Inspiring Quotations

 

*** Scroll down for the postings they’re down below the quotations. All vaccine-related postings are listed on the right-hand side of the page, down below the quotations (topmost on the list is the most recent).

“The twentieth century has been characterized by three developments of great political importance: the growth of democracy; the growth of corporate power; and the growth of propaganda as a means of protecting corporate power against democracy.” – Alex Carey ** more quotes about politics/democracy

“Half of what you'll learn in medical school will be shown to be either dead wrong or out of date within five years of your graduation; the trouble is that nobody can tell you which half – so the most important thing to learn is how to learn on your own.” – Advice from Dave Sackett, the father of evidence-based medicine, in this BMJ item ‘Thoughts for new medical students at a new medical school’ which came to me via this item on the Children’s Health Defense site (many great quotations from doctors in the posting Vaccination: Dissenting Doctors Have Their Say)

“What sane person could live in this world and not be crazy?” – Ursula K. LeGuin

“I imagine there’s probably so much quiet where you are when you’re cold and dead, you might as well say how crazy you are about people while you have a mouth and teeth and tongue.” ~ Fictional character Ruth in The Book of Ruth, by Jane Hamilton

“Normal is someone you don’t know very well.” – Joe Ancis

“The deeper that sorrow carves into your being, the more joy you can contain.” – Kahlil Gibran

Puddle Theory: Interesting musing on “intelligent design” from Douglas Adams: “This is rather as if you imagine a puddle waking up one morning and thinking, ‘This is an interesting world I find myself in — an interesting hole I find myself in — fits me rather neatly, doesn’t it? In fact it fits me staggeringly well, must have been made to have me in it!’ This is such a powerful idea that as the sun rises in the sky and the air heats up and as, gradually, the puddle gets smaller and smaller, frantically hanging on to the notion that everything's going to be alright, because this world was meant to have him in it, was built to have him in it; so the moment he disappears catches him rather by surprise. I think this may be something we need to be on the watch out for.” 

WHOSE JOB IS IT? This is a story about four people named EVERYBODY, SOMEBODY, ANYBODY and NOBODY. There was an important job to be done and EVERYBODY was asked to do it.  EVERYBODY was sure SOMEBODY would do it, but NOBODY did it. SOMEBODY got angry about that because it was EVERYBODY’s job. EVERYBODY thought ANYBODY could do it but NOBODY realized that EVERYBODY wouldn’t do it. It ended up that EVERYBODY blamed SOMEBODY when NOBODY did what ANYBODY could have done. (Source now long forgotten!?)

“The great end of life is not knowledge but action.” – Thomas Henry Huxley ** more quotes about action

“Courage is very important. Like a muscle, it is strengthened by use.” – Ruth Gordon ** more quotes about courage

“The most revolutionary thing one can do is always to proclaim loudly what is happening.” – Rosa Luxemburg

“I do not want to talk about what you understand about this world. I want to know what you will do about it. I do not want to know what you hope. I want to know what you will work for. I do not want your sympathy for the needs of humanity. I want your muscle.” ~ Robert Fulghum

“A clear conscience is more valuable than wealth.” – Filipino proverb ** more quotes about conscience

“Each day we are born again to start our life anew.  What we do today is what matters most.” – Buddha

“Hoard each joyous moment that comes to you. No one knows how it will all end.” – Háfiz

“Just to live is holy. To be is a blessing.” – Rabbi Abraham Heschel

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