I like grit, I like love and death, I'm tired of irony. As we know from the Russians, a lot of good fiction is sentimental. ... The novelist who refuses sentiment refuses the full spectrum of human behavior, and then he just dries up. ... I would rather give full vent to all human loves and disappointments, and take a chance on being corny, than die a smartass.

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I would also like to be wise. In the old books it says what wisdom is: To shun the strife of the world and to live out your brief time without fear.

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To be a philosopher is not merely to have subtle thoughts ... but so to love wisdom as to live according to its dictates ... It is to solve some of the problems of life, not just theoretically, but practically.”

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If we have learned one thing from the history of invention and discovery, it is that, in the long run – and often in the short one – the most daring prophecies seem laughably conservative.

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Do not seek to follow in the footsteps of the wise; seek what they sought.

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Wisdom consists in doing the next think you have to do, doing it with your whole heart, and finding delight in doing it.

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Wise people speak because they have something to say; fools because they have to say something.

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We still do not know one thousandth of one percent of what nature has revealed to us.

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But throughout history the wiser minds have understood that anger and moral posturing are not a good antidote to rage and fanaticism. Competing vitriols only build on each other.

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I don’t like gurus. I don’t like people who ask you to follow or believe. I like people who ask you to think independently.

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What I changed, I could; what I couldn't, I endured.

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The saddest aspect of life right now is that science gathers knowledge faster than society gathers wisdom.

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It's important to expect nothing, to take every experience, including the negative ones, as merely steps on the path and to proceed.

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There is no such thing as objectivity; our biases operate on all levels at all times.

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Wisdom demands a new orientation of science and technology towards the organic, the gentle, the non-violent, the elegant and beautiful.

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An expert is a man who has stopped thinking because ‘he knows.’

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The great secret of doctors, known only to their wives, but still hidden from the public, is that most things get better by themselves; most things, in fact, are better in the morning.

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Love all, trust a few, do wrong to none.

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Where is the wisdom we have lost in knowledge? Where is the knowledge we have lost in information?

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“No matter how good the school; education is in your own hands. Education must be self-education.”

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The facts alone aren’t enough.

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The children of light must be armed with the wisdom of the children of darkness but remain free from their malice.

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The wisest mind has something yet to learn.

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Two and two continue to make four, in spite of the whine of the amateur for three, or the cry of the critic for five.

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It is unwise to be too sure of one’s own wisdom. It is healthy to be reminded that the strongest might weaken and the wisest might err.

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God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.

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In youth we learn, but it's with age we understand!

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In the beginner’s mind there are many possibilities, but in the expert’s there are few.

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It would be asking too much to sell only to connoiseurs – that way starvation lies.

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For knowledge add, for wisdom take away.

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We must draw our standards from the natural world. We must honor with the humility of the wise the bounds of that natural world and the mystery which lies beyond them, admitting that there is something in the order of being which evidently exceeds all our competence.

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Good people are only half as good, and bad people only half as bad, as other people regard them.

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Knowledge can be communicated, but not wisdom.

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Songs, stories are beyond value; they are the memory and wisdom of a people, the particular individual rivers of the sea of life which constitutes us all.

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A good theory is one that holds together long enough to get you to a better theory.

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Advancing science has now discovered that all the known cases of biological extinction have been caused by overspecialization… In the meantime, humanity has been deprived of comprehensive understanding. Specialization has bred feelings of isolation, futility, and confusion in individuals. It has also resulted in the individual’s leaving responsibility for thinking and social action to others.

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Look! Look! Look deep into nature and you will understand everything.

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