Wise Quotes

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    [Freedom of speech] isn’t something somebody else gives you. That’s something you give to yourself.

    Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.
     



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    In science, if you can’t explain what you’re doing to a non-scientist of reasonable intelligence, then you probably don’t really know yourself.

    James Lovelock
     



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    What I took away from the whole Talking Heads experience was the idea that if you know the kinds of restrictions you have to work within – budgetary restrictions, or creative restrictions or whatever – that can be great, that can even be a spur to creativity. That old idea of, ‘Oh, I don’t want anybody telling me what to do’, or ‘I want my creative freedom’ – that’s bullshit. What you need is to be told clearly what the parameters are. Because, if you allow them to do anything, most people will just waffle about.

    David Byrne
     



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    Taking LSD was fantastic. If I had not had that experience, I would not be where I am today.

    Deepak Chopra
     



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    Congressman Nixon had asked me why, as the son of immigrants who had been treated so well by Americans, as a man who had been treated like a son and been sent to Harvard by an American capitalist, I had been so ungrateful to the American economic system. The answer I gave him was not original. Nothing about me has ever been original. I repeated what my one-time hero, Kenneth Whistler, had said in reply to the same general sort of question long, long ago. Whistler had been a witness at a trial of strikers accused of violence. The judge had become curious about him, had asked him why such a well-educated man from such a good family would so immerse himself in the working class. My stolen answer to Nixon was this: “Why? The Sermon on the Mount, sir.”

    Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.
     



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    You must concentrate on one thing, then everything else becomes easier. But if you concentrate on many things, you achieve nothing. My guru Baba Allaudin Khan told me this when I was 15 and I was torn between playing sitar or being a dancer. It changed my life.

    Ravi Shankar
     



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    I don’t really start until I get my proofs back from the printers. Then I can begin my serious writing.

    John Maynard Keynes
     



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    Good for the body is the work of the body, and good for the soul is the work of the soul, and good for either is the work of the other.

    Henry David Thoreau
     



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    During the Cold War, a group of Russian journalists toured the United States. On the final day of their visit, they were asked by their hosts for their impressions. ‘I have to tell you,’ said their spokesman, ‘that we were astonished to find after reading all the newspapers and watching TV, that all the opinions on all the vital issues were by and large, the same. To get that result in our country, we imprison people, we tear out their fingernails. Here, you don’t have that. What’s the secret? How do you do it?’

    John Pilger
     



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    Culture helps us to feel less lonely. I try to connect my own life with culture. I go to see an art exhibition, I read a book, and I apply it to the world I see around me.

    Alain de Botton
     



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    I am myself impressed by the great social advantages of increasing the stock of capital until it ceases to be scarce.

    John Maynard Keynes
     



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    On the whole, money does artists much more good than harm.

    Robert Hughes
     



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    Priorities are like arms: If you have more than two of them, they’re probably make-believe.

    Merlin Mann
     



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    When you make a world tolerable for yourself, you make a world tolerable for others.

    Anais Nin
     



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    I’m bent on proving you can make a living as an artist and not die young and crazy like Mozart, Lenny Bruce, Dylan Thomas and so many others who risked their lives to make things they believed would be their salvation.

    John Cale
     






               

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