar that tells you it’s going to be a butterfly.
Gold and silver from the dead turn often into lead.
I’m not a genius. I’m just a tremendous bundle of experience.
Our power is in our ability to decide.
Those who play with the devil’s toys will be brought by degrees to wield his sword.
Most of my advances were by mistake. You uncover what is when you get rid of what isn’t.
Children are born true scientists. They spontaneously experiment and experience and reexperience again. They select, combine, and test, seeking to find order in their experiences – which is the mostest? which is the leastest? They smell, taste, bite, and touch-test for hardness, softness, springiness, roughness, smoothness, coldness, warmness: the heft, shake, punch, squeeze, push, crush, rub, and try to pull things apart.
If humanity does not opt for integrity we are through completely. It is absolutely touch and go. Each one of us could make the difference.
We are not going to be able to operate our Spaceship Earth successfully nor for much longer unless we see it as a whole spaceship and our fate as common. It has to be everybody or nobody.
Topics: Help, Cooperation
You can never change something by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete.
Everything you’ve learned in school as obvious becomes less and less obvious as you begin to study the universe. For example, there are no solids in the universe. There’s not even a suggestion of a solid. There are no absolute continuums. There are no surfaces. There are no straight lines.
Topics: The Universe
Parents are usually more careful to bestow knowledge on their children rather than virtue, the art of speaking well rather than doing well; but their manners should be of the greatest concern.
Topics: Parenting, Manners
Love is metaphysical gravity.
Pollution is nothing but the resources we are not harvesting. We allow them to disperse because we’ve been ignorant of their value.
Don’t fight forces, use them.
Here is God’s purpose—for God, to me, it seems, is a verb, not a noun, proper or improper.
Real wealth is ideas plus energy.
I am convinced all of humanity is born with more gifts than we know. Most are born geniuses and just get de-geniused rapidly.
Man is a self-balancing, 28-jointed adapter-base biped, and electro-chemical reduction plant, integral with the segregated stowages of special energy extracts in storage batteries, for subsequent activation of thousands of hydraulic and pneumatic pumps, with motors attached; 62,000 miles of capillaries, millions of warning signal, railroad and conveyor systems, crushers and cranes, and a universally distributed telephone system needing no service for seventy years if well managed, the whole extraordinary complex mechanism guided with exquisite precision from a turret in which are located telescopic and microscopic self-registering and recording range-finders, a spectroscope, etc. .. the turret control being closely allied with an air-conditioning intake and exhaust, and a main fuel intake.
Topics: Man, Mankind
People should think things out fresh and not just accept conventional terms and the conventional way of doing things.
Out of my general world-pattern-trend studies there now comes strong evidence that nothing is going to be quite so surprising and abrupt in the future history of man as the forward evolution in the educational process.
If you are the master be sometimes blind, if you are the servant be sometimes deaf.
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