Aug. 7, 2013  By Jack Jodell. 

Those who are familiar with this blog know how, from time to time, I have featured interesting and relevant quotes from a wide range of persons, across many borders and even over many years of time. Here is the latest batch in an unending series from many of the great minds in history. My sincere thanks to the Engineer of Knowledge for providing me with this first one:

“Anti-intellectualism has been a constant thread winding its way through our political and cultural life, nurtured by the false notion that democracy means that my ignorance is just as good as your knowledge,”
– Isaac Asimov –

“I hated every minute of training, but I said ‘Don’t quit. Suffer now, and live the rest of your life as a champion.’ “
– Muhammad Ali –

“A dead thing can go with the stream, but only a living thing can go against it.”
– G. K. Chesterton –

“It’s really simple, actually – it’s just try and make people happy. Maybe you have to learn with time; maybe you have to learn it the hard way, but as long as you learn it, you’re going to make the world a better place.”
– 18 year old cancer victim Zach Sobiech –

“Democracy is NOT a spectator sport. You have to get out there and DO something!”
– Thom Hartmann –

“A true friend knows your weaknesses but shows you your strengths; feels your fears but fortifies your faith; sees your anxieties but frees your spirit; recognizes your disabilities but emphasizes your possibilities.”
– William Arthur Ward –

“Perhaps the most important thing we can undertake toward the reduction of fear is to make it easier for people to accept themselves, to like themselves.”
– Bonaro W. Overstreet –

“I have learned that the biggest disability any of us may ever face is our own attitudes,”
– Jeffrey F. Walton –

“I’m very much a Christian in ideals and ethics, especially in terms of a belief in fairness, a deep set obligation to others, and the virtues of charity, tolerance and generosity that we associate with traditional Christian teaching.”
– E. O. Wilson –

“Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap, but by the seeds that you plant.”
– Robert Louis Stevenson –

“Health is the greatest gift, contentment the greatest wealth, faithfulness the best relationship.”
– Buddha –

“People won’t have time for you if you are always angry or complaining.”
– Stephen Hawking –

” Nothing is impossible. The word itself says’I’M POSSIBLE’!”
– Audrey Hepburn –

“Wisdom is knowing what to do next; virtue is doing it.”
– David Star Jordan –

“Your present circumstances don’t determine where you can go; they merely determine where you start.”
– Nido Qubein –

“The beautiful thing about learning is that no one can take it away from you.”
– B. B. King –

“The future which we hold in trust for our own children will be shaped by our fairness to other people’s children.”
– Marian Wright Edelman –

“Today’s Constitution is a realistic document of freedom only because of several corrective amendments. Those amendments speak to a sense of decency and fairness that I and other blacks cherish.”
– Thurgood Marshall –

“To get up when you are down, to fight more intensely when you are struggling; to put in the extra effort when you are in sheer pain, to come back when nobody expects you to, and to stand tall when everybody is pulling you down are what make a champion.”
–  Apoorve Dubey –   

“The moral test of government is how it treats those who are in the dawn of life . . . the children; those who are in the twilight of life . . . the elderly; and those who are in the shadow of life . . . the sick . . . the needy . . . and the disabled.”
– Hubert H. Humphrey –    

About jackjodell53

I am an American Dissident trapped in a country where poor and middle class people are constantly being exploited and lied to by a very rigid and conservative plutocratic elite. I believe in government OF, FOR, and BY the people, not one controlled as it now is by corporations and special interests.
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  1. Stimpson says:

    I’ve always rather liked the Asimov quote. He was a wise man.

  2. Hello Jack,
    As I stated on the “Here Be Monsters” radio blog, I am a prolific reader. That being said and to continue the theme of quotes, back in the early 1970′s I read the books of Carlos Castaneda. Starting with “The Teachings of Don Juan.”

    Castaneda wrote a series of books that describe his alleged training in shamanism. The books, narrated in the first person, relate his supposed experiences under the tutelage of a Yaqui, (“Man of Knowledge”) named Don Juan Matus. (Note the origins of “Engineer Of Knowledge)

    So I give you my favorite quote from those books, “We either make ourselves miserable, or we make ourselves strong. The amount of work is the same.”
    Carlos Castaneda
    So Jack, keep up the good work Brother!!

    • jackjodell53 says:

      Hi Engineer. Thanks for that great Castaneda quote. I am familiar with him but have never read his work. Maybe now I will!

  3. Jack,
    To expand on Isaac Asimov’s quote, how many times have we heard the extreme reactionary Republicans use the term, “inteligencia”? The Latin based form of the word, “intelligence” but used in making it a derogatory meaning for a well educated person who employs critical thinking….which will negate most of the Reactionary Right’s viewpoints. Intelligence is a dangerous aspect and the enemy of the current trend within the Republican Party.

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